Joseph Kmeck

December 17, 1922 - April 18, 2017 Kennett Square, PA | Age 94 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

Joseph Kmeck, age 94, of Kennett Square, PA, peacefully passed away on April 18, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Originally from Jersey City, NJ, Joseph was a son of the late John Kmeck and the late Mary Grofik.

After graduating from Lincoln High School in Jersey City, Joseph went on to serve our country for two tours of duty in North Africa and Italy as a B24 mechanic with the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII.

Joseph continued his passion for aviation after WWII as a mechanic for American Airlines and an aircraft instrumentation technician for the Bendix Corp. He was also an active member of the Pyramidiers 98th Bomb Group (H) Veterans Association and reunited with his fellow bomb group comrades many times at annual meetings with his wife, Julia. Joseph had a good voice and loved singing. He studied voice at the NY College of Music and briefly pursued a professional singing career.

Joseph was deeply religious and loyalty to his Christian faith and family was unmatched. His morning singing rendition of the Lord’s Prayer will be missed. Joseph was an avid fisherman and enjoyed many hours fishing along the NJ coast, offshore and in Barnegat Bay. He introduced his family to the enjoyment of boating, fishing, and crabbing during wonderful summers at the Jersey Shore. Joseph loved swimming in the surf and enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren how to ride waves.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Julia Jagielski, with whom he shared 71 precious, loving, and devoted years of marriage. He is also survived by his son, Joseph Kmeck, Jr. of Erie, CO; his daughter, Joan Phillips and her husband, Lou, of Kennett Square, PA; his grandchildren Julianne Martin and her husband, Travis, of Gilbertsville, PA; Emily Harris and her husband, Adrian, of Newtown Sq, PA; Mark Phillips of Kennett Sq, PA; and his three great grandchildren Gabriela, Claire, and Jack. Joseph was predeceased by his four brothers, Charles, John, George, and Nicholas.

You are invited to visit with Joseph’s family and friends from 6-8PM Sunday April 23, and 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Monday April 24, 2017 at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116), 250 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. His Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 AM Monday at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Interment will be held privately at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Contributions in Joseph’s memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. To view Joseph’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

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Wounded Warrior Project

P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, Kansas 66675



April 23, 2017 6-8PM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


April 24, 2017 8:30 - 9:30AM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Funeral Mass

April 24, 2017 10:00 AM St. Patrick Catholic Church
212 Meredith St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. To Aunt Julia, Joey, and Joan – My heart goes out to you. I loved Uncle Joe with his contagious love of life. The man who taught me how to crab and fish. Mallard Point, The 4 J’s, 231 Drake Rd. Those memories have been and always will be embedded in me along with his kindness. God bless you Uncle Joe. With love, Cousin George Jr.

    George Kmeck | April 23, 2017 at 5:17 AM
  2. My dear Godfather. I knew the time would come when you would join my dad. Although we didn’t see each other often I have very happy memories going all the way back to Mallard Point. What fun times they were!!! How I wish we could go back for just one more day of those fun times. I will always remember those tight hugs you always gave me. You and my dad have a lot of catching up to do. Always in my heart.

    Aunt Julie, at my dad’s wake Uncle Joe sat next to me. We were talking about love and I asked him, “are you in love?”. Without a pause or thought he quickly turned to me and said “ABSOLUTELY”. A true love story.

    Karen Kmeck-Burke | April 22, 2017 at 3:29 PM
  3. To the Kmeck and Phillips Family: I was so sad to hear Joe was taken to the hospital. Joe and Julia moved into our building after that horrible hurricane a few years back. He joined the family. Joe was Hercules and we expected that he would return in a few days. He didn’t. Our building is in mourning for his loss. Please know we are here for you and will help in every way possible. With love, Shirley Weiner #119

    Shirley Weiner | April 22, 2017 at 12:54 PM
  4. My dearest Papa Joe- you have given me some many wonderful memories of special times shared. Thank you so very much for taking me into your family and treating me as your “second daughter”. I am so grateful for the love and kindness you so generously extended to me over the many years.. I will miss your smile and laughter, but rest easy that you are at peace and filling the heavens with your glorious song. My love to Nana Julie, Joey, and my dear and special friend Joan. With sadness, Lin

    Linda Riegler | April 20, 2017 at 11:09 PM

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