Calvin D. Wenzel, 86

Mr. Cal Wenzel, formerly of Milwaukee and Saukville, passed away at his residence at Cedar Ridge Community in West Bend on Wednesday morning, Aug. 31, 2016. He was 86.

Calvin was born in Milwaukee on Feb. 21, 1930, son of Paul and Harriet Halverson Wenzel. He attended local schools and graduated from North Division High School in 1948. Cal proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and returned to marry Phyllis Sawyer. The couple was married Sept. 5, 1953, in Milwaukee. Cal later attended Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied engineering.

Cal and Phyllis settled in Milwaukee and started their family. They moved to Saukville in 1972. Phyllis preceded him in death in 2006. Mr. Wenzel was a member of Grand Avenue United Methodist Church in Port Washington. He was a past member of American Legion Landt-Thiel Post, VFW, Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. He was a coach and instructor for various youth groups including Junior Achievement and Boy Scouts. Cal had a wonderful, rich voice and was the lead resident tenor with the Sky Light Theater. He also sang with the Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Choristers, Ozaukee Chorus and various local churches. Cal was a director of Interfaith Caregivers in Ozaukee County and also helped with the Saukville publication “Talk of the Town.” He is survived by his seven children, Guy (Christine) Wenzel of West Bend, Mark (Kathy) Wenzel of Port Washington, Cindy (Bill) Large of Belgium, Vicki (Christopher) Wenzel-Lesar of Cedarburg, Kari (Glen) Beder of Newburg, Becky (Greg) Werner of West Bend and Gale (Joe) Sigler of the town of Fredonia. He is further survived by 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Carmen Sanfelippo of Milwaukee and Charles (Joan) Sawyer of Germantown; sister-in-law, Nancy Berens of Madison; special friend, Gloria Dengel of Cedar Ridge; and nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; his parents; brother, Roger (the late Betty) Schuenamen; and sisters, Bernice (the late Bill) Pautz and Beverly Sanfelippo.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Grand Hall at Cedar Ridge Community (113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend). The Rev. Kathryn Kuhn will preside. The family will receive visitor after the service from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall. Memorials are suggested in Cal’s name to the Honor Flight. The Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at