Brittany Vallade posted a Condolence
| July 01, 2013
Joe, was one of my regular customers. I'm definitely going to miss his jokes but most of all his kindness. He's definitely in a better place watching over everyone. Thank you joe for all the hard times you gave me at work but to just leave a smile on my face. Thank you. I will miss you!
Brother Joe, I will not be able to stand up and tell my story, because my heart is broke. And I don't even know how I will be able to make the day, you were my big brother that I looked up to. In our younger years, I was blessed when you wanted to play Johnny's with me, and of course I would play army men with you. As we got older, I got to hang out with your friends ( the only girl) in the bunch, playing cops and robbers. As we grew older, you were the one that bought my friends and I, our GIQ's . I had the cool brother, that in the winter would take my friends and I around the neighborhood tailgating on our sleds, and would let us go with him up and down telegraph in his cool T Bird. As we grew older, and had family's, we would spend our summers at halfmoon lake Boating, and in the winter snowmobiling in the woods behind your house. Then we grew older and went in different directions for a time, but you chose to came back in our life's, and it was to short, and we had PLANS for the future, and we were all going to grow old together. You will be so missed by so many people you have touched. And I am proud to call you my Big Brother.
Exie (Phillips) Buehler posted a Condolence
| June 20, 2013
"Uncle Joe"...that is how my siblings and I knew Joe Messina. He was not our fleshly uncle, but, he was the closest thing to family we had. When my mother married my father and came to America from Korea, Uncle Joe and Aunt Debbie welcomed her into their arms, their lives, and, most significantly, into their hearts. As a child, I knew that Uncle Joe was "family by choice", meaning that my mom and dad chose him and he chose us. My childhood memories are full of time spent at my "cousins'" huge house watching movies, swimming in their pool, snow-mobiling, riding in the big van, and watching Uncle Joe waterski. I remember many late nights hearing our parents roar with laughter while they played Pinochle. Time spent at Uncle Joe's was always fun. Uncle Joe enjoyed giving people nicknames and he gave a unique one to my mom based on her inability to grasp the game of Pinochle. It seems that she took risks while playing that a more seasoned player would never attempt...thus, my uncle named her "Kamikaze Jeannie". It was a loving designation that my mom wore proudly whenever Uncle Joe and Aunt Debbie invited them over for a game. It still brings a smile to her face when she remembers those fun, late-night card games. The Phillips and Messina families were really one big happy, crazy family. We kids knew that the love shared by our parents was special. Friends like that come along once in a lifetime and we are so grateful for the love Uncle Joe shared with us. My mom wants everyone to know that Joe Messina had "a heart as good as gold". He was one of the kindest, most generous and open-hearted people we have ever known. He was a good friend who loved to have fun and good laughs. Joe Messina was a man who, no matter what, treated us like family, loved us as though we were family, and leaves us with memories that we will cherish forever. Until we meet again, Uncle Joe... With love, Frank & Jeannie & the kids
Debra Messina Kniffen posted a Condolence
| June 19, 2013
To our Families From Our Family
A question raised by a man long ago, Job is answered in the following verses. Out of DEEP love for our Families please let us share it with all of you and at the end will be a link to a song that we keep close to our hearts for ALL the loved ones we have lost: “If an able-bodied man dies can he live again?” That man, Job answered God confidently: “You will call, and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning.”—Job 14:14, 15. The full 2 verses are here: Job 14:14, 15-14If an able‐bodied man dies can he live again?
All the days of my compulsory service I shall wait, Until my relief comes.
15 You will call, and I myself shall answer you.For the work of your hands you will have a yearning. Song #111 http://download.jw.org/files/media_music/cc/iasnv1_E_003.mp3
Thank you for your loving kindness.