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Joseph L. Krafton passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 28, 1933 in Lawrence, to the late Joseph and Isabelle (Lajeunesse) Krafton.
Joseph grew up in Amesbury. He joined the Air Force in 1952 and was stationed in Europe. While enlisted, he was an active participant of the soccer team and received a certificate for his ability in swimming and diving. For enjoyment, he played poker with his fellow servicemen and visited other countries including Germany and Switzerland. After returning home, he attended trade school. He was joined in marriage with Annette Cote in 1957. In 1960, he built a home in South Hampton where he and Annette raised three children. He was a lifelong member of the catholic community and became a member of Mary mother of the Church in Newton, N.H. until his passing.
In 1966, he was employed by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a machinist until his retirement in 1990. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping with family and friends. He also took pride in his vegetable garden. Joseph was a particularly creative and precise woodworker. He also enjoyed watching football and tennis.
He is survived by his wife, Annette of 59 years, his three daughters, Brenda Thomas and her husband, Alan Eaton of Fremont, N.H., Laureen Labrie of Rochester, N.H., and Sandra Pettis and her husband, Jeffrey also of Fremont, N.H.; four grandchildren, Emanuel Labrie, Valerie Labrie, Rebecca Pettis, and Nicholas Pettis, as well as his great-granddaughter, Skyler Labrie. He is also survived by several brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.
A funeral mass for Joseph will be celebrated this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the Mary Mother of the Church of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish 12 Amesbury Rd. in Newton, N.H. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery in Amesbury. Calling hours at the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., in Amesbury are this Friday Nov. 25, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Published on  November 23, 2016
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