Clarence “Buzz” Marschall, 99, of Wausau, died peacefully Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Cedar Creek Manor, Kronenwetter, with his wife, Helen, of 72 years at his side. He died exactly two months short of his 100th birthday which was always his goal.
Clarence was born January 10, 1922 to Rudolph and Selma (Seehafer) Marschall in Ross City, IA. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church of Wausau. Clarence married Delores Mechelke in 1942 and together had a son, Gerry. He was drafted in the Army and served our country in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. On May 7, 1949 he was united in marriage to Helen Seefeld at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in the town of Berlin.
He began working at Menasha Paper Corp. and after 42 years retired from James River. He coordinated the retiree employee dinners at the Labor Temple for many years. He was President of the Marathon County Labor Council from 1960-1964 and was instrumental in establishing the Battle of the Bulge Memorial at the Marathon County Courthouse where a “Laying of the Wreath” ceremony is held each December to honor the Veterans. He was privileged to take the Never Forgotten Honorary Flight to Washington, DC. At the age of 87 he received his honorary high school diploma from Wausau East High School. For many years he would give talks about WWII to the history classes at DC Everest and Horace Mann schools.
Clarence built his own home where he and Helen resided until a couple months before moving to Cedar Creek. He was able to fix just about anything and you could always find him outside tinkering around in the garage or working in his yard.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Gerry Marschall, Mary (Mark) Stubbe, Terri (Larry) Johnson, Stuart (fiancé, Lisa Niesen) Marschall; grandchildren, Kimberley, Kelley, Ashley, Shannon, Brendon, Mitchel and Madeline; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Virginia Roche and many other relatives and friends.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandchild, baby Stephen; siblings, Earl (Vera) Marschall, Melvin (Alice) Marschall and brother-in-law, Thomas Roche.
The family would like to thank Linda and the staff at Cedar Creek Manor for their compassionate care of dad during his stay and to their special neighbors, Mike and Linda for all their kindness and care while they lived at their home.
In lieu of flowers, please direct all donations to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Funeral will be at 11:00am Friday, November 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Wausau, with visitation from 9-11:00am at the church. Military honors will be performed, and Interment will be in the Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family. www.helke.com
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