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Robert Boyd Mereness

M, b. November 28, 1960, d. February 9, 1989



  • Birth: Robert Boyd Mereness was born on November 28, 1960 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on February 9, 1989, at age 28, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Graduation: He graduated from Kaukauna High School in 1979.

Leonard Salm



Michael Welhouse



Garrett Welhouse



Austin Welhouse



Terry Rae Boldt



Judy Mae Boldt



Family: Gregory John Gearl (b. April 8, 1953, d. February 13, 2017)

Gregory John Gearl

M, b. April 8, 1953, d. February 13, 2017


  • Birth: Gregory John Gearl was born on April 8, 1953 in Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois.
  • Death: He died on February 13, 2017, at age 63.
  • Burial: He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Gregory John "WIZ" Gearl, 63, Appleton, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was born on April 8, 1953 in Chicago, IL to the late Gustav and Gladys (Christensen) Gearl. Greg was baptized on May 10, 1953 at St. James Ev. Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL and confirmed on May 7, 1967 at Christ Lutheran Church in Gillett, WI.

    He grew up in Suring WI and attended Suring High School. Greg received his Bachelor degree in Accounting from UW Green Bay. While attending UWGB, he supported himself by bartending where co-workers gave him the nickname "WIZ". When times were slow, Greg could be found studying behind the bar. While bartending, he met his wife, Judy, at The Hop. Upon graduation, Greg had several accounting jobs in the valley. It was not until he was hired by The ARC - Fond du Lac on August 1, 2005, as Director of Finance, that Greg found and develop a deep appreciation for his job and new co-workers, "His 2nd family". He was a member of and an avid volunteer at St. Matthew Lutheran Church where he served as greeter, usher, communion server, church council treasurer and in the AV booth. Greg joyfully like to discuss and share his Bible studies and faith with all. He enjoyed woodworking, playing chess, star gazing, canoeing, having family game night and an occasional trip to Oneida to play Blackjack.

    Greg is survived by his loving wife of 24 years: Judy (Boldt) Gearl; son Stephen (Roxy) Harris and grandson, Roman Eli. His is also survived by Lorrie Rae Harris (Stephen's mother); sisters-in-Iaw: Beverly (Michael) Quella and Terry Boldt; and a wonderful niece: Amanda (Quella) Senkbeil, husband Jim and their children: Bailey Michael "B-man", Shyanne Marie "Sweetie" and Mason James "Mason Jar" who brought nothing but happiness and adventure into his life. Greg is further survived by sister Sandy (Joe) Deckers and their children Stacy (Kevin) Deckers and daughter Shelby Jo and Mary (Garrette) Kersten and their daughter Sophia.

    Greg was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and a great niece: Christine, as well as with numerous Aunts and Uncles.

    A memorial service for Greg will be held at 6:30PM, Friday, February 17, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 129 S Mason St, Appleton, with Rev. Thomas Mielke officiating. Friends may visit at the church from 4PM until the time of service. Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.

    The family would like to thank Beverly and Terry, Dr. Gregory Hartig and ThedaCare Hospice for the loving care they gave to Greg.

Otto Mark Koch

M, b. December 13, 1880, d. March 7, 1956


Family: Agnes L Brill (b. June 18, 1883, d. July 2, 1973)


  • Birth: Otto Mark Koch was born on December 13, 1880 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Agnes L Brill were married in 1907.
  • Death: Otto Mark Koch died on March 7, 1956, at age 75, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Otto M. Koch, 75, lifelong resident of Kaukauna, died in that city at 11:45 Monday morning after a 1-month illness. His home was at 312 Sarah Street.
    Koch, born Dec. 13, 1880, in Kaukauna, was a 34-year employee of the Union Bag and Paper company and later at the Kaukauna Machine company until his retirement six years ago.
    Funeral services will be held at 9:30 Thursday morning at Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in the parish cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock tonight and Wednesday night at the Fargo Funeral Home, Kaukauna.
    Survivors include his wife; four sons, Jerome, Clarence and Paul, all of Kaukauna, and Robert, Milwaukee; one daughter, Mrs. Norbert Gossens, Kimberly; one brother, Paul Koch, Los Angeles, Calif., and 13 grandchildren.

