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May Hall of Fame Resident of the Month

5/1/2021

Congratulations to our May Hall of Fame Resident of the Month - Joseph Lecznar! 

Joseph Lecznar was born on March 13, 1960 to Joseph and Irene Lecznar at Deaconess Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe has 2 sisters, Barbara Elias (husband, Robert) and Nancy Benson (husband, Tim) and one brother, Daniel Lecznar (wife, Fran). He attended St. Anthony’s grade school until the 4th grade when he was transferred to Dag Hammarskjold in Parma, Ohio. He attended Hillside Junior High and went on to Normandy High School where he graduated in 1978. While still in high school, Joe had a job working after school at a printing shop downtown called C.J. Peck and Associates, where Joe’s interest in the printing field became apparent. After high school, Joe attended Cuyahoga Community College, where he received an Associate Degree in Graphic Communications, Management and Technology. C.J. Peck the owner of the printing company, was delighted to have Joe on his staff as a Preparation Department Superintendent. He worked his way up the corporate ladder and eventually became a Sales Associate until 1989. He was hired by Graphic Litho Incorporated in June 1989, as an Account Executive. Due to the economic downturn and recession, the company closed their doors on December 31, 2008.

On September 7, 1985 Joe married Caryl (Martin). They have two beautiful children, Joseph (JJ) who married the love of his life Rachelle, and Julie who is married to Michael Wilson.  They have one child Connor John who is the light of Joe’s life and he loves being a Dziadzi. They have lived in Seven Hills for 33 years, where they were proud to raise their children, and now watch grandchildren. Joe is a Captain and Fire Prevention Officer on the Seven Hills Fire Department, where he is a loyal servant to the residents of Seven Hills. Joe has been a member of the fire service for 38 years, originally starting on the Newburgh Hts. Fire Department before moving to Seven Hills. Joe is most proud of his many years of service to the residents of both communities. Joe was originally hired by Mayor George Chandick in 1988, when the men responded from home to the station, and onto the resident’s home. He is most proud to have witnessed the transformation to a station that has been manned 24/7. Joe also served as the Director of Disaster Services for 5 years.

 

 

Joe is extremely proud of his Polish heritage.  He started as a member of the Alliance of Poles now the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. He became an active member as soon as he was old enough helping at various functions and taking part in the various tournaments. He became a Director in 1986 and was the youngest Director in the history of the Alliance of Poles. After 1 term as Director, Joe set his sights for higher office and became First Vice President. In 1994, he advanced to Executive Vice President. He has served on every committee within the Alliance of Poles organization. He currently is President of Society 2109 in Cleveland Ohio. His entire family are members of the Union of Poles, now the Polish National Alliance. He is also a member of The Cleveland Society of Poles where he has been a member, Vice President, Treasurer, Trustee and President for 2 terms of this fine organization. In 2014, Joe received the Cleveland Society of Poles Good Joe award for his service.  In 2005, Joe received the Haller’s award from Polish Army Veterans Post 152. He also served 5 years as Commander. Joe currently is an Honorary Member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans, Post 58 Tremont, and Sons of the American Legion Post 627 in Newburgh Heights.  He was inducted as a Knight of Pulaski and was an honoree in 2006.  Joe is also a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Garfield Heights 4130. Both Joe and his wife Caryl have served as extraordinary ministers at St. Columbkille for many years. They are now both members of St. Casimir and St. Stanislaus, both Polish Parishes in Cleveland Ohio. Family, work ethic, love of country, ethnic background and church is what Joe has passed onto his family members. He is thankful to his parents for instilling those values from an early age.