George J. "Hansie" Handel

George J. "Hansie" Handel of Hartford passed away Sunday, July 16, 2006 at SynergyHealth St. Joseph’s in West Bend. He was 87 years old.

He was born Aug. 20, 1918 in Hartford to Joseph and Ella (nee Behrans) Handel. He married Dorothy Sell on March 28, 1946 in Tacoma, Wash. George was a member of Peace Lutheran Church. George served his country in WWII in the U.S. Army. He retired from Libby-McNeil-Libby in Hartford were he worked for over 30 years. He helped out at Rhodes Greenhouse since a young man and continued into his adult life. He worked there for over 40 years. He enjoyed working. He mowed lawns and shoveled snow for many people over the years. George also enjoyed refinishing antique furniture and making wine.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy; three children, Michael (Linda) of West Bend, Crystal (Darnell) Burg of Hartford and Terry of Arizona; three grandchildren, Shane, Dustin and Tamara; two stepbrothers, Robert Handel of Port Washington and Joseph Handel of Virginia; a stepsister, Rose Marie Matter of Cedarburg; a nephew, Tom (Jeanine) of Hartford; and great-nephews, Tyler and Brad Handel. He is further survived by other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Rhodes; and two brothers, Elmer and Morse Handel.

Funeral services for George will be Friday, July 21, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Hartford, with Rev. David Wietzke officiating. Family will greet relatives and friends Friday from 4-6:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hartford, with graveside military rites by the Hartford VFW Post #8834.

Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association are appreciated.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family.