Bonita Jean Braun
F, b. August 31, 1943, d. December 20, 1993
- Birth: Bonita Jean Braun was born on August 31, 1943 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Marriage: She and Gary Philip Surprise were married in October 1961.
- Death: Bonita Jean Braun died on December 20, 1993, at age 50.
Gary Philip Surprise
M, b. March 29, 1940, d. March 12, 2016
Family 2: Jo Ann Dumas (b. December 5, 1935, d. January 30, 2014)
- Birth: Gary Philip Surprise was born on March 29, 1940.
- Marriage: He and Bonita Jean Braun were married in October 1961.
- Marriage: Gary Philip Surprise and Jo Ann Dumas were married on June 21, 1996.
- Death: Gary Philip Surprise died on March 12, 2016, at age 75, in King, Waupaca Co, Wisconsin.
- Note: Gary P. Surprise (Dumas), age 75, of the Wisconsin Veterans Home, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016. He was born in Appleton, WI on March 29, 1940 to the late Orville and Elenor (Kasboski) Surprise. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps, was a member of the American Legion Post 161 and belonged to the Marine Corps League at King. Gary worked most of his life as a mason and also owned B & G Bait and Tackle, where he enjoyed making fishing lures. His hobbies included woodworking, fishing, camping, hunting and shopping at rummage sales and flea markets.
He was united in marriage to Bonnie Braun in 1961 and she preceded him in death in 1993. He later married Jo Dumas and she preceded him in death in 2014. Gary is survived by his children: Michele (Mike) Wasielewski of Oconoto Falls, WI; Jill (Jim) Last of Pulaski, WI; Tim Surprise of Neenah, WI; and Janet (Greg) VandeZande of Waupun, WI; grandchildren: Mikey and Chris Wasielewski; Jake and Kody Last; siblings: Judy Leach of Eagle River, WI; Rick (Bonnie) Surprise of Iron Mountain, MI; Debbie (Chet) Kalata of Neenah, WI; and Allen (Linda) Surprise of Little Chute, WI. He is also survived by his step-children and special friends Dick, Glen, Gary, Larry and Jim. Gary was preceded in death by a son, Tom Surprise and brother, Robert Surprise.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Main Chapel of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Military honors will follow the service along with burial in the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Wisconsin Veterans Home and Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care given to Gary. They would also like to recognize the many dear friends he made with his fellow veteran brothers and sisters.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Mar. 15, 2016.
Thomas Carl Surprise
M, b. June 4, 1972, d. June 19, 2012
- Birth: Thomas Carl Surprise was born on June 4, 1972 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: He died on June 19, 2012, at age 40, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Note: Thomas Carl Surprise, 40, Green Bay and Seymour, WI passed away at a local hospital after a brief and valiant battle with pneumonia. At Age 40, Thomas ("Tommy" to those who he was closest to) was the most caring and vibrant soul with the ability to be a kid at heart that you could know. He would give the world to those with less than he had and would keep nothing for himself. He gave generously of his time to the children in his neighborhood, believing that teaching and passing on your knowledge to a younger generation made for a more understanding and caring place in which to live. Tommy would give his time to any cause that helped people overcome adversity, taught kids about the importance of always learning in life, or the prevention of pain and abuse. Tommy was a passionate man with a profound sense of duty, but with a ready smile and a quick wit, always on the move, and making the most of life, and by example, showing others how to do the same.
He was a talented carpenter with a wide, vivid imagination and was an avid outdoorsman with an unrivaled love of fishing, playing sports and a good thunderstorm. However, Tommy seemed the most happy and secure when doing activities as a duo. He shared most of his days with the one person he was closer to than anyone else, his twin brother Timothy. Tommy's commitment to making sure his twin was both safe and felt loved every moment of their life was more important to him that anything else. He rarely missed a game or passed up a chance to go fishing if he was going with his brother. His kindness, generosity and love for everyone around him will be missed by all. His loss leaves a space in the lives of many that is both larger than his personality and more vast than the great outdoors. He will be remembered and loved every time someone picks up a football, softball or fishing pole and where ever there is love, humor and laughter.
