Donald Stangel Obituary, Death – After a valiant fight against cancer, Donald “Don” Stangel, who was 80 years old at the time of his passing, passed away on July 16, 2023. He was accompanied by loved ones. Don Stangel’s parents, Gary Stangel and Althea Stangel (Aumann), welcomed him into the world on August 4, 1942 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He had four brothers and one sister as he was growing up. He received his diploma from Washington High School in Two Rivers in the year 1960.
Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the National Guard. On September 17, 1967, he wed Sharon Chouinard, and the couple went on to have five children who were each beautiful, talented, and respectful. He was a master of quick-witted jokes, an artist, liked flying, was engaged in a variety of sports ranging from volleyball to pickleball, enjoyed camping with his family, and played guitar with The Believers at St. Mark’s Parish for almost 25 years. He also enjoyed the sillier side of life.
Don worked in the family grocery store company and managed the Super Valu location in the Mid-Cities. After they retired, Don and Sharon spent a lot of their time traveling across different countries, and many of Don’s best recollections from those trips center on the local cuisine. In addition to this, he pursued his passion for the arts by producing a number of stunning paintings and spending time composing music on the piano.
Don is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon; his children Gina (Luke) Kelly; Jodi (Dan) Petrie; Jon (Nichole); Jeremy; and Jacob (Mindy); his grandchildren, Morgan and Riley Kelly; Jackson and Lyla Petrie; Erik, Kate, Anna and Evelyn Stangel; Kaelyn and Emily Stangel; as well as his brothers and sister, Claude (Sandra), Berry (Sheri), Luanne (Paul), Alan (Sue) and Steve (Sue); and numerous nieces and nephews (over 350!). His mother and father passed away before he was born.
On Friday, August 4, 2023, from 4:30 pm until 7 pm, there will be a celebration of Don’s life at the Autumn Ridge Golf Course, which is located at 1 Straight Drive in Valders. At six o’clock, there will be a brief blessing followed by a tribute from the family. At our low-key get-together, we anticipate hearing a lot of laughter as we talk about various pranks and ‘Don’ stories. Earlier on that day, there will be a memorial ceremony for close friends and family that is intimate and private.
The family of Don would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Karkera and the oncology staff at the Aurora Baycare Vince Lombardi Clinic in Green Bay, as well as the staff at the Aurora Medical Center Sheboygan County and the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, for the outstanding care that was provided to Don.