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Jeremy Danke

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Dulcie Danke

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Kim Danke

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Tara Danke

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William Thomas Geenen

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  • Birth: William Thomas Geenen was born on November 23, 1925 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on March 13, 2006, at age 80.
  • Note: March 18, 2006

    Geenen, William William Geenen, age 80 from Somerset, WI, died peacefully in his sleep with his wife of 54 years by his side on March 13, 2006, at the Greeley Health Care Center in Stillwater. Bill was born November 23, 1925, to Henry and Gladys (McCormick) Geenen in Freedom, Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, Martha (Scray); children: James (Sue), William Jr., Thomas (Jacqui), Laurie (Joe) Schmitt, Daniel (Tammi), Robert (Bridgitte), Linda (Tim) Maitrejean, Kathryn (David) Burg, Michael; brothers: John, Patrick (Cecile); sisters: Sr. Mary James, Mary (Joe) Fox, Sr., Timothy, Sr. Rosemarie, Sr. Rosalyn; grandchildren: Stephanie, Charlie, Rebecca, Luke, Levi, Jesse, Kenneth, Issac, Travis, Wade, Brittney, Brianne, Josh, Ben, Nicholas, Zachary, Skylar and Samantha. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Henry, Rev. James, Joseph and sister, Catherine. William worked as a supervisor at the Tony, Wisconsin, School from 1963-1964. He also was a superintendent at the following schools: Glidden 1964-1967, White Lake, 1967-1974 and in Somerset from 1980-1985. He was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators. Bill was stationed in Japan from 1950-1952 and enjoyed deer hunting and traveling to florida. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2006, at ST. ANNE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Somerset. Visitation was Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the church and also one hour prior to the service. Interment in parish cemetery. Father Philip Juza and Deacon Maurice Baillargeon presided at the Mass. Janelle Sutherland was the soloist and organist, military honors were provided by the American Legion Post 111 from Somerset, Wisconsin. Cullen Crea Funeral Home 715-246-2667.