Survivors include his twin brother, Timothy Surprise and special friends Melanie and Jennifer Woelz; three sisters, Jill (Jim) Last and their sons Jacob and Kody; Michele (Mike) Wasielewski and their sons Mike and Chris; Janet (Greg) Vande Zande; his father, Gary Dumas; foster parents, Diane Starr and Pat Dinger; and close family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie Surprise and his grandmother, Virginia Braun.
Friends may call at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., Friday from 4 to 6 PM. Memorial Service 6 PM at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to Tommy's family at www.prokowall.com.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from June 21 to June 22, 2012.
Louis L Dietz
M, b. December 27, 1905, d. March 17, 1993
Family: Evelyn Ashman (b. January 8, 1908, d. September 10, 2004)
- Birth: Louis L Dietz was born on December 27, 1905 in Town of Ellington, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Marriage: He and Evelyn Ashman were married on October 15, 1934 in Sacred Heart Church, Appleton, Wisconsin.
- Death: Louis L Dietz died on March 17, 1993, at age 87.
- Burial: He was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
F, b. January 8, 1908, d. September 10, 2004
- Birth: Evelyn Ashman was born on January 8, 1908 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Marriage: She and Louis L Dietz were married on October 15, 1934 in Sacred Heart Church, Appleton, Wisconsin.
- Death: Evelyn Ashman died on September 10, 2004, at age 96.
- Burial: She was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
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James A Verkuilen
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James George Eick
M, b. February 18, 1939, d. April 30, 2011
- Birth: James George Eick was born on February 18, 1939 in Seymour, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Marriage: He was married on August 18, 1962 in St Mary Church, Black Creek, Wisconsin.
- Death: He died on April 30, 2011, at age 72, in Wausau, Marathon Co, Wisconsin.
- Note: James G. Eick, 1900 Wisconsin St., Mosinee, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Hospice House, Wausau, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. He was born Feb. 18, 1939, in Seymour, the son of the late Clarence and Mildred (Landwehr) Eick. He married Patricia Van Straten on Aug. 18, 1962, in Black Creek. She survives. Jim received his bachelors degree from UW Oshkosh and his masters from UW Stevens Point.
He taught history and economics at Mosinee High School for 31 years until his retirement in 1995. Jim's love of government and of his country was evident in his life long service to the community. He served as an alderman for six years and as Mosinee's mayor for 10 years.
During his term in office the Mosinee industrial park was purchased and developed. Jim also served as a Municipal Judge for four years and as Mosinee's representative on the Marathon County Board for two and a half years.
Additionally, twice Jim ran for a seat in the State Assembly. He remained an active member of the Mosinee Area Action Committee, the Marathon County Economic Development Corp., and the League of Municipalities. As a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church Jim had a strong faith in God. He loved reading and writing and published a short story in a collection called "The Noble Generation". He also wrote an article published by the Forest History Association of Wisconsin. Jim loved watching sports, especially when his grandchildren were participating. He enjoyed spending time with his family at their cottage in Eagle River, studying genealogy, and playing cards. In retirement he enjoyed traveling with his wife, friends and family members. Jim will be remembered for his many talents and as a man who loved to laugh and to make others laugh. He joked and kidded with his friends to the very end.
Survivors, besides his wife, Patricia, include a son, Christopher (Megan) Eick, Mosinee; a daughter, Shelly (Mark) McDougall, Chelsea, Mich.; four grandchildren, Jack and Alex McDougall and James and Caroline Eick; eight brothers and sisters, Shirley Kielar, Seymour; Jean Tierney, Appleton; Roger (Janice ) Eick, Seymour; Marilyn (Tom) Gonnering, Freedom; Ken Eick, Green Bay; Patty (John) Letourneau, Ramsey, Minn.; Tom (Jean) Eick and Steve (Nancy) Eick, both of Seymour; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Debbie Helms.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2011, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Mosinee. The Rev. Donald Przybylski will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Mosinee. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, where at 7 p.m. there will be a prayer service followed by sharing of memories. Friends may call again from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund at Mosinee High School will be established in Jim's name or donations can be directed to St. Paul's Church Building Fund.