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Enola M Clancy

F, b. June 24, 1922, d. July 25, 2006

Parents

Family: Jerome Gerald Smits (b. March 30, 1921, d. May 19, 2006)

Biography

  • Birth: Enola M Clancy was born on June 24, 1922.
  • Marriage: She and Jerome Gerald Smits were married on July 20, 1940 in St Patrick Church, Askeaton, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Enola M Clancy died on July 25, 2006, at age 84, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin.
  • Note: July 26, 2006

    Smits, Enola M. Enola M. Smits, 84, Green Bay, passed away Tuesday morning, July 25, 2006, at her home with her daughters at her side. She was born June 24, 1922, to the late Emmet and Viola (Bain) Clancy. On July 20, 1940, she married Jerome Smits at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Askeaton, Wis. Enola was a foster parent for 30 years, as well as a woman of many talents. She loved to fish, the Packers and the Brewers.

    She is survived by her two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Roeser-Smits and Nancy (Royce) Thompson; 14 grandchildren, Jim, John, Pat, Matt, Beth, Meg, Daniel Jr., Greg, Steve, Brad, Brian, Amy, Tim and Lea; two special foster children, Cheryl and David; 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Denise Rieth, Marion Schreck; and her sisters-in-law.

    Her husband Jerome, her parents, two sons, Daniel Joseph and Richard Allen Smits, preceded her in death. Enola was further preceded in death by four brothers and one sister, Bobby, Jimmy, Jerome, Danny and Dorothy Mae.

    Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2006, at the RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 305 N. Tenth Street De Pere. Visitation will continue after 9:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family corner of Lourdes Avenue and Suburban Drive, De Pere, until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem., officiating. Burial will take place Friday afternoon at 1:45 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please go to www.ryanfh.com to express online condolences to the family.

Randall Donald Smits

M, b. December 9, 1922, d. August 14, 2011

Parents

Family: June Adams (b. June 15, 1920, d. November 20, 2014)

Biography

  • Birth: Randall Donald Smits was born on December 9, 1922.
  • Marriage: He and June Adams were married on February 14, 1942 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Randall Donald Smits died on August 14, 2011, at age 88, in Antigo, Langlade Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Randall Smits, 88, Townsend, former De Pere resident, passed away Sunday morning at an Antigo hospital, after suffering a heart attack. The son of the late Joseph and Laura "Lollie" (Terrien) Smits was born Dec. 9, 1922, in De Pere. On Feb. 14, 1922, he married the former June Adams at St. Joseph Catholic Church, De Pere.

    Randall was very active in his community. He was a Boy Scout Troop Leader in Vulcan, Mich. He loved the outdoors and loved to fish and hunt with his sons and grandchildren. Randall was happiest when he was "making wood", and his favorite tools were the chainsaw, measuring stick and level. He also had a deep appreciation for music and played French horn his entire life. He was instructor at the Green Bay Correctional Institute and led the Church Choir for many years. Mr. Smits played in the Allouez Town Band with his daughter and the DePere City Band with his grandsons. Randall had a great sense of humor and was proud of everything he did.

    Mr. Smits began in the linotype business with his father, Joseph Smits. He took over the business in the 1960's and ran it until 1986, when he turned the business, Smits Typographics, over to his two sons, Tim and Joel. Randall loved working with his sons and daughters. He was handy with machinery and could fix any kind of linotype machine. After retirement, he and his wife, June, moved to their cottage in Townsend. He assisted his neighbor (adopted son) Wayne Dobratz in his surveying business. In addition to everything else, Randall ushered for many years at Packer Games, ran the stuffing crew at the Green Bay Press Gazette, worked at Cleerman Printing and helped out his brother, Ken at the gas station. Above all else, he was a devoted family man, loved his wife, June and spending time with his children, and grandchildren.

