Clarence M. Thiel
Clarence M. Thiel, age 89 of Stockbridge, died on Wed. December 5, 2012, on the eve of his 90th birthday, at his home in the Town of Stockbridge. He was born on December 6, 1922 in St. John, son of the late Michael & Elizabeth (Bauer) Thiel.
He married Clara F. Groeschel on Sept. 14, 1946 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge. She preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 2003.
Clarence farmed in the town of Stockbridge most of his life. He was a mason, carpenter, and jack of all trades with his best friend Matt Diedrich. He and Clara also tended bar and waitressed for many years at the Gobblers Knob and the Brant Inn. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge, and a retired member of the Stockbridge Community Fire Dept. His family was his most important possession. Clarence enjoyed wood working, gardening, fishing, sturgeon spearing, and going deer hunting without a gun.
Survivors include 5 sons, Charles (Sandy) Thiel of Kiel, Mike (Linda) Thiel of Arpin, Richard (Gail) Thiel of Stockbridge, Marvin (Gail) Thiel of Stockbridge, Joseph (Judy) Thiel of Chilton; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mardella (Larry) Wieseckel of Hilbert, Sr. Elizabeth Ann Thiel of Sherwood; a brother Art (Jane) Thiel of Chilton; a brother-in-law, Herbert (June) Groeschel of Stockbridge; 2 sisters-in-law, Irene Van Oss of Stockbridge, and Viola Emery of Fond du Lac.
He was also preceded in death by a grandson Timmy Thiel, a brother & sister-in-law, Norbert (Evelyn) Thiel; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy (Leander) Schmidt, Lorena (Rollie) Breit; 3 in-laws, Olive (Ray) Vander Zanden, Eugene Emery, and Howard Van Oss. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Sat. Dec. 8, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge, with the Rev. Michael Betley officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 4 to 7 PM on Fri. and at St. Mary Catholic Church on Sat. from 9 to 10 AM prior to the funeral mass. A parish prayer service will be held at 7 PM Fri. evening at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established in the name of Clarence M. Thiel.