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William Raddatz

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John E Raddatz

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Tammy Jo Sayen

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John McDaniel

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Joyce Bettiga

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Family: Daniel Joseph Dorn (b. July 24, 1926, d. December 16, 2005)

Margaret Mary Demerath

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Patrick Kevin Demerath

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  • Birth: Patrick Kevin Demerath was born on January 18, 1958 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on June 27, 1981 in Michigan.
  • Death: He died on April 24, 2014, at age 56, in Illinois.
  • Note: Demerath, Pastor Patrick 56, passed away on April 24, 2014, at his home in Montgomery, Illinois.He was born on January 18, 1958 in Appleton, Wisconsin. He grew up in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin and graduated fromMount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, Michigan in 1976. After high school he: Attended Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1980. Later, he attended Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he (almost) obtained his Masters of Business Administration degree in 1993; joined Au Sable Grove Presbyterian Church in Yorkville, Illinois in 2004 and served, proudly, as their Commissioned Lay Pastor for 11 years; and began working for AlphaGraphics in Aurora, Illinois in 2004 as a sales representative where he worked 11 years. Patrick marriedhis soul mate, Patricia Skinner Demerath in 1981 in Milford, Michigan. They were happily married for 33 years. Patrick was an advocate for many charities; in particular, Heifer International and Hephzibah Children's Association among others. He enjoyed spending his free time with his family, close friends and members of his church. While in high school, Patrick received the nationally recognized John Philip Sousa Award for Excellence in Musical Achievement as a senior. Patrick is survived by his spouse, Patricia of Montgomery, Illinois; his two beautiful daughters, Emily and Lauren of Montgomery, Illinois; his parents, Leon and Rosalee Demerath; his brothers, Dennis, John, Matthew; his sisters, Margaret Demerath Bellinger and Nancy Demerath Young. He was surrounded by many extended family members and friends who admired and loved him very much. A visitation will be held at Dieterle Memorial Home located at 1120 S. Broadway in Montgomery, Illinois from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1st. A memorial service will be held at Au Sable Grove Presbyterian Church located at 5120 Wheeler Road in Yorkville, Illinois at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 2nd. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to either Heifer International at 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202 or Hephzibah Children's Association at 946 North Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60301. Condolences may be sent in attention to the family at Au Sable Grove Presbyterian Church. Dieterle Memorial Home 630-897-1196 www.dieterlememorialhome.com.

Patricia Jean Skinner

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Family: Patrick Kevin Demerath (b. January 18, 1958, d. April 24, 2014)

Dennis Frank Demerath

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Susan Ann Moore

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Nancy Ann Demerath

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Steven Young

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John Phillip Demerath

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Kathryn Ann Eifler

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Matthew Finnegan Demerath

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Robert John Thiel

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  • Birth: Robert John Thiel was born on April 14, 1944 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on October 21, 2015, at age 71, in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Thiel, Robert J.

    Bob Thiel, age 71 of Menasha, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday afternoon, October 21, 2015 at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, surrounded by his family and dearest friends. Bob was born in Appleton on April 14, 1944, son of the late Syl and Kathleen (Van De Hey) Thiel. He was a member of the first graduating class at Xavier High School and attended the University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley prior to receiving a degree in vocal music from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. On April 22, 1967, he married Rhoda Laabs at St. Therese Catholic Church in Appleton and together the couple enjoyed forty-eight wonderful years together. Bob taught at Appleton's James Madison Junior High School for two years and then entered the insurance industry as an agent for American Family. Soon thereafter American Family moved Bob to Madison to work in the training department. Later, he worked as a District Manager for American Family, based in Decatur, Illinois. Eventually Bob and Rhoda returned to Appleton where they operated a uniform business while Bob also worked for Integrity Insurance.

    In 1981 Bob and his family moved to Seymour, Wisconsin where Bob became a very successful independent insurance agent. This culminated in the acquisition of two independent insurance agencies, one owned by Bernie Meyer and another owned by Bob's father, Syl Thiel. With the completion of these acquisitions Bob formed Family Insurance Center. This independent insurance agency has continued to flourish under Bob's successor Eric DeBruin, with locations now in three cities - Seymour, Greenville, and Stockbridge.

    Bob was a voracious reader, jokester and story teller, often learning of a good story during his many travels with Rhoda. An avid sports fan, Bob could often be seen rooting for the Packers and Brewers. When the games were done Bob would go out for a motorcycle ride or go fishing. His love of fishing prompted a move to a retirement home on Cloverleaf Lakes where he spent hours chasing the elusive crappies. Bob and Rhoda also looked forward to their winters in Florida on the golf course with friends. He was a member of the Appleton Downtown Rotary Club where he received the Paul Harris Fellowship and also played in the Geriatric Jazz Band.

    Many will remember Bob for his involvement with the Barbershop Harmony Society. With his dad's guidance Bob joined at the age of twelve and had been a member for nearly sixty years. He sang with countless groups including several with this family members such as The Thiel Family Singers, Family Feud, and Like Father, Like Son. Some of his dearest friends were also barbershop singers and when they teamed up they formed quartets such as Ham 'n' Wry, Vocal Affair, The Olde Tymers, Perfect Timing, and the gospel group Friends. For many years Bob was the director of the Appleton Fox Valleyaires Chorus and in 2000 was a co-founder and director of the Pride of the Valley Chorus. A music teacher at heart, Bob's ability to share his love for music was so very important to him. He was always ready to teach a tag to a newcomer, woodshed a classic with an old-timer, and show up at an afterglow "once in a while." His barbershop hobby meant the world to him and he treasured the countless friends he made over the years.

    Bob is survived by his loving wife: Rhoda Thiel of Menasha; two children: Stacia (Todd) Keathley of Montclair, New Jersey and Todd (Julie) Thiel of Appleton; four grandchildren: Harrison and Ingrid Keathley and Elsa and Hunter Thiel; a brother: Gary (Bonnie) Thiel of Fond du Lac; two sisters: Mary (Jim) Roberts of Eagan, Minnesota and Dawn Thiel of Minneapolis; two sisters-in-law: Marcia (Howard) Vrankin of Port Washington and Cynthia (Bob) Becker of Oshkosh; and two brothers-in-law: Gary (Eileen) Laabs of Hanover, Pennsylvania and Tim (Theresa Henning) Laabs of Lublin, Wisconsin. There are also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Tim Thiel, and Rhoda's parents: Orville and Dorothy Laabs.

    A memorial service for Bob will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 26, 2015 at First English Lutheran Church, 326 E. North Street in Appleton, with Rev. Mary Bauer officiating. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior Street in Appleton on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM and again at church on Monday following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a memorial fund which is being established.

    For more information or to share a memory of Bob, please visit www.wichmannfargo.com.
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Rhoda Mae Laabs

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Family: Robert John Thiel (b. April 14, 1944, d. October 21, 2015)

Gary Michael Thiel

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Mary Jill Thiel

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Dawn Marie Thiel

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Steven Carl Anderson

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