Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon Joseph Rosenthal, 97, of Davenport, will be held at 11am on Monday, June 26, 2023 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island, with military honors. Visitation will be 2-4pm on Sunday at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, with a prayer service starting at 3:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Family Church or Assumption High School.
Mr. Rosenthal passed away peacefully Friday, June 16, 2023 at his home.
Joseph Irin Rosenthal was born March 9, 1926, in Moline, IL, the son of Charles Joseph and Irene Violet (Hummer) Rosenthal. He was united in marriage to Mary Catherine Molinelli on July 24, 1948 in Rock Island and they were blessed with nearly 69 years of marriage when she passed away in 2017.
He was proud to be a Navy Veteran of World War II and served in the Pacific on the LCI944. After serving, he graduated from the University of Iowa and was a lifelong Hawkeye fan.
Prior to his retirement in 1987 he worked for Alcoa for 37 years in production control and computer operations.
Joe enjoyed playing golf, including leagues, road trips anywhere, as well as dancing with Mary Kay and his dancing group, especially to Big Band Music.
Joe was ordained a Deacon on June 13, 1992, serving his church, local hospitals and nursing homes, jail ministry, Hospice volunteer and as the Assistant Diaconate Director. For twenty years he was the coordinator of the charitable food SHARE food program of Iowa.
Some of his memberships include Holy Family, life member of the Knights of Columbus, and former member of the Elks and Moose Lodges.
Those left to honor his memory include his children Michael Rosenthal, Davenport, Catherine Rosenthal, Phoenix, AZ, and Mary Beth Rosenthal, San Luis Obispo, CA; grandchildren Mizan Brown, Melbourne, Australia, Kodiak Brown, Dubai, UAE, Nurit (John) Ji, Sydney, Australia; great grandchildren Ayik, Ellianna, and Jeypar, Melbourne; sister Elsie Risko, San Juan, TX and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James Rosenthal, brothers Frank and Charles, and son-in-law Gregory Brown. May they rest in peace.
A special thank you to Angie, Elise, Jen, Kim, Lisa, and Chaplain Ken of Genesis Hospice and Jan and Carrie for in home physical therapy. You all made the journey better with you along.
Thank you Joe, You lit up our world!