Sources include: Detroit Free Press The Detroit News Observer & Eccentric Media / Hometown Weeklies Livingston County Daily Press & Argus

WENZLER JOSEPH LAWRENCE 72, passed away at 10:55 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013. His final days were spent surrounded by family and loved ones sharing memories, music, laughter, and a final sail with his sons, brothers, and crew. One of 11 siblings, he grew up in a family that was full of life, love, and accomplishment. "Larger than Life" is the term most often used when describing Joe. He touched many hearts and it was always effortless. Fierce integrity, an irreverent sense of humor, an engineer's mind, and a natural leader. Beloved by many, he will be deeply missed. Beloved husband of wife, Patricia Heatherson. Loving father of Peter J. (Melissa) Wenzler, Elizabeth H. (Robert) Koenen, Kristen M. Wenzler, and Matthew J. (Anna) Wenzler. Cherished grandfather of Otto, James, Meredith, Samantha, Maxwell, Daniel, Grace, Luke, and Lauren. Dear brother of Ann (Scott) Nagel, the late David (Lisa) Wenzler, the late Otto (Nancy) Wenzler, Mary (Dan) DiSalle, Martin (Susan) Wenzler, Peter Wenzler, Christopher Wenzler, Sarah (John) Gillespie, Emily (Ralph) Owens, and Stephen (Michelle) Wenzler. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, followed by a noon Mass at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bayview Yacht Club foundation for the perpetuation of the Bayview Mackinac race that was a big part of his very big life. Light a candle and share a memory at

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