Josef “Joe” Breitenmoser, 93, passed away April 26, 2019

Josef “Joe” Breitenmoser, 93, of St. Joseph went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville, peacefully with his family by his side.

Joe was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a joyful man filled with faith, hope and love and generously shared hugs and smiles with family and friends. In his later years, Joe was also known as “Opi Joe”.

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Joe was born Nov. 7, 1925, to Johann and Maria (Huber) Breitenmoser in beautiful Northeastern Switzerland. He served in the Swiss Army and graduated from a Swiss apprenticeship as a Pastry Chef. On April 7, 1953, Joe married Margrit Sonderegger in Zurich, Switzerland, and then they immigrated to the US. Joe worked as a talented baker for the Whitcomb Hotel for 7 years, then in partnership opened his own bakery called the Town & Country Bakery, where Joe worked for 13 years. After partners sold the bakery, he joined the baking team at Bit of Swiss Pastry Shoppe, where Joe worked for 20 years.

Joe was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Benton Harbor. Our beloved Joe very much enjoyed traveling, airplanes, music, attending Christian worship, caring for his beautiful green lawn and trees, and cheering on his favorite sports teams, the Chicago White Sox, Notre Dame fighting Irish, Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks. He was a real patriot too! Most of all, Joe loved to spend time with his beloved family.

Joe is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 66 years, Margrit Breitenmoser of St. Joseph; loving children: Mark (Barbara) Breitenmoser of Berrien Springs, and Heidi (David) Bybee of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; loving granddaughters: Rita and Tarnim Bybee of Phoenix, Ariz., and sisters Trudy and Marie Breitenmoser of Switzerland.

“Come to Me…… and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. 

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