THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Dege K. Hurzeler
Issue Date: March 22, 2017
"Tinker" Dege K. Hurzeler, 85, of Niagara, passed away Sunday, March 12 at Mary Hill Manor in Niagara.
Born May 31, 1931 in Milwaukee, to the late Paul and Lois (Raash) Hurzeler, he grew up and attended school in Milwaukee. He married Beverly Ann Genac on May 26, 1956 and they had nine children.
He worked for the Milwaukee Road Railroad prior to moving to Niagara in 1970 and then worked as a roadmaster in Iron Mountain and Channing for the railroad. After that, he worked at Niagara Paper Mill for nine years before retiring.
A devoted member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, he was head of the church ushers since 1980. He belonged to the Model Railroad Club in Milwaukee in the 1940's, enjoyed his pets and animals, but mostly loved being a grandpa.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Beverly Hurzeler, Niagara; nine children, Kenneth (Gayle), Thomas (Denise), Mary (Bob) Plonty, Judy (Vince) Stec, James (April), John (Kathy), Daniel (Concetta), Joseph (Shelly) and Michelle (Steve) Schefter, nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Lynn) Hurzeler, Amberg; special model railroader friend, Dick Roberts; many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Niagara on Thursday, March 16 from 9 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., with Rev. Fr. Matt Settle officiating. Burial was held in St. Adalbert Cemetery in Milwaukee. Memorials can be made to Karen's Food Pantry at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel, assisted the family with arrangements.