Richard J. Sokel, Sr., age 88, passed away on March 16, 2015.
Born on July 17, 1926 to Joseph and Marie (Budweiser) Sokel, he was the eldest of 7 children. On August 22, 1953 he married Maureen Elizabeth Schommer and raised 5 Children. He was a proud Veteran of World War II and retired from the George Banta Co. after 36 years. He loved fishing, hunting, playing cards and was a gracious host of many parties in his back yard over the years. Later in life, he was employed by the City of Menasha as a crossing guard on the corner of Third Street and Tayco, where he worked until his illness. He truly enjoyed talking with the children he helped cross the intersection on their way to school. He is survived by his wife, Maureen "Corky", sons, Corry (Elizabeth), Richard, Jr. (Mary), Timothy (Judy) and Harry (Fiancée Annie), daughter, Barbara Fitzpatrick, along with 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister, Joyce Kolasinski, brother-in-law, Donald (Alice) Schommer, sisters-in-law; Marlene, Leah and Marion, also, many nieces and nephews and special friend Ann Sokel. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers; Robert, Hillard, Joseph Jr. and John; his sister, Irene Montonati, brothers-in-law; David Kolasinski and Ralph Montonati, sisters-in-law; Susan Sokel, Erin (Harold) Anklam, Marjorie (Melvin) Gottfried, Patricia (James) Webb, Dawn (Robert) Pawlowski and a great grandson Noah Corry Sokel.
As per our Father's wishes there will be no service!
Please remember him in your prayers!
The Family would like to thank the staff at St. Paul Hospice, specifically nurses; Melissa, Tabitha, Lauren and Kelly for their compassionate care.
Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I and you are still you, and the old life we lived so fondly together remains unchanged. Whatever we were to one another we are still. Call me by my name for I am listening. Speak to me as you always have. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we shared together. Play, smile, think of me and pray for me. Let my name be ever spoken in households as it always was. Why should I be out of mind because I'm out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well now!
Heart of the Valley Cremation Services
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