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Joseph Arthur (Joe Van), passed away in his sleep on June 25, 2014 after a short, courageous, and graceful battle with lung cancer. He was born on March 17, 1943 in Paterson, NJ to Marilyn Barnhart and Joseph Walter Van Benthuysen. He attended grade school in Oakland, NJ and then served in the US Navy Reserve. After his service, he attended the School of Professional Paperhangers and the NY School of Design where he learned the art of wallpaper hanging. This training began one of Joe's lifelong loves, which was being "on the wall". The love he had for his work was only superseded by the love he had for his daughters Melissa and Melanie. Joe also loved living in Colorado where he maintained a highly active lifestyle downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and rollerblading. Joe is also survived by four grandchildren, two sons-in-law, two brothers, and friends too numerous to count. A memorial service will be held at Archer United Methodist Church in Allendale, NJ at 3 PM on Sunday, June 29. Condolences can be sent to 199 Bearfort Road, West Milford, NJ 07480.
Published in The Record on June 28, 2014