John L. Stengl, age 74, of Birnamwood, died on Monday, January 11 at the Aspirus Wausau Hospice House. He was born on November 21, 1946, in Antigo, a son of Elmer and Avis (Rusch) Stengl. He married Nancy Gralla on January 2, 1979, in Hawaii.
John was a graduate of Antigo High School, class of 1965. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point in 1970.
He taught biology and anatomy in Alaska at Kenai Central and Soldotna High Schools. He retired in 1993. He also coached girls basketball, cross country, and track. He was a pilot and enjoyed flying to his favorite hunting, fishing, and trapping spots.
He returned to Wisconsin in 1994 where he built a house on the family property. He enjoyed his time raising Christmas and walnut trees and building trails through the woods. In the past few years, John developed a love for bluegill fishing from his kayak. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
In addition to his wife, Nancy, survivors include three children, Matthew Stengl of Superior, Emily (Adam) Zalewski of Moncure, N.C. and Michael Stengl of Wausau; two granddaughters, Adalyn and Hazel Zalewski; two sisters, Audrey Stengl of Dallas, TX and Jean (Dan) Wheeler of Antigo; and a brother-in-law, Gary Steele of Hancock.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Ginger McDowell and Jennifer Steele.
No services will be held.
I am so, so sorry to hear of Mr. Stengl's passing! He was one of my favorite teachers at Kenai Central High School in the early 70's. Sending my sincere and deep condolences to the family.
Nancy to you and your whole family Sammy and I send our Condolences! John and i did a lot together fishing, hunting, trapping and of course the wild game feeds. I still feel that john was one of my best friends. I still run into students who say John was one of the Best teachers they ever had!! and I agree! Wishing you ALL our very BEST in the coming years!! Bud & Sammy Crawford
Condolences to Nancy and the children Matthew, Emily and Michael. It is so sad to say goodbye to John. Always ready with a smile, a joke, a prank, a helping hand, John was always on the go. He seemed to have an interest in most everything but especially anything in nature. Fond memories from over fifty ears of friendship since college days will always be in our memory. John definitely had a mischievous sense of humor. One example I remember was on a fishing trip in Alaska. On a remote stream fishing for salmon, I mentioned concern about the numerous bear sign, to which John, with his usual grin, assured me "there is nothing to be worried about, I know I can run faster than you." That was John. The world is a poorer place for the loss of John, but a richer one for all whose lives he touched. Bless you John. You will not be forgotten.
We are saddened to read of John’s passing. He was such a good, kind man who shared great stories of his adventures. Heaven has gained a great man. Thoughts and prayers are with the Stengl family. ((Hugs))
Kathy and Don Solin
I wish my sincere condolences to Nancy, Matthew, Emily and Michael. That picture says so much about John...the contagious, maybe mischievous grin, the outdoor setting enjoying the many things life has to offer. I was fortunate enough to have known John from college days, 2 Alaskan adventures, numerous fishing and hunting events, sharing time with John and Nancy at their Door County condo, our annual reunion with the college gang, Christmas tree, to name just a few.
Nancy and "kids" our thoughts are with you. We have all lost a special person.
Dan and Carol Sambs
Our condolences to John’s family. We sat through many High School sporting events watching our kids.
Jean and Dan so sorry for your loss.
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