Wolfgang Hans Hermann Andel
GWINN – Wolfgang Hans Hermann Andel, 63, of Gwinn, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning, January 3, 2016. He had been ill for the past nine months.
Wolfgang was born on July 7, 1952 in Darmstadt, West Germany, a son of the late Hans Josef and Waultraud (Klug) Andel.
He served for eight years in Giessen, Germany, with the German Army, serving as an LPN nurse in a field hospital. Prior to his military service, Wolfgang studied photography.
In 1975, he married the former Kathy Crowley of Calumet in Germany and in 1980, they moved to the United States. Wolfgang found employment with the Calumet Village Street Department, later receiving on the job training at Lancet Glass Company in Houghton. It was there that he developed a love of stained glass, and some of his original works are still on display at the McDonald’s Restaurant in Houghton.
In 1987, Wolfgang and his family moved from Calumet to Marquette, where he worked at the former Acocks Medical Facility and Pathways Group Homes. While at Pathways, he also worked part-time at Stained Glass Creations in Marquette.
In 1995, Wolfgang married Sharon LaCosse in Marquette. In 2001, Wolfgang finally had a chance to make his dream become a reality when he and his wife, Sharon, opened Wolfgang’s Haus of Glass in downtown Marquette until he retired in April of 2015.
He was able to share his love of this craft to many people. Not only the beautiful pieces of art he created, but also the hundreds of students he taught.
In his free time, Wolfgang enjoyed going to and cheering on the NMU Wildcat Football team where his son, Hans works as the team equipment manager. He also enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers. He was always a competitor from a very young age, excelling at team handball and was a Chess Master, teaching many others how to play.
Later in life, he developed a love of Bridge, winning many tournaments and was a former member of the Superiorland Bridge Club. He always enjoyed logic games and puzzles.
Wolfgang is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sharon, of Marquette; two children, Christine “Chrissy” Andel and Hans Andel, both of Marquette; one step-son, Jeffrey Norkooli and step-daughter, Kimberly Norkooli, both of Marquette; two grandsons, Draper Wolfgang Garlow and Karsten Hans-Edward Andel; his first wife, Kathy Crowley Andel; also many nieces and nephews from his extended family. Also surviving is his Love Bird, Buddy, who was always on his shoulder.
Preceding him in death besides his parents was a sister, Brigitte Enk; a granddaughter, Elena Garlow; mother-in-law, Lavera LaCosse; and also a brother-in-law, Brian LaCosse.
The Andel family will greet relatives and friends on Thursday, January 7, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home in Marquette.
A memorial service will be held in the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016, with the Rev. Leon Jarvis officiating.
The Andel family would like to extend a special thank you to all family and friends who helped us fight the battle against his pancreatic cancer. All of your prayers, monetary support and special intentions are very much appreciated. We love you from the bottom of our hearts.
Wolfgang’s obituary can also be viewed at canalefuneral.com, where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.