Not willing to spend another holiday without his wife of fifty-seven years, Joe Patrick Hebert, beloved husband, father, grandfather, in-law, and friend passed away Saturday, December 18, 2021, just seventy days after his wife, Mary Margaret (LaCarte) Hebert.
Joe was born on October 5, 1944 in Escanaba, Michigan to the late Eugene and Hildur Hebert. He was an avid athlete, duck hunter, and coach. At the age of twelve, he was a catcher on the 1957 Escanaba Little League baseball team that made it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Known in high school as “Little Joe”, he was a point guard for the Escanaba Eskymos basketball team. He was also an intermural table tennis champion at Albion College before transferring to the University of Michigan.
Joe met his wife, Mary, at an ice rink in Escanaba when they were in junior high. Upon her graduation from high school, Joe and Mary were married and moved to Ann Arbor so that Joe could attend U of M but soon moved home to start their family and join the family business, Photo Offset Printing. Joe was a second-generation printer and graphic designer, working at the shop that his parents started in the basement of their home before moving it to the location on Lincoln Road in Escanaba. He and his brother, Gene Hebert, ran the shop until they both retired in 2014.
Joe’s biggest pride was his five children, Kristine (Randy) Berhow of Escanaba, MI, Eric (Barbara diSioudi) Hebert of Libertyville, IL, Lisa Hebert of Ann Arbor, MI, Scott (Laurie) Hebert of Traverse City, MI and Jason (Sara) Hebert of Escanaba, MI.
He loved the game of golf; whether it was playing at the Bluff or on courses around Michigan during his golf trips with his foursome, watching it on television or following his son, Scott, during his events. He was also a baseball coach for many years, beginning with little league all the way to American Legion ball. His favorite moments were coaching his “kids and dogs” in everything they did, from baseball, basketball, and golf, to everyday living. He has been with us every step of our journey.
Later in life, Joe enjoyed taking his wife for a D&M (a dinner and a movie), sitting on the deck of the house he built, cooking family dinners on the grill, creating new games for our Christmas-tradition family tree game and passing on the tradition of making homemade brown bread. He was soft spoken but his quick wit brought many smiles to all who knew him.
He is survived by all of his children; grandchildren, Ryan and Sean Berhow, Ian and Charlie diSioudi Hebert, Joe Patrick (JP) and Susie Hebert, Parker and Sophie Hebert; his sister-in-law Elizabeth Hebert; and his aunt-in-law, Audrey Lamberg.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his mother and father, Hildur and Eugene; and his brother Gene.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sunday, December 26, 2021 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Joe will follow at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, at First United Methodist Church in Escanaba with Rev. Ryan Low Edwardson officiating. Burial will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Escanaba.
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