Joseph Edwin Boslet
July 5, 1923 – October 2, 2020
Joseph Edwin Boslet of Orlando died Oct. 2, 2020, of natural causes. He was 97.
Born on July 5, 1923, in Altoona, Pa., Joseph grew up in a Catholic family of five children. After completing high school in Huntingdon, Pa., he enlisted with the Pennsylvania National Guard, launching a military career that took him from the European Theater with the U.S. Army’s 28th Division during WWII to two tours of Vietnam, the final deployment as a lieutenant colonel commanding an engineer battalion. In WWII, he rose in rank to sergeant major and fought in the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest and other engagements leading up to Germany’s surrender. He retired in 1970 as a decorated veteran, with the Croix de Guerre Lux, Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal and Legion of Merit among the service awards he garnered.
In 1950, he married Jeanne Irene Graham of Huntingdon. The two had been classmates at Huntingdon Area High School but barely knew each other at the time. Together they raised four children: Frederick Allen Mays, Jeanne’s son from a previous marriage, Rebecca Anne Boslet (1953, Germany), Kathlyne Joyce Boslet (1955, New York City) and Michael Anthony Boslet (1957, Japan). From 1967-69, the couple and their three young children lived in Bangkok, Thailand, a supply outpost supporting the war in Vietnam.
As a military retiree living in Orlando, Joseph leveraged his Army logistics and transportation experience to head ABC Liquors’ warehouse and supply operation through the 1970s and into the ’80s. In 1988 he retired from working life and put his newfound spare time to good use traveling with Jeanne and doting on his grandchildren.
Joseph enjoyed partying with his adult children, and he and Jeanne hosted legendary Christmas and New Year’s Eve soirees at their home. He was a generous tipper to the wait staff at Le Coq Au Vin, a favorite dining out spot, enjoyed relaxing and tanning on Cocoa Beach, and formed a close bond with his daughter Kathlyne and her family in Orlando. He and Jeanne were a constant presence in her children’s lives, from childhood into their adult years.
The couple’s marriage of 63 years ended in January 2013 when Jeanne passed away at age 90 with family members by her bedside.
For the following seven years, daughter Rebecca fulfilled the role of fulltime caregiver as Joseph’s health deteriorated and he became bedridden. She was by his side when he took his last breath.
Joseph is survived by his four children, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. His cremated remains will be interred at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery with full military honors.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Joseph Edwin Boslet
October 9, 2020
It was delightful to meet and get to know Jeanne and Joe. They accepted me into their family without reservation and I had the pleasure of getting to know them, laugh with them in happy times , cry with them in sad times, and appreciate them for their warmth and hospitality. Joe was above all, a very generous man with a big heart and a great sense of humor, who always made those around him feel comfortable and welcome - like family
To Fred, Kathy, Becky and Mike:
I delighted in your mother and father and was grateful for the love they shared with me. I have many good memories and know that you all have so many more to comfort you as you navigate your grief and loss.
I send my love to all of you and am so sorry.
Love and Hugs, Melanie
October 8, 2020
I had only met Mr. Boslet once when I visited Florida with my sister to see my niece's other family not long after she had passed away. It was then that I was introduced to Mr. and Mrs. Boslet. They were such an amazing couple. They made me feel so welcome in their home. That memory will forever be in my heart. It was an amazing trip also visiting one of Britt's favorite places, Long Boat Key. A trip that I will never forget. My deepest condolences to Kate and all of the family. RIP.
Former Bkankner Student Kind Message for Ms. Boslet
October 8, 2020
Dear Ms. Boslet, you were my teacher at Blankner school last school year (2019-2020). I'm so sorry about your dad and I'm so happy he lived to the amazing age of 97! Not many people live to be even 50. No one deserves to lose someone they love and feel that pain but I believe you and your family will get through it. I know the feeling of loss (my cat was poisoned and he died) and I couldn't imagine losing a part of your family. I wish I could send flowers but I don't think I'd be able to. Please remember that everyone loved your dad and he will always love you and everyone! Rest in peace Mr. Boslet and thank you for your service❤💐🌹🌻🌺🌷🌼🌈
I'm keeping my identity anonymous but you're more than welcome to email me. I'm sorry for your loss everyone. You were a great teacher Ms. Boselt.
October 8, 2020
An absolutely amazing man and one I am so grateful and honored to have gotten to spend a little time with. My heart is in Florida with the family...sending love and prayers to you all.