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Judith Kielgas

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Family: Donald Lee (b. February 10, 1940, d. May 28, 2013)

Biography

  • Birth: Judith Kielgas was born on July 15, 1942 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Donald Lee were married on January 26, 1963.
  • Death: Judith Kielgas died on July 14, 1999, at age 56, in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Donald Lee

M, b. February 10, 1940, d. May 28, 2013

Family 1: Judith Kielgas (b. July 15, 1942, d. July 14, 1999)

Family 2: Joyce Lawler

Biography

  • Birth: Donald Lee was born on February 10, 1940 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Judith Kielgas were married on January 26, 1963.
  • Marriage: Donald Lee was married in 2001.
  • Death: He died on May 28, 2013, at age 73.
  • Burial: He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Lee, Donald L.

    On May 28, 2013 Donald L. Lee answered God's advertisement for another angel.

    Don was born February 10th, 1940 to Leonard and Anna Lee at the family home in Menasha He enjoyed a wonderful childhood with his three brothers and sister, attended local schools, raised his family and spent his entire working years in Menasha. He married the first love of his life, Judith Kielgas on January 26, 1963. Don served in the U.S. Navy and worked at Albany, International until retirement in 1999. He was the pillar of his family, truly the all-around man. His skills with plants and trees, landscaping, gardening, wood crafts and repairing of almost anything were known by all the extended family and he was always there to help. His yard was filled with fruit trees, shrubs, flowers, a pond and gardens, and was his pride and joy. God truly has an outstanding new angel to do his work in heaven.

    In 2001 Don married the second love of his life, Joyce Lawler, with whom he traveled extensively, touring all 50 states and many foreign countries. He truly enjoyed his retirement winters in Arizona and made many friends there. He was an avid game player and knew the rules for so many games that he amazed his friends. Many friends were made over a game of cards.

    Don is survived by his wife, Joyce, sons Daniel (Mary) Lee , Shannon (Carie) Lee, and Jason (Annie), Lee; daughters Jody Rodriquez and Michelle Lee; stepchildren Julie (Daniel) Simpson, Paul (Megumi) Lawler, and Michelle (Jeff) McKinney; grandchildren Adam, Norah, Natalie, Jack and Colton; step grandchildren Coleman , Andrea, Carley and Peter; step great-grandchildren Jade and Riley.; brothers Leonard and Lyle Lee, sister, Sister Leann (Diane); sisters-in-law Karen Lee, Carolyn (David) Freund, Donna Burgeson, Peg Drollinger; Mary Kielgas, Betty (Doug) Hendricks, Sandra (John) Zaches, Barbara Reinke, and Jean (Dave) Williamson; brothers-in-law Francis (Carol) Drollinger., Glenn (June) Kielgas, and James Kielgas. He was predeceased in death by his parents, his first wife, Judith, brother Dave, sisters-in-law Dorie Lee, Vivian Hanne man; and brothers-in-law Wilmer Burgeson, Clifford Drollinger, Richard, Allan and Alex, Jr. Kielgas.

    Services will be at St. John's Catholic Church, Menasha at 11:00 o'clock on May 31, 2013. Visitation will be at the church from 9am to 11am. After the service, the family would be pleased to have everyone join them for lunch and a time of remembrance. Please bring your fond and funny memories of Don to share. Because Don believed so strongly in the education of his grandchildren, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial be made to the grandchildren's college fund at GCU. Heart of the Valley Crematory.




    Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on May 30, 2013.

Sandra Kielgas

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Barbara Kielgas

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Glenn A Kielgas

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Allan Edward Kielgas

M, b. March 7, 1932, d. May 7, 2013

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Biography

  • Birth: Allan Edward Kielgas was born on March 7, 1932.
  • Death: He died on May 7, 2013, at age 81.
  • Burial: He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Allan Edward Kielgas, 81, of Appleton, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Allan was born on March 7, 1932 to the late Alex and Sylvia (Burmeister) Kielgas.

    Allan was a sports fan, especially his Detroit Lions and Chicago Cubs. Allan spent many hours soing jug saw puzzles which he loved.

    Allan is survived by siblings Glenn (June)Kielgas, James Kielgas, Betty (Doug) Hendricks, Sandy (John) Zackas, Barbara (special friend Bob) Reinke, Jeanne (Dave) Williamson, a brother-in-law, Don Lee and a sister-in-law, Mary Kielgas, nieces and nephews. Allan was preceded in death by his siblings; Alex Jr., Richard, Judy Lee, and infant brothers Edward and Dennis.



    In following with the family's wishes no services will be held and Allan will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery.

Alex W Kielgas

M, b. October 2, 1934, d. June 15, 1998

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  • Birth: Alex W Kielgas was born on October 2, 1934.
  • Death: He died on June 15, 1998, at age 63.

