Joseph P. Kmitt, 81, of Homerville, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Hospice of Medina County. He was born in Cleveland, on October 18, 1931 to John and Mary Skutnik Kmitt and had attended North Royalton High School. He had resided in Brunswick before moving to Homerville in 1966.
Joseph had worked at Ford Motor Co. as a millright for 30 years retiring in 1993. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Black River Fullbackers, United Polish Club in Elyria and a former member of the Brunswick American Legion.
He was an avid Cleveland Browns fan, but it was at Black River High School sporting events that you would find him, in the front row, cheering the team on. He loved polish food, polkas, gardening, woodworking, working with stain glass, but his family was where he found real enjoyment.
Surviving are his wife, Cynthia (nee Kwas) to whom he married June 13, 1953; three children, Joseph, Jr. (Karen) Kmitt of Homerville, Jan (Keith) Karchella of Mansfield, Debbie (Jim) Sheppard of Wellington; 11 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; two brothers, Stanley Kmitt of Castlebury, Florida, Edward (Rosalie) Kmitt of Litchfield; his dog, Skoshi.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Candice Kmitt; four sisters and five brothers.
Funeral service will be Monday, May 6, 2013. at 12 Noon, at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, 8240 Buffham Rd., Lodi. Father John Mullee will officiate. Burial will follow at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. Visitation will be Sunday, May 5, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M., at the Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi.
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