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Francis X DeGroot

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Family 1: Lois Bestler

Family 2: Delores C Unknown (b. August 26, 1921, d. June 4, 1967)

Lois Bestler

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Leona A DeGroot

F, b. August 6, 1916, d. January 23, 2016

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  • Birth: Leona A DeGroot was born on August 6, 1916 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Lawrence M Speel were married on October 5, 1940 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Leona A DeGroot died on January 23, 2016, at age 99.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Speel, Leona A.

    Age 99 of Appleton, passed away early Saturday morning, January 23, 2016 at St. Paul Elder Services. Leona was born in Little Chute on August 6, 1916, daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Habermann) DeGroot. Leona attended school in Little Chute and Appleton, and served as the secretary for the first full-time Appleton District Attorney. On October 5, 1940, Leona married Lawrence M. Speel. He preceded her in death in 1994.

    Leona lived her Catholic faith and was devoted to her six children, twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Leona is survived by her children: Lawrence F. Speel of Duluth, Minnesota; Mary Ann Speel of Appleton; Susan (Gerald) Hamill of Burnsville, Minnesota; Barbara (Michael) Matter of Appleton; Geralynn (Howard) DeCleene of Appleton; and Michael (Lavern) Speel of Green Bay. Her grandchildren are: Steven Hamill, Sarah (Hamill) Haase, Deborah Hamill, Andrea Matter, Michael Matter, Matthew DeCleene, Christopher DeCleene, Kathryn DeCleene, Rachel Speel, Nicholas Speel, Anthony Speel and Stephanie Speel. Her great-grandchildren are Elizabeth and William Hamill, Meagan and Blake Haase, Josephine and Charlotte Allen, Everett and Eva Matter, and Morgan DeCleene.

    Leona is survived by two siblings: Francis (Lois) DeGroot of Appleton and Florence Duca of Pewaukee. Preceding her in death are Leona's siblings Lucile Kolosso, Sister Madeline DeGroot, James DeGroot, Daniel DeGroot and Leslie DeGroot, as well as Lawrence's siblings Isabelle (Speel) Tesch and Henry Speel.

    The funeral liturgy for Leona will be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 500 W. Marquette Street in Appleton, with Fr. Thomas J. Farrell officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Family members and friends are invited to gather at the church on Tuesday morning from 9:30 AM until the hour of the service.

    For more information or to share a memory of Leona, please visit www.wichmannfargo.com.

Lawrence M Speel

M, b. December 2, 1914, d. August 19, 1994

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  • Birth: Lawrence M Speel was born on December 2, 1914 in Town of Buchanan, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Leona A DeGroot were married on October 5, 1940 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Lawrence M Speel died on August 19, 1994, at age 79, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Source: Appleton Post Crescent Obituary

    Sunday, August 21, 1994

    Lawrence M. Speel
    Appleton

    Age 79, died Friday, August 9, 1994. He was born December 2, 1914 in the Town of Buchanan to the late Fred and Susan [Monyett] Speel. On October 5, 1940 he married Leona DeGroot in Appleton. He was an active member of St. Bernard Catholic Church. Lowrence worked at Secura Insurance Co. for 32 years, where he was vice president and controller and served as chief financial officer. He retired on March 25, 1983. Larence was an avid Cubs and Bears fan.

    Survivors include his wife, Leona; four daughters, Mary Ann Speel, Appleton; Susan [Gerald] Hamill, Eau Claire; Barbara [Michael] Matter, Appleton and Geralynn [Howard] DeClleene, Appleton; two sons, Lawrence F. Speel, Milwaukee, and Michael [Lavern] Speel, Green Bay; 12 grandchildren, Steven, Sarah and Deborah Hamill; Andrea and Michael Matter; Matthew, Christopher and Kathryn DeCleene, and Rachel, Nicholas, Anthony and Stephanie Speel. He is also survived by brothers in-law and sisters in-law.

    Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Henry, and a sister, Isabella Tesch.

