I can't even tell you how many times in the last few weeks that I have wanted to tell you something, ask you a question, or I walk in the house and say HI DADDY, and you say Hi Hunny. It is so surreal to me that you are not here anymore. Although it does bring me peace in knowing you are out of pain and eating a steak with Grammy. We have been so lucky to have you as long as we did and we are blessed to have had you as our father. I will never ever forget the memories I have with you. Most of them centered around shopping :) Hopefully up there you have a limitless debit card and a fancy mall, so you can do all of your shopping and afford tons of Tommy Bahama shirts.
I will cherish my wedding day, where you were able to walk me down the aisle and dance with me. You will always be in my heart and I will always keep the memories I have with you close to my heart. I love you so much Daddy.
Joseph Anthony Misukonis – my father, my hero. My father was known by many names from his loved one, such as Honey, Daddy, Joey, Uncle Joe, Joe Mapes, Mr. Joe, Mr. M, and one other name my mother like to call him, as some may know, but we'll leave that one out. I always called my father Joey. Not only was he my father, but he was my best friend. He was a loving and devoted husband to my mother, a caring and compassionate father to Nichole, Christine, and myself, a loyal brother to uncle Vinny, a goofy uncle to many, and wonderful friend to everyone here.
Joey was a proud man, and so proud to be a Marine. Joey loved the Cowboys, the Yankees, sharing cigars with friends, and any Matt Damon movie. Joey had an amazing sense of humor. Whether he's dressing in crazy outfits, busting someone's chops, or even convincing Mom that the movie “The Blob” was a true story – he always knew how to have fun.
Mom was Joey's life, and Joey's life was Mom's. They were best friends and soul mates. Joey and Mom loved to spend the summer days on the boat, playing Scrabble. Going to the mall and spending an hour in Macy's while mom people watched, and just being together. They always brought out the best in each other, even through the tough years.
Nichole was Joey's first baby. Even though Joey couldn't always be with her, she was always in his heart. Joey and Nichole were able to make wonderful memories on trips to Disney World, the Statue of Liberty, and even just family visits. Joey loved Nichole and was so proud when she married Milton. Whenever Nichole would call, Mom would yell in to Joey, “Hon, Nichole's on the phone” – and his eyes would always light up.
Christine was her Daddy's best shopping buddy. Even when Joey was tired, or didn't feel like it; Christine was always able to coax him out of the house with a Lord and Taylor coupon or a trip to Lafayette Village. And if anyone knows Christine, they know that it takes a hurricane to wake her up in the morning. But while she was living with Mom and Dad, Joey would call her every morning and wake her up for work by saying, “Time to make the donuts!”… and when she would inevitably fall back asleep, Joey would call back and say, “The donuts are burning!”
Joey was my movie buddy. The best times I had with Joey were just hanging out and watching movies together. Joey loved gangster movies, which is why he named me Michael, after Michael Corleone. Joey also had a wonderful taste in music which I am so grateful to have inherited. The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli, Andrea Bocelli, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra… and pretty much the whole soundtrack to “Goodfellas.”
Joey fought hard for us. For 10 long years. These past 3 years have been the blessing of my family's life. Joey was able to walk Christine down the aisle when she married John, he was able to come see Megan and I in Boston and see us get engaged, and he was able to love Mom for 3 extra years. Joey made sure everyone was settled before he left us. And we promised to take care of Mom, who was the love of his life.
We are all going to miss Joey, and we are all so sad he isn't with us anymore. But let's all be thankful that he isn't suffering anymore. Joey is up there eating a steak, drinking some sambuca, and getting yelled at by Grammy for cursing so much with Carlos.
I love you Joey.
DEAR BARB AND FAMILY: JOE AND I FIRST MET ONE XMAS HOLIDAY IN THE SEVENTIES WHILE VISITING NOREEN AND HER FAMILY. IT WAS GREAT FUN, SINCE HE WAS A FIERCE DALLAS FOOTBALL FAN AND I AM A STEELER FAN . THIS ,ALONE, KEPT US BUSY FOR HOURS ON END AND FOR EVERY VISIT WITH HIM THEREAFTER. I WAS A NAVY SEABEE AND FOUGHT WITH MARINES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC. WE WERE BROTHERS WITH THOSE GREAT FIGHTING MEN.JOE , REST IN PEACE AND HONOR , MY FRIEND, YOUR GREAT FIGHTING SPIRIT AND LOVE WILL BE MISSED. AND TO BARB AND FAMILY, I BLESS YOUR HERO VETERAN AND HUSBAND. MAY THE PEACE WE FOUGHT FOR JUST BEGIN.GOD BE WITH YOU . A FORMER SAILOR, BILL POLASKI
Dear Misukonis Family, Sorry for your loss. I was a high school. Our prayers are with you and your family. Tom and Lorraine Stramara
Barb, Christine and Mike,
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a really nice man. I will miss him.
