Waterford - Joseph A. Evanski, 79, formerly of Groton, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Greentree Manor in Waterford, where he had resided since 2007.
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Born on March 7, 1933, Joe was the youngest son of the late Thomas and Sophie Evanski. Joe attended New London schools and always was proud to be a "Bulkeley Boy". Joe was a member of the first graduating class of New London High School in 1952. During his high school days, Joe enjoyed playing football and being employed as a pin chaser at the New London Bowling Alley.
After graduating, Joe became an apprentice at the former Arwood Corporation in Groton. He then briefly served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Joe resumed his lifetime career as a tool and die maker at Arwood Corp. until his retirement in the late 1990's.
Joe married the former Frances Whitney in Aug. 1957 and they enjoyed the next 46 years of marriage together until Fran passed on in 2004. Joe and Fran made their home in Groton where they raised their three daughters and enjoyed many happy years of entertaining family and friends. Joe devoted his spare time to meticulously caring for his home and always took special pride in his yard and gardens. Additional personal interests for Joe included boating, fishing, woodworking, pheasant hunting, and looking for a good deal at any flea market or yard sale. He could find and fixing anything that needed his attention.
In addition to his loving wife, Joe was also predeceased by his older (twin) brothers, Thomas in 2005 and Stanley in 2009.
Joe leaves behind three loving daughters, Janet Romanelli (Stephen) of Groton, Peggy Wolfman (Eric) of Tennessee and Karen Nixie (Dennis) of Washington. Bumpuh/Grandpa/Papa is also sorrowfully missed by his grandchildren whom he so dearly loved, Riley, Joseph, Emme, Nathan and Evan of Groton, Bethany of Tennessee and Rachel, Michelle, Chris and great-grandson Josiah of Washington. Joe is also survived by his brother Stanley's family, Diane, Suzanne and Chris, all of California.
Joe was a member of the Groton Lodge of Elks #2163, the Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart School Guild. Joe's "heart-of-gold" personality shined brightly throughout the many years he spent as a volunteer firefighter with Pioneer Hose Company #1, City of Groton, as a devoted usher at Sacred Hart Church in Groton and along with his wife Fran as members of the Child & Family Agency and Catholic Charities.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the devoted staff and doctors at Greentree Manor. We were always confident that Dad received the best care he could while living at Greentree these past five years. Our appreciation and thanks also go out to the special friends we made at Beacon Hospice. Your tender care given during Dad's final days will always be remembered.
Despite the limitations Dad ("Joe-Joe") endured these last few years as a result of his illnesses, he truly loved the countless friends he made at Greentree Manor. He always found a way to share his happiness there, whether it be by giving a hug, offering a smile, or showing off with his "jig" he so loved to perform. Much Thanksâ€¦You all know who you are!
A favorite activity of Joe's in recent years was to play Bingo with his buddies at Greentree. Any donations wished to be made in his memory may be directed to the "Bingo Fund", Greentree Manor, 4 Greentree Drive, Waterford, CT 06385.
A Memorial Gathering and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church next week. The day and time of the services will be announced in Tuesday's edition of The Day.
The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue New London, CT 06320
Published in The Day on June 29, 2012