Monday, January 14th, 2019 - 4:00PM to 8:00PM, with a 7:30PM Rosary
Thorp Funeral Home
110 W. School Street
Thorp, WI 54771
Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 - 10:30AM
St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church
111 N. Church Street
Thorp, WI 54771
Visitation will also be held at the church, on Tuesday, from 9:30AM until time of service.
CHARLENE M. "CHAR" HAAS, age 58, of Thorp, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Dove Healthcare West, in Eau Claire, WI. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Thorp. Rev. Baskaran Sandhiyagu will officiate and burial will follow in East Thorp Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Travis Kostick, Joel Zacho, Ryan Haas, Kyle Ogle, Andy Salzgeber and Jesse Salzgeber. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Thorp Funeral Home from 4pm to 8pm, with a 7:30pm rosary service. Visitation will also be held on Tuesday, at the church, from 9:30am until time of service.
Charlene Marie Hempelman was born on October 7, 1960 at Victory Memorial Hospital, in Stanley, to Thomas R. and Alice (Kostick) Hempelman. She was raised and received her education in Thorp, graduating from Thorp High School in 1979. Char then attended Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, receiving an Associates Degree in Business Administration. After completing her education, she worked in the office at the fertilizer plant in Thorp, and later as a tax accountant. She was united in marriage to Michael J. Haas on October 20, 1984 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in Thorp. Char then worked at Raber Foods, in Thorp, and Del's Surge, in Owen, as an office administrator. In 1998, she went to work for Haas Sons, Inc. in Thorp, as their office administrator, where she was employed until the time of her death.
She had many interests, but she especially enjoyed gardening, scrapbooking, crafting and relaxing at the family cottage at Lake Holcombe.
Char was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church and its Parish Council of Catholic Women.
She is survived by her husband, Michael, of Thorp; three sisters: Judy (Dennis) Salzgeber of Owen, Billie Jo (Bernie) Hempelman of Jump River and Amy Ogle of Cocoa Beach, FL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Char was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Michael S. Hempelman; her paternal grandparents: Ralph and Avis Hempelman; her maternal grandparents: John and Helen Kostick; one nephew: Kelsey Hagenson; and one niece: Valentina Schueler.