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PROROK, Joseph D. "Joe"

PROROK - Joseph D. "Joe"
Age 91, died January 11, 2011, in his home in Mishawaka, IN. A nearly life-long resident of the Buffalo, Joe was born in the city of Buffalo on March 19th, 1919. He was the seventh of eight children of Stanley and Stephanie (Mietus) Prorok, and a graduate of Buffalo's East High School. Joe was drafted into the U.S. Army in March of 1941 and was deployed to the Southwest Pacific theater in November of 1941, shipping out of Pearl Harbor two weeks before the December 7 attacks. He participated in the Bismarck Archipelago, East Indies, and New Guinea campaigns, where he served as a staff sergeant specializing in munitions. He received his Honorable Discharge in June of 1945. After returning home, Joe began working for the New York Central Railroad, and remained a railroad man until his retirement from ConRail in 1981. He and his wife Lorraine (Nowak) were married September 29, 1956, and enjoyed nearly 55 years of married life together. Joe was a great reader and partial to books of historical content. An astute fan of sports, he was an accomplished athlete in his own right, and remained an avid golfer well into his later years. Joe was a delightful storyteller and regaled many a friend and family member with the lighter side of his war experiences, particularly his time spent in New Guinea, the Fijis, and Australia. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, and a good neighbor to all around him. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; daughter, Maryfrances Prorok of South Bend; grandchildren Jack and Maggie Feighery and their dad, William Feighery, of South Bend; brother Thaddeus of East Aurora, NY; sisters Eleanor Pawlak (Sun Lake, AZ) and Adele Schoenthal (Walnut Creek, CA) and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister Charlotte Jankowski and brothers Ferdinand, Charles, and Francis. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 am, January 18, at St. Anthony de Padua Church, South Bend. Flowers are gratefully declined. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGannHay.com.

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