Wenzel J. Hoefler age 89, Kaukauna, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 5, 1928, the son of Michael and Mary (DeBruin) Hoefler in Little Chute. He graduated from St. John's High School, Little Chute in 1946. On May 25, 1950, he married Dolores Gerig at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Kaukauna. On May 25, 2017, they celebrated 67 wonderful years together.
He was a machinist at Thilmany for forty years, retiring in 1990. He and Dolores were volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul in Kaukauna for many years. Wenz enjoyed a daily game of cards and music of all kinds. Back in the day, he loved his woodworking projects and a day of fishing “down by the river.”
Wenzel is survived by his wife: Dolores Hoefler of Kaukauna; two daughters: Linda (Patrick) Kilsdonk of Kronenwetter and Diane (Chuck) Van Thiel of Kaukauna; a son: Daniel (Mary) Hoefler of Kaukauna. His grandchildren are: Emily (Stephen) Balsley, Sarah (fiancé Balti) Kilsdonk, Stacy (Matt) Mader, Scott Van Thiel, Megan (fiancé Kevin) Hoefler, and Marissa Hoefler. His great-grandchildren are Macy, Mallory, Stella, and Enzo. Wenz is also survived by his sisters-in-law: Terri Hoefler and Dorothy Dietzen; and a brother-in-law: Daniel Weyenberg. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Jerome, Werner, and Edwin; sisters: Olive Schinke, Lucille Kilgas, Agnes Lemmers, and Virginia Samuels. Dolores' family has also gone before. Her parents were Chris and Lena (Bies) Gerig, also Raymond Stoffel, Kathleen (Donald) Dietzen, Lucille Weyenberg, and Norbert Dietzen.
The funeral liturgy for Wenz will be held at 11:30 AM Friday, June 2, 2017 at ST. KATHARINE DREXEL PARISH – St. MARY CHURCH, 119 W 7th Street in Kaukauna with Fr. Jerry Pastors officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to gather at the church on Friday morning from 9:30 AM until the time of the mass.
Dolores and the family would like to offer their sincere thanks to everyone at St. Paul Elder Services for the care and compassion they have received. A special thank you to all of the caring angels at St. Paul Hospice and those who work at the Villa – we will always remember your kindness.