REE HEIGHTS — Peter John “P.J.” Werdel, 90, of Ree Heights, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident.
His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stephan. Burial will be at Cedar Cemetery in rural Ree Heights.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, with awake service at 6 p.m. today at St. Ann Catholic Church in Miller. Funeral arrangements were announced by Rembold Funeral Home in St. Lawrence. Visit www.remboldfuneralhome.com.
P.J. Werdel was born Nov. 29, 1922, to John Peter and Elizabeth (Kusser) Werdel on the family farm.
He married Patricia Jean Robbins June 27, 1946, in Pierre. They lived their life of 63 years together on the Werdel ranch.
He is survived by 12 children, Laura (Jerry) Heinz of St Paul, Minn, John (Lex) Werdel of Ree Heights, Ray (Lynn) Werdel of Ree Heights, Lee (Jeanne) Werdel of Clark, Mary Werdel of Malta, Mont., Bill (Peggy) Werdel of Hurley, Kay (Randy) Shepherd of Conrad, Mont., Ed (Patti) Werdel of Ree Heights, Carol (Mark) Steichen of Alpena, Gail (Todd) Christensen of Vermillion, Jean (Tom) Hamiel of St Lawrence, and Judy Haley of Sioux Falls; 50 grandchildren and 82 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Sister Marie Helene Werdel, Theresa R. Summerton, Annabell Clausen and Leona Yanta; and brothers-in-law, Art Schuster, Jack (Pat) Robbins and Joe (Carol) Robbins.
He was preceded in death by his wife Patty; his sisters, Loretta Suhn and Marita Schuster; six brothers-in-law; and one grandchild.For the complete article see the 04-28-2013 issue.
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