Little Chute Historical Society

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Edward Baker

M, b. circa 1630

Family: Joan (b. circa 1630)


  • Birth: Edward Baker was born circa 1630.


F, b. circa 1630

Family: Edward Baker (b. circa 1630)


  • Birth: Joan was born circa 1630.

Maria Stiltjes

F, b. January 14, 1833


Family: William Cenen (b. circa 1833)


  • Birth: Maria Stiltjes was born on January 14, 1833 in Groesbeek, Gelderland, Netherlands.

Mabel L Case

F, b. circa 1872

Family: James H Schroeder (b. circa 1872)


  • Birth: Mabel L Case was born circa 1872.

Lowell Bubolz


Family: Deloris Bauer

Deloris Bauer


Family: Lowell Bubolz

John Martin Schumacher

M, b. November 16, 1902, d. September 13, 1993


Family: Agnes Susan Kadinger (b. April 26, 1912, d. June 15, 2006)


  • Birth: John Martin Schumacher was born on November 16, 1902 in Town of Vandenbroek, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Agnes Susan Kadinger were married on June 22, 1936 in Menomonie, Dunn Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: John Martin Schumacher died on September 13, 1993, at age 90, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/3/22.

Agnes Susan Kadinger

F, b. April 26, 1912, d. June 15, 2006


Family: John Martin Schumacher (b. November 16, 1902, d. September 13, 1993)


  • Birth: Agnes Susan Kadinger was born on April 26, 1912 in Campbellsport, Fond du Lac Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and John Martin Schumacher were married on June 22, 1936 in Menomonie, Dunn Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Agnes Susan Kadinger died on June 15, 2006, at age 94.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, New/3/22.
  • Note: June 16, 2006

    Schumacher, Agnes S. Schumacher, Agnes S. "Mom" took the Lord's hand on Thursday, June 15, 2006, to join her beloved husband of 57 years. She passed to her heavenly reward with her loving family at her side in her home where she has lived for the past 70 years. Her husband John was born in this house in 1902. She loved that old farmhouse. She at one time stated "the only way they're going to get me out of here is on a buckboard with my feet up." Mom, you got your wish. With the loving care of her family, especially her granddaughters Joell and Lisa, her request was fulfilled. Mom was a farmer's wife, a woman who knew the true meaning of hard work. At Daddy's side, she worked from sun up to sun down whether it be in the house or barn or fields. She cooked, she baked (8 loaves of bread every other day) along with pastries to make anyone's mouth water; she sewed, she gardened, she canned vegetables, fruits or anything one could put into jar. For years she sewed carpet rags for St. John's Mission Club. She was a lifelong member of the St. Elizabeth Society. Her hands were always busy. Mom learned early the value of being frugal. Coming from a family of 14 children in Menomonie, Wis. to Little Chute to seek work, she knew she had to make her own way. For four years she worked as a nanny for the Herb Gollner family in Menasha. While here, she met the love of her life, our Daddy, John, at the Cinderella Ballroom in Appleton. Their first dance was to "The Blue Skirt Waltz" and for 57 years they danced, played, worked hard and raised their family on the Schumacher family farm. It was not an easy life. In the early years, they lived in three rooms upstairs in the farmhouse with four children and had no electricity or plumbing. She did all of this with true grit and always a smile on her face. Complaining was not in her nature, she always saw the bright side of everything. She loved people, she was forever giving and helping anyone and everyone. One of our favorite memories occurred in the 1950's. It was common to see Mexican migrant workers in the neighbor's fields and Mom would have us kids go into our dresser drawers to "donate" our clothes to "those poor children." That, along with baskets of food must surely have been welcomed by these workers. Mom was the epitome of goodness, kindness, generosity, wisdom and grace. She continually taught and showed us what true Christianity is. She was a deeply spiritual woman. The world is truly a better place for having had her in it. Mom also loved to have fun. She loved children, people, visits and most especially playing Sheepshead. We have dubbed her the "Sheepshead Queen". And for good reason, she played a mean game, right up to the end. She was one "sharp" lady and so much fun to be with. We've had Mom for 94 years and we're grateful. Our tears today are selfish tears, we grieve for our loss. She leaves a huge hole in each of our hearts. She was a grand lady, a beautiful woman, wife, mother, grand and great grand mother, sister, aunt, neighbor and friend. Mom, we will love and miss you forever. You were a caretaker to the end.

