M, b. March 21, 1854, d. January 21, 1946
- Birth: William Peters was born on March 21, 1854 in Germany.
- Marriage: He and Johanna Emmers were married in 1891.
- Death: William Peters died on January 21, 1946, at age 91, in Chili, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
- Burial: He was buried in St Stephen Cemetery, Chili, Clark Co, Wisconsin.
- Note: William Peters, was born in 1854, and educated in Gruenwald, Germany, where as a young man he was employed at the Krupp Arms Factory. He was also a shoemaker and carver of wooden shoes.
In 1884, when he was thirty years old, he came to America with his father and settled at Forest Junction, Wis. Johanna Emmers, was born in Sheboygan Falls on Aug. 29, 1865. She moved to Forest Junction with her parents at age 6. In 1891 she married William Peters. Shortly after their marriage they moved to a wild tract of land north of the village of Chili, Clark County, Wis., purchased from the Necedah Land Co. They raised six children and lived there all of their lives.
David Richard Huelsbeck
Paul Joseph Huelsbeck
Julie Marie Huelsbeck
Phillip John Huelsbeck
Ellen M Garvey
F, b. December 4, 1925, d. October 12, 2010
- Birth: Ellen M Garvey was born on December 4, 1925 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Marriage: She and Frank E Reimer were married on June 7, 1947 in St Nicholas Church, Freedom, Wisconsin.
- Death: Ellen M Garvey died on October 12, 2010, at age 84.
- Burial: She was buried in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Note: Ellen M. Reimer (nee Ellen M. Garvey), age 84, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, with her loving family at her side. She was born December 4, 1925, in Freedom, the daughter of the late John E. and Margaret (Nies) Garvey. Ellen married Frank E. Reimer on June 7, 1947, at St. Nicholas Church in Freedom. He preceded her in death Oct. 9, 1986.
Ellen attended the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, where she received Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degrees in Elementary Education. Her teaching career began in a one-room rural schoolhouse in Outagamie County and spanned 42 years. She spent the last 30 years of her career with the Appleton Public School System, having taught at Foster and Huntley Elementary, retiring in 1988. Early in her career Ellen served as an officer with the Outagamie County Teachers and upon retirement served as treasurer of the Outagamie County Retired Educators. She was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (honorary teacher's society). She and her husband also owned and operated the family farm in Freedom.
Following retirement, Ellen volunteered at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Thompson Community Center, St. Nicholas CCD, and the St. Paul's Home. She also traveled extensively. Elderhostel took her throughout the world; and her favorite trip was to Australia with her nephew Matthew, sister Mary, and brother-in-law Jim.
Ellen had a deep faith in God, and daily mass was a priority in her life. She knew the mass schedules at churches and chapels throughout the Fox Valley. She was also a regular at the Fox Valley Marian Devotion and the Chalice of Strength prayer group.
Ellen derived much pleasure from her family and friends. She loved being a grandmother to Frank, Amy, Jared, and Jordan and a great-grandmother to Landon. She was loved and respected by her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews, who affectionately referred to her as their "Greatest Aunt Ellen" or "Big Red."
Ellen was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, St. Nicholas Ladies Society, St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary, the Christian Mothers Society, the Golden Agers at Freedom, the Monte Alverno Guild, Ave Maria Court 1011 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and the Secular Franciscan Order, having served as secretary for many years.
She is survived by her loving and caring son Frank J. (Debbie) Reimer of Freedom; four grandchildren Frank D. Reimer, Little Chute; Amy (Kyle) McMahon, DePere; Jared and Jordan Reimer, Freedom; and great-grandchild, Landon McMahon. She is further survived by brother-in-law, James Hopfensperger and sister-in-law, Sylvia Reimer and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Frank E.; sister, Mary Rose Hopfensperger; brother-in-law, Robert Reimer; parents John and Margaret Garvey; her husband's parents, Frank and Esther Reimer and stepfather William Kimball.
Visitation for Ellen will take place at ST. NICHOLAS CATHOLIC CHURCH (W2037 County Rd S, Freedom) on Monday, October 18, 2010, beginning at 2 p.m. until the time of the Mass of the Resurrection at 5:30 p.m. Father David Hoffman and Father Joseph Diermeier will be concelebrating. Entombment will be in the Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. A memorial is being established. For online condolences, please visit www.oconnellfh.com.
