Joseph A. Anderson

04/10/2012 5:02 PM |

Joseph A. Anderson of Jamesport succumbed to his battle with leukemia on April 7, 2012. He was 78.

He was born Feb. 2, 1934, to Joseph and Helen Andruszkiewicz of Aquebogue. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (née Pelis); sisters, Antoinette Woronka of Eastport and Marian DeNyse of Baiting Hollow; twin brother, Frank, of Spring Hill, Fla.; brother, William, of Riverhead; and many nieces and nephews.

Affectionately known to many as YoYo, Joseph grew up helping his father on their farm in Jamesport, which is now the home of Jamesport Vineyards. He continued to enjoy his love of planting as he took pride in taking care of his yard and its many flowers and vegetables.

He spent many years working as a foreman for the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, where you could find him driving around in his county pickup truck retrieving a wide range of things from our streets that ran the gamut from dead animals to life-sized fiberglass cows.

When he wasn’t in his yard you might have found him on our shores fishing, traveling to Lancaster, Pa., or hitting the slot machines.

Anyone who knew him will especially remember his great sense of humor and his practical jokes.

Visiting hours will take place Friday, April 13, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead, followed by interment at the church cemetery.

This is a paid notice.

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