Joseph Edward Welch, 68, formerly of Oakland, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford. He was born in Hartland, Nov. 21, 1943 the son of Edward M. and Ola Hamm Welch. Joseph was poplar at Lawrence High School in Fairfield playing on all sports teams and graduated in the class of 1963. He had been a textile worker in the card room at Carleton Woolen Mills for 18 years. He is survived by a son, Anthony J. Welch of Sidney, Maine; two brothers, Edward M. Welch, Jr. and wife Marilyn of Waterville and Patrick R. Welch and wife Ruth of Benton; a half-sister, Kathy Lingard of Fall River, MA; two grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. with a funeral service following on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 at the Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. Burial will be in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville.