Joe was a steel worker, spending 42 years in the employee of the U.S. Steel Corp. national tube division, retiring as a plant general foreman. Joe spent one year in the CCC camps during the depression and graduated from Lorain High School in 1936.
He was an avid sportsman and played hockey and softball as well as soccer for many years. In 1978 he and his wife Beverly moved to the valley, where they were very active in both round and square dance groups. In 1999 he was named volunteer of the month for his work in tax preparation with the AARP.
Survivors include Robert (Carol) Tomasic of Waterville, Ohio, Jeanne (Donal) Lambdin of Amherst, Jack of Mesa, Arizona and Joe (Kathy) of Gilbert, Arizona; step-sons, Robert (Joyce) Bainbridge of Elyria and Jon (Gail) Bainbridge of Lorain; Joe had eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; also surviving is his brother, Jim and; sister, Mary Skolnicki in Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly in 1999; first wife, Jennie in 1972; his parents, Blaz (1935) and Kata (Mihalic) 1985; brothers, Steve, Martin, Mike, William, Robert, Paul; and sister, Annie.
A private memorial service was held at Bunker’s University Chapel in Mesa, Arizona.