Obit: Thiel, Andrew D. (1990 - 2004)

Contact: Kipp Kippenhan

----Source: Wednesday, February 18, 2004, Tribune - Record - Gleaner

Andrew D. Thiel, 13, Marshfield, died at 2: 26 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at his home after a lifelong illness. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, at St. John's Catholic Church, Marshfield. The Rev. Charles D. Stoetzel officiated. Pallbearers were Deacon Fleisner, Dustin Fleisner, Ben Berrier, Jason Verkilen, Kevin Kraus, Eric Haferman, Josh Larson, and Jon Zellmer.

Andrew D. Thiel was born April 5, 1990, in Marshfield, to James A. and Joan M. (nee Novitzke) Thiel. He attended Madison and Grant Elimentary Schools in Marshfield, and was currently tutored at home. He was an honorary member of the Marshfield Tigers football and hockey teams and developed many friendships over the years. He was also an honorary member of the University of Wisconsin Badgers hockey team. He truly enjoyed his trips to Madison to see the guys play. He also enjoyed his visits, phone calls, and e-mails from all the players. He enjoyed playing with his tractors and playing hockey with his high school friends who would come to visit. He enjoyed attending football and hockey practices when he was able. He enjoyed sitting on the sidelines and in locker rooms during high school and college games. He also developed close relationships with his home hospice caregivers, volunteers and tutors, as well as his physical and occupational therapists and physicians. He enjoyed fishing and many camping trips. He will be missed by his well-fed pets, Dozer, Tippy, Whiskers, and Bootsie. He enjoyed building projects with his dad in the garage. Even though his life was short, it was full and rewarding, and he touched many lives.

Survivors include his parents, Jim and Joan Thiel, Marshfield; one sister, Amanda Thiel, Marshfield; his maternal grandmother, Carol Novitzke, Edgar; his paternal grandparents, Bruce and Delores Thiel, Greenwood; maternal aunts and uncles, Mike and Susan Novitzke and their children Sara and Livia, Mary Kay Novitzke, Nancy Novitzke-Mead and her children, Christopher and Amy, Jane and Kent Weiler and their children, Andrea and Alison; and a paternal niece, Nichole Felix.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandfather, Alvin Novitzke, and a paternal aunt, Sandra Felix.

A memorial will be established in Andrew's name to Ministry Home Care Hospice or Marshfield Youth Hockey.



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