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John G VanGroll

M, b. June 22, 1884, d. March 27, 1967


Family: Mabel Farrell (b. circa 1885, d. March 15, 1958)


  • Birth: John G VanGroll was born on June 22, 1884 in Darboy, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on March 27, 1967, at age 82, in Denmark, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Joseph D VanGroll

M, b. May 24, 1923, d. May 30, 2005


Family 2: Helen Rentmeester (b. March 11, 1926, d. November 18, 2010)


  • Birth: Joseph D VanGroll was born on May 24, 1923 in Darboy, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Helen Rentmeester were married on September 18, 1993.
  • Death: Joseph D VanGroll died on May 30, 2005, at age 82, in Town of Humbolt, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Joseph Van Groll Born in Darboy, WI on May 24, 1923 Departed on May 30, 2005 and resides in Humboldt,WI

    Joseph D. Van Groll, 82, Humboldt, died at his home in the arms of his wife, with his family by his side, on Monday, May 30, 2005. He was born May 24, 1923 in Darboy, Wisconsin to the late John and Mable (Farrell) Van Groll. In 1935 Joe moved to Denmark and took over the family farm in the 1940s. Joe married the former Genevieve Patzke on October 11, 1952 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She preceded him in death November 14, 1984. Joe retired from farming in 1993 and married the former Helen (Rentmeester) De Grave on September 18, 1993 at Holy Martyrs Catholic Church. Joe was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Denmark Council. Joe was also a member of Prince of Peace Parish and their Holy Name Society. Joe was an avid Denmark wresting fan. He spent many hours watching his sons and grandsons wrestle over the years. He was also a loyal Green Bay Packers fan and Notre Dame fan.

    He is survived by his wife Helen; 1 brother Bob “Popeye” Van Groll, Denmark; 1 daughter and son-in-law Diane (Pete) De Mars, Green Bay; 6 sons and 4 daughters-in-law; Tom Van Groll, Sandra Van Groll, Pat (Leslie) Van Groll, Jim (Joanne) Van Groll; Tim Van Groll and special friend Roseanne, all of Denmark; Rick (Cindy) Van Groll, Green Bay; Joe (Angela) Van Groll Jr., Wisconsin Rapids. He is further survived by 18 grandchildren Jesse, Christy, Jackie, Todd, Corey, Chris, Allison, Jason (Melissa), Jacob, Justin, Alyssa, Matt, Max, Shane, Megan, Missy, Cameron, Kayla; Also surviving are Joe’s second family, Nancy (Bob) Derenne, Dan (Linda) De Grave, Jeannie (Earl) Eggert, Dave (Carol) De Grave, Barb (Todd) Jonet; Steve (Jodi) De Grave; 21 grandchildren Sandy (Scott), Bill (Kellie), Cindy (Craig), Jeff, Nicole (Brad), Brian, Becky, Renee, Dan Jr., Gregg, Denise, Heidi (Mike), Brenda (Jarad), Lisa (Jerry), Laura, Jennifer, Tyler, Kayla, Dylan, Michael, and Anna; 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, 2 sisters and 1 granddaughter Jenah.

    Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory, 1630 E. Mason St. on Wednesday (TODAY) from 3 to 8 p.m. Parish wake service 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday at Prince of Peace Parish (Holy Martyrs Site) from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with Rev. Ron Belitz officiating. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stark. Online condolences may be expressed at

    Joe’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the VNA Hospice, especially Lisa, Jennifer and Linda. Helen would also like to express her gratitude to the Patzke family for accepting and welcoming her into theirs.

Genevieve Patzke

F, b. March 8, 1930, d. November 14, 1984


  • Birth: Genevieve Patzke was born on March 8, 1930.
  • Death: She died on November 14, 1984, at age 54.

