Clement Hoelzel

Date of Death: Nov 30, 2021
 
Clement Hoelzel

1926 - 2021

Clement “Clem” C. Hoelzel, 94, of Waupun, passed away November 30, 2021 at Prairie Ridge Assisted Living in Waupun.

Clem was born on Dec. 9, 1926 in Nichols WI to Clemens and Gertrude (Schreiber) Hoelzel. He spent his formative years in the Nichols/Chilton area playing baseball and raising rabbits with his younger brother, Howard. Clem’s family moved to Greenleaf, WI and he attended East De Pere High school where he met Helen Falck, the love of his life, in choir.

After graduating from East De Pere High School in 1944, Clem enlisted in the Navy in July spending two years as a radio engineer. He was honorably discharged in July 1946. Clem and Helen married on May 20, 1950 in Waukesha WI. They soon moved to West Bend, WI where Clem sold Kirby vacuum cleaners door to door and played softball (his passion) five nights a week. Clem then began employment with Gambles Hardware, spanning a sales career of over 35 years, managing stores in Janesville, WI and Knoxville, Iowa. In April 1964 Clem and Helen purchased the local Gambles Store from Mrs. Al Little and moved Barbara, James and Sally to Waupun WI.

Clem and Helen taught their children the importance of service and hard work, by example. Clem was an active member of the Lions Club, Waupun Historical Society and Waupun Chamber of Commerce, serving as President and on various committees. He represented Dodge County on the Dodge County Tourism Council and would travel around the state with Helen promoting the local area. They often talked of these experiences and the lifelong friends that they met along the way.

After selling the Gambles Store, Clem continued to sell appliances and furniture over the next 13 years, first at Tempo in Fond du Lac and then at Woolco in Beaver Dam. In 1983 Clem opened TRC (The Realty Company) and conducted home energy inspections. Since he had a little more free time, Clem and Helen took up bicycle riding along country roads. They would pack the bikes and sleeping bags in their conversion van to stay in State parks. Bike racing then followed. Clem would travel to Fond du Lac, Ripon and even Milwaukee to ride in sanctioned races. He would boast about being one of the oldest racers.

Upon his retirement from TRC, Clem continued his commitment to service running for supervisor for Dodge County. Over 15 years, he would continue to be reelected and only resigned at 89 at the urging of Helen as the committee meetings were held at night in Juneau.

Over almost 60 years in Waupun, Clem channeled his baseball passion into coaching Waupun Little League, was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church serving on the Parish Council, rising to the rank of 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus, committed to American Legion Post 210 serving as treasurer for many years and always supporting fundraisers including brat frys. Clem was honored in 2009 as Veteran of the Year.

There was always time for music in the Hoelzel household. Clem was self taught on the harmonica, banjo, and ukulele and entertained many a crowd with his Stumpf fiddle. And we can not forget his love of the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers. He was more than happy to give a tour of his “Packer room” to anyone who asked. Traveling to out of town Packer games, Brewer bus trips and Spring training were highlights. Clem even got a passport at age 92 to travel to Alaska and Vancouver.

Clem is survived by his children: Barbara B. Schumacher, Wauwatosa, James C. (Lori) Hoelzel, Waupun, Sally A. Hoelzel (Peter Eckblad), Racine.

Grandchildren: Jessica (Jason) Cook, Andrea Hoelzel (Ian Smith), Samantha (Jim) Younger, James C. (Carley) Hoelzel II, Elena Eckblad. Great Grandchildren: Cadence and Keirstyn Cook, Henry and Eleanor Smith, Brandon, Jonathan and Tava Younger, Alexandria Hoelzel -Montey, Alexander and Emilia Hoelzel.

Further survived by sisters-in-law: Lois Hoelzel, Suzanne Falck, Susan Falck and nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his wife Helen of 66 years, brother Howard, brothers-in-law Richard Falck and Fred Falck, sister-in-law Lois Falck.

Visitation

Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Services

Funeral services for Clem Hoelzel will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun with Fr. John Radetski officiating.

Burial

Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Waupun.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the staff at Prairie Ridge and Heartland Hospice.

Memorial Contributions

Memorial contributions can be directed to Knights of Columbus, Waupun Council 4897 in Clem’s name.

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  1. Jim Marquard Says: December 2, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    So sorry to hear this news. Clem was so much more than just a warm smile and a firm hand shake at church. He always greeted me as if we were long time friends from years ago, sending birthday cards and wishes long after I had left Waupun and I was living on my own. He always made me feel special. Clem will be greatly missed by all whom he touched.

  2. Gert Roets Says: December 3, 2021 at 9:21 am

    My sincere sympathy and prayers to all of Clems family

  3. Sylvia Landaal Says: December 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    My sympathy to the family. Chem was a wonderful man and friend to all.

  4. Rebecca Cawood Says: December 4, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    We are so thankful that we were able to give witness to Uncle Clem’s funeral via Facebook…such a kind man. Our condolences to all. May his love continue to shine brightly in your hearts. With love, Becky Cawood and Scott Ratterree

    Suzanne Falck also expresses her sympathy to all of the family and is saddened that she has lost a dear friend and family member. She holds many, many fond memories of Clem and Helen. xxoo

  5. We are sorry for your loss. I was a water aerobics instructor at the YMCA and both Clem and Helen attended the classes and the Silver Sneaker Yoga Classes, which I was privileged to lead. I loved Clem and Helen very much. They were kind, caring and such a wonderful couple. They are back together again!!

    Fred & Joann Ellis

    • Barbara Schumacher Says: December 16, 2021 at 6:51 pm

      Joann, Thank you for your condolences. Mom and Dad talked alot about you, their time at the Y and the fun they has in your classes.

  6. Janet Sperger Says: December 5, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Barb, your dad greeted me for church every Saturday. What a great guy. He will be missed.

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