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Joseph Margetiak

January 31, 2021

Joseph “Joe” Steven Margetiak, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2021, at the age of 66, at his residence in Norwalk, OH with his devoted wife, Charlene, at his side.

His battle with cancer showed his courage in facing life challenges with humor and a wonderful smile. Despite the pain, Joe came out a hero and stayed strong until the end. He was born on November 28, 1954, in Windber, Pennsylvania, to Joseph (deceased) and Julia (Soho) Margetiak. Joe was a 1972 graduate of Shade High School, Cairnbrook, PA and went on to serve honorably with the United States Air Force as a Czechoslovakian Linguist stationed in Rimbach, Germany. He met the love of his life, Charlene, while they were both studying Czechoslovakian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. She chased him half way around the world (Rimbach) and back again until he married her in 1977. He graduated summa cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University with an Associate degree in Wildlife Technology, Edinboro State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree from Wayne State University in Industrial Health, Hygiene and Safety. “Safety Joe” devoted his career to protecting others from industrial accidents as an investigator with OSHA and as the environmental health and safety coordinator with Tenneco, Inc., Milan, OH. Joe was an accomplished photographer and loved taking candid photos of people. His recent hobbies included bird watching, beekeeping, and shooting sports. As a nature enthusiast, he became a bald eagle nest monitor and spent time as a volunteer supporting environmental and conservation efforts with local park districts and conservation clubs. Joe could find the humor in any situation, enjoyed working with his hands, and would stop what he was doing to help others. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Charlene “Char;” son, Stefan (Cathy) Margetiak; daughter, Cori (Zachary) Stiles; two grandsons, Kian Margetiak and David Stiles; mother, Julia Margetiak; sisters Janis (Ray) Krebs II, and Judi (Robert) Mohn; his father-in-law Milt, and many loving brothers/sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Calling hours are from 4-6 pm on Monday, February 8 at Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Norwalk, OH. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center of Sandusky and Stein Hospice of Sandusky.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; Erie County Conservation League, P.O. Box 476, Sandusky, OH 44870-0476 or Fitchville Conservation League, 2623 Jennings Road, New London, OH 44851. Condolences may be sent to the family at Norwalkfuneral.com. Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate Joe’s life this summer at a date to be determined.

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Joseph “Joe” Steven Margetiak, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2021, at the age of 66, at his residence in Norwalk, OH with his devoted wife, Charlene, at his side.

His battle with cancer showed his courage in facing life challenges with humor and a wonderful smile. Despite the pain, Joe came out a hero and stayed strong until the end. He was born on November 28, 1954, in Windber, Pennsylvania, to Joseph (deceased) and Julia (Soho) Margetiak. Joe was a 1972 graduate of Shade High School, Cairnbrook, PA and went on to serve honorably with the United States Air Force as a Czechoslovakian Linguist stationed in Rimbach, Germany. He met the love of his life, Charlene, while they were both studying Czechoslovakian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. She chased him half way around the world (Rimbach) and back again until he married her in 1977. He graduated summa cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University with an Associate degree in Wildlife Technology, Edinboro State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree from Wayne State University in Industrial Health, Hygiene and Safety. “Safety Joe” devoted his career to protecting others from industrial accidents as an investigator with OSHA and as the environmental health and safety coordinator with Tenneco, Inc., Milan, OH. Joe was an accomplished photographer and loved taking candid photos of people. His recent hobbies included bird watching, beekeeping, and shooting sports. As a nature enthusiast, he became a bald eagle nest monitor and spent time as a volunteer supporting environmental and conservation efforts with local park districts and conservation clubs. Joe could find the humor in any situation, enjoyed working with his hands, and would stop what he was doing to help others. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Charlene “Char;” son, Stefan (Cathy) Margetiak; daughter, Cori (Zachary) Stiles; two grandsons, Kian Margetiak and David Stiles; mother, Julia Margetiak; sisters Janis (Ray) Krebs II, and Judi (Robert) Mohn; his father-in-law Milt, and many loving brothers/sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Calling hours are from 4-6 pm on Monday, February 8 at Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Norwalk, OH. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center of Sandusky and Stein Hospice of Sandusky.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; Erie County Conservation League, P.O. Box 476, Sandusky, OH 44870-0476 or Fitchville Conservation League, 2623 Jennings Road, New London, OH 44851. Condolences may be sent to the family at Norwalkfuneral.com. Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate Joe’s life this summer at a date to be determined.

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Hema Steele

Gates Mills, OH, United States
February 12, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Joe at DOL, and he was such a delight to work with. He was always happy to take the time to teach me the finer points about his work. He was always so kind and thoughtful.

Zachary Harris

Loveland, OH, United States
February 10, 2021

Joe was a kind soul with a seemingly unending wealth of knowledge. He was a much-appreciated trainer to me when I was starting my career. I still have several cherished hand drawings that Joe gave during those trainings. He will be missed. My prayers are with his family.

Kimberly G Nelson

Toledo, OH, United States
February 08, 2021

It was a pleasure working with Joe; he was a great add to our OSHA team and brought a wonderful sense of humor with him. Joe was a consummate safety professional and helped many people with safety and health concerns. Joe will be very missed. My condolences to his family.

Kim

Tammy Hipp

Norwalk, OH, United States
February 07, 2021

Joe you was a great neighbor always looking out for everyone you will be missed

John D

Virginia Beach, VA
February 07, 2021

Joe and I were first cousins, next door neighbors, and best buddies in our very early years. Life was all about HO train sets, walkie-talkies, cabins in the woods and projects in the shop. I was broken hearted when he went off to first-grade a year ahead of me, anxiously awaiting the sight of the big yellow school bus bringing him home each afternoon to our old fashion play time. We lost touch over the years but I always remembered and cherished our early relationship. Aunt Julie, Janny, Judi, Charlene, Stefan, and Cori, Please know that I will be praying for your comfort and wellbeing.
John D.

Peggy Case

New London, OH
February 06, 2021

Joe was great fun, always in good humor. He Will be missed.

Vickie and Butch

Bath, NY
February 04, 2021

We are thinking of all of you. Joe was such a fun loving guy. Char, Stefan, and Cori - Love and hugs to you

Patty

Bath, NY, USA
February 04, 2021

You will always be in our hearts. We will miss your beautiful smile. Love Patty, Chris, and Logan