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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Wednesday February 23rd, 2022
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Thursday February 24th, 2022

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Joseph Valentine Merchak Jr.

Joseph Valentine Merchak Jr., 85, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, February 21, 2022.

A funeral mass will be held at Holy Infant Catholic Church, Thursday February 24th, 2022, at 10 AM with Father Marcellus officiating. The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home, Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022, from 6-8 PM and other times at the home.

Joseph was born in Morristown, New Jersey to the late Joseph Valentine Merchak Sr. and Mary Rak Merchak. He attended Bailey Ellard High School in Madison, New Jersey. After High school, he joined the National Guard where he served for 9 years. Joseph retired with over 30 years of service from Superior Carriers in Kenvil, NJ. Joe was the treasurer of the 6970 branch of the Knights of Columbus for many years and also enjoyed building model ships, trains and airplanes. He was a loving grandfather who shared his passion for trains with his grandchildren. More than anything he loved his family.

Along with his parents, Joseph is preceded in death by his brother, Andrew Merchak.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kathleen Merchak; children, Joseph Vincent Merchak, Ann Marie Merchak Mura and husband, Michael; grandchildren, Eric Mura, Brian Mura, Devin Merchak, and Nicholas Merchak; brother, Bernie Merchak as well as a large and loving group of extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Infant Catholic Church at 1042 Freeway Drive, Reidsville NC 27320.

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A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Merchak Jr.

Michael Hendley Feb 28 2022 10:01 PM

Wow. What a way to find out your father died. Unfortunately, I was never told he was sick. At least he was able to meet his only granddaughter, Rebecca, but he left this earth before meeting his great -grandson Benjamin. Kathy, I am sorry for your loss.

Jacqueline Marie Merchak-Saxer Feb 26 2022 3:04 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Merchak Jr.

Rose Creed Feb 25 2022 4:59 PM

So sorry to hear of the passing of JoJo. I always admired him when we lived in Boonton. I was a young kid and he had a good job and a car. He was always kind to me and he visited our family often. After we moved to upstate New York we lost touch, but I always remember him fondly.

Cousin Bruce Rak Feb 25 2022 11:37 AM

Jo Jo,
I know I lost touch with you over the years, but I remember growing up near you on Highland Ave in Boonton. You were always a loyal nephew to my Dad, Steve Rak, from his borrowing your Chyrsler to grocery shop or you driving a rental truck from Boonton to upstate NY 200 miles through the Poconos in 1961 when we moved. I was 9, thanks for the good memories. Rest in peace Jo Jo.
Your cousin, Dave Rak

David Rak Feb 24 2022 11:03 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Merchak Jr.

Arnold Walker Feb 23 2022 1:52 PM

Kathy, I am so very sorry for your loss. I've enjoyed cutting both yours and Joe's hair over the past several years. I know he will be missed. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

Hannah Matkins Feb 23 2022 11:47 AM