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In Memory of Cole Birkel


10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday November 26, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 pm
Friday November 26, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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Cole Anthony Birkel, age 36, of Ellsworth passed away suddenly at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Cole was born on September 14, 1985 to Tony and Jodie Birkel in Red Wing, Minnesota.  He attended St. Francis Catholic School and graduated from Ellsworth High School in 2004. Cole was employed at S.B. Foot Tanning Company in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Cole was a free-spirited individual who loved music, playing his guitar, his body art (tattoos), and enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching movies and going to concerts. Cole loved to joke around, make people laugh and smile with his sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Memories of Cole will be held in our hearts forever.

Cole is survived by his parents: Jodie Birkel (Randy Deiss), and Tony and Roxy Birkel; siblings: Andy (Madeline) Birkel, Matt (Megan) Birkel, Whitney (Jason O’Neil); nieces and nephews: Ava, Roman, Raleigh Birkel; Savannah, and Lillian Birkel; Avery and Kehan O’Neil; grandmother, Dorothy Boleen. Along with many Aunts, Uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dale and Lila Birkel and Melvin Boleen.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth at 12:00 p.m. Friday, November 26, 2021 with Father David Olson officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the start of Mass. The service will be livestreamed to: https://youtu.be/OxReIEz7v3E Interment will be in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Ellsworth, WI. Following the service there will be a Celebration of Life for Cole at Ridgetop in Prescott, Wisconsin.

Services are entrusted to O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth, www.oconnellfuneralservices.com, 715-273-4421

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  • We have so many wonderful memories of Cole. We always felt he was part if our family. Had a great time with him at Oelker Cabin and always made us laugh. He was one of a kind that we will truly miss beyound words.

  • I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers for God’s peace to help you get through this tragic time.

  • Sorry sorry for your loss. Cole and the boys grew up together and spent may hours at each others houses. They played in almost every sport thru the years. Your family is our prayers. Allan, Teresa, Christopher and Shawn

  • Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of your son Cole.
    Our prayers and hugs are with you all at this extremely
    difficult time. Lean on those you love at times like these.
    Praying for strength for you all on the days ahead. Love you

  • I am an old friend of Tony and I just wanted to send out my condolences to all of Cole’s family and friends. From what I have read about Cole, he will be deeply missed.

  • I will always remember Cole as the silly free spirited boy who sat in my fifth grade classroom thinking of the next joke he could play on someone. I am grateful for the many times I have seen him this past year, and the catching up we were able to do during those visits. He sure was able to make a person laugh and I will forever be engrain with that boyish grin that when you saw it, you knew he was up to something. Remember Cole with good memories and funny stories, just the way he would want to be remembered. My condolences to his family and may he live on through each if you! We are all blessed in having known him!🙏