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Andrew Turner

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Jennifer Gauerke

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Gary Westerman

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Kenneth Close

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Montgomery Miller

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Mary L Gallea

F, b. September 19, 1921, d. June 25, 2015

Biography

  • Birth: Mary L Gallea was born on September 19, 1921 in Atwater, Kandiyohi Co, Minnesota.
  • Marriage: She and Kenneth J Close were married on October 10, 1942 in Jacksonville, Duval Co, Florida.
  • Death: Mary L Gallea died on June 25, 2015, at age 93.
  • Burial: She was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Mary L. Close, age 93, of Appleton, passed away at Peabody Manor—Birch Cottage on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Mary was born on September 19, 1921, in Atwater, Minnesota, to the late Phil J. and Evangeline C. (Lawson) Gallea. She married Kenneth J. Close, Sr. on October 10, 1942, in Jacksonville, Florida; he preceded her in death on April 22, 2001. Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed knitting, playing games of cribbage and Farkle with friends, and was well known for her sketches and drawings.

    Survivors include her daughter, Yvonne M. (Montgomery) Miller; her sons, Kenneth (Donna) Close, Jr., Philo M. (Amy) Close, Charles (Janice) Close, John (Dawn) Close, and Henry (Gail) Close; her 12 grandchildren; her 20 great grandchildren; and her great great granddaughter. She is further survived by her sister-in-law, June Close and her cousin, Ruth Wells. Mary was preceded in death by her sons, David and Joseph; her step-brother Howard Dunbar, her step-mother Blanche Gallea, and her sister Donna Baer.

    Funeral services for Mary will be at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015, at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME, 537 N. Superior Street, Appleton, with Fr. Donald Zuleger officiating. Friends may call directly at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services. Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Peabody Manor—Birch Cottage and the staff of ThedaCare at Home Hospice, for their loving care. Online condolences may be offered at www.wichmannfargo.com.

Yvonne M Close

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Robin Westerman

F, b. May 14, 1952, d. May 10, 2014

Biography

  • Birth: Robin Westerman was born on May 14, 1952 in Norfolk, Norfolk Co, Virginia.
  • Marriage: She was married on February 14, 1981 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on May 10, 2014, at age 61, in Arkansas.
  • Note: Robin (Westerman) Loughran passed away peacefully on May 10, 2014, at her home in Van Buren, Ark. Robin was born on May 14, 1952, in Norfolk, Va., the daughter of Gerald and Phyllis (Villemure) Westerman. She married James Loughran in Green Bay, Wis., on Valentine's Day, 1981.

    Robin enjoyed reading, gardening, and writing. Her poetry is a reflection of who she was and inspires all that read it. She had a sense of adventure and loved to travel. She lived in five different states making great friends at all her stops. One of Robin's special gifts was that as a caregiver. Her life work was helping others. She found great joy in supporting others with the same medical conditions that she faced. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She spent special times with her granddaughter, Leah.

    Robin is survived by her husband, James Loughran, Van Buren, Ark; daughter, Jennifer Vanden Hogen and her husband Michael, Little Chute, Wis.; and granddaughter, Leah Vanden Hogen. She is also survived by her mother, Phyllis Westerman, Green Bay, Wis.; and siblings, Blake Westerman, Ames, Iowa; Patti (Ron) Richardson, Green Bay, Wis.; Tracy (Joe) Ladick, Evansville, Wis.; and Jim (Clare) Westerman, De Pere, Wis.

    She is preceded in death by her father, Gerald Westerman and her brother, Michael Westerman.

    Funeral services and Mass for Robin will be held at St John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Little Chute, Wis., on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and Mass will begin at 11 a.m.

    The family would like to thank the oncology doctors and nurses at Sparks Cancer Center along with the caring staff at Peachtree Hospice. Memorials may be made to Peachtree Hospice, 2910 Jenny Lind Rd #4, Fort Smith AR 72901.



    "Lots of love good luck she does send; And wishes to thank you for being her friend; She'll be grateful for life right to the end; For all the time given she was able to spend" - Robin Loughran



    Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from May 14 to May 16, 2014.