Agnes L Brill

F, b. June 18, 1883, d. July 2, 1973


Family: Otto Mark Koch (b. December 13, 1880, d. March 7, 1956)


  • Birth: Agnes L Brill was born on June 18, 1883.
  • Marriage: She and Otto Mark Koch were married in 1907.
  • Death: Agnes L Brill died on July 2, 1973, at age 90.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Mrs. Otto Koch Dies; Funeral Rites Wednesday

    Mrs. Otto Koch (Agnes Brill) Rt. 4 Kaukauna, age 90 died at 10 o'clock Monday morning at Riverview General Hospital following a lingering illness.
    She was born June 18, 1883 in Kaukauna and has been a lifetime resident. She was a member of the Womens Catholic Order of Foresters, Knights of Columbus Ladies and the Christian Mothers of Holy Cross Church.
    She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mary Gossens, Kimberly, four sons, Jerome, Clarence and Paul of Kaukauna and Robert of Milwaukee, 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
    The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Roy Crain officiating. burial will be in Holy Cross cemetery. Friends may call at Fargo funeral Home after 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Wake services will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

    Services Wednesday for Mrs. O. Koch

    Services for Mrs. Otto Koch, age 90, of route 4, Kaukauna, were held Wednesday.
    Rev. Roy Crain of Holy Cross Catholic Church officiated at the 10 a.m. rite and interment was in the parish cemetery. The Fargo Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers included Raymond Heindel, John Gloudemans and Robert, John, David and Tim Gossens.

Karen Lynn Koch

F, b. October 29, 1942, d. April 14, 2000



  • Birth: Karen Lynn Koch was born on October 29, 1942.
  • Marriage: She was married on January 28, 1961.
  • Death: She died on April 14, 2000, at age 57.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Karen Lynn (Koch)
    Karen passed from this life into eternal life and the arms of her Savior on Friday, April 14, 2000, at
    her home surrounded by her loving family. Karen had a deep and personal relationship with her
    Savior and anyone who knew Karen knew that she was always praying.

    One of the things that bothered her most during her illness was not being able to finish her prayers
    when she would drift off due to the drugs she needed to take. Her prayers were for everyone that she
    loved not just herself.

    Karen was a very special person who, even through her illness, always put the feelings of others
    before her own.

    Karen was born on October 29, 1942, the second of four children born to Leah (Sager) Koch and
    Clarence "Bud" Koch. She graduated from Kaukauna High School in 1960 and shortly thereafter on
    January 28, 1961, married Robert S. Andrews and spent the next thirty years of her life as a devoted
    wife and mother, living mostly in Texas and Mississippi. Her marriage to Bob produced two
    children, Robert S. Andrews II and Kimberly Leah (Andrews) Culloo, whom she loved with all her
    nurturing heart. She loved recalling and talking about the numerous family trips that had been taken
    to various parts of the United States when her children were young.

    Karen loved writing poetry and found it to be a source of peace and contentment for her. Ten years
    ago Karen returned to the Fox Valley, which she always considered "home" and began a new life.
    She spent much time with her family, especially enjoying going to the casino with her mother and
    playing the "nickel slots." She loved her little apartment on the river and received great joy from
    watching the ducks frolic outside her window.

    Her job at Pensar Corporation was a source of pride and independence to her. There she formed
    many new friendships with co-workers whom she considered her "Pensar family." Karen is survived
    by her mother, Leah, who has been a constant source of love and support to her.

    She will be deeply missed by her loving children, Kim and her husband Leo Culloo and their
    children, Keith and Nicole; Bobby Andrews and his wife Kristy and their children, Karen's precious
    grandchildren, Bobby and Nicholas.

    Also surviving is her brother David Koch and his wife Barbie; her sister and best friend Paula
    Brandt, and her "baby sister" Chris Krueger and her husband Mike. Nieces and nephews include
    David's family, Brian and Patti Koch and their children Tricia, Katie, and B.J.; Kelly and John
    "Putter" Swedburg and their children Corey and Tyler; Craig and Karen Koch and their children
    Allysa and Chad; Daryl and Kelly Koch and their children, Kasey and Kiana; Paula's family, Lisa
    Smith and special friend Rick Ley and her children Bonnie and Julie; Bill and Michelle Brandt and
    their son Matthew; Chris and Mike's family, Kyle and Cole. Karen cared about many people who
    had been a part of her life. They include the Jackie Schultz family, the Millie and Gene Lorenz
    family, Ginny Recla, Joanne Kobussen, Judy Koch, Robert Van Wychen and his son Brian, Dan

    A special Uncle Paul Koch, Barb De Prycker and Aggie Brinkman. Karen was preceded in death by
    her father, Clarence "Bud" Koch; her maternal grandparents, Albert and Agnes Koch; her former
    mother and father-in-law, Steve and Lorraine Andrews, and a great-niece Noel Angel Brandt. A
    special thank-you to Dr. Anthony Phillips and the staff at Fox Valley Oncology and Hematology,
    the many wonderful nurses on Four Southwest at Appleton Medical Center and in particular Sharon
    Specht, who gave Karen such comfort and care during her hospitalization.

