F, b. August 22, 1913, d. October 1, 2000
Family: John Kokke (b. March 1, 1911, d. October 8, 1999)
- Birth: Wilhelmine Rutten was born on August 22, 1913 in Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands.
- Death: She died on October 1, 2000, at age 87.
- Burial: She was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
F, b. circa 1953, d. March 18, 2010
- Birth: Yvonne Kokke was born circa 1953.
- Marriage: She was married on May 9, 1981.
- Death: She died on March 18, 2010.
- Note: March 21, 2010
Kokke Bauer, Yvonne
Yvonne Kokke Bauer, 57, Appleton, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of John and Wilhelmine (Rutten) Kokke. She married Michael F. Bauer on May 9, 1981. They had the good fortune of sharing almost 29 years together.
Yvonne was a graduate of Xavier High School and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she earned a Master's Degree in Education. She taught art and elementary education at St. Patrick's School in Menasha. When her children were born, she dedicated her skill and training to being a full-time mother while pursuing her passion as an artist. A member of Appletree Artisans in Appleton, she started her own business, Artistic Spectrum, through which she sold handcrafted wood and glass pieces in specialty boutiques throughout the country. She also helped her husband found American Digital Cartography, Inc., a computer mapping firm based in Appleton.
A member of St. Joseph's Parish in Appleton, Yvonne was an enthusiastic member of the choir and served on the Twinning Committee. She used her vocal talents in local theater productions, where her favorite role was as Golda in Riverside Theater's production of "Fiddler on the Roof." She also appeared in Attic Theater's "The Sound of Music" and "The Secret Garden." One of her last appearances was "The Importance of Being Earnest," where she co-starred with her daughter, Erica.
Although Yvonne struggled with cancer for the last ten years of her life, which were very painful for her, she did so with cheerfulness, courage, charm and class. She faced her disease with unflinching honesty, never deceiving herself about its ultimate outcome. But she would not let herself become discouraged and she never let cancer interfere with her life, her friends or her family. Her final days were a tribute to the way she had always lived.
Yvonne's glad grace was an inspiration to all who knew her. She loved singing. She loved Halloween, celebrating it almost all year round. She loved designing Christmas ornaments and jewelry, and she loved sharing her creations with her friends, family and customers. But most of all, she loved her husband, Michael, and her two daughters, Erica and Elizabeth. She loved seeing her daughters blossom into beautiful, competent young women, filled with hope and promise for the future.
Yvonne is survived by her husband, Michael, Appleton; and daughters, Erica Bauer, Houston; and Elizabeth (Joshua) Royalty, Seattle. She is also survived by her sisters, Paula (Richard) Hebeler, Appleton; and Christine Ulman, Spring, Texas; and brother-in-law Tom Rickert, San Diego.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Geri Rickert; and her brother-in-law, Robert Ulman.
The Funeral Liturgy will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2010, at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, 410 W. Lawrence Street, Appleton, with Fr. Larry Abler officiating. Friends may call directly at the church on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of services.
The family would like to thank the staff of Floor Three South and the ICU of the Appleton Medical Center and the Cherry Meadows Hospice. Their care was professional, competent, caring and compassionate.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit Wisconsin Public Radio and CancerCare.
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. ... If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. — Thoreau
Yvonne was never afraid to follow her dreams, no matter where they led. She taught all of us to follow our own dreams. The foundations she gave us will be her legacy.
Family: Robert Ulman (b. April 1, 1934, d. September 15, 2005)
M, b. April 1, 1934, d. September 15, 2005
- Birth: Robert Ulman was born on April 1, 1934.
- Death: He died on September 15, 2005, at age 71, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Burial: He was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
Edmund R (Mike) Ludes
M, b. December 1, 1928, d. March 18, 2010
- Birth: Edmund R (Mike) Ludes was born on December 1, 1928 in Duluth, St Louis Co, Minnesota.
- Divorce: He was divorced.
- Death: He died on March 18, 2010, at age 81.
- Burial: He was buried in St Paul Cemetery, Combined Locks, Wisconsin.
- Note: March 21, 2010
Ludes, Edmund R. "Mike"
Mike Ludes, 81, Kimberly, passed away at a local nursing center on Thursday, March 18, 2010, following a brief struggle with brain cancer. Mike was born in Duluth, Minn., on Dec. 1, 1928, son of the late Lawrence and Leona (Brandt) Ludes. For nearly 40 years, he was employed at the Kimberly mill where he was a member of the Quarter Century Club. After retirement, Mike worked at a friend's carpentry shop. He also enjoyed doing electrical work, repairing washers and dryers, and helping friends and family with any type of home projects.
Mike loved fishing and hunting, following the Milwaukee Brewers, bowling, softball and playing horseshoes. One of his favorite pastimes was singing and he was a longtime member of the church choir and a member of the MacDowell Male Chorus.
Mike was previously married to Dorie Ludes, and is also survived by six children, Anne (Rick) Hocking, Oshkosh; Cathy Squires, Appleton; Steve (Bobbie) Ludes, Little Chute; Laurie (Mark) Van Asten, Kimberly; Joan (Tom) Zierler, Kimberly; and Mary (Steve) Hamilton, Darboy. There are 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, Abby (Phil) Stuebs and their children, Gabriel and Ava; Anna Squires; Rashelle (Eric) LeCaptain and their children, Riannon, Elena and Brenna; Emily (Aaron) Castrop and their children, Aydin and Emaya; Katie Ludes and her son, Liam; Nicole Van Asten; Melissa Van Asten; Ryan (Jayme) Albrecht and their children, Lydia and Addison; Holly Albrecht and her special friend, Jesse Shoemaker; Kyle Albrecht; Samantha Zierler; Dylan Hamilton; Madelin Hamilton; Kevin (Tammie) Blaney and their children, Isabelle, Ethan and Autumn; Kerry (Mike) Mienel and their children, Lauren and Madison; and Moira Blaney. Other survivors include three sisters and two brothers, Dorothy (Jerry) Miller, Las Vegas; Jan (Gary) Nelson, Duluth; Beverly Ostronski, Duluth; Frank (Linda) Ostronski, Duluth; and Marsh (Julie) Ostronski, Duluth. Mike is also survived by a former son-in-law, Dave Squires, Menasha.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; Nick; a sister, Dori; a son-in-law, Greg Albrecht; and a special granddaughter, Amy Lynne Van Asten.
The funeral liturgy for Mike will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at ST. PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 410 E. Wallace Street in Combined Locks, with Fr. Jim Lucas officiating. Full military honors will follow the funeral service. Interment will be in the parish cemetery at a later date. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday afternoon from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.
The family has established a memorial fund in Mike's name for cancer research at Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Unit 4 nursing staff at Appleton Health Center, the ThedaCare at Home Hospice team, to his many friends whom he cherished, and all who remembered Mike in their thoughts and prayers through the end of his journey.
Dad, your suffering brought us back together, making your deepest wish a reality. Now rest in peace. We will love you forever.
Jansen Fargo Funeral Home
204 E. Kimberly Avenue
JoAnn Kay Weber