Dennis F. Wachtel
1938 - 2021
August 27, 1938
January 11, 2021

Wachtel, Dr. Dennis F.

baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection, Monday, January 11, 2021 at the age of 82. Beloved son of the late Henry and Eloise Wachtel nee Fay; dear friend and professor to many.

Alumni of Christian Brothers College High School and St. Louis University. Professor of Emeritus in history at Maryville University.

Special thanks to The Quarters of Des Peres and New Stage Dialysis Center for their outstanding care and compassion.

Services: Funeral from the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. to St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church, 1210 Paddock Drive, Florissant 63033 for 10:00 a.m. Mass. Interment Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dr. Dennis Wachtel Endowed Scholarship Fund at Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Drive St. Louis, MO 63141. Visitation Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 4-8 p.m. Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at

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Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jan. 13, 2021.
Schrader Funeral Homes & Crematory
14960 Manchester Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011-4623
Funeral Mass
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church
1210 Paddock Drive, Florissant, Missouri
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Schrader Funeral Homes & Crematory
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May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Dr. Wachtel touched Maryville students' lives in a very special way as he taught in the classroom as well as on trips in the United States and Europe. I was fortunate to have traveled on class trips studying Human History as well as Natural History of the St. Louis Region, History of the Midwest, Spain, France and England. I reflect on my studies when my fortunate son Joe was in grade school and was allowed to join us for a learning experience in the Midwest. We have fond memories and special photos from 1980s. Sending my sincere condolences to the family.
Pat Hupp Dunaway
January 24, 2021
Dr. Dennis Wachtel was my colleague and friend. In his last two years at Maryville University, his office was just a few doors down from mine and he would always stop by with a kind word and an interesting story. He was a true scholar whose passion for history was infectious. He shared engaging historical stories with students and everyone else who happened to cross his path. He was gentle and kind soul who will be greatly missed.
Leilani Carver-Madalon
January 21, 2021
Thank you, Dr Wachtel, for your many gifts. You've taught me and my family much about relentless curiosity, following your dreams, living a simple life, never acting as the smartest person in the room (even though you often were), and treating everyone with utmost respect. Rest in peace, Dr. Wachtel.
Ruben Ocampo
January 20, 2021
To my professor, mentor, and dear friend for 25 years. Your dedication, service, and kindness to others will live on in our memories. You will be missed. May you rest in peace.
Casie Gambrel Class of 1999
January 18, 2021
Although I have not seen Dennis since our high school graduation, I remember him well as one of the very brightest members of our CBC class of 1956. He was always steady, kind, and willing to share his knowledge.
John Schroeder
January 16, 2021
65 yrs ago we graduated from CBC. Fond memories of DENNY and his intellect. Sincere condolences to his family.He will be a GREAT addition to heaven.
Terry Sexton
January 14, 2021
A dedicated teacher and scholar and fondly remembered by the Class of 1969.
Sally Hennessy Roth
January 14, 2021
RIP Dr Wachtel. You brought history alive for me and I think I took every one of your classes between 1964-1968. No wonder I ended up a history major. I can still see you drawing the battle plans for WW2 on the board and hearing you tell the stories of our history. Thank you for so many fascinating hours in class and for contributing to my lifetime interest in history.
Bobby Hatch
January 14, 2021
Light to you, Dr. Wachtel, on your journey Home.
Kj Rink, Class of 1967
January 13, 2021
A great loss for the Maryville community, he will be missed! Thanks and condolences to Dr. Geralyn Frandsen who was his protector, advocate, and friend. Blessings of peace to all who knew him.
lisa Albers
January 13, 2021
My condolence to all close to Dr. Wachtel. You are in my prayers as you celebrate his extraordinary life and work. I had him for History in 1979 at Maryville and almost changed my major based on his influence. We learned history through biographies of people in different time periods for example " Tecumseh". Dr Wachtel filled in all the gaps of American and World history surrounding the characters we read about with an encyclopedia like delivery of information. It truly was astounding. He was the foreshadowing of a google search, he knew everything. His work and life had exponential effects and great meaning for many. Peace and Comfort to All
Gail Simmons Pittroff
January 13, 2021
"And then, an interesting figure is worth mentioning...." Still, to this day, when I need to calm down and think like a reasonable human being, I think of Dennis Wachtel's voice. A great scholar, Dennis Wachtel gave significance to what would otherwise seem insignificant and he gave sober words to what is otherwise callous, chaotic, and base. Dennis found ways to calm me down and give me some confidence during an onerous chapter of my life. Never will Dennis Wachtel be forgotten. He has been missed and will be missed. I will never forget his voice. I miss his voice so much. I will never forget his stories; his favorite stories, the Captain of Köpenick, the Defenestrations of Prague, Peter O'Toole, Engelbrecht Engelbrechtsen, Kurt Schuschnigg, etc. Dennis Wachtel showed me how to project warmth where there is only cold. R.I.P. Dr. Wachtel. We will continue to strive to live the kind of lives that would warrant you writing our names on your marker board.
Nathan Nico Vize
January 13, 2021
I was very sorry to learn of Dennis’s passing. I remember him as a true gentleman and scholar who cared about Maryville and his students. He will be missed. My condolences to his family, friends, and former colleagues.
Palm Edward
January 12, 2021
Dennis was my professor many years ago, and became a friend about 10 years ago. A great man-- he will be missed.
January 12, 2021