Emil Haig Joseph, Jr.

Age 74, of Grand Blanc, passed away on June 17, 2023. A Celebration of Emil’s Life will take place at 11:00 am on Friday, June 23, at Detroit Cremation Society, 8253 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, Michigan, with Fr. Joseph Abud to officiate. Family will be present to receive friends from 10:00 am until the time of the service at 11:00 am. Family and friends will also gather Thursday, June 22, at 4:00 pm, for visitation until the time of the evening service at 6:30 pm. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Emil’s Tribute Wall at detroitcremationsociety.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to Holly Area Veterans Resource Center, Hometown Heroes at 300 East Street, Holly, Michigan 48442.

Emil was born May 19, 1949, in Flint, Michigan, the son of Dr. Emil, Sr. and Rose (Novak) Joseph. He attended Northwestern High School in Flint graduating in 1967. After graduation, Emil attended and graduated from Central Michigan University in 1970.  After college, he was drafted by the Army.  He attended Cooley Law School at night and was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1978. Emil worked for the Genesee County Friend of the Court, worked as a consultant for the State of Michigan, held a private practice of law, and finally worked for the Lapeer County Friend of the Court retiring in 2016. While working for the Friend of the Court in Genesee he met his future wife and they married on November 16, 1973. He was blessed to be married to Carolyn for 46 years.

Emil was a devoted husband, father, and Papa. Surviving are his children; Elizabeth (Scott) Lester, Katherine (Nabih) Kanaan, and Emil (Izzi) Joseph, III. He adored his four grandsons and granddaughter; Wyatt, Zachary, Aymin, Emil IV, and Ella. He is also survived by his siblings Barbara (Jack) Green, Rebecca (Milton) Senter, and Robert (Barbara) Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Carolyn.

Emil’s obituary was written by his loving family.


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  1. Fr. Mike Bassett on June 20, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    Though I did not see Emil in quite a few years the earlier time in his life when I was blessed to be around him will never be forgotten. He was one of those rare individuals that when you greeted each other made you feel like you were the only person that existed. And then the beautiful poetry of his over the top compliments – and that smile and warmth. Goodbye for now Emil – I look forward to a future embrace!

  2. Roger and Sandy Isaac on June 20, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    Emil was truly a dear friend. We had many laughs, usually at my expense. He had a great wit and was quick to express same. May his memory be eternal and may he find peace in the arms of his beloved Carolyn.

  3. Jan Cushman on June 20, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Elizabeth you and your family are in my prayers.?warm hugs to you.

  4. Shelley on June 20, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    RIP; Mr. Joseph.
    You always brought a SMILE to my face when sharing your jokes.

  5. John Kaloydis on June 20, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    What a Legacy, what a life.
    I know that Uncle Emil and Aunt Rose would be very proud of Emil and all of you, as well as our grandparents.
    May fond and loving memories comfort you at this very sad time.
    May his memory forever be eternal.
    May God Bless you all.
    All our Love, John and Karen 🙏✝️🩷

  6. Sharon Chapman on June 20, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Emil was a sweet man saw many days while walking or riding through PP, and we would chat. Will miss him so.

  7. Carol Dolby on June 20, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    We are glad to have had the pleasure of knowing Emil. Always was so full of nice compliments made you feel good about yourself. Will miss seeing him on his daily walks. May he rest in peace with his loving wife Carolyn.

  8. The Panio’s on June 20, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    Kadie and the entire Joseph family,
    We are so very sad for your loss. Thinking and praying for you all during this difficult time.
    Love, The Panio’s

  9. Karen on June 20, 2023 at 9:03 pm

    Rest in peace Boss. I’m grateful I got to know you.

  10. Duane Engelhardt (Lieutenant-Retired) Office of Lapeer County Sheriff on June 20, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    Mr J was truly a pleasure to work with. His professionalism and assistance to our Sheriff’s Office throughout the years greatly enhanced public services to our communities. Great sense of humor which also made a stressful environment less stressful for all. Definitely one of the best!

  11. Phillip T. Chrzan, Michigan Department of State Police (Retired) on June 21, 2023 at 6:56 am

    Emil and I graduated from Flint Northwestern High School together in 1967. We had some great times together while in school but after graduation we only saw each other a few times. Please accept my deepest sympathies during this most difficult time. Emil was a great guy.

  12. L. Barnard on June 21, 2023 at 10:44 am

    What a kind and gentle man. He will be missed by all of us in Lapeer county.

  13. Debbie Dowell on June 22, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Few people that you meet in life have a lasting impact and Emil was one of those people. I have much respect for Emil and am forever glad that our paths crossed when I started working at Genesee County where I supported the FOC computer system. He was intelligent, hard working, fair and always had a quip or a joke handy, usually at my expense but in a good way. May his family find peace and comfort as they say their final goodbye to him. Rest in peace dear Emil.

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