Emily Tannel


Emily L. Tannel, formerly of Cedarburg and Port Washington, died at her home in West Bend  on Sunday, April 7. She was 90.

Mrs. Tannel was born in Ontario, Canada, on Jan. 3, 1929, to Henry and Amelia Strutcha Lukas. She grew up in Ahmerstburg, Ontario, and attended local schools.

She received a nursing degree from Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ontario, in 1951.

At her cousin’s wedding, she met the groom’s brother, Basil “Buz” Tannel, whom she married on Nov. 26, 1955, in Chicago.

The couple later moved to Port Washington before building a home in Cedarburg.  

Mrs. Tannel worked as a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in West Bend as well as at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Port Washington and later at Mequon Care Center and Lasata Care Center.

In 1991, they moved back to Port Washington. Mrs. Tannel later took a job at Exacto Spring in Grafton in her retirement years.

Mr. Tannel preceded her in death in 2006.

Mrs. Tannel was a member of St. John XXIII Parish in Port Washington and a former member of St. Francis Borgia Parish in Cedarburg. She enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, listening to the Milwaukee Brewers and watching the Green Bay Packers.

She is survived by her children Greg (Debbie) Tannel of Colorado, Vince (Annette) Tannel of Colorado, Mike (Susan) Tannel of West Bend and Mary Kay Bryan of Texas; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, son Richard, grandson Aaron and sister Mary.

A requiem Tridentine Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church – South, N44 W6055 Hamilton Rd., Cedarburg.  Canon Benoit Jayr will preside the Latin Mass.

Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday.    Burial will be in the parish cemetery immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, Masses for Mrs. Tannel are requested.

The Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



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