Wolfgang Dressel

April 2, 1928February 14, 2013

Marengo—Wolfgang E. Dressel, 84, of Marengo passed away February 14, 2013 at his home.

He was born April 2, 1928 in Germany to Gustav and Emma (Apelt) Dressel. Wolfgang moved to Chicago in 1954. He married Clara Walter on March 12, 1955 in Chicago.

Wolfgang spent his life as a tool & die maker. He was an avid traveler. He traveled all over Europe and the United States, showing his family as much of the world as he could. He was a huge supporter of his grandchildren’s sporting events. In Marengo, he and his wife were known as the #1 fans. He was known by many as “Opa.” He was a beloved husband, father, and Opa, and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Clara; his daughters, Anita (John Nebel) Squillo and Monica (Steve) Overlee; his daughter-in-law, Christine Dressel; his grandchildren, Jenna Overlee, Justin Squillo, Abbey Overlee, and Alec Squillo; his sister, Margot (the late Fritz) Grassl; his brother-in-law, Georg (the late Katie) Walter; and his sister-in-law, Erika (Hans) Höehener.

He was preceded in death by his son, Nickolaus; and his parents.

Services for Wolfgang will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, IL 60010.

Arrangements were entrusted to Marengo-Union Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at For information call the funeral home at 815-568-8131.


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Joy Broadhurst

March 14, 2013

Dear Monica and Family,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful father. I remember loving to hear the fluent German at the old house in Chicago and your daddy trying to keep you and Anita in line. Please know that I am so sorry for your loss and am thinking of you always. Much love and sympathy in your tremendous loss.

Cheryl Hagge

February 19, 2013

Dear Monica,
My deepest sympathies to you and your family for your loss. Your father was the epitome of old world charm, and always made guests feel welcome in his home.

Dave Copnall

February 19, 2013

Both Olanda and I have known Wolfgang since we worked together at American Pfauter in Elk Grove, our condolences go out to the whole family.

Brad Dodds

February 17, 2013

Gonna miss him - can't wait to have a beer and shot with him in heaven some day.

Jon Bishop

February 17, 2013

I first met Wolfgang when I came to work at American Pfauter Corp. in Elk Grove Village in the early 80's. I was the first American machine tool builder to be hired at the predominently German Gear company. I was new to the job and fairly green in my experience, as well as newly married. One of my first assignments was to assist Wolfgang in the repair/rebuild of an older model Pfauter gear hobber that had been damaged in transit. I could not have had a better teacher than Wolfgang, his patience and friendly attitude was a blessing for me and his acceptance of me led the way to my becoming a member in good standing with my fellow employees. Over the years at Pfauter we had great times and shared many experiences both good and bad. When Pfauter moved to Rockford, Wolfgang was one of the first to re-locate. Since his retirement I have run into him only occasionally at some get together or another, but I found him to always be the same old friend as if we had just seen each other the day before. I was greatly saddened to hear of his passing and count him as one of the best men I have ever worked with and had the honor to have called him my friend.

Robert Nebel

February 16, 2013

Ann & I offer our condolences on the passing of your Husband, Father. We will keep Him in our thoughts and prayers and believe that he is in a better place. We certainly enjoyed the time that we were able to spend with him during family gatherings. He was a wnderful, loving and caring man.
May he rest in peace.

Robert Nebel

February 16, 2013

Ann and I offer our condolences and prayers to you all. We certainly enjoyed your Father when we aere able to spend time with Him at family gatherings. May He rest in peace in the bosom of the Lord.
Love to you all, Bob & Ann