Joseph Paul Thomaschaske

Nov. 1, 1922 - May 24, 2009

Joseph Paul Thomaschaske of Waukesha passed away peacefully Sunday, May 24, 2009, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at age 86. Joseph was born Nov. 1, 1922, the son of Henry and Alice Rose (nee Van Heirden) Thomaschaske.

He was united in marriage to Betty Jean Sagemuller for more than 55 years. She preceded him in death April 13, 2002. Together they had four children. Joseph proudly served his country in the Army during World War II. He was stationed in the Philippines. He was a member of the Waukesha Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 721 and the Waukesha Eagles Club. Joseph retired from Alloy Products in Waukesha after many years of service. He was an avid bowler, hunter, fishermen and outdoorsman. His greatest joy was spending time with his wife in the North Woods at their summer home. He spent the last two months of his life surrounded by the love and care of his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Joseph will be sadly missed by his children, Betty Jo (Ken) Lee of Arizona, Paula Nelson of Waukesha, Jo Ann Smith of Waukesha and Joseph Jr. (Dani) of Arizona. Joseph was also blessed with nine grandchildren, Shani, Michelle, Joel, Amy, Jason, Crystal, Shannon, Joey and Hunter, and one great grandson, Jayden. Joseph is survived by two sisters, Mary Allen of Waukesha and Violet (Earl) Schultz of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mabel Weisensel, Lucy Haberman and Alice Benninger, and four brothers, Alexander "Mike," Irven, Clarence and Willard.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:45 a.m. VFW service Friday, May 29, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation/Transportation Department, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188. They helped make it possible for Joseph to spend these precious last months of his life at home with family.

A special thank you to the kind care given by Dr. Kern, nurse Mary Seifert, Dr. Quinn and the ProHealth Home Care nursing staff.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Service is serving the family. For further information, call 542-6609, or for an online obituary, directions or to leave a condolence, go to www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.