End of an era: Hoboken icon retires
After 34 years – Mailman Joseph Zelasko, a Hoboken Icon, retires
One week ago today – was the “end of an era” here in town. A Hoboken Icon – U.S. Postal Mailman Joseph Zelasko retired after a whopping 34 years on the job.
Having the same uptown route since 1989, Zelasko was a familiar sight for residents and business owners every day.
A true “Hoboken Character,” Zelasko (who lives in Bergen County – but was raised in Hoboken), had that old-school personality that is hard to find in today’s heads-down technological world of anti-social robots.
Always up for conversations, and never short of fun stories to tell – it was always a pleasure to chat for a few minutes with Joe. Whether it was his harrowing tales from his volunteer EMS work in both Hoboken and Hackensack, or his rookie days at the Post Office where he was “shown the ropes” by other elder old-school characters. Was never in a bad mood, and happily did his job with a smile.
But all good things come to an end, and we wish Joe good luck figuring out what to do with his new-found free time! The next person taking on the route has some tough shoes to fill!
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