Henry E. Josten
Henry E. Josten
  • April 23, 1923 - June 17, 2017
  • Old Saybrook, Connecticut

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Henry E. Josten 94, husband of Elsa (Reahrman) of Old Saybrook, CT. passed away Saturday June 17, 2017 at Bridebrook Health and Rehab. in Niantic, CT. Henry was born April 23, 1923 in Germany to the late Erich and Antonie (Schultes) Josten. He attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Henry was the owner and Managing Editor of Curtis Johnson Publication, which published weekly newspapers such as The New Era. He was a veteran reporter for 54 years churning out public relation pieces. Henry began his writing career with publications in the Essex schools and at Wesleyan prior to reporting for the New Haven Register and The Middletown Press. By the time he joined Deep River's old newspaper, The New Era in 1947, he already interviewed headliners in Connecticut's world of politics, theater, and sports and added a little travel writing following his love of trans-Atlantic voyages. Then came the offer to be the public relations man for the Ivoryton Playhouse following Allen Luddeen's departure. This was the beginning of Jostens association with Hollywood and Broadway stars like Don Ameche, Marlon Brando, and Gloria Vanderbilt. Exciting years followed. He was on hand to meet Doris Day and Jack Lemmon when the movie It Happened to Jane was filmed in Chester in 1958. He worked with Claudette Colbert and Karl Malden when Parrish was shot in Essex and Old Saybrook, CT in 1960. And when The New Era was sold to the Shore Line Newspaper chain in 1976, he came on board as editor for the Pictorial Gazette, where he retired from at the age of 71. Besides his wife Elsa, Henry is survived by his daughter Madeline Stanley of Mystic, CT. Henry also leaves behind 3 grandchildren; Eric Stanley of New Britain CT, Caroline Wallace and her husband Jonathan of Old Lyme, CT and Jay Stanley and his wife Kristine of Essex, CT. Funeral Services will be private at the Convenience of the family. Swan FH 1224 Boston Post Rd. Old Saybrook, CT 06475 are handling the arrangements for the family. To sign the online guestbook go to www.swanfuneralhomeoldsaybrook.com . In lieu of flowers, donations in Henry's name may be made to Friends of Animals 5001 Angel Canyon Rd. Kanab, Utah 84741-5000.