Joseph John Soltesz
October 24, 1922 - June 27, 2017
Joseph John Soltesz, 94 of Jonesville and formerly of Livonia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Drews Country Living in Hillsdale. He was born October 24, 1922 in Throop, Pennsylvania to Michael and Mary (Seidel) Soltesz. Joe married Ellenjane Kathleen Gohlke on April 7, 1953 and she preceded him in death on November 7, 2016.
Joe graduated from Southwestern High School and he received his bachelors and masters in education from Wayne State University. He served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Joe taught business education for many years at Mumford High School and Southwestern High School, later retiring from the Detroit Public Schools after 45 years of service as a teacher and administrator. In 2001, Joe was honored as the Livonia Citizen of Year. He attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hillsdale and also enjoyed playing bridge. In their retirement, Joe and his wife, Jane, enjoyed volunteering for Greenmead Historical Village and the Historical Commission in Livonia.
Survivors include four children, Deborah (Kyle Harris) Soltesz of Brazoria, Texas, Laurel (Robert) Jones of St. Louis, Missouri, Christopher (Ann) Soltesz of Arlington, Texas and Sara (Anthony) Lisznyai of Jonesville; six grandchildren, Justin Jones, Nathan (Kate) Jones, Eric Lisznyai, Daniel Soltesz, Elyse Lisznyai and Matthew Soltesz and one great granddaughter, Hadley Jones.
In addition to his wife, Jane, Joe was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mitzi Yurko and brother, John Soltesz.
Funeral services for Joseph Soltesz will be Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hillsdale with Pastor Scott Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday from 5-8 PM at VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Livonia Historical Commission c/o Greenmead, 20501 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, Michigan, 48152.
Visitation: Friday, June 30, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in HillsdaleGet Directions
Funeral Service: Saturday, July 1, 2017 11:00 AMSt. Paul Lutheran ChurchGet Directions