Joel Patrick Stipelcovich, Sr., 55, of Orange, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, at his residence. Born on July 31, 1957 in New Orleans, to his parents, Wilber Joseph Stipelcovich and Elise (Treadaway) Rossbach, he lived in Orange for 26 years.

He had previously lived in Empire, La., and he had worked in the Marine Transportation Industry as a Ship’s Captain. Joel attended the New Life Assembly of God Church in Orange. He enjoyed woodworking, working on cars; was a really good carpenter; he enjoyed tinkering with hotrods, fishing and spending time with his dogs, Angel, Susie, Spike, Becca, Jojo, and Missy and he also enjoyed his cat, Sadie.

He was preceded in death by his father; his brother, Noel Stipelcovich; his son, Thomas Tobin and numerous members of his extended family.

Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife of 33 years, Belinda Stipelcovich of Orange; sons, Joseph Tobin and wife, Pam of Sulphur and Joel Stipelcovich, Jr. and wife, Andrea of Deweyville; mother, Elsie Rossbach and husband, Walter of Maynardville, TN; sister, Mary Ivanovich of Austin, Kim Best and husband, Jason of Pownal, Maine and Dawn Marchand and husband, Rob of Bush, La.; brother, Todd Rossbach of Nashville.

Other survivors include, grandchildren, C. J. Manuel, Candace Manuel, Kaitlyn Tobin, Autumn Cormier, Thomas Tobin, Nicholas Tobin, Justin Iwai, Angelique Stipelcovich, Thomas Stipelcovich, Abbigail Stipelcovich, and three adopted grandchildren, including Ashlyn. Joel is also survived by numerous members of his extended family.

Services to honor Joel’s life will be at 12:00 P.M. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at the New Anointing New Life Assembly of God Church on Hwy. 105, just west of Hwy. 62, in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Keith Pennington, pastor of the church. A gathering of Joel’s family and friends will be from 10:00 A.M. until service time on Wednesday at the church, and a reception will be held after the services at the church.

Arrangements are with Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Condolences may be sent to the family at