Mr. Joseph William Everts
September 4, 1942 – December 29, 2020
Joseph William Everts, 78, of Kansas City, MO, passed away on December 29, 2020. He was born in Philadelphia on September 4, 1942 to William and Bertha (Susko) Everts. He grew up in North Philly, where he graduated from St. Edward’s grade school and Northeast Catholic High School for Boys, and attended St. Joe University. He initially worked for INA where he met his future wife, Judith Kelleher. They were married on February 5, 1964. They moved to Marlton, NJ where they raised their two children, Amie and Matthew, and made many lifelong friends. Joe and Judy’s home was filled with love and laughter and was a gathering place for friends and family from all over. After their children grew up and began families of their own, Joe and Judy relocated to Kansas City to be closer to their children and grandchildren, who were their pride and joy. After Judy passed away in 2010, Joe faithfully kept up the tradition of sending a birthday card to all his nieces, nephews, and young grandnieces and grandnephews on time, every year, without fail. He was known to them as “Unk Hunk,” a moniker he surely chose for himself. Joe was an avid fisherman and knew all the best fishing holes wherever he lived. In his youth, he loved to fish the inlets and back bays of the Jersey Shore and in his later years his favorite spots in Kansas City. He loved music (especially jazz), trips to the casino, and was a dedicated sports fan - especially of his hometown Philadelphia teams and Notre Dame football. He traveled all over, making frequent trips with his family to the Pacific Northwest, Yellowstone, Vermont, Las Vegas, and, holding a special place in his heart, Disney World. But most of all, Joe relished being a proud parent and grandparent: from cheering on the sidelines at Cherokee High School in Marlton, where his children were standout athletes, to taking his grandchildren on many vacations. He will forever be remembered for his story telling, sense of humor, big grin, and his strong, supportive love. Joe is survived by his children, who miss him dearly: his daughter, Amie Everts Tamburelli (Michael), of Kansas City, MO and his son, Matthew (Kristina) of Liberty Lake, WA, and by his beloved grandchildren: Luke and Natalie Tamburelli and Ainslee and Breana Everts. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Judy; his parents, Bill and Bertha Everts; his parents-in-law, Ed and Katherine Kelleher, and his brother, Bill. He is greatly missed by his extended family from Vermont to New Jersey, Philadelphia to Spokane, and Kansas City. There will be services at a later date in the Summer. In the meantime, put on a John Pizzarelli album, cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame, take a look at some old photos, and have a toast to Joe.
Mr. Joseph William Everts
January 7, 2021
Some of my very favorite family memories are when Uncle Joe and my dad would get together and tell wild stories of their youth in Philly. Stories about growing up poor, crazy neighbors, wild friends, their father (the cantankerous, yet beloved, Pa), their mother (Mom-Mom, I never got to meet, though my dad said I was most like her), home projects gone awry, and on and on and on. Seeing the two of them together, laughing uproariously, egging each other on, one memory sliding into the next - it was a beautiful thing. And I really hope they're back at it somewhere. Sending love, always - Bridget
January 6, 2021
Joe and I grew up together in North Philadelphia. We were lucky enough to share many important times together. I will always remember his warm smile and competitive nature. If Joe had a middle name that reflected his character it would be --- devoted.
I love Joe as the brother I never had and I will forever miss him and our times together.
January 4, 2021
For those asking, in lieu of flowers or gifts, a donation may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Joe’s honor.
It is an organization that he donated to regularly & held especially close to his heart, as do we.
Amie & Matt.
January 4, 2021
I was at the house in Marlton many, many times. I was always treated like family both by Joe and Judy were kind and loving just like they were with the kids. We loved sitting on the porch just talking.
I know you are with Judy now and you are happy. My prayers are with all of you. ❤️