Joseph Peter Wolk-Laniewski
Joseph Peter Wolk-Laniewski
Joseph Peter Wolk-Laniewski went to be with our Lord on Thursday, March 22, 2007, at the age of 89; after battling cancer for many years.
Joseph was born to Aleczander and Adela Wolk-Laniewski in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Aleczander emigrated from Poland at the age of 17 and a year later married Adela Tarnowski, who also emigrated from Poland. Together they had three children, Joseph, Michael and Helen. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister.
Joe was a musician, playing the accordion in the "Laniewski Bros. Band." He played in Lake Geneva, Ill. (for Joe Capone) prior to being drafted into World War II. Joe served in many positions during World War II, a lifeguard, morale officer, and surgical technician. While based near the Mojave Desert in California, he met his wife of 65 years, Betty Beacham. Together they had four children, Karen Campbell of Falls City, Oregon; Sandra Powers of Walla Walla, Washington; David Wolk-Laniewski of Tualatin, Oregon; and Bettejo Lawson of Medford, Oregon. They have 12 grand-children, 16 great-grand-children, and — great-great-grandchild.
Betty & Joe moved to Medford, Oregon in 1946. Joe attended the Medford Friends Church for the past 55 years. Joe was a very warm, fun, and caring man with a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. He continued his musical talent throughout his life, often playing accordion, organ, or keyboard for social gatherings and church services. Joe's talent included decorating wedding and anniversary cakes, the art of paper engineering, quilling, origami, oil painting, stained glass, macrame', wood carving, and calligraphy, poetry, and music composition. In his youth he had been a district champion in swimming, and hockey player. He was a past-president of the Mushroom Club in the Rogue Valley. And a member of the organ club. He enjoyed lapidary work, rock hunting, hiking, camping and spending time with his family and friends.
Joe worked 22 years for Timber Products Co. starting out as a pond-monkey, and spending the majority of his years there as the sander operator. Following his years at Timber Products, Joe worked as a machinist for Tompkin-Johnson (now Eaton) for eleven years, retiring in 1979.
Although Joe was known to be a man of few words, the way he lived his life was his witness and testimony of his love for Christ. Even in his final moments on earth he was thinking of how he could help those he loved, and requested his cornea's be donated to the eye bank on behalf of his grandson. He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at the Medford Friends Church, 545 DeBarr Avenue, Medford, Oregon at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 26, 2007.