Joseph Kirst, 89

Joseph “Joe” Kirst, 89, of West Bend, formerly of Fredonia, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee due to failing heart issues.

He was born on Dec. 9, 1925, to the late Matthew and Veronica (nee Gasper) Kirst in Fredonia. He was united in marriage to Hazel Peterson on April 12, 1947, in Port Washington. In the early years of their marriage, they enjoyed hours of polka dancing and playing cards with family and friends. Together they farmed in the Fillmore area for nearly 30 years. Later in life, he enjoyed gardening and viewing/feeding the birds in their backyard.

He is survived by his three children, Diane (Pete) Paitrick of West Bend, Gary (Diana) Kirst of Eden and Wayne (Karen) Kirst of Kewaskum; five grandchildren Jay (Jenny) Beth, Ryan (Ashley) Kirst, Todd (special friend Stacy Malnory) Kirst, Tim (Shelly) Kirst, and Tami (Steve) Staehler; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Sanem; three brothers, George (Rita) Kirst, Eugene (Theresa) Kirst and Robert (Mary Jane) Kirst; other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marie (Vernon) Fay, parents-in-law, Clarence and Cecil Peterson and brother-in-law, Leroy Sanem.

A funeral service in remembrance of Joe will be held on Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 3:30 p.m. until the time of service. Cremation will follow the service with burial of cremated remains in St. Martin’s Union Cemetery on Friday at 10 am.

Memorials to the American Heart Association would be appreciated.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online condolences may be found at