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The Tigers lost a dedicated fan when Joseph Paul Fifelski went to be with his Lord on Friday, September 25, 2015 in his home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 61. The son of Valentine & Rose (Pattok), Joe was born on November 7,1953 in Allegan. He grew up in a loving family with two sisters and two brothers. After graduating from Wayland Union High School Joe worked two jobs his entire life. From laying brick and block and working at area farms he went on to be a farrier while working full time for Blackmer Pump for nearly 35 years before retiring due to an unfortunate battle with cancer. Joe was an avid horseman and spent countless hours breaking and riding horses. He and Kristine loved traveling with the horses to trail ride with friends. Joe also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Jo Ann (Don) Drayton. Surviving are his wife, Kristine (Huffman); daughters, Amber (Ben) Ingraham, and Rebecca Fifelski; step-daughter, Allison Owen; grandchildren, Bailey and Ayden; sister, Mary Kinnane; brothers, Jim (Angel) Erdmans and Leo (Nyla) Fifelski; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be at 11:00am on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 128 Cedar, Wayland, with Father Christian Johnston officiating. Relatives and friends may meet the family from 9:00am to 11:00am at the church prior to the service with a luncheon following at the VFW Hall, 735 S Main Street in Wayland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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14 Condolences

  1. Echo Knoll on September 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Prayers of comfort to family and friends. Joe was an inspiration to many.. he will be greatly missed.

  2. Ron & Sandy Snider on September 29, 2015 at 11:22 am

    He touched many hearts and so many lives…You are all our thoughts and prayers

  3. The Rose Family on September 29, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Sending love and peace to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Mike & Carol on September 29, 2015 at 12:45 pm

  5. Carole Axdorff on September 29, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    My prayers are with Joes family. Joe used to be our neighbor, and my kids grew up riding horses with Joe. He was a great friend to our family. He will be missed by many. RIP friend. Carole Axdorff

  6. Joanie Culver on September 29, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Kris and family,
    I loved getting to know Joe and being able to spend time with all of you. He was a great guy and he will be so missed. My love and heart is with you all.

  7. diane on September 29, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are for Joe and his family I am sorry for your loss

  8. Frances Stewart on September 29, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Sending love.

  9. Carol & Bub Flannery on September 29, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss, the horse world lost a great friend in Joe, we spent many great times with Joe and we will miss him.

  10. Joylyn culver on September 29, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Joe will be missed! Enjoyed spending time at the wolverine get togethers Praying for pease for Joes family.

  11. James Wert on September 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Love and prayers to you and your loved ones. Uncle Jimy

  12. Janet Kilcoyne on September 30, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Joe was a nice & funny man. He always seemed to be full of life. The first time I met Joe was when he was shoeing Carols horses. He had a sense of humor.

  13. Stacy belka on October 9, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Joe was such a amazing man he always had a smile on his face and always could make u laugh! I will miss his little stops on his quad he would make just to say hi and our small chats also the bomb fires we used to have. you are and always will be missed and in our hearts.

  14. Dennis Schall on October 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I first came to know Joe when I worked the dock at Blackmer. Joe worked across from me in the old Gilbarco area. He was always helpful, friendly and a very dedicated worker. I was saddened to hear of his passing and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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