    Mom is survived by her eight children, Evelyn (DuWayne) Romenesko, Black Creek; Raymond (Darhl), New London; Robert (Joan), Kaukauna; Don (Willy) Schumacher, Kaukauna; Irene (Dan) Horn, Kaukauna; Delores (Ron) Sedo, Appleton; Margaret (Tim) Strutz, Appleton; Joe (Cindy) Schumacher, Little Chute. She is further survived by her grandchildren Keith (and special friend Dawn) and Rick (Cheryl) Romenesko, Dawn (Steve) Balthazor, Scott, Shawn (Kathy) Sonya (Kevin) Prelipp, Cheryl, Ernie (E.J.) Carrie and Jason Schumacher, Ted (Sandy) Hinc, Todd, Tanya Horn, Salena (Chris) VanderLoop, Lisa (Jay) Frassetto, Brenda (Paul) Thomson, Kurt (Amy) Chad (Niki) Sedo, Joell (Jeff) Fritsch, Michael Strutz, Jodie (Mike) DeVries) Jacci (Brett) Konkle, Erin (Mike) Rill. Great grandbabies are Lori ,Lisa, Craig, Ashley, Ben, Danielle Romenesko; Chad, Erik Balthazor; Anthony, Samantha, Anna, Stephanie Schumacher; Ashlie, Abbie, Ronnie, Logan and Ben Hinc; Casey, Cody VanderLoop; Jesse, Travis, Kristy Frassetto; Kassie, Zach, Rutger Sedo; Mitchell, Selenna, Maria Thomson; Chelsea, Nicole Fritsch; Joshua, Jordan DeVries. Joey Young; Madison, Chance Rill, Kyla Konkle; Brianna Prelipp; Scott Jr., Ryan, Shane and Heather Schumacher. Her sister, Bernetta Probst, River Falls, Wis.; and sisters-in-law Nellie Kadinger,West Bend; Mabel Kadinger, Menomonie, Wis.; and Delia Schumacher survive her.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, John M.; and her grandson Gary Romenesko. Her sisters, Mayme (Cornelius) Fellenz, Elinor (George) Knajdek, Stella (Adrian) Biesterveld, Rosella (Zonie) Retzlaff, Angeline (Al) Sol; and brothers, Raymond, Alex (Betsy), Frank, Nicholas (Verone) Alphonse "Ruffy" her twin brother, (Dorothy) Leo and Joseph all predeceased her. Also, her brothers-in-law, Henry (Agnes), Bill, Joe Schumacher, sisters-in-law Minnie (Joe) Sol, Mayme (Bill) Rochon, Kate (George) Ryba and Rosie (Ben) Coonen.

    Special thanks to her "angel" caretakers; Lisa Hartjes from Heartland Hospice, Preferred Home Health Care and Katie Bekx. Dr. Scott from Affinity, love and thanks for your many years of loving care to Mom.

    Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2006, at St John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Little Chute with Rev. Msgr. James Vanden Hogen officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery, Little Chute. Friends may call at the Verkuilen Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and at the church from 3:00 p.m. Monday, until the time of the Mass. A memorial has been established.



Walter C Kohl

M, b. January 4, 1893, d. November 15, 1943


Family: Catherine Margaret Halloran (b. April 8, 1895, d. January 28, 1962)


  • Birth: Walter C Kohl was born on January 4, 1893 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on November 15, 1943, at age 50, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Walter C. Kohl, 50, 624 W. Brewster street, died at 3 o'clock this morning unexpectedly. He was born Jan. 4, 1893, in Appleton and was employed at the Tuttle Press the last 23 years. Mr. Kohl was a veteran of the first World war and a member of St. Therese church.
    Surviving are the widow; his mother, Mrs. Sophis Kohl, Appleton; four daughters, Mrs. Robert VanderVelden, Appleton; the Misses Mary Rose, Rita and Carol, all at home; five sons, Private First Class Clinton Kohl, Amarillo field, Texas; Private Kenneth Kohl, Ft. Benning, Ga.; Laverne, Edward and James, all at home; a brother Harry, Milwaukee,; a sister, Miss Rose . . .

