July 17,1954 - April 26,2013
DOWAGIAC, Mich. - Joseph DeFauw, 58, Dowagiac, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, after a year-long battle with cancer.
Joe was born July 17, 1954, to Joseph August DeFauw and Caroline (Ackerman) DeFauw, and will always remain the apple of their eye. His son and daughter, Joseph DeFauw (Liz Giannuzzi) of Edwardsburg and Kelly (Victor) Barraza of Littleton, Colo., survive him. He also has a sister, Pamela Austin (Monte Hershberger); two brothers, David (Julie) DeFauw and Dan (Melissa) DeFauw; as well as a niece and five nephews. He found great delight in his four grandchildren, Julianna DeFauw, Kierra, Madison, and Kaid Barraza. He leaves behind many life-long friends and made new ones wherever he went.
A special thank-you to the nurses of Hospice at Home, Niles, who offered Joe the utmost kindness and respect even when he was his most difficult. Joe requested that his ashes be scattered in St. Joseph, where he spent many of his happiest days. This will be a private service for immediate family, with a celebration of his life at a later date.
Elkhart Cremation Services is entrusted with arrangements.