MILLVILLE – Joseph F. Szlosek, 94, husband of Phyllis A. (Rawinski) Szlosek died Sat. Feb. 20 in the St. Camillus Health Center, Whitinsville. He was the son of the late Joseph and Sofia Szlosek.
He was the Assistant Principal of Uxbridge High School before retiring in 1978 and had been the Principal of the Jr. High School when the high school had been on double sessions Mr. Szlosek had also been the Athletic Director, a teacher of Latin, Spanish and English. He also taught Driver Education for the State of MA at Northbridge High School as well as teaching Driver Education and Americanization classes at Uxbridge High School.
Mr. Szlosek had attended Epiphany Apostolic in Newburgh, NY and was a graduate of St. Joseph’s College of Catholic University and also earned advanced degrees from Boston College and Boston University. He served on the Millville School Committee for 4 years and served 12 years on the Blackstone – Millville Reg. School Committee as District Secretary and later as Vice Chairman. Mr. Szlosek was the Town Accountant of Millville for 29 years and had been Treasurer and honorary lifetime member of the Council On Aging. After his retirement, he was a substitute teacher at the Nipmuc Regional High School, Bellingham High School and Uxbridge High School in addition to teaching Spanish at the Blackstone Millville Regional High School.
Mr. Szlosek was the first Lector at St. Augustine’s Church and was Chairman of the Liturgy and President of the Southern Worcester County Council of Catholic Men. He was presently a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 11020 at St. Augustine’s Church and Fourth Degree member of the Bishop O’Reilly K of C assembly-Worcester. The Polish-American Veterans of Uxbridge awarded Mr. Szlosek a citation for outstanding service to the community by a man of Polish decent. He had been an education advisor in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Plymouth for 18 months.
Mr. Szlosek had contributed to various magazines including the Catholic Digest, The Stylus at Boston College and Tall Tales. He was a competitive horseshoe throwing player, a great storyteller, and will be known by all for his wit and sense of humor.
Mr. Szlosek also served as Financial Secretary of the Polish-American Citizens Club for over 25 years. He was a member of the Freehill Council, K of C in Slatersville, RI and served as Deputy Grand Knight. Mr. Szlosek was former president of the Holy Name Society and a member of the Massachusetts Secondary School Principal’s Assoc.
He was an active member of the Mass Retired Teachers Assoc., State and County Municipal Employees Assoc., the Spanish and Portuguese Assoc., and MA Principal’s Assoc. Mr. Szlosek was also a member of the Good Gov’t Assoc. and a member of the Democratic Town Committee. He served as warden at the polls for many elections and recieved the Millville Board of Selectmen Award.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by one son; Joseph and his wife Margaret Szlosek of Providence, RI, one daughter, Cindy and her husband Chuck Drayton of Foxboro, his grandchildren including David, Lucas, and Matthew Drayton; 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 4 sisters and a brother Mary Wojcik, Sophia Fisher, Rose Mielnicki, Stephanie Crook, and Francis Szlosek.
A funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be held Tues. Feb. 23, 2010 at 12:30 PM in St. Augustine’s Church, 17 Lincoln St., Millville, MA. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Uxbridge
Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 11 – 12 Noon prior to the funeral Mass in the BUMA FUNERAL HOME, 101 N. Main St., Rte. 122, Uxbridge, MA 01569.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Monica’s Guild, c/o St. Augustine’s Church, 17 Lincoln St., Millville, MA 01529.