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35201 Garfield Rd, Clinton Township, MI

OBITUARY

Martin Joseph Jr.

July 7, 1947May 13, 2020

Martin (Marty) Joseph, Jr., entered Eternal Life on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the age of 72. Marty was the beloved husband of Kathleen. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past September at St. Sharbel Church.

Marty is the loving father of Michael (Becky) and Michelle (George) Nihem. He is the cherished grandfather of Trevor, Derick, Claire and Isabella. He is the beloved brother of Veronica Deleon, Agnes (Wayne) Langschied, Paul, Margaret (James) Hunter, Thomas (Vickie), Charles (Barbara), Richard (Robin), Mary Anne (Kevin) Nanney and Rebecca Joseph. He is predeceased by his parents, Martin Joseph Sr. and Marie Joseph, and his brother, William Joseph. He was also an Uncle and Great Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Marty was a Navy SeaBee from 1966-1968 and a Detroit Police Lieutenant from 1969-1998. Most people will remember Marty as a Vietnam Veteran and a Police Officer. Those roles developed a disciplined strength in him that formed him into a protector and fortification of safety for many people. The love and responsibility for his family extended beyond family boundaries. Often Marty was mentoring young men by teaching them how to work and make good choices. Many can recall with laughter Marty’s unique way of passing on his colorful words of unforgettable wisdom. Teaching his teenaged son and nephews to drive, giving them rules to live by, or coaching kids in sports became indelible life lessons that they tell with laughter and gratitude. As a matter of fact, laughter is what surrounded Marty most often, not because he took nothing seriously, but because his encounter with all strata of humanity gave him insight that he expressed with candor and a, shall we say, lively vocabulary.

Marty made friends everywhere he went, and he loved learning their languages, tasting their foods, and having conversation. He was a charismatic person who attracted others. The party did not start until Marty arrived, and his family always eagerly awaited his arrival at holidays and events. He literally was the life of the party and the center of the activity. We all have stories to share about his antics, his kindness, or his quests. We will not forget his hobbies of taking pictures (family pictures were such a fiasco), playing music (who remembers him learning the accordion?), growing roses, or riding his motorcycle. He is a legend to all of us.

Marty was the rock of his family. He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren as well as his brothers and sisters. He was a loyal friend and co-worker. He was a patriot who served his country and his city with pride. He loved life and lived it to the full. It was his optimism and inner strength, the love of his family, and his steadfast faith in God that got him through the toughest trials in his life. May he now live perfected and healed in eternal life.

Private family services have occurred.

The family kindly requests that respects may be paid at Resurrection Cemetery anytime after 2:00pm on Monday, June 1, 2020.

  • FAMILY

  • Kathleen Joseph, Wife
  • Michael (Becky) Joseph, Son
  • Michelle (George) Nihem, Daughter
  • Trevor, Derick, Claire and Isabella, Grandchildren
  • Veronica Deleon, Sister
  • Agnes (Wayne) Langschied, Sister
  • Paul Joseph, Brother
  • Margaret (James) Hunter, Sister
  • Thomas (Vickie) Joseph, Brother
  • Charles (Barbara) Joseph, Brother
  • Richard (Robin) Joseph, Brother
  • Mary Anne (Kevin) Nanney, Sister
  • Rebecca Joseph, Sister
  • He is predeceased by his parents, Martin Joseph Sr. and Marie Joseph, and his brother, William Joseph. He was also an Uncle and Great Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

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Mazen Dababneh

May 31, 2020

Dear Kathy and family, God rest cousin Marty’s beautiful soul and may the angels welcome him home . I know he’s with the rest of the Joseph’s and Sawaya’s and the Saad family ..he will be dearly missed. Until we meet again cousin 🙏

Raymund Macksoud

May 31, 2020

Dear Kathy and the Joseph Family,

I cannot put into words the sadness felt and the amount of most heartfelt and genuine condolences to your family from ours. What I do know is that Marty and Joe are again working the streets, but this time from far above and in the “ultimate precinct”! Kathy, Marty was always our mother Ramza’s favorite DPD officer outside of Joe! A small offer of proof is a photo remaining of Marty belly dancing in uniform in our home on Coplin. Of course the reward was dinner by Ramza :). The Macksoud Family with immense respect, will keep your family in our most personal prayers and keep Marty in eternal vigilance. I cannot help but smile thinking about those two (Joe and Marty) in Heaven and what “Life” they brought with them.

With most respect and love,
The Macksoud Family

Lynn Dornan

May 31, 2020

Met Marty while in high school and have been best friends since. Even in this sad time I find it hard not to chuckle to myself as I think back on the numerous memories we shared growing up. After high school Marty joined the Navy Sea Bee’s and I was in the Marine Corps stationed at Camp Pendleton where he was training so we had the opportunity to spend some tome together while he was there. After the Service we both joined Ernie on the Police Department and continued our friendship ever since. Not long ago we were all together again to celebrate Kathy and Marty’s 50th wedding anniversary but never thought that would be the last time I would see my friend. Will miss him always. Lynn

David Belcastro

May 30, 2020

Rest in Heaven Marty! My sincere condolences to Kathy and family!

