Zakielarz, Joseph John, III

Joseph John Zakielarz III, age 79, of Wilmington, Delaware, earned his Angel wings suddenly on February 2nd, 2021.

Joe, as his beloved family and friends called him, was born on June 28th, 1941, in Chester, PA, to the late Joseph and Mary Ridgik Zakielarz. He was a 1959 graduate of St. James High School. He was a music teacher at the Bert Piscotty Music Studio in Chester for many years, where he taught guitar and accordion lessons. He graduated from Widener University in 1970 with his BS in Business Administration. He was an accountant who worked for International Scrap Iron and Metal Company in Trainer, PA, for close to 60 years.

He built a beautiful life with his cherished wife of 57 years, Dolores. They were blessed with many wonderful years together and enjoyed traveling the world with family and friends. Some of their happiest times, filled with much laughter and love, were at their ‘happy place’ in Wildwood Crest, NJ. Being surrounded by his family, no matter what they were doing, was what brought him the most joy.

Joe lived his life in service of others. He was one of the most selfless, humble, and caring human beings to walk this earth. Anyone who was blessed to know him, in any capacity, benefitted from the experience.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Dolores (Owsiany), along with his children, Joseph Zakielarz IV and his wife, Deryn, Danielle Terry and her husband, Joe, and David Zakielarz and his wife, Kelly, and eight adoring grandchildren, Abigail, Zachary, Joseph, William, Benjamin, Andrew, Evan and Harrison, and step-grandson, Jarren, who will cherish each and every moment spent with him. He is also survived by his sisters MaryJane Zakielarz Jackson and Barbara Zakielarz Holmberg. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Zakielarz and sister, Dorothy Zakielarz Schukraft.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Joe’s life will be held on Saturday, March 13th, at 11am at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703. For those unable to attend Mass, a live webcast will be available via

Gifts in Joe’s honor can be made to the Joseph J. Zakielarz III Scholarship Fund at Archmere Academy by sending a check to Archmere at 3600 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE, 19703, or online at Select “Give to Endowment and Scholarship Funds” and write in Joseph J. Zakielarz III Scholarship Fund in the designation line. Online condolences may be made by visiting

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