Joseph M. ‘Joe’ Wanner

March 16, 1930 - March 9, 2008

Joseph M. "Joe" Wanner of Waukesha died Sunday, March 9, 2008, at his home at age 77. He was born March 16, 1930, in Milwaukee, the son of Max and Margaret (nee Freuh) Wanner.

In 1957, he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest. He served as priest of St. Peter Claver Parish in Sheboygan, where he organized and directed a large boys chorus called the Claverlads. Following his assignment at St. Peter Claver, he served many other parishes throughout the Milwaukee area. He continued his career as the chaplain at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater during the early 1970s. On Nov. 23, 1972, he married Ann (nee Fitzpatrick) Wanner. Joe served as the director of religious education at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waukesha and at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Menomonee Falls. While at Good Shepherd, he started an innovative children’s liturgy program where children of the parish would celebrate the word of God. He continued and further developed the children’s liturgy program while at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, where he served as pastoral associate. In his final ministry, he proudly served as the Waukesha County Jail chaplain. Joe was a very giving person who touched many lives. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and all those he served.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ann of Waukesha, and his children, Matthew (Leah) Wanner of Waukesha, Margaret (Michael) Sullivan of Marshfield and David (Stephanie) Wanner of Waukesha. He was the proud grandfather to six grandchildren, Ethan, Erin and Paige Wanner of Waukesha, Will and Sophie Sullivan of Marshfield and Olivia Wanner of Waukesha. He is further survived by his brother, David (Joan) Wanner of Hartland, along with other relatives and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. vigil service Wednesday, March 12, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a .m. Thursday, March 13, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha. A private family burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the St. Dismas Jail Ministry, c/o St. Vincent De Paul, 305 E. Main St., Waukesha, WI 53186.

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