Joseph C. Vojtko, 69, of New York City, died on April 17, 2020 after a long illness. He worked most recently at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and lived in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania until he graduated in 1972 from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, PA with a degree in Fine Arts. In 1972 he moved to New York and lived in Greenwich Village most of his life. He became part of the East Village Art Scene in the 70’s/80’s acting as a performance artist and writer including with Bill Rice, Richard Morrison and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz. He worked at a number of art galleries and as an art critic for several art magazines. His compassion was apparent as he courageously cared for AIDS patients during the onset of that epidemic.
Joseph C. Vojtko is survived by his partner of many years Michael Cabarubias. Mr. Vojtko is the son of Josephine (Kochan) Vojtko and Joseph Vojtko. Survivors are his four sisters, Gail Vojtko of Lebanon, PA, Andrea Vojtko of Arlington, VA, Susan Behme and her husband Eugene Behme of Milford, NJ, Mary Letoski and her husband Emery Letoski of Hanover Township, PA and a brother, Lawrence Vojtko and his wife Bernardine Vojtko of Wyoming, PA and five nephews, Eugene Behme and his wife Stacie, Matthew Behme and his wife Renee, Jeffrey Letoski, Michael Vojtko and Jonathan Vojtko and five grandnephews and nieces.
A funeral memorial service will be postponed until such time as there is no longer a social distancing order in effect. Mr. Vojtko’s remains will be buried in the Vojtko family plot in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton, Pennsylvania
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