Martha Scray

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James Henry Geenen

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Susan Diane Dilling

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Thomas Joseph Geenen

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Jacqui Unknown

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Laurie Joan Geenen

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Joseph Schmitt

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Daniel Edward Geenen

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Tammi Marie Falstad

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Robert Raymand Geenen

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Bridgette Ann Bodette

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Linda Susan Geenen

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Timothy Robert Maitrejean

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Kathryn Geenen

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David Matthew Burg

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Michael Geenen

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John Augustine Geenen

M, b. July 25, 1929, d. October 22, 2013

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  • Birth: John Augustine Geenen was born on July 25, 1929 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on October 22, 2013, at age 84, in Francis Creek, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.
  • Note: John Augustine Geenen, age 84, of Francis Creek, Wisconsin, entered eternal life on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at his residence. John was the ninth child of Henry R. and Gladys Catherine (McCormick) Geenen. He was born on July 25, 1929 in Freedom, Wisconsin. John attended Saint Nicholas Elementary School. Early on, his teachers, the Notre Dame Sisters, recognized that John was a very gifted child. He was always at the top of his class and even skipped a grade. He was full of fun and always ready for a joke or prank. John had a beautiful voice, which was recognized in school where he was leader in the boys' choir. He loved music, singing and dancing. He was a Mass server and was always on time and considered it a privilege to serve Mass. He knew the Latin responses and answered the invocation of the priest in a clear and vibrant voice. After high school, John pursued education in several areas of interest. His first choice was to meet the needs of the common people. He saw the need for efficient, capable manager of the meat departments in the A&P Grocery Stores across the state of Wisconsin. He studied and mastered the newest trends in meat processing; learned about the many phases of producing, preserving and merchandising and also studied the skills development in this area. John knew the details of every phase of meat production and preservation with freezing being the most utilized method. He enjoyed preparing hickory smoked ham and making corned beef. He enjoyed selling meat and was meticulous, knowledgeable, skilled and artistic in setting up and arranging the meat display counter. As a salesman, John was pleasant, courteous and successful. He was well-informed in matters relating to the details of preparing farm and game animals, poultry, wild fowl and fish for market. John loved people. He enjoyed 20 years as an employee of the A&P Grocery chain stores. Later, John took up study of arboriculture. He studied the details of planting and caring for trees and shrubs and the steps necessary for landscaping, always aware of the appearance of the whole. When trimming trees or bushes, he was aware of symmetry and balance. He could reduce the bulky part of a shrub in a few minutes and make it pleasing to the eye. When planting a tree, he would make the tree symmetrical; check the hole for depth leaving a six inch space around the roots of the tree, putting the best soil at the bottom and filling the rest with mulch. Having a love for all nature, John enjoyed identifying trees. He was interested in the quality of lumber and the commercial value of trees. He was a licensed, fully insured landscaper and tree specialist. His professional training in tree removal, cabling, tree trimming, gutter cleaning and stump grinding was the preparation for his secondary career. John was employed by the Manitowoc Public School System for 18 years. He enjoyed faculty, staff and students. He was involved in school functions: faculty meetings, tournaments, track meets, musicals-Christmas and Spring concerts, proms, Christmas parties and graduations and he was loved by all who knew him. After retiring, John followed his heart and took up another interest of his which he had previously enjoyed-that of working with trees and plants. He started his own business, Jack's Tree and Stump Removal, which was very successful. The satisfaction of the customer was a great importance to John. It was his joy when removing a stump or tree, to clean up the area so that one would hardly notice that anything had been done. It had to be perfect. John was magnanimous in his dealings with the poor and elderly. When he did work for them, he always cut the price. During the snow season, John plowed out parking lots, places of business, residential areas and also the snow on sidewalks and driveways. Many times John helped the elderly by blowing out their sidewalks and driveways without cost to them. He loved to travel and observe other cultures and customs: Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, as well as traveling in the states. He made several trips to Branson, Missouri, because he had a great love for country music and the late artist, Johnny Cash. Joining the Senior Citizens, he was involved in their socials, lunches, dances and bus trips. Many times John was on the list for entertaining, singing, telling jokes and just making people feel great. He enjoyed working with senior citizens and the home-bound, bringing their groceries and whatever else they needed. He remembered their birthdays, anniversaries and frequently sent sympathy cards to the families. Helping the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in different ways was his forte. He delivered materials, clothing, furniture, dishes, pots and pans for other senior citizens who were unable to drive but wanted to donate to Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Frequently he was asked if he could provide logs for fireplaces in restaurants, hotels and other places of business and he always responded with a positive answer. John always participated in the 4th of July Parade in Manitowoc County. It was his joy to share candy and goodies with children and families along the parade route. He attended and loved the Firemen's Picnic and many other community functions. When waysides were the "place to enjoy a cookout", John invited friends to come and join him. He was always the Chef. He had such a marvelous sense of humor that made the day "A Day to Remember". John shared his talents, his humor, his music, his faith, and his boundless energy with his friends, co-workers and his family. Survivors include his two sisters: Sister Timothy and Sister Rosemarie of Beloit, WI; along with other relatives, friends, co-workers and business associates. He was preceded in death by his parents: Henry R. and Gladys Catherine (McCormick) Geenen; five brothers: Reverend James J. Geenen, Henry R. Geenen Jr., William T. Geenen, Joseph E. Geenen, Patrick J. Geenen; three sisters: Mary (Geenen) Fox, Sister Rosalyn, and Sister Mary James.

    Funeral services will be held 12:00 o'clock noon on Monday, October 28, 2013 at Saint Nicholas Catholic Church, W2037 County Road S, Freedom, Wisconsin. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Daniel J. Felton with burial to follow at the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at Saint Nicholas Catholic Church on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 o'clock noon.

    Online condolences to the family may be sent to www.harriganparksidefuneralhome.

    The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home and Crematory, North 11th and St. Clair streets, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Patrick John Geenen

M, b. April 5, 1933, d. October 26, 2011

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  • Birth: Patrick John Geenen was born on April 5, 1933.
  • Marriage: He and Cecilia M Collier were married on December 27, 1962 in Illinois.
  • Death: Patrick John Geenen died on October 26, 2011, at age 78, in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Patrick J. Geenen, 78, of Freedom entered into Eternal Life Wednesday morning, October 26 2011 at home. He was born April 5, 1933, son of the late Henry and Gladys (McCormick) Geenen. On December 27, 1962 he was united in marriage to Cecilia Collier in Illinois. He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Freedom.

    Pat worked for Acme Tree Service for many years and later owned and operated Geenen's Tree Service. He enjoyed sports, the Packers, boxing, wrestling, dancing and singing.

