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Dana Schumacher

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Harold Bernard Schumacher

M, b. August 23, 1925

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St John High School Yearbook 1943

Biography

  • Birth: Harold Bernard Schumacher was born on August 23, 1925.
  • Death: He died in WWII.
  • Death: He died on October 8, 1944, at age 19, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, California.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Paul Cemetery, Combined Locks, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Died in service.
  • Graduation: He graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1943.

Cyrus Henry Berg

M, b. July 14, 1912, d. August 27, 2002

Parents

Family: Margaret G Bayer (b. July 5, 1916, d. January 9, 2015)

Biography

  • Birth: Cyrus Henry Berg was born on July 14, 1912 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Margaret G Bayer were married on November 27, 1937.
  • Death: Cyrus Henry Berg died on August 27, 2002, at age 90, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Berg, Cyrus

    "Cy"

    Kaukauna

    Age 90, died Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at St. Paul Home, Kaukauna. He was born July 14, 1912 in Appleton the son of the late Fred W. and Alice (Langenberg) Berg. Cy was in the laundry and dry cleaning business for many years. He had a love for nature as he worked in the yard, watching and feeding the birds. He was a member of the Elks Lodge #962, Knights of Columbus Council #1033, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kaukauna, and former member of Fox Valley Golf Club. He volunteered at St. Vincent De Paul, Kaukauna for many years.

    Cy is survived by his wife of what would have been 65 years in November, Margaret and their children: Karen (Gene) Van Lanen, Hanover, Pennsylvania Patricia (Dennis) Carol, Madison, Wisconsin Thomas (Darla) Berg, Seattle, Washington and grandchildren: Jeffrey Van Lanen, Boulder, Colorado Lori (Steve) Quella, Marion, Iowa McKinzie Berg, Seattle, Washington a great-grandchild, Jennifer Quella, Marion, Iowa. He is further survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Roman (Alice) Berg two sisters and two brothers-in-law: Leone (Art) Lamers and Louise (Jack) Damro many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by six sisters and a brother.

    The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kaukauna with Father Jim Lucas officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call directly at church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. Boettcher Family Funeral Home, Kaukauna is assisting the family.

Margaret G Bayer

F, b. July 5, 1916, d. January 9, 2015

Parents

Family: Cyrus Henry Berg (b. July 14, 1912, d. August 27, 2002)

Biography

  • Birth: Margaret G Bayer was born on July 5, 1916.
  • Marriage: She and Cyrus Henry Berg were married on November 27, 1937.
  • Death: Margaret G Bayer died on January 9, 2015, at age 98, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Margaret G. Berg, Kaukauna, age 98 passed away peacefully on Friday, January 9, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. She was born July 5, 1916, daughter of the late Frank and Lena (Endres) Bayer. Margaret lived in Kaukauna most of her life, and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Margaret was a homemaker and her family was her main focus. She enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge and sheepshead. Margaret also enjoyed volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul for many years.

    She is survived by her children: Karen (Gene) Van Lanen, The Villages, FL, Patricia (Dennis) Carol, Sun Prairie, WI, and Tom (Darla) Berg, Port Orchard, WA; her grandchildren: Jeffrey (Chris Ray) Van Lanen, Ward, CO, Lori (Steve) Quella, Marion, IA, and Mackenzie Berg, Port Orchard, WA; three great-grandchildren: Jennifer (Nick) Sitter, DesMoines, IA, Max Van Lanen, Ward, CO, and Paul Berg, Port Orchard, WA, and a sister, Betty J. Ebben, Appleton.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Cyrus Berg, her parents, five brothers: William, Barney, Leonard, Cyril and Herbert Bayer; and two sisters: Charlotte De Wilt and Mary Minkebige.

    Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 309 Desnoyer St., Kaukauna with Fr. Tom Pomeroy officiating. Friends may call directly at church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established. The family has chosen Boettcher Family Funeral Home, Kaukauna to assist them. 766-2099 www.boettcherfamilyfuneral.com.

John Verkuilen

M, b. September 3, 1867, d. January 26, 1936

Parents

Family: Hendrica Everdina Driessen (b. January 24, 1867, d. August 25, 1947)

Biography

  • Birth: John Verkuilen was born on September 3, 1867 in Pensaukee, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Hendrica Everdina Driessen were married on June 12, 1893 in St Francis Church, Hollandtown, Wisconsin.
  • Death: John Verkuilen died on January 26, 1936, at age 68, in Thorp, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Verkuilen, John (3 SEP 1867 - 24 JAN 1936)

    John Verkuilen of Thorp (Clark Co., Wis.), died at the Chippewa Falls Hospital last Friday of heart trouble and other complications. He had been confined to his home for the past six weeks, suffering from a foot infection. He was at the hospital only a day.

