I (Robert Anthony Borgon) remember spending time with Joseph and Denise when they visited my parents (Frank & Sandra Borgon) around 1996. He and I went computer shopping and I laughed the entire trip. He was both an educated and entertaining man who was very easy to connect with.
Joseph died in an automobile accident in 2001, and he is missed by all de Waeles - American and European.
Mary Donnelly Smith writes:
I met Joseph, Sr.in the 1950's when he came to Michigan to lecture. I was a little kid. Joseph, Sr and his family ended up moving to The Netherlands before WW II. It was hard to get work in Belgium. Anyway, Joseph Jr. grew up and married Denise. I visited them about 3 1/2 years ago (~1999). Joseph Jr showed me around Nijmegen, where they lived for a day. I met his wife Denise, who cooked us a terrific dinner. We drove to Nienke's city and spent a few hours. It was wonderful. The family reunion in Traverse City, Michigan 1.5 years later was an idea that germinated from that visit with Joseph. We started to email each other. It was great fun.
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