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Beth McLaughlin

F

Parents

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

George Gerrit Coenen

M, b. July 13, 1889, d. November 14, 1977

Parents

Family: Mary Petronella Hermsen (b. December 24, 1887, d. September 4, 1970)

Biography

  • Birth: George Gerrit Coenen was born on July 13, 1889 in Town of Vandenbroek, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on July 14, 1889 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Mary Petronella Hermsen were married on September 24, 1912 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: George Gerrit Coenen died on November 14, 1977, at age 88, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/46NE.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

William Eggink

M, b. February 25, 1840, d. April 30, 1896

Parents

Family: Mary Theodora Bongers (b. December 12, 1852, d. December 1, 1918)

Biography

  • Birth: William Eggink was born on February 25, 1840 in Didam, Gelderland, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: He and Mary Theodora Bongers were married in June 1868 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: William Eggink died on April 30, 1896, at age 56, in Phlox, Langlade Co, Wisconsin.

Petronella Bergman

F, b. March 7, 1887, d. November 2, 1958

Parents

Family: Henry William Bongers (b. July 30, 1883, d. April 27, 1972)

Biography

  • Birth: Petronella Bergman was born on March 7, 1887 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Henry William Bongers were married on August 20, 1907 in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Petronella Bergman died on November 2, 1958, at age 71, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/41S.

Marie Catherine Bongers

F, b. April 12, 1908, d. July 15, 2011

Parents

Family: Joseph Herman Huiting (b. December 31, 1906, d. December 6, 1956)

