Joseph L. Masnaghetti Jr.

Funeral services were held yesterday (Oct. 5) at Grace Lutheran Church in Grafton for Joseph L. Masnaghetti Jr. of Grafton, who was born to eternal life at his home on Friday, Sept. 30, 2005 at the age of 78. Interment took place at Silver Lake Cemetery in Portage.

Joseph was born in Bessmer, Mich., on Oct. 26, 1926, son of the late Joseph L. and Irene (nee UíRen) Masnaghetti, Sr. He was united in marriage to Elenore Marie (nee Sarbacker) Masnaghetti, in Crown Point, Ind. on June 9, 1951.

Joseph served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947. He graduated from Marquette University in 1952 with a degree in liberal arts. While attending Marquette, he played tackle as well as place-kicker for their football team. Joseph held the universityís team record for kicking the most field goals in a single quarter. After college, he played pro football for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

In the mid-1950s, Joseph ended his pro football career and began working at Joseph Schlitz Brewery (Stroh Brewery Company). He worked in the area of military and export sales, first within the United States and then internationally. He was employed by the Pabst Brewery Company before his retirement.

In his twilight years, Joseph enjoyed spending his Thursday evenings with the members of Grace Lutheran Church in Grafton. He was an avid golfer, and one of the founding members of the "Grafton Coffee Club." Joseph will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Joseph is survived by his children Jackie (Jim) Stowell, Joseph (Mary Steffen) L. Masnaghetti III and H. Thomas (Ellen) Masnaghetti; grandchildren Haley Jean, Linda, Steven, Alex, Thomas and Heidi; sister Lois Wray; sisters-in-law Marilyn Masnaghetti and Jean (Dennis) Schrank; and cousins Connie and Jacky. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Joseph is preceded in death by his wife Elenore; brother Raymond; and brother-in-law Thomas Wray.

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