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Joseph John Fedorczyk, Jr.

Joseph John Fedorczyk, Jr.
  • January 15, 1931 - August 13, 2017
  • Clinton Township, Michigan
  • Donations may also be directed to:
  • American Lung Association
    1475 E. 12 Mile Road
    Madison Heights, MI 48071

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“My fondest memories of you Uncle Joe was that both you & my Uncle Eddie were an have always been both very loving Uncles but also friends, being that...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Linda (Hughes) Butler - Somis, CA

“To the Fedorczyk Family, my deepest and most sincere sympathy in your loss. May your happiest memories help you through this time. Love to you all. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Dorothy Loverde - Troy, MI

“Joe you opened up your home to me. You were a dear friend who I met in Port Austin Michigan. I'm truly grateful for all the treasures that you made...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Lori Arnold - Clinton twp, MI

“Lot of laughs Joe!! ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Norm Jepson - Friend

“Joe was a lot of fun. When we went to the race track you know youcould have a good time with him. We also did Euchre together with Ellen and bowling....Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: vera janis - Pharr,, TX - Friend

“Uncle Joe, although I didn't grow up in Michigan you left an everlasting memory. The first memory I have is if your beautiful garden. You told me the...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Brenda Macedo - Murrieta, CA

Joseph John Fedorczyk Jr., age 86 of Clinton Township, died Sunday, August 13, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 15, 1931 in Detroit, son of the late Joseph John Sr. and the late Gertrude Theresa (nee: Kirchoff) Fedorczyk.

Everybody has a story, and Joseph's began at the young age of 20 when an infusion of beauty both adorned and enriched his life the day he watched his beloved Ellen take her walk down the aisle to become his wife and helpmate. On that blessed day in the eyes of family and friends alike, Joseph and Ellen shared their vows and promises of marriage and began a new chapter in their lives,…together. Their story of romance, raising a family, and enjoying the journey would last over 66 years until Joe's recent passing.

Not long after becoming a newlywed, Joe answered the call of our country and entered the embattled situation surrounding the Korean War as a sailor in the United States Navy. Serving from January 1952 to December 1953, Joe was part of the firefighting team aboard the Escort Carrier, the USS Salerno Bay for the majority of his time in the Navy and received decorations reflecting that service. So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, that we honor Joseph for his service to our country and for his willingness to stand in harm's way for the preservation of freedom and liberty throughout the world.

Following his return home from the war, Joe put his natural talents and skill set to work within the construction industry,…specifically with a focus in the area of road construction. In fact, much of the Metro-Detroit freeway system that we travel every day, Joe was on the forefront of its design and implementation. Extending the utmost in service excellence and hard work ethics, he was extremely proud of the role he played in constructing a timeless infrastructure to provide the area an ease of travel for years to come. A proud union member of Local #1199, Joe supported the efforts of his fellow brothers over the years and enjoyed a shared camaraderie in the workplace experience.

Brotherhood and the benefits that fraternal membership provides was of great importance to Joe. From sharing that closeness with his fellow sailors aboard ship, to the brotherhood of workers in the union,…it only made perfect sense that further relationships of the same would ensue, as was the case the day he decided to join the brotherhood of the church, the Knights of Columbus. A fraternal membership of men within the Catholic Church, Joe extended countless hours of benevolent service as a Knight, ultimately attaining the level of 3rd Degree. He was proud to serve alongside his fellow Knight's at the Father Kramer Council, #2835 in Center Line.

When work wasn't calling and it was time to exercise his other natural talents, you'd often find Joe toiling away in his garden out back. Possessing the skills of an agricultural specialist, his garden wasn't merely a thing of beauty, it was also edible,…well, at least most of it anyway. With a green thumb and the eye of a farmer, Joe's garden was a sight to behold, and quite tasty as well. Martha Stewart had nothin' on Joe, especially when it came to his prize tomatoes. Known affectionately as the Tomato King, there wasn't a tomato even remotely close to the juice delights that were grown & harvested by Joe the Gardener.

Another part of the story came with the reflection of the infamous "Road Trips" he was noted for. It started with the Sunday evening roast beef dinners around the table, then it was time to fire up the family cruiser and hit the road. These road trips took the family to a host of destinations throughout Michigan which often ended up with a treat at McDonald's or the ice cream parlor. Either way, his kids were the lucky recipients following much eager anticipation. And while on the theme of traveling, the story just naturally needs to include his love of camping and the many trips to Algonac the family enjoyed over the years. Though camping itself came with its own set of pleasures, staying at the Algonac State Park also offered Joe one of his grand delights,…watching the many freighters make their way up and down the St. Clair River, and he could even tell you which ships were going to pass by and when. Freighter watching just doesn't get much better than at the Algonac campgrounds as they're pass by so close that it seems as though you could reach out and touch them,…perhaps the reason that he frequented the park so often.

Yet the ultimate road trips came later in life when Joe and Ellen joined the throngs of the many Snowbirds exchanging the wintry mix of Michigan for the warm and sunny pleasures elsewhere,…and for these two, that meant the southwest charm of Pharr, Texas. Taking them "pharr" away from the snow and ice, they spent many warm & wonderful winters in the Lone Star State.

As for hobbies and pastimes that filled Joe's retirement years, there was his bit of dabbling with photography,…spending time at a favorite fishing hole, casting his line out in search of the Big One,…but perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all, putting his artistic skills to work with woodcarving. Possessing a talent and artistic eye that you would imagine took numerous years of schooling, Joe's workmanship came naturally and produced some pieces fit for a museum. To his credit and honor, some of Joe's pieces will be on display throughout his visitation at the funeral home.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Joe led a life that was a testimony to God's goodness, an unselfish & caring example of his servant's heart, and one that touched a multitude of hearts and souls along the way. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Joseph was the beloved husband of Ellen (nee: Jewell). Devoted father of Joseph (Joseph Tyrrell) Fedorczyk,