Biography

  • Birth: Marie Catherine Bongers was born on April 12, 1908 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Joseph Herman Huiting were married on August 16, 1932 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Marie Catherine Bongers died on July 15, 2011, at age 103, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Reedsville, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: By R. Paige Kettner For the Times-Villager "Sisters, sisters; there were never such devoted sisters. …" Irving Berlin's song lyrics could have been written for the Bongers family of Little Chute. Three of the sisters – Marie, 97, Catherine, 95, and Rosella, 92 — have remained close, caring for and watching out for one another for almost 100 years. Now that their husbands are gone and their children grown, they are sharing their twilight years, childhood memories and a game or two of cards with one another at St. Paul Manor in Kaukauna. The story of their devotion and strong, loving bonds is not only an inspiration but also a tribute to their parent's legacy. Nellie and Henry Bongers had eight children, four girls and four boys. They raised their close-knit family on Vanden Broek Street in Little Chute. The children attended St. John Catholic School, where they completed their eighth-grade educations. Born first, Marie (1908), Catherine (1910), Lucina (deceased in 2000), and Rosella (1913) learned early the importance of responsibility and dependability. They all had household jobs to do, like scrubbing floors, washing dishes, ironing and taking care of their baby brothers. Contributing to the well-being of the family was second nature to them. "We worked really hard but after chores, I took my brother, 'Beany' for a ride in the buggy and we'd go down by the train depot and wave to the engineers. We'd have to come home when we heard Dad whistle, though," Rosella recalled. Marie remembered spending playtime across the street at the blacksmith shop watching horses being shoed, while Catherine reminisced about gathering up wood shavings at the carpenter's workshop, putting the ringlets around their ears and pretending they had bouncing curls. "We were always doing something fun and silly together," said Catherine. "I was usually the instigator." Once the girls completed their schooling and prior to their marrying, each held jobs to earn money to help the family and to save a bit for their futures. Marie was a nurse-girl who took care of Leslie Sensenbrenner's two children for three years. Afterwards, she went to work at the Kimberly-Clark mill in Kimberly, where she became a paper cutter. "I progressed to paper counter and sorter after a short while," said Marie. "I had to look for wrinkles and flaws in the paper. I worked at that position until I married in 1932." Catherine and Rosella worked as clerks at Hanegraaf's Grocery Store until they married. "Then we had to quit. That was the way things were then," said Rosella. "Wives took care of the house and their families during those days." The years between eighth grade and marriage were formative ones for the Bongers sisters as they ventured out into the work place, continued to assist the family household and found their own sense of style and grace at neighborhood social clubs. Among their favorite spots was a tavern called Little Chicago, south of Kaukauna, where they learned to dance the two-step, but they all agreed that square dancing to a sole accordion player at the Nightingale was great fun, too. Rosella remembered that when their dates brought them home, "Ma would be waiting and she'd say, 'Don't lock the door yet, Marie's not home.' Or, 'you can lock the door now, you're the last one!' She always waited up for us and taught us to look out for one another too." They took these conscientious lessons with them and applied for a lifetime. In the early '30-s the Bongers sisters broadened their horizons further. Each having selected the "perfect mate" and began the business of raising her children. Marie married Joe Huiting (originally from North Dakota) in 1932. Their children, Robert of Green Bay, Elaine Linsmeier, who passed away in 2001, and Mary Gauthier of Oshkosh, admired their mother's tenacity and her positive outlook on life. Her easy-going manner made their home life in Little Chute full of joyful memories. During those early years, Joe worked for Kimberly-Clark as an electrician and mechanic. After a time though, the Huitings moved to Reedsville, where Joe set up an electrical repair and sale shop. While Joe was out on calls, Marie managed the shop business and helped customers in addition to maintaining her household chores and watching the children. "No easy feat, even in by-gone days," she said. The Bongers accepted challenges as part of life and subscribed to the philosophy that you do what you have to do and come out whole, as Catherine can confirm. She married Martin Schumacher in 1933. Martin also worked for Kimberly-Clark in the wood mill. The Schumachers had four children: Eleanor De Koch and Gerald, both of Kimberly Kenneth of Onalaska, and Dennis of Wrightstown. From their mother the Schumacher children learned strength of mind and true grit for on Marie and Martin's 14th wedding anniversary, June 27, 1947, the family buried their dear husband and father. With four little ones to rear, ages 2 to 12, Catherine's parental role exploded to include that of breadwinner and head of the