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Nicole L Verbeten

F, b. July 7, 1976, d. October 29, 1993

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Biography

  • Birth: Nicole L Verbeten was born on July 7, 1976 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on October 29, 1993, at age 17.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Mary's, Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Caroline Verbeten

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

James Gerald Verbeten

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Michael Verbeten

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  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Sharon Demerath

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Family: Leon Zellner

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Leon Zellner

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Elmer VanderVelden

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Lorraine Verheyden

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Travis W Romenesko

M, b. September 28, 1971, d. February 6, 2003

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Biography

  • Birth: Travis W Romenesko was born on September 28, 1971 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on February 6, 2003, at age 31, in Virginia.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Karl VanderHeijden

M, b. May 1, 1910, d. November 8, 1910

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Biography

  • Birth: Karl VanderHeijden was born on May 1, 1910.
  • Death: He died on November 8, 1910, at age 0, in Uden, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.

Terry Abts

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Eileen VanderVelden

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Family: Patrick C Smith (b. March 17, 1921, d. February 13, 2013)

Gretchen Reisinger

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Family: James Daul

Joyce Daul

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Family: John Fluty

John Fluty

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Family: Joyce Daul

Amy Lynn VandenOever

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Family: Ryan Lemke

  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Eugene John Bevers

M, b. September 15, 1922, d. July 30, 1997

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St John High School Yearbook 1940

Biography

  • Birth: Eugene John Bevers was born on September 15, 1922 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on July 30, 1997, at age 74, in Indianapolis, Marion Co, Indiana.
  • Graduation: He graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1940.

Kenneth Cornelius

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Clarence E VandenHeuvel

M, b. May 12, 1921, d. September 5, 1943

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St John High School Yearbook 1940

Biography

  • Birth: Clarence E VandenHeuvel was born on May 12, 1921.
  • Death: He died in WWII.
  • Death: He died on September 5, 1943, at age 22, in Palm Springs, Riverside Co, California.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Sept. 7, 1943
    Soldier Succumbs in California
    Little Chute - Private Clarence Vanden Heuvel, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A Vanden Heuvel, 134 W. Willow street, Little Chute, died Sunday morning at a hospital in Palm Springs, Calif., of pneumonia. He had been serving in the armed forces for 10 months and recently was on duty in the California desert. He was a graduate of St. John High school in 1940, and was also the assistant basketball coach.
    Survivors are the parents, two brothers, Seaman First Class James Vanden Heuvel, stationed in San Franciscao, Calif., and Corporal Robert Vanden Heuvel at Camp Campbell, Ky.; one sister, Mrs. Victor Van Vreede, Little Chute, whose husband is also stationed at Camp Campbell, Ky.
    The body will be sent to Little chute and the funeral arrangements will be made later. The rosary will be said at 7:30 each evening at St. John church until the arrival of the body. He was the first Little Chute man to die in the armed services in the present war.

    Sept. 8, 1943
    Military Rites to Be Held Monday for Little Chute Soldier
    Military funeral services for Private Clarence Vanden Heuvel, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. VandenHeuvel, Little Chute, who died Sunday morning of pneumonia in a hospital in Palm Springs, Calif., will be held at 9 o'clock Monday morning at St. John Catholic church, Little Chute, with the Rev. J. J. Sprangers in charge. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery chapel, Appleton.
    The body will arrive from California Saturday morning and will be at the Verkuilen Funeral home at Little Chute.
    Private VandenHeuvel had been serving in the armed forces for 10 months and recently was on duty in the California desert. He was a graduate of St. John High school in 1940 and also was the assistant basketball coach. He was the first Little Chute man to die in the armed forces in the present war.
  • Graduation: He graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1940.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Cletus Hurst

M, b. May 22, 1922, d. March 24, 1986

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Family: Gertrude Steers (b. May 18, 1922, d. March 26, 2010)

St John High School Yearbook 1941

Biography

  • Birth: Cletus Hurst was born on May 22, 1922.
  • Marriage: He and Gertrude Steers were married on October 5, 1942.
  • Death: Cletus Hurst died on March 24, 1986, at age 63, in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.
  • Graduation: He graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1941.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Clifford A Karrels

