Thomas J. Hoelzel, of Neenah, age 70, died Sunday, September 30, 2012 at Rennes Health Center in Appleton, following a yearlong battle with GBM brain cancer. He was born August 24, 1942 in Neenah, son of Reuben and Betty (Scherer) Hoelzel.
Tom married Sharon Kossel on September 15, 1962. He worked for 42 years at George Banta Co. until his retirement in 2002. Tom then worked for Bergstrom Ford for 8 years until retiring in 2011.
Tom was a Master of Lake Winnebago and was an avid fisherman of Walleye and Perch. He loved NASCAR and the Brewers and was an overall sports fan. Tom enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Tom was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Menasha and currently a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Neenah. He was also a member of the Graphic Arts International Union Local 77.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon; two children: Scott (Lea Anne) Hoelzel, Deborah (Tom) Galinsky; four grandchildren: Kiela Hoelzel, Chelsea, Aaron and Evan Galinsky; his beloved pet, Annie; five brothers and sisters: Beverly Meyers, Wayne (Shirley) Hoelzel, Linda Kersten, Barb (Dennis) Clow, Mike Hoelzel; his mother, Betty Hoelzel; a brother-in-law, Donald Kossel; sisters-in-law: Lucille Kossel, Ruthie Kossel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, Reuben; and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
The funeral service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at Neenah’s Westgor Funeral Home with Fr. Michael Ingold officiating. The visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers a memorial is being established for the Fox Valley Brain Tumor Coalition.
The family would like to thank Dr. Krueger, Dr. Bhattacharjee, and Dr. Phillips, for their care; the staff of Theda Care at Home Hospice and the staff of Rennes Health Center for all their loving care of Tom while he was there.