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Elton "Pete" Petersen, 93, De Pere passed away peacefully on October 27, 2023. Pete was born on January 24, 1930, to the late Herman (Sophia Peterson) Petersen in the town of Wrightstown.

Pete was a graduate of Wrightstown High School. He married his High School sweetheart Mary Ada Lamers on February 17, 1949. He enjoyed playing clarinet & saxophone in their family band called “Rhythm Notes" for many years. Pete was a member of the Wayside Morrison Concert Band, for 60 years, the De Pere City Band, and the Allouez Band. Pete was a member of the De Pere Area Men's Club & volunteer for the American Red Cross. In 2014, Pete received the Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award at the WPS Awards. Pete had almost 21 years of service and he volunteered 5,670 hours & provided approximately 10,080 rides to clients over the age of 60 or disabled. Pete received the WI Heroes Award, which is given to a WI resident who demonstrates exceptional contributions to the community.

Pete is survived by his children, Ken (Sue) Duane (Mary) Mike (Shari) Dan (Shirley) Chris (Richard) Blair Dave (Rosalee) Paul (Jean) daughter-in-law Linda Petersen & fiancé Tim Vieth, his 23 grandchildren, & 37 great-grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. He is also served by his brother Carl Petersen, brothers and sisters-in-law Carol Gossen, Maurice & Dallas Lamers, Denis Lamers, Ione Gerrits, & Carol Lamers, nieces & nephews.

Pete was preceded in death by his loving Wife, Mary Ada, an infant son, Girard, son Brian, grandson Cory, sisters Helen & Adeline Petersen, brothers -in-law & sisters-in-laws Jim & John Lamers, Bud Gerrits, Orville Gossen, & sister's -in-laws Judy Lamers & Connie Lamers.

Friends & family may call Thursday, Nov 2, 2023, at St Francis Xavier Church, 220 S Michigan St De Pere from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. A mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:30 in the church. Entombment will follow at Allouez Catholic Mausoleum.

The family would like to thank the staff at Renaissance Assisted Living, Rennes Rehabilitation Center, & Aurora Hospice for their loving care & concern. 
  24 Feb 2024

Jerry “Gus” Selig, age 74, passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. He was born on November 14, 1948 to the late Harry and Wilma (Schiefelbein) Selig.

Jerry married Carol Van Groll on July 10, 1971 and celebrated 52 years together. He loved the song “My Girl” and Carol was his girl. They were blessed with two children: Jamie and Jodi, who he taught a good work ethic and strong family values. Jerry was employed at Hoffmaster for 42 years retiring in 2009 when the plant closed. He drove truck for 37 years with a spotless record for the company. He loved fishing, especially with his brothers-in-law and his good friend, Butch Vandenberg. He also enjoyed perch fishing with Carol, Jamie, and Jodi. Everyone loved his fish fries. Jerry loved bowling and made many friends over the years. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed being up north with his nephew and great nephews. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family, especially his beloved granddaughter Ava. He was the best papa and Ava will miss him dearly.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Carol; his children: Jamie Selig and Jodi (Rob) Rasch; granddaughter Ava; sister, Nancy (Dan) Gorell; brothers and sisters-in-law: Rich (Kate) Van Groll, Marge (Norman) Van Beek, Jerry (Janice) Van Groll, Mary Van Groll, Irene (Tiny) Wagner, Don (Beth) Van Groll, and Leroy (special friend Ann) Van Groll. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, Henry, and Dora Van Groll; sister and brother-in-law: Joan, and Bob Pearson; brothers-in-law: Marvin and Carl Van Groll; nephews: Mark Van Beek, Andy Van Groll; special cousin-in-law Laverne Squier; and special uncle, Bob Schiefelbein.

A funeral service for Jerry will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. at Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home, N3972 Columbia Ave., Freedom. Visitation will begin at the funeral home at 3:00 p.m. and will continue until the time of the service. Jerry will be laid to rest in St. Nicholas Cemetery.

Jerry’s family would like extend a special thank you to Thedacare At Home as well as the nurses and staff of Thedacare Regional Medical Center and Thedacare Regional Cancer Center for the amazing care and compassion they provided. 
  24 Feb 2024

Allen C. Eldred, 81, of rural Westboro, died suddenly on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. Al grew up in the Stockbridge area. As a young man he worked at the American Can Company. He married Christine Mielke on June 20, 1964.

He is survived by his son and his daughter; three grandchildren; his siblings; and many nieces and nephews. Al is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Christine.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11AM on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at St. Michael's Catholic Church-Jump River with Father Vijay Kumar Madani officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Inurnment will take place in Menasha at a later date. Plombon Funeral Service is assisting the family.

