ISHPEMING, MI. Joseph W. Sharland, age 74, of 945 Wabash St., Ishpeming, passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Eastwood Nursing Center following a valiant battle with cancer. Joe was in the loving care of his family at the time of his death.
Joe was born April 8, 1940, the second-eldest son of Thomas "Ted" and Vivian (Heikkila) Sharland. Joe attended local schools and graduated from the St. Paul's High School in Negaunee in 1958. He served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. York County and the U.S.S. Krishna. He was honorably discharged in 1962 and soon after began work with the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co., first at the Republic Mine and later at the Tilden Mine, from which he retired in 1997.
Joe married Bonnie Pearson in 1968 and established residence in Ishpeming. He was a lifetime member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, and likewise a lifetime Detroit Lions fan. Joe enjoyed working in his yard, cook-outs and exchanging good-natured barbs with his buddies at afternoon coffee at McDonald's, as well as spending time with his extended family.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie, son Brad (Hattie) and daughter Kristin all of Ishpeming; brothers Thomas (Mary) of Ishpeming, Michael (Paula) of Gwinn and Richard of Negaunee; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Doug and Susan Pearson of Ishpeming, and sister-in-law Marge Pearson of Ohio; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Patrick, his mother-in-law and father-in-law Dorothy and Reuben Pearson, brother-in-law Steve Pearson and sister-in- law Suzie Olson.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 10:00 11:00 am on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Greg Heikkala to officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #380.
Inurnment will take place at the Ishpeming Cemetery.
A luncheon will be held in the K-D hall following the Mass.
Joe's obituary may be viewed at bjorkand zhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.