At age 80 Joseph, was called to his eternal rest, on Saturday, July 26, 2003, after a brief illness. He was born on December 18, 1922, son of the late Joseph and Mary (Gaydos) Zakutny. Joe was employed for 42 years at the Westinghouse Plant (Copper Shop) in East Pittsburgh, before his retirement August 26, 1983.
He was an avid swimmer at several pools throughout the county. He enjoyed spending time with his family, lifelong friendships, and fishing along the Allegheny River, Canada and in Florida, as well as a past bowler in the Jednota League, a member of the East Pittsburgh VFW Post 5008, and a lifelong member of St. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Braddock. Joe was a devote Catholic, an avid Steeler fan who always attended the annual retreat at St. Vincent College during training camp, missing only 2 in the last 30 years.
Joe proudly served in the U.S. Navy in both the European and Pacific Theaters in WW II, a survivor of the sinking of the USS Underhill. He was awarded the Purple Heart by President Harry Truman.
Joe was preceded in death by his sister Anna (Pcsolar) and brothers John and Albert. Joe is survived by his loving nieces and nephews and their families, David and Sue Pcsolar of Penn Twp., Mary (Zakutny) and Gary Riess of Newark, DE, Mark Zakutny of Newark, DE, John Pcsolar and Alan Sandman of Philadelphia, Judith (Zakutny) and Mark Paintner of Teaneck, NJ, Joe Zakutny of Wilmington, DE, Christine Zakutny of Wilmington, DE, John and Maria Zakutny of Bear, DE; and his sister-in-law, Carmen Zakutny of Wilmington, DE; also survived by nine great-nieces and nephews.