Dear Northrup family: Dr. Joe took care of my daughter nearly one year ago after a tragic accident. She was full of fear after her surgery, and only felt safe with Dr. Joe. He always took time. He built a relationship with her and taught her to trust. She felt safe when he was around. They shared pictures of beloved pets and, at times, he just sat with her, even though he had a million other places to be. He answered her questions, made her feel comfortable, and was the bright spot during our most difficult time. We are so sad to hear this devastating news of the passing of ths kind, skilled, caring, and good, good man.
I just learned from a face book message between my daughter-law Becky Fraser Holcomb and Elizabeth,about the untimely passing of Joe. I would play a tough guy with him in the halls of Mason High School when I was on staff there. He was always the same,funny and smart. He would hang around the Bingo tent at the fair with his sister and mother anxious to play. When he turned 18 and could play, I made him show me his ID in front of all the other players. He was a fun loving kid. I feel for his family,rest assured God makes no mistakes. We all have great memories to hold and to cherish. May God be with Joe's family and his dogs.
Kendra im so sorry for your loss! Try to stay strong, there is always a shoulder for you to cry on here...... your in my prayers!
Fred, Janis and family, From the bottom of my heart I can't tell you how sorry Iam about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Pat Graham.
Jan, Fred, Ben, Lisa,& Elizabeth-
I have many fond memories of playing at your house with all of you. Joey loved to be outside. We spent many happy days making forts in the cow pastures, playing board games under the stairs, riding bikes in the driveway, and playing kickball on hot summer afternoons. He was quick to laugh and help a friend. I'll never forget his smile. Now he can rest in the arms of the Lord.
Jan, Fred and family-We are so deeply sorry to learn of your loss. You have been, and will continue to be, in our prayers. May God watch over you and give you strength on your grief journey. K.C. & Cindy Vincent & Family
Fred and Jan and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
I will miss one of the friendliest and funniest residents I have ever met. We know you were too happy to have this happen. You will stay in our memories forever.
My prayers go out to all of you. May The Lord be with all of you and give you strength during this time.
Fred, my thoughts are with you and your family. No words,.....but, I'm so sorry for your loss. Rick Sparks (capitol excavating &paving)
Jan and family,
We are so deeply sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you all.
Georgia & Claude Harris
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
So sorry for your loss Janis. Praying for you & your family. May God comfort & carry you through this very difficult time.
My deepest condolences to the Northrup family. I had known Joe since middle school, and coincidentally met up with him again when we both attended Wayne State. He was a very bright person, and really wanted to make the world a better place. For that, I will always admire him.
Just heard about your loss. I remember Joe as a first grader. He certainly accomplished a lot since then. You have a lot of memories to cherish. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. George and Martha Hosek
I worked with Joe at Mclaren-Flint in the OR. Over the past 2 years we had become friends. He was so kind, funny, talented, and unbelievably intelligent. The OR was always a more fun and happy place when he was there. Joe, I will forever love and miss you.
To the Northrup family I offer my sincerest condolences and thank you all so much for sharing this incredible, extraordinary man with us.
Love you, Kendra......Aunt "Trish"
My deepest sympathies to you Kendra, and the Northrup family for your loss. May your hearts find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
So hard to say goodbye, he will be greatly missed in NCU.
I feel so far away right now. You are all in my prayers. I enjoyed time spent with Joe. He was a neat kid at 13 and grew up to be a very nice young man. I'll be praying for all of you tomorrow.
To the Northrup Family,
please know that Dr. Northrup was an outstanding physician. He really listened to his patients, families and the RN's. His "down to earth" style made him so nice to work with. Many prayers are being sent for his family and friends. RIP
Kendra I'm so very sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers and thoughts at this very sad time.
My heart goes out to you, the Northrup family. I know Joe is walking Koda right now in heaven and exploring all types of place with his pup. May peace find you during this time of great heartache. Please know that Joe had many friends at Sparrow Health System that miss and will miss him. Prayers and thoughts to you Kendra and your faithful pups Miko and Maya.
