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Joseph Michael Reilly
November 13, 1942 ~ October 16, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Joseph Michael Reilly, Jr.
80 years young
On October 16 th , his loving wife Pat of 43 years, along with many friends
and family members, said goodbye to this proud Irishman and loyal
native of Chicago’s south side, Joe Reilly.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Catherine and Joe Sr., who
taught him early on about caring for others when they opened their
hearts and home to more than 20 foster kids throughout his childhood.
It’s what led him to support various children’s charities including the
March of Dimes and the Variety Club Association, where he served as
With no children of their own, Joe became the larger-than-life, fun-
loving uncle to Ginny, Mike, Mary Jo, Carol, Kay, Kristin, Mark, Heidi,
Kirk, David and Steve—the 11 nieces and nephews he acquired when he
met and married the love of his life, Pat Moritz of Milwaukee. He may
have raised a few eyebrows with his new in-laws, but their kids reveled
in the many antics of “Uncle Joe.” From playing Santa Claus to
introducing them to discotheques to teaching them to play poker for
money, he was always at the center of their attention.
Joe’s business career included 20 plus years working with IBM, Control
Data and Cap Gemini America, but his true passion was realized in 1996
when he launched Payroll Control Systems (PCS), providing payroll
services for businesses throughout the country. In just four short years,
he earned the prestigious Twin West Chamber “Entrepreneur of the
Year” Award. Joe never took full credit for his successes. His mantra
was, “you can’t do it alone,” and he always surrounded himself with
great partners in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Milwaukee.
Reluctant to leave this world, Joe wished to keep golfing, traveling,
boating, telling jokes and entertaining alongside his lovely Pat, who
A celebration of Joe’s well-lived life will take place on Saturday,
November 4 th at the Minneapolis Golf Club, 2001 Flag Ave. S. in St. Louis
Park. Gathering at 1:30 pm, Celebration of Life from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
Let’s party from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Bring your memories, stories, laughter
and tears — and maybe retell a slightly off-color joke or two. Joe truly
loved life and will be sorely missed.
Contributions in Joe’s name may be made to the American Cancer
Society, P.O. Box 21600, Eagan, Minnesota 55121
Arrangements: Billman Hunt Funeral Chapel; www.billmanhunt.com