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Joseph J. Phelan

February 3, 1963 ~ December 31, 2020 (age 57)

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Joseph J. Phelan, 57

Campbell - Joseph J. Phelan, 57, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at his home.  

Joseph, known by his family and friends as "Joe" or "Joey," was born February 3, 1963 in Youngstown, OH, the son of the late Joseph and Jane Ann (Buckon) Phelan.

He graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1981 and was a lifelong area resident.   

Joe had numerous jobs throughout his career, but he knew his purpose on this earth was to make others feel special with his kindness and generosity. He was always happy to apply his skills in carpentry, plumbing and electrical repair to anyone’s home improvement project. Joe knew every relative’s and friend’s birthday and sent cards and gifts to many people every year. His thoughtfulness was inspiring. He was known to mentor and teach the younger generation and also kept an eye on older friends who might need his help. In the true Irish tradition, Joe was a great storyteller with a sarcastic sense of humor and he never came empty handed when invited to your house.

Joe is survived by his sister, Katie M. (Ricky) Phelan-Lewin of Novelty, OH; and his brother-in-law, Chris Lowry of Bend, OR.   

Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brother, Patrick M. Phelan; and his sister, Maureen A. Phelan.

Since Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Patrick's Church in Youngstown, donations in his memory can be made to either. 

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Patrick's Church, 1410 Oak Hill Avenue in Youngstown.  Interment will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Lake Park Cemetery. Following the burial, there will be a luncheon at 1:00 p.m. at the Slippery Rock Pavilion in Mill Creek Park.  Please come prepared to tell stories, memories, recite poems or prayers. Bring a dessert to share if you like.  Please RSVP for the luncheon to Katie at or call  440-557-5557.  

Arrangements are being handled by Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market Street in  Boardman.  

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Mass of Christian Burial
September 11, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1410 Oak Hill Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44507


St. Patrick Catholic Church
1410 Oak Hill Avenue, Youngstow OH 44507

Knights of Columbus

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