Lou Joseph remembered for kindness, dedication to seniors

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 3, 2018

Lou Joseph

WARREN — If you knew, served with, worked alongside or did any kind of business with Lou Joseph, he probably considered you a friend, and the feeling was probably mutual.

Such was a man destined to be remembered for his affable kindness, good-natured energy and dedication to Warren’s seniors.

Joseph, 87, died Nov. 21 at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit. He leaves behind a legacy of selfless service and compassion as a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, director of the Office for Buildings and Properties with the Archdiocese of Detroit, and a member of the St. Martin de Porres Knights of Columbus. He spent more than 40 years studying mental illness, including the work he did for Pfizer Inc., one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, and was an advocate for awareness about the many challenges that mental illness presents.

Joseph also served as an appointed member of the city of Warren’s Downtown Development Authority board, and as the vice president of the Warren/Center Line Senior Connection, which meets on the second Monday of each month at DeCarlo’s Banquet & Convention Center.

“He worked tirelessly for the club. He arranged for all our speakers and entertainment, was instrumental in getting us donations from various hospitals and politicians, and always had a smile on his face,” said Frank Vogt, the Warren/Center Line Senior Connection’s president. “He also handed out Mother’s Day and Father’s Day poems at our meetings every year. A very nice man.

“The club and I and Kathy will miss him tremendously,” Vogt said.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts called the news of Joseph’s passing “devastating.”

“He was a torch that burned bright for a positive enthusiasm and for empathy and concern for others. I think that kind of sums up who he was,” Fouts said. “He was a gem of a guy. He had a number of tragedies. But with all of this difficulty, he managed to have this burst of positive optimism. Obviously, we’re going to lose a lot.”

Joseph will be interred at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township. Memories can be shared to an online guestbook at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home at www.temrowski.com.