Joseph F. Gates

Joseph F. Gates, 78, a resident and in-house television programmer of Evergreen Retirement Community, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2009.

Joe was born in Chicago on May 28, 1930, to Clyde and Millitta (nee Gleiss) Gates. He married Joan Wiertick on Sept. 26, 1952, in Chicago. Joe was a Deacon with the Green Bay Diaconate and formerly the Milwaukee Diocese. He served Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Oshkosh.

He was a long-time resident of West Bend, calling it his home for 30 years. There he served as alderman and president of the city counsel for 17 years. Joe served in the Army National Guard for 10 years and retired from Siemens. He will be remembered most for his lifelong commitments and dedication to helping others.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joan, and his cherished daughter Gayle of Oshkosh. He was preceded in death by his son Gary, brother Jim and his parents.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2009, at the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish - St. Peter Site, 449 High Ave., Oshkosh, with the Rev. James Jugenheimer officiating. Light refreshments will be served immediately after Mass.

A memorial service will also be held at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at the Evergreen Retirement Community, 1130 N. Westfield, Oshkosh.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions in Joe's name be made to Evergreen Retirement Care Assurance Program.

Please visit www.seefeldfuneral.com to send online condolences to the family.