Joe Ganster

May  20th, 1943 April  7th, 2024
Sun City Center, FL
Joe Ganster

Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day.


"There are some that bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains." - Unknown
Our dad's light continues to shine.

Charles Joseph “Joe” Ganster of Sun City Center passed away at the age of 80 years after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Al & Mary Ganster. He is survived by his sisters Marcia Charlton and Joan Gusavage, his brothers in law Gary Gusavage and Dave Charlton, his former wife, Joyce Ganster, and their daughters, Tara Dakoff, Nadene Sawyer and Amy Ganster, his sons-in-law Aaron Dakoff and Tony Carraway, and his three grandchildren Quinn, Jacob and Jackson. He is also survived by a large host of loving extended family and dedicated friends across the globe who shared their lives together, gave him the strength to fight, and made each day better with shared laughter. 

Joe was born in May of 1943 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He was the second child of Al & Mary Ganster and brother to Marcia & Joan. 
He retired as Staff Sergeant from the Air Force, completed his degree, and dedicated his life to raising his children, Tara, Nadene, & Amy. While in the Air Force, he was stationed in Greece and fell in love with traveling and learning about other cultures. In retirement, he had the opportunity to visit many countries, often by cruise ship. He spent time learning the languages and customs of his friends. Most recently he was studying German and was practicing just days before he passed. 

He was a devoted Catholic and an accomplished musician. At one time he played the organ for church but he has long since traded in that instrument for a karaoke machine. He loved music. He enjoyed singing, dancing, and watching performances, especially when he could cheer on his friends. 

He loved to swim and would spend everyday he could at the pool. He found relief from his pain in the water and comfort from his friends like, Vickie, that would meet him daily for a dip. 

Our dad loved many things... coffee, traveling the world, cruising, dancing, baking, swimming, Mahjong, his gadgets, music, Italian sandwiches, ALL THE SWEETS, and anything that Bridgette would cook.

What he loved most of all, was spending time with the people that he loved, and capturing every moment in a photo.

We will miss him but we know he is in heaven. We know he is no longer in pain. He will not suffer another day on this Earth.
 He is at peace.  He will always be with us, watching over and guiding all of those he loved.

Thanks for the memories.

Until we meet again.


May 20th
Blessed the World with his Presence
Born as the second child to Al and Mary Ganster
Reading, Pennsylvania
April 7th
Went to Heaven
Passed peacefully in the loving care of his daughter, Tara and her family. 
Odessa, Florida



Memory wall

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May 20, 2024
Uncle Joe was such a kind and wonderful man. I have great memories of times we shared including when Uncle Joe and his family welcomed me during Spring break when I was in college. I went back to Pennsylvania with some great memories and an extreme sunburn:). Uncle Joe and his warm smile will be deeply missed.
Greg Gusavage
May 19, 2024
I will miss this wonderful man . He was first and forward gentleman. He was a Godly man and no foulness came out of his mouth. We worked together so I was privy to some funny “dad” jokes. He enjoyed eating. Tony’s on Westshore was a regular place for a lot of us at Humana. See you in the other side my friend. I know Jesus is showing you all the different tables. 😘❤️Save me a spot.
Carol J Combs
May 19, 2024
Joe was one of the kindest and nicest person I have ever had the pleasure to know.You are missed.With sincere condolences to the family.
Your mahjong friend
Amy DVis
May 7, 2024
Joe ( Zé in Brazil )was an extraordinary person who left a lasting impact on those who were fortunate enough to know him. His kindness, honesty, intelligence, generosity and sense of humor are qualities that made him shine brightly in this world. Here in Brazil, we learned to love, respect and admire him. Fantastic friend, wonderful human being. While we mourn his passing, it's comforting to think that he now graces the heavens with his presence, making everybody laugh with his stories. May his memory and the music of his soul continue to inspire and uplift those who remember him, and may he find eternal peace with the God he loved.
Wilson Melo
May 4, 2024
I knew Joe these past four years through our mutual friend Wilson Melo of Brazil. He was a warm and gentle man who laughed easily and loved intensely. May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace.
Paul S Scribner
May 1, 2024
Joe was one of the kindest, nicest people I have ever met. He was a pleasure to know. I will miss you, Joe
Fredericka (Feda) Barry
April 30, 2024
Joe, how I miss you. I’m going back to the pool soon but it won’t be the same without you
Vickie Affolter
April 28, 2024
Joe was my Nextdoor neighbor for many years. I like him enjoyed baking, & we would share our goodies with each other. I always admired Joe’s positive & happy demeanor no matter what he was going thru. He was a loving & genteel man who will be missed greatly by many including me
Colleen Callahan
April 25, 2024
I will miss you. In the short time I have gotten to know you. You touch me with your kindness and love. Thanks for the opportunity to know you.
Love Keisha
Keisha Belgrave
April 24, 2024
Joe was a kind and loving brother. I have many special and fond memories of times spent with him. He will be greatly missed. I will think of him often and especially when I make his chocolate cake and chocolate crinkle cookies recipes.
Marcia Charlton
April 22, 2024
What I will miss about Joe is the laughter we shared together. I always admired his calmness and kindness. There was never a dull moment when he was around.
Gary Gusavage
April 22, 2024
My brother was always so concerned about how I was doing, and never about himself. He was the most loving individual which made everyone who knew him love him.
Joan Gusavage
April 21, 2024
Uncle Joe you will be missed. You brought smiles to everyone’s faces and always lit up the room. My sincere condolences to everyone.
Donald Charlton

Family tree

Al Ganster (Pop Pop)
Mary Ganster (Mom Mom)
Marcia Charlton & husband Dave
Joan Gusavage & husband Gary
Nadene Sawyer & husband Tony Caraway
Tara Dakoff & husband Aaron 
Amy Ganster
Marcia Charlton & husband Dave
Joan Gusavage & husband Gary
Nadene Sawyer & husband Tony Caraway
Tara Dakoff & husband Aaron 
Amy Ganster
Joe Ganster


Please join us to Celebrate the Amazing life of an even more AMAZING man, Joe Ganster.

Please come join us and share a memory or two amongst friends. 

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May 19th



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