Roland "Rollie" K. Hebeler
December 10, 1946 - August 3, 2016
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St. Mary Catholic Church, Menasha
528 Second Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Saturday 8/27, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Wichmann Funeral Home-Laemmrich Chapel
312 Milwaukee Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Friday 8/26, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service
St. Mary Catholic Church-Menasha
528 Second Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Saturday 8/27, 11:00 am
Wichmann Funeral Home-Laemmrich Chapel
312 Milwaukee Street
Menasha, WI 54952

On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Rollie Hebeler left for a place that we can only dream and believe in. Rollie was born on December 10, 1946 in Appleton to the late Joseph G. and Adrienne (Reider) Hebeler. He graduated from Xavier High School in Appleton in 1965 and went on to earn his Bachelors Degree…

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Jean McKnight left a message on August 28, 2016:
My heartfelt condolences. Rollie touched so many lives and I am forever grateful that he, and in fact all of the Hebeler family, have had such a positive impact on all of the members of my family. Singing, theatre, church, Nicolet, MHS, just such wonderful positive memories. One of the pictures I call to mind when I think of Rollie is when he would come and sit in the pit in the kindergarten at Nicolet and teach my 29 kindergarteners their music lessons. His gentle spirit just captured their attention and he was able to get them to do just about anything. I often would just sit and watch him teach. A master teacher at all levels, children to adult. His wonderful spirit lives on in so, so many. Love and blessings through forever and ever, Jean
Stephannie Keller left a message on August 26, 2016:
Mr. Hebeler, you gave me the confidence to sing out loud and proud when I didn't have it in myself. I have so many fond memories of all of the different choir groups I was in over the years. You pushed me and have me opportunities to do parts I never would have tried to do. You helped grow my passion for music that I still carry with me today. I know it has been many years since we have seen each other, but I always carried part of you with me....That voice in my head telling me to sing from my gut and hit those notes! Love you Mr. Hebeler, you will always be such a major part of my life. I hope you are singing with that beautiful choir in the sky. R.I.P.
Norma Czarnik left a message on August 14, 2016:
Dear Mary and family May you know God's peace at this time of sorrow. What a great guy. Rollie not only accompanied on the piano but also in time became the director of Chaminade Women's chorus. At many times there were 50 to 60 or more women under his spell. Try as he might to keep silence as he was directing, some times it seemed impossible. He just kept going and the master of music was able to get a wonderful group of women, who loved him, to present a great concert. Rollie you now have the angels under your spell. And God is listening and says, great job my good and faithful servant. PS. Say hi to Tony for me.....Love Norma
LuAnn Miller left a message on August 14, 2016:
Love and prayers to the Hebeler family. I had the privilege of being a member of his first chorus of 15 at St Mary's High school. He sang at my wedding and my fathers funeral. He will be greatly missed.
Margie Groeber left a message on August 12, 2016:
My thoughts and prayers are with you Mary and family. Rollie was truly "one-of-a-kind". Never to be forgotten.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Bob and Mary Samz left a message on August 12, 2016:
Lots of love, thoughts, prayers and sympathy going out to you Mary, Sarah and Nick. Rollie was a special person and will be sadly missed
Dawn Petro left a message on August 10, 2016:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. While there is nothing that can take the sting of death away, may you find some comfort in God’s promise to one day, “swallow up death forever” (Isaiah 25:8) and to “wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Revelation 21:4). Even more comforting is to know God will have “all those in the memorial tombs come out” free of sickness and pain. (John 5:28,29) To learn more, click/type the following link to read or listen to the Bible’s answer to the question “Can the Dead Really Live Again?”: tinyurl.com/mezwv23 and tinyurl.com/hr5gcmg. May this help you cope until that time comes.
Patti (Rohe) Van Zeeland left a message on August 8, 2016:
Wow, this makes me so sad. You know when people say that a teacher made a difference in their lives? Well that teacher for me was Rollie Hebeler. He saw something in me that I didn't know I had. When he cast me in a play, I wasn't sure how it would go. He opened up a whole new world for me. To this day I love music and theater, all because of this talented man. God must have needed a pianist in heaven. It has been 40 years since I have been at SMC, but I still would think of him often. RIP Rollie, you will be missed. Hugs to the family.
Debbie Thompson left a message on August 7, 2016:
I enjoyed listening to Rollie's playing and his beautiful choirs at St. Mary's. Now he can watch his family while playing and singing in Heaven! May God hold his family in the palm of His hand.
