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Henry J. Zmiewski, 95, passed away on July 10, 2016, at the Bloomsburg Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Bloomsburg.

He was born Feb. 8, 1921, in Glen Lyon, a son of the late Alexander and Genevieve (Machcinski) Zmijewski.

He was a graduate of Newport Township High School, class of 1939. He was a veteran of World War II, serving two years in the Pacific Theater; Guadalcanal, Angaur, Peleliv, and Leyte in the Philippine Islands, and Japan, after the Japanese surrendered. He was awarded the Pacific Theater Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star, American Theater Medal, and the Victory Medal. After serving more than three years in the Army, he was honorably discharged Dec. 25, 1945, Christmas Day, when he returned to Danville to join his wife, Josephine, whom he had not seen for more than three years.

He worked a few years at Cabinet Industries and Web Rib Steel in Danville. After Web Rib Steel closed their operation in Danville, Mr. Zmiewski enrolled at Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, where he earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering. Upon graduation, he accepted an engineering position with Shell Oil Company in their New York City Division. He and his wife, Josephine then moved to Queens, N.Y.

Mr. Zmiewski worked for Shell Oil Company for more than 30 years in various engineering positions of responsibility, in marketing and refining. He worked throughout Shell's U.S. Eastern areas of operations, in their regional offices in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, and Boston. After 32 years with Shell, he retired in 1985. He and his wife then moved from their home in the Boston area back to Danville, to their home at 106 Oak St., Mahoning Township.

He was an active 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus of Danville, serving as treasurer and trustee for many years, as well as a 4th degree member of Knights of Columbus of Saint Katherine Drexel Assembly. He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Danville. He was a life member of the following organizations: the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Danville Elks Lodge 754, the Danville Loyal Order of Moose, and the Washington Fire and Hose Company. In addition, he was a member of the American Legion Post 40 and a member of the East End Fire Company.

In his retirement, he enjoyed playing golf regularly and playing cards with his many poker friends. He and his wife enjoyed attending football games at Penn State and Notre Dame, along with college basketball at Villanova University. He and his wife enjoyed spending summer vacations at Fripp Island, in the Carolinas, with son Mark and wife Barbara, along with grandsons James, Alex, and Ryan. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandsons playing golf and poker, along with trips to Disney World and Sea World in Florida.

In addition to his parents, Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Riley Zmiewski who passed away in 2006; and an infant daughter in 1956. Mr. Zmiewski and Josephine were married Aug. 18, 1942, in Bethlehem, and enjoyed a long enjoyable and loving life of 63 years. Mr. Zmiewski was also preceded in death by six sisters, Frances Killian, Bertha Fox, Mamie Forgach, Julia Szajnecki, Cecelia Zmijewski, and Albertia Lewis; and two brothers, Ted and Edward Zmijewski.

Henry is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Barbara, and grandsons, James, Alexander, and Ryan, who live in Berwyn; one brother and sister-in-law, Narcey and Shirley, and their sons, Robert, Dale, and Narcey Jr. and his wife, Kathy; and 15 nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the Brady Funeral Home, 320 Church St., Danville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church, 18 E. Center St., Danville with the Rev. James E. Lease as celebrant. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery, with full military honors.

The family will provide flowers. Please make donations in memory of Henry Zmiewski to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5014.

Please send online condolences to BradyFuneralHome.com.
Published on  July 11, 2016
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