Labenski Funeral Home

107 Boswell Avenue, Norwich, CT


Joseph W Hockhousen

September 28, 1934January 3, 2020

NORWICH – Joseph W. Hockhousen, 85, entered eternal rest at his home on Friday, January 3, 2020.

He was born in Warwick, RI on Sept 28, 1934 to the late Joseph and Madeline (Tarbox) Hockhousen. He enlisted in the US Navy proudly serving his country during the Korean War receiving an Honorable Discharge. On Oct. 14, 1978 he married his beloved wife, Susan (Ashton) who survives him.

Joe worked as a Purchasing Agent for Quonset Point Naval Air Station and the Naval Underwater Systems Center, moving on to be a Contract Specialist Supervisor of Shipbuilding at Electric Boat retiring in 1995. When not at work, Joe was active coaching basketball, baseball and golf at Parish Hill Junior and Senior High school in Chaplin, then as a Van Driver for the Town of Preston delivering meals to seniors and shut-ins befriending all of them.

He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Poquetanuk, CT, a Mason of St. James Lodge #23, and a VFW member. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and enjoyed golfing.

Besides his wife Susan, he is also survived by his children; Joseph (Karen) Hockhousen, Jr., of Peace Dale, RI, Deborah (John) Ursino of Burlington, MA, Joan Baker of California, Karen (Ed) Houston of Peace Dale, RI, Sara (Sean) McCormick of Norwich, CT., stepdaughters; Stacey Chochoms, Seattle, WA., Jennifer Chochoms, Colchester, CT., sister; Gail (Bill) Taylor of Warwick, RI, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son; John Hockhousen.

Visitation will be held on Saturday January 11th, 2020 from 2pm to 5pm at the Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Av., Norwich, CT. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. James Episcopal Church at a later date. Burial is private at the convenience of the family.

Donation in Joe’s memory may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 95 Route 2A, Preston, CT 06365.

To leave a condolence or share a memory, please visit www.labenskifuneralhome.com



  • Calling Hours / Visitation Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Concluding with Military Honors Saturday, January 18, 2020


  • Burial is Private at The Convenience of The Family


Joseph W Hockhousen

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Joanne Pedersen

January 7, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was the one person who encouraged me to succeed in my job many years ago at NUSC. I remember him being a kind and gentle man who made work a good place to be. May his memory always be a blessing.
Joanne Pedersen

Gary Scott

January 7, 2020

To the Fitzgerald side of the family. Marilyn and I spent many nice evenings in Apponaug, RI at Buddy and Audrey's table back in 1959. Being a young man, fresh from the farms of Oklahoma and assigned to the USS Tarawa CVS40 as a young Navy Man. Attended my first Hockey game with Buddy. We loved to talk about sports teams as Buddy loved sports. Buddy introduced me to Bock Beer, and I think I had my first and last one with him. He was always smiling and happy during our visits. Fun to be around. Yes, I do remember Buddy being the Contracting Officer there at Quonset Point, and Later Marilyn became a Contracting Officer, possibly due to memories of Buddy? He will be missed.

Carol Celeberto

January 6, 2020

To Sue and your family, I am so sorry for your loss. Buddy was always my favorite cousin. Even though he was older than me he used to tease the heck out of me as a kid. LOVED his humor. He will be missed by many.

Brenda Penrod

January 5, 2020

Dear Susan and Family, I am sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We always enjoyed visiting with Joe and you at the Boyer reunion. I like to think that he and David are enjoying a reunion even now. I'm keeping you close in my prayers.
Sending you Hugs with Love, Brenda Penrod