Dear Barbara, Christine and Michael, We were so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We will be thinking of you during this difficult time and will keep all of you in our prayers. Love, Cyndy, Dwayne and Katie
Baba, Chris and Mike,
I love you guys so much! So many happy memories with Joey to look back on now. He has been such a strong figure in my life and I couldn't thank him enough for that. I learned my first curse words from him and made money off of that knowledge! I love all of you very much and you are family to Amanda, Rachel and I.
Barbara Nicole Christine and Michael
So sorry to here of Joey's passing. He was such a nice man who I have only the fondest memory of now. I pray that he has now found piece in Gods hands.
Dear Misukonis Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. May your memories bring you at least a small measure of comfort at this painful time. You are in our prayers.
Love, The Irvens
Joey was a Great Guy and I'll miss him.I'll say a prayer for him and even though I don't want to. I'll cheer for the Cowboys this year.But only this year. Love to all....John (Las Vegas)
Dear Barbara, Nicole, Christine and Michael: My deepest condolences to you and the family. I know you know this better than anyone that Joe was a wonderful, courageous man. I pray that Joe is at peace in heaven and that you find comfort in the memories reflected in the video and pictures you have posted here. They truly reflect what a fun loving husband, father and friend he was. He will be missed. With Love and Pray Debbie & John Tracy,
I'll miss saying "Good Nite" to you and hearing you holler back, "Good Nite Pop". Love you and say "Hi" to Mom.
Joey, Joey, Joey…..
We love you and we already miss you. Guaranteed you are the BEST DRESSED guy at the Lord's Table and guaranteed your hair is PERFECT…..IT ALWAYS IS! We hope you're enjoying a big juicy steak, a nice glass of wine and a Gran Reserva!
Your beautiful family is a reflection of the LOVE and DEVOTION you shared with them. We all learned what it meant to LOVE and BE LOVED by watching you and Barb EVERY DAY.
You will remain in our hearts forever,
Tom & Noreen
I wanted you to know how much you meant to me. You always loved to bust my chops, especially when the giants would lose :) I wanted to say thank you for all you did for me. For all the times you helped me. Whether it was giving me advice or trying to help me hang a picture in my house, you were always there. Thank you for raising such an amazing person in Christine. I am so lucky to have met Christine and she would not be who she is today if not for you. Thank you for welcoming me into your family, I could not have asked for a more loving family. You have been such an inspiration of strength for all of us. I have always respected you and admired what you have stood for. You pushed us to be better and I am happy you did. I am a better person because of you. I will never forget you. I love you Dad.
Dear Christine and Family,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. May all the good memories help comfort you during this difficult time. You're in my thought and prayers.
Lu (Marie) Nelson - Sparta
Joe, I have no words to express the sorrow I have for you and your beautiful family. I have prayed for the Lord to give you comfort and now you are at peace. My love and prayers go out to Barbara and your children. I have many fond memories of you through the years and hope you will say "Hello" to my husband, Tommy....
I'm so sorry for your huge loss. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. Sending love and hugs to you all. Love Rosemary, Sam, Amanda and Gael
We were given a chance to say goodbye, we know angels were calling your name but life here without you will never be the same. You meant so much to us because you had such an everlasting love and glow. Your spirit will forever live on and we will take comfort knowing you will be an angel looking over us. We love you Uncle Joe!! Danny, Michele, Gabby and Buddy Misukonis
We will miss you Uncle Joey. We are so sad that we never got to see you one last time and say good bye. We have many good memories of you and Daddy. We love you and our prayers are with Aunt Barb, Christine, John, Mike, Meg, Nichole, and Milton.
We love you.
Millie, Martin & Amanda
THE LOVE OF MY LIFE....MY BEST FRIEND.....MY SOUL MATE...
I love you all. I'm sorry I can't come and celebrate Uncle Joes life with you all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers..I love you Uncle Joe. Xo Caroline
Going to miss mr. Misukonis
Barbara, Christine, John, Michael, Megan, Nichole and Milton, we are so sorry for your loss and for our loss too, as you know we loved Joey so very much ... he was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, and for us, brother-in-law ... Our hearts have been breaking for years, knowing all he has had to endure and all he has had to give up ... so difficult for all of you as well! We know that Joey is now at peace, able to rest and finally pain-free ... we pray that all of you will let this knowledge help heal your broken hearts ... Joey loved life, adored his wife and family, enjoyed his friends and had such pride in his service to our country ... He was a good man who knew how to play a practical joke or tell a good story but especially he knew how to bust a few chops! We will miss you, Joey and we thank God for all the years we had with you (especially these last few bonus ones) ... You will be forever in our hearts, Jayne and Bob