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William Peter VanWychen

M, b. December 14, 1926, d. November 13, 2016


Family: Bernice Elizabeth Ambrosius (b. June 15, 1928, d. March 2, 2015)


  • Birth: William Peter VanWychen was born on December 14, 1926 in Town of Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Bernice Elizabeth Ambrosius were married on October 28, 1948 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: William Peter VanWychen died on November 13, 2016, at age 89.
  • Burial: He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
  • Note: William P. Van Wychen, age 89, of Kaukauna, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016. He was born on December 14, 1926 in the town of Kaukauna to the late Henry and Anna (Stiljes) Van Wychen. William proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy; shortly after World War II. After his discharge for the Navy, William married the love of his life, Bernice Ambrosius, on October 28, 1948 at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Together they were blessed with four daughters, Joyce, Janice, Joanne and Judy. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, where he faithfully attended mass at 4:30 on Saturdays.

    After thirty-nine years William retired from Thilmany in 1988. William was a skilled carpenter and for many years he and his brother Rich built houses together. It wasn't out of the ordinary to be riding along with William and for him to point out a house that they built. For many years William and his brothers went on their annual hunting trip to their cabin in Athelstane. William enjoyed deer, duck and rabbit hunting. He would also find time to fish whenever possible. Above all he valued his time spent with his family. The summer trips to Crooked Lake and being able to watch his grandkids events were some of his most favorite.

    He is survived by his three daughters: Joyce (Richard) Smudde of Kaukauna, Janice (Marvin) Wiedenhaupt of Kaukauna and Joanne (Greg) Felton of Appleton; seven grandchildren: Michelle (Jeff) Huss, Jeff (Denise) Smudde, Lori (Kristopher) Ott, Craig (Sarah) Wiedenhaupt, Amber (Bret) Lewis, Alexandria Felton and Camille (Isaac Schuetz) Felton; ten great-grandchildren: Aubrey and Sophie Huss, Kayla and Paige Smudde, Jack and Henry Lewis, Lily and Emma Wiedenhaupt, Olivia and Grant Ott. He is further survived by three brothers: Tony (Lillian) Van Wychen, Rich (Betty) Van Wychen and Mel (Lorna Hamilton) Van Wychen; four sisters-in-law: Edna Van Wychen, Carol (Dick) Peters, Mickey Ambrosius and Germaine Ambrosius as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

    In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his wife Bernice on March 2, 2015; daughter Judy Van Wychen; four brothers: Peter (Hattie), Norbert (Eileen), John (Hattie) and Jerry, as well as his sister-in-law Millie Van Wychen.

    Due to construction at his home church of Holy Cross, the funeral liturgy will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 11:30 am at St. Katharine Drexel Parish-St. Mary Site, 119 W. Seventh Street in Kaukauna. Visitation will take place the night before on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the Fargo Funeral Home, 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Kaukauna. Visitation will resume at church starting at 10:00 AM until the time of service. Military honors will follow the funeral service. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in William's name.

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Melvin H VanWychen



Family 1: Mildred B Walsh (b. March 27, 1926, d. October 30, 2001)

Family 2: Lorna Weinhold

Family 3: Helen M Janz (b. August 28, 1931, d. June 26, 2005)

Eileen M Randerson

F, b. March 4, 1914, d. July 15, 2010


Family: Norbert M VanWychen (b. June 2, 1916, d. June 23, 2007)


  • Birth: Eileen M Randerson was born on March 4, 1914 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Norbert M VanWychen were married on June 8, 1937 in St Nicholas Church, Freedom, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Eileen M Randerson died on July 15, 2010, at age 96, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Eileen M. Van Wychen, 96, Freedom, died Thursday, July 15, 2010, at St. Paul Elder Services. She was born March 4, 1914, in Freedom to the late George and Josephine (Farrell) Randerson. Eileen married Norbert Van Wychen at St. Nicholas Parish on July 8, 1937. He preceded her in death on July 23, 2007, after 70 years of marriage. Together, they owned and operated a dairy farm in the Town of Kaukauna until 1949 after which they moved to the Town of Freedom. Later, Eileen worked as a baker for the Freedom Elementary School. She enjoyed playing bingo and trips to the casino. In her earlier years, Eileen loved to fish at their cottage at Crooked Lake. She and Norbert loved to travel. Eileen cherished time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Eileen is survived by her children, Patricia "Pat" (Fred) Zimmer, Grand Chute; Tom (Mary Pat) Van Wychen, Kaukauna; and Luanne (Tim) Brinkman, Freedom; daughter-in-law: Joyce Van Wychen, Freedom; grandchildren: Dan (Ann) Wynboom, Kathi (Randy) Sanders (Goddaughter), Judy (Ed) Krzyzak, Sue (Mike) Eiting, Shari (Todd) Romenesko (Goddaughter), Michael Van Wychen, Andy Wilquet, Lori (John) Don Carlos, Lisa (Joe) Derivan, Christopher and Angela Brinkman; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law: Bernice Randerson, Jerome (Edna), Tony (Lillian), Rich (Betty), William (Bernice) and Melvin Van Wychen; additional Godchildren: Bette Wilkens (whom she shared a birthday and was very close to) and Pete Van Wychen; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    In addition to Norbert and her parents, Eileen was preceded in death by her siblings: Lucille (Johnny) Suchko, Melvin (Martha), Gene (Ora), Patrick (Margie) and Jerry (Helen "Tootie") Randerson; and brothers and sisters-in-law: Peter (Hattie), John (Hattie), Millie Van Wychen.