    Mr. Verkuilen was a widely known and prominent citizen of the county. He was vice chairman of the Clark County Board of Supervisors and was a member of the Thorp School Board at the time of his death.

    Born at Pensaukee, Oconto Co., Wis., Sept. 3, 1867, he began work in the shipyards at Sheboygan after he had completed his schooling. On June 12, 1893, he was married to Hattie Driessen, and in 1894, with his wife and their first child, he came to Clark County with a horse and wagon as farm equipment.

    The family settled on a tract of land in the town of Worden, west of Thorp, moving to another farm in 1901. In 1896 Mr. Verkuilen became a member of the Worden town board, serving three years in that capacity. He was later elected assessor, holding that office for six years, and in 1909 was elected as town chairman, becoming chairman of the County Board of Supervisors two years later and holding that office for many years. He also acted as clerk and as treasurer of his school district in the town of Worden.

    Funeral services were held at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church at Thorp Tuesday, which was largely attended by citizens from all parts of the county. He is survived by his wife and seven children.


    Verkuilen, John #2 (3 SEP 1867 - 24 JAN 1936)

    A well known and respected resident of Thorp and Clark County, Wis., closed his history making career of family and social service as death called him to his reward on Friday, Jan. 24, 1936, soon after his re-entrance to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, and the reception of the last sacraments of the church. For a few weeks before his death he had suffered with a foot infection and a weak heart but his jovial spirit made him appear quite well.

    John Verkuilen was born at Pensaukee, Oconto Co., Wis., Sept. 3, 1867, the son of John and Mary (Van Lanen) Verkuilen, and being called to his reward at the age of 68 years, 4 months and 21 days.

    After a brief formal education he began work in the shipyards of Sheboygan.

    He was married to Hattie Driesen of Hollandtown on June 12, 1893, and with her and their daughter Mayme, came to the town of Worden, Clark Co., in 1894 to engage in agriculture. They lived in a logging camp near Stanley until Mr. Verkuilen and Fred Driesen, who came here each with one horse, could clear a plot of ground for buildings on their then unimproved farms. One of the items of present day interest in their progressive, yet tractorless farming, was the use of oxen. With much labor, fortitude, prudence and economy, fine farms were developed but Mr. Verkuilen sold in 1901 in order to purchase the SE ¼ - SE ¼ of Section 2, near Thorp, from C. Banderob. With Mrs. Verkuilen and four children they moved into the log house which was later replaced by a modern structure necessitate by convenience and a family of nine. All other farm improvements and conveniences were added during the 25 years that John and Hattie Verkuilen, with their family, lived there. Upon their retirement in 1927, they built a home in Thorp and the farm home has since been that of their son, Walter and family.

    Prominent as Mr. Verkuilen was in civic affairs his positions of responsibility and trust can scarcely be enumerated. Any eulogy to him would conclude with "having always served well" and often without remuneration. His pride and pleasure was in having served without bond. He was a member of the town of Worden board in 1896, also elected as assessor and Pioneer school board member. He succeeded Geo. A. Ure as chairman of the Clark County board in 1911, and was re-elected for several terms. While serving as Member of assembly from Clark County he acted on the Wis. Dells Park Committee. Again in later years and until his death he represented the village of Thorp on the county board where he had for years by independent thought, good humor and sense, made very close friends.

    When Mr. Verkuilen and family moved near Thorp they transferred their church membership tot hat of St. Bernard’s Parish. Here he acted as treasurer during the construction period, about 1914, of the present beautiful edifice. He also transferred his Catholic Order of Foresters membership from Stanley to become a charter member of the local St. Vincent Court No. 1339. He was an active and enthusiastic member until his death and on several occasions was privileged to represent them at state and national conventions.

    Mr. Verkuilen was a director of the Farmers Exchange Bank from the date of organization in 1913 and later became president, guiding it successfully until the merger of the two Thorp banks.

    The last few years he has spent his time acting as director of the Lyn Mutual Insurance Companies, a position he has long held, and as president of the Thorp Finance Corporation.

    Mr. Verkuilen’s honesty and judgment were unquestioned and his standing in this community unparalleled. He was a man of generous impulses and never forgot the social, religious or hospitable ways of a pioneer. He accepted adversity bravely and enjoyed prosperity quietly. He had filled the various relations of life as son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and filled them well. Who can do more?

