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Joseph LeFevre

Joseph C. LeFevre

Saturday, January 3rd, 1942 - Monday, December 16th, 2019
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Joseph C. LeFevre, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, died of lung cancer on December 16, 2019 in Lake Charles, La. He was born January 3, 1942 in Ft. Recovery, Ohio. Joseph was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 39 years, Mary Theresa Howard LeFevre, by his father Henry Philip LeFevre, his mother Agnes Steinbrunner LeFevre, and brother Henry (Bud) LeFevre. He is survived by siblings Philip LeFevre, Kathleen Bohman, Cyril LeFevre (Helen), Larry LeFevre (Kathy), Marguerite Brunswick (Dave), and by many nieces, nephews, and friends, including his closest friends, Nancy, Carrie and John Sickmann.

Joseph spent his adult life teaching philosophy. He taught at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., Dillard University in New Orleans, and for 33 years at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. He earned master’s degrees from DePaul University and Catholic University and a Ph.D. from Tulane University.

His friends and family hope that all who knew him will remember his gentle strength, his reverence for beauty and music, his wry sense of humor, and his uncompromising integrity. He asked that when we find ourselves feeling sad, we focus on the happy times: so, we remember our travels together (both around the world and down the block), our strolls through the sculpture garden, and the card games that lasted into the wee hours. We hope that your memories of Joseph and Theresa bring as much joy to you as they bring to us.

Joseph expressed gratitude for all who loved and supported him. In accord with his wishes, his closing moment was private. He requests that in lieu of visitation or flowers, those wishing to remember him do so by sharing a kindness with someone in the community.

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    Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601
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Thora Bayer

Posted at 10:51am
Remembering Joe, I found this photograph of the Department of Philosophy in academic attire at the Xavier graduation in 2014.
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Charles A Koesters

Posted at 09:54am
As former classmates of Joseph LeFevre, who graduated from St. Henry High School , St Henry, Ohio, Class of 1958, wish to send our condolences to Joseph's Family and Friends! He was very intelligent, quiet , easy to converse with, and also a great sense of
Humor! Joseph was somewhat younger to most of his class mates , but in most ways, with his easy smile he was more mature it seemed and way ahead of most of us in intelligence ! Very well received by his classmates!!! Rest in Peace Joseph!

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