Elizabeth Kathleen VanDreel

Elizabeth Kathleen VanDreel

Female 1926 - 2009  (83 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Kathleen VanDreel 
    Born 06 Nov 1926  DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 16 Dec 2009  Santa Ana, Orange Co, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • January 10, 2010


      VanDreel, Elizabeth Kathleen


      Elizabeth Kathleen Van Dreel passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2009, at 83 years of age in Santa Ana, Calif. Elizabeth was born in De Pere, Wis., on Nov. 6, 1926, to the late John and Dorothy (Biersteaker) Van Dreel.

      She attended East De Pere High School.

      Elizabeth was in the best of care at a skilled facility for a brief period. Her niece, Stacey Ann Weiss and God daughter, Toni Elizabeth Matteo -Keller were by her side when she made her journey back home. She has lived in Costa Mesa, Calif., for the past eight years.

      Elizabeth is preceded in the death of her two sons, Rick Kearny and Jeffery Castagna; brother, Jerome VanDreel; sisters, Estelle VanDreel-Thiem and Gladys "Christine" Vandreel-Matteo; and nephew, Roy VanDreel.

      She is survived by her sister-in-law, Marion Helen Van Dreel, Denmark, Wis., and fond aunt to many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by the rest of her family and the friends who knew her.

      Elizabeth loved to travel and was always on the go, having her car packed at a moment's notice for the next adventure or helping to take care of a friend. Whether it was to Chicago, San Francisco, Palm Springs or Hollywood, she was prepared.

      Elizabeth's greatest joys were taking care of others, and she was a dear friend to those in need. She enjoyed books about travel and talked about Paris being one of her favorite places.

      She listened to meditation tapes and was a quick study for other educational forms on self improvement.

      She liked watching television, especially the classic movies.

      Piano music was something she enjoyed as well.

      Some of her accomplishments included, Movies, Television, Costume/Dress Design, and Dance (Chicago Biltmore Bowl Dance Captain, Arden-Fletcher Dancer, showgirl at the Moulin Rouge Hollywood).

      She was also a modeling teacher and instructor (John Robert Powers). She appeared in several movies including "The Towering Inferno" and "The Poseidon Adventure."

      She sometimes used the names, Ellessa or Betty depending on the circumstance.

      Elizabeth had planned and was set in her decision to donate her body to the University of Irvine's Willed Body program in California, not wanting the traditional service, burial or cremation she wanted others to benefit from scientific research, and because of this she knew her legacy would continue to benefit humankind in the most unique way.

      Please visit: http://vandreel-legacy.last-memories.com.
    Person ID I222590  Little Chute Historical Socitery F
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2010 

    Father Ancestors John Anthony VanDreel,   b. 21 Jan 1893, Rockland, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1965, DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Dorothy Sophia Biersteker,   b. 03 Sep 1900, Little Chute, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1936, DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 03 Sep 1919  Pound, Marinette Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F48923  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 06 Nov 1926 - DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Dec 2009 - Santa Ana, Orange Co, California Link to Google Earth
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