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Bill Wiedel

Visitation Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
Visitation Time: Memorial Visitation from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Funeral Date: Saturday, August 7th, 2021
Funeral Time: 3:00 pm
Place of Funeral: Chapel Service at Salerno's Rosedale Chapels
Interment: Private Interment

Bill “Gary” Wiedel, born September 19, 1942, died unexpectedly on June 26th at the age of 78. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Charlene (nee Lehnert), his children Patrick, Ellen (Tom) Hartigan, and Lisa Wessels, brother Allan, his adoring grandchildren; Daniel & Molly Hartigan, Amanda Kindred, and Payton & Hailey Wessels, along with his many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William & Eleanore (nee Ward) Wiedel, and brother David Wiedel.
Gary enjoyed the outdoors and shared his love of fishing with everyone. He cherished the many camping trips he took with friends over the years and still talked about those experiences. With the exception of squirrels and geese, Gary respected nature and wildlife, and left a legacy of doing so. He took great pride in his large vegetable garden and would often chat with neighbors as they walked by. Gary had the best sense of humor and laughed often. He was considered “a great guy” by his many co-workers, neighbors, and friends.
He was a retired operating engineer and proud member of the IUOE, local 399. Residing in Glendale Heights since 1967, Gary enjoyed sitting with Charlene on the beautiful deck he built that overlooks a large pond full of wildlife, and watching various birds eating from the many bird feeders he kept full, often refilling them daily.
Though he loved all of his family, including his many nieces and nephews, his five grandchildren were the light of his life. In addition to videotaping and documenting every event, Gary kept pictures of them on his dresser, desk, near his couch, in the garage near his workbench, and even in his van so they could always be with him. His grandchildren will miss their goofy, playful grandpa and his enormous amount of patience.
Gary will be missed by all those he touched throughout the years but for his family, life just won’t be the same without him.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held on August 7th from 12-3 at Salerno’s Rosedale Chapel funeral home, 450 W Lake Street, Roselle, IL 60172. After the service all who knew and loved him are invited to Gary’s favorite Italian restaurant, Spavone’s, 266 W Lake Street, Bloomingdale, IL 60108. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Gary’s memory be made to The National Audubon Society at act.Audubon.org or making a donation to Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine.

Funeral Home

Salerno's Rosedale Chapels

Phone: (630) 889-1700
Address: 450 W. Lake Street Roselle IL, 60172

Church Details

Chapel Service at Salerno's Rosedale Chapels

Phone: (630) 889-1700
Address: 450 W. Lake St. Roselle Illinois, 60172
Service Date: August 7th 2021
Funeral Time: 3:00 pm

Interment Details

Private Interment


Posted by:
Mary Kay Costello

Posted on:
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Dear Charlene and family, Thinking of all of you and sharing condolences on the unexpected passing of Gary. Our family grew up a few doors down from the Wiedel's on 105th Street, and Eleanore was my Godmother. I used to play with Lisa when she came to visit her grandparents, and I went to grade school with Corey. Bill and Eleanore were wonderful people and I know Gary was very special to them, along with all of his kids. Wishing you comfort as you celebrate Gary's life. In sympathy, Mary Kay Costello

Posted by:
Sue Costello Ryan

Posted on:
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Dear Ellen Jean, I knew you long ago when I lived a couple doors down from Bill and Eleanore, your grandparents. I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your father. Your whole family was very dear, per my memory. The full obituary for your father, Gary, is a wonderful tribute to him. Please express my sympathy to Lisa, Patrick and your mom. You are in thoughts and prayers. Peace, Sue Costello Ryan

Posted by:
John Wessels

Posted on:
Saturday, July 31, 2021

Gary was one of the greatest. He was a wonderful father in-law to me he shared so many things with me he was a great father grandfather and friend enjoyed just being around him as he was always happy and joyful. He was a great father in-law and friend to me. I could not have asked for a better person to be my father in-law or friend. To Charlene Patrick Ellen and Lisa and all the nieces and nephews and grand children prayers go out to you all

Posted by:
Bernice Wiedel

Posted on:
Sunday, July 25, 2021

Gary was my brother-in-law for many years and I have wonderful memories of him and how much fun he could be. We spent a lot of time visiting, some camping and other fun times. I will always miss him and have great sorrow for Char and the family. God bless all of you.