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Joseph Jaklitsch

SALISBURY — Joseph Jaklitsch, 73, passed away in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 31, 2019, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with heart disease. 

For 16 years, Joe was the owner and proprietor of The Roast Coffee house, in Lakeville and Salisbury.  

During its existence, The Roast was known as the heart and soul of the community. His warmth and kindness endeared him to his many friends and customers. 

Joe was born into a Displaced Persons Camp in Southern Austria in 1946. He immigrated to New York City as a child with his grandmother in 1952. 

Joe joined the Air Force in 1964 and was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War. 

After the service, Joe attended The University of Buffalo, Hunter College and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Joe lived in Woodstock, N.Y., for many years, where he met and married Barbara, his wife of 40 years. Together they made their way to the Northwest Corner of Connecticut almost 20 years ago.  

Joe is survived by his wife Barbara; his daughters, Wallis and Stephanie; his son-in-law, Kevin; and his granddaughters, Beatrice and Rosie. 

All are welcome to a Celebration of Life potluck brunch on Sunday, Sept. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Green Barn at Stillwater Farm on Housatonic River Road in Salisbury. 

Memorial donations in Joe’s name may be made to National Public Radio or The National Democratic Committee.