Jonel Delaine Niesing, 63, of Suamico WI, went home to the loving arms of Jesus on December 15th 2021. Jonel was born in St. Louis Missouri on December 22, 1957 to Bob and Iris Leipold. She graduated from Parkway North High School, Creve Coeur Missouri in 1976. Despite growing up in the city, Jonel loved the outdoors, participating in Girl Scouts and finding a passion for horses, which led her path to Wisconsin where she graduated from University of Wisconsin, River Falls, with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 1980. In the years following graduation, every endeavor, from sales for Helene Curtis Industries to 15 years as a Pampered Chef consultant, she excelled because of how she built relationships with people. She also shaped childrens lives as a substitute teacher, leading to the pursuit of her teaching certification. Prior to her retirement in 2019 Jonel taught biology for 17 years at Kewaunee High School. Teaching was not just a job to Jonel, it was a ministry. She poured herself into her students both academically and offering wisdom and support as a friend. Students frequently reached out to her years after graduation to thank her for the influence she had on their lives. Above all her favorite students were her two daughters, Hannah and Rachael to whom she has always remained very close to. Jonel’s passion in life has always been about people and relationships. She took interest in and made friends with everyone she met. Her greatest gift was that of being an encourager. Jonel was married to Daniel Niesing on December 22, 2012, her birthday. Jonel and Dan enjoyed going for walks, hiking, camping, playing games, belly laughing at Dan’s silly antics, and fellowshipping and studying God’s Word with other Christian friends. The past three years saw Jonel (Meme) taking great pleasure in her two grandchildren Delaine (Bugsy) and Malakai (Pie).
Jonel is survived by her husband Dan, her mother Iris, two brothers Lee (Cindy) Leipold, and Rich (Cathy) Liepold, two daughters Hannah (Sefah) Agyekum, and Rachael (Jacob) Slotta and two grandchildren Delaine and Malakai.
In a recent letter, Jonel offered the following wisdom: “Keep a soft heart, always look to Jesus for everything and focus on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things! Philippians 4:8.” Jonel was loved and will be missed by all that knew her!
A memorial service will be held at Central Church, Green Bay, WI on Thursday December 30 at 1 p.m. preceded by visitation at 11:30 a.m.