Joe Allen Hasselberg was born in Staples, MN. on December 29, 1952. He was the third and baby boy of Rueben D Hasselberg and Phyllis (Fourthman)Hasselberg.
Joe grew up in Staples, graduating from Staples High School in 1971. Although he worked several different jobs, he ultimately started working for the BN Railroad where he spent the next 25 years before a disabling accident on the job forced his early retirement. He loved his job on the railroad and especially the friends he made there.
Joe met and married Barb (Lenk). They shared 46 years together, and shared many hobbies together. She was the "love of his life" and those were some of the last words he spoke. They were blessed with many fur babies over the years. Joe loved his pet cats - Buddy & Girly.
During the years Joe was retired he made himself available to his parents, step-parents, and friends. Assisting them in whatever they asked, from taking them to doctor appointments to getting ready for auction sales.
He was a self-taught artisan. His many crafts included woodcarving, blacksmithing, taking "things" apart and restoring "them" i.e. motorcycles, old washing machines and various types of equipment. He shared his talents with anyone who was interested.
Joe loved the outdoors. He planted crops for the deer, he hunted and fished; even as far as to go alligator fishing/hunting in Florida with his niece Dana. He was a life member of the NRA and Mn Deer Hunter's Association.
As a motorcycle enthusiast Joe took trips with friends and family (and even by himself) throughout the continental United States.
Besides hunting, fishing, biking and drinking coffee with friends at Tower Pizza. Joe was truly a man of God making time to pray and worship. In other words he had an enthusiasm for living life and an acceptance to embrace God's will for his life's end.
Joe always had a good attitude, thanking the doctors, nurses & cleaning staff at the hospitals even his last week of life. He passed away in Rochester, MN at the Methodist Hospital on August 1, 2021 with Barb at his side. He will be greatly missed; and leaves a big hole in the life of his wife, family & many friends. He lived a full & busy life.
Joe is survived by his loving wife Barb; his brother, Glen (Becky) Hasselberg; sister-in-law, Sandy Hasselberg; mother-in-law, Clara Motl; step mother-in-law, Carol Lenk; sisters-in-law: Carol Kert, Rosemary (Dave) Bruhn, Joanne (Mark) Forsberg; brothers-in-law: Guy (Debbie) Lenk, James (Cathy) Lenk; nephews: Derek (Marianne) Hasselberg, Paul Lenk, Kurt Ostrowski, John Ostrowski, Matt (Jenny) Lenk, Nick (Calley) Forsberg, Colby (Nikomas) Lenk; nieces: Heather (Mike Dean) Erholtz, Dana (Greg) Kaiser, Mary (Tuff) Harris, Cydney (Bryce) Knaust, Jaime (Jordan) Champa, Tiffany (Wade) Anderson, Alisha (Josh) Winter, Samantha (Shane) Raw, Paige Lenk, Candy (Russ) Nelson, Kayla (Cory) Lawrence, Lacey (Mike) Aguirre, Heather (Mike) McConnell; many, many great nieces and nephews. Joe loved them all dearly and the relationships he had with them. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rueben & Phyllis; step mother ,Georgia; father-in-law, Don Lenk; step father -in-law, Jerry Motl; brother, Dave; brother-in-law Dan; 2 nieces ; Jillian and Angel; many Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
Memorial service for Joe will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 10:30Am at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples. The visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 from 4-7PM and one hour prior to the service, Wednesday at the church.