Little Chute Historical Society

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Harvey J Hartjes

M, b. February 17, 1919, d. October 19, 1995

Parents

Family 1: Florence Elworth (b. November 12, 1915, d. March 28, 1976)

Family 2: Edna I Brandt (b. November 28, 1915, d. September 12, 2004)

Biography

  • Birth: Harvey J Hartjes was born on February 17, 1919 in Combined Locks, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on October 19, 1995, at age 76, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Mary's, Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
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Bertha Dupont

F, b. June 29, 1919, d. October 11, 2007

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Biography

  • Birth: Bertha Dupont was born on June 29, 1919 in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on October 11, 2007, at age 88.
  • Note: October 14, 2007

    Dupont, Bertha "Bert" Bert Dupont passed away October 11, 2007, at Cherry Meadows. She was born June 29, 1919, in Kimberly, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry and Bertha Dupont. She was employed by Kimberly-Clark Corp., starting in the Kleenex Department at Lakeview, and after 43 years retiring as Manager of Information Retrieval Department, and as a corporate Assistant Secretary. Bert was a member of St. Gabriel Parish, Neenah.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Harry and Theodore, sisters, Anne Haufe and Dorothy Danielsen.

    Bert is survived by her sister, Marie Dupont, nieces and nephews, and special friend Betty Pufhal with whom she traveled the world.

    Bert spent many happy hours with four generations of family at her Waupaca cottage. The past five years Bert resided at Valley VNA Assisted Living. Her sense of humor served her well during her illness.

    Bert's body was donated to the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Private family services will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established in Bert's name for Cherry Meadows Hospice. Donations can be made out to Community Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1534, Appleton, WI 54912.

    Special thanks to the staff at Cherry Meadows for the wonderful care given to Bert.

    WESTGOR FUNERAL HOME

    205 W. Doty Avenue

    Neenah 920-722-7151.

Theodore Antone Verkuilen

M, b. May 31, 1911, d. September 17, 1987

Parents

Family: Mary Fleischman (b. January 10, 1912, d. January 24, 1997)

Biography

  • Birth: Theodore Antone Verkuilen was born on May 31, 1911 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Mary Fleischman were married on October 24, 1933 in St Mary's, Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Theodore Antone Verkuilen died on September 17, 1987, at age 76, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/29E.
  • Occupation: He was a Funeral Home/Furniture St.
  • Note: Theodore Verkuilen

    My name is Theodore Verkuilen. Everyone called me "Red" Verkuilen. I was born on May 31, 1911 in Little Chute. My parents are Antone and Anna Verkuilen.

    I am the oldest of 3 children; having one brother and one sister. Our father, Antone operated a barber shop somewhere on Pine Street. In 1928, he bought into the furniture and undertaking business with his wife, Anna. Shortly after obtaining this business, my father died of a heart attack at 36 years of age. My mother, Anna, was left alone with 3 children and two businesses to operate. Mother then decided it was time for me to leave school at age 16 and help her run the businesses. About a year later, she sent me to embalming school in Milwaukee. After a couple of years, I obtained my license to become an embalmer and funeral director. Mother and I continued to run the business together until 1933 when I took over.

    Mary "Fleischman" Verkuilen and I were married on October 24, 1933. Together we had 6 children; 3 boys, Ted Jr, Richard, and Michael and 3 daughters; Janice Jansen, Mary Beth Vanden Bloomer and Margaret Ann Verkuilen.

    In 1940 I purchased a building on Canal Street and made it into a Funeral Home with living quarter for my mother and sister. My sister, who was suffering with tuberculosis for many years, died in 1961. She was 45 years old. My brother, Harold ran a tavern in Kaukauna and died at an early age in 1946. He was 33 years old.

    In 1942, disaster struck. The furniture business and livings quarters were destroyed by fire. Early in 1943, I rented a building on Grand Ave, next to Bunny Driessen's barber shop and ran the furniture business from there until I could get some credit from the bank. Money and building materials were hard to come by during the war. Later in 1943 things began to happen. By the end of the year I had my new store. In 1950, I had Jansen Construction build a block building with warehouse space and living quarter above. In 1951 I moved my family from Jefferson Street back to where we started from in 1933.

