Joseph Michael


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Joseph Michael Ensminger

Mar 31 1946 - Dec 21 2007

Joseph Michael Ensminger, age 61, of Richardson died at The Plaza Comprehensive Care facility in Richardson, following his battle with cancer on December 21, 2007. Joe was born March 31, 1946 in Waynesboro, PA and raised near Hershey, PA graduating from Hershey High School in 1965. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph G. and Lydia J. and twin sister, Mary. Joe worked in the electronics industry for many years starting with AMP Incorporated, Berg Electronics (DuPont) where he earned Rookie of the Year his first year and Salesman of the Year his second year, CTS, Canon , Elfab, Renata Batteries of Switzerland, and most recently with Sy Kessler Sales, Inc. of Dallas. Joe obtained a US patent for his invention of an electronic connector component. Joe raised Siberian huskies in PA winning Best in Show at the prestigious Ladies Dog Club in MA with his personal dog handling skills. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Richardson. Joe was an avid hockey coach, player and fan. Joe was instrumental in developing hockey programs and teams of all levels and all ages including Head Coach at Bishop Lynch High School. His love of hockey was passed to his children who were fortunate to learn from him as were many other boys and girls in the Metroplex. Joe is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Richardson, four daughters: Chandra of Chicago and her sons Leroy and Tristan, Linda of The Woodlands and her husband Andrew Johnston and their three daughters, Leia, Grace and Hope; Holly and Hope who live at home in Richardson and two sons: Michael who attends the University of Arkansas and Nicholas, a student at Notre Dame School of Dallas and lives at home, numerous relatives in Hershey, PA area and many friends around the world. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Richardson, Texas. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, Allen, Texas. We would like to thank Dr. Steve Perkins and his staff, Dr. Ed Gilbert and his staff, Grace Hospice and The Plaza at Richardson where he spent his final days with loving care and dignity and to all the friends who visited regularly until the end. Sincere appreciation to The Catholic Foundation, Bishop Lynch High School, Notre Dame School of Dallas and all the friends who so graciously supported our family with their prayers, visits, calls, emails, cards, food and kind deeds. Memorials may be made to the Ensminger Children's Fund in c/o Bank of America.
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