GREEN BAY, Wis. - Joel J. Hochstein, 74, of Montreal, Wis., passed away into the loving arms of his Lord on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.
He had been a resident of San Luis Nursing Home in Green Bay.
Joel was born September 25, 1938, in Calumet, son of the late Joseph and Doris Hochstein, and grew up in Hubbell, surrounded by a host of family.
He attended St. Cecelia's Catholic Grade School through the eighth grade and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hubbell, serving Mass through his college years, and graduated from Dollar Bay High School in 1956. He then attended Northland College in Ashland, Wis., graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1962. He taught math and coached basketball in Cornell, Wis. for 11 years.
Prior to moving to Montreal in 1972, Joel received a master's degree in guidance counseling from Stout State University in Menomonie, Wis. in 1971. Starting in 1972, he worked as a sales representative for C-Z Chemical Co. of Beloit, Wis. and later for Dalco Corp. of Minneapolis, retiring in 1998.
He then focused his interests in gardening, camping, enjoying the beauty of nature and helping his neighbors.
Joel was an avid sportsman his entire life and especially enjoyed bird hunting with his beloved dog, Rye.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, Wis.
He was married to Pat Reardon on June 29, 1963, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Ashland.
Surviving are his wife, Pat, of 50 years; son, Daniel (Joanne), L'Anse,; daughters, Sherri (Mark) Meglic, Green Bay, and Shelly Frank, Milton, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Dana, Nicholas and Nathan Hochstein, Corinne and Joel Meglic, and Ethan and Jared Frank; sisters-in-law, Christine (Allen) Radliff, Waunakee, Wis., and Marilyn Reardon, Ironwood; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Besides his parents, Joel was predeceased by his in-laws, Jack and Eileen Reardon; brother-in-law, Jack Reardon Jr.
Per his wishes, cremation has taken place.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, August 3, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, with the Rev. Frank Kordek OFM, celebrant.
Rite of Committal and interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hurley.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joel's memory may be made to St. Mary's Church, 404 Iron St., Hurley, WI 54534.
Joel's obituary can be viewed online and condolences given to his family at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.
The family wishes to thank doctors, nurses and staff of Bellin Hospital and San Luis Nursing Home for their loving and compassionate care of Joel during his illness.