June 28, 1917 - April 09, 2017
Saturday, June 03, 2017 10:43 PM
At 83 years old I was so proud to have an Uncle.
Uncle Joe was my brother, Joe's, idol and mentor.
Everyone who knew him loved him. He was suave, very
Well dressed , very well spoken, handsome and tall.
My father once told me that Uncle Joe went down to where
the ships came in to pick his fabric for the suits he had made to order.
When I was a teenager all of my friends had a crush on him.
My father had MS and Uncle Joe was always there for him.
He helped him get a job and helped him to the car every morning to go to work.
My favorite thing about Uncle Joe was his quick sense of humor.
I was only about 13 years old when my grandfather died and he was laid out at home.
My father, Uncle Joe and I were sitting on the sofa, all the Rabbi's were there and my father got up from the sofa with his cane, he spun around because the floors were wooden. Uncle Joe said "Now Jack this is not the place to dance".
His mind was sharp until the end and I will always miss him.
His loving niece,
Edith Stabile (Lake Worth, FL)
Saturday, June 03, 2017 10:21 PM
King Joseph is sadly missed. He was more than an employer! If there was a hero, that was King Joseph. He was a hero indeed. He made his contribution to society in one of the most profound ways. A retired soldier! What a great way to serve a great nation.
He also made his mark in my personal life as his aide for 2 years and then his friend to the day he parted this life. More than an employer, he took a keen interest in my well-being even when I was not working for him. He made sure I would have food on my table at all times. More than employer. Time would run out on me before I could truly talk about my hero King Joseph. May His Soul Rest in Peace!!
Rose Biggs (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)
Monday, May 08, 2017 12:24 PM
Joe was not only my brother-in-law, but one of the brightest lights in my life. Our love and musical connections never faded over time...in fact became stronger as we had more memories to share as we got older. One of our favorites, "Music, Maestro, Please" comes to mind as the orchestra plays and reunites Joe with Shirley as they dance their way up that heavenly "Stairway to Paradise" together again.
Suzanne Levy (S. Egremont, MA)
Monday, May 08, 2017 12:02 AM
My father Joe Volkell was a very special person. He loved his family very much. His love for Shirley was (is!) legendary and unending. He touched many with his generosity and good humor. Growing old is not easy, but Joe would never complain, and was gracious and appreciative of help. He is and will be remembered as a true gentleman, and a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle.
Anyone with memories or thoughts about Joe is most welcome to share them here.