James Loughran

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Family: Robin Westerman (b. May 14, 1952, d. May 10, 2014)

Richard Ponto

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Kevin Ponto

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Susanna Furner

F, b. 1564, d. January 21, 1621

Family: James Chilton (b. circa 1556, d. December 8, 1620)

Biography

  • Birth: Susanna Furner was born in 1564 in Canterbury, Kent, England.
  • Marriage: She and James Chilton were married circa 1583 in Kent County, England.
  • Death: Susanna Furner died on January 21, 1621, at age ~57, in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts.
  • Note: Mrs Chilton
    Birth: 1564 Canterbury, Kent, England
    Death: Jan. 21, 1621 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
    Burial: Coles Hill Burial Ground Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
    Like so many women of that time, Mrs. James Chilton's name is sadly unknown. John Hunt suggested she was James Chilton's stepsister, Susanna Furner, but more recent research has proved this to be false. The idea that her name was Susanna apparently dates back to Nahum Mitchell's 1840 book "History of Bridgewater" but he does not document any source for this information. She was most likely married around 1586 based on the baptism of her first child. She had ten children; Isabella (1587), Jane (1589), Joel, Mary, Elizabeth, James, Ingle, Christina (1601), James (1603), and Mary (31 May 1607). On 12 June 1609, Mrs. Chilton was excommunicated from the Church of England for "privately burying a child of Andrew Sharp of St. Mary's parish...which they secretly conveyed to the earth without any notice given to me or my clerk...which act some of them seem now since to dissent calling into question the lawfulness of the king's constitutions in this and other behalfs, affirming these things to be popish ceremonies and of no other force". This incident seems to have prompted the family to immigrate to Leiden and join the Pilgrim Separatists. Mrs. Chilton, her husband James, and daughter Mary all came on the Mayflower. At this time James was about Sixty four years old and Mary was about thirteen. We can assume that Mrs. Chilton must have been much younger than her husband to have had a thirteen year old daughter. She and husband died shortly after arriving to Plymouth, most likely while the Mayflower was still anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor. There is a tradition that states that their daughter Mary was the first female to step ashore at Plymouth, upon Plymouth Rock.

Deliverance Alger

F, b. 1669, d. January 1, 1749

Family: James Latham (b. 1659, d. February 6, 1738)

Biography

  • Birth: Deliverance Alger was born in 1669 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts.
  • Marriage: She and James Latham were married on April 9, 1690 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts.
  • Death: Deliverance Alger died on January 1, 1749, at age ~80, in East Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts.

Deborah Harden

F, b. July 29, 1694, d. 1732

Family: Thomas Latham (b. July 30, 1693, d. 1769)

Biography

  • Birth: Deborah Harden was born on July 29, 1694 in Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts.
  • Marriage: She and Thomas Latham were married on March 19, 1712 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts.
  • Death: Deborah Harden died in 1732, at age ~38, in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts.

James Latham

M, b. 1659, d. February 6, 1738

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Family: Deliverance Alger (b. 1669, d. January 1, 1749)

Biography

  • Birth: James Latham was born in 1659 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts.
  • Marriage: He and Deliverance Alger were married on April 9, 1690 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts.
  • Death: James Latham died on February 6, 1738, at age ~79, in East Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts.

Thomas Latham

M, b. July 30, 1693, d. 1769

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Family: Deborah Harden (b. July 29, 1694, d. 1732)

Biography

  • Birth: Thomas Latham was born on July 30, 1693 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts.
  • Marriage: He and Deborah Harden were married on March 19, 1712 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts.
  • Death: Thomas Latham died in 1769, at age ~76, in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts.

Lloyd Edward Bierstaker

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Marie Dolores Bierstaker

F, b. April 11, 1936, d. November 7, 1936

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Biography

  • Birth: Marie Dolores Bierstaker was born on April 11, 1936 in Pembine, Marinette Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on November 7, 1936, at age 0, in Pembine, Marinette Co, Wisconsin.

Ronald George Bierstaker

M, b. May 18, 1938, d. September 5, 1968

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Biography

  • Birth: Ronald George Bierstaker was born on May 18, 1938 in Norway, Dickinson Co, Michigan.
  • Death: He died on September 5, 1968, at age 30, in Wausaukee, Marinette Co, Wisconsin.