    Visitation will be held Monday July 19, 2010, beginning at 2:30 p.m. until time of funeral at 5:00 p.m. at ST. NICHOLAS PARISH (W2037 County Road S, Freedom). The Rev. David Hoffman will officiate. Committal St. Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established. For online condolences, please visit www.

    The family would like to express their deep appreciation and gratitude to St. Paul Elder Services' Staff and Hospice for the wonderful supportive care of their Mother. Also the wonderful volunteers who delivered Mom's meals when she was still at home and especially Dee Spiegel. Thank you also to the many friends and relatives who took time out of their lives to visit Mom.



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Lillian Johanna VanHoof



Bernice Elizabeth Ambrosius

F, b. June 15, 1928, d. March 2, 2015


Family: William Peter VanWychen (b. December 14, 1926, d. November 13, 2016)


  • Birth: Bernice Elizabeth Ambrosius was born on June 15, 1928 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and William Peter VanWychen were married on October 28, 1948 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Bernice Elizabeth Ambrosius died on March 2, 2015, at age 86, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Bernice Van Wychen, 86, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Appleton Medical Center. Bernice was born on June 14, 1928 to John and Johanna (VanLanen) Ambrosius in DePere. On October 28, 1948 she was united in marriage to William Van Wychen at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Bernice was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Christian mothers. She was very active in her church and helped serve funeral luncheons for over 35 years. Her family was the most important thing to her and she was especially proud of her seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The times they spent together will always be treasured especially the summer vacations at Crooked Lake.

    Bernice is survived by her husband, William, three daughters; Joyce (Richard) Smudde, Kaukauna, Janice (Marvin) Wiedenhaupt, Kaukauna, Joanne (Greg) Felton, Appleton, seven grandchildren; Michelle (Jeff) Huss, Jeff (Denise) Smudde, Lori (Kristropher) Ott, Craig (Sarah) Wiedenhaupt, Amber (Bret) Lewis, Alexandria Felton and Camille Felton, seven great grandchildren; Aubrey and Sophia Huss, Kayla and Paige Smudde, Jack Lewis, Lily Wiedenhaupt, and Olivia Ott, her sister; Carol (Dick) Peters, sisters-in-law; Mickey Ambrosius, Germaine Ambrosius and Edna Van Wychen, brothers-in-law; Tony (Lillian) Van Wychen, Rich (Betty) Van Wychen, Mel Van Wychen, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Judy Van Wychen, siblings; Luella (Henry) Van Rossum, Harold Ambrosius, Wilfred Ambrosius, Darlene (Robert) Miller, brothers-in-law; Peter (Hattie) Van Wychen, Norbert (Eileen) Van Wychen, John (Hattie) Van Wychen and Jerry Van Wychen and a sister-in-law, Millie Van Wychen.

    The funeral liturgy will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:30 AM at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 309 Desnoyer St., Kaukauna, with Fr. Tom Pomeroy officiating. A time of visitation will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 4:00 until 8:00 PM at the Fargo Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 PM and on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at the church.

    Online condolences may be expressed at

Mildred B Walsh

F, b. March 27, 1926, d. October 30, 2001



  • Birth: Mildred B Walsh was born on March 27, 1926 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on October 30, 2001, at age 75, in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Angels Cemetery, Darboy, Wisconsin.

