Joseph M. Roman

April 3, 1923February 4, 2019

Joseph M.Roman, 95, died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, February 4, 2019, at the Jerome Home in New Britain. He was the son of the late Ludwig and Helena Romanowski. He was predeceased by his wife of almost 65 years, Margaret (Lafayette) Roman who passed in 2012. Joe was born in New Britain on April 3, 1923. His parents died when he was very young and he was raised by Catholic nuns at orphanages in both New Britain and New York City which formed his devout Catholic faith and membership in the Knights of Columbus. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and served as a radio operations specialist directing radio communications between command and combat air and land forces on both Guam and the pivotal battle of Iwo Jima Pacific Theater campaigns. He was honorably discharged in December, 1945. Following his military service Joe attended St. John’s University in New York and graduated from New York University in 1950. He moved back to New Britain with his wife and commenced a long career in the transportation industry working for the Middle Atlantic Transportation Company and the Connecticut Motor Transport Association. Joe was an active Marine veteran and member of the Iwo Jima Survivors Association and could always be seen representing World War II veterans in local parades and events. In 2015, Joe was honored for his service to our country at the DAV Hardware City Chapter 8’s Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open, and in December of that year received a Proclamation from New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, in honor of his service to his country during the epic battle of Iwo Jima. He loved baseball especially his beloved Boston Red Sox and every season enjoyed the rivalry with his New York Yankee fan family members. A loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle, Joe is survived by his three sons and their wives: Michael and Karen of Vienna, VA; John and Janet of Kensington, CT; and Joseph and Kathleen of Enfield, CT. He leaves six grandchildren: Kristine Clinese, Michelle Powstanski, Dennis Roman, Carolyn Roman; Tamara Roman, Tyler Roman. He leaves five great grandchildren: Kayla and Joey Clinese; Ella and Ethan Powstanski; and Scarlett Houghton. He was predeceased by his sister Marion Stevens in 2015, and infant grandson, Christopher Roman, in 1979. He also leaves loving nieces, Marianne Sheran and Sonia Rios, and his faithful buddy and nephew, Dr. Nick Catsos, along with many great nieces and nephews. The family of Joseph M. Roman would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone for their support, thoughts, and prayers, especially over the last few weeks. A special thanks goes to the staff and residents of Arbor Rose who were dad’s close friends and companions for the past six years. And finally, to his doctors and nurses, and the medical staff at the Hospital of Central Connecticut and Jerome Home who cared for and helped dad in his final days. A brief gathering will be held Monday at 8:45am in the New Britain Memorial-Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home 444 Farmington Ave. New Britain followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Paul Church, 467 Alling St. Kensington, CT. Committal with full military honors will follow in St Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Visitation will be on Sunday Feb. 10th from 2 PM to 5 PM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Joe’s name to: Iwo Jima Survivors Association, Inc. c/o Vincent Thomas 35 Hemlock Road Branford, CT 06405 203-488-7683 House of Heroes Connecticut, 3000 Whitney Avenue, Suite 233, Hamden, CT 06518 or donate on-line at Jerome Home & Arbor Rose, 975 Corbin Ave. New Britain, CT 06052. For directions and online condolences, please visit


  • Ludwig and Helena Romanowski, Parents
  • Margaret (Lafayette) Roman, Wife
  • Michael and Karen, John and Janet, and Joseph and Kathleen, Children
  • Kristine Clinese, Michelle Powstanski, Dennis Roman, Carolyn Roman; Tamara Roman, Tyler Roman, Grandchildren
  • Kayla and Joey Clinese; Ella and Ethan Powstanski; and Scarlett Houghton, Great Grandchildren
  • Marion Stevens, Sister
  • Christopher Roman, Grandson
  • Marianne Sheran and Sonia Rios, Nieces
  • Dr. Nick Catsos, Nephew


  • Calling Hours Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Brief Gathering Prior to Church Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Burial with Military Honors Monday, February 11, 2019

Joseph M. Roman

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Harry Monahan

February 9, 2019

Mike, I just received notice that your father recently died. It does not matter when a parent dies it leaves a gap in our lives. After reading about your father's remarkable life, and being a fellow Marine, I'm awed and I'm sure you are proud of your father. My condolences.

Harry Monahan

Mike & Betsy Damitz

February 9, 2019


Joe was quite a man with a long life and great history !!!

Mike & Betsy Damitz

Walter Radziszewski

February 8, 2019

My condolences to the family. Semper Fi.

Ronald Vallario

February 7, 2019

Mike, John, Joe
I always had a lot of respect for your Mom and Dad. His passing brings back great memories of growing up in the neighborhood. I don't think we realized what heroes are dads were and what their wives helped them endure in the years after they came home.
Now I know why he had all those radios in the cellar.
I will stop and say a prayer when I visit Barb and Paul.

Jeanne Mitchell

February 7, 2019

Wow...Mike, you look so much like your Dad! What a hero! I'm so honored to know stories of him through you. He must have been so very proud of his sons-as he should have been. He raised a wonderful family that will provide a legacy on earth forever. Its wonderful to think of him joining his bride in heaven.
You and Karen and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers as you honor your Dad's life.
Jeanne and Doug