Joseph Kovacs, 83, of Andover, NJ passed away on May 4, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Joseph was born in Hungary, raised in Germany, and came to the United States as a 17 year old. He lived in Garfield before moving to Towaco where he lived for 35 years before moving to Andover 13 years ago. Joseph was a proud member of the United States Army serving from 1958-1960. He worked his whole life as a self-employed builder, retiring at the age of 70. He loved working in the great outdoors. Joseph is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Erika (Mancz) Kovacs; devoted father of Christine Weiss and her husband Henry and Robert Kovacs and his wife Christine. Beloved grandfather of Eric, Rachel, Kyle, Matthew, and Amanda and brother of Teresa, Elizabeth, Siegfried and the late Stefan. Friends called on Monday, May 7, 2018 from 4-8 pm at the Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St, Sparta, NJ 07871. A funeral mass was held Tuesday at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Sparta, NJ. Entombment followed at Newton Cemetery Mausoleum.