Cecilia W. Menzel, 101
July 18, 1915 ó Dec. 30, 2016
Cecilia W. Menzel, 101, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, after a wonderful life of family, friends and fun. Cecilia was born July 18, 1915, in the town of Trenton, daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Laufer) Esselman. She married Floyd N. Menzel on May 31, 1945, at the Esselman family farm and spent the better parts of their lives together in Manitowoc. He preceded her in death May 20, 1982.
She was preceded in death by six sisters, Laura (Clarence) Reichert, Hildegard (Albert) Luebke, Marcella (Lawrence) Blazel, Techla (Leroy) Fisher, Marian (Ben) Jamrosy), and Rosalie (Wally) Beimborn, and three brothers, Donald (Charlotte) Esselman, Norman and Gregory. Also preceding her in death were brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Marie Lishka; brother-in-law, Norbert Vogel; and Jeffery Miskell, husband of grandchild Jessica.
She is survived by her sons, Charles (Beth) Menzel of Green Bay and Thomas Menzel (Jane Fass) of Montello; grandchildren, Curt (Dana) Menzel of Vallejo, California, Frank Menzel, of Oakland, California, Rebecca (Jeremy) Leischner of Centerville, Minnesota, and Jessica Miskell of Pinckney, Michigan; great-grandchildren, Sophia and Grant Menzel, and Lucy and Greta Leischner; along with a multitude of nieces, nephews and friends. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Betty J. Vogel of Manitowoc.
Ceil was an avid sports fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Braves/Brewers and the Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball teams. She rarely missed a game. Her only misgiving was that she had to stay up to the early hours when the Brewers played on the West Coast and didnít get to bed until 1a.m. She also enjoyed miniature bowling, playing cards and dominoes.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Thursday, Jan. 5, at Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church (1025 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend) with the Rev. Justin Lopina presiding. Visitation will be at church Thursday, Jan. 5, from 10 a.m.-noon.
A special thank you to the staff at The Waterford of West Bend Assisted Living Facility and to Heartland Hospice for their incredible kindness and compassionate care, making her later years most comforting.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.