    Survivors include his wife, Cecilia; daughters: Patricia (Brian) Wickesberg; Margaret (Jeff) Wagner; Mary (Dan) Gruper; Elizabeth (Rick) Reavis; Alice (Todd) Rasmussen; Cecilie (Sean) Johnson; grandchildren: Jacob and Jennifer Wickesberg; Stephen and Sean Wagner; Katelin and Jacob Gruper; Megan and Dylan Reavis; Daemyen and Dominic Johnson; brother, John Geenen; sisters: Sister Mary James, Sister Timothy, Sister Rosemarie; friends and co-workers

    Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Gladys (McCormick) Geenen; brothers: Rev. James J. Geenen, Joseph E. Geenen, Henry R. Geenen Jr., William T. Geenen; sisters: Mary (Geenen) Fox, Sister Rosalyn

    Friends may call at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Freedom on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 10:00 AM until Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon with Father Jerry Pastors officiating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.muehlboettcher.com

    Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour will be assisting the family.


    Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from October 27 to October 28, 2011.

Cecilia M Collier

F, b. December 13, 1935, d. November 19, 2011

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  • Birth: Cecilia M Collier was born on December 13, 1935.
  • Marriage: She and Patrick John Geenen were married on December 27, 1962 in Illinois.
  • Death: Cecilia M Collier died on November 19, 2011, at age 75, in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Cecilia M. Geenen, 75, Freedom, entered into eternal life Saturday evening, Nov. 19, 2011, at home. She was born on Dec. 13, 1935, daughter of the late John and Anastasia (Riley) Collier. On Dec. 28, 1963, she was united in marriage to Patrick Geenen in Illinois. He preceded her in death on Oct. 26, 2011. She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Freedom. She enjoyed cooking, reading, puzzles, Trivial Pursuit, Jeopardy, music, classic movies and time spent with her family.

    Survivors include daughters, Patricia (Brian) Wickesberg, Margaret (Jeff) Wagner, Mary (Dan) Gruper, Elizabeth (Rick) Reavis, Alice (Todd) Rasmussen, Cecilie (Sean) Johnson; grandchildren, Jacob and Jennifer Wickesberg, Stephen and Sean Wagner, Katelin and Jacob Gruper, Megan and Dylan Reavis, Daemyen and Dominic Johnson; sister, Carol Shippy; sisters-in-law, Gerry Kussman, Joyce Collier; brother-in-law, John Geenen; sisters-in-law, Sister Mary James, Sister Timothy, Sister Rosemarie, Martha and Mary Geenen; relatives, nieces, nephews, co-workers and friends.

    Cecilia was preceded in death by brothers, Richard, Jack and William Collier; brothers-in-law, Rev. James J. Geenen, Joseph E. Geenen, Henry R. Geenen Jr., William T. Geenen; sisters-in-law, Mary (Geenen) Fox, Sister Rosalyn

    Friends may call at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Freedom on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon with Father Dave Hoffman officiating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.muehlboettcher.com.

    Muehl-Boettcher Funeral-Home, Seymour is assisting the family with arrangements.

    A very special thank you to ThedaCare Hospice for all your care and concern.


    Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on November 21, 2011.

Alice Margaret Mary (Sister Mary James) Geenen

F, b. March 31, 1919, d. February 20, 2012

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  • Birth: Alice Margaret Mary (Sister Mary James) Geenen was born on March 31, 1919 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on February 20, 2012, at age 92.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Sister Mary James (Alice Margaret Mary) Geenen entered Eternal Life February 20, 2012, the third child of Henry R. Geenen and Gladys Catherine (McCormick) Geenen. She was born March 31, 1919 in Freedom. She attended Saint Nicholas Elementary School. After graduating from high school she attended Saint Norbert College and Silver Lake College where she earned a BA Degree in Elementary Education with majors in Philosophy and English. She attended the University of Dayton earning a MS Degree in Elementary Education.

    Sister Mary James took religious vows on August 15, 1946 with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, Manitowoc. She changed her community affiliation to the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady on December 8, 1981. Sister celebrated her Golden Jubilee as a Religious on August 15, 1996.

    Sister Mary James served as a teacher in the Diocese of Green Bay at: Sacred Heart, Oshkosh; Saint Mary, Algoma; Saint Wendell, Cleveland; Saint Anthony, Neopit; Saint Aloysius, Kaukauna; Saint Paul, Manitowoc; Saint Mary, Kaukauna; Chilton Catholic, Chilton; Saint John, Seymour: In the Diocese of Superior; Saint Joseph, Rice Lake. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee: Saint Mary, Waukesha; Holy Spirit, Milwaukee. In the Diocese of Steubenville: Ohio; Saint Nicholas, Zanesville: In Michigan: Saint Anne, Menominee.

