Joseph V. Charapata


Jan. 6, 1920 - Nov. 10, 2012



Joseph V. Charapata of Beaver passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family at home Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at the age of 92. He was born in Beaver on Jan. 6, 1920, to the late Joseph and Cecelia (nee Hylock) Charapata.


On April 18, 1942, Joe married Lucille Schultz at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Walsh. Together, they farmed and raised their family in Beaver until retiring in 1979. He continued to help his son, John, on the farm until he was 80 years old. While still farming, Joe sold seed corn for Northrup King to area farmers and was the company’s top salesman of the year many times. His favorite pastime was playing the accordion in the family polka band. They played for weddings, anniversaries and parties in the community throughout his lifetime. He also enjoyed dancing, gambling and playing cards. Of all things, he was most passionate and happy when he was surrounded by his wife and family.


Joe will be sadly missed by his wife of 71 years, Lucille; his children, Jerry (Linda) Charapata of Oshkosh, Joe (Lynne Cavill) Charapata of Oconto, John (Theresa) Charapata of Beaver, Joanne (Ward) Abbs of Hartland and Mary Lou Charapata of Waukesha; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Rose Hendrichs of Milwaukee, Anthony “Tony” Charapata of Beaver, Barbara (Jerry) Bellart of Arizona, Dorothy (Sal) Failia of New York, James (Cynthia) Charapata of Little Suamico and Carol Caruso of Hudson; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by a son, Larry; a grandson, Michael; and his siblings, Betty, Mary, Peter, Helen, Irene, Cecelia, Frank, Edward “Eddie” and Pauline.


Visitation for Joe will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. today, Nov. 14, at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, 235 E. Main St., Coleman. There will be a parish wake service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A second visitation will be held at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home (address above) from 9 a.m. Thursday morning until moving to church for the Mass. The Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 228 E. Main St., Coleman. The Mass will be concelebrated by the Rev. Celestine Byekwaso and the Rev. Leonard Barbian. The interment will immediately follow at St. Leo’s Catholic Cemetery in Pound.


Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is assisting in serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit You may also call 542-6609 for more information.