Claire Theresa Baenen
F, b. April 23, 1930, d. September 18, 2017
- Birth: Claire Theresa Baenen was born on April 23, 1930.
- Marriage: She and Lawrence H DeClerc were married on April 18, 1953 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: Claire Theresa Baenen died on September 18, 2017, at age 87.
- Burial: She was buried in Fort Howard Memorial Park, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
- Note: DeClerc, Claire Theresa
On Monday, September 18, 2017, Claire Theresa DeClerc was called home to her Lord and Savior's home after a lengthy illness. She was born on April 23, 1930, to William and Eva Baenen. On April 18, 1953, she married Lawrence DeClerc, who preceded her in death on August 30, 2015.
Claire was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. Her life was filled with the love of Jesus Christ and she was willing to talk to anyone, anytime about their Salvation. She proudly raised seven children and helped raise a number of grandchildren. Claire and Larry were founding members of Bayside Christian Church, now known as Celebration Church. Over the years she was involved in many committees and wore many hats in the church.
Claire had a tendency to see the world through rose colored glasses and always saw the glass as half full. Her delightful sense of humor and vivid long-term memory entertained anyone who would listen to her stories. Claire's caregivers from Unity Hospice were her favorite audience. Although her legs were too weak to allow her to walk, at 87 she was still able to touch her knee to her ear. She was blessed to have her daughter Chris in her life. Chris put her life on hold for the last three years and moved in with her parents to allow both of them to live their final years in their home. We are eternally grateful for her.
Claire's wit and perseverance allowed her to defy the odds countless times. Her family didn't envision celebrating her 85th birthday with her and certainly didn't imagine celebrating her 86th or 87th birthdays. Claire was like the Energizer bunny. She just "kept on keeping on". Using Grandma DeClerc's recipe; she baked over 100 fruitcakes yearly and sold them to many loyal customers. She proudly earned the title of "Fruitcake Queen" and Dad was the "Booyah King" - It's no wonder they made a perfect pair.
Claire is survived by her children and their spouses, Steve and Carol DeClerc, Laurie and Tom Jeschke, Diane and Gregg DeClerc-Francisco, Bill and Donna DeClerc, Chris and Scott Jensen, John and Sue DeClerc, Joe and Melissa DeClerc; grandchildren, Ned (Susie), Matthew (Jenny), Catherine, Becki (Josh), Ian, Ali, Eric, Jason, Jenna (Dan), Cassie (Mike), Jake, Dylan; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruth (Don) Stoehr, Ellen Baierl; brother, Paul (Diane) Baenen; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Drew; her parents; brothers, Jim, Peter, Will; and sisters, Rosemary, Norma and Marion.
Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 22, followed by the Funeral Service at 7 p.m. with Pastor Lathan Duncan officiating. Entombment will be in Fort Howard Memorial Park. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
The DeClerc family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Unity Hospice for the wonderful care and kindness shown to Claire over the past two years. She was blessed with the opportunity to stay at the Residence five different times and was treated like a queen. We would like to extend a special thank you to Nancy, Kang, Natalia, Maggie, Justin, Cindi, and Kristy. We also express our sincere gratitude to Barb Schneider and Marion Griffin for their loving care, and to Claire's grandson, Jason for his dedication and hard work to help keep Claire in her home.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2017.
Lawrence H DeClerc
M, b. June 24, 1927, d. August 30, 2015
- Birth: Lawrence H DeClerc was born on June 24, 1927 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Marriage: He and Claire Theresa Baenen were married on April 18, 1953 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: Lawrence H DeClerc died on August 30, 2015, at age 88.
- Burial: He was buried in Fort Howard Memorial Park, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
- Note: Lawrence H. "Larry" DeClerc, 88, Green Bay, died Sunday, August 30, 2015, following a brief illness. He was born on June 24, 1927, in Green Bay to William and Alice (Nackaerts) DeClerc.
At age 17, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in WWII and the Korean War. Shortly after his time in the Navy, he met Claire Baenen and they were married on April 18, 1953 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Larry drove truck for many years, retiring from Tosca Limited. He was an active founding member of Celebration Church. Larry was known by friends and family as the "Booyah King". He will be remembered for his love of his God, family, neighbors, and many friends over the years.
