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Joseph Phillip "Joe" Korienek III

July 5, 1938 ~ April 21, 2020 (age 81)

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     Joseph Phillip "Joe" Korienek, III, age 81 of Ada, MI, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at his home.

     A Private Graveside Service will be held at Ford Cemetery, Gratiot County, MI.

     Joseph was born in Bannister, MI on July 5, 1938, the son of Joseph and Agnes (Phillips) Korienek. He graduated from Elsie High School in 1956. After school, he enlisted in the Navy aboard the USS Harlan R. Dickson. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1956-1959. Joe married Marian Zeszutek on September 19, 1959 in Garfield, NJ. Shortly thereafter, he attended Kendall School of Design. Years later, he became known as the Electrolux man. 

     Joe was a gentle, genuine man, adored by everyone he came in contact with although his family was dearest to him. A natural born salesman, he loved the outdoors, be it snowmobiling, racing, hunting, fishing or watching NASCAR. He spent much of his time outdoors in the yard and woods. He loved being around others and his magnetic personality blessed him with many lifelong friends.

     He is survived by his wife Marian Korienek of Ada, MI, daughter Kathleen (Don Druse) Korienek of Rockford, MI, son Joseph Korienek and Marcy Winchester of Zimmerman, MN, son John (Amy Mattson) Korienek of Barnum, MN, granddaughter Madison Korienek of Barnum, MN, grandson Nate Korienek of Barnum, MN, sister Jeanne and Jim Callahan of NC, brother James and Diane Korienek of MI, brother Daniel and Cathy Korienek of MI, sister Joan and John Burnham of MI, sister Jane (Jacinta) Korienek of OH and special family friend Mary Ann (Gabrielle) Ojnik, of OH. He is also survived by numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jerald and his grandparents. 

     Memorials may be made to the Tin Can Sailors Library National Reunion, P.O. Box 100, Somerset, MA 02726. Online condolences can be made at The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.

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Private Graveside Services

Ford Cemetery
11183 E. So. Gratiot Co. Line Road
Elsie, MI 48831


Tin Can Sailors Library National Reunion
P.O. Box 100, Somerset MA 02726

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