    Thank you to Karen's Hospice nurses, Mary, Jan and Mary, and an extra special and caring
    ThedaCare Nurse Rosemary, who will always remain in our hearts. Thank you to all of her
    wonderful friends at Pensar too numerous to mention who continually visited and sent cards and
    flowers, never forgetting her through all the difficult months. Thank you to everyone who
    remembered Karen with their prayers, thoughts, flowers or gifts during her illness. "There are so
    many things that could have been said that never were said.

    I loved our time together doing the things only a mother and daughter do. I'll miss your smile and
    hearing your laughter. Your ability to laugh at yourself and some of the situations you were in was
    heartwarming. The greatest compliment I've ever been told is when people would look at us and ask
    if we were sisters. I'll miss you, but you'll always be in my heart and soul. I love you
    mom."KimMom - "Having you for my mom was truly a gift.

    You were always there for me no matter what. I love you so much. I only wish I could have kept
    you longer. You were so brave and strong. I will carry the memory of the love you had for me in my
    heart forever."Love, your son, Bobby."Life will never be the same without you my precious, fragile
    sister who loved me so unconditionally. I'm so sorry for always hollering at you for being late. If I
    could have you back I would never care again if you were late.

    You will be in my heart and part of me always and forever. Until we're together again, I love you.
    Go with the angels!"PaulaThe funeral liturgy was held at 5 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2000, at Holy
    Cross Catholic Church, 309 Desnoyer Street, Kaukauna, with Fr. Jack Mullarkey officiating.
    Friends called at the church on Monday from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the
    parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to the American Cancer Society, Tri Park Way #2,
    Appleton 54914; would be appreciated.Fargo Funeral Home400 W. Wisconsin Ave.Kaukauna,

Paula A Koch



Christine Koch



Robert S Andrews


Family: Karen Lynn Koch (b. October 29, 1942, d. April 14, 2000)

Jerome J Koch

M, b. July 28, 1908, d. February 9, 1992


Family: Patricia E Kiffe (b. October 25, 1918, d. September 7, 2007)


  • Birth: Jerome J Koch was born on July 28, 1908 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Patricia E Kiffe were married on July 1, 1944 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Jerome J Koch died on February 9, 1992, at age 83, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: St. Mary's Rites This Evening for Jerome J. Koch

    Jerome J. "Totsy" Koch of 524 W. Ninth Street, Kaukauna, passed away Sunday, February 9, 1992, at Kaukauna Community Hospital following a long illness. He was 83.
    The son of the late Otto and Agnes (Brill) Koch was born July 28, 1908, in Kaukauna. Jerome owned and operated Koch Plumbing for 50 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Kaukauna and the Kaukauna Council No. 1033, Knights of Culumbus.
    Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Patricia (Kiffe) Koch; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Tammy Koch of Carrollton, Texas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary and Dennis Babb of Appleton and Joan Koch of Kaukauna; tow grandchildren, Haley and Amanda Koch; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Clarence and Leah Koch and Paul Koch, all of Kaukauna, and Robert Koch of Milwaukee; and a sister, Mary Gossens of Kimberly.
    Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Kaukauna, with the Rev. John Hephner officiating. Interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kaukauna.
    Frineds may call at St. Mary's Church after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, until the time of the services.
    A memorial fund has been established in his name.
    There will be no visitation at the Greenwood-Fargo Funeral Home.

Paul O Koch

M, b. June 11, 1921, d. April 6, 2011



  • Birth: Paul O Koch was born on June 11, 1921 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on April 6, 2011, at age 89, in King, Waupaca Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Paul Owen Koch, age 89, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. Paul was born in Kaukauna on June 11, 1921, son of the late Otto and Agnes (Brill) Koch. He was baptized on June 19, 1921, and was confirmed at Holy Cross Catholic Church where he remained a member his entire life. Paul graduated from Kaukauna High School and from 1942 to 1946 served in the United States Coast Guard. For many years, he worked as a plumber with his brother Jerome, in Koch Plumbing in Kaukauna. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially in Woodruff, playing cribbage, cracking hickory nuts, watching sports on television, especially the Cubs, Brewers, Bears, and Packers. He also loved to visit with his many dear friends. Paul was also a member of the American Legion Post #41.

