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Joseph "Joe" Frank Osswald

March 4, 1951 ~ December 22, 2020 (age 69)


Joseph “Joe” Frank Osswald, 69, Town of Wausau, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at his home.

Joe was born March 4, 1951 in Wausau, son of the late Frederick and Eileen (Spatz) Osswald.  He was a graduate of Wausau East High School.  Joe was united in marriage to Pamela “Pam” Kage on May 14, 1977 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marathon.

Joe worked at Marathon Electric Corp. and was also a ginseng farmer.  For over the past 25 years, he worked with his son, Josh at Osswald Lawncare and Landscaping.  Joe loved to plow snow with the guys.

He looked forward to deer hunting every year and hanging out with his buddies.  Among his favorite pastimes, Joe enjoyed fishing, playing cards and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

Survivors include, his loving wife or 43 years, Pam; four children, Josh (Molly) Osswald, Wausau, Renae Osswald, Wausau, Heather (Jeremy) Rainville, Stevens Point and Laura (Brent) Day, Winneconne; seven grandchildren, Colin, Josalyn, Gerald, Alden, Acelyn, Hadley and Brycen; two siblings, Patricia (David) Mayer, Wausau and Donald (Janice) Osswald, Wausau; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jacalyn (Delton) Karlen, Sun Prairie, Jeffrey Kage, Marathon, Mark (Lori) Kage, Marathon, Sheila (Jim) Wirig, Wausau, Mike (Mary Ann) Kage, Wausau and Bonnie Ninneman, Wausau; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two siblings, Steve Osswald and Rita Russ.

Public visitation will be on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m., with a private service to follow.  Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce will officiate.  Social distancing will be observed and face masks will be required to attend.

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December 30, 2020

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home
1302 Sixth Street
Wausau, WI 54403

Private Service

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home
1302 Sixth Street
Wausau, WI 54403

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