James P Kielgas

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Family: Donna Duchow

Richard Kielgas

M, b. November 1, 1939, d. January 16, 2013

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Biography

  • Birth: Richard Kielgas was born on November 1, 1939.
  • Marriage: He was married on October 6, 1990.
  • Death: He died on January 16, 2013, at age 73.
  • Note: Richard "Dickie" Kielgas, 73, of Appleton, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dickie was born on November 1, 1939 to Alex and Sylvia (Burmeister) Kielgas. He married Mary Beth Cardin on October 6, 1990. Richard enjoyed watching and listening to the Chicago Cubs, country music and the birds and squirrels. He had a huge heart and was a gentle man who was easy to get along with.

    Richard is survived by his wife, Mary Beth, brothers and sisters; Alan Kielgas, Glen (June) Kielgas, James Kielgas, Barbara (special friend Bob) Reinke, Jeanne (Dave) Williamson, all of Appleton, Betty (John) Hendericks, California, Sandy (John) Zackas, California, Sisters-in-law; Connie Boyer, Green Bay, Gail (Fran) Behnke, Green Bay, Brothers-in-law; Rudy (Jane) Cardin, Appleton, Leo (Pam) Cardin, San Antonio, Texas, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Richard was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings; Alex Kielgas, Judy Lee, and infant brothers Eddie and Dennis.

    A time of visitation will be held on Monday, January 21, 2013 from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME, 537 N. Superior St.

Margaret Eleanor Schmitzer

F, b. April 8, 1920, d. December 6, 1996

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Family 1: Edward A Wettengel (b. January 29, 1918, d. June 16, 2011)

Family 2: Milton J Arps (b. February 9, 1918, d. March 13, 1987)

Biography

  • Birth: Margaret Eleanor Schmitzer was born on April 8, 1920 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Edward A Wettengel were married.
  • Death: Margaret Eleanor Schmitzer died on December 6, 1996, at age 76.

Margaret Arps

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Mary Arps

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Thomas Keller

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James Milton Arps

M, b. April 14, 1942, d. December 29, 2013

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Biography

  • Birth: James Milton Arps was born on April 14, 1942.
  • Marriage: He was married on April 29, 1978.
  • Death: He died on December 29, 2013, at age 71, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Star of Hope Mausoleum, Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • Note: James M. Arps, age 71, of Appleton, died in the loving arms of his family on December 29, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Jim was born on April 14, 1942, the son of Milton J. and Margaret E. (Schmitzer) Arps. He graduated from St. Mary's High School, Menasha with the class of 1960. Following his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam, and attaining the rank of Sergeant.

    After his Marine Corps Service, he went to France to study for the food and beverage industry, which was his life's calling. He was the fourth generation of his family to own a bar and restaurant following in the footsteps of his Great-grandfather Gus Krautkramer, Grandfather Alex Schmitzer, and his parents Milt and Marge Arps, founders of Alex's Restaurants in the Fox Valley.

    Jim spent the majority of his life in the restaurant business. He was Executive Chef and General Manager of Alex's Crown until its closing in 1986. He then was Executive Chef for the Landmark Restaurant in Clintonville, WI. In 1989, he became a Sales Associate for Appleton's Highland Memorial Cemetery and in 1999, Sales Manager for Greenlawn Memorial Park in Neenah. Following his retirement, he returned to food service, working part-time for Franciscan Care Center and Lawrence University.

    On April 29, 1978, Jim married Bernadette E. "Birdie" (Rothe), spending 35 years together. Over those years, they traveled extensively, and nothing gave Jim greater pleasure than watching Birdie's reaction and wonderment for each new travel experience.

    Jim is survived by his wife Birdie, Appleton; two sons: James H. (Beth) Arps, Chanhassen, MN, and Stephen M. (Amy) Arps, Appleton; grandchildren: James Erich, Kaylin, Aaron and Carl; and two step-daughters: Kim (Mark) Foate, Neenah, and Lisa Coenen, Appleton. He is further survived by two sisters: Margaret L. Bourgeois, North Redington Beach, FL and Mary E. (Tom) Keller, Milwaukee, and three brothers: Paul J. (Kathie) Arps, Redington Shores, FL, Peter D. Arps, North Redington Beach, FL,and Mark A. (Holly) Arps, Stillwater, MN, plus many nephews and nieces. He is also survived by his Mother- and Father-in-law, and one uncle, Alex Schmitzer Jr.

    Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Margaret Arps, and a brother, John L. "Butch" Arps.

    A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, January 3, 2014 at the Star of Hope Mausoleum Chapel at Highland Memorial Park in Appleton, with Rev. Kurt Hoffmann officiating. Full military honors performed by Appleton Legion Post #38 will immediately follow. Visitation will be held at the chapel on Friday from 10 am until the time of service. Entombment will be in the Star of Hope Mausoleum. A memorial fund is being established for the Fox Valley Humane Society Animal Shelter.

    The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses in the ICU at St. Elizabeth Hospital for the compassionate care shown to Jim.

Paul J Arps

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Peter Arps

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Mark Arps

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Donald Mleziva

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Rick Welhouse

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