Joseph Gerald Salkowski, 75, a longtime resident of Cape Coral, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Cape Coral. He was born July 30, 1938, to Joseph and Josephine Salkowski, now deceased.
He was of the Catholic faith. He proudly served our country in the United States Army for 20 years. He served honorably in the Vietnam War from 1969 through 1970. After his return from the war, he served as an artillery instructor in Aberdeen, Md. He retired from the military in 1976 and moved to Cape Coral with his family. His many talents allowed him to pursue the vocations he loved such as master carpentry, photography and optics. He was a teacher at heart and instilled the same love of education in the hearts of his children. He attended Harford College in Maryland and Edison College in Florida.
He will be remembered for his love for life, adventurous spirit and witty sense of humor. His spirit lives on in the hearts of his family.
Joseph Gerald Salkowski
He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Brigitte Salkowski of Cape Coral; five children, Cathy Kowanek (Manfred) of North Fort Myers, Robert Salkowski, Carolyn Salkowski, Joseph Salkowski and Wendy Jackson (David), all of Cape Coral; half-sister, Catherine Dayhoff (Greg); step-sisters, Theresa Garland (Robert) and Elizabeth Groh (Boyd); as well as 11 grandchildren, Robert Fewox Jr., Joseph Fewox, Samuel Fewox, Robert Salkowski Jr., Kyle Salkowski, Nathan Dattolico, Kaitlin Salyer, Zachary Gerstmyer, David Jackson, Aleah Jackson and Lindsy Jackson; and six great-grandchildren, Lily Fewox, Ian Dattolico, Sadie Dattolico, Caelan Salyer, Kylee Salyer and Camden Naffziger .
He was preceded in death by his sister, Caroline Salkowski.
Memorial services will be held 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 14, at Hope Hospice Chapel, 2430 Diplomat Parkway, East, Cape Coral, with Father John Deary officiating. The family will receive friends at the Hope Hospice Chapel from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of service.
Monetary memorial contributions in memory of Joseph G. Salkowski are suggested to the Salkowski family in care of Mullins Memorial, 1056 N.E. 7th Terrace, Cape Coral FL, 33909.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.