household. The sisters, ever-ready, along with other family members, helped with household chores and cared for the young family. Catherine at age 37 returned to work as a clerk at Geenen's Dry Goods Store in Appleton. "Fridays were long days; I'd have to get the kids off to school and drop the baby off at my cousin's and get to work by nine o'clock. I'd work until nine at night and many times Eleanor would have had to fix the meals and get the kids off to bed. She worked hard too for a young girl. "One time I came home so tired and there on the table I found an apple pie my son, Ken, had made for me. He even cleaned up the mess!" Looking to secure her family's future, Catherine went to Fox Valley Technical School and took evening typing classes so that she could get a better paying job. She was "real good with figures" and shortly thereafter was hired as a secretary for the Paul Wydeven Insurance Agency in Kimberly. Catherine worked there in progressive capacities for 25 years until she retired in 1975. Quiet, reserved Rosella was not without her own fortitude. She married Emil Van Dyke in 1935 and together they raised three children: Jean Weyenberg of Kaukauna, Karen Dollevoet of Darboy and James of Appleton. In addition to running her household, Rosella operated the Van Dyke Beer Depot of Little Chute while Emil worked the pulp-wood scale for the K-C mill. Rosella epitomized the gifts of hospitality and compassion to her children and extended them to others, often having her sisters' families and mutual friends to their cottage on Rockland Beach on Lake Winnebago for picnics and fishing parties during the summer. "On the Fourth of July we'd all watch fireworks or during the winter it was Saturday night Sheepshead card games, five-ten-fifteen. There'd always be a keg of beer and we'd get steak or chicken lunches for 35 cents or just make sandwiches. There was always lots of food, kids and fun." Marie, Catherine and Rosella looked out for one another whenever and whatever the need, whether it was taking care of children, painting houses, or moving furniture. There came a time when Catherine thought it was a good idea to teach Marie how to drive. She was 60 at the time, widowed and living back with thier father; driving would be a good thing to learn. It was easy, said Catherine, who'd been driving since she was 16. She'd proven her skill to her dad and sent in her 25 cents for the certificate. All Marie had to remember was to come to a "dead stop." Catherine took Marie to the cemetery to practice. The going was taxing for both women. On a return trip home, the issue of a "dead stop" came to a full head when the side door panel of the garage got in the way of parking the car. Needless to say, the "girls" had to get the paint off of the car and patch the hole before their father got home. "Pa always stressed, 'Come to a dead stop,'" Catherine directed Marie. Catherine may or may not be an instigator, but she is certainly a leader. When it was time for her sisters to forego their homes and accept a less demanding, self-sustaining lifestyle, she recommended the accommodations and services of St. Paul Elder Care Manor. Catherine has been a St. Paul resident since 1998; Marie joined her in March of 2005 and Rosella in September that same year. All are active, mobile and relatively healthy women living in their independent apartments. They enjoy meals together or with friends, they attend church services in-house and they play cards or bingo. "We have our own bath, our own thermostat. They clean our apartment and the food is good. It's a good place to live," offered Catherine. "We had to go somewhere, and Catherine liked it … so, it's a good place for us too," agreed Marie. "Sisters, sisters; there were never such devoted sisters…."
  • Note: Marie A. Huiting, 103, Kimberly, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 15, 2011, at St. Paul Home. She was born on May 12, 1908, in Kaukauna, to the late Henry and Nellie (Bergman) Bongers. Marie married Joseph Huiting on Aug. 16, 1932, in Little Chute. In 1946, they moved to Reedsville where they owned and operated Huiting Electric until Joe's death on Dec. 6, 1956. After Joe's death, Marie worked as an assistant cook at the Reedsville High School, leaving to care for her father in Little Chute for 10 years. She then worked as a housekeeper at North Shore Golf Club. Marie was a longtime member at St. John Catholic Church in Little Chute. She most recently attended Holy Name Church in Kimberly. Marie was an avid crafter, enjoying knitting, sewing, and crocheting. She crocheted an afghan for each of her grandchildren. Many will remember her for love of playing cards and her stories and jokes. Marie enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

    She is survived by her son, Robert Huiting, Green Bay; daughter, Mary (Gene) Gauthier, Oshkosh; son-in-law, Edgar Nate, Manitowoc; 15 grandchildren; 39 great- grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Orville Bongers, Little Chute, and Bernard Bongers, Appleton; sister, Rosella Van Dyke, Kaukauna; brother-in-law, Theodore (Jule) Huiting, Little Chute; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; daughter, Elaine Nate; son-in-law, Alois Linsmeier; daughter-in-law, Shirley Huiting; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter; two brothers, Cyril Bongers (infant) and Joseph Bongers and two sisters, Catherine Schumacher and Lucina Jansen.

