For those of you that aren't aware, Joe's wife Sherry passed away on March 21, 3 weeks after our Dad. Her funeral will be Tuesday March 26 at 10:30 at St Mary's in Westphalia. We will dearly miss these two special people. Thank you for all your comments about Dad. They mean a lot to us.
Toni, Kim, and Joey
Joe was an immediate friend when I entered local politics. He took my 76 vote loss for state rep. in 1972 harder than I did. He encourged me to run again in 1974 and together we forged a smashing victory and reelection in 1976. Joe was one of the few who knew I was a closet Liberal. He always had time to talk and laugh. He was the only one who could hold the EL and county conservatives together. Because of Joe we turned Ingham county to a Blue county. Rest in Peace, find Al Dutzy up there in Heaven and talk about the good times we had. I will look for both of you when I get there. God be with your family.
I worked with Joe for over three years. I will miss him dearly.
I am so sorry for your loss Toni and family. Sending you love, hugs and prayers! Dawn
All our love and prayers are with you and your family.
Annette, Al and Jim Freid
Sherry and family, I'm so sorry. You and Joe were a big part of moving our town and the nation forward. I'm personally grateful for the start you gave me from around your kitchen table when I was only "Bob Who?" The spirit of Joe was with me from then and right up until FarmVille! And I'll always remember his good humor and laugh. You loss is shared by me.
I remember Joe and Sherry when we worked together in the Democratic party. Not only was Joe a "grassroots activist", but an encouragement to others. He contributed to any community in which he lived. Sherry, may you and all his family, be consoled.
May is soul and the souls of all the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Sherry and family, Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time - we have many pleasant memories of Joe especially from the Democratic party when he united the Union people and the Liberal dems locally! Paula and
I met and worked with Joe at Plant 2. He always had a smile on his face and a chuckle when you spoke with him. He will be in our prayers. Randy Sherwood
I worked with Joe on the midnight shift at Plant 3. What a fun guy with interesting life stories to tell. He was a great Electrician and a joy to work with. My sympathy goes out to his family. He will be missed.
This is a profound loss of a good and generous guy. We are, however, smiling a lot as we tell Finkbeiner stories and recall the experiences we shared. Please know, Sherry and family, that you all are in our thoughts and we are available to help in any way we can.
Joe was one of my "buddies" in high school, the first one to move "on"! His passing is a real "wake-up" call! One of many memories .... in 1959, when we all were 17 or so, and knew everything there was to know, Joe was like a little "ring-leader"! His folks let him stay out later with the family car, so eventually we all wound up riding around in the family Chevrolet Sedan.
We would do all sorts of "dumb" stuff! I had to be home by 11:00 PM so I would go home, pretend to go to bed and wait up till I heard Joe and the guys beep the horn on the Chevy, the "Cameo Coral Dragon". I'd jump off the deck on the roof, get in the back seat, we would turn up the AM car radio and listen to the Coasters ... singing "Charlie Brown"! We'd cruise from one side of Hastings to the other side. Often we'd see how fast we could motor the 22 miles to Battle Creek ... life was "good"! Cruise on Joe! Beep the horn and I'll be out!
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this difficult time. Joe was very pleasant when he was in the office.
Deepest condolences to you and your family. Laura and Earl.
I had the honor of knowing and working with Joe. One of GM's professionals. A great guy that died too soon.
Joe was Ingham County Democratic Chair in the 1970s, and led the party to unprecedented success. His house on Evergreen in East Lansing was a center of political activity in those days.
He was a pragmatic leader, but he also had an elfin, mischievous side. It was always fun to be around him.
My only motorcycle ride, ever, was from him -- it was terrifying.
One time, he was riding his motorcyle over one of the M-43 bridges in Lansing, with a lot of important papers and checks behind him in a brown paper bag, when the paper bag burst or blew away. He and Sherry spent all night gathering up papers from along the river bank.
I would like to clarify that visitation is 5-8pm on Monday at St. Mary's, not Tuesday.
I would like to clarify to those interested that visitation is on Monday, 5-8 pm at St Mary's in Westphalia, not Tuesday.
I always found Joe to forthright and honest. I met him when I started my career at general motors. I am sorry to hear of his passing.