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Anne Salm

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Glenn Higgins

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William Peter Dercks

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

Peter John DeBruin

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Family: Laura Jane Appleton (b. August 21, 1873, d. February 1, 1945)

Biography

  • Birth: Peter John DeBruin was born on March 13, 1869 in Town of Buchanan, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Laura Jane Appleton were married on July 19, 1893 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Peter John DeBruin died on January 23, 1945, at age 75, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/3/41N.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Laura Jane Appleton

F, b. August 21, 1873, d. February 1, 1945

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Family: Peter John DeBruin (b. March 13, 1869, d. January 23, 1945)

Biography

  • Birth: Laura Jane Appleton was born on August 21, 1873 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Peter John DeBruin were married on July 19, 1893 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Laura Jane Appleton died on February 1, 1945, at age 71, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/3/41N.

Lea Gassner

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Pamela Gassner

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Jeff Majetich

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Lynn Gassner

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Leo R Biese

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Biography

  • Birth: Leo R Biese was born on May 9, 1937 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on May 16, 2014, at age 77.
  • Note: Leo R. Biese of Darboy, dearly loved by those who survive him was born to his eternal life on Friday, May 16, 2014. He was born to his earthly life on May 9, 1937, to the late Frank and Clara (Arnoldussen) Biese. Leo was born and raised on the family farm in Kaukauna. He graduated from Kaukauna High School in 1955. He married the love of his life Irene Hietpas on September 11, 1958, and they have been blessed to hold hands for over 55 years. Leo was a devoted husband to Irene and a loving father and grandfather, they resided in Darboy their entire married life and were active members of Holy Angels Church of Darboy for many years and recently became members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church of Appleton. Leo retired at the age 63 from Thilmany papers, after many years of service. He served as a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Harrison, as well volunteered as the "jack of all trades" at the Tabor Center in Menasha for many years.

    Leo was a very skilled craftsman; his memory will live on in the many bird houses he has made over the years for not only his yard, but for many others as well. He and Irene took great pride in their yard and loved to share its beauty with others. In his retirement Leo formed some everlasting friendships with caring individuals at the Fox River Mall, with whom they exercised a little and laughed with plenty.

    Those Leo leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife Irene, three children Allan (Brenda) Biese of Grand Chute, Brenda (Jeff) VandenHeuvel of Kaukauna, and Connie (Herb) Bonacker of East Longmeadow, MA; seven grandchildren Alexa and Valyssa Biese; Brianna (Jake) Wood, Lucas, Lacey and Logan VandenHeuvel; and Alicia Sprangers; two great-grandchildren Lily Broder and Brooks Wood; sisters Maggie (Ray) Coenen of Kaukauna, Elaine (Bob) Schmidt of Hollandtown, Dorothy (Tim) VandeWettering of Hollandtown, Evelyn Verhasselt of Freedom and Marian Gerrits of Kaukauna, sisters-in-law Nora Biese of Hollandtown, Betty Vandenberg of Darboy and Pauline (Gerald) DeGroot of Little Chute; brothers-in-law Harland (Carol) Hietpas of Little Chute and Dan (Susie) Hietpas of Little Chute. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Leo was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Clara Biese, granddaughter Valerie Biese, his brother Bob Biese, brothers-in-law Bob Verhasselt, George Gerrits, Gordon Luniak and Francis Vandenberg, and mother and father-in-law Nick and Esther Hietpas.

    The funeral liturgy for Leo will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday May 21, 2014 at ST. THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC CHURH, 1810 N. McDonald Street in Appleton. Father Gerald Falk will be presiding. A visitation will be held Tuesday at the CHURCH from 4:00 until the prayer service at 7:00 pm and again from 9:30 am until 10:45 am. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. Online condolences can be expressed at www.wichmannfargo.com.

    We are proud and blessed to have known you Leo. You have made a difference in so many lives, you have been an inspiration to us all and an example of unconditional love, you will be in our hearts forever!
  • Graduation: He graduated from Kaukauna High School in 1955.