Ellen's family would like to thank Patti and the staff at Grand Horizons and Southern Care Hospice, especially Jody and Stacey, for the loving care given to her in her final weeks. Also, thank you to all her family and friends who gave their support in visits, calls and prayers.
What she longs for she now sees, what she hoped for, she now possesses, in heaven she is espoused to Him, whom on earth she loved with all her heart.
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Frank E Reimer
M, b. May 17, 1928, d. October 9, 1986
- Birth: Frank E Reimer was born on May 17, 1928.
- Marriage: He and Ellen M Garvey were married on June 7, 1947 in St Nicholas Church, Freedom, Wisconsin.
- Death: Frank E Reimer died on October 9, 1986, at age 58, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Burial: He was buried in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
Frank John Reimer
- Descendant of an Immigrant on: America
Joseph (Brother Maurice) VanDyke
- Descendant of an Immigrant on: America
F, b. March 1917, d. August 2, 2013
- Birth: Kathleen Geenen was born in March 1917.
- Marriage: She and John L Tomsyck were married in 1945.
- Death: Kathleen Geenen died on August 2, 2013, at age 96, in Virginia.
- Note: Kathleen G. Tomsyck
Kathleen G. Tomsyck, born March, 1917 in Outagamie County, Wisconsin went to her heavenly home on August 2, 2013 at Sunrise at Fair Oaks, Fairfax, VA.
She was preceded in death by the one true love of her life, John L. Tomsyck, her husband of 24 years. She is survived by her four children, Susan T. Silhol (Stewart) of Reston, VA, Linda T. Saponara (Donato) of Orange, CA, John C. Tomsyck (Rebecca) of Ansbach, Germany and Kathleen T. Shea (William) of Charlotte, NC; five grandchildren, Karen M. Silhol, Jonathan L. Silhol, Charles S. Saponara, Sandra S. Binns, John A. Tomsyck; three great grandchildren, Lauren E. Silhol, Leah G. Silhol, Gordon D. Saponara; sister Marcella of Menasha, WI and brother Clement (Renee) of Sarasota, FL. Preceded in death by brothers, John and William.
Kathleen has been an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church since 1960, belonging to the Women's Club and later the Senior Fellowship Club. She was a devoted mother to her family, loved her friends, loved making new friends and had an interest in following current events. Known over the years for her keen decorating eye, Kathleen found her passion for interior design in her later years and would take on annual projects in her home and share ideas with family and friends. Kathleen loved to entertain and always enjoyed a lively party. Family and friends were always warmly welcomed often filling the house with laughter.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church at noon on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Family will receive friends in the Sacred Heart Hall of the church beginning at 11:00 am.
Memorials may be made to Brothers of the Holy Cross, (Bro. Roy Smith CSC, Brothers of the Holy Cross, Midwest Province, PO Box 460, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0460).
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.
- Descendant of an Immigrant on: America
- Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena
Clement E Geenen
M, b. October 31, 1921, d. March 29, 2014
- Birth: Clement E Geenen was born on October 31, 1921.
- Death: He died on March 29, 2014, at age 92.
- Note: Clement E. Geenen a Sarasota resident since 1976, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92. Clem, formerly of Appleton, WI, owned and operated Geenen's Food Market for 30 years. It was there he met and married Laurine Bogan his wife of 63 years. Clem was a WW II Army Veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his distinguished service and for wounds he received during his service in France. Clem is survived by his sister, Marcella Campshure of Menasha, WI; his wife, Laurine; their six children, Michael, William, Timothy, James, Thomas, Patti Ann; and by seven grandchildren. A visitation will be held from 9:15-10 a.m. at St. Martha Catholic Church on Thursday, April 3rd with a funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota. Toale Brothers Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements in Sarasota 941-955-4171. Clem will be remembered and deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
William Joseph (Brother) Geenen
M, b. April 28, 1930, d. May 14, 2011
- Birth: William Joseph (Brother) Geenen was born on April 28, 1930 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: He died on May 14, 2011, at age 81, in Sarasota, Florida.
- Occupation: He was a Brothers of the Holy Cross.
- Note: Geenen, William Joseph C.S.C.