You are all in our prayers.
Mr. and Mrs. Northrup, Elizabeth, and family -
While I have not seen any of you in many years, my heart was still heavy upon learning of Joey's passing. Praying that God will hold your family close and give you all strength during these hard times.
Jan,Fred,Kendra and family,
Words can never express the pain of this loss. Not just for your family but for all of us who knew and loved Joe. Some of my fondest memories will always be of Joe running around with the other neighborhood boys, or playing video games in the basement, sharing rides to soccer. Daniel and Philip so wish they were in town to extend their comfort to your family in person. Joe will always be one of "my boys". Love and Prayers.
Northrup Family, I am very sorry for your loss.
Our family is praying with your family through this difficult time.
To Jan and the Entire Northrup Family..
My heart hurts for you all. How I remember Joseph as a precious one while at LWOC. Words are NOT adequate to express...Hugs, prayers, love and condolences are coming from James and I to your family.
Northrup family~ My heart is heavy for your loss. I remember "Joey" when I would come over and ride horses with Ben, he was always so busy running around and very happy. This is how I will always remember him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I am sad and sorry for the loss of Joe
I am so saddened to hear about the loss of Joe. He was such a wonderful, inspirational and happy person. I have known him since we walked through the doors of Steele Street Elementary. We used to play together at recess, sit next to each other in classes, and were in FFA together. He was such an amazing person. Despite his short time here, his impact to this world is immeasurable. He will be sorely missed. My condolences and prayers are with his beloved family and friends.
Dr. Northrup was so genuine. He always had a kind word for everyone. He truly cared about his patients and was an excellent doctor. The medical community has experienced a great loss.
To the family and friends of Dr. Northrup, my heartfelt condolences go out to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Fred, Janis, Ben, Elizabeth and the rest of the Nortrup family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Joe was an amazing guy and will be missed. You're all a great family. We pray that your family, friends and faith will help you find peace.
David and Michelle Prudden
Joe, you were an amazing physician and friend. Your smile and laughter will be greatly missed by all who knew you. May you now be in the peace, and the company of Koda. To Joe's family, please know that he spoke often of his love for all of you.
I am in Florida and just heard about the sad news. God wants to carry the burden of your grief. May you lean on Him as you grieve your loss. All words seem meaningless just now but please know that we are sharing in your sorrow.
Jim and Parricia Harvey
Sadly missed along life's way
Quietly remembered every day.....
No longer in our life to share
but in our hearts your always there.
I miss you already. Our friendship meant the world to me. You were always willing to listen and give advice. I will miss your smile, your sense of humor, and your kindness. Thank you for always being there, you were a great friend. You touched my heart and I will never forget you. May you rest in peace.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Fred, Jan and Family.
May God hold you so ever close, may your friends and family keep a close eye and gentle touch.
God's Promises ...
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. Psalm 145:18. Love you,
Jon & Kim
My deepest sympathy to the Northrup family! May GOD care you through your time of sorrow, Dr. Northrup was a blessing to the physician world. May he rest in peace. prayers to his wife Kendra and the rest of the family as well!!!!
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Joe's family through this very difficult time. Joe was an amazing person who could brighten anybody's day. He was a gifted doctor and teacher who was respected by so many. Everyone lost something with Joe's passing and he will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him.
so sorry, this loss is truly the saddest loss. what an amazing man and doctor with an amazing energy and smile. God bless you and your family joe
Joe, you were an amazing friend and doctor. The laughter and smiles you brought to all of us every day will be greatly missed. I hope you are at peace now. To Joe's parents and siblings; my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that he spoke often of his love for you all. May the light and love he exuded help to fill you hearts.
The medical field lost a great man, and he WILL be missed. Although I just saw him in the halls from time to time at McLaren, he had a contageous smile that will be missed by all. May the comfort of God's loving arms give you the peace to know he is in heaven now, rocking the medical world there.