Robert C VanGroll

M, b. August 16, 1926, d. December 1, 2006



  • Birth: Robert C VanGroll was born on August 16, 1926 in Darboy, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on December 1, 2006, at age 80, in Maribel, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: December 4, 2006

    VanGroll, Bob "Popeye" Bob "Popeye" VanGroll, 80, Maribel, passed away on Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at his home. Popeye was born on Aug. 16, 1926, in Darboy, Wis., the son of the late John and Mabel (Farrell) VanGroll. Following in families footsteps, he farmed with his brother Joe on the "Home Farm." Popeye later worked driving truck as well as heavy equipment during the wintertime. He was somewhat of an unofficial historian of the Green Bay Packers and an avid fan, having followed the franchise closely since they played at City Stadium. He was a season ticket holder and was known for giving Packers yearbooks to his family and friends. Popeye loved his family and cherished the many get-togethers with them as well as the moments spent discussing his nieces' and nephews' activities.

    Popeye is survived by his family Tom and Sandy VanGroll, Pat and Leslie VanGroll, Jim and JoAnn VanGroll, Diane and Pete DeMars, Tim VanGroll and his special friend Roseann, Rick and Cindy VanGroll, Joe and Angela VanGroll, his good friends Lloydy and Shimonski. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

    He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

    Gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Saint Mary's Stark Catholic Church 7016 Cty NN, Stark. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Rev. Lee Kahrs officiating. Burial at Stark Cemetery.

    Hansen Family Funeral

    and Cremation Services

    1644 Lime Kiln Road

    (920) 593-2620.

Marie D VanGroll

F, b. July 29, 1912, d. December 27, 1996


Family: Howard J Drajeske (b. May 24, 1912, d. March 11, 1979)


  • Birth: Marie D VanGroll was born on July 29, 1912 in Darboy, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Howard J Drajeske were married on February 21, 1941.
  • Death: Marie D VanGroll died on December 27, 1996, at age 84, in Bemidji, Beltrami Co, Minnesota.

Howard J Drajeske

M, b. May 24, 1912, d. March 11, 1979

Family: Marie D VanGroll (b. July 29, 1912, d. December 27, 1996)


  • Birth: Howard J Drajeske was born on May 24, 1912 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Marie D VanGroll were married on February 21, 1941.
  • Death: Howard J Drajeske died on March 11, 1979, at age 66, in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.

Gerald H VanGroll

M, b. October 2, 1917, d. February 12, 1990


Family 2: Ann Seidl


  • Birth: Gerald H VanGroll was born on October 2, 1917 in Darboy, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Elizabeth A Kane were married on May 17, 1941.
  • Marriage: Gerald H VanGroll was married on June 27, 1986.
  • Death: He died on February 12, 1990, at age 72, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Denmark, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Eugene Joseph VanGroll

M, b. June 23, 1920, d. October 25, 1987



  • Birth: Eugene Joseph VanGroll was born on June 23, 1920.
  • Death: He died on October 25, 1987, at age 67.

Catherine VanGroll

F, b. 1912



  • Birth: Catherine VanGroll was born in 1912.

Margaret VanGroll

F, b. 1915, d. July 2, 1927



  • Birth: Margaret VanGroll was born in 1915.
  • Death: She died on July 2, 1927, at age ~12.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Angels Cemetery, Darboy, Wisconsin.

Unknown Koller


Family: Catherine VanGroll (b. 1912)

Stella Ruby Pagel

F, b. December 15, 1896, d. December 25, 1991

Family: August VandenBranden (b. August 28, 1888, d. November 2, 1948)


  • Birth: Stella Ruby Pagel was born on December 15, 1896 in Suamico, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and August VandenBranden were married on August 21, 1921 in Marinette, Marinette Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Stella Ruby Pagel died on December 25, 1991, at age 95, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Donald James VandenBranden

M, b. November 2, 1924, d. November 10, 1995



  • Birth: Donald James VandenBranden was born on November 2, 1924 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on August 26, 1950 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on November 10, 1995, at age 71, in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Jean Katers


Family: Donald James VandenBranden (b. November 2, 1924, d. November 10, 1995)

Marcella Mary Maas



Family: Raymond Abitz (b. September 14, 1932, d. January 22, 2088)

Raymond Abitz

M, b. September 14, 1932, d. January 22, 2088


  • Birth: Raymond Abitz was born on September 14, 1932.
  • Death: He died on January 22, 2088, at age 155.

