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Joseph Morio

October 30, 1956 - February 2, 2020
Interlochen, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Joseph W Morio, 63 of Interlochen, passed February 2, 2020 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City after a heroic battle with cancer.

Joe retired from Leelanau Sands Casino and Lodge in May 2019 after 14 years of service, starting first in security and then as a shuttle driver. Some of Joe’s prior jobs included working as a telephone operator at Michigan Bell, mud logger in Texas, limo driver in Palm Springs, California and assembler at Lear Corporation in Traverse City. He attended Immaculate Conception elementary school and graduated from Traverse City senior high in 1974. Throughout his middle and high school years he was active in many school plays and musicals.

In his younger years he enjoyed many outdoor activities including canoeing, sailing and hiking. He had a passion for writing novels, screen-plays and short stories. His favorite activities included sports, chess, reading, especially science fiction, watching movies and playing darts.

Joe was dedicated to his mother, taking her to church, dinner and out for the occasional movie. His mother Catherine commented that “Joe always did it his way”.

He is preceded in death by his father, Lawrence C. Morio. He is survived by his mother Catherine E. Morio living in Florida, Sisters Margaret Stricker (Barney), Christine Morio (Bob Sutterfield) and Rita Kazcmarek (Tom), Nephew Jason Stricker, Nieces Milana Kazcmarek, Melissa Stricker Cartwright (Perry), Emma and Abigail Cartwright, also many cousins and friends.

He will also be missed by Jennifer L. Kolinske of Beulah who is his dearest friend in the world.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 7th at St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City. Family will greet friends starting at 10 a.m. A funeral luncheon will follow at the VFW Hall on Veteran’s Drive. Please visit Life Story Funeral Home’s webpage at www.lifestorytc.com to share your thoughts and more. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cowell Cancer Center, St. Francis Church Capital Campaign or Father Fred Foundation.