April 12 2018: KREMONAS, Joseph N.


Joseph Nicholas Kremonas, a retired Marketing Executive at Lockheed Martin, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2018 at his home in Rockville, MD.  Born on November 26, 1928 in Salem, MA to the late Nicholas Joseph and Nancy Mazis Kremonas.  Beloved husband of the late Barbara S. Kremonas, brother of Mary Sofis of Hingham, MA, devoted father of Nick (Star) Kremonas and Chris (Jenn) Kremonas; step-father of Mike (Anne) Swartz and Leisa (Jamie) Swartz; loving grandfather of Zachary, Trevor, Lily-Claire, Taylor, Holly, Bo, Benjamin and Daniel.

Joe was a graduate of Salem High School’s Class of 1946.  After graduating, he joined the Army and was stationed in Japan for 2 years.  When he returned home, he attended Tufts University for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Joe started his career with the Glenn L. Martin Company in Middle River, MD in 1954 and remained with the company (which included The Martin Company and the Martin Marietta Corporation years) until his retirement from Lockheed Martin in 2000. During his dedicated aerospace career he made many significant contributions to the growth of the company on both the space and defense sides of the business. He also had the privilege of serving his country as a member of a Presidential Trade Commission, traveling to China for Ronald Reagan in the early 80’s, in an effort to help facilitate normalized relations between the two countries. Joe had a great love of golf and was a member of Congressional Country Club. He and his wife Barbara spent their retirement years residing in Heathrow (Orlando), FL and Rockville, MD.

Relatives and friends may call at Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD on Friday, April 20th at 10:30 AM with memorial service to begin at 11:00 AM.  Joe’s celebration of life will follow at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD at 1:00 until 3:00 PM. Valet Parking will be provided. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to The Faison Center for Autism, 1701 Byrd Avenue, Richmond, VA  23230  (www.faisoncenter.org) or Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD  20850 (www.montgomeryhospice.org).

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500 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Phone: 301.593.9500