Donald “Don” R. Joseph’s Obituary

Donald “Don” R. Josephs, 83, Suamico, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born May 3, 1939, in Green Bay to Hugo and Ethel (Bertrand) Josephs. Don graduated from St. Norbert High School and later from St. Norbert College in 1964. He served his country in the US Army Reserve. Don married Dorothy “Dottie” Vaessen on July 6, 1963. Together they shared 59 wonderful years. Don worked for the Green Bay Health Department and eventually for the Brown County Health Department as a health inspector. He loved doing things outdoors with his brothers and his family. His favorite hobby was duck hunting, but he also enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and gardening. Don was very active in the church and enjoyed the Garden Guardians Group, which took care of the church grounds. He loved to feed the wildlife in his yard. Don was a very generous person and was also very handy. His generosity could be seen in his love of giving away his creations. Don’s family was most important to him, and his grandchildren took front and center in his life. He is survived by his loving wife, Dottie; children, Michelle Josephs, John (Lisa) Josephs, Rory Josephs; grandchildren, Riley, Bennett and Ella; sister, June Kaye; sisters-in-law, Karen Josephs, Kathy Vaessen, Maureen Vaessen; nieces, nephews, cousins, many other family and friends. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Hugo and Ethel; siblings, David (Sharon) Josephs, Bill “Bucky” Josephs; mother and father-in-law, Leo and Florence Vaessen; brothers-in-law, Dick Vaessen, Don Vaessen, Gerry Kaye; sister-in-law, Margaret Vaessen. Friends and family will gather at SS. Edward & Isidore Catholic Church, 3667 Flintville Rd., from 9 am to 11 am on Saturday, October 8; Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11 am with Rev. Paul Demuth and Rev. David J. Hoffman officiating. Don’s mass will be streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/ssedwardisidore.org/ . To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com. Don’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staffs of Unity Hospice and Aurora BayCare. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Don’s name.

Posted online on September 29, 2022

Published in Green Bay Press Gazette

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