Although our beloved son, brother and grandson has left us in body, his memory stays with us and his spirit resides with God. His tragic death shocks and saddens us all, but we are not without hope. God is with us all. He died in his parents' home (Holladay, Utah), surrounded by family and friends on November 13, 1996.
Joe was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 5, 1966. He died as the result of injuries incurred in a climbing accident, one year ago. He went to St. Vincent's elementary school and graduated from Judge Memorial High School in 1984. He was a starting forward on Judge Memorial's first state championship soccer team. Graduated from the U of U in 1990. Member SAE fraternity. Spent two summers attending classes in Germany as an undergraduate. Taught English in Kure, Japan 1992-93. He was a nursing student at the time he fell from a cliff at Flaming Gorge, October 7, 1995.Joe loved to ski and flyfish. He was an amazingly upbeat and positive individual who loved life. He was a risk taker. He was a Roman Catholic.
He is survived by his mother and father, John and Peggy, brothers, Jim and wife, Ramie, Paul, Josh, sister, Jennie, grandfather, Chuck Stanchfield, all of Salt Lake City; grandmother, Alice Schmitt, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; grandparents, Irene and Ken Way, Tucson, Ariz.; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He will be missed by many friends, including Geoff Douglas, Kathy Rain, and Bert Bogden.
The Mass of The Resurrection will be Saturday, November 16, 12 noon at St. Thomas More Church. The family will receive friends at the church during the hour preceding the Mass. A gathering to celebrate Joe's life will follow the Mass at the home of his parents. Committal: Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Funeral directors, Neil O'Donnell & Sons.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to St. Thomas More Church, 3015 East Creek Rd., Sandy, UT 84093.; CNS Journey Home Hospice Care, 2970 So. Main #300, SLC, UT 84115; or Cathedral of the Madeliene Choir School, 331 E. South Temple, SLC, UT 84111.
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