M, b. May 24, 1922, d. October 28, 2016

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Family 1: Joan Elliot Stannard (b. June 30, 1929, d. January 17, 1977)

Family 2: Gerladine Harriet Sixel (b. January 31, 1920, d. May 13, 2006)

St John High School Yearbook 1940

Biography

  • Birth: Clifford A Karrels was born on May 24, 1922 in Port Washington, Ozaukee Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Joan Elliot Stannard were married on May 30, 1952 in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: Clifford A Karrels and Gerladine Harriet Sixel were married on June 15, 1979 in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Clifford A Karrels died on October 28, 2016, at age 94, in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: May 14, 1945
    Army Newspaper Tells Story of Liberated Little Chute Flier
    More details of First Lieutenant Clifford A. Karrels' six months in Bologna, Italy, while it was in enemy hands are told in the April 29 issue of Stars and Stripes, army newspaper. Lieutenant Karrels' liberation was reported in the Post-Crescent last week when his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Karrels, Little Chute, received a letter from him.
    According to Stars and Stripes: In the first hours of the liberation of Bologna last week, a man in civilian clothes, with a white partisan armband, fought his way through the cheering crowds and fell in step with a column of infantrymen of the 34th division. Seizing one of them by the hand, he shouted: “God, it's great to see Americans again!” “ Are you and American?” asked the perplexed doughfoot. “Hell, I'm from Little Chute, Wis.,” said the partisan.
    Later the same day, he gave a graphic account of his association with the patriot forces of resistance in Bologna over the last six months.
    A first lieutenant with the 86th Fighter group of the 12th Air Force, he had five months overseas as well as 41 missions to his credit before his ill-fated flight last Nov. 5. On that date he left his base on a fighter-bomber mission over the town of Ostiglia. He had just reached his target when German flak slashed into his oil system, and his motor began to fail.
    Tried to Reach Own Lines
    He tried to reach our own lines before bailing out, but the plane couldn't make it. He checked his chute and jumped at 700 feet, landing safely only a few hundred yards from where his plane crashed and burned.
    “I hid for five hours,” he said, “and then started walking toward our own lines. On the way I met a partisan. He took me to a farmhouse where I got food and some clothes. After dark he led me to a secret cave and told me to stay there for two days. All I had to keep me alive was some hard Italian bread.
    “At the end of the second day the partisan returned and said we would go to Bologna, which was about 10 miles away. We went to a bombed-out house on the outskirts of the city. There I met 40 other partisans. I asked how many partisans there were in Bologna, and my friend told me that eight brigades, or about 3,500 armed patriots, were then pouring into the city in preparation for the arrival of the Fifth army.”
    Later Karrels was taken to a small apartment at the edge of town. A family of six, all partisans, lived there.
    “I was treated like a son and brother,” he said. “I had a room in the basement and I stayed there almost all the time I was in Bologna.”
    To pass the long days, he said, he repainted bicycles seized by the partisans from fascist sympathizers and repaired weapons taken from murdered German soldiers.
    Germans Got Little Rest
    “The partisans destroyed whatever the Germans stored in the city,” he stated. “They killed Germans at night until none of them would dare walk the streets after dark unless there were at least 10 other men with him, as well as fascist militia in front and behind him. The city was used as a rest center for Germans on the Italian front, but they got little rest here.”
    But all the luck of the patriots was not good. “In seven months,” said the fighter pilot, “some 800 of them were denounced by fascist sympathizers and run-of-the-mill prostitutes and informers who found the price on the head of partisans too enticing to resist. The usual com-on offered by the fascists was 10 pounds of salt and 40 dollars for each officer. Salt was extremely rare in Bologna and normally retailed at two dollars a pound.”
    Karrels said many of the partisans began to lose heart when the allies' promised winter offensive didn't take place. Each day they would listen to the radio from the Fifth army and hear the same announcements: “Only patrols were active today.” “I began to lose heart myself,” Karrels said. “There were times when I felt I would never be free again.”
    But the allies did come, and now Karrels is all set to return to his outfit, from where it is possible he will be sent home.
  • Note: Clifford A. Karrels, age 94, of Oshkosh, died Friday morning, October 28, 2016, at Oakwood Manor in Oshkosh. He was born in Port Washington, Wisconsin, on May 24, 1922, the son of Michael and Eleanor Karrels. He grew up in Little Chute, Wisconsin, where he graduated from St. John High School in 1940. After graduation Clifford worked for Kimberly Clark until joining the United States Army Air Corp, enlisting in 1942. During World War II, he flew the Thunderbolt Fighter Bomber with the 456th Bomb Group from bases in Italy and the island of Corsica. Clifford took part in the air cover of the invasion of southern France in August of 1944. On his 42nd mission, he took off from Pisa to dive bomb the railroad marshalling yard in Verona, Italy. His P47 plane was hit in the oil line and forced his bailing out behind the German lines. While hiding out in Italy, he worked with the Italian Partisans for six months. Clifford retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Lt. Colonel.

