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April 29, 1935 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
On February 2, 2024, Joseph Greenbaum passed away peacefully after living life to the fullest for almost 89 years. Beloved husband of Helga Greenbaum, devoted father of Jacqueline Greenbaum Locatelli and Mike Locatelli, Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller of blessed memory, and Dan Miller and Debbie Ancona. Adored Opi of Adam Miller, and Matthew and Crystal Miller. Cherished big brother of Korina Masters, Joan(Joanie) Greenbaum and the late Melvin Greenbaum.
Born in Israel, Joe was raised in New York before the family moved to Florida. He joined the military upon high school graduation, where he ultimately met his beautiful bride of over 65 years while serving in Berlin, Germany. Having fallen in love with California during his military training in Monterey, they spent their entire married life together there. After a long career at AT&T, Joe pursued his entrepreneurial interests for several years, including the ownership of His ‘n Hers Hair where they made many lifelong friends. They retired to their homes in Pioneer and Mountain House nearly 20 years ago.
Joe and Helga’s, “the Schnurzies”, greatest joy is to be around family. It is not a big family, but one always full of love and support. Joe collected friends throughout his life. People were drawn to his loving, helpful, giving and welcoming personality.They have many dear friends with years and years of good times, and memories. They loved to travel and explore, including frequent trips to Germany, Florida, Squam Lake, andTexas. They enjoyed the Performing Arts for years, sporting events and other activities that kept them living life to the fullest.
More recently, when Covid hit, a beautiful group of friends formed, and those inseparable friendships have grown to family. Over the past 18 months, throughout Joe’s illness, Linda, Art, Winnie, Jerry, Pat, and Kent have not wavered in their constant help during this time. Joe has expressed his gratitude for them throughout his ordeal and within days prior to his passing.
Joe will be so deeply missed by many, and, as he said many times in recent days, he has lived a full and wonderful life with love, family, and friendships. He couldn’t have asked for a better life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to The Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership at Hebrew College in Newton, Mass. https://hebrewcollege.edu/give/ways-to-give/