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Martha deGrave

F, b. April 16, 1915, d. January 28, 1937

Parents

Family: George Anton Balza (b. December 17, 1910, d. April 16, 1999)

Biography

  • Birth: Martha deGrave was born on April 16, 1915 in Bellevue, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and George Anton Balza were married on August 28, 1935.
  • Death: Martha deGrave died on January 28, 1937, at age 21.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Martyrs of Gorcum Cemetery, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Mrs. George Balza, 21, Humboldt, died Thursday evening in a local hospital following an operation. She was born in Bellevue.
    She is survived by her husband and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Felix DeGrave of Humboldt, and four brothers, Norman, Ervin, Harvey, and Marvin.

    Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Monday morning in the Catholic Church at Humboldt. The body has been taken to the Schauer and Schmacher Funeral home to the home of her parents in Humboldt.

Mary Ann Balza

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Norman deGrave

M, b. January 12, 1917, d. February 2, 1981

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Family: Florence deGrand (b. April 7, 1917, d. April 5, 1979)

Biography

  • Birth: Norman deGrave was born on January 12, 1917 in Town of Humbolt, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Florence deGrand were married on November 24, 1937 in Sugar Bush, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Norman deGrave died on February 2, 1981, at age 64, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Florence deGrand

F, b. April 7, 1917, d. April 5, 1979

Family: Norman deGrave (b. January 12, 1917, d. February 2, 1981)

Biography

  • Birth: Florence deGrand was born on April 7, 1917 in Sugar Bush, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Norman deGrave were married on November 24, 1937 in Sugar Bush, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Florence deGrand died on April 5, 1979, at age 61.
  • Burial: She was buried in Shrine of Good Shepherd, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Ervin deGrave

M, b. June 19, 1919, d. April 24, 1996

Parents

Family: Lorraine C Lamal (b. January 31, 1921, d. August 22, 2011)

Biography

  • Birth: Ervin deGrave was born on June 19, 1919 in Town of Humbolt, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Lorraine C Lamal were married on August 21, 1943.
  • Death: Ervin deGrave died on April 24, 1996, at age 76, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Nicolet Memorial Gardens, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Ervin (Hienz) DeGrave
    Ervin (Hienz) DeGrave, 76, 1120 S. Northview Rd, died Wednesday, April 24, 1996 in a local hospital following a brief illness. He was born June 19, 1919 in the town of Humboldt to the late Felix adn Louise (Van Pay) DeGrave. Ervin married the former Lor r aine Lamal August 21, 1943 at Holy Martyrs of Gorcum Church. Ervin and Lorraine owned and operated a dairy farm for 40 years until his retirement in 1982. He and Lorraine celebrated 50 years of marriage August 21, 1993. Ervin was a member of the Holy M artrys of Gorcum Parish and its Holy Name Society. His favorite hobby was gardening and he loved to play cards, but his most memorable times were spent with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife Lorraine, two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol adn Burch Thielke, Betty Gonson and her friend Karl, all of Green Bay; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Carla DeGrave, Green Bay, and Bob and Deb DeGrave, Denmark; ten grandchildren, Kim Thielke and fiance Jeff, Brad Thielke and fiance Tammy, Bill and B ob Thielke, Laurie and Jim Gonson, Todd and Troy DeGrave, Shannon and Josh DeGrave, two great-grandchildren, Michael and Anthony Gonson, one brother and sister-in- law Marving and Elsie DeGrave, Green Bay, many nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by one sister, Martha Balza, two brothers Norman and Harvey. Friends may call at Proko Wall Funeral Home 1630 E. Mason St. from 4 to 9 p.m. today and prior to the funeral Saturday. Parish wake service 7 p.m. today. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. S a turday at Holy Martyrs of Gorcum Church with the Rev. Robert Rhymer and the Rev. Earl Schuh con-celebrating. Entombment at Nicolet Memorial Garden. Ervins family wishes to send a sincere thank you to St. Vincent Hospitals 9th floor nurses and staff, Dr . Bachhuber and St. Vincents Pastoral Care for all the care and consideration given to Ervin and his family. Dad and Grandpa will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Harvey John deGrave

