Rachel Marie Martell
Rachel Marie Martell, 73, of La Crosse, passed away on June 9, 2020 of pancreatic cancer at her home.
Rachel was born on April 25, 1947 in La Crosse, WI to Donald G. and Madalyn M. (Brunke) Kagel, and was baptized and confirmed at English Lutheran Church in La Crosse. She married Peter J. Martell on March 5, 1968 in Winona, MN. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Garment Manufacturing Company until 1971, when she became a stay-at-home mother to her two children. In 1986, she went back to work at Shopko South, for which she stayed until her retirement.
Rachel loved music, cars, NASCAR racing, and sports. She and her husband Pete loved going for rides, watching NASCAR and football together, and spending every February in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her greatest pleasures in life were all with her family: going on bus trips to Brewers games with her daughter-in-law, Patti; shopping trips with her daughter-in-law, Roxanne, and her granddaughters; spending time with her beloved grand-dogs, grand-cats, and grand-bunnies; and having family dinners at her sons’ homes.
She is survived by her husband, Pete, and their two sons, James D. (Patti) Martell and Gregory P. (Roxanne) Martell; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Caleb) Vanderberg of Princeton, MN; Taylor (Alyssa) Martell of La Crescent, MN; Maria and Emily Martell of La Crosse, WI; her foster sister, Tracy Kagel of La Crosse, WI; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and her grand-pets.
She is preceded in death by her brother, Quentin Kagel; her parents, Donald and Madalyn Kagel; her father and mother-in law, James P. and Margaret Martell; her nephew, Joe Martell; brothers-in-law, James, Paul, and Tom Martell; her “special” step-grandson, Christopher Clements; and her friend Geraldine (Gerri) Moore.
The family wishes to express their thanks to her caregivers at Gundersen Health System, especially Dr. Mariner and his nurse, Stacy, as well as Gundersen Hospice Care and Hillview Health Care Center. A special thanks to Linda Severson, Rita, Toni, Mona, Angie, Lisa, Lori, Steve Sitze, Mark and Denise Martell, and Kenny and Mary Martell for their endless support.
Memorials are preferred to Children’s Miracle Network. Graveside services will be held at a later date.