Catherine Margaret Halloran

F, b. April 8, 1895, d. January 28, 1962


Family: Walter C Kohl (b. January 4, 1893, d. November 15, 1943)


  • Birth: Catherine Margaret Halloran was born on April 8, 1895 in Town of Ellington, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on January 28, 1962, at age 66, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Mrs. Catherine Kohl
    (Catherine Halloran) 624 W. Brewster St., Appleton, Age 67, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Sunday after a long illness. She was born April 8, 1905 in the Town of ellington, and has lived most of her life in Appleton. She was a member of the Christian Mothers of St. Therese Catholic Church; the Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary. Survivors include 4 daughters, Mrs. Robert Vandervelden, Kaukauna; Mrs. Albert Keese, Mrs. Donald Froelich and Miss Carol Kohl, all of Appleton; five sons, Clinton, Neenah; Kenneth, Kimberly; La Verne, Edward and James, Appleton; five brothers, David and milo Halloran, Appleton; Leo Halloran, Oregon; Edward Halloran, Hortonville; Norman Halloran, Kimberly; six sisters, Mrs. Clement Callan and Mrs. Benedict Courtois, both of Appleton; Miss Calra Halloran, Calif; Mrs. Peter Van Dinter, Little Chute; Mrs. Lawrence Kamps and Miss Theresa Halloran, both of Hortonville; 25 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday from St. Therese Catholic church with burial in St. Joseph Cemettery. Friends may call at the ellenbecker Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Monday. The rosary will be prayed at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Raymond Robert (Butch) VanderVelden



Daniel Lee (Biff) VanderVelden

M, b. September 29, 1942, d. January 20, 2014



  • Birth: Daniel Lee (Biff) VanderVelden was born on September 29, 1942 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married.
  • Death: He died on January 20, 2014, at age 71, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Biff VanderVelden, 71, Greenville, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton following a brief battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 29, 1942 in Appleton to the late Robert and Margaret 'Mugsy' (Kohl) Vander Velden. He worked at Erickson's Gas Station and for the now Sonoco Paper Company for almost 40 years. Biff married Susan Neuenfeldt on Aug 28, 1982 at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

    If you've read this far in, you've probably crossed paths with Biff and after just one conversation you felt compelled to stay near. He was just that kind of guy. He entertained you with his stories and he was genuinely interested in hearing yours. We'll all remember his true friendship, warm welcome, and a sh*t eating grin to signal that mischief was not far away.

    Often the center point of our family, it was Biff who knew where someone had moved to or what was happening on the other side of the relation. He enjoyed sharing time with those who needed a visit or a Sunday drive, or maybe just an ice cream.

    Biff was never separated from his Honda for long. Autumn rides in the wind, winter rides in Florida, springtime rides in the rain and summertime rides in absolutely anything - it was all good for Biff. He would ride with Susan or with Jack, or with a long list of his biker buddies. Warm days of high speed freedom were always on his mind.

    Equal to his love of riding, Biff's deep connection to Rock-a-Billy music started when he was at Kaukauna HS and later at Appleton HS where he graduated in 1961. From the 50's on, he collected old 45's and was always looking for live shows and festivals to attend. He enjoyed his music trips with Bill, who cherished Biff as a best friend by choice, and a father-in-law by coincidence. Through his love for music more friendships were made. The original 50's artists where his hero's, and they often sought out Biff for post-show visits. Music lovers from the US, England and Australia enjoyed Biff's first-hand knowledge of songs, bands and record labels, and his willingness to share stories of what it was like when this whole Rock n' Roll thing got started.

    The list of things that Biff loved is long. His Lord and his church group, his children, step children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who still believe that he piloted the plane at the American Legion, has Rudolph in the freezer, and will try to trap the Easter Bunny each spring. He loved anise candy and licorice; robots and aliens; and he loved riding with Jack.

