Joseph F. Thelen, 87
F. Thelen, 87, of Campbellsport went to his heavenly home on Saturday, March
15, 2014, at his home with his beloved family gathered around him. He was
born Oct. 18, 1926, in the town of Ashford the son of Michael and Flora (nee
On Sept. 17, 1949, Joe married Mary Lou Steinacker at St. Martin’s Catholic
in Ashford. He was the business partner for 30 years of Leo Janous operating
Thelen and Janous Auto Body Repair. Joe was a member of the Campbellsport
Volunteer Fire Department from 1951 through the present and served as chief
for 13 years.
He is survived by his children Mike (Linda) Thelen of Fond du Lac, Gary
(Jill) Thelen of Sheboygan, Linda (Joe) Petersen of Campbellsport and Lori
(Bob) Russel of Campbellsport, 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, his
sister Adela Baumhardt of Oshkosh, his brothers Norbert (Joyce) Thelen of
West Bend and Tony (Helen) Thelen of Campbellsport, his brother-in-law Richy
(Lucy) Steinacker of Fond du Lac, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and
friends. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Lou on May
12, 2009, his father and mother- in-law Hugo and Ella Steinacker, his sister
Agnes (John) Burns, his brother- in-law Ivan Baumhardt, and his sisters
in-law Marjorie (James) Ketter and Gloria Steinacker.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at
St. Matthews Catholic Church, 406 E. Main St. Campbellsport. The Rev. Neil
Zinthefer will officiate and burial will follow in St. Matthews Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, March 21 from 4-8 p.m. at the Twohig Funeral
Home, 109 W. Main St., Campbellsport, and on Saturday, March 22, from 9:30
a.m. until time of Mass at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Matthews Church or
Campbellsport Fire and Rescue.
Online guestbook and condolences are at
“Special thanks to our Hospice Angels: Larry, Gina, Brenda and especially
Jodi Schrauth who could make Dad smile even on his worst days.”