Skip to content

Joseph Collet

Joseph Anthony “Joe” Collet, 85, of Findlay and formerly of Carey, died on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at Blanchard Valley Hospital following a bout with COVID-19.
On Dec. 15, 1935, Joe was born in Carey, the second of seven children of the late Isidore and Rose M. (Miller) Collet. A hard worker all of his life, he started working at an early age, first at Fetter 5 & 10. Then, he worked at the Handle & Lumber Company by day, then would help his father with deliveries for their furniture store, Carey Furniture, by night. From there, he worked for 25 years at Bargain City, which became Rinks and later, Cooks. He also worked at Big Lots in Findlay. Lastly, he worked for Furrows Home Lumber Company. Everywhere he went, he became a manager of a department and everyone always came to the store asking for Joe.
Joe was a member of the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation of Carey.
Having a heart of gold, Joe was one of the most sincere and grateful people you could ever meet. He always said “Thank you” even for the smallest of favors. He also was a great caretaker, helping his mother, Rose, live at home for as long as possible and helping her make it to 100.
Very outgoing, Joe loved to talk to everyone and he often had a little candy bar on hand to make your day. He also had a quick and witty sense of humor and a funny answer for everything.
He will be missed by his three siblings, Pauline Reinhart of Tiffin, Dennis (Jennifer) Collet of Carey and Ann Yost of Carey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Jane LaRoche; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ron Collet, and Paul (Nancy) Collet; and two brothers-in-law, Russell LaRoche and Paul Reinhart.
A mass of resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, with the Rev. Tom Merrill, OFM Conv., officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carey.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Consolation Church and they may be sent to the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Leave a Comment