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Karl Michael Backes

M, b. October 27, 1925, d. June 23, 2003



  • Birth: Karl Michael Backes was born on October 27, 1925 in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on December 27, 1951 in California.
  • Divorce: He was divorced on April 12, 1983 in Kern County, California.
  • Death: He died on June 23, 2003, at age 77, in California.

Daphne Anthony


Family: Karl Michael Backes (b. October 27, 1925, d. June 23, 2003)

Wesley Peter Backes

M, b. January 3, 1928, d. September 5, 1990


Family: Anita Frances Powers (b. June 12, 1924, d. February 9, 2006)


  • Birth: Wesley Peter Backes was born on January 3, 1928.
  • Marriage: He and Anita Frances Powers were married on January 29, 1949 in San Francisco, California.
  • Death: Wesley Peter Backes died on September 5, 1990, at age 62, in San Mateo, San Mateo Co, California.

Anita Frances Powers

F, b. June 12, 1924, d. February 9, 2006

Family: Wesley Peter Backes (b. January 3, 1928, d. September 5, 1990)


  • Birth: Anita Frances Powers was born on June 12, 1924.
  • Marriage: She and Wesley Peter Backes were married on January 29, 1949 in San Francisco, California.
  • Death: Anita Frances Powers died on February 9, 2006, at age 81, in San Mateo, San Mateo Co, California.
  • Note: Anita Frances Backes Of Millbrae, at rest in South San Francisco, February 9, 2006.

    She was the loving wife of the late Wesley Backes; dear mother of Kenneth Backes, Barbara Backes and the late Philip Backes. Grandmother of seven and great grandmother of two.

    Also survived by her sister-in-law Nora Powers; niece, Denise Sullivan; and nephew, Patrick Nurisso.

    A native of San Francisco, age 81, she was a long-time devoted parishioner of St. Dunstan's Church in Millbrae.

    Committal, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.

Richard Craig VanDyke

M, b. December 13, 1965, d. March 22, 1985



  • Birth: Richard Craig VanDyke was born on December 13, 1965 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on March 22, 1985, at age 19.
  • Burial: He was buried in Holy Name Cemetery, Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Graduation: He graduated from Kimberly High School in 1984.
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Joseph VanDyke

M, b. circa 1960, d. before March 1985



  • Birth: Joseph VanDyke was born circa 1960.
  • Death: He died before March 1985.
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Genevieve Goffard

F, b. February 6, 1922, d. December 20, 2012


Family: Glenn G Western (b. July 1, 1923, d. May 6, 1964)


  • Birth: Genevieve Goffard was born on February 6, 1922.
  • Marriage: She and Glenn G Western were married on October 16, 1943.
  • Death: Genevieve Goffard died on December 20, 2012, at age 90.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Name Cemetery, Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Gen Western, age 90, passed away at a local nursing center on Thursday evening, December 20, 2012. She was born at home on February 6, 1922, daughter of the late Leonard and Elizabeth (Janz) Goffard. On October 16, 1943, she married Glenn G. Western; he preceded her in death in 1964. Living with her parents for many years, she dedicated herself to their ongoing care. Gen was also a member of the William Verhagen Post #60 Auxiliary of the American Legion.

    Gen is survived by two children: Guy (Mary Lou) Western of St. Paul, Minnesota and Glenda Western of Kimberly; a brother: William L. Goffard of Kimberly; and a sister: Doris (Lawrence) Rothe of Appleton. Also surviving are Glenn's family: Raymond (Wilma) Western of Illinois, Harvey Western of Wisconsin, Howard Seefeldt of North Dakota, Marian Western of New Mexico, and Nancy Western of Minnesota. Gen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glenn in 1964; a brother: Norbert "Nubs" (Florence) Goffard; sisters-in-law: Joan Goffard, Alice Western, Dorothy Seefeldt, Edna (Maurice) Wiles, Nora Western Kliest, Clara Mae Western McKnight; and brothers-in-law: Earl Western, Edward Western, Norman (Doris) Western, Alvin (Bunny) Western, and Mildred (Gordon) Siebert.

    The funeral liturgy for Gen will be held at11:00 AM on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at ST. PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 410 E. Wallace Street in Combined Locks, with Fr. Andrew Kysely officiating. Private burial will take place at Holy Name Cemetery in Kimberly. The family will receive visitors at the church on Thursday morning for thirty minutes prior to the mass, and then again following the service. Online condolences may be offered at

    The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the caregivers who were so wonderful and compassionate: they include everyone at Appleton Health Care Center and Heartland Hospice. We will never forget your kindness.

