Dennis A. Schaitel, 69, of Leon, died Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Mayo Health System, La Crosse. He was born on March 31, 1952 in Sparta to Joseph and Rosella (Frederick) Schaitel. He grew up in Pleasant Valley and attended Sparta schools.
Dennis married Valerie Lang and they later divorced. He owned and operated a tile and trenching business. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. He lived life his way. He loved family get-togethers. Dennis spent the last 32 years with his life partner, Mary Smith.
Dennis is survived by his fiancé, Mary Smith of Leon; children, Quintin (Sara) Schaitel of Sparta, Shawn Schaitel of Sparta, and Dana Schaitel of La Crosse; 4 grandchildren, Kira, Starla, Taylor, and Everett; siblings, Leonard (Shalimar) Schaitel of Sparta, Janette (Marvin) Mullenberg of Mauston, Joseph (Alice) Schaitel of Sparta, Allan (Kathy) Schaitel of Sparta, Marian (Tom) Naegle of Genoa, WI, Phillip (Cindy) Schaitel of Monroe, LA, Carol (Jeff) Schmitz of Sparta, and Marvin (Jessica) Schaitel of Sparta; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Rosella and brothers, Michael, Gene, Carl, and Clair.
A Graveside Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sparta, with Father Eric Berns officiating.
Family and friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta.
The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.