Joel Marie (Neuman) Elmhorst, age 78, of Neillsville, WI was reunited in heaven Sunday, September 10, 2023 with her loving husband Daniel Elmhorst. Joel was born on Independence Day, July 4, 1945 in Owen, WI the daughter of Lawrence C. Neuman and Gertrude M. Roohr. She was united in marriage to Daniel Gene Elmhorst on July 27, 1963 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Riplinger, WI. Early in their marriage they had moved to the Fox Valley and Waukesha areas, where they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1970. As a devote member she served in the Relief Society and multiple other church callings.
In 1973 Daniel and Joel moved their family back to the Peaceful Pines Farm where Joel was a very caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was also a mother figure to many others.
Her primary occupation was transportation, where she was best known in this area as a school bus driver. She worked with the Neillsville School District for almost 30 years. In retirement, she became a transporter for the Amish community and became well known and respected in their communities. She was also the receptionist and ran the front office of the TLC Wellness Center in Neillsville, WI where she greeted everyone with her beautiful smile.
Joel had several talents, she enjoyed reading, crocheting, crafts, canning, and puzzles. She was her husband's partner, by his side through all his ventures. She was a volunteer bell ringer through the holidays. She loved traveling, spending time with her family, and adored being a grandmother and great grandmother. She was a very generous and compassionate person, whose home was always open to anyone in need.
She is survived by her eleven children, Daniel J. "DJ" (Patty Fowler) Elmhorst of Granton, WI, Ladd (Deanna) Elmhorst of Neillsville, WI, Tawnya (Robert) Featherston of Granton, WI, Nona (Russ Blanchard) Crowe of Ashland, WI, Naomi (Richette) Elmhorst of Neillsville, WI, Mya (Hazen) Hawkes of Neillsville, WI, Thomas (Lisa) Elmhorst of Marshfield, WI, Cherie (Richard) Atkins of Jacksonville, IL, Jacob (Ali) Elmhorst of North Ridgeville, OH, Elizabeth (Nathan) Warczytowa of Westfield, WI and Peter (Cheryl) Elmhorst of Spring, TX, 40 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one sibling, Glen Neuman of Lodi, WI.
Joel was preceded in death by her husband Daniel, her parents, Lawrence and Gertrude, brothers, Duane and Dennis, and sister Lavonne Levenhagen.
Funeral services for Joel will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Neillsville. Bishop Benjamin Hunter will officiate. Interment will be in Peaceful Pines Cemetery in Neillsville. A luncheon will follow. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, 2023 and also from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday morning at the Gesche Funeral Home.
Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com
The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Joel's family with funeral arrangements.