Joseph O. Pedersen (March 07, 1945 - October 13, 2023)

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Joseph O. Pedersen
  • March 07, 1945
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  • October 13, 2023

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Joseph O. Pedersen, 78, of Ormond Beach, FL, passed away October 13, 2023, after his good health was interrupted by a recent diagnosis of suspected Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a rare neurodegenerative human prion brain disease. Joe was born on March 7, 1945, in Port Chester, NY to parents Jorgen and Alice Pedersen.

Joe earned his Doctorate degree and had a lifelong career in education as a dedicated Teacher, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent. He also was a passionate wrestling coach and referee, and later, the Head of the Illinois State Wrestling Tournament. He was honored for his contributions at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame.

Joe was a disability advocate and the non-profit Board President of UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago. A home for disabled adults was dedicated in his name for his many years of service.

In his retirement, Joe enjoyed working the (very!) early shift as a golf course groundskeeper, first at his home golf course, Hallifax Plantation in Ormond Beach, and then at the LPGA International golf course in Daytona Beach.

Joe was a musician, guitarist, songwriter, and singer. He enjoyed golfing, wrestling, and fishing. Joe was dedicated to his family and friends, and he established lifelong relationships as a mentor and counsel to many. He was also a great storyteller and a faithful servant leader.

Joe is very dearly loved by his family and friends and will always be in our hearts.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, Jorgen Orsted Pedersen and Alice Marie Pedersen; his brother, James Orsted Pedersen; and his sister, Jayne Pedersen.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Susan Smith Pedersen (Keller); his 2 sons, Eric Pedersen and his wife Julie and their children Luke and Livie; and Craig Pedersen; and his 2 stepdaughters, Kelli Thiede and her husband Jim and their children Alex and Claire; and Kari Anne Tuohy and her husband Chris and their children Jacob and Megan. He is also survived by his sisters, Karen Pedersen; Marie Pedersen Talsness and her husband David; Christine Pedersen Lewis and her husband Calvin; his sister-in-law, Carol Pedersen; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the UF Foundation for Neurology research and education at the University of Florida Shands Hospital, or to UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago for creating life without limits for children and adults with disabilities.

A virtual celebration of life will be planned for Joe’s birth month in March 2024.  More details to follow.

 

UF Foundation

PO Box 100243, Gainesville, FL 32610

www.neurology.ufl.edu

 

UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

3100 South Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804

https://ucpseguin.org


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    26 Nov 2023
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    25 Nov 2023
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  3. David and Rosie says:
    24 Nov 2023
    Forever in our hearts with love. It's a blessing that Joe was in our lives and continues to be in spirit. A dear member of our family. Rest in peace, Joe, good and faithful servant.

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    24 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 24, 2023 at 11:23:30 AM

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    23 Nov 2023
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  7. molly martin says:
    23 Nov 2023
    Deepest sympathies to Eric, Suzi, and all of Joe’s family and friends on the loss of such a dear man and sweet human being!

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    23 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 23, 2023 at 11:41:50 AM

  9. Peter Fossi posted an image:
    22 Nov 2023
    Our last Gig!
    Our last Gig!

  10. Peter Fossi lit a candle:
    22 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 22, 2023 at 11:08:44 PM

  11. Peter Fossi says:
    22 Nov 2023
    If you knew Joe, he was your friend. I will miss him every day!

  12. Wes Schemmer says:
    22 Nov 2023
    One of the most influential people in my life. Thank you coach. Love you!

  13. John voit says:
    22 Nov 2023
    I have worked under Joe while he was president of the United Cerebral Palsy Board for many years. His experience as a teacher and father of Craig provided me as CEO with tremendous inspiration understanding the needs of families who care for their children who have a disability. I will never forget Joe’s impact on UCPSeguin and my life as a leader in the field caring for children and adults with disabilities. My deepest sympathies to Suzi and the entire family.

  14. John and Kathy Voit lit a candle:
    22 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 22, 2023 at 11:34:55 PM

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    21 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 21, 2023 at 11:10:54 PM

  16. charles mills says:
    21 Nov 2023
    Our deepest sympathies for another shining star from AHS. Thanks Joe for all you did for so many.

    Chuck and Ladda Mills

  17. Urik Ulicki says:
    21 Nov 2023
    For the short time period that I knew Joe, he was one of those people that I could talk to about anything. We always seemed to find a common ground on everything. He was just a great person, which is rare these days. I will miss our conversations & your stories.
    Suzi as always, let me know if you ever need anything. So sorry for your loss.

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    21 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 21, 2023 at 11:26:06 PM

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    21 Nov 2023
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    21 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 21, 2023 at 11:53:30 PM

  21. Marie Pedersen Talsness posted an image:
    21 Nov 2023
    Joseph in the Gibson Guitar Factory in Memphis Tennessee. I love when he came to visit us !!  I miss him dearly ❤️ Marie Talsness
    Joseph in the Gibson Guitar Factory in Memphis Tennessee. I love when he came to visit us !! I miss him dearly ❤️ Marie Talsness

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    21 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 21, 2023 at 11:58:20 PM

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    21 Nov 2023
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    21 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 21, 2023 at 11:43:41 PM

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    21 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 21, 2023 at 11:23:51 PM

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    21 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 21, 2023 at 11:21:46 PM

  28. JOHN KELLER says:
    21 Nov 2023
    A life well lived!

  29. 4nmp lit a candle:
    21 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 21, 2023 at 11:48:22 PM

  30. 7y92 posted an image:
    21 Nov 2023
    Joe & Suzi in the Harley days!
    Joe & Suzi in the Harley days!

  31. Kelli Thiede lit a candle:
    21 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 21, 2023 at 11:36:49 PM

  32. Kelli Thiede says:
    21 Nov 2023
    You are greatly missed, Joe. Thank you, for the light you brought to my mother and all of our family.️

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    21 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 21, 2023 at 11:00:55 PM

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    21 Nov 2023
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    21 Nov 2023
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  36. Debi Fulda says:
    21 Nov 2023
    To those survivors of Joe,

    No, I did not have the pleasure of meeting him. He must’ve been a great man to have married mama Suzi! my hearts go out to all during this difficult time! I love you all!


    Debi

  37. Debi Fulda lit a candle:
    21 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 21, 2023 at 11:42:51 PM

  38. obitadmin posted an image:
    19 Oct 2023
    Joseph and Susan
    Joseph and Susan

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