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Dale H. Gruel
Dale H. Gruel, 81, of Bonduel passed away Monday, April 15 in Appleton.
Born on March 2, 1932 in the Town of Hartland, he was the son of the late Otto and Anna (Ziebarth) Gruel. He grew up and later farmed in the Town of Hartland.
On June 27, 1953 he married the former Barbara Jean Kittson in Marinette. After farming, he worked for Equity in Bonduel, Leicht Docks in Green Bay and later as a custodian for the Gillett School District. A lifelong member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Bonduel, he served on the cemetery committee, Board of Directors and on the Newsletter committee until recently. He was also a member of the Dartball Team. On Jan. 5, 1999 his wife, Barbara preceded him in death. Five years later on Oct. 3, 2004 he married Phyllis (Lemberg) Sommers.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; five daughters, Connie (Peter) Martineau of Pulaski, Kathy (Steve) Hughes of Mosinee, Linda (Bill) Biese of Black Creek and Barb (Todd) Maves and Mari (David) Kriescher, both of Green Bay; three sons, David (Noreen) Gruel of Chilton, Rick (Joan) Gruel of Cecil and Jim Gruel of Pulaski; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Earl Gruel of Bonduel; two nieces; two nephews and 11 step-nieces and nephews.
He is further survived by a sister-in-law, Bette (Bernard) Becker of Peshtigo; two brothers-in-law, Roger (Darlene) Kittson of Saukville and Roger (Judy) Lemberg of Shawano; a stepsister, Ellen Mehlberg and a stepbrother, Delmar Zernicke.
Along with his parents and his first wife, Barbara, he was preceded in death by a son, John Allen Gruel; a grandson, Jason Biese; three great-grandchildren, Olivia Jones, Calista Noeller and Cody Miller; a sister, Vera Pitt; a brother, Mervin Gruel; in-laws, Bernice Kittson, Viola (Lemberg) Zernicke, Leonard Lemberg and a step-nephew, Dustin Zernicke.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Zion United Methodist Church in Bonduel with Rev. Jerry Cho and Rev. Loretta Waegli officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Swedberg-Wendt Funeral Home in Bonduel and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.