|Joseph H, Hanna
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|Joseph H. Hanna passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, April 7, 2012. He was born on June 7, 1925 to Howash and Nora Hanna and educated in Utica. He was predeceased by two sons and a daughter, Howard J. Hanna, Joseph H. Hanna Jr. and Karen M. Hanna.
Joseph served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on board the USS Santa Fe, Flagship of Cruiser Division 13. The Santa Fe and its crew earned five medals and sixteen battle stars in the three years it served in the Southern Pacific combat zone. The USS Santa Fe and its crew received the Navy Unit Citation for its efforts in rescuing the heavily damaged aircraft carrier USS Franklin along with its over 500 survivors less than sixty miles off the coast of Japan on March 19, 1945.
On September 21, 1947, in Utica, Joseph married Virginia “Jeannine” Abess, a marriage that lasted for over sixty-four years. Together they became the Patriarch of the Hanna family. Joseph was one of the early pioneers of ARA Services (Aramark today) after merging his vending company with ARA on June 12, 1961. In 1970, he became the operating Vice President of ARA Services for the northeast area, a position held until his retirement in 1986.
He was a long standing parishioner of St. Louis Gonzaga Church, a life member of Council 189 of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the New Hartford Legion Post 1376 and former member of the Skenandoa Golf Club of Clinton.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia “Jeannine”; one daughter, Danese Hanna of New Hartford and her friend Kevin Bartlett; three sons: Gregory Hanna of New Hartford; Keith and wife Renee Hanna of Cedar Lake, NY; and Kevin Hanna; sister, Doris Ghosin of Whitesboro, NY; grandchildren: Nathan Hanna and wife Sara of Sauquoit, NY; Howard Hanna and wife Caroline of Amherst, MA; Anisa Hanna Justice of Ormond Beach, FL; Sabrina Mosseau and husband Paul of Ballston Lake, NY; Greg Hanna of NC; Alexandra Hanna of Cedar Lake; Dallas Hanna Stoddard and husband Caleb of Whitesboro; Stevana Hanna of Cedar Lake and Nicholas Hanna; great grandchildren: Faith and Joseph Justice and their father, Barry Justice of Ormond Beach, FL; Matthew and Nathan Hanna of Sauquoit, James Towers of Ballston Lake and Nora Hanna of Amherst. Joe also leaves a sister-in-law, Marian Abess, many nieces, nephews and cousins, including special cousins: Abe and Ann Joseph of Kirkland, NY; John and Jasmine Dina and sons of Naples FL.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Sudershan Dang, Dr. Alicia DeTraglia, the staff at Faxton Regional Cancer Center and Hospice and Palliative Care.
In keeping with Joe’s wishes there will be no public visitation and burial services will be private. A private mass will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Louis Gonzaga Church Utica, NY.
As per Joe’s and the family’s wishes, please omit any food, floral or memorial offerings to their home. Your generosity and kindness throughout the years has sustained them through many difficult times.
Arrangements are with The Matt Funeral Home, Utica.
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Jeannine - My heart goes out to you at this very sad time. I'm so glad we got to see you and Joe at the Orchard Hall before you left for Florida. He was a remarkable man married to a remarkable woman. What a role model the two of you have been for your family - the perfect example of what a good marriage can be. Our deepest sympathy.
Joyce & Chuck Showalter
Written by Joyce Showalter
2012-04-09 8:16:24 PM
Our sincere sympathy to Jeannine and family.
We will cherish the memories we have of Joe. He will truly be missed. With sincere sympathy & love,
Bill & Ann Marie Ruth & Family
Written by AnnMarie & Bill Ruth
2012-04-10 11:01:34 AM
Jeannine and Family
Please accept out deepest sympathy for your loss. We were heartbroken when we read today's paper.
We always felt that special Navy connection - with Dan's Uncle John being lost on the Franklin and our boys being in the Navy.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dan and Helen Darjany
Written by Helen & Dan Darjany
2012-04-10 4:17:56 PM
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Written by Lynette Franco-Pardi-Lentricchia
2012-04-10 7:31:26 AM
REST IN PEACE JOE
Written by DOTTIE TALLINI
2012-04-10 8:15:42 AM
Please accept my condolences over the loss of Joe. We worked together on the town Republican Committee in the late 1970s. He always had the communities best interest in mind. I shall miss seeing him drive along Valley View Road.
Written by Jerome Donovan
2012-04-11 10:27:24 AM
We are sorry to hear of Joe's passing, may his soul rest in peace.....
Written by Joe and Lillian Mody
2012-04-13 7:27:11 PM
Dear Aunt Jeannine and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We all loved and respected Uncle Joe very much. He will remain with us always in our thoughts and prayers. May God help and comfort you and your family during these difficult times.
All our love,
Sandi, Don and family
Written by Don and Sandi Gendron
2012-04-16 7:03:16 PM