    The funeral liturgy for Marie will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at HOLY SPIRIT PARISH - KIMBERLY, 400 E. Kimberly Avenue. Fr. David Beaudry will be officiating. Interment will be held at St. Mary Cemetery, Reedsville. The visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name.

    Marie's family would like to thank the staff at St. Paul Home for the kind, loving care given to their mother.

    Jansen Fargo

    Funeral Home

    204 E. Kimberly Ave.

    Kimberly 788-6202

    Online condolences

    www.wichmann

    fargo.com


    Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on July 17, 2011.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Catherine Josephine Bongers

F, b. March 1, 1910, d. April 6, 2009

Parents

Family: Martin H Schumacher (b. January 30, 1908, d. June 24, 1947)

Biography

  • Birth: Catherine Josephine Bongers was born on March 1, 1910 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Martin H Schumacher were married on June 27, 1933 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Catherine Josephine Bongers died on April 6, 2009, at age 99, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/5/30S.
  • Note: By R. Paige Kettner For the Times-Villager "Sisters, sisters; there were never such devoted sisters. …" Irving Berlin's song lyrics could have been written for the Bongers family of Little Chute. Three of the sisters – Marie, 97, Catherine, 95, and Rosella, 92 — have remained close, caring for and watching out for one another for almost 100 years. Now that their husbands are gone and their children grown, they are sharing their twilight years, childhood memories and a game or two of cards with one another at St. Paul Manor in Kaukauna. The story of their devotion and strong, loving bonds is not only an inspiration but also a tribute to their parent's legacy. Nellie and Henry Bongers had eight children, four girls and four boys. They raised their close-knit family on Vanden Broek Street in Little Chute. The children attended St. John Catholic School, where they completed their eighth-grade educations. Born first, Marie (1908), Catherine (1910), Lucina (deceased in 2000), and Rosella (1913) learned early the importance of responsibility and dependability. They all had household jobs to do, like scrubbing floors, washing dishes, ironing and taking care of their baby brothers. Contributing to the well-being of the family was second nature to them. "We worked really hard but after chores, I took my brother, 'Beany' for a ride in the buggy and we'd go down by the train depot and wave to the engineers. We'd have to come home when we heard Dad whistle, though," Rosella recalled. Marie remembered spending playtime across the street at the blacksmith shop watching horses being shoed, while Catherine reminisced about gathering up wood shavings at the carpenter's workshop, putting the ringlets around their ears and pretending they had bouncing curls. "We were always doing something fun and silly together," said Catherine. "I was usually the instigator." Once the girls completed their schooling and prior to their marrying, each held jobs to earn money to help the family and to save a bit for their futures. Marie was a nurse-girl who took care of Leslie Sensenbrenner's two children for three years. Afterwards, she went to work at the Kimberly-Clark mill in Kimberly, where she became a paper cutter. "I progressed to paper counter and sorter after a short while," said Marie. "I had to look for wrinkles and flaws in the paper. I worked at that position until I married in 1932." Catherine and Rosella worked as clerks at Hanegraaf's Grocery Store until they married. "Then we had to quit. That was the way things were then," said Rosella. "Wives took care of the house and their families during those days." The years between eighth grade and marriage were formative ones for the Bongers sisters as they ventured out into the work place, continued to assist the family household and found their own sense of style and grace at neighborhood social clubs. Among their favorite spots was a tavern called Little Chicago, south of Kaukauna, where they learned to dance the two-step, but they all agreed that square dancing to a sole accordion player at the Nightingale was great fun, too. Rosella remembered that when their dates brought them home, "Ma would be waiting and she'd say, 'Don't lock the door yet, Marie's not home.' Or, 'you can lock the door now, you're the last one!' She always waited up for us and taught us to look out for one another too." They took these conscientious lessons with them and applied for a lifetime. In the early '30-s the Bongers sisters broadened their horizons further. Each having selected the "perfect mate" and began the business of raising her children. Marie married Joe Huiting (originally from North Dakota) in 1932. Their children, Robert of Green Bay, Elaine Linsmeier, who passed away in 2001, and Mary Gauthier of Oshkosh, admired their mother's tenacity and her positive outlook on life. Her easy-going manner made their home life in Little Chute full of joyful memories. During those early years, Joe worked for Kimberly-Clark as an electrician and mechanic. After a time though, the Huitings moved to Reedsville, where Joe set up an electrical repair and sale shop. While Joe was out on calls, Marie managed the shop business and helped customers in addition to maintaining her household chores and watching the children. "No easy feat, even in by-gone days," she said. The Bongers accepted challenges as part of life and subscribed to the philosophy that you do what you have to do and come out whole, as Catherine can confirm. She married Martin Schumacher in 1933. Martin also worked for Kimberly-Clark in the wood mill. The Schumachers had four children: Eleanor De Koch and Gerald, both of Kimberly Kenneth of Onalaska, and Dennis of Wrightstown. From their mother the Schumacher children learned strength of mind and true grit for on Marie and Martin's 14th wedding anniversary, June 27, 1947, the family buried their dear husband and father. With four little ones to rear, ages 2 to 12, Catherine's parental role exploded to include that of breadwinner and head of the household. The sisters, ever-ready, along with other family members, helped with household chores and cared for the young family. Catherine at age 37 returned to work as a clerk at Geenen's Dry Goods Store in Appleton. "Fridays were long days; I'd have to get the kids off to school and drop the baby off at my cousin's and get to work by nine o'clock. I'd work until nine at night and many times Eleanor would have had to fix the meals and get the kids off to bed. She worked hard too for a young girl. "One time I came home so tired and there on the table I found an apple pie my son, Ken, had made for me. He even cleaned up the mess!" Looking to secure her family's future, Catherine went to Fox Valley Technical School and took evening typing classes so that she could get a better paying job. She was "real good with figures" and shortly thereafter was hired as a secretary for the Paul Wydeven Insurance Agency in Kimberly. Catherine worked there in progressive capacities for 25 years until she retired in 1975. Quiet, reserved Rosella was not without her own fortitude. She married Emil Van Dyke in 1935 and together they raised three children: Jean Weyenberg of Kaukauna, Karen Dollevoet of Darboy and James of Appleton. In addition to running her household, Rosella operated the Van Dyke Beer Depot of Little Chute while Emil worked the pulp-wood scale for the K-C mill. Rosella epitomized the gifts of hospitality and compassion to her children and extended them to others, often having her sisters' families and mutual friends to their cottage on Rockland Beach on Lake Winnebago for picnics and fishing parties during the summer. "On the Fourth of July we'd all watch fireworks or during the winter it was Saturday night Sheepshead card games, five-ten-fifteen. There'd always be a keg of beer and we'd get steak or chicken lunches for 35 cents or just make sandwiches. There was always lots of food, kids and fun." Marie, Catherine and Rosella looked out for one another whenever and whatever the need, whether it was taking care of children, painting houses, or moving furniture. There came a time when Catherine thought it was a good idea to teach Marie how to drive. She was 60 at the time, widowed and living back with thier father; driving would be a good thing to learn. It was easy, said Catherine, who'd been driving since she was 16. She'd proven her skill to her dad and sent in her 25 cents for the certificate. All Marie had to remember was to come to a "dead stop." Catherine took Marie to the cemetery to practice. The going was taxing for both women. On a return trip home, the issue of a "dead stop" came to a full head when the side door panel of the garage got in the way of parking the car. Needless to say, the "girls" had to get the paint off of the car and patch the hole before their father got home. "Pa always stressed, 'Come to a dead stop,'" Catherine directed Marie. Catherine may or may not be an instigator, but she is certainly a leader. When it was time for her sisters to forego their homes and accept a less demanding, self-sustaining lifestyle, she recommended the accommodations and services of St. Paul Elder Care Manor. Catherine has been a St. Paul resident since 1998; Marie joined her in March of 2005 and Rosella in September that same year. All are active, mobile and relatively healthy women living in their independent apartments. They enjoy meals together or with friends, they attend church services in-house and they play cards or bingo. "We have our own bath, our own thermostat. They clean our apartment and the food is good. It's a good place to live," offered Catherine. "We had to go somewhere, and Catherine liked it … so, it's a good place for us too," agreed Marie. "Sisters, sisters; there were never such devoted sisters…."
  • Note: April 12, 2009

