Joseph Piagentini

July 30, 1923 - Aug. 22, 2007

Joseph "Joe" Piagentini, 84, of Mukwonago, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He was born July 30, 1923, in Pershing, Iowa, the son of Amos and Mary (nee Luanardi) Piagentini.

Joe graduated from Attica High School in Attica, Iowa, and married Phyllis Applegate on April 20, 1946, in Chicago. Joe was a World War II Army Air Force veteran and was employed as a supervisor for Hein-Werner for many years before retirement. Along with having seven children of their own, Joe and Phyllis also touched the lives of 47 foster children over 20 years. In what spare time he could find, he also enjoyed gardening and furniture upholstering.

Joe will be sadly missed by his wife, Phyllis of Mukwonago; three sons, Richard (Patricia) of Wales, Martin (Roxanne) of Muskego and David of Waukesha; two daughters, Susan (Curt) Krohn of Mukwonago and Brenda (Jason) Tetzlaff of Waukesha; 10 grandchildren, Kelly (Jay) Cavaiani, Angela (Shane) Kitzan, Eric (Cheri) Terrizzi, Melissa Ekholm, Ryan (Stephanie) Huckstorf, Rhonda Huckstorf, Caidlena Krohn, Levi Krohn, Tyson Tetzlaff and Trae Tetzlaff; 12 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Abigail and Caleb Cavaiani, Ryan and Sophia Kitzan, Owen and Ethan Terrizzi, Austin Ekholm, Kiley, Savannah and Isabella Huckstorf and Jaxon Lawrence; one brother, Dino (Donna) Piagentini; and other relatives and many friends.

He is preceded in death by one son, Timothy Kerns Piagentini; one daughter, Barbara Sue Piagentini; one sister, Rosie Piagentini; one brother, Sam Piagentini; and his parents.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the 4 p.m. funeral service Sunday, Aug. 26, at Westbrooke Wesleyan Church, 21300 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin, WI 53146. The Rev. Scott Smith and the Rev. Jerry Krupp will officiate. Interment will take place in Prairie Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joe’s name may be made to Westbrooke Wesleyan Church (address above).

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services in Waukesha at 547-4035, or go to for directions or to leave an online tribute.