MARTINS FERRY -- Joseph John Shemenski,102, formerly of N. 9th Street, Martins Ferry, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 20, 2013, while in the company of family members in Orrville.

He was born in Martins Ferry on March 9, 1911, a son of the late Frank and Agatha (Sharek) Shemenski.

He lived 89 years in Martins Ferry happily raising four children. In his later years, he divided his time between his son's homes in Newcomerstown, Orrville and Doylestown, Pa. For the last year, he has lived at Orrvilla Maple Terrace in Orrville.

He was a retired employee of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Martins Ferry plant, for 40 years, and he also had a television repair shop. In his retirement years, he purchased his own saw mill and established a lumbering business; loving every minute of the process. He loved to garden and always liked to share his fruits and vegetables with friends and neighbors. Music was very important to Joe. He loved to entertain folks with his guitar, key board and harmonica. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry; past president of the SOAR (Retired Steelworkers); founding member of the Mackey Community Center of Martins Ferry; member of Doylestown Senior Center of Doylestown, Pa.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. (Bazar) Shemenski; five brothers, Stanley, Frank, Andrew, John and Walter; and five sisters, Nell Rees, Frances Migdal, Theresa Vickers, Mary Klus and Ann Casshie. Sadly, he is preceded in death by his first born grandchild, Scott of Rhode Island.

He was a loving father to Joseph (Patricia) Shemenski of Doylestown, Pa., James (Carol) Shemenski of Orrville, Kenneth (Johanna) Shemenski of Newcomerstown, and Mary Kay (Kenneth) Hayward of Palm Coast, Fla. He liked to boast with pride that he had four children, 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; and a 1-year old great-great granddaughter.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover St., Martins Ferry.

Funeral Liturgy with Mass took place at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, with the Rev. Tomas Marut as the Celebrant.

Entombment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.

A prayer service took place in the funeral home Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Memorial contributions to St. Mary's Church, N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.

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