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Job Joseph Counsellor
November 2, 1991 – February 9, 2019
“The Lord said…’Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him.’" Job 1:8
Job Joseph Counsellor, 27 years old, entered eternity on Saturday evening, February 9, 2019. He was born November 2, 1991 in Mishawaka, the son of Richard and Deborah (Walter) Counsellor, and lived in this area his entire life.
He is survived by his wife, Alma Counsellor along with his parents, Richard and Deborah Counsellor, three sisters: Barbara (Chris) Gaby of Cookville, TN, Sarah (Brian) Mayer of West Lafayette, IN, and Crissy (Paul) Murphy of San Jose, CA; four brothers: Obadiah (Sarah) Counsellor, and Isaiah (Therryn) Counsellor, both of South Bend, IN, Daniel Counsellor, and David Counsellor both of Mishawaka, IN, and grandparents, Charles and Barbara Walter of Mishawaka, IN. Also surviving are Alma's parents, Esteban Flores and Francisca Herrera Flores, and her two sisters Mirella and Alexa Flores of South Bend, IN.
Job was the sixth of eight children. Despite being the middle child in a line of 5 boys, his sparkling personality always guaranteed him attention. He was a very early talker, and by the age of two he could out-talk his teenage sisters. Job’s childhood was filled with trying to sneak over to Mrs. Petersen’s house to beg for cookies, pretending house with his big sister and the neighbor girls, running around the yard playing ‘war’ with his brothers, picking the neighbor’s flowers to surprise his mommy (sorry Mr. Annis!), building snow forts in the winter and having epic squirt gun fights in the summer.
Musically gifted, Job filled the house with his constant singing. In addition to his perfect pitch, he was a talented pianist and guitarist. As a teenager he spent many hours working and hanging out at Starbucks with friends. Although he played on a homeschool basketball team, he spent more time laughing and joking than competing. Job was the life of every party, always surrounded by a large group of friends.
He received his Associates degree from Ivy Tech, and his Bachelors in Nursing from Indiana University of South Bend. While in college Job spent a summer in Europe, helping missionaries in Germany and then traveling with his brother, Isaiah. Job learned languages quickly; he was conversational in German and Spanish. He loved experiencing new cultures and foods, and was always planning his next trip.
In October 2012 Job met the love of his life, Alma, at Indiana University South Bend in Anatomy & Physiology class. The chemistry between them was so quick and strong that it did not go unnoticed by their mutual friends. At Job’s 21st birthday celebration he asked Alma to be his girlfriend…and she told him no. But quickly changed her mind, and two weeks later, she asked a thrilled Job to be her boyfriend. They dated for five years before being united in marriage on October 21, 2017 at Clay Church in South Bend. They enjoyed being married for 1 year and 3 months.
Job was employed as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. He was a compassionate, detailed, hard-working, much-loved nurse. Job often received letters from past patients, thanking him for his exceptional care. When work was stressful, Job was always able to bring a smile to his co-workers faces. Job had the rare gift of maintaining joy amidst pain.
Job loved children and will always be remembered as the “Best Uncle Ever!” by his 15 nieces and nephews. He was the first family member to travel the many hours to be by the side of his nephew, Alby, as he fought leukemia. Job introduced his nieces to Frappuccinos, ensuring Starbuck’s future success. He always took the time to pick them up and dance them around, read them a book, or jump together on the trampoline. Job will also be deeply missed by his Shepadoodle dog, Zoey. He liked to take her for rides in his Jeep, runs in the woods, and buy her gifts.
Job spread love and joy wherever he went. He never knew a stranger. He met each person with acceptance and genuine interest. Job always saw and fully believed in a person’s greatest potential. He was unselfish with both his time and possessions. He would freely give someone his last energy drink. He always took the moment to send that text to check on his friends. He always had time for a chat over coffee—and he’d pay for it. If he noticed someone needed something, he’d immediately go and get it for them. Job touched and helped more people in his short life than most do in 70 years.
Job knew that the way to heaven is not through our good deeds, but through faith in the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins on the cross. At a young age Job made that decision. At times he struggled spiritually, and recently he took a renewed interest in deepening his faith and walk with God. Job is now with his Savior who forgives even when we are at our weakest. We are so thankful for the time we had with him. We know Job is now experiencing true joy while dancing and singing in God’s glory. We are looking forward to rejoicing with Job someday at the greatest celebration ever!
The family will receive friends for Wake/Viewing from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 15th at Palmer Funeral Home-River Park, 2528 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend. Funeral service will also be held at Palmer Funeral Home on Saturday, February 16th at 11:00 a.m. with family receiving friends one hour prior to the funeral service. Rev. Virgil Wesco will officiate. Burial will follow in Southlawn.
Contributions in memory of Job Joseph Counsellor may be offered to United Federal Credit Union, c/o Alma Counsellor for the Albrecht Gaby Memorial Fund. Online condolences to the family may be offered through www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.
United Federal Credit Union c/o Alma Counsellor for the Albrecht Gaby Memorial Fund
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