Joseph ‘Joe’ Lewis Cejka, 85, passed values down to his children as a ‘true patriot’

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Joseph "Joe" Lewis Cejka
Joseph “Joe” Lewis Cejka

Joseph “Joe” Lewis Cejka, of Carolina Shores, died of natural causes on Monday, June 15, 2015, at his home. He was 85.

He was born on July 22, 1929 in Schenectady, New York, son of the late Joseph and Ludmilla Cejka. Joseph was preceded in death by his brother, William.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patricia Quinlan Cejka; sons, Joseph (Sheila) and John (Anne); daughters, Kathleen, Erin, Kerry (John) and Tracy (Fred); brother, Robert (Renie); sister, Antonia; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 11 nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

After enlisting in the U.S. Navy, Joseph became a Mustang and participated in the Seaman to Admiral Program. He achieved the rank of lieutenant commander as a Supply Corps officer prior to his retirement after 28 years. He was active in the Catholic Church as well as the Knights of Columbus having achieved the rank of fourth degree knight and serving as grand knight of Council 6292.

After the passing of his brother, Joseph took on the role of father figure for his brother’s children, providing guidance and love as if they were his own. He was a true patriot and passed on those values to his children. Joseph was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by all.

Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at Brunswick Funeral Service in Shallotte. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Brunswick Funeral Service.

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