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Joseph Raymond LaPuma

June 12, 1937 February 2, 2019
Joseph Raymond LaPuma
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Obituary for Joseph Raymond LaPuma

Joseph R. LaPuma, age 81 of Rhinelander, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Rennes Health and Rehab. He was born on June 12, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois to Anthony and Genevieve (Klabaha) LaPuma.

Joe graduated from Tuley High School in Chicago in 1955. He married Carole Franz on May 5, 1959, in Chicago and together they raised their family of four children. Joe was a longtime employee of the Illinois Tollway system. He and Carole then operated a resort on Pier Lake in the Minocqua area before retiring to Rhinelander in 2003. In earlier years, Joe loved to fish and was an accomplished woodworker; constructing model boats and planes.

Joe is survived by his wife, Carole LaPuma of Rhinelander; his four children, Cindy (Jim) Travnick of Rhinelander, Sherrie (Joseph) Cutinello of McHenry, IL, Gina (Scott) Yepsen of South Elgin, IL, and Raymond LaPuma of Rhinelander; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and two brothers, Anthony LaPuma of Kentucky and Ronald LaPuma of Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private memorial service for the family will be held. Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414 / is assisting with arrangements.

The family suggests memorials in honor of Joe to the Alzheimer’s Association North Central Chapter, 8A West Davenport St., Ste. 224, Rhinelander, WI – 54501, to support and assist dementia suffers and their families.


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