M, b. May 6, 1921, d. March 20, 1987

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Biography

  • Birth: Harvey John deGrave was born on May 6, 1921 in Town of Humbolt, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Helen Rentmeester were married on November 15, 1944.
  • Death: Harvey John deGrave died on March 20, 1987, at age 65, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Shrine of Good Shepherd, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Harvey J. DeGrave, 65, Rt. 2, Northview Road, went to his eternal rest Friday evening at a local hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 6, 1921 in the Town of Humboldt to the late Felix and Louise (Van Pay) DeGrave. On November 15, 1944 he married the former Helen Rentmeester at Holy Martyrs of Gorcum Church.
    Mr. DeGrave served in the US Army during WWII from 1945 until he was discharged in 1947. He and his wife owned and operated a dairy farm until his retirement in 1982, at which time his son Daniel continued the operation of the dairy farm. He also had a local milk route for Steve's Cheese hauling for 21 years.
    Mr. DeGrave was a member of the V.F.W. Winnecki Post No. 9677 of Bellevue. He belonged to Holy Martyrs Parish and Holy Name Society, and ushered for the church. par par Survivors include his wife Helen, three daughters, Nancy and Robert Derrene, Jeannie and Earl Eggert, all of Green Bay, Barbara and Todd Jonet, New Franken; three sons, Daniel and Linda DeGrave, David and Carol DeGrave, all of Green Bay; Steve and Jodie DeGrave, Madison; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Ervin and Lorraine DeGrave, Green Bay; Marvin and Elsie DeGrave, Bellevue.
    He was preceded in death by one brother, Norman, and one sister, Martha Balza. Friends may call at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., from 2 to 9 p.m. today, and prior to the funeral on Monday. V.F.W. Winnecki Pos t No. 9677 service 7 p.m. today. Parish wake service 8 p.m. Funeral 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Martyrs of Gorcum Church with the Rev. Robert Rhyner officiating. Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.

Marvin deGrave

M, b. August 9, 1925, d. August 20, 1996

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Biography

  • Birth: Marvin deGrave was born on August 9, 1925 in Town of Humbolt, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on August 20, 1996, at age 71.
  • Burial: He was buried in Nicolet Memorial Gardens, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Michael VanPay

M, b. January 1, 1887, d. 1957

Parents

Family: Christina DeGrave (b. January 1890, d. 1968)

Biography

  • Birth: Michael VanPay was born on January 1, 1887.
  • Marriage: He and Christina DeGrave were married on September 27, 1910.
  • Death: Michael VanPay died in 1957, at age ~70.

Christina DeGrave

F, b. January 1890, d. 1968

Parents

Family: Michael VanPay (b. January 1, 1887, d. 1957)

Biography

  • Birth: Christina DeGrave was born in January 1890.
  • Marriage: She and Michael VanPay were married on September 27, 1910.
  • Death: Christina DeGrave died in 1968, at age ~78.

Ralph W VanPay

M, b. July 12, 1911, d. August 11, 2001

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Biography

  • Birth: Ralph W VanPay was born on July 12, 1911.
  • Death: He died on August 11, 2001, at age 90, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Mable VanPay

F, b. August 20, 1908, d. 1944

Parents

Family: Walter VanderKelen (b. March 28, 1912, d. January 25, 1969)

Biography

  • Birth: Mable VanPay was born on August 20, 1908 in Town of Humbolt, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Walter VanderKelen were married on November 25, 1936.
  • Death: Mable VanPay died in 1944, at age ~36.

Raymond VanPay

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Gordon John VanPay

M, b. November 17, 1919, d. August 8, 1985

Parents

Family: Naomi Dinwiddie (b. October 19, 1922, d. April 9, 2006)

Biography

  • Birth: Gordon John VanPay was born on November 17, 1919.
  • Death: He died on August 8, 1985, at age 65, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Shrine of Good Shepherd, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Geraldine VanPay

F, b. April 17, 1928, d. October 6, 2000

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Biography

  • Birth: Geraldine VanPay was born on April 17, 1928.
  • Death: She died on October 6, 2000, at age 72.

John VanPay

M, b. November 25, 1891, d. May 16, 1941

Parents

Family: Pauline VandenAvond (b. September 22, 1893, d. March 1, 1963)

Biography

  • Birth: John VanPay was born on November 25, 1891 in Bay Settlement, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on May 16, 1941, at age 49, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Pauline VandenAvond

F, b. September 22, 1893, d. March 1, 1963

Parents

Family: John VanPay (b. November 25, 1891, d. May 16, 1941)

Biography

  • Birth: Pauline VandenAvond was born on September 22, 1893.
  • Death: She died on March 1, 1963, at age 69, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Clarence P VanPay

