Joel Andrew Elwood
Celebration of Life
Date: Saturday October 15, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Rochester Eagles Club [ view map ]
Time of Remembrance
Starting at 3:00pm there will be a time of remembrance and sharing
Tuesday, March 2, 1965
Date of Death:
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
57 years old
Joel Andrew Elwood
Joel Andrew Elwood, 57 of Vancouver, WA, formerly of Rochester, MN passed away on September 14, 2022 of natural causes.
Joel was born on March 2, 1965 in Faribault, MN to Robert and Rosemarie (Truman) Elwood. He grew up in Rochester and attended grade school at St Francis of Assisi Catholic School. He was a mischievous young man and after bouncing around, eventually graduated from Edison High School in Minneapolis in 1983. Joel was a free spirit. He loved the Mountains of Washington and couldn’t wait to ski every year. He felt a deep connection to the ocean and a special affection for his dogs and all animals. He loved listening to Hank Williams Jr., classic rock in general, and loved trying to beat the dealer while at the casino. He sadly left us far too young.
Joel married Sonja Kessler in April of 1999. They later divorced but she remained a big part of his life and worked hard to keep him healthy. The Elwood family is forever grateful for all her efforts.
Joel leaves behind his daughter Annabelle Rose. He loved her to the “moon and back”. She was the love of his life. He is also survived by his parents Bob and Rosemarie Elwood of Rochester, seven brothers and sisters Julie (Glen) Watson of rural Byron, MN, Bob (Mona) of Rochester, Ben (Vickie) of Rochester, Steve (Kayla) of Sartell, MN, Amy (Bob) Bandy of Wayne, ME, Maria (Paul) Ruhl of Prior Lake, MN and Wendy Elwood of Rochester. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews that were fond of him.
There will be a celebration of Joel’s life on October 15, 2022 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm with a 3:00pm time-of-remembrance at the Rochester Eagles Club (917 15th Ave SE Rochester, MN). His ashes will be interred in Calvary Cemetery, Rochester, MN at a later date.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com
The family of Joel Andrew Elwood has received the following condolences.
Bob and Rosie, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Dearest Rosie, Bob, and family
I just received your note today and I am so shocked and saddened. Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences at this very sad time. The loss of a child is every parent's worst nightmare that only our Lord can get you through.
Love and prayers for you all,
Dear Bob, Rosie and family,
I am so sorry for your loss of Joe. I just received a text of the news and am shocked. I remember growing up in the neighborhood along side your whole family, and he was always an energetic funny boy.
Praying God's comfort for all of you that are left behind. 🙏
My condolences. I’m so sorry.. Joel was a great guy.
Bob and Rosie,
I am so sorry for the loss of your son.
So often I think of the young kids around your house on Deerwood when I was your Realtor. Reminded me so much of my growing up with 12 brothers and sisters.
I wish you all my condolences and pray the days ahead will be blessed for you and your whole family.
Oh Joel....my good friend met you and your family when I worked at Maple Manor and you drove residents to appt. We grew to be buddies outside of our jobs and loved our e-mail visits. Keep your eye on Annabelle from Heaven. You were a great dad for her. I will miss you my friend. Love and Lite Joel.....Glenda