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Timothy Edward Schindler

July 26, 2020 | 11 comments

Timothy Edward Schindler age 64, of Onalaska, Wisconsin, passed  away peacefully on

Monday, July 20, 2020 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse from complications with cancer.

Tim was born on July 26, 1955 in La Crosse to Douglas and Dolores (Guggenbuehl) Schindler. Growing up in a Christian home Tim received a Christian education – something that molded Tim into the man he became. He went on to graduate from Fort Atkinson Senior High School in 1973 and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in 1978.  Tim worked for E.A. Sween Company/Deli Express for nearly 30 years in Sales Management.  He was proud of his many awards and achievements.

Tim married Karen Kellermann on June 3, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman La Crosse.  Then opened another chapter – retirement and enjoying the simpler pleasures.  Tim loved entertaining out-of-town family and friends, introducing them to the natural beauty of Wisconsin’s Coulee region, followed by grilling an outdoor feast. A quiet afternoon at a vineyard or picnicing at a wayside rest overlooking the river was Tim’s idea of peacefulness.  He loved his Coors Original, jalapeño poppers, Elmaro Rosa, pepper-jack cheese, Chocolate Paradise, and his chili that would make you break into a sweat. When gifting out bottles of homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream, Tim would never reveal the secret ingredient making it special.

Tim’s strong faith was evidenced by attending weekly mass at the Cathedral. Tim was a kind soul always wanting to help others by mowing lawns, shoveling snow and delivering Mobile Meals – sometimes even taking out and bringing in garbage cans if the people were unable.  Tim had the most beautiful way of expressing his love…perhaps in the form of the perfect card, a little note, or a gesture of kindness.  Family and friends were so important to Tim. He had such a strong love for his siblings, nieces and nephews, not to mention his  extended family. Tim’s animals were his children and he gave them so much love.

Tim is survived by his loving family: wife Karen; brothers and sisters-in-law Michael (Luanne) Schindler, Fort Atkinson, Patrick (Donna) Schindler, Surprise, Arizona; sisters and brother-in-law Kathleen Schindler, Fort Atkinson, Maureen (Curt) Millard, Fort Atkinson; brother-in-law Allan Kellermann, Glencoe, Minnesota; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Annette (John) Stender, Norwood Young America, Minnesota; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends; and his loyal, four-legged friend, Rocky.

Tim is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, numerous other relatives and friends, and first wife Lisa.

A special acknowledgement to the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center La Crosse Oncology Team and Critical Care Team for providing Tim compassionate treatment to keep him comfortable.

If unable to express himself Tim indicated that he wanted his friends and family to know: “That I had a great life.  Thanks to all of them.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Coulee Region Humane Society or Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 29 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Gathering Place, 133 Mason St. Onalaska.  A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, July 30 at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman La Crosse.



  1. Jeri Kaczmarek

    Karen, you and family are in my thoughts and prayers. Tim was a respected member of the EAS company and will be missed by all who worked with him.

    • Linda Schwarz

      Karen I am so heartbroken to hear of Tim’s passing. He has always been a dear friend. I am so glad you both came to his 45th class reunion where we were able to meet you. God bless you and your family. Tim will be dearly missed.

  2. Lexy Wanka ( Wright)

    I am sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. He was a great guy! I will always remember him telling me stories of all his animals, especially the cat Eugene. Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.

    • Wayne Dean

      Karen, sorry to hear of Tim’s passing you will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks

  3. Shelly Carpenter

    Sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. Prayers to all that will miss him. Cherish the memories.

  4. Rob Linner

    Karen, we are sorry for your loss. Tim was a good man and served the company and his customers well. May God sustain you and the rest of the family in this time of transition. Rob

  5. Don Knispel

    Karen, I’m sorry to hear about Tim’s passing. He really was a great guy. I had worked with him at Deli and recently was communicating on Facebook. So sad

  6. Lisa Engh

    Maureen and family my sincere condolences to you! I’m sending hugs.

  7. Shirley (Kellermann) Paulson


    our sympathy to you at this sad, sad time. Praying for comfort, peace and strength for you.

  8. Ken Haffele

    Karen, so sorry for your loss, Tim hired me at deli express and taught me not only the business but inspired me to be the best I could . He was a great coach and friend and truly cared about the people he was in contact with. It was so nice seeing both of you when I was in lacrosse for business he will be missed by all . Ken

  9. Mary Schmieg

    Karen I’m so sorry to hear about Tim. He was great guy & I loved working with him. He’s the only other person that puts chips on sandwiches the same way I do😊 Hugs, prayers & Love to you & all Tim’s family & friends.


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