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Joseph A. Baals
July 13, 1927 ~ November 6, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Joseph Arthur Baals (July 13, 1927 – November 6, 2023)
Joseph Arthur Baals, a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle passed away on November 6, 2023, at the age of 96 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. He was born on July 13, 1927, in Bellmawr, New Jersey, to his loving parents, Gertrude Nellie (Haines) and William Theodor Baals. Papa Joe, as he was affectionately known, was the embodiment of a life well-lived and was a cherished figure in the lives of his family and friends.
Joe's journey through life was marked by profound connections and meaningful experiences. He was the son of the late Gertrude and William Baals and shared a special bond with his now deceased siblings William, Richard, Thomas, and a baby sister. Joseph was also preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Judy Ann Jacobson (Baals), and his cherished ex-wife and companion of over 50 years, Florence (Vaders).
He is survived by his loving daughter Karen (Baals) Jaxheimer, five grandchildren, Amanda Jaxheimer (Bob), David Jaxheimer (Katelyn), Steven Jacobson, Leandra Jacobson-Rolf (Greg), and Juliette Jacobson. He was also blessed with four great-grandchildren, David Joseph, Ella Fae, and Henry James Jaxheimer, as well as Lillian Rose Rolf. Joe's legacy lives on in the hearts and memories of his family, where his presence will forever be felt.
Joe's life was rich in experiences, and he was not one to be defined by the ordinary. He served as a Private First Class in the United States Army. Beyond his military service, he had many fascinating life experiences, working as a rodeo clown, cook, farmer, mechanic, driver, house mover, and as a mate on a fishing boat - all showcasing his courage and quick thinking.
Joe's passion for his family extended to creating memorable moments. He maintained a summer home in Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey, which became a cherished gathering place for his children and grandchildren. The warm summer days spent there were filled with laughter, love, and joy. Additionally, he spent winters in Florida before retiring in Holiday, Florida, where he could continue to savor the sun and relaxation.
Even in his retirement, Joe remained active, managing the state barn at Tampa Bay Downs Racetrack. He made it a point to visit his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, relishing in the simple joys of life. His presence was a constant source of warmth, wisdom, and joy providing guidance and support to his loved ones.
Joseph Arthur Baals was a remarkable individual who left an indelible mark on the lives of those who were fortunate enough to know him. His legacy is one of love, strength, and a commitment to family that will continue to inspire generations to come.
Today, as we bid farewell to Joseph, we remember the enduring love he shared with his family and the countless memories that will forever bring comfort and solace to those he leaves behind. He will be greatly missed and forever remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and cherished friend.
A Memorial Celebration is being planned for this coming Saturday with interment to be held later. If you would like to attend, please contact his daughter, Karen. All are welcome.