Joseph Lee Geirnaert

Born: Sat., Apr. 12, 1952
Died: Mon., Oct. 24, 2016


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 30, 2016
Location: N. William St. Location

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Mon., Oct. 31, 2016
Location: Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church

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 Joseph L. Geirnaert

Apr. 12, 1952 - Oct. 24, 2016

SOUTH BEND - Joseph Lee Geirnaert, 64, of South Bend died at 7:15 p.m. Monday, October 24th in Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family following an extended illness. Joe was born April 12, 1952 in South Bend to Joan (Kilmer) and the late Mark Geirnaert and was a lifetime area resident. On June 26, 1971 in South Bend he married Pamela Kay Snyder who survives. He is also survived by his children, Tina Geirnaert and Brian Geirnaert both of South Bend; his mother, Joan Geirnaert of South Bend; three grandchildren, Elaina and Phillip Geirnaert and Hannah Benson; and one great-granddaughter, Briella Geirnaert. A grandson, Dominique Geirnaert and his sister, Cynthia Mumaw preceded him in death.

Joe was a big man with a gentle, loving heart. He was a dedicated family man and had a great, quick wit and loved picking on his kids, grandkids, his great-granddaughter who called him “Big Papa”, and all of his family members including his nieces and nephews who he dearly loved. He loved camping with his family. He was a meat and potatoes man but loved his Peanut M&Ms and jelly beans.

Joe attended St. John's School and graduated from LaSalle High School in 1970 where he was the starting center on the football team. He loved all sports and coached at Northwest Little League. He bowled in leagues for many years at Beacon Bowl and played first base and left field in 16 inch softball for many years. Joe was a dedicated worker and retired from Coca Cola after 42 years and greatly enjoyed his breakfasts with his Coke retirees. He had been a member of Moose Lodge #58 for many years. As was his giving nature Joe was an organ donor at his death.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Nelson, Dr. Jay Patel and all of the doctors and nurses at Memorial Hospital for their compassion and care of Joe.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 31st in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 3526 St. John's Way. Committal services and burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 30th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William St.

Memorial contributions in Joe's name may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Lane, Mishawaka, IN, 46545. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Joseph 's memory to the following organization:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

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Tommy Leszcz
   Posted Fri October 28, 2016
Take comfort in knowing that now you have another Special guardian angel to watch over you.
LaSalle class of 1970

Ron and Cathy Oberg
   Posted Sat October 29, 2016
We're so sorry to hear this news. May the peace and grace of God be with your family at this time of grief. Blessings to all of you.

Stanley and Terrie Lisek
   Posted Sun October 30, 2016
Our deepest condolences to the family.
I worked with Big Joe for twenty years at Coca Cola.
I thought of Joe as a good friend and co worker.
I will miss him deeply.

Stan and Terrie

Loretta & Walt Pellow
   Posted Sun October 30, 2016
Joan, Pam & Family

We are sorry for your loss.

With Heartfelt Sympathy, Loretta & Walt Pellow

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