    Throughout her teaching career, Sister Mary James continued her education, earning credits from the University of Wisconsin, Manitowoc, and the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh; the University of Dayton, Ohio. Sister held the following licenses: Elementary Teacher K-8 from the State of Wisconsin and from the State of Ohio-Elementary Teacher K-8, Supervisor and Administrator. During her teaching career she continued to maintain Advanced Certification in Religious Education from the Diocese of Green Bay and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

    Sister Mary James served the Church for 47 years as a dynamic, energetic and dedicated teacher. As a philosophy of education, she believed that "Education should be positive, learning should be exciting, challenging and fun. Every child should be successful and be at ease in the classroom." She involved every student in her class and spent countless hours tutoring students who were in need of help. No sacrifice was too great, no effort too much when Sister Mary James perceived a child in need of help. A smile, a nod, a word of encouragement and time for individual tutoring, sometimes a minute or two and frequently after school for a longer period.

    She recognized special talents in the poor and made every effort to have their giftedness recognized by others—in musicals and plays. She encouraged all her students to use their talents to the best of their ability. Her students were motivated to be service oriented. They visited hospitals, homes for the elderly and retirement homes always taking with them some small gift/card which they had made for the patients/residents. They entertained with song and dance on these occasions bringing great joy to the sick and elderly. Sister was a teacher in Religious Education Classes on Saturday or Sunday mornings; during the week after school or in the evening and during the summer at rural parishes in Wisconsin and Ohio preparing children and young people for the Sacraments of First Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation.

    At the University of Dayton Sister Mary James was selected from a class of 53 students, and was encouraged to pursue a career of teaching on television as a "Master Teacher". Her practicum Project for the Masters Degree was entitled, "The Use of Community Resources", which opened up a year of educational activities for 40 sixth grade students. The students were exposed to such subjects as history, economics, law, sociology, psychology, law enforcement, fine arts, music and agriculture. The program included views of life, culture and habits of people in Russia, Mexico, Greenland and Peru as seen through the eyes of people who had lived there.

    Sister Mary James was involved as an organizer/teacher in summer school workshops in reading, spelling and math for remedial and advanced students; art seminar; and summer Religious Education Programs. She taught in a College Reading Clinic; prepared students and directed them in Diocesan Music Festivals; maintained membership in a College Chorus for eight years; directed programs of entertainment at schools; trained altar servers and held regular meetings of high school and grade school servers in the club, KNIGHTS OF THE ALTAR; participated in the production of Christmas plays, musicals, spring concerts, St. Patrick's Day programs, teaching songs, speaking parts, dance numbers, frequently directing the programs.

    The preparation for the class Liturgies was the highlight of the week for Sister Mary James and her students at all grade levels. Her 15 years in junior high gave her the opportunity to develop leaders in the Church in the students who were eager to participate in the preparation of the class Liturgies. Each student was given an opportunity to sign up to do the reading, responsorial psalm, intercessions, presentation of gifts, prepare the art form when needed and participate in dramatization of the Gospel. Every student was involved in the preparation of the Liturgy, and they knew in advance when they were going to be involved. The Scriptures came alive in the classroom, as students dramatized the story of Jesus choosing the twelve, the story of Zacchaeus, the two debtors etc. Students loved the Liturgy and Scripture and sometimes asked if they could have a New Testament to keep as their very own. At the celebrations of the Class Liturgies, Sister often accompanied the music on her guitar, with students in the class.

    After many delightful years of teaching, Sister enjoyed being involved: tutoring students on all grade levels, writing letters of encouragement to missionaries, praying for them, making mission rosaries, delivering Meals on Wheels, working with patients and shopping for them, helping children prepare for each new school year—shopping for school supplies, clothing and shoes, helping with costumes, attending their programs and being available to help them in any way. A former student of Sister Mary James, now a physician at Froedtert Hospital, told a colleague of his, "All I ever needed to know about life I learned from my third grade teacher!" What a marvelous influence Sister had on, not only one student, but all of her students who were privileged to have her as a master teacher.

    Sister had many interests and hobbies: reading, drama, music, singing, dancing, walking, piano, guitar, roller skating, swimming, crocheting, macrame, cooking, baking, sewing and alterations.

    Sister Mary James is survived by one brother: John; two sisters: Sister Timothy and Sister Rosemarie, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, friends, and students.

    Sister was predeceased by her parents; brothers: Reverend James J. Geenen, Henry R. Jr., Joseph E., William T. and Patrick?J. Geenen: three sisters: Catherine Mary, Mary Marcella Geenen Fox, and Sister Rosalyn.

    A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 25, 2012 in Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2222 Shopiere Road, Beloit, WI with Father Gary Krahenbuhl officiating. Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2012 in Saint Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, WI. Family and friends will be received Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, WI with a Prayer Service at 3:45 p.m. Visitation will also be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service in the church.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com.


    Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on February 22, 2012.