Bruce W. Ferstl

  • Born: February 27, 1957
  • Died: January 2, 2020
  • Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Murray Funeral & Cremation Services, Beaver Dam

N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Tel. (920) 885-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Bruce W. Ferstl, age 62, of Beaver Dam, died on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family after a four year battle with esophageal cancer.

The memorial gathering will be at Koepsell-Murrary Funeral home in Beaver Dam on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. The memorial service will follow at the funeral home on Thursday at 2:00 pm with Fr. Erick Cassiano officiating.

Bruce William Ferstl was born on February 27, 1957 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin son of Bernard and Eunice ( Zuehlke ) Ferstl. He was raised on the family farm in the town of Calamus. Farm life instilled hard work ethics in Bruce which he passed on to his kids. He attended the Beaver Dam School District and went on to work at John Deere, retiring in 2018. Bruce married the love of his life Gail Marie Bauer on May 12, 1983 in Rockton, Illinois. Bruce and Gail raised two children, Craig and Michelle. There was nothing Bruce couldn't fix or repair. He did many home remodeling projects and helped his children with building their first homes. Bruce could be found in his garage where many family and friends would stop and shoot the breeze. He enjoyed grilling out for his family. In his spare time he enjoyed watching the Packers, Badgers, Bucks, and Brewer games. Bruce enjoyed playing dirty clubs and Euchre, as well as shaking dice at family functions. He enjoyed camping and family time. His family vacation to Hawaii in 2017 was one of his fondest memories. Bruce loved all of his family and especially loved his grandchildren.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Gail: Children Craig ( Holly ) Ferstl and Michelle ( Mathew ) Stephens; Five Grandchildren, Alyson, Natalie, and Chloe Ferstl and Olivia and Owen Stephens; Brothers Richard Ferstl ( Maureen Prunuske ) and Brian ( Lana ) Ferstl; sister, Diana ( Ray ) Pearson; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert, and Ronald and his parents-in-law, Roger and Marilyn Bauer.

The family wants to thank the Beaver Dam oncology staff for all the care that was provided to Bruce these last four years.

Memorials may be made in Bruce Ferstl's name to UW-Carbone Cancer Center or to St. Katharine Drexel Building From Our Belief.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest sympathy to you Gail and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Cheryl Wolfe - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   January 10, 2020

Gail and family, so sorry for your loss. Bruce was good guy. Savor the memories.

Posted by Heidi Kraft Cunningham - CrossPlains, WI - Friend   January 09, 2020

Wish we were there with you. Sending prayers and love to the entire family.

Posted by Cheri & Brent Stange - Kailua Kona, HI - Family Friend   January 09, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time. Bruce was an important part of everyone's lives and he will be missed. Cherish his memory forever.

Posted by Wayne and Sue Carroll - Columbus, WI - Family Friend   January 09, 2020

Gail, Craig and Michelle,
So sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers.
Janet Kraft Bublitz, High School Friend

Posted by Janet Bublitz - Eau Claire, WI - Friend   January 08, 2020

To my twin brother:
We surprised everyone when we came into this world, even the doctor had no clue that there would be two of God's children. Through the years we followed each other's shadows. I cherish all the great times that we had growing up together, the laughter, challenges, and sadness too. These are experiences in our life that only we share together, and I don't regret one minute of it. When I stop to reflect on our lives, we do have a lot in common. We both had amazing parents that stood behind us on our good days and not-so-good days. I also believe that God shined his light down on us when we each found the perfect soulmate. I know that I speak for the both of us when I say we both are very proud of our children and grandchildren (mine later in life) each day of our lives. Yep, Bruce, being twins, we definitely are a lot alike.
Love Ya Bro,
P.S. I'll bring the cards when we meet again

Posted by Brian Ferstl - Beaver Dam, WI - Family   January 08, 2020

Gail and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Dan and Renee Kapitanski - Fox Lake, WI - Coworker   January 08, 2020

So sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. I know this is a difficult time, remembering the good times,being with family are all important. Knowing he is not suffering will be a comfort in time.

Posted by Karen Alderden - Fox Lake, WI - Friend   January 07, 2020

My deepest sympathy to you Gail and family..My prayers are with you at this time.Betty Weeks

Posted by Betty Weeks - BeaverDam, WI - Friend   January 07, 2020

Bruce was a very nice man. We rode school bus together, we were only a year apart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Posted by Kathy Woock (Westphal) - Beaver Dam, WI - friend   January 07, 2020

My deepest sympathy goes out to Brian, Gail and the rest of his family. I am so thankful that his son Craig brought him to a small reunion of friends we had last summer. In spite of everything he was going through, he was the same Bruce that we all knew and loved.

Posted by Scott Omen - Roswell, GA - Classmate   January 07, 2020

Thinking of you all at this difficult time. What a strong man to defy the odds! We have had many work fearful memories and the entire family is in our thoughts and prayers! Our sympathies to Gail and the entire family. Love and hugs. Xoxo

Posted by Amy and Craig Root - Pardeeville, WI - Family Friend   January 07, 2020

Sorry for your loss. We so enjoyed the time camping with you guys.

Posted by Tony and. Cheryl Bonilla - Beaver Dam, WI - Family Friend   January 06, 2020


Our deepest sympathy to the entire Ferstl family. Bruce fought the good fight. We will keep your entire family in our thoughts and prayers. The sorrow you have in your hearts today will eventually turn into sweet memories. Nothing can take your memories away. God's Blessings to all of you. Gail, I wish I could give you a big hug.

Posted by Ann & John Binotto - Green Valley, AZ - Family Friend   January 05, 2020

So sorry for your lost our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Posted by Tammy & Mike Paschke - Waupun, WI - Friend   January 05, 2020

Our sincere condolences & prayers for the family. We pray God has his arms around you - to help comfort you in his passing .
Hugs from us to you.

Posted by Jeff & Kathy Mallon - Clermont, FL - Coworker   January 05, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. My heartfelt condolences to the Ferstl family. Thoughts and prayers to all.

Posted by Sherri (Thorn) Peschl - Tallahassee, FL - Family Friend   January 04, 2020


I am so very saddened by the news of Bruce's passing. He was such a great guy. One works hard their whole life looking forward to a time when they can retire and spend time doing things they enjoy. It is disheartening when our loved ones are taken before their time. Bruce will always be close to us in heart and will be missed dearly by those whose lives he touched. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

Posted by Jackie Straseske - Horicon, WI - Coworker   January 04, 2020

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Craig, Thank you for bringing your Dad out to see the old gang! He will be missed by All.