JOSEPH LOUIS CAMINATI

Joe Caminati, of Braham, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 12 ,2011 at his home in Braham.  He was 58 years old.

A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:oo am on Monday, October 17, 2011 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham with Rev. Lori Blake officiating.

VISITATION will be held from 2-4 pm on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service on Monday.

Joseph Louis Caminati Jr., of Braham, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at his home.  He was 58 years old.

Joe was born on August 7, 1953 in Islip, New York to parents Joseph Sr. and Carmella (Richie) Caminati.  When Joe was just 7 years old his father passed away and Joe and his mother moved to Mankato, Minnesota. As a teenager, Joe lived with his uncle Franky and graduated from Brentwood High School in Long Island, New York.  He enlisted in the U.S Navy right out of school and served two tours of duty in Vietnam.  After his discharge from the service, he returned to Minnesota where he began working in the construction trades as a “tinner”.  He became a member of the sheet metal workers union and worked for several different companies around Minnesota.

In 1992 Joe met Carol Ann Belanger and the couple was united in marriage on April 10, 1999 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brunswick.  Together Joe and Carol have made Braham their home since 1996.  In the most recent years, Joe was blessed to be able to work side by side with his son, Joe III at Average Joe’s Archery in Coon Rapids.

Joe loved the outdoors and his time spent fishing and hunting.  He was also a tinkerer, taking apart things just to see how they worked.  He was an avid collector of “stuff”, from hundreds of golf balls to 30,000 plastic googlie eyes. AA was a big part of Joe’s life.  He was a sponsor and mentor, helping so many through his tough love. Joe treasured the time spent with his grandkids, teaching them from his life experiences. Joe loved to cook for his family and friends, especially Italian cuisine. Joe never had a recipe; whether in cooking or in life; and in both he experienced a few failures, but also many successes.  Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He lived a short but full life and will be dearly missed.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, step-father Len Giersdorf, and uncle Franky.

Survived by his wife Carol of Braham; sons Joe III (Michelle) of Coon Rapids and Franky of Cottage Grove; daughters Dena of Sandstone and Jessica Ulve of Fridley; step-children: Kristin (Scott) Lobash of Andover, Paul (Tracy) Belanger of Moose Lake, and Jillene Belanger (Jeff Marthaler) of Egan; grandchildren: Samantha, Kaitlyn, Nathan, Zoe, Johnny, Jesse, Miranda, Jared, Allie, Michaela, and Dona; brother Daniel (Desiree) Giersdorf of Las Vegas, NV; sisters Christine (George) Muellerleile of East Bethel, Lisa (John) Zimmerman of Janesville, and Renee Boyd (Dean White) Hugo; many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers & sisters in AA, and friends.

A Funeral service was held on Monday, October 17, 2011 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham with Rev. Lori Blake officiating. Honorary Casket Bearers were Dave Dufresne, Brian Sexton, Mark Weyandt, and Mike Johnson. Military Honors were provided by the Minnesota National Guard Honors Team. 

11 guestbook entries for JOSEPH LOUIS CAMINATI

  1. Craig & Jan Dahlberg October 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Joe & Michelle,
    Our thoughts are with the both of you, your
    kids and family.
    Love you,
    Craig & Jan

  2. Renee Boyd October 14, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    Joey will forever be with us and me. Love all of you

  3. Mike McManus October 14, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Joe, Michelle.

    I want to extend my deepest sympathy. Joe was a really neet guy. I enjoyed the time I got to spend with him. Prayers to you and your family.

    Mac

  4. Gary & Nancy Sobas October 14, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    To Carol and family,
    We were very sorry to hear about Joe. May God comfort you during this time.

  5. Diane Abraham October 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Joe and I had many great discussions/arguments over the years. He will always be in my heart and be missed every day! My deepest sympathy for you all during this trying time. Keep Joe in your hearts.

  6. Alayne Swedeen (Wiener) October 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear about Joe. I loved working at EPC with you both. I will miss his sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you Carol and your families.

  7. Winnis Buesing October 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    We are so sorry to hear about this sad event. We will never forget all the trees cut down for us when we put in the well up north. Always enjoyed conversations with Joe and if he was first up north to meet us he had a fire going with a big pot of coffee cooking on that fire. So inviting. He will certainly be missed!!!

  8. Bill and Doreena October 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Joe, Michelle and the Caminati family,

    May the lord give you strength and your love for Joe and family provide peace as you endure this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. Tina Johnson October 15, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    My love and sympathies to Aunt Carol and the rest of the family during this tough time of loss. I am glad I got to see Joe at Mom’s retirement party this year!
    Love, tina

  10. Travis Comstock October 16, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Papa Joe will be missed. Deepest sympathy to the family.

  11. Tina October 16, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Love and peace to you Carol and to Joe’s family! Wish I could be there with you at this time. I will cherish that we got to see and vist with him at Mom’s Retirement Party at MSU a few months ago.

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