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“Kathy, I have known Joe for over 50 years, many great memories. We are so sorry to hear of Joes Passing, May the Lord Jesus Christ bring you peace...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Michael and Sandra Mantyla

“We send our deepest sympathies to Joe's family. He was a great guy and a very hard worker. I knew him through the courthouse and he always had a...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Sharon & Jim Petrella

“Kathy,We are saddened to hear of Joe's passing. Gosh, he was a great host to us at the campground there as have you been. You've both been so great...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Dan and Leigh Freberg

“I liked Joe and Cathy since I first met them some 5 years ago. Encouraged by a squadron mate from Hancock to get on the aviation honor role at the...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: William Adrian "Butch" Olson

“Kathy,Carrie and I are saddened to hear of Joe's passing. We always enjoyed visiting with you both while staying at Horseshoe Lake and having you...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Darren P. Muljo


Commander Joseph M. Pietro, U.S. Navy Retired, 92, of Ishpeming, filed his final flight plan Saturday afternoon, November 26, 2016 at his home. Joe was born on March 30, 1924 in Negaunee, Michigan, a son of the late John and Agnes Pietro and was a graduate of National Mine High School. He completed a four year college degree. He proudly served his country with the United States Navy as a pilot during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. Following his service in the military, Joe worked as a commercial pilot for the former Northcentral Airlines, Republic Airlines and its successor entities. He was a prominent Gwinn area businessman where he was owner of Horseshoe Lake Campground among his many other ventures. Joe was a former member of the Ishpeming Rotary Club where he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of Free and Accepted Masons, and served on the Marquette County Board of Canvassers. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Kathleen Pietro; one sister, Patricia Kroon of Ishpeming; also Bruce Pietro, Ann Marie Carlson, several nieces and nephews and an untold number of people whose lives Joe touched. A graveside service will take place at a later date in the Negaunee Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded. The Navy Poem: Aye mate, for many years this shipmate stood the watch… While some of us lay about at night, this shipmate stood the watch... While others of us were attending schools and, yes, even before Some of us were born, this shipmate stood the watch… As our families watched the storm clouds of war brewing on the Horizons of history, he stood the watch… Often he would look ashore and see his family needed his guidance, But he knew he must stay because, he had the watch. For many years he stood the watch so that we and our fellow Countrymen could sleep soundly in safety knowing that this sailor Would stand the watch. Today we are here to say… "The watch stands relieved…" Relieved by those you have led, guided, and trained…. Shipmate, "You stand relieved… We have the watch." The Canale Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the Pietro family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com

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