Joseph F. Callahan Jr. of Salem, died Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Kindred Hospital in Peabody. He was the husband of Rosalie (Kusek) Callahan of Salem.
Born in Salem the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Cullinan) Callahan, Joseph was a graduate of Salem High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II. He participated in the Normandy Invasion, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe Campaigns. In 2001, Joseph was invited to the French Embassy in Boston where he was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the French Government for his brave service on D-Day. Returning from the War, Joseph continued his education with a degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University. For over thirty years Joseph worked in the Highway Department for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Supervisor and also worked part-time at Shaw's Supermarket in Salem. He was a regular blood donor who donated many units of blood at the Red Cross Chapter in Peabody. Mr. Callahan was also a longtime member of the V.F.W. in Salem.
Along with his loving wife, Rosalie, Joseph is survived by two daughters, Tracy Callahan of Salem and Christina Hausman and her husband Don of Westford, MA, two grandchildren, Ethan and Evan Hausman, and several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass in Ste. Anne Church, Jefferson Ave. Salem, Saturday at 9 am. Burial with military honors will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. There are no visiting hours. Arrangements are through the Berube and Sons Funeral Home.