Joseph F. Fonda, 64, of the town of Glen, passed away unexpectedly on October 30, 2013. Joe was a great family man and loved his wife, children and grandchildren very much. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Joe.
Born February, 28, 1949, to the late Melvin and Philomena (Conte) Fonda in Amsterdam, N.Y., Joe was a lifelong resident of the area. In 1967, he enlisted in the United States Army. Joe was an extremely devout veteran and truly risked his life to protect our freedom. He was a decorated combat veteran who fought on the front line and in one of Vietnam's worst attacks, The Tet Offensive. He received one of the military's highest honors, The Purple Heart. He received not only one Bronze Star but two, one of which was with the "V" for Valor. Joe also received: The Combat Infantry Badge, The Vietnam Service Medal, Overseas Service Bar, Marksman Award, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Joe often enjoyed spending his days helping his friends and getting help in return from his friends in the Amish Community, who were very much part of his everyday life. He enjoyed the outdoors and would often hunt or go for a ride on his motorcycle. Joe belonged to the 1st BN (M) 5th Infantry Society of Vietnam Combat Veterans, The Combat Vets Motorcycle Club, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the NRA and the Disabled American Veterans.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Charlene Fonda Mathewson; beloved daughters, Stacy L. Fonda and Carrie Ann Fonda; beloved grandchildren, Hannah Elease Philomena Freese and Joseph Rocco Freese; his brother, Michael Fonda (Joyce); his sister-in-law, Cathy Visscher (Michael). Several nieces, a nephew and several cousins also survive.
The family invites relatives and friends to attend a memorial graveside service Sunday, November 3, at 2 p.m. at Maple Avenue Cemetery, Route 5S, Fultonville, NY 12072. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Joe's memory to his grandchildren's college fund (Hannah and Joey). Donations can be mailed to Charlene at 453 Logtown Road, Fultonville, NY 12072. Joe's family has entrusted his care to Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville, NY 12072. Please visit and sign the family's guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.