Jan, Fred, and the entire Northrup family: We are so very sorry for the loss of Joe. Sending our deepest sympathies, prayers of strength and peace to you all. God Bless.
Joe, I can still see you running down the soccer field and swinging the bat in little league. Great memories. May your family find comfort in those memories and continue to share you in their lives forever. Coach
When I hear Joe's name I think of that little boy running around Steele Street School with all the other little boys. You lose track of them once they're off to Middle and High School. I see Joe grew up to be a very handsome man with such promise and so many successes. My heart goes out to you all.
My Deepest Condolences to the Northrup family. Rest in peace Joe.
It may have come time to say good bye to early in life but you will never be forgotten. Joe you were a great friend, physician and teacher. You were always walking around with a smile and stopping to get to know everyone. It was such a pleasure to know you and to work with such a great kind hearted person. I know you are now with your great friend Koda. I will miss you and never forget. Many prayers to your family at such a difficult time.
Hi Jan, it was great to see you again at church on Sunday. I'm really sorry to hear about Joe. I had no idea that when I saw you on Sunday, he was gone. I remember Joe from our days together in children's church at Living Word. He was a good friend and from what I've read a very accomplished young man and I will miss him. You and and your family will be in our prayers.
Jan, it was great to run into you at church the other day. I'm really sorry to hear about Joe. I remember him from our days in children's church at Living Word. I had no idea he was gone when I saw you. You and your family are in our prayers.
Dr. Northrup or "Northrup!" That is how I referred to you when you weren't around. I remember the day it slipped out in front of you. You laughed & said, "What did you call me?" From that day on you became more than just a Dr / resident to me you became a regular ordinary person. You started to show your playful spirit started trying to trip me from time to time for fun and always keeping me off guard. I will miss that boyish playful spirit. You have always been such a kind caring physician. It was obvious to everyone how much you cared about your patients. Death... Does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play , smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost if shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well.
"Northrup," you will be missed but never forgotten.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Kendra my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Joe, you will be forever missed. I will treasure my memories with you from school,4-H softball and UM. May your family be comforted during this sad time and days to come by all the love and memories that they have of you.
Joe was a great teacher and had a kind heart warming smile. Thoughts and prayers for Joes family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss.
My deepest sympathies to the Northrup family. May you in time find peace in your memories of Joe. He was a gifted surgeon, and will be greatly missed. His compassion, and smile will never be forgotten.
Jan and Fred, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time.
RIP Joe. You were a good physician and Great man. You always were ready to offer a helping hand.
To your Parents, wife and family. May you have the strength to endure in these grave circumstances. God knows we suffer as well. May his loving memory be a light that shines upon all of you. May you find peace in knowing that he is in a better place.
Jan, we are so deeply saddened to hear this news. We are praying for you and your entire family. You are loved deeply by your work family and we are all so terribly sorry for your loss. Much love!
Hey Joe I miss you so much. I keep looking at your pictures and you make me smile and cry at the same time (only you can do that). I will remember you and think of you forever. You truely brightened every day at work. You were a wonderful surgery resident and friend. I will still take all of your advice to heart (only you know) and I will always cherish every second I spent working with you. I will train interns to place central lines like you do... just one stick, right :) Thank you for always being there for me, teaching me to not stress about the small things.... and I just wanted you to know that I thought the world of you. You are in peace now and I will never forget your devious little giggle and beautiful smile. I love you buddy. -Sadie
Fred, Jan, and family: Dear friends...our hearts are heavy with grief at the news of your great loss. Though we had seen little of Joey since his youth, we know that he was accomplished and that he has a family that loved him and was proud of him. We lift you up in prayer for strength, courage, comfort and peace, and ask that God's arms surround you.
