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  Joseph T. Brill, Age 80, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday February 17, 2018 at St. Mary Help of Christian Parish in Colby.  Father Joseph Redfern will preside and Deacon Mike Schaefer will assist.  Interment will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227.  Family and Friends are welcome for visitation from 10:00am until 12:30pm.  Rosary will be led by Catholic Order of Foresters at 12:30pm.

  Joe was born on March 31, 1937 on the family farm.  He was the son of Theodore J. and Mary Magdalena (Hoffman) Brill.  As a youth he attended Lone Pine School in the town of Hull, St. Mary's Catholic School, and graduated from Colby High School in 1955.  On December 27, 1975, Joe was united in marriage to Louise Janko at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester, WI.

  Joe was a dairy farmer for 40 years on the Brill farm that has been in the family name since 1881.  He also served in the National Guard for six years, including one year active duty during the Berlin Crisis.      He was an assessor for six years, worked at Colby Metal, Marshfield Furniture, and during his retirement years he also worked for Brandon's Farm Service.

  Joe enjoyed shooting pool, playing cards, watching the Green Bay Packers, being in the woods, deer hunting, logging, cutting firewood, and making maple syrup.

  Joe was always willing to give his family, friends, and neighbors any help they needed.   Joe always put others needs first before his own.  He will be deeply missed by his wife and his step daughters for his love, patience, and kindness that he constantly gave them.

  Joe was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church all his life.  A lifetime member of Catholic Order of Foresters, where he served as recording secretary of St. Kilians Court since 1954.  He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.

  He was proceeded in death by his parents, his brother: Edward Brill, and sisters: Sister Clara Brill, Sister Jolita Brill, Theresa Bergs, and Agnes Bergs.

  Joe is survived by his wife Louise, two step-daughters: Linda Janko and Lori Janko, son-in-law: John Reynolds: and Special friend; Ben Mock.  

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