Doris N Goffard

F, b. April 15, 1924, d. September 2, 2016



  • Birth: Doris N Goffard was born on April 15, 1924.
  • Marriage: She and Lawrence P Rothe were married on March 23, 1943 in Holy Name Church, Kimberly, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Doris N Goffard died on September 2, 2016, at age 92.
  • Burial: She was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Rothe, Doris N (Goffard) 92, Appleton, passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 surrounded by her family. Doris was born April 15, 1924 to the late Leonard and Elizabeth (Janz) Goffard. On March 23, 1943 she married the late Lawrence Rothe. They lived in Appleton raising their 10 children for 71 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Christian Mother's Society and Homemakers of America. She loved spending time with her 24 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking and baking her famous banana bread and BBQ chicken. She was so unselfish and patient with all who knew her.

    She will be so missed by her children: Bernadette Arps; Patricia (Mike) Guyette; Lawrence Jr. (Julia; Sueann Rothe; Michael (Jeannie); Deborah (Mike) Plante; Timothy (Judy); David (Robin); Cynthia (Rick) Harp and Joseph and special friend, Laura.

    Doris spent her last years at the Bridges of Appleton where she had nicknames like grandma and beautiful lady. She was spoiled by all the staff as well as her family. We thank them all for their loving care.

    A Mass of Resurrection for Doris will be held at 11 AM, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Appleton. Friends may visit the family from 9 - 11 AM Wed. in the Sacred Heart Room at Sacred Heart Church. Entombment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. A memorial fund is being established.

Lawrence P Rothe

M, b. February 8, 1920, d. February 18, 2014



  • Birth: Lawrence P Rothe was born on February 8, 1920.
  • Marriage: He and Doris N Goffard were married on March 23, 1943 in Holy Name Church, Kimberly, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Lawrence P Rothe died on February 18, 2014, at age 94, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Lawrence Rothe "Larry", age 94, of Appleton, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at Appleton Health Care Center. Larry was born February 8th, 1920, son of the late Henry and Matilda Rothe.

    Larry proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II prior to becoming employed by Fox River Bus Lines until 1951. He then worked in the main office of Kimberly Clark Corp for 30 years until his retirement in 1985. In addition to his full time work, he took on many part time jobs to enable him to support his very, very large family. He was a painter, did carpentry, and changed many windows and screens.

    Larry loved "putzing" in his garden, fishing with his family and clipping his hedges. He also loved birds and watching them eat from his feeders and splash in his bird bath. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

    Larry is survived by his "Baby Doll" Doris (Goffard), whom he married on March 23, 1943 at Holy Name Catholic Church. They celebrated 70 years of marriage and lived their entire life in Appleton, where they were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since 1950.

    He is further survived by a sister, Rosie; a brother, Robert; ten children: Bernadette (James) Arps, Patricia (Mike) Guyette, Lawrence Jr. (Julia), Sue Ann, Michael (Jeannie), Deborah (Mike) Plante, Timothy (Judy), David (Robin), Cinthia (Rick) Harp, Joseph (Nicole); 24 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, three sisters.

    A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 21, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 222 E. Fremont St., Appleton. Friends may visit at the church in the Sacred Heart Room on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at Highland Memorial Park.

    The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital for their care and compassion. Thanks also to the Appleton Health Care Center staff who greatly helped during Larry's last hours.

Norbert Goffard

M, b. 1905, d. December 1971


Family: Marie Mignon (b. April 19, 1906, d. August 8, 1981)


  • Birth: Norbert Goffard was born in 1905 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Marie Mignon were married on August 4, 1927 in St Mary Church, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Norbert Goffard died in December 1971, at age ~66.

Lorraine Frances Young

F, b. August 24, 1924, d. December 12, 2013


Family 1: Chester Nicholas Kropidlowski (b. September 29, 1929, d. March 25, 1985)

Family 2: William R Weber (b. circa 1924, d. yes)


  • Birth: Lorraine Frances Young was born on August 24, 1924 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She was married on August 11, 1989 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on December 12, 2013, at age 89.
  • Note: Lorraine F. Borski, age 89, of Menasha, passed away on December 12, 2013, at her residence with her loving husband by her side. Lorraine Frances was born on August 24, 1924 in Appleton. She was united in marriage to Edward Charles Borski on August 11, 1988 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Menasha. Lorraine was very strict in her belief in God and Christian living. She loved the Lord, Jesus Christ. Lorraine was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church. She loved her home and loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a true lady.

