Obituary: Norman Gugel
Norman “Barney” Gugel, 85, of McFarland, passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. He was born July 2, 1928, in Madison, the son of John and Margaret (Keller) Gugel. Norman grew up in Sun Prairie and worked on the family farm beginning at a young age. As a boy, he used to set pins at Schwoegler Lanes in Madison. He had a perpetual positive attitude, gentle nature and adventurous spirit that usually endeared him to everyone he met. Through the course of his life he believed there was nothing he couldn’t do and with little fanfare, he proved it. Norman worked in the shipping department of Ohio Medical where he met his wife, Evelyn. He married Evelyn Shumway on Nov. 18, 1950, in LaCrosse. In later years, he was a top salesman for Perfect Plus Hosiery and Toy House Inc., traveling all over Wisconsin. Norman retired after working 26 years for the State of Wisconsin at Hill Farm and the State Capitol in maintenance and administration. He loved fishing, especially fly fishing and spent many hours tying his own flies. Norman loved to travel, including annual fishing trips to remote lakes in Canada and countless family trips with his wife and daughter. He always looked forward to playing cards and having card parties with family and friends. Norman was passionate about cars (buying, selling, and driving them). After retirement, he worked as a driver for Goben in Monona. Norman is survived by his daughter, Genene (Jeff) Lynott of Rhinelander; grandsons, Jeremy (Erin) Goerg of Independence and Brandon (Tanya) Goerg of Appleton; six step-granddaughters; two step-grandsons; two great-grandsons; 14 step-great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy (Don) Groskreutz of Reedsburg; sister, Bev Philumalee; brother, Don Connery of Madison; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a sister, Evelyn Travers; and brothers, Ronald, Arthur, and Stanley Gugel. Visitation will be held at Gunderson East Funeral Home, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. After visitation, a memorial service and interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, with Pastor James Koza presiding. Memorials may be made to Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC), 665 Coolidge Ave. Suite B, Rhinelander, WI 54501. The family would like to thank the staff at the Coffee Cup in Stoughton, the Green Lantern Restaurant, McFarland Cafe and Spartan Pizza in McFarland for always making Barney feel special, welcoming him with warm smiles and finding time to chat. They would also like to thank his many friends at Skaalen Village in McFarland for their love, support, and euchre games over the 10 years that he lived there, the staff at Skaalen Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Stoughton, and Pastor Koza for their kind and compassionate care. To the Hospice In-Home Care staff, thank you for assisting Barney, and making it possible for him to remain in his home. Lori Andersen and the staff at McFarland Senior Outreach also did an amazing job with assisting Barney in his continued care at home. To Dr. James Shropshire, Shaya, Mike, and staff at Meriter Fitchburg, words cannot convey how much Barney appreciated your extra special care and attention. Thank you. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.