Gladys L. (Buechel) Woelfel, 87, of New Holstein passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Caring Hands Assisted Living.
Gladys was born in the Jericho area on Feb. 14, 1932 to the late Frank and Emelda (Sabel) Buechel. She attended Holy Trinity Catholic Grade School.
On June 7, 1950 she married Alex P. Woelfel Jr. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Jericho; Alex preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 2009. Gladys and Alex ran a dairy farm all their married lives in the town of New Holstein. In addition to farming and raising her family, she cooked at the Diner for a while and also worked at Chilton Metal Products, Leverenz Shoe Company, and the Silver Moon Mink Ranch, as well as other various jobs in the area.
Gladys loved to garden and was able to create a delicious meal out of anything; she was the “Greatest Mom Ever.”
She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein and the Chilton Eagles Auxiliary.
Gladys is survived by her 12 children, Ron (Nancy Stenz) Woelfel, Sharon Woelfel-Nett, Lorrie (John) Buss, Dan (Gay Cardinahl) Woelfel, Dave (Lisa Heinen) Woelfel, Steve (Judy Weber) Woelfel, Ken (Kathy Pfiel) Woelfel, Keith (Tammy Starfeld) Woelfel, Susan (Steve) Quirt, Alex Woelfel III, Kris (Julie Gaestel) Woelfel, and Tammy Woelfel (special friend Jan Rothbauer); 30 grandchildren, Justin (Beth), Aaron, Jamie (Matt), Jessica (Arno), Shawn (Peggy), Melisa (Matt), Derek, Tracy (Arden), Tonya (Andrew), Cathy (Kurt) Angie (Nick), Daniel, Jesse, Jeremy, Travis (Alliee), Stacy (Mike), Stephany (Brian), Bradley (Leah), Isaac, Abraham (Sonya), Josiah, Blessing, Ashley, Matt, Amber (Matt), Mike (Jess), Cassie, Jacob, Alyssa, and Haily; her great-grandchildren, Ezra, Aza, Axtyn, Lizzie, Alex, Kayleigh, Elise, Aiden, Adeline, Kendall, Preston, Eli, Oliver, Fynn, Olivia, Hannah, Samantha, Nicholas, Jaxson, Alexis, Taylor, Addison, Connor, Trevyn, Landyn, and Peyton; her sister-in-law, Betty Petrie and her husband, Dan Pockat; and her brother-in-law, Kenneth Klotz. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Emelda Buechel; her husband, Alex P. Woelfel Jr.; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alex Sr. and Frances (Fessler) Woelfel; her brothers and sisters, Dorothy (Reggie) Weinries, Lucille (Glen) Helgamoe, Lucinda (Roy) Olson, Theresa (Bill) Meyer, Elroy (Pat) Buechel, Edwina (Clarence) Freund, Leroy (Loretta) Buechel, Edmund (Elsie) Buechel, Clarence Buechel, and Sylvester Buechel; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Margaret (LaVerne) Halbach, Eleanor Klotz, Doris (Robert) Turba, Delores (Jerome) Kampfer, Donald (Betty) Woelfel, Paul (Olga) Woelfel, Clarence (Shirley) Woelfel, and Lloyd Petrie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1724 Madison St., New Holstein. Gladys will be laid to rest next to her husband, Alex, in the Holy Rosary Cemetery following the Mass.
Family and friends may visit with the family at Sippel Funeral Home, 2618 Altona Ave., New Holstein on Wednesday, June 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. Visitation also will be at the funeral home Thursday morning, June 13 from 9 to 10:15 a.m.
A prayer service will be held at the funeral home Wednesday evening at 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed for Alzheimer’s and Dementia research.
For further details, please contact Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein at 898-4300 or visit
Gladys’ family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Caring Hands staff, especially Tom and Sharon Steffen and Jeannie as well as the care givers with Heartland Hospice.