Joe Jarzembowski

September 17, 1948 - September 22, 2023

Joe Jarzembowski

September 17, 1948 - September 22, 2023


It is with profound sadness that we share that Joe Jarzembowski died peacefully at home on September 22nd, 2023. His wife, Amy and his two children, Sam and Julia were holding his hands as he left this world.

Joe loved spending time with family and friends, enjoying a glass of wine, cooking and eating great food, travelling and planning yet more trips. His next scheduled trip was to be a cruise to Antarctica early in 2024. He spent a lot of time reading, playing with the cats, and reviewing investment opportunities with the Bellingham Angel Investors.

During his career he was a software engineer, an attorney, a project manager for a hot finish tubing mill, an international sales manager, and finally his favorite role: a consultant, advisor and investor in startup companies. He earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from UMASS–Amherst, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and a JD degree from Suffolk University. His love of learning was lifelong.

Joe was kind, generous, witty, and extremely intelligent. His love of family is what we will remember most about him. Nothing gave him more pleasure that to cook for us all and to enjoy dinner together.

Joe was born in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1948. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Amy Van Pelt, his children Sam Jarzembowski, Julia Jarzembowski and her husband Brad Hoffman; his sisters Trish Siegel (Peter Siegel), Helen Jarzembowski (Dick Duncan), and Sue Allen (Matthew Allen); his sisters- and brother-in-law Barb Van Pelt (David Varga), Linda Van Pelt (Greg Holman), and Don Van Pelt (Rosemary Thies) as well as numerous nieces, nephews.

A Celebration of Life for will be held  on November 11, 2023 from 3 – 5 PM in the Living Room at the Chrysalis Inn Bellingham WA.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Amyloidosis Foundation, the Whatcom Hospice Foundation, or the Van Pelt Family Scholarship Fund at the Whatcom Community Foundation.



Celebration of Life

  • Date & Time: November 11, 2023 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
  • Venue: Chrysalis Inn
  • Location: 804 10th St Bellingham, WA 98225 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (360) 756-1005

Amyloidosis Foundation

  • Address: 7151 N. Main St. Ste. 2 Clarkston, MI 48346 - (Get Directions)
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  • Phone Number: (248) 922-9610
  • Description: The Amyloidosis Foundation The Amyloidosis Foundation began with the vision of two patients, Don Brockman and Dennis Krysmalski. Don’s desire to support research and Dennis’s commitment to support patients and increase awareness has been the driving force behind the foundation for nearly 20 years. Don’s widow, Mary O’Donnell, has led the foundation to become the success it is today. Our key priorities are: Provide research grants for all types of systemic amyloidosis Raising awareness in the medical field for an earlier diagnosis. Educating medical professionals through our Grand Rounds program and attendance at medical conferences. Empowering patients through our comprehensive range of services, including accurate up to date information.

Whatcom Hospice Foundation

  • Address: Gift Processing Lockbox #1097 PO Box 35146 Seattle, WA 98124-5146 Federal Tax ID: 94-3146369 - (Get Directions)
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  • Phone Number: (360) 733-5877
  • Description: The Whatcom Hospice House enables patients with a limited life expectancy to live the final days of their lives in a comfortable, family-friendly environment. Patients receive the compassionate, individualized care they require in the comfort of a private room.

Van Pelt Family Scholarship

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  • Description: Donald C. Van Pelt, Sr. has always been a strong supporter of education – for himself, his family, and the employees of Plymouth Tube Company. Through the years, countless people have been the recipients of support to continue their education. His children all attended college, and all went on to earn advanced degrees. Executives, managers and employees at all levels of Plymouth Tube benefitted from the company’s policy, started by Don Sr. and continued by Don Jr. (Van), to pay for training, including education towards skill certifications, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees and MBA degrees. Now the four children (4th generation owners of the Company) of Don Sr., along with their children (5th generation) want to continue the strong support for education by establishing a scholarship for children of Plymouth Tube employees who want to further their education beyond high school.

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