We will all carry a heavy heart as we continue to walk through Sparrow every day. I enjoyed passing Joe in the busy halls and saying hello and being able to chat briefly during our few moments off from the grind. A dedicated fellow resident and a great person.... Thinking about your entire family at this very hard time. I'm so sorry.
Jan and Fred, I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
This is so very sad. God grant you strength to build your light inside for Joe to shine through. With Much Love, The Phelps
My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Northrup family and friends of Dr. Northrup. He made the world a better place with his beautiful smile and warm, genuine kindness.
Mary Acre CST Sparrow Surgery
Joe was always friendly and kind. He will be missed. May his family and loved ones be comforted by his memories.
Joe was an exceptional young surgeon and friend. My thoughts and prayers to everyone in his family. We miss you.
My deepest condolences to the Northrup family. Dr. Northrup was a wonderful doctor and teacher. He always took time to explain concepts when asked of him. He will be deeply missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Dr. Northrup's family. He was very liked and appreciated by all the staff that worked with him and patients he cared for. His smiles and kind attitude will be greatly missed. May God wrap you in his arms in your time of sorrow. He will be fondly remembered.
I wish I had the words to bring you comfort regarding the tragic loss of your son/brother, Joe. Sometimes our questions go unanswered, but may you find some relief in the memories you share with one another.
My deepest sympathies,
To the whole Northrup family - my thoughts, prayers and so much love are being sent your way. I didn't have the chance to know him as a young man, but do have memories of him as a child all those years ago. What fun we all had then hanging at the fair. Big hugs to you all from Florida. Linda (Ostrander) Shinabarger
Joe was a caring physician and a kind person. I will miss his company. I am sorry for your loss; we all lost something with his departure.
To the whole Northrup family, I am so sorry for your loss. I still remember our summers playing softball together, and I'll be praying for you all.
Jan and Fred and kids, we are so sorry to hear about Joe. Our prayers will be with you. Love Bob and Kris Woodland
Liz, My heartfelt prayers and Love to you and your family at this difficult time. Keep his memories close to your heart and you will always wear a smile. God Bless.
Northrop Family, we are thinking of you and the heartbreaking loss you have suffered. We send our prayers for strength to get thru this.
Kendra, your love for your husband shined brightly and your pride in him was something no one could deny. There is nothing that will take your pain away and I am so sorry for that. Hold on to your family and borrow their strength. Let their love for you surround you.
Dr Northrup's kind smile and sense of humor were respected and appreciated by all who had the pleasure to work with him. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to those who loved him.
Janis & Elizabeth, I am so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to all of you.
Liz and family so sorry about your loss. I didn't know your brother, but if he was anything like you he was a great person! Love you?? sending you and your family hugs and kisses!
Kendra, you and your family are in my prayers. many hugs to you.
I was a fellow classmate of Joe at Mason High School, and remember him as a funny and gentle guy. I was proud to see all of his accomplishments, but sad that he was not able to live the next 30 years as greatly as his first. He had a higher calling. God bless his family in this time of suffering.
Joe was highly regarded and well liked by all of the Trauma and Critical Care service at Sparrow. He will be sorely missed.
Jan and Fred...Luci and I send our deepest sympathies on your loss. Be comforted that you both are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
Jan and Fred, such a terrible loss, he is an exceptional son. Our prayers are with you.
Dr. Northrup you will truly be missed. May your family find peace and love during this hardship. What an awesome resident, so approachable, happy and liked by his patients and co workers. The entire neuro step down will miss you and your smiles.
Kendra, I am so very sorry over the loss of your beloved husband. Please know you are in my prayers and thoughts. We are thinking of you, Margaret, Candy & Rolo.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Please know that we are here for you and will be keeping you in our thoughts now and for the coming months and years. Debbie and Russ Miller
As a coordinator who served in the MSU Surgery residency office when Joe was hired as a bright new resident, I send my heart-felt prayers to his loving family and friends. Joe was exceptionally intelligent and gifted. His sense of humor was kind and soft-hearted. He exuded joy and competence when he arrived in our residency, and clearly had a passion for medicine. Joe's zealous delight in everything he did was a magnetic draw, and I consider myself blessed to have been witness to his strong sense of humanity. Joe was a magnificent person to have known, and his imprint will be cherished as a rare and priceless gift. May God cradle Joe and his loved ones in His gentle arms.
