Raymond J. Stengel, 91


Raymond J. Stengel, a resident of Saukville, passed away Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. He was 91 years old.

Raymond was born in Milwaukee on Jan. 22, 1922, the son of John and Mary Krygier Stengel. When Ray was 5, his family moved to the town of Belgium and ran the tavern in Lake Church. He attended local schools and later worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps. His work with the CCC led him to a lifelong love of traveling. Ray worked at Tecumseh Co./Power Products in Grafton, retiring in 1985. Ray was a former member of the IAMAW Local 1326.

Ray’s nieces and nephews remember Ray as a laid-back man who was a great storyteller. He enjoyed traveling to places like Manitowoc or Escanaba, Mich., “just to kill time.”

Ray is survived by four nieces, Karen Krell of Cedar Grove, Sharon (Jim) Howard of Milwaukee, Barbara (Dick) Zbikowski of Port Washington and Patricia “Patsy” Abfalder of Butler; as well as three nephews, Jim (Kitty) Shape of Lake Mary, Fla., Otto (Sharon) Stengel Jr., of Cupertino, Calif., and Nick Krell of Howards Grove. Further survivors include great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Krell; and brothers, Otto and Casey Stengel.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Eernisse Funeral Home, 171 N. Royal Ave. ( Highway LL and Park Street) in Belgium. Ray’s longtime friend, Father Jim Ernster, will officiate the service. Ray will be laid to rest in St. Mary Cemetery, Lake Church, beside his parents. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Online condolences can be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Lasata and Aurora Medical Center in Grafton for the care that they gave to Ray.

Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family.