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Joseph H Wieser

Joseph H Wieser

Joseph H. Wieser, age 84 of Maiden Rock, died Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire with his family by his side.

Born May 13, 1937 to Aloys and Malinda (Eden) Wieser, the eldest of 18 children, and raised on the family farm outside of La Crescent, MN.  He graduated from St. Peter’s Catholic High School in Hokah, MN in 1954. Joe enlisted in the US Army in 1957 and he was honorably discharged in 1963. He married the love of his life, Mary Buchmann on July 12, 1958 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in La Crosse. Together, Joe and Mary had 10 kids and were married over 63 years.

Joe was a dairy farmer outside of La Crescent, MN until April 25, 1965 when he and Mary moved 100 miles north and started Wieser Concrete Products in Maiden Rock, WI.  A company in which Joe continued to grow and operate until his retirement in 1999.  After he retired, he continued his involvement with Wieser Concrete by mentoring and advising his daughter and sons in the business. In 1967, Joe joined the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) and started to get involved and quickly became a leader at the national level. He was instrumental in the growth and success of the NPCA and was awarded its highest award, the Robert E Yoakum Award in 1981. He later served as chairman of the association in 1985. Joe was also very involved in the Plum City community and St. John’s Catholic Church and the Ava Maria Academy. He was a proud advocate and supporter for Pro-Life Organizations, this included dedicating a billboard on I-94 for over 25 years supporting the cause.  He was always willing to support local charities and organizations, you can still see his contributions all around town.

Joe was especially proud of his large family and enjoyed family get togethers.  It was quite the tradition that he would stuff and cook 6 turkeys for the Wieser Family Christmas in La Crescent every year.  Joe always loved to travel, family vacations in the motor home were routinely scheduled around which precast plants could be toured on the trip.  He and Mary enjoyed traveling by land, sea and air to many different countries.  He enjoyed family time at their cabin on Yellow Lake and loved entertaining friends and relatives there.  His many hobbies included gardening, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and he really loved playing cards with family and friends.  Especially the occasional discussion with his brothers and brothers-in-law about what card should have been played and perhaps a spirited discussion about religion and politics. 

Joe is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary and his children: Cynthia (Roger) Maxwell of Williamsburg, IA; Daniel (Mary) Wieser of Maiden Rock, WI; Julie (Dennis) Behnke of River Falls, WI; Karen (Nick) Anton of Loveland, CO; Andrew (Leila) Wieser of Maiden Rock, WI; Maria (Chris) Lecheler of Bonduel, WI; Mark (Angie) Wieser of Wisconsin Dells, WI; Amy Wieser of Westminster, CO; Melissa Wieser of Colorado Springs, CO; Jessica (Mark) Woehrle of Roberts, WI.  His grandchildren:  Joseph (Leslie) Maxwell, Dennis (Kimberly) Maxwell, Melinda (Logan) Gahring, Kelsey Wieser, Jonathan (Bridget) Wieser, Mackenzie Wieser, Jennifer (Tony) Jenkins, Nicole (Adam) Wilson, Ann (John) Nuzum, Mariah Anton, John Paul Anton, Brock Anton, Nathan Anton, Andrew (Megan) Wieser, Cody (Alexis) Wieser, Raquel Wieser, Alyssa Wieser, Jacob Lecheler, Charles Lecheler, Travis Wieser, Austin (Avree) Wieser, Adam Wieser, Cheyenne Cancil, Sebastian Wieser, Kathryn Wieser, Brian Woehrle, Annabelle Woehrle.  His great grandchildren: Cutler, Colson, Bristol, Sullivan, Ronnie, Sly, Eden, Elisa, Von, Mason, Ava, Emily, AJ, Brooke, Beckett, William, Reagan and Abel.

He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Rose (Gene) Feuerhelm, Elaine (Jim) Riehle, Joanne Wieser, Richard (Sheila) Wieser, Ruth (Jerry) Berns, Linda Wieser OSF, Al Wieser Jr, Kate (Duane) Undeland, Ed (Ruth) Wieser, Terry (Mary) Wieser, Pat (Warren) Undeland, Betty (Mark) Dokken, Bernie (Mike) McCormick, Steve Wieser, Jeff (Andrea) Wieser, Brian (Kathy) Wieser; Mary’s family, Dave (Joyce) Buchmann, Jane (Dave) Robinson, Bill Buchmann along with many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charlie Wieser and Leonard Wieser, sisters-in-law Joan Wieser, Renee Wieser and Karen Wieser, future son-in-law AJ Cancil Jr. and other relatives.

The family would like to extend their thanks to Park View Home, Spring Valley Care Center and all of the wonderful home caregivers.

Memorials are preferred in Joe’s name to the Ave Maria Academy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City.  Father Junabe V. Villapaz will officiate and burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Plum City American Legion Post #365.  Rosary will be at 4:00 pm, followed by visitation from 4:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday, November 26 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Visitation will also be from 10:00 to 11:00 am Saturday before the service at the church.