    After the war, I would do some volunteer work bringing food and clothing to the Indian reservation along with other people from Little Chute. I also volunteered for the American Legion helping them maintain their camps in northern Wisconsin for many years. I was extremely proud when the legion made me an honorary member.

    Mary and I have 22 grandchildren all of whom we are very proud. I passed away in 1987 at the age of 76. Mary followed in 1997 at the age of 85.

    My name is Dick Verkuilen and I am Theodore Verkuilen's son.

    Thank you for coming and have a great day.

    Little Chute Historical Society Cemetery Walk 2008.

Mary Fleischman

F, b. January 10, 1912, d. January 24, 1997

Parents

Family: Theodore Antone Verkuilen (b. May 31, 1911, d. September 17, 1987)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary Fleischman was born on January 10, 1912 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Theodore Antone Verkuilen were married on October 24, 1933 in St Mary's, Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Mary Fleischman died on January 24, 1997, at age 85, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/29E.

Richard Harold Verkuilen

M, b. July 14, 1938, d. September 6, 2015

Parents

Family: Linda Marie Prusynski (b. June 3, 1940, d. August 5, 2013)

Biography

  • Birth: Richard Harold Verkuilen was born on July 14, 1938 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Linda Marie Prusynski were married on October 15, 1960 in Holy Name Church, Kimberly, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Richard Harold Verkuilen died on September 6, 2015, at age 77.
  • Note: Verkuilen, Richard H.

    Richard (Dick) Verkuilen, 77 of Kimberly passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015. Dick was born on July 14, 1938 in Little Chute, WI. , son of the late Theodore and Mary (Fleischmann) Verkuilen. On October 15, 1960, Dick married Linda Prusynski at Holy Name Catholic Church in Kimberly and spent 52 wonderful years together until her passing in August 2013. Dick attended St. Johns H.S. in Little Chute where he was a standout athlete in basketball, football and baseball. Dick spent most of his adult life working at the Appleton Papers Locks Mill in Combined Locks where he retired in 2000. At the mill he was very active in the union and held various positions including union President. Throughout his life Dick enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He purchased his property at Chute Pond in 1978 and spent most of his off time and retirement enjoying the woods and lakes he so loved.

    Dick is survived by his son, Paul (Sandy) Verkuilen, Iron Ridge, WI; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Beth and Janice; sisters-in-law, Karin (Ken) Vander Velden and Rosie Verkuilen; and many nieces, nephews and other special family members and friends.

    Dick was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Mary; brothers: Ted and Michael; sister Margaret; and mother and father-in-law, Ollie and Ethel Prusynski.

    Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home, 101 Canal St., Little Chute, with Fr. Ron Belitz officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Lunch will be served at Tanners Grill and Bar, 730 S. Railroad St. in Kimberly from noon until 2 p.m. to celebrate the life of this wonderful man. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Dick's name.

Michael John Verkuilen

M, b. February 3, 1952, d. May 1, 2003

Parents

St John High School Yearbook 1970

Biography

  • Birth: Michael John Verkuilen was born on February 3, 1952 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on May 20, 1972.
  • Death: He died on May 1, 2003, at age 51, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Graduation: He graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1970.

Janice Mary Verkuilen

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Family: Carl Edward Jansen (b. December 15, 1935, d. January 31, 1995)

