Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home in Monroe where a rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.
He will lie in state noon Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church where the Mass of the Resurrection, celebrating his life will be at 1 p.m. The Rev. William Fisher, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle under the auspices of Monroe Post #1138 VFW.
Born Feb. 10, 1920 in Jasonville, he was the son of Paul and Anna (Ansorge) Stefanski. He married Rosemary Bledsoe February 9, 1948 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Jasonville, Indiana. She preceded him in death May 11, 1990.
Joseph served with the U.S. Air Force from November 1942 to October 1945. He served in Rhineland Ardennes and in Central Europe. Among his many awards are the Air Medal and five Oak Leaf Clusters.
He was employed by Ford Motor Company, Wayne as a Michigan Truck Quality Control Department Inspector. Joseph retired from there in 1982.
He was a member of St. Joseph Church and had been an active member of its food closet for over 20 years. He was a member of Monroe Post #1138 VFW; RSVP; UAW Local #900, Wayne and the Monroe Senior Citizens.
Surviving are three sons, Daniel W. (Leslie) Stefanski, Robert J. (Roseanne) Stefanski and Paul (Valerie) Stefanski all of Monroe; a daughter, Mary L. (Serge) Bourgeois of Monroe; a brother, Thomas Stefanski of Terra Haute; nine grandchildren, Susanne Stefanski, Adrianne Stefanski, William Bardwell, Kristy (Nate) Stefanski-McKibben, Patricia Stefanski, Jason Bourgeois, Jaclyn (Bryan) Wenneman, Courtney Pine and Jaylynn Stefanski; two great grandchildren, Ella Wenneman and Tanner Wenneman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Carl Stefanski, seven sisters, Gertrude Mason, Pauline Birch, Martha McKee, Ann Stefanski, Margaret Stefanski, Kathryn Wallace and Trudy Arcand.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Food Closet or the Michigan Cancer Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.