Joseph William “Joe” Bauernfeind

Joseph William “Joe” Bauernfeind (72) of Vienna, Virginia passed away Friday, November 15, 2019.

Born in Marshfield, Wisconsin, he was the son of Joseph Bernard and Isabelle Bauernfeind. He is survived by his wife of 34 years Pamela Thompson Bauernfeind, his sons John and David, and his daughter Bethany. In addition, he is survived by his mother Isabelle (96) and siblings: Bonnie, Mary, Janis, Claire, and Tom, and sister-in-law Diane Thompson. Joseph lived a selfless life dedicated to those he surrounded himself with. He served his country in the US Army and US Army Reserves, including tours of duty in Vietnam and Bosnia. Over his years in the service he ascended to the rank of Command Sargent Major. He later supported our veterans through his career at the Department of Veterans Affairs as the director of Business Oversight. Joseph served as a lector for his church and was a common sight at scouting trips, PTO meetings, and manning the grills at his children’s swim meets.   

Joe and Pam split time between their homes in Virginia and Marathon, Florida, steering well clear of cold winter weather. Joe lived a life full of joy and if asked, he was always doing “just peachy”.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Phillip’s Church in Falls Church, Virginia on Saturday, November 23 at 11 am. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Homes for Our Troops.

12 Responses to Joseph William “Joe” Bauernfeind

  1. Ann Walls says:

    Pam, we are so very sorry for your loss of Joe. We will never forget his wonderful smile, kind nature, and giving spirit. Love, Ann and Doug

  2. Phillip and Linda Gansen says:

    Pam, I am saddened at the news of Joe’s death and hope you find solace in your children and the memories of your life together. Both Linda and I enjoyed the brief time we shared at the recent Loras reunion. Joe had such a positive outlook but that actually was part of Joe’s personality even when I first knew him as a student at Loras . I am thankful that we were able to reconnect. Phil and Linda Gansen

  3. Francis Pelkey, Col, Retired, US Army says:

    So sorry for your loss. He was great man, friend, and soldier. I had the pleasure of serving with him while Commander of the 338th MI BN where he was my BN CSM for three years. He always displayed a calm demeanor who always had the welfare of his troops first and foremost. A lot of good memories and good times with him over the years.

  4. Janis Leadhol says:

    So so sorry for your great loss. You were such a wonderful couple. Bless you dear sister in law.

  5. Julie Tutwiler says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Brauernfeind family. Joe was always so pleasant when he delivered meals to Bethany when she was working at the pool. Take comfort in your memories and hold each other close.

  6. Robert Riley says:

    Pam, I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was always so friendly and had such a positive attitude, and he had a “servant” mentality – always ready to, and helping others. I was lucky to have him in my life during my formative years, and will always treasure the special bond we had as fellow seminarians. God bless you and your family!

    Bob Riley
    Classmate at Holy Cross Seminary

  7. Terry Kerley McNeely says:

    Dear Pam and Family, I am so sorrowful at this news. It seems like the wedding was yesterday. You we’re blessed with a fine husband and a wonderful father for tour children. I will see you at the memorial Mass

  8. Jan Siegfried says:

    Pam and Bethany,
    Thank you for calling at school to let us know, we’re so sorry to hear about Joe. He’ll always have a special place in our hearts.
    Jan and Bill Siegfried

  9. Joseph and Esperanza Miranda says:

    Dear Bauernfeind family, we are very sorry for Joe’s passing. We had the pleasure to know Joe since the girls were in grade school through high school. He was always dedicated to his family and serving the schools and church. We will always remember his service to PVI’s band and his leadership during our band trips. He was a pleasure to be around. Joe is in our prayers as are all of you.
    God Bless!
    The Miranda Family

  10. Alexandra Wile says:

    Pam, we are so sorry for your loss and pray that the Lord will surround you and your family with His healing grace in the days to come. Joe was such a wonderful supportive manager when I worked for him in the 1980’s at the VA. Years later he met my husband Marshall when I returned to the DC area—he always stayed in touch. Joe was such a generous soul.

  11. CSM Varney Smith says:

    Pam, sorry to hear about your loss. Joe was a good friend. Karen and I sending prayer your way!

  12. Jim Poole says:

    Joe was a top notch NCO, good friend and all around smart, low-key, nice guy. I am proud to have called him my friend. He and I would meet for lunch often in DC and talk about the world and other weighty matters, usually political. I was not aware that he was still in the DC area. I think I owe him a lunch on a bet he won. It might have been the Bill Clinton election…or was it Dick Nixon?

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