Joseph L. Scott, age 38, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009, following a courageous battle with cancer. Joseph was born in Racine, son of Steven W. Scott and Kathryn R. (Nee: Cain) Aretz.
Joe was a graduate of William Horlick High School. He continued his education at MATC and received a technical degree in carpentry. He worked for many contractors in the city and eventually opened his own business. His love for the outdoors included playing tennis, snowboarding and riding bikes. Joe was also a very knowledgeable movie buff and reader. Joe’s many other talents included painting, drawing, and designing decks and porches.
Before receiving his degree from MATC, Joe drove across country in an 18-wheeler with his aunt, B.J. Joe was adventurous and enjoyed trying new things. But more than anything else, his life centered around his daughter, Nina, who was his greatest source of pride and happiness. He was taken from us too soon and will be deeply missed.
Survivors include his daughter, Nina, and her mother, Michelle Parkhill; his mother, Kathryn (Doug) Aretz; sister, Lisa (Joseph) Glover; two nieces, Mikayla and Riley; stepbrother, Steve (Betsy) Aretz of Berkely, MI; aunts, Cindy (John) Ryder of Racine, B.J. O’Donnell of Valrico, FL; cousins, Dr. Steven Ryder (Michelle), Melissa Damaschke (Don), Katherine Ryder-Pettersen (Ryan); and lifelong friend, Benito (Dawn) Kelly and their sons, Tim and Jesse; along with other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Steve Scott, in March of 2008; his grandmother, Margaret Cain; and grandfather, Don Grant.
A Memorial Service will be held at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, 625 College Ave., on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Saturday from 5 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the family for an education fund to be established for Nina have been suggested.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Michael Mullane, Oncology Alliance and staff, the staff from the Oncology wing of Wheaton Franciscan Hospital and the Cancer Center, Wheaton Franciscan Hospice, and especially the nurses and aides at Ridgewood Care Center for their loving and compassionate care.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine 262-634-7888