    Lorraine will be missed by her husband of 25 years, Edward; her children: William R. (Terrie) Weber Jr., Cheryl Huff, Donna (Jeff) Wilcox; a step-son, Mark E. (special friend, Kathy Anderson) Borski; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; a brother, Fred (Carol) Weber Jr.; sisters: Ruth Porter and Bernice Weinfurter, special niece, Audrey Jansen; sister-in-law, Ruth Young; Edward's extended family and her other relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her mother Marie (Piette) Weber and her step-father, Fred Weber Sr.; first husband, William R. Weber Sr.; her second husband, Chester Kropidlowski; a son-in-law, Zane R. Huff Jr.; brother, Gilbert Young; sister, Doris (Clarence) Bishop; and a brother-in-law, John Weinfurter.

    A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 16, 2013, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 473 Seventh Street in Menasha, with Rev. David Skarsten officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am until the time of the service at the church. Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

Walter Edward Shefka

M, b. May 26, 1929, d. January 3, 2017


  • Birth: Walter Edward Shefka was born on May 26, 1929.
  • Death: He died on January 3, 2017, at age 87.
  • Note: Walter Edward Shefka (Wally) passed away peacefully in his home in the loving care of his entire family after a brief illness on Tuesday January 3rd, 2017. After meeting on a blind date, Wally and his bride Laurie shared one of those remarkable love stories you only hear about in movies. Wally had a great love of the outdoors and a deep, deep faith and devotion to our Lord. Additionally, Wally took great pride in service to his country during the Korean War. Wally was stationed in Alaska and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant in the US Army in 1953 and was extremely honored that his grandson, Matthew Masse, followed in his footsteps. Wally continued his service as a reservist afterwards. He loved to visit the family cabin "The Toss Up" in Cayuga. Wally was a true woodsman who loved deer hunting, fishing, hiking through the woods, cross country skiing, and 4-wheeling. Wally was a true Cayuga Woodchopper. Grandpa was an expert water witch and amazed his grandkids with his skill and accuracy, and the most progressive 87 year old you've ever met! He lovingly cared for his bride during her 15 year struggle with Alzheimer's and made a promise to bring his brides garden to its former glory. He fulfilled his promise this past fall and continued to honor her by making sure to always have a bouquet of flowers on the kitchen table.

    Wally was born in Saxon, WI and grew up in the U.P. where he was proud of his upbringing through the depression and his Polish heritage. After high school he moved to Appleton for work where he met the love of his life and celebrated 60 years of marriage.

    All because two people fell in love… Wally is survived by his loving children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren: Kathy & Mark Masse and children David (Lauren) (Anna, Jonathan, Lily, Sarah), Elizabeth (Shawn) (Jeremiah, Emily, Zechariah, Esther), Matthew (Cat), Adam (Mary), and Rebecca; Susan & Mark Shefka Peeters and children Christopher (Kristi) (Kenzie May, Katelyn Rae), Joseph, and Timothy; Debbie & Mark Guckenberger and children Christie (Corey)(Noah, Kayde, Ella), Becca (Buck) (Hunter), Zach (Katie), and Aaron; Tom & Barb Shefka and children Sarah (Matt)(Maya, Delaney, Harper), Andy (Lindsay)(Bradyn, Jordyn, Wesley), Lisa (JD)(Ellianna), and Jake (Francisco); Cindy & Wayne Bergholtz and children Stephanie (Alfredo) and Betsy (Troy); and Jim & Traci Shefka and children Rose and Isaac. The family will also soon be welcoming two more great grandchildren. He is further survived by his younger sisters Jeanette and Loretta. Walter also left behind a dear family friend and care giver Socorro, and neighbors Dave and Kathy.

    We know that he is so pleased to be reunited with his mother and father, Anna and Anton Shefka; brothers and sisters, Eddie, Tony, Evelyn, Mary, and Eleanor.

    As a true man of faith Wally loved each member of his family unconditionally.

    Dad had fond memories of his time working at the Gateway Lodge in Land-O-Lakes as a youth. His 2016 Christmas gift was one final trip down memory lane to the Gateway for a long weekend with his children. We plan on fulfilling that gift as we travel there as a family with dad in our hearts in February.

