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Joseph Hughes, 94, Won Bronze Star

Joseph I. Hughes, a Norwalk resident and World War II veteran, died Wednesday at Norwalk Hospital. He was 94 years old. He served in the 1st Infantry Division during the war and was involved in most of the major battles in Europe. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

Hughes was employed by the Gas Consumers Company in Boston. After moving to Connecticut, he worked as an accountant and office manager for Ford Motors in Fairfield. After his retirement he volunteered for several years at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. He also enjoyed golf, crosswords and reading.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Verbonick Hughes, whom he married on Feb. 8, 1947; two daughters, Kathleen Hughes of Norwalk and Jayne Martin and her husband, Timothy, of Raleigh, N.C.; two grandchildren  and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk.  A Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Ave., with burial to follow at St. John Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joseph’s name to St. Thomas the Apostle Church . For directions or to sign an online guest book, go to the funeral home's website .

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