Josef Fredrick Vosmek, M.D., 80
Born in Antigo, WI on May 24, 1939, died February 8, 2020 of pneumonia at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI, aged 80 years.
Josef graduated from Antigo High School and went on to study medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His Christian faith led him to service as a physician with the United States Public Health Service in the Navajo Nation, and with humanitarian organizations in Ghana, Ethiopia, Honduras, and Thailand. He practiced family medicine in rural Wisconsin.
Josef loved music. He was an accomplished pianist, and sang in church and community choirs. He enjoyed playing music with and for others. He was especially fond of polkas and hymns.
Josef was an active outdoorsman. He enjoyed gardening, making maple syrup and apple cider, jogging, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, water skiing (including an impressive performance on trick skis for his 40th birthday), canoeing, sailing, ice-skating, and swimming; many of these at his family’s beloved cottage on Enterprise Lake near Elcho, WI. He sought out waterfalls and wildflowers everywhere he traveled.
Josef is preceded in death by parents Louise (Heider) Vosmek and George Aldrich Vosmek, brother George, Jr. and sister Frances.
He is survived by daughters Ruth (Tim Park), Sharon, and Joanne, and grandchildren Jahlise, Alexandre, Ember, Zoe, Aundre and Haley. He is survived also by former wife and mother of his daughters, Barbara Shaklan, and by siblings Georgia (Harry) Sotiros, Janice (Warren) Coward, and James (Kathy) Vosmek.
Josef is survived by his long-time partner Lee Jacobsen. Her family includes her children, Jimmy and Kurt, both deceased, Kori, Shannon, Jodi, and Lisa, grandchildren Jake, Lee, Mike, Nicole, Kevin, Marisa, Kelsey, Corrine, Miranda, Jarett, and Brett, and great grandchildren Natalie, Johnny, Brooklyn, Aaden, Genevieve, Stella, Kathryne, Madison, Liliana and Castiel.
The family extends their sincerest thanks to the professionals at La Crescent Health Services and Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center for their kindness and excellent care at the end of his life.
A memorial is being planned for this summer in Northern Wisconsin. Donations can be made in his name to World Vision .