Joseph (Joe) Brychta, 83, of Jacksonville, FL passed away peacefully on October 26, 2022. He is reunited in heaven with his bride of nearly 46 years, Rochelle (Sally) Brychta (dec. 2008), who are no doubt showing the angels how to dance the jitterbug.
Joe was born May 7, 1939, to Joseph and Mae Brychta (Lindaur) in Cicero, IL. He leaves behind children Jeff Brychta (Janet) and Joe Brychta of Jacksonville, FL, and Jeanelle Odum (Darren) of Winter Garden, FL.
He was so proud of his grandchildren Amanda Lewis (Richard) of Jacksonville Beach, FL, Savannah Brychta Freier (Kaitlyn) of Atlantic Beach, FL, Austin Brychta of Jacksonville, FL, Sam Brychta of Jacksonville, FL, Jack Odum of Fort Myers, FL and Della Odum of Winter Garden, FL and two great grandchildren Andrew Eisch and Ryden Lewis. He will be missed by his siblings, Rich Brychta of New Buffalo, MI, Connie Lloyd (Larry) of Buchanan, MI and Russ Brychta of Holland, MI and many nieces and nephews who loved visiting Uncle Joe and Aunt Sally in Florida.
After graduating from New Buffalo High School in Michigan (1957), Joe joined the Air Force and served four years. He married Sally in 1962 and moved to Florida in 1969, where he established a sales career at Keller Building Supplies, Triangle Pacific and 31-W Insulation. Over the years he enjoyed fishing, league bowling at Beach Bowl, volunteering at the Greater Jacksonville King Fish Tournament and faithfully cheering on the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Cubs.
Joe was well loved and known for his quick humor, caring spirit, sage advice and positive attitude. You could often find him at Jerry’s Grille, where the owners, employees and regulars became part of our extended family. He loved the daily catching up with his Holiday Harbor neighbors and cared for them deeply.
The family is planning a life celebration for Joe at Jerry’s Grille (3170-22 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225) sometime before Christmas. Due to out-of-town family concerns, we won’t have a day and time for a couple of weeks. Details to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Northeast Florida Community Hospice (https://www.communityhospice.com/give/) in Joe’s name. Nurses Kate and Brenda, social worker Megan, CNA Jeanette and music therapist Carrie were truly angels on earth.