    Left to mourn his death are his wife, Hattie Verkuilen, five daughters, Susan (Mrs. Henry Hermsen), Little Chute, Wis., Florence (Mrs. John Cesnik), Hillsboro, Wis., Josephine (Mrs. Jack Vandeyacht), Little Chute, Wis., Elsie, Milwaukee, and Leona, at home; two sons, Michael of Gary, Ind., and Walter of the town of Worden. Two children, Mayme and John Jr., preceded him in death. He is also survived by five sisters and one brother.

    The body of John Verkuilen lay instate at the new Bogumill Funeral Home surrounded by flowers and friends until Tuesday morning when the procession, led by Foresters under traffic control, proceeded to the crowded St. Bernard’s Church for the Solemn High Mass of Requiem which was said by Rev. C. Dionne with Rev. F.A. Kulig as deacon and Rev. A.M. Muckerheide as sub-deacon, the latter officiating at the last rites and burial in St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery.

    The active pallbearers who are Foresters, were: Francis Conway, R. J. Brunner, George Haas, Anton Baldeschwiler, John Bauernfeind an Dr. A.H. Kulig.

    Those who acted as honorary pallbearers were: A.M. Steinwand of Colby; Frank Kraut of Curtiss; W.B. Tufts of Neillsville; Ed Verritt, Anton Micke and R.G. Lawrence of Thorp.
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Hendrica Everdina Driessen

F, b. January 24, 1867, d. August 25, 1947

Parents

Family: John Verkuilen (b. September 3, 1867, d. January 26, 1936)

Biography

  • Birth: Hendrica Everdina Driessen was born on January 24, 1867 in Dundas, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and John Verkuilen were married on June 12, 1893 in St Francis Church, Hollandtown, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Hendrica Everdina Driessen died on August 25, 1947, at age 80, in Hillsboro, Vernon Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Verkuilen, Hattie (24 JAN 1867 - 25 AUG 1947)

    Mrs. John Verkuilen, an esteemed and well known lady of our community,, passed away in Hillsboro, Wis., on Monday forenoon, Aug. 25, 1947 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John A. Cesnik. She had been in failing health for the past year. During the last few weeks her condition had been critical.

    Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 in St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thorp. The Rev. A.M. Muckerheide, pastor, will offer a Requiem Mass. Burial will be in St. Bernard’s Parish Cemetery with six grandsons as pallbearers.

    Hattie Driessen Verkuilen, daughter of the former John and Mary Driessen was born near Dundas, Wis., Jan. 24th, 1867. In that community she grew to young womanhood. She was carried to John Verkuilen, June 12, 1893 in the Church of St. Francis at Hollandtown, Wis. About the year 1894, with their daughter Mayme, they moved to the town of Worden, Clark County, where they built their first log home, a few miles south of Stanley. With her husband and four children they moved to the present Verkuilen farm. This was in 1901 and they lived here for twenty-five years. Upon their retirement in 1927, they built their home in Thorp. The farm home has since then been in possession of their son Walter.

    Surviving Mrs. Verkuilen are two sons, Walter W. of the home farm in the town of Worden, and Michael A., Gary, Indiana; five daughters, Josephine) Mrs. John Vandeyacht of Little Chute, (Florence) Mrs. John A. Cesnik of Hillsboro, (Susan) Mrs. Henry H. Hermsen of Little Chute, Elsie of Milwaukee, and Leona of Seattle Washington; four brothers, Fred of Thorp, Henry, Stanley and Ed of Kaukauna, and Mike of Dundas; 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchildren. Also 78 nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, John, who passed away Jan. 24, 1936, one daughter Mayme in 1922, and also John in 1920.

    Mrs. Verkuilen was a member of the Christian Mother’s Society, in which she took a very active part for many years.

    A lady of kindly personality, she will ever be remembered as a lovely mother, a loyal friend and neighbor.

John Verkuilen

M, b. December 16, 1841, d. November 7, 1903

Parents

Family: Anna Maria VanLanen (b. May 12, 1842, d. April 22, 1919)

Biography

  • Birth: John Verkuilen was born on December 16, 1841 in Uden, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: He and Anna Maria VanLanen were married on November 19, 1866 in Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: John Verkuilen died on November 7, 1903, at age 61, in Thorp, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: John Verkuilen Sr., died at his home in this village (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) on Saturday Nov. 7, 1903, aged 61 years, 10 months and 12 days. He was born in Holland, and came to this country with his parents at the tender age of six years, the family settling in the wilds of Brown County, Wis., not far distant from the now flourishing city of Kaukauna. Here he resided for fifty years on a farm, removing to this place about five years ago. Besides his wife he leaves nine children, John Jr. and Mrs. F. Smith of the town of Worden, Frank of Sheboygan, Mrs. F. Dionne of Pond, Wis., Martin of Eland Junction, Albert of the town of Reseburg, and Mrs. Geo. Ebben, Miss Bardeen and Miss Mary of this village, and also one sister, Mrs. D. Rowan of Sheboygan, all of whom were present at the funeral.

