TOPSHAM – Joseph J. Pagurko, 94, of the Highlands, died Thursday, Dec. 2, at Amenity Manor Nursing Home.

He was born in Pejepscot, Sept. 28, 1910, the son of John Joseph and Anna Veronica Semanyk Pagurko.

He attended Brunswick schools.

On Nov. 26, 1931, he married Sophie M. Belanger in St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church in Brunswick. They made their home in Brunswick until moving to Topsham.

He worked for Pejepscot Paper Company for several years after his marriage.

For four years, he worked at Bath Iron Works. In 1946, he returned to the Pejepscot Paper Company and worked there until retiring in 1976. After retiring, they moved to Clearwater, Fla., and then Zephyrhills, Fla., returning to Lisbon Falls and then moving to the Highlands in Topsham three years ago.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife and working on his wood lots.

He was a former communicant of the Holy Trinity Church in Lisbon Falls and was a communicant of St. John’s the Baptist Church in Brunswick. He was also a member of the Slovak Catholic Association and was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Florida.

He is survived by his two daughters, Joyce Brown and her husband, Keith, of Harpswell, and Georgette Miller and her husband, Francis, of Topsfield, Mass; a son, Bernard Pagurko and his wife, Nancy, of Raymond and Inglewood, Fla.; a brother, Steve Pagurko of Lewiston; a sister, Mary Sawyer of Lisbon Falls; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sophie, on March 31, 2000; two sisters, Anna Miceli and Margaret Durrick; and three brothers, John Pagurko, Michael Pagurko and Frank Pagurko.

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