Kenneth Vincent Joseph

1936 - 2020

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Kenneth Vincent Joseph, 83, of Findlay, died at 5:05pm on Friday, March 20, 2020 at The Heritage, Findlay. He was born on April 27, 1936 in Cloquet, Minnesota to Walter and Ruth (Olson) Joseph. He married Diane (Snyder Bell) on July 5, 2008. Surviving are his wife, Diane; his five children: Julie (Mike) Salentine, Chanhassen, MN, Tom (Carla) Joseph, Marion, IL, Jill (Jamal) Ghandour, Eden Prairie, MN, Jennifer (Deb) Joseph, Big Lake, MN, and Jane (Ed) Kozich, Avon, OH; and his eight grandchildren: Kyle Wilman, Angela Salentine, Amanda Salentine, Michael Joseph, Vanessa Joseph, Sami (Ivy) Ghandour, Naji (Erin) Ghandour, and Alexandria Kozich. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother James (June) Joseph. Ken was a graduate of Cloquet High School in Cloquet, MN. He earned a BA from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and an MA from Western Michigan University. He taught high school math and computer science for 14 years, first at Park Rapids High School and then at Hibbing High School, both in Minnesota. In 1975 Ken moved to Cleveland, OH to become a Field Coordinator for the Ohio Federation of Teachers. He held that position for 32 years, retiring in 2007. In that time he bargained numerous contracts for OFT local teachers’ unions. Ken was a catalyst for expanding the number of OFT locals throughout the state of Ohio. He also taught classes in leadership and negotiations to teachers in Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Poland. His influence in training teachers in leadership and negotiation skills is well-known. Ken’s unique approach to collaborating with people and solving problems made him extremely successful and respected by all those who worked with him. Ken was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Westlake, Ohio. He was a member and past board member of the charity Friends Helping Friends Cleveland West, Fairview Park, OH. Arrangements are pending at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, 205 W. Sandusky St. Findlay, Ohio 45840. Services will be scheduled at a future date. The Joseph family would like to thank the hospice staff members who cared for and comforted Ken in his last three months. Thanks also to the staff at The Heritage for their generous and loving care. Thanks to Pastor Will Stenke and Pastor Denny Maurer from Trinity Lutheran Church in Findlay for their inspiration and compassion. And thanks to Pastor Robin Craig of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for her thoughtfulness and encouragement. Memorial contributions may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 28455 Center Ridge Rd. Westlake, OH 44145; Friends Helping Friends Cleveland West, 21135 Lorain Rd. Fairview Park, OH 44126; Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Ln. Findlay, Ohio 45840; or Trinity Lutheran Church 935 W. Bigelow Ave. Findlay, Ohio 45840. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - Joseph
    28455 Center Ridge Rd.
    Westlake, Ohio 44145

    Friends Helping Friends Cleveland West - Joseph
    21135 Lorain Rd.
    Fairview Park, Ohio 44126

    Bridge Home Health & Hospice - Joseph
    15100 Birchaven Lane
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Trinity Lutheran Church - Joseph
    935 W. Bigelow Ave
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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    Services will be scheduled at a future date.

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To : Diane
Date :Monday, March 23rd 2020
From : Lisa Brinkmann
My sincere condolences for the loss of your husband. Prayers coming your way in your time of crisis.

Very best regards, Lisa

To : Diane
Date :Monday, March 23rd 2020
From : Bonnie Thatcher
I am so sorry for your loss. Ken was one of a kind. He will be greatly missed.
Bonnie Thatcher
Van Wert Federation of Teachers

To : Ken Joseph
Date :Monday, March 23rd 2020
From : Cathy Lauck
My sympathies to Ken's family. I worked with Ken when he represented the Vanlue Teacher's Union. Even though we were a small union, Ken always worked hard to get us what was right. He did a great job.

To : Diane
Date :Monday, March 23rd 2020
From : Linda Thompson
So sorry Diane. Hope you find comfort and peace.

To : Diane
Date :Monday, March 23rd 2020
From : Newton Falls Classroom Teachers
Sorry for your loss and prayers for comfort. Ken was always a wealth of knowledge and would lend his ear to listen and help.

To : Diane
Date :Monday, March 23rd 2020
From : Joe and Cathy Hern
So sorry to hear of your loss. Asking God to grant you strength and peace for the days and months to come.

