Gilbert R. Stoffel

Gilbert R. Stoffel, 79, of the town of Washington in Shawano County, passed from this life into eternal happiness on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Green Bay.

Gilbert was born at the home of his parents, the late Henry Jr. and Eleanor (nee Martin) Stoffel on Aug. 9, 1929, near Allenton. He attended Holy Angels School in West Bend. In Dec. of 1946, he left his home and joined the United States Army where he served joyfully in Vienna, Austria and at Ft Knox, Ky. In 1950, he was recalled to active duty to serve his country during the Korean Conflict.

On Aug. 20, 1949, he was united in marriage to the former Barbara Ann Weber in Nabob, who remained his special and dear friend. After his discharge from the Army in May 1954, he began his farming career in Jackson, West Bend and Kewaskum. During his 28 years in this vocation, he and Barbara added to the joys of their lives with sons, Keith (Jeanne) Stoffel of West Bend, Dan (Chris) Stoffel of Fond du Lac, Doug Stoffel of Jackson, Jim (Jean) Stoffel of Kewaskum, Paul (Debbie) Stoffel of West Bend, Tom (Tracy) Stoffel of Kewaskum and Henry (Rhonda) Stoffel of Grand Junction, Colo.; and daughters, Suann (Robert) Scholzen of Keithville, La., Kathy (Herb) Ottery of St Cloud, Juliann (David) McCoy of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Leilanni (Terrance) Whatley of Haughton, La., Ann (Joe) Wicklund of Kewaskum and Gina (Michael) Wolf of Lake Villa, Ill.

In addition to his career in farming, he took additional employment with the Associated Milk producers Cooperative from which he retired in 1992 following 18 years of service.

In November of 1985 he married Rita Simon in Fond du Lac. His family then grew with the addition of a step-son, Aaron (Mindy) Betry of New Berlin, and step-daughter, Emily Collins of Gahanha, Ohio.

On Dec. 30, 2000 he was united in marriage to Karen Cox-Badeau of Gillett at the Christ Church, Hintz. Adding to his comfort were his new step-daughters, Bretta (Keith) Carlton of Shawano, Rebecca (Ray) Sweetman of Marinette, Ann (Michael) Wasmund of Gillett, Amy (Joseph) Rottier of Cecil and a step-son, Elwood Jr (Rhonda) Badeau of Gillett.

Gilbert is further celebrated by his grandchildren, Tammy, Russell, Pamela, Brian, Laura, Jeff, Christopher, Adam, Christine, Michelle, Katie, Shaina, Sherilyn, Darrick, Haley, Sydni, Olivia, Kirsten, Henry and Kara Stoffel; Bobbie Jo Scholzen, Tim and Troy Ottery; Joshua, Hannah And Caleb McCoy; Eric and Brian Whatley; David, Jonathon and Jennifer Wicklund; Jayla and Micah Wolf; step-grandchildren, Zion, Zoe and Nephra Collins; Ranier and Nora Betry; Megan and Courtney Carlton; Billy and Danny Sweetman; Savanna and Jarrid Curtain; Wade Wasmund; Tamara and Jim Rottier; Jordon, Korey and Noah Badeau; 26 great grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Janine) Stoffel of Jackson, Roger (Delores) Stoffel of West Bend and many nieces and nephews.

Through his life, he became acquainted with a unique and special friend of many years, Ljupka Miliva-Pasanku of Skopje, Macedonia, her husband, Jimmy, and children Alek and Lina.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Clifford, Robert and Kenneth; one son, Allan, and his wife, Rita.

Funeral services for Gilbert will be held on Saturday, April 18, at noon at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Bonduel. The Rev. Timothy Shoup will officiate. Interment, with Military Rites conducted by Bonduel American Legion Post No. 217 will be in the church cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials in his name should be directed to Altrusa House International; ATTN: Sheri; 1116 E. Mason St. Green Bay, WI 54301.

Schroeder-Mickelson Funeral Service of Shawano is in Charge of the arrangements.