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William A Seipel

William A Seipel

William “Bill” Andrew Seipel age 94 of Plum City, former resident of Eau Claire, passed away peacefully Sunday May 26, 2024 at the Plum City Care Center in Plum City.

Bill was born June 16, 1929, the son of Andrew and Anna (Reitz) Seipel. Bill married Vernetta Geissler on Sept. 2, 1950, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Cooks Valley. Bill and Vernetta lived 59 joy-filled years together, prior to her passing in 2009.

Bill served honorably for the U.S. Army in Korea and after return from military service he attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Bill then worked for many years for Bell Telephone at various locations throughout Wisconsin.

Bill had an active faith life and enjoyed helping others through his work with the Knights of Columbus and the Telephone Pioneers. Following his retirement, he continued to serve his community by completing training to support his volunteer work as an EMT and Firefighter for the Chippewa Fire District, Town of Howard.

Bill especially enjoyed time spent with family, particularly at large family gatherings. He also treasured many life-long friendships, and enjoyed sharing his goodwill with neighbors. Bill always loved telling stories of his many life experiences and travel adventures, and those of us who loved him, even those he had just met, really loved listening to his tales. He always seemed to have a story for every occasion or situation.  Some of Bill’s favored activities included travel (to all 50 states), gardening, card playing, fishing and hunting. Most of all, Bill found real enjoyment in making sure that others around him were enjoying themselves.

Bill is survived by five children, Yvonne (Steve) Weinzirl of Eau Galle, David (Sue) of Ogema, Thomas (Cindy) of Chippewa Falls, Cindy (Paul) Abraham of Vonore, TN, Robert (Annie) of Ellsworth, 23 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, sister Esther Schrader, and brother Donald.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Vernetta, a daughter Diana, a son Duane, brothers John and Norbert, sister Norita (Ron) Gifford, and two great grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00AM Friday, June 7, 2024 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Chippewa Falls with Father Jesse Burrish officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Cooks Valley at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00PM-7:00PM Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

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


  1. Gloria Grabowski

    Bill was the sweetest of the sweet. Always smiling. He was a good Pioneer, always helping above and beyond. Everyone could admire him and hold up as a good role model. Rest with angels Bill.

  2. Amanda and Paul Glaus

    Yvonne and family,
    We are sorry to hear about your father's passing. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy,

  3. Patti Blount

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. Sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

  4. Plum City Care Center and The Seasons

    It was our pleasure to care for your father. We are all thinking of you during this difficult time.

  5. Kim and Lynette Wagenbach

    May Bill rest in peace.

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