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James Christensen

M, b. circa 1855

Family: Marie Madsen (b. circa 1855)

Biography

  • Birth: James Christensen was born circa 1855.

Marie Madsen

F, b. circa 1855

Family: James Christensen (b. circa 1855)

Biography

  • Birth: Marie Madsen was born circa 1855.

Frank N Felton

M, b. May 9, 1889, d. 1956

Family: Lydia Anna Calmes (b. April 26, 1890, d. September 26, 1962)

Biography

  • Birth: Frank N Felton was born on May 9, 1889 in New York.
  • Death: He died in 1956, at age ~67.

James Cross

M, b. December 24, 1843, d. June 25, 1914

Parents

Family: Margaret Minto (b. circa 1843)

Biography

  • Birth: James Cross was born on December 24, 1843 in Mukwonago, Waukesha Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Margaret Minto were married on January 14, 1875.
  • Death: James Cross died on June 25, 1914, at age 70, in Winneconne, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.

Margaret Minto

F, b. circa 1843

Family: James Cross (b. December 24, 1843, d. June 25, 1914)

Biography

  • Birth: Margaret Minto was born circa 1843.
  • Marriage: She and James Cross were married on January 14, 1875.

William Wilson Cross

M, b. January 4, 1808, d. January 27, 1853

Parents

  • Father: Wilson Cross (b. circa 1780, d. August 22, 1840)
  • Mother: Mary Bagley (b. February 19, 1782, d. December 24, 1865)

Family: Ann Coates (b. 1814, d. November 28, 1854)

Biography

  • Birth: William Wilson Cross was born on January 4, 1808 in Yapham Cum, Meltonby, Yorkshire, England.
  • Death: He died on January 27, 1853, at age 45, in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.

Wilfred A VanAbel

M, b. July 13, 1919, d. October 22, 2002

Parents

Family: Anne M Duffy (b. February 11, 1926, d. April 22, 2005)

Biography

  • Birth: Wilfred A VanAbel was born on July 13, 1919 in Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Anne M Duffy were married on August 28, 1954 in St Francis Church, Hollandtown, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Wilfred A VanAbel died on October 22, 2002, at age 83, in Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Francis Cemetery, Hollandtown, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Van Abel, Wilfred A. “Will” Hollandtown

    Age 83, died at his home early Tuesday morning on October 22, 2002. He was born on July 13, 1919, the son of the late William and Nell (Curtin) Van Abel. He attended Kaukauna High School and also attended one year at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1940 and trained to become a fighter pilot. During World War II, he served our country by flying a P-47 fighter plane in the 56th Fighter Group, 63rd Squadron. In September, 1943, he was shot down and was a prisoner of war for 21 months. On August 28, 1954, he married Anne “Duff” Duffy at St. Francis Catholic Church in Hollandtown. Will was very active and served in many organizations. He was a member of and served: the Knights of Columbus as an honorary lifetime member, the Urban Klister Post 436 of the American Legion in Wrightstown, Fox Valley Golf Club as a charter member, Ducks Unlimited, Holland Sanitary District for 40 years (also serving as President), Justice of the Peace in Hollandtown, Hollandtown Fire Department as a charter member, Brown County Zoning Commission, and even earned the honor of being the Schut King in 1968. Will enjoyed golfing for many years at Fox Valley Golf Club. He also looked forward to his fishing trips to Lake Vieux Desert and the spring walleye run. He especially loved goose hunting over Collins Marsh with his trusty labradors. Will, along with Duff, Don and Bernice, were best known for their operation of Van Abel’s Supper Club.

    Will is survived by his wife, Duff, five sons: Tim (Nancy) Van Abel, Mike (Diane) Van Abel, John “Gus” (JoAnn) Van Abel, Jerry (Paula) Van Abel, and Patrick (Kristie) Van Abel; one daughter, Jane (Gary) Marx; 18 grandchildren: Willie, Maggie, Jenny and Kelsey Van Abel; Jack, Joe, Ann and Mary Marx; Joe, Laura, Leah and Maria Van Abel; Molly, Sarah, and Michael Van Abel; and Kyle, Dean and Roslyn Van Abel; a brother, Don Van Abel; a sister, Marianne (Ralph) Griesbach; and a sister-in-law, Julie Hooyman. Will is further survived by in-laws; Judge Bill Duffy and Kathleen “Tink” Duffy; and special nieces: Patricia Lindberg, Sue Van Abel, Katie Coenen and Joan Van Abel.

    Will is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Robert and Jerry Van Abel; a sister, Nancy and brother-in-law Bud Grams; sisters-in-law, Bernice and Helen Van Abel; and in-laws, John Duffy, Frank and Helen Baumann and Betty Duffy.

    The funeral liturgy will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 25, 2002, at St. Francis Catholic Church, 433 County CE, Hollandtown, with Fr. Jack Mullarkey officiating. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday, October 24, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery.

    A special thanks to all of the employees, past and present, friends and customers of Van Abel Brothers Supper Club.