Allan Leo Biese

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Family: Brenda Rae Wilfeur

Gerald Christopher DeGroot

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Heidi Ann Hietpas

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

Jason J Hietpas

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Matthew Hietpas

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

William James Flynn

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Ashley Ann Boylan

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Marie Jane DeCoster

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St John High School Yearbook 1951

Biography

  • Birth: Marie Jane DeCoster was born on September 10, 1933 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Robert W Sievers were married on October 20, 1956.
  • Death: Marie Jane DeCoster died on January 10, 2015, at age 81, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Marie (De Coster) Sievers, 81, passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Appleton Medical Center. Marie was born on September 10, 1933 to Leonard and Anna (Hietpas) De Coster in Little Chute. She married Robert W. Sievers on October 20, 1956. Marie worked at Marathon Mill and latter she worked as a secretary at the Kimberly High School for 19 years. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and weaving, and made many beautiful quilts for her family and friends. Her latest project was to complete quilts for all the grandchildren for Christmas, and all of the quilts she made will be a special memory to be wrapped in her warm, tender love. Marie also enjoyed traveling, and she especially enjoyed playing bridge. Playing bridge was something she enjoyed and the many different groups and people she played with were always cherished. She was a volunteer in many organizations and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Her time spent with her family was special and that time will always be treasured.

    Marie is survived by four children; Don (Joanne) Sievers, Kimberly, Dave (Lori) Sievers, Janesville, Carol (Paul) Romenesko, Kimberly, and Bruce (Jill) Sievers, Pella, Iowa grandchildren; Angela (Nate) Fye, Nicole (Dustin) Stegall, Stephanie and Rebecca Sievers, Emma, Holly, and Kylie Sievers, Sam and Anna Romenesko, and Ryan and Adam Sievers, great grandchildren; Quinton, Kaleya, Joanna and Tristan Fye, Braylon, Isaiah, Owen, and Noah Stegall, a brother Leo De Coster and a sister Evelyn Carlson, sisters-in-law; Ruth, Ann, Anna Mae and Peggy De Coster and a brothers-in-law, Robert (Therese) Vande Loo and Jim Sievers, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, siblings; Lorraine (Francis) Demerath, Norbert De Coster, Della Vande Loo, Lawrence De Coster, Mark De Coster, Jerome De Coster, and sisters-in-law; Muriel, Beverly De Coster, and a brother-in-law, Willard Carlson.

    The funeral liturgy will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 6:00 PM at HOLY SPIRIT/ HOLY NAME CHURCH, 600 E. Kimberly Ave., with Fr. Bob Kollath officiating. A time of visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 PM until the time of the mass at church.

    Online condolences may be expressed at www.wichmannfargo.com.
  • Graduation: She graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1951.

Leo A DeCoster

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Family 1: Muriel Zickler (b. February 22, 1937, d. September 21, 1983)

Family 2: Beverly Ann Winius (b. September 25, 1947, d. October 13, 2013)

Norbert Andrew DeCoster

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St John High School Yearbook 1943

Biography

  • Birth: Norbert Andrew DeCoster was born on December 24, 1924 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: He was baptized in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on April 12, 1947 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on March 15, 2014, at age 89.
  • Note: Norbert "Norb" De Coster, Little Chute, age 89, entered into Eternal Life on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Norb was born on December 24, 1924, son of Leonard and Anna (Hietpas) De Coster. He grew up in Little Chute, the second of nine children. Norb attended St. John Grade School and High School until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in Italy and earned the rank of Sergeant, and was awarded 4 Battle Stars and 1 Bronze Star. Norb was discharged on November 1, 1945 and was a member of the Jacob Coppus American Legion Post 258. He was a proud to have travelled to Washington D.C. last year as a participant in the Old Glory Honor Flight program.

    After his military career, he became a plumber and joined the Plumber's Local 400. He retired at the age of 62.

    On April 12, 1947 Norb proudly married Ruth Vanden Heuvel at St. John Nepomucene. Together they raised two children, Linda and Jim. Ruth and Norb would have been married 67 years on April 12, 2014.

