Jay J. Spiegel, 80, Rib Mountain passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, April 19, 2023 while under the care of his loving wife.
He was born January 15, 1943 in Wausau, son of the late Owen and Helen (Guralski) Spiegel. On May 23, 1964 he married his high school sweetheart Marlene Matis at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau. She survives.
For more than 30 years, Jay was an electrician at VanErt Electric running numerous large projects. His work ethic was unmatched.
Some of his favorite pastimes included hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking and spending time out at his land enjoying the outdoors. Jay’s biggest pride and joy were his grandchildren. He will be fondly remembered for making the best venison sausage around.
Survivors include his loving wife, Marlene Spiegel, Rib Mountain; his children, Kevin (Carol) Spiegel, Belleville; Keith (Kathy) Spiegel, Rib Mountain; Kristen Spiegel Berg (Dave) Berg; and his brother, Kent Spiegel, who was raised by Jay and Marlene since age nine. Seven grandchildren, Alora and Charley Spiegel; Shelby and Karlee Spiegel; and Calden, Bennett and Lily Berg. His siblings, Sandra (Bill) Prinz, Rib Mountain; Kent Spiegel, Rib Mountain; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Paul Spiegel; one sister, Dawn Beckman; and two nephews, Brian Prinz and Adam Spiegel.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Noon, Thursday, April 27, 2023 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau. The Rev. Robert Thorn will preside. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services, all at the church. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.