Mildred Maas



Gary Carl Otto

M, b. July 15, 1934, d. July 30, 2015


  • Father: Edwin A Otto (b. May 26, 1902, d. January 21, 1988)
  • Mother: Edith Parker (b. October 17, 1906, d. May 28, 1997)


  • Birth: Gary Carl Otto was born on July 15, 1934 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on July 30, 2015, at age 81.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Paul Cemetery, Combined Locks, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Otto, Gary Carl

    On July 30, 2015, Gary Carl Otto. 81, entered God's Kingdom and rejoined his family who went before him. His family here surrounded him with great love before he left us. Gary battled Parkinson's disease for 12 years until he recently succumbed to complications from a stroke.

    Gary was born on July 15, 1934, in Appleton. The son of Edwin and Edith (Parker) Otto. He graduated in 1952 from Appleton High School. In later years he went on to continue his education at FVTC. Gary was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Appleton and was confirmed by Cardinal Spellman (N.Y.) (for whom he was an Honor Guard) while proudly serving in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956 aboard the Carrier USS Kearsarge. Gary and Millie were members of St. Paul Catholic Church in Combined Locks for 50 years.

    After service, Gary was employed by Western Electric, then IT&T (where his young family moved with him briefly to Puerto Rico). He also owned a successful Standard Service Station in Appleton. He then went on to work for Giddings and Lewis Machine Tool Co. for 32 years and after retirement created his own consulting machine tool business for 10 years. He was hard working and responsible, having his first job at 14 as a shoe-shine boy in a Barber Shop. Gary respected his heritage and ancestors and wrote a book about his father and uncle and was able to share copies with all his relatives.

    On October 13, 1956, Gary married his little "Dutch" girl, Millie Maas at Holy Name Catholic Church in Kimberly. They were about to celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary this October. They were blessed with raising six loving children and a granddaughter. Gary greatly loved his children and their spouses, all his grandchildren and "greats". He always put them first. Gary had this same love for all his wife's family. Gary took his family on yearly summer adventures; up north to the cottages, many "day" trips around WI and shared with them 10 summers of "tent camping" around many states.

    Gary was a blood donor for over 50 years, some of those while having Parkinson's. He was an athletic man who embraced jogging before it became popular. Gary and Millie enjoyed competing in races together through the years. He dearly enjoyed and loved the wooded ravine near his home even before it became "Memorial Park". Gary was a faithful Packer and Badger Fan. He especially took pride in watching all the sports his children and grandchildren participated in. Gary's passion was "old time" movies. He made his own family movies through the years which we all still enjoy today.

    Gary is survived by his devoted wife, Millie, and their children: James Otto, David (Mary) Otto, Linda Walker, Janet (Bruce) Gibson, Susan (Paul) Lutz, Mary Otto and their adopted granddaughter, Cherie (Thomas) Puchalski. He is further survived by his dear grandchildren: Juan, Susie, Kate, Sarah, Sheila, Melody, Ben, Allison, Stephanie, Ian and Hillary and seven great-grandkids.

    Gary is also survived by his brothers-in-law: Bob (Marion) Maas, Jerry (Maryanne) Maas, Lyle Maas, Bill (Judie) Maas and Tom Maas; sisters-in-law: Mary Abitz, Rosie (Doug) Thompson and Lynn Maas. Also surviving are many very special nieces, nephews, Godchildren and his much loved cousins.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife's parents: William and Emma Maas; his infant stillborn son, Gary Jr.; brother: Richard; sister: Marilyn; brothers-in-law: Ray and Don Maas and Ray Abitz; sisters-in-law: Darlene Maas, Alice Reed, Mary Lou Maas, Jeanne Maas and baby Matilda; also dear nephews, cousins and friends.

    The funeral liturgy will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 4:00 PM at ST. PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 410 E. Wallace St. Combined Locks, with Fr. Andrew Kysely officiating. A time of visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 12 from 2:00 PM until the time of the service at the church. Military honors will be provided after the service at church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in his name. A private family interment will take place at St. Paul Cemetery.

