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Calvin J Abts

M, b. July 14, 1931, d. August 17, 2014



  • Birth: Calvin J Abts was born on July 14, 1931.
  • Marriage: He and Joyce Marie Pennings were married in 1955.
  • Death: Calvin J Abts died on August 17, 2014, at age 83.
  • Burial: He was buried in Shrine of Good Shepherd, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Calvin J. Abts, 83, Luxemburg, passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014, with his family by his side. Born July 14, 1931, he is the son of the late Theodore and Mamie (Mohimont) Abts, Sr. Cal married the former Joyce Marie Pennings in 1955 at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville and she preceded him in death on October 17, 2011. He farmed his whole life as well as being the founder and co-owner of Cliff and Cal Abts Bou Matic in New Franken. Cal was a member of St. Joseph Church, Champion, the Holy Name Society, was the former Director of the Brown County Farm Bureau. During his free time he liked playing cards, bingo, solitaire on his computer, and popping popcorn for his grandchildren.

    Calvin is survived by nine children, Terry (Joseph) Bauer, St. Charles Ill., Greg (Debbie) Abts, New Franken, Virginia (Jody) Van Laanen, Green Bay, Veronica (Steven) McNicoll, De Pere, Laurie (Richard) Davister, Luxemburg, Barb VandenBush, New Franken, Jan (Tom) Klika, Green Bay, Andy (Peggy) Abts, Luxemburg, Dennis (Elizabeth) Abts, Eau Claire; 34 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Clifford (Marge) Abts of New Franken; 2 sisters, Agatha (Don) Pigeon of New Franken, and Agnes (Norris) Servais of Franksville; brother-in-law, Martin Heim, Green Bay; many other relatives and friends.

    He is preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Douglas VandenBush; great-grandchild, Joseph Schmidt; sisters, Mabel (Henry) Delwiche, Florence (Steve) Gadamus, Loretta (Vernon) Wautlet, Lily Heim, and Dorothy Abts; brothers, Robert (Florence) Abts, Ted Abts, and Russell Abts.

    Visitation at Malcore (East) Funeral Home, 701 N. Baird Street, Wednesday (8/20) from 3:00-9:00 P.M. Parish wake service 8:00 P.M. Wednesday (8/20). Thursday's (8/21) visitation will continue at St. Joseph Church, Champion from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. with the Rev. Andrew J. Kurz officiating. Entombment at Shrine of the Good Shepherd. Visit to send an online condolence to the family.

    The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Fred and Mamie's Home and Angels on Arcadian, and AseraCare Hospice, for all of the special care provided to Cal.

Barbara Abts



Family: Douglas J Vandenbush (b. April 28, 1961, d. April 22, 2010)

Veronica Ann Abts



Douglas J Vandenbush

M, b. April 28, 1961, d. April 22, 2010


Family: Barbara Abts


  • Birth: Douglas J Vandenbush was born on April 28, 1961 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on November 1, 1980 in Champion, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on April 22, 2010, at age 48, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Champion, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: April 24, 2010

    Vanden Bush, Douglas J.

    Douglas J. Vanden Bush, 48, New Franken, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 22, 2010, at a local hospital.

    He was born April 28, 1961, in Green Bay, to the late Ralph and Doris (Rentmeester) Vanden Bush.

    Doug attended Luxemburg Casco High School, graduating in 1979.

    He married the former Barbara Abts on Nov. 1, 1980, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Champion.

    Doug owned and operated Vanden Bush trucking for 20 years, primarily hauling milk. Currently Doug was employed by Proctor & Gamble Corp. for the past 12 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. Primarily Doug devoted his life to his family. Going to sporting events with the boys and caring for his son Andrew were most important. Doug was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Champion and the Esto-Viro Men's group in conjunction with the Green Bay Diocese.

