Jeffrey E. Hembel

Jeffrey E. Hembel, 55, of Oconomowoc died on Tuesday, Jan, 23, 2007 at his residence.

Up until that point, he had been doing well with his fight against myelofibrosis.

He was born on April 9, 1951 in Milwaukee to Carroll M. and Marcella F. (nee Goeppert) Hem-bel, and grew up and worked on the family dairy farm in the town of Polk.

He was fascinated with the history and beauty of antiques at an early age and began collecting them.

At West Bend High School, he enjoyed singing in the choir, being in musicals and talking with friends.

After graduating from West Bend High School in 1969, Jeff attended the Unviersity of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, receiving his bachelorís and later masterís degrees in speech and audiology.

His heart and his passion remained in antiques and Jeff eventually pursued a career in the profession, doing appraisals, shows and owning several shops.

He was the informative author who shared his wit and wisdom in the "Ask the Antiques Expert" column in "Reminisce" and "Country Woman" magazines.

He was a long-time member of The Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association.

Jeff also loved traveling, gardening, interior decorating and watching Oprah.

Survivors include his mother, Marcella of West Bend; a sister, Jeanne Linne-manstons of Thiensville; a brother, Joel and friend Bob Egbert of Ocono-mowoc; a niece, Rebecca Linnemanstons; a special aunt, Alice Hembel of Jackson; other close relatives and many, many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carroll in 2005, and a brother, Mark Joseph in 1955.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7:45 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home, West Bend, with Fr. Robert Joda officiating.

The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 4 until 7:30 p.m.

The family has requested memorials to the Kathy Hospice or to the charity of the donorís choice.

Jeff's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Vance Strother and the staff at Elmbrook Hospital.

Jeff always said, "Life is short, eat dessert first." He was a trusted friend and confidant who will be greatly missed.