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George Adrian Hietpas

M, b. July 30, 1897

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: George Adrian Hietpas was born on July 30, 1897.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on July 30, 1897 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died in KIA WWI.
  • Death: He died on November 15, 1918, at age 21, in Camp Shelby, Mississippi.
  • Burial: He was buried on November 20, 1918 in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/4/9.

Anna Maria Hietpas

F, b. August 3, 1899, d. October 26, 1972

Parents

Family: Leonard DeCoster (b. February 24, 1897, d. December 7, 1985)

Biography

  • Birth: Anna Maria Hietpas was born on August 3, 1899 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on August 4, 1899 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Leonard DeCoster were married on June 6, 1922 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Anna Maria Hietpas died on October 26, 1972, at age 73.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/5/42/5-6.
  • Note: SOURCE: APPLETON POST CRESCENT OBITUARY

    Friday October 27, 1972

    Mrs. Leonard De Coster (Anna Hietpas) 927 Depot St., Little Chute, age 73, passed away at 8 PM Thursday. She was born in Little Chute on August 3, 1899. She was a member of the St. Elizabeth Society, the Golden Agers, and the American Legion Auxiliary. Mr. and Mrs. De Coster celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 6, 1972.

    Survivors include her husband, Leonard; four daughters, Mrs. Frances (Lorraine) Demerath, Little Chute; Mrs. Williard E. (Evelyn) Carlson, Jacksonville, Fl; Mrs. Robert (Della) Vande Loo, Kaukauna; Mrs. Robert (Marie) Sievers, Kimberly; five sons, Norbert, Little Chute; Lawrence, Appleton; Mark, Freedom; Leo, Rt. 4, Appleton; Jerome, Little Chute; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Wynboom, Kemmerer, Wo; Mrs. Ray Diedrich, Kaukauna; Mrs. Omar Liebergen, Greenleaf; two brothers, John A. Hietpas, Shawano; Ted Hietpas, Little Chute; and 43 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Verkuilen Funeral Home.

Dora Hietpas

F, b. October 26, 1910, d. November 1, 1985

Parents

Family: Omer Liebergen (b. February 5, 1911, d. August 18, 1992)

Biography

  • Birth: Dora Hietpas was born on October 26, 1910 in Town of Vandenbroek, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Omer Liebergen were married on April 13, 1939 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Dora Hietpas died on November 1, 1985, at age 75, in Wrightstown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Greenleaf, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: SOURCE: APPLETON POST CRESCENT OBITUARY

    Saturday, November 2, 1985

    Mrs. Omer [Dora] Liebergen, 310 Clay St., Wrightstown, formerly of Greenleaf, age 75, died Friday. She was born October 26, 1910, in the Town of Vandenbroek, the daughter Adrian and Mary Hietpas. She married Omer Liebergen, April 13, 1939, in Little Chute. The Liebergen's were residents of Greenleaf for 39 years prior to moving to Wrightstown. She was a member of the Altar Society at St. Mary Catholic Church, and was also a hot lunch cook there.

    Survivors include her husband; three daughters and sons in-law, Mary Jane and Ben Rottier, Theresa and Ray Rozmarenowski, all of De Pere; Anna and Earl Schmidt, Kaukauna; two sons and daughters in-law, Melvin and Carol, Kaukaunal Gordon and Bonnie, Greenleaf; a brother, Ted Hietpas, Little Chute; 14 grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters; John, George, and Henry Hietpas, Elizabeth Wynboom, Anne DeCoster, and Minnie Diedrick.

    The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Greenleaf, with the Rev. Thomas Stocker officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Dewane , Zoromski Funeral Home, Wrightstown. There will be a rosary at 8 p.m. Sunday.

John Adrian Gloudemans

M, b. February 17, 1857, d. July 3, 1928

Parents

Family: Johanna Hietpas (b. August 16, 1862, d. December 6, 1919)