Robert Edward Besaw

M, b. July 8, 1932, d. August 14, 2013

Biography

  • Birth: Robert Edward Besaw was born on July 8, 1932 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on August 14, 2013, at age 81, in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Margaret Mary Cemetery, Neenah, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Robert Besaw, 81, Neenah, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on July 8, 1932, in Appleton, son of William J. and Mary A. (DeLain) Besaw. Robert graduated from Appleton High School in 1950 and then completed his pipefitter apprenticeship in 1958 at Kimberly Clark. In 1974 Robert joined the management team ultimately retiring in 1993 after 38 ½ years of service. He was a volunteer with the Boys' and Girls' Brigade for over 10 years, and a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Neenah. Robert married Dolores C. McGinnis "DeeDee" in Appleton on March 6, 1987.Robert was a very kind, gentle, and wise man who could articulate it well. He will be remembered most fondly for his quick wit and desire to always help a person in need. If there was a need, Robert was bound to find a way to fill that need, even if it meant giving of himself or his things. Robert enjoyed his "condo" in the woods, hunting, and fishing.Robert is survived by his wife, Dolores; a daughter: Denise Besaw, Appleton; three sons: Jeffrey (Betsy) Besaw and Brian Besaw, both of Appleton, and Kevin Besaw, Shawano; three grandchildren: Katie (fiancé Matt), Alexander, and Margaret Besaw; five step-children: Dr. Timothy (Cindy) McGinnis, Patrick (Susan) McGinnis, Kelly (Thomas) Dorn, Sean (Lisa) McGinnis, and Colleen (Mark) Lehrer; 15 step grandchildren: Jennifer (Paul), Jessica, Jacquelyn, Samuel, Michael, Dolores, Sean, Katie, Kelan, Carly, Jeremiah, Megan, Colin (Noelle), Logan, and Olivia; three step great grandchildren: Bethany, Mark, and Benjamin; a sister-in-law: Mary Besaw; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.Robert was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Dolores; a toddler brother, Harold; a brother, William Besaw; and a former wife, Mary Patricia "Pat" Besaw.Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 900 Geiger St., Neenah, with Fr. Larry Seidl officiating and Fr. Walter Stumpf concelebrating. Inurnment will be in St. Margaret Cemetery, Neenah. Visitation will be Tuesday at the church from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name.Robert's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff of Fresenius Dialysis Clinic, Appleton Cardiology (Neenah), and the McGinnis Chiropractic Group (Winneconne) for all of their wonderful care and companionship over the years.

Linda Marie Prusynski

F, b. June 3, 1940, d. August 5, 2013

Parents

Family: Richard Harold Verkuilen (b. July 14, 1938, d. September 6, 2015)

Biography

  • Birth: Linda Marie Prusynski was born on June 3, 1940 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wood Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Richard Harold Verkuilen were married on October 15, 1960 in Holy Name Church, Kimberly, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Linda Marie Prusynski died on August 5, 2013, at age 73.
  • Note: Linda Marie VerkuilenLinda M. Verkuilen, 73, of Kimberly, passed away Monday, August 5, 2013. She was born June 3, 1940, in Wisconsin Rapids, daughter of the late Ollie and Ethel (Gibson) Prusynski. On October 15, 1960, Linda married Dick Verkuilen at Holy Name Catholic Church in Kimberly. Linda loved spending time at the cottage on Chute Pond. She loved watching the birds, reading and cooking. In their younger years, Linda and Dick did a lot of camping and ice fishing. In her later years, she was an exceptional caregiver to her mother. Linda is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dick, Kimberly; a son, Paul (Sandy) Verkuilen, Iron Ridge; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren; a sister, Karin (Ken) VanderVelden; three sisters-in-law: Janice, Mary Beth and Rosie; and many nieces, nephews and other special family members and friends. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Ethel, and her mother and father-in-law, Ted and Mary Verkuilen. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 10, 2013, at the Verkuilen Funeral Home, 101 Canal St., Little Chute, with Fr. Ron Belitz officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. The Verkuilen family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Care at Home Hospice for all of their wonderful care given to Linda.

