Marcel W. Starr, 95
May 20, 1920 ó March 28, 2016
Marcel Walter Starr, 95, passed away peacefully March 28, 2016, at Silver Springs, in Green Valley, Arizona.
Marcel was born May 20, 1920, to Harry E. Starr and Anna (nee Heder) in Slinger. He spent his early years in St. Lawrence and attended St. Lawrence Catholic grade school. He went to Hartford High School, and in 1938 joined the U.S. Army Reserve and, in late 1941, enlisted in the U.S. Army. After a short training period, he was shipped out to the Pacific theater with the 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Division, where he saw frontline combat in New Guinea for the next three and a half years.
In 1945, Marcel returned home, and was married to Rosemary D. Hetzel on May 9, 1946. He decided not to re-enlist, and during the next two years they started their family and lived in Milwaukee, where Marcel was learning the shoe repair trade. Shortly thereafter, he re-enlisted in the U.S. Army, and along with Rosemary and their four children, they were assigned to various military posts, which included two tours of duty in Alaska and one in Germany.
In 1963, Marcel and his family returned to West Bend, and he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1964. They settled into their new home, Marcel went to work in the Miracle Maid Division of The West Bend Co. and, after 10 years, retired to start his shoe repair business, The Country Cobbler, on Washington Street in West Bend.
In August 1981, Marcel and Rosemary retired to Green Valley, Arizona, where he enjoyed golfing with his buddies and playing his guitar. He and Rosemary enjoyed frequent visits from family and friends, both in Green Valley and in Rexburg, Idaho, where they spent their summers for almost 20 years.
Marcel is survived by his four children, Suzanne Merner (Carl) of Santa Rosa, California, and Holualoa, Hawaii, Marc Starr (Rocio) of Chandler, Arizona, Kathleen Rose of Santa Rosa, California, and Gregory Starr (Tom) of Kensington, California; his grandchildren, Stacey Worrall (David) of Elgin, Illinois, Joshua Wiedmeyer (Amy) of West Bend, Courtney Kleinert of Appleton, Matthew Merner of Petaluma, California, Alex Castelazo (Molly) of Phoenix, and Mauricio Castelazo (Andrea) of Chandler, Arizona; his great-grandchildren, Nicholas Worrall, Alison and Abigail Wiedmeyer, Alyssa and Lennon Kleinert, and Miguel and Isa Castelazo; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Marcel was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Anna Starr, and his brother, Frederick Starr (Etta). He was a friend of Bill W.
A brief service for the inurnment of ashes will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Washington County Memorial Park. Deacon Mark Jansen of Holy Angels Parish officiating. Donations in Marcelís memory can be made to the Holy Angels School Trust Fund or to the West Bend Historical Society.