Joseph Hauswirth, age 83, a lifelong resident of Watertown, MA and beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Kiley) Hauswirth, passed away peacefully on August 21, 2022. Devoted father of Joseph Hauswirth and his wife Christine of Rhode Island, Kathy Patton and husband Steve Patton of Ohio, Jack Hauswirth and his wife Janet Hauswirth of Boxborough, and Susan Bortone and her husband Bobby of Watertown. Loving grandfather to Michael, Avarose, Katlyn, Stephen, Kameron, James, Jacqueline and Matthew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Catherine Hauswirth of Watertown; his brother Jack Hauswirth; and sister Catherine Arsenault. Also leaving behind his sister-in-law Wilma Hauswirth; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Joe was a 1956 graduate of Watertown High. He then enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17, serving his country for 6 years. After being honorably discharged, he was employed at Western Electric for over 30 years, where he met the love of his life Liz. They raised their four children in Watertown, creating lifelong friendships.
Joe was a founding member of the Watertown Youth Hockey and Intramural Hockey Programs. He would go on to coach countless kids in the Watertown community in both hockey and baseball. It was one of his greatest joys and provided cherished memories and friendships. He was an avid Boston sports fan and was present when “Havlicek stole the ball!” Over the years, Joe enjoyed traveling to his grandchildren’s activities both in and out of state.
Joe also spent time traveling to his USS Lloyd Thomas Navy ship reunions. He started every day with a morning coffee at Joe’s Variety with the crew, reviewing and critiquing the world’s events. Pa Joe will be greatly missed by his family, friends and many people whose lives he touched.
Family and friends were welcomed to celebrate Joe’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the Nardone Funeral Home, 373 Main St., Watertown, on Tuesday, August 30th from 4 to 7 pm and again on Wednesday, August 31st at 9 am, followed by a 10 am Funeral Mass in St Patrick’s Church in Watertown. Burial followed with Navy Honors in Ridgelawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, his family requested that donations be made to: Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital Bedford, MA or The Watertown Youth Hockey program.
Published by Boston Globe from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2022.