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Mary Jo Kobussen

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Leona Matilda Collen

F, b. March 16, 1915, d. August 26, 2002

Parents

Family 1: Ambrose Gerrits (b. September 29, 1908, d. June 10, 1946)

Family 2: Joseph M Gerrits (b. March 31, 1915, d. December 11, 1988)

Biography

  • Birth: Leona Matilda Collen was born on March 16, 1915 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Joseph M Gerrits were married on May 7, 1949 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Leona Matilda Collen died on August 26, 2002, at age 87, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Margaret Mary Cemetery, Neenah, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Gerrits, Leona M.

    Neenah

    Age 87, died Monday, August 26, 2002 at Saint Paul Home, Kaukauna. She was born March 16, 1915 in East De Pere daughter of Frank and Matilda (Puyleart) Collen. Leona married Ambrose Gerrits and he preceded her in death. She married Joseph Gerrits, May 7, 1949 and he preceded her in death December 11, 1988. Mrs. Gerrits was a member of Saint Gabriel Catholic Church, Neenah. She was employed at the Tuberculosis Sanitarium in De Pere and also NorCore Company, Green Bay. Leona enjoyed her family along with playing cards, especially sheepshead. She also enjoyed cooking and made the best bread.

    Leona is survived by her children: Jacqueline (Ray) Hoppe, Readfield David (Karlene) Gerrits, Appleton Joseph (Gloria) Gerrits, Little Chute Janice (Jim) Geldmeyer, Oshkosh and Diane Mykel, Neenah 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren a special sister-in-law, Theodora Bangert, De Pere a special cousin, Lucelle (Harry) Beaupre, Green Bay. She is also survived by other sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, others relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 29, 2002 at Saint Gabriel Church with Rev. Richard Allen officiating. Interment will be in Saint Margaret Cemetery, Neenah. Friends may call at the Kessler Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. Thursday at the church until the time of the service. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A memorial has been established.

    KESSLER FUNERAL HOME

    304 S. Commercial Street

    Neenah 722-6464.

Frank John Collen

M, b. March 6, 1892

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Family: Matilda Puyleart (b. March 2, 1891, d. May 4, 1962)

Biography

  • Birth: Frank John Collen was born on March 6, 1892.

Matilda Puyleart

F, b. March 2, 1891, d. May 4, 1962

Parents

Family: Frank John Collen (b. March 6, 1892)

Biography

  • Birth: Matilda Puyleart was born on March 2, 1891 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on May 4, 1962, at age 71, in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, De Pere, Wisconsin.

Joseph M Gerrits

M, b. March 31, 1915, d. December 11, 1988

Parents

Family 1: Christine Regina Reynders (b. February 10, 1914, d. October 2, 1946)

Family 2: Leona Matilda Collen (b. March 16, 1915, d. August 26, 2002)

Biography

  • Birth: Joseph M Gerrits was born on March 31, 1915 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Christine Regina Reynders were married on August 28, 1940 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: Joseph M Gerrits and Leona Matilda Collen were married on May 7, 1949 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Joseph M Gerrits died on December 11, 1988, at age 73, in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Margaret Mary Cemetery, Neenah, Wisconsin.

Jacqueline Gerrits

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Family 1: Ray Hoppe

David John Gerrits

M, b. October 3, 1942, d. May 16, 2016

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Biography

  • Birth: David John Gerrits was born on October 3, 1942 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on November 6, 1965 in St Gabriel Church, Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on May 16, 2016, at age 73, in Langlade, Langlade Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: David John Gerrits, First Sergeant (Ret.) of White Lake, died on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Langlade Hospital. He was 73 years old.

    He was born October 3, 1942 in De Pere, son of the late Joseph, Sr. and Christine (Reynders) Gerrits. He married Karlene MacDonald on November 6, 1965 in Neenah, and she survives.

    He was a 1961 graduate of Neenah High School. He then served in the US Army from 1961-1964. He also served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard from 1977-1997. He was a member of American Legion Post #524 in White Lake, Teamsters Union, and Wisconsin National Guard Enlisted Association.

    David was employed as an ASE certified auto mechanic for Neenah Skelly. He later worked for Bergstrom Paper, ARA Services, and as an over the road truck driver for Laser and drove shuttle delivery for Coenen Transport. He continued to utilize his mechanical skills working on engines and fabricating. David also maintained his CDL license and his ASE certification after his retirement.

    He and Karlene raised their family in Appleton and then retired to White Lake.

    David enjoyed cooking Sunday breakfast of bacon and eggs. He liked motorcycles, hunting and shooting sports, snowmobiling, boating, and driving his Daihatsu. He also enjoyed teaching his grandchildren cribbage, Uno, and sheephead.

