ZDANOWICZ, JOSEPH R. Joseph R. Zdanowicz of Branford, died peacefully with his family by his side, Monday, November 25, 2013 in Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was the husband of Susanne Mansfield Zdanowicz. Joe was born November 28, 1946 in New Haven, son of the late Victor and Anna Blazurkis Zdanowicz, and was a lifelong resident of Branford. Joe had worked for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, but always wanted to be a firefighter. He joined M. P. Rice Fire Company when he was 16, and was hired as a full time professional firefighter for the Branford Fire Department in 1968, until retiring in 2000. Joe was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Branford Elks Club, BPOE 1939. Besides his wife, Joe is survived by his children, Joseph Kenneth (Erin) Zdanowicz of Wakefield, MA, and Kimberly Anne (Jay) Hess of Wallingford; and his grandchildren Brady and Cooper Zdanowicz. Funeral arrangements will be private at the convenience of his family. The W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Branford Fire Department, Training Division, 45 North Main Street, Branford, CT 06405. To send and online condolence note, see www.wsclancy.com.
Published in The New Haven Register on Nov. 28, 2013