    He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their three sons, Andrew, Stephen and his fiancee, Brooke Dorner, and Michael Vanden Bush, all of New Franken; seven brothers and sisters, Linda (David) Carlson, Phillips, Wis.; Darrell (Laurie) Vanden Bush, Theresa (Roger) Hegnet, all of Green Bay; Mary (Terry) Zellner, Luxemburg; Ronald (Jackie) Vanden Bush, Green Bay; David (Lynn) Vanden Bush, Wrightstown; Jodi (Rob) Stowe, Green Bay; brother and sisters-in-law, Terry (Joe) Bauer, St. Charles, Ill.; Greg (Debbie) Abts, New Franken; Virginia (Jody) Van Laanen, Ashwaubenon; Veronica (Steven) Mc Nicoll, De Pere; Laurie (Richard) Davister, Luxemburg; Janice (Tom) Klika, Green Bay; Andrew (Peggy) Abts, Luxemburg; Dennis (Liz) Abts, Eleva, Wis.; two sisters-in-law, Sue Vanden Bush, Pembine; and Joan Vanden Bush, Kewaunee; father and mother-in-law, Calvin and Joyce (Pennings) Abts, Luxemburg.

    He was preceded in death by two brothers, Mark and Kelly.

    Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Champion, until time of Mass. Parish Wake service 8 p.m. Sunday led by Pastoral Associate Pat Ratajczak and Deacon Bob Miller. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Monday at the church with Rev. Dean Dombroski officiating. Burial in St. Joseph's Church Cemetery, Champion. Online condolences can be sent to the Vanden Bush family at

Steven P McNicoll


Donald Alvin Schinke



Family: Judith Penterman (b. October 20, 1948, d. December 8, 2017)

Charles A Kuba

M, b. May 12, 1915, d. January 7, 1984


  • Father: Wenzel Kuba (b. September 27, 1889, d. February 5, 1972)
  • Mother: Emily L Koss (b. June 19, 1890, d. January 24, 1963)

Family: Noreen H Penterman (b. April 2, 1929, d. May 12, 1990)


  • Birth: Charles A Kuba was born on May 12, 1915 in Casco, Kewaunee Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on January 7, 1984, at age 68, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Janice J Schinke

F, b. July 19, 1941, d. November 10, 2015


Family: Peter J Penterman (b. July 24, 1930, d. July 8, 1993)


  • Birth: Janice J Schinke was born on July 19, 1941 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on November 10, 2015, at age 74.
  • Note: Janice J. Penterman, 74, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at home surrounded by her family. Jan was born on July 19, 1941 to Alvin and Florence (Dingeldein) Schinke in Appleton. She was a wonderful and kind person who was known as Saint Jan. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Her family was the most important thing to her and the times they spent together will always be treasured. Jan was an active bowler and still got together with her bowling friends. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Christus Lutheran Church, the Greenville YMCA, and she had many special friendships with each group.

    Jan is survived by her daughter, Ginni Pelegrin, three grandchildren; Bailey, Matthew, and Elias Pelegrin, four siblings; Geri Paschke, Don (Judi) Schinke, Thomas (Sue) Schinke, and Leigh Ann (John) Heus, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Jan was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Dale (Cynthia) Schinke and a sister Gwen Schinke.

    The memorial service for Jan will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM at CHRISTUS LUTHERAN CHURCH, N1915 Julius Dr, Greenville, with Rev. Jen Christenson officiating. A time of visitation will be held on Friday from 9:00 AM until the time of the service at the church.

    Online condolences may be expressed at The family would like to thank all of the family and friends for their support, and Theda Care Hospice for the help. A memorial fund is being established in Jan's name.

Laverne Griesbach



Family 2: Robert Stein

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Ruth Unknown


Carrielei Benotch



Jerome A Benotch

M, b. April 27, 1930, d. June 13, 2005


Family: Ruth R Lappen (b. December 10, 1929, d. April 17, 2002)


  • Birth: Jerome A Benotch was born on April 27, 1930 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Ruth R Lappen were married on November 23, 1951 in Pennsylvania.
  • Death: Jerome A Benotch died on June 13, 2005, at age 75, in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: BENOTCH, JERRY Little Chute

