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Sunland Memorial Park, Mortuary & Cremation Center

15826 North Del Webb Blvd, Sun City, AZ

OBITUARY

Joseph Eston Bell

January 1, 1934November 3, 2019

Joseph E. Bell, 85, of Sun City, AZ passed away with his family by his side on November 3, 2019. Joe was born in Newton, New Jersey to Eston and Clair Bell. He attended Newton High School in New Jersey. During high School, Joe told his sweetheart, Josephine that he was going to marry her one day. Joe made good on his promise on December 26, 1953 when he wedded the love of his life. Joe was employed by the Federal Government for 37 years, three of which were spent with USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany. His final assignment was with Luke Air Force Base. After retirement, Joe and Josephine moved to Sun City but sitting and doing nothing did not sit well with Joe. He applied at Sunland Mortuary in 2003 and for the next 12 years, Joe assisted the Funeral Directors. He was a member of St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church. Joe was an avid reader and always loved to learn new things. He enjoyed fishing and loved to travel. Joe and Josephine saw many countries including Canada, Austria, France, Spain, England, Lichtenstein and Switzerland to name a few. Joe was an excellent cook and was always ready to make a meal for his family and friends. Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Josephine Clark Bell; his children, Dr. Michael Bell and his wife, Ann, Christopher Bell and Jaqueline Richman and his grandchildren, Lisa Richman, Rebecca Richman, Rachel Richman, Caitlin Bell, Daniel Bell and Jared Bell. Joe will be missed by all that knew him. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:00am at Sunland Mortuary, 15826 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ.

  • FAMILY

  • Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Josephine Clark Bell; his children, Dr. Michael Bell and his wife, Ann, Christopher Bell and Jaqueline Richman and his grandchildren, Lisa Richman, Rebecca Richman, Rachel Richman, Caitlin Bell, Daniel Bell and Jared Bell. Joe will be missed by all that knew him.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Memories

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Vincent Marchesa

November 11, 2019

In my previous memory of Joe Bell please change the word brothers to the word twins. You see Joseph and I were of the same height and built and we both had a rather strange walk. So when people saw us at a service they would always ask if we were twins and Joe always responded: "yes but we have different mothers." I bet Joe is in heaven laughing and says "There you go you messed up another story.
Your clumsy friend
Jim
ps: maybe it was we because always thought of one another as brothers.

Sara Becker

November 11, 2019

I have many fond memories of my friend. Joe was a deliberate person - there was no question what he felt and where you stood with him. Personally and professionally he was one of my biggest fans (and also critic). There was no question that behind each bit of praise (or criticism) that he cared about me and wanted the very best for me. A special and treasured memory is of Joe always having starlight mints in his pocket and making sure he had a few for me when we worked together, knowing how I love them. I'm grateful to call him my friend and will miss him.

Jim Marchesa

November 11, 2019

Joe and I worked together for 13 years at Sunland Mortuary. A lot of people used to always ask if we were brothers. Joe always told them yes, we were brothers but we had different mothers. Joe was a true friend and I will miss him. Hay Joe, save me a seat in heaven. Rest in peace friend
Jim Marchesa

Carmella Kice

November 8, 2019

I’m saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. Although we were a generation apart, we were cousins. I remember how fondly my Dad spoke of him. He thought the world of his young nephew! When Joe was in school he wanted to be in the band. Without hesitation my Dad handed him his saxophone to give Joe that opportunity. Recently, Joe and I had been keeping in touch. It was wonderful to hold onto the family connection now that our parents were gone. I will certainly miss our conversations!
My heart goes out to you, Josephine, and to Jackie, Michael and Chris as well. I’m thinking of you and send my love!
Carmella

Christopher Hopkins

November 5, 2019

In mid-2003, Funeral Director, Adam "Nick" Lutz and myself were tasked with finding two new Funeral Director Assistants. Joe answered the ad and we interviewed him. Nick and I both liked him right away and he was the first of the two candidates that we chose. I am so ever grateful that we did.

As a professional, Joe was always attentive to our families and professional. In the 12 years that he worked here, I can count on one hand the amount of times that he was not available. He never wanted to let me, the funeral home or especially our families down. I LOVED working with him.

As people work together, they share stories about their family, their experiences, recipes and everything else. Joe and I shared so many things with one another over the years. I am not sure which stories I enjoyed more, fishing in Canada, his stories of Josephine and their children as they were growing up or their life in Germany or New Jersey or here in Arizona. He could fashion a story better than most I will miss that so very much. Joe and I could have hour-long discussions about theology or relationships. I will miss that too. I’ll miss the way he was so excited when he’d buy a new suit or found a new restaurant that he and Josephine had gone to or a new accomplishment that his kids or grandchildren had success at. He was so proud of his family!

I guess the thing that I will miss the most about Joe was his zest and love for life. He was a man that enjoyed being in the moment and enjoyed what life has to offer.

Joe – to you. Thank you for being you! Thank you for your big smile at the end of a long day. Thank you for a good joke. Thank you for the pats on the back after telling me "You did good today my boy!" Thank you for always being available. I appreciate your hard work. I appreciate your friendship. Friends can certainly be like family and I felt that way about you. Thank you Joe, I will never forget you.
-Your friend, Chris

Marlene Behrendt

November 5, 2019

Joe has always been "a force of nature" and it's not possible for me to believe he's gone. Joephine, Joe and I worked together and I learned much from them. He was always especially touched by the children attending our services and he was helpful to the families we have been privileged to serve. Somehow I guess we thought he would go on forever. He will be missed by all who knew him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY