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H.J. “Joe” Kronewitter, age 73, of Maston Lake, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday evening, October 23, 2012 under the loving care of his family and Heartland Hospice. Born on November 6, 1938 in Mishawaka, Indiana, Joe served his country for 22 years in both the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. In addition, he worked in commercial printing and in the pressroom at The Lansing State Journal.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Kay Francis Kronewitter; and by a sister, Jean Nelson.

Surviving are his wife, Lynne; his boys, Joe & Angie, Corky, Jeff & Candy, and Kevin & Tracy; the child of his heart, Cheyenne; his sisters, Sharon Kiester, Nila Laisure, Cora Hendrix, and Ann Moyer; and his brother, Harry. Also surviving are many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Maple Valley Complex, 239 W. First Street, Trufant. Pastor Madelyn Thompson, Heartland Hospice chaplain, will officiate and military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Army National Guard. A time of food and fellowship will follow the ceremonies.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Joe’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Anonymous on October 23, 2012 at 12:00 am


    Uncle Joe,
    Its been a little over a year. I still miss you like crazy. Everyday. They tell me it is going to easier; I’m still waiting for that day.
    I love you so much.
    It just doesn’t seem real.
    I love you!


    Kyler Linderman

    You were very close to Cheyenne and meant the world to her. She loves you so much. In saying this, I hope the world knows how much of an impact you made on her life.


    Brandon “Frozty” Frost

    I only met Joe once, and it was near the end of his time here. But he seemed a respectable gentleman and Cheyenne only had praise for him. I shook his hand but once, for that was all it took for me to understand just how much he loved his family. So Joe, this is me, thanking you for keeping Cheyenne in your heart. She’ll carry you on forever.


    Rebecca Kronewitter

    Joe was always full of life and a generous man. He who found his significance through supporting those he cared for, kept a great sense of humor, and actively helped those who were less fortunate. I am thankful to have shared the opportunity to observe his kindheartedness and am appreciative for all he has done for my daughter (Cheyenne) and I. My condolences go out to you Lynn, Joey, Cork, Jeff, Larry, Kevin and Cheyenne. I am very sorry for your loss. Joe may you R.I.P. my friend.


    Linda Kronewitter

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of yu at this sad time. He will be missed.


    Levi Tissue

    I have had the great pleasure of getting to meet you before you passed. I have over the last few days got to no your wife Lynne she is a very nice ladie and i have also been able to admire the way Cheyenne cared a bout you i love the way she talks about you


    Cheyenne Kronewitter

    Uncle Joe,
    I love you so much. I miss you so much.
    Do you remember when you Cork and I went fishing in the dark? We had so much fun! :) I love you always and until we meet again.
    I love you more.



    Uncle Joe and his humor will be missed. He always made me laugh!


    Matthew and Lori Simonian

    Joe was a great guy to work with I cryed when he retired i enjoyed his company he was missed when he retired and will surly be missed now tell we meet again joe R.I.P.


    David C.

    It was a pleasure to work with “Old” Joe at the LSJ. He was an accomplished, dependable pressman, but more enjoyably, a gentleman of even temper and good wit. My sympathy and prayers are with you all.


    misty laisure

    my thoughts and prayers are with you aunt lynn uncle joe was a great person he is going tobe missed..luv you guys


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