A full obituary available at: plombonfh.com 
  24 Feb 2024

Paul Eckes, age 71 of Appleton, passed away on October 25, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. The son of the late Hilary and Helen (Wildenberg) Eckes, he was born on September 13, 1952. He married Paula Kluge on December 20, 1973. Paul never saw my disability all we ever did was loved each other. When God blessed us with our two boys, Troy (Annett) Eckes and Michael (Michelle) Eckes our family was complete. Our summers were mostly spent at the Appleton Timber Rattler games, rain or shine. We also loved helping and rescuing German Shepherds for Mit Liebe. He worked at Appleton Papers Locks Mill and stayed through all the many name changes for a total of 44 years. He loved running into any guys he worked with just to catch up or shoot the breeze.

He is survived by his wife, sons, and two grandchildren; Olivia Eckes, Joshua Eckes and Laura Mooney, brothers Don (Lin) Eckes, Appleton, and Joe (Deb) Eckes, Milwaukee, sister, Marilyn (Rick) Borree, Little Chute. Paul is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, is his brother Steve Eckes.

Paul was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend to all he met including his four legged friends.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, November 6, 2023 at Christ the Rock Church W6254 Hwy 10 and 114, Menasha from 4:00pm until 7:00pm, the visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 from 9:30am to 11:00am with the service to follow at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, donations will be made to Mit Liebe Rescue.

We would love to thank the wonderful staff on fourth floor at St. Elizabeth, Also, the staff and Drs in the oncology and urology departments and at Neuroscience Group. 
  24 Feb 2024

William R. “Bill” Heckert, age 61, died Wednesday, October 25, 2023. He was born in Appleton on August 13, 1962, to the late Emil and Germaine (Krautkramer) Heckert. Bill married Paula Schuh at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Little Chute on November 30, 1991. They shared 32 years together, through thick and thin. Bill enjoyed fishing and loved music, going to many concerts. Overall, he loved being with his family and friends, whether that was up north, or on their many trips to Mexico. He lived life with no regrets.

Bill is survived by his former spouse and mother of his children, Paula; his children: Alan Heckert, of Kimberly, and Amanda (Tyler) Merkes, of Appleton; and his one-month-old grandbaby, Elwyn Tyler Merkes. Bill is further survived by his brother, Steve (Kathy) Heckert; niece, Kimberly (Mark) LaChapell; nephew, Michael (Christina) Brochtrup; father-in-law, Tony Schuh; siblings-in-law: Mark Schuh and Diane Schuh; and their fur-buddy, Jameson.

In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Karen Schuh.

No formal funeral will be held at this time. To sign the guestbook, please visit oconnellfh.com. 
  24 Feb 2024

Leonard R Risse 98, passed away on Oct. 25, 2023, at his residence. He was born on July 28, 1925, in Appleton to the late Richard H. (Anna Berger) Risse. At a young age standing in food lines during the Depression left a lifelong impression on him. Upon graduating from High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he became an officer and navigator during World War II. He was Honorably discharged in 1945. Len graduated from UW Madison in 1949 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering.

Leonard married Audrey H. Hazaert on September 9, 1950, and they raised four boys together. Len worked for the Cutler-Hammer office in Appleton from 1949 until 1975 and became Branch Manager in 1957. Afterward he worked for Louis Allis and Magnetek until retiring in 1990. Upon retirement he continued with a consulting business, Len Risse Inc.

He enjoyed volunteering with Appleton Kiwanis, Salvation Army and math tutoring and kindergarten reading with school children. He also had a passion for fishing, playing cards and was an avid fan of the Packers and Badgers Football teams. Teasing those who came within his verbal reach was one of his greatest pleasures.

Len is survived by his sons: Robert (Karen) Risse, Seattle, WA, Paul (Nancy Darigo) Risse, Anchorage, AK, and Michael (Brenda) Risse, De Pere, WI; 4 grandchildren: Amber Risse (Dan Vaughn), Roxanne, Francesca and Anton Risse; two great grandchildren: Caroline and Bruce; and sister, Dorothy Stoll of Greendale, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Steve.

A Memorial Service for Len will be held at 11 AM, Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Faith Lutheran Church, Appleton with Rev. Daniel Thews officiating. Entombment will take place at Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. Friends may visit the family directly at church on Wednesday from 9:30 – 11 AM. 
  24 Feb 2024
Denis S. Verhagen Feb 4, 1942 ~ Oct 29, 2023 (age 81)
Denis S. Verhagen Feb 4, 1942 ~ Oct 29, 2023 (age 81)
Denis Sylvester Verhagen, age 81 of Appleton, WI, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at home, surrounded by family. Denis was born on February 4, 1942, in Little Chute, WI to Nicholas and Margaret (Burke) Verhagen. In October of 1963 he enlisted in the United States Air Force. On February 20, 1965, Denis married Mary Lynn Frieders at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Menasha, WI. Following the wedding, Denis was deployed to Japan with the Air Force. He and Lynn lived there for two years. Denis remained a proud veteran his entire life. Denis began working for AAA Wisconsin in 1968 as an insurance salesman. His 21-year career progressed to becoming a Regional Manager. Denis and Lynn opened Travel Network in 1990 where he was able to continue his love of travel to all 50 states and over 100 countries. He became Regional President for Wisconsin and Colorado, supporting multiple Travel Network agencies in both states.