    He loved garage sales, that mutt, Two Wheel Tuesdays, and daily rides to nowhere. He loved his sister and his brothers (though he'd tell you that these others were, in fact, adopted), and he loved the train set that he shared with Butch.

    Biff loved a warm burger and a cold beer and he knew where to find the best of both in the taverns that dot WI and the UP. His favorite days started with two wheels, five gallons of gas, and endless country roads.

    He loved tinkering and dancing - yes, dancing, and he would have given anything for just one more day of riding with Jack.

    Over all of Biff's years and over all of Biff's loves, none would compare to the love that he had for "his honey", Susan. Biff was devoted to her, and she to him. Biff knew that it was Susan who saved his life 31 years ago when they married. She was a perfect match, for an imperfect man.

    He will be greatly missed by his wife, Susan of 31 years; his two daughters: Kari (Bill) Thomson and Jena (Tony) Zoglman, both of Appleton; Stepchildren: Gary (Cheryl) Kohl, Appleton; Laurie (Scott) Lorentz, Neenah; Carol (Ron) Erickson, Princeton and Dan Kohl, Appleton; 17 Grandchildren: Alli (Ozzie), Quinn, Haley, Tyler, Krystal, Angel, Shayna, Tony, Matthew, Andy, Alex, Trey, Austin, Katrina, Abbygail, Gabriel and Mouse; 2 Great Grandchildren: Will and Tre'; a sister, Ricky (Ron Kelly) Vander Velden, Oneida; two brothers: Ray 'Butch' (Sue) Vander Velden, Kaukauna and Patrick 'Doc' (Kathy Dahl) Vander Velden, Menasha; 4 Aunts: Rita Froehlich, Carol Mauthe, Betty Derus all of Appleton and Carol (Tom) Vander Velden, Montana. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and long-time friends: Tom 'Greeny' Green, Bobby Price, Al Paltzer, Cliff Olson, Young Jack Burns and so many others.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Esther and Al Neuenfeldt and a brother, Reed 'Jug'.

    Please join the family in celebration of a wonderful man and his wonderful life. A Mass of Celebration will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Greenville with Fr. Ricardo Basquinez officiating. Interment will be in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may visit the family Friday from 4-8 pm at the Brettschneider Trettin Nickel Funeral Chapel with a prayer service beginning at 7:30pm. There will also be visitation at church on Saturday from 9 -11 am. In lieu of flowers memorials could be directed to the St. Joseph Food Pantry or St. Mary's Church.

    The family wishes to give a special thanks to Dr. Douglas Grant for his wonderful care of Biff.

    Biff, now you and Jack can ride the streets of heaven together.

    Love you, Susan


Ricky Josephine VanderVelden



Reed Martin VanderVelden

M, b. April 22, 1948, d. December 24, 2006



  • Birth: Reed Martin VanderVelden was born on April 22, 1948.
  • Death: He died on December 24, 2006, at age 58, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: December 31, 2006

    Vander Velden, Reed Martin "Jug" Reed Martin "Jug" Vander Velden, age 58, died of cancer at home in Appleton, Sunday, December 24, 2006. He was born April 22, 1948, to Robert Martin and Margaret Catherine (Kohl) Vander Velden.

    Survivors include one daughter, Tara Lea (Eric) Campagna and two granddaughters, Rachel Catherine (2 yrs.) and Sydney Alexandra (3 wks.), Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Tara's mother (Sweet Sue) and James Kerrigan, Colorado; three brothers: Raymond Robert (Butch) and Sue Vander Velden, Kaukauna; Daniel Lee (Biff) and Sue Vander Velden, Greenville; Patrik Thomas (Doc) Vander Velden and Kathy Dahl, Madison; one sister, Ricky Josephine Vander Velden, Appleton; James Kempf, Appleton; and Felix, a childhood companion.

    Jug was preceded in death by his parents, Mugsy and Bob.

    There will be a private family gathering. Boettcher Family Funeral Home is assisting the family. 920-766-2099

    For every caregiver and friend who offered time, prayers, and love, we give thanks. Because of you, Jug received peace in his final months. Sunrise, sunset, Swiftly fly the years, One season following another, Laden with happiness and tears.
  • Graduation: He graduated from Kaukauna High School in 1966.