    Mass of Christian Burial for Walter will be 11:00 AM on Saturday January 7, 2017 at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, 410 W Lawrence Street, Appleton, with Fr. Jim Leary OFM Cap. officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday beginning at 9:00 AM until the 11:00 AM Mass. Full military honors will follow.

    We love you Dad/Daddy/Grandpa/Big papa, God Bless You!

    In lieu of flowers your donations will be directed to the Father Solanus Casey garden at St. Joseph parish, 404 W. Lawrence St. in Appleton. We would like to thank the pastor and kind friends of St. Joseph parish, all of whom became valued members of our extended family.

Kenneth William VanderVelden

M, b. April 3, 1946, d. November 21, 2012


Family 2: Dorothy Wadel (b. December 15, 1949, d. March 14, 2013)


  • Birth: Kenneth William VanderVelden was born on April 3, 1946 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Dorothy Wadel were married on December 15, 1999 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Kenneth William VanderVelden died on November 21, 2012, at age 66, in Wild Rose, Waushara Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Kenneth W. Vander Velden, of Wild Rose, age 66, passed away at his home on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. He was born April 3, 1946 in Kaukauna, son of the late Donald and June (Thien) Vander Velden.

    Ken married Dorothy Wadel on December 15, 1999, in Appleton. He retired from Thilmany Papers in 2005 after 37 years of employment. Ken enjoyed fishing, hunting and NASCAR.

    Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; five children: Todd (Cassandra) Vander Velden, Mark Vander Velden, Anita (Michael) Pemberton, Christopher (Raelyn Johnson) Sorenson, Michelle (Michael) Barth; four grandchildren: Amanda, Duncan, Conner and Jarred; his brothers and sisters: Jerry Vander Velden, Don (Vonnie) Vander Velden, Lori Hodges, John Vander Velden, Tim (Jo) Vander Velden, Bill (Donna) Vander Velden, Dave (Rose) Vander Velden, Dina (Scott) Mumford, Dan (Patti) Vander Velden, Jane (Orville) Koehler; brothers-in-law: Walter (Linda) Wadel, Steven (Judy) Wadel; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

    Ken was preceded in death by a niece, Kelly Bozzacchi; a brother-in-law, Peter Hodges; and his father and mother-in-law, Walter and Arlene Wadel.

    A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2012, at Neenah’s Westgor Funeral Home. The visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers a memorial is being established.

    Westgor Funeral Home 205 W. Doty Ave. Neenah 722-7151 Online condolences:
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Adah (Mickey) Halloran

F, b. September 9, 1920, d. September 25, 1995


  • Birth: Adah (Mickey) Halloran was born on September 9, 1920 in Massachusetts.
  • Marriage: She and Louis John Vanderloop were married on September 27, 1947.
  • Death: Adah (Mickey) Halloran died on September 25, 1995, at age 75, in Fort Lauderdale, Broward Co, Florida.

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William Herbert Miller

M, b. August 15, 1948, d. December 13, 2010



  • Birth: William Herbert Miller was born on August 15, 1948 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on December 13, 2010, at age 62.
  • Note: William Herbert Miller, age 62, passed away peacefully with family on Monday, December 13, 2010. He was born in Appleton on August 15, 1948, the son of George and Rosella (Welhouse) Miller. William served his country honorably in the Army in Korea. After his service, William graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. He was very active and enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing, throwing horse shoes, running marathons and outdoor sports. William also loved his cats who were a part of his family.

    William is lovingly survived by his mother, Rosella A. Miller of Kimberly; brothers: James J. Miller of Kimberly, Richard J. Miller (special friend, Carol Gerhartz) of Darboy, Ronald J. (Mariko) Miller of Okinawa, Japan; sisters: Ruth M. Van Gompel of Appleton, Mary Ann E. (Reg) Behrends of Drummond and many nieces and nephews.

    William is preceded in death by his father, George Miller, brother, Robert G. (Audrey) Miller, sister-in-law, Peg Miller, and brother-in-law, Clarence Van Gompel.

    A Funeral Service for William will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2010 at the JANSEN FARGO FUNERAL HOME, with Sister Annette Koss officiating. Friends will be received at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service.In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in William's name.

    Jansen Fargo

    Funeral Home

    204 E. Kimberly Avenue

    Kimberly 920-788-6202

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