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Joseph Michael Jaskol

Born: Thu., Apr. 6, 1922
Died: Sun., Oct. 4, 2015


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 07, 2015
Location: Ficca Funeral

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Wed., Oct. 07, 2015
Location: Ficca Funeral

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Joseph Michael Jaskol, age 93, of Grove City passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, October 4, 2015 with "Mother Superior ",as he fondly called his wife by his side.

Joseph was born April 6, 1922 in Ambridge PA to the late Michael Jaskolski and the late Anna Zmijewski Jaskolski.  He graduated from Ambridge High School in 1939.  He enrolled on the School of Pharmacy and Duquesne University and graduated in 1943.  Upon graduation, he was inducted into the United States Navy during World War II, accepted into Naval Officer training at Northwestern University and was commissioned as a line officer with the rank of Ensign.  He was assigned to the amphibious corps and was dispatched to the Pacific theater where he was involved with Naval occupation forces in the Philippine Islands, including the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the first contingent of occupation forces sent to Toyko and Yokihama.  He subsequently volunteered to remain in the Pacific to repatriate the Chinese troops from Haiphong, French-Indo China to Hulutao, Manchuria.

Upon his return to the United States he practiced his profession and subsequently took employment as a Medical Services Representative in Pittsburgh.  He enrolled in the School of Public Health and Hospital Administration at the University of Pittsburgh.  He served his residency in Hospital Administration at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ.  Upon completion of his studies he assumed positions as hospital administrator and chief executive officer of several hospitals from Long Island to Los Angeles.  During this time he organized two new hospitals, Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream, NY and Raritan General Hospital in Greenbrook, NJ.  In addition to hospital administrator, he was Director of Professional Relations for Maryland Blue Cross, Director of Association Services for the Greater Detroit Area Hospital Council, which consisted of 82 hospitals, Executive Director of the Michigan Podiatry Association and their Legislative Representative to the Michigan State Legislature.  In addition, he served as a consultant to several hospital management corporations and a hospital equipment supplier.

During his time served in the healthcare field he served on the Committee on Hospital Pharmacy of the New Jersey Hospital Association; a member of the Joint Committee on Evaluation of Emergency Room Facilities and Services; the Joint Committee of the New Jersey Hospital Association; the American College of Surgeons; Study Committee on Radiology Units for Podiatrists offices; and Joint Committee on Reimbursement of the Michigan Blue Shield and Michigan State Podiatry Association.  He was a life fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Upon his retirement from the hospital and healthcare activities he returned to his pharmacy profession and served as a pharmacy manager for Eckerd Drugs, Brooks Pharmacy, Revco Pharmacy and CVS Pharmacy in Grove City, PA.

Joseph was always mindful of his civic responsibility to his community.  In Michigan, he was a member of the Civitan Club, where he was a member of the organization committee for the Special Olympics.  In Pennsylvania, he was member of the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club, the Kiwanis Club (serving as President), and a member of the Board of Directors for the Humane Society in Mercer County.  He served with the American Cancer Society – Mercer County Unit, as Board Member and President, Chairman of Income Development, Service and Rehabilitation and Nominating Committee and along with his wife, Ruth Ella, were named “Volunteer of the Year”.  He was also a member of the Study Committee otn Resources, Information and Guidance for the American Cancer Society-PA Division, Hershey. In Grove City, he served as the Chairman of the Zoning Board and Secretary of the Planning Commission for the Borough.

Of all of his employments and civic involvements, he took the greatest pleasure in his association with the Pharmacy Alumni in the early days of its development and especially in the establishment of the Hugh C. Muldoon and Pharmacy Alumni Foundation at Duquesne University.

Joseph is survived by his wife Ruth Ella Speer Jaskol, whom he married April 18, 1959, one sister, Alfreda Creasy of Pittsburgh, two nieces, Barbara(Charlie)Vince of Columbus, OH and Jane Burns of San Diego, CA, one great niece, Stephanie, three great nephews, Matthew, Chris and Neal, one special cousin, Barbara Borzyn of Ambridge and Ruth Ella’s extended family.

A special thank you to his caretaker, Brenda Messer, who became a very special loved one.

Friends will be received at the Ficca Funeral Home, 203 East Pine Street, Grove City PA 16127 from 4 to 7 Wednesday, October 7, 2015.  Funeral services will follow at 7 P.M. with Chaplain Jimmie Fong officiating.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mylan School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University 600 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

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Susan Gosnell
   Posted Tue December 22, 2015
Dear Aunt Ruth,

I didn't know that Uncle Joe had passed away, I just found out tonight from mom. I can still recall Uncle Joe playing Lou Christie records for us to dance to and taking us to the zoo. That is how I will always remember him. He (and you as well) brought so much joy to my life and I thank God every day that you both were there for us and I will treasure the memories I have of all the laughter and all the fun you brought to our family!

Love you!


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