Denis enjoyed his hobbies including tracing the family roots through Family Tree Maker, a passion he learned from his father. Denis had traced the Verhagen family name back to when last names started being used. When he couldn’t go any further on the Verhagen name, he would work on any other family tree made available to him. Denis also had a love for reading. If you knew him, you remember him having a book in his pocket. Denis enjoyed learning various cultures by being a host family for many organizations. This could be anything from a weekend stay to a full year exchange student. He expanded his support by becoming the support travel agency for Global Outreach as they brought another generation to Wisconsin for education. Denis was an avid Boy Scout beginning as a child which continued through adulthood. He was an assistant to a scout troop while stationed in San Antonio, Texas and while in Japan. Denis then became a scout leader to support his sons as they progressed through scouting. Boy Scouts brought Denis multiple lifelong friends.

Denis is survived by Lynn, his wife of 58 years, his children Paul (Cynthia) Verhagen, Michele Matz, Eric (Lanan Dixon) Verhagen, grandchildren Nicholas and Miranda Verhagen, Kyla (Brandon) Korth, Jacob and Dennis Matz, Alyson (Aaron) Van Groll, Samantha Hartley, and great-grandchildren Nova, Everleigh, Alexander, JoyAnna, Rosemary, and two more on the way, due in February and March. He is further survived by his siblings David Verhagen and Patricia Towns, along with many nieces, nephews, friends, and godchildren.

Denis is preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, a brother-in-law John Towns, two sisters-in- law Margaret Verhagen and Rosemary Verhagen, niece Barbara Weyenberg, and a great nephew Jonathon Trams.

The funeral mass for Denis will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 1617 W. Pine St. A time of visitation will be held on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. For online condolences please visit www.verkuilenfh.com.  
  24 Feb 2024

William "Bill" Kilsdonk
February 12, 1955 — December 29, 2023
William “Bill” Kilsdonk passed away on Friday, December 29, 2023, at the age of 68.

He was born on February 12, 1955, the son of the late Jerome and Lola (Gorges) Kilsdonk.

Bill is survived by his two sons: Michael (Carole) and Mark (Alice) Kilsdonk; his grandchildren: Michael II, Maxwell (Kayla), Jackson, Alyssa, Joshua, and Jedidiah. He is further survived by one brother and three sisters: Gary (Joyce) Kilsdonk, Patty (Blake) Williams, Linda (Larry) Niec, Nancy (Patrick) Ringer, and a brother-in-law Dave Niec. Also further survived by several nieces and nephews, and special friend Ellen Gaffney.

Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister: Christine Niec.

Bill’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2023, at the Jansen Fargo Funeral Home, 204 E. Kimberly, Ave. Visitation will take place from 9:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wichmannfuneralhomes.com

The family would like to thank everyone who cared for Bill at Silverstone Memory Care in Appleton and all the nurses and aides with Bristol Hospice.  
  23 Feb 2024

Peter "Pete" L. Meulemans, 45, of Freedom passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2023 following a well-fought fight with cancer. He was born on March 15, 1978 to John and Debra (Nettekoven) Meulemans. He grew up in Nichols and graduated from Seymour High School in 1996.

On September 14, 2002 he was united in marriage to Amanda Ward at Pamperin Park in Green Bay.

A huge fan of the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team, the Badgers, and an admitted Chicago Bears and Cubs fan, he enjoyed watching games with friends and family. His love for metal music led to many fun concert experiences with Amanda. He enjoyed traveling and experiencing new places but his favorite was going to Cozumel with friends.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda; parents, John and Debbie Meulemans; brother, Jason (Becky) Meulemans; grandmother, Nancy Meulemans; nieces, Mackenzie and Hailey Meulemans; mother-in-law, Remona Ward; brother-in-law, Andy Ward; grandmother-in-law, Vera Piver; and his Husky kids, Sapphire, Reavo and Grymm. He is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

Pete was preceded in death by his grandparents: Donald and Caroline Nettekoven, and Lawrence Meulemans.

Visitation for Pete will take place at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home on Saturday, December 30, 2023 from 10:00 am until the funeral service at 1:00 pm with Pastor Moira Finley officiating.

