Madison – Joseph “Joe” Lovett, age 90, passed away peacefully at Agrace HospiceCare on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 following a brief illness.

Born in Rutland, Vermont as one of seven children, Joe celebrated life, his faith and the love of family each and every day of his nine decades with us. He met the love of his life, Betty, while at Yale and their journey together brought them to Madison in 1965 with their four children. Joe was in sales and marketing throughout his career that included working for the Graber Company and Mautz Paint before deciding to work as an independent sales representative for Allen Edmonds Shoes. As he moved into retirement, Joe continued to sing in the choir at St. Peter Catholic Church in Madison, serve as a member of SERTOMA, write poetry and volunteer as a tutor and volunteer coordinator for the Schools of Hope Project.

While preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, an infant son and daughter-in-law Nancy, Joe is survived by his darling Betty, four children Tim Lovett of Okauchee, Diane (Lee) Jones of Madison, Gerry (Connie) Lovett of Madison and Martha (Eric) Sullivan of Waunakee, and his grandchildren Erin (Kyle), Mark (Alli), Kevin, Michael, Will and Kaytee.

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Joe’s life will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, at 11:00 a.m., with Msgr. Charles Schluter officiating. A visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Schools of Hope Project, 810 W. Badger Road, Madison, WI 53713.

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