passed away peacefully on Friday June 11, 2021. Born February 14, 1931, in Milwaukee WI, he is survived by his daughter, Annemarie (Steve) Freeman; son, Michael (Stephanie MacFarland) Grohall; grandchildren, Brian (Patricia) Freeman, Kevin (Becky) Freeman, Laura Freeman and Joseph Grohall; great-grandchildren, Ryker, William, Steven and Andrew. He is also survived by his sisters, Rose Marie (Leo) Montano, Mary Ann (Stan) Douglass, Cathy (Ken) Hilkemeyer and several nieces and nephews. Inducted into the military in February 1952, Joe served his county with honor until his release in 1954. Stationed in Germany, he was able to travel to Europe, an experience he cherished all his life. Upon his return from service, Joe married Marie “née Merlo” with whom he lovingly shared 47 years until her death in 2002. After Marie’s death, he spent over 14 years with Dolores.
Very young, Joe started working in the family business started by his father. With the exception of his two years of military service, he worked in this profession for over 70 years. Its legacy continues as the company celebrates its 75th anniversary.
A man of integrity and honesty, Daddy’s Triumph was a journey through life built on hard work and unwavering determination. Never one to complain about the challenges in front of him, he embodied the stoic virtues of his generation. A simple man of practical wisdom, faith and love in his heart, he will be sorely missed.
The family would like to thank Melissa and her staff at Desert Hearts Care Home and Casa De La Luz.
Friends can call ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel, 1050 N. Dodge Blvd (at Speedway) on Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5150 N. Valley View Rd. On Friday June 18, 2021 at 9:30 am. Interment will follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations from the St Vincent de Paul Society c / o Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1946 E. Lee St., Tucson 85719.
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