Joseph G. Zurine, 80, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2018. Joe was born in Simpson, PA to the late Joseph and Mary (Kovach) Zurine. He is pre-deceased by his brother and sister-in-law Daniel & Brenda Zurine; brother-in-law Gerald LeComte and sister-in-law Patricia Laskowsky.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Susanne (Laskowsky) Zurine; daughters Maryanna Zurine-Benish and Susan Dornblaser (Ken Fallot); Grandchildren Molly & Joseph Benish and Stephanie & Adam Dornblaser. He is also survived by his two sisters, Delores LeComte and Rita Zurine, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
After graduating from high school, Joe proudly served in the U.S. Navy for three years before going on to graduate from PSU Scranton and Elmira College.
Joe was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. After retiring from a 38 year career at IBM, Joe retired to spend time with his young grandchildren. He spent countless hours watching his grandchildren and supporting them at all of their activities. He especially enjoyed picking them up from school and listening to the stories of their days as he drove them home.
He believed strongly in supporting his community and spent countless hours volunteering his time for many different organizations. He was a life member of the West Corners Fire Company where he served actively for many years including as the Secretary of the Board of Commissioners. He served on the Union Endicott School Board and the BOCES School Board. He volunteered on the Board of Director's for Meals on Wheels and was a Town of Union representative for the Johnson City dissolution committee. Joe was also a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish and was a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society for many years. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 1 pm at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Endicott. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m.