Carol A Mahowald


Family: Robert James Vissers (b. November 3, 1948, d. July 25, 2017)

Janice Vissers



Shirley Mae Vissers



Family: David Mottard (b. November 18, 1944, d. May 8, 2013)

Jill Vissers



David Mottard

M, b. November 18, 1944, d. May 8, 2013


  • Birth: David Mottard was born on November 18, 1944 in Detroit, Wayne Co, Michigan.
  • Death: He died on May 8, 2013, at age 68.
  • Note: Mottard, David L.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, May 13, 2013, at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg at 11:30 a.m. for David L. Mottard who died unexpectedly on May 8, 2013, from natural causes at the age of 68 years at Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee Campus. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Menasha, Wis. Visitation will be held at church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in David's name. For online condolences please visit

    David was born in Detroit, Michigan, on November 18, 1944, the son of the late Leonard and Helen (nee Voissem) Mottard. David graduated from UW-Oshkosh in 1967, with a Bachelors Degree in History. David was united in marriage on October 29, 1966, to Shirley Vissers at St. John's The Baptist Catholic Church in Menasha. David was in the National Guard from 1966 to 1973. David and Shirley were blessed with one daughter, Jennifer. David was an usher at St. Francis Borgia South Catholic Church for many years. He was a volunteer at Family Sharing Food Pantry from 1991 until 2005. Dave was an avid sports fan and liked watching collegiate and NFL football. His favorite past time was spending time with his family, especially with his two granddaughters.

    David is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter; Jennifer (Craig) Lau; granddaughters, Taylor and Camryn Lau; brother; Thomas (Pat) Mottard; sisters-in-law, Janice (James) Schueppert and Jill (Clark) Caflisch; brother-in-law, Robert (Carol) Vissers; nieces, Susan (Brian) Fay, Krista (Daniel) Teigen, Kate Caflisch; nephews, Dr. Michael (Mary) Schueppert, Steven (Laurie) Schueppert, Patrick Caflisch. He is also survived by other great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on May 9, 2013.

Sylvester VanderHeiden



Scott John VanderHeiden



Family: Joy Krummel

Joy Krummel


Ruth Louise Miller



  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

James E Miller

M, b. June 1, 1925, d. February 24, 1997



  • Birth: James E Miller was born on June 1, 1925 in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Kathleen M Heinz were married on July 27, 1947 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: James E Miller died on February 24, 1997, at age 71.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Margaret Mary Cemetery, Neenah, Wisconsin.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Kathleen M Heinz

F, b. July 18, 1925, d. June 29, 1989


  • Birth: Kathleen M Heinz was born on July 18, 1925 in Fond du Lac, Fond du lac Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and James E Miller were married on July 27, 1947 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Kathleen M Heinz died on June 29, 1989, at age 63, in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Margaret Mary Cemetery, Neenah, Wisconsin.

David Paul Hietpas



Family 2: Patricia L Gilson (b. July 4, 1948, d. June 4, 2016)

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Deborah Lynn Diedrich



Family 3: David Lee Seif (b. December 19, 1958, d. November 20, 1985)

Otto Bytof


Family: Joyce Ann Webster (b. October 26, 1936, d. October 31, 2013)

Joyce Ann Webster

F, b. October 26, 1936, d. October 31, 2013

Family 2: Otto Bytof


  • Birth: Joyce Ann Webster was born on October 26, 1936 in Aberdeen, Brown Co, South Dakota.
  • Marriage: She was married on October 3, 1975.
  • Death: She died on October 31, 2013, at age 77.
  • Note: Joyce Ann Bytof

    Joyce was called to Heaven after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, October 31, 2013. It has not always been an easy battle, but one she continued to fight because she knew there was a purpose far greater than she ever understood. Her will to live outweighed even the toughest days. She would not let cancer dampen her positive attitude. She remained optimistic to the end, never complaining and as we all know, never giving up.

    Joyce was the only daughter of Charles and Freda Webster, born on Freda's birthday, and was proud to say she was an "army brat." Joyce was born October 26, 1936 in Aberdeen South Dakota.

    Joyce was loved and respected by so many people. Her humor and wit was felt by everyone around her. Joyce enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at their cottage and time "South of the Border, Down Mexico Way." She loved her extended family even as it grew larger and larger with step children and step grandchildren. At the office, she always had an open door to anyone who wanted to talk business or personal. She especially loved when children came into the office. She always had a toy or stuffed animal for them. She was famous for sending handwritten notes and cards to family, friends and co-workers; always remembering birthdays, anniversaries and babies. She strove to make the world a better place and was giving to everyone around her. If you didn't know Joyce, it simply took being in her presence to sense she was someone special.

    Joyce attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen South Dakota where she spent her first 20 years. In 1953 Joyce worked for the Times Mirror, now known as the Los Angeles Times, where she worked in advertising. She received her real estate license in 1964 and, in addition, she attained her CRB (Council of Real Estate Brokerage) designation after working in the real estate firm.

