Joseph Robert Lefeber, 92, of St. Cloud passed away with his children by his side on Sept. 22, 2021.
Joe was born April 5, 1929 in St. Cloud. He was the son of Christ Lefeber and Alvina (Voelker) Lefeber. He attended St. Cloud Parochial School and New Holstein High School. On May 20, 1950 he married Valine Mae Braun of St. Joe.
As a carpenter contractor, with his father and brother, Marvin, they formed Christ Lefeber & Sons. Later the brothers partnered with Irwin Eiring and established Lefeber & Eiring Inc. Joe had a passion and talent for working with wood and building homes. Many family members and friends were recipients of his expert woodworking skills, bird feeders, bird houses, bean bag boards and just about anything anyone asked him to create.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Holyland Parish and sang in the choir. Joe loved bird watching, big band music, his horse Cherokee, and his poodle Daisy. He was a loyal Packers (stockholder) and Brewers fan. He was a member of the St. Cloud Fire Department and served on the St. Cloud Village Board. For many years Joe enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, fixing things, coaching baseball and camping in the Big Horn Mountain Wilderness.
Joe and Mae were fortunate to travel to many wonderful places, spent years together enjoying their Florida winter home, and their circle of friends in Wisconsin and Florida. The time most valued were those spent with his family and friends.
He is survived by his six children, Sandy (Dave) Fuhrmann, Dianne (Jean) Urruty, Chuck (Jane) Lefeber, Marcie (Bob) Jacobs, Ron (Kathy) Lefeber and Scott (Dori) Lefeber; 15 grandchildren, Ryan (Nikie), Craig (Mirandy), Cory (Katie), Eric (Lauren) Fuhrmann; Tony (Jessie), Seth (Natalie) Urruty; Geoff (Jenny) Lefeber; Andrea (Chad) Mueller; Allison (Tony) Birschbach; Shaina Aguilera Jacobs (special friend Sean Matthews), Derek Jacobs; Chris (Emily Gruber), Cade (Candyce) Lefeber; Caleb and Gavin Lefeber; and 24 great-grandchildren, Ben, Will, Gabe, Lucas, Grant, Brooke, Audrey, Sam, Jacqueline, Henry, Cora Mae, Claire, Eli, Avery, Isaac, Isabelle, Marcela, Elena, Brynn, Camden, Thomas, Simon, Katherine and Sofia. He is further survived by his sister Rosie Dreifuerst; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Janice Braun, Ken (Mary) Braun and Benno (Florence) Wagner.
He is preceded by his beloved wife, Valine Mae; his parents, Christ and Alvina Lefeber; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arnold and Evelyn Braun; brothers, sisters and in-laws Leora (Elmer) Salchert, Marion (Ambrose) Feldner, Marvin (Lucy) Lefeber, Jim (Betty) Lefeber, Harold “Flip” Lefeber, Roy Dreifuerst, Bernice Wagner, Allan Braun and Janet (Gene) Weber.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Our Lady of the Holyland Parish, St. Cloud Church, 924 Main St., St. Cloud. The Rev Larry Abler, OFM Cap., will officiate.
Family and friends may call at the church in St. Cloud on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
The family sends a special thank you to the caring staff of the Villa Loretto and the Agnesian Hospice Home of Hope. We are truly grateful for the amazing care he was given. A special thank you to his caregiver Edna, Sister Jenada and his cousin Father Larry Abler.
Joe was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He has left each of us with many wonderful memories. We will miss him greatly.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in Joe’s name to St. Cloud Athletic Club, Villa Loretto and Our Lady of the Holyland Parish-St. Cloud for buildings and grounds.
For further details please contact the Sippel Funeral Home in St. Cloud at (920) 999-2291 or visit www.sippelfuneralhome.net.