The Funeral Mass will be live streamed on The Parishes of St. John the Baptist & St. Joseph Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/StJohnPlumCity.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Mike Vaughn and the Vaughn families

    I was quite young when i met Joe. He made me feel important and like i belonged with the group of precasters. I remember him asking if i was going to run a precast plant when iI grew up? At that time i wasn’t quite sure.
    After several years around my dad Johnie,and his friends, Joe Wieser, Roland Lindsay, Norm Gavin, Tom Lendrum,Jack Ditcher and countless others it was easy to see maybe that being a precaster wasn’t a bad idea. These men certainly had the passion for it. They were innovators an entrepenuers as well as being hardworking folks.
    As the years evolved even more came from knowing Joe, i got to meet more of his family. I guess I didn’t know families were that big. But some other Wieser brothers of Joe were precasters as well. All of them shared the same passion for working hard and doing a good job. All this fell in line with what my folks had for expectations. The road forward looked better for me by seeing what all these folks were doing.
    Then the icing on the cake arrived. I met Andy Wieser, and eventually Mark and Dan. These were my kind of guys. They shared the pasision the GIANTs I met in the beginning all did.
    I have wondered where I would be now if my dad and Joe hadn’t included me way back when. How do I ever thank my folks and Joe for that? Thanks Joe and Mary.
    One of the high points of my life was recieving the NPCA Yoakum award. While that night when I recieved the award iwas speechless and humbled I was dissapointed that I didn’t recognize my folks and these giants for getting me there. If i remember it right I believe Issaac Newton whom many say is the father of modern science said…..If I have seen farther than others it was because i was on the shoulders of giants. I hope the whole wieser family knows that Joe was one of those “giants” to me and many ohers.
    Joe you were known by many and will be forgotten by none. Thank You for sharing your family with ours.
    Mike Vaughn for all the Vaughns

  2. Loret and Kevin Retzloff

    Prayers for the family. Me

  3. Dorothy Schneider

    Mary and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Joe's death. He was a great man, a spiritual man....he went straight to Heaven! Joe was a tremendous support during my years at St. John's in Plum City. He and Mary were devout Catholics and my friends. Blessings and prayers to the whole family. Sister Dorothy Schneider

  4. teresa wadell

    sorry for your loss, sending you much love.

  5. Jason Shingledecker

    Mary and family, I'm sorry for your loss. Joe will be missed by all. Your family has always been extremely helpful when you can whether it's township, village or community events in general. A great family for neighbors. My kids used to ask why they could here the Brewers game when they went outside, Mary you'll have to turn up that truck radio sometime.

  6. Tony and Joan Von Arx

    Our deepest condolences to Mary and family. I talked with Joe every year around this time because I was the secretary at St. Peter’s School in Hokah where Joe was an alumni. He graduated with my Mom (Lucille Petersen). They were dear friends and now are rejoicing in their heavenly home ???? we will hold on to all the wonderful memories until we meet again. Again our deepest sympathy.

  7. Ann (Clements) Hundt

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost the love of my life, Stan, On November 14,2021, one day after his 85th birthday. I will always remember the fun we had working at St. Francis Hospitol together. I will keep you in my prayers as I hope you will do me. Find comfort in your children.

  8. Audrey Larson

    So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was such a go getter and caring man. I'm imagining Joe, Jerry and Phil discussing precast concrete up above. My sympathy to Mary and the whole family - a great family. God bless.

  9. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    Sympathy and prayers to the Wieser family. I always enjoyed visiting with Joe at the grocery store and at the Christmas parties.

  10. John & Gwen Saxe

    Sending our deepest sympathies to the Wieser Family.

  11. Alexander Abraham

    Sending prayers and condolences to Wieser family.

  12. Helga J. Felt

    Always enjoyed Joe when he would stop in at the store....sending prayers and condolences to Mary and family.

  13. Cheryl Griffin

    May your many wonderful memories comfort the Weiser family in this time of grief.

  14. Denise Fetzer

    My deepest sympathy to Mary and all the Wieser family. I have many wonderful memories of Joe and the family that I will always cherish.

  15. Chris Shepherd

    So sorry for the family's loss. I always sat next to Joe playing cards in the poker room at the casino. He told some stories that had me laughing. He was a character and serious when had to be. Rest in peace joe.

  16. Laurie Helmueller

    Mary and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Joe was such a wonderful man and will be missed by many. ????????

  17. Joanne Hovey

    Sincere sympathy. May his life be a blessing to you all.

  18. Theresa (Carroll) scharpen

    Mary and family. I was so saddened to hear about Joe. You both were always so good to me and my family. He was a great man and will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Theresa

  19. Paul & Judi Nielsen

    Ou deepest sympathy to you Mary and your family.

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