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Jean M. Bechel

Jean M. Bechel

Jean M. Bechel, age 75, of Elmwood, passed away on Wednesday November 10, 2021, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Jean was born January 21, 1946, in Menomonie.  She was the daughter of George and Nellie (Tubbs) Metzger. Jean was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1965. Jean worked at Sandy Lee Mfg. for a short time. Jean married Patrick Bechel July 8, 1967, in Menomonie.  After marriage they lived in Plum City for a short time before making their home in Elmwood. Jean had an -in-home day care provider for several years.  Jean also managed the Glen-Dor laundromat for many years. Jean also worked as home health aide for Pierce County Health Dept.

Jean was active in Sacred Heart Altar Society, American Legion Post 207, Women’s Auxiliary, and Homemakers club.  Jean enjoyed reading and she belonged to a book club in Menomonie.

Jean is survived by her husband, Pat; two children, Melissa (Jonathan Dahl) Bechel of Menomonie; John Patrick Bechel of Elmwood; a grandson, Aaron (Trinity), and great grandson, Declan; a brother, Richard (Leona) Metzger of Menomonie; three sisters, Esther Beguhn of Oconomowoc, Margaret Trafford of Janesville, Eleanor Brehm of Menomonie; sister-in-law, Elaine Metzger, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Harold and Raymond Metzger, two sisters, Mabel Morse and Georgia Beguhn.

Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Friday November 19, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Amir Stanislaus officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.


  1. Deb Robole

    So sorry to hear of Jean's passing. Remember her as kind with a great sense of humor. Condolences to Pat, Missy, John, and all who loved her and will miss her dearly.

  2. Don and Donna Blegen

    Our sympathy to you Pat, John, and Missy and to all of the family in the loss of this very special lady. She was always fun to be around and will be greatly missed!

  3. Dennis & Ramona Schneider

    Our thoughts and prayers are are with you.

  4. gail patricia buss

    i;ve known jean just about all my life. as teens we did alot of fun things together at george
    and nellie she was a dear friend and i will miss her may she rest in peace. with tears and love sincerely gail and the buss girls!

  5. Jim Krause

    Pat, John, and Missy, I am so sorry to hear about Jean. You have my thoughts and prayers.

  6. marge binkowski

    Pat, John and Missy, Very sorry for your loss. Love, Marge and Tony f

  7. Gina Zurek

    So sorry for your loss. I still miss my mom everyday ????

  8. Bonnie L Peterson

    We are so very sorry to hear about Jean's passing. Jean was a very dear friend for many years. She was a kind hearted person. I will miss her dearly. Our deepest Sympathy and condolences To Pat and Family.


    Our condolences to Pat and family in the loss of Jean.

  10. Kathleen McCardle

    I always enjoyed talking with Jean and enjoyed her sense of humor! My sympathy to all.

  11. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to Jean’s family. She was always such a pleasant and kind lady.

  12. Marilyn Galoff

    I am so sorry to hear about Jean. Your family is in my prayers.

  13. Jayne & Jerry Holt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. John & Jodell Marson

    With Sympathy. Wishing you peace and comfort at this difficult time.

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