Obituary of Joseph "Joe" William Kueneman
Joe, now singing with the angels, passed away surrounded by the love of his family, at Hospice Waterloo Region, on Saturday, September 3, 2022, in his 80th year.
Beloved husband of 57 years to Betty (nee Dietrich). Father of Lisa (Jason Tucker), Kevin, and Dean (Karen). Very proud Papa of Tyler, Thomas, Abby, Emma, Ridley and Lexie.
Joe is survived by his siblings Sheila (Gord) Mathieson, Rita Durrer, Ken (Doreen) Kueneman, Marylou (Jim) Dasiuk, Paul (Heather) Kueneman, Bill (Lynda) Kueneman, and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Lynda (Ken) Diemert, Rose (Wayne) Klein, John (Betty) Dietrich, Julie Dietrich, and all the members of the Lobsinger family. Joe will be dearly missed by many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
Predeceased by his parents William and Marie (nee Berberich) Kueneman, parents-in-law Robert and Isabelle (nee Fischer) Dietrich, sister Shirley Schneider, brothers-in-law Ken Durrer, Gilbert Schneider, Ford Vannatter, and Dave Dietrich.
Joe was born in Carrick Township, Ontario on the Kueneman family farm, where he grew up learning the values of faith and family, hard work and personal integrity. Joe carried these values with him throughout his life and modeled them each and every day. Joe truly lived his faith and values at work, home and in his community.
After his marriage to Betty, the love of his life, Joe and Betty moved to Kitchener and then eventually to their home in Waterloo where they have lived for over 50 years. Joe’s handiwork is reflected in every inch of their home, as he was a talented and gifted tradesperson and handyman. He worked as a plumber, steamfitter and gasfitter for over 40 years and was a proud member of Local 527. Joe was a strong, kind, loving and supportive father. His knowledge, guidance and gentle compassion were the foundation of his family.
Joe’s grandchildren were his pride and joy. He took great interest in all of their activities and was an enthusiastic fan at many recitals, basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey games. All six of his grandchildren hold Joe as a role model after whom to live their lives.
Joe’s family wishes to thank the Hospice of Waterloo Region, Community Care, Grand River Cancer Centre and St Mary’s Hospital for their kindness and loving care.
A private family visitation will be held. A Public Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Agnes RC Church, 75 Bluevale St. N., Waterloo, on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Cremation will take place and interment at Parkview Cemetery in Waterloo will be held at a later date.
Condolences for the family and memorial donations to St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation (MRI) or the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre (through the Grand River Hospital Foundation) may be arranged by contacting the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S. Waterloo, www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.