    A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1950, with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Clifford held a management position at Shook & Midwest Lumber Company in Oshkosh from 1950 to 1960 and a sales position with Sentry Insurance from 1960 to May of 1982.

    On May 30, 1952, Clifford was united in marriage to Joan Stannard in Oshkosh and she preceded him in death on January 17, 1977. On September 15, 1979, Clifford married Geraldine Loos and she preceded him in death on May 13, 2006.

    During his life in Oshkosh, Clifford was active in aviation and served as an officer in the following social clubs: Winnebago Land Pilots Club, Friday Noon Club, Optimist Club, and Wisconsin Retail Lumberman's Association. He also pinch hit as a charter pilot for Basler Flight Service.

    Survivors include four children, Dr. Mark (Linda) Karrels of Janesville, Susan (Devon) Jones of Oshkosh, Thomas (Teri) Karrels of Oshkosh, and Lynn Parker of Oshkosh; 12 grandchildren, Luke (Julie) Karrels, Tyler Karrels, Chelsea Karrels, Joan (Justin) Jungwirth-Hajny, James Jungwirth, Andrew (Amy) Jones, Katie (Matthew) Armatoski, Michael Karrels, Michael Parker, Samantha Parker, Kristine (Ben) Wilson, and Matthew Bell; nine great-grandchildren, Marni, Wyatt, Madelyn, Daniel, Collin, Vero, Efrance, Porter, and David. Preceding Clifford in death are his two wives and a sister, Mary Catherine Brock.

    Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in Seefeld Funeral Chapels, 1025 Oregon Street. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery with full Military Honors. A time of visiting and sharing of memories will be held on Friday from 12 Noon until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Clifford's family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Oakwood Manor and Heartland Hospice for the loving care given to Clifford during his stay there. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.seefeldfuneral.com.

    God saw he was getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around him and whispered "come with Me." With tearful eyes we watched him suffer, and saw him fade away, and though we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands to rest; God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
  • Graduation: He graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1940.

Anton VanDenHeuvel

M, b. November 26, 1882, d. November 15, 1966

Parents

Family 1: Wilhelmina Helen Weiland (b. November 27, 1883, d. July 4, 1937)

Family 2: Mary Curran (b. October 12, 1900)

Biography

  • Birth: Anton VanDenHeuvel was born on November 26, 1882 in Bellevue, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Wilhelmina Helen Weiland were married on June 15, 1910 in West DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Anton VanDenHeuvel died on November 15, 1966, at age 83, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Wilhelmina Helen Weiland

F, b. November 27, 1883, d. July 4, 1937

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Family: Anton VanDenHeuvel (b. November 26, 1882, d. November 15, 1966)

Biography

  • Birth: Wilhelmina Helen Weiland was born on November 27, 1883 in Hilbert, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Anton VanDenHeuvel were married on June 15, 1910 in West DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Wilhelmina Helen Weiland died on July 4, 1937, at age 53, in Bellevue, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.