Joseph J. Baskowski Sr., 95.
GRAFTON Joseph J. Baskowski Sr., 95, passed peacefully November 5,
2009. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Mary G. (Valladoa)
Baskowski; three daughters: Gloria Paradiso and her companion Stephen
Buscemi, Carol Dauphinais and her husband Craig both of Grafton, Ann
Gurney and her husband Benjamin of Norwell; three sons: Joseph and his
wife Karen Shaw of Holliston, Stephen and his wife Carolyn of Gill, MA,
Richard and his wife Janet of North Brookfield; his daughter-in-law, Ann
(Amour) Baskowski of Grafton; 20 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
His parents, William and Sophie (Salash) Baskowski; his son, Jeffrey W.
Baskowski of Grafton (2009) and his sister, Anna Taylor of Royal Oak,
MI, all passed before him. Mr. Baskowski was born in Kansas City, KS
October 30, 1914, raised in Gowanda, NY and then lived in Peabody, MA
and Whitinsville before moving to Grafton 49 years ago. He attended
Peabody MA High School and then enlisted in The US Army in 1941 fighting
in World War II in The European African Middle Eastern Theater. He was
in the battle of The Rhineland, Argennes and other European areas with
The 57th Signal Battalion and was honorably discharged in 1945 at the
rank of Staff Sergeant. He became a machinist after the war working 25
years at Whitin Machine Works and then 25 years at Wyman Gordon Co.,
retiring in 1979. Mr. Baskowski was a parishioner of St. Philip's
Catholic Church, a member of Benedict Council Knights of Columbus,
United Steelworkers of America Local #2257 and The 57th Signal Battalion
Assoc. Through the example of his life we have been blessed by the
values of industriousness, persistence, spunk, humility and generosity.
All who knew Joe will miss his ever present smile, his twinkling blue
eyes and his good humored nature. He loved people and being in his
presence always made one feel as if you were home. His greatest love was
his family and most especially his grandchildren. He leaves them and all
of us a legacy of love. Joe's wishes were that in lieu of flowers,
donations be made to The Central MA Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 69
Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605.
Funeral & Calling Hours
All are invited to visit with his family at calling hours Sunday,
November 8th from 2 to 5 p.m in The Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester
St., North Grafton. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, November
9th at 11 am in St. Philip's Catholic Church corner of Church &
West St., Grafton Center. He will then be laid to rest with military
honors in Fairview Cemetery in South Grafton. All attending Monday are
respectfully asked to go directly to the church. A Condolence Book may
be signed and directions are available at: www.roneyfuneralhome.com