Biography

  • Birth: John Adrian Gloudemans was born on February 17, 1857 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on February 17, 1857 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Johanna Hietpas were married on November 15, 1882 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: John Adrian Gloudemans died on July 3, 1928, at age 71, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/55.
  • Note: JOHN A. GLOUDEMANS, a prominent citizen of Little Chute, Wisconsin, who is engaged in the hardware business, was born in Kaukauna township, Outagamie county, in February, 1857, and is a son of Adrian and Johanna (Van Roy) Gloudemans. Adrian Gloudemans was born in Holland, and came to Little Chute in 1854, and Mrs. Gloudemans came to this country during the following year with her father, Peter Van Roy. Adrian Gloudemans was a millwright by occupation, and conducted a mill in Appleton with a Mr. Schmutte, but after his marriage bought wild land in Outagamie county, at $1.25 per acre. He farmed for twenty-six years, at the end of which time he had increased his original purchase of forty acres to 365 acres, and retired in 1883, locating in Little Chute, where he has since resided. His wife died in 1910. Their family consisted of the following children: John A.; Martin, who died in 1871; Arnold, residing on the old homestead farm; Peter A., president of the village board and cashier of the Bank of Little Chute; Henry, a merchant of Appleton; Hattie, who married John Iermsen, a farmer; Dinah, who married Arnold Van der Loop, a farmer; and Mary, who married George Gurts, residing on a Kaukauna township farm. John A. Gloudemans received a common school education, and was reared to the life of an agriculturist. As a young man he rented property, and in 1895 bought a farm in Kaukauna township, later adding to his holdings until he had over 150 acres, which in 1910 he sold to his sons. In that year he came to Little Chute and established himself in the hardware business, and now carries a full and up-to-date line of hardware, harness, paints and oils, and has one of the leading business establishments of the village. During five years he was township assessor, and he also served four years as township chairman. In 1883, Mr. Gloudemans was married to Johanna Hietpas, of Outagamie county, and they have had six children, of whom four survive, as follows: Henry and Adrian, who are operating the old home farm; Peter, who is engaged in business with his father; and Martin, who also assists his father ii the hardware business. The family is connected with the Catholic Church.

Albert Ebben

M, b. August 13, 1862, d. May 30, 1920

Parents

Family: Wilhelmina Hietpas (b. August 23, 1865, d. May 24, 1931)

Biography

  • Birth: Albert Ebben was born on August 13, 1862 in Fox Lake, Dodge Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on August 14, 1862 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Wilhelmina Hietpas were married on May 8, 1888 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Albert Ebben died on May 30, 1920, at age 57, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried on June 4, 1920 in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/44E.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Petronella Ebben

F, b. April 1, 1869, d. January 31, 1934

Parents

Family: Herman J Hietpas (b. August 23, 1865, d. June 4, 1924)

Biography

  • Birth: Petronella Ebben was born on April 1, 1869 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on April 1, 1869 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Herman J Hietpas were married on September 25, 1893 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Petronella Ebben died on January 31, 1934, at age 64, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/27W.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Elizabeth Hietpas

F, b. February 21, 1898, d. July 4, 1962

Parents

Family: Albert VanRoy (b. September 7, 1894, d. December 5, 1957)

Biography

  • Birth: Elizabeth Hietpas was born on February 21, 1898 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on February 22, 1898 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Albert VanRoy were married on September 21, 1920.
  • Death: Elizabeth Hietpas died on July 4, 1962, at age 64.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/27E.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

William Hietpas

M, b. 1879, d. yes

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: William Hietpas was born in 1879.
  • Death: He died yes in as youth.
  • Note: Died in his teens.

Mary Williams

F, b. November 27, 1874, d. January 8, 1963

Parents

Family: Albert H Hietpas (b. April 25, 1870, d. April 16, 1925)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary Williams was born on November 27, 1874 in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on November 28, 1874 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Albert H Hietpas were married on October 23, 1894 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Mary Williams died on January 8, 1963, at age 88.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Name Cemetery, Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Gerald Henry Hietpas

M, b. March 13, 1899, d. January 15, 1967

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Gerald Henry Hietpas was born on March 13, 1899 in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on March 14, 1899 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on January 15, 1967, at age 67, in Michigan.
  • Note: ST. NORBERT ABBEY
    DE PERE, WISCONSIN, U.S.A.
    Rev. Gerald H. Hietpas, O. Praem.
    b. Monday, Mar. 13, 1899 – d. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 1967
    Our brother Gerald Hietpas was born in Kimberly, Wisconsin, in 1899, entered the Order in 1918 and was solemnly professed in 1923. Founder of the apostolate in Shelby, Montana in 1925, he later became the pastor in Cut Bank and then Sunburst. While in Cut Bank he was also chaplain at the B-17 Bomber Base.

    In 1955, Gerald was appointed pastor of St. John’s in Essexville, Michigan, where he built a new high school and rectory. He died suddenly in Essexville on Wednesday, January 4, 1967 at the age of 67.
  • Ordination: He was ordained on March 19, 1924 in Norbertine Priest.