    Paul is survived by many special nieces, nephews, and their families.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, by brothers Jerome (Pat) Koch, Bud (Leah) Koch, and Bob Koch, and by a sister Mary Gossens.

    The funeral liturgy for Paul will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2011, at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 309 Desnoyer Street in Kaukauna, with Fr. Tom Pomeroy officiating. Full military honors will follow the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.

    The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King and to St. Paul Manor in Kaukauna for all of the love and care given to Paul.

    Fargo Funeral Home

    400 W. Wisconsin Avenue

    Kaukauna 920-766-6200

    Online condolences

Mary Grace Koch

F, b. May 26, 1916, d. August 13, 2006


Family 1: Norbert Anton Gossens (b. August 13, 1913, d. March 8, 2006)

Family 2: George William Desotell (b. March 4, 1914, d. October 15, 1995)


  • Birth: Mary Grace Koch was born on May 26, 1916 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Norbert Anton Gossens were married on April 27, 1937 in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: Mary Grace Koch and George William Desotell were married on February 1, 1980.
  • Death: Mary Grace Koch died on August 13, 2006, at age 90, in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: August 15, 2006

    Gossens, Mary G. (Mary Grace Koch)
    Mary Gossens passed away surrounded by her family at her home in Kimberly on Sunday, August 13, 2006. Mary was 90. She was born in Kaukauna on May 26, 1916, daughter of the late Otto and Agnes (Brill) Koch. Mary graduated from high school and attended one year of normal school, and in 1937 married Norbert Gossens. Together, the couple had eight children. Later she married George Desotell. Mary was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish in Kimberly and a former member of the Ladies of Holy Name. She enjoyed her card club, crochet, reading, collecting dolls, and pitching horseshoes at Kamps' Bar. Most of all, Mary loved time spent and visiting with her large family and her many dear friends.

    They include seven children: Barb (Bob) Havel of Combined Locks; Janet Weiss of Kimberly and her special friend Harold Sippel; John (Susan) Gossens of Little Chute; Dave (Vicky) Gossens of Freedom; Tim (Sandy) Gossens of Middleton; Gwen (Dan) Pociask of Menasha; and Don Gossens of Kimberly and his special friend Kathy; a daughter-in-law: Barb Gossens of Jacksonport; twenty grandchildren: Norb (Linda) Gossens, Guy (Carrie) Gossens, Bruce (Michelle) Havel, Jill (Rick) Meixl, Jeff (Leah) Gloudemans, Jane (Pat) Schaefer, Scott Gossens, Amy (Paul) Rydecki, Mary (James) Block, Stephanie (Scott) Rademacher, Mark Gossens, Caleb Gossens, Drew Gossens, Whitney Gossens, Josh (Natalie) Gossens, Andy (Allison) Gossens, Ryan (Michelle) Pociask, Sam Pociask, Ben Gossens, and Renae Gossens; twenty-four great-grandchildren; two brothers: Bob Koch of Appleton and Paul Koch of Little Chute; two sisters-in-law: Leah Koch and Pat Koch both of Kaukauna. Other survivors include many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

    Mary was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son Richard Gossens, a son Robert Gossens, a son-in-law Ray Weiss, grandsons Jere Gossens, Brian Havel, and Jon Gloudemans, and brothers Bud Koch and Jerome Koch.

    The funeral liturgy for Mary will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2006, at HOLY SPIRIT PARISH — 600 E. Kimberly Avenue in Kimberly with Fr. Tom Pomeroy officiating. Inurnment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Kaukauna. Friends may call directly at the church on Thursday from 3 p.m. until the hour of the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

    The family would like to extend their special thanks to Mary's many dear friends and relatives who have been at her side over the years. They include her nephew Dennis Gossens, her niece and Goddaughter Rose Boera, her dear friend Janie Waters, and her special neighbor Ruth Fuchsgruber. Thank you also to the entire staff at ThedaCare At Home — the love and care you gave to mom and our whole family will never be forgotten.

    "With a shrug and a wink, you're on your way. We love you mom."

    Jansen Fargo Funeral Home

    204 E. Kimberly Avenue

    Kimberly 920-788-6202

Helen Busch

F, b. February 2, 1904, d. June 25, 1974


Family 1: Ervin Roeder (b. March 26, 1903, d. January 8, 1989)

Family 2: George DeRosa (b. circa 1904)


  • Birth: Helen Busch was born on February 2, 1904 in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on June 25, 1974, at age 70.

Al David


Family: Judy Hartjes

Julie Kay Grissman