Joseph Achtman

July 8, 1927September 6, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapels at Mount Nebo (Kendall), Miami, FL.


  • Funeral Service Friday, September 9, 2011

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Roni Isgar

September 18, 2011

Dear Shirley, Lisa,Larry & Family
I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a very special person and will always be in my heart.

September 17, 2011

Losing a Father is a very difficult thing to go through. My wife Adela used to tell me how difficult it was for her when she lost her Father quite a few years ago.

You’re not really touched until you are standing in those shoes. So, as I am standing up here today, I realize how fortunate I was to have him as my Father. Perhaps there were earlier times that I didn’t show much appreciation for the sacrifices that he made for our family. However, it is through his example that I learned to be a good father and the loyal husband that I am today.

My father was a hard working guy. Even though he thought that his job sucked most of the time, he always went to work and was never late. I’m sure that he put up with a lot of B.S. at work but always stayed the course. That’s something that I always had a problem with in my own career. Looking back now, I realize that I could have used a bit more tolerance, like Dad.

He loved his family and was deeply devoted to Mom. He would work the night shift and
get home in the morning and take Mom on errands until the late morning or early
afternoon. He would sleep 4 or 5 hours get up and do it all over again. A few years back I asked Dad, “How long after you started working your job, did you stop liking it?” He said about 15 years, yet he stayed on for 30+ years and when asked why, he simply said “for the family”. I think that Lisa got that devotion to work, more so than myself!

When I was younger and living at home with Mom and Dad, Dad was a physically
intimidating figure. At 6’1” and 200+ plus pounds, his presence alone was enough to
keep my respect for my parents in check. Dad was a man of few words and many times,
just a look from him was all that was needed to correct any issues with me. If I saw him get up, I ran. He wouldn’t chase me… he just wanted to make a point!

Dad has always had a big heart. Even though he wasn’t very good at remembering
jokes, he always liked to make people happy. He would dress up as Jo-Jo the clown and make the rounds. Looking back at pictures, I don’t know why the little kids didn’t run away. Like I said, he’s a big guy and with the wig and makeup, well… !!!

Dad never really talked about his Navy time in World War II. I know that he made some good friends and lost some good friends while serving his country. I don’t think that it was a good experience for him.

After his time in the service he got involved with the Jewish War Veterans organization and later with The American Legion. Both Mom and Dad’s passion has been their service to help others. From placing flags on the graves of fellow patriots to the week long “tag week” every year for as long as I can remember, which dedicated all of their spare time and the conversion of our home into “collection
central” where all of the other dedicated members of the Jewish War Veterans would
bring their canisters of money to be counted after collecting in front of the local stores. Of course, all of the proceeds went towards the assistance of others, specifically the Veterans in the hospital.

Up until recently, Mom and Dad spent many days at Veterans Hospital serving coffee
and helping the injured veterans with a kind word and a smile. Dad’s love for his fellow veterans was always evident.

He showed strength and love right up until his last days with us. With the exception of this serious illness, Dad was a pretty healthy guy. Mom and dad used to walk a couple of miles a day until a month or so ago.

Even though we mourn the loss of Dad today, we should soon dry our tears with the knowledge that Dad pretty much lived “The American Dream”. Not an extravagant
lifestyle, however, a great example of what we all should aspire to.

Mom and Dad lived in Detroit and took their honeymoon in Miami 61 years ago. They liked it so much that they decided to move to Miami shortly thereafter. Buying one of the first houses on the block, getting new cars when needed, having two children, a couple of grandchildren and all of us blessed with good health. Married 62 years and still having a savings account even though the world economy is crumbling all around us.
I would say that mom and Dad did things right.

I hope that one day, when I die, my children can look back, tell funny stories about me, and talk about how I loved them and their mother. Then, like my father, I will have led a complete life.

I truly believe that a man’s soul rises from his broken body at the time of his death. Weleave behind all of the restraints of our human bodies and join a spirit that is warm, welcoming and free of any earthly worries. I already have a vision of Dad in a happy place and his presence just made it all the more warm and welcoming.

Dad, save a place for me and I’ll see you later!

Barb Carpenter

September 10, 2011

Dear Larry,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Barb, Eddie, Bridget and Jack Carpenter

September 10, 2011

Dear Larry & Family,

We are truly saddened to hear of your recent loss and would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family on the recent passing of your father. Our children also send their thoughts and hopes to you and your family at this most difficult of times.

Even though I did not know your father personally, I can see that you were raised in a loving and warm family. Your personal demeanor and the values you have, I know came from the family in which you were raised. I can only imagine how much of an impact your father has had on how compassionate and caring a person you are. There comes a time when we lose someone who has had a profound impact in our lives. From this person we gain some of our best character traits and strive in life to uphold what that person instilled in us. You will be that man and carry on his legacy forever. God Bless and sorry for your loss.

Our Family to yours,
Patrick, Carmen, Arielle and Nicholas

Beatty McCaleb

September 10, 2011

I only met Joe when they came to visit Larry and his family in Dacula. It was at Halloween and he so enjoyed the gathering to "treat the kids" in our neighborhood. Joe joined right in and helped to make the event a joyous night for everyone. He truly loved life, especially his family. May he rest in peace.

Steven Achtman

September 7, 2011

Uncle Joe you brought many memories and smiles to our family we will miss you!