Joseph W. Kiska
October 5, 1920 - August 28, 2012
Joseph W. Kiska, 91, died Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at his home. Joseph “Joe” Kiska was born October 5, 1920, and he remained a lifelong resident of Norwalk. He was the son of the late Stephen and Anna Juhasz Kiska.
He is survived by two daughters: Kathleen S. Kiska of Spartanburg, SC, and Regina C. Kiska of Westport. He was predeceased by his brothers Ladislaus, Stephen, Frank, and Thomas, and his sisters Agnes Deilus, Margaret Kiska, Anne Peden, Marian Kiska (Sr. Mary Bonaventure), and Veronica Kiska. He leaves behind 2 grandchildren, George Britto and Christine Woitowitz, and many nieces and nephews.
Joe was a B17 pilot in WWII, was shot down over Germany, and spent 13 months as a POW. Throughout his lifetime he stayed involved in flying and aviation, which was his passion, including building a 3/4-scale Focke Wulf 190 replica German fighter plane, which he successfully flew many times from Oxford Airport, his “home away from home.” He was also proud to have worked on the restoration of a military aircraft on-site at Andrews Air Force base. Until his retirement, Joe enjoyed a fulfilling career at Perkin Elmer in the Optics field, where one of his projects of note was working on the original Hubbell telescope.
Calling hours will be at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue Norwalk, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, between the hours of 6:00-8:00pm. Burial at a later date will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, which was Joe’s final request, and which will be carried out with the dignity and respect that he deserved.