Joel Stephen Streufert

Joel Streufert, 31, of Liberty, MO, fell asleep suddenly in Jesus Christ, on Monday, December 31, 2012. Joel was born March 10, 1981, in Nashville, TN, to Stephen and Sherry Streufert.  He is survived by his parents, a brother Aaron, a sister Amber, a brother-in-law Justin, a niece Abbey, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Joel was an animal lover, he enjoyed drawing and had a strong faith in Christ.  A visitation will be held from 10-11 AM, Monday, January 7, 2012 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 9101 Lamar Ave., Overland Park KS, 66207. A memorial service will follow the visitation and begin at 11 AM. Memorial contributions can be made to: The American Bible Society. P.O. Box 96812, Washington D.C., 20090-6812 or Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, MO 64137


  1. Mary Schrader on January 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Joel will be missed by all of his family. He was a dear nephew with a kind heart and sweet spirit. He left us too young and our hearts are hurting. We love you Joel and will never forget you.
    Aunt Mary

  2. Amber on January 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I miss you brother. My heart is shattered knowing I won’t see you again. I still can’t believe you’re gone. I am at peace though knowing you are in heaven with your Savior. We will think of you fondly and remember your warm spirit always. I love you.

  3. Mark Brown on January 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm


    It’s still hard to believe you are gone.
    I will always hold onto the memories and will never forget all the fun times we had hanging out together. You always made me laugh. I wish I could have seen you more. I know you are at peace now and you are with God. The flesh may disappear but the soul survives. I love you bro and I will miss you.



  4. Mike, Cathy & Noah on January 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    We are very sorry to hear of Joel’s passing. We understand he was a very nice young man who cared very deeply for others. We pray that God will give you comfort and peace through this difficult time.
    In sorrow,
    The Hubers (Justin’s aunt, uncle and cousin).

  5. Cal and Mary Hultman on January 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Amber, Stephen, Sherry and Aaron, we are so sorry about the loss of your dear Joel. You and Joel are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Cal and Mary Hultman

  6. Beverly & Bob Kemper on January 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    We unfortunately did not know our cousin Joel very well, but are certain that he was much too young to leave this earth. Knowing he will be dearly missed by his loving family is a certainty…peace be to Joel and all those who knew and loved him.
    Cousin Bev

  7. Angie Pitts on January 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Sherry, Stephen, Aaron and Amber. I am so sorry for your loss. I had just met Joel at the LCKS Christmas Party and I had the opportunity to speak with him briefly while he was sitting with his brother and father. He seemed to be a really nice young man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may GOD give you peace and strength through this difficult time.
    God Bless,
    Angie Pitts

  8. Ellie Holdeman on January 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I know Joel will be greatly missed. He is home with his Heavenly Father now and we will see him again.

  9. Ray Hassan on January 3, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thoughts and prayers.

  10. Grace Weinrich on January 3, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Our hearts and prayers are with you.

  11. Sherry Corless on January 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I miss you so much. It doesn’t seem real that your not here anymore. My heart is filled with pain and sorrow. I wish I could rewind time and see you again. I will never forget you and especially your wonderful laugh. I love you cousin.
    Sherry Corless

  12. Shawn Polowniak on January 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

    The Polowniak family wanted to reach out and express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Shawn, Rebecca, Morgan and Molly

  13. Carol Botwinik on January 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Please accept my condolences. Can not imagine what you are going through. May God help you through this period of grief. If you want to call me and just cry or scream I will be happy to listen/cry with you.


  14. Andrew Kirk on January 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I’ll never forget what a great human being you always were. No one will ever be able to come close to the level that you lived on. I still can’t believe I’ll never see you smile or hear your voice again. I’ll see you again someday, and I know you will be watching over all of us now. Goodbye old friend.

  15. Laurisa Ballew on January 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I worked with Joel at Prairie Village Starbucks and had the pleasure of going on a couple dates with him. He was a caring, compassionate, generous man who loved Jesus. He cared much for those around him and always treated others like they were family. This world lost a good man. Rest in the arms of your creator Joel.

  16. Maleah Moran on January 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Joel at Starbucks. He was one of the best employees I’ve ever had. He was a hard worker, never complained, put a smile on everyone’s face and made my job as a manager very enjoyable. I absolutely loved working with him. He was one of the most genuine and kind hearted people I’ve ever met. I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing. I will always remember and appreciate our time together. He left his memory on my heart. I pray for his family that they may find peace knowing that God just needed one of his best creations back with him in Heaven.

  17. Jessica Dalton on January 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your son, Joel. I pray that God will bless your family and offer comfort to you during this difficult time.

  18. Christy Sutton on January 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

    My heart and prayers are with you. I know he will be with you each and every day in your hearts.

  19. Jeannie Jackman on January 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    My deepest sympathies go out to Joel’s family and friends. May God watch over and comfort you during this sorrowful time.

  20. Dana Bolar on January 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Everyone loved Joel. I worked with him at PV Starbucks and enjoyed talking to him and hearing all of his great perspectives. Joel was a customer favorite and had an amazing repoire with everyone there. He would do anything for others. A kind and compassionate man who will be missed!

  21. Jonathan Streufert on January 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Joel – Thanks for being part of our lives, Nephew. Sure wish we could have seen more of each other, but I do remember the good time we all had at the Atlantic beach when you and your Dad visited us here in Virginia several years ago. After talking to you two weeks ago I was really looking forward to seeing you in Chicago. Your life was cut way too short, but as we all know, God can call any of us Home anytime. I am glad to know you are with our loved ones in Heaven, thanks to your faith and the gift Christ has offered each of us. Rest in Peace, Joel.

  22. Marlys Doerflinger on January 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  23. Margie Foley on January 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm


    I’m so sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts. I and many others care.

    Margie Foley

  24. Bethany, Jon, and Savannah Schmidt on January 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    The peace we seek here on earth is the greatest and most perfect in Heaven. Joel has now found that peace. May God rest in the hearts of Joel’s loved ones for the comfort in which He gives.
    Blessings and peace to you all.

  25. Karen on January 6, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Such a bittersweet time. So sad to think that Joel is gone. So joyful to think that he is with his Savior.

    Praying for peace for Sherry, Steve, Amber, Justin and Aaron and the rest of the family. Love you.


  26. Jan McKee on January 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Dear Sherry & Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Take care of each other.
    Aunt Dorothy

  27. Jan McKee on January 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Dear Sherry & Family,
    Our deepest heartfelt sympathy in this difficult situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know your strong faith will help all of you at this time. Please convey our love to all.
    Your Virginia Cousins,
    Jan & Ed McKee

  28. Marilyn Fritze Vogel on January 7, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Stephen, please know that I am praying for you and your family…that you will experience God’s unfailing love and comfort during this time.

  29. Jackie Wilhelm on January 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    After reading all the notes I feel like I know Joel just a little. I think we only saw him once or twice over the years. It sounds like he grew to be a kind, caring, loving young man. Most importantly he was a believer and is now rejoicing in his new home. My heart aches for you, Sherry, Steve, Aaron, and Amber. I pray God comforts you as you mourn.

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