Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

621 South Jefferson, Mason, MI


Joseph Paul Choma

June 8, 1940June 26, 2020

Joseph Paul Choma, 80, passed away peacefully on Friday , June 26, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. Born June 8, 1940 in Hamtramck, Michigan to Joseph and Florence (Szeliga). Joe graduated from Roseville High School in January 1957 and attended the Detroit Institute of Technology as well as the University of Detroit with a major in Mechanical Engineering.

He began his career with GM, working on the gas turbine engine in the research laboratories. In 1965, Joe transitioned to working with Michigan Bell Company and the following year, Joe founded Executone-Lansing, Inc. ( now Metronet Telecom) to provide and service intercommunications and sound systems to the central Michigan business community. Joe nurtured and expanded the business throughout the many changes in technology. Metronet Telecom has recently celebrated 54 successful years in business.

Joe and Gloria raised their family in Holt and after 43 years moved to a condo in Mason in 2012. In his spare time, Joe enjoyed traveling with his wife in his motorhome, boating, and riding his motorcycle. He loved living in Florida during the winter months and returning home to Michigan during the summer, all while traveling and exploring new places.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents.

He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 60 years, Gloria (D'Agostino); his children, Kathleen (Leif) Karkau, Karen (Joseph) Barrett, David (Janelle) Choma, and Dale Choma; his grandchildren, Angela and Bryant Karkau (Katie Smith), Dominic, Drew, Derek Choma and Ashley and Joseph Barrett Jr.; and his sister, Marilyn(Peter) Waldmeir.

A private family memorial service will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Mason.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Valley State University, Autism Education Center (START Project), 401 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504.


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Eric Larson

July 3, 2020

We knew Joe and Gloria through our motorcycle group the Gold Wing Touring Association when they owned their Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. They were fun people and enjoyed participating in the groups riding and activities. We haven’t seen them in many years now. We are sorry to hear of Joe’s passing and are sure his passing will leave a big hole in your family. Think of you today and praying that God will comfort you in the coming days and weeks. May Joe’s memory live on in your hearts in the days, months and years ahead.

Eric and Chris Larson
Eaton Rapids, MI

Marilynn and Don Dolecki

July 3, 2020

We so cherish the many great memories we shared with Joe and Gloria after we met at the St Clair Harbor 32 years ago. .....boating, traveling in our motor homes and New Year’s Eves in Toronto and Chicago. Didn’t really realize how lucky we were until those good times ended. So blessed to have these 2 special people in our lives. Save us a seat up there,Joe , we’ll join you as soon as we finish our journey down here.

Trina Austin

July 2, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Joe when I worked at the bank. He was very particular about who could wait on him and I was fortunate enough to be that lucky person :) He will be greatly missed. Keeping the Choma family in my thoughts and prayers.

Martie and Skip Croley

July 2, 2020

We are saddened by your loss. In your time of grief please know our thoughts of sympathy are extended to each one in your precious family.

Sue Alvera

July 1, 2020

I loved listening to Joe. His wisdom always invited me to reflect on the depth of his insight.

He was fully aware of his finest treasures in life...His family.

His love was so evident for “His Gloria” and for all his family.

Sending all of you prayers for comfort, strength, and overflowing peace.

Gloria Choma

July 1, 2020

You really are my “Special Angel” sent from up above. I will always Love You. ❤️❤️ Thanks for all your Love and Memories,
Your Loving Wife❤️❤️❤️❤️

David and Janelle Choma

June 30, 2020

We are thankful to have so many wonderful memories. ❤️

Tamara Bashore-Berg

June 30, 2020

Dear Choma Family,
My heartfelt sympathy in such a great loss. Mr. Choma was a wonderful man. Mrs. Choma, all my love to you; the two of you always made marriage look like pure joy.

Danielle Patrick

June 30, 2020

Joe was a wonderful man. I always enjoyed that visiting him made him smile.He will be greatly missed.

Cameron Bender

June 30, 2020

With our deepest sympathy, we are sadden to hear about the loss of your grandfather, father, and husband. We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Love, Cammie and Moose.