Marty was a great guy! He was always about helping people. Marty had a great sense of humor!

Marty will be sorely missed by so many!

Daniel Dobbs

May 29, 2020

I always enjoyed talking to Marty when ever our paths crossed while on the Detroit Police Department. I worked most of my career at TMU/TSS and would some times go out of our assigned patrol area to visit him to chat for a while. Marty, thank you for making my life so much richer and I will miss you dearly. May the good Lord give you peace and rest and return joy to your family.

Eddie Croxton

May 28, 2020

Marty was my lieutenant at the 3rd Precinct, the midnight shift. Marty was an old school boss. He could be very rough around the edges at times, but he was always fair with his officers. One thing I learned from him as a young officer was to "take care of your people" and that he did. So long Marty, motorman.

Linda Cunningham

May 28, 2020

Kathy and family - Rick and I are thinking of you and saying prayers.
Marty could make anyone laugh and had such a unique sense of humor. ! Anyone whoever met him, will NEVER forget him.

Danny Sawaya

May 28, 2020

Uncle Marty was bigger tan life to me as a kid. I still remember his amazing police stories he told me over 35years ago. I always loved his confidence when he walked into a room. While at a University of Arizona Football game with him, he took his Camera and tripod onto the field without press credentials and shot the entire game from the end zone. No one ever questioned him, because he just acted like he belonged there, and he did. I’ll never forget his words of wisdom and the impact he had on my life. Love you uncle Dog.

Maria Abu

May 28, 2020

To Marty - If I knew the last time I was going to see you was at Olive Garden with Kathy and Rana I wish I had sat down and joined you all.

I have so many memories of you goofing around with Ralph with your cigars and golf clubs as you nerded out on Star Wars or Star Trek whatever as you cracked jokes. I remember the way your bike sounded like as you pulled up to the party with Kathy right there by your side. Most of my memories are from Rana and Rola’s old house or at the church.

Carey isn’t going to be the same without you.
I still follow your advice to know where all the exits are. Thank you for showing me how to live life with a smile. I have to find the picture but I’m 100% sure there are pics at Carey when I was little where Marty is Trying to teach me how to have some rhythm as Ralph lead the circle dancing. He’s a great man and I’ve always admired him for how much he loved his girls.

Kathy And the rest of the family, my heart goes out to you all

Peter Letzmann

May 28, 2020

I am sorry to hear of Marty's passing. I first met Marty in the '60s when I was teaching swimming at the Northeastern YMCA (Harper and Cadillac, in Detroit). And, then again when I worked at the Detroit Police Department, '70 - ' 75. Our paths did not cross often, as he worked in the Precincts and I worked at 1300 Beaubien. My condolences to his family and many friends.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Martin (Marty) Joseph, Jr., entered Eternal Life on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the age of 72. Marty was the beloved husband of Kathleen. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past September at St. Sharbel Church.

Marty is the loving father of Michael (Becky) and Michelle (George) Nihem. He is the cherished grandfather of Trevor, Derick, Claire and Isabella. He is the beloved brother of Veronica Deleon, Agnes (Wayne) Langschied, Paul, Margaret (James) Hunter, Thomas (Vickie), Charles (Barbara), Richard (Robin), Mary Anne (Kevin) Nanney and Rebecca Joseph. He is predeceased by his parents, Martin Joseph Sr. and Marie Joseph, and his brother, William Joseph. He was also an Uncle and Great Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Marty was a Navy SeaBee from 1966-1968 and a Detroit Police Lieutenant from 1969-1998.

Most people will remember Marty as a Vietnam Veteran and a Police Officer. Those roles developed a disciplined strength in him that formed him into a protector and fortification of safety for many people. The love and responsibility for his family extended beyond family boundaries. Often Marty was mentoring young men by teaching them how to work and make good choices. Many can recall with laughter Marty’s unique way of passing on his colorful words of unforgettable wisdom. Teaching his teenaged son and nephews to drive, giving them rules to live by, or coaching kids in sports became indelible life lessons that they tell with laughter and gratitude. As a matter of fact, laughter is what surrounded Marty most often, not because he took nothing seriously, but because his encounter with all strata of humanity gave him insight that he expressed with candor and a, shall we say, lively vocabulary.

Marty made friends everywhere he went, and he loved learning their languages, tasting their foods, and having conversation. He was a charismatic person who attracted others. The party did not start until Marty arrived, and his family always eagerly awaited his arrival at holidays and events. He literally was the life of the party and the center of the activity. We all have stories to share about his antics, his kindness, or his quests. We will not forget his hobbies of taking pictures (family pictures were such a fiasco), playing music (who remembers him learning the accordion?), growing roses, or riding his motorcycle. He is a legend to all of us.

Marty was the rock of his family. He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren as well as his brothers and sisters. He was a loyal friend and co-worker. He was a patriot who served his country and his city with pride. He loved life and lived it to the full. It was his optimism and inner strength, the love of his family, and his steadfast faith in God that got him through the toughest trials in his life. May he now live perfected and healed in eternal life.

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