Joseph F. ‘Joe’ Sorcic


April 10, 1923 - May 11, 2009

Joseph F. “Joe” Sorcic, 86, of the town of Wescott, passed away Monday, May 11, 2009, at his home. Born on April 10, 1923, in Milwaukee, he was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (nee Franzen) Sorcic. 

After graduating from the West Allis school system, Joe enlisted with the U.S. Army to serve his country for three years during World War II, 16 months of which was overseas.

On April 25, 1943, he was united in marriage to Mary Landry in North Carolina. Joe worked for Allis Chalmers for 40 years until retiring in 1982 and moving to the Shawano area. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena. Joe was a charter member and founding father of the Town of Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years, a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Local Union No. 248. He enjoyed fishing and remodeling and building homes.

Joe is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary; five children, Robert (Ila) Sorcic of Florence, Ariz., Mary Jo (Bill) Galante of Adams, Thomas Sorcic of Atlanta, Bonita (John) Lindner of Jessup, Md., and Jacqueline (Rudolph) Kuntz of Hollywood, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Joseph, Ben, Jason, Heidi, Bradly, Roz, Nichole, Rachael, Theresa and Matthew; and 11 great-grandchildren, Ashley, Steven, Justin, Jessica, Sarah, Lawrence, Faith, Andrew, Michael, James and Katherine. Joe is further survived by three brothers, Rudy Sorcic of Tuskin, Jack (Marilyn) Sorcic of West Allis and Carl (Darlene) Sorcic of Bonduel, and one sister, Elsie Mae (Ken) Arntz of Greenfield.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Helen Oldenburg; and two brothers, Gordon and Wilber Sorcic.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Thursday, May 14, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena with the Rev. David Barrett officiating. Inurnment will be in the Southeast Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove. 

Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information, call (715) 526-2631 or visit online at