Joseph R. Smarz, age 80, of Shelton entered into rest on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Griffin Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was the devoted husband of Beverly Farnen Smarz.

Joseph was born in Shelton, on August 18, 1934, son of the late Joseph and Ann (Gorzelany) Smarz.

He was an employee of Lifetouch until his retirement. Joseph worked for most of his career at AVCO Lycoming and Farrel Corporation.

He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus with the Bernardo Council #1350. Joseph was an avid N.Y. Yankees and UCONN Husky fan.

He is the beloved father of Amy Ann Smarz and Joseph Richard Smarz and his wife Cathy and brother of Connie Smarz Tomasheski and her husband Leonard. Joseph is the loving grandfather of Wyatt and Bennett. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Friday, Jan. 2, from 4-7 p.m., at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton. On Saturday, his funeral will leave the funeral home at 8:30 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church. His burial will follow at Mt. St. Peter Cemetery.

Friends may leave condolences at www.riverviewfh.com.