Obituary of William M. Reidel
William M. (Bill) Reidel passed away on June 20, 2022 at 4:45 p.m.. He was born at St. Therese Hospital, Waukegan, IL on March 28, 1941, the oldest son of Viola A. and Lowell M. Reidel. He graduated from St. Gilbert’s Catholic Grade School in 1955 and Grayslake High School in 1959. He then served on active duty in the U.S. Army from December of 1959 until March of 1962. After his discharge from the service, Bill worked for Beneficial Finance Co. until 1964. He was hired by Consumers Cooperative Credit Union in July 1964. He held several positions there prior to being appointed President on January 1, 1979, a position he held for twenty-five years.
Bill was a past Chairman of the Board of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, he served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Cooperative Education and Placement at the College of Lake County, was a member of the Credit Union Executive Society, and a past Chairman the Thomas W. Doig Chapter of the Credit Unions in Lake County. He is also a member of the Credit Union Hall of Fame in Illinois. Bill loved working for the members of the credit union. He always believed credit unions could make a positive difference for them. He always felt helping members was the most important aspect of his responsibilities.
He married Wilma (Jean) Paquin on October 4, 1975. They shared 46 terrific years together. After his retirement, Bill enjoyed spending many great times with Jean. He also kept busy working in his yard, fishing, traveling, helping credit union members, and doing project work for various businesses.
Bill is survived by three daughters and a son, Wendy (Jason) Barrett of Alta Loma, California, John (Kristin) Paquin of Green Cove Springs, Florida, Leslie Paquin of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Deborah (Tom) Snyders of Middleburg, Florida; he leaves 12 terrific grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Roy (Barbara) Reidel; nephews, Matt (Liz) Reidel, Jason (Kristy) Reidel, Adam (Gordon) Reidel; and one niece, Hope Reidel.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lowell M. Reidel, mother Viola A. Reidel, son Jeffrey Scott Paquin, great-grandson Logan Scott Zelen, and great-nephew Gage Barlow.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion, IL from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, June 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Patrick, 15000 W Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth, IL. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Humility Catholic Church, 10655 Wadsworth Rd, Beach Park, IL 60099 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. Please visit the online guest book at www.congdonfuneralhome.com.
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