The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 20, 2013

Joseph Richard Talkowski


GEORGETOWN — The loving heart of Joseph Richard Talkowski stopped beating at 5:02 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville.

Joe was born July 10, 1948, in Regensburg, Germany, to Roman and Wiktoria Talkowski; both deceased.

He was united in marriage to Randelyn Warstler on Sept. 8, 1976. She survives, as well as his adored daughter, Melanie (Brandon) Porter of Georgetown.

He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Melissa; three infant children, including Miranda Jo and Joseph Richard; and two brothers, Thazadeu Talkowski and Zbigniew Talkowski.

Joe will be sadly missed by his mother-in-law, Betty Warstler of Georgetown; brothers-in-law, Jim Warstler of Georgetown and Rick (Sandy) Delhaye of Danville; along with several nieces and nephews.

Having grown up in Chicago, Joe was happy to relocate to Georgetown, Randi’s hometown, to raise his family. He really enjoyed his new extended family — especially the special relationship he had with his father-in-law, Gera Warstler. Gera thought every man should build his family a home and was happy to help Joe accomplish that for his family. This was a source of great pride for both men.

He thoroughly enjoyed traveling with his family. They would visit with close cousins, Mitch and Linda Cummins, at the beach where they enjoyed deep sea fishing. Even though he loved his mother-in-law’s cooking, he was always on a quest to find a new great restaurant. Family and friends agreed — it was a delight to watch Joe eat. His legendary appetite was a source of amazement. Joe had quite a green thumb and he enjoyed gardening along with the help of his best friend and companion, Zohdy, his cherished Japanese Chin. His smile and kind heart will be forever remembered, and always missed.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at CrossRoads Christian Church in Danville with Pastor James Walker officiating. Burial will follow the service in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m. Friday at the church. The family has entrusted Wolfe-Blurton Funeral Home of Potomac to assist them and to honor Joe’s life.

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