    Norb is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ruth; children: Linda Meulemans, Wrightstown; and Jim (Linda) De Coster, Black Creek; grandchildren: Jason, Jody (Sara), Jeremy (Kacy), Joel (Stephanie) and Jill Meulemans, Janelle (Nathan) Sprangers, Angie (Rick) Steffens, Matt (Kate) and Michael De Coster; great grandchildren: Chole, Grant, Ella and Saylor Meulemans, Skyler, Jordan and Paityn Meulemans, Landon Sprangers, Ava Meulemans, Connor and Caden Steffens; siblings: Marie Sievers, Evelyn Carlson and Leo De Coster; sisters/ brothers-in-law: Ann, Anna Mae and Peggy De Coster, Bob Vande Loo, Jane Christensen and Virginia Stuyvenberg. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Norb was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Anna; Ruth's parents, George and Catherine Vanden Heuvel; his son-in-law, Pete Meulemans; siblings: Lorraine (Francis) Demerath, Della Vande Loo, Lawrence, Mark and Jerome De Coster; sisters/brothers-in-law: Muriel and Bev De Coster, Betty (John) Van Beek, Willard Carlson, John Christensen, Gene Welhouse, Don Stuyvenberg and Robert Sievers.

    Visitation will be held Wednesday March 19, 2014 at ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE CATHOLIC CHURCH (323 Pine St. Little Chute) from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Ronald Belitz will officiate. Military rites conducted by the Jacob Coppus American Legion Post 258 will immediately follow. Committal St. John Cemetery. To sign the guest book, please visit oconnellfh.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Norb's name to the Old Glory Honor Flight.

    Norb's family wishes to especially thank Dr. Greg Johnson and the staff at Kaukauna Clinic for all the wonderful care, compassion and friendship shown to him. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. Also, thank you to the staff on the 8th Floor at Appleton Medical Center for their kindness and compassion.

    Love you Dad. We are proud to say you were our Father, Linda and Jim

    I could not have asked for a more loving, wonderful husband for 66 years than you. Love you always, Ruth.
  • Graduation: He graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1943.

Lorraine Mary DeCoster

F, b. April 2, 1923, d. October 31, 1999

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Biography

  • Birth: Lorraine Mary DeCoster was born on April 2, 1923 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Francis Joseph Demerath were married on August 22, 1956 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Lorraine Mary DeCoster died on October 31, 1999, at age 76, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/5/42/3-4.
  • Note: Lorraine M. Demerath (nee DeCoster) Little Chute Age 76, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, October 31, 1999, following a valiant fight with a rare form of cancer. She was born on April 2, 1923, in Little Chute, the daughter of Leonard and Anna (Hietpas) DeCoster. On August 22, 1956, she married Francis J. Demerath at St. John's Catholic Church in Little Chute. Lorraine was a devoted, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. Her God, family, friends and volunteer work were the focus and highlights of her life. She was a lifetime member of St. John's Catholic Church in Little Chute. She is survived by her husband, Francis four daughters, Clare (Mike) Cloghessy, Gardiner, Montana Joan (Mark) Bouman, Cambodia Katie (Greg) Albers, Little Chute Lucy (Gene) Wyka, Grafton two sons, Nick (Mary), Little Chute Luke (Cassie), Kimberly 17 grandchildren, Sam, Mitchell and Monica Cloghessy, Andrew and Nicholas Bouman, Alexandra, Charlie and Jed Albers, Joe, Nate and Liana Wyka, Dominic, James, Jordan and Kevin Demerath, and Kathryn and Elizabeth Demerath seven brothers and sisters, Norbert (Ruth) DeCoster, Little Chute Evelyn (Willard) Carlson, Florida Della (Robert) VandeLoo, Kaukauna Mark (Anna Mae) DeCoster, Freedom Marie Sievers, Kimberly Leo (Bev) DeCoster, Little Chute, Jerome (Peggy) DeCoster, Little Chute, and a sister-in-law, Ann DeCoster, Appleton. She is further survived by her husband's 11 brothers and sisters and very special friends, Evie and Bob "Porky" Hopfensperger, Kimberly.

    Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents a brother, Lawrence DeCoster, and a sister-in-law, Muriel DeCoster. Visitation will be on Friday, November 5, 1999, from 3-6 p.m. at the Verkuilen Funeral Home, Little Chute, followed by a mass to be held at 6:30 p.m. at St. John Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. James Vanden Hogen officiating. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. The family wishes to offer a special "Thank you" to Affinity Hospice, especially Jim Quick. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to mom's wonderful neighbors, Mary Kostka, Gladys Minten and Dolores Liesch, for all the love and care they shared with mom.