Joseph "Joe" Edward Gerald Finkbeiner Eagle Age 70, passed away on February 26, 2013. Joe was born in Hastings, Michigan on March 10, 1942, to Clifford and Monica (Anderson). He graduated from Hastings High School in 1960 and studied at Michigan State University. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Sherry (Gilcher). They lived in Kalamazoo, Galesburg, Dimondale, and East Lansing before settling in Eagle, Michigan in 1979. He traveled extensively throughout Central America, Russia, Australia, Great Britain, Canada and the United States. Over the past few years, he spent much time in Placencia, Belize, where they had a second home. He was a grassroots activist and loved politics. He served on the boards for many organizations including ACLU, Democratic Party, and UAW. He was an Eagle Township Constable and EMT. In March 2012, he retired from General Motors where he had worked as an industrial electrician for over 44 years. Joe was outgoing, loyal and always ready to lend a helping hand. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, father- and mother-in-law Gaylen and Emma Gilcher of Battle Creek and a brother-in-law Gill Gilcher of Battle Creek. He will be missed by his three daughters Toni (Michael) Cramer, Kim (Bill) Steinmann, and Joey Small, all of Kalamazoo. He adored his grandchildren: Eric, Emma, and Zachary Cramer; Hanna and Nicholas Steinmann; and Cayesha, Josephine, and Theodore Small. He is also survived by his sister Carole (James) Seeley of Kalamazoo, sister- and brother-in-laws Carol Gilcher of Battle Creek, Martin and Sue Gilcher of Richland, Cheryl and Mark Robinson of Battle Creek, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James Conlon at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Westphalia. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. at the St. Mary's Funeral Chapel, Westphalia. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes, Portland. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gift of Life Foundation and family encourages everyone to consider being registered as an organ donor.
Published in Lansing State Journal from Mar. 3 to Mar. 10, 2013