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“Mary, I was saddened to hear of Joe's passing. You have my sympathy and prayers in your time of sorrow. ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: Frank Fulkerson - Macomb, IL

“Mary So sorry to her of Joe's passing. He was a great guy. Our prayers will be with you and your family. Scott Adair ...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Scott Adair - Macomb, IL

“Mary and Family: Our thoughts and prayers go with you and your family. I worked with Joe at Western, as an employee in Auxiliary Services. I...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Elden & Mary Lea Castleburyf - IL

“Mary, Im so sorry for your lose. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Sincerely, Chris. ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: christine campbell - Macomb, IL

“Mary - So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jim and Mary Garlick ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Garlick - Colchester, IL

“so sorry about joe mary-take care of nicky and cassie-you and your family are in my prayers- ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: julie davis - macomb, IL

“Joe worked with me on his last shift at WSUPD, it was Thanksgiving Day and the Parade was going on that day. We responded to a Detroit Officer Shot...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: George Cool - Macomb, MI

“I've thought about you all and missed you so many times over the years. Now I think of you and send my deepest sympathy and fondest memories. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Brigid Pumo - Macomb, IL

“It was always a pleasure to work with Joe. I found him to be both witty and professional. When he married Mary his life changed. They were very...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Roger Oliver - Macomb, IL

“Jim,Sarah and I wanted to let you know how sorry we are for your loss. Sarah and Cassie played ball together and we always enjoyed sitting and...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Becky Tarter - litchfield, IL

“Joe and I worked together when he was at Wayne State P.D. I have many great memories of Joe and the many things he did for other officers and the...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Jim Eisel - MI

“Our deepest condolences. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Chet and Maggie Lien - IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family during this time. The Lord, our God, is always with us. He gives us strength and courage. God Bless...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Jo Jones - Maywood, MO

“Joe was my training officer and I will be forever grateful for his guidance and wisdom. Sheriff Don Gudmundson - retired ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Don Gudmundson - Lakeville, MN

“Mary and family, our prayers are with you. Joe will be missed by many. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Mike Paul Mandjack - Mears, MI

“Mary - Sorry to hear about your loss - your family is in our prayers. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Amy & Dan O'Connell - Springfield, IL

“Mary and family. Know that our hearts are with you and memories are cherished. tere & leslie Macomb, IL ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Tere North & Leslie Jefferson - IL

“Rest In Peace Joe. ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Henry Villerot - Detroit, MI

“Mary and family, so sorry to learn of Joe's passing. May your many memories and God's grace be sufficient to see you through this difficult time. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Patsy Mester - Springfield, IL


Joe E. Sylvester, 65, of Pleasant Plains, died on Monday, May 14, 2012 at his home. He was born August 29, 1946 in Noblesville, Indiana, the son of Ruth N. and Russell L. Sylvester. He married Susan M. Lehocky in 1969. He married Mary Clare Johnson in Macomb, Illinois, on February 2, 1983. Mr. Sylvester graduated from Warren Central High School in 1964, earned a bachelor's degree from Ball State University in 1970, and a master's degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 1978. He graduated from the Detroit Police Academy in 1970 and worked at the Wayne State University Police Department for 10 years, earning 26 Letters of Commendation and attaining the rank of sergeant. In 1980, he was appointed as Director of Public Safety at Western Illinois University in Macomb, where he retired with 20 years of service. Mr. Sylvester was hired by the Illinois Department of Public Aid as an Internal Security Investigator for the Bureau of Internal Affairs where he served until he retired in December 2011. Mr. Sylvester was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served 17 years in the U.S. Army reserve, before receiving a medical retirement as a Major in 1990, after suffering a heart attack in 1989. During his tenure at WIU, he was appointed and later elected to the McDonough County Board of Supervisors from 1986 to 1996, serving as Vice Chairman from 1995 to 1996. He was a member and past President of the Metropolitan Detroit Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, a member and past Vice President and past Secretary of the Illinois Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Association, a member of the Illinois Police Chiefs, Central Illinois Police Chiefs, Illinois Police Associations, and also past Vice President and founding member of the Macomb Area Umpires Association. He is survived by his wife, Mary; one sister, Sherrill (husband, Jimmie) Kiritsis of Indianapolis; son, Jeremy (wife, Catherine) Sylvester of Lexington, KY; two daughters, Mary Nicole of Springfield and Cassandra Marie of Mansfield, MO; grandsons, Luke, Joseph, Thomas and Van; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center. Memorial Gathering: Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Peter Cartwright United Methodist Church, 205 West Church Street, Pleasant Plains. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 or a charity of the donor's choice.

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