THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
John G. Wendler
Issue Date: November 17, 2021
John G. Wendler, 80, of Coleman, passed away at Rennes East on Saturday, November 13, 2021.
He was born to Clarence and Julia (Meyer) Wendler on January 19, 1941 in Milwaukee, WI. He was united in marriage to Kathleen McDonnell on October 7, 1961 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Muskego, WI. John and Kathleen recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. John was a 1959 graduate of Muskego High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation from UW Milwaukee in June 1969.
After graduation, he was employed with the DNR in Lancaster, WI as a Forestry Technician. In 1980, he was promoted to Forester Ranger. He was stationed in Pound, WI and later in Peshtigo until his retirement in January 2000. John also worked as a Special Warden for 24 years.
He was a member of the Pound volunteer fire department over 20 years serving as a Captain, an adjunct instructor in wild fire suppression at NWTC, and a hunter safety instructor and a Boy Scout leader in Lancaster and Coleman WI. He served on the Church Council at Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster and as president and treasurer of the Church Council for Beaver American Lutheran Church.
John was an avid bicyclist and well into his 70s he biked more than 2000 miles a summer several times. He enjoyed canoeing, hunting, fishing, and cross-country skiing.
John was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Barbara; son-in-law, Timothy Nowak; grandson, Mitchell Nowak; brothers-in-law, Jim Petersen and Paul Schaumberg and sister-in-law, Cathy McDonnell.
John is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Kathleen; daughters, Judy Nowak and Chris (Mike) Wiza; sons, Dan and James Wendler; granddaughter, Madison Wiza and her husband, Kellen Ferkey; sisters, Dorothy Petersen and Pat (John) Muehl; sister-in-law, Maggie Schaumberg; brother-in-law, Bill McDonnell and many nieces and nephews.
The family will greet relatives and friends at Beaver American Lutheran Church in Pound on Friday, November 19, 2021 from 1-3pm. The Memorial Service will be at 3pm with Pastor Kristina Forsythe officiating. John will be laid to rest at the Beaver American Lutheran cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Rennes East and Unity Hospice for their excellent care of John. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home of Coleman is assisting the family. Please visit www.rhodescharapata.com to express online condolences.