My Father-in-law passed away this week. It came as no surprise. Unfortunately we've had years of fear that time was not on his side. Hubby would say that Pops was living on borrowed time. My Joey definitely used that time wisely! He was going to get full use of that which he "borrowed". We can say with clear absoluteness that our days were often guided by our hearts.. did Pops want a game of dominoes; was he energized for a card game more than Solitaire? Hey Pops? - wouldn't you say that your son made those quiet, puzzle-filled days a bit more sunny? I know the response would be YES! if you were able to speak with us again..
Pops? thinking of some of those last moments with you... maybe you can enlighten us. You sure knew how then (and all of your years) to make people laugh... What the world did you want me to know about kapusta?? :-) We've thought about you saying "kapusta, Shari.... it's not just pusta ...
it's kapusta" Alrighty!! somehow your mind was thinking back to Polish cabbage, and now? NOW that silly thing you said makes me cry, and at the same time starts me to smiling!
Your dry humor, devilish smirk, complete generosity, kindness and gentle ways are how your family will describe you and keep you ever alive in our hearts!
Nigdy będziemy zapominać was
(in Polish - we will never forget you)
How I described this dear man, that I have been lucky enough to call my Father-in-law for 24 years ~
Joseph Paul Niczewicz
A giving and gentle soul, Joe passed away
on December 1, 2012 at the age of 79. Born
and raised in Troy, NY where much of his
family still resides.
Joe enlisted in the US Navy, and served on
the USS Midway 1951-1955. Stationed at
Moffett Field. This is how he came to the
west coast, and but for a brief return to NY,
made his home here in Santa Clara.
Joe raised his two sons in this home filled
with laughter, card games, sports activities
and endless devotion and love.
Retired from City of Santa Clara after 31 years.
Meeting his much adored wife, Frances at the
City of SC. Married for 44 years.
Joe joins many loved ones in heaven - including
his parents, and some of his 10 siblings. He will
be reunited with his beloved son, Chuck. Joe is
survived by his wife Frances, son Joey , Daughters-
in-law Shari Nicsevic & Germaine Houston,
Grandchildren George (Juliet), Janelle Ginestra, and
Great Grandson Charlie. He will be grieved by his
large family from coast to coast. His warm lap will be
missed by his dog companion, Kala.
Joe was a giving man; his fulfillment to dote
on his family. In knowing the spirit of this kind man’s
world, we are left with a fine example of how a life
should be led.