Donald "Mac" Theyerl

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“Julie and Family, words can't express how sadden I am by the sudden lost of your dad. I didn't have the pleasure to meet your dad, but as I read the...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Lerrissa Boardley - DE

“Dear David & Family, I am very sorry for the loss of your father. I'm so lucky I got to know Mac and even golf with him a couple of times. He was...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Jim Cottrill & Family - Pewaukee, WI

“Dear Family, Please accept my heartfelt condolences with the passing of Mac. It was a privilege to have been a fellow teacher with him on our proud...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Ike Spangenberg - Grand Chute, WI

“Dr. Kay, I'am so sorry to hear of your fathers death. My condolences to you and your family. You are in my prays. God Bless, Hal Jorgensen ”
4 of 22 | Posted by: Hal Jorgensen - Appleton, WI

“My most deepest sympathies to the Theyerl family. I had the fortune of having Mr. Theyerl for as a teacher at Appleton West High School. Although...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Tony Mauthe - Appleton, WI

“I don't even know how to tell you how sorry I am. He was a great man. He had a fun sense of humor and always knew how to make me smile. I enjoyed...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Ann Strelow - Kimberly, WI

“Dr. Kay - my deepest sympathies for you and your family. God Bless. ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Sue Robinson - Greenville, WI

“Dr. Kay...I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father.It is hard to lose that steadfastness in our life. Take care of yourself during this time....Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Lois Wagner-Forstner - Chilton, WI

“To the Theyerl Family It was a joy to grow up on Summer Street, with Mac, Ellen and their children as neighbors. Although I wasn't fortunate enough...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: David Luepke - Oak Park, IL

“Mr. Theyerl was obviously a man of many strengths and virtues. His legacy will live on in Kay and her siblings and and in the close family bonds they...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Patti Roth - Orangevale, CA

“I had the privelege and pleasure of meeting Mr. Theyerl when he warmly invited me to his home to share Christmas with him and his family. I remember...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Parag Sharma MD - Orange County,, CA

“Kay and Family, My sincere condolences. In having known your father at AHS-West he is remembered as a sincere and caring person. He was a kind man...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Frank Groh - Appleton, WI

“Julie, Mary, Kay, David, Suzie and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I was so lucky to have spent so much time with your Dad...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Paul Loftus - Poolesville, MD

“Dear Kay and family, Peace to you all on the sudden passing of your father. I had the privilege of being taught by your father at Appleton West. He...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Scott Schuldes - appleton, WI

“It brings me great sadness to learn about the passing of Mac. He was a special Uncle to me and his kind hearted spirit and humor will forever live...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Diane (Theyerl) Frank - Appleton, WI

“I adored this man. his entire family was a breath of fresh air. Blessings to you all. Katie.q ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Katie Coenen ( Rossmeissl ) - WI

“Dearest Kay, Tom and the Theyerl family, We want to express our deepest condolences to you. It was an honor to know your dad. His genuine kindness...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Steinbergs - Appleton, WI

“My Dad was loving, nurturing, kind, supportive...a real gentle soul. And of course, funny...what a sense of humor. I have such wonderful memories. He...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Julie Theyerl - Wilmington, DE

“Dick Ginny Wayne and Terry Kristie and Darin and Tim share in sympathy for your loss they all thought he was a great neighbor and friend. Love you...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: richard shimek and family - WI

“Mac you will be sadly missed by us and the card clubs and old neighbors We cant ever say we didnt laugh a lot . We shared sad moments and happy times...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Dick and Ginny Shimek - WI

“My sincere condolences. Mac was such a kind, loving, gentle, generous and funny man. His family adored him as well as many, many friends. He will be...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Allison Armbruster - Delafield, WI

“My deepest sympathy to all of the Theyerl family, especially David. Mac was a very big part of the Theyerl family and loved by all who knew him. He...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Barbara Howder - Pewaukee, WI

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Mac Theyerl, age 83 years, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

He was born on April 9, 1929 to Nicholas and Louise (Casper) Theyerl in Fond du Lac, WI, where he was raised with his 5 older siblings. He graduated from Fond du Lac High School in 1948.

