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Petronella VanderZanden

F, b. 1887, d. January 27, 1961

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Family: Oscar Julius LaHaie (b. April 1, 1887, d. October 29, 1961)

Biography

  • Birth: Petronella VanderZanden was born in 1887.
  • Death: She died on January 27, 1961, at age ~74, in Washington County, Oregon.

Oscar Julius LaHaie

M, b. April 1, 1887, d. October 29, 1961

Family: Petronella VanderZanden (b. 1887, d. January 27, 1961)

Biography

  • Birth: Oscar Julius LaHaie was born on April 1, 1887 in South Dakota.
  • Death: He died on October 29, 1961, at age 74, in Washington County, Oregon.

Donald Peter Spiering

M, b. December 10, 1917, d. January 7, 2007

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Biography

  • Birth: Donald Peter Spiering was born on December 10, 1917 in Greenville, Washington Co, Oregon.
  • Marriage: He was married on July 23, 1949.
  • Death: He died on January 7, 2007, at age 89, in Newberg, Yamhill Co, Oregon.
  • Note: Donald Peter Spiering
    (December 10, 1917 - January 7, 2007)

    Donald Peter "Don" Spiering, 89, a resident of the Newberg community died Sunday evening, January 7, 2007 at his home in Newberg.
    A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at the St Francis Catholic Church in Roy, OR

    Christian Burial will take place immediately following the Funeral Mass to be held at the St Francis Catholic Cemetery, Roy, OR.

    Family and friends are invited to attend a reception following the burial rites to be held at the St Francis Catholic Grade School in Roy, OR

    Don was born on December 10, 1917 in Greenville, OR. He was the oldest of seven children born to George and Mary Vanderzanden Spiering. He was raised on a family farm in Roy and attended St Francis grade School and Banks Highs School. Don also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific University and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Oregon.

    Don entered the Army in 1935. He served his country in the Pacific theater and participated in battles of Saipan and Okinawa. He was the recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in December of 1945 as a 1st LT.

    He was united in marriage to Jean Ackerson on July 23, 1949. Following their marriage they made their home in Tillamook, OR in 1962 they moved to Beaverton, OR. Jean died in 1999 and Don continued to live in Beaverton until 2001 when he moved to Tualatin and then to Newberg in 2004.

    Don was an educator. He was principle of Tillamook High School from 1957 to 1962. He was also an activities director and teacher at Washington High School in Portland until his retirement in 1978. Following retirement Don's passion was with the MOWW (Military Order of World Wars) from which he was a member and also with the Pacific University Alumni as well as the Banks High School Alumni.

    He is preceded in death by his wife Jean, parents and three siblings.

    Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law; Colleen Spiering and Roy MacMillan of Newberg, a grandson; Joseph MacMillan of Newberg, OR., and three siblings; David Spiering of Forest Grove, OR, Norman Spiering of Beaverton OR. and Evelyn LaBella of Portland, OR.,

    The family suggests contributions in Don's name to Pacific University Alumni Association, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116.

Jean Ackerson

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Family: Donald Peter Spiering (b. December 10, 1917, d. January 7, 2007)

Richard James Spiering

M, b. December 30, 1934, d. December 6, 1993

Parents

Family: Patricia Mary Edmund (b. October 7, 1931, d. March 17, 1990)

Biography

  • Birth: Richard James Spiering was born on December 30, 1934 in Washington County, Oregon.
  • Death: He died on December 6, 1993, at age 58, in Washington County, Oregon.

Patricia Mary Edmund

F, b. October 7, 1931, d. March 17, 1990

Family: Richard James Spiering (b. December 30, 1934, d. December 6, 1993)

Biography

  • Birth: Patricia Mary Edmund was born on October 7, 1931 in Oregon.
  • Death: She died on March 17, 1990, at age 58, in Washington County, Oregon.

Douglas Carl Becker

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Patricia Mae Foley

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Steve Becker

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Robert Becker

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Lori Ann Becker

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James John Schmidt

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Shane Moseng

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Kyle Moseng

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Gloria Plamann

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Herbert Breitenbach

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Frank William Blohm

M, b. April 5, 1898, d. December 11, 1973

Parents

Family: Mae Schumacher (b. September 27, 1900, d. October 21, 1984)

Biography

  • Birth: Frank William Blohm was born on April 5, 1898.
  • Marriage: He and Mae Schumacher were married on August 15, 1922.
  • Death: Frank William Blohm died on December 11, 1973, at age 75, in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.

Mae Schumacher

F, b. September 27, 1900, d. October 21, 1984

Family: Frank William Blohm (b. April 5, 1898, d. December 11, 1973)

Biography

  • Birth: Mae Schumacher was born on September 27, 1900.
  • Marriage: She and Frank William Blohm were married on August 15, 1922.
  • Death: Mae Schumacher died on October 21, 1984, at age 84, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

James E Blohm

M, b. May 5, 1925, d. June 14, 1998

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Biography

  • Birth: James E Blohm was born on May 5, 1925.
  • Death: He died on June 14, 1998, at age 73, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Edward Blohm

M, b. January 4, 1876, d. July 4, 1943

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Family: Caroline Friedland (b. November 12, 1879, d. October 20, 1911)

Biography

  • Birth: Edward Blohm was born on January 4, 1876 in Germany.
  • Marriage: He and Caroline Friedland were married on June 18, 1898 in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Edward Blohm died on July 4, 1943, at age 67, in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.