Sommer Johnson-Loar left a message on August 7, 2016:
"Look around you. There isn't a life in this room that you have not touched, and each of us is a better person because of you. We are your symphony, we are the melodies and notes of your opus. We are the music of your life" - Mr. Hollands Opus. Rest with the angels and the music in Heaven and know that you have made a difference- a true, passionate and unbelievable difference in every life you touched in your lifetime.
Erick James Gyrion left a message on August 7, 2016:
This man made my highschool career bearable and he always taught me to have something to look forward to. RIP Mr. Hebeler! You were such a wonderful man.
Bruce C. Nufer left a message on August 7, 2016:
A good friend and neighbor for over 35 years. I had the pleasure of serving on a church committee with him for years and his was the voice of reason, wisdom and kindness. He was the influential music teacher for both our daughters and earned the respect of all who knew him. His piano playing in church was perfect and when he played the organ, he could make the hair stand up on your neck. Deepest sympathy to Mary, Sarah and Nick.
Karen (Harris) Griffin left a message on August 6, 2016:
So sorry for your loss. I hope the family can find peace through this difficult time. I had Mr. Hebeler as a Choir teacher all 4 years of high school. He was the best teacher at Menasha High School. He was a no-nonsense kind of teacher and I respected him for that. As did the rest of his students. Rest In Peace Mr. Hebeler... you will be greatly missed !
Amber left a message on August 6, 2016:
Deepest sympathies... I will remember your contributions and your kindness for a lifetime! You touched the lives of so many students...even if you didn't teach them directly in your class. You are the role model and jolly guy so many times brought a smile to my face. Thank you for all your years of service.
Peter m kimball left a message on August 6, 2016:
I know that Rollie,has touched the hearts of many,and will be missed ,my prayers will be for Him and his Family during this difficult time
Allen Chouinard left a message on August 6, 2016:
Dear Family of Rollie, Rollie was the music teacher at St. Mary's until I was a junior in high school and he was a great friend during that time as well as the best teacher. He tried very hard to teach me to sing but we both realized that I couldn't hit a note to save my soul. With all the kindness of his soul, he made me his sound and lighting guy for the swing choirs and musicals. We had a great time working together at that time. Over the years I'd stop back to see him in the organ loft at church when ever I was home to visit. It could have been many years between visits and he always had a smile and heart felt hello for me. He was a wonderful caring man. Rest in peace Rollie!
Bill Sepnafski left a message on August 6, 2016:
We are a little out of tune with his passing. Always a smile to share and a funny story to tell. He will be missed by all. Our condolences.
Karen DesJarlais left a message on August 6, 2016:
I can't forget Rollie's gentle way with students and how they loved performing with and for him. He'd say what needed to be said and kids responded to him. He brought out the best. His smile was a reflection of the joy he found in music and in people. Mary, Nick, Sarah, thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat Arnold left a message on August 6, 2016:
Deepest sympathy to the entire Hebeler family. Rollie will always be remembered as a very talented and compassionate co-worker. He will be greatly missed by many. Love and prayers to all
Jim Kucksdorf left a message on August 6, 2016:
Really sorry to hear. Remember when Rollie's students mistook me for hI'm at S & E.
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Don and Pat Schlack left a message on August 6, 2016:
So sorry for your loss. God's blessing for you and your family. Rest in peace Rolley!
Gary and Judy Howe left a message on August 6, 2016:
So sorry for your loss to all of you. We enjoyed being your neighbors so much.
Carrie Cooper left a message on August 6, 2016:
I don't know what to say that no one hasn't already said. Mr Hebeler was one of the greatest choir teachers that I ever had. He taught me so much about singing and music that made me love it even more. He would always push me to open up and let out what I had inside me. You will be missed dearly and to the family you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Tom Westermeyer left a message on August 6, 2016:
As a principal I was privileged to work with Rollie. He was a great teacher and a person of high dedication and principle. His support for his students was exceptional and his attitude set a fine example for others. Having a conversation with Rollie always made your day better. He was a wonderful teacher,Dad and husband.
Randy Zentner, former Oshkosh North Vocal Music director left a message on August 6, 2016:
Thoughts & prayers to the Huebler family... Long time friend and music colleague. Always put the students first.
David Pozolinski left a message on August 6, 2016:
Mary, my thoughts and prayers go out to you, Sarah, Nick, and your entire family. Rollie was my teacher, mentor, and friend. He will truly be missed.
Becky White left a message on August 6, 2016:
So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of sorrow.
Linda Stanton Grunska left a message on August 6, 2016:
I'm so sad to hear this news. He was one of my favorite teachers at St Mary Central. As a member of choir, St Mary Singers, and church choir way back when. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Maryanne Friedrichs Christensen left a message on August 6, 2016:
I am very sorry for your family's loss. Mr.Hebeler was our first choir teacher at SMHS. He took a choir of 15 girls in 1970-71 and grew it to a mixed chorus of 94 students only 2 years later. I'll not forget his kindness! May his soul rest in peace.
