Hartford, WI – Wayne R. Jossart, 71, of Hartford, WI, passed away peacefully with his wife and children by his side on Friday, December 30, 2022.
Wayne was born February 15, 1951 to Raymond and Marjorie (nee Macke) Jossart in West Bend, WI. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Cheryl Wenninger on June 9, 1973, at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Hartford, WI.
At the age of 12, Wayne discovered his passion for hunting, which he would later share with his wife. Some of his most cherished memories were at their property up north and on trips out west with his buddies.
In his youth, he developed a love of fast cars; his car of choice was always a Chevy. Later he would be known by his family and close friends as the “best driver.” He always knew how to maneuver out of the most precarious of situations.
Wayne enjoyed spending time with his family and friends when he wasn’t working hard as a carpenter. He loved his job and was proud of his work on many of Milwaukee’s major commercial buildings, including his first project and the one he would see most often in the last five years: Froedtert Hospital.
As a young boy he enjoyed seeing the Milwaukee Braves play ball. This would continue throughout his life, attending games with family and friends or simply watching the Brewers at home with Cheryl. His love of baseball would be combined with his job in construction. He was one of the many workers who built American Family Field. His grandchildren always look for his name on the wall at the stadium entrance. His last visit to the ballpark was for his grandson’s high school graduation this past summer.
After over 20 years of construction work and three neck surgeries, he would find a job that involved his love for driving, working as a courier for a local dental company. He enjoyed visiting with new friends he made at dental offices throughout the area.
Wayne would go on to develop another shared passion with his soulmate: Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He enjoyed planning, designing and leading the most beautiful bike trips across the United States and Canada. These trips were the highlight of the summer for fellow riders, who would become a second family to Wayne and Cheryl. One of his favorite destinations was the Black Hills. Wayne was a prolific writer and would keep everyone updated on his travels with daily blogs. If you read one, you felt like you were there.
Wayne’s love for his grandchildren was evident. He attended many of their sporting events, theater productions, dance competitions and musical concerts. He also enjoyed vacations with his family, including his last trip to New York City. He looked forward to visits from his family and always wanted to know what everyone was up to. Goodbye hugs and special handshakes ended their visits. Nothing made him happier than to have his family together.
Wayne will forever be missed by his loving wife Cheryl; his son, Jonathan (Jill) and daughter, Caryn (Tracy) Pawlak. His six grandchildren, Tyler, Carson and Cassandra Jossart and Cameron, Madalyn and Abigail Pawlak. Wayne is also survived by his siblings, Mary (Fritz) Montag, Curt (Noreen) Jossart, Brian Jossart and Debbie (Mike) Howard. He is further survived by many special friends, nieces, nephews, other loved relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father in-law Bob (Rosie) Wenninger, his brother Jeff Jossart and sister in-law Tresh Jossart.
Funeral Services for Wayne will be held at Chandelier Ball Room (Fireside Room – 150 Jefferson Ave. Hartford, WI 53027) on Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 4 p.m. Family will greet relatives and friends at on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. until the time of the service.