Joseph A. Sekcienski Sr., 80, of Herring Creek, near Millsboro, Del., passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at home. He worked at the Chrysler Newark Assembly Plant as an auto-body metal finisher and served as a supervisor for a short time, retiring after 35 years service. He also worked part-time in security at Beebe Medical Center for five years after his retirement. He was a member of the Mary Mother of Peace Roman Catholic Church, near Millsboro, and a member of the UAW at the Newark Plant. He was an avid weightlifter and bodybuilder, participating in many clubs and competitions; and was Mr. Wilmington in 1952. In his life he enjoyed shotput, track, swimming, diving, being spunky, friendly conversations with strangers and feeding his ducks at home, and he was a ladies man until the end; his favorite statement was “Close the door. Do you live in a barn?”
Sekcienski was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Helen Gorecki Sekcienski; and a grandson, Joseph A. Sekcienski. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia A. Weisgerber Sekcienski; three children, Joanna Mutter of Felton, Del., Joseph A. Sekcienski Jr., of Millsboro, and James M. Sekcienski of Oak Orchard, Del.; nine grandchildren, Angela, Carrie, Laurie, Amy, Erin, Brittany, L.J., Dianna and Caitlin; and 12 great-grandchildren, Amanda, J.J., Joe, Charlotte, Jonathan, Thomas, Joseph, Anthony, Christian, Marianna, Gabriel and Joseph IV.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at the Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, S.R. 24, east of Millsboro, with interment in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, S.R. 26, east of Dagsboro, Del. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Compassionate Care Hospice, 31038 Country Garden BLVD, Ste. 2, Dagsboro, DE 19939.