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Joseph Antonius Heegeman

M, b. September 27, 1888, d. May 3, 1952


Family: Martina Maria Lucassen (b. February 11, 1891, d. June 7, 1975)


  • Birth: Joseph Antonius Heegeman was born on September 27, 1888 in Uden, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Death: He died on May 3, 1952, at age 63, in Racine, Racine Co, Wisconsin.

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Stephen J Heegeman

M, b. December 26, 1937, d. January 20, 2015


Family: Judy Stevens (b. circa 1937, d. circa 1975)


  • Birth: Stephen J Heegeman was born on December 26, 1937.
  • Marriage: He and Judy Stevens were married on January 29, 1966.
  • Death: Stephen J Heegeman died on January 20, 2015, at age 77.
  • Note: Stephen J. Heegeman, age 77, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Steve was born on December 26, 1937, and was raised by Margaret (Spaay) and Dave Dietrich. He married Judy Stevens on January 29, 1966, and they spent thirty eight years together before she passed away. Steve served his country in the U.S. Army. He was the Vice President of Operations at CW Transport. Steve had a larger than life personality, and infectious laugh and was always the life of the party. He was deeply committed to friends and family and will be remembered as someone who placed the needs of others above his own. Steve was a gifted athlete and excelled in tennis, basketball, and golf with eleven hole-in-ones. What Steve loved most though was spending time with his family. He was loved dearly and will be greatly missed.

    Steve is survived by his children: Tom (Sandy) Stevens, Mike (Mary) Stevens, Sue (Pat) McPhail, Patty (Steve) Kmecheck, Cathy (Tim) Matthias, Linda (Jeff) Bloszies, and Dave Heegeman; brother, Dennis Heegeman; fifteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; special friends: Marlene Becker, Arnie and Norma Organ, and Jerry and Karen Harpt; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Heegeman; mother, Margaret Dietrich; step-father, Dave Dietrich; father, Jerome Heegeman; sister, Diane Speaks; and grandson, Tyler Stevens.

    A memorial service for Steve will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME, 537 N. Superior Street, Appleton. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be offered at

Dennis Heegeman

M, b. February 2, 1939, d. September 22, 2016


Family: Kay Welbes (b. July 4, 1941, d. April 26, 2015)


  • Birth: Dennis Heegeman was born on February 2, 1939.
  • Divorce: He and Kay Welbes were divorced.
  • Marriage: Dennis Heegeman and Kay Welbes were married in 1960.
  • Death: Dennis Heegeman died on September 22, 2016, at age 77.
  • Note: Heegeman , Dennis "Joey"

    Dennis Heegeman, aged 77, a longtime Neenah resident, passed away peacefully the evening of September 22, 2016. He had suffered with COPD for several years and although Dennis faced serious health concerns, he was a fighter until the very end.

    He was born in Racine to Jerome and Margaret Heegeman and lived in the Fox Cities for most of his life. As a youngster, Dennis was involved in practically every sport and played in any kind of "pick-up" game he could find. He especially loved basketball and could still shoot a picture-perfect set-shot well into his 70's. He also mastered the fine art of "using that backboard".

    He had been employed by James River Paper Company in Neenah and Menasha and took great pride in his work. He was well respected for being a hard worker at all the mills he worked at. As a maintenance specialist, he serviced the machines at several locations. He was known throughout the company as "Joey" or "JoJo" and his humorous and unique personality left an impact on everyone he worked with. After his time at the mill, he finished his work career at Lawrence University, as a maintenance worker. He enjoyed his time at Lawrence a great deal and truly loved to contribute any way he could.

    He was married in 1960 and he and his former wife, Kay raised 3 beautiful children, they survive him. Kerri (partner, Lindsey Banda) Heegeman of Neenah, Julie (Greg) Sampson of Little Chute, and James Heegeman of Lakewood, Washington. He was also very, very proud of his grandchildren: Tate Sampson, Johanna Heegeman, Jensen Lammeman, Caden Sampson, Wes Sampson, and Luke Sampson. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all of them. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Stephen, his ex-wife Kay and his beloved dog, Job.

    Although Dennis might have had a bit of gruff exterior at times, he was capable of amazing compassion and kindness. He had a strong faith and, most importantly, a deep understanding of forgiveness. He is now at peace and resting in His Savior's arms.

    Special thanks to those who cared for Dennis his last few days and to his buddy, Dan King for his friendship and encouragement the last few years of his life.

    Dennis requested that no services would be held for him. His family will celebrate his life privately on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Please consider making a donation to the organization that helps those with COPD have a better quality of life.

Bernice Antoinette Heegeman

F, b. October 3, 1920, d. February 17, 1942



  • Birth: Bernice Antoinette Heegeman was born on October 3, 1920.
  • Death: She died on February 17, 1942, at age 21, in Racine, Racine Co, Wisconsin.

Lorraine A Smith

M, b. March 17, 1925, d. May 14, 2009



  • Birth: Lorraine A Smith was born on March 17, 1925 in Plover, Portage Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on March 28, 1943.
  • Death: He died on May 14, 2009, at age 84.
  • Note: May 17, 2009

    Hangartner, Lorraine A.