Jan, Fred, Liz, Lisa & Ben-My heart is breaking for you all! Kids, Please give a group hug to your Mom Jan for 'me' and hug her tight!! Remember-One thing that can NOT be taken away are memories and I know you all have tons of great ones.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Joe's family! He was an amazing Doctor and Friend to many at Sparrow Hospital. He will be missed by many!
Kendra, I am shocked and saddened to learn of the loss of Joe. My heart goes out to you, your family and Joe's family. Please take care of yourself and do not hesitate to ask if there is anything you need. I'm sure Koda was there to welcome him to heaven with a big smile and a wag of his tail. God bless, honey, and take care of yourself.
As one of the coordinators when Joe was hired into the MSU Surgery residency, I delighted in his zealous love of life and passion for medicine. Joe brought exuberance and kind humor to our department, and I was blessed to have been witness to his strong sense of humanity. I will miss Joe's radiance and send my prayers to the many, many people who cherished this wonderful and extraordinary person, Joe. He was a gem of gems.
Jan & Fred, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers.
Dr. Northrup I'll miss seeing you around Sparrow.
Dr.Northrup you will always and forever be missed here at MSU Surgery. We will remember your smiles for many years to come.
Jan & Fred, I can't begining to tell you how sorry we are for your loss. Just remember that there are alot of us here for you and that we love you very much as with the rest of your FAMILY we grieve with you. For many years you have been FAMILY to my family and for many more years to come. WE LOVE YOU AND OUR PRAYERS are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. GOD is carrying you through this time and Joe is now your GUARDIAN ANGEL watching over you. Val
Janis & Fred sorry sorry for the loss of Joe my thoughts & prayer are with you.
My heart is heavy knowing that this accomplished young man has left this earth. Hugs and prayers to his family and friends.
So sorry for your loss, Joe you will be missed at Sparrow ER you were one of the nicest people
I'm so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a friendly, funny, and brilliant man. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief. RIP Joe.
Liz...my heartfelt sympathies to you and your family during this time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do and do know that he is up there with Chet (Chet would be devastated as he thought you were the coolest). Again, my deepest sympathies.
Our deepest heartfelt condolences.
Jim and Sandy Leasure
Our love, sympathy and thoughts to the entire family. Joe will long be remembered by all that knew him and his amazing accomplishments in his life time.
With Sincere Sympathy, Chris and Louise Holman
Our sincerest sympathies Jan, Fred, and entire Northrup family. Joe was a very special young man and he.will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. All our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you.
We will always miss you Dr. Northrup. All our love. -7 neumann
Our Sincere Sympathy in Joseph's passing. Words cannot express . . .
Herb & Julie Shear
Joe, we will miss you so much. I will always remember our fun times at the coffee shop, taking the north campus bus loop and chatting for hours, and your ability to always make me laugh and smile. Taking comfort in the fact that you're with your Koda Bear now. :) So happy and blessed to have been your friend! Love, Melis
Joe, you're a great guy and were fun to work with. Very sorry you're not with us anymore. You'll be deeply missed
Janis, I am so sorry to read of Joseph's passing. My sincerest condolesces to you and your family.
My deepest sympathy the the Entire Northrup Family. May Joseph James be in a better place and Resting in His Loving God's arms.....Sincerely, Nancy J. Hicks
So sorry for your loss, he will be greatly missed.
Dr Nothrup,you were loved, and will be missed!Rest In peace. Margaret Knepper
Jan, Fred, and family I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family. Jan you are an amazing woman that walks in a very powerful and loving faith. God is here always it is his footprints that you see.