NORWALK, Conn. Joseph Francis Horvath, a former Norwalk resident, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, surrounded by his family. He was 83.
Born Dec. 27, 1928, in Norwalk, he was the son of John and Elizabeth Horvath. He was married to Jeannette Roy Horvath for 61 years. Horvath served in the Army during the Korean Conflict, earning the Combat Infantry Badge and attaining the rank of sergeant first class.
Horvath and his wife lived in Norwalk before moving to Stratford six years ago. While raising their family, he operated service stations, one in Norwalk, then one in Rowayton.
In 1968, he became a full-time commercial lobster fisherman. During their last 10 years in the fishing business, Horvath and his wife worked side-by-side on the water through every season. In retirement, they enjoyed traveling, their dogs and hosting family gatherings. Horvath was a true family man, his family said.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette; a son, Michael, of Stratford; a daughter, Mary Beth (Wayne) Garrison, of Fairfield; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Horvath was predeceased by a brother, John; and a sister, Margaret Nagy.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at St. Ladislaus Church in Norwalk. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Ladislaus Church.
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