April 28, 1930 - May 14, 2011
Brother William Joseph Geenen, C.S.C., age 81, died on May 14, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla. He was born in Appleton, Wis., the youngest of seven children of William E. and Rose (Catlin) Geenen. He attended St. Joseph Elementary School and Appleton Senior High School. In 1946 he went to Sacred Heart Juniorate in Watertown, Wis., where he completed his high school studies and joined the Brothers of Holy Cross. He began his novitiate year at Rolling Prairie, Ind. in February 1948, pronouncing his first vows on Feb. 2, 1949. He then started his college studies at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.
In the fall of 1951 he taught at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio for a year and then returned to Austin to both teach at St. Edward's High School and complete university courses, earning a Bachelor's degree in 1953. That summer, he was assigned to join the faculty at Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills, Ohio where he spent the next 20 years as a teacher, counselor, and administrator. He taught English writing and literature for three years and then was appointed principal for the next 12 years until 1968. He managed to earn a Master's degree by attending summer sessions at Loyola University in Chicago. He then became Gilmour's Director of Admissions for five years and fundraising until 1973. While on a recruiting trip, an event occurred which markedly changed his mission and ministry for the rest of his life.
In early 1973, Br William was in Florida visiting a man who was in intensive care in a Sarasota hospital. He was dying but was worried about his wife after he died, she had no family. William had to leave to drive to Tampa for a meeting but got in the wrong lane and pulled into a vacant lot to study the map. An elderly man came up to his car and said he lost his wife, was in poor health and lonely. At the time there wasn't much William could do. He didn't forget these encounters when he returned to Gilmour. After months of reflection, he spoke to his provincial, Brother Charles Krupp, about a plan to move to Sarasota, develop centers and respond to the loneliness and isolation of aging adults. Br Charles gave him permission to develop this new ministry. Br William arrived in Sarasota with his vision and recruited his first volunteer. He had a total of $79 in his checkbook. A name was needed for the ministry. Some suggested 'Senior Friendship Center,' but Br William said it must be plural, 'Centers' that could spread to other communities. Weeks later, they opened a little house and borrowed tables and chairs from a church to serve lunch, expecting a few people. More than 400 showed up. Volunteers increased, funds were found and Senior Friendship Centers was born. "People Helping People" became their motto. Their mission was to correct the isolation and loneliness which Br William called the "malnutrition of the elderly."
He drew inspiration from the example of Brother Andre Bessette who had a strong devotion to St. Joseph and developed a small chapel into a massive Oratory. Br William prayed to Br Andre' "to help him do something for others" when he either needed support to get the Friendship Centers started or new projects.
He possessed an ability to draw out other's talents. He could see what people needed and find resources. A friend said, "Br William can present his case in speaking to people who have means, and they open their pocketbooks."
The Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. are a private, non-profit, non-denominational corporation which deliver a wide variety of services. They received national attention when Charles Kuralt did a special feature on his CBS "On the Road" series. Presently there are (at least) Senior Friendship Centers' programs in five Florida counties including 24 dining sites, six neighborhood activities sites, four adult day-care facilities, and five medical clinics which serve more than 15,000 seniors.
In 1994, Br William participated in the Midwest Provincial Chapter where he was elected the new provincial. One said that William was elected because he accomplishes things and inspires people. He took over the responsibilities of overseeing the brothers and their ministries and turned over his reins as the founder/director of the Centers to Br. Charles Krupp. One idea that he began to pursue was to develop Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame for laypeople and Brothers as a multi-generational community with medical care and retirement opportunities. Villas and apartments were constructed. The project grew.
When Br William's 6-year term of provincial leadership ended in 2000, he returned to his beloved Senior Friendship Centers to resume activities. A newspaper article said, "The 'Energized Angel' has returned." He began work on another project, the Center for Healthy Aging, which today is a 13,000 sq. ft. building with more than 300 volunteers who deliver health care and programs for seniors on limited incomes.
Three years ago, the Brother William Geenen Founders Fund was established to ensure the future of the Senior Friendship Centers. Br William had already received more than 20 awards and honors including: Brotherhood Award from the Salvation Army, Life Membership with the Knights of Columbus, Outstanding Humanitarian for 2008, Citizen of the Year in 1987, Bicentennial Patriot Award in 1976 ... and in 1994 the street leading to the original Friendship Center was renamed 'Brother Geenen Way.'