Jane Sturn left a message on August 6, 2016:
Mary and family, so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
Nicky Arnold left a message on August 6, 2016:
A wonderful and inspirational man with a great heart...he will be missed by many
Rita Page left a message on August 6, 2016:
He was a wonderful man.
Trish left a message on August 6, 2016:
RoRoie got me to sing at Mass again. He was so easy going and great with kids! I will miss him
Jilliam left a message on August 6, 2016:
I met Rollie when I sang at my Grandfathers funeral during the ceremony at Church. When he played the piano I felt so supported at the keys with his innate musicality. He was a true talent. The world just lost a very kind man, and talented musician. Goodbye, Rollie. Thank you for briefly crossing my path, and for everything you taught me in our short time together. I hope your rehearsals are going well up in heaven.
Robin W Jones left a message on August 6, 2016:
there are no lyrics......
Robin Taves-Reetz left a message on August 6, 2016:
My deepest sympathy to Mary & the family. I was shocked to see this. Mr.Hebeler was the best of the best. He will be greatly missed.
Randy Zentner, former Oshkosh North HS Vocal Music Diector left a message on August 6, 2016:
Thoughts and prayers to the Hebeler family...Long time friend, music educator and colleague. Rollie always put the students first
Bob Pawelkiewicz left a message on August 6, 2016:
Rollie was a great man in so many ways...teaching colleague, friend, artist, mentor, eternal optimist, husband, father...and I am sad that part of him is gone. But he is the kind of man who left so much behind in the lives he touched and in the music he made. I am blessed to have spent time with him. "To live in mankind is far more than to live in a name." He made everyone who knew him better. God bless!
Joan Bruce left a message on August 6, 2016:
Rollie's warmth, kindness, and musicality built a classroom where each student had his own light. I was honored to work with him and experience his friendship. God bless you Rollie. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Dottie Friedrichs Terryn left a message on August 6, 2016:
So sorry to hear this. He was such an inspiration to many, even me, letting me be in chorus when I clearly could not sing. Condolences to his family.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Xeng Moua left a message on August 6, 2016:
My condolences to the family. I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Hebler for my music teacher in high school right before he retired. He was an amazing man and musician!
Wendy and Michael Fischer left a message on August 6, 2016:
Mary and family, We are so sorry to hear about Rollie's passing. He was such a kind and caring soul, sharing his musical gifts with us all. May the good Lord welcome his servant into heaven and give your family the comfort you seek. With love and prayers-
Rose Broadway left a message on August 6, 2016:
My sincere sympathy to Rollie's family. He was always so pleasant and caring. He brought out the best in my children. He is having a great time in heaven, but will be sorely missed here on earth.
Tim Foster left a message on August 6, 2016:
Sorry to hear about Mr. Hebeler passing away, he was a great teacher to all his students I had him for my last two years of the high school choir. My thoughts are with the Hebeler family!
Bobbi Miller left a message on August 6, 2016:
2016 has been a terrible year for losing musical idols. I found out today that my very first musical idol and mentor passed away...Roland Hebeler, or "Hebes" as he was lovingly called. He was my high school music teacher at MHS, and was so beloved by so many. How do you memorialize a man who literally changed the path of your life? I'm not sure if I'd have ever followed my musical muse if he hadn't encouraged it every step of the way. So glad I got to share the same earth with him for a while. RIP Hebes. Much love to your family, friends, former students and colleagues.
Karen Ulrich-Hovey left a message on August 6, 2016:
I am so sorry for your loss. God bless.
Mary Coonen Linehan left a message on August 6, 2016:
I loved having Rollie Hebeler as a choir teacher and musical director at St. Mary's Central. Wonderful man. My condolences to his family!
Kim Janken. Tenor and manager at Manderfields Home Bakery in Menasha left a message on August 6, 2016:
I had the pleasure of singing Ave Marie on a few occasions with Rollie at the piano! I will always remember those times we spent together. My prayers are with the family, especially my dear friend Sarah!
Chuck Friedrichs left a message on August 6, 2016:
I remember the day he started at St. Mary when I was in 4th grade. Since then he was the most positive musical influence in my life. I could not have imagined school from then on without Rollie's smile and creative energy!
Lewis Malczewski left a message on August 6, 2016:
I am sadden to find out that Mr. Hebeler passed away! He is one of the reasons I am an educator today. He made High School awesome! We will always have our many wonderful memories!