    He is survived by his wife, June; and their children and spouses, Susan and George Foehse, Roseville,Minn. their seven kids, Randy and Lynn Smits, Green Bay, their four kids, Barb and Ken Treml, Green Bay, their two kids, Michael and Jan Smits, Newark, Ohio, their three kids, Tim and Kathy Smits, De Pere, their two kids, Beth and Joe Sanders,De Pere, four kids, Joel and Lori Smits, De Pere, two kids, Rev. Sally and Brad Terrell, Green Bay, seven kids, Mary Jo Romenesko, Green Bay, four kids, Theresa and Mark Paral, Michicot, two kids, Pam and Scott Mathewson, De Pere, three kids, Holly Ann "Bear" Smits, Townsend; one sister, Sister Eileen, Tulca, Chile; one brother, Elwood and Laurel Smits, Riverside, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Earl Carter, and 57 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents; two children, Peter Brian and Eileen May; one son-in-law, Jerry "Romy" Romenesko; two grandchildren, Timothy Sanders and Peter Paremski; one great-granddaughter, Ally Romenesko; his siblings, Kenny and Harriet Smits, Jerome and Enola Smits, Rita Carter, and Ruth Smits.

    Family and friends may call at RYAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 305 North Tenth Street, De Pere from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 (TODAY). Visitation will continue after 9 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family, Lourdes Avenue at Suburban Drive until time of service. Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Father Tim Shillcox, O. Praem, officiating. Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send on line condolences to the Smits family. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established.


    Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from August 15 to August 16, 2011.

June Adams

F, b. June 15, 1920, d. November 20, 2014

Family: Randall Donald Smits (b. December 9, 1922, d. August 14, 2011)

Biography

  • Birth: June Adams was born on June 15, 1920 in Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa Co, Michigan.
  • Marriage: She and Randall Donald Smits were married on February 14, 1942 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: June Adams died on November 20, 2014, at age 94, in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin.
  • Note: With her family by her side, June Smits joined her loving husband, Randall, in heaven on November 20, 2014. June was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to Edna and Arthur Adams on June 15, 1920. As a child her family moved often, finally settling in the Green Bay area.

    June attended Nicolet High School in De Pere where she met the love of her life, Randall Smits. While in high school she was a cheerleader, a member of the chorus, and helped paint scenery for school plays. She briefly played the violin as a child, and later in life learned to play the piano.

    June and Randall were married on Feb. 14, 1942 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, De Pere and celebrated 68 wonderful years together.

    With her kind heart and healing hands, June found her true vocation as a wife and mother, giving birth to 14 children. June and Randall made their home a welcoming place for everyone, always making their children's friends feel like part of the family. They were also foster parents. June loved nature and had amazing vegetable and flower gardens. June was very spiritual and passed on her strong faith to her children. After her children were grown, June became an accomplished artist. She did beautifully detailed pencil sketches of her grandchildren. She also did portraits and other subject matter in oil and acrylic paints and pastels.

    June is survived by her 12 children Susan (George) Foehse, Randy (Lynn) Smits, Barb (Ken) Treml, Mike (Jan) Smits, Tim (Kathy) Smits, Beth (Joe) Sanders, Joel (Lori) Smits, Sally (Brad) Terrell, Mary Jo Romenesko and fiancé Ken Clark, Theresa (Mark) Paral, Pam (Scott) Mathewson, Holly "Cuddly Bear" Smits, 39 Grandchildren, 68 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, infant daughter Eileen Mary, infant son Peter Brian, her parents, her brother Art, her sister Vivian, her sister Beth and two grandsons Tim Sanders and Peter Paremski.

    Friends and family may call at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family, Lourdes Avenue at Suburban Drive from 9:00 am on Saturday, November 23, 2014 until the time of the service. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday at the church with Father Tim Shillcox, O. Praem, officiating. Burial in Mt Calvary Cemetery. Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send on line condolences to the Smits family. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established.

    The family wishes to thank all the ANGELS at Angels Touch Assisted Living and Heartland Hospice Care for the compassionate and loving care they gave our mother, and for being there for her when we weren't able to be there. Because of you, our mother's last years were filled with love, kindness and dignity. Thank you all so much! A special thank you to our sister Pam and her family for taking Mom into their home the day our father died, comforting her and making their home hers until she moved to assisted living; and our brother Tim and his family for taking care of our mother just like Dad would have.

Eileen Mary Smits

F, b. August 13, 1953, d. October 19, 1953

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Eileen Mary Smits was born on August 13, 1953.
  • Death: She died on October 19, 1953, at age 0.
  • Burial: She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin.

