Joseph L. Griffiths Sr.
January 21, 1939 - June 30, 2019
Visitation for Joseph will take place 3-8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan 48766 with a vigil prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3901 North M-65, Hale, Michigan 48739
Funeral mass for Joseph will take place 11:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. in state) Monday, July 8, 2019 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3901 North M-65, Hale, Michigan 48739. Fr. Elias Chinzara will officiate. Interment with military honors will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Cedar Valley Cemetery in Twining, Michigan.
Joseph Leonard Griffiths, age 80, of Twining, Michigan, formerly of Applegate, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw.
Joseph was born January 21, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan to the late Leonard and Catherine (Faler) Griffiths. In 1957, Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force and served honorably in Japan, California, and Okinawa as an aviation electrical mechanic until his discharge in 1966. Upon discharge, he returned stateside and worked at Michigan Bell. Joe went on to work as a carpenter, a United States Postal Service rural mail carrier, and farmer. He enjoyed living a simple life on his farm, growing tomatoes and squash in his garden, and buying, selling, and trading numerous properties around the state of Michigan. He was a devout Catholic being a member at various Catholic churches, most recently St. Pius X Catholic Church in Hale. Joe will be remembered for his unconditional love for his children, witty sense of humor, impressive bonfires, as well as the many deeds he performed for family, friends, and strangers. Joe was a regular at Miss Michelle’s Diner and Big Boy for morning coffee and daily chats.
Joe will be forever remembered by his children, Joseph Griffiths, Jr. of Chesterfield, Karen Griffiths-Pilger of Port Huron, James (Sal Gonzales II) of Kalamazoo, Kathleen (Allen) Pauly of Au Gres; grandchildren, Larissa Jankowski, Elizabeth (Bradley) Denslow, Rebekah (David) Cramer, Cora Pauly, Charles Pilger; honorary grandson, Judah Heath; brothers Richard Griffiths, twin brother, George (Linda) Griffiths, Thomas (Lucy) Griffiths; sister, Mary (John) Griffiths-Olkowski; Josephine Sheldon, mother of his children; numerous nieces and nephews; and many acquaintances he made along his journey of life. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel (Donna) Griffiths and special friend, Carolee Dowd.
Visitation for Joe will take place 3:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan 48766. A vigil prayer service will be held Sunday at the funeral home beginning at 6:30 p.m. under the direction of Fr. Elias Chinzara and James Schlagel. Funeral mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. (in state 10:00 a.m.) Monday, July 8, 2019 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3901 North M-65, Hale, Michigan 48739. Fr. Elias Chinzara will officiate. Interment will be in Cedar Valley Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Heifer International, www.heifer.org. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
Cedar Valley Cemetery, Twining, Michigan