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Joseph Wolbeck

January 7, 1936 — December 7, 2014

Life History for Joseph 'Joe' Wolbeck, Jr.
Joseph 'Joe' Wolbeck, Jr., age 78 of Carlos, formerly of New Munich entered into eternal life on December 7, 2014 from Centracare Health in Long Prairie, MN.
Joseph was born in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County, MN on January 7,1936 to Joseph B. and Mathilda (Straub) Wolbeck. He grew up in the country and helped his Dad run the family farm. Joe also worked at Franklin Manufacturing in St. Cloud. On November 26, 1957 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Poepping. Joe worked for Eldred Fuchs Excavating doing caterpillar work in addition to dairy farming. After selling his dairy herd, he began his own gravel truck business called Wolbeck Construction. Joe was proud of his large family of twelve children and worked hard to provide a good home for them. After Marilyn's death in 1996, Joe worked another four years before selling his truck and retiring. He met Iona 'Onie' Schlosser (who had also lost her spouse, Melvin) and he soon danced his way into her heart. They were married on June 17, 2000 and made their home in rural Carlos, MN. Joe helped out at the family business, Rose City BBQ and enjoyed his time being a part of and watching the business grow. He was a member of Immaculate Conception parish in New Munich and belonged to a polka dance club.
Besides his favorite past time of dancing, Joe also enjoyed traveling, playing cards and going deer hunting each fall. He found great satisfaction when working on wood projects out in his shop or watching a baseball game, for he was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. He and Onie also enjoyed time in the kitchen making baked goods or doing garden canning. He was a kind and loving man whose presence will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Blessed be his memory.
Joe is survived by his wife, Onie Schlosser Wolbeck of Carlos; eleven children, Andy & Sherrie Wolbeck of Sauk Centre, Gerald & Debbie Wolbeck of Hawick, Sharon & Lyle Barthel of Melrose, Danny Wolbeck of Grey Eagle, Linda (John Haberkorn) Wielenberg of Melrose, Dean & Jackie Wolbeck of Bowlus, Duane & Gail Wolbeck of Sauk Centre, Mark & Jeanne Wolbeck of Albany, Lisa & Jim Rudnick of Willmar, Lois & Shawn Mithun of Sauk Centre, Shawn & Stacie Wolbeck of Melrose; stepchildren, Mike & Karol Schlosser of Carlos and Eileen & Steve Goodwin of Eagle Bend; 32 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ludwina Wolbeck of Grey Eagle; many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents, his wife, Marilyn; infant daughter, Barbara Wolbeck; brother, Lawrence Wolbeck and sister, Clara Hiltner; step grandchildren, Regina Schlosser and Michael Schlosser Jr.; great step granddaughter, Emma Goodwin.
Visitation hours are from 4 - 8 pm on Thursday evening at the Osakis Lutheran Church in Osakis and two hours before the funeral Mass at New Munich on Friday morning.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Church in New Munich with Fr. Roger Klassen officiating. Musicians are the polka band, The Nite Owls and flutist, Megan Rudnick. Megan will also lector along with Kelli Wielenberg. The Offetory gifts will be brought up by his grandchildren. Interment is at the church cemetery with honorary pallbearers being his many dancing friends. Active bearers are Brandon, Jason, Gerry, Justin and Eric Wolbeck, Ryan Barthel, Corey Goodwin and Shane Schlosser.
Arrangements are being handled by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis, MN.


  • Visitation

    December 11, 2014
    4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Osakis Lutheran Church

    Osakis, MN

  • Visitation

    December 12, 2014
    9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Immaculate Conception Church

    650 Main St
    New Munich, MN

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    December 12, 2014
    11:00 AM

    Immaculate Conception Church

    650 Main St
    New Munich, MN

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