ANDERSEN, Joseph J.
Joseph J. Andersen, of Destin, FL, passed away Wednesday, (March 28, 2012) at the age of 87. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Dad grew up in Unionville, CT, attending Farmington High School and Cornell University. He studied Electrical Engineering and played football until he was called up to serve his country during WWII as a member of the 303rd Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division, Company D in Europe and then Japan. Upon his return, he went back to Cornell and completed his degree. Dad shared his love of science, math and sports along with his ethic for hard work and the willingness to always lend a hand with his entire family. We will miss you terribly. Predeceased by his wife, Norene (Foley) Andersen. Joe is survived by his beloved in-laws, Timothy and Deborah Foley and his eight children, Kathy (Peter) Hoppner, John (Gail) Andersen, Joseph (Nancy) Andersen, Robert Andersen, Carol (Kieran) Fahy, Mark Andersen, Timothy Andersen, and Mary Irene (Peter) Millar; 11 grandchildren, Christopher (Rachel), Jessica and Erika Hoppner, Erin and Caitlin Andersen, Kristin and Kayla Fahy, Kelly and Kevin Andersen and Kathryn and John Millar; and 1 great grandchild, Benjamin Hoppner.
Family and friends are invited to gather at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday, (April 3, 2012) from 9-10:30 a.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St., Unionville at 11 a.m. with burial immediately following at St Mary Cemetery, Avon with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
, 5 Brookside Drive, P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06450 in his memory. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.