Joseph I. Lescelius

LesceliusJoseph.jpgJoseph Isaac Lescelius, 84, of Shelton, WA died at Mason General Hospital on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. Mr. Lescelius was born on September 1, 1927 to Isaac and Saima (Pietila) Lescelius in Portland, OR. He graduated from L’Anse High School in L’Anse, Michigan in 1945, received his Bookkeeping Certificate in 1946 from Suomi College, his Bachelor’s Degree from the Northern Michigan College of Education and his Masters Degree from the University of Michigan in 1958. He served in the US Army during the Korean conflict.

In June of 1960, he married Lois Irene Sandifer in Detroit, MI. Mr. Lescelius worked for Revere Copper and Brass as a bookkeeper until he was called for service. After college, he taught at Lake Shore High School in St. Clare Shores, MI for 30 years until he retired in 1990. He took great pride in teaching Driver Education and had a fondness for automobiles. He also enjoyed history and classical movies.  His retirement years were spent with his grandchildren and helping on his daughter’s farm. He loved all animals and also had dogs and cats of his own. His high school graduation quotation was; “Silence speaks louder that words,” and it fit him well. All people that knew Joe described him as a quiet, gentle and sweet man and he was well liked by all that knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca (Christopher) Penoyer, Shelton; grandchildren, Patrick Penoyer, Ellensburg, WA and Timothy (Aurora) Penoyer from Klammath Falls, OR. He was preceded in death by wife Lois and brother Pete.

Memorial donations can be sent to Suomi College, 601 Quincy St. Hancock, MI 49930. A private family service will be held at a later date. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.