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Joseph Synek was a dedicated, hard-working man who cared deeply for his family and friends. He loved his heritage, his “Dorinka,” children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, and the Lord. Joe loved his job as a chemist and had many accomplishments in his field. He enjoyed traveling and took his bride Doris on many a cruise across the world. He was passionate about growing things in his younger years, and if ever he had a different profession, it would likely be as a farmer. He was a charitable man. In 1966, in Ohio, he and Doris started the ministry named The Hope Chest to serve the needs of families in Painesville where they lived. Today, The Hope Chest is still operating successfully, over 50 years. Joe had his flaws like all men. He was pretty bullheaded at times but few men could match his work ethic and love of family. Joe enjoyed entertaining with Doris and being with friends and relatives. Joe’s favorite holiday was Christmas, which he would prepare for weeks in advance. The Christmas display in he and Doris’ Overland Park house was quite impressive and he loved showing it to everyone interested. He enjoyed playing golf, pool, and oh, the dancing. Polka dancing was in his blood. He lived and breathed his Czechoslovakian heritage and his time growing up in Chicago. We are glad Joe is now free of pain, and he is with the Lord.