A Funeral Mass will be held at noon, Friday, Jan. 17, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Stevens Point. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Caledonia, Minn.
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the Mass.
Memorials may be made to St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Stevens Point; Church of St. Mary, Caledonia, Minn.; Humane Society of Portage County; or the UWSP Scholarship Fund – G. Hendel – Dietetics.
Boston Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Ms. Hendel was born March 12, 1933 in Caledonia, Minn., a daughter of the late George and Hilda (Thill) Hendel. She graduated from Loretto High School in 1954.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, Minn., and received a master’s degree and doctorate in food science and nutrition from the University of Minnesota.
She was an associate professor and chair of the Department of Home Economics at the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minn. From 1971 until her retirement in 1995, she was a professor of food and nutritional science at UWSP and served as head of the Graduate Nutritional Science Program.
She volunteered her professional skills as consulting dietitian at St. Anne’s Hospital in Winona and for the Portage County Department of Aging Nutrition Program.
She focused much of her time before and after retirement, using her skills for St. Stanislaus Church and the La Crosse Diocese, becoming a lay minister in 1985 and certified spiritual director in 1992. She was a leader of prayer in the parish and a Eucharist minister, and she taught an Old Testament course for teacher certification.
Survivors include one brother, George (Mary Jane) Hendel; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Hendel; four nieces, Katy (Dewayne) Ullsperger, Anne (Steven) Selness, Julie (Ron) Hendel-Bahr and Elizabeth Hendel; two nephews, Karl Hendel and Matt (Pam) Hendel; and nine great-nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Harold Hendel; one nephew, Peter Hendel; and one niece, Greta (Hendel) Ingvalson.