    Schumacher, Catherine J.
    Catherine J. Schumacher, age 99, formerly of Kimberly, passed away Monday evening, April 6, 2009, at St. Paul Home. Catherine was born March 1, 1910, in Little Chute, to Henry and Nellie (Bergman) Bongers. On June 24, 1933, she was united in marriage to the late Martin H. Schumacher at St. John Catholic Church, Little Chute. Martin preceded her in death on June 24, 1947.
    For 25 years Catherine worked at Paul Wydeven Insurance as a secretary. She was a faithful member at Holy Spirit Parish, Kimberly, and a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and a past Chief Ranger.
    Catherine is survived by her four children: Eleanor De Koch, Gerald (Mary) Schumacher, both of Kimberly, Kenneth (Sarah) Schumacher, Onalaska, WI, Dennis (Judy) Schumacher, Hiles, WI; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchild; two sisters: Marie Huiting and Rosella Van Dyke, both of Kaukauna; two brothers: Orville Bongers, Little Chute, and Bernard Bongers, Appleton; sister-in-law: Evelyn Bongers, Kimberly; and other relatives and friends.
    In addition to her husband, Martin, Catherine is preceded in death by her son-in-law: Charles De Koch; her sister: Lucina Jansen; two brothers, Cyril and Joseph Bongers; three sisters-in-law: Helen, Wilma, and Barbara Bongers; three brothers-in-law: Joseph Huiting, Emil Van Dyke, and Nick Jansen; one daughter-in-law: Susan Schumacher; a grandson; a great-grandson; and many other Schumacher family members.
    A Funeral Liturgy for Catherine will be held 12 noon, Monday, April 13, 2009, at HOLY SPIRIT PARISH, 600 E. Kimberly Avenue, Kimberly. Fr. David Beaudry will officiate. A time of visitation and support will be held at the church on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place at St. John Cemetery, Little Chute. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Catherine's name.
    Catherine's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff and caregivers at St. Paul Manor and St. Paul Home for all their wonderful care and support.
    Jansen Fargo
    Funeral Home
    204 E. Kimberly Ave.
    Kimberly, 920-788-6202
    Online Condolences
    www.wichmannfargo.com.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Rosella Pauline Bongers