    Jerry Benotch, age 75, of Little Chute, died on Monday, June 13, 2005, at Parkside Care Center. Jerry was born on April 27, 1930, in Kaukauna, to the late Leo and Magdalene (Pennings) Benotch. He married Ruth R. Lappen in Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, on November 23, 1951, she preceded him in death on April 17, 2002. Jerry loved old cars, antique radios and collecting coins. He was an avid Packer fan and nature lover. The 4th of July was his favorite holiday, as he loved fireworks. Jerry attended Holy Cross Grade School and Kaukauna High School. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Jerry was employed at International Papers for over 46 years, retiring from the Decorating Department in the spring of 1992. He was one of the oldest members of the Quarter Century Club at International Papers. Survivors include his children, Mary Ann Walton, Kaukauna; Paula Jean Benotch, Appleton; Rose Marie Benotch, Appleton; his brother, David Benotch, Kaukauna; and his sisters, Barbara Gossens, Sturgeon Bay and Carrie Sherrill, Forestville, Wisconsin. Funeral services will be at NOON on Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at WICHMANN FUNRAL HOME—Tri-County Chapel, Menasha, with Funeral Celebrant Pete Reinl officiating. Friends may call directly at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kaukauna. A memorial has been established in Jerry’s name to benefit the Outagamie County Humane Society and the 1000 Island Nature Center. WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME Tri-County Chapel 3213 South Oneida Street Menasha 920-831-9905

Barbara Benotch



Family: Robert John Gossens (b. September 19, 1938, d. June 24, 1995)

Robert John Gossens

M, b. September 19, 1938, d. June 24, 1995


Family: Barbara Benotch


  • Birth: Robert John Gossens was born on September 19, 1938 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on April 8, 1958 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on June 24, 1995, at age 56, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Robert J. Gossens of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Kaukauna, age 56, passed away Saturday, June 24, 1995, at St. Vincent Hospital.
    He was born September 19, 1938, in Appleton, son of Norbert and Mary (Koch) Gossens. On April 8, 1958 Bob married the former Barbara Benotch in Kaukauna.
    Bob was very involved with men's amateur sports including softball, basketball and touch football. He was an avid fisherman and owned his own fishing charter business "The Lucky Penny" in Kewaunee. Bob was an avid golfer and had a great love for all music.
    Survivors include his wife, Barbara; two sons, Norb (Linda) and their daughter Ashley of Appleton, Guy (Carrie) and their daughter Emily of Kaukauna, and Sam the Cat; His father and step-mother, Norbert and Toni Gossens, and his mother Mary Gossens of Kimberly; four brothers, John (Susan) of Little Chute, David (Vicki) of Kimberly, Tim (Sandy) of Middleton, Don (Karen) of Kimberly; three sisters, Barbara (Bob) Havel of Combined Locks, Janet (Ray) Wiess of Kimberly, and Gwen (Dan) Pociask of Menasha.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Jere. There were no formal services held. The Wichmann Funeral Home, Appleton, handled the arrangements.

David J Benotch

M, b. May 19, 1939, d. September 25, 2008


Family: Kay Malsavage (b. April 5, 1945, d. December 1980)


  • Birth: David J Benotch was born on May 19, 1939 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Kay Malsavage were married on June 25, 1965.
  • Death: David J Benotch died on September 25, 2008, at age 69, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: September 28, 2008

    Benotch, David J. "Notch"
    David Benotch, 69, Kaukauna, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, at the Appleton Health Care Center. David was born in Kaukauna, on May 19, 1939, son of the late Leo and Magdalene (Pennings) Benotch. Following high school, he served his country for a time as a member of the United States Marine Corps and after his return, married the former Kay Malsavage on June 25, 1965. Kay preceded him in death in December of 1980. David worked many years in the Kaukauna area as an independent insurance agent. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially baseball, softball and hunting, was an avid reader and could usually be found puttering in his woodshop in the garage. He also loved spending time with his family and friends.
    Survivors include two children, Desseria (Jordan) Kopac, Racine, and their children Jordan Kopac, III and Eden Kopac; and John (Diane) Benotch, Appleton; and two sisters, Barb Gossens, Sturgeon Bay; and Carrie (Peter) Sherrill, Forestville. David is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kay in 1980; a sister, Carol; a brother, Jerome (Ruth) Benotch; and a brother-in-law, Bob Gossens.
    The funeral liturgy for David will be 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 309 Desnoyer Street in Kaukauna, with Fr. Martin Fox officiating. Inurnment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 11 a.m. until the hour of the services.
    Fargo Funeral Home
    400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
    Kaukauna 920-766-6200
    Online Condolences:

