Joseph F. Sokol

Joseph F. Sokol, 74, of Vernon passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, at Hartford Hospital after a short illness.

He was born in Hartford on Oct. 29, 1938, the son of the late Joseph and Bernice (Zbyk) Sokol.

He leaves a brother, Eugene, and his wife, Janet, of Southington; three nieces, Jennifer Wanzo of Springfield, Darcie Landrette of Harwinton, and Stacy Moquin of New Britain; his great-nieces Ariella and Jordan Wanzo; and several cousins and many friends.

Joseph served in the Army National Guard for many years. He was a longtime bowler, skydiver, snow skier, and was also a Connecticut state trooper. Later in life he developed a love for model railroading and was a lifetime member of the National Model Railroad Association Inc. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 14.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Grove Hill Cemetery, Vernon.

There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to be made in his memory to the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, 55 Bridge St., Willimantic, CT 06226.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 16 to July 20, 2013