Joseph Leo Wasko was my grandpa - born in 1912 and married Dorothy Marie Gilmore. They moved to California where their sons Leo, Douglas, and Michael were born. They moved to Buhl, Idaho and had Marie, Margaret, and Florence. When Dorothy died of cancer (somewhere around 1957), Joe was left with his children. He ran his own business, Joe's Blacksmith Shop, in Buhl. My understanding is that he was called out to a farm to work on a piece of machinery and they'd turned it off but he hadn't waited for the blades to stop turning before he reached in - he lost the fingers and thumb on his right hand.He built a prosthetic "grip" for his hand which we, his grandchildren, affectionately referred to as the "claw."
Joe met a fellow-widow at a bowling social and were introduced. He remarried around 1962 to Shirley Kaercher (her widowed name) and they, together blended her six children: Teddy, Kris, Diana, Ron, Rick, and Marv with his six children.
Joe died this past summer in June 2006.I was surprised at what a healthy man he was - he was rototilling the garden up through the age of 91!
He was a very devote catholic and a great role-model for my family.