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Memories of Joe

Dear Joey,
Thanks for going  fishing with me during those long afternoons on Big Floyd Lake in Minnesota. You were about 13 and up to lots of golf and any adventure I could think up. I especially enjoyed the time I suggested you drive the boat as we headed out for Walleye and Sunnies.  You looked at the massive 12 footer with an elderly 9.5 Johnson outboard with just a tad of trepidation - you had never driven a boat before.  Your Aunt Aimee' was there on our lawn as we headed out to boat . "Are you sure you should let Joey drive?" she said.  Without flinching you jumped into the drivers seat.  I explained that all you had to do was pull the rope on the motor, turn the handle for throttle, and push the tiller the opposite way you wanted the boat to go.  You gave me a knowing nod.  You got the motor running, I untied us from our dock and off we went!  You immediately turned the throttle to full blast, your eyes becoming very big as we headed straight towards the shore.  I yelled turn and you did a quick 90 degrees  right towards the neighbor's dock, the massive motor pushed us faster and faster.  Your eyes got bigger and bigger.  Aimee' was screaming and I was laughing so hard I couldn't speak.  We banged into the neighbors dock and off we went out back out into the lake.  Eventually you regained your composure and we practiced a few turns and even went out and caught a few fish.  It's a fun memory I will always treasure and hopefully Aimee' will someday forgive me for the scare we gave her. 
You're the best!
- Uncle Dan
Oh Joey!  I knew better then to let the two of you go anywhere alone and not just because I am a worrier.  I had visions of the scene from On Golden Pond where the young boy drives the boat and he and Henry Fonda get in the boating accident.  How was I ever going to explain this one to your mom and grandma?  Sure enough, as soon as I looked up there you were headed right towards me (on shore!)- then all of a sudden you were gunning  for Al's dock next door.  I was having major heart palpitations and screaming as loud as I could ( as if you didn't know you were headed towards the dock).  I hunkered down and crept inside unable to watch anymore.  When I came to from the safety of the living room I watched as  you two headed out towards the middle of the lake.  Neither of you said a thing about it when you came back in!  You were wise to stay out as long as you did to let me cool down!
I love your enthusiasm, determination and grin.  And you liked my cooking which puts you in a category by yourself ( for enjoying it and surviving it!).  What fun we had watching movies and having you stay in the Grannie house next to us.   You loved having your own bachelor pad as long as Emily stayed with you.  Getting to know you was the best part.
All my love,
- Aunt Aimee'
I unfortunately never got the opportunity to get to know Joe, but i've been lucky to become very close with some of his very best friends. I honestly hear the amazing stories and memories of the wonderful person, and best friend he was on a daily basis. My heart goes out to family and friends.
- Caitlin Breakey
I first met Joe in a physics lab at MSU. He was definitely the voice of the classroom! In about the third week of lab we were matched up as partners and decided that instead of switching partners weekly, like we were supposed to, we would just be partners every week. We became pretty good friends and took another physics lab together so we could be partners again. Most of the labs were uninteresting and difficult, but Joe always seemed to make it fun. No matter how boring it was to make the millionth scatterplot of data Joe always had a funny made up name to put on the graph or story about the weekend or joke to get some laughs and smiles. He had a great impact on me and he really taught me not to take things too seriously.
- Jeff Dolan
Joe and I met in Mrs. Homan's algebra in the seventh grade and were great friends almost immediately. Joe, my brother, the late great Frank Krzeczkowski and myself were barely seen apart if we could help it. We were support for each other when Frank died in 2002 and unfortunately went separate ways for a couple years of high school. Life evidently had a different plan for us since almost immediately following graduation we were back together all the time. When I transferred to Michigan State Joe and I spent almost all day everyday together. We learned and built on our experiences with each other. Whether it was teaching Joe to wakeboard or Joe forcing me into the gym five days a week, we were together and it never got old. Joe was a brother to me and I love him for it.
- Chris Bender
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