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Joseph Covello Joseph Covello, passed from this world to the next into the loving arms of the Father, on Friday, April 23, 2010. Born September 20, 1920, Joseph was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle. He is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Helen (Spagnuolo) Covello, and parents Vincenzo and Rosalia (Merindino) Covello; sisters Grace Greco, Rose Amato; and brother Gaspar Covello. He is survived by daughters Cathy (late Jim) Lischkge, Debbie (Scott) Harvey; son Joseph (Susan) Covello; sister Josephine Panko; 12 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and family friend Roxanne (Alan) Ende. Joseph was in Army Air Corps WWII, member of Fraternal Order of the Eagles, American Legion, Michigan Licensed Beverage Dealers Assoc., 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Sons of Italy. He graduated Eastern High School class of 1939. He began his career as a State Journal newsboy at the age of 4, owner of a Shell Oil delivery truck at the age of 16. He was part owner of the Northtown Bar, Green Door, and sole owner of Trader Joe's Bar, then Joe Covello's Lounge. He was a master at bartering and turning any transaction into a profit. Enjoyed exploring his Italian roots with many trips to Italy with his family. He was a lover of music, cooking and playing cards. He always had the luck of the draw. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2010 with a one hour visitation from 10-11 a.m. at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing, officiated by Fr. John Klein and followed by interment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-5 Sunday and 2-4 and 6-8 Monday at Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing, with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. Monday. Friends may sign the online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, donations to St Ann's Home, 2161 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids MI, where he was always treated with kindness and respect, will be gratefully accepted.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Apr. 25, 2010
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