    Our family would like to thank Dr. Deborah Schultz and her colleagues, the splendid nurses and caretakers and all the dedicated staff at Brewster Village for the excellent care of Gary for the past year. You were Gary's angels. All of you from Southern Care Hospice will hold a special place in our hearts for helping us to give Gary peace and comfort on his journey to eternity. Our family would also like to extend our deepest gratitude to his faithful family friends and visitors throughout this difficult time.

    Gary, my husband, you are my everlasting love and hero! Semper Fi.

    Dad-Grandpa: we know you will continue to guide and watch over us all. We will cherish our memories of you.

Rose Maas



Family 2: Michael Parker

Michael Parker


Family: Rose Maas

William Maas



Donald Martin Maas

M, b. September 19, 1928, d. April 17, 2014


Family 2: Mary Lou Remillard (b. June 16, 1933, d. June 17, 1981)


  • Birth: Donald Martin Maas was born on September 19, 1928 in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on April 17, 2014, at age 85.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Mary Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Donald M. Maas

    Don "Goldie" Maas, age 85, passed away at his home in Darboy on Thursday morning, April 17, 2014, surrounded by his family. Don was born in Kimberly on September 19, 1928, son of the late William and Emma (Bergman) Maas, the second of ten children. Don served in World War II aboard the USS Ajax (AR-6) from 1945 until 1947, and was honorably discharged in 1948. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, National Association of Atomic veterans, and was one of the founding members of Appleton's Scarlet Guard. He enjoyed golf and the 19th hole, bowling, boating, music, the Green Bay Packers, and the Wisconsin Badgers. Don was also a longtime and faithful member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Appleton, and had a special place in his heart for Children's International.

    Don is survived by his loving wife of twenty-nine years: Lynn Maas; his children: Mary Robare and Randy (Suzi) Maas, all of Arizona; Donald (Viviana) Maas of California; Kathleen Maas of Illinois; Sandra (Loren) Geise and Anthony (Bronwyn) Maas of Wisconsin. He is also survived by Lynn's children: Scott (Debby) Sonnleitner and Chris Sonnleitner of Wisconsin; and Kelly (Hal) Writer of Colorado; his brothers and sisters are: Raymond Maas, Robert (Marion) Maas, ]Lyle Maas, Millie (Gary) Otto, William (Judy) Maas, Mary Abitz, and Tom Maas, all of Wisconsin; Rosie (Doug) Thompson of Arizona; and Gerald (Mary Ann) Maas of Florida. His grandchildren are Ryan, Krysta, Lucas, Nicole, Jennifer, Jessica, Chelsea, Taylor, Natalie, Anthony, Trudy, and Tess. There are also eleven great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Lou, infant twin daughters Elizabeth and Theresa; infant son Tracy; a sister Darlene; a sister-in-law Jeanne Maas; and a brother-in-law Ray Abitz.

    The funeral liturgy for Don will be held at 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1617 W. Pine Street in Appleton, with Fr. Dennis M. Ryan officiating. Full military honors will follow the service, and a private burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather at the church on Thursday afternoon from 2:00 PM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Don's name. Online condolences may be offered at

    The family would like to thank everyone at Heartland Hospice, especially Katie, Millie, and Chaplain Pat; Dr. Broderdorf and the staff of the Wound Clinic at St. Elizabeth Hospital; Dr. Fischer and his nurse Kathy; Dr. Brady, Father Dennis Ryan, and Bob Lang. We will never forget your care and kindness.

Robert E Maas

M, b. May 7, 1920, d. October 21, 1979

Family: Marilyn R Young (b. August 12, 1924, d. August 21, 1995)


  • Birth: Robert E Maas was born on May 7, 1920 in Black Creek, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on October 21, 1979, at age 59.
  • Burial: He was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Lyle J Maas



Family: Jean Ann Thistle (b. February 5, 1941, d. December 2, 2008)

Mary Lou Remillard

F, b. June 16, 1933, d. June 17, 1981


Family: Donald Martin Maas (b. September 19, 1928, d. April 17, 2014)


  • Birth: Mary Lou Remillard was born on June 16, 1933 in Negaunee, Marquette Co, Michigan.
  • Death: She died on June 17, 1981, at age 48.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Mary Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.