    The funeral occurred from St. Bernard's Church on Tuesday morning and was largely attended, Father Dorrenbach officiating, the interment taking place at the Catholic Cemetery.
  • Immigration: He immigrated to Libra in 1848 Line 38.
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Anna Maria VanLanen

F, b. May 12, 1842, d. April 22, 1919

Parents

Family: John Verkuilen (b. December 16, 1841, d. November 7, 1903)

Biography

  • Birth: Anna Maria VanLanen was born on May 12, 1842 in Boekel, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: She and John Verkuilen were married on November 19, 1866 in Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Anna Maria VanLanen died on April 22, 1919, at age 76, in Clark County, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Sheboygan Journal page 6, May 5, 1919
    Mrs. Verkuilen
    Mrs. Mary Verkuilen, mother of Frank Verkuilen of this city, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Schmidt, of the town of Worden, Thorp, Clark County, Tuesday, April 22, 1919. Had she lived until May 11, she would have been 77 years old.
    Mary Van Lanen was born in Holland, but came to America when eight years old and with her parents settled at Bay Settlement in Brown county, Wis. She lived there and at Green Bay until her marriage to John Verkuilen in 1866. Then they lived at Pensaukee but after a year moved to a farm south of Stanley in 1898. They were there two years and then moved to Thorpe where Mr. Verkuilen died in 1903.
    In 1910 she went to Stanley and resided with her daughter, Mrs. Guy Harris until a few months ago when she began making her home with Mrs. Schmidt. A few weeks ago she had an attack of influenza, and although she recovered it left her in a weakened condition, which, combined with asthma, hastened her death.
    Mrs. Verkuilen is survived by one sister, Mrs. John Vandehey, West Holland, and nine children, all of whom were present to help lay her in her last resting place. They are: John, Mrs. George Ebben and Mrs. Fred Schmidt, Thorpe; Mrs. Guy Harris, Stanley; Albert Verkuilen. Athens' Mrs. Joseph Reuter, Wausua' Martin, Eland; Mrs. Frank Dioone, Antigo, and Frank Verkuilen of this city. Forty-nine grandchildren, six of whom acted as pallbearers and three as altar-boys, and one gret-grandchild share the sorrow at the loss of a dearly-loved grandmother.
    The remains were laid to rest Friday morning, beside her husband in the Catholic cemetery. Services were held at St. Bernard's Catholic church, Father Neises officiating.

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    Mrs. Mary Verkuilen died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Schmidt of the town of Worden, Clark County, Wis., on Tuesday, April 22, 1919. Had she lived until May 11th, she would have rounded out the score and ten plus seven, a long life and to her family, how beautiful! Each returning springtime, when the buds begin to swell, will recall to them the sweetest character they had ever known.

    Mary VanLanen was born in Holland, but came to America when eight years old, and with her people settled at Bay Settlement in Brown Co., Wis. She lived there and at Green Bay until her marriage to John Verkuilen in 1866. They then lived at Pensaukee, but after a year moved to a farm at West Holland, where they lived until they moved to a farm south of Stanley, Wis. in 1898. They were there two years and then moved to Thorp, where Mr. Verkuilen died in 1903.

    In 1910 she went to Stanley and resided with her daughter, Mrs. Guy Harris until a few months ago when she began making her home with Mrs. Schmidt. A few weeks ago she had an attack of influenza, and although she recovered, it left her in a weakened condition, which combined with asthma, hastened her death. No more kindly, always lovable woman ever lived and her many children and grandchildren will miss the friendly face from the family circle.

    Mrs. Verkuilen is survived by one sister, Mrs. John Vandehey of Wa__?, Holland, and nine children, all of whom were present to help lay her in her last resting place. They are John Verkuilen, Mrs. George Ebben and Mrs. Fred Schmidt of Thorp, Mrs. Guy Harris of Stanley, Albert Verkuilen of Athens, Mrs. Joseph Reuter of Wausau, Martin Verkuilen of Eland, Mrs. Frank Dionne of Antigo, and Frank Verkuilen of Sheboygan. Forty-nine grandchildren, six of whom acted as pallbearers and three as alter-boys at the services Friday morning, and one great-grandchild share the sorrow at the loss of a dearly loved grandmother.

