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Steen, Joseph

November 19th, 2010

Joseph M. Steen, age 76, along-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully, with his family at his side on Friday, November 19, 2010, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Born on March 19, 1934, in Quincy, MA, Joe was the cherished son of the late Raymond and Catherine (Foley) Steen, he grew up in the Hough’s Neck section of Quincy, and attended Boston Latin High School. Right out of High School, Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force on August 10, 1951,during the Korean Conflict. Joe proudly served his country, earning several commendations for his service. He was honorably discharged on August 9, 1955 at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine.

Joe returned to Quincy and attended Wentworth College in Boston to earn his Electrician’s License. He was first employed as an Elevator Mechanic for the Elevator Construction Union Local #4 in Boston for over 32 years and for 15 years was an Elevator Inspector for the Department of Public Safety State of Massachusetts, Joe retired in the late 1990’s.

Joe met the love of his life Nancy J. Wrenn, a Charlestown girl, the couple married on June 30, 1957, they moved to Wilmington in August of 1962, where they raised their seven children.

Joe and Nancy had a great life together, they were a “couple” in every sense of the word and truly loved each other, that love radiated to their family and extended family, and their “home” was always open to those in need.

Joe was very involved with his children and in many Wilmington Youth Sports Programs, he coached Wilmington Little League as well as Wilmington Youth Hockey. He was always supportive of the programs his children were involved in and was there to cheer them on.

Joe took great pride in being involved with various Veterans Organizations, where he tirelessly gave of himself to help many Veterans and was very devoted to their causes. Joe loved helping Veterans. He was currently the Commander of the American Legion Post #136 in Wilmington, Past Commander of the Middlesex County, Department of Massachusetts, and National Sergeant at Arms. Joe was also a member of the AmVets Association, V.F.W., and Local Heroes in Wilmington. He could be found many a Wednesday evening packing boxes for the Veterans overseas or helping out local families that had their loved one’s on active duty overseas.

Joe took great pride in the American Flag and what it stood for, he was a member of the Citizens Flag Alliance which fought for the protection of burning the American Flag. Joe wouldn’t stand for such nonsense and truly understood the sacrifice so many men and women had made for the Flag and the American Freedom. Joe would be front and center walking in the Wilmington Memorial Day Parade and when his health was failing he would still attend every Parade, at times in his automobile but everyone knew that Joe was there to honor every Veteran.

Joe was also a Fourth Degree Member and Past Grand Knight of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Tewksbury/Wilmington Lodge of Elks.

In his spare time, which wasn’t much, Joe loved to travel, he vacationed with his family and friends and made many memories that they will treasure for the rest of their lives. He also enjoyed fishing, camping, playing darts, pool, and cards his favorite being cribbage.

He was an avid sports fan who loved to follow the New England Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins. Joe enjoyed watching the many games with his children and in later years his grandchildren. They all loved being with “Papa”.

Joe will be fondly remembered as a hard worker, practical joker, proud American, and most of all a devoted family man and true friend. There wasn’t anything Joe wouldn’t do for those he loved.

Joe will be greatly missed by his family, friends, fellow Veterans, and by his community to which he gave so much.

Joe was the beloved husband of 53 years to Nancy J. (Wrenn) Steen, devoted father of Deborah A. Stygles & her husband Joseph, Joseph P. Steen, Richard R. Steen, Nancy J. Steen & her partner Tony Carvalho, Robert C. Steen & his wife Terry, Mary Ellen Deschenes & her husband Daniel all of Wilmington, and Karen M. Lucier & her husband Ret. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Lucier of Nebraska, loving “Papa” of John Shirley & his fiancé Jamie Eknaian, Danielle Shirley, Leanne Shirley, Joleen Stygles, Michelle Steen & her fiancé Daryl Cote, Debbie Steen, Maryanne Steen, Bailey Steen, Alivia Steen, Lynda McDermott & her husband Eric, Robert Deering, Brian Deering, Daniel Lucier & his wife Cristy, Alexander Lucier, Samuel Lucier, Elizabeth Steen, Joseph M. Steen II, Michael Steen, Owen Steen, Derek Steen, Christopher Deschenes, and great-grandchildren Haley, Philip, & Jacob Natale, Arianna Kaplan, and Payton & Jocelyn Cote, dear brother of Rev. Raymond A. Steen O.M.I. and Patricia Steen both of Abington, Russell Steen & his wife Ann of Weymouth, Jackie Surrette of Texas, and Ruth Norton & her husband Larry of Quincy, son-in-law of the late Daniel & Mary Wrenn, brother-in-law of Mary Ellen Howell, Barbara Marsden, Johnny & Linda Wrenn all of Charlestown, Danny & Cindy Wrenn of Medford, and the late Carol Wrenn, Joe & Jane Wrenn, Don Howell, Jack Marsden, and Terry Wrenn, Joe is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, November 24th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Tuesday, November 23rd from 2-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Joe’s name may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887

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  1. Brian McGrath says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to all of the Steen family. I know that my mom & dad really treasured their friendship with Joe & Nancy, and our deepest sympathy is with you all.
    God bless, Brian McGrath & family

  2. David & Pauline Petersen, Bourne says:

    It’s not often that we recognize what a treasure we had among us and Joe was all of that. Thank you, Nancy, for allowing the rest of us to be part of the life that you and Joe shared together. So many wonderful memories – VA Christmas parties, conventions, pool matches – and through it all, the good works that you and Joe performed for veterans and others. He’s with God now – no more pain, no more worries. You and your family are in our prayers. God bless and keep you.

  3. Rebecca Surrat- Bilavarn says:

    My Uncle, My Hero!

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