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Joanna A. Zukowski


Joanna A. Zukowski, (nee Piwaski) age 79, of Wayne, passed Friday, June 30, 2017.

She was born in Irvington and lived in Harrison, Kearny, and Wallington before moving to Wayne in 1970. Joanna graduated from Kearny High School with the Class of 1954.

Joanna met a cute young boy named Walter “Buddy” Zukowski at the corner sweet shop in Kearny. The story goes something like this: Buddy and his friend were riding motorcycles and saw some cute girls going into the sweet shop.  They hung a U-turn on the motorcycles and quickly followed the girls in.  Joanna and Buddy soon fell in love and married on July 26, 1958 at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Harrison.  They honeymooned in the Pocono Mountains at Mt. Airy Lodge in Pennsylvania and had a committed and dedicated marriage of 49 years before Buddy’s passing in 2007.

Joanna was active in the Wayne community.  She was a member of the Wayne Elks Lodge 2181 in Wayne where she served as President of the Ladies Auxiliary, served as a Girl Scout Leader, and worked at the Election Polls for many years.

Joanna will be lovingly remembered for her ability to make her home a safe and loving place.  She made the difficult task of being a mother and making ends meet with four children look easy. The children never wanted for anything and Joanna could make the simplest of things memorable. She taught and encouraged her children to cook and bake and made something as simple as baking cookies a memorable experience. Buddy had a garden in the yard and Joanne was always canning or jarring the fruits of his labor.  She was outgoing and would strike up conversations with complete strangers, had a curiosity and willingness to try anything new, and loved antiquing. She enjoyed decorating, changing the wallpaper, and accessorizing the house.  Joanne had a partner in crime when it came to antiquing and decorating and that was her sister Terry. They did everything together.

Joanna was the loving wife of 49 years to the late Walter L. “Buddy” Zukowski (2007); devoted mother of the late Lori Marcellari (1988), the late Lawrence Anthony Zukowski (1960); Steven Zukowski of Wayne, the late Kathleen Zukowski (1967), and Gregory Zukowski of Austintown, Ohio; dear sister of Teresa Gaffney and her husband John of The Villages, Florida; much loved niece of Connie Wandras of Harrison. Joanna was dearly loved by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Monday, July 3, 2017 from 1-4 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

A 4 PM funeral service will be held at the conclusion of the visitation hours on Monday.

A 10 AM graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington, NJ 07031.  Please meet directly at the cemetery on Wednesday (Block 81 / Section A / Tier H).

Guest Book


My condolences.

Rich Bednarski


My sincere condolences to you at this very sad time. RIP Mrs.Zukowski.

Marcia Akre


My deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mom. Joanna was a dedicated member of the Wayne Elks Auxiliary and contributed greatly to it's successful fundraising efforts over the years. Many fond memories of dinner dances with Joanna dancing and have a great time with everyone! May she rest in peace. Maryann

Maryann Meola


Sincere sympathy to your family on the passing of Joanna. May your memories of the happy times you shared forever live in your hearts. Sincerely, Patti Tahan & family

Patti Tahan


Our deepest sympathy to Terri, Stephen, David, Greg and the extended family on the passing of Aunt Joann. May her memory be eternal.

Claudine and Faith


Cousin/niece Joanna was a wonderful & loving relative. We will miss her but the great memories of her will linger forever Love, Linda, Jim, Aunt Connie, & Glenn??

Linda Fife





So sorry to hear about Joanna. I wish I had known earlier. I would have come to the Wake. She was a great gal. Fondly, Jackie Z.

Jackie Zwingil

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