Joseph D. ‘Joe’ Crish, 84

Joseph D. "Joe" Crish, Jr., 84, passed away on Aug. 22, 2011, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 4, 1927, to the late Joseph and Josephine (nee Italiano). Joe was raised on the east side of Milwaukee and moved to West Bend in the 70s. He married Darlene (nee Giguere) in November of 1948 and he retired from Pabst Brewery after 39 years.

He loved family parties, smoking cigars, and playing cards. He enjoyed camping at Lazy Days.

Joe is survived by his children, Gloria Keller, Josephine (Donald) Woods, and Joseph Crish, III; six grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Carey. He is further survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by a brother, Nunizo Crish; and sister, Eva Bellanti.

The Funeral Service for Joe will be held on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at 6 p.m. at Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Dr., West Bend) with Fr. Jerry Brittain presiding. The visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 26, from 3 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Warren and staff of Vitas Hospice, and the staff of the VA Hospital for their compassionate care.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, (262) 338-2050, or online at