Alvin John Lecheler

Alvin John Lecheler

MADISON — Alvin John Lecheler, age 89, returned to his Heavenly Father on October 23, 2014.

Al was born on September 28, 1925 in Elmwood, WI to Paul and Frances (Bates) Lecheler, the 6th of 8 children. Al farmed on the family farm until he joined the Army in 1955, then the Air Force in 1958. After leaving the service he moved to Madison where he worked for Nagle Hart for about a year until he took a job with the City of Madison Motor Equipment Department. He worked at the City Garage on First St until he retired as Master Mechanic in 1988. In 1963 Al married Rose Mary Manson at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. They had 2 daughters, Cindy and Laurie. Al was Mr. Handyman, could fix anything. He was willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed help. Relatives, neighbors and friends all knew who to call when they needed help. Al and Rosie were avid square dances, long time members of Westport Squares. They were charter members of St. Peter Catholic Church where he was an usher and long time member of the Funeral Lunch Bunch. In his retirement Al took up 2 new hobbies, woodworking and wine making and he spent many hours on jig saw puzzles. His wines were part of every family gathering and he will be remembered for his “Roast Beast” on the rotisserie.

Al is survived by his wife Rosie; 2 daughters, Cindy Herde of Louisville, KY, and Laurie Lecheler of Kenosha, WI; favorite son-in-law, David Herde; 3 much loved grandchildren, Victoria, Christopher and Sarah Herde, all of Louisville. His is further survived by his sister, Marion (Arnold) Bauer of Elmwood, WI; 4 sisters-in-law, Virginia Lecheler, Lilly Lecheler, Dorothy Omdahl and Angie Fauska; 2 brother-in-laws, Bob Manson and Arnie Bauer, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Art, Romanes, Pete and Raymond; sisters, Margaret and Agnes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N Sherman Ave, Madison, at NOON on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, with Monsignor Charles Schluter presiding. A visitation will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N Sherman Ave, Madison, from 4:00PM until 7:00PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2014 and again at the church again on Wednesday from 11:00AM until time of Mass.

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