Carl Edward Jansen

M, b. December 15, 1935, d. January 31, 1995

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Biography

  • Birth: Carl Edward Jansen was born on December 15, 1935 in Combined Locks, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on January 31, 1995, at age 59, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/9/77.
  • Note: Source: Appleton Post Crescent Obituary

    Wednesday, February 1, 1995

    Carl Jansen
    1146 Taft St. Little Chute

    Age 59, died peacefully at home after a three year illness with cancer on Tuesday, January 31, 1995. He was born December 15, 1935 in Combined Locks. He was the son of the late George and Josephine [Wildenberg] Jansen. Carl had worked at Thilmany Pulp and Paper for 35 years, retiring in 1994 due to ill health. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church and American Legion Post 258, Little Chute. He had served in the U.S. Army from 1954 until 1956.

    Survivors include his wife, Janice [Verkuilen] Jansen; two daughters, Pam and Joe Fritz, Little Chute; Darlene Jansen and special friend, Ed Semling, Kenosha; two sons, Tom and Roxanne Jansen, Appleton; George Jansen, Little Chute; two brothers, Paul and Evelyn Jansen, Darboy; Joseph 'Jodi' and Nancy Jansen, Kaukauna; two grandchildren, Michelle Fritz and Jessica Jansen; his mother in-law, Mary Verkuilen, Little Chute; three brothers in-law, Ted and Rosemary Verkuilen, Little Chute; Dick and Linda Verkuilen, Kimberly; Mike and Lil Verkuilen, Kaukauna; a sister in-law, Mary Beth Belanger, Kaukauna; nieces, nephews.

    Funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m Thursday, February 2, 1995 from St. John Catholic Church with Rev. John Doerfler officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the Verkuilen Funeral Home from 3 p.m. Thursday until the time of the services. Military rites will follow the funeral service.
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John Klister

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Cory Allen

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John Verkuilen

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Katherine Verkuilen

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Michael Scheffler

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Justin Allen

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Grady Allen

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Abigail Allen

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Margaret Ann Verkuilen

F, b. July 5, 1943, d. December 3, 1985

Parents

St John High School Yearbook 1963

Biography

  • Birth: Margaret Ann Verkuilen was born on July 5, 1943 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on December 3, 1985, at age 42, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/2/29E.
  • Graduation: She graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1963.

Charles DeKoch

M, b. September 1864, d. April 16, 1906

Parents

Family: Christina Hartjes (b. May 24, 1874, d. December 13, 1968)

Biography

  • Birth: Charles DeKoch was born in September 1864 in Netherlands.
  • Marriage: He and Christina Hartjes were married on November 19, 1895 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Charles DeKoch died on April 16, 1906, at age 41, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, Old/12/17.
  • Note: Charles DeKoch was the father of eight children, the youngest having been born within three months before his tragic and untimely demise. On April 16, 1906, he was hit by a train and decapitated only a short distance from his home. Upon hearing of his death, his widow (Christina Hartjes DeKoch) attempted to throw herself into the well, but was restrained by neighbors and a passerby. Charles is buried in the cemetery of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Little Chute, Wisconsin. He is in the old section, block 12, grave #17. Ironically, the top part of his monument is gone. The name on his stone is difficult, but not impossible, to read. His widow died in 1968 and is buried in St. Mary Cemetery, Kaukauna Wisconsin (Grave 2, Block 1, Lot 3 in Section F.

John DeKoch

M, b. circa 1830

Family: Mary Hendrica Brel (b. circa 1831)

Biography

  • Birth: John DeKoch was born circa 1830.

Mary Hendrica Brel

F, b. circa 1831

Family: John DeKoch (b. circa 1830)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary Hendrica Brel was born circa 1831.

Lambert DeKoch

M, b. December 6, 1901, d. December 26, 1901

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Biography

  • Birth: Lambert DeKoch was born on December 6, 1901 in Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on December 26, 1901, at age 0, in Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, Old Unmarked.

Helena Gertrude Centen

F, b. May 1877, d. December 1, 1960

Parents

Family: Anthony Joseph Toonen (b. September 25, 1874, d. April 22, 1957)

Biography

  • Birth: Helena Gertrude Centen was born in May 1877.
  • Marriage: She and Anthony Joseph Toonen were married on May 22, 1900 in Brown County, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Helena Gertrude Centen died on December 1, 1960, at age 83, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.