GRANBY – Joseph E. Lasonde, 93, of Granby, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.
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He was predeceased by his cherished wife of 61 years, Claire (Schluckwerder) Lasonde. He had lived in Southampton for the past six years.
He was born Dec. 28, 1920, in Holyoke, to the late Edward and Aurore (Loiselle) Lasonde. Joe was raised in Holyoke and attended local schools.
He was employed at E.H. Friedrich's Sheet Metal Company in Holyoke, until his retirement. Joe was a veteran of the U.S. Army of World War II serving in the 26th Medical detachment 104th infantry, serving under General Patton. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and battles and campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. Joe received the American Defense Service medal, two bronze stars, and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon. Joe (Ducky, as he was sometimes called) was honored by the Mayor of Holyoke in May of 1950 for saving a seven year old boy from drowning in a canal next to where he had worked.
Joe was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved spending time with his family and his beloved dogs. He also loved fishing and watching the Red Sox, Patriots, and the Cowboys on television. Joe leaves fond memories for all to cherish.
In addition to his daughters, Joe is survived by five grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Amy Blanchard of Southampton, Becky and Jason Lech also of Southampton, Alton and Kristin Molin of Seymour, Conn., Melissa and Denis Shannon of Vernon, Conn., and David and Kristen Molin, also of Vernon, Conn. He is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren.
A special thanks to the staff of Hospice in Western Massachusetts.
A calling hour for Joseph with be held Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley. His funeral will follow in the funeral home at 11 a.m. with his burial to follow in the Forestdale Cemetery in Holyoke.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA.
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Curran-O'Brien Funeral Home
33 Lamb Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2014