Joseph E. Yanzo Jr.

July 21, 1941June 30, 2013

Joseph E. Yanzo, Jr., age 71, of Newtown, Conn., beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Rogers Maestro Yanzo, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 30, 2013 surrounded by all of his children after a hard fought battle with Leukemia.

Joe was born in Bridgeport on July 21, 1941, to Joseph and Anita Dymek Yanzo. He grew up in Bridgeport, and was a graduate of Bullard Havens Technical School. He was proud to be a U. S. Navy Veteran, serving aboard the USS Antietam. Joe was an employee of Viking Wire for over 25 years and later Sandlapper Fabrics, both formerly of Danbury before retiring in 2004. Anyone who knew Joe, knew he had a lifelong passion for the music of Bob Dylan, he closely followed his career and went to see him in concert many times over the years, often with his lifelong friend Bob Litzie of Stratford. Joe often told stories of the time he spent in the Navy, how hard Navy life was but also the fun he had. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan, and when “the game” was on, everything came to a halt. He was a kindhearted man who enjoyed the simple things in life, his family, especially his grandchildren, good food, a glass of cold milk and his sweets. He was known as “Papa Joe” to not only his grandchildren, but to many others who loved him dearly.

He will be forever remembered by his family, his daughter, Christine Bojarczyk and her husband Rick of Danbury, his son, Joseph E. Yanzo III of Torrington, his stepdaughters, who he considered his own, Dawn Maestro-Blom and her husband Jeff and Debbie Maestro-Barrigas, all of Thomaston, a sister, Elaine Dwyer of Shelton, his grandchildren, Joseph Yanzo IV, Jessica Yanzo, Mason Beers, Zachary Barrigas, Stefani Barrigas, Pierce Blom and Nicole Bojarczyk as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Liz, and parents, he was pre-deceased by his sister, Joan Boboc.

Family and Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 3 at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church, 104 Main St., Danbury. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Healing Hearts Bereavement Center, 73 Stadley Rough Rd. Danbury, CT 06811. To sign a book of remembrance and to offer condolences on line, please visit www.the


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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July 26, 2014

Joe,was our dear neighbor for 11 years,we loved him and so did our family,he really enjoy everytime we send over food and pieces of birthday cakes.He also enjoyed having coffee with Dennis and talking about world events.There isn't a day go by that Dennis and I talk about Joe especially when we look at his house.until we meet again see him and Lise both.God Bless his family saddley missed by Dennis and Arlene Hammer

Pete Falco

July 17, 2013

Joe and I were in the Masonry Dept together, played football there together and went to boot camp together. We always had a great time together. Regrettably, we lost touch after that as time went on, but Joe will always be remembered as one of the "good guys" in my life. To his family and friends, I am very sorry for your loss.
Pete Falco

Linda Uhde

July 12, 2013

To Joe's family:
I worked with him at Sandlapper and he was one of the nicest guys I know! I don't think there was one person that didn't get along well with him! He was friendly, always had a smile and shared a joke or two. I wound up finding out he lived close to me. After Sandlapper moved, I ran into him quite frequently around town. I also was blessed to become friends with Liz. What has helped me is knowing he is with her now. I will miss him. My sympathies to you all,
Linda (Walker) Uhde and family

July 8, 2013

To Joe, my friend, with love and respect,St. Cyrils and high school and all of the rest.
I'll cherish the memories,I'll never forget.
The years went by so quickly,
Your friendship and love was truly the best,

The Gravesens

July 3, 2013

To all the Yanzo and Maestro family...we are saddened by your loss and pray that the LORD will comfort you and hold you during this time of sorrow.

Dawn Wooster King

July 3, 2013

Joe was a sweet, kind and gentle person. It is a shame that he had to leave this life so young. I knew him about 35 to 40 years ago. Chrissy and Joey were both lucky to have such a wonderful father. He took me to my first concert to see Bob Dylan and I have loved his music ever since. I am very sorry for you loss...........

July 3, 2013

Dear Chris, So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. As children I remember him as being a kind and gentle cousin. I'm sorry we didn't have time together in our later years. I liked the photo of Joe with Aunt Viola and my brother Raymond. Your Dad will by fondly remembered. My sympathy goes out to his whole family. I know he was much loved. Cousin Dorothy

July 3, 2013

To the Family of Joseph, so sorry for your loss. I went to grammer school with him at St. Cyril and Methodious until 8th grade. Always remember him as being very tall. I saw him at our 50th 8th grade school reunion. Rest in Peace Joe

Alice Grich Koutrakos

July 2, 2013

It was a blessing to know such a beautiful man. Thank You for always brightening my day during our visits. Knowing you are no longer suffering and enjoying time with Liz continues to put a smile on my face. Love you! Tina

July 2, 2013

Debbie and Family,
So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a great man and will be missed dearly. Thinking of you all. Much love, Aunt Luisa and Uncle Fernando