F, b. April 29, 1913, d. May 7, 2012

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Rosella Pauline Bongers was born on April 29, 1913 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Emil Martin VanDyke were married on August 21, 1935.
  • Death: Rosella Pauline Bongers died on May 7, 2012, at age 99, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/4/11.
  • Note: By R. Paige Kettner For the Times-Villager "Sisters, sisters; there were never such devoted sisters. …" Irving Berlin's song lyrics could have been written for the Bongers family of Little Chute. Three of the sisters – Marie, 97, Catherine, 95, and Rosella, 92 — have remained close, caring for and watching out for one another for almost 100 years. Now that their husbands are gone and their children grown, they are sharing their twilight years, childhood memories and a game or two of cards with one another at St. Paul Manor in Kaukauna. The story of their devotion and strong, loving bonds is not only an inspiration but also a tribute to their parent's legacy. Nellie and Henry Bongers had eight children, four girls and four boys. They raised their close-knit family on Vanden Broek Street in Little Chute. The children attended St. John Catholic School, where they completed their eighth-grade educations. Born first, Marie (1908), Catherine (1910), Lucina (deceased in 2000), and Rosella (1913) learned early the importance of responsibility and dependability. They all had household jobs to do, like scrubbing floors, washing dishes, ironing and taking care of their baby brothers. Contributing to the well-being of the family was second nature to them. "We worked really hard but after chores, I took my brother, 'Beany' for a ride in the buggy and we'd go down by the train depot and wave to the engineers. We'd have to come home when we heard Dad whistle, though," Rosella recalled. Marie remembered spending playtime across the street at the blacksmith shop watching horses being shoed, while Catherine reminisced about gathering up wood shavings at the carpenter's workshop, putting the ringlets around their ears and pretending they had bouncing curls. "We were always doing something fun and silly together," said Catherine. "I was usually the instigator." Once the girls completed their schooling and prior to their marrying, each held jobs to earn money to help the family and to save a bit for their futures. Marie was a nurse-girl who took care of Leslie Sensenbrenner's two children for three years. Afterwards, she went to work at the Kimberly-Clark mill in Kimberly, where she became a paper cutter. "I progressed to paper counter and sorter after a short while," said Marie. "I had to look for wrinkles and flaws in the paper. I worked at that position until I married in 1932." Catherine and Rosella worked as clerks at Hanegraaf's Grocery Store until they married. "Then we had to quit. That was the way things were then," said Rosella. "Wives took care of the house and their families during those days." The years between eighth grade and marriage were formative ones for the Bongers sisters as they ventured out into the work place, continued to assist the family household and found their own sense of style and grace at neighborhood social clubs. Among their favorite spots was a tavern called Little Chicago, south of Kaukauna, where they learned to dance the two-step, but they all agreed that square dancing to a sole accordion player at the Nightingale was great fun, too. Rosella remembered that when their dates brought them home, "Ma would be waiting and she'd say, 'Don't lock the door yet, Marie's not home.' Or, 'you can lock the door now, you're the last one!' She always waited up for us and taught us to look out for one another too." They took these conscientious lessons with them and applied for a lifetime. In the early '30-s the Bongers sisters broadened their horizons further. Each having selected the "perfect mate" and began the business of raising her children. Marie married Joe Huiting (originally from North Dakota) in 1932. Their children, Robert of Green Bay, Elaine Linsmeier, who passed away in 2001, and Mary Gauthier of Oshkosh, admired their mother's tenacity and her positive outlook on life. Her easy-going manner made their home life in Little Chute full of joyful memories. During those early years, Joe worked for Kimberly-Clark as an electrician and mechanic. After a time though, the Huitings moved to Reedsville, where Joe set up an electrical repair and sale shop. While Joe was out on calls, Marie managed the shop business and helped customers in addition to maintaining her household chores and watching the children. "No easy feat, even in by-gone days," she said. The Bongers accepted challenges as part of life and subscribed to the philosophy that you do what you have to do and come out whole, as Catherine can confirm. She married Martin Schumacher in 1933. Martin also worked for Kimberly-Clark in the wood mill. The Schumachers had four children: Eleanor De Koch and Gerald, both of Kimberly Kenneth of Onalaska, and Dennis of Wrightstown. From their mother the Schumacher children learned strength of mind and true grit for on Marie and Martin's 14th wedding anniversary, June 27, 1947, the family buried their dear husband and father. With four little ones to rear, ages 2 to 12, Catherine's parental role exploded to include that of breadwinner and head of the household. The sisters, ever-ready, along with other family members, helped with household chores and cared for the young family. Catherine at age 37 returned to work as a clerk at Geenen's Dry Goods Store in Appleton. "Fridays were long days; I'd have to get the kids off to school and drop the baby off at my cousin's and get to work by nine o'clock. I'd work until nine at night and many times Eleanor would have had to fix the meals and get the kids off to bed. She worked hard too for a young girl. "One time I came home so tired and there on the table I found an apple pie my son, Ken, had made for me. He even cleaned up the mess!" Looking to secure her family's future, Catherine went to Fox Valley Technical School and took evening typing classes so that she could get a better paying job. She was "real good with figures" and shortly thereafter was hired as a secretary for the Paul Wydeven Insurance Agency in Kimberly. Catherine worked there in progressive capacities for 25 years until she retired in 1975. Quiet, reserved Rosella was not without her own fortitude. She married Emil Van Dyke in 1935 and together they raised three children: Jean Weyenberg of Kaukauna, Karen Dollevoet of Darboy and James of Appleton. In addition to running her household, Rosella operated the Van Dyke Beer Depot of Little Chute while Emil worked the pulp-wood scale for the K-C mill. Rosella epitomized the gifts of hospitality and compassion to her children and extended them to others, often having her sisters' families and mutual friends to their cottage on Rockland Beach on Lake Winnebago for picnics and fishing parties during the summer. "On the Fourth of July we'd all watch fireworks or during the winter it was Saturday night Sheepshead card games, five-ten-fifteen. There'd always be a keg of beer and we'd get steak or chicken lunches for 35 cents or just make sandwiches. There was always lots of food, kids and fun." Marie, Catherine and Rosella looked out for one another whenever and whatever the need, whether it was taking care of children, painting houses, or moving furniture. There came a time when Catherine thought it was a good idea to teach Marie how to drive. She was 60 at the time, widowed and living back with thier father; driving would be a good thing to learn. It was easy, said Catherine, who'd been driving since she was 16. She'd proven her skill to her dad and sent in her 25 cents for the certificate. All Marie had to remember was to come to a "dead stop." Catherine took Marie to the cemetery to practice. The going was taxing for both women. On a return trip home, the issue of a "dead stop" came to a full head when the side door panel of the garage got in the way of parking the car. Needless to say, the "girls" had to get the paint off of the car and patch the hole before their father got home. "Pa always stressed, 'Come to a dead stop,'" Catherine directed Marie. Catherine may or may not be an instigator, but she is certainly a leader. When it was time for her sisters to forego their homes and accept a less demanding, self-sustaining lifestyle, she recommended the accommodations and services of St. Paul Elder Care Manor. Catherine has been a St. Paul resident since 1998; Marie joined her in March of 2005 and Rosella in September that same year. All are active, mobile and relatively healthy women living in their independent apartments. They enjoy meals together or with friends, they attend church services in-house and they play cards or bingo. "We have our own bath, our own thermostat. They clean our apartment and the food is good. It's a good place to live," offered Catherine. "We had to go somewhere, and Catherine liked it … so, it's a good place for us too," agreed Marie. "Sisters, sisters; there were never such devoted sisters…."
  • Note: Rosella P. Van Dyke, formerly of Kimberly, age 99, died Monday May 7, 2012 at the St. Paul Home. She was born on Little Chute on April 29, 1913 to the late Henry and Petronella (Bergman) Bongers. Rosella married Emil Van Dyke on August 21, 1935 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Little Chute. He preceded her in death on April 3, 1978. Rosella enjoyed playing bingo and socializing during the St. Paul Home's happy hour and the monthly dinner outings. She also liked to read, knit, crochet and play in her neighborhood monthly card club.