    In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Bradley Gerrits of Fort Atkinson, and Scott Gerrits of Cheyenne, WY; an "extra son" Dan (Carol) Bouchette of Clintonville; three grandchildren, Victoria, Gabriel, and Jonathan Gerrits; five "extra grandchildren", Dakota Diehl, Gunnar Ehlers, Kenny Wickersham II, Brittany and Megan Bouchette; three sisters, Jackie Hoppe of Menasha, Janice (Jim) Geldmeyer of Oshkosh, and Diane Mykel of Neenah; and a brother, Joseph (Gloria) Gerrits, Jr. of Wabeno.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother who raised him from childhood, Leona Matilda (Collen) Gerrits; and an infant brother, Jimmy Gerrits.

    A funeral service will take place Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in White Lake. Reverend Nathan Kramer will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Strasser-Roller Funeral Home in Antigo and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 AM until the service. Military honors will follow the service at the church.

    Friends may visit online at www.strasserrollerfh.com.
    Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on May 19, 2016.

Joseph Gerrits

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Janice M Gerrits

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Diane Gerrits

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Family: Robin Mykel

Ray Hoppe

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Karlene Marie MacDonald

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Family: David John Gerrits (b. October 3, 1942, d. May 16, 2016)

James D Geldmeyer

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Robin Mykel

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Michael John Jansen

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Family: Ellen Jean Ebben

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Ellen Jean Ebben

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Family: Michael John Jansen

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Ben Richard Jansen

M, b. December 3, 1973, d. August 25, 2002

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Biography

  • Birth: Ben Richard Jansen was born on December 3, 1973 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on August 25, 2002, at age 28, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/12/74.
  • Note: Jansen, Ben Richard

    Little Chute

    Age 28, died Sunday, August 25, 2002 in Little Chute. He was born December 3, 1973 in Appleton son of the Michael and Ellen (Ebben) Jansen. Ben married Heather Eiting, April 5, 2002 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Appleton. He was employed at Keil and Werner Electric Company and General Beer Distributors and was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 577. Ben enjoyed spending time with his family along with softball, basketball and golf.

    Ben is survived by his wife Heather parents, Mike (Ellen) Jansen, Kaukauna mothers and fathers-in-law: Rick (Wendy) Eiting, Grand Chute Cheryl (Jim) Roovers, Wrightstown a brother, Dan (Jill) Jansen, Little Chute a sister, Kelley (Troy) DeWitt and their children Tanner and Madyson three brothers-in-law: Mike Eiting and Jim (Linda) Roovers, both of Kaukauna Mykle Drechsel, Grand Chute five sisters-in-law: Sarah (Dave) Donovan and their child Alek Angie Eiting (special friend Todd Shulfer) and daughter Patience Chera (Karl) Greene, Wrightstown Ashley and Dani Drechsel, Grand Chute maternal grandmother, Jacoba Ebben, Little Chute grandparents: John VanderZanden, Appleton and Rose (Bill) Eiting, Darboy. Ben is survived by other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Richard Ebben, Glen (Eva) Jansen, Dorothy VanderZanden, and Robert F. Eiting.

    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at Saint John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Little Chute with Rev. Msgr. James Vanden Hogen officiating. Interment will be in Saint John Cemetery, Little Chute. Friends may call at the Verkuilen Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and at the church from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

    You're in the arms of the angels.

    May you find some comfort here.

    If you get there before I do,

    Don't give up on me.

    I'll meet you when my chores

    are through,

    I don't know how long I'll be.

    But I'm not going to let

    you down,

    Darling, wait and see.

    And between now and then,

    Until I see you again,

    I'll be loving you ... Love, me.

    Ben, Our greatest treasure is our family. Not only the warm circle around the Christmas Tree, but all of those whose love gave us life, and those who will carry our love into the future. So Ben, carry our love with you, as we will carry your love with us, until we are together again. Love, Mom and Dad.

    I will miss your love and friendship. You will always be my big brother and best friend. Love, your little brother, Dan.

    You will always be in our hearts Ben. I love you and miss you, Kelly.

    Ben, Everyone who ever met you knew that your wife, family and friends were the most important things in your life. We know you didn't mean to hurt us by leaving so soon. Your loved ones.



    VERKUILEN FUNERAL HOME

    101 Canal Street

    Little Chute 788-3321.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Heather Rose Eiting

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Family: Ben Richard Jansen (b. December 3, 1973, d. August 25, 2002)

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Richard Arthur Eiting

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Family 2: Wendy Drechsel

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Wendy Drechsel

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Dan Michael Jansen

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Rebecca Regenfuss

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Troy Martin DeWitt

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