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In Memory of Monty Cassellius

Gathering of Family and Friends

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Friday January 21, 2022
Chippewa Valley Church
1805 Goff Ave.
Eau Claire WI, 54701

Memorial Service

1:00 pm
Friday January 21, 2022
Chippewa Valley Church
1805 Goff Ave.
Eau Claire WI, 54701

Monty Joseph Cassellius, age 49, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully January 6, 2022 at the Park View Home in Woodville. Monty was born on November 13, 1972 in Rockford, IL to David and Vicki Cassellius. He was valedictorian of his graduating class at the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped in Janesville, WI. Monty continued his education by earning a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Illinois State University in Normal, IL, before moving to Richmond, VA and taking a customer service job with Capital One. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in 2008 from the University of Louisville in Special Education/Assistive Technology. A few months after earning his Master’s degree, Monty began experiencing cardiac issues causing his health to decline until his tired body wore out.


Monty was a very social individual and never let his blindness get him down. He truly loved large family gatherings, and spending time on the farm. A vacation that Monty mentioned often is the month long trip thru Canada to Alaska and back in a motorhome with his family. Monty fondly recalled memories from being snowed in while visiting family a few years ago after 36 inches of snow fell and shutdown everything. While the necessary supplies dwindled, he enjoyed shaking dice and trying to raise everyone’s spirits until they were plowed out. Sharing jokes, stories and food around the campfire at the lake was also something he looked forward to. Monty was a huge sports fan and enjoyed following all the sports, and was still attempting to understand the game of LaCrosse, as his nephews play the sport. He could recall stats and records with ease and loved discussing sports with his nephews and brother in Maine. He was a dedicated Christian and dearly loved going to church and getting to know his church family locally and from the churches he attended while living throughout the United States.


Monty will remain in the hearts of his mother, Vicki Willert Debler; father, David Cassellius; brother, Kelsey (Diane) Cassellius; half-sister, Carey (Chris) Sang; step-sibling, Tad (Katy) Debler; nieces and nephews, Samuel, Benjamin, William, and Chase Cassellius; Hannah and Ainsley Sang; Elliott and Jacob Debler and Lauren Adamo; and many aunts, uncles, other relatives and special friends too numerous to mention. He is preceded in death by his step-father, Donald Debler; step-mother, Joan Cassellius; step-brother, Jarrard Law; maternal grandparents, Alvin and Vergal Willert; and paternal grandparents, Clarence and Loretta Cassellius, and step-grandparents, Jake and Thelma Getz.


A memorial service to celebrate Monty’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022 at the Chippewa Valley Church in Eau Claire, WI. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service, at the church. Monty’s memorial service will be livestreamed through the church’s Facebook or YouTube pages. Memorials preferred to the family or Chippewa Valley Church, 1805 Goff Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701. Cards for the family may be mailed to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin, WI 54002, to be forwarded.

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    • I’d like to give my condolences to the family and friends who knew him well. Everyone’s lives have been better for knowing MONTE. He was one of my best friends when he first moved to Richmond Virginia and of course we share visual impairment so of course we bonded over that. And as it is already been said many times he always had such a positive outlook and could make me laugh all the time. Even when he was at his sickest and I would call and talk to him instead of me making him feel better he always made me feel like I was the best person in the world and not to worry about the future because God was in control. We not only shared The visual impairment part, but we also share a birthday November 13 was our special day that we always called each other without fail regardless of what was going on in either of our lives if he didn’t call me I called him. I’m gonna miss that next year but I’m so glad that we were able to speak on our birthday in 2021 it was precious and again he was in a hospital bed making me laugh and even picking on the nurses who came to treat him. I know today we have an angel looking out for us up in heaven that is no longer in any pain or hast to worry about a hospital or being able to see or his weight ever again. I will truly miss him.

    • Monty was a gem!
      I met Monty years ago as part of the fellowship of the Greater Richmond Church of Christ in Richmond, VA.
      Just a really nice and fun person to be around. He later moved back to Wisconsin and would troll me on Facebook when my Michigan Wolverines lost a game, especially losses to Ohio State. I missed him this year considering the kind of year Michigan had, such a good season. I will miss our college football “chats”. May his memory be a blessing.

    • I met Monty several years ago when he joined our BBS adult discussion group. Monty became a core member of this group, adding insights about the rare disease we all shared. His humor and kidding-around made is easier for others to talk about serious issues. I was always so impressed with Monty’s positive attitude, even during this last year with changing health issues. He was always willing to share information about computer applications for the blind and visually impaired, and when he didn’t know the answer right away to a computer question, he was always willing to research it and get back to me. Monty will be missed by all of us. My deepest condolences to his family.

    • Monty and I met at a church conference many years ago. I am out of the country and have lost contact. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. He had a beautiful spirit.

    • My name is Jim. Monty and I both attended high school at WSVH in Janesville. We became friends as we were both on the wrestling and swim teams. The thing I will always remember about Monty is his positive attitude and infectious sense of humor. Whether we were getting up at 5 AM for one of coaches early morning practices or I had just lost another wrestling match, Monty could always say something which would make me laugh and made everything seem a bit better. In swim meets, one of my events was the 500 yard free style. In this long event, it is helpful to have someone count your laps and call them out as you reached the end of the pool. Monty was often my lap counter. Not only did he keep count, he always had something funny to say or an encouraging word which kept me going through many of those races. Not only was he an avid competitor, he always loved to watch sports. We spent many long bus rides to and from swim meets talking about the Badgers and Brewers. His knowledge of statistics and accurate predictions of upcoming games was truly amazing! We hung out a few times after high school, but at some point our lives went in different directions. I am very sad to hear of his passing and offer my sincere condolences to his family. Monty will truly be missed by myself and many others. He was a terrific man who embraced all of the positive things in life. He was a wonderful individual and I will always hold his memory close.