Patrick Thomas VanderVelden



Sue Ann Nelson



Scott Lorentz


Family: Laura Kohl

Ruth Ann VanVreede

F, b. January 28, 1922, d. January 19, 2003


Family: Alvin G Casper (b. November 28, 1919, d. April 29, 1983)


  • Birth: Ruth Ann VanVreede was born on January 28, 1922 in Wrightstown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Alvin G Casper were married on April 5, 1942 in Lowell, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts.
  • Death: Ruth Ann VanVreede died on January 19, 2003, at age 80, in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Paul Cemetery, Wrightstown, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Casper, Ruth Ann (Van Vreede) Kimberly

    Age 80, was born to eternal life at her home on Sunday, January 19, 2003. She was born in Wrightstown on January 28, 1922, daughter of the late Anton and Anna (Gerrits) Van Vreede. She married Alvin Casper in Eyer, Massachusetts on April 5, 1942. He preceded her in death in 1983. Ruth liked to fish and said she was “best fisherwoman in the state.” She was an avid packer fan and even attended the “Ice Bowl.” Ruth dearly loved her family and loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Ruth is survived by two daughters: Sandy (Eugene) Evenson of Neenah and Peggy (and special friend Mitchell) Casper of Green Bay; 14 grandchildren: Barry (special friend Ann) Seidel, Barbie (Eric) Boyer, Susie (Jay) Scandin, Christy (John) Nemcek, Greg (Fiance Jill) Seidel, Tracy (Mike) Winter, David (and special friend Stephanie) Derfus, Sera (and special friend Jem) Froland, Tony Casper, Nikki Casper, Debra (Mike) Elsbecker, Diane (Jeff) Weyenberg, Daniel Evenson, and David (Stacy) Evenson; 18 great grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Katie) Van Vreede of South Carolina; and a sister, Elaine Yunk of Kimberly. Ruth is further survived by many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

    Ruth is preceded in death by her husband Alvin, her parents, and a sister, Dorothy Gracyalna.

    The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2003, at the Jansen Fargo Funeral Home, 204 East Kimberly Avenue, Kimberly, with Sister Annette Koss officiating. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at St. Paul Cemetery, Wrightstown.

    The family would like to extend a personal thank you to Ed and Jen Gerhartz for all the devoted attention they gave to Ruth.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ruth’s name are appreciated.

    Jansen Fargo Funeral Home 204 East Kimberly Avenue Kimberly, WI 54136 (920) 788-6202.
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Alvin G Casper

M, b. November 28, 1919, d. April 29, 1983


Family: Ruth Ann VanVreede (b. January 28, 1922, d. January 19, 2003)


  • Birth: Alvin G Casper was born on November 28, 1919 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Ruth Ann VanVreede were married on April 5, 1942 in Lowell, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts.
  • Death: Alvin G Casper died on April 29, 1983, at age 63, in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Paul Cemetery, Wrightstown, Wisconsin.

Sandra Jean Casper

F, b. March 6, 1943, d. August 20, 2016



  • Birth: Sandra Jean Casper was born on March 6, 1943 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on August 20, 2016, at age 73.
  • Note: Sandra J. Evenson, age 73, of Neenah was called to eternal life at her home on Saturday, August 20, 2016. She was born on March 6, 1943 in Milwaukee to the late Al and Ruth Casper. Sandy was a 1961 graduate of Kimberly High School. She went on to graduate from St. Agnes School of Nursing. Later she received her Master's Degree in Nursing from Marion College. She worked at Theda Clark Medical Center for many years. Sandy married Eugene Evenson on March 3, 1990. They cherished 26 years of marriage together.

    Sandy loved spending time outdoors. She looked forward to traveling to "area lakes" to catch and release all types of fish, especially perch. In recent years, her favorite destination was Camp Nubby in Mercer. She spoiled the birds at her feeders and delighted in watching them. Sandy also gardened with passion and determination. She was happy sharing her gardens with all God's creatures but was particularly fond of turtles, hummingbirds, and dragonflies. Sandy was a master cross-stitcher and crocheter. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed by her family.

