Joseph N. Corona Sr.

Joseph N. Corona Sr.

FAIRMONT — Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph N. Corona Sr., 81, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Burial will be held in the Calvary Cemetery. Full military honors will be presented by the Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1222 and the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 of Fairmont.

Friends may visit the family one hour prior to the time of service from 10-11 a.m. There will be a time of fellowship and sharing of memories following the service from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Joseph passed away Friday afternoon, Jan. 12, 2018, at Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joseph Nicholas Corona Sr. was born March 3, 1936, in South Bend, Ind., to Jose and Albena (Hughes) Corona. Growing up in South Bend, Joseph attended St. Joseph Catholic grade school and high school and was a member of the 1954 graduating class. Following his high school graduation, Joseph enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he proudly served his country and was honorably discharged in 1957. He later completed 17 years with the National Guard and retired from the military in 1992. Joseph earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Notre Dame. He then earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Indiana.

On Aug. 27, 1960, Joseph was united in marriage to Janet Mathews at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in South Bend, Ind. They recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. This union was blessed with four children: Anita, Joe Jr., Mike (adopted) and Kathleen, whom all love and respect him dearly. Joseph and Jan settled in Fairmont in 1970 and made it their loving home for almost 50 years.

Joseph joined the State of Minnesota in 1961 as a probation agent assigned to Martin County. He proudly served his community for 32 years before his retirement.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Jaycees, and the Exchange Club. In his spare time, Joe enjoyed a passion for the game of golf, where he developed some incredible friendships as a member of Interlaken Golf Course for over 40 years. Joseph cherished spending time with his family, traveling, gaming and cheering on his beloved Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Janet of Fairmont, Minn.; children, Anita (Jack) of Fort Collins, Colo., Joseph Jr. (Kim) of Houston, Texas, Michael (Colleen) of St. Michael, Minn., Kathleen (Eric) of Denver, Colo.; 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; Joseph’s brother Milton; and other extended family and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Carlos.