Elizabeth Hietpas

F, b. February 6, 1897, d. January 1, 1984

Parents

Family: Joseph Cornelius Ebben (b. May 27, 1899, d. March 2, 1987)

Biography

  • Birth: Elizabeth Hietpas was born on February 6, 1897 in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on February 6, 1897 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Joseph Cornelius Ebben were married on August 8, 1922 in Holy Name Church, Kimberly, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Elizabeth Hietpas died on January 1, 1984, at age 86, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/4/46.

Norbert Venantius Hietpas

M, b. May 18, 1914, d. June 17, 1995

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Norbert Venantius Hietpas was born on May 18, 1914 in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Marcelline Mary Collin were married on September 27, 1938 in Cut Bank, Glacier Co, Montana.
  • Death: Norbert Venantius Hietpas died on June 17, 1995, at age 81, in Cut Bank, Glacier Co, Montana.

Jacob John Hietpas

M, b. May 16, 1911, d. March 8, 1958

Parents

Family: Margaret Eileen O'Loughlin (b. August 17, 1914, d. October 13, 1994)

Biography

  • Birth: Jacob John Hietpas was born on May 16, 1911 in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Margaret Eileen O'Loughlin were married on November 21, 1933 in Sunburst, Toole Co, Montana.
  • Death: Jacob John Hietpas died on March 8, 1958, at age 46, in Cut Bank, Glacier Co, Montana.

Martin Joseph Hietpas

M, b. July 1, 1919, d. September 29, 1990

Parents

Family: Shiebonne Cecilia Rolph (b. September 21, 1922, d. July 7, 2007)

Biography

  • Birth: Martin Joseph Hietpas was born on July 1, 1919 in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on September 29, 1990, at age 71, in Casper, Natrona Co, Wyoming.

Mary Coletta VanHandel

F, b. September 8, 1875, d. June 24, 1960

Parents

Family: Antone H Hietpas (b. August 25, 1872, d. June 11, 1950)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary Coletta VanHandel was born on September 8, 1875 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on September 11, 1875 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Antone H Hietpas were married on May 17, 1898 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Mary Coletta VanHandel died on June 24, 1960, at age 84, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/27W.
  • Note: Little Chute Mother Dies at Son's Funeral
    A Little Chute mother died of a heart attack at 9 a.m. this morning as she entered St. John Catholic church to attend her son's funeral mass.
    Mrs. Mary Hietpas, 84, collapsed about a quarter of the way into the church as she moved to the mourner's section to attend the funeral of her son, Fred Hietpas, 45, who died Wednesday. She was pronounced dead on the scene by a doctor.
    Relatives reported that when her son died, Mrs. Hietpas had said she was going to buy a black dress for her son's funeral and her own, since she felt she would join him soon.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at the Verkuilen Funeral home, Little Chute.
    Mrs. Hietpas is survived by two sons, Joseph , of Little Chute, and Henry, Green Bay, and three sisters, Mrs. Ted Kemps, Mrs. Jacob Weyers, both of Kimberky, and Mrs. Herman Vosters, Little Chute.

Anna Hietpas

F, b. December 20, 1900, d. August 11, 1928

Parents

Family: Arnold John Smits (b. March 23, 1890, d. September 14, 1975)

Biography

  • Birth: Anna Hietpas was born on December 20, 1900.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on December 20, 1900 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Arnold John Smits were married on August 22, 1920 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Anna Hietpas died on August 11, 1928, at age 27.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/3/19.

Wilhelmina Hietpas

F, b. July 7, 1903, d. December 25, 1966

Parents

Family: Theodore Kemps (b. August 29, 1901, d. January 23, 1981)

Biography

  • Birth: Wilhelmina Hietpas was born on July 7, 1903 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Theodore Kemps were married on August 12, 1924 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Wilhelmina Hietpas died on December 25, 1966, at age 63.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Name Cemetery, Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Mathilda Hietpas

F, b. May 5, 1905, d. May 27, 1987

Parents

Family: Herman Peter Vosters (b. July 19, 1903, d. May 30, 1976)