Elaine Pennings



Ernest V Flunker

M, b. May 4, 1930, d. June 19, 2006


  • Birth: Ernest V Flunker was born on May 4, 1930 in Fremont, Waupaca Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on June 19, 2006, at age 76.
  • Burial: He was buried in Fremont, Waupaca Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: June 21, 2006

    Flunker, Ernest V. Ernest V. Flunker, "Doc", Fremont, Wisconsin. Ernie entered into the loving arms of his Savior on Monday, June 19, 2006. Ernie died peacefully at the farm surrounded by his family and friends. Ernie was born on May 4, 1930, in Fremont, WI, son of the late Ernst and Amalia (Meydam) Flunker, On August 18, 1956, he was united in marriage to Elaine Pennings in New London. They lived most of their years together on the Flunker homestead in Fremont. Ernie was employed for 33 years for Fairmont Foods (now Marigold), retiring in 1987. Ernie served on the Caledonia Town Board for 14 years. He was the first scoutmaster in the Town of Greenville, serving for 11 years. Ernie was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Weyauwega, where he served on the church council and helped maintain the beauty of his church. Ernie and Elaine loved polka dancing. Ernie enjoyed working on old tractors, hunting, fishing, and family get-togethers.

    Ernie is survived by his wife Elaine, four sons: Mark (Grace), Florence, WI; Michael (Gail), Neenah; Gerald (Michelle), Greenville; Randall (Holly), Oshkosh. Ernie was blessed with eight beautiful grandchildren: Ryan (Emily), KariAnn, Matthew, Maxwell, Myles, Luke, Kyle and Brooke. He is also survived by four sisters: Marcella Westphal, Fremont; Sarah Pankow, Sturgeon Bay; Margaret (Calvin) Pomerening, West Bend; Joyce (Eldor) Ponto, Weyauwega; a brother, Kenneth (Elsbeth) Flunker, Neenah; six sisters-in-law: Jean Flunker, Shirley Hartfiel, Anita Sawall, Kay Williams, Nancy Pennings and Colleen Baehnman, a brother-in-law, Wayne (Barbara) Pennings, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

    Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bernhart, Elaine's parents, Arthur and Bernice Pennings, two brothers-in-law, Erwin Pankow and Raymond Westphal, and a sister-in-law, Marlene Gruetzmacher.

    Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 608 E. Main St., Weyauwega. Father Bert Samsa, OFM, Cap. will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Fremont. Friends may call at the Lewin Funeral Home in Fremont on Wednesday (TODAY) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Thursday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. A memorial fund is being established in Ernie's memory.

    Ernie's family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses and nursing staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital. A special "Thank You" to the compassionate care given to Ernie by "Kristin RN" with Affinity Hospice in the final days of his life.

    A Tribute to My Husband

    My greatest gift

    was finding you,

    A husband who was loving,

    faithful and true.

    No matter how rough

    the road might have been,

    You traveled it daily

    with me to the end.

    Always holding me up

    when I was feeling low,

    No greater love

    could a woman know.

    You will be

    in my heart forever,


    Lewin Funeral Home

    210 Main St.

    Fremont, Wisconsin


Shirley Pennings



Family 1: Edward Hartfiel

Family 2: Orville Crane

Orville Crane


Family: Shirley Pennings

Anita Pennings



Family 1: Robert Samson

Family 2: Wayne Sawall

Robert Samson


Wayne Sawall


Kay Ellen Pennings



Family 1: Murray (Jack) Williams (b. July 11, 1933, d. January 3, 2000)

Murray (Jack) Williams

M, b. July 11, 1933, d. January 3, 2000


  • Birth: Murray (Jack) Williams was born on July 11, 1933.
  • Death: He died on January 3, 2000, at age 66.

Nancy Carol Pennings