Joseph A. Gonenc

  • Died: June 8, 2019
  • Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Joseph was a resident of Glastonbury, Connecticut at the time of passing.

He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Robert College in Istanbul Turkey in 1951 and his M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1954.

He served two years in the Turkish Army as an officer before returning permanently to the United States in 1957, settling in Detroit, MI to resume his work in engineering.

He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Joan Kochevar Gonenc; his daughter Ann Louise Shaughnessy and her husband David of Long Lake, MN; his son Joseph A. Gonenc Jr. and his wife Christine of Wake Forest, NC; as well as his four grandchildren, William Christian Shaughnessy, Maighread Hanna Shaughnessy, Joseph A. Gonenc III, and James Gonenc. There will be no calling hours and there will be a private burial.

Donations in his memory can be made to a favorite charity of the donor's choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Joe, lived next door, and liked to refer to himself as "Your neighbor to the South" when he called. For 30 years we shared a good supportive friendship until I retired in March of 2015 and left. His photo here is how I will always remember him.

I have so many good memories - for example:
- I'd say hello when I couldn't see him - He'd say "How you know I'm here?" (the cigar)
- His birds were amazing - especially the homing pigeons. They would fly soar and swoop, but always returned home. They were fun for me and Joe cared a great deal for them.
- I also enjoyed the sound of the roosters in the morning (my wife, not so much and then Joe accomodated her).
- When I moved in (1985) Joe told me how to care for the snow - "Get Ellison" Joe said and Jim became our first snow plow guy. Over 30 years we helped each other many times and many ways. He gave me advice, and we found each other several snow plow guys, tree guys, etc.
- It was reassuring to have Joe next door
- But I regret that I missed opportunities of even closer friendship. Once again, even in death, Joe taught me another lesson for life.

Posted by A friend   July 11, 2019