To : The Joseph Family
Date :Monday, March 23rd 2020
From : Andra Armour
Thoughts and prayers to all of Ken's family. I had the privilege to work with him at OFT for 20+ years. He was a great person who loved the teaching profession, and was so proud of his children and grandkids. May the Lord bless you with his peace.

To : Diane
Date :Tuesday, March 24th 2020
From : Pennie Wells
My sincere sympathies in this loss of your husband! The pain you feel today will lessen over time! Take your time and grieve your way. God bless you Diane.

To : Diane
Date :Tuesday, March 24th 2020
From : Chris Fox
Dear Diane,
So sad to hear of your loss in the Courier today. Wish I could give you a hug, but since that isn't possible just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Chris Fox

To : Diane
Date :Tuesday, March 24th 2020
From : Dick Hatdy
Dear Diane,
What can I say, but that my good friend has moved on. I loved Ken’s sense of humor and his sly wit. He had a way of making others feel special. What a fighter through these last 18 months. I will always remember our ride in the Jeep in the desert. I still have the photo of you both with the Jeep.
All my love.
God bless
Dick Hardy

To : Diane
Date :Tuesday, March 24th 2020
From : Marcia Fenton
So sad to learn of Ken’s passing. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

To : The Joseph family
Date :Tuesday, March 24th 2020
From : Jewell Gould
Kenny taught me so much about negotiations and bargaining. He was a leader in the labor movement and a model for what a trade unionist should be. He was smart and compassionate and always willing to help others get to a better place. I valued his friendship and will honor his life.

Jewell Gould
Director of Research Retired
American Federation of Teachers.

To : Diane and Family
Date :Tuesday, March 24th 2020
From : Oregon City Federation of Teachers
OCFT #1080 is very grateful for the many years of dedicated service Ken gave to our members. His relationship with our former President Bill Pasztor helped bring solidarity to our union for many years. Many of our local's current union leaders were inspired and taught leadership skills by Ken. We will miss Ken, but his work will live on in us.

To : Diane and Family
Date :Tuesday, March 24th 2020
From : Becky Warren
So sorry to hear about Ken's passing. He was one of the reasons our union was so successful. He was always so reasonable and just gave everyone the confidence that he was doing what was best for us. I am so glad that you (Diane and Ken) has so many good years and wonderful memories together. Take Care!

To : The Joseph family
Date :Wednesday, March 25th 2020
From : Alice Murray
Though I did not know Mr. Joseph personally, I understand loss. He was a very accomplished man and I am sure he did not leave this life without having a positive impact on others. May the Lord receive him with love and joy. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you. May He be with you and keep you all in His loving grace.

To : Diane and family
Date :Wednesday, March 25th 2020
From : Tom Webb
Sincere sympathy on the loss of your husband and a good man. I remember so well how thoughtful and wise Ken was when we were first starting our OFT local at Cory-Rawson. He was so knowledgeable to help us in those early negotiations and had a killer sense of humor--I really admired him.

To : Joseph Family
Date :Saturday, March 28th 2020
From : Dale Pertcheck
Ken touched so many lives, and helped and mentored so many of us in the teachers' union. He made his mark. His work has its own life, which will go on and on. I'll never forget what Ken often said, paraphrasing here, "Don't go into the tall grass, if you can't hang with the big dogs." Wherever Ken is now, that's where I want to go. We'll learn a lot and have a lot of fun, too!

To : Diane
Date :Sunday, March 29th 2020
From : Bob Wright
I am so sorry to hear about Ken. He was a kind, generous and funny man. God bless you and the family.

To : Diane Joseph family
Date :Monday, March 30th 2020
From : Margaret McGregor Castle
I have know Kenny since first grade in Cloquet -- all the way through high school. We caught up a little at the few reunions he attended, and it was always a wonderful thing to see him. He had a special place in my heart, and my heart breaks with yours to know he is gone. Please know he will live in my memories forever. Prayers and blessings for your peace and comfort.

To : Diane Snyder Bell Joseph
Date :Thursday, April 2nd 2020
From : Ruth swick
My deepest condolences to you, Diane! Ken was so dear, so special. I enjoyed our time together more than you know. His great sense of humor, coupled with his interesting life story and ability to downplay his achievements with self-deprecating pearls of wisdom made him so accessible, so real. I loved being challenged by Ken and miss him already. I pray for peace for you at this terribly difficult time...
Ruth Swick (former Cheddars Hostess, now 50 N)