Obituary: Jose D. Franquez

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NAUGATUCK — Mr. Jose D. Franquez, 85, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Beacon Brook Health Center. He was husband to Dorothy (Dwinells) Franquez.

Jose was born in Camuy, Puerto Rico on May 13, 1927, son of the late Pedro and Paula Mercado. He was a longtime resident of Naugatuck and Bridgeport. He had retired as a welder from Handy Harmon Company in Fairfield where he worked for more than 20 years. Jose had also worked at Bridgeport Hospital for 35 years.

Besides his wife of 53 years, he leaves two sons, Fred Franquez of Queens, N.Y., Joel Franquez of Naugatuck; two daughters, Darlene Franquez and Jenny Lou Meyers, both of Naugatuck; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. James Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck. The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Waterbury Hospital, Pomeroy Unit, 64 Robbins St., Waterbury, CT 06708.

To send an online condolence, visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com.