Biography

  • Birth: Mathilda Hietpas was born on May 5, 1905 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Herman Peter Vosters were married on June 2, 1925 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Mathilda Hietpas died on May 27, 1987, at age 82, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/1A/19.
  • Note: SOURCE: APPLETON POST CRESCENT OBITUARY Friday, May 29, 1987
    Mrs. Herman Vosters [Mathilda Hietpas] 330 Johnson St., Little Chute, 82, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, May 27, 1987. She was born May 4, 1905 in Little Chute. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church, the St. Elizabeth Society, St. John Mission Club, the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Little Chute Golden Agers.
    Survivors include two daughters and sons in-law; Julia and Donald Stegeman, Kaukauna; Bernice and Paul Boucher, Gresham; a son and two daughter in-laws, Louis and Joyce Vosters, Lake Tahoe, California; Hazel Vosters, Little Chute; a sisters, Mrs. Betty Thome, Kimberly; 21 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman; two sons, Urban and Marvin; four brothers and two sisters.
    Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday from St. John Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. James Vanden Hogen officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the Verkuiln Funeral Home from 4 until 9 p.m. Sunday and from 9:30 a.m. Monday until the time of services. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Margaret Diedrick

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Parents

Family: Lawrence Artz

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Marian P (Sister Marian) Diedrick

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Parents

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Henry Francis Dercks

M, b. June 22, 1886, d. February 4, 1974

Parents

Family: Antonetta Reynders (b. January 14, 1888, d. November 5, 1976)

Biography

  • Birth: Henry Francis Dercks was born on June 22, 1886 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on June 23, 1886 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Antonetta Reynders were married on October 12, 1910 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Henry Francis Dercks died on February 4, 1974, at age 87.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/4/12.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Katherine Helena Dercks

F, b. March 28, 1889, d. February 25, 1953

Parents

Family: Michael G Verhagen (b. March 18, 1887, d. March 3, 1950)

Biography

  • Birth: Katherine Helena Dercks was born on March 28, 1889 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on March 28, 1889 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Michael G Verhagen were married on April 4, 1910 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Katherine Helena Dercks died on February 25, 1953, at age 63, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/31W.
  • Note: Verhagen, Catherine 1953 Appleton Post Crescent dated February 25th, 1953 Mrs. M. Verhagen Sr, Mrs. Michael Verhagen Sr., 63, of 519 South Vandenbroek Street, Little Chute, died at home at 6:50 this morning. She was born March 28th, 1889, in Little Chute and lived there all of her life. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Little Chute, and the St. Elizabeth Society of that church. Survivors include eight daughters, Mrs. Richard Wolfe, Route 3 Appleton, Mrs. Henry Felauer, Route 1 Seymour, Mrs. Herbert George, Mrs. Rita Wegand both of Kaukauna, Mrs. Nicholas Vandehey, Mrs. Martin Sanderfoot, and Mrs. Urban VanAsten, all of Little Chute, and Miss Janet Verhagen, at home; three sons, and James and Michael Jr., of Kaukauna and Donald in the Navy; four brothers, Henry Dercks, Nicholas and Peter all of Little Chute and John, Kaukauna, three sisters Mrs. Stephen Peteers, Mrs. William Hammen, and Mrs. Martin Hietpas, all of Little Chute, 35 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The rosary will be recited at 8:00 Thursday and Friday nights at the funeral home Little Chute. Funeral services will be conducted at 9:00 Saturday morning at St. John Catholic Church, Little Chute. Burial be in the parish cemetery.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Ardina Dercks

F, b. December 25, 1890, d. September 23, 1976

Parents

Family: Stephen Michael (Stub) ("Stub Peeters") Peeters (b. September 15, 1892, d. August 5, 1965)

Biography

  • Birth: Ardina Dercks was born on December 25, 1890 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on December 26, 1890 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Stephen Michael (Stub) ("Stub Peeters") Peeters were married on February 6, 1912 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Ardina Dercks died on September 23, 1976, at age 85.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/3/1.
  • Note: Mrs. Stephen Peeters
    (Dina Dercks)
    526 Vanden Broek St., Little Chute

    Age 85, died at 10:45 p.m. Saturday after a brief illness. She was born December 25, 1890 in Little Chute and had been a lifetime resident. She was a 50 year member of the St. Elizabeth Society, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Little Chute Golden Agers. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Earl (Lucille) Schuler and Mrs. Ernest (Ann) Verstegen, both of Little Chute; four sons, Carl, Appleton; Eugene, Dominic and Mark, all of Little Chute; 30 grandchildren; and 45 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, and two daughters: Rita and Monica. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Catholic Church with the Rev. John Blaha officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the Verkuilen Funeral Home, after 3 p.m. Monday. There will be a St. Elizabeth Society and Golden Agers rosary at 6:30 Monday evening; a parish prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Monday. A memorial fund has been established.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

