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Margaret Mari (Topel) Manecke

July 2, 2021 | 3 comments

Margaret Mari (Topel) Manecke, 57, of West Salem, WI passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at her home in West Salem. She was born on October 18, 1963 to Harold and Darlyene (Nienast) Topel in La Crosse, WI. She worked as a nurse at Gundersen for most of her working career.

She loved enjoying all that nature had to offer; fishing and camping topped the list of outdoor activities. She also derived great pleasure in cooking, knitting, singing, and spending time with her grandkids and loved ones. Ask anyone she has ever met, and they will tell you how she loved going out of her way to help others.

She is survived by her father, Harold Topel; sons, David (Laura) Kish, Michael Manecke; grandsons, William and Oliver Kish; sisters, Kathleen (Duane) Kaiser, Debra (Thomas) Yeldell, Becky Wapp (Thomas) Sawyer; ex-husbands, Philip Kish and Rodney Manecke; long-time significant other, Richard Marshall; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Darlyene Topel; sisters, Mary and Tamie Topel; brother, David Topel; and brother-in-law, David Wapp.

A Celebration of Life event will be held at Black River Beach Neighborhood Center on August 13 from 12- 3pm. To assist with arrangements, memorial contributions in her honor may be sent to: David Kish, 2116 Winnebago Street, La Crosse, WI 54601.

To offer her family online condolences, please visit the website www.couleecremation.com.

Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.



  1. Barb Pollack

    I can’t believe that she’s gone. We sure have had our ups and downs over the last 38 years. So many of my life stories include her. Margee was so giving and so fun to he around. Some of my most favorite memories are with her was singing karaoke, fishing and camping. Not too long ago Margee sent me a song that really touched her. I encourage you to listen to it. At the end of her life she really developed a relationship with God it was so amazing to watch her grow in her faith.
    Rest in Paradise Margee you are finally home. Save a fishing spot for me.


  2. Patti Lokken

    Wanted to send my deepest condolences to Margee’s family.
    I last saw Margee last September at an event at Myrick Park. I will remember her big, friendly smile every time I saw her and the nice talk we had. She will be missed by so many. Sending hugs to all! May you be flooded with sweet memories of her.


    My condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you


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