One close friend was quoted in an article saying: "Br William is just a honest, compassionate, good man who has a vision and makes things happen. We sure were fortunate that he came to our community." His wrong turn in trying to find Tampa many years ago became a 'right turn' that has made thousands of people's lives healthier and happier, both in Florida and Indiana.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Toale Brothers Funeral Homes, Colonial Chapel. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. at St. Martha's Catholic Church.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 20, at St. Joseph's Chapel from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame. The Mass of Resurrection will then follow with interment afterward in St. Joseph's Cemetery of the Village. Kaniewski Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Memorial contributions, in honor of Brother William Geenen, C.S.C., to support the mission and ministries of the Brothers may be sent to: Brothers of Holy Cross, Office of Development, P.O. Box 460, Notre Dame, IN 46556, or to the Senior Friendship Center.
- Note: Community Mourns Passing of SFC Founder Brother William Geenen, CSC
May 14, 2011
Community Mourns Passing of SFC Founder Brother William Geenen, CSC
The quality of life and health of many thousands of older adults on the Gulf Coast of Florida have been improved as the result of the work of Brother William Geenen, CSC, who, with first volunteer Molleen Pust, founded Senior Friendship Centers in 1973 in Sarasota County.
Brother William J. Geenen, C.S.C., the youngest of seven children, was born in 1930 in Appleton, Wisconsin. He entered the novitiate of the Congregation of Holy Cross as a brother in 1948 and professed his final vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience in 1952. After receiving his B.S. in education from St. Edwards’s University, Austin, Texas and a Masters in Education from Loyola University, Chicago, Brother Geenen spent the next twenty years as a teacher, counselor and administrator at Gilmour Academy, a primary-secondary school in Gates Mills, Ohio operated by the Brothers of Hoy Cross.
In 1973, Brother Geenen was in Sarasota, Florida on a student recruiting trip for Gilmour Academy and, while there, visited the father of a Holy Cross confrere who was dying in a local hospital. The dying man told Brother, “I don’t know what I am going to do. My wife will be all alone now but I guess she’ll just have to figure out something.” On his way back to Ohio, Brother Geenen made a wrong turn and, having discovered this, pulled into a park-like area to look at a map. While reviewing the map, an elderly man approached Brother’s car and began to pour out his life of loneliness, helplessness and sorrow.
A short time later, Brother Geenen spoke to the Provincial Superior about the possibility of starting a new Brothers of Holy Cross mission for the elderly in Florida. Permission was granted and a new ministry was born to serve arguably the most neglected yet important segment of our society.
On September 1, 1973, Brother Geenen returned to Sarasota with a typewriter, $79 and a determined spirit to create a more fulfilling and hopeful life for senior citizens. A local pastor temporarily provided an old house pending demolition for a new parish center. Brother Geenen then gathered a large group of interested people, mostly elderly, to discuss ideas about how best to help the elderly who were alone, had financial needs, social needs and even health needs. The community response was overwhelming. Many brought their woodworking, carpentry, painting and other talents to bring life to the old house.
What should this new program be called? A lot of discussion led to “Senior Friendship Center”. Brother Geenen looked at the volunteers and said, “Not Senior Friendship Center but Senior Friendship Centers because there’s going to be more than one.” The grand opening of the first Senior Friendship Center was held three and a half months later on December 15,1973. A volunteer staff was prepared with coffee and cookies to welcome 50 guests but over 400 registered on that first evening.
That was the beginning of a network of services with programs that quickly grew to include congregate and home delivered meals, senior centers social services, healthy aging clinics adult day services, caregiver resource centers, and volunteer programs. Today, Senior Friendship Centers can be found in six counties on the Gulf Coast of Florida: Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee, Collier and Manatee.
Editor's Note: Senior Friendship Centers' Founder, Brother William Geenen, CSC, died Saturday, May 14, in Sarasota.
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Senior Friendship Centers Founder Dies , Dale White, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Brother William Geenen Obituary, Brothers of Holy Cross South Bend, Indiana
Brother William Geenen Editorial, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Brother William Geenen's Gift Keeps on Giving, Kathy Silverberg, Sarasota Herald Tribune
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