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Charles W. "Charlie" Sinz

Charles W. "Charlie" Sinz

Charles “Charlie” Sinz, age 59, passed away suddenly at his home on April 1, 2018.

Charlie was born November 28, 1958 in Durand. He was the son of Lyle and Blanche (Brenner) Sinz. He graduated from Durand High School and then attended UW-Madison Agricultural Short Course. Charlie returned home to join his Dad on the family farm.

Charlie married his high school sweetheart Karen Bowen at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand on September 30, 1978. Charlie and Karen took over the farm where they raised their three children Tony, Denise and Christopher.

In his early years, Charlie loved competing in antique tractor pulling and won many trophies. He was a very social and outgoing person who loved a good conversation whether he knew you or just met you. For 36 years, Charlie and Karen made many memories with their friends at “card club.” Charlie loved being with his family and friends at the hunting shack or at the cabin he built in Eau Galle. He also enjoyed family vacations and was an avid Badger and Packer fan. One of his favorite hobbies was looking for machinery. In addition, Charlie enjoyed sharing his love for farming with visitors, especially his grandchildren in-kind.

Charlie has four brothers and three sisters: Bob (Laurel) of Eau Claire, Ron (Marilyn) of Eau Galle, Tom (Deb) of Menomonie, Jane (Dan) Weisenbeck of Durand, Paul (Lisa) of Stillwater, Susan (Tom) Udelhoven of Eagan, Mary (Scott) Schmidt of Eden Prairie, and mother-in-law Jeanette Bowen. He was preceded in death by his son, Tony, parents, Lyle and Blanche, and father-in-law, Norman Bowen. He was cherished by many nieces, nephews, in-laws and close friends.

Charlie will be reunited with his son, Tony, who passed away 9 months ago. Farming was their special bond. They talked every day and Tony often came home to help on the farm. Charlie died of Broken Heart Syndrome.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM Friday, April 6, 2018 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Eau Galle with Rev. Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, monies will be used for a scholarship fund at a later date.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Cheryl May

    Hi Charlie this is Cheryl thinking of you today and almost every day .
    I still can’t believe you’re gone, like a bad dream . I can’t even imagine what Karen is going but I’m gonna try to help her as much as I can . Please send a sign to her so she knows you’re happy

  2. Bryce and Cindy

    To Charlie’s family. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.

  3. LuAnn (Weissinger) DeMartelaere

    Karen and family so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers your way!

  4. Ruth Adix

    Karen, Denise and Christopher
    I am so sorry to hear of Charlie's death. I can only imagine how hard this is. May you feel the love of those near you and those farther away who care deeply for you, and let this love hold you and give you strength. Thinking of you and sending you my love.

  5. Jeff Schroeder

    Karen and family: So very sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers!
    Jeff- Brenda Schroeder

  6. Rick Mulheron

    Karen and family, I am deeply saddened by your loss. You and your family have been in my prayers from the moment I became aware. May God comfort you in this trying time and grand you the peace, love and understanding that are needed at this time. Continued prayers my friend!!!

  7. Erica Mbangamoh

    Karen, you and I met briefly once at a conference in Chicago- but you went to high school with my mom Sharon. I am so so sorry to hear of your loss, and pray that you feel the comfort I've asked the Lord for in your time of pain. My deepest condolences.

  8. Paula. Smith

    Karen and family so sorry for the loss of Charlie is I'll keep you All in my thoughts and prayers just hug each other for me

    Paula Smith

  9. Leah Buerkle

    Karen and family...I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Tony passed. Your hearts must be broken. Prayers to you and your family.

  10. Gloria and Jorge Del Portillo

    We are deeply sorry for your loss Karen. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. We all remember Charlie with love. We truly have you and yours in our prayers .

  11. Post it’s

    Charlie will be greatly missed by all of his Triva friends. Such a fun guy to play trivia with and his quirky comebacks will be missed. Karen, if you ever want to continue to play we would always welcome you to our team.

  12. Janet and Rob Boman

    Denise, we are so saddened to hear about your Dad's passing. Our hearts ache for you.

  13. Deb Case

    My deepest condolences to Charlie's family. His big smiles will be missed. Prayers

  14. Candy

    Thoughts and prayers for Karin and all of the family.

  15. Randy Weber

    Simply put, Charlie (Coach) was a good man and even better friend. We shared countless events with family and friends through the years. I will miss most, his wave from his 4020 or Gator as I drove by Edgewood Dairy. Farm On my friend, Farm On...

  16. Michael Markey

    Sorry about the loss

  17. Jolene weber

    So so sorry Karen you ate in my thoughts and prayers

  18. Donna Loew

    Prayers and sympathy for your loss.

  19. Twylah Wieland

    Karen and Families - I am so saddened to hear about Charlie. You have had to endure so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that God will give you the strength you need. All my love - Twylah

  20. Colleen and Tom Garnevicus

    We are heartbroken to hear of Charlie's death. You are all in our prayers. The world has lost a light: he will be missed by all who knew him, but he will be with Tony.

  21. Phil and Beth Thompson

    Our condolences to the Sinz family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during what we know in a very difficult time. Phil and Beth Thompson

  22. Phil and Beth Thompson

    Our condolences to the Sinz family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during what we know in a very difficult time. Phil and Beth Thompson

  23. Jeff & Ivy Bauer

    Karen and Sinz family. Our deepest sympathy to you during this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  24. Randy & Audrey Richardson

    Karen, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  25. Monte and Gay Hurlburt

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  26. Diane Mack

    Dear Karen, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during such a sad year for you. Hugs to you and all of Charlie's family and may God bless and watch over you all.

  27. Walter Hovland

    So Sorry for your loss
    Sending Prayers


    Sending my condolences to the family. I am sorry for your loss.

  29. Jean Price

    So sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Bobbi Sedlmayr

    Karen and family,
    Sending my most heartfelt sympathy in your loss. May your memories help you through the coming days.
    Bobbi Sedlmayr

  31. Susan Wolf

    My deepest sympathies to you Karen and to your family. You will all be in my prayers.

  32. Tina, Everett and Jason Miles

    Our sincerest condolences. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    May God watch over you all.

    Tina, Everett & Jason

  33. Joe and Jan Drier

    Thinking of you Karen and your family during this time. Thoughts and Prayers to you all!

  34. April Dawn Unser

    Sending my condolences to the whole family. I am sorry for your loss.

  35. Nancy Molinaro-Nelson

    So sorry for your loss cousin Karen and family.

  36. Nick & Sue Sperger

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all of your family.

  37. Tim Hovey, Joanne Hewitt

    We wish there were words to take away the pain. He was a good man and will be missed. Sending sincere sympathy, prayers and the biggest hug. God Bless.

  38. Carole & Jack Komro

    Karen & Family, You & family's have our deepest sympathy on Charlie's death.Our prayer are for you at this sad time, Jack & Carole Komro

  39. Patti Pattison

    Sending condolences to the whole family.

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