William P. Wenzel
1946 - 2018
FUNERAL HOME
Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home - Ulster Park
339 Broadway
Ulster Park, NY
William P. “Bill” Wenzel PORT EWEN- William P. “Bill” Wenzel, 72, of Horton Lane, a lifelong resident of Port Ewen, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday evening, Dec. 6, 2018, while in the comforting presence of his loving family. Bill was born in Kingston, N.Y., on Nov. 11, 1946; a son of the late Richard and Matilda (Sisovsky) Wenzel. He was a graduate of Kingston High School class of 1965 and then earned his associates degree in Business/Accounting from Ulster County Community College. Bill was self-employed for over 40 years in the family business Wenzel Brothers Amusements and Vending in Port Ewen. Devoted to his Catholic faith, Bill was a former treasurer at Coleman Catholic High School and a former CCD instructor at Church of the Presentation of the BVM in Port Ewen. Bill was very active in volunteering at both Kingston Catholic School and Coleman during his children’s schooling. A member of Ulster County Bassmasters and life-member of the National Rifle Association, Bill enjoyed hunting and especially fishing. “Bassmaster Bill” frequented many local fishing spots (one of his favorites was the Wallkill) and he frequently participated in local and statewide fishing tournaments. Bill had been known to take home a trophy or two in his time. Bill was devoted to his wife and three children, and providing for them was always his first priority. He enjoyed spending as much time with his family as he could, and he would often reminisce about the many family trips to Disney World and local daytrips across New York State. Bill and his family used to spend a lot of time at the “Sub Shop” in Port Ewen, his sister Barbara’s business, a popular place to eat and hang out at the time. In recent years Bill decreased his work load and enjoyed taking road trips to casinos and going to OTB to bet on the horses. On any given day, he could also be found shooting the breeze at Chic’s in uptown Kingston, one of his favorite local hangouts. Bill was also fond of Fox News and was never shy about voicing his opinion about politics. Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Terri (Copeman) Wenzel; two daughters, Joleen and her husband Chris of Richfield Springs, N.Y., and Michelle and her husband Keith of Pasco, Wash.; one son, Michael and his wife Sara of Radcliff, Ky.; four grandchildren, Ethan, Aidan, Grace, and Julian; four brothers, Richard, Robert, Zeke, and George Wenze; one sister, Elizabeth Dunne; many nieces and nephews; and his dear friend, Ronnie of Catskill, N.Y. He is predeceased by siblings Barbara Lamb, Peter Wenzel, and Jean Bell. The Wenzel family has entrusted the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park with the care and cremation service arrangements for Bill. Cremation was held at Wiltwyck Crematory. There are no calling hours. The memorial mass will begin at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at The Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 209 Hoyt St., Port Ewen. In lieu of flowers Bill would want friends and family to visit a local OTB and place a bet on a horse in his name. Send the family an expression of condolence by visiting Bill’s Book of Memories: www.GV VFH.com
Published by the Daily Freeman from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2018.
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12
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The Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
209 Hoyt St., Port Ewen, NY
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I have been up to Kingston a couple times since Billy passed and I sure miss seeing my old friend.RIP again BILLY
Buddy Venuti
Friend
December 4, 2019
to the Wenzel family so sorry for your loss
Edward R Ellsworth ll
December 15, 2018
My condolences to the entire family. Bill was as fine a human being as ever walked among us. Knew him for 45 yrs. and never once heard a complaint. Shared many laughs through the years and most of those were related to our lack of ability to " pick a winner"! Bless you Billy!
John Stelcen
December 14, 2018
It was always a pleasure to see Bill. He always had a smile on his face and always a friendly hello, or how are you doing. He was a great guy and left this world much too soon. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Wenzel Family and to all of Bill's relatives and friends.
Landy & Mary Kaschel
December 14, 2018
So very sorry to hear of Bill's passing..
Rodney Wolf
December 13, 2018
Gonna miss you pal! My heartfelt condolences to T

Terry and the rest of the family! I will bet one for you!
Collin Blackwood
December 12, 2018
I am saddened to hear of Bills passing.Although we lose track of friends over the years Bill will always be remembered as a good friend.My condolences go out to his family.
tiber tomhaw
December 11, 2018
So many great things to say about Bill,but those who were lucky enough to have him as a friend already know the amount of greatness he expressed. Prayers go out to all Bill's family at this time. RIP Bill you have earned your wings. Buddy Venuti
Buddy Venuti
December 11, 2018
IM SORRY TO HERE ABOUT BILL PASSING. MET HIM FOR FIRST TIME WITH HIS RECENT VISIT . SO SORRY MICHELLE. MY CONDOLENCES TO YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY. EVEN BEING SICK BILL STILL KEPT A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR. ANNETTE ANDERSON (CNA KINGSTON HOSPITAL).
ANNETTE ANDERSON
December 10, 2018
I am sorry for your loss. I have missed seeing Bill everyday. I am the supervisor at OTB. He was always a pleasure to see.
Peggy Kivlan
December 10, 2018
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