    Rosella is survived by her children: Jean (Hooyman) Weyenberg, Vanden Broek; Karen (Jerry) Dollevoet, Appleton; and Jim (Mary Jo) Van Dyke, Appleton; grandchildren: Mike (Ellen), Steve (Mary) and Tom (Vonnie) Hooyman, Dan (Meredith) and Jesse (Heather) Dollevoet, Jenny (Dave) Sprangers, Brady (Amy) Sturm and Emily (Jerry) Gordee; great-grandchildren: Amy (Ryan) Vosters, Katie, Kim and Kelsey Hooyman, Alex and Annika Dollevoet, Noah and Chloe Sprangers, Kylie and Katie Sturm, Caleb, Alexa and Taylor Gordee; great-great-granddaughter Lauren; brother Bernard "Beany" Bongers; sister-in-law Evelyn Bongers; and special godchild Joan Martinez. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    In addition to her husband and parents, Rosella was preceded in death by her sons-in-law: Ervan Hooyman and Romie Weyenberg; brothers Joseph, Cyril and Orville (Barbara) Bongers; sisters: Lucina (Nick) Jansen, Catherine (Martin) Schumacher and Marie (Joseph) Huiting; and sisters-in-law: Helen and Wilma Bongers.

    Visitation will be held Friday May 11, 2012 at HOLY SPIRIT PARISH (620 E. Kimberly) beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 12:00 Noon. The Rev. Msgr. James Vanden Hogen will officiate. Committal St. John Cemetery, Little Chute. To sign the guestbook, visit www.oconnellfh.com. A memorial is being established.

    The Van Dyke family would like to send a special thank you to the St. Paul Home and staff, especially Kim, Paula, Nicole and Amy.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Lucinda Hattie Bongers

F, b. May 9, 1914, d. July 8, 2001

Parents

St John High School Yearbook 1932

Biography

  • Birth: Lucinda Hattie Bongers was born on May 9, 1914 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Nicholas John Jansen were married on August 23, 1937 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Lucinda Hattie Bongers died on July 8, 2001, at age 87, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: August 23, 1937

    The marriage of Miss Lucina Bongers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Bongers, Little Chute, and Nicholas J. Jansen son of Cornelius Jansen, Little Chute, took place at 8 o'clock this morning at St. John church, Little Chute. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. John J. Sprangers and the attendants were Miss Helen Orth of Menasha, Miss Agnes Jansen, Little Chute, Floyd Van Dyke, Kaukauna and Bernadine Bongers, Little Chute. Following the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served to the immediate relatives and in the evening a dinner will be served to about 125 guests at the Bongers home. There will be a dance this evening at Rainbow Gardens. After a week's trip Mr. and Mrs. Jansen will reside in Little Chute.
  • Graduation: She graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1932.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

George Coenen

M, b. December 8, 1842, d. April 8, 1919

Parents

Family: Antoinette Delronge (b. February 11, 1853, d. June 27, 1927)

Biography

  • Birth: George Coenen was born on December 8, 1842 in Reek, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: He and Antoinette Delronge were married on November 15, 1869 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: George Coenen died on April 8, 1919, at age 76, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/1A/7S.
  • Immigration: He immigrated to Maria Magdalena in 1848 Line 105.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Antoinette Delronge

F, b. February 11, 1853, d. June 27, 1927

Parents

Family: George Coenen (b. December 8, 1842, d. April 8, 1919)

Biography

  • Birth: Antoinette Delronge was born on February 11, 1853 in Belgium.
  • Marriage: She and George Coenen were married on November 15, 1869 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Antoinette Delronge died on June 27, 1927, at age 74, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/1A/7S.

James J Coenen

M, b. January 30, 1878, d. October 8, 1948

Parents

Family: Petronella Verbeten (b. June 12, 1878, d. May 8, 1950)

Biography

  • Birth: James J Coenen was born on January 30, 1878 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on January 31, 1878 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Petronella Verbeten were married on May 12, 1902 in Wrightstown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: James J Coenen died on October 8, 1948, at age 70, in Town of Grand Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Mary Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Anna VanHoof

F, b. January 9, 1916, d. December 25, 1923

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Anna VanHoof was born on January 9, 1916 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on December 25, 1923, at age 7, in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.

Catherine Dercks

F, b. August 1, 1888, d. April 8, 1955

Parents

Family: Louis John Coenen (b. August 17, 1881, d. May 6, 1947)

Biography

  • Birth: Catherine Dercks was born on August 1, 1888 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on August 1, 1888 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Louis John Coenen were married on May 16, 1910 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Catherine Dercks died on April 8, 1955, at age 66, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/4/42N.

Mary Petronella Hermsen

F, b. December 24, 1887, d. September 4, 1970

Parents

Family: George Gerrit Coenen (b. July 13, 1889, d. November 14, 1977)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary Petronella Hermsen was born on December 24, 1887 in Town of Vandenbroek, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on December 25, 1887 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and George Gerrit Coenen were married on September 24, 1912 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Mary Petronella Hermsen died on September 4, 1970, at age 82, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/46NE.

Francis DeGroot

M, b. June 20, 1809, d. February 6, 1895

Parents

Family: Johanna Verkampen (b. February 6, 1821, d. June 15, 1914)

Biography

  • Birth: Francis DeGroot was born on June 20, 1809 in Reek, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: He and Johanna Verkampen were married in 1853 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Francis DeGroot died on February 6, 1895, at age 85, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, Old/10/2.
  • Note: From Little Chute, Monday of last week died Frank DeGroot, one of the first settlers, age about 95 years. A widow, a son Joseph and 2 daughters, Mrs. John Derks, and Mrs. Katie Bernards in Oregon survive him. Thursday burial. Mr. DeGroot came in 1846 with Father VandenBroek to this land.
  • Immigration: He immigrated to Tuskina in 1850 Line 152.

Johanna Verkampen

F, b. February 6, 1821, d. June 15, 1914

Parents

Family: Francis DeGroot (b. June 20, 1809, d. February 6, 1895)

Biography

  • Birth: Johanna Verkampen was born on February 6, 1821 in Zeeland, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: She and Francis DeGroot were married in 1853 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Johanna Verkampen died on June 15, 1914, at age 93, in Town of Vandenbroek, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, Old/10/2.
  • Immigration: She immigrated in 1853.