    She is survived by her husband Eugene Evenson; children: Barry Seidel, Barbara (Eric) Boyer, Susan (Jay) Scandin, Christine Seidel, and Gregory Seidel; step-children: Debra (Mike) Elsbecker, Diane (Jeff) Weyenberg, Daniel Evenson, and David (Stacy) Evenson; grandchildren: Victoria Seidel; Nikolas, Emma, Luciano, Asucena, and Isabelle Boyer; Frank and Jackson Scandin; Harrison, Ben, and Charlie Nemcek; Ethan, Nolan, Olivia, and Caleb Elsbecker; Katie, and Rachel Weyenberg; and Joshua (fiancée Amara) Evenson; great-grandson Daxton Weyenberg; and sister Peggy Casper.

    The Funeral Service for Sandy will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 200 N. Commercial Street, Neenah with Rev. Sandra Crase officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the hour of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to ThedaCare Hospice are appreciated in Sandy's memory.

    Westgor Funeral Home

    205 W. Doty Avenue,

    Neenah 722-7151

    Online Condolences:

    Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Aug. 23, 2016.
  • Graduation: She graduated from Kimberly High School in 1961.
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Peggy Casper



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Eugene Raymond Evenson


Family 1: Sandra Jean Casper (b. March 6, 1943, d. August 20, 2016)

Sara Michelle VanVreede



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Kathleen Holzem

F, b. circa 1925, d. January 5, 2012

Family: Eugene VanVreede (b. May 15, 1924, d. August 19, 2009)


  • Birth: Kathleen Holzem was born circa 1925.
  • Marriage: She and Eugene VanVreede were married on March 10, 1976 in Wausau, Marathon Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Kathleen Holzem died on January 5, 2012.
  • Note: Kathleen A. VanVreede, Mosinee, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital, Weston.

    Kathleen was born in Brokaw to Christian and Amelia (Schneck) Holzem. She was the oldest of 12 children. In 1944, she married Charles "Wib" Pierce at St. James Church in Wausau. Together, they had five children. In 1971, Wib died in a tragic car accident.

    In 1976, Kathleen married Eugene VanVreede at St. Matthew Church in Wausau. She and Eugene moved to Appleton where they resided for five years before moving to Sawyer Lake, northeast of Antigo.

    Kathleen was first and foremost a master homemaker who took great pride in canning, baking, knitting, needlework and especially sewing, which she began at a very early age. She worked for United Cloak Shop where she did alterations for 18 years. She especially loved sewing for her girls, crafting gowns and even prom dresses with matching purses. She also worked in Group Claims for the former Employers Insurance, where she retired in 1976.

    Survivors include her children, Karl (Erna) Pierce, Canyon City, Colo., Charlotte (Richard) Meadows, Rothschild, Colleen (Neil) O'Brien, Kronenwetter, and Cynthia (Gary) Wenzel, Kronenwetter; daughter-in-law, Pam Pierce, Guatemala; two stepsons, Doug VanVreede, Minnesota, and Mark VanVreede, Appleton; six sisters, Marcella (Art) Berndt, Wausau, Anna Mae (Jim) Babicky, Weston, Arlene Loss, Wausau, Cecilia (Robert) Gwidt, Schofield, Christine (Roger) Sefton, Texas, and Sandra Dorshak, Weston; three brothers, Marvin (Marge) Holzem, Wisconsin Dells, Alex (Barbara) Holzem, Wausau, and Charles (Gert) Holzem, Rothschild; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

    She is preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Pierce; second husband, Eugene VanVreede; son, Kendall Pierce; two brothers, Gregory Holzem and Donald Holzem; and two brothers-in-law, Art Berndt and James Babicky.

    Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at St. Mark Catholic Church, 602 Military Road, Rothschild. The Rev. Allan Slowiak will officiate. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.

    Brainard Funeral Home — Everest Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

    Online condolences may be given at

    Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on January 8, 2012.

Dorothy M VanVreede

F, b. January 11, 1920, d. December 31, 1994



  • Birth: Dorothy M VanVreede was born on January 11, 1920 in Wrightstown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on December 31, 1994, at age 74, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Paul Cemetery, Wrightstown, Wisconsin.
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