Yvonne Ruechel

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Yvonne M. Ruechel, “Auntie,” 90, Green Bay, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, February 4, 2020, at a Green Bay nursing home. The daughter of the late Elmer and Alice (Jahn) Ruechel was born April 10, 1929, in Kunesh. She attended Anston Grade School, was confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Kunesh in 1944, and was a 1948 graduate of Pulaski High School.

After graduation, Yvonne left home and the Green Bay area and worked in housekeeping positions at several Lutheran homes in the southern part of Wisconsin. In 1964, she moved back to Green Bay, where she worked at St. Mary’s Hospital for the next 20 years. Yvonne especially enjoyed volunteering at Woodside Lutheran Home for over 40 years.

Yvonne was a faith-filled member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Green Bay, where she belonged to Bethel’s prayer chain, the Hope Study Group, and was Bethel’s Sunshine Lady. She made sure everyone received a handwritten card from the church. Yvonne also never missed an opportunity to send a card to family and friends. In 2012, she moved to Crossroads Nursing Home in Green Bay where she knew everyone and became the head of the Resident Council Committee. Everyone affectionately called her “the hug lady.”

Family and friends meant the world to Yvonne. She is survived by her beloved nieces and nephews: Lynn (Gregory) Rentmeester, Suamico, Debbie Van Dreel (Mike Embs), Oshkosh, Gail Van Dreel, Green Bay, Sue Falk, Flintville, Gary (Rockie) Caelwaerts, Sobieski, Michael (Robin) Caelwaerts, Flintville, Kim Ruechel, Alaska, and Greg (Roxann) Ruechel, Elkhart Lake; great nieces and great nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Yvonne was preceded in death by one brother, Eugene Ruechel and two sisters: Lois (Jerome) Caelwaerts and Phyllis DeBaker; and a nephew, Wayne Falk.

The Funeral Service was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 8th at Bethel Lutheran Church in Green Bay, Pastor Marilyn Lange officiating. Burial will take place in Kunesh Cemetery in the spring.



God Made Aunties
God saw a special need for love,
for someone who could add a new dimension in our lives,
someone who would take the time for little things that matter
someone who would remember to say “I care” in very special ways.
So, God made Aunties.