Alfred F. “Al” Zittel, age 90 of Alma/formerly of Cassville, WI, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Springbrook Assisted Living, Onalaska, WI. He was born on April 12, 1927 in Alma, the son of Alfred Sr. and Alice (Feeney) Zittel, the third of seven children. Al left Alma in his teens to serve in the Army and when he returned he began working at Dairyland Power Cooperative, serving for over 41 years until his retirement. Al married Bernadine Meier of Cassville in September of 1952 and they lived and raised 4 children there until her death in 1989. In October of 1997 he married Marvilla Baecker and they lived in Alma for over 20 years until he moved to a memory care facility.
He was survived by his wife, Marvilla Baecker; children, Peggy Ann Zittel (Paul Keith) of Scappoose, Oregon, Chris Zittel of Onalaska, WI, Elaine (Robert) Pike of Las Vegas, Nevada and Lisa (Rodney) Perry of Onalaska, WI; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Tony of Winona, MN; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Marvilla’s children, James (Teresa) Baecker of Chanhassen MN, Beth (Lonnie) Sass of Alma and Amy (Russell) Pronschniske of Waumandee, WI; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Alma on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 11:00 am with Father Brian Jazdzewski presiding. A visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 am until the time of Mass. Burial will be held the following day at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery, Cassville, WI.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Springbrook Assisted Living for the exemplary care in the final months of Alfred’s life.
Al believed strongly in volunteering and helping others. During his lifetime, he was active in many organizations both in Cassville and Alma including, St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Alma, the Cassville Fire Department and Rescue Squad, the VFW Post 7080 in Cassville and the American Cancer Society, among others. In the words of Will Rogers Jr., “his heritage to his children wasn’t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father.” He will be deeply missed.