Harrell Funeral Home of Austin
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Denis Michael Fandel, 75, of Austin, Texas passed away on March 07, 2022
in South Austin Hospital, after a short and unexpected illness. He was born
on May 10, 1946 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin to Richard Michael and Mildred
Haasl Fandel... Read More
Denis Michael Fandel, 75, of Austin, Texas passed away on March 07, 2022
in South Austin Hospital, after a short and unexpected illness. He was born
on May 10, 1946 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin to Richard Michael and Mildred
Haasl Fandel. He was the ninth of thirteen children and the fourth son.
Denis graduated from Ladysmith High School in 1964, where he lettered in
football, basketball and baseball. He attended college at the University of
Wisconsin Eau Claire, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics
with a minor in Physics in May of 1969. He lettered in basketball in college.
He also was active in choir and belonged to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
While in college, working as an orderly at Luther Hospital, he met and later
married Cheryl Ann Lunke, a registered nurse, on June 14, 1969. They were
blessed with being married for 52 wonderful years.
On July 01, 1969, Denis joined IBM in Hopewell Junction, New York as a
Production Analyst, and he and Cheryl moved to Poughkeepsie, New York.
He spent the next 14 years in numerous professional and managerial positions,
planning production for the East Fishkill, New York, manufacturing complex.
In 1983, he transferred to the Harrison, New York headquarters to manage
the division's worldwide supply of chips for all IBM hardware manufacturing.
After 2 years, he transferred to Essex Junction, Vermont to work as Senior
Marketing Analyst to model internal strategic demand for the division. For
the next 13 years, Denis held various planning positions within the marketing.
manufacturing and financial areas managing IBM worldwide manufacturing
supply for circuit devices. In 1998, Denis was assigned by IBM to International
Sematech in Austin, Texas, as a Productivity Analyst to evaluate trends of the
semiconductor industry. He retired from IBM in 2001, after a 32-year career,
to join Sematech, from which he retired in 2011.
Denis' interests were travel, golf, football (especially the Green Bay Packers),
lighthouses, historical sites, dogs (Westies), and Drum and Bugle Corps.
Denis and Cheryl are members of Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas.
While Denis and Cheryl have no children, they were blessed with many
wonderful siblings, relatives, special nieces and nephews, godchildren, friends,
neighbors and pet dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother
Thomas, and brother-in-law Roy Johnson. He is survived by his wife Cheryl
Fandel, of Austin, Texas.
Denis is also survived by his 11 siblings:
Elizabeth (Roy) Johnson of Superior, WI, Richard (Sondra) Fandel
of Rockford, IL, Margaret (Will) Ferry of Madison, WI, Sylvia Fandel of
Daly City, CA, Sr Cecelia Fandel of Ladysmith, WI, Harold Fandel
of Waukesha, WI, Joan (Jim) Klemko of Kokomo, IN, Patrick (Bonnie)
Fandel of Forest Lake, MN, Mary (Peter) Cumiskey of Big Bend, WI,
Rita (Norman) Regnier of Washburn, WI, Julianne (Carl) Nyberg of
Altoona, WI. He is also survived by his brother-in-law (Cheryl's brother)
and wife, Dr Roger & Rena Lunke of San Antonio, Texas.
A graveside service with burial of ashes will be held at a future date in Rest
Haven Cemetery in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
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