Joseph Van Zandt

joseph van zandt
Joseph Edward Van Zandt was born on March 8, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois to Robert and Marge Van Zandt. He grew up in the city and shortly after high school began working at AT&T. This work eventually led him to San Antonio where he resided in New Braunfels in 1979. During that time from Chicago to New Braunfels, he had four children with his wife Sylvia: two daughters, Jennifer and Corissa, and two sons, Donovan and Daniel. While raising his four children, his love for music had songs playing every day in the house, in the garage, or by the pool. Joe enjoyed woodworking in his garage and could build anything from a back porch to a two-bedroom addition to his house. His work in telecommunications would take him to Alabama and eventually back to New Braunfels to work and retire from GVTC. While back in New Braunfels, he met and married Susan Hall. After retirement, he filled his time with working on his radio-controlled airplanes, where his attention to detail was evident. Every model he built or building on his model train set had to be exactly like it really was or how he remembered it. His interest in WWII stemmed from his uncle fighting in the war, watching documentaries, and reading books about specific events that took place during the war. He was always up for enjoying Chicago style hotdogs from Wrigleyville or a Chester’s hamburger, and making people laugh with his profound sense of humor. His kindness and willingness to share with others was seen with his time spent teaching others to fly model airplanes and be able to experience the hobby he loved so much. Joe loved the holidays and cooking where he had certain dishes he loved to prepare. His particularity of how to make his favorite foods was always a sight to see, from special green relish from Chicago, his delicious brownies, or his mashed potatoes (made with a lot of butter and cream cheese), Joe loved his favorite foods. He also loved the Lord and his faith and trust in Jesus was especially important to him. Joe was a big kid at heart, his place was like a toy store that his grand kids, Victoria, Claire, Patrick, Beau, Garren, and Asher loved to visit. Shelves filled with model cars, planes, and toys lined the walls while his model train set took over his living room. In October 2020, Joe and Susan got a puppy, Joy, who lifted his spirits over the past two years and brought true joy to his life. Joe passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2023. The love and kindness he gave is how he will be remembered. The music he loved ties his children's memories back to moments that they will forever cherish. You are already missed by so many Papa Joe, even when you were grumpy “Walter.” Our family would like to thank the amazing doctors and nurses at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio for helping us through these last weeks. A time to come together and celebrate Joe will be held on Saturday, February 18, beginning at 11:00AM with a service at Tree of Life Church in New Braunfels. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

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  1. Joe,
    Thanks for the two decades of knowing you. You were always able to bring a smile to everyone’s face and make the day brighter and better. The good memories you left with all who were around you will last all our lifetimes.
    You will be forever remembered by those who knew you.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Melvin and Sandy Nolte

  2. We will always remember Joe’s smile, willingness to help, birding knowledge, and his great cooking. We will always be grateful for Susan and Joe.

  3. We are so sorry for the loss of Joe. We enjoyed our visits with him so much when wed come to Texas. Hes at peace now.

  4. I am going to miss my brother Joe terribly. We met a few years back at a cancer warriors meeting and became fast friends. He was a sweet guy and I’m gonna miss him terribly. Rest in peace my brother

  5. We miss you already and it was a joy to be a part of your life. May God bless you with no pain and peace.

  6. Joe, I know in m heart your with our Lord, I will cherish the memories and thank you for showing me the little in life that matter (family) RIP

  7. Our deepest condolences to all of you. We have fond memories of Joe over the years.

  8. Joes cheerful heart and smile warmed all who knew him. He was faithful and loving. With deepest sympathy.

  9. Were so sorry about Joes passing. It was always a pleasure to visit with him. I know he will be missed.

  10. I worked with Joe for a few months and he was such a genuine person who had the warmest laugh. I’m definitely going to miss you my friend.

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