Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service

181 Ocean Ave, New London, CT


Josef Paul Kosztala

February 1, 1948November 13, 2019
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Josef Paul Kosztala, 71, of Mystic, passed away doing what he loved, bow hunting in Gales Ferry, on November 13, 2019.

Joe was born on February 1, 1948, in Ravensburg, Germany, the son of Marie Kosztala-Wozniak, and Fedor Kosztala. The second oldest of eight children, Joe immigrated to the US with his parents and four siblings.

Joe is survived by his wife Eileen of Mystic, their daughter Olivia, his daughter Katrina Pouliot (Nathan) and his son Josef Kosztala (Brittany). He was a proud Dziadek to three grandchildren, Andrew, Bronson and Minka. Joe is also survived by his mother, Maria Wozniak; three brothers, Jan Kosztala, Stephen Kosztala (Connie), and Edward Kosztala (Bethany; three sisters, Kristina Cutler (William), Stephanie Zeitlar, and Jacqueline Bailey, along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Fedor Kosztala, and oldest brother Marion Kosztala.

Joe was admired for his love and respect of nature, being an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He frequently travelled to Long Island for work, where he began the hobby of wine-tasting. He lived a rich, full life enjoying many days as a rugby player (known to his team as Two Minute Joe), golfer, and poker player. He was just as well known for his big bear hugs as he was for creating unique jewelry. One of Joe’s proudest moments was when he won a Connecticut weightlifting competition.

He graduated from New London High School in 1967 and served his country as a decorated Sgt. In the Air Force. He was recently honored with a Wartime Service Medal for his valor in Vietnam by the State of Connecticut Veteran’s Affairs. Joe worked for many years at Electric Boat as a QC inspector. Following his time at EB, he worked at iTi/Mistras of Waterford.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, November 20th, from 2-4pm at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London. Military honors will be held at 3:45pm during calling hours.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • Military Honors Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Josef Paul Kosztala

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Annette and Rich Pitt

November 22, 2019

Oh my God! I’m so sorry for the loss of a wonderful husband, father and friend who I met through Eileen and knew Rich from before. I sang happy birthday to Jo like Marilyn Monroe and he said I was like judge Judy. They attended The marriage of our daughter and I have a wonderful video of Jo and Eileen dancing at her wedding! We are both so so sorry!

Gregg Taylor

November 21, 2019

Uncle Joe,
It feels so surreal that you are no longer with us. I am struck by the profound sense of loss felt in the wake of your passing. The absence of your booming voice and larger than life personality is an almost deafening silence. A poignant and stark reminder that life is often unpredictable and too short to waste.

Though there is a sadness in the air, I will always remember you fondly. I am filled with wonderful memories of you and your crazy antics. I always thoroughly enjoyed your jokes and sense of humor. Though often inappropriate, they were garunteed to make me laugh. And I could never forget the array of goofy faces you loved to make or your smile that could light up a room. Nor could I forget your infamous (bone-crushing) bear hugs.

I am honored to have been able to call you my family. I am better off for having known you. So here's to you Joe, The Man In The Woods!
Love Always, Gregg

Todd Savaria

November 19, 2019

You will be missed, very much! The world is now without a very kind and considerate man in physical form, but Joe will be with all of us that he interacted with and befriended.
My condolences to the entire Kosztala family.
Miss you Joe!!! Rest in peace brother.


Kristina Barnes-Veilleux

November 19, 2019

My dear friend Joe. Joe and I would talk every day for years before we started work. He was proud of the work he did and we would discuss it backwards and forward. I miss Joe and the others at iTi and Mistras. It was like a different life. I feel so sad that I can't reach out and speak to Joe. I will always miss my days at iTi and the friends I made there. We were like family and that is how I remember everyone. Retiring was one of the hardest things that I ever did. We live in New Hampshire now and it is snowing like crazy right now. I will be with you in spirit and in my prayers dear Eileen and Olivia.

Lisa Steinberg

November 17, 2019

To my old friend Joe, I was very saddened to see your name and to hear of your passing. Although it was sad, I think you died doing what you loved. You were so influential to me and getting involved in healing, nature, jewelry and so many things that I have continued to do in my life. Thank you thank you thank you for your presence, May you travel well...💖

Veronica Corbett

November 17, 2019

Eddie and family so sorry for your loss. Condolences to the family. May you always have happy memories of the times you spent together 🙏🏻

Michelle Davis

November 17, 2019

Uncle Joe,
Words can not even begin to describe the emptiness that weighs heavy in our hearts right now. You always made me laugh with your inappropriate jokes at family events lol. I am going to miss your hugs and jokes. I remember seeing you just a few weeks ago at walmart and we sat there talking for like 30 min in the aisle. You were the one who taught me how to swim (by accident when you threw me in the pool not realizing that I didnt know how to swim lol) but we sat in that pool for hours after while you taught me how to swim. Ill also never forget the family reunion we had and an argument broke out about "lobster" and you and I made jokes about it for years to come. I love you so much and I am going to miss everything about you.

Jaki Bailey

November 17, 2019

My heart goes out to Eileen, Katrina, Josef and Olivia. My heartfelt sympathy to you and our family.
Joe took me out a number of times I call "baby hunting" just introducing me to hunting squirrels, fox then to deer. I would see those big brown puppy eyes of the deer and just couldn't pull the trigger. I stuck to rifle targets instead. I will cherish our time together and fond memories of growing up together.
Joe, your spirit will always stay in my heart and mind. You were a strong advocate of our family and especially to your mother. I will miss you dearly. Be with God in peace and shepherd the deer flocks in heaven.
Love you, your sister````Jaki

Ena and Alex Gordon

November 16, 2019

Eileen and Olivia,

I am so sorry for your loss. Alex and I have such fond memories of Joe. I always picture his big smiles and contagious laugh.

My favorite all time memory is the beach concert the night before our wedding, we celebrated at the concert with margaritas and good company.

Ena and Alex

Isaiah Mell

November 15, 2019

I always loved when Joe used to make duck noises when i was younger (but I hated it when i was younger) i also used to hide behind Eileen when that happened he did that so many times but now that i look at that i am laughing. Thanks Joe for the Laughs!!!!!!!!!!

Love you I will miss you