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Joseph William Bialaszewski

Obituary for Joseph William Bialaszewski

March 16, 1947 - July 29, 2018
Buda, Texas | Age 71

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Joseph William Bialaszewski, 71, of Buda and formerly of Austin, passed away on July 29, 2018.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Bialaszewski; son, Matthew Bialaszewski and wife Stephanie; daughter, Jennifer Tello and husband Jesse; son, Michael Bialaszewski; son, Jason Bialaszewski; grandchildren, Meghan Bialaszewski, Morgan Bialaszewski, Jaidon Bialaszewski, McCaleb Bialaszewski, Kayla Tello, Lana Tello, Jace Tello, and Jenna Tello; sisters, Helen Baylor and Henrietta Adee; mother-in-law, Frances Junk; and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws. He is preceded in death by his parents, Josef and Pilagja Bialaszewski; sisters, Mary Phillips and Lucy Daily; and brothers, Marian Szubert and Chester Bialaszewski.

Joe was born March 16, 1947, in Hildesheim, Germany to his Polish parents, Josef and Pilagja. His family moved to the United States from Europe when Joe was two-years-old. After arriving at Ellis Island, N.Y., they first took residence in Kentucky before making their way to Brenham, Texas. They then moved to Austin where his hard-working father was a mason. The family settled in South Austin where Joe grew up, enjoyed playing sports, took pride in standing up for his principles, and worked an assortment of jobs to stay busy and to keep some money in his pocket.

After graduating from William B. Travis High School in 1966, Joe entered the U.S. Army in 1967 to serve in the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division's 16th Infantry in Vietnam. He was an Army Ranger — part of the Big Red 1 unit — and was recognized for his commitment, dedication and service, including receiving the Army Commendation medal. He was honorably discharged in 1970.

Upon leaving the military, Joe enrolled for a brief time in night classes at the University of Texas. On April 3, 1971, he and Mary were married in South Austin where they started their family. Joe's professional journey included working as a draftsman, a residential building inspector for the City of Austin, a carpenter, a private building inspector, and an independent contractor. In the last 10 years, he fought off a number of illnesses, including various forms of cancer. Much as he lived his life, Joe battled to the end. He will be missed by many, especially his immediate family and the eight grandchildren who affectionately knew him as "Guppy".

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Travis Phillips, Mike Daily, Kristen Krusely and Amber Cook and a special thank you to Dr. Frank Mazza for his compassionate care.

Visitation 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Thursday, August 2, 2018, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress with Recitation of Holy Rosary to begin at 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass 2:00 pm, Friday, August 3, 2018 at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church in Austin followed by burial at Memory Lawn Memorial Park at 19106 San Marcos Highway in Martindale, Texas.

Pallbearers are Philip Congdon, John Junk, Tony Junk, Jesse Longoria, Edward Terrazas and Charley Wilson. Honorary pallbearers are his three grandsons, Jaidon, McCaleb, and Jace.

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