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Obituary for Thomas "Tom" Kneifl


Thomas "Tom" Adolph Kneifl, 63, of West Salem, Wis., died peacefully at his home Thursday afternoon August 3, 2017. He was born April 21, 1954, in La Crosse. Tom is survived by his wife of almost 42 years, Sue (Kirchner) Kneifl and their two children and their spouses, Shaun and Lory (Long) Kneifl of West Salem and Stephanie and Chad Gensler of Oshkosh. He was the very proud grandfather of six grandchildren, Noah, Evan, and Quinn Gensler and Laney, Layla, and Beau Kneifl. He was the eighth of ten children born to Adolph and Eleanore (Clements) Kneifl. He is further survived by his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Marlene Kneifl, Harvey and Julie Kneifl, Sharon and Larry Stark, Nicholas and Paula Kneifl, and Mary and Lonie Greeno; sister-in-law, Verna Kneifl; brother-in-law, Donald Perso; his “favorite” mother-in-law, Gail Kirchner; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law and their spouses and their families, Steve and Teri Kirchner, Sandy Kirchner, and Kathy and Terry Blaken. He was loved by many nieces, nephews, their spouses, children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings and their spouses, Melvin and Judy Kneifl, Ronald and Carol Kneifl, Cletus Kneifl, and Eldoris Perso; and his father-in-law, Sid Kirchner. Tom graduated West Salem High School in 1972, married the love of his life in 1975, and raised their children in the town of West Salem. He worked at Coulee Farm Supply for 25 years and retired from Beyers Cabinets in 2016. He enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, hunting, following the Panther’s sports teams, and cheering on his children’s teams. Tom had a big, loving heart and was always willing to lend a hand to help others. He had great carpentry skills, loved working on projects big and small and was a stickler for details. A perfectionist to the end! Tom truly loved traveling with family and friends, working with his hands, playing cards, golfing, attending sporting events of his grandchildren, and tuning up their four wheelers. After his retirement in 2016, you could find him having breakfast and coffee with friends at Big Boar or working on his never ending “honey-do list”! Tom will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church at St. Joseph Ridge. Father Douglas Robertson will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. A rosary will be said Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at 3 p.m., followed by a visitation until 7 p.m., at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Jostad Chapel, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem. Friends may also call on the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass Wednesday at the church. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association or to a charity of your choice.