Joe Hasselberg

Joe Allen Hasselberg, 68, of Staples, passed away August 1, 2021, at the Methodist Hospital in Rochestor with his wife, Barb at his side. 

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples. Visitation will be held at the church Tues., August 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to services.

Joe was born December 29, 1952 in Staples, the third baby boy of Rueben D. and Phyllis (Fourthman)Hasselberg.

Joe grew up in Staples, graduating from Staples High School in 1971. Although he worked several different jobs, he ultimately started working for the BN Railroad where he spent the next 25 years before a disabling accident on the job forced early retirement. He loved his job on the railroad and especially the friends he made there.

Joe married Barb (Lenk) and they shared 46 years together, sharing many hobbies. Barb was the “love of his life”, some of the last words Joe spoke. They were blessed with many fur babies over the years. Joe loved his pet cats - Buddy and Girly.

While retired Joe made himself available to his parents, step-parents and friends, assisting them in whatever they asked, from taking them to doctor appointments to getting ready for auction sales.

He was a self-taught artisan. His many crafts included woodcarving, blacksmithing, taking “things” apart and restoring “them” i.e. motorcycles, old washing machines and various types of equipment. He shared his talents with anyone who was interested.

 Joe loved the outdoors, planting crops for the deer, hunting and fishing; even  alligator fishing/hunting in Florida with his niece, Dana.  He was a life member of the NRA and MN Deer Hunter’s Association.

As a motorcycle enthusiast Joe took trips with friends and family (and even by himself) throughout the continental United States.

 Besides hunting, fishing, biking and drinking coffee with friends at Tower Pizza.  Joe was truly a man of God making time to pray and worship. In other words he had an enthusiasm for living life and an acceptance to embrace God’s will for his life’s end.

Joe always had a good attitude, thanking the doctors, nurses and cleaning staff at the hospitals, even during his last week of life. He will be greatly missed and leaves a big hole in the life of his wife, family and many friends.  He lived a full and busy life.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Barb; one brother, Glen (Becky) Hasselberg; one sister-in-law, Sandy Hasselberg; mother-in-law, Clara Motl; step-mother-in-law, Carol Lenk; three sisters-in-law, Carol Kert, Rosemary (Dave) Bruhn and Joanne (Mark) Forsberg; two brothers-in-law, Guy (Debbie) Lenk and James (Cathy) Lenk; seven nephews, Derek (Marianne) Hasselberg, Paul Lenk, Kurt Ostrowski, John Ostrowski, Matt (Jenny) Lenk, Nick (Calley) Forsberg, Colby (Nikomas) Lenk; 13 nieces: Heather (Mike Dean) Erholtz, Dana (Greg) Kaiser, Mary (Tuff) Harris, Cydney (Bryce) Knaust, Jaime (Jordan) Champa, Tiffany (Wade) Anderson, Alisha (Josh) Winter, Samantha (Shane) Raw, Paige Lenk, Candy (Russ) Nelson, Kayla (Cory) Lawrence, Lacey (Mike) Aguirre, Heather (Mike) McConnell; many, many great- nieces and nephews.  Joe loved them all dearly and the relationships he had with them. 

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Rueben and Phyllis; step-mother, Georgia; father-in-law, Don Lenk; step-father-in-law, Jerry Motl; one brother, Dave; one brother-in-law, Dan; two nieces, Jillian and Angel and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Taylor Funeral Home, Staples, www.taylorfunerals.com.

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