September 25, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 10:30AM St. Mary Church Urbana
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 5-7pm VERNON FUNERAL HOME Urbana
Joseph E. Mader, 85, of Urbana and formerly of Springfield, passed away Saturday, September 25, 2010 in the Mercy McAuley Center, Urbana.
He was born September 28, 1924 in Piqua, the son of Robert and Alma (Bornhorst) Mader.
Proudly serving his country during WWII, enlisting in the United States Navy in September 1942, and honorably discharged in December 1945, Joseph served on the USS Nevada and the USS Missouri. On September 2, 1945, while aboard the “Mighty Mo” in Tokyo Bay, he witnessed Japan’s signing of the official instrument of surrender, to formally end WWII.
Joseph married his wife, Laura M. (Hockett) Mader, November 7, 1951. After 25 years of service, he retired in 1977 as a Lieutenant with the City of Springfield Police Division. In August 1973, Mayor and City Commission President, Robert Burton, issued a resolution commending him for his exemplary conduct under fire.
A devout Catholic, Joseph was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church, Urbana.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Laura M. Mader, son, Joseph A. (Julie) Mader of Centerville, daughter, Kathryn A. (Kerry) Brugger of Urbana, son-in-law, Kenneth Polyak of Clayton; grandchildren, Theresa (Chris) Endres of Springfield, Geralyn (Ashley) Lupfer of Circleville, Mary Jo (Aaron) Keyes of Cincinnati, Laura and Elizabeth Brugger of Urbana, Suzanne (Michael) Schmidt and Andrew Polyak of Clayton; great grandchildren, Delaney and Brady Schmidt, Simon and Nolan Lupfer and Kevin and Connor Endres, brother, Ronald “Red” (Betty) Mader of Florida, along with several nieces and nephews.
Joseph is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Penny Polyak and his brother, Kenneth Mader.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-7p.m. on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 in the St. Mary Church, Urbana with Rev. Fr. Gregory Konerman officiating. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joseph’s memory to Community Mercy Hospice, 1343 N. Fountain Blvd., Springfield, Ohio 45504 or to St. Mary Church, 231 Washington Ave., Urbana, Ohio 43078.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.