Sandown, NH — Joseph M. Shank, Sr., 81, of Sandown, NH, died Friday, February 22, 2013 at Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH. He was born in Lawrence, MA on March 19, 1931, a son of Arthur and Yvonne (Patry) Shank, and had been a resident of Sandown for many years. Joseph was a US Navy and Air Force veteran serving during the Korean Conflict, and was a recipient of the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He had been employed as a salesman for Prudential Insurance Co. Joseph was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Derry, and was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus St. Maximillian Kolbe council # 9058 in Hampstead, where he was a 4th Degree Knight. He was a member of the Greccio Fraternity of Secular Franciscans, and was active in Cursillo at St. Basil's in Methuen, MA. Joseph had served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Anne's Church in Hampstead where he was also a cantor, a lector, and had served as Chairman of the first Parish Council of St. Anne's Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth (Atkins) Shank of Sandown; one daughter, Kathy Shank of West Chesterfield, NH; three sons, Jeffrey Shank and his wife Deborah of Derry, Daniel Shank and his wife Amy of CA, Joseph Shank, Jr. and his wife Veronica of TN; his foster children, Yung & Tau Doan of Alexandria, NH, and Tung and his wife; thirteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; his sister, Georgette Parent of Manchester, NH; two brothers, Kenneth Shank of Hollywood, FL, and Donald & Mona Shank of Methuen, MA. He was predeceased by his brother, Rodney Shank who lived in Methuen, MA.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 28th from 3 - 8pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00am in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 26 Crystal Avenue, Derry. The burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in E. Derry. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 26 Crystal Ave., Derry, NH 03038. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit, www.peabodyfuneralhome.com