After high school, he pitched semiprofessional baseball. He was thrilled to be scouted by and have a try out for the NY Yankees. He proudly served in Korea from 1951 to 1953 as a corporal in combat in the First Cavalry division of the U.S. Army.

Thanks to the GI bill, he returned to Wisconsin to pursue his dream of teaching. He graduated from UW-Oshkosh in 1958 with a BS, double majoring in Secondary Education and English. He has shared many treasured memories of his college days, where he met a group of lifetime friends; and the love of his life, Ellen Mae Christenson, a brilliant beauty from Appleton. They were married on October 27, 1956 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Appleton.

In 1958, they moved to Appleton where Mac began his 34-year distinguished teaching career at Appleton High School – West. During his tenure at "West", he taught English, Social Studies, and Geography and was the faculty editor and advisor for the "Patterns of Stardust". He also volunteered as the faculty advisor for graduation for many years, a position he enjoyed immensely. He was honored with the HH Helble Educators Award in 1985-86 and Mielke Award for Secondary Educator of the Year for Appleton Area School District 1990-1991. His passion for teaching was evident. He had a positive impact on so many – teachers and students alike. He was deeply touched by past student comments and compliments – stories of lives changed and career paths forged.

Mac and Ellen raised their 5 children in Appleton. They created a close-knit family who enjoyed spending time together: camping, cross-country skiing, Christmas, Door County, family European trip, Pewaukee Lake, Rehoboth Beach, DE. They instilled in us the importance of family, work ethic, integrity, nature and the environment. After Ellen passed away in 2002, Dad remained our rock.

He was fortunate to spend the past 3 years with the second love of his life and "new best friend", Carol Fischer, who brought so much love, joy, and laughter to his life, as he so often expressed.

Mac was the consummate gentleman; kind, strong, sweet and loyal and was fiercely proud of his children and grandchildren. He was always encouraging and supportive of their dreams. He had a quiet strength and empathy that were evident in everything he did and every interaction he had. His humor is legendary. He loved all things Bavarian, feeding the birds, tending to his beautiful yard, and telling stories. He was a member of the American Legion Post 38 –Appleton where he served on the scholarship committee. He enjoyed his monthly lunches with his college/"Korea" buddies.

He is loved, adored and will be dearly missed by his 5 loving and devoted children, daughters Dr. Kay Theyerl (fiancé, Tom Lee) and Susan of Appleton, Mary (Abkeba Seeney and children Moshea and Larow) and Julia of Wilmington, DE; and son, David and his cherished grandchildren, Hannah and Jack, all of Pewaukee, WI. He will be deeply missed by his older sisters Genevieve and Lucine who raised him after his mother died young; and his big brother Ed (Pat), his sister-in-law Geraldine, and his many treasured nieces and nephews and their families. He has been loved and will be dearly missed by Carol Fischer and her 3 daughters and their families who have become part of our family.

He was loved by all as evidenced by the attendance and outpouring at his 80th surprise birthday party – he called it the second best day of his life!

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Louise Theyerl, his brothers, Joseph "Petey" and Orville and his wife, Ellen. Before Ellen died, she wrote this tribute - Ode to Mac:
As soft as a waterfall, yet as strong as the rock over which it cascades, his unconditional love locks me in security and peace. Though his commitment is constant, he considers every day a bonus.

Funeral liturgy for Mac will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, 410 W. Lawrence St, with Fr. Jim Leary, O.F.M. Cap. officiating services. Hours of visitation will be held at church from 11 AM until the time of service. Military honors will be presented immediately following the service. Mac will be laid to rest privately at St. Joseph Cemetery. In loving remembrance, a scholarship fund will be established in Mac's name. Online condolences may be expressed at

A special thank you to the first responders, Appleton fire department and rescue squad, Appleton Police department, and Deputy Coroner for their professional and compassionate attention during this most difficult situation for our family.

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