Joseph L. Marinik

Smethport - Joseph L. Marinik, 93, of Smethport, passed away Thursday (November 14, 2019) in the Lakeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Smethport.


He was born Nov. 7, 1926 in Keystone, a son of Leo and Olga Koncut Marinik.  On September 23, 1950, in St. Gabriel's Church, Port Allegany, he married Mary E. Nicklaus, who survives.


Mr. Marinik attended Crosby and Smethport schools.  He then served in the Navy during WWII from 1944 to 1946.


Mr. Marinik had owned and operated the Fulton House from 1955-1965 with his brother, Charles and then went on to own and operate the Gateway Lanes and Lounge from 1965-1975, also with his brother Charles.  He had worked for the Lee Funeral Home in Smethport for 15 years, and as well at the Smethport Garage.


He was a life member of the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport and the VFW Post #2497 of Smethport, a life member of the Moose Lodge #460 of Port Allegany, member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Smethport, and a life member of the Knights of Columbus.


In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by one daughter, Karen (Vincent) Sperrazza of Sauquoit, NY, and three grandchildren, Vincent J., Joseph P., and Mark F. Sperrazza.


He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.


There will be no visitation.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Nov. 18 at 10 A.M. in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor as Celebrant.  Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.  Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.


Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be made at


Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.