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Joseph Coscarelli, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2020 at the age of 77.  He was very devoted and thoughtful to family and friends.  He will be missed by all who knew him.


Joseph was born on May 21, 1943 in Lansing, Michigan to Pasquale and Jeanette (DeRose) Coscarelli.  He graduated from Resurrection Catholic High School in 1961.


Joe worked in the bar and restaurant business for more than 40 years beginning in 1960 with his parents who owned the Saginaw Bar which was eventually re-named Pasquale’s.  The establishment on West Saginaw Street was known for excellent homemade Italian food and great conversation.  He worked in the tool department at Sears in Frandor following his retirement from the bar business.


Joe had a great love for fishing, hunting grouse, and sitting on his porch with a good cigar at his cabin in Crystal Falls, Michigan.  He will always be remembered for his easy nature, patience, quick wit, love of food and cooking, and an excellent sense of humor.  He made life-long friends from the early days on Pennsylvania Avenue to his last days at Horsell Manor in Vanderbilt, Michigan.


Joe was preceded in death by his father in 1976, mother in 2008, and brothers-in-law Richard Fata and Ben Weeks.  He is survived by his seven children,  Jeni Jones, Lori Ann (Brian) Klym, Lynn (Eric) Vanderbos, Pasquale (Mary Jo), Eva Essenberg, Michael (Samantha) and Victor; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Marie Fata, Judy (Darrel) Swain, Margaret Weeks; and brother, Jerry (Sue); as well as many nieces and nephews, and his faithful dog, Rita.


Graveside service will be held on Friday, September 11, 2020 at St. Joseph Cemetery, 2520 W. Willow Street, Lansing, Michigan at 11:00 am.  A Celebration of Life luncheon will follow immediately after the service at 7800 Vista Avenue, Grand Ledge, Michigan.


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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Joe VanDerBos on August 14, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    So sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. My heart goes out to all in his family. He was a kind person to me as a child and neighbor. He will always have a special place in my heart because of the wonderful children he helped raise. Love to you all, Joe (and David)

  2. Holly Vickers on August 14, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    So sorry to hear. I’ll always remember how patient he was with me as I, with no doubt, was the worst waitress ever! RIP and condolences to family and friends.

  3. Christine Beaver on August 17, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Thinking about all of you during this very difficult time for your family. Please know we have all of you in our prayers as you remember your amazing brother Joe. RIP Joe

    Love Pete and Chris Wade Beaver

  4. Ray Finn on August 18, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I remember Joe well from high school days when we were classmates at Resurrection High School. My condolences to his family and friends.

  5. Steven W Seely on August 20, 2020 at 10:19 am

    What a great guy we have lost. My memories of Joe go back to the ’50’s as he and my Brother Bill
    were great friends from their early days as “East Siders” of Lansing and their Resurrection glory days.
    Many great fishing and hunting trips with Joe, Bill and Mike Obrien.
    Always a quick wit and a rational plug to my Brother who sometimes got out in front of his skis and Joe would attempt to reel him back in.
    And to his sis Margaret who I went to Gabriels with-so sorry for the loss.
    To these guys who lived life well and in a different world-Rest in Peace.

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