Joseph Scott Kordonowy


Joe died peacefully in his sleep after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held December 27, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the Ray of Hope Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM. His uncle and Godfather, the Reverend Scott Sailer of Sioux Falls, SD will be officiating.

Joe was born to Lyle and Kelli (Sailer) Kordonowy in Dickinson, ND. In 1984 they moved from Dickinson to Fargo, ND. In 1988 the family moved to Albuquerque, NM, which became his permanent home.

On September 7, 2002, Joe married the love of his life, Rhonda Toliver. They were blessed with 3 children who were his pride and joy.

Joe was passionate about Star Wars, Star Trek, comic books, movies, and music, including  Celtic Christian praise songs which comforted him during his battle with cancer.

He excelled at his job with Verizon Wireless, where he warmed everyone with his wonderful sense of humor and geekiness. Joe was a friend to everyone; he loved being with family and thrived at social gatherings. Our gentle giant taught us to enjoy the simplest pleasures in life. Joe impacted many lives with his boisterous and fun personality. His faith in God and the promise of Heaven was unwavering; he will be missed by all.

He will be laid to rest at St. Demetrius Cemetery in Ukraina, north of Belfield, ND, with his ancestors. A burial service will be held at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic church in June of 2023, next summer.

Joe is survived by his wife Rhonda, son Zakrye, daughters Katelyn and Loreal, parents Lyle and Kelli Kordonowy, sister Ashley Kordonowy, Goddaughter and niece Shayne Grier, grandparents Calvin and Kathleen Sailer, all of Albuquerque, and grandparents Leonard and LaVerne Kordonowy of Belfield, N.D., along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A GoFundMe page has been created on Joe’s behalf for support of his family who has lost the sole provider for the family.

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