Joseph Bergonzi



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Joseph Bergonzi

  • BORN: April 20, 1934
  • DIED: February 25, 2017
  • LOCATION: Chester, Connecticut

Joseph F. "Joe" Bergonzi, 82, of Chester, passed away peacefully at Bayview Health Care Center on Febraury 25, 2017, in Waterford surrounded by the care and comfort of his loving family. Joe fought a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease with the utmost grace and dignity. He was born in Middletown on April 20, 1934, beloved son of the late Joseph and Mildred (Spencer) Bergonzi. Joe learned early in his life to be a hard worker. He lost his Dad at the age of fourteen and supported his loving mother by working a paper route and for Zanardi Oil Company. "Little Joey" was her pride and joy. He served as an altar boy at St. Joseph's Church. He continued to support his own family with his Mow and Snow business. Joe began his career with the Soneco Service Concrete Plant in Essex. He then became the Concrete Plant Manager for Tilcon in Old Saybrook and played a big role in the construction of the Baldwin Bridge. Joe was a member of the International Union Of Operating Engineers Local 478 for 42 years prior to his retirement. Joe became a selectman in 1983 and served on the board until 1999. His dedication to the town was immeasurable. He was instrumental in the reconstruction, overlaying and maintenance of the road systems, as well as establishing the Road Committee. He served on the Water Pollution Control Authority and the Town Office Building Committee, showing his dedication to the Town of Chester. Joe was a Trustee and lifelong member of the Chester Hose Company, Inc., providing his service and commitment. He served diligently on the Police Commission for thirteen years. On December 7, 1999, by the vote of the residents, the town of Chester proclaimed the day as "Joe Bergonzi Day", in which he was recognized for his years of service. After retirement, he worked at Congregation Beth Shalom maintaining the facility. Joe enjoyed vacationing in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL, with his wife and family. He enjoyed bike riding at Hammonasset State Park, watching his grandchildren participate in sporting events across the state and attending many ceremonies. With his great love for basketball and baseball, Joe was an avid follower of the UConn Women's Huskies and the Mets and Boston Red Sox. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. He will be remembered by his devotion and care towards others. His love and strength will live on forever. He leaves his beloved wife, Barbara (Koritkoski) Bergonzi of 56 years. He also leaves his loving children Kimberly (Frank) Sauro and Kelly (Matthew) Duda; his four loving grandchildren Adam and Alex Duda and Ryan and Rachel Duda; his sister-in-law Betty French; and his dear nephew, James (Jimmy) Spencer . The family would like to thank the staff at Bayview Health Care Center in Waterford, CT and Beacon Hospice for their outstanding care, friendship and love Joe received over the last six years. Visitation will be held from 4:00PM to 7:00PM on Thursday March 2, 2017 at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, in Centerbrook. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 3, 2017at 11:00AM at Saint Joseph's Church, 48 Middlesex Avenue in Chester. Burial will follow in Saint Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. To share a memory of Joe or send a condolence to his family please visit www.rwwfh.com. Arrangements by the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook


Visitation
  • Thursday, March 02
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home
  • 34 Main Street
  • Centerbrook, CT 06409
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Mass of Christian Burial
  • Friday, March 03
    11:00 AM
  • Saint Joseph's Church
  • 48 Middlesex Avenue
  • Chester, CT 06412
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