Pete was a casual guy and his service will be as well. We encourage wearing your favorite sports attire or concert t-shirts if you would like.

Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Special thanks to Dr. Gautam and his staff at Aurora, to all the wonderful nurses, Brenda and all the gals at the reception desk on the 1st and 2nd floors, Robin for always being able to access Pete's port, Tom and the other volunteers, and our valet gal, Diane, who always greeted us with a smile, and to the nurses and staff from Unity Hospice . Thank you all for making Pete feel at ease and making this cancer journey a little more bearable. Bless you all for some wonderful memories through this all. 
  23 Feb 2024

Robert Frank Winters, age 92, of Freedom passed from his earthly life into his Eternal Life on December 23, 2023, at Country Villa in Little Chute with his loving and caring children at his side.

Bob was born on March 27, 1931, in Seymour Wisconsin to Elmer and Frieda Winters. He was baptized as a child of God on April 19, 1931. Bob attended Oak Leaf School and later Seymour High School. He worked as a farm hand during high school.

In September 1952, Bob met the love of his life, Beverly Wichman, at an Older Youth Group gathering. A year later they were engaged and were married at St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church on September 4, 1954.

Bob had a position at Menasha Corporation until he retired in 1992. At that time, he ran a lawn service to keep himself occupied for many years.

Bob loved working outside, helping on his father-in-law’s farm when needed, helping at the church and school, camping with the family, and being a foster parent for many years. Bob loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and especially loved the great-grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his daughters: Connie Rohde, Cathy (Mark) DeDeker, and his son; Bruce (Lori) Winters. Six grandchildren: Crystal (Ezra Sr) Hill, Nicole (David) Lemke, Nathan (Hayley) Rohde, Derrick (Jessica) DeDeker, Brandon (Lauren) DeDeker, Laura (Tad) Dontje. Eight great-grandchildren: Parker, Eli and Avery DeDeker, Ezra Jr and Hadley Hill, Alexys DeDeker, and Landen and Levi Dontje. He is further survived by his sister, Shirley Wichman, Ken (Wanda) Winters. Brother-in-law Gary (Linda) Wichman, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife, Beverly, his parents and his brother William Winters, and his son-in-law Orlin Rohde.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at St. Peter Ev. Luth. Church N2740 French Road, Appleton. Rev. Jim Fleming will be officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 1-3pm with a brief service following at 3pm.

The family would like to express our deepest appreciation to Country Villa and staff for the love and care they showered on Bob. Bluestone Physicians and Moments Hospice have been extremely caring and giving to both Bob and the family during the last several months.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be set up for St. Peter Lutheran School Tuition Assistance.

Dad, you were an amazing man! Loving, caring, and always with a gentle heart. We could not have asked God for a better Father than the one he gave us. You will be extremely missed by your entire family as well as so many other lives you have touched. We are so glad you could enjoy Christmas in your eternal home, but you will be missed. We love you and know we will see you again. Rest in the love of the Lord. 
  23 Feb 2024


 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born/Christened   Location   Last Modified 
Verkuilen, Carol Ann 
   25 Feb 2024
VerKuilen, Bruce John 
   25 Feb 2024
Verkuilen, Barbara Marie 
   25 Feb 2024
VerKuilen, Nancy Rae 
   25 Feb 2024
notgiven...., Lisa 
   25 Feb 2024
Breton, Paul 
   25 Feb 2024
Huckson, Albert 
   25 Feb 2024
VerKuilen, John 
b. 18 Jul 1888  DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin  25 Feb 2024
Richter, Jeanette P 
b. 03 Jul 1920  Washington Island, Door Co, Wisconsin  24 Feb 2024
Allen, Susan 
b. 21 Jul 1943  Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin  24 Feb 2024

 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Mother's Name   Married   Last Modified 
 I150371  James J Verkuilen  I198929  Lois C Nickasch  05 Jul 1952  25 Feb 2024
 I521683  Paul Breton  I574481  Lisa notgiven....    25 Feb 2024
 I574479  Tyler Merkes  I94340  Amanda Heckert    24 Feb 2024
 I574473  Steven J Gehrman  I574475  Jan Unknown..  22 Jun 1968  23 Feb 2024
 I574478  Matthew Brunner  I574477  Jennifer A Gehrman    23 Feb 2024
 I282994  Harold Gehrman  I282995  Mary Catherine Luckow  03 Jul 1938  23 Feb 2024
 I439112  John W Meulemans  I439110  Debra Ann Nettekoven    23 Feb 2024
 I574470  Olin Rohde  I285868  Connie Winters    23 Feb 2024
 I574469  Clark  I72427  Dorothy DeGroot    23 Feb 2024
 I564833  Craig Thomas Laehn  I564832  Robin Ann Witthuhn    23 Feb 2024