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Wendels, John Leonard

John Leonard Wendels, 87, of Empire, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by his children. John was born on March 5, 1927 in Fond Du Lac, WI, the son of John Joseph and Emma (Eckert) Wendels.

John was a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, retiring after 22 years. He was a Korean War veteran, Lifetime Member of the NRA, and loved to garden and hunt. After his retirement, John worked for 19 years as a custodian and doing maintenance work at Glen Lake School. John was married for 47 years to his beautiful bride, Madelyn Ann Keenan, before she passed away in 2001.

John loved spending time with his family and will be deeply missed by all those who survive him; his children, Judith (Charles) Ohlfs, James (Dena Smith) Wendels, Donna (Kevin) Cierpial, David (Anna) Wendels, Daniel (Joann) Wendels, Donald Wendels, John Wendels, and Robert "Michael" (Laura) Wendels; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; niece, Nikki (Dave) Langolf; nephews, Rick and Jake Bosin; brother-in-law, Jerome Keenan; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Fortunato, Elaine (Ray) Bauer, and Patricia Hornes.

Preceding John in death are his parents; wife, Madelyn Wendels; sisters, Bernice Beckett, Joy Eckert, and Vera Bosin; brother, Robert Wendels; brothers-in-law, Joe Fortunato, Robert Hornes, James "Junior" (Kay) Keenan, Robert (Shirley) Keenan, and Donald Keenan.

A graveside celebration will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Cemetery in Empire. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Glen Lake Fire Department, or Munson Hospice.

Please share your fond memories of John at Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on June 15, 2014
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