In loving memory of

March 25, 1939 - July 27, 2020

Joseph P. Olivier, 81, of Marquette, passed away Monday evening, July 27, 2020 at the Norlite Nursing Center where he had resided a short while.

Joe was born on March 25, 1939 in Marquette, a son of the late Thomas and Jean (Flannigan) Olivier and was a lifelong area resident and had attended Graveraet High School.

Joe began working at the family business, the former Flanigan Brothers Moving and Storage Company as a child, which he eventually became owner and president of. He was also employed over the years at Wylie Loan as a loan officer, and U.P. Office Supply in Marquette.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret DeMerse who he married on December 9, 1976; three children, Jason (Michele) Olivier of Vermont, Jeremy Olivier of Sparta, WI and Michael (Rachel) of Boyne City, MI; eight grandchildren, Julianne Hanson, Jarod Olivier, Madelyn, Clara, Sarah, Jack, Piper, and Sawyer Olivier; three siblings; one great-grandson, Leander Joseph Hanson; siblings, Susan (Michael) Handrahan of Virginia, Mary (Bart) Spratto of Green Bay, WI and Russel (Pam) Olivier of South Carolina; sister-in-law, Dale Olivier of Marquette; brothers-in-law, Richard (Edith) DeMerse of Marquette, Dennis (Michele) DeMerse of Iron Mountain, MI and Irwin (Ethel) DeMerse of New Mexico; as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Preceding Joe in death besides his parents was a brother, Martin "Marty" Olivier.

Per Joe's request there will be no funeral services at this time. Burial will take place in the Park Cemetery.

The Olivier family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at the Norlite Nursing Center during this difficult period of time.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Olivier family where memories and condolences may be shared at

Miss Me, But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little- but not too long
and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me- but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take
and each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
a step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart,
go to the friends we know,
and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me- but let me go.

-Edgar A. Guest


Jerry Brumm wrote on Aug 2, 2020:

"To Joe\'s extended family, I am sad to the bone today. I worked for Flanigan\'s for many summers during my college days. Joe was the office manager when I started, and eventually, owner. It was fun to work for and with him. He stood then, and will always be, the best boss I\'ve ever had. He was humble, hard working, and honest. With a great sense of humor, all the guys enjoyed the camaraderie of those days and working hard for him. I encourage all (Mayflower) truck drivers far and wide to throttle down for a few moments and then on the road to the next stop, 3 blasts on your air horns for a great man."

Daniel and Mindy Flanigan wrote on Aug 2, 2020:

"Margaret and family, Mindy and I would like to extend our condolences on Joe?s passing. I always enjoyed Joe?s story?s about My grandparent?s I never had the privilege of knowing, about the family business etc. Being one of the oldest cousins, we lovingly referred to him as ? uncle Joe? he was a connection to an earlier era and will be dearly missed. God bless Dan and Mindy Flanigan"

Jill and Ray Byrd wrote on Jul 31, 2020:

"We are saddened to hear of Joe\'s passing. He was a wonderful man and we had good times with him when going back to Negaunee too see family. We considered Joe a family member for many years. Our condolences to Margaret and family. Jill and Ray Byrd (Seattle)"

Jennifer Helen Johnson wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"I will always remember joking around with Joe, a great, loving man with a great sense of humor. I will miss him. Condolences to Margaret, Mike & all the family. Please take comfort in the great memories he made with us. Sincerely, Jennifer Johnson "

Bruce Miller wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing him at my office. "

Rose Talaga wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"To Joe\'s wife Margaret and family-My husband Steve Talaga and I were saddened to hear of his passing. Steve enjoyed working with Joe at U.P. Office for many years and coffee breaks when Joe would stop in after retiring. What a loss of a kind man! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rose and Steve Talaga"

Pattie and Frank Malette wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"remembering Joe Pat from our school days~ condolences to his wife and family "