Daniel A Thiel
June 9, 1935 - Jan. 14, 2021
Hilbert, WI
Funeral Service:
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary Catholic Church
108 S. 6th St.
Hilbert, WI 54129
Funeral Visitation:
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021
9:00 am - 10:45 am
St. Mary Catholic Church
108 S. 6th St.
Hilbert, WI 53014
Burial Service:
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021
12:30 pm
St. John Catholic Cemetery
Cnty Hwy BB
St. John, WI
Daniel A Thiel
Hilbert, WI

Daniel Thiel, age 85, of Hilbert. died on January 14, 2021, at Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh. He was born June 9, 1935, in St. John, son of the late Alfred and Hildegard (Coonen)Thiel. On June 6, 1959, he married Joanne Heimann at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chilton, and together they raised four children.

Daniel met Joanne while he was a bartender at the bowling alleys in Hilbert.   It didn’t take long and they were engaged and married.

Daniel was a dairy farmer until his retirement at age  62.   He lived on the farm 80 of his 85 years.    No matter when he went to bed, he was up at 4:30 to do chores and start the day.   He found time to be on the Calumet County board and was also  the Town Chairman of Woodville for over 30 years.   He was a member of St. John Sacred Heart Catholic Church.   He was involved in the St John  Catholic Men’s Club, a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.   He also liked helping the guys at St Vinnie’s with pick ups and deliveries. He looked forward to reading the daily newspaper and even while he was in the hospital and nursing home, his family made sure that he received it daily.  He especially appreciated the Sunday comics so he could see his favorite cartoon, Pickles.

Daniel was a likable man with a good sense of humor. He had a gruff, booming voice and enjoyed singing.  He looked forward to a good round of Sheepshead or Skat, and in later years, Low Rummy.  He was a member for the St John church choir for many years.  He answered the phone with a big, “HELLO,” and often used the saying, “You Jack, you.” He was a big Wisconsin sports fan so the T.V. was always off-limits during Badgers, Brewers, Bucks, and Packers games. He went down to his “cabin,” a converted garage in the woods, everyday to read the paper. He also kept a detailed journal everyday for over 50 years until the time of his passing. He liked the bus trips to casinos so he could play the slots. He and Joanne loved going on scooter rides around Hilbert with their friends, Donny and Dorothy Richart. 

Daniel is survived by his wife, Joanne; children: Diane (Gary) Hemauer, Donna Schwalenberg (Darrell Parsons), Gary (Marisa) Thiel, and Tom (Beckie) Thiel; 8 grandchildren: Kim (Eric) Rivas, Mitch Schwalenberg (Friend Mari Mathers), Kelsie (Mike Dallmann , Spenser (Megan) Thiel, Hallie (Mark) Londre, Hannah (Joel) Schroeder, Hayden (Emily) Thiel, Hattie (Preston) Schwalenberg; 11 great-grandchildren: Eyla & Kayden Rivas, Lillianna Dallmann, Garrett & Grace Londre, Jack & Atlee Schroeder, Graham Thiel, Everett & Ruby & Lettie Schwalenberg; siblings: Doris Stommell, Donald (Lois) Thiel, and Carol Kloeppel; in-laws: Beverly Lehrer, Arnold (Millie) Heimann, and Bonnie (Al) Schneider; and special friends: Donny and Dorothy Richart.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents: Alfred and Hildegard Thiel; Joanne’s parents: Arnold and Erna Heimann; brothers: Arland Thiel and Marvin Thiel; and brothers-in-law: Roland Stommel, Roger Kloeppel, and James Lehrer. 

A funeral service is set for 11:00am on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church (108 S. 6th St.) in Hilbert. Friends may call from 9:00am until 10:45am at the church on the day of service. A committal service will take place at St. John Catholic Cemetery in St. John immediately after the funeral service. The family requests that those attending please adhere to social distancing and mask requirements, as well as refrain from physical contact, and they appreciate your cooperation. A Celebration of Life will be held on June 6th, at the Hilbert Civic Park. Please join us then to celebrate Dan’s life. Please check the Wieting website for those details in the future.

Those who wish may watch a live stream of the service or view flowers given by clicking HERE. There will also be an archived video to be watched in the future.  

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in the name of Daniel Thiel.
Sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. May he rest in Peace.

Joe & Rose Gilsdorf - Jan. 21, 2021

My sympathy to Joanne and your family. It was always a joy to see and talk with Dan when picking up his milk.

Dick Liewergen (milkman) - Jan. 19, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to all the family. We always enjoyed talking with Danny and working with him at St. Vinnies and at Knights of Columbus events. He always had a positive attitude and his sense of humor left you feeling upbeat about life.

Jeff and Kathy Deeley (Friend) - Jan. 19, 2021

Danny was 12 years older than me. He always acknowledged people/me, maybe because of my dad, Leon; since I was a young teen. I looked up to him. He would always have a friendly word and smile everytime I would see him which wasn't as often after I went into the Air Force for 20 yrs. But I never lost the respect I had for him. I am sad for your loss.

Fred Kesler (A friend since my childhood) - Jan. 18, 2021

My prayers go out to the family. Dan was one of a kind County Supervisor and Town Chairman. I always enjoyed his booming voice, his laughter and jokes. Just always fun to be around. Rest In Peace dear friend, I will miss you.

Alice Connors (Friend) - Jan. 17, 2021

UPS Man from 1974-2,000 My sympathy to Joanne and your family.I will always remember my friends that I made in Hilbert

Ray SqueakGremminger - Jan. 17, 2021

Our Prayers and thoughts go out to the family. There will never be another Dan Thiel. His outlook on life made him a pleasure to be around.
He will be in our thoughts and prayers.
God rest his soul.

John and Carole Suttner (Classmate and Friend) - Jan. 17, 2021

Uncle Dan always had everyone laughing with his jokes, big laugh & caring personality. He cared about everyone & always had an ear to listen to others. Over the years I enjoyed the many stories he told & conversations we had together which definitely had a part in shaping the man I am today. He made the most out of his 85 years here on earth & now will be able to rest in heaven. We will all miss him greatly!! My dad will have another friend in heaven to have some fun and enjoy an old fashioned. Rest In Peace Uncle Dan & Prayers to the Thiel Family.

Craig & Kim Kloeppel (Nephew) - Jan. 17, 2021

sorry for your loss gary and diane and family. dan rest in peace

jerry and carol hanna (friend) - Jan. 17, 2021

Tom and family, I am sorry to learn of your loss. Wishing you peace, comfort, and many great memories to keep with you.

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - Jan. 16, 2021


STEVEMORHR (FRIEND) - Jan. 16, 2021

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