Joseph John BUKOVEC

March 11, 1964October 1, 2021

Joseph John Bukovec, 57, of Austin Texas, project superintendent for The NRP Group, passed away peacefully Friday, October 1, 2021, at home, after a long and fiercely fought battle with cholangiocarcinoma. Joseph won his fight, finding his peace and eternal life with our Lord.

Joseph was born on March 11, 1964, in Cleveland, Ohio to Anthony and Joan Bukovec, and grew up on Douglas Drive in Willowick, where he made lifelong friends. He worked in his family’s business, Rudy’s Quality Meats, throughout his high school years at Lake Catholic in Mentor, Ohio, where he was voted sexiest guy in his senior class. While at Lake Catholic he excelled at wrestling his first two years, and then went on to become an avid and adventurous skier, successfully tackling such slopes as White Face Mountain in New York, and helicopter skiing at Vail Pass in Breckenridge, Colorado.

In the mid 1990’s Joseph began his career with the NRP Group. Over the next nearly three decades, he worked jobsites in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, and Texas. As a project superintendent, he was responsible for overseeing every aspect of running his jobsites from “moving dirt” to turning over completed multi family complexes for leasing. He excelled at this, earning the respect, admiration, and trust of NRP management and fellow employees. He will be forever remembered for saying, “Hey, can you do me a favor?”

When he was not working, Joseph enjoyed intense workouts at the gym, jet skiing on Lake Travis, hanging out with friends, cooking gourmet meals, and spending time with his wife and his Yorkshire Terrier, Sir Austin. Joseph is survived by his loving and eternally devoted wife, Sandy (Wisniewski) Bukovec, his son Andrew (Jenna), stepson Antonio Martello (Jaime), stepdaughter Graciela Martello, brothers Anthony (late Linda), Michael, Robert (Jennifer), his sister Cathleen Stinziano (Mark), his brother-in-law Fr. Robert Wisniewski, granddaughter Alyssa Jade Bukovec, mother-in-law Marlene Wisniewski (late Robert) and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Please join Joseph’s wife and family in the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021, at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Mentor, Ohio. All are welcome afterward for a celebration of life meal at Mama Roberto’s, where we hope to share lots of stories, some good food, maybe a few “favors,” and pay tribute to a truly great man.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


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Joseph John BUKOVEC

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Sandy Simonis

October 12, 2021

My deepest sympathy from the Simonis family.
We always enjoyed our get togethers at your home in Willowick.

Judy Cherniss- Terhune

October 10, 2021

Wow, Joe was my cousin, and even though we didn't live close as they lived in ohio and we lived In New York, we still visited alot. Oh the memories for the holidays, or just any day. Then at one point we all lived in ohio which meant we got to see each other more. I can remember babysitting Joe's youngest son, and actually got a ticket on the way home from that..LOL. Joe was a great person all the way around and I'm honored all the decades I knew my cousin. I will ALWAYS hold onto all those memories our families had together, and let me tell you, there were tons of them. From camping, spending holidays together, skiing and many more. Joe you will be deeply missed. I Love Ya Cuz.

Ray and Loretta Dubray

October 8, 2021

Dear Sandy and Family,
Wishing you deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband. May the memories of your time together bring smiles and sustain you during this difficult time.
Best regards,
The Dubray and Cipkus Families

T.J. Tench

October 8, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family.My best childhood memories are with the family 😢

John & Dolores Rastoka

October 7, 2021

Deepest sympathy from the Rastoka family.
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