Joseph Stanley Levandoski, Jr., age 83, of Marquette, entered eternal life on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, in the loving care of his family.
Born April 10, 1934, in Gwinn, Michigan to Joseph and Josephine (Tousignant) Levandoski.
Joe graduated from Gwinn High School in 1952. He attended Michigan State University and Northern Michigan University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from N.M.U. Joe also attended N.M.U.’s police school and taught criminal justice classes at N.M.U.
Joe married Barbara Y. Quinn on June 16, 1956. Barb was the love of his life, and together, over 61 years of marriage, they raised five children in the Marquette area.
In addition to teaching at N.M.U., Joe served three years in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge. He was a police officer for the Marquette City Police Department for 26 years retiring at the rank of Detective Lieutenant. During his Law Enforcement career, he initiated and developed the School Liaison Officer Program for the Marquette Area Public School system. After retiring from the Marquette City Police Department, he embarked on a second career at the Marquette County Court House and retired after 11 years. Joe continued to serve the community by being elected to the Marquette School Board for four years. Joe also coached and managed the Police Cadets Little League team. Joe was President of the Marquette County Law Enforcement Officers Association, and was selected as the “Officer of the Year”ù in 1968. Joe was also a member of the U.P. Investigators Group, a scuba diver for the City Police Dive Team, a member of the following organizations: Big Brothers, the advisory board of the Marquette County Probate Court, the Marquette Golf Club, Knights of Columbus, and an usher for St. Peter’s Cathedral. Joe’s passion was supporting his children and grandchildren’s activities.
Joe is survived by his wife, Barb, his five children: Joseph III (Anne) Levandoski, Kay (Mike) Angeli, Karen (Walley) Helmila, all of Marquette, MI; Mark (Anne) Levandoski, of Appleton WI, and Brian (Flora) Levandoski, of San Diego, CA. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Walley (Brianne) Helmila, Erica (Travis) Smith; Mike (Lauren) Angeli, Catherine (Jacob) Lehmann; Quinn and Kevin Levandoski; Rachel, Joseph IV (Danielle), and David Levandoski; Jessica (Robert) Allen, Autumn and Alisyn Levandoski. Joe is also survived by his great granddaughters: Claire and Alyse Helmila; Makenna, Ainsley, and Senya Smith; Camryn Lehmann; and Olivia Allen.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Joe Steele, the Staff at U.P. Health Systems Marquette, Dr. Tom Huffman and his nurse Marcie Snowaert, the Staff at D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, and the Knights of Columbus. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans activity fund or Marquette City Police Canine Unit. The family will receive relatives and friends in the Bishop’s Room located at St. Peter Cathedral on Thursday, February 1, 2018 beginning at 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 pm Thursday in St. Peter Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber, pastor, as celebrant.
A reception will follow in Cathedral Hall.
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com
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