Peter Brian Smits

M, b. May 7, 1956, d. May 8, 1956

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Peter Brian Smits was born on May 7, 1956.
  • Death: He died on May 8, 1956, at age 0.
  • Burial: He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin.

Rita June Smits

F, b. November 13, 1925, d. June 15, 2009

Parents

Family: Earl F Carter (b. July 15, 1923, d. February 7, 2015)

St John High School Yearbook 1944

Biography

  • Birth: Rita June Smits was born on November 13, 1925 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Earl F Carter were married on June 14, 1947 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Rita June Smits died on June 15, 2009, at age 83.
  • Note: August 26, 2009


    Carter, Rita June


    Rita J. Carter, 83, Watertown, Wis., formerly of Delafield, Wis. and Mission, Texas, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2009, at Watertown Regional Medical Center. Rita was born on Nov. 13, 1925, in De Pere, daughter of Joseph and Laura (Terrien) Smits. On June 14, 1947, she married Earl F. Carter at the National Shrine of St. Joseph Catholic Church in De Pere. Rita had been a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

    Survivors include her husband, Earl; children, Glenn Carter, Fort Atkinson; Thomas Carter, Mobile, Ala.; James (Jaclyn) Carter, Waterloo; Eileen Mary (Neil) Mooers, Delafield; Margaret Ann (Dr. Craig) Mullen, Rochester, N.Y.; and Paul (Angelique) Carter, Oconomowoc; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Randall (June) Smits, Townsend; and Elwood (Laurel) Smits, Riverside, Calif.; a sister, Sister Eileen Smits, Chile, South America; also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Jerome Smits; one sister Ruth Smits.
  • Graduation: She graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1944.

Earl F Carter

M, b. July 15, 1923, d. February 7, 2015

Parents

Family: Rita June Smits (b. November 13, 1925, d. June 15, 2009)

Biography

  • Birth: Earl F Carter was born on July 15, 1923 in Town of Rockland, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Rita June Smits were married on June 14, 1947 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Earl F Carter died on February 7, 2015, at age 91, in Watertown, Jefferson Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: WATERTOWN - Earl F. Carter, age 91, passed away on Saturday February 7, 2015 at UW Health Partners, Watertown Regional Medical Center.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. Bernard's Catholic Church with Father Scott Jablonski celebrating. Innichment will be in the parish cemetery, with Military Graveside Rites. Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Bernard's Catholic Church, would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made to svfuneralhome.com.

    Earl Francis Carter was born on July 15, 1923 in Town of Rockland, DePere, WI, the son of Earl and Ethel (Van Dreel) Carter. He served in the Marine Corp in the Pacific Theater during WWII. On June 14, 1947 he married the former Rita J. Smits in DePere, Wisconsin and she preceded him in death on June 15, 2009. Earl had been employed by the Milwaukee Journal Company, in the printing department.

    Earl was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and a former member of the Dousman Derby Dancer, where he and Rita spent many memorable hours, square dancing.

    Earl is survived by his children Glenn Carter, Tom Carter, James (Jaclyn) Carter, Margaret (Craig) Mullen and Paul (Angelique) Carter, a son in law Neil Mooers, seventeen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, other relatives and friends. He is further preceded in death by a daughter Eileen Mooers, his parents and a sister Delores Jones.

Ellwood Earl Smits

M, b. July 22, 1929, d. July 16, 2015

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Ellwood Earl Smits was born on July 22, 1929.
  • Death: He died on July 16, 2015, at age 85, in Riverside, California.
  • Note: Ellwood Earl Smits "Smitty" was born in West De Pere Wisconsin on July 22, 1929. He died of natural causes on July 16, 2015 and is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Smitty was the son of the late Joseph and Laura Smits of West De Pere. He moved with his family to Riverside California in 1962, where he remained until his death. His hobbies were camping, spending time with family, watching John Wayne Movies, horseback riding and deep sea fishing. He is survived by his wife Laurel Smits; his sons David Smits, Michael Smits, Stewart Smits; daughters Lynn Hamon (Smits), and Heidi Smits; fourteen grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A funeral was held in Riverside California at the Acheson and Graham Mortuary. His burial will be at the family cemetery in Brussels Wisconsin. There will be a service at the grave site at Three o'clock on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Friends and family are invited to attend. The Geise Cemetery is located at 8378 County K in Door County, just south of Southern Door High School.



    Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on July 31, 2015.

Leonard Smits

M, b. November 6, 1897, d. October 24, 1979

Parents

Family: Harriet Linssen (b. May 4, 1901, d. July 13, 1938)

Biography

  • Birth: Leonard Smits was born on November 6, 1897 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Harriet Linssen were married in 1935.
  • Death: Leonard Smits died on October 24, 1979, at age 81.
  • Burial: He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin.

Harriet Linssen

F, b. May 4, 1901, d. July 13, 1938

Parents

Family: Leonard Smits (b. November 6, 1897, d. October 24, 1979)

Biography

  • Birth: Harriet Linssen was born on May 4, 1901 in Bellevue, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Leonard Smits were married in 1935.
  • Death: Harriet Linssen died on July 13, 1938, at age 37, in Allouez, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Antoinetta Smits

F, b. November 12, 1899, d. 1968

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Antoinetta Smits was born on November 12, 1899 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died in 1968, at age ~69.
  • Burial: She was buried in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, De Pere, Wisconsin.

Rose M Smits

F, b. March 5, 1902, d. March 2, 1990

Parents

Family: Elmer Vercauteren (b. February 1, 1906, d. December 16, 1962)

Biography

  • Birth: Rose M Smits was born on March 5, 1902 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on March 2, 1990, at age 87.
  • Burial: She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin.

Elmer Vercauteren

M, b. February 1, 1906, d. December 16, 1962

Parents

Family: Rose M Smits (b. March 5, 1902, d. March 2, 1990)

Biography

  • Birth: Elmer Vercauteren was born on February 1, 1906 in Ashwaubenon, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on December 16, 1962, at age 56, in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin.

Donald Joseph Vercauteren

M, b. November 12, 1926, d. September 13, 1990

Parents

Family: Mary Rose Richer (b. August 3, 1925, d. December 1, 2010)

Biography

  • Birth: Donald Joseph Vercauteren was born on November 12, 1926 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on September 13, 1990, at age 63, in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin.

Gerald Vercauteren

M, b. January 25, 1930, d. December 5, 2009

Parents

Family: Carol Schadrie (b. September 25, 1931, d. December 30, 2002)

Biography

  • Birth: Gerald Vercauteren was born on January 25, 1930 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Carol Schadrie were married on June 6, 1953 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Gerald Vercauteren died on December 5, 2009, at age 79, in Ashwaubenon, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: December 7, 2009


    Vercauteren, Gerald "Jerry"


    Gerald "Jerry" Vercauteren, 79, Ashwaubenon, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday morning, Dec. 5, 2009. The son of the late Elmer and Rose (Smits) Vercauteren was born Jan. 25, 1930, in De Pere. On June 6, 1953, he married the former Carol Schadrie at St. Boniface Catholic Church in De Pere, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 30, 2002. Gerald served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

    Jerry worked as a truck driver most of his life, driving for Green Bay Chicago Lines, Clairmont Transfer and Gross Trucking. He was an active member of the Ashwaubenon Retired Firefighters, where he loved spending time with his friends, especially playing cards and cooking for the guys. He was also a member of the Moose Club in Ashwaubenon.

    He loved going up north to his cottage and playing cards with his friends and family. Jerry loved golfing, fishing and watching football, especially the Green Bay Packers. His most treasured time was with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a loving and caring Dad and Grandpa, and a treasured friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

    Survivors include one son, Terry (Liz) Vercauteren; one daughter, Vickie (Scott) Retrum; five grandchildren, Andrea (Matt) Havlovitz, Jessica (Mark) Schmoll, Erica Vercauteren, Alisha Retrum, Nate Retrum; two great-grandchildren, Laney and Cali Havlovitz.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol; one sister and three brothers.

    Family and friends may call at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 305 North Tenth Street, De Pere, from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009. Visitation will continue after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, corner of Oneida Street and Cormier Road, Ashwaubenon, until time of service. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Father John Becker, officiating. U.S. Army Veteran Burial Rites will be held immediately after Mass. Entombment will be in Allouez Mausoleum. Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the Vercauteren Family.

