Obit: Nickel, William H. (1935 - 2011)  


Surnames: Nickel, Bartz, Foemmel


----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, WI) 08/26/2011


Nickel, William H. (2 SEP 1935 - 23 AUG 2011)


William H. Nickel, 75, returned to his heavenly Father, Tuesday evening, Aug. 23, 2011, at his home in Granton, Wisconsin with his family by his side.

Funeral services for William will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Zion Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Granton, Wisconsin. 

Visitation for friends and family will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday Aug. 30, 2011, at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, Wisconsin. Pastor Steven Nickel, William's nephew, will conduct the service along with Pastor Terry Schneider. Music will be provided by Joanne Grassman, pianist, and grandchildren, Melissa and Trenton Moede soloists.

Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery next to the love of his life, Sylvia, his wife of 45 years. Pallbearers will be son, Dean Nickel; grandsons, Joshua Nickel, Derek Moeller, Jared Moeller, Daniel Nickel, Charlie Nickel, Dustin Nickel and Travis Nickel.

William Herman Nickel was born on Sept. 2, 1935, to Raymond and Ruth (nee Bartz) Nickel in Clark County.

William went to Zion Evangelical Lutheran School, Clark County Grade School and graduated in 1953 from Granton High School. He was united in marriage to Sylvia Helyne Foemmel on Aug. 18, 1956, at the Zion Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Granton, Wisconsin. After their marriage they lived and farmed on Bill's parents' home farm for a couple of years. They then purchased a farm of their own on Chili Road where they raised their family of six children and one foster son.

William and Sylvia had a dairy farm that they farmed with their six children and one foster son. William also did masonry full time for several years. 

William was a very devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. God and his family were the most important and precious part of his life. He loved to fish and go to the cabin up north. But the big Musky always eluded him, so Dad we hope there is a big lake full of fish in Heaven, and Uncle Don and you can work together to catch that big Musky. 

William also loved to deer hunt with his sons, grandsons, and sons-in-law. It was a family event every year. William enjoyed gardening, tending to his honey bees, flowers, and farming. 

William is a member of Zion Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Granton, Wisconsin. He held several offices on the church council through the years. He enjoyed singing in the church choir, dancing, and family gatherings.

William is survived by his children and grandchildren as follows: Debbie (John) Moeller, Derek, Jenna and Jared Moeller; Larry (Lisa Tilson) Nickel, Joshua Nickel, Christina (Don) Streeter and their children Bree Alexis and Beau William born on Aug. 23, 2011, and Mark (Sara) Nickel, Daniel and Charlie Nickel; Susan (Gale) Moede, Melissa, Chelsea and Trenton Moede; Dale (Ladonna) Nickel, Dana, Dustin, Travis and Angela Nickel; Dean (Susan) Nickel, Brady, Skylar and Pierce Nickel; foster son, Donald (Debbie) Hafner and their daughter Valerie; Vicky (Chris) Bower their daughter Amania, and Don Hafner Jr. 

He is also survived by his wife, Irene (Grassman) Nickel he married on May 10, 2008, and her children, Ronald (Marilyn) Vandeberg, Betty (Richard) Goodman, Joanne Grassman, Gary Grassman, and Patty (Mike) Ryan; his sister, Maryann (Robert) Krainz; a sister-in-law, Lolita Nickel; brother-in-law, Jerome Foemmel; and mother-in-law, Florence Foemmel; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Brandy. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sylvia, on Dec. 6, 2001; his parents, Raymond and Ruth Nickel; and a brother, Donald Nickel. 

Online condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting William's family with funeral arrangements. 

Dad we want to thank you and Mom for being the most loving and caring parents to us and your grandchildren. We will miss your laughter, your beautiful gentle blue eyes, and your hugs. Give mom a hug and kiss from all of us. We will see both of you in Heaven someday. Love your children and grandchildren. You will be greatly missed.



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