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Joseph J. Repka
Joseph J. Repka, age 65, of Swanton, Ohio, entered into eternal life, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at The Flower Hospital in Sylvania, after a valiant 6 month battle with cancer. He was born November 29, 1949 in Adrian, Michigan, to the late Frank and Helen Marie (Ricica) Repka. Joe was a 1967 graduate of the last graduating class out of St. Mary's High School. He attended the University of Toledo for one year, before signing up to serve in the United States Coast Guard. On September 1, 1973, he married Andrea Williams.
Joe farmed the first 10 years following the service, and was a 30-year member of the National Farmers Organization. He worked 32 years for the Swanton Post Office, where he started out as a mail carrier, and retired in January of 2007 as a postal clerk. Everyone in town will remember his smiling face, and genuine and charismatic personality. After his retirement, he drove school bus for the evergreen school district for 6 years.
Joe was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish. He was ordained a Deacon on May 14, 1989, and served the Holy Trinity Community as deacon for the next 25 years. He was proud of his Czech heritage, and was requested on several occasions by families to recite the Rosary in Czech in honor of their loved one.
Joe was a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post #306 in Assumption, was a lifelong member of the Catholic Order of Foresters - St. Anthony's Court, and member of The Knights of Columbus, Fulton County United Veterans, and charter member of the Swanton Area Railroad & Model Club.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Andrea; son, Joseph Repka II; siblings, Sister Fran Repka, RSM, Lil (Larry) LaCrosse, Frank (Peggy) Repka, Marie (Charles) Clemens, Rosie (Mel) Case and Patricia Repka; mother-in-law, June Williams; brothers-in-law, Timothy (Marti) and Nathan (Tammy) Williams and David Blanchong; sister-in-law, Nancy Williams; and his aunts, Vi Hutchinson, Lillian Valasek and Lois Shadwald.
Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Blanchong; brother-in-law, Keith Williams; and father-in-law, Jack Williams.
Visitation will be held Sunday, March 8th from 2 to 8 p.m. and Monday March 9th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631), where a Catholic War Veterans Service will be held Sunday at 7:00 p.m., and a Vigil service held at 7:00 p.m. Monday evening led by Fr. Patrick Rohen, Captain, U.S. Army (Retired) and Fr. Thomas Leyland. Prayers will begin in the funeral home Tuesday, March 10th at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, with Fr. Michael Dandurand presiding. Interment, with Military Rites, will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Donations may be made in his honor to Holy Trinity Parish, 2649 US 20, Swanton, OH 43558.
Residence: Swanton, Ohio
Visitation: Sunday, March 8th from 2 to 8 pm and Monday March 9th from 2 to 8 pm at The Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton
Mass of Resurrection: Tuesday, March 10th at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption
Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery
I never got to actually meet Mr. Repka, but and his wife gave my son a most amazing and wonderful gift and I will be forever grateful for their loving commitment. I am just now learning of Joe's passing. My deepest condolences and thoughts of love go out to his wife and son, who even though we don't know each other, will always be family to me.
Heather Current Warnke Jun 20 2020 12:00 AM
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and prayer on Joseph's recent and sudden death. I regret being unable to be with you today. I shall remember Joseph and all the family at my Mass in our Oblate Chapel this afternoon. May the Risen Lord Jesus Christ receive him with open and loving arms.
Rev. Ronald Olszewski, O.S.F.S. Mar 9 2015 12:00 AM
JOE WAS A REALLY GUY.. HE WAS ALWAYS THE ONE WHO GOT THE GAMES FOR THE LITTLE KIDS ORGANIZED AT THE "AUNT LOIS REUNION " ! WE NEVER SAW JOE GET MAD OR LOSE HIS TEMPER THERE. WE ALWAYS LOVED TO SEE HIM EVEN IF WAS ONLY ONCE A YEAR... ANDREA AND HE WILL BE IN OUR PRAYERS . LOVE FROM THE HELLER CLAN .
THE HELLER CLAN Mar 9 2015 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of Joe's death. He always made it a point to stop and make conversation with me wherever we were. A very compassionate and thoughtful person he was. Prayers for you all.
Helen (Vaculik) Hesterman Mar 8 2015 12:00 AM
Frank, You have my sincere condolences. I will always remember Joe's smiling face every time I went to the Swanton post office. George Darah
George Darah Mar 8 2015 12:00 AM
Andrea and Joe II We are saddened by the news of Joe's passing. Unfortunately we will be unable to attend the service but be sure we will be there in spirit. We will keep you and the entire family in our thoughts prayers. ps Mary is still recovering from her August stroke. Love Joe & Mary &families
Mary Havlik &Joe Elias&families Mar 8 2015 12:00 AM
Dear Andrea, Joe & family So sad to hear of Joe's passing but know down deep he is resting with God & his family. He will be missed very much by all. I will especially miss Joe at our CWV Easter Egg coloring & hunt fun.Prayers are with you & family.
Margie Gillingham Mar 7 2015 12:00 AM
Dear Frank, Peggy & family, So sorry to hear. Will miss seeing Joe at Church & about. He had a great life. Remember the good times. I'm on vacation, so won't be able to attend the funeral. My thoughts & prayers are with you & the family.
Diane Koepfer Mar 7 2015 12:00 AM
Well done, good and faithful servant! Joe was a great guy and served the Lord with a smile. Our prayers are with Andrea and Joseph.
Frank & Mary Ann Myers Mar 7 2015 12:00 AM
Joe was always such a pleasure to encounter at the post office and then later at Wildwood with the model train display. We are sorry for your loss and everyone else's that had the good fortune to ever meet Joe.
Jerry and Laura Lambdin Mar 7 2015 12:00 AM