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In Memory of Joseph Gary Alms

Memorial Livestream

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday March 11, 2021
Bethel Lutheran Church - Downtown Campus
920 Third Street
Hudson Wisconsin, 54016

Joseph Gary Alms, age 83 of Hudson, died March 1st, 2021 at his residence with his family by his side. Born on April 29, 1937 in Cady Township, Joe was the son of Christian and Leona (Miller) Alms. He was raised in rural Spring Valley and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1955.  Joe enlisted in the United States Navy, serving for two years at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. He then completed his Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Wisconsin State College–River Falls.

On April 9, 1960 he married Carol Reed. The couple moved to Colfax, Wisconsin in 1961, where Joe taught music in the public school for 35 years. He earned his Masters in Education from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire in 1969. Joe was also a leader in the musical life of the community, directing choirs and instrumental ensembles in church, singing in Barbershop groups, and playing trombone in various ensembles, including the Ludington Guard Band in Menomonie. He also enjoyed playing and singing with Chuck and Friends, a small group that brought musical joy to residents in many nursing homes in the area.

Joe also had a deep love for the natural world.  He enjoyed fishing and bird watching, and later cultivated flowers, especially roses. In 2006 Joe and Carol moved to Hudson, where he lived until his passing.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years; sons Daniel (Susan Stehling) of Minneapolis, Anthony (Ina Surerus) of New York City, Jonathan (Paula Van Beckum) of Minneapolis, and William (Bonnie Mathias) of Hudson; grandchildren Adrienne, Annemarie, Nathaniel, Everett; sisters Carmen Podoll of Menomonie, Mary (Pat) Dvarishkis of Ballantine, Montana; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his siblings Robert (Naoma) Alms, Donna Alms, Elizabeth (Donald) Lee, and brother-in-law Ervin Podoll.

A private live-streamed memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 11. Updated link: Click here to watch. Interment will be in the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. Memorials will be used to help support the charities that were close to Joe’s heart.

Memorial and cremation services are being handled by the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson.

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    • Hoping you all are finding peace in this difficult time. What a blessing to have such a man in your lives!

    • My prayers and sympathy to all the Alms family. He was such a good music teacher. I have great memories of him leading us in concerts and marching in parades.
      Wishing you peace and comfort in this time of sorrow.

    • My sympathy to your family. I have such great memories of band at Colfax. Mr. Alms was a very talented and wonderful teacher. He shared so much joy with others throughout his life.

    • My condolences to all the Alms family. Mr Alms was my Band teacher at Colfax. He was very talented, taught me alot.
      God bless you all.

    • Dear Carol and family, Please know of our prayers for you all during this time of grieving. I am so grateful for Joe’s life and particularly appreciated the interest he took in me and my family over the years. Karl

    • Dear Carol and family, Please know of our prayers for you all during this time of grieving. I am so grateful for Joe’s life and particulatly appreciated the interest he took in me and my family over the years. Karl