    A memorial fund for American Heart Association has been established.

    The Vercauteren family extends a sincere thank you to Dr. Fuchs for his care and concern over the years.

Eloise Vercauteren

F, b. March 8, 1932, d. October 19, 2000

Parents

Family: Roger Walter Peters (b. May 25, 1929, d. August 13, 1995)

Biography

  • Birth: Eloise Vercauteren was born on March 8, 1932 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Roger Walter Peters were married on May 29, 1950 in Laona, Forest Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Eloise Vercauteren died on October 19, 2000, at age 68, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wood Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin.

Ralph I Vercauteren

M, b. 1928, d. 1940

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Ralph I Vercauteren was born in 1928.
  • Death: He died in 1940, at age ~12.
  • Burial: He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, DePere, Wisconsin.

Theresa Smits

F, b. May 3, 1904, d. January 27, 1998

Parents

Family: Gustav P Reinhold (b. January 17, 1908, d. August 1984)

Biography

  • Birth: Theresa Smits was born on May 3, 1904 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on January 27, 1998, at age 93.

Gustav P Reinhold

M, b. January 17, 1908, d. August 1984

Family: Theresa Smits (b. May 3, 1904, d. January 27, 1998)

Biography

  • Birth: Gustav P Reinhold was born on January 17, 1908.
  • Death: He died in August 1984, at age 76.

Gustav R Reinhold

M, b. May 16, 1931, d. February 10, 2010

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Gustav R Reinhold was born on May 16, 1931 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Barbara Ann Slye were married on July 7, 1957 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Gustav R Reinhold died on February 10, 2010, at age 78, in Texas.
  • Burial: He was buried in Fort Howard Memorial Park, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Note: February 22, 2010

    Reinhold, Gustaf R. "Gus"

    Gustaf R. "Gus" Reinhold, 78, Texas, formerly of Green Bay, died Feb.10, 2010. He was born May 16, 1931, in De Pere to Gustav P. and Theresa (Smits) Reinhold. Gus attended St. Mary Catholic Grade School, De Pere from 1937 to 1942 when the family moved to Green Bay. There, he attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Grade School through eighth grade and Washington Junior High School for the first semester of 1944. After the family moved back to De Pere in 1945, he transferred to East De Pere High School from where he graduated in 1949. After graduating, Gus opened Reinhold Sign Service in the lower level of Gross Motors in West De Pere on June 1, 1949. When Mr. Gross required the space to display farm equipment in the summer of 1951, Gus moved his shop to the Nicolet Airport, east of De Pere. He continued sign making there until joining the U.S. Army in March of 1951.

    After basic training at Schofield Barracks and advanced training in landline telephone work at Fort Shafter, both in Oahu, Hawaii, Gus taught in the Signal Corps Communications School and made visual training aids and posters for the school. During his tour of duty, Gus operated Reinhold Sign Service "part time" in a building attached to a gas station in Honolulu.

    Gus returned to Green Bay in May, 1954, and set up shop in the old fire station on Pearl Street. Shortly thereafter, his father joined him in the business. In 1968, Gus left Reinhold Sign Service to start a new shop named Sportland Sign Company. In 1980, he re-named it, The Signery.

    On July 7, 1957, Gus and Barbara Ann "Happy" Slye were married at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Happy and Gus enjoyed traveling very much. In the early 1960's they converted an old Ford school bus into a colorful motor home they named the "Purple People Sleeper." In August 1993, Happy bought a tiny Allegro Motor home and they traveled in it every chance they got.

    Gus and Happy were instrumental in starting Emergency Rescue Squad of Howard-Suamico. He also volunteered there as a radio communications officer. Gus was a lector and Eucharistic minister at his beloved St. John the Baptist Parish in Howard. He was also a song leader in the '70s and '80s. Gus was a former Scout leader for the Webelos. After retiring to Texas, he became involved with Habitat for Humanity and the Kreative Kids Workshop.

