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Paul M. Zopel

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Paul M. Zopel Obituary
Paul M. Zopel

Wausau - Paul M. Zopel, 73, transitioned at home in the presence of his loving family on Monday Jan. 8, 2018.

He was born May 29, 1944 in Chicago, son of Vincent and Rose Zopel. On November 19, 1966 he married the love of his life, Sherry. Living family members include his wife, Sherry; children, Wendy, Justin (Alex), Adam (Mariana) and Allison. One granddaughter, Violet. Two brothers, Vincent (Mary) and Tony (Jan).

Paul was a professional musician and music educator of many students for over 40 years, including 25 years teaching the DC Everest string program. After his retirement Paul composed over 100 original jazz compositions which are performed by the Zopel Jazz Ensemble and recorded on CD. His legacy lives on as his music continues to be shared and played by his children and fellow musicians. He enjoyed saying "I am a conduit of the Divine" when asked about his inspiration.

Before his teaching career Paul was a professional dancer beginning his training in his mother's dance studio in Chicago. He has passed on the passion for dance to his daughters by encouraging and supporting their years of dancing.

A few of Paul's other passions include, participating in spiritual study groups, meditating, gardening, travel, biking, organic and non GMO foods and using his energy to make our lives and the world a better place.

Visitation will be held at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Ave. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 1 to 4 PM. An inspirational remembrance sharing will be held at 4 PM. Online condolences may be expressed at
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Jan. 11, 2018
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