In 1971, one of the cabins was removed, and the rectory was enlarged for Fr. Linus Schrems. Fr. Schrems was the first pastor to use the rectory as a permanent residence in 1972. Around 1975,
the church foundation was renovated after flooding from heavy rain. Under the direction of Fr. Denay, a new gas furnace was installed in the church basement. The previous oil furnace blew up, and everything was covered by a fine layer of black soot.
The main church parking lot was paved in 1984. In 1982, Oakley, Ken , and Charlie Lardie donated the land where Denay Hall would be constructed over the next few years. Occupancy of Denay Hall was granted in 1985.
At the direction of Father Edwin Frederick (Fr. Fred), the handicap access ramp was installed in 1990. And, each year, from 1990 to 2007 and resuming in 2013, summer parish picnics were held at Bowers Harbor Park. Due to a marked increase of nearly 200 families in the parish while Fr. Denay and Fr. Fred were Pastors, the extended parking lot was added in 1991. Later that year, an additional 26 acres of land was added to the cemetery property. One acre was plotted as an addition to the existing cemetery. In 1992, Fr. Fred held the first Memorial Mass at the cemetery on the 4th of July weekend. This Mass has been an annual tradition. Bud Johnson made all the wooden hymnal racks for the church pews in 1993.
The first recorded desecration of St. Joseph Church occurred during a break-in by three men on Thanksgiving evening, November 25, 1993. The St. Joseph Statue was damaged, a small fire was started, and many items were confiscated.
The first telephone in the church was installed in 1994! (editor's note: Obviously, God calls us in other ways.) The current cedar wood ceiling was installed in 1995.
After Fr. Fred's retirement in 1996, Fr. Jim Holtz held weekly Mass until Fr. Patrick Barrett's return to St. Joseph. The current oak Altar was donated by Holy Family Church in East Tawas on December 3, 2000. Bishop Patrick Cooney announced at the Masses on June 1st, and 2nd, 2002, that Fr. Pat was placed on administrative leave. Fr. Edwin Thome was appointed Adminstrator June 29, 2002, and remains with our parish today. As well, Deacon Jim Krupka and wife, Fran, joined our parish in 2003, and are active in many facets of ministry and parish life.
The field stone and arched iron entrance to the cemetery was completed by the Cemetery Committee in 2003. The committee received a donation of a stone Altar for the cemetery, which was blessed by Fr. Thome at the annual Memorial Mass in 2006. On Saturday, January 22, 2005, Fr. Ray Garcia celebrated the first weekly Spanish Mass at St. Joseph Church. Later that summer, the Mass was moved to Sunday afternoon, and continued until the Summer of 2008. The Spanish Mass is now celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Traverse City.
With advice from the Diocesan Task Force, and before his retirement, Bishop Cooney appointed
Fr. Anthony Citro of Immaculate Conception as Pastor of St. Joseph Church in July of 2009.
Fr. Thome remained our Sacramental Minister. St. Joseph's Religious Education Program consolidated with St. Francis Parish's youth group in the summer of 2009. And, The Edge Underground and Life Teen Underground are expanding the spiritual needs of our children. Monsignor Bernard Hebda was ordained and installed as our new Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord on December 1, 2009. The kitchen in Denay Hall was renovated, with new stoves and a new "commercial grade" dishwasher, in time for the annual Parish Christmas Potluck Dinner in December of 2009. Father Thome was installed as our Pastor by Bishop Hebda on November 7, 2010.
An asphalt driveway was completed south of the Cemetery, and the Father Fred Memorial Entrance to the Cemetery was closed and gravel driveway removed in the autumn of 2010. The Columbarium at the cemetery was blessed by Bishop Hebda on June 4, 2011. The stone Altar was moved from the area adjacent from the graves of former priests of St. Joseph to the Columbarium area. The Father Fred Memorial entrance was moved from Center Road to the south side of the cemetery on June 17, 2011.
On June 17, 2013, parishioners began to remove items and sacramentals from the church in preparation for the building to move to the cemetery property. Masses resumed in Denay Hall on June 22, 2013, and the split-rail fence was installed around the cemetery in late-July. At 7:30 A.M. on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, Deitz Building Movers of Muskegon, Michigan, moved the 105 year-old church over 3/4 of a mile down Center Road in 2 hours 15 minutes to the entrance driveway at the cemetery. At 5:15 A.M. on August 14, the church was moved under the power lines at the cemetery driveway, then made the rest of the journey to its present location later that afternoon. One year later, August 14, 2014, the first Mass was celebrated at the new St. Joseph Church for the Feast of The Assumption of Mary!