Marion A. “Petie” Christel, 87, a Kiel resident, died peacefully on Sunday morning, March 12, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care of New Holstein.

Petie was born on March 10, 1930, the daughter of the late Christian and Marie (Wick) Mayer in Kiel.

She was a graduate of Kiel High School with the class of 1949. She worked part time for Leverenz Shoe Factory and the Hansen Glove Factory while raising her family.

On Aug. 12, 1950, she married Melvin G. “Spitzee” Christel at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kiel. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2013.

Petie was a “Jack of all Trades”, master of some! She was very creative, enjoying writing, drawing and sewing, and could be quite the talker! She was also a very caring person, maintaining her motherly presence in her adult children's lives, her grandchildren, and especially her life-long bond with her twin sister Millie.

Petie is survived by her four children, Michael (Mary) Christel of New Holstein, Rick (Jean) Christel of Sheboygan, Duane Christel of Plymouth, and Darlene Christel of Plymouth; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Dale), Angel, Dallas, Jenny (Jy), Brian, and Trevin. She is further survived by 11 great-grandchildren; her twin sister Millie Schuh; her god-daughter Diane; her sister-in-law Willodene “Willy” Mayer; and other nieces and nephews, and many friends. Petie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four sisters, Sr. Tarcisius “Charlotte” Mayer, Madonna Bowe, Dolores Mayer and Imogene Mayer; two brothers, Robert Mayer and Frances Mayer; two brothers-in-law, Art Schuh and Charles Bowe.

The Funeral Mass for Petie will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 16 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 413 Fremont St., Kiel. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. The family will greet and visit with relatives and friends at the church on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m.

In Lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Petie's name.

Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, Kiel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at

The family wishes to THANK the caring staff at Calumet Medical Center of Chilton during her brief stay; and to all the staff who have become our friends and extended family at the Atrium Post Acute Care of New Holstein for always going above and beyond, who truly loved us and our mom.