Joseph Covello
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.

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Published by Lansing State Journal on Apr. 25, 2010.
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Sincerest Sympathy on your family's great loss. I was just recording some music cd's online I entitled "Joe Covello's" (music from the old days) and a week later heard of your loss. He was a very beloved asset to all our lives and brought so much happiness and friendship through his business to the community. He touched the lives of so many and will be missed greatly. God bless and strengthen you.
Giovanni Heyser
May 24, 2010
I am sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a very fun loving and generous man. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in Peace.
Bill & Char Holzwarth
April 26, 2010
Sorry for your lost I remember Joe from the good old days.Before they tore down Michigan Ave. Rest in Peace Joe
Butch Sweet (aka V. Black)
April 26, 2010
So sorry to hear about Joe. He was Bruce and my best man at our wedding. Will also remenber him and our card playing day's Laurie Hartwick
April 25, 2010
We are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a kind, fun loving, and generous person who always had a smile on his face. We will remember him always.
Phil and Carolyn Baldino
April 25, 2010
Joe was my Godfather and a business partner with my Father for many years.I respected and loved him.I also found him to be an inspiration.He will be missed.
Nick,Judi Dionise
April 25, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Aretha Aretha
April 25, 2010
I worked for Joe in the 80's and he was always kind and thoughtful. It was a pleasure knowing him. My deepest sympathy for his family.
Dee Andrews
April 25, 2010