    Mrs. Verkuilen was laid to rest Friday morning beside her husband in the Catholic Cemetery. Services were held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Father Neises officiating.

Mayme Odelia Verkuilen

F, b. April 5, 1894, d. September 16, 1922

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Biography

  • Birth: Mayme Odelia Verkuilen was born on April 5, 1894.
  • Death: She died on September 16, 1922, at age 28, in Thorp, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Miss Mayme Verkuilen, aged 28 years, oldest daughter of Assemblyman John Verkuilen, living two miles south of Thorp, Clark County, Wis., was instantly killed at 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon, about a half mile from her home in a collision between her auto and another. Her two sisters riding with her were slightly injured.

    As Miss Verkuilen was returning from Thorp and driving west toward home, another car driving south, and driven by Mrs. Koplin, a neighbor, collided with the Verkuilen car, hitting it directly in front of the right rear wheel and causing the Verkuilen car to turn completely over.

    Miss Verkuilen was crushed to death. She was found with one leg hanging out of the car and the other foot on the brake. The emergency brake was on and the transmission in neutral. It is said that if she had kept on going and had not set the brake, the accident would have been prevented. The victim suffered a broken neck, jaw bone, leg and wrist and a fractured skull. Two of her sisters, Elsie, 16, and Leona, 12, were in the back seat and when the car turned over were thrown out. Elsie received a large cut on her head, back of her ear, requiring seven stitches and was badly shaken up. Leona received a big gash in her leg requiring eleven stitches, and also many bruises. Mrs. Koplin came out of the accident unhurt.

    The Verkuilen car has a smashed top, windshield, broken steering wheel and crushed right back fender, and the Koplin car a badly smashed radiator, lamps and bent frame.

    The cars came together with such a crash that it could be heard for a great distance. Mr. Verkuilen heard it while he was helping fill silo at a neighbors.

    Miss Verkuilen is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Verkuilen, and seven brothers and sisters. One brother…(some of the article was unreadable)… driving, crashed through a bride at Neillsville, crushing him to death.

    Miss Mayme Verkuilen was one of the most prominent women in Clark County, where she had taught ten years in different schools. She was at the present time the fifth and sixth grade teacher in the Thorp public school.

    The funeral was held from St. Hedwig's Church at Thorp, at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning. Father Neises officiated and interment was in the Catholic Cemetery a half mile north of Thorp.

    Members of the forester Ladies Auxiliary, of which Miss Verkuilen was a member, and the children of the Thorp schools, attended as a body.

    Miss Verkuilen was well and favorably known in this city, where she visited often, and it was with great sorrow that her many friends learned of her sudden and untimely death.

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    A most regrettable accident occurred at the Ramberg corner crossing, two miles south and one mile west of this village (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.), about 5:30 o'clock on Saturday afternoon last. At that time Miss Mayme Verkuilen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Verkuilen, was driving her father's Mitchel car with her two younger sisters, Elsie and Leona in the rear seat, along the road going west and when reaching the crossing an Oakland car driven by Mrs. Claus Kolpien, coming from the north reached the crossing at the same moment. A collision resulted in overturning the Verkuilen car, smashing the top, windshield and breaking the steering wheel, the latter crushing the head of the driver, Mayme Verkuilen, resulting in instant death. The Misses Elsie and Leona suffered cuts and bruises, the latter quite severely, but both are recovering. Mrs. Kolpien and Mrs. Frank Schultz, occupants of the Oakland car, escaped unhurt. Within a very short time a number of men were on the scene, who cared for the injured and summoned medical aid.

    Miss Mayme Verkuilen was born in Outagamie Co. on April 5, 1894, her parents moving her during the same year, locating on a farm in the town of Worden, where she attended district school and at the age of seventeen graduated from the Thorp High School. After graduating she was granted a teacher's certificate, since which time she has taught in various schools of the county with remarkable success, and the present school year was a teacher of the 5th and 6th grades of Thorp Village schools. Bright, happy and cheerful, she carried sunshine with her wherever she went. She always had a smile and a pleasant word for her friends. To her the struggle and burden bearing of earth are ended, and we confidently trust that like one who awakes from a troubled dream she has awakened to see life's endless morning break and knows herself at home with all the vast throng of loved ones, missed from earth, safe about her. Her home instincts were strong here in this fevered world of disappointment. Her affection for friends was tender and abiding.

    Deceased leaves to mourn her parents, two brothers, Mike and Walter, and five sisters, Mrs. J. Vanderjagt of Kaukauna, Elsie, Florence, Susie and Leona who have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their great bereavement.

