WATERFORD – Joseph R. Lesik, 97, passed away peacefully at Nightingale Nursing and Rehab Center on Monday, July 4, 2022. He was born on April 13, 1925 in Mill Village to the late John and Rozalia (Vengeska) Lesik.

Joe, a life-long resident of LeBoeuf Township, worked in construction his entire life as a laborer and operating engineer. When he wasn’t working his day job, he was working on the land he loved, usually on his beloved Allis Chalmers tractor, fixing a vehicle or piece of equipment or building something. Joe even built a house when he was 80 years old! He was always willing to lend a hand to a neighbor, a friend, his children and grandchildren. Being very civic-minded, Joe was a member of the Mill Village Fire Department, a LeBoeuf Township Supervisor, a member of the Fort LeBoeuf School Board and an active member of the Mill Village United Methodist Church. During WWII, he raised food on his farm and transported the food to Cleveland to help feed the troops.

We, his family, who will miss him immensely, will remember Mom and Dad dancing to the Tennessee Waltz, watching Lawrence Welk on Saturday evenings, spending hot summer days putting in hay and sharing holiday meals together as a large loving family.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Edna Mae Lesik in 2017; an infant son, Randy; a grandson, Andy; and his brothers: John and Steven Lesik; and sisters: Ann Hiltaychuck, Mary Floyd, Julia Wheelock, Ellen DeVore, Katherine Petrusky and Nancy Powell.

Joe is survived by his five children: Becca (Rick), Robin (John), Charmaine, Tina (Ron) and Joe (Michele); grandchildren: Chad (Stephanie), Kyle (Jordan), Alison (James), Lyndsey, Tara, Vinny, Ed (Katrina), Adam (Robin), Brittany (Justin), Brianna, Brooks and Ryan; great grandchildren: Harper, Peyton, Kacie Mae, Jameson, Addison, Mason, Libby, Nolan, Corra, Kaitlyn and Kristina; and many nieces and nephews. All will cherish his dedication to family, his love of the land, his undeniable work ethic and that he showed he loved us with his actions more than his words.

The family would like to thank the aides, nurses and staff at Nightingale and Hospice for their respect and compassionate care of Dad.

Visiting hours will be at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Monday, July 11th from 3-8 p.m. Funeral services will be at the Miller Station United Methodist Church on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at LeBoeuf Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mill Village Fire Department or a charity of your choice.