Joe Mindelli, 79, of Dryden, MI died prior to Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Dryden Twp., MI. Joseph Peter Mindelli was born April 16, 1942 in Detroit, MI. He was the son of the late Albert and the late Josephine (Mangiapane) Mindelli He grew up in Harper Woods, MI. Joe was a graduate of Harper Woods High School, Class of 1960. He married Diane Kay Ward on May 29, 1965 in Detroit, MI. They lived in Dryden since 1975.

He was a building superintendent for Lumbardo Enterprises Home Builders in Utica and also later worked as a fixture builder for Advance Design in Chesterfield. Joe was very active in the St. Cornelius Catholic Church Men’s Group, helping to plan their wild game dinners over the last 18 years. He loved teaching his grandchildren all about outdoor life. He was a hunter and fisherman and was a phenomenal wildlife artist. He enjoyed building birdhouses, painting, playing tennis and pickleball.

Joe is survived by his wife, Diane Kay Mindelli of Dryden; his daughter, Kristyn (Tony) Theobald of Deckerville, MI; his sons, Mark Joseph (Kristen) Mindelli of Lum, MI and Joseph Michael Mindelli of Attica, MI; a sister, Carol (Doug) Mathew of Warren, MI; brother-in-law, Jack Beyerlein of St. Clair Shores, MI; and sister-in-law, Melody Mindelli Sievers of Wauconda, IL. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Anthony, Trevor (Jamie), Zakary, Bailey and Cody.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Josephine; sisters, Regina Beyerlein and Maryann Diethelm; and brother, John Mindelli.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI. Memorial Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, August 14 at Dryden Wesleyan Church, 5274 Main Street.

The family will be available for visiting from 10-11 a.m. at Dryden Wesleyan Church.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions may direct them to one of the following: Dryden Wesleyan Church, Lapeer Search and Rescue, Salvation Army Emergency Assistance, or Alpena Search and Rescue.

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