Joseph A. Hausauer

Joseph Hausauer, a financial innovator, active community volunteer, and coach died on Sunday, March 3, surrounded by his beloved family after a three-year battle with cancer.

Joe touched many people with his good works, from leukemia patients undergoing bone marrow treatment at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle to a group of young football players at Lely High School in Naples, Florida. Born in Wahpeton, North Dakota, in 1953, Joe grew up hunting and fishing, flying planes, and reading volumes of history, his passion. His penchant for public service was perhaps formed early in life by his father Roy’s many years in the North Dakota State legislature and by his own formative experience as a college senior caring for his mother, Berta, during the last year of her life.

Joe graduated from the University of North Dakota, where he played football and served as an assistant coach. He earned a degree in history from UND but his love of business and economics eventually led him to Wall Street, where he worked as a broker for E.F. Hutton and met his future wife, Liz. Moving west to Bellevue, Washington in the early days of the internet, Joe pioneered one of the first online mortgage companies Keystroke Technologies. After relocating with his family to Marco Island, Florida, he worked in banking and commercial real estate and quickly became a community leader through his work with the Marco Island Charter Middle School board , the Rotary Club and the Marco Island YMCA.

Joe’s compassion and kindness defined him. He was a natural mentor to children and teenagers, volunteering countless hours at the YMCA in their literacy and summer camp programs. In 2012 the Joseph A. Hausauer scholarship was established so that children who would normally not be able to participate in summer camp would be given the opportunity. “He never wanted anyone to be left out,” said Cindy Love, CEO of the Marco Island YMCA.

As a volunteer coach for the Lely High School Freshman football team, “Coach Joe” inspired the many young men he so easily befriended, to reach far beyond the limits of the football field. He secured college athletic scholarships, took the players on school visits across the country, and often provided the necessary supplies and clothing so that they would have a better transition so far from home. “He gave me my first Christmas,” said Ben Jean, who is now a sophomore at Saginaw Valley State College, Michigan.

Joe’s pride at the team members’ success was surpassed only by the joy he took in the accomplishments of his own children, Sam, co-owner of Line-X of SWFL, and Katey, an honors student at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

With humor, curiosity, and intelligence, Joe lived his life to the fullest and inspired countless others through his generosity and integrity.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, their two children, Katherine and Samuel (Jessica), and granddaughter Riley. He also leaves his sister, Janis Burke and her husband Vern, their children Clay and Caitlin and two brothers Steve and Terry Hoffman.

A memorial service will be held at the Marco Lutheran Church on Saturday the 9th of March at 11:00 a.m., 525 N Collier Blvd. Marco Island Florida.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Joseph A. Hausauer Scholarship of the Marco Island YMCA. Please make checks payable to the Marco Island YMCA, 101 Sandhill Street, Marco Island, Florida 34145, (239-394-3144).


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 9, 2013

Joseph A. Hausauer

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Beret Furuseth Hagen

February 20, 2014

Joe was a friend of mine at UND, and when my husband's (boyfriend at the time) grandma died unexpectedly, Joe, who barely knew Doug, flew him down to Fargo and back for the funeral. Just one of those nice "Joe" things he was always doing for others. Can't believe he's gone. May his family seek comfort in the memory of his fine and generous spirit.

Julie (Thimjon) Costello

March 24, 2013

Joe was always the hunky guy with the smile in High School. I also remember him playing the drums in jazz band. He has left behind a wonderful legacy of people he loved and helped. May this be a comfort and give you strength.

Mario and Anne Catalano

March 13, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to Liz, your children and all Joe's family on the loss of your wonderful husband, father and loved one. He will clearly be missed by many.

Tom and Rose Riscili

March 11, 2013

We just learned of the passing of your beloved husband Joe. We were so saddened to learn this, but know that he is at peace and in a better place. God bless you and your family during this very difficult time! You're in our hearts and prayers!
Love and God bless,
Tom and Rose Riscili

March 9, 2013

We all grew up together with cousin Joe on the shores of East Battle Lake. He was always the good kid...the quiet kid. He grew up to be the kind of man that NEVER wanted recognition for the things he did for others always behind the scenes. No one could give a hug like Joe. All us Bjorke cousins want to send a hug to all the family left behind, with a special one for Janny. He will be missed.... Kate Bjorke Baldwin, Battle Lake MN

Dave Wicklein

March 8, 2013

Saddened to hear of Joe's passing. I was fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time with him throughout high school. He was a real competitor, a great teammate, and most importantly a really good guy. So sorry for your loss.

Joan Pope

March 8, 2013

Liz, Janice and family: My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joe will be missed. I have so many fun memories of him here in Wahpeton, at the lake, in NYC, in Seattle. He was such a big man, not just physically, but voice, laugh and heart. Rest in peace, Joe. You fought the good fight. Love to you all, Joan(Pfister) Pope

March 8, 2013

To Joe's Family:
Although we have never meet I was going through some of my old high school and early college photos. Low and behold there was Joe in many a photo. To great man who gave so much, especially to the kids. God's Speed and save me a place in the duck blind. My deepest sympathies to you all. Lorn Wolsky, Class of '72, Eagan, MN

March 8, 2013

To Joe's family, I am so sorry for your (our) loss. Joe was a good guy all around. He will be missed. Sincerely, Pam (Engstrom) Erlandson

March 7, 2013

Liz, Janis and family,
Our prayers are with you all. We will miss Joe, our dear friend. Joe had a hand in getting Rob and I together for a blind date! He was Rob's roommate at UND, and always took care of us when we came to Florida. We were touched when he brought a Florida football player on a visit to Bemidji State to see if it would be a good fit for him...such a kind man. Fondly, The Bollingers