    Joyce loved Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, the company her husband, Otto, founded and she headed from 1988 to 2013. She worked tirelessly to grow the company from a small hometown real estate company to the third largest in the state of Wisconsin with 19 northeast and central Wisconsin offices. She leaves behind so many friends and co-workers that worked alongside her to see the company grow and prosper.

    During her lifetime she spent time volunteering and helping others, which gave her great pleasure. She loved politics and spent time working for candidates who believed in her set of values. Joyce was a member of the Board of Directors of The Fox Cities Chamber serving as its Co-Chair from 1993-1994. She was honored to serve the United Way of the Fox Cities and was the fund drive chair twice, once as co-chair with Dr. Tom Scullen and once with Steve Morton. Joyce was active with the Community Foundation serving on several committees and on the Board; helped tirelessly with the Volunteer Gala for many years, and the Appleton Medical Center Foundation, which became more important to her after spending time in the Martha Siekman Cancer Center. She was President of the Realtors Association of Northeast Wisconsin; the Wisconsin Realtors Association Board of Directors; a Director of, and very involved in, The National Association of Realtors Board of Directors; served on the Appleton Medical Center Foundation Board; Goodwill Industries Board of Directors; the University of Wisconsin Fox Foundation Board and Chair for two years; lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, and attained her Curved Bar (now Gold Award) her senior year in high school, and went on to be a Brownie leader, Junior leader, Service Team Chairman, and on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the Fox River Area. She has previously served on the President's Council of Junior Achievement and now serves the Senior Advisory Board; Make-A-Wish, and Children's Hospital. She was a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. Joyce always had a keen interest in those she believed needed help. She gave willingly and freely of her time and talent. One of her greatest accomplishments was helping Lo Lee and the Hmong American Partnership raise money for a 'home' of their own. She leaves the Fox Cities a better place.

    Joyce is proud of her accomplishments and has been honored with the Athena Award; the Rotary Paul Harris Award; the Walter Rugland Award; the Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year Award; Realtor of the Year for the Wisconsin Realtors Association; Realtor of the Year for RANW; the Excellence in Professionalism from RANW and Distinguished Service from the Wisconsin Realtors Association. The State of Wisconsin awarded her with an acknowledgment of service in 2007.

    She will be deeply missed by her husband Otto of 39 years; children Deborah and David Hietpas, Tim and Renny Diedrich, Tom and Chris Diedrich, Kim and Chuck Peeters, Linda Bytof and Mark Renner, Cory and Margaret Bytof, and Guy and Carolyn Bytof. Grandchildren: Kelly Neitzer, Whitney Rammer, Leah and Jeff Fogel, Joelle and Greg Hoelzel, Trisha and Jon Wittmann, Brian Diedrich and Kristin Vissers, Brandon Diedrich, Clifton Schroeder, Crystal Schroeder (Brock and Bandit), Charlie Peeters and Michelle Sokel, Sarah and Mark Kubeny, Rachel and Josh Pieper, Erin and Dan Robbins, Heather Bytof, Megan Bytof, Stephanie Diedrich and Jon DesChane, and Parker Diedrich. Great grandchildren: Trevor, Tyler, Mackenzie, Dana, Ellexa, Zarihanna, Hayden, Audrina, Josiah, Grace, Ruben, Kayla, Lilyanna, baby Pieper, Kyle, Marissa, Xania, Michael, Zachery, Nicholas, Grace, Lydia and Luke. Dear friend of over 50 years Betty (Robert) Bessette. Joyce will also be deeply missed by her two brothers Jim (Mary, Terri, Traci) Webster; Jack (Jane, Dean, Todd) Webster and sister-in-law Chris Webster. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents Freda and Charles Webster and brother Jay Webster.

    A memorial service for Joyce will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 4, 2013 at TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH (209 S. Allen St., Appleton), with Rev. Brian Bankert officiating. Visitation will be held at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

    Joyce was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. Per Joyce's request, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Otto and Joyce Bytof Family Fund in the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region.

    The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Guenther, Dr. Ballard and the staff at the Martha Siekman Cancer Center as well as the ThedaCare hospice team. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

    My personal message to all of you ~

    It breaks my heart to leave you, but my time has come to let go.

    I've had a wonderful life with Otto, my family, friends, my business and this community and have been blessed in so many ways. My life has been enriched and I leave with no regrets. I wish I had more time because, as you know, I like to keep doing things! But, I gave it a great fight and am now finally at peace.

    Don't be sad for me as I will not be alone. I take with me all the love you have shown me throughout my life.

    Until we meet again, live your life to the fullest because life is good! And remember what I've always said, "If it is to be, it is up to me."