In Memoriam ~ Joseph Pilon ’62

Joseph L. Pilon, Age 71, of Shoreview, passed away August 20, 2015. Born in Minneapolis, Joseph attended Saint John’s Prep and St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. For many years he was an English teacher, and coached basketball and baseball at several local schools. Joseph went on to work for more than 25 years in educational fundraising at Century Resources, Inc. He stayed active by golfing and fishing, and could be found many weekdays in the sauna / steam room at Lifetime Fitness. In his retirement, he continued to give back to the community by refereeing youth sports, substitute teaching, and mentoring individuals through Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Union Gospel Mission. Joseph also enjoyed forwarding a plethora of emails. Preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Margaret (nee Juettner) Pilon and a sister, Mary (Ted) Dullum. Survived by his wife of 44 years, Lynn (nee Felegy); 2 children, Heather (Kevin) Skrandies and Matt (Alicia) Pilon; 4 grandchildren who knew him as “Papa Joe”, Caroline and Reagan Skrandies, Elliot and Isla Pilon with one on the way; two siblings, Charles (Ana) Pilon and Sue (Gary) Damyanovich; nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. Visitation 5-8 PM Thursday, August 27 at HOLCOMB-HENRY-BOOM-PURCELL FUNERAL HOME, 515 Hwy 96 W. at Mackubin, Shoreview. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Friday, August 28 at St. Odilia Catholic Church, 3495 Victoria St. N., Shoreview. (visitation from 10-11 AM at church). Interment St. John’s Cemetery Columbarium.

The Saint John’s Prep community remembers Joseph’s family in our thoughts and prayers.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

– Matthew 5:3-9