Mary F. ‘Molly’ Bueltel

March 24, 1934 - November 29, 2021

Mary F. “Molly” Bueltel, 87, of La Crosse passed away peacefully on Monday, November 29, 2021, at Gundersen Health System. She was born March 24, 1934, in Benson, Minn., to John and Agnes (Donnelly) Dolan.

Mary Bueltel 2Molly graduated from Benson High School and then worked at a dude ranch in Kansas before earning her bachelor’s degree in education from St. Cloud State University.

Molly worked as a third-grade teacher in Excelsior, MN, prior to her marriage to Paul Bueltel on June 17, 1961, in Danvers, MN. The couple moved to the Bueltel family farm in St. Leo, MN, and then on to Minneapolis, where Paul completed his schooling at Dunwoody before moving the family to La Crosse in 1965. Molly worked as a stay-at-home mom of three children and taught Sunday school. In 1977, she went to work for the Diocese of La Crosse as a secretary until the mid-1980s and was also a Girl Scout leader for multiple years. She then worked as an administrative assistant in a variety of offices for the La Crosse School District for several years until her retirement.

Molly and Paul loved to travel and take cruises. She enjoyed gardening, puzzles, reading and baking.

Molly is survived by her three children, Pat (Tina) Bueltel of La Crosse, Terry (Rick) Rymarz of Prairie du Chien, WI, and Meg (Andy) Bell of Rosemont, MN; four grandsons, Michael Bueltel, Joseph Bueltel, Matthew Bell and Thomas Bell; a sister-in-law, Kitty Dolan of St. Cloud, MN; a brother-in-law, August (Arlean) Bueltel of Savage, MN, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.