Joseph G. Lisk Sr.

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph Gregory Lisk, Sr. on March 8, 2024 at the age of 92.
Joseph (Joe) was born on April 29, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois to Norbert and Helen Lisk and was the youngest of 11 children who all preceded him in death along with his beautiful daughter-in-law Jody Miller Lisk.

At age 19 he was drafted in the army, sent to Korea, and proudly served with the 5th Regimental Combat Team from 1951 to 1953, spending at least a year of that time on the front lines and was there for the cease fire. Within a month of his return home to Chicago he married the love of his life Roselyn Girlando on February 13, 1954.

Joe is survived by his sweetheart, his beloved wife Rose of 70 years. He is the proud father of 5 children, Teresa Simon (David), Joseph Gregory Lisk, Jr. (Sylver), Martin Richard Lisk, Christina Lisk, and Catherine Lisk Phillips. He was dearly loved by his grandchildren: Joseph (JoJo) Klein (Amanda), Misti Klein, Gregory Lisk (Julie), Taylor Lisk, Cody Lisk (Morgan), Benjamin Waid (Taylor), Amber Driscoll (Lucas) and 11 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Joe worked over a decade as a civil servant at Fort Sheridan, Ills. until learning the base was closing and was offered a life-changing transfer to Fort Sam to continue operating in their printing department under high clearance scrutiny. So, in 1971, just 6 weeks after his youngest child was born, he and Rose packed up a lifetime of memories, 5 kids in a 2-car convoy using walkie-talkies making New Braunfels their home.
Joe worked at Fort Sam for 28 years, retiring early in 1996.

Prior to his retirement he jogged 3 times a week after work, in the early 90s he switched to walking his miles while carrying a big stick. Our family is so proud of him as he did all this because he wanted to stay healthy for his family in order to be here to support all of his children, grandchildren and his beautiful wife Rose. So, it was no surprise when he also joined the master’s swim team as part of his stay healthy regime!

He jogged, walked and swam without AirPods or music playing; all he needed was his Faith, adoration for Mary and the Holy Spirit as he quietly mouthed the rosary and prayers during all these activities.

Joe along with his wife were devout Catholics and became very involved with St Peter & Paul, and in later years attending OLPH becoming friends with the beloved Father Camillo. Joe was one of the beginning members of the Circle of Mary who gathered for the rosary and prayers Thursday nights at 10:30 PM and he never once missed a night for 25 years. In addition, Joe and Rose for 15 years prayed in the Adoration room every Saturday night from 1 AM to 2 AM.
He belonged to the Toastmasters, becoming a more confident speaker, an avid reader who retained and recited historical dates from years past to present So much so we playfully referred to him as Google!

He was a knight of 37 years becoming a 4th degree Knight. He loved being amongst his fellow knights at the Knights of Columbus who had a shared devotion for God, faith and family. Parking cars at Wurstfest, frying fish during lent and he so looked forward to Wednesday card games with the boys which he continued playing up until three weeks prior to his passing.

More than anything, Joe was a dedicated family man, involved in every aspect of his children’s lives. Everything was celebrated: birthdays, baptisms, all holidays and they were all made special with signs in the yard, names on marquees and numerous pictures in the paper.

He was a very patient man and father, never complained, always made time to play with his children. He was a hard-working honest loving provider who through his actions and words showed us all how very much we were loved. He cherished being Papa Joe to his grandchildren carrying the little ones on his shoulders or towing them behind in his handmade cart on his riding mower.
Above all, he adored his beautiful wife, Rose. They were inseparable, always holding hands. Dad had a beautiful voice and would often hold Rose in his arms gently swaying while he serenaded her with the song “Day after Day I’ll Always Love You.”
The family is so grateful that this past February 14th they were honored to renew their vows for their 70th anniversary on the plaza with all children and friends present and additionally celebrated in our newspaper.

The family is so grateful that this past February 14th they were honored to renew their vows for their 70th anniversary on the plaza with all children and friends present and additionally celebrated in our newspaper.

Our special thanks and sincere gratitude to the doctors and especially the 3rd floor nurses at Christus Santa Rosa who treated him with dignity, patience, and the utmost care and love. To Hope Hospice for meeting with us and offering us their services.

Joe will be cremated with no graveside service. Please go to to share memories and prayers for Joe and his family.

Join us for a rosary at 9 AM on March 23, 2024 at our Lady of Perpetual Help led by fellow knights of Knights of Columbus. Please Join us for Joe’s service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help starting promptly at 9:45 AM Saturday, March 23rd at OLPH. Services will begin with military honors including taps and the presenting of the flag followed by the celebration of the Mass.

Join us for A celebration of life to be held in The Club Room at the Knights of Columbus immediately following the service.


Recitation of the Holy Rosary: Saturday, March 23, 2024 9:00 am

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
138 W. Austin St.
New Braunfels, TX 78130


Memorial Mass: Saturday, March 23, 2024 9:45 am

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
138 W. Austin St.
New Braunfels, TX 78130


Celebration of Life: Saturday, March 23, 2024 11:30 am

Knights of Columbus
111 Landa Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130

(830) 625-2279

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  1. I was blessed to be with him at the adoration chapel from 1-2 am for all those years. He was such a nice man and I send my love and prayers to his beautiful wife and family ❤️

  2. We’re so sad to learn of Joe’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God grant you strength to accept this great loss.
    God Bless You Rose and family

    Gloria DeLaCerda-Espinoza and Family

  3. Joe inspired all who knew be a better Christian, friend, parent and husband/wife. His legacy lives on in his family. He was one in a million and will be missed dearly.

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