Francis Buechel

Buechel, Francis A.

Francis Buechel, 84, of Jericho, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, surrounded by his caring family. He was born on December 3, 1928, the son of the late Edwin and Helen (Sabel) Buechel. He married Alyce Korb at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marytown, on February 23, 1949, on a beautiful, sunny day.

After Francis was married, he purchased the family farm from his father and in 1964, developed it into Buechel's Stone Quarry. Francis was a visionary building a quarry and establishing a business in an area where farming dominated the landscape. It was at the quarry that Francis fondly became known as "Pa" to more than just his family.

Francis' favorite past time throughout his life was holding hands with his wife, Alyce, whether in Church or in the mall. Together, they enjoyed traveling and meeting new people on their adventures. In retirement, Francis enjoyed building nativity stables and giving them to family and friends. He spent his summers cutting his lawn with his push mower and taking care of his flower beds. Francis also had a love of animals, especially "Kitty", a stray cat he took in to his home three years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years Alyce Buechel; six children, Linda (Rich) Hoerth of Chilton and their children, Theresa (Ken) Flemming, Amy (Kevin) Beil, Lisa Hoerth; Dennis (Renee) Buechel of Fond du Lac, and their children, Joe (Jeannie) Buechel, Jason (Jen) Buechel, and Jesse (Jenny) Buechel: Tim (Sandy) Buechel of Chilton and their family, Mike (Nikki) Buechel and Jason (Angela) Hoefler; Scott Buechel of Chilton and his family Shaun Buechel and Dominique Buechel; Pam (David) Petrie of New Holstein and their family Bradly Petrie (special friend, Leah Vaith) and Jamie Petrie; Ann (Glen) Calnin of Chilton and their family, Elise, Alexandria, Duncan, and Patrick. Along with 19 great-grandchildren and two more great grandsons on the way.

Preceding him in death were his grandson, Adam Buechel, and Francis's sister, Viola and her husband Ray Birschbach.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2013, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church 54 E. Main Street Chilton, WI. Rev. Bob Kollath officiating and Deacon Dennis Bennin assisting. Burial will be in the Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Jericho.

Family and friends may call at the Sippel Funeral Home, 2618 Altona Avenue in New Holstein, on Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 1 to 6 p.m. and at Good Shepherd Church in Chilton on Monday morning from 10:30 to 11:15a.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Francis' name.

For additional information, please call the Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein (920) 898-4300 or visit

A special thank you to the Affinity Hospice Staff for all the help and love they showed Francis and the entire family.


Funeral Home

Sippel Funeral Home
2618 Altona Avenue New Holstein, WI 53061
(920) 898-4300

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Jan. 10, 2013