Joel Thomas Wattigny, Sr.

Date of Birth: Sept 10, 1961  |   Date of Death: Oct 1, 2017   |   Service Date: 11:00 am, Saturday, Oct 7, 2017. 

Wattigny PhotoJoel Thomas Wattigny, Sr. passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017, in San Marcos, Texas at the age of 56. He was born September 10, 1961 in New Iberia, Louisiana to Charles Clare Wattigny, Jr. and Joyce (Truax) Wattigny.

His parents, sister, Kathleen (Kathy) Wattigny Beard and brother, Mark Wattigny preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte (Niemann) Wattigny; daughter, Karly Schlievert; son, Joel Thomas Wattigny, Jr. (Josephine May); one granddaughter; four brothers, Robert (Bob) Wattigny (Lucille Derouen), James (Jim) Wattigny, Charles Clare (Skip) Wattigny, III and Christopher Noel Wattigny (Sophia Wilson); sister, Mary Elizabeth Wattigny; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Joel also very much loved his mother-in-law Gladys (Henke) Niemann and deseased father-in-law Freddie Niemann.

Joel graduated from Catholic High School in New Iberia, LA where he was a long-distance runner. He attended LSU and was a member of the water ski team. Joel proudly served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Gulf War. His career passion was Six Sigma and Process Improvement while he worked with several companies as a quality assurance manager. Joel loved his family, dogs, the outdoors and working with his hands woodworking and on repair projects. Joel had an offbeat sense of humor and a curiosity about the world. He loved to cook gumbo, and beignets with his niece Hannah. He will be greatly missed by his extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the SIMS Foundation

Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home at 10:00 am, with a Memorial Service celebrating Joel’s life to follow at 11:00 am, on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 North Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-353-4311.


9 Condolences

  • James Douglas Landry

    October 3rd, 2017 on 10:00 pm

    Charlotte, children and family. I was sad to hear the sudden loss of my dear classmate and genuine friend. While we may have lost touch in the past years, I will never forget his smile, wit and intelligence! May god bless he and his family…May he rest in peace….Sincerely, James D. Landry

  • Nancy Clare Pousson

    October 3rd, 2017 on 10:34 pm

    Sincerest condolences for my cousin Joel, you left us way too soon. That offbeat humor will be missed. Love you forever.

  • Sylvia June Delcambre

    October 4th, 2017 on 11:31 am

    Joel was loved by all who knew him. It has been many years since I saw Joel but I will never forget him. May he rest in peace with God always. He was so handsome and so witty. Nothing but good memories.

  • Roy K. & Susan F. Williams

    October 4th, 2017 on 9:09 pm

    Our deepest sympathies Charlotte, Wattigny’s and Niemman families. Joel was a high school classmate of mine and I am blessed to call him a friend. He was unique, kind, so intelligent a complete original who will be greatly missed by all. A true Patriot and hero. Rest well my friend, you are so loved. Always, Pop and Sue

  • Almyra Wattigny Johnson

    October 5th, 2017 on 10:36 pm

    Dear Cousins and Families:

    How saddened I was to learn about your loss of someone so dear.
    Though we had not been close as adults, I remember Joel as a little boy when our families would have get togethers. My daughter, Deanna, and Joel were the same age and their paths crossed when they were in college in Monroe. They enjoyed this family friendship. Charles and Joyce were happy about their friendship as was I. My prayers to each of you. Love, Almyra

  • Joey Waguespack

    October 6th, 2017 on 10:30 pm

    The Wattigny family is in my prayers. My condolensces go out all.

  • Mark Lassalle

    October 7th, 2017 on 12:05 pm

    Sincerest condolences for my old friend and his family. I will always remember the great times we had. I have a lot of good memories. Rest in peace.


    October 9th, 2017 on 6:07 pm

    Sincerest condolences for my old friend and his family. I will always remember the great times we had. I have a lot of good memories.Rest in peace.

  • Rebecca Galaviz

    October 10th, 2017 on 4:22 pm

    Please accept my sincere condolences over the loss of your loved one. Though words may not be able to describe how you feel, God knows and understandsyour feelings. May He be with you at this time of loss and give you hope and comfort. 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17


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