    Lorraine A. Hangartner, 84, Clintonville, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2009, at the Appleton Health Care Center.

    The former Lorraine Arline Smith was born March 17, 1925, in the Township of Plover, Marathon County, to Frank and Anna (Pankow) Smith. She was raised in Birnamwood where she married Albert F. Hangartner on March 28, 1943, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Birnamwood. The couple dairy farmed for many years and Lorraine worked outside of the home driving school bus in Bowler for 11 years. She then was employed for three years with a restaurant in Wittenberg. The couple moved to Woodruff in 1976 and she began work as a cook at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, until her retirement in 1989. Her husband Albert preceded her in death on March 30, 1982, and she settled in Clintonville by the early 1990's. Lorraine was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clintonville, where she was active in the Ladies Aide. Her interests included fishing, plastic crafts, needlepoint, traveling, playing cards, gardening and canning. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

    Survivors include two children; Allen (Joan) Hangartner of Kaukauna and Darlene Rettler of Hartford. There are six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. Further survived by one brother, Donald (Sandra) Smith, Clintonville; a sister-in-law, Lucille Smith, Wausau; a brother-in-law, Charles (Peggy) Clark, Racine; an aunt, Jane Pankow, Shawano; many other relatives and friends.

    Lorraine is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Ervin & Dennis Smith; a sister, Dorothy Clark; a son-in-law, Ron Rettler; one granddaughter, one great granddaughter, and one great-great grandson.

    The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Appleton Health Care Center for the excellent care given. A special thank-you also to Dr. John Swanson and all the staff at Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology, Appleton, and ThedaCare At Home Hospice, Neenah.

    Funeral service will be held on Monday, May 18th at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clintonville. Rev. Robert Sawall will officiate and burial will be at Forest Cemetery in Birnamwood. Friends may call on Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent via

Albert F Hangartner


Family: Lorraine A Smith (b. March 17, 1925, d. May 14, 2009)

Frank Smith

M, b. circa 1900, d. November 20, 1968

Family: Anna Maria Emma Pankow (b. January 17, 1897, d. March 9, 1990)


  • Birth: Frank Smith was born circa 1900.
  • Marriage: He and Anna Maria Emma Pankow were married on April 8, 1920.
  • Death: Frank Smith died on November 20, 1968 in Birnamwood, Shawano Co, Wisconsin.

Anna Maria Emma Pankow

F, b. January 17, 1897, d. March 9, 1990

Family: Frank Smith (b. circa 1900, d. November 20, 1968)


  • Birth: Anna Maria Emma Pankow was born on January 17, 1897 in Caroline, Shawano Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Frank Smith were married on April 8, 1920.
  • Death: Anna Maria Emma Pankow died on March 9, 1990, at age 93, in Wittenberg, Shawano Co, Wisconsin.

Darlene Hangartner



Elvira Kositzke

F, b. December 4, 1912, d. April 22, 1953


Family: Laurance (Butch) Cotter (b. June 3, 1905, d. October 4, 1959)


  • Birth: Elvira Kositzke was born on December 4, 1912.
  • Marriage: She and Laurance (Butch) Cotter were married on March 12, 1942.
  • Death: Elvira Kositzke died on April 22, 1953, at age 40.

Wilbur G Kositzke

M, b. July 23, 1915, d. October 13, 2003


Family: Myrtle Dreier (b. June 12, 1918, d. October 21, 1994)


  • Birth: Wilbur G Kositzke was born on July 23, 1915 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on October 13, 2003, at age 88.

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Clifford Glenn Peters

M, b. April 11, 1921, d. May 15, 2009


Family: Bernice Anna Loewenhagen (b. November 20, 1921, d. November 21, 2005)


  • Birth: Clifford Glenn Peters was born on April 11, 1921 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Bernice Anna Loewenhagen were married on July 30, 1949 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Clifford Glenn Peters died on May 15, 2009, at age 88.
  • Burial: He was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: May 17, 2009

    Peters, Clifford G.

    Clifford G. Peters, 88, Appleton, passed away May 15, 2009, at Cherry Meadows Hospice. He was born April 11, 1921, to Arthur and Alma Peters in Appleton. Cliff graduated from Appleton High School in 1940. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the Red Arrow Division. He married Bernice Lowenhagen on July 30, 1949. Cliff worked at the James River Paper Company as a Drafting Supervisor for 32 years until his retirement. He was a lifelong faithful member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church.

    Cliff is survived by his two special nephews, Tim (Mary Sue) Woldt and their children, Derek (Jackie) Woldt, Jason Woldt and Stephanie (Freddie) Berger; Dennis (Julie) Woldt and their children, Dustin and Ryan; sister-in-law, Alice Peters; many other cousins, nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice; two brothers: Donald (Delores) Peters and Dick Peters; a sister Dorothy (Russell) Peotter and a sister-in-law Elois (Leslie) Woldt.

