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Sister Marcelle Bayerl

Sister Marcelle Bayerl, age 90, a School Sister of St. Francis, died Sunday, March 23, 2003, at St. Joseph Convent in Campbellsport, Wis.

Sister Marcelle was born June 22, 1912 to Frank and Mary Fasching Bayerl. She was the fourth child in a family of 12 children.

She graduated from Holy Trinity Elementary School. After several years, she entered the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, where she completed her high school and college education.

She then served as a teacher and later, a principal, at schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and at her home parish in Winsted.

It was in Winsted that Marcelle took time for her hobbies. She enjoyed genealogy. After several years of researching information, she completed four books of the life history of her mom and dad's parents and families. Quilting was another favorite of hers.

She was responsible for a Holy Trinity Council of Catholic Women Bazaar booth for a few years. She organized her team of women and, together, they always had an attractive booth consisting of homemade dolls, knitted and crocheted articles, banners, greeting cards, and quilts of all sizes.

Marcelle also had a part in the establishing the Linden Wood (then called St. Mary's) Apartments. She was a member of its original steering committee and the first board.

When Marcelle felt her strength waning, she retired from teaching and, along with Sister Catherine Mary Schuit, spent several years in parish ministry.

Finally, she knew it was time to retire completely, so she left for the School Sisters of St. Francis Retirement Center in Campbellsport where she spent her last years.

She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Mary Fasching Bayerl; three brothers: Frank, Alfred, and George Bayerl; and five sisters: Sister Lidana Bayerl, Anna, Agnes Maresh, Julie Pavlish, and Sister Marcie Bayerl.

Marcelle is survived by three sisters: Rufina Deidrick of Winsted, Lucille Nowak of Silver Lake, and Sister Lucia Bayerl of Campbellsport.

The wake and funeral liturgy took place Saturday, March 26, 2003 at the Convent chapel in Campbellsport. Following the services, burial took place in the Sisters' Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Roger Guenningsman, Roger Maresh, Ray and Carol Bayerl, Norman and Gladys Hintz, Gertrude Wellenstein, and Steve Nowak.

A Memorial Mass took place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted Tuesday, April 1, 2003.

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