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Joseph T. Zukowski, Sr., 92, of the Swartswood section of Stillwater Township, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Newton Medical Center. Born on December 29, 1919, in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, Mr. Zukowski lived in Newton from 1944 to 1985, when he retired and moved to Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, where he lived for ten years. He then lived in Toms River from 1995 until moving to Swartswood three years ago. From 1944 to 1956, Mr. Zukowski worked for Dean Phipps stores. He worked for the Sussex County Road Department from 1957 until his retirement as Assistant Road Supervisor in 1984. Mr. Zukowski was a volunteer fireman for 33 years and also served as Fire Chief in Newton. In 1981, he received the Fireman's Valor Award. He was an accomplished wood carver and an avid outdoorsman. While living in Newton, Mr. Zukowski was a member of the Lions Club, the Elks Club, and the Knights of Columbus. The son of the late Cyprian Zukowski and Jennie (Dziadkowicz) Zukowski, Mr. Zukowski was predeceased by his wife of 21 years, Alba Zukowski, in 2005 and a brother, Edmund J. Zukowski in 1992. He is survived by one son, Joseph T. Zukowski, Jr., of the Swartswood section of Stillwater Township; one daughter, Ellen Z. Ferguson of Douglas Island, Alaska; one brother, Chester Zukowski of Toms River; two sisters, Kitty Lattimore of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Marion Kowalczyk of Honesdale, Pennsylvania; several nieces and nephews; three stepchildren from his second wife, Nancy Jung, Robert Massa and Mary Lou Lamott; three stepchildren from his first marriage, Rodney, Randolph and Raymond Storm; and stepgrandchildren. Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Friday at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph R.C. Church in Newton. Entombment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with 8 p.m. Firemen's services, at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Newton Fire Department, 56 Woodside Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860 or St. Joseph R.C. Church, 17 Elm Street, Newton, NJ 07860.

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