Johanna Maria Snyders

F, b. September 23, 1835, d. June 24, 1865

Parents

Family: Peter Ebben (b. February 28, 1833, d. January 10, 1893)

Biography

  • Birth: Johanna Maria Snyders was born on September 23, 1835 in Boekel, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: She and Peter Ebben were married on April 14, 1856 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Johanna Maria Snyders died on June 24, 1865, at age 29.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, Old/2/13.
  • Immigration: She immigrated to Tuskina in 1850 Line 77.

Arnold Ebben

M, b. October 26, 1857, d. September 25, 1926

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Arnold Ebben was born on October 26, 1857.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on October 26, 1857 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on September 25, 1926, at age 68, in Duluth, St Louis Co, Minnesota.
  • Note: Appleton Post-Crescent, page-2, 10-4-1926
    FORMER RESIDENT OF LITTLE CHUTE DIES
    Little Chute--Arnold Ebben, 68, formerly a resident of this village, died suddenly Sept. 25 of heart disease at his home in Duluth, Minn. He is survived by his widow and one daughter of Duluth, four brothers, Anton, Henry and Adrian of Little Chute, John of Kimberly, and three sisters, Mrs. Henry C. Bongers and Mrs. William Strick of this place, and Mrs. John VanderWoort of Wrightstown. Funeral services were held at Holy Rosary church at Duluth and burial was made in the Catholic cmemtery. Those from here attended the funeral were Anton and John Ebben.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Mary Anna Ebben

F, b. April 3, 1860, d. November 16, 1910

Parents

Family: John Verhagen (b. July 31, 1856, d. March 26, 1916)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary Anna Ebben was born on April 3, 1860.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on April 5, 1860 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and John Verhagen were married on June 16, 1876.
  • Death: Mary Anna Ebben died on November 16, 1910, at age 50.
  • Burial: She was buried in Fort Howard Memorial Park, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

James Wright Smith

M, b. June 26, 1918, d. July 25, 2009

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: James Wright Smith was born on June 26, 1918 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on June 15, 1946 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on July 25, 2009, at age 91.
  • Note: July 28, 2009


    Smith, James Wright


    James Wright Smith passed away Saturday, July 25, 2009, at the age of 91. He was born to Wright and Mathilda (Lamers) Smith on June 26, 1918, in Little Chute, Wisconsin. A graduate of University of Wisconsin School of Engineering, Jim spent the following two years designing aircraft components for Goodyear Aircraft in Akron, Ohio. He returned to Wisconsin in 1946 and began a 40 year career with Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Neenah as a design and project engineer.

    On June 15, 1946, Jim married his college sweetheart, Janis Kessler, in Green Bay. They were blessed with three children, daughter, Judith Allyson, and twins Scott Charles and Jill Angela.

    After retiring from K-C, Jim enjoyed taking jaunts around Wisconsin, golfing, volunteering, and especially spending time with family members, until a bad fall in 1993 severely limited his activities. In 1995, Jim and Jan moved to Evergreen Retirement Community, where he served on the Resident's Council, one term as President, and continued other volunteer work.

    Those left to mourn Jim's passing are his wife, Jan Smith, Oshkosh; a daughter, Judi (fiance, John Curtis) Smith, Wadesboro, North Carolina; a son, Scott (Debbie) Smith, Sturtevant, Wisconsin; a granddaughter, Abigail Smith, Sturtevant, Wisconsin; and many other relatives and friends.

    Preceding Jim in death are his parents; a daughter, Jill Clausen; a brother, Don Smith; and a nephew, Gary Smith.

    A memorial service honoring Jim's life will be held on Monday, August 3, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Evergreen Retirement Community. Memorials to Evergreen Care Assurance in Jim's name, in lieu of flowers, would be most appreciated. Please visit www.seefeldfuneral.com to send online condolences to the family.

    Jim's family wishes to extend grateful thanks to the staff of Evergreen's Creekview North who made Jim's journey along his path to God as pain-free and peaceful as possible. During his last months with us, he was truly touched by angels.

    Seefeld Funeral and

    Cremation Services

    920-236-7750.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

William Ebben

M, b. April 10, 1865, d. September 17, 1865

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: William Ebben was born on April 10, 1865.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on April 16, 1865 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on September 17, 1865, at age 0.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, Old Unmarked.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Wilhelmina Jordaan

F, b. circa 1767, d. November 12, 1844

Parents

Family: Gerardus Joannes VanGrol (b. July 14, 1770)

Biography

  • Birth: Wilhelmina Jordaan was born circa 1767.
  • Marriage: She and Gerardus Joannes VanGrol were married on March 27, 1794 in Indoornik, Gelderland, Netherlands.
  • Death: Wilhelmina Jordaan died on November 12, 1844 in Randwijk, Gelderland, Netherlands.

Gerardus Joannes VanGrol

M, b. July 14, 1770

Parents

Family: Wilhelmina Jordaan (b. circa 1767, d. November 12, 1844)

Biography

  • Birth: Gerardus Joannes VanGrol was born on July 14, 1770 in Olburgen, Gelderland, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: He and Wilhelmina Jordaan were married on March 27, 1794 in Indoornik, Gelderland, Netherlands.

Maria Lundin

F

Parents

Elizabeth Brooks

F

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