    The funeral was held yesterday morning from St. Bernard's Church, Father Neises officiating. The public school closed and children attended, also the members of the local lodge of Lady Foresters, of which deceased was a member. Interment took place in the Catholic Cemetery.
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Florence Theresa Verkuilen

F, b. August 7, 1898, d. December 18, 1994

Parents

Family: John A Cesnik (b. December 19, 1900, d. December 1980)

Biography

  • Birth: Florence Theresa Verkuilen was born on August 7, 1898 in Worden, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on December 18, 1994, at age 96, in Sartell, Stearns Co, Minnesota.
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John A Cesnik

M, b. December 19, 1900, d. December 1980

Family: Florence Theresa Verkuilen (b. August 7, 1898, d. December 18, 1994)

Biography

  • Birth: John A Cesnik was born on December 19, 1900.
  • Death: He died in December 1980, at age ~80, in Cushing, Morrison Co, Minnesota.

John Arthur Verkuilen

M, b. November 8, 1900, d. August 2, 1920

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: John Arthur Verkuilen was born on November 8, 1900 in Worden, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on August 2, 1920, at age 19.
  • Note: John Verkuilen Jr., eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Verkuilen of the town of Worden, Clark County, Wis., accidentally met death on Aug. 2, 1920, at the age of nineteen years, eight months and twenty-four days. Death was caused by the collapse of the two-hundred-foot bridge across Black River at the edge of the city of Neillsville, Clark County.

    He was employed in driving a truck for the county and at the time was hauling shale from the pit near Neillsville. He had to cross Black River each trip, and on the morning of Aug. 2nd was returning to the pit for a second load, when he met one of the other drivers on the bridge and a few minutes conversation as to directions ensued. The other driver went on and John got out to crank his engine. Just then, without any warning, the bridge swayed and fell, one of the upper iron trusses hitting his head, causing death almost instantly.

    John was born on Nov. 8, 1900, in the town of Worden, in which his home has always been. He shared in the family life there at all tiems, as he was never away except for a few weeks at a time when at work. His last visit home was the day before the accident. He graduated from the Thorp High School with the class of 1918, and since that time his work was on the home farm, except for a month spent in taking the census in the town of Worden and the few months spent at Neillsville. His death is the first to break in an unusually happy family circle and he will be sadly missed by his father and mother, six sisters and two brothers.

    The funeral took place from St. Bernard's Church in Thorp on Thursday, Aug. 5th, Rev. John Neises officiating, with Rev. Korczyk of Posen and Rev. Novak of Willard assisting. The Catholic Foresters, of which deceased was a member, were pallbearers and acted as a bodyguard from the church to St. Bernard's Cemetery, where interment was made. The presence of hundreds of friends and a wilderness of beautiful flowers expressing their silent sympathy helped the bereaved family feel better.
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Walter William Verkuilen

M, b. November 18, 1902, d. May 21, 1963

Parents

Family 1: Marie Agnes Millus (b. 1905, d. 1934)

Biography

  • Birth: Walter William Verkuilen was born on November 18, 1902 in Worden, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Marie Agnes Millus were married on June 27, 1927 in Thorp, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: Walter William Verkuilen and Ruby Coates were married on November 29, 1939.
  • Death: Walter William Verkuilen died on May 21, 1963, at age 60, in Marshfield, Wood Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Walter Verkuilen, 60, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, on Tuesday, May 21st, 1963.

    Funeral services will be held Friday, May 24 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and burial will be in St. Bernard’s Cemetery. Rosary will be held on Thursday evening at 8:00.

    Men’s Foresters will pray the rosary at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23 and they will attend the funeral on Friday morning.
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Marie Agnes Millus

F, b. 1905, d. 1934

Family: Walter William Verkuilen (b. November 18, 1902, d. May 21, 1963)

Biography

  • Birth: Marie Agnes Millus was born in 1905.
  • Marriage: She and Walter William Verkuilen were married on June 27, 1927 in Thorp, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Marie Agnes Millus died in 1934, at age ~29, in Thorp, Clark Co, Wisconsin.

Ruby Coates

F, b. October 20, 1917, d. October 12, 2010

Biography

  • Birth: Ruby Coates was born on October 20, 1917 in Thorp, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Walter William Verkuilen were married on November 29, 1939.
  • Death: Ruby Coates died on October 12, 2010, at age 92.
  • Note: Ruby Coates Verkuilen went to her heavenly reward on October 12th, one week before her 93rd birthday.

