Age 64, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 9, 1998, while fishing near the family cottage in northern Wisconsin. Tom was born May 2, 1934 in Appleton, son of the late Jervis and Eva (Bunn) Josephs. On August 31, 1957, he married the former Loretta Malueg; she survives. For over twenty years, he was employed by the Appleton Park and Recreation Department as maintenance Lead Man. Rom served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy, was a member of the Harvey Pierre Post #2778 of the VFW, and Union Local #563 Teamsters. He enjoyed spending time at his job outdoors, Hunting, fishing, and working on the family cottage in Marathon County. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Loretta Josephs of Appleton; three daughters: Debra (Thomas) Behl of Davenport, Iowa; Lori (Bruce) Pennings of Appleton; Patti (Darryl) Payne of Appleton; seven grandchildren: Aimee, Sarah, and Daniel Behl; Heather and Travis Pennings, Erica and Erin Payne; two sisters: Cora Veeser of Appleton and Lois (Charles) Apitz of Kaukauna; a brother: John (Barbara) Josephs of Bessemer, Michigan; his mother-in-law: Emma Malueg of Appleton; two sisters-in-law: Jerrine Josephs of Neenah and Marilyn (Jerome) Beyer of Hilbert; two brothers-in-law: Allen (Joyce) Malueg of Appleton and Michael Douglas of Appleton. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Martin, his father-in-law Rudolph Malueg, and a sister-in-law Sandra Douglas.
Funeral Services for Tom were held at 11 AM on Wednesday, May 13, 1990 at First English Lutheran Church, 326 E. North Street in Appleton with Rev. Willis Bloedow officiating. Interment was held at Highland Memorial Park. Friends called at the Wichmann Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 ‚Äì 8 PM and again Wednesday at the church from 10 AM until the hour of the services. The VFW visitation was held at 7 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.
We were greatly blessed to have had Tom in our lives to be a Loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Each day for over forty-one years he treated his beloved Loretta like a queen and each day his daughters knew they were princesses in their father‚Äôs eyes. We love you, Dad, and will miss you dearly.
Loretta, Debi, Patti, and Lori.