PALM HARBOR, FL -- Joseph John Ondek, Jr. passed away the morning of April 29, 2021 with family by his side at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Phyllis (née Shelly), and their 3 married children: Brian (Deana) Ondek of San Diego, CA, Deborah (Peter) Nowland of Crownsville, MD, and Andrew (Amy) Ondek of Palmyra, VA. Joe was a very hands-on and outgoing “PopPop” to their 6 grandchildren: Mitchell, Carissa, Trinity, Jacob, Jalyn, and Gia.
Born on January 27, 1939 in Bridgeport, CT to his parents Joseph Sr. and Mary Ondek, he was the middle of 5 siblings. Joe attended Fairfield Preparatory Academy in Fairfield, CT where he graduated in 1957. He then enlisted in the US Air Force where he proudly served for 20 years prior to his honorable discharge in 1977. Joe had a career in banking and finance following his time in the military and made countless lifelong friends living in Hannawa Falls, NY, Churchton, MD, and Palm Harbor, FL.
Joe enjoyed fishing, betting on the ponies and golf, but most of all he loved spending quality time with his wife, family and friends. If Joe was in the room, you knew it and you were likely laughing.
There will be no public memorial service but the family hopes that you will keep them in your prayers.