Passed away peacefully at home November 25, 2019 at the age of 72 surrounded by his family. Loving husband of Barbara (nee Knueppel) for 51 years. Proud father of Jennifer (Tom), T.J. (Carol Armstrong), and Casey(Erin). Loving Grampsy to Adley, and step-grandfather to Emilly. Loving brother to the late Dennis (Mary), Gary (Debbie), and Dick (Ann). Loving brother-in-law to Bob (Alyce) Knueppel, Diane (Billy) Green, and Joe (Lori) Knueppel. Survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends. Preceded in death by his parents Joe & Lorelle Kowalewski.
After graduating from Messmer High School in 1965, Joel served in the US Air Force for four years. Joel retired from AT&T after 40 years of service. In retirement, he simply loved being with Barbara, spending time with his children, and playing with granddaughter, his "peanut" Adley.
Visitation Monday, December 2, from 9-11 AM with Memorial Mass to follow at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church, W280N2101 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lewy Body Dementia Association or St. Anthony on the Lake Parish would be appreciated.