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Laura Elizabeth VanAsten

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  • Birth: Laura Elizabeth VanAsten was born on July 7, 1996 in Madison, Dane Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on June 30, 2017, at age 20.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Angels Cemetery, Darboy, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Van Asten, Laura Elizabeth

    Laura Van Asten, 20, of Darboy, passed away on June 30 from injuries sustained while riding a horse. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 7, 1996, to Kelly (Mike) and Elizabeth (Betty) Van Asten.

    Laura just completed her junior year at Lawrence University pursuing a degree in trombone performance. She enjoyed sharing her musical talents with others at school, church, and in the community. As much as music was a part of her life, horses were her greatest passion. She volunteered at BEAMING as a therapeutic horse handler. Her passion for horses extended to Mulberry Lane Farm where she had a variety of responsibilities, her favorite being working with the horses. Through the graciousness of several friends throughout the years, Laura was given many other opportunities to learn about horsemanship and to go riding for pleasure. Her family takes comfort in knowing that she was doing something she truly loved when she died.

    Laura attended Holy Angels/Holy Spirit School in Darboy from preschool through eighth grade. She attended Xavier High School in Appleton, where she participated in band, marching band, pit orchestra, and the Rock for Life club. She was able to visit many different parts of the country through band trips, the March for Life, and Catholic Heart Work Camp. She was also an active member of the Chazoo Warriors, her parish peer ministry group. During the family's annual camping trip, Laura loved campfires, water skiing, hiking, and swimming. She also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and playing games. Her family enjoyed her ability to be thoughtful and serious, and also loved her delightful silliness.

    Laura is survived by her father and mother, Darboy; her brother Luke, Mishicot; her sister Michelle, at home; her boyfriend Isaac Mayhew, St. Paul, MN; her grandparents Alois Van Asten, Wisconsin Rapids; Richard and Mary (Millie) Sorensen, Madison; aunts and uncles Gene ("T") Van Asten, Appleton; John (Patti) Van Asten, Rudolph; godfather Bob (Char) Van Asten, Menasha; Jeff (Krista) Van Asten, Kimberly; Kirk (Gwen) Van Asten, Wisconsin Rapids; godmother Victoria Reigel, Hortonville; Becky Sorensen, Madison; and Barb (Neal) Van Ersvelde, Grinnell, IA; and twenty-three cousins.

    Laura was preceded in death by her grandmother Ellie Van Asten, and her aunt Alice Van Asten.

    Laura will be remembered for her positive attitude, her genuine smile, and the joy that she brought to those around her. She was a bright young woman who was very devoted to her faith and exemplified a spirit of service to others. Laura was a blessing in the lives of anyone who knew her, and she was and always will be dearly loved.

    Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 PM Friday, July 7, 2017, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 600 E. Kimberly Avenue, Kimberly, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, July 8, at 11:00 AM with Fr. Bob Kollath officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the time of the Mass. Interment will follow at Holy Angels cemetery, W2796 Cty Rd KK Appleton.

    Laura, we love you and will deeply miss having you here with us on earth. We watched you go from being a shy young girl to blossoming into a beautiful, confident, and outgoing young woman. We are so proud of you, and we appreciate how you lived your faith and through that, brought joy to others. Love, Mom, Dad, Luke, and Michelle.

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Michelle VanAsten

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Steven R VanHaren

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  • Birth: Steven R VanHaren was born on January 15, 1955 in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on July 1, 2017, at age 62.
  • Note: Steven R. Van Haren, 62, Gillett, died peacefully Saturday evening, July 1, 2017, surrounded by his family, at a Green Bay hospital following complications from a stroke he suffered in February, 2017. The 6th of 12 boys was born January 15, 1955 in Oconto Falls to Clarence and Gladys "Tiny" (VandenBush) Van Haren. Steve attended St. Anthony Catholic Parochial School and graduated from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1973.

    Steve lived most of his life in Oconto County where he was employed at Carver Boat in Pulaski for 36 years and most recently, Diversified Woodcraft in Suring. He will be fondly remembered for his love of racing, hunting and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Steve enjoyed being in the woods and looking for signs of deer or turkey and when he wasn't, you could find him working on his son Josh's race car. In 2003 he married Laurie Gonion and they loved just being together and making many special memories. "Papa Steve", as he was lovingly known by his grandchildren, taught them about many important things in life with his kind heart, helping hands and warm words.

    Survivors are his wife, Laurie VanHaren; five children, Steve (Mary), Rebecca (Rob), Mellissa (Paul), Robert, Josh (Ashley); an adopted son, Kyle Frederick; grandchildren, Mikey, Nathan, Natasha, Natalee, Kaylee, Kyler, Kayahna, Ashton, Skylar, Willie, Wyatt, Brentlee, Madyson; great grandchildren, Elijah, Lilly, Laila, Aubree and Brynlee; 11 brothers, Nick (Sandi), Mike (Danni), Bill (Dawn), Richard, Jerry (Debbie), Tom (Lisa), Bruce (Karen), Eugene (Vicki) Tim (Callie), Jessie, Pat (Nancy); his in-laws, Mike Gonion and Elizabeth Solberg; two brothers-in-law, Jim and Kevin (Tammy) Gonion; his black lab buddy, T-Bone; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Tyffany Stevens and mother-in-law Vanessa Gonion.

    Visitation will be held 4-8pm Friday, July 7, 2017 at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls. Visitation will continue after 8am Saturday, July 8, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls until the time of service. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10am Saturday at the church with the Rev. Fr. Joel Sember officiating. Cremation will follow.

    The VanHaren family would like to thank the nurses and staffs of Woodlands Nursing Home, Aurora ICU & Hospice as well as the many family members and friends who have been of so much comfort to Steve and his family. A special thanks to Kelly Frederick, Jenny Dirks, Dani and Rodney. Each time you leave one another, "say I love you". Laugh until you cry and love until your heart stops beating.
    Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on July 5, 2017.

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Family 1: Steven R VanHaren (b. January 15, 1955, d. July 1, 2017)

Nicholas J VanHaren

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Michael F VanHaren

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William Clarence VanHaren

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Dawn Judith Wolters

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Richard J VanHaren

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Gerarld A VanHaren

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Thomas Chester VanHaren

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Family 2: Lisa Ann Behrs

Marie Ann McDougal

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Lisa Ann Behrs

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Bruce Arthur VanHaren

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Barbara Ann Benson

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Eugene R VanHaren

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Cindy L Aprill

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Timothy James VanHaren

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Callie Jean Delveaux

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Jesse Lee VanHaren

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Patrick Henry VanHaren

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Nancy Lee Flom

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