Larry is survived by his wife, Claire; his children and their spouses, Steve and Carol DeClerc, Laurie and Tom Jeschke, Diane and Gregg DeClerc-Francisco, Bill and Donna DeClerc, Chris and Scott Jensen, John and Sue DeClerc, Joe and Melissa DeClerc; grandchildren, Ned (Susie), Matthew (Jenny), Catherine, Becki (Josh), Ian, Ali, Eric, Jason, Jenna, Cassie (Michael), Jake, Dylan (Ann); ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Drew; his parents; twin brother, Clarence; older brother, Hank; and many other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Friends may also call at Celebration Church, 3475 Humboldt Rd., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday. The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with Pastor Mark Gungor and Pastor Lathan Duncan officiating. Entombment will be in Fort Howard Memorial Park. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry's name to Unity Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association.
Larry's family extends a special thank you to the staff of Unity Hospice, especially to his nurses, Cathy and Justin; his special friend, John Van; and to his grandson, Jason, for his dedication and hard work.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sept. 1, 2015.
Stephen J DeClerc
Laurie Ann DeClerc
Diane Mary DeClerc
Edward Michael Polachek
William Peter DeClerc
Donald J DeGroot
M, b. November 12, 1931, d. September 14, 2017
- Birth: Donald J DeGroot was born on November 12, 1931 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Marriage: He was married.
- Death: He died on September 14, 2017, at age 85, in Santa Clara, Santa Clara Co, California.
- Note: DeGroot, Donald J.
Don DeGroot passed away peacefully on September 14 at his home in Santa Clara, CA.
Don was born on November 12, 1931 in Green Bay Wisconsin, the only child of Charles and Bertha (Puissant) DeGroot. Don was raised on a farm in the rural Green Bay community of Preble. After his father died in 1948, he and his mother moved into Green Bay.
Don graduated from Green Bay's Central Catholic High School in 1949, and attended Saint Norbert's College. He then joined the Navy and served for 4 years during the Korean War. He met his future bride, Barbara Hansen in 1952 while stationed at Moffett Field.
After receiving an honorable discharge in 1955, he was hired by Noel J. Brown Manufacturing Company, becoming a journeyman tool and die maker. While working in the business, he rose to become an owner/partner and eventually plant manager and president. During his tenure with Brown Manufacturing he was National Director & past District Chairman of American Metal Stamping Association (AMSA). He was also a founder of Memory Disk Manufacturing Company & Distec Manufacturing Company.
Don was a very active member of St. Justin's Catholic Church in Santa Clara, serving selflessly in church ministries. He is a past president of the St. Justin's men's club, called the Stablemates.
While his sons were in their teen years, Don served in many positions with Boy Scout Troop 78, including being Scoutmaster.
The family enjoyed many years boating at Camanche Lake, near Stockton, CA, with Don facilitating both family and friends in boating and water sports such as skiing, wake boarding and the like.
Upon the sale of Noel J. Brown Manufacturing Company in 1982, he retired and took up many hobbies, passions and travels. These included becoming an FCC licensed Amateur Radio Operator, call sign KA6TGE. As a volunteer Ham, he devoted extensive time to emergency communications for local community agencies. He was Chief Radio Officer/Emergency Coordinator for the City of Santa Clara for 10 years.
During retirement, Don and Barb enjoyed motor homing and made trips covering many miles all over America. He also enjoyed model railroading and slot car racing, and was a member of numerous clubs and organizations related to these interests. He also served as a volunteer driver with Campbell Seniors & Heart of the Valley.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barb, four children; Dan DeGroot (Kim) in San Luis Obispo, CA, Donna Vidal (Steve) in San Jose, CA, David DeGroot in Placerville, CA, Della Accardo (Mike) in Clovis, CA, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
A rosary will be Friday, September 22, 7 PM at Lima Mortuary, 466 N. Winchester, Santa Clara. Private reflection time will be available at 6 PM.
The funeral will be Saturday, September 23, 10 AM at St. Justin's Catholic Church, 2655 Homestead, Santa Clara.
There will be a private graveside ceremony on Monday.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. Justin's community ministries, or a charity of their choice.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sept. 20, 2017.
Daniel Martin DeGroot
Donna M DeGroot
David M DeGroot
Della M DeGroot