Joseph Leo Bienlein

Funeral services were held for Joseph Leo Bienlein of Grafton on Nov. 26 at the Mueller Funeral Home in Grafton.

Joseph died at the age of 80 on Friday, Nov. 23, 2007 at Cedar Gardens in Cedarburg.

Visitation with the family was held prior to the funeral service.

Joseph was born in Grafton on Jan. 23, 1927, the son of Joseph and Louise (nee Roeser) Bienlein.

On Nov. 29, 1947, he was united in marriage to Margaret Hansen in Saukville.

Joseph worked for the village of Grafton with his father Joseph Sr., at Schmitz Ready Mix as a truck driver for 26 years and also at Carlson Tool and Manufacturing in Cedarburg as a maintenance technician until he retired at the age of 62.

Joseph enjoyed woodworking and building things, fishing, growing flowers and spending time with his grandchildren.

Joseph is survived by his wife Margaret of Grafton; and his daughter Lori (Thomas) Steele. He was the "Big Papa" of Joseph and Jacob; and the brother of Gerald.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Memorials to Our Savior Lutheran Church or Alzheimer’s Research are appreciated.

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