Wayne Edward VanderVelden
Wess William Damro
Virgil Lawrence Verstoppen
M, b. August 8, 1929, d. July 30, 2017
- Birth: Virgil Lawrence Verstoppen was born on August 8, 1929 in Suamico, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Marriage: He and Dawn Yvonne Blaser were married on July 25, 1959 in Waltham, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts.
- Death: Virgil Lawrence Verstoppen died on July 30, 2017, at age 87.
- Note: Virgil "Virg" Verstoppen age 87 of Los Lunas, NM made his transition to a new life in Heaven on Sunday July 30, 2017 at GoodLife Assisted Living. Virgil was born August 8, 1929 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Virgil is survived by his wife Carol and her children; Judy Collins of KC, MO, Peggy Tapp of Dallas, TX, Bob Palmer of Tucson, AZ and their families. Virg is also survived by his nieces; Linda Damro, Cheryl Parks, Sandra Verstoppen, Mary Hasenohrl, Karen Verstoppen, nephews; Gene VanderVelden, Wayne VanderVelden, Glen VanderVelden, and their families.
Virgil was preceded in death by his first wife Dawn Blaser, his parents Felix and Elsie Verstoppen, his sister Fern VanderVelden, his brother Melvin Verstoppen, and his nephew Gary Verstoppen.
Virgil was raised in Suamico, WI and attended Green Bay West High School. After graduation he worked at a local paper mill and participated in the National Guard until his entry into the United States Air Force. Virgil's Air Force training was in Special Radio Electronics, Airborne Equipment at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico. He would later joke that he never knew how important Roswell was (UFO Incident) until after he left the service. Virgil also served in Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific Islands as part of the United States strategic weapons testing program.
After leaving the USAF, Virgil returned to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin, Madison, graduating with honors, with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Virgil was married to Dawn Blaser for 34 years until her death. As chief electrical engineer at Lucent Technologies, Virgil traveled extensively often spending months on naval vessels or in Europe as he worked on the mapping of the ocean and the placement of radar equipment. His top secret clearance made it difficult for family to stay in touch even when he established and checked radar stations in the U.S.
Virgil was a life-long learner which included astronomy, stamp collecting, traveling, agriculture (chickens, tomatoes and blackberries). He was also an avid Packer and Badger fan, and he loved a lively discussion on politics.
Virgil was a quiet sensitive man, who after a life of logic, math, and science, began to explore another aspect of his life: life after death and spiritual awakening. Virg believed that "having a closed mind is not the way to find out what the universe is about."
A memorial luncheon will be held for family and friends on September 16 at 11:30 a.m. at Legends, 2840 Shawano Ave., in Howard, WI.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2017.
M, b. circa 1890
- Birth: Johannes VanLith was born circa 1890.
- Marriage: He and Adriana Klaren were married on January 29, 1920.
F, b. circa 1890
- Birth: Adriana Klaren was born circa 1890 in Vlijmen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
- Marriage: She and Johannes VanLith were married on January 29, 1920.
Benjamin J Nickel
Benjamin J Nickel
Adam Alexander Nickel
M, b. February 3, 1981, d. March 2, 2008
- Birth: Adam Alexander Nickel was born on February 3, 1981.
- Death: He died on March 2, 2008, at age 27, in Little Rock, Pulaski Co, Arkansas.
- Burial: He was buried in St Mary's, Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
- Note: March 5, 2008
Nickel, Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander Nickel, 27, Madison, WI, passed away suddenly Sunday, March 2nd, 2008, shortly after finishing the Little Rock Mara-thon, in Little Rock, Ark-ansas. Adam was born Feb. 3rd, 1981, the 3rd of five boys of Cindy and Ben Nickel (Kaukauna). He graduated from Kaukauna High School in 1999 and with honors from Lawrence University in 2003. Adam was set to finish his 3rd year of pharmacy school at UW-Madison School of Pharmacy Program and looked forward to attending clerkships in the Madison, Fox Valley, and Anchorage, Alaska, areas before pursuing a promising career in clinical pharmacy. Anyone who knew Adam knew he always put his best effort into everything undertaken, be it academic, athletic, or otherwise. Throughout his 27 years with us, Adam was always active, getting into trouble with his brothers, running track and cross-country, wrestling or his most recent passion running marathons. He found his release from hours of study, mediating occasional friends and family squabbles by running. He ran his heart out to many top finishes at marathons ranging from the Fox Cities Marathon, Las Vegas, and even a finish at the Boston Marathon finishing ahead of Lance Armstrong, all without the help of any pace runners or special accommodations. His latest marathon cut his time short as he had so much left to accomplish in his days ahead. He had just met and exceeded his goal to raise money for a charity marathon in San Diego, which he was running in honor of his grandmother as part of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. When Adam was not pounding away mile after mile on early mornings or race day runs, he was a committed son, brother, godfather, uncle, classmate, teammate, co-worker, and friend. Adam was the calm resolution to many in argument and able to keep a level head no matter the task he took as his charge.
Adam is survived by his parents, Ben and Cindy Nickel, his brothers: B.J. (Carrie), Plymouth; Michael, Madison; Timothy (Kristi), Kaukauna; Donovan (fiance Melissa Torres), Kaukauna; three nephews: Mason, Riley and Brennan; and one niece/godchild, Mylee, who all gave him immense pride and perspective during his time with us. Adam will also be dearly missed by his longtime and very dear friend, classmate, and running partner/race day manager Sarah Ann Balzar.
Adam was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Laurine Schmidt and Edson and Eunice Nickel.
Funeral services for Adam will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2008, at St. Katherine Drexel Parish (St. Aloysius), Kaukauna, with Rev. Jerry Pastors officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Kaukauna. Friends may visit the family from 4-8 p.m. Friday evening at the church and again from 9-11 a.m. Saturday also at the church.
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI 54911
"Serving as would be Served."
- Graduation: He graduated from Kaukauna High School in 1999.
Timothy P Nickel