Joseph Michael ‘Joey’ LaBrec, 42, Hayfield

Joseph Michael ‘Joey’ LaBrec, age 42, of Hayfield, formerly of Wabasha passed away Wednesday April 10, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Hospital-St. Marys Campus in Rochester.
He was born May 27, 1976 in Wabasha. He was raised by Doug and Mary (Peck) LaBrec of Wabasha. He grew up in the Wabasha area, attended St. Felix Catholic School and Wabasha-Kellogg Schools. He married Heather Rose Kleve July 26, 1996 in Alma, WI. For part of his life he was an automotive mechanic in Rochester. Afterwards he was a stay at home dad, gun enthusiast, and smoked meats connoisseur. In his spare time he also enjoyed taking his Jeep up the Coffee Mill Ski Hill in Wabasha. He didn’t get stuck but the cops did.
He is survived by his wife, Heather LaBrec; his children, Ivy LaBrec, Samantha LaBrec and Wyatt LaBrec; his parents, Doug and Mary (Peck) LaBrec; his birth mother, Sandy (LaBrec) Tenwolde; and half-sisters, Chantelle Tenwolde and Tina (Stewart) Lenio. He was preceded in death by his uncle, Billy LaBrec.
A celebration of Joey’s life will be held at 11:00am at Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019, his 43rd birthday. Officiating will be Deacon John Hust of St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha. Family and friends may call at the funeral home one hour before the service. To leave a special memory or condolence, please visit his Facebook memorial page or visit


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