George Hoel, 89
George Odin Hoel of Hudson, Wis., age 89, passed away on June 4 after a long, happy life.
George was born Sept. 15, 1923, in Clayton, Wis., to Odin and Josephine (Felrath) Hoel. He graduated from Medelia High School in Minnesota in 1941 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Jan. 26, 1943. During World War II, he was stationed in Alaska, fought in the Battle of Okinawa, and then went into Tientsin, China, to accept the Japanese surrender. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 27, 1946.
On May 24, 1952, he was united in marriage to Mary Francis Cameron at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson. Their marriage would be blessed with five children: Dan, Tom, Cathy, Pat, and Judy.
In 1946, George Hoel joined the Andersen Window Corporation. He worked in the cutting department in production for 3 years before accepting a position as a field service representative in 1949. In 1953, he was promoted to field sales representative, then regional sales manager in 1959, and sales manager in 1970. In 1977, he was promoted to vice president of sales and held that position until he retired in 1990 after 44 years of dedicated service. He continued to serve on the Andersen Board of Directors until May 1996.
He loved to travel and thoroughly enjoyed discussing business and politics with his many friends. His faith was a big part of his life and he was a dedicated parishioner of St. Patrick's Church. Many could remember George's sense of humor and his ability to tell great stories. Above all, he loved spending time with his wife, family, and grandchildren.
George participated in many charitable, fraternal, and political organizations. He served as a director on the Andersen Corporation Board of Directors, Fred C. and Catherine B. Andersen Foundation, Carpenter Nature Center, YMCA of Greater St. Paul, and Hudson Hospital & Clinics. He was a proud member of the Stillwater Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, and the Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club.
George is survived by his children, Daniel G. (Diane) Hoel of Hudson, Thomas G. (Susan) Hoel of Woodbury, Minn., Catherine M. Lange of Hudson, Patrick G. (Phyllis) Hoel of Hudson, Judith M. (John) Wallace of Afton, Minn.; grandchildren Matthew and Meghan Hoel, Kate and Mamie Lange, and Lola Wallace; siblings Jane Pearson of Loveland, Colo., Marion Deal of Hudson, Dewitt Hoel of Clio, Mich., and Gerald Hoel of Hudson; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary; parents, Odin and Josephine; sister Patricia Solsvig; and grandson Anthony G. Hoel.
A visitation for George was held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church. Interment with military honors took place at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. Memorials in George's honor are preferred to St. Patrick's Church in Hudson.
Funeral services are entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, 715-386-3725, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.