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Joseph Terlecki

Joseph Paul "Joe" Terlecki

Tuesday, July 30th, 1991 - Saturday, October 31st, 2020
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Obituary

Joseph Paul “Joe” Terlecki, 29, of St. Joseph, lost a four-year struggle with drug addiction to an overdose on Saturday, October 31, 2020.

A Celebration of Life and time of sharing will be held at 3 PM on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Friends may visit with the family from 1 PM until the time of sharing at the funeral home. Out of respect for the family and guests in attendance masks and proper social distancing will be required. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Carol’s Hope, https://communityhealingcenter.kindful.com/?campaign=1036068, or Paws of Hope, https://www.paws-of-hope.com/lend-a-paw . Those wishing to sign Joe’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Joe was born July 30, 1991 in Berrien Springs, MI to Michael and Marie (Scalzo) Terlecki. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 2009 and continued his education at Western Michigan University earning a degree in Business and Marketing. On August 11, 2018, he married Karlyn Osborn overlooking Lake Michigan. Joe loved working in the Food and Beverage Industry making an impact where ever he worked. While Joe loved all animals, he had a special place in his heart for cats. Throughout college, Joe was known for taking his white cat, Juice, to a number of social gatherings. Joe loved music and spending time with friends. He had a great sense of humor always putting a smile on people’s faces and was known for giving the best hugs!

Joe is survived by his wife, Karlyn Osborn; parents, Michael and Marie Terlecki; brother, Michael Terlecki; best friend, Zach Cessna; grandmother, Grace Terlecki; uncles, Joe (Marlissa West) Scalzo and Paul Terlecki; in-laws, Nancy (David) Lawrence; the entire Lawrence and Osborn family; and the Haber and Barton families of New Jersey. Joe was preceded in death by his grandfather, Mieczyslaw Terlecki and grandparents, Joseph and Edith Scalzo.



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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Out of respect for the family and guests in attendance, masks and proper social distancing will be required.
  • Service

    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Out of respect for the family and guests in attendance, masks and proper social distancing will be required.

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Kurt Swanson

Posted at 02:52pm
Our prayers to Joe's family. I didn't know him well but he was very close to my nephew Zack. Joe came down the street and helped with Mom's leaves about this time of year.
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Noelle Malevitis

Posted at 08:43am
We are sending our deepest sympathies to the Terlecki family. Joe was a friend of many and always knew how to light up a room by swiftly cracking jokes and giving hugs, making everyone feel welcome. He will be missed by so many, thanks for being our friend Joe. With love and sympathy, Noelle & Nathan Ringer

Julie Ridenour

Posted at 01:59pm
I am so sorry to hear that Joe is gone! His fight is over. I always think of him fondly as he always recognized me and said hello when I would run into him somewhere. Always smiling - that's how I will always think of him.
JK

Jerry Klyczek

Posted at 10:16am
Mike,

Sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

Jerry Klyczek (Bosch Packaging)
 
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Mike Terlecki Posted at 09:45am

Thank you Jerry. Mike
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Annette O'Brien

Posted at 08:24pm
Mike and Marie and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I don't think I will be attending the funeral because I would want to give you a hug and I understand that would not be allowed. My thoughts will be with you. Annette
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