Caroline Ann VanderBloomen

Female 1933 - 2019  (85 years)

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  • Name Caroline Ann VanderBloomen 
    Born 02 Nov 1933 
    Gender Female 
    Died 30 Mar 2019 
    Buried Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I349629  Little Chute Genealogy
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2019 

    Father Omer W VanderBloomen,   b. 23 Nov 1904,   d. 17 Aug 1996  (Age 91 years) 
    Mother Genevieve Gertrude VanVonderen,   b. 26 Sep 1906,   d. 16 Aug 1990  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 22 Aug 1929  DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F19901  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gerald Joseph Smet,   b. 10 Sep 1931,   d. 28 Aug 2002  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 1953 
     1. Theresa Smet
     2. Cynthia Smet
     3. Jeffrey Smet
     4. Anthony John Smet
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F133734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Green Bay - Caroline Ann Smet, went to be with the Lord she loved on March 30, 2019. She was born November 2, 1933, the first daughter of the late Omer and Geneva (Van Vonderen) Vander Bloomen. In 1953, Caroline married the love of her life, Gerald J. Smet (Jerry). Together they raised four children and celebrated 49 years of marriage. Jerry preceded Caroline in death in 2002.

      Caroline is survived by daughter Theresa Smet, De Pere; daughter Cynthia Smet (Brian) Lotto, Minnesota; son Jeffrey Smet, De Pere; and son Anthony (Shari Hopkinson) Smet, California. Three grandchildren and three great grandchildren: Granddaughter Carrie Jo (Brandon) Meads, Las Vegas; grandson Christopher (Gretchen) Wilmet, Minnesota; great grandchildren Aidan, Logan, and Gavin Wilmet.

      Caroline is further survived by her siblings Omer Vander Bloomen, Sister Jeanne Vander Bloomen, OSF, and Rose Smith. Her in-laws Fr. Leroy Smet, Dan and Karen Smet, Dar Smet, Dorothy and Tom Scott, and Steve and Lynn Smet, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Special remembrance to Cyndi and Robin Elsner and family, Jennifer Loranger, Lauren Wilmet, and Taylor Linskens.

      Caroline graduated from Nicolet High School (West De Pere High). She worked at the St. Norbert College bookstore, the Nicolet High School library, the Brown County Juvenile Court System, served as the secretary of the St. Boniface Christian Mothers, and last but not least helped her husband build three homes and raise a family.

      Caroline enjoyed time with her family, conversing with people, helping to plan class reunions, reading, dancing, playing cards/dominos, playing piano, helping her aunts and singing. Caroline thoroughly enjoyed her mother's and father's large families. Caroline's aunts and uncles played a large part as she celebrated life, as well as having family, cousins along with neighbors, and classmates.

      Caroline was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her in-laws Henrietta and Robert Smet, Judy Vander Bloomen, Robert Smith and Ralph Smet. Caroline was also preceded in death by an amazing life-long friend Eunice (Lenss) Verber "with whom she shared many wonderful times with as they were like two peas in a pod."

      Services and Burial will be private and are with Caroline's immediate family. She was a woman who touched many lives, may you rest in eternal peace, "Sweet Caroline…reachin' out, touchin' you."

      Special gratitude to Dr. James McGovern and Dr. Michael Volk of Green Bay Oncology and Dr. Michael Zastrow for all of their care and compassion and "my right arm," Sister Jeanne.
      Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Apr. 2, 2019