Deacon Joseph Levesque

Birth: March 17th, 1928
Death: July 16th, 2010
Age: 82 years
Served In: Army

Deacon Joseph Jean-Eudes Levesque answered the Lord’s final call to him on this earth and with the calmness of faith, joined his beloved wife Ardath in salvation on Friday, July 16, 2010. Joe was born to the late Thomas Meddly Levesque and Ernestine Goudreault Levesque in Bristol.  As one of the early parishioners of St. Ann Church, Joe attended the parish school.  He graduated from Bristol High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army and served honorably in the Army of Occupation in Japan.  Upon returning from his service, Joe attended the Cheshire Academy and later graduated from the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy.  Joe and his colleague Henry LeBlanc founded and operated the L&L Pharmacy in Forestville.  Later, Joe owned and operated the Liggett Rexall Pharmacy in the Bristol Plaza where he served Bristol families over many years and he continued serving the public as a CVS pharmacist until his retirement. Joe met the love of his life Ardath Milburn and they were married in 1955. They spent more than 50 years together raising a large and loving family and serving the community.  Joe spent over 30 years as a CYO teacher at St. Ann’s Church and was later ordained a Deacon, serving tirelessly for 29 years as a devoted leader in his parish.  His last sermon, written and ready for next Sunday, will be undelivered. Joe’s ministry of kindness and love is carried on by his surviving family – son Mark and spouse Kathleen (Lebeau) Levesque of Lake St. Louis, Missouri; daughter Lynne Levesque and her partner Vidya McClutchey of Howard, Colorado; son Alan and spouse Christine (Miller) Levesque of Simsbury, CT; son Michael and spouse Laura (Basillio) Levesque of Madison, CT; son Richard and spouse Gina (Love) Levesque of Southington, CT; daughter Nicole Levesque of Windsor Locks, CT; son Thomas and spouse Lisa (Armington) Levesque of Bristol, CT; and a foster son, the Rev. Attillio Zarrella of Maryland. Joe is also survived by his brother Paul Levesque and spouse Martha of Gilmanton, NH and by his brother Pierre and spouse Lynne of Unionville, CT. He was at his happiest spending time with his grandchildren – Jeffrey Levesque of Kankakee, Illinois; James Levesque of Chicago; Sarah, Elizabeth and Mary Levesque of Madison, CT; Joshua and Katelyn Levesque of Bristol; Elise and Julia Levesque of Simsbury, CT; Thomas Weber of Southington, CT; Nicole Briercheck and Alanna Levesque of Bristol, CT; and his great grandchildren Carter and Kaylie Levesque of Kankakee, Illinois. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by grandson Thomas Levesque Jr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 22, 2010, 10 a.m. at St. Ann Church, Bristol. Entombment will follow in the Holy Family Mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol on Wednesday, July 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Joe’s memory to St. Ann Church, 180 Laurel St., Bristol, CT 06010. Please visit Joe’s memorial web-site at

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