Caroline Friedland

F, b. November 12, 1879, d. October 20, 1911

Family: Edward Blohm (b. January 4, 1876, d. July 4, 1943)

Biography

  • Birth: Caroline Friedland was born on November 12, 1879 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Edward Blohm were married on June 18, 1898 in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Caroline Friedland died on October 20, 1911, at age 31, in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.

Frederick R Blohm

M, b. May 14, 1903, d. October 1, 1996

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Biography

  • Birth: Frederick R Blohm was born on May 14, 1903.
  • Death: He died on October 1, 1996, at age 93.

Henry F Blohm

M, b. September 25, 1850, d. December 21, 1935

Family: Susanna Doretta Strohmeyer (b. circa 1857, d. March 16, 1943)

Biography

  • Birth: Henry F Blohm was born on September 25, 1850 in Germany.
  • Marriage: He and Susanna Doretta Strohmeyer were married in 1876.
  • Death: Henry F Blohm died on December 21, 1935, at age 85, in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.

Susanna Doretta Strohmeyer

F, b. circa 1857, d. March 16, 1943

Family: Henry F Blohm (b. September 25, 1850, d. December 21, 1935)

Biography

  • Birth: Susanna Doretta Strohmeyer was born circa 1857 in Germany.
  • Marriage: She and Henry F Blohm were married in 1876.
  • Death: Susanna Doretta Strohmeyer died on March 16, 1943 in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.

Donald John Blohm

M, b. May 5, 1927, d. December 19, 2016

Parents

Family: Shirley Anne Dietrich (b. September 12, 1929, d. April 3, 1987)

Biography

  • Birth: Donald John Blohm was born on May 5, 1927.
  • Death: He died on December 19, 2016, at age 89.
  • Burial: He was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Blohm, Donald John

    Don's life journey ended, with family by his side, on December 19, 2016. Even though he is gone from this earthly world, we find comfort in knowing his suffering is over.

    He was born in Appleton, Wisconsin to Frank and Mae (Schumacher) Blohm on May 5, 1927. His biological father left the family while Don was very young. That event forced his mother to take a job as a housekeeper with a gentleman by the name of Frank Koehler from Hortonville, Wisconsin. From that day forward Frank became the nurturing father figure to Don and years of learning and growing up on the farm on Winchester Rd. shaped Don into the hardworking and industrious man that he would become.

    After the struggle with the Great Depression, the family moved to Appleton. Don enjoyed his participation in the Zion Lutheran Choir and continued to practice new tunes throughout his life ("You Are My Sunshine" and "Cowboy Jack" were two of his favorites). He continued to have remarkable whistling abilities up to his final days. He dabbled with guitar and harmonica and could still "blow" a tune on the harmonica.

    Aside from raising his family, one of his proudest accomplishments was becoming a U.S. Marine during the WWII era. He sported a tattoo on each forearm to commemorate that time in his life. He served two terms with the United States Marines and in his later years he was able to go on the Old Glory Honor Flight with his granddaughter, Jenny, accompanying him. He graduated from the University of Hawaii, came back to Wisconsin where he held various important positions throughout his working years, including Food Queen and A.A.L. (now Thrivent). His knowledge about everything led him to be a valued instructor at Northwest Technical College for several years. He was a member of several professional organizations that involved refrigeration and electrical activities. He retired from A.A.L. on May 31, 1987.

    After his retirement, Don enjoyed various activities which included carpentry, fishing, hunting, coin collecting, and traveling. The countless projects he built, fixed, and created will be forever cherished by us. There was not one single thing that Don could not do. He did it all. In his later years, he enjoyed trips to the casino and long car rides. He loved to sit on the front porch and talk to the birds and squirrels and waved at all of the cars passing by. Don truly did have a passion and kindness for animals and had many furry friends through the years.

    Don is survived by six children; Linda (Mike) Probst, Julie Blohm (John Zehner), Donna (Randall) Glaser, Cynthia (Kim) Meidam, Randall (Karen) Blohm, and Ryan Blohm. He is further survived by grandchildren; Matthew (girlfriend Sandie) Probst, Sarah (Heath) Oelsen, Jessica (Scott) Craft, Jordan (Jill) Probst, Michelle Glaser, Shannon (Kelvin) Ayres, Christopher Nordstom, Cody Meidam, Kristen Blohm, Jenny (Leland) Secard and Paul Blohm. Also surviving him are great grandchildren; Aubree, Andrew, Adelin, Berklee, Preston, Makenna, Lydia, Sebastian, Cael, Gabriel, and Skyler.

    He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley (Dietrich) Blohm, son Kevin, twin sons, David and Daniel, and brothers Carl (lone) Blohm and James Blohm, and grandchild Chad Glaser.

    A very special thank you to Theda Care at Home Hospice team; Dr. Jack Swanson, Nurse Mary Littiebrant, Melissa, and Ellen. Thank you to great friend Tony Kuehmstead (Arden) for the lovely rides and the yummy pecans. Thank you to Katie and her lovely pet therapy dog Oliver, and to Patsy Trickie who was an awesome friend. And a very special thank you to John Zehner who was the best friend that Don could have ever hoped for. Because of all of you, Don was able to stay in his own home and enjoy many fine times.

    Don's parting words to everyone would be "Your damned if you do and damned if you don't" and "Your kindness is only exceeded by your good looks." Even though our family circle will never be the same, we will all have beautiful memories to carry us through the years ahead.

    Funeral service with full military honors will be held at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME, 537 N. Superior St. Appleton on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. with service to follow at 1:00 p.m. Don's wishes were to be cremated.

    Please come and share your memories with us.