July 23, 1922-Feb. 21, 2013|
Joseph McCormick, age 90, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Woodland Hospice.
A Funeral Mass for Joe will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Thomas Held presiding and Deacon Larry Fussman assisting. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Lux Family Funeral Home on Monday from 1 to 8 p.m. with the Vigil beginning at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continues at the church on Tuesday one hour prior to Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 3033 or to the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Joe was born July 23, 1922, in Mt. Pleasant, son of the late Edward Francis "Frank" and Margaret "Loretta" (Sheehan) McCormick. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1942-1945 during World War II in the Pacific Theatre and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. On September 25, 1948, he married Helena Kremsreiter at St. Philomena Church in Beal City.
In 1950 Joe began working for the City of Mt. Pleasant as a heavy equipment operator, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the VFW Post 3033 and Sacred Heart Parish.
Joe and his wife Helena were a very special uncle and aunt to their nieces and nephews over the years. They helped raise the Duffy girls, Jeanie (Viol) Trice of Lansing, Susie (Dick) Onstott of Mt. Pleasant and Cathy (Jack) Cullity of Manchester, NH. After Joe's sister and brother-in-law passed away, (Mary Catherine and Norbert Martin) Joe and Helena opened their home to the Martin children as well: Jean Ann (Rob) Hood of Naples, FL, Steve (Marlene) Martin, Stanley (Peggy) Martin and Scott (Courtney) Martin, all of Mt. Pleasant, raising Scott since he was only 1 year old. Joe is also survived by a brother-in-law, Herman Kremsreiter of Beal City.
He was preceded in death by his wife Helena in 2011; sisters, Mary Catherine and her husband, Norbert Martin and Ann and her husband Bernard Gross. He was also preceded in death by his in-laws, Ida and Joe Fussman, Walter Kremsreiter, Rosie Kremsreiter, and Rita and Tony Pashionek.
May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields; and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
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Published in The Morning Sun on Feb. 25, 2013