    Funeral services for Cliff will be held at 1 PM Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church (129 S. Mason St., Appleton) with Rev. Thomas Mielke officiating. Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. Friends may visit the family from 12 pm (Noon) until the time of services also at the church. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorials may be directed to St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Fox Valley Lutheran High School.

    The family of Cliff would like to thank the staff and friends at Touchmark, the Physician's and staff of Martha Siekman Center and Ray and Phyllis, Dale and Carol and Ginny for their care and friendship shown to Cliff.

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Bernice Anna Loewenhagen

F, b. November 20, 1921, d. November 21, 2005


Family: Clifford Glenn Peters (b. April 11, 1921, d. May 15, 2009)


  • Birth: Bernice Anna Loewenhagen was born on November 20, 1921 in Town of Grand Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Clifford Glenn Peters were married on July 30, 1949 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Bernice Anna Loewenhagen died on November 21, 2005, at age 84, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Dorothy Peters

F, b. April 3, 1923, d. July 28, 1989


Family: Russell Louis Peotter (b. July 5, 1922, d. April 29, 1995)


  • Birth: Dorothy Peters was born on April 3, 1923.
  • Death: She died on July 28, 1989, at age 66.

Russell Louis Peotter

M, b. July 5, 1922, d. April 29, 1995


Family: Dorothy Peters (b. April 3, 1923, d. July 28, 1989)


  • Birth: Russell Louis Peotter was born on July 5, 1922.
  • Death: He died on April 29, 1995, at age 72.

Elois Ann Loewenhagen

F, b. August 17, 1928, d. November 11, 1957


Family: Leslie Karl Woldt (b. October 9, 1921, d. February 28, 1999)


  • Birth: Elois Ann Loewenhagen was born on August 17, 1928 in Town of Grand Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Leslie Karl Woldt were married on October 25, 1951 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Elois Ann Loewenhagen died on November 11, 1957, at age 29, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Roberta Susannah McCormick

F, b. November 15, 1918, d. May 1, 2009

Family: Vance John VanLaanen (b. December 9, 1931, d. February 3, 2003)


  • Birth: Roberta Susannah McCormick was born on November 15, 1918 in Pennsylvania.
  • Death: She died on May 1, 2009, at age 90, in Arizona.
  • Note: May 17, 2009

    VanLaanen, Roberta Susannah

    Roberta, a Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay resident since 1945 and part time Arizonian resident since 1978, passed away at her home in Fountain Hills, Ariz., on May 1, 2009, with family at her side.

    Born in Lock Haven, Penn., Nov. 15, 1918, to Robert B. McCormick and Florence A. Reeder, the older of two daughters. She attended Meadville High School and graduated from Rollins University, Florida, with a degree in journalism.

    Roberta loved "adventures" and traveled extensively throughout the world. Always with a journal and camera in tote to record every new destination and if she could schedule in a game of golf, she considered the trip perfection! An avid golfer since high school, she holds numerous trophies from various events throughout the United States. Her most prized, were two from Pinehurst Women's Invitationals.

    Roberta held various positions and memberships in Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay, Women's Golf Assoc Oneida, Women's Northeastern Golf Assoc., elected State Woman Golfer of the Year, Bell-Art Gallery at Bellin Hospital, Friends of Art, voted Artist of the Year, Exhibits Chair and President of Art Colony, lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Theta, DAR, Sturgeon Bay Women's Golf Assoc., Door County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, start up committee for the Charity Ball, House and Garden Walk and Door-Way Gift Shop, initiated Art Market Gallery in Ephriam.

    Roberta was a juried artist in Wisconsin and Arizona and was quite generous with her work. Donating pieces for charity events and gifting to her family and friends.

    Roberta was an avid supporter of the environment throughout her lifetime. She volunteered and worked diligently for many groups to promote and educate about the fragility of our planet earth.

    Roberta is survived by her three children, Robert (Bette) Parmentier, Leslie (Chuck) Hagmann and Jules (Kathy) Parmentier; grandchildren, Christine and Robert Parmentier, Laird (Ande) Hagmann and Ashley (Eric) Cooley, Hayley and JJ Parmentier; great-grandchildren, Kylie and Logan Hagmann; nieces and nephews in California, Nevada and Wisconsin.

    Roberta was preceded in death by her husband, Vance J. VanLaanan; her parents, Robert and Florence McCormick; and her sister, Josephine Cochran.

    Roberta will be remembered for her insatiable desire to learn and her enviable ability to make it so darn much fun!

    At Roberta's request there will be no formal memorial service. She will be placed next to her father in Lock Haven, Penn.

    Memorials may be made in Roberta's name to Penninsula Art School, P. O. Box 304, Fish Creek, WI 54212.

Otto Brukardt

M, b. February 4, 1917, d. April 1, 1981

Family: Margaret Machurick (b. May 11, 1921, d. July 24, 2010)


  • Birth: Otto Brukardt was born on February 4, 1917.
  • Marriage: He and Margaret Machurick were married on November 9, 1940 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Otto Brukardt died on April 1, 1981, at age 64.

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