Joseph Martin Leszczynski, 58, of Virginia Beach died on Sunday, August 19, 2001 in his home.
Born in Detroit, Michigan to the late Roman Joseph Leszczynski and survived by his mother, Eleanor Braslavsky Leszczynski, he was a self-employed technician. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 36 years, served two tours in Vietnam and was a Master Chief Master Diver. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 392, lifetime member of the American Legion in Michigan and was a member of the Kempsville Masonic Lodge #196.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Leszczynski; five children, Sarah Hanna of Virginia Beach, Michael Hanna of Washington State, and Daniel Russin, Georganna Kelly and her husband, Shawn, Louise Rybarczyk and her husband, Tony, all of Virginia Beach; two sisters, Barbara Jean Primeau and her husband, Daune, of Dearborne, Michigan and Constance Arleen Jankey and her husband, Andy, of Taylor, Michigan; Brother-in-law, Michael Boyle and his wife, Roberta, of Chesapeake; Godchild, Madelyne Tempesti of Virginia Beach and two Maltese puppies, Bo and Missy.
A funeral ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 11:00am in Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach Chapel. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Entombment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Park with full military honors and masonic rites.
To visit the memorial site go to altmeyer.com.
Our deepest sympathy to the family. May God be with you at this time and always. God Bless you. Peggy & Robbie Robinson
Belated condolences to his family and fond
memories of his lasting gift of friendship in
Dyanne and I send or condolences. We often think about when Ski and Earnie brought some mebers of the Teams up and stayed with us. We all went trout fishing and had a great time. He was friend and a brother and we will miss him.
Carol, I only met Ski a few times, I remember best the time the four of us went to LaConner together. Ski had a way of making one feel comfortable around him. He was always laughing and joking. I understand he was quite a Master Diver and loyal friend to many, one you could really count on. I’m very sorry for your loss and the loss of those that knew him but rejoice in the fact that he’s passed from this world into a better one.
Carol, our thoughts are with you. Joe was one of a kind, the best. Hopefully, he’ll meet up with General FOAM. Dick and Adrienne
Carol, Rita and I share your loss with you.
All our love to you.
Carol. We are grieved to hear of your loss. Joe was a wonderful person and a great Chief. We will all miss him. Our hearts go out to you. And to Joe, “Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.” Much Affection, Charlie and Mary
Dear Carol, Sarah, and Family,
Bill and I were sorry to hear of Ski’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all. We were glad to have met Ski, even if it was only the one time at your house. We can see how he was a “people magnet” and had many, many friends.
Fair Winds and Following Seas in that final travel to the Celestial Lodge in the heavens.
Farewell Master Diver, I’ll see you on station later.
He lived his life making memories and creating hopes and dreams for others to follow! In Peace and Prayers we will remember with the spray of the ocean.
HE WAS A MAN I WAS PROUD TO HAVE KNOWN AND WORKED WITH. IM SORRY FOR YOUR FAMILY MY HART IS WITH YOU AND YOURS. I WILL THINK OF SKI OFTEN AND I MEAN THAT BECAUSE I ALREADY DO THINK OF HIM IT WAS ALWAYS GOOD TO RUN INTO EACH OTHER IN THE FUNNEST PLACES. MY LOVE DEAN AND FAMILY.
HE WAS MY HUSBAND, HE WAS MY BEST FRIEND, HE WAS A CHALLENGE, HE WAS STUBBORN! BEFORE WE MARRIED THE FIRST TIME,, HE TOLD ME HE WAS A ROGUE, AND I WOULD NEVER CHANGE HIM… I DIDN’T WANT TO, I LOVED HIM THE WAY HE WAS. I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM, I WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM. HE HAS GIVEN ME MANY WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND HAS CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER. GOD BLESS HIM. CAROL
I am deeply saddened. I was stationed with Joe at SDV Team 2. My fondest memory is talking about Polish food because my grandmother was Polish and he let me Zerox a Polish cookbook his mother had. I will always treasure that.
I am truly honored and blessed that this wonderful man is my father. He and my mother met when I was 2 and this man raised me as his own child from that day forward. From teaching me to be a “little lady”, walking me down the isle, and holding my first born in the palm of his huge hand, I will never forget how wonderful he is. I can only be thankful that he was such a wonderful part of my life as well as his grandchildren’s lives and believe that myself and family are better people because of him. May God hold you in the palm of his hand Daddy. Love your daughter, Louise
I am very proud to be one of Ski’s daughters. Such a loving man, I could talk to him about anything, and I enjoyed being around him. He taught be alot in the time that I knew him. I’ll miss Ski very much for the rest of my life. I love ya Ski! Sarah
I offer my condolences to the family of a shipmate I did not have the opportunity to meet, from a fellow VFW lifetime member Post 9467 Yokohama and Mason St. Andrews No. 39, Riverside, RI. I was in Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal on active duty. We are the same age.
