Monday, March 31, 2014

Joe Spado Memorial Information SAVE THE DATES JUNE 27 & JUNE 28, 2014

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

Joe’s time here on earth ended December 2, 2013. He entered the spirit world at the start of a very cold, long winter. The family decided that we would wait to give family and friends a chance to give him a proper send off, to have time together to reflect and remember him.  Plans are for a ceremony at Fort Snelling Cememtery, Minneapolis, MN  at 11 am on June 27th, where he will be memorialize with the full military honors he has earned.
Luncheon will be served after at Steve VandeWater's home, 693 Butternut Ave, St. Paul.(about 8 miles from the cemetery)Deli meat, cheese and vegie trays will be provided Pot luck offerings will be accepted. 


The plans for Saturday, June 28th is to escort Joe’s ashes up to Lake Superior, where we will launch some of the “captain” in a miniature canoe out into the lake. Joe always told us that when he got too old and sick that we should just put him in a canoe and send him out into the lake he loved so much. To honor that wish we decided to make this symbolic gesture. Joe will be driven up by motorcycle escorted by more motorcycles and vehicles. The tentative destination will be Maslowski Beach on Chequamegon Bay, just off Hwy 2 in Ashland, WI. After the launching a memorial service will take place in Washburn, WI at Humble Be ( where food will be served, music will be made and we will all have a chance to remember Joe. I will get more information out for people who wish to stay in the Ashland/Washburn/Bayfield area as well as times for departure from River Falls, WI (base) to head north. It is approx a 4 hour ride. If I don’t get your questions answered please feel free to call or email me. My cell is 715-209-6599 and email is

Camping and crashing is available at my house in River Falls for Friday night or any time you need to. I have a couple tents and plenty of back yard and floor or couch space available.

looking forward to seeing you

more info will be coming, promise!
Barb and family


Hazel said...

Joe, Spadoman: a wonderful bloggity friend.

Meet you in the sky; cheers from Bangkok!

Anonymous said...

Joe Spadoman was a fine gentleman and a blogger friend. If I could make it i would have been there for this memorial. But alas, I live in Ghana;, West Africa. Wishing you all the best as you celebrate his life.

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Joe always kind words and compliments in support in this space we call "cyber." I have missed his humor and wit and his stories. Wishing you comfort and solace knowing he had so many who admired him. Cathy

carol l mckenna said...

What a treasure of a man and am sure you are a treasure also ~ I met him in cyberspace at Haiku My Heart and was a wonderful haiku writer and having lost my husband my heart embraces you at this difficult time ~ sending lots of healing hugs ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol

ps. You are honoring Joe in so many beautiful ways. I would want my ashes to be put in a kayak sent out into the ocean ~ xoxo

Mark said...

I'm smiling as I read these send-off plans, and I can't help but think that Joe is smiling too.

Blessings, Barb and family, abundant blessings!

rebecca said...

dearest barb,
thank you so much for writing to me so i could reach out to the haiku circle and invite everyone to celebrate joe's life with you. haiku my heart is not the same without joe. he embraced this weekly ritual with all his heart, wisdom, and humor. most importantly he embraced all of us so generously in a celebration of shared humanity. thank you for sharing him with us all these years. sending you and your family much love.

foxysue said...

Joe will always live in my heart, I think of him often. Haiku my Heart brought him into my life, I miss his comments he always had something to say that made you feel special...

Cheering the celebration of his life..
Ms Foxy

Anonymous said...

met joe thru haiku my heart and was sorry to hear of his passing... such a pleasure to visit his blog... what a wonderful celebratin it shall be... sorry gonna miss that canoe ride to neverneverland.... miss pie

J C said...

I believe Joe knows what you are doing for him, and that he loves you even more.