Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 17, 2014

Joseph A. Barone

LAKE ANN — Joseph Anthony Barone, 67, of Lake Ann, passed away peacefully at his home on March 15, 2014, with his loving family at his side. Joe was born on Feb. 28, 1947, in Donora, Pa., to the late James Louis and Margaret (Hosdulik) Barone. In 1966, he enlisted and honorably served our country as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He trained and served in law enforcement as a Detroit police officer and later relocated to northern Michigan where he served as a sheriff deputy for Benzie County for 33 years.

He married Patricia Hanba on June 8, 1973, in Pennsylvania, and the couple celebrated 41 years of marriage together living in Benzie County.

Joe especially enjoyed cooking and baking and was the “chef” of his kitchen with Pat assisting as his “sous chef.” He also enjoyed camping, riding horses and the gun range. He was an active life member of Benzie Area Masonic Lodge #444.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a daughter, Kelly (Wayne) Downs of Pennsylvania; mother-in-law, Florence Hanba; and brother-in-law, Gerald (Joyce) Hanba of Indiana.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, James and Margaret (Hosdulik) Barone; a brother, Tommy Barone; and father-in-law, Walter Hanba.

Visitation for Joe will take from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. with Deacon Rene Hoenscheid officiating.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at St. Francis Catholic Church, with a visitation one hour prior to the Mass. Father Ken Stachnik will preside, assisted by Deacon Rene. Military honors will be offered by the Honor Guard of VFW Cherryland Post #2780. Interment will be at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Southfield.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial contribution to the American Diabetes Association, 1550 E. Beltline, S.E. Suite 250, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (; The American Heart Association, 3940 Peninsular Drive S.E., Suite 180, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (; or Munson Hospice House, c/o Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, 1500 Medical Campus Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684 (

Please share your memories with the family by way of Joe’s online guest book at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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