M, b. August 5, 1928, d. October 19, 2017

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Biography

  • Birth: Clarence P VanPay was born on August 5, 1928.
  • Marriage: He and Rose Ostrenga were married on November 17, 1945 in Casco, Kewaunee Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Clarence P VanPay died on October 19, 2017, at age 89.
  • Burial: He was buried in Shrine of Good Shepherd, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Clarence P. Van Pay, 89, Green Bay, passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017. He was born on August 5, 1928, in the Town of Humboldt, the son of John and Pauline (Vanden Avond) Van Pay. Clarence graduated from Summit School and worked on the family farm and at other various jobs before his marriage. On November 17, 1945, he married his one and only lover, Rose "Rosie" Ostrenga, at Holy Trinity Church, Casco. They enjoyed country living, farming in Casco until Clarence began a 43 year career at Northern Paper Mill (now Georgia Pacific), retiring as a working foreman in 1989. He and Rosie purchased a home on the North Side of Green Bay where they raised their seven sons. Joe Ostrenga spent much of his early life with the family, "becoming the 8th son". Clarence remained in his home of over 58 years after Rosie preceded him in death on September 12, 2008.

    Clarence and Rosie spent lots of time up north, first in Dunbar, then Armstrong Creek where they tended a large garden and did many other things around the cabin. The land up north was a gathering spot for family and friends, especially during the deer hunting season. The couple also travelled with Cy and Janet Van Pay to Arizona, visiting Chet and Helen for many years. Clarence was an avid Catholic and was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Parish where he attended 8 a.m. Mass daily for over 20 years.

    Survivors include his seven sons: Norb (Linda), Chet (Helen), Dave (Cindy), Fran, Steve (Cheri), Mark (Sue), Randy (Annette); his grandchildren, Carrie (Jeff), Becky, Jessie (Lisa), Elizabeth, Brian, Stacy, David Lee (Cathy), Vicky (Brian), Dawn, Dr. Lisa (Dr. Rossman), Lori (JR), Keith (Rachel), Troy (Jamie), Amanda (Shawn), Kyle, Cassidy and Race, great-grandchildren Cody, Sarah, Zac, Destiny, Allie, Cole, Derek, Dylan, Laney, Sylvia, Juliana, Grayson, Kendra, Justin, Easton, Ava, and one on the way; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Audrey Van Pay, Ray and Rita Ostrenga, Edwina and Richard Lealiou, and Rita Kaster, many nieces and nephews.

    In addition to his beloved wife of 63 years, and his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Karen Van Pay whom he missed dearly; two sisters, Alice (Mike) Heiser, Myrtle (Archie) Van Gothem, two infant sisters; three brothers: Harold, Robert (Beatrice) and Bernie; sisters -in-law and brothers-in-law, Regina (Thomas) Blan, Agnes (Joseph) Rebarchek, Susie (Rueben) Ullman, Bill Gerstner, Calvin Kaster, Edward Ostrenga, Mitchell Ostrenga, Chester Ostrenga, Teresa Ostrenga and Toefil (Joyce) Ostrenga.

    Visitation will be at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Parish Wake starting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017. Visitation will continue at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 720 N. Baird St., from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Church with Rev. Anthony Cirignani O.F.M. officiating. Entombment will be in Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at www.Prokowall.com.

    Clarence's family would like to thank Mary and Karen for their excellent care.
    Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22, 2017.

Rose Ostrenga

F, b. August 2, 1923, d. September 12, 2008

Biography

  • Birth: Rose Ostrenga was born on August 2, 1923 in Eaton, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Clarence P VanPay were married on November 17, 1945 in Casco, Kewaunee Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Rose Ostrenga died on September 12, 2008, at age 85.
  • Burial: She was buried in Nicolet Memorial Gardens, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Note: September 13, 2008

