Phyllis G. Hansel, age 83 of Westfield, formerly of Portage, passed away following a long battle with vascular dementia and sarcoma on Monday, December 19, 2016 at Golden LivingCenter in Wisconsin Dells. She was born on April 20, 1933 in Wautoma to Clarence and Ruth (Schluter) Hoeft. Phyllis graduated as salutatorian from Westfield High School in 1951 and attended University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she graduated with a teaching degree. Phyllis began her teaching career in 1957 and taught until her marriage. She married Elmer Hansel on August 31, 1963 in Westfield. After raising her two daughters, Phyllis returned to teaching in the Portage School District as a Title 1 Reading Specialist and retired in May of 1998. In her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her beloved grandchildren, Taylor and Trey.
Survivors include her two daughters, Kari (Toby) Olstadt, Westfield and Lori (special friend, Todd Grunwald) Hansel, Westfield; two grandchildren, Taylor and Trey Olstadt, Westfield; two brothers in law, Harley (Betty) Hansel, Portage and Alvin Schultz, Portage; many other relatives and friends. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Elmer H. Hansel; sister in law and best friend, Norma Ambrosich and her husbands, Fred Lumblo and Laverne "Bud" Ambrosich; sister in law, Karen Schultz.
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