Joel W. Steinert

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Grafton for Joel W. Steinert. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fr. Mike Barrett will officiate the ceremony. Online condolences may be sent by visiting Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.

Joel William Steinert was born on Aug. 26, 1975 in Port Washington, to parents Willie and Judy (nee Wegner) Steinert.

Joel attended grade school at St. Joseph’s and graduated from Grafton High School in 1993. Joel continued his education by completing a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1998. After graduation, he pursued a career as an electrician and completing all the course work and on the job experience necessary through MATC and the IBEW 494 union to become a commercial journeyman. He was most recently employed as a commercial journeyman with Spring City Electric located in Waukesha.

Joel’s life was fulfilled by his beautiful daughter Grace. She was the shining light of his life, and her happiness was his top priority in life. He was an exceptional father and an exceptional man. He was always making Grace laugh, and they enjoyed many special rituals together like pancakes and doughnuts on Sundays, going to swim lessons on the weekends, fishing together in his "new" boat, heading out to the park with their dog, Zoe, to go for a walk or to go sledding, and going bowling where Grace often won.

Joel will be missed dearly by his family as he was always the one to make everyone laugh, by not taking life too seriously and by making a joke even out of tough situations. Family gatherings were so important to him, and he will be missed at all the Sunday lunches, birthdays and special events.

Joel was an outdoors enthusiast. He loved being up north on his and his family’s land. He took trips throughout the year with his father, brothers and friends up north to spend time hunting and fishing together. He especially loved to bow hunt, and he was always the first hunter out in the woods and the last to return at night.

Growing up, Joel was actively involved in the school and community soccer leagues. He met many of his lifelong friends through the soccer programs, and it was a major part of his school years.

Every week he made sure to go over to his parents’ house to visit. They enjoyed numerous activities together including going to Random Lake boating, tubing and waterskiing, working on the demo cars for the county fair and, of course, watching the Packers play on Sundays.

Joel was a loyal friend to many and will be missed very much. Many of his friends he met in grade school and they remained close throughout his life. He enjoyed trap shooting on Tuesday nights with them, and he was always there to help them with any of their electrical problems or projects.

Joel is survived by his parents Willie and Judy (nee Wegner); his daughter Grace; his dear friend and mother of Grace, Heather; his brothers Barry (Jana), Travis (Laura); and his sister Kristin; his grandparents Roy and Doris Wegner; his niece Clara; and nephew Charlie. He is further survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Wilbert and Dorothy Steinert.