Obit: Abel, Anita (1916 - 2004)
Contact: Kipp Kippenhan
----Souce: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 edition of the Tribune - Record - Gleaner
Anita E. Abel, 87, Neillsville, formerly of Greenwood, died on Saturday, May 8, 2004, at the Neillsville Memorial Home.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May II, at Cuddie Funeral Home, Greenwood. The Rev. James Mohr officiated. Burial was in the Greenwood City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brian Abel, Steven Abel, Brad Siefert, Dick Larson, Robert Clark and Harry Channing.
Anita Ella Dill was born on Nov. 13, 1916, in Greenwood, to Julius and Lydia (nee Kuester) Dill. She was raised and educated in Greenwood, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1935. After her schooling she moved to Madison, where she worked for a short time. She married Adolph Abel on Sept. 17, 1937. They lived in Greenwood after their marriage and raised their family. In 1959, she went to work at the Greenwood Public Schools as a cook. She later became head cook and worked until her retirement in 1981. Her husband died on May 31, 1986. She was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ and the Clark County Homemakers. Her interests included traveling, playing cards, bingo and crocheting, but she especially loved spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include her three sons, Gary (Nancy) Abel, Racine, Jack (Betty) Abel, Greenwood, and Tom (Lynne) Abel, Greenwood; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Gilbert Dill, Rock Dam; and one sister, Beulah Matkovich, Willard.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Adolph; one great- granddaughter; two sisters, Alberta Thomas and Julia Mitte; and five brothers, Leo Dill, Harvey Dill, Gottlieb Dill, Henry Dill and Norbert Dill.
Cuddie Funeral Home, Greenwood, assisted the family with arrangements.
Notes - I am connected to Anita Abel (in a roundabout way). Adolph Abel (her husband) mother was Anna Franz. And Anna Franz had a sister Wilhemine (my g-grandmother). So Adolph Abel was my grandfather's 1st cousin.
I worked under Anita in the lunchroom when I was a student at Greenwood High School. She had a contagious smile and wonderful laugh. I don't know of anyone who didn't like her!
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