Jose “Joseph” Maria Lanza passed away on March 15, 2019 at Stratford General Hospital at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Violet Lanza for 58 years. Devoted father to Joe (Sue), Armando, Maria Amanda (Calvin), Mario and Maria Eugenia (Johan). “Abuelito” to 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all of his immediate and extended family. Friends and family may gather at Rutherford Cremation & Funeral Services, 804 Ontario Street, Stratford, for a time of fellowship on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The service will follow in the chapel at 1:30 pm. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Rotary Club of Stratford Charitable Foundation/Commit, working on humanitarian projects in Nicaragua, would be appreciated and may be made through the James A. Rutherford Funeral Home. 519-271-5062.