Joseph W. Barrett, 77, died Sept. 24. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret (née Ivory); children, Steve (Chris), Brian (Anne), Erin Horowitz (Adam), Colin (Melissa); 14 grandchildren and a grandson due in October; as well as siblings, Mike, John, Pat, George, Greg, Rosemary, Elise, and Threse. Joseph was preceded in death by brother Tony; sister Susan; and brother-in-law Fran Ivory.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Joseph was a Melvin Jones Award Winner and longtime member of the Falcon Heights and Lauderdale Lions. He was founding organizer of the Corpus Christi Giving Garden.
He was also proprietor of the Big Pepper at the Minnesota State Fair; usher at the Xcel Energy Center; member of Club 6/7 and was known for his Irish coffee.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 29 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Roseville. Memorials suggested to Our Lady of Peace Hospice or Corpus Christi Grieving Garden.