Joseph Cueto

Cueto, Joseph A.
Joseph A. Cueto, 88 years of age, left to be with our Lord September 5, 2013, after a long illness. He was born on December 8, 1924 in Barre, VT, to Pablo and Delores Cueto. Before moving to Lakewood Ranch, Florida, he lived in Stratford, CT. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Cueto, of 57 years. Joseph served in the 79th Infantry Division during WWII (Cross of Lorraine). This Division saw action starting at Utah Beach in Normandy, later on crossing the Rhine River, securing the North Bank of the Ruhr River and took part in cleaning the Ruhr Pocket. Joseph received the Bronze Star and several Purple Hears during his service. Joseph owned and operated Contract Machine in Stratford, CT for many years before retiring to Florida. He loved traveling, dancing, gardening, and playing golf. While in Florida he cultivated many good friends who he considered to be like his second family. Joe was an excellent baseball player and athlete in general and played many years in the Bridgeport Industrial Slow Pitch League in the 1950's. He was very talented with his hands. He was the builder of several houses, airplanes and boats and anything he decided to build, construct or fabricate seemed to come easy for him. Although never formally educated he could hold a conversation with anyone on any subject. He was a self-made man in every sense of the word. He is survived by 3 Sons and 2 Daughters, including Joseph P Cueto and wife, Susan; Lorraine Mondulick and husband, Kenneth; Diane Petitti; Michael Cueto and wife, Darla; and Donald Cueto and wife, Debra. He had seven grandchildren: Laura, Joseph, Suzanne, Michelle, Michael, Ryan, and Melissa and several great grandchildren. He left a dear friend Joyce Kohler whom he traveled with extensively. He also left a faithful companion named Murphy. Memorial serviced with full honors will be at the Sarasota Veterans Cemetery. Time and Date will be at the discretion of the family.

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Published in Connecticut Post on Sept. 8, 2013