Susan Gauerke

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Shirley L Arnold

F, b. March 14, 1930, d. December 31, 2011

Family: Kenneth William Gauerke (b. October 13, 1926, d. June 26, 2015)

Biography

  • Birth: Shirley L Arnold was born on March 14, 1930 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Kenneth William Gauerke were married on June 10, 1950 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Shirley L Arnold died on December 31, 2011, at age 81, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Benhardt P Golz

M, b. May 2, 1896, d. August 13, 1966

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Family: Clara Marie Baier (b. March 13, 1898, d. October 16, 1972)

Biography

  • Birth: Benhardt P Golz was born on May 2, 1896 in Cross Plains, Dane Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Clara Marie Baier were married on June 2, 1917 in Menominee, Menominee Co, Michigan.
  • Death: Benhardt P Golz died on August 13, 1966, at age 70, in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.

Philo M Close

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Charles Close

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Kenneth William Gauerke

M, b. October 13, 1926, d. June 26, 2015

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Family: Shirley L Arnold (b. March 14, 1930, d. December 31, 2011)

Biography

  • Birth: Kenneth William Gauerke was born on October 13, 1926.
  • Marriage: He and Shirley L Arnold were married on June 10, 1950 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Kenneth William Gauerke died on June 26, 2015, at age 88.
  • Note: Kenneth W. "Ken" Gauerke, age 88, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2015. He was born on October 13, 1926 to the late Alfred and Meta (Bartz) Gauerke. After Meta passed away when Ken was 15 months old, he was raised by Alfred and Esther (Maass) Gauerke. Ken graduated from Shawano High School in 1944 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army. He served in the CIC Division from 1946 to 1948. Ken was proud to go on a Glory Honor Flight on April 7, 2011 to commemorate his military service. On June 10, 1950 Ken married Shirley Arnold, and they spent 61 years of marriage together before she passed away on December 31, 2011.

    He always had a strong faith and he was the oldest charter member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Ken was instrumental on the planning committee of the church while it was being built. He was a lifelong member and former President of the Greater Appleton Kiwanis Club. While he was there, he was awarded the George F. Hixson Award for outstanding service and achievement. Ken was also a member of the VFW Harvey Pierre Post and the American Legion

    He owned Ken's Carpet and Installation and was very proud to work alongside his son, Gary for many years. He had a passion for deer hunting, bowling, watching the Cubs, and cooking in the kitchen, especially soups. Ken also enjoyed pitching in the Lutheran Church League. He loved listening to his best friend, the radio with big band music playing. In his later years, Ken cared deeply for his great-grandchildren and grandpets and greatly enjoyed spending time with them.

    He is survived by his daughter Susan (Michael) Turner and their son Andrew (Caitlin) Turner; son Gary (Annette) Gauerke and their children: Jennifer (Gary) Westerman, Jason (Jinnifir) Gauerke, and Robin (Scott) Bromm; great-grandchildren: Libby and Joshua Westerman, Judd and Ella Gauerke; and Natalie, Spencer, and Sidney Bromm. Ken is further survived by his brothers: Robert (Juanita) Gauerke, Rev. Eugene (Elvira) Gauerke; sister-in-law Marjorie Gauerke; brother-in-law Stanley Arnold, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    He was preceded in death by parents, wife Shirley Gauerke; great-grandson Koy Westerman; brother Rev. Donald Gauerke; brother-in-law Earl (Marion) Arnold; and sister-in-law Carol Arnold.

    Funeral services for Ken will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2330 E. Calumet Street, Appleton with Rev. Roger McQuistion and Pastoral Intern Cheryl Davis officiating. A time of visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church are appreciated.

    Ken's family would like to thank Dr. Craig Hendel, Gold Cross Paramedics, Appleton Fire Department, the staff at AMC, Rennes Rehab, ThedaCare at Home and his nurse Julie for all of their wonderful care. Further thanks go to Rev. Roger McQuistion and Pastoral Intern Cheryl Davis for all of their guidance and prayers.

    We will love and miss you forever. Until we meet again.