Joseph G. Velishek, 81

Joseph G. Velishek, 81, of Faribault, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Owatonna Hospital following a brief illness.

Joseph George was born on March 27, 1941, in Kilkenny, MN, to Joseph and Theresa (Hauer) Velishek. He attended school in Montgomery.

Joe was married to Theresa LaCanne on September 29, 1962. They farmed on the Velishek farm for 20 years, owned T.J.’s Furniture in Le Center for 13 years, and the Bargain Barn in Montgomery. Joe also worked at LaCanne’s Marine for 10 years.

Theresa preceded him in death on February 1, 1997. Later he was united in marriage to Shelley Sterling on March 10, 2004.

Joe enjoyed camping, finding bargains at garage sales, scenic drives, traveling to many destinations throughout the world, but most of all he treasured the time with his family. Joe’s faith was extremely important to him, and he often prayed the Rosary.

He is survived by his wife, Shelley Velishek; children, Alan Velishek (Roxie), Julie Prchal (Joe), Lisa Zoubek (Steve), Joseph R. Velishek (Angie), and Renee Chadderdon (Michael); stepson, Scott Sterling; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one on the way; siblings, LaVina Hasher, Roger Velishek (Randee), Frank Velishek (Sharon), Jerry Velishek (Emily), Wayne Velishek (Tracy), Randy Velishek (Wanda), Cindy Michel (Bob), and Susan Amadick; siblings-in-law, Lowell Johnson, Mary Kay Velishek, and Tom Kelly; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Theresa Velishek; stepson, Steven Sterling; parents, Joseph and Theresa; siblings, MaryAnn Johnson, Janet Dahlen (Len), David Velishek, and Margie Kelly; and brothers-in-law, Bob Hasher, and Jeff Vang.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Drive, Faribault. Interment will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery in Faribault. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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