CASHTON — Marveline Kelbel, 87, of Cashton passed away with family by her side Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in her home in rural Cashton.

Marveline was born in Hillsboro to August and Agnes (Benish) Jelinek April 28, 1930.

She began her curiosity, love for life and learning at three years of age, with frequent visits to the country school across the road from her parents’ store in White City. This resulted in graduating from high school shortly after her 15th birthday. Her college endeavors were cut short with an extended bout of scarlet fever and diphtheria. A few years later she met her true love, Robert (Bob) Kelbel, and was united in holy matrimony June 11, 1955, at St. John’s Catholic Church at Dilly. Together they farmed the Kelbel family farm until 1990. She was a faithful, active, longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton, and was involved in the Cancer Reach to Recovery program and the Vernon Memorial Hospital board.

Marveline shared many great stories about adventures and hardships during the Depression, including a fire destroying their home, family members serving in World War II and raising a family of five boys on the farm. She will be remembered for her welcoming full course meals, including phenomenal pies, cakes, popcorn balls and Christmas cookies. She loved to sew, quilt, garden and can, and always enjoyed a good laugh, pulling a prank, very late night talks, Scrabble games, scenic drives and outings. Her faith and family meant the world to her and she cherished every moment she had with Bob, her boys, their wives, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all.

Marveline is survived by five sons, Larry (Sharon) of Onalaska, Dennis (Jane) of Shell Lake, Wis., Kevin (Mary) of Mount Horeb, Wis., Tom (Diane) of Onalaska and Scott (Joanie Tyler) of Oregon, Wis.; 11 grandchildren, Jason (Heidi) Kelbel, Jami (Matt) Lyons, Shaenna (Craig) Koffler, April (Chad) Willger, Joey Kelbel, Megan Kelbel, Michael (Nikki Rytkonen) Kelbel, David (Emily) Kelbel, Jeff (Kristi Schmidt) Kelbel, Blair Kelbel and Jessica (Trevor Quinn) Kelbel; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jaxon, Mason, Audrey and Hailey; along with many other relatives, good neighbors and friends.

Marveline was preceded in death by her husband, Bob in 2003; her parents; brother, Bernard Jelinek; and daughter-in-law, Patty Kelbel.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton. Father Michael Klos will officiate. Burial will follow in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Pine Hollow, rural Cashton. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cashton. Visitation will also be held Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

The Torkelson Funeral Home in Cashton will be assisting the family with arrangements. Online Condolences are available at

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