Obit: Courchaine, Joseph J. #2 (1934 - 2012)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt

Surnames: Courchaine, Knoll, Landmesser, Rachu, Schaller, Schindler, Tucholka

----Source: The Abbotsford Tribune - Phonograph (Abbotsford, WI) 12/12/2012

Courchaine, Joseph John “Joe” (01 JUN 1934 - 06 DEC 2012)

Joseph John Courchaine, 78, of Abbotsford, died Thursday, December 6, 2012, after a four-year battle with myelofibrosis, bone marrow disease.

Joseph was born June 1, 1934, to Peter and Veronica (Landmesser) Courchaine in Rib Lake.
One January 23, 1958, Joe married Evelyn Knoll at Sacred heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville.

Joe served as a military police officer and ranched in South Dakota before he and his wife returned to Wisconsin.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, serving on the board of finance and maintenance, and a board member of Colby Credit Union. He was employed for 33years at Packaging Corporation of America in Colby.

After retirement, he enjoyed working at Schindler Auctions, traveling to the Western states, wood crafting, fishing and restoring antiques.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn; six children, Clayton (Lynda), Oxford; Dolph (Brook), Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; Anita (Gary) Rachu, Middleton; Janice (Scott) Tucholka, Cedarburg; Lisa (Tim) Schindler, Curtiss; and Rhonda (Curt) Schaller, Northbrook, IL; one sister, Betty Courchaine, Wausau; and 16 grandchildren.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Richard and Alan; and sister Phyllis Courchaine.

Funeral services were held at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford on Monday, December 10, 2012. Reverend Dr. Gary Paul presided. Burial was at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Rachu, Bryon Rachu, Scott Rachu, Daniel Courchaine, Evan Schindler, Louis Schaller, Nicholas Tucholka and Honorary Pallbearer; Patrick Schaller.

In lieu of flowers, monetary or blood donations can be made to the Blood Center of Wisconsin.

The Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is assisting the family with arrangements.

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