    She had been a resident of Oakbrook Health Manor the previous five years. Ruby was born on October 20, 1917, to Henry and Ella (Borck) Coates in the township of Reseburg, rural Thorp. She graduated from Thorp High School, Class of 1934, and then attended Neillsville Normal School and River Falls State Teachers College earning a teacher's certificate. Ruby taught at rural Pioneer School, prior to her marriage to Walter Verkuilen on November 29, 1939. They resided on the Verkuilen family farm and together raised their seven children. Walter died in 1963. Ruby and her son, Marvin, continued to operate the family farm until 1969 when she moved to town. She was then a cook at the Thorp Elementary School for several years.

    Ruby enjoyed playing cards with her friends, going for daily walks, gardening, cooking and baking for her family and friends. She was an avid Green Bay Packer/Wisconsin Badger fan and all activities her grandchildren were involved in. She was a "giving" woman volunteering many hours at St. Bernard-Hedwig Church and at Oakbrook Manor. She was a lifelong member of St. Bernard's parish, Women's Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Friendly Neighbors Homemakers Club.

    Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; her stepson, Richard; her parents; and siblings, Irene Zettler, Margie Badzinski, and Henry Coates, Jr.

    She is survived by her two stepsons, Roy (Rica) of Merrillville, IN, Robert (Helen) of Little Falls, MN; and her four children, Patricia (Merlin) Nevala of Menomonie, Marvin (Diane) of Thorp, Susan (Jim) Beaudette of Nisswa, MN, and John (Dawn) of Cameron. She is also survived by nineteen grandchildren; and thirtyfive great-grandchildren.

    Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m. Friday, October 15th, at St. Bernard-Hedwig's Catholic Church followed by the funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Keith Apfelbeck officiating. Burial will follow at St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery.

    Ruby's family would like to express their deep gratitude to the wonderful, caring staff at Oakbrook Health/Rehab for all they did for her.

    Memorials can be directed to the Oakbrrok Lovelight Fund or St. Bernard-Hedwig's Catholic Church. She was a grand lady and will be missed by many.

    Online condolences may be directed to: www.cuddiefh.com.

Elsie Barbara Verkuilen

F, b. October 4, 1905, d. November 2, 2005

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Elsie Barbara Verkuilen was born on October 4, 1905 in Thorp, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on November 2, 2005, at age 100, in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: THORP -Elsie Barbara Verkuilen, 100, of Eau Claire died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at the Dove Health Care Facility in Eau Claire.

    Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, at St. Bernard/St. Hedwig Catholic church in Thorp. Burial will be in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery.

    Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

    Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

    She was born *Nov. 2, 2005, in Thorp to John and Hattie (Driessen) Verkuilen. She was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and a charter member of the Milwaukee Women's Legion Post No. 448. Following World War II, she became one of the earliest female deputy sheriffs with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department. She retired from the department in 1969.

    She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Ruby Verkuilen, Thorp, and Virginia Verkuilen, Kirkland, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

    *Note this is the way it was in the original write up.

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    ----Sources: Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wis.) 4 Nov 2005

    Elsie Verkuilen

    Elsie Barbara Verkuilen, age 100, of Eau Claire, born on October 4, 1905, in Thorp died on November 2, 2005, at Dove Healthcare Nursing & Rehabilitation.

    Miss Verkuilen was a 1923 graduate of Thorp High School and a 1934 graduate of Marquette University. Prior to World War II, Miss Verkuilen worked in the financial industry and spent many years as an employee of the First Wisconsin National Bank in Milwaukee. She was a member of the United States Coast Guard during the War, after which she became a charter member of Milwaukee Women’s Legion Post 448. She was an active member for more than 50 years. After the war, Miss Verkuilen changed careers and became one of the earliest female deputy sheriffs with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department. She retired from the sheriff’s department in 1969, and remained active in many church, civic and social activities in the Milwaukee area until 1968 when she moved to a retirement community in Eau Claire. She attended daily Mass at Sacred Heart Hospital chapel and was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig parish in Thorp.

    Miss Verkuilen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hattie (Driessen) Verkuilen; three brothers, John Verkuilen, Walter Verkuilen and Michael Verkuilen; five sisters, Mayme Verkuilen, Josephine Vandeyacht, Florence Cesnik, Susan Hermsen and Leona Aucoin; seven nephews and four nieces. Also preceding her in death were two sisters-in-law, Marie (Millus) Verkuilen and Beatrice (Dalton) Verkuilen; and four brothers-in-law, John Cesnik, Henry Hermsen, John Vandeyacht and Percy Aucoin.

    She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Ruby Verkuilen of Thorp and Virginia Verkuilen of Kirkland, Wash.; many nieces and nephews and their descendants.

    Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 7, 2005, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church, with burial in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery, both in Thorp. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

    Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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    ----Sources: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Sat, Nov 5, 2005

    Elsie B. Verkuilen

    THORP -Elsie Barbara Verkuilen, 100, of Eau Claire died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at the Dove Health Care Facility in Eau Claire.

    Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, at St. Bernard/St. Hedwig Catholic church in Thorp. Burial will be in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery.

    Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

    Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

    She was born Oct. 4, 1905, in Thorp to John and Hattie (Driessen) Verkuilen. She was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and a charter member of the Milwaukee Women's Legion Post No. 448. Following World War II, she became one of the earliest female deputy sheriffs with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department. She retired from the department in 1969.

    She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Ruby Verkuilen, Thorp, and Virginia Verkuilen, Kirkland, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra

Michael Albert Verkuilen

M, b. December 2, 1906, d. March 2, 1989

Parents

Family: Vera Beatrice Dalton (b. August 21, 1908, d. September 6, 1941)

Biography

  • Birth: Michael Albert Verkuilen was born on December 2, 1906 in Thorp, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Vera Beatrice Dalton were married on July 11, 1934.
  • Death: Michael Albert Verkuilen died on March 2, 1989, at age 82, in Dyer, Lake Co, Indiana.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra

Vera Beatrice Dalton

F, b. August 21, 1908, d. September 6, 1941

Family: Michael Albert Verkuilen (b. December 2, 1906, d. March 2, 1989)

Biography

  • Birth: Vera Beatrice Dalton was born on August 21, 1908 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Michael Albert Verkuilen were married on July 11, 1934.
  • Death: Vera Beatrice Dalton died on September 6, 1941, at age 33, in Gary, Lake Co, Indiana.
  • Note: Mrs. Beatrice Dalton Verkuilen, 33, died at Mercy Hospital at Gary, Indiana, Sept. 5th, 1941. Death was caused by a relapse five days after giving birth to triplets.

    Mrs. Verkuilen was born in 1908 and received her training at the Whitewater, Wis., State Teachers College. She was the wife of Michael Verkuilen, president of the Gary Teachers Union and a former Thorp (Clark Co., Wis.) man.

    With Mrs. Verkuilen, in a separate casket, was buried the second of her triplets, a boy, who died Saturday, Sept. 6th. The infant girl lived only a few hours. The surviving child, a boy, was reported to be in good condition and is expected to live.

    Funeral services were held in Holy Angels Church, Gary, Indiana, at 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 8th, followed by burial in Calvary Park Cemetery.

Leona Verkuilen

F, b. October 22, 1909, d. May 28, 1993

Parents

Family: Percy Wilson Aucoin (b. April 9, 1905, d. October 17, 1997)

Biography

  • Birth: Leona Verkuilen was born on October 22, 1909 in Thorp, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Percy Wilson Aucoin were married on February 12, 1948.
  • Death: Leona Verkuilen died on May 28, 1993, at age 83, in Palm Springs, Riverside Co, California.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra

Percy Wilson Aucoin

M, b. April 9, 1905, d. October 17, 1997

Family: Leona Verkuilen (b. October 22, 1909, d. May 28, 1993)

Biography

  • Birth: Percy Wilson Aucoin was born on April 9, 1905.
  • Marriage: He and Leona Verkuilen were married on February 12, 1948.
  • Death: Percy Wilson Aucoin died on October 17, 1997, at age 92.

William Martin Dichraff

M

John T Plank

M, b. September 20, 1923, d. October 2, 2003

Biography

  • Birth: John T Plank was born on September 20, 1923 in Stevens Point, Portage Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on June 17, 1945.
  • Death: He died on October 2, 2003, at age 80.
  • Note: John T. Plank Sr., 80, of Waupun, died Thursday morning, Oct. 2, 2003. John was born Sept. 20, 1923, in Stevens Point, to the late Robert and Katherine (Jirikowic) Plank.
    On June 17, 1945, he was married to Margaret Johnson in Stevens Point. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; seven children, Margaret "Mardi" (Jerold) Witte of Beaver Dam, John (Myrna) Plank Jr. of Juneau, Jeanne (Cal) Pluim of Green Lake, David (Sue) Plank of Sun Prairie, Roger (Marlene) Plank of Stevens Point, Gerald (Laura) Plank of Eagle River, and Julie Plank of Waupun; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Winifred Flood of Stevens Point, Eleanor Walker of Wausau, and Betty (Elmer) Timm of Stevens Point. Funeral services will be held Monday at the Union Congregational Church in Waupun, with the Rev. Michael Bausch officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun. Friends and relatives may call Sunday at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and until the time of service Monday. Published in the Stevens Point Journal, 10/4/2003.