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In Memory of JoEllen Steele


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday September 15, 2020
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Wednesday September 16, 2020
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

JoEllen Steele (Puterka), age 61, of Hudson, WI. passed away at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN. Tuesday September 8, 2020, after a sudden brain aneurysm. JoEllen was born December 23, 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri to James and Doris (Demske) Puterka. She and her family moved to Hudson and attended school from second grade through high school. JoEllen was blessed with three daughters, whom she absolutely adored, Tanya Nelson, Stacy (Justin Rappe) Nelson, and Michelle (Billy Jewell) Steele. She was united in marriage to Mike Steele on October 30, 1993 at St. Patrick’s Church in Hudson.

JoEllen enjoyed to serve people as can be seen in the way she worked. She had many different types of jobs, but it always involved helping others in some way. She was a favorite cashier at Family Fresh, and most recently was found at North Hudson Kwik Trip. She always made time to hear your story, share hers, and add a few jokes in between. She always had people laughing and brought joy to others by flashing her big contagious smile and sparkling eyes. It was evident that Hudson was home, the town she adored, and the people she loved. If she could change one thing, it would be the cold winters. In her free time, JoEllen could be found in her slippers sipping coffee, spending time with her family and grandkids, planting and gardening her flowers, or finding new recipes to bake or cook.

JoEllen remains in the hearts of her husband Mike, children; from her first marriage to Scott Nelson, Tanya Nelson and Stacy (Justin) Nelson, and Michelle (Billy) Steele, grandchildren; Gavin, River, Vance, Elliot and one on the way, sisters Sandy(Randy) Morrissette, Jayme (John) Marino as well as nieces, nephews and other family. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister Judy (Connie) Souza.

A Mass of Christian Burial for JoEllen will be at 11am on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Visitation will be the night prior on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson from 4-6pm, as well as one hour prior to Mass at church.

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    • Mike and Family,

      I’ll so sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderfully friendly lady. I always chose her lane at Family Fresh so we could chat and then at Kwik Trip. I remember being so excited the first time I saw she was working out here. It was like seeing an old friend. I’ll miss catching up with her. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

    • So sorry to hear of JoEllen’s passing. Wishing you all peace in this time of grief. I was a long time shopper at Family Fresh and most times interacted with JoEllen. We always had a good conversation and I thought of her as a friend. Please accept my condolences.

    • We are so sorry to hear about JoEllen’s passing, a light taken too soon from all. Sorry we are not able to attend the funeral. Please know our family is keeping Mike and the girls in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. You have our deepest sympathy.
      Love and Prayers,
      Vince & Sandy Steele

    • Mike & family,
      So sorry to hear of JoEllens passing. Growing up in North Hudson I’ve known Jo a long time. She was always a joy to talk to when ever I would run into her. Deepest sympathy to your family at this difficult time..
      Schnoz & Amy

    • Dear Mike, Stacey, Tanya and Michelle,

      We are so surprised and sad to hear about JoEllen’s sudden death. You are right that she brightened up a room. When we saw her at the most recent family reunions we had such a good visit. She would tell us all about her grandchildren and where each of her daughters were living and what they were doing. She shared pictures of you that she had on her cell phone. I felt so blessed to get to see her as it took an effort to come this far. It was because of her efforts that we got to see JoEllen and Mike. It was a real time commitment because she always worked so very hard. I am sorry to learn that Grandma Doris also passed away in January. I am sure that JoEllen being such a strong woman has passed along to you the strength and the know-how to get through this. You have our deepest sympathy.

    • My deepest sympathy to all of you. I always enjoyed saying a quick hello while shopping at Family Fresh and most recently at Kwik Trip. Tanya,Stacy, and Michelle, cherish the memories and know your old St. Patrick School community is thinking about you and praying for you.
      Chris Curran

    • We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of JoEllen. We are not able to come to the funeral. but please know that we have already been praying for her and for you Mike and the girls. We will have a few masses said for her. We can only imagine what a shock and surprise this is for all of you. You have our deepest sympathy.

    • Mike and family,
      Fond memories of JoEllen going all the way back to working with her at the A&W. She’ll be missed. Our deepest sympathies.

    • I am so sorry to hear about JoEllen’s passing. She was a sweet soul that was taken too soon.Please know my family is keeping Mike and the girls in our prayers. Love Chris and Dave

    • Dearest Michael and Family,
      I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful wife and mother and sister-in-law.

      My prayers and sympathy for all of you, Mass today was for all the deceased Steele’s so she got in on the Mass. I will have more said for sweet Jo here so I can attend them.
      Love and Prayers,