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The Kleefisches Celebrate a “Fairytale” Engagement


The daughter of former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and former state representative Joel Kleefisch was engaged Sunday night in a truly fairytale moment.

While playing the role of Cinderella, Ella Kleefisch was proposed to by her boyfriend, Gabe Hanna, who was playing Prince Charming. The proposal happened during a Cinderella production at the Sun Prairie Civic Theatre.

The couple shared the news in an Instagram post on Monday.


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Ella’s mother, former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, announced the engagement on her Facebook page, saying “Congratulations to my sweet oldest daughter, Ella Rose, and her fiancé, Gabe! What a way to end their run as Cinderella and Price Charming! My heart is full!”


Hanna is seen getting down on one knee in front of Kleefisch, who was wearing a wedding dress during the curtain call of the production’s finale.

Hanna said, “I actually want to take this moment to thank this beautiful, talented woman right next to me. She has made this show her everything over the last two months, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

“I have known Ella for the last two years, and throughout the last two years I have been the most happy that I’ve ever been in my entire life,”

“Two years ago I was awake at night, hoping, praying to God that someone would come into my life and love all the things that I love and do all the things that I do and be my everything. And yes, I’ve found her.”

“She is my angel,” added Hanna, who then took Kleefisch by the hand, got down on one knee, and pulled out the ring from his jacket.

“Ella Rose, will you marry me?” he asked. She said yes!

Jim Piwowarczyk
Jim Piwowarczyk is an investigative journalist and co-founder of Wisconsin Right Now. Married with 3 kids, a chocolate lab, and a german shepherd. Jim served as a police officer in Wisconsin for more than 20 years. His career started as a police officer in Milwaukee County in 1994 as a patrol officer, until he was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2003 where he worked until he left in 2009 to pursue business aspirations. Jim Piwowarczyk was a field training officer, evidence technician & hostage negotiator and conducted many drug investigations. Jim continued to work part-time for an area police department. Jim is avid real estate investor, and small business owner & developer. Jim has coached youth football and basketball. Jim is also an avid fisherman and hunter.

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