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Joseph Kaminski, 85, Lifelong Stamford Resident

Joseph Kaminski
Joseph Kaminski Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. – Joseph H. Kaminski, a lifelong resident of Stamford, died Saturday, Jan. 16. He was 85.

A husband, father and friend, he was born in Stamford March 23, 1930, to Henry and Mary Kowalik Kaminski. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He was a photoengraver for many years with the engraving division of McCall's Magazine. In 1970, McCall's closed and he took a job working for Graphic Color Plate and later at Wilbar Engraving of Darien. In 1985, he went to work as a general mechanic for the U.S. Post Office in Norwalk.

He was a member of the Graphic Communications International Union, The American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Retired Employees. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, watercolor and oil painting along with other arts and crafts. He was passionate about music and was notorious for his humor.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan Mathews Kaminski; two daughters Jean Fratino and her husband, Mike, of Norwalk, and Barbara "Bobbi" Loughran and her husband, Patrick, of Trumbull; his son, Kenneth J. Kaminski and his wife, Daphne, of Texas; six grandchildren, Dr. Ken Kaminski, Jr., Michael A. Kaminski, Kelly Fratino, Robert Fratino, and Tierney and Patrick Loughran; and two great-granddaughters, Zoe and Caroline.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Henry and sister-in-law Mary.

Family and friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford. A procession will leave Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory on Thursday at 9:40 a.m. for St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 566 Elm St., Stamford, for a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Building, Memphis, TN 38105.

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