Daniel "Dan"'s Story

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Daniel Peter "Dan" Wensel, of Hermitage, died at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday (10-24-17) at St. John XXIII Home, Hermitage, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 73.
Dan was born Feb. 25, 1944, in Sharon to Carl and Mary Ann (Ginther) Wensel.
He was a 1963 graduate of Hickory High School.
He worked at National Castings in Sharon for 18 years; at Boak & Sons as a roofer for over 20 years; and delivered papers in the Sharon area.
He was a life member of Oakland Avenue Methodist Church.
He served in the Marine Corps as a sergeant during the Vietnam War.
Dan was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Scottish Rite in New Castle; Kedron Lodge 389; Shenango Valley Clusters; Farrell Saxon Club; and the roofers' union.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, traveling, cutting trees, cooking, game dinners, and going to the farm of his uncle in St. Marys, Pa. for the summers. He spent winters in Largo, Fla., with wife and cousin Barbara (Roy) Zullinger.
Dan was the first to offer help to family, friends or unknown persons that needed help, and was a friend to all who knew him. His smile and blue eyes will always be remembered. Dan was such a beautiful soul, always making jokes, eating all the food and making sure there was none left behind. He always knew how to get a smile out of everyone with his witty jokes. He was truly an exceptional person who touched all, and was always the fun person to be around. He will be missed dearly.
On July 7, 2007, Dan married the former Marilyn Williams, who survives at home. Also surviving are a son, Christopher Wensel (Tish) of Transfer,; a sister-in-law, Barbara Wensel of Oakland, Calif.; a brother, Paul Wensel (Delores) of Dexter, Mich.; James Wensel (MaryAnn) of St. Marys, Pa; nephews and nieces Melanie (Mike) Birgy, Gary (Mandy) Forrester, Brian Forrester, Sharon (Cimnaron) Taylor, Cindy (Bruce) Lindauer, Matt (Ann) Wensel, Craig (Michele) Wensel, Damien Wensel, Richard (Marsha) Williams, Mark Wensel, Michael Wensel, Sally (Alan) Shannon, Lynn (Cecil) Reid, Kayla Williams, Kyle Williams, Steven Wensel, and Mark and Shelly Williams who were also Dan's caretakers; 10 great-nephews and nieces; and nine great-great nephews and nieces. He also is survived by two friends who were like brothers, Lee (Carol) Swartz and Michael (Ellen) Sirchoman, plus too many close friends to name but each was special to Dan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lee Wensel; a sister, Linda Forrester; and a nephew, John Wensel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Oakland Avenue Methodist Church, 192 N. Oakland Ave., Sharon, PA 16146.

Daniel Peter "Dan," 73, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 4 to 5 p.m. Friday (10-27-17) in the Oakland Avenue Methodist Church, 192 N. Oakland Ave., Sharon. Friends may sign guestbook at www.flynnfuneralhome.com
Memorial service: 5 p.m. Friday in the church with Pastor Joe Yurko Jr. officiating
Arrangements and cremation by JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.
Published on October 25, 2017
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