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Anna Dercks

F, b. July 3, 1893, d. December 27, 1974

Parents

Family: William Albert Hammen (b. April 27, 1892, d. January 26, 1944)

Biography

  • Birth: Anna Dercks was born on July 3, 1893 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on July 3, 1893 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and William Albert Hammen were married on May 6, 1913 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Anna Dercks died on December 27, 1974, at age 81, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/1A/17.
  • Note: Mrs. Anna Hammen
    532 South Vanden Broek St., Little Chute
    Age 81, died at 1:10 p.m. Friday. She was born July 3, 1893 in Little Chute. She was a member of the St. Elizabeth Society, the Catholic ORder of Forestrs and the Little Chute Golden Agers. Survivors are five daughters. Mrs. Ed (Agnes) Schuler, Mrs. Bernard (Doris) Vosters, and Mrs. Ed (Florence) Poppe all of Little Chute, Mrs. Ray (Geraldine) Keysers of Kimberly, Mrs. Kenneth (Joan) Driessen of NEw York; seven sons, Maurice of Combined Locks, Ambrose, Ernest, Isadore, William, James all of Little Chute, Robert of Kaukauna; 75 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren. Her husband William and daughter, Marie preceded her in death. She is further surived by a brother Nicholas Dercks of Little Chute; a sister, Mrs. Stephen (Dina) Peeters of Little Chute. Funeral services will be held at 11 a..m. Monday at St. John Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert VandeLoo officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the Verkuilen Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Sunday and there will be a St. Elizabeth Society and Golden agers rosary at 6:30 p.m. Sunda and the parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Note: Anna Hammen

    Good Afternoon!

    My Name is Anna Hammen and I love to have fun! I was born July 3, 1893 in Little Chute to Nicolous Dercks and Wilhelmina "Minnie" Vanden Heuvel. My parents, along with my sibling and I, worked the farmstead that originally belonged to my Grandpa and Grandma Dercks. Dad and Mom had 10 Children, five handsome boys and five beautiful daughters.

    On May 6th, 1913 I married the love of my life, William Hammen. Bill was a talented athlete and played bass horn in the village band. He was a hard worker, working shifts at Kimberly Clark, a job he began at age 16.

    The home where we raise our 13, that's right, 13 children, still stands to this day at 532 Vanden Broek St. Life was difficult and we had little money. But I was used to hard work, just as everyone was back in those days. I loved our home and it soon became a gathering spot for friends and family. With sevens sons and six daughters, there was always lots of activity.

    Even thought Bill worked seven day a week, we'd still find time to have some fun. Friends would come from as away as Appleton to our house to play sheephead. Bill would grease a bucket and send one of the boys over to Duce's Bar for beer and we would shuffle the cards all afternoon.

    Sadly, my Bill died of cancer on January 26, 1944 at the age of 51. After his death, I had to earn enough money to support the family. I had a reputation for being a good cook. I loved to cook for the family, friends and sick neighbors. I decided to put my cooking skill to work and open a restaurant. My cousin, Jack Hammen, owned a hotel in town, and was nice enough to give me space, rent free, for the start of Hammen's Restaurant. You may know the restaurant today. It is called Jack's or Better.

    After a number of years, I left the restaurant, but my daughters and I continued cooking food at home and catered hundreds of weddings and banquets. My hot beef and potatoes became legendary. As a matter of fact, the local Pick 'n Save used my potato salad recipe for years.

    Many remember me for cooking, but my family remembers me as the free spirit that loved people. I loved to do things like invite the garbage men in for a beer at Christmas time. The children loved how, at Easter, I'd transform my dining room table into a giant bunny's nest; complete with jellybeans, chocolates, and over 100 decorated Easter eggs. I even started the tradition that on their birthday, all my children, their spouses, my grandchildren, and great grandchildren would receive a card with $1.00 bill inside. This tradition continues to this day in my family.

    On my birthday, all my family would come over for hot dogs, chips, and ice cream. Even though I died on Dec. 27, 1974, at age 81, each year, the entire Hammen family, now close to 400 people, still gathers in my honor for the annual Hammen Family Reunion. The fun and my spirit still live on.

    Thank you for coming today. I have enjoyed telling you my story.

    I am Mary Romenesko, granddaughter of Anna Hammen.

    Little Chute Historical Society Cemetery Walk 2008.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena