Joseph R. Bolinsky. Jr. 71 of Port Carbon passed away Saturday while at home.
Born August 14, 1948 he was the son of the late Joseph R. Sr. and Pearl Bolinsky.
Joseph was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School and then went on to serve in the United States Marines. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and obtained the rank of Corporal. Joseph served in country during Vietnam where he was a Field Wireman and Message Center Man. He was awarded the National Defense Medal. After the Marines, Joseph went on to serve in the United States Army as a Private. In the Army, Joseph was an atomic demolitions engineer.
After returning from the Army, Joseph worked various jobs in the area including road construction, demolition and ultimately retiring from M&Q Packaging.
Joseph enjoyed fishing and hunting along with bird watching with his late wife Donna who passed in 2017. He also participated in numerous charity motorcycle rides raising money for various children’s hospitals.
In addition to his parents and wife he is preceded in death by a nephew John Kauffman, Jr.
Joseph is survived by children; Danielle Sallada wife of Jeffrey of Pottsville and Joseph M. Bolinsky of Pottsville He is survived by his grandchildren; Marlena, Phillip, Ruby and Spencer and great grandchildren; Gabriel, Balin, Maryonna, and Onyx. Joseph is also survived by his sister Joanne Kauffman and Mary Jane Pacine along with niece Christine Mistysyn and other nieces.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Thursday at 2:00 P.M. on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven is entrusted with services. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Ruth Steinert SPCA, 18 Wertz Dr, Pine Grove, PA 17963.