Rev. Noel V. Cisneros, May 3, 1954 - September 2, 2020

Rev. Noel V. Cisneros
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Rev. Noel V. Cisneros, 66, of Eau Claire, formerly of Chetek, WI, passed away peacefully at his home on September 2, 2020 surrounded by loved ones. 

Noel was born in Edinburg, TX on May 3, 1954 to José and Maria Cisneros. He was raised in La Villa, TX. Noel graduated from Edcouch-Elsa High School in 1973; he enlisted in the US Army where he served for three years active duty. While home on leave in the summer of 1974 he met his future wife Debbie who was serving as a short-term missionary at the La Villa Covenant Church. They were married on July 9, 1976 and over the years their family grew as they welcomed sons Christian, Peter, and Matthew. Noel was a proud father and a strong supporter of his children. Later when he became a grandfather he also had a deep adoration for his grandkids and their antics. 

Noel attended North Park College in Chicago and graduated in 1982, he then attended North Park Theological Seminary and graduated in 1986. He was ordained as a minister to Word and Sacrament in 1988. He served as a pastor for Evangelical Covenant Church congregations in Minnesota, Kansas, Washington, Texas, and Wisconsin. He retired in 2018. 

Noel was a proud veteran of the US Army, and in 1989, he made the decision to return to military service as a chaplain in the Army Reserves for a total of 27 years, eventually achieving the rank of Major. He saw active duty in Kuwait in 2003 as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and retired from military service in 2014. 

Noel was a fan of college basketball and the Dallas Cowboys. He had a good sense of humor and is remembered for his friendly, caring spirit. He loved his family and was always a generous, loving, and humble man of God. 

Noel is survived by his wife of 44 years, Deborah (Larson) Cisneros; sons, Christian (Betzy) of Chicago,IL, Peter (Tricia) of Burlington, WA and Matthew (Marisol) of Eau Claire, WI; grandchildren, Micah, Karsten, Kyla, Joel, Gabriel, Lincoln, Aurora, William, and Jonah; mother Maria Consuelo Velasquez Cisneros; sisters Irene (Cisneros) Perez, Nellie (Cisneros) Vargas, and Cynthia (Cisneros) Gagnon; brothers Noe Cisneros, Javier Cisneros, José Cisneros Jr., Jesus Cisneros, and Rumaldo Cisneros. He was preceded in death by his father, José Guadalupe Cisneros, his brother, Jaime Cisneros, and his sister, Dora (Cisneros) Valdez.

Visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 PM on Monday, September 7, 2020 at Hulke Family Funeral Home in Eau Claire. Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Hulke Family Funeral Home led by Pastor Nick Henseler with visitation prior to the service from 9:00-10:00AM. A private family committal service with military honors at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 1:00 pm in Spooner to follow.

According to the restrictions and guidelines in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required while attending the visitation and funeral service along with practicing social distancing.

The Noel Cisneros family wishes to thank St. Joseph’s Hospice for all of the care and support in Noel’s final days. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Evangelical Covenant Church Ministers Crisis Fund.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. guy w redfield September 10, 2020

    Debbie and family,
    Heartfelt condolences and prayers in your time of loss. I loved getting to know Noel in our ministerial circle in Chetek and spending time reflecting on our lives in the military and ministry, and of course, our love for God and family. Good to know he rests in the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Love and Peace, guy and renee redfield

  2. Mark Stromberg September 8, 2020

    Dear Debbie and Family,
    On behalf of the Northwest Conference staff, executive board, pastors, and churches, I want to express our deepest sympathies in the home-going of Noel; one who served His Lord so faithfully as a pastor and friend to so many in our midst.

    His gentle spirit and servant-attitude has been an example to us as he has served the Lord with humility and a gentle sense of humor. Noel is to be counted among our pastors as one who did not minister in a self-serving way but sought to be obedient to His call from the Lord. May the Lord assure you of His presence and our respect and gratitude for the ministry of the Cisneros family in the NWC.

  3. Melissa Cisneros September 8, 2020

    My Sincerest condolences to my Tia Debbie, My cousins Christian, Peter, Matthew, their loving wives and their beautiful children. ❤️ Tio Noel offered me love and support. I will miss him. His memory remains and is treasured. God give you all peace and protect you always.
    Love, Missy

  4. BONIFACIO/LICHA MORON September 6, 2020

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.. We cherish many memories of the times together in La Villa, attending church.and participating in normal activities. The Lord's blessings on Debbie and all family members.

  5. Garth Bolinder September 6, 2020

    Dear Debbie and Family,
    We grieve the loss of your beloved Noel...Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother, Chaplain, Pastor and Friend. As a “son of the Midsouth” before we were an ECC conference, the entire Midsouth Conference is grateful for Noel’s friendship and ministry among us. We especially remember his heroic ministry when he was deployed while serving Peoples Covenant Church. Noel leaves a bright legacy through your children and grandchildren. We’re grateful for the promise of Revelation 13:14. We are praying for you in grief and gratitude...In Christ, Garth and Dixie

  6. Jim Fretheim September 5, 2020

    Debbie: I am so sorry to hear of Noel's death. He was a gracious friend and colleague. I thank God for his faithful ministry!
    May God's comfort be yours!
    Jim Fretheim

  7. Barbara and Elton Craig September 4, 2020

    Our family's sympathy to Debbie and family on the death of Noel. We have memories of what a special, giving, encouraging , devoted to God and family, man he was. We are thankful to have known him and your family. God bless you in these days and the days ahead.

  8. Justine Malland September 4, 2020

    Debbie, Matt, Pete, & Christian: I am so sorry for your loss. Even though Noel was only a part of my life for a short period of time, I have so many good memories with him. My favorites were indulging watching the millionth episode of M.A.S.H. Or Tora Tora Tora and listening to him laugh or make commentary even though I’m sure he’d seen it a ton of times. He was such a kind, genuine person, always welcoming, and he will be missed. My heart goes out to you and your families.

  9. Pauline Cornforth September 4, 2020

    I am so sorry. Noel will be missed. Seems like only yesterday we all lived together in Lund House. ♥️

  10. Cynthia A Gagnon September 4, 2020

    Lots of love and prayers for you and the family. He will be missed dearly

  11. Emanuel C Perez September 4, 2020

    Tia Debbie and family, I'm sorry to hear about Tio Noel's passing. My condolences to all of you.