    Van Pay, Rose
    Rose Van Pay, passed away, Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. Born on Aug. 2, 1923, in the Town of Eaton, to Walter and Anna (Jurczykowski) Ostrenga. On Nov. 17, 1945, she married Clarence Van Pay. They spent 62 very colorful years together as they raised their seven sons.
    Rose loved her God and she loved her "7 boys" (actually 8 with Joe Ostrenga) which practically guaranteed her a spot in heaven. The house was never without mischief or antics as they grew up. Her Polish heritage was evident in everything she did. She loved finding a great bargain and being together with family during the holidays. She enjoyed being up north, a good day at the casino and many times was the holder of a winning ticket. When she gave you "the look" you knew she meant business. The favorite Sunday chili and egg pie recipe at Easter will always be remembered, but never duplicated, as she never measured a thing.
    Rose is survived by her loving husband, Clarence; sons, Norb (Linda), children, Carrie (Jeff), Becky, Jessie (Lisa), Elizabeth and grandchildren, Cody and Sarah; Chester (Helen), children, Brian and Stacy, grandchildren, Zac and Destiny; Dave (Cindy), children, David Lee (Cathy), Vicky (Brian), Dawn (Matt), grandchildren, Allie, Cole, Derek, Dylan, Laney and Chelsie; Fran (Karen), children, Lisa and Lori (J.R.); Steve (Cheri), children, Keith and Troy, grandchildren, Kendra and Justin; Mark (Sue), children, Amanda and Kyle; R.M. (Annette), children, Cassidy and Race. She is further survived by two brothers, Phil (Joyce) and Ray (Rita); four sisters and one brother-in-law, Agnes, Susie, Edwina (Dick) and Rita; three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Myrtle, Beatrice and Audrey (Bernie) as well as many other relatives and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Edward, Mitchell and Chester; two sisters, Regina and Teresa; one sister-in-law, Alice; eight brothers-in-law, Bob, Calvin, Rueben, Mike, Bill, Archie, Joe and Tom.
    Friends may call at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. There will be a Rosary Service 5 p.m. Sunday. Parish Prayer Service 7 p.m. Sunday. There will be no visitation on Monday. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 710 N. Baird St., with Rev. Msgr. Roy Klister officiating. Entombment at Nicolet Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to Rose's family at www. prokowall.com.
    A special thank you to Dr. Quidzinski and the Luxemburg Clinic Staff, especially Marg, who was so instrumental in keeping her well, Unity Hospice Palliative, Bornemann's Facility and St. Vincent Hospital Staff for their family kindness.

Norbert Peter VanPay

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Chester VanPay

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Helen DeGrand

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David VanPay

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Francis VanPay

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Family: Karen I Watermolen (b. July 4, 1952, d. August 7, 2015)

Karen I Watermolen

F, b. July 4, 1952, d. August 7, 2015

Biography

  • Birth: Karen I Watermolen was born on July 4, 1952 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on August 7, 2015, at age 63.
  • Note: Karen (Watermolen) Van Pay, 63, passed away Friday, August 7, 2015. She was born on July 4, 1952, to Martin and Irene (Delwiche) Watermolen in Green Bay. Karen attended Ss. Peter and Paul grade school and Preble High School.

    Though they were born and raised just a mile apart, her path never crossed that of her future husband, Francis Van Pay, until high school graduation. They fell in love exchanging letters across the Atlantic while Fran was enlisted in the Navy and married on August 11, 1973.

    Karen set an amazing example of hard work, self-sacrifice and a true passion for caring for others for her two daughters. Becoming a grandmother meant the world to her, and she doted on her three granddaughters, imparting within them skills and traditions of her family like cookie baking and sewing. Upon gazing into the eyes of her first grandchild, she remarked that "she knew what heaven must look like."

    She was a consummate caretaker for her family, her parents and in-laws. Karen loved making things beautiful and her home was truly where her heart was. She left no room un-spruced, no flower bed un-manicured and decorated the prettiest Christmas presents around. She seemingly always had the right answer, whether it was how to fix a "boo boo," how to coordinate the best event or trip, or how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

    She applied her strong work ethic to everything she tried, and grew professionally to realize her own potential in business, graduating from the Urban Hope Program, starting and operating a small giftable business for 15 years and enjoying participation in many women's networking groups and Chamber of Commerce functions. Her life touched many different people, including friends from the Red Hat Society, Dinner Adventure Group and her special friends at St. Norbert College.

    Survivors include her loving husband of 41 years, Fran, Green Bay; her children, Dr. Lisa Van Pay and Dr. Rossman Irwin, Alexandria, VA; and Lori and JR Richards, Milwaukee; three grandchildren who she adored, Sylvia and Juliana Richards and Grayson Irwin; sisters JoAnn (Lloyd) Bracher, Arlene (Michael) Rentmeester; father-in-law Clarence Van Pay; brothers-in-laws Norbert (Linda) Van Pay, Chester (Helen) Van Pay, David (Cindy) Van Pay, Steve (Cheryl) Van Pay, Mark (Sue) Van Pay and R.M. (Annette) Van Pay; nieces, nephews and special Godchildren, Molly Rentmeester, Kevin Watermolen, Jessie Van Pay and David Lee Van Pay.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, especially her mother, Irene, whom she missed terribly, her brother, John Watermolen and her mother-in-law, Rose Van Pay.

    Though our hearts are filled with sorrow, we're happy you now know what heaven looks like and hope you find peace.

    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 3425 Willow Road. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Proko-Wall Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send on-line condolences visit www.prokowall.com.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Karen's name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or Be the Light Green Bay, an initiative of the Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention.