Age 81, of Saint Paul, Minnesota Peacefully passed away on December 22, 2020, at Regions Hospital after a swift battle with lung cancer. Joe was born on March 16, 1939 in Goa, India. His family moved from India to Kenya, where Joe spent his childhood and young adult years in Mombasa and Nairobi. In 1972, Joe had the opportunity to attend the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. He earned degrees in accounting and computer science and worked in accounting and systems management for more than 20 years. While in Eau Claire, Joe met his wife-to-be, Clare Verbeten, of Appleton, WI. Joe and Clare moved to Minnesota in 1977, and went on to settle down on the East Side of Saint Paul and have two daughters, Annie and Henrietta (Hattie). Joe ended up spending more years of his life in Saint Paul than any other place in the world. Joe was predeceased by wife Clare, father Joaquim and mother Deodita, and brothers Anthony of Goa, India and Guilherme (Sharon) of Hemet, Calif. He is survived by daughters Annie Spanjers (Matthew) of Charlotte, NC and Hattie Carvalho Hall (Tyler) of St. Paul, MN; grand children John and Amelia Spanjers and Clare Hall; sister Annie (Anthony) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; brothers Dominic (Stella) of Eau Claire, WI, and Simon of St. Paul, MN; and 12 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Second Harvest Heartland.
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Published by Pioneer Press on Feb. 16, 2021.