Joseph S. Tikalsky, 70, of Schofield, joined his wife in Heaven on January 23, 2020.
Joe was born April 18, 1949 in Sheboygan, WI to Joseph and Sylvia (Krizensky) Tikalsky.
Joe is survived by his sons Joel (Kara) Tikalsky, Andrew (Patty) Tikalsky, and Timothy (Sara) Tikalsky; grandchildren Hannah, Adam, Alaina, Crystal, Lucy, Sam, Nora, and Madelyn.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Sandra (Smith) Tikalsky, brother Anthony Tikalsky, sister Mary Block and brother-in-law Raymond Block.
Joe graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a mechanical engineering degree. This was where he met his future wife, Sandra (Smith). They were married in Monroe, WI February 16, 1974. Joe worked as Chief Mechanical Engineer at Siemens, formerly Zimpro, for his entire 38-year career.
Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with family, especially trips to Lac Vieux Desert and watching the Green Bay Packers. He was also a member at Covenant Community Presbyterian Church in Rothschild.
In retirement, Joe volunteered at St. Clare’s Hospital logging over 400 hours a year, played cards at Covenant, participated in a grief support group that met weekly at Log Cabin, Schofield, where mainly laughs were shared, some tears, and attended concerts and performances together.
Joe was very proud of his 3 boys and instilled in them the importance of living with humility and kindness, a strong work ethic, and love for immediate and extended family.
We all miss you and mom dearly but are comforted by the knowledge that one day we will be reunited in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “The Joseph Tikalsky Memorial Fund”. These funds may be sent to Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams Street, Wausau, WI 54403. A scholarship is being established in memory of Joe and Sandee.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at a later date.
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