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Joel C. Fantle
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Joel Cree Fantle, age 77, passed away on March 21 after a short hospitalization. He was born July 13, 1940 in La Crosse, WI to Willard and Ingrid (Widlon) Fantle. Joel often spoke fondly of his childhood amongst the river and bluffs of La Crosse, which nurtured a love of nature and the out-of-doors that lasted the rest of his life. The family business, Fantle’s Fifth Avenue store, gave him an early taste of sales, which he continued to pursue, first as a jeweler and registered gemologist and then as a car salesman, until his early retirement due to health issues in 1994.
Joel met his wife, Lorna Annen, in Madison, WI and they married in 1972. They moved together first to Appleton and then to De Pere, where they lived for 43 years. Joel loved to spend time with his family. They spent many weekends together hiking, fishing, hunting, and exploring the backroads. He was an avid outdoorsman, history buff, and loved feeding and watching birds in his backyard. He had a sharp sense of humor and loved to tease and laugh. Though he had many health crises in the last 20 years, he faced them with determination and resolve, gifting us with unexpected extra time with him. In his last years, he took great joy in spending time with his grandchildren.
Joel is survived by Lorna, his wife of 45 years and dedicated caregiver; children Jean (Chris Lepczyk), Peter (Zoë), Joel, Jr (Karen), and Lisa Anderson; grandchildren Stone, Olivia, Isabel, Poppy, Mark, Alaina, Steve, and Christine; brother John (Pearl); and many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ann (Lester) Druck, and brother Willard, Jr (Shirley).
A memorial will be held in Joel’s honor at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N. Tenth Street, De Pere on Tuesday, March 27 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Joel’s name to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary (1660 East Shore Drive, Green Bay, WI 54302) or a conservation or environmental organization of your choice.


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Visitation

Tuesday

27

Mar

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory

305 N. Tenth St
De Pere, WI 54115

Service

Tuesday

27

Mar

7:00 PM
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory

305 N. Tenth St
De Pere, WI 54115

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