PRINCETON — Joseph "Joe" M. Winek, 88, of Princeton passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at Heartland Health Care in Henry.
Joseph was born Sept. 24, 1925, in Superior, Wis., to John M. and Josephine (Blachut) Winek. He married Anita Lindell at the Cambridge Lutheran Church on July 23, 1955.
He graduated from Superior East High School in 1943 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy, serving from 1943 to 1946. After his discharge from the Navy he worked a few years before attending the University of Wisconsin in Superior, graduating in 1952. He then went on to receive his master's degree from the University of Illinois. His life's work was as an administrator for the Geneseo, Wethersfield and Buda-Western school districts.
Joseph was a 50-year member of the VFW. He was also a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. He spent a lot of his spare time honing his skills as a history buff, but he also loved his woodworking as well as gardening.
Today, Joseph is survived by his wife, Anita; his two children, John (Julie) Winek of Naperville and Janice (Jeff) Clow of Mundelein; six grandchildren, Michael Winek, Bryan Winek, Allison Winek and Danny Winek, and Joseph Clow and Elizabeth Clow; and his sister, Florence Stensby of Superior, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one brother.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Princeton with Pastor Scott Schmidt officiating. Cremation will be accorded after the services. A military rites burial will be held at the Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery in the Quad Cities at a later date.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer's Research Foundation.
The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.