Obituary: Joseph Nemes, 90, New London

Joseph F. Nemes
Posted: Aug. 22, 2019 8:57 am

Joseph F. Nemes, 90, of New London, Mo., passed away at 5:12 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019, at the Ilasco Holy Cross Chapel in Ilasco, Mo. Father Mike Quinn will officiate. Burial with full Military Rites by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55 will be at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Hannibal.

Friends and family are invited to Joseph's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.

Joseph was born December 15, 1928, in Hannibal to Albert Bela Nemes and Mary Ann Borsos Nemes.

He was married to Shirley Ann Krigbaum in November of 1954. They would have celebrated 65 years of marriage this November. She survives.

Other survivors include six children, Jodina Wegehoft of New London, Kathy Locke (Gerald) of New London, Joseph B. Nemes (Jan) of New London, Jim Nemes (Karen) of Hannibal, Rose Nemes-Oslica (Dave) of Hannibal, John Henry Nemes (Sharisse) of New London, one brother, Billy G. Nemes of Hannibal, two sisters, Helen Malaga of Clinton Township, Mich., and Magdalene Stafford (George) of Cicero, Ill. He also is survived by nine grandchildren, Ryan Greving (Chastity), Jake Wegehoft, Luke Greving, Abby Nemes, Jamie Nemes, Mark Nemes, Addy Nemes, Elena (Nemes) Holman (Cody) and Rachel Nemes, several great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Margaret Ann Nemes, two brothers, Charles A. Nemes and Jimmy Nemes, five sisters, Mary Nemes, Rosa Nemes, Anna Nemes, Emerence Nemes and Caroline Janes.

Joseph served his country proudly in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict, he served on the USS Hamul AD 20.

At the age of 16 Joseph began his career with the Universal Atlas Cement Company. Joseph worked at the company for over 33 years retiring as the accounting supervisor.

At the age of 49 Joseph retired to enjoy life on the family farm in Ralls County. Joe loved to spend time with his family and friends. Simply spending time in the woods on the farm, hunting mushrooms and building campfires were all moments Joe enjoyed. Kind, compassionate and strong, Joe was always a fair man and taught his children to do their best. He lived what he believed. A gifted athlete Joe loved to play basketball and softball and in fact enjoyed playing sports well into his 70’s weekly including pickup basketball games at the Hannibal YMCA. Joe’s quotes and commentary were legendary. He always had a witty comment or response and was never shy about sharing his perspective when it came to politics. Also, a gifted writer Joe composed beautiful poetry. Old time country music, jitterbug dancing with his bride, Shirley, and trips to the casino to play the $5 slots were some of Joe’s favorite times.

Above all else Joe treasured his family and his wife Shirley. He collected numerous family keepsakes, pictures and clippings over the years always beaming with pride for his family.

A devout Catholic, Joe was devoted to his faith and our Blessed Virgin Mary. He was a longtime member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ilasco and later attended the Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Greving, Jake Wegehoft, Luke Greving, Jamie Nemes, Mark Nemes, and Gerald Locke.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ilasco Holy Cross Chapel Association or to the Ilasco Area Historical Society.

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