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Joseph Frank Gilewski, Jr., age 62, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 12, 2016, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer.


Joe was known as a “project man” always working on a new improvement around the house and especially the yard. There wasn’t a single job that he was afraid to tackle. He enjoyed food (especially dessert), fishing, and relaxing at the lake house. He spent the last half of his career building a successful business as a Fed-Ex contractor. He owed a great deal of his success to his two loyal employees and friends, Scott and Kathleen.


Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph & Frances Gilewski; and his sister and brother-in-law, Joan & Jim Reeves. Surviving are wife, Marie (Kay) Gilewski; daughter, Jeanne Carroll and her husband Kyler; son, Stephen Gilewksi; daughter, Carlene Gilewski; sisters, Donna (Phil) Dimeo, and Sandra (Robert) Muraski; brother, Robert (Suzanne) Gilewski; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and in-laws.


Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Joe’s life from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 1970 Red Hill Drive N.E. (off of N. Catamount Trail N.E.), Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49301. The family looks forward to sharing a meal and memories of Joe.


In lieu of flowers please send donations to “Friends of the White Pine Trails” or “Doctors without Borders”. 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 Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.




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  1. Glenda and Dave on May 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Special man with “unlimited” talents. Some required a tool bag and others just his time. He was always willing to help others and was a great listener. He will be missed by many! God’s peace to all of his friends and family during this time of loss and celebration of his life…Glenda and Dave

  2. Norm and Marianne Kay on May 15, 2016 at 10:31 am

    With our saddened hearts we send our deepest love. Joe was a special person and we are thankful for all the wonderful memories we shared. Xxoo. We will miss you Joe but your legacy lives on in your amazing family!

  3. Martha Wiltse on May 16, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Marie, Carly and family

    We were so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I know your memories will help get you through this emotional time.

    Martha and Al Wiltse

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