Joseph Toepfner Obituary

Joseph J. Toepfner
Joseph J. Toepfner

August 13, 1934 - January 9, 2019
Born in Yugoslavia
Resided in Imlay city, MI
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Joseph John Toepfner was born August 13, 1934 in Yugoslavia the son of Joseph and Eva Toepfner. He entered into rest on January 9, 2019 at the age of 84.

As a young man Joe was very ambitions, he took every apprenticeship he could, and learned skills such as blacksmithing, and boat welding while growing up in Yugoslavia. Joe immigrated to the United States in 1955, he even celebrated his 21st birthday on the trip to start his new life. Shortly after moving to the United States he met the love of his life Elisabeth. The couple married in 1959 and enjoyed nearly 60 years of marriage and raised three daughters.

Joe was also an entrepreneur, who started an automotive prototyping company named Northern Metalcraft in 1975 which continues to thrive today. He retired in 2016 and passed the company onto his daughters. Even well into retirement Joe stopped into the office to make sure everything was running smoothly.

The great outdoors was Joe’s favorite place to be. He was an avid hunter, and enjoyed hunting Deer, Rabbit and even went Boar and Bear hunting on several occasions. Joe was also a long time member of the North Macomb Sportsman’s Club, and the Hunting Group at the Carpathia Club.

Joe is predeceased by his parents and beloved wife Elisabeth.

He leaves behind his beloved daughters Karin (Robert) Schwalbe, Susan Brandelik, Elisabeth (Robert) Hammer. He is the treasured grandfather of Eric Schwalbe, Alex Schwalbe, Paul Schwalbe, Candice Brandelik, Jeremy Brandelik, and Allison Hammer.

Visitation for Joe will be Sunday January 13, 2019, from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm with Rosary at 7pm at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr Road, Warren.

He will lie in state Monday 9:30 am until time of Service at 10:00 at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, 48115 Schoenherr Rd.,

Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery immediately following the services at St. Therese of Lisieux.

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Visitation
A.H. Peters Funeral Home of Warren
32000 Schoenherr Road,
Warren, MI US 48088
Sunday, January 13, 2019
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rosary
A.H. Peters Funeral Home of Warren
32000 Schoenherr Road,
Warren, MI US 48088
Sunday, January 13, 2019
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
In State
St. Therese of Lisieux
48115 Schoenherr Road,
Shelby Township, MI US 48315
Monday, January 14, 2019
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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Funeral Mass
St. Therese of Lisieux
48115 Schoenherr Road,
Shelby Township, MI US 48315
Monday, January 14, 2019
10:00 AM
Burial
Resurrection Cemetery
18201 Clinton River Road,
Clinton Township, MI US 48038
Monday, January 14, 2019
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