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Joseph E. Mihelich

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Mihelich, Joseph E., passed away in Boca Raton, FL on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, from complications relating to heart surgery. Joseph was a lifelong resident of Michigan and practiced law in Macomb County for over 50 years. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and Detroit College of Law. After graduation from Detroit College of Law in 1951, he joined the U.S. Army where he served four years in The Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps. Following his Army service, Joe began his law practice in East Detroit. During his long law career he was able to mentor many attorneys and enjoyed sharing his experience and knowledge; most importantly, with his daughter Julie who followed in his footsteps to become an attorney. Joe was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1973. He was honored to receive his 50 year pin from the State Bar of Michigan, and to celebrate 50 years of practice with his family, friends, and colleagues. Besides law, his passions were golf and travel. Over the course of his lifetime, he was able to travel the world. Joe served on many committees in the City of Grosse Pointe Shores. Joe was a 51 year member and past president of Lochmoor Club, where he was a caddie in his childhood. He was predeceased by JoAn his loving wife of 50 years and his sister, Shirley M. Kendall. He is survived by his children, Jayne and husband Jorge Cortez, his son Joseph and wife Karen, and daughter Julie and husband Chris Cloney. He was a friend and Papa to his six grandchildren: Amy, Austen, Skyler, Andrea, Caitlin and Andrew. Joe will be remembered as a loving father, husband, brother, grandfather, mentor and teacher. He was proud of his long law career and family. He will be missed by many. A Celebration and Remembrance of Joe will be held at his home in Boca Raton on Saturday, November 17 from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in his memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research.

Published in Sun-Sentinel on Oct. 28, 2012
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