Karin Kilishek left a message on August 6, 2016:
This awesome man was such a great influence on my life. He will truly be missed and I am so blessed to have been mentored and taught by him. Thank you Rollie.
Kay Martin left a message on August 6, 2016:
As a friend and neighbor since 1969, I will miss him. My sincere condolences to Mary, Sarah and Nick. Blessings,
Steve and Jessica Thomaschefsky left a message on August 5, 2016:
Sorry for your loss. Such a bright light in this world.
Mandy & Jennifer left a message on August 5, 2016:
Such an amazing man. He made a huge impact on all of his students. We send our love & prayers.
Richard and Jean DeKleyn left a message on August 5, 2016:
So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful person!
Cory rogers left a message on August 5, 2016:
Such an inspiration, he will be missed.
Erin (Smith) Hetherington left a message on August 5, 2016:
Mr. Hebeler was the best choir teacher. He was always so kind and caring. He will be missed dearly and never forgotten.
Forest Franzoi left a message on August 5, 2016:
Rollie was always so kind to myself and my family. I have very fond memories of him at St. Mary's and was lucky enough that he was able to play at my wedding, which was very special to me. Rest in peace, Rollie.
Chuck Nitschke left a message on August 5, 2016:
My heart was touched by his kindness, and my life forever alteref by his belief in me... Thank you Mr. Hebler... This vocal warm up is for you !!! "MANY MUMBLING MICE, ARE MAKING MIDNIGHT MUSIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, MIGHTY NICE"...
Amie left a message on August 5, 2016:
He was a wonderful man who made an impact on many lives.
Jessica left a message on August 5, 2016:
My thoughts and prayers with the family. I had Mr. Healer as a teacher. Some of my fondest memories were from his class.
A.L. left a message on August 5, 2016:
Rollie loved life as much serving serving people. Rest in peace, Rollie - my only regret is not being quite able to talk you into belting out the beginning to Inagodadavida on St.Mary's pipe organ!
Kim mattison left a message on August 5, 2016:
He made school so much fun. He will be greatly missed.
Theresa Schroeder left a message on August 5, 2016:
Loved having him for a choir teacher. May he rest in peace and prayers to his family.
Shawn Gartzke left a message on August 5, 2016:
My favorite MHS teacher and a wonderful human being... He won't soon be forgotten.
David Geiger left a message on August 5, 2016:
I am very sorry for your loss. Rollie was a wonderful teacher and a good friend.
Deana sarnowski left a message on August 5, 2016:
Mr hebeler was a wonderful man and an awesome teacher. He will be missed.
Carl Mueller left a message on August 5, 2016:
A wonderful man and tirelessly positive influence on many more than me.
janis Johnson left a message on August 5, 2016:
Sending prayers. So sorry for your loss. I will miss him. He made me believe that i could do anything
Ann (Plier) Pfundtner left a message on August 5, 2016:
To Rollie's family... We are so very sorry for your loss and know your hearts are so heavy right now. We hope that our words bring you some peace in knowing how loved and respected Rollie was to countless people over the years. He was such an amazing mentor to us kids, most of us now adults, who have such fond memories of Rollie's giving heart, exceptional musical talent and the kind human being that he was. Rollie played at our wedding 26 years ago and had such a positive influence on me and my daughter's over the years! May you rest in peace Rollie...God Bless you!! ‚ô°
Ron left a message on August 5, 2016:
You were my music teacher in high school and was the musical director when I was in the play Godspell at Riverside Park. you are one of my favorite memories and one of my favorite teachers from my high school days And thanks for playing at my mother's funeral . Rip Ron Lindberg mhs 1980
Darci DeMeio left a message on August 5, 2016:
Rollie is singing with a choir of angels. So sorry for your loss.
Raymond Wyngaard left a message on August 5, 2016:
Mr. Hebeler was an Awesome Teacher... With being the only boy in an all girl choir he taught me many things with trying to blend in with the rest of the choir... You will be Missed Sir... Rest in Peace
Melissa Mader left a message on August 5, 2016:
The best teacher I had! He truly loved music and all of his students. Thoughts and prayers for you all.
Kim Woldt left a message on August 5, 2016:
So sorry to hear of your recent loss.Your father was a wonderful man, teacher and musician. We never received so many compliments on the music at our wedding as when he played so beautifully at St. Mary's. Thinking of you Sarah and family.
The LaFaive Family left a message on August 5, 2016:
A beautiful soul has entered heaven. Our family sends our condolences to your family. May God wrap his arms around you during this difficult time.
Brandi Beach left a message on August 5, 2016:
He was a wonderful teacher! He gave me confidence in myself to do what I didn't think I could. Condolences to the family.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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