Joe Cardenas

Obituary of Joe Cardenas

Adrian – Joe Cardenas, age 65, of Adrian, passed away unexpectedly at his home on June 2, 2018.


He was born on September 27, 1952, in Adrian to Albert and Celia (Terrazas) Cardenas. Joe proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1971 - 1973. On June 30, 1972, he married Vita Garcia at St. Mary of Good Counsel Church in Adrian and she survives.  Joe worked for General Motors as a Job Setter, Forklift Operator, and was a member of the Fire Brigade for 36 years before retiring.  He was a member of St. Mary of Good Counsel Church in Adrian. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, and garage sales, but most of all, he enjoyed his time with his family and grandchildren, all of whom he was very proud of.


In addition to his wife of almost 46 years, Vita, Joe is survived by three sons, Michael (Stephanie) of Rockford, David (Kara) of Rockford, and Christopher (Christina) Cardenas of Magnolia, TX; two brothers, Albert (Shelley) of Canton and Rudy (Lisa) Cardenas of Ypsilanti; three sisters, Helen (Joe) Hernandez of Coahoma, TX, Eliesa Cardenas of Cleveland, OH, and Gloria Rodriguez of Waco, TX; eight grandchildren, Cameron, Logan, Vanessa, Julian, Brody, Annabel, Brant, and Kelly; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, maternal and paternal grandparents, and special cousin, Julian Terrazas.


Visitation for Joe will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 4-8 p.m. with a Vigil Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian. The funeral mass will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the time of the mass at St. Mary of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Adrian with Fr. Tom Murphy officiating. Full Military Rites will be conducted at the end of mass by the American Legion Post #97 and V.F.W. Post #1584 Annis-Fint. Cremation to follow.


You may send condolences to the family at  Memorial contributions may be made to My Turn. Donations can be made online at or envelopes are available at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.