Joseph V. Valaitis

Born: Fri., Feb. 24, 1939
Died: Thu., Dec. 11, 2008

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Joseph V. Valaitis, 69, of Thomaston, husband of Virginia (Welton) Valaitis died Thursday (Dec. 11, 2008) at his home.Joe was born Feb. 24, 1939 in Waterbury CT. He was the son of Bernice (Noreikis) Sanzeri of Thomaston and the late Joseph V. Valaitis Sr. He had been a former resident of Terryville prior to moving to Thomaston. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam serving as a nuclear reactor operator in submarines. Prior to his retirement he worked as a carpenter and site supervisor for Arthur Industries. Joe was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church, Terryville; was a member and 4th Degree Knight with Knights of Columbus; member of the American Legion Plymouth Post #20; former member of the Terryville Lions Club. Joe coached Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion Baseball in Terryville for 25 years. Joe was an avid fisherman and hunter.Besides his wife and mother he leaves, his two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Maryann Valaitis of West Haven, Joseph C. and Julie Valaitis of Barkhamsted; his daughter and son-in-law, Lynn M. and Marc LaPierre of Torrington; his two brothers, Ralph Sanzeri of Thomaston and Vincent Sanzeri of New York; his sister, Barbara Krol of Wolcott; his seven grandchildren, Morgan, Mitch, Katie, Sophia, Periece, Derek and Austin. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held Monday 9:30AM. from the Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville to the Immaculate Conception Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM. Military Honors will follow. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday 4:00 - 6:00PMIn lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Plymouth Community Food Pantry, 30 Dewey Ave., Terryville, CT 06786.

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Larry E. Nelson

I was so sorry to hear the news of Joe's passing. I will always remember the dedication he had to sports, especially Little League. Joe was very warm hearted. As I passed by sometimes with the cruiser, he would always want you to stop for a moment to say hello. Terryville has lost a very dedicated member of the community. God Bless you Joe.

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