Joel S. Wellhoefer, 57, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2009, at Froedtert Hospital. He was born in Sheboygan on May 16, 1951, to Louis and Romaine (nee: Phalen) Wellhoefer. He lived in Racine for about 35 years. He was united in marriage to the former Suzanne Runge, in Racine on June 5, 1976, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.
Joel began his career as an elderly outreach case worker with the United Way/Mental Health Assn. of Racine. He worked at Walker Manufacturing as a pricing analysis, and as a sixth grade teacher at Mitchell Middle School.
He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran, a graduate of UW-Madison with a BA in History and an MA in education, an MBA from Marquette University and received his teaching certificate from UW-Parkside.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Wellhoefer; their two sons, Erik and Mark Wellhoefer; mother, Romaine Wellhoefer; one brother, Jon (Nancy) Wellhoefer; his three nieces, Amy, Traci and Jenni; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Wellhoefer, in February 2009.
Funeral services will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran, 2219 Washington Ave., on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. with Rev. Tracy Polzin officiating. Friends may meet with the family at the church on Wednesday from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park on Thursday.
Memorials in memory of Joel to Our Savior's Lutheran Church have been suggested.
A special thank you to Dr. Jack Ohringer, Linda, and the ICU staffs of Froedtert for their friendship and compassionate care through Joel's illness.
Joel loved God, his country and was grateful to those who served in all the wars. Above all he truly cherished and loved his family and was always there for us. You will always be held in our hearts.
Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave., Racine 262-634-3361