Joseph  Edmunds

Joseph G. Edmunds

Wednesday, June 1st, 1927 - Friday, October 16th, 2020
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Joseph G. Edmunds, 93, of Bridgman, passed away on Friday, October 16, 2020, with his family by his side.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Out of respect to the family and the community, masks will be required. Inurnment will follow in Riverview Cemetery with military honors rendered by North Berrien Military Rights Team. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service, from 10-11 also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to LOGAN Center of Southwest Michigan, 1651 Nickerson Ave., Benton Harbor or Readiness Center, 347 Catalpa Ave., Benton Harbor. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at

Joe was born on June 1, 1927, in Jermyn, PA., to Emmett and Grace (Cannon) Edmunds. He graduated from Jermyn High School. Joe then entered the United States Army and was honorably discharged. On November 22, 1951, he married the former Eleanor (Creo) of Carbondale, PA. They enjoyed 61 years of marriage prior to Ellie’s passing on November 30, 2012.

Joe and Ellie moved to Syracuse, NY., where they began married life. For many years, Joe worked at Lipe Rollway as a draftsman. Never having had the prior chance to attend college, Joe entered LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. He graduated in 1970, with a Bachelors in Business.
He worked as a Personnel Director at LeMoyne for several years. He then took a position at Columbian Mutual Life Insurance in Vestal, NY., from which he eventually retired.

Joe acquired his private pilot’s license as a young adult. He enjoyed taking family and friends for rides, and flew up until he was 80 years old. Joe was also an avid downhill skier. For many years in the 1960’s and 70’s, he helped run the ski shop at Toggenburg Mountain in Fabius, NY. Winter weekends were always spent with family and friends at Toggenburg.

In 1998, he and Ellie moved to Michigan to be near their only child, Mary, and their beloved grandchildren, Aimee and Grant. In 2017, Mary, Aimee and Grant moved in with their beloved grandpa Joe, to watch over him. What brought Joe the most joy were his grandchildren. During his last several years, he enjoyed the company of his daughter and grandchildren, and they feel blessed to have had these years at home with him. “We love you Joe-Joe”.

Joe is survived by his daughter, Mary DeFrancesco; her children, Aimee and Grant DeFrancesco and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; parents, Emmett and Grace Edmunds; brother, Robert Edmunds and infant brother, Emmett Edmunds.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 14th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, November 14th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, November 14th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 14th, 2020 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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margaret m hecksel

Posted at 10:08am

Joe's 1st greatest joy was his family, Mary, Aimee and Grant. His 2nd was piloting a plane over Michigan. Now Joe flies free into the sunset.
Your friend,

Bob Edmunds

Posted at 08:06am
Mary and kids - so very sorry to hear about Uncle Joe's passing. I will always remember those times he and Aunt Ellie hosted me for football trips out to South Bend. He was a terrific guy - always smiling! He and Aunt Ellie are together in heaven. God bless... Bob Edmunds

The Hoyle Family and the Kohler Family

Posted at 05:00pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Love,
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Nancy Edmunds Posted at 04:44pm

Dear Mary, Aimee and Grant, I am so very sorry for your loss. Uncle Joe (and Aunt Ellie) were always welcoming and spoke so highly of each of you. May he Rest In Peace.

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