Francis A. HoelzelMay 15, 1932 ~ August 1, 2017 (age 85)
Francis A. Hoelzel, age 85 of Kaukauna WI passed away August 1, 2017. He was doing what he really loved, cutting hay in the swather. He was born May 15, 1932 in Stockbridge WI, son of Joe and Mary (Geisen) Hoelzel. On February 5, 1956 he married Cecilia Weiler in a double wedding along with siblings Edward Hoelzel and Julie Weiler. Francis and Cecilia enjoyed 61 years of marriage. Francis was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Francis and Cecilia farmed for many years until retirement in 1996. Despite being retired Francis enjoyed nothing better than helping his sons on the farms. Often he slowly drove around the country side to check on the fields and crops to make sure the boys were getting the work done. His many years of farming knowledge were very much appreciated. Francis loved fishing especially sturgeon spearing, hunting, playing cards and occasional gambling with friends and family. He enjoyed family gatherings with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Francis is survived by children: Joan (Tony) Kohl of Menasha, Dan (Sandy) Hoelzel of Kaukauna, Carla (Jim) Weber of Appleton, Peter (Lynn) Hoelzel of Kaukauna, Ken (Sherrie) Hoelzel of Kaukauna, Mark (Toni) Hoelzel of Kaukauna, and Paul (Ann) Hoelzel of Kaukauna. Also survived by special niece Margie (Denny) Kirk-Schuh of Antigo and their 3 children as well as special nephew Jim (Kristi) Kirk of Nashotah and their 3 children. Francis is survived by 16 grandchildren as well as 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Francis is also survived by his sister Rosemary (Gilbert) Ortlieb of Stockbridge. Sisters-in-law Beatrice Hoelzel of Chilton and Eleanor Hoelzel of Iola.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and in-laws Rueben (Betty) Hoelzel, Alvin Hoelzel, Gib Duke Hoelzel, Art Hoelzel, Alice (Ned) Colovich, Edward (Julie) Hoelzel, Marion (Peter) Kirk, Margaret (Cyril) Thiel, Ted Weiler, John Weiler and Lucy (John) Pohl. Also preceded by granddaughter Sherry Hoelzel.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday August 5, 2017 at St. Katharine Drexel @ St. Francis Catholic Church Hollandtown site with Msgr. James Vanden Hogan officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call directly at church from 9:00 am Saturday until the time of service. Boettcher Family Funeral Home is assisting the family.
The family wishes to thank all those that assisted the family at the farm on August 1, 2017. www.boettcherfamilyfuneral.com