The world lost a bright light the day Joe passed into Heaven. He will be remembered fondly for his kindness and generosity. He embodied the best qualities of "The Greatest Generation" and will be greatly missed.
WATERBURY — Joseph E. Gunterman, 91, of Waterbury, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at the VITAS Inpatient Unit at Saint Mary's Hospital. He was the husband of the late Joyce (Becker) Gunterman, to whom he was married from 1947 until her death in 2009.
Mr. Gunterman was born in Waterbury on May 11, 1923, and was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was stationed on the USS Zane, which was the model for the stories of the novel, "The Caine Mutiny."
After his military service, Mr. Gunterman worked for SNET for 40 years. He was also a builder and general contractor, building many homes and condominiums in the area. He stayed active buying and selling properties up until his last illness.
Mr. Gunterman is survived by his daughter, Nancy Manoni, and her husband Lee of Southington; a granddaughter, Julie Modeen and her husband Andrew of Middlebury; a great-grandson, Benjamin; and a sister, Barbara Capozzi of New Jersey.
Friends are welcome at Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St., on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, from 10 to 11 a.m. Entombment will follow in Calvary Queen of Peace Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.
Visit www.murphyfuneralhomect.com for more information or to send an online condolence.
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