    Survivors include four children and their spouses, Rhonda Lee and Dennis Wagner, Luxemburg; Scott and Rhonda Reinhold, Casco; Rory and Amy Reinhold, Abrams; Kellie and Matt Haszard, Lincoln, Nebraska; grandchildren, Robert (fiance, Jamie Krause) Wagner, Ryan (fiance, Kelly Ziemer) Wagner, Ricky Wagner, April Wagner, Amanda Reinhold, Jake Reinhold, Adam Reinhold, Quinton Frohlich, Hayden Reinhold, Spenser Haszard, Mckenzie Haszard, Abigail Haszard, Emma Haszard; one brother and sister-in-law, Conrad and Karen Reinhold; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Ruth Gage, Clarella and Jack Kiesgen, Trudy Bloemer, her friend, Bud Mayville; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bert and Beverly Slye; many nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; his parents and three brothers-in-law, John "Jack" Gage, James Poole and Richard "Dick" Bloemer.

    The family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 1, 2010, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2597 Glendale Ave., Howard. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, March 1, 2010, with Rev. John Bergstadt officiating. Military honors will follow the church services. Burial will be in Fort Howard Memorial Park. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please visit www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com. A memorial fund has been established.

Ruth Reinhold

F

Parents

George Smits

M, b. August 15, 1906, d. May 1985

Parents

Family: Julia Holland (b. circa 1906)

Biography

  • Birth: George Smits was born on August 15, 1906 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died in May 1985, at age 78.

Julia Holland

F, b. circa 1906

Family: George Smits (b. August 15, 1906, d. May 1985)

Biography

  • Birth: Julia Holland was born circa 1906.

Harold Smits

M, b. December 22, 1908, d. March 22, 2002

Parents

Family: Irene M Hudson (b. February 1, 1913, d. July 13, 2009)

Biography

  • Birth: Harold Smits was born on December 22, 1908 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Irene M Hudson were married on May 3, 1934.
  • Death: Harold Smits died on March 22, 2002, at age 93.

Irene M Hudson

F, b. February 1, 1913, d. July 13, 2009

Parents

Family: Harold Smits (b. December 22, 1908, d. March 22, 2002)

Biography

  • Birth: Irene M Hudson was born on February 1, 1913 in Cudahy, Milwaukee Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Harold Smits were married on May 3, 1934.
  • Death: Irene M Hudson died on July 13, 2009, at age 96.
  • Burial: She was buried in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: July 15, 2009


    Smits, Irene M.


    Irene M. Smits, 96, De Pere, passed away Monday, July 13, 2009, at a local nursing home.

    She was born February 1, 1913, in Cudahy, WI, daughter to the late Milton and Anna (Kissinger) Hudson.

    She married Harold Z. "Dutch" Smits on May 3, 1934, and he preceded her in death on March 22, 2002.

    Irene worked as a waitress for the Town and Country Club for many years, and later in the kitchen for the East De Pere School District.

    She was a fantastic sewer, cook and baker, especially her breads, cakes, and cookies. Irene volunteered her time helping out at funerals in the kitchen and singing in the church choir.

    Survivors include her two daughters, Bonnie C. (Mike) Brosteau, De Pere, and Mary Kay (Chuck) Gabriel, Naperville, Il; daughter-in-law, Sandy (Tom) Smits, Green Bay; four grandchildren, Sherrie (Mike) Schoen, Kim (Jim) Appleton; Scott (Mary) Brosteau, and Amy (Tim) Grovogel; nine great-grandchildren, Devin and Heather Schoen, Mason, Gabrielle, and Nolan, Appleton; Mitchell and Kirstyn Brosteau, Kennedy and Sawyer Grovogel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Tom; three brothers, Alfred, Lester, and Milton, Jr.; and one sister, Ellen.

    Family and friends may call Friday, July 17, 2009, from 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Community, Pope John XXIII Circle, off Sportsman Dr., town of Ledgeview. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday at church, with the Rev. John H. Harper officiating. Entombment will be in Allouez Mausoleum. Cotter Funeral Home, De Pere, 336-8702, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cotterfuneralhome.com.

    In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established in Irene's name.

    Irene's family would like to extend a special thank you to the "Angels" in the Special Care Unit at Woodside Lutheran Home.