Mabel I. Pownell

Date of Death: Apr 30, 2020
Mabel I. Pownell

1937 - 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Mabel I. Pownell, 82, of Fond du Lac, announces her peaceful passing on April 30, 2020 at her home.

Mabel was born May 12, 1937 in Fond du Lac, the daughter of the late Edwin F. and Marion I. (Potter) Miller, and granddaughter of the late Arthur and Sadie (Quinney) Potter. On September 8, 1979 she married Robert E. Pownell in Westfield, WI. Mabel was a stay at home mother. She enjoyed playing cards, dice, and bingo. She always bet $1.00 against the Packers. For years she enjoyed camping and fishing. Mabel was a member of the Waupun Legion Auxiliary where she helped in the kitchen at various events. She was Sergeant at Arms for a few years. Mabel was very proud of her native heritage as a member of the Brothertown Indian Nation. She organized the annual picnic for many years where she made and donated quilts. She helped gather family information for the book “A Man Called Sampson.” She loved to make dreamcatchers and made thousands for the tribe and also gave to special people that came into her life. Mabel was a proud Grandma, Nana, Grams, and Great-grandma, and she enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, playing cards or dice.

Mabel is survived by her children: Dawn (Dan) Kraintz of Fond du Lac and their three boys, Chad (Brianne) Webster and their children, Jack and Seth of Beaver Dam, Jory (fiancee, Ashley Wachholz) and their son, Kane of Fond du Lac, and Adam Parzy of Fond du Lac, Lloyd “Punky” Webster Jr. (fiancee, Robin Schendell) of Waupun and his daughter, Angelica Webster (Mike Bille) and their three sons, Axle, Darion, and Jarik of Waupun, Melissa (Bobby) Kavonius of Waupun and their children Keisha (Trevor Jagdfeld) of Fond du Lac, Morgan (Hunter Turnes) and Alex of Waupun, Annette Pownell and her son, Raiden Garcia of Fond du Lac, estranged son, Gordon Webster and his family, her brothers, Edwin (Lynn) Miller of Fond du Lac, Robert Miller of Colorado, John Miller of Fond du Lac, and Frank Miller of Fond du Lac, her sisters, Darlene Drew of Fond du Lac, Betty (Dale) Lemke of Fond du Lac, and many nieces and nephews.

Mabel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert, three brothers, Ervin, Eugene, and Marvin Miller, four sisters, Irene Shady, Helen Peterson, Margaret McCullough, and Rose Davis, a niece, and two nephews.

Private Services/Burial

Private family services will be held at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with burial at Forest Mound Cemetery.

Special Thanks

The family wishes to thank all of the compassionate caregivers from Generations Hospice for their extended care of Mabel.



  1. Ted & Irene McGahey Says: April 30, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Dawn and family, it is with great sadness that I write this note on condolence to your family. I still remember what a loss it is to lose your mother, your friend and your confadont. May God grant you all peace during this very difficult time. I pray God’s angels will wrap their wings around your hearts to lesson your pain. We love you.

  2. Amy miller Says: May 1, 2020 at 12:01 am

    My condolences are within the family. Rest in peace mable. You keep my grandpa marvin in check and watch over the family. Will miss you tons

  3. Paula Kavonious Says: May 1, 2020 at 7:19 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for all of the family.?

  4. Victoria Crull Says: May 1, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Dear Miss Mabel. Though we never met, thank you for allowing me to be a part of you and our heritage. I am proud to be an American Indian of the Brothertown Indian tribe. May you find happiness on the other side next to all of our family members. I also want to extend my sympathy to Mabel’s family and peace be with you all during this sad time. God bless you Miss Mabel, your family and our tribe. Love and peace from Victoria Crull, daughter of Sandra Shelley and granddaughter of William Shelley.

  5. Dee Guell Says: May 1, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Dawn,I am so sorry to hear about the loss of ur mom. Sending prayers that God will help guide u through this very devastating time. Deepest sympathy n condolences. Love n hugs dear friend.

  6. Rest in peace home with Bob

  7. Dennis Lackey and Deb Says: May 1, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    My condolences to Mabels family

  8. Ed and Lynn Miller Says: May 1, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Hey big sis, you left without saying goodbye. You had to leave us and die. We were looking forward to our visit this weekend. Now instead our broken hearts will have to mend. We love and will miss you very much, our thoughts and prayers are with your family who we will keep in touch.
    Love Always,
    Ed and Lynn

  9. Teresa Titus Says: May 1, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    So sorry to hear of your lose. I am praying for comfort for you and your family

  10. Very sorry for your loss Dawn.Take care & God Bless.May she rest in peace.

  11. Dawn, I am praying for you and your family during this doubly difficult time. If I can do anything else to help please let me know.

  12. Kim Junaitis Says: May 6, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Sorry for your loss she will be missed so much praying for you ? Love Kim

  13. Julie VanSant Says: June 1, 2020 at 3:26 am

    I miss you Mabel. You felt like a mom & grandmother to me. Thank you for letting me sit at the kitchen table with you. You & you family touch my heart & soul.

  14. Jordan Kohout Says: July 2, 2020 at 10:37 am

    I am so sorry for the loss. Mabel was always so sweet to my family and me. I hope and pray that things continue to get easier with her passing. She is happy and at peace now 🙂

  15. Diana Peterson Says: August 18, 2020 at 9:39 am

    RIP , she was like a mom to me , we played Bingo together , Just found out yesturday of the passing of Lloyd also …Aho !

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