I will always remember the first time I met my dad. He was the biggest man I had ever seen. I was scared of him, but he tried so hard to win my trust. He taught me so much. If I had only known how little time we had, I would have done so many things differently. I will forever miss him more than I will ever be able to express.
Joe was my brother.He always called me his”baby sister”. He will be missed very much not only by me, but by the many who knew him. I want to thank all who showed their respect and love to Joe and Carol in our families deep grief.
Joe was my mentor and friend and he will forever be in my thoughts. His passing will be mourned by all who were fortunate enough to walk the same path.
My Mentor and my friend, in many ways like my father. Fair winds and following seas in the eternal sea of Heaven.
William H. Stewart
Joe, Fair winds and Following Sea’s.
Joe, Thanks for all the “under the table” deals that enabled us to get around the red tape and get the job done. You will be sorely missed, see ya at the next stop.
Joe’s one of the Navy’s best. A great loss. He’ll be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carol.
Bob & Kim Dunham HTCMMDVret
Knowing and working with Joe was a pleasure. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joe was truly unique.
Knowing joe was a great joy to me . He was a great navy man and master diver.I will surley miss him .
MAY GOD RECEIVE AND WATCH OVER YOU——-SOUP
Met Joe out in Hawaii in 1974 while we were stationed at EODTEUONE. He was truly a good shipmate and one that could be counted on. All through our careers Joe and I kept bumping into each other throughout the world. Who would have figured we would run into each other in Sicily one month then stumble into each other in Bermuda the next. Of course it was in the Chiefs club. We both retired out of Va Beach and remained friends. Joe will truly be missed and always remembered.
My condolences to the family of a great shipmate that I had the honor of serving with. My prayers are with you.
My deepest condolences and prayers to Carol and Family. I first met Joe at a cross road in my life in 1990. He gave me some honest advice and set me on a path to make Master Diver. I feel blessed to have known Joe and to have shared some time with him at our last reunion. God Bless you Joe, you will be missed!
CWO3 Andy Nelson
MDSU-2 Det. Puerto Rico
My deepest sympathy goes to Carolyn and family. I will always remember Joe with warm regards and know that he has gone to rest to a better place.
Maria P. Hernandez
My heart goes out to you. Joe and I went through first class diver school together, and shared the same apartment while in school. I have great memories of our time together, and they have always been special part of my life. Although After graduation we went our seperate ways I retired in 1983 and often return to my memories of the times that Ski, Ragman, and myself had at that time.
On behalf of the Divers here at NDSTC who had the distinct pleasure of knowing and working with Joe, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
MMCMMDV John Schnoering
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Mitch and Bobbi
Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.
MUCM Ret Kim R and Debbie Holl
Our Sincere Condolences on your loss. Ski will be greatly missed. A great friend and shipmate.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
YNC Ret. Dave&Jan Fahy
Please accept my hearfelt sympathy for your great loss. May the Lord bless you and keep you safe in this time of sorrow. On behalf of the 980 members of the JUST-US NAB Little Creek CPO Association, I would like to pass along our heart felt sympathies.
Please accept my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy. I would like to share this one thought, “in life we learn that what is most valuable in our lives is not “what” we have in our lives, but “who” we have in our lives. Take care and God bless.
BMCM MDV Ray Augustin
Polish Joe did me right when I was a 2nd Class Diver coming off of Sea Duty, he wrote me a set of orders that allowed me to be at home for the birth of my 3rd son. I ALWAYS remember the good guys. Sea ya around Masterdiver.
LT Billy Block
Rest in peace my good shipmante and friend
Rest in Peace, Shipmate!
Shipmate, save me a seat, Bobby Jones
Sincere sympathy to all the members of the family and friends. Carolyn, we are thinking of you.
Ski – A great Master Diver, Brother Mason, and an even greater man. I’ll miss you brother! My prayers are with you and your family. Abe
Sorry to hear the news Ski
surly had done a lot for
his country. God rest his soul. God bless Carolyn.
Thanks for your confidence in me 20 years ago, for the old Navy mug you gave me in trade for a plastic cup I got the best of that deal, and for your advice on growing great roses.
When I worked for Ski he was one of the best. I’ll miss him.