Joseph Francis Horvath
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U.S. Army Veteran,
Devoted Family Man
Joseph Francis Horvath passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Born on December 27, 1928 in Norwalk, CT, to the late John and Elizabeth Horvath, he was the devoted husband of Jeannette (Roy) Horvath for 61 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict earning the Combat Infantry Badge and attained the rank of sergeant first class before returning to Norwalk where they remained until their move to Stratford 6 years ago.
While raising their family, Joe operated service stations, one in Norwalk and finally in Rowayton. In 1968, with his love of the water, confidence in his mechanical skills and seamanship, his independent spirit beckoned him to pursue a successful living as a full-time commercial lobster fisherman. During their last ten years in the fishing business Joe and Jeannette worked side-by-side on the water through all the seasons. In retirement, they enjoyed traveling, their dogs, and planning and hosting family gatherings. Joe was a true family man, whose constant expressions of love will be missed, but always remembered in our hearts.
He is survived by his wife Jeannette, son Michael of Stratford, daughter Mary Beth Garrison and her husband Wayne of Fairfield, his grandchildren Heather Goodson and her husband Aaron, Cody Studwell, and great grandchildren Aiden, Chloe and Austin Goodson. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother John, and his sister Margaret Nagy. There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on September 8, 2012 at 11:00 at St. Ladislaus Church, 25 Cliff St, So. Norwalk, CT. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in his name to St. Ladislaus Church.
Published in The Hour on August 25, 2012