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Emil Wegeler Click for Condolences      Printable Version
1927 - 2009

Emil WegelerAge: 82

WEGELER, Emil L. "Slim"


Slim passed away Monday morning, August 10, 2009 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. He was born June 17, 1927 in Lombard, Illinois the son of the late Emil and Marie (Kraemer) Wegeler Sr. Slim served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army. He was employed by Welch Foods in Lawton retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. John Bosco Church in Mattawan, Knights of Columbus Council # 3798, Paw Paw, the American Legion, McGowan-Johnson Post # 68, Paw Paw and the Mattawan Lions Club. Slim loved to tinker in his workshop with different tools and loved being with his family. He was known as Papa to his grandchildren and they loved to ride in Papas Train which he made for the grandchildren. On August 8, 1953 in Paw Paw Slim was united in marriage to Dolores "Dee" Segalla who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons, Gregory (Karen) Wegeler, Tony (Kim) Wegeler and Alan (Marcy) Wegeler all of Paw Paw; 3 daughters, Joette (David) Meisling of Paw Paw, Connie (Randy) Small of Schoolcraft and Karina (Dave) Lamorandier of Mattawan; 21 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Susan Wegeler and 2 sisters, Mary Lou Schanz and Wanda Houston. Family will receive friends Friday 4 to 8 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw where a vigil service will be held at Friday 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. at St. John Bosco Church in Mattawan with Rev. Fr. Matthew Illikattil and Rev. Fr. Robert F. Creagan concelebrants. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Paw Paw with military honors. A luncheon will follow the burial at St. John Bosco Church in Mattawan. Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo.

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There are currently 24 condolences.

Joette (Wegeler) Meisling
Tuesday August 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM

I miss you so much. I can't believe it has been two years. We are doing okay but things are just not the same without you. So many times I want to call and tell you something or ask your advice--but I can't. I know you are not hurting anymore and for that I am grateful. Someday "daddy" we'll be together again and I can see your beautiful blue eyes and your big smile that you always gave me. Love always, Joette Your #1 daughter
Joe Markus
Saturday September 5, 2009 at 1:36 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. I know Mr. Wegeler was loved. May God grant you comfort and peace.
Richard Corwin
Monday August 17, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Slim was like a brother to me, rather than a neighbor. He always had a bit of wisdom to pass on. I always enjoyed playing card with the two of you and being involved with your family. I will miss him very much. All my love Rich Corwin
Jess & Ginny Haldeman
Sunday August 16, 2009 at 10:09 PM

We are praying for you and your family and may God grant you peace and His blessings. Your family has always been such a blessing to all of us and we will always remember the good times that we have had together.
Richard & Rosalie Gaudrault
Sunday August 16, 2009 at 5:21 PM

We were shocked to hear of Slim's death. Although we didn't know Slim or Dee too well; we had some things in common - like West Michigan Cancer Center. Richard and Slim had chemo several times at the same time and the four of us became friends with a mutual "cause". We have kept in touch via e-mail, but didn't know things turned for the worse. Our sympathies to the family and God bless.
Michelle Wohlwend
Sunday August 16, 2009 at 2:14 PM

So sorry to hear about the passing of Slim. I know he will be missed greatly by such a close and loving family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love, Bruce, Michelle, Tyler and Tess Wohlwend
Kit Gunnell
Saturday August 15, 2009 at 11:31 AM

At 10:57am 8/1509 my mom told me of your dad's/husband's passing. If i'd have known sooner i would have attended. I have too many memories to count of your dad, mostly of him being a hard worker, unloading railroad ties, usually smiling or joking, i always felt welcomed by him when i came to your home as i did by all of you. And the food was always great too, and you could sleep in the living room and we might be shooting a basket or two, or fixing a car or a motorcycle, usually we lost a few parts, but we'd always figure a way to get things back together. Life back then was better than we knew, but of course we know now because we've all gotten older and now are the "providers" for our kids to grow up. What a great time we had, courtesy of mom and dad and our friends mom's and dad's. Your dad was a great guy and he will be missed...but i know because of all he taught that you and yours will find a way to "get it all back together." Sorry i could not be with you today. Kit Gunnell
Sara & Ron Nickerson
Friday August 14, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Dee, we are so sorry for your loss; we'll all miss Slim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Al and Judy Olson
Friday August 14, 2009 at 12:50 PM

So sorry to hear about Slim..Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.
Chris Olson-Linihan
Friday August 14, 2009 at 12:28 PM

I am sad to learn about Mr. Wegeler's passing. When we were in school I spent alot of time at the Wegeler home with Connie, it was always full of love and laughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, he will be missed by many.
Three Mile Lake Association
Friday August 14, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Dear Karen and Greg Our sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Dad. From your neighbors at Three Mile Lake
Orson and Carolyn Camfield
Friday August 14, 2009 at 11:36 AM

May the Lord bless and keep you and cause His face to shine on you and give you His peace.Hugs.
Mark Maluga
Friday August 14, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Though I will not be there at the memorial, I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Victor Cancialosi
Friday August 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are are for Slims family. A really good person has left this temporary home on earth and gone to his heavenly reward. While we all mourn his loss on earth, we take solace knowing he is with our Father in Heaven and will continue to watch over all his family and friends. All of us will love and miss him!
Friday August 14, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Jeannie and Vic Cancialosi
Friday August 14, 2009 at 8:05 AM

The best! That is what Uncle Slim was! The kindest, most gentle man! Always with a smile and a huge hug! My regret is: we didn't see him more often. Love to all his family, you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Don Nichols
Friday August 14, 2009 at 7:51 AM

Dear Dee and Family, My love and prayers are with you. I hope to come to Michigan this fall and I'll be sure to see you. Love, Don
Rich and Marilee Corwin
Friday August 14, 2009 at 7:20 AM

Slim has been a wonderful neighbor for many years and will be missed. Our condolence to Dee and the family. May God bless them one and all. Our love, Rich and Marilee
Ray & Patti Bigelow
Thursday August 13, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Dear Dee, Joette & Dave, Greg & Karen, Tony & Kim, Connie & Randy, Alan & Marcy, Karina & Dave, and all the family members: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry that we won't be able to make it to Michigan to attend in person, but please know we will be there in spirit. We will always remember Slim for being a Wonderful Husband and Great Father to you, and a Wonderful Man and Cherished Friend to us. Love to All
Don & Jerry Ann Meisling
Wednesday August 12, 2009 at 9:26 PM

We will kept you in our prayer's during this time. Jerry Ann & Don Meisling
Don & Jackie Davis
Wednesday August 12, 2009 at 9:06 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Emil will continue to be a Husband, Father, Grandfather...always with you to guide you through your heart and mind.
Sue (Manning) Stansbury
Wednesday August 12, 2009 at 3:46 PM

To Mrs. Wegeler and the entire Wegeler family: I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Paul and Geraldine Sampsell
Wednesday August 12, 2009 at 2:37 PM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Paul and I both worked with Slim at Welch's. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Craig , Tina Bontrager
Wednesday August 12, 2009 at 1:06 PM

throughout this difficult time, may you know the deep sympathy and concern that is felt for all your family.

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