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William P. (Bill) Weigel dies at 84

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William P. (Bill) Weigel, age 84, of New Hampton, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at home in New Hampton with his wife and children by his side.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton, with Rev. Brian Delleart celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed by Marlene and their seven children. Presenting the offertory gifts will be Jess and Kaitlyn Douglas along with Kara and Kaylee Sorensen. Lectors for the service are Kim Weigel and Randy Swestka.Military honors will be conducted by the Lawler American Legion, the New Hampton American Legion and the Alta Vista VFW Post. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, New Hampton following the Mass with Aaron Weigel, Tyler Weigel, Jon Woodward, Tom Mahoney, Zach Weigel, Nick Weigel, Eric Sorensen, Paul Sorensen, Matt Woodward, Chad Weigel and Nate Weigel as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Kara Sorenson, Krista Sorenson, Katy Weigel, Laura Weigel, Kim Weigel, Michele Tessmer, Kristin Weigel, Jess Douglas and Mega Swestka.  Friends may greet the family from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at the Holy Family Parish Gathering Space where there will be a 3 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary and a 7:30 p.m. Scripture Service. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral Mass at the Gathering Space. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Holy Family Parish or St. Joseph Community School.  Funeral arrangements are with Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton.  Online condolences for Bill's family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.comWilliam "Bill" Patrick Weigel was born on June 30, 1932, the son of Irwin and Nellie (Fitzgerald) Weigel on the Weigel family farm in Jerico. Bill attended country school and graduated from New Hampton High School. Bill joined the United States Navy in 1952 and was stationed in Japan. He proudly served on the USS Sperry and was honorably discharged in 1956. Bill was united in marriage to Marlene Laures on December 30, 1954 in North Washington, Iowa. To this union, eight children were born: Keith (Wendy) of Minnetonka, MN; Wes (Terri) of Madison, WI; Rick (Luann) of Grinnell; Bruce (Callie) of Elma; Joe (Pat) of Clear Lake; Luann (Jeff) Woodward of Waterloo; Mary (Phil) Mahoney of New Hampton; and Connie (Dennis) Njus of New Hampton. Bill and Marlene were blessed with 20 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  Bill retired from Supersweet Feeds after 34 years. After his retirement from Supersweet, he worked part time at New Hampton Transfer for 20 years. He was an active volunteer at Holy Family Parish, KC Bingo, and other community activities. Bill served on the New Hampton City Council for seven years. He received the Governor’s Lifesaving Award. Bill was a lifelong member of Holy Family Parish, the Knights of Columbus, local American Legion posts, V.F.W., and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Bill loved to fish, turtle hook, golf, play cards, dance, and spend time with family and friends. Bill and Marlene enjoyed their frequent daily walks around New Hampton. Bill was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Chicago Cubs, and Green Bay Packer fan. Bill was a strong supporter of his children and grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. Bill always held his faith, family, and country in highest regard!Bill is survived by his wife, Marlene, their eight children and spouses, 20 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Jim (Sharon) Weigel of Charles City; brother-in-law, Ray Schwickerath of New Hampton; sister-in-law, Doris Weigel of Cedar Falls.Bill was preceded in death by his parents Irwin and Nellie, his siblings Vivian (Gerald) Heiselman, Marie (Vince) Schwickerath, Virginia Schwickerath, Russ, and Jack Weigel. A special thank you to the New Hampton Nursing and Rehab, Keningston Place, and St. Croix Hospice staff for their care and compassion of dad through his 3 month battle from complications following multiple strokes.

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