Joseph Leo Lange, age 88, passed away peacefully November 8, 2020. He was born on January 22,1932 in New Orleans and resided in Metairie. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and proud grandfather. Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Thais Graham Lange, his parents, Theodore William Lange and Mary Riccardella Lange, brothers Peter and Theodore Lange, and sister Anna L. Inch. He is survived by his children, Joseph (Carol) and Thais Marie (Marcus Runkel), by his brother-in-law Lloyd T Christo III (Anna) and his grandchildren Sam, Zac, Ali, Noah and John, along with several nieces and nephews.
Joe was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Hanau, Germany. He retired from General Pay Plan, the mortgage and loan company he founded in 1962 and grew through valued, long-lasting partnerships with John Marks, Jim Dunn and Clark Pellegrin. He welcomed his son Joey into the business in 1988. Joe and Thais were devoted to their Catholic faith. Together, they spent many hours in Adoration Chapels and took a missionary trip around the world, visiting many sacred Catholic sites. They had great times with their special friends in the Tri-W Social Club. More than anything though, Joe loved his family. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than spending time with them and recounting stories about his life, especially his dear Mama, time in Germany, the early years with Thais and their later family vacations. He was happiest talking sports with Joey, traveling with Thais Marie, hanging out with Carol, laughing with Marcus, doing anything with his grandkids, and most of all, just holding hands with his one and only love, Thais.
The family would like to give special thanks to the women who took great care of Joe: Annie Chamorro, Cheryl Gray, Terry Harton, Jeannine Johnson and Norma Montero, along with many other caregivers. Due to COVID, funeral services and burial were private. If you would like to honor Joe’s memory, please consider a donation to Catholic Charities New Orleans (ccano.org). Please share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.tharpsontheimerfh.com
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