Joseph J. Abdella
Joseph J. Abdella

May 23, 1966 - August 14, 2015
Born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Resided in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
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Joseph J. Abdella, age 49, died suddenly on August 14, 2015. Joe was born on May 23, 1966 in Grosse Pointe, the son of Edward and Carolyn Abdella. He was a 1984 graduate of Harper Woods High School. He attended trade school and worked as a skilled mechanic before entering the Detroit Police Academy in 1994.

During his distinguished career with the Detroit Police Department he worked at the 11th Precinct, in Homicide, Fugitive Apprehension, the Violent Crimes Task Force and the Mounted Unit. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2001. The integrity, professionalism, and dedication that he poured into his work was outweighed by the mutual love and respect of his fellow brothers and sisters in blue.

Above all else, Joe was extremely devoted to his family, They were his purpose, no matter the sacrifices for himself. His capacity to love, protect, and forgive was limitless, and always adding his signature sense of humor.

Joe is preceded in death by his loving parents Edward and Carolyn Abdella. He is survived by his wife, Sally; their two daughters, Paige and Carmen; his sister Jacqueline Burke (Jim), Sally's parents, Bud and Kay Martin; sisters-in-law, Lori DiDonato (Rick); Julie Ciechanowski (Carl); brother-in-law, Bryan Martin (Ada) and 11 nieces and nephews: Sarah, Jimmy and Jacob Burke; Ricky, Dayna and Carly DiDonato; Alex, Andy and Anna Ciechanowski and Hannah and Zane Martin.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 9:00pm on Monday and 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Avenue at Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Woods. A scripture service and will be at 8:30 pm Tuesday evening. The funeral will begin at 11:00 am Wednesday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack at Overlake in St. Clair Shores. Monsignor G. Michael Burgarin will officiate.




A. H. Peters Funeral Home Grosse Pointe Woods
20705 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI US 48236
Monday, August 17, 2015
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
21620 Greater Mack
St. Clair Shores, MI US 48080
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
11:00 AM