Surrounded by loved ones at home, Joseph "Joe" Frank Sautner, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Friday, January 27, 2023.
Joe was born May 8, 1979, in Norfolk, Virginia to the late William Joseph Sautner and Mary Jayne (Petroski) Sautner. He grew up in Glidden, Wisconsin since the age of 5 years old. He attended Glidden High School and went on to attend the Criminal Justice Program at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin. He also completed the emergency medical technician certificate at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau in May of 2012, where he first met his wife, Sarah Goree. Joe and Sarah remained friends until 2016 when they began dating at Applebee's in Wausau, Wisconsin. Joe and Sarah continued their relationship long distance after Sarah relocated to Falls Church, Virginia until April 5, 2019, when they were married. Joe then relocated to Falls Church, Virginia and was employed by the City of Falls Church Police Department as a Public Safety Aid and Animal Control Officer. The City of Falls Church Police Department was, and still is, Joe's second family. Prior to living in Virginia, Joe was employed by Kowalski Masonry in Wausau, Wisconsin for 15 years.
Joe loved to work on cars, engines, and do body work- Mercedes and Saab were his favorites- leading to his nickname "Joe Saab". Joe also loved ink, both giving and getting tattoos. Joe also had a love for animals, specifically kittens and cats. He fostered 16 kittens in 2022 and ended up adopting the last one he fostered "Buttons".
Joe loved life. He fought very hard to overcome his cancer. He touched many lives and will be deeply missed by everyone. His smile, laughter and humor will be forever missed.
Joe is survived by his wife, Sarah of Falls Church, VA; son, Isaiah Kennedy-Sautner of Glendale, AZ; stepson, Ethan Goree of Falls Church, VA; and mother, Mary Sautner of Westboro, WI. He is also survived by his sister, Robin (Adam) Howes; brother, Tony (Savannah) Sautner; nieces, Destinee and Delaney; nephews, Ethan, Tristin, and Lex; and many close friends and coworkers. He is preceded in death by his father, William Sautner.
A funeral service will be held Friday, February 10, 2023, at 6:00 pm at Brainard Funeral Home- Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Rev. Christopher S. Johnson will officiate. Visitation will begin at 4:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the family's final expenses.
On behalf of our entire family, we would like to express our extreme gratitude to everyone who cared for Joe throughout his battle with cancer. INOVA Cancer Center- Dr. Sekwon Jang, Dr. Kevin Choe, NP Chelsea Stahl; INOVA Emergency Hospital Campus, Dr. Joseph Watson "Neurosurgeon Extraordinaire" and all his staff at Cerebrum MD/Georgetown University; Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care; City of Falls Church Police Department; Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department - Station 18 Jefferson; and the countless family, friends and neighbors who assisted with medical care, emotional support, and meals throughout his entire battle. We are eternally grateful.