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Arlene K. Handel

Arlene K. Handel Arlene K. Handel


Arlene K. Handel, 86, of Medford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 at Country Gardens, surrounded by family, under the care of Hope Hospice A memorial service for Arlene will take place at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Jayanna Kanna officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at 12 p.m.

Arlene was born on Sept. 4, 1936 to Clarence and Elsie (Schaefer) Danen in the town of Deer Creek. She graduated from Medford High School and went to work at Farmers State Bank in Stetsonville. She married Roger Handel on June 7, 1958 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville; he preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 2009. In 1979 she started to work for Medford National Bank, later Fidelity Bank. She worked there for 20 plus years until her retirement.

Arlene was a member of the Stetsonville American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Medford BPW, United Way Board Member, 1995 MACC Employee Excellence Award winner, and as a co-owner of Handel Evergreen Farms, a founding charter member of the Wisconsin Tree Growers Association. In her spare time she enjoyed bowling, casino trips, reading, snowmobiling and family time at Wil-O-Acres.

Arlene is survived by three sons, Doug (Sue) Handel, David (Jane) Handel and Al (Toni) Handel, all of Medford; two daughters, Karen (Brad) Dahlvig of Medford and JoAnn Handel of Aurora, Ill. She is further survived by six granddaughters, Ember (Dan) Shmitt of New York City, Katie Lindemann of Oshkosh, Ellen (Travis) Dowden of West Bend, Laney (Ben) Hemer of Wauwatosa, Maxx (Tim Meerstein) Handel of Medford and Alexis Handel-Erdrich of Aurora, Ill.; three grandsons, Eric (Megan) Dahlvig, Quay Handel and Chase Handel, all of Medford; stepgrandson, Nick Wisnewski of Omaha, Neb.; and six great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roger Handel; son, Daniel Handel; granddaughter, Franny Handel; sister, Delores (Nick) Henrichs; two brothers, Norman (Agnes) Danen and Michael (Kathy) Danen; brother-in-law, Gerald (Eileen) Handel; sister-in-law, Marian (Robert) Hansen.

The family expresses their gratitude to the staff at Country Gardens and Hope Hospice for their compassionate care. Memorial donations in Arlene’s name may be given to Hope Hospice.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice. com.

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