1919 – 2019
Putnam – Joseph Mercik, 100, of Grove St., passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Matulaitis Rehabilitation and Nursing Home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Dolores (Marroquin) Mercik, the love of his life. They were married on August 21, 1948 in St. Mary Church of the Visitation. Born in Newmarket, NH, he was the son of the late John and Appolina (Grochmal) Mercik. He is predeceased by his daughter in 1993, the late Joy Kempain; as well as his sisters, Mary, Beatrice and Celia.
Joseph graduated from Putnam High School and from Ellis Tech as a machinist. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII. Upon his return from the war he married Dolores. He was co-owner of LaBonte & Mercik Refrigeration in Putnam. Joe was an ambitious and talented man who had many interests. His interests as a young caddy turned into a membership at Putnam Golf Course and became one of the original members of the Quinnatisset Country Club. He was a member of the Putnam Elks which he enjoyed for many years. He was an avid fisherman, golfer, coin collector, reader, made furniture and lamps as well as carved decoy ducks.
In addition to his wife Dolores, Joseph is survived by his daughter, Deborah M. Dunn and her husband Kevin Paulhus of Dudley, MA. The light of his life was his family, especially his grandchildren, Hollis (Kempain) Abram and her husband Adam, and Jordan Joseph Kempain and his fiancé Sarah Rickaby, Steve Kempain was Joys husband and he and his present wife Pam Kempain continue to be part of the family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the exceptional staff at Matulaitis Nursing Home.
Funeral services are private and have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.