JEFFERSON -- Joel Martin Braunschweig, age 80, of Jefferson, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019, at his home.
He was born Jan. 2, 1939, in Oconomowoc, the son of Martin and Alice (Zimdars) Braunschweig. He grew up in Jefferson attending St. John's Evangelical Lutheran School and Jefferson High School, graduating in 1957. Upon graduation he entered the Marine Corps from 1957-1960 stationed in Barstow, California. On May 4, 1963, he married Marlene Scheppert in Jefferson and they had two sons, Brian and Brad. In 1960 Joel began working at Stoppenbach's delivering meat. He then worked at Schweiger Industries in the maintenance department. He retired in 2001 from Redi-Serv Foods after 16 years. Joel was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoying going to games and watching them on TV and listening on the radio sitting in his garage. He loved flying the "W" and Cubs flags.
He loved watching Brian and Brad play baseball and basketball and also traveling to see his grandsons Zach and Sam play baseball and soccer when they were younger. He was an active member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, having served on several committees and was a member of the Thursday Morning Breakfast Club for years.
He is survived by his wife Marlene of Jefferson, son Brad (Rebecca) of Jackson, grandsons Zachary and Samuel of Jackson, brother Marty Braunschweig of Johnson Creek, sisters Joyce Fischer and Carol Schicker of Jefferson and Nancy Gordon of Waukesha, sister-in-law Tavie Braunschweig of Texas and brother-in-law Wayne (Joyce) Scheppert of Stark City, Missouri, nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Alice and stepmother Adeline, son Brian Braunschweig, brother David Braunschweig and sister-in-law Katie Braunschweig, brothers-in-law Richard Fischer, Ray Schicker and Ronald Gordon, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jane and Jack Bound.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson with the Rev. Joshua Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Christberg Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9-11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rainbow Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice.
Visit www.schneidermichaelisfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence or light a candle in his memory.
Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home
900 W. Racine St. Jefferson