Joe Shartiag, PhD, devoted husband of 54 years to Lois (nee Siegel), passed away 9 days before his 77th birthday on 25 January 2015, and he always enjoyed the fun of his birthday being on Ground Hog's day. Beloved father of Beth Lofland (Dr. Kenneth) and Michael (Robin) Shartiag. Beloved Papa to Logan and Angelina Lofland and Zachary and Shira Shartiag. Joe also loved his two cats, Roxi and Simon who loved sitting on his lap in his favorite chair. Devoted son of the late Henrietta Muir. Son-in-law of the late Norman and Norma Siegel. Dearest brother-in-law of Jane (Dr. Kenneth) Kierstein, of Waterford, CT, and Dr. Newton (Diane) Siegel, of Chesterfield, MO. Cherished Uncle of Dr. Jeffrey Kierstein (Abbe) of Glastonbury, CT, the late Kevin Kierstein, Lori (Chip) Craw of Seattle, WA and David (Lauren F.) Siegel of Berkeley, CA. Great Uncle of Kyla and Emme Kierstein and Gavin and Linsey Craw and Delilah Siegel. Dear cousin of Mary Proctor and Cecil (Glenda) Hess.
Joe will be greatly missed by his many classmates from the United States Coast Guard Academy, Class of June 1960, and his classmates of East St. Louis Senior High School, class of 1956. Also missing Joe will be his many friends at McHenry County Jewish Congregation and his friends from the Diamonds Club.
Joe was awarded a four year scholarship to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, and he graduated Number 3 in his class with honors. After graduation he was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Coast Guard. He was stationed on the Magnolia Buoy Tender in San Francisco Bay. He was then the Captain of an 85-foot search and rescue ship in Crescent City, CA. His next assignment was Captain of a Loran Station in Saipan, Mariana Islands. His last assignment was in St. Louis, MO as Navigation Officer for the buoys on the Mississippi River.
He received his Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and his Doctorate from Northwestern University in Electrical Engineering, Operations Research and Financial Management. He retired from AG Communications. Dr. Joseph Shartiag was a member of Barrington American Legion, and a lifetime member of Hadassah. He enjoyed his pontoon boat, fishing, computing and playing bridge. His favorite pastime was his fantastic garden. Joe and Lois lived in San Leandro, CA; Crescent City, CA; Fairview Heights, IL; Gales Ferry, CT; Skokie, IL; Lincolnwood, IL; and finally his beloved home in Barrington Hills, IL.
Services were held Sunday, February 1, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to McHenry County Jewish Congregation, 8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60012, or Barrington Hadassah, 50 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019, or BSA Troop 52 c/o Lofland, P.O.Box 1592, Deerfield, IL 60015, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjinfo.com.
Chicago Tribune, 8 February 2015