CHANDLER, Ariz. — Jeffrey “Jeff” R. Kamla, 55, of Chandler and formerly of La Crosse died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in his home in Chandler.

He was born Sept. 23, 1960, in La Crosse, Wis., to Joachim “Jim” and Cornelia “Cornie” (Narloch) Kamla. He married Julie Hesselberg Sept. 25, 1982, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bangor, Wis.

Jeff graduated in 1979, from Aquinas High School, and over time became an excellent craftsman, excelling at woodworking and remodeling. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, even while being surrounded by Arizona Cardinal Fans. Jeff very much enjoyed spending time with his family, and looked forward to watching his two grandsons grow up. He also enjoyed his job in Arizona very much, and took great pride in it.

He is survived by one son, Adam (Jamie Kremer) Kamla of La Crosse; and his daughter, Amie (Brad) Hafner of Plover, Wis.; two grandsons, Hendrix Kamla and Lincoln Hafner; his mother, Cornelia “Cornie” Kamla of La Crosse; one sister, Mary (Don) Stein of San Antonio, Fla.; and three brothers, Michael (Sandy) Kamla of Rochester, Minn., Steven (Kat) Kamla of Onalaska, Wis., and Gregory (Joyce) Kamla of Sugarland, Texas. He is further survived by many other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joachim “Jim” Kamla.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, in the Marian Chapel, 530 Main St., La Crosse, Wis. The Rev. Jeffrey Hennes will officiate, with inurnment to be held in the Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse, Wis. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. at Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home, 1501 West Ave. South, La Crosse, Wis. Family and friends may also call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass Friday, at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral.

Online condolences may be made at www.blaschkeschneider.com.

Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association.

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