David W. Stelsel, Sr.

Date of Death: Apr 24, 2014
David W. Stelsel, Sr.
[highlight_text] [/highlight_text] David W. Stelsel, Sr., 91, of The Villages, FL, died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at The Villages.


[leftcolumn] Dave was born March 18, 1923 in Fond du Lac the son of Guy and Margaret Jones Stelsel. Dave was a graduate of Waupun High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University. He was a LTJG officer with the U.S. Navy during WWII. On March 9, 1945 Dave married Jean Lawson in Milwaukee. Following their marriage the couple resided in Waupun until they moved to The Villages, FL in 2013. Dave owned and operated the Ford dealership in Waupun for 40 years and in its later years was known as Dave Stelsel Ford. He was a member and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves. He was an active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Waupun for many years. Dave and Jean enjoyed traveling with their motor home and also traveling overseas. He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Beaver Dam.

Dave is survived by his wife, Jean G. Stelsel of The Villages, FL; a daughter, Mardi (Daniel) Hoffman of The Villages, FL; a son, David W. (Connie) Stelsel, Jr. of Waupun; five grandchildren: Tricia (Chris) Cremeens, Shane Hoffman, Ryan (Nicole) Hoffman, David W. (Dana) Stelsel III, and Kirk (Laura) Stelsel; five great-grandchildren: Caenan and Finley Cremeens, Anabelle and Piper Hoffman, and Ford Stelsel.

Dave was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Stelsel.


[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives of David W. Stelsel, Sr. may call on the family at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Beaver Dam on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Memorial services and a celebration of David’s life will be held Friday, June 27, 2014 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Beaver Dam at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Mary Mail officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial of cremains will take place following the service at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun with American Legion Post 210 of Waupun providing military honors.



  1. Ardelle Harmsen (Fritz) Says: May 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm


    So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I didn’t know you moved to Florida. I’ve got great memories of spending time with you and Dave. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Fritz Harmsen

  2. Roger VanHaren Says: May 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    To David, Connie, David, and Kirk:
    My sincere sympathy for your loss. I remember that Mr. Stelzel did some very nice woodworking items for the Wayland auction. I met him only once, but I was struck by his kindly nature. I am sure he will be greatly missed.
    Roger VanHaren

  3. Larry & Leanne Schultz Says: May 3, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to your entire family. Your family was certainly blessed to share many years with your father and grandfather. We are certain you have a wealth of memories.

  4. Matthew J. Guth Says: May 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Jean, Mardi, Ace, and Family,

    Mother told me that she had received word that Dave had passed. The Guth family extends our sympathy in this time of your loss. We have many fond memories of our camping trips, time at Willow Mill and other events as we grew up. Our high school buddies are together again, likely talking over all their exploits of growing up together.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. MJG

  5. Barb Buchholz Davis Says: May 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Dear Jean, Mardi and David,
    My mom just told me about Dave’s passing, and I am so sorry for your loss. I remember him for so many years working at the corner of Main and Carrington, and of course, every time I would visit Mardi, he would be there with jokes and a smile on his face. I am thinking of you all at this time as you move through your grief.

  6. Reginald Fletcher Says: May 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Dear Stelsel Family,
    My deepest condolences go out to you. I was saddened to hear the news my brother Rick passed on to me yesterday. I have many fond memories growing up in Holy Trinity.

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