Wake: Calling hours will be at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave, Norwalk, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, between the hours of 6:00-8:00pm. Burial: Burial at a later date will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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.

  1. Dear Regina – so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I hope your pain will be eased by your wonderful memories of him.

    August 31, 2012
    Jenny Bucci -
  • Regina,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your father.
    Sincerely,
    Frank

    September 2, 2012
    Frank Kiska -
  • Cara Regina, siamo vicini al tuo dolore.
    Giuliana e Marco

    September 3, 2012
    Giuliana e Marco -
  • Regina,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. So sorry.

    Our best, Linda & Tony

    September 4, 2012
    Linda Natale -
  • Regina, I’m very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I know he meant a lot to you.

    Please accept my deepest condolences.

    Ann

    September 5, 2012
    Ann Huminski -
  • Regina,

    We’re very sorry for the loss of your father. You have our deepest sympathy. He will be missed.

    Jeff & Deb

    September 10, 2012
    Jeff and Deb Kiska -
  • I saw your father for a period of time almost everyday, sitting at the Oxford airport with the other Joe from Ansonia, telling stories of his days during WWII. He donate to me one of the maps he used for bombing over Germany, as well as a cylinder from the plane he built. I have kept them and intend to donate them to a museum here in North Carolina. He was a gentle man. I was looking forward to see him again at Oxford next week, on my trip up north from North Carolina. He was proud of his family, and an all around great guy who defended our Country in difficult times. May he rest in peace up there.

    September 22, 2012
    felice schillaci -
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