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Joseph Tsosie Sr.
Nov. 1, 1936 - Oct. 22, 2010
Joseph Tsosie Sr., 73, of Naschitti, our beloved cousin, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went to join his family in Heaven on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. He was born Nov. 1, 1936, in Rehoboth, to John and Helen Tsosie, into Nalaani (Sioux Clan) - part Bilaganna (Irish-White Man) for the Tabaaha (Water Edge Clan).
Joseph worked for Pacific Railroad in Nebraska, Wyoming and Washington state. He was well known for his excellent work in carpentry and creative stone masonry. He helped build chapter houses throughout the Navajo Reservation with his father and brother-in-law. He helped build the Window Rock police station, Shiprock Civic Center, Tohatchi Clinic, Navajo Housing, Naschitti Christian Reformed Church and road construction on the former North Highway 666.
In his community he was responsible for foundations and footing, bricklaying, stucco and plastering, completing numerous homes, hogans and fences for his family, friends and relatives, while employed with Navajo Nation C.E.T.A. Most of these projects were done voluntarily and at no cost. His last job was on the new cafeteria addition for Naschitti Elementary School in the late 1970's.
Joseph took great pride in telling stories of his life and the people he shared it with. He loved his family, friends and relatives very dearly. His favorite times were spent with his granddaughters, telling stories and watching classic John Wayne movies.
We will miss you, grandpa.
Joseph was preceded in death by his grandfather, the late Hastiin Litso; parents, John and Helen Tsosie; brother, Jimmy Tsosie; sisters, Jean Barney and Anita Destea; sons, Andrew, Norman and Alvin Tsosie; daughter, Josephine Tsosie; grandson, John James Tsosie and four great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his sons, Calvin, Joseph Jr., Terry and Andy Tsosie; daughters, Ethelyn Rodriquez, Thelma Tsosie, Sophia Peshlakai, Selma and Esther Lou Tsosie; 35 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 28, at Naschitti Christian Reformed Church, located on Highway 491, west of 41 milepost. Pastor Bobby Boyd will officiate.
Joseph will be laid to rest at Naschitti Community Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Franklin Tsosie, Leon Tsosie, Anthony Tsosie, Jerry Lee Jr., Thomas Peshlakai and David Shorty.
Honorary pallbearers are Calvin Tsosie, Joseph Tsosie Jr., Terry Tsosie, Andy Tsosie, Ernest Destea Jr., and Phillip Destea.
The family with receive relatives and friends at Naschitti Chapter House following burial and services.
Arrangements are with Desert View Funeral Home of Shiprock, North U.S. Hwy. 491, (505) 368-4607.
Desert View Funeral Home of Shiprock
North U.S. Highway 491 Shiprock, NM 87420
Published in Farmington Daily Times on Oct. 28, 2010