Joseph Shatek

Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:33 pm

Joseph Shatek, 91, of Fort Atkinson, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Wellington Place in Decorah, Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson, with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Lector was Michael Kuboushek. Eucharistic ministers were Ann and Michael Kuboushek, and Luke and Lexi Shatek. Organist was Bob Huinker. Cantor was Lynette Wheeler. St. John’s Choir sang “Here I am, Lord,” “We Remember,” “I am the Bread of Life” and “How Great Thou Art.” Offertory gift bearers were Susan Urban, Amanda Shindelar, Trisha Shatek and Shelly Christensen. Casket bearers were Gregory Urban, Joseph Shatek, Luke Shatek, Sterling Shatek, Matthew Shatek and Adam Kuboushek. Interment was at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Fort Atkinson. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Chekal Chapel, Fort Atkinson.

Joseph Shatek, the son of Joseph and Mary (Komarek) Shatek, was born April 1, 1926, on the family farm in rural Elma. He attended the Paris Township country school. Joe married Rita Hackman April 13, 1948, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Festina, and to this union five children were born: Shirley, Allan, David, Ann and Leon. Together, Joe and Rita farmed near Fort Atkinson their entire life raising crops and milking registered Jersey cattle, and later raising Angus and Simmental beef cattle. Joe had a passion for music. At age 19, he purchased a guitar and taught himself how to play without lessons or guidance, then purchased a used violin and later traded the violin for a mandolin, playing his entire life. Later in life, he purchased an electric guitar with an amplifier. He played the guitar and mandolin for enjoyment and family events and celebrations, and Rita and others would chime in singing. Joe loved to play cards, fish, ride motorcycle and spend time with his family. Joe was a long-time Farm Bureau member and received a plaque for his 50th year of membership in 2000. Joe served on the Farm Bureau membership committee, served on St. John’s Parish Council, and was a director of the Farmers Co-op board in Ft. Atkinson for 18 years. Joe also served as chairman of the Winneshiek County Election Board, working the local and county elections. Joe and Rita were Amway distributors for 45 years and had fun times at meetings and trips.

Joe is survived by his three sons and two daughters: Shirley Urban, Charles City; Allan (Barbara) Shatek and David Shatek (special friend, Stacie Martin) Ft. Atkinson; Ann (Mike) Kuboushek, Calmar; and Leon Shatek, Ft. Atkinson; grandchildren: Gregory (Alexandra) Urban, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Susan Urban, Omaha, Neb.; Amanda (David) Shindelar, Waucoma; Joseph Shatek, Cedar Falls; Luke (Lexi) Shatek, Waterloo; Sterling Shatek, Austin, Minn.; Matthew Shatek, Ft. Atkinson; Trisha Shatek, New Hampton; Adam (Amanda) Kuboushek, Decorah; and Shelly (Shane) Christensen, Cedar Falls; 10 great-grandchildren: Chase, Isabel and Eliza Shindelar, Blaise Shatek, Kaden and Connor Kuboushek, Owen Christensen, Brantley Shatek and Brody and Bryson Hershberger; Joe’s brothers, Leonard Shatek and John (Margaret) Shatek, Elma; Joe’s sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonnie Shatek, Elma; Florence Hackman, Cresco; Sister Phyllis Ann Hackman, La Crosse, Wis.; Lucille Kruse and Paul (Betty) Hackman, Calmar; Norbert (Mary) Hackman and Phyllis (Duane) Einwalter, Ft. Atkinson; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita (Hackman) Shatek, July 19, 2011; parents, Joseph and Mary Shatek; mother and father-in-law, Edward and Anna (Schmitt) Hackman; son-in-law, Lawrence Urban; brothers: Alois Shatek, Edward (Lucille) Shatek, Clarence (Mildred) Shatek and Francis Shatek; sister, Cecelia (Leonard) Kapler; sisters-in-law: Rosemarie Shatek, Irene (Wesley) Shatek, Sister Marcella Hackman and Elnore Hackman; brothers-in-law, Othmar Hackman and Arthur Kruse.

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