SAVANNA—Joseph Brown, 76, of Savanna, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Carroll County Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna. Burial of his cremated remains and military rites will take place in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Savanna. Visitation will be held from 9:30-11 a.m., prior to the Mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children's Hospital or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Joe's memory. Family and friends are invited to share in Joe's life at

Joe was born Jan. 10, 1943, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the son of Herman and Louise (Bottenhorn) Brown. Joe proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1962-66. On Jan. 19, 1991, Joseph married Christine Rochowiak in Carol Stream.

Joe worked for Pacific Bell and Illinois Bell for over 35 years. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union. Joe had a passion for photography and loved sharing his work with family and friends. He enjoyed playing cards and earned the title of Cribbage Master as part of the American Cribbage Congress.

Joseph Brown went by many names — Joe to his family and friends, Pops to his son Len, Poppa to his grandchildren, and FotoJo to those who had the pleasure of viewing his photography. If you could only use one word to describe Joe, it would have to be "generous." Joe was a kind man with a big heart whose own happiness came from making others happy. However, despite his generous nature, he never threw a game of cribbage just to let you win. Heaven better send out for more decks of cards and a few cribbage boards, and St. Peter better be ready to view all of the heavenly pictures Joe will be taking.

Joe will be dearly missed by his wife of 28 years, Christine; a son, Leonard Brown of Elburn, Ill.; one stepson, Joseph McGuire of Melvin, Ill.; three stepdaughters, Maureen (Doug) Norris of Des Moines, Iowa, Kathleen McGuire of Decatur, Ill., and Colleen (Jeff) Karn of Brimfield, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Victoria, Julia, Emilia, and Zophia McGuire, Rachel and Aaron Taylor, and Cassandra, Jake, Christine, and Catherine Karn; and one sister, Betty (Mark) Squier of Fraser, Mich.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Louise, three brothers, and three sisters.