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Harvey A. Gardell
Harvey Alden Gardell, 97, passed away Oct. 24 at the Luther Home.
Born to Gust and Alvina (Gisenas) Gardell on Jan. 14, 1916, he grew up and farmed in the Town of Beaver until 1959. He married Doris Homa on April 29, 1961 and she preceded him in death on Sept. 28, 1999. The couple resided in Coleman where he worked as a purchasing agent for Graetz Mfg. Co. of Pound until his retirement in 1981. After retiring, he worked part-time for Witts Piggly Wiggly, Cal Compe Chevrolet and Friday Canning Company. He also served as clerk of Reeds Hill School for several years.
A former member of the Coleman Rescue Squad and the Coleman-Pound Lions Club, he served as secretary and then a term as president. He was also a member of the Beaver American Lutheran Church, Mens Christ Care Group and Marinette Senior Citizens Center where he played pinochle. He enjoyed league bowling, card parties, and was an avid dancer, especially polka dances at Equity Park.
Survivors include a step-son; four step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; lifelong friend, Ted Rydell, Sr.; special friend, Charlotte Lewis and many nieces and nephews including niece and caregiver, Pat Nielsen, and niece, Carole Rydell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Earl and a sister, Garnet Graetz.
Private entombment will be held at Forest Home Cemetery and Mausoleum, Marinette. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2014 to honor his 98th birthday at the Beaver American Lutheran Church with Rev. Chad Anderson officiating. Condolences may be forwarded to family, c/o P. Nielsen, 1545 Ludington #504, Marinette, WI 54143. Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Coleman is assisting the family.
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