Joseph C. Lowe

In Memoriam

Below is the death notice of Joseph Lowe, Father of Thomas Lowe, Class of 1974, Robert Lowe, Class of 1977, Karl Lowe, Class of 1979, Current St. Edward High School Board Member, Gregg Lowe, Class of 1980, Michael Lowe, Class of 1981, Aaron Lowe, Class of 1982, Anthony Lowe, Class of 1984, Steven Lowe, Class of 1985, and Raymond Lowe, Class of 1987. Grandfather of Brian Lowe, Class of 2007. Jonathan Lowe, Class of 2008. Timothy Lowe, Class of 2014. Adam Williams, Class of 2014, St. Edward High School Faculty Member, Owen Williams, Class of 2013, Ethan Williams, Class of 2018 and Joseph Williams, Class of 2020. Please keep the Lowe and Williams families in your prayers.

Joseph C. Lowe, age 92, Faithful Catholic, devoted Husband, and loving father, passed away bravely and peacefully, on his own terms like a true Marine, with his wife of 69 years, Helen, by his side, Friday, May 3, 2024. Joe was born in Cleveland, March 8,1932 son of the late Bernard & Mary(nee-Tischler)Lowe. To tell the story of Joe’s life is to tell the story of his love and devotion to Helen. Some people spend years searching the world for their soulmate. For Joe, his was right down the street. Joe and Helen’s love story spanned 69 years. Their companionship was unique in its endearing closeness. One of their greatest joys was holding hands and talking for hours at the kitchen table or on the porch. While life continued, changes happened, and the family grew, it was these simple moments that were constant. The love of simply being with each other was forever. The only child of Ben and Mary Lowe, Joe always dreamed of having “lots of little ones.” With Helen’s help, that dream came true. Joe was the caring father of Tom (Diane), Patty (Tom Pherson), Bob (Mary), Karl (Tatjana), Gregg(Diana), Mike (Denis), Aaron (Lydia), Tony, Steve (Shannon), Mary (Marc Williams) and Ray (Angie). Just as important to Joe was his relationship with his 39 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. The Lord blessed Joe with such a large family because he lived his life as a blessing to all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A proud Marine, Joe served honorably as an aircraft-armament mechanic. The Marine Corps motto of Semper Fidelis permeated the remainder of Joe’s life. Joe approached every endeavor with the inner strength and the extra step of a dedicated Marine. He remained always faithful to his family, his faith and his work. Joe dedicated his work life as a project manager for Donley’s Corporation. At work, Joe did not stray far from his Marine Corps background. Those who worked with and for him can attest to his attention to detail, organization, efficiency and matter-of-fact leadership style. As a member of the Knights of Columbus Father Ragan Council and altar server, Joe lived out his faith through service to the Church. Joe approached prayer and worship with the consistency of a proud marine. Every Sunday, Joe and Helen could be found in the same front pew at the 9AM mass at St. Bernadette Parish in Westlake and, later, Holy Spirit Parish in Avon Lake. The later years of Joe’s life were spent with his incredible family and friends. Whether it was a grandchild’s birthday party, summer vacation in the mountains of North Carolina, or breakfast after Sunday mass, Joe lived to be with the people he loved. One of Joe’s favorite activities was to watch his children and Grandchildren compete. The stoic observer that Joe was, he could often be found standing in the far corner of the field or gym, not wanting to be distracted by the overzealous parents. Joe made an impact on everyone he met. From the waitress at breakfast, to the priest saying mass, or his health aid , Jackie, Joe was always willing to tell a story and make a new friend. His love of God, his family and the United States of America will live on in the hearts of all those people he impacted.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday May 9,2024 at 11:00am at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 410 Lear Rd., Avon Lake (Please meet at church). Family will receive friends on Wednesday May 8,2024 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the MISENCIK FUNERAL HOME, 36363 Detroit Rd., Avon. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum. Lt. McManus Assembly #811 of Knights of Columbus will serve honor guard at both funeral home & church.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the St. Andre’s Scholars Program at St. Edward High School @ ( The St. Andre’s Scholars Program is a special education program at St. Edward that serves 20 young men with intellectual or developmental disabilities. St. Andre Scholars are fully embraced as members of the St. Ed’s community.

Posted on: May 6, 2024

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Joseph C. Lowe

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