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Joseph “Shafer” Silinskie

Joseph “Shafer” Silinskie, 80, of Inkerman, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Pittston on June 27, 1939, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Shafer Silinskie.

He was a graduate of Jenkins High School, class of 1957. Enlisted in the US Army prior to graduating from the Metropolitan Police Academy, Washington DC. Joseph served on the White House Police Force during the Kennedy and Johnson Administration. In 1976, after his retirement as Sergeant from the Metropolitan Police Department, the family relocated from Virginia back to Inkerman.

Joseph was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and its Holy Name Society. He was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #2809. He was a member of the Lithuanian Club, Inkerman and Polish American Veterans Club, Plains.

He was a loving husband, father and

grandfather and will be greatly missed. He managed and coached Jenkins Township Little League, Teeners, and American Legion baseball and softball. He especially took great pride when he coached his own children and then grandchildren. He was a loyal Notre Dame and Redskins fan. In addition to taking trips to Atlantic City, Shafer enjoyed vacations at the beach. Some of his favorite times were at the shore with his family. Above all, he loved his family. Spending time with his children and grandchildren filled his life with joy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Silinskie and a sister Helen Talerico.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 58 years, Ann Marie Vitek Silinskie; his children that he adored, Joyce Iorio and husband Chris of Laflin; Carolyn Traglia and husband Chris of Allentown; Joseph Silinskie and wife Christine of Jenkins Township; Ronald Silinskie and wife Lynn of West Wyoming; Kevin Silinskie and wife Mindee Hite of Webster, NY; and Chris Silinskie and wife Tammy, Duryea; sister, Rose Marie Mantione, of Florida; his beloved grandchildren, Chris Iorio and his fiancé Cierra Cellerari of Harding; Michael Iorio; Nicholas, Joseph and Maria Traglia; Amy, Julie, Mary and Joseph Silinskie; Matthew, Nicole and Allie Silinskie; Sydnee and Rylee Silinskie; Luke, Claire and Joshua Silinskie; numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joseph Silinskie to St. John the Evangelist Restoration Fund.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.

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Apr 01, 2020

Joe was a proud member of Jenkins Township high school class of 1957. He was a gentleman an athlete and contributing student. He served our country in the army followed by a career of protecting the public as a law enforcement officer. A life of service. Michael Jordan a 1957 class mate.


Mar 31, 2020

Our sincere condolences to your family for your loss.You are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy Jack Stacey and family


Mar 30, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all the family. John Remus


Mar 30, 2020

Ann Marie and Family, Michael and I were so sorry to hear of Joe's passing ,we are keeping you and your family in our thought and prayers.


Mar 30, 2020

ann marie im so sorry for your lost .. i will miss him on out trips to A C he was a great guy.. god bliss him and rest in peace. tom mancuso

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