Joseph (Zeke) Kazista, 77, of Roaring Brook Twp., peacefully passed away Wednesday at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, surrounded by his loving family. His wife is the former Jane Politofski.
Born in Old Forge, he was the son of the late George and Anna Kazista. He was a graduate of Old Forge High School, Class of 1963, and a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, Moscow. He was retired from being employed by AT&T Long Lines Satellite Station in Hawley, Pennsylvania.
Joe proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. In his earlier years, he belonged to numerous softball teams and bowling leagues. He also belonged to the Bell Golf League for many years and enjoyed many trips to Myrtle Beach, where he would take great delight in listening to the “Dueling Pianos” at Crocodile Rocks Piano Bar.
In 1985, he married the love of his life, Jane, and together they recently celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary on November 3rd. Both he and Jane loved to travel extensively, their favorite vacation spot being Hawaii. They also enjoyed many trips to Augusta, Georgia for the yearly Masters Tournament. Most of all, however, they loved cruising Lake Wallenpaupack and Lake Winola in their pontoon boat “The Crazy Jane.”
Joe was a present member of the Taurus Club in Scranton and former associate member of the Elmhurst Country Club as well as a former member of the Scranton Canoe Club, Patte’s Sports Bar & Cigar Club in Wilkes-Barre, and the Victor Alfieri Society of Scranton. He also enjoyed spending time with other members of his family, particularly going on family outings to many sporting events, celebrating his birthday with his nephew William (Bill) whose birthday is one day apart from his own and, as a passionate “foodie,” enjoying delicious holiday meals cooked by his sister-in-law Judy, a fellow “foodie.”
The family would like to thank the caregivers at both the first floor 12 North Group of Allied Services and the eighth floor of Geisinger CMC for their outstanding medical care. Jane would like to personally thank Joe’s friend and golf buddy Bill Green for always calling her on the phone to inquire about Joe’s condition. The family also wishes to thank Fr. Thomas Muldowney of St. Catherine of Siena Parish and Christopher James of Vanston and James Funeral Home for their kindness and assistance to the family during this time of need.
Joe is survived by his wife, Jane, of Roaring Brook Twp.; nephew William Caputo and sister-in-law Judy Caputo, both of South Abington, Twp.,
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by a brother Monsignor Francis G. Kazista of Silver Spring, Maryland, who passed away in 2020.
As per the family’s wishes, there will be no public calling hours.
Private entombment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp., Pa.
Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Memory of Joe to St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St. Moscow, Pa 1844.
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