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Laura Nieling

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Julie Anne Mertes

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Drucilla (Trudi) Risse

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Biography

  • Birth: Drucilla (Trudi) Risse was born on March 9, 1919 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Floyd Francis Bay were married on April 1, 1940 in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa.
  • Death: Drucilla (Trudi) Risse died on December 6, 2006, at age 87, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: December 24, 2006

    Bay, Drucilla "Trudy" Drucilla "Trudy" Bay passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2006, after a short illness at St. Paul Elder Care Facility, Kaukauna. She was born on March 9, 1919, to the late Ed and Martha Risse. Like those of her generation, our mother faced tremendous challenges early in life. Throughout those times, she displayed an irrepressible energy and positive attitude that would serve her well throughout life. It is not surprising that she met our father, Floyd, and his two left feet at the Rainbow Gardens, for she loved to dance and sing an occasional tune.

    She is survived by sons: Buck (Bruce) and wife Jackie, St. Louis, MO; Dan and wife Deborah, San Rafael, CA; Scott (Michael), Minneapolis, MN; Tom, Kaukauna; and daughter Debra and her husband Wayne Nighorn, Pulaski, WI; sister, Lucille, De Pere; and a sister-in-law, Ellie Bay, Asuncion, Paraguay. Additionally, 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews survive her.

    Besides her parents, husband Floyd and brother Harold preceded her in death.

    The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the floor staff at the St. Paul Elder Services, a truly outstanding organization, for their kind and compassionate treatment during our mother's brief stay. We wish to gratefully acknowledge Dr. Danz, Kaukauna Medical Clinic, and Dr. Aristiqueta, Fox Valley Pulmonary Medicine and their staffs. Their compassion for our mother was simply amazing. Heartfelt thanks goes to other special folks, Joyce and Robin for the hickory nuts, baked goods and homemade soups and dishes that she enjoyed. To all the fine people at Kaukauna Cheese for the charity lunches that provided meals for her. To Karen, Betty, Stub, Dan and Ann, and Billy for all their help over the years. To the Lill family who adopted her as theirs, sharing their lives with her. She was extremely fond of the visits, cards, and letters that she constantly received as well as the many treats.

    A special thanks to Kathy who every day made sure our mother was comfortable and well provided. A very special thanks to Nancy, who over the years, provided care in a very kind, thoughtful manner. She was always there for our mother and, most importantly, developed a relationship which evolved into a very close friendship that she cherished.

    Our mother came into this life as a humble person, and it was her desire to leave as a humble person. To those who knew her, she was truly a gracious person, who never put herself first. We all admired her for her unselfishness.

    As were her wishes, there will be no funeral. However, the family extends an invitation to the friends of our mother and of the family to attend a memorial gathering at Van Abel's of Hollandtown to celebrate her life on Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. This day is most fitting as it falls on Mother's Day weekend honoring her legacy as a loving, caring and outstanding mother.

    Those wishing further information about this event can call 920-759-4423 or e-mail baysyde@hotmail.com .

Margaret Rae DuFrane

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Linda Lee (Lynn) DuFrane

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Pamela Jean DuFrane

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Kim Marie DuFrane

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Scott Kenneth Dufrane

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Mark Edward Bachhuber

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Thomas George Peters

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Randy James Cramer

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Joan Marie Belling

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Family 2: Mark Ross

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Mary Sonnleitner

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Family: Levi Albert Dufrane (b. June 22, 1916, d. April 17, 2000)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary Sonnleitner was born on March 20, 1919 in Michigan.
  • Marriage: She and Levi Albert Dufrane were married on September 14, 1936 in Sacred Heart Church, Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Mary Sonnleitner died on September 13, 2008, at age 89.
  • Burial: She was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: September 14, 2008

    Dufrane, Mary C. "Mitzi"
    Mary DuFrane, Appleton, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at Manor Care. She was born March 20, 1919, in Kingsley, Michigan, the daughter of the late Charles and Agnes (Nowak) Sonnleitner. On Sept. 14, 1936, she married Levi DuFrane at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Appleton. Mitzi was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Legion of Mary. Following Levi's retirement, they were active as house parents in area group homes. She enjoyed crafts, needlework, word puzzles, writing poetry, and most of all, spending time with her family. Mitzi had a great sense of humor, was always ready to tell a joke and loved to see others smile.
    She is survived by her children, Janice (Gordon) Huolihan, Appleton; David (Yvonne) DuFrane, Townsend; Roger (Barbara) DuFrane, Black Creek; Dennis (Mary) DuFrane, Kaukauna, and Sandra (Russell) Hoppe, Appleton; daughter-in-law, Inez DuFrane, Appleton; 18 grandchildren: 46 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Edward Sonnleitner, Menasha; sisters-in-law, Brownie Sonnleitner, Appleton and Magel Sonnleitner, Appleton. Mitzi is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi DuFrane; her son, Thomas DuFrane; granddaughter, Brenda DuFrane; three great-grandchildren, Lydia, Kyle and Cole DuFrane; brothers, Karl, Harold, Rollie, Frank, Joseph (twin brother), Adolph and Lawrence Sonnleitner and her sister, Helen Maahs.
    The funeral liturgy for Mitzi will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH, 222 E. Fremont St., Appleton with Fr. Norm Krutzik officiating. Entombment will take place at Highland Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at the Wichmann Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of mass. A prayer service will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Manor Care Recreation Department are appreciated.
    The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Robert Fox and the staff at Manor Care for their love and care.
    When I'm gone,
    Remember me with song,
    love and laughter,
    that's the way
    I'll remember you all.
    If you remember me
    with tears and sorrow,
    don't remember
    me at all.
    I love you all.
    Mom
    Wichmann Funeral Home
    537 N. Superior St.
    Appleton 920-739-1231
    Online condolences
    www.wichmannfargo.com.

Joan Martin

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Family: Harold Noel Dufrane (b. September 9, 1922, d. November 27, 2006)

Joseph Sparzinski

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Edward DuFrane

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Cathrine P Unknown

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Carol J DuFrane

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Keith James Schommer

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Lisa Ann Schommer

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Stacey Jean Cramer

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Matthew James Cramer

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Stephanie Cramer

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America