    In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Will’s name has been established. Donations will be distributed to local charities.

    FARGO FUNERAL HOME 400 West Wisconsin Avenue Kaukauna, WI 54130 9920) 766-6200

    Community mourns Van Abel, selfless entrepreneur Post-Crescent, The (Appleton, WI) October 26, 2002 Author: Ed Culhane, Post-Crescent staff writer HOLLANDTOWN -- The dateline on this story was chosen out of respect for Will Van Abel, who told everyone, "It's not the Town of Holland, it's Hollandtown." It was his town, and when he died Tuesday at 83 years of age, the community lost its most devoted son.

    Visitation at St. Francis Church lasted more than seven hours Thursday and continued for more than two hours Friday.

    The funeral service was overflowing with mourners. No one counted how many people were served Friday at the banquet dinner at Van Abel's, the supper club he owned for 56 years with his brother, Don, but it was former employees who made it possible.

    "People were showing up out of the woodwork," said Tim Van Abel, the oldest of six children.

    "It was all volunteers who showed up. It was something my Dad and my Uncle Don have earned. It was respect from all these people."

    Tim said the business his father and uncle built was based on two priorities: the needs of the customer and the needs of the employees.

    "My father and my uncle have never had a selfish moment," he said.

    One thing that was noted: Although brothers Will and Don Van Abel retired from the business on Jan. 1 and turned it over to their children, Will never really stopped working.

    "His life never stopped until Tuesday," Tim said. "Up until last week, my dad was still carving the ham here. One of the first banquets he didn't carve the ham for was his own funeral."

    Will Van Abel was old-school, his children said. He was a hard-working Dutch Irishman whose greatest attributes were his faith in God and his faith in his fellow man. Tim called him a "humble gentleman -- generous, kind and stern at the same time."

    "He truly enjoyed people," said his son, John. "It was his pleasure to serve people. He trusted people."

    This is strong testament for a man who flew 39 missions over enemy territory in World War II, a man who spent almost two years as a prisoner of the Nazis after his P-47 fighter plane was shot down over Brussels.

    After returning to Hollandtown, Will Van Abel purchased their father's old saloon with his brother, Don, and tore it down. They poured the concrete and lay the 12-inch blocks to support a business that would be growing and thriving 56 years later, providing jobs and a community center that would reach into a new millennium.

    "That part of the building is still standing strong, and we have every intention of seeing it stand strong into the future," said Tim.

    More important was his work ethic and his implicit faith in people, especially young people, his sons said. John said his father never had a cross word for a customer. He was a calm man who taught them it was the cool head that prevailed in a crisis.

    Another note: People were asking about the flashlight in the coffin. It was put there by Aaron Meyer, a jack-of-all-trades who was Van Abel's right-hand man for years, another volunteer who showed up this week to pitch in.

    "Your dad was always looking for his flashlight," Meyer told Tim. "He bought a thousand flashlights and 10,000 screwdrivers, and he could never find either of them."

    There is not enough time or space to list Will Van Abel's accomplishments. He belonged to everything, contributed to everything. His close friend, Linus Vander Loop, said his daughters learned more about life and work at Van Abel's than they did in all their years at college.

    A man of deep faith, Van Abel was a founding member of the choir at St. Francis and sang in it for 48 years. He sang at the funeral of Vander Loop's mother a week ago Friday. He couldn't stand as easily as he once could, so he propped himself up on a bar stool from the supper club.

    "We're the only choir loft with a bar stool," Vander Loop said. "I think we're going to keep it there."
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Anne M Duffy

F, b. February 11, 1926, d. April 22, 2005

Parents

  • Father: John Duffy (b. August 17, 1881, d. December 1968)
  • Mother: Stella Golden (b. April 18, 1886, d. October 3, 1972)

Family: Wilfred A VanAbel (b. July 13, 1919, d. October 22, 2002)

Biography

  • Birth: Anne M Duffy was born on February 11, 1926 in Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Wilfred A VanAbel were married on August 28, 1954 in St Francis Church, Hollandtown, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Anne M Duffy died on April 22, 2005, at age 79, in Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Francis Cemetery, Hollandtown, Wisconsin.

Timothy VanAbel

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Michael Joseph VanAbel

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John (Gus) VanAbel

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Gerald Joseph VanAbel

M, b. May 17, 1962, d. January 11, 2010

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Gerald Joseph VanAbel was born on May 17, 1962 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on January 11, 2010, at age 47.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Francis Cemetery, Hollandtown, Wisconsin.
  • Note: January 13, 2010


    Van Abel, Gerald J. "Jerry"


    Jerry Van Abel, Hollandtown, age 47, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 11, 2010, following a brief battle with cancer. Jerry was born in Kaukauna on May 17, 1962, son of the late Will and Duff Van Abel, and was currently a partner in the family business, Van Abel's of Hollandtown. Jerry enjoyed outdoor activities, including, hunting at "the farm", fast-pitch softball, whiffle ball and skiing. Drawing and reading were also favorite ways he spent his free time. Everyone will remember Jerry for his passion for fishing — he loved the river, and had countless "secret" fishing spots along its banks that he knew so well. Most of all, he enjoyed time spent with his three children.

