Obituary for Stephen Joseph
After a long and hard-fought battle with cancer, Stephen C. Joseph of Millis passed away at home with his family by his side. Steve was born on July 31, 1950 in Boston and is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Wendy (Weake), and his three sons, Andrew, along with daughter-in-law Jillian (Tuleja), granddaughter Ellie Jean, and grandson Jack Andrew of Worcester, MA; Mark, along with daughter-in-law Elizabeth Icenogle and granddaughter Isabel James of Kansas City, MO; and Daniel of Morristown, NJ.
Steve was one of 13 children born to his late parents Emanuel and Charlotte (Dowd) Joseph. He is pre-deceased by his brother John, his sister-in-law Rosemary “Rosie” (Gillette) Joseph, his brother-in-law George (Jeff) Steptoe, Jr., his brother-in-law Jeffrey Weake, his nephew Richard Austin, and his grand-nephew Matthew Caldwell. Steve is also survived by his many siblings, including four sisters: Theresa McCarthy and her husband Paul of Lynchburg, VA; Marjorie Austin and her husband Robert of Hanover, MA; Barbara Steptoe of Gilbert, AZ; Mary Beaudin and her husband Don of Landaff, NH; and seven brothers: Neil and his wife Sharon of Raynham, MA; Paul and his wife Claire of South Chesterfield, VA; Richard and his wife Patti Sullivan of Haverhill, MA; Fred of Plymouth, MA; Larry of W. Barnstable, MA; William and his wife Cheryl of Bristol, NH; Tom and his husband Dale Hirschkorn of San Leandro, CA; and his sister-in-law Chris of Myrtle Beach, SC. In addition to many cousins, nieces and nephews, his Aunt and Godmother, Alice Wilson of Wilmington, MA also survive him. In addition, he leaves many lifelong friends and fraternity brothers.
An avid New England sports fan, Steve followed all the Boston area sports teams. An accomplished athlete in his own right, he quarterbacked for Archbishop Williams High School football team (Class of 1968) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Class of 1972). A sports article written about Steve while in college described him as WPI football’s “Ray of Sunshine,” earning him the lifelong nickname of “Sunshine Steve.” Steve brought his “Sunshine” and love of sports to coaching, a pastime he truly cherished. He coached local Pop Warner football and then the Archbishop Williams High School Freshmen football team with his high school friend and former teammate Perry Larkin.
Golf was another passion of Steve’s, especially playing with his friends and three sons. Steve considered himself very fortunate to have played all over the country at many notable courses. He also loved to work in his yard with his wife Wendy, and together they completed several major projects that beautified their home. Steve adored his grandchildren and treasured caring for and spending time with them.
Primarily in engineering and operations, Steve worked for Verizon for 37 years. Outside of his career and continuing into his retirement, he was involved in a number of charitable ventures, including serving as a former president of the local Lions’ Club chapter. He was a devout Catholic and member of St. Theresa of Lisieux parish in Sherborn, MA.
Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, June 28 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Chapel, 15 Miller Street, Medfield, MA 02052. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa of Lisieux, 35 So. Main Street, Sherborn, MA 01770.
The family would ask in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in Steve’s name to Dynamic Catholic at