James Thomas Geenen
Jillene A Fries
Nicholas James VanStraten
Sally Ann Merkel
William R Merkel
M, b. April 25, 1930, d. March 5, 2017
- Birth: William R Merkel was born on April 25, 1930 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: He died on March 5, 2017, at age 86.
- Burial: He was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Note: William Robert "Bill" Merkel, age 86, of Appleton, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at his home. He was born to the late Robert and Hermine (Holup) Merkel on April 25, 1930 in Appleton. He married Janice Winkler on August 8, 1959. Bill served in the United States Air Force from 1948-1954. Bill was a Bricklayer by trade and worked for many companies, mostly Miron Construction where he retired in 1992. He was a life member of VFW Post 2778, National Trappers, and Wisconsin Trappers; a member of Shadows on the Wolf and St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
Bill enjoyed Camping, gardening, reading, fishing, hunting and trapping. He also enjoyed spending time with friends and family at his cottage on the Wolf River.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Janice; his daughters: Lynn (Tim) Conradt, Amy (John) Michalec, Sally (Nick) Van Straten, and Ann (Robert) Obermeier; a brother Tom (Lyn) Merkel; a sister Mary Lou (Charles) Dinger; nine grandchildren: Courtney (Bryan) Johnson, Meghan (Adam) Van Zeeland, Chelsey (Mark) Williams, Wendy and Daniel Michalec, Charlie and Sam Van Straten, and Renee and Bobbi Obermeier; five great grandchildren: Lily and Stella Van Zeeland, Brynn and Gryffin Johnson, Maci Williams, and one on the way; sisters-in-law: Phyllis Hass and Marlene Winkler; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; a son Michael Merkel; a daughter Lana Merkel; a sister Margaret (Roland) Groves; Parents-in-law Arnold and Marie Winkler; and brothers-in-law: Lester Winkler, Kenneth (Dorothy) Winkler, Arvin Winkler, and Alan Winkler.
A Mass of Resurrection for Bill will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1810 N. McDonald Street, Appleton, with Fr. Gerald Falk officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 9, at Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and again the following day at Church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Appleton.
The family would like to thank ThedaCare Home Staff and special neighbor Ge-off Miller.
Janice Marie Winkler
Germaine Kathryn Mancl
F, b. February 2, 1933, d. April 19, 2015
- Birth: Germaine Kathryn Mancl was born on February 2, 1933.
- Marriage: She and Henry James Doerfler were married on June 3, 1961 in St Joseph Church, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: Germaine Kathryn Mancl died on April 19, 2015, at age 82, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Burial: She was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Note: Your Catholic Neighbor
Doerfler's music has a purpose
Germaine Doerfler says she wants her music to draw people to God
By Joanne Flemming
KIMBERLY -- Germaine Doerfler wants her music to draw peoples' attention to God and to help them to pray.
"I never wanted attention to me," she said. Doerfler stated that on her way to play for liturgies she prayed that she wouldn't make too many mistakes. She was afraid that these would distract the people and take their attention away from God.
Her principal love is liturgical music. She has been playing organ and piano for Masses and other religious services since she was a teenager at St. Therese Parish. At 70, she retired as liturgy and music director and organist for St. Mary Parish. In the years between she played at every Appleton parish at one time or another, she said. She now fills in as organist when needed at St. Mary.
Doerfler grew up in a musical family, the youngest of Frances and August Mancl's eight children. Everybody played an instrument, including her mother (piano) and father (violin).
"We played whenever we got together," she stated.
As members of St. Therese Parish, Doerfler attended grade school there. After she contracted rheumatic fever as a teen, she took high school classes through correspondence. She studied organ, piano and voice at Oshkosh State College.
Doerfler's education included lessons in liturgical music with the Sisters of Christian Charity, who taught at St. Therese. Her parents also arranged for her to study with an instructor from what was then Lawrence College. She used what she learned to play for Sunday Masses and special services such as perpetual help devotions, benedictions and stations of the cross.
While Doerfler was attending college, St. Therese Parish was divided and St. Pius Parish was created. She served as its first organist, playing for Sunday Masses held first in Valley Funeral Home and weekday Masses in the basement of the home rented as a rectory.
She married Henry Doerfler in 1961. The couple had two sons, Fr. John, now chancellor of the Green Bay Diocese, and Tom. Both inherited her musical gifts.
After her marriage, Doerfler said she cut back on her musical activities. She took care of her mother, who was in poor health, and taught piano lessons in her home.
The Doerflers belonged to St. Joseph Parish. She became involved with choirs there at nearby St. Mary Parish. When her sons were in middle school, a youth choir with members from both of those churches was formed. Eventually it grew into a youth group.
Her work at St. Mary led to her becoming liturgy and music director. When organist Alice Hoffman retired in 1991, she took her place.
"I love liturgy. I have a real love for liturgical prayer and the Mass. I love working with (them)," Doerfler said. She feels that using her gifts in this capacity has been a privilege. "I've always believed that we have gifts to use to build up the community."
A challenge that Doerfler recalled facing with liturgical music was one that came after Vatican II with the changeover to the English Mass. The choirs still used music written for Latin hymns and often the English words didn't fit with it.
To relax, Doerfler likes to play piano, especially the classical music of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. She plays for sing-alongs held in the retirement community where she lives.
When asked about the role of her faith in what she did and does, Doerfler said that Carmelite spirituality has been important to her all her life.
When she was in grade school she was introduced to St. Therese of Lisieux and her devotional practices. When she was 19, she entered the Carmelite convent, then in Wauwatosa. She remained for a year and a half, but had to leave because of health problems.
She is a member of the Secular Order of Carmelites and the Widows of Prayer. She has attended a study group through St. Mary and St. Joseph parishes that has focused on the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola. She has found this to be similar to that of the Carmelites.
Carmelite spirituality, Doerfler explained, emphasizes living day by day, living in the present so that a person can hear God when he speaks.
In addition to the support her faith brought her, Doerfler is grateful for that which her husband and sons gave her. "I couldn't have done what I did without them," she concluded.
John W Casper
M, b. 1876
- Birth: John W Casper was born in 1876.
- Marriage: He and Clara Alice Henrigillis were married on September 28, 1909.
Family: John H Casper (b. November 21, 1915, d. November 16, 1988)
Joan Bernadine Wolters
- Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena
Mary Beth Brochtrup