    He is survived by his children: Kyle Van Abel and Dean Van Abel, both of Kaukauna, and their mother Lisa Van Abel; and Roslyn Van Abel of Appleton and her mother Paula (John) Mobley. He is also survived by his brothers and sister: Tim (Nancy) Van Abel of Hollandtown; Jane (Gary) Marx of Scandinavia; Mike (Diane) Van Abel of Kaukauna; John "Gus" (JoAnn) Van Abel of Menasha; and Patrick (Kristie) Van Abel of Darboy; and several special cousins: Patricia and Charlie Lindberg, Sue Van Abel, Katie Coenen, and Joan Van Abel. There are also many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

    Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Duff Van Abel.

    The funeral liturgy for Jerry will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2010, at ST. KATHARINE DREXEL PARISH (Hollandtown Site) with Fr. Willard Van de Loo officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call directly at the church on Thursday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. until the hour of the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.

    The family would like to offer their sincere thanks to entire staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital and to the various care givers who watched over Jerry. We will always remember your kindness.

    Fargo Funeral Home

    400 W. Wisconsin Avenue

    Kaukauna 920-766-6200

    Online condolences

    www.wichmannfargo.com.
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Patrick VanAbel

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Jane VanAbel

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Nancy Keough

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Susan Kay VanHoof

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JoAnn Rose Schmidt

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Paula S Karls

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Family 1: Gerald Joseph VanAbel (b. May 17, 1962, d. January 11, 2010)

Family 2: John Mobley

Kristie Carroll

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Robert G VanAbel

M, b. September 5, 1914, d. November 20, 1989

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Biography

  • Birth: Robert G VanAbel was born on September 5, 1914 in Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on November 20, 1989, at age 75.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Francis Cemetery, Hollandtown, Wisconsin.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra

Jerome D VanAbel

M, b. November 8, 1915, d. October 27, 1963

Parents

Family: Juliana Karls (b. September 23, 1921, d. April 8, 2016)

Biography

  • Birth: Jerome D VanAbel was born on November 8, 1915 in Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Juliana Karls were married in 1943 in Virginia.
  • Death: Jerome D VanAbel died on October 27, 1963, at age 47.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Francis Cemetery, Hollandtown, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Accident Near Kaukauna Kills Donald Fassbender, Jerome, Donald VanAbel
    Two members of the Hollandtown Volunteer Fire Department and a 16-year-old Kaukauna High School youth riding with the fireman to a brush fire four miles south of Kaukauna Sunday were injured fatally when a 1,350 gallon water tank slammed forward into the truck cab after a collision with a second fire truck.
    Dead are: Donald L Fassbender, 25, a volunteer fireman for four years,
    Jerome D. Van Abel, 47, a charter member of the fire department with 10 years service, and
    Donald N. Van Abel, 16, his son, who was a passenger on the truck driven by Fassbender. The youth was a senior at Kaukauna High School.
    Coroner's Report
    Outagamie County Coroner Bernard H. Kemps said Fassbender and the older Van Abel were killed almost instantly. The youth died at Kaukauna Community Hospital several hours after the accident. He never regained consciousness, Kemps said.
    Sheriff Calvin Spice said today he is continuing to investigate the accident and interviewing possible witnesses to the triple tragedy. The deaths are the 21st, 22nd and 23rd in Outagamie County from highway accidents this year.
    Spice said an attempt is being made to identify the driver of a car which failed to yearld to the fire engine's emergency siren and red light, forcing the lead fire truck to come to a stop. When the lead truck stopped, the second truck, a 1957 Ford with a water tank mounted in the rear, slammed into the rear of the lead truck. The water tank twisted from its mountings, slid into the metal cab and crushed the three occupants, authorities theorized.
    Authorities' Account
    County authorities gave this account of the accident:
    Three trucks from the department had been summoned to the Lawrence Madson farm, route 3, Kaukauna on Outagamie county Trunk KK at the Calumet-Outagamie County line.
    Norbert Fassbender, 51, route . . .
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Nancy E VanAbel

F, b. October 11, 1917, d. February 14, 1993

Parents

Family: Alfred R Grams (b. January 11, 1917, d. May 9, 1990)

Biography

  • Birth: Nancy E VanAbel was born on October 11, 1917 in Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on February 14, 1993, at age 75, in LaCrosse, LaCrosse Co, Wisconsin.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra

Alfred R Grams

M, b. January 11, 1917, d. May 9, 1990

Parents

Family: Nancy E VanAbel (b. October 11, 1917, d. February 14, 1993)

Biography

  • Birth: Alfred R Grams was born on January 11, 1917 in LaCrosse, LaCrosse Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on May 9, 1990, at age 73, in LaCrosse, LaCrosse Co, Wisconsin.

Scott Rauen

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Family: Gina Mandel