    The mass of the resurrection will be Tuesday, August 23, 1994 at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 1617 W. Pine St., Appleton, with Father Thomas Farrell officiating. Friends may call at the Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior St., Monday from 4-8 p.m. and directly at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of mass. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home on Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Madeline (Sister Magdeline) DeGroot

F, b. February 18, 1918, d. March 29, 2008

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Biography

  • Birth: Madeline (Sister Magdeline) DeGroot was born on February 18, 1918 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on March 29, 2008, at age 90, in Huntington, Huntington Co, Indiana.
  • Occupation: She was an O.L.V.M.
  • Note: Sister DeGroot was born to Frank and Anna Habermann DeGroot on February 18, 1918 in Little Chute, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her sister, Lucille DeGroot and two brothers: Leslie DeGroot and Daniel DeGroot. Survivors are two sisters Leona DeGroot Speel of Appleton, WI and Florence DeGroot Duca of Racine, WI, two brothers Francis DeGroot of Appleton, WI and James Degroot of Greenville, WI. Sister Neff entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters on September 3, 1935 and made first vows on August 21, 1938. She served in the missions in Indiana, California, Utah, Colorado, New Jersey, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Florida and Wisconsin. She retired at Victory Noll in 2000.

Florence DeGroot

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Family: Darol Duca

Darol Duca

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Daniel J DeGroot

M, b. April 2, 1922, d. December 31, 1973

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Biography

  • Birth: Daniel J DeGroot was born on April 2, 1922 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on December 31, 1973, at age 51.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: SOURCE: APPLETON POST CRESCENT OBITUARY
    Tuesday, January 2, 1973

    Daniel J. De Groot

    Age 50, passed away 4:30 a.m. Sunday following a short illness. He was born April 21, 1922 in Little Chute and has lived in Appleton most of his life. He was employed at the U.S. Postal Service, and was a veteran of World War II.

    Survivors include his father, Frank, Appleton; two brothers, Francis and James, both of Appleton; four sisters, Mrs. Michael [Lucille] Kolosso, and Mrs. Lawrence [Leona] Speel, both of Appleton; Sister Madeline O.L.V.M., Huntington, Indiana; Mrs. Darrell [Florence] Duca, Racine, Wisconsin.

    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may call at the Brettschneider-Trettin Funeral Home after 3 p.m. Tuesday until time of services. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Linda L Studie

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Wayne Kons

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Robert Kons

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Buddy Kons

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Crystal Kons

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Clarence V (Mike) Vandenberg

M, b. January 9, 1914, d. June 4, 1995

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Family: Lorraine E Gonnering (b. August 13, 1919, d. March 14, 2014)

Biography

  • Birth: Clarence V (Mike) Vandenberg was born on January 9, 1914 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Lorraine E Gonnering were married on August 10, 1939 in St Nicholas Church, Freedom, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Clarence V (Mike) Vandenberg died on June 4, 1995, at age 81, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Michael J Vandenberg

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Joanne Ann Geenen

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Vionne Vandenberg

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Lois Vandenberg

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Robert Richard ("Beaver Greiner") Greiner

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Todd Greiner

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Jacob Barbian

M, b. November 27, 1812, d. February 24, 1899

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Family: Maria Catharina Weber (b. March 10, 1813, d. February 24, 1899)

Biography

  • Birth: Jacob Barbian was born on November 27, 1812 in Weiskirchen, Saarland, Germany.
  • Death: He died on February 24, 1899, at age 86, in Wisconsin.

Alvin Vandenberg

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Family: Leona Brown (b. May 5, 1929, d. October 5, 2013)

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America

Leona Brown

F, b. May 5, 1929, d. October 5, 2013

Biography

  • Birth: Leona Brown was born on May 5, 1929.
  • Marriage: She was married on May 25, 1954 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on October 5, 2013, at age 84.
  • Note: Leona "Yoni" (Brown) Vandenberg, age 84, of De Pere, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2013. She was born May 5, 1929 to Edwin and Elinora (Reschke) Brown. Leona attended De Pere High School. On May 25, 1954, she married Alvin Vandenberg. She worked as a telephone operator, and a cook at Odd Fellows Home, Corner Cafe and McDonald's. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, cooking and baking. Leona was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenleaf.

    Survivors include her husband, Al; children: Dan, Sue and Dennis Vandenberg; brothers and sister: Harvey (Loretta) Brown, Nancy Verheyen and Richard (Gail) Brown; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Sr. Germaine Vandenberg and Leo (Merry Jo) Vandenberg; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as special family members: Sheryl, Tim, Courtney and Christopher Biersteker.

    Leona was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Leo (Veronica) Brown.

    A private memorial service will be held for the family. Cotter Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences at www.cotterfuneralhome.com

    The family would like to thank the staff of St. Vincent Hospital for the exceptional care they gave Leona during her final weeks.