Jean M. Van Dera                                                    Kathleen M. Ott

Carolynn M. Denzel                                                 Carol R. Gilson

Dorothy G. Bauer                                                     Denese M. Rieth 

Germaine C. McCabe                                               Gilbert C. Bonnin

Ilo I. Blumreich 

The Boettcher Family Funeral Home


Jean Van Dera
Little Chute

Jean Magdelean Van Dera, age 88, went home to our Lord on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 with her daughter at her side.  She was born on February 24, 1926 to the late Nicholas & Gertrude (VandeHey) Vandenberg.  On May 2, 1944 she married her husband of 62 years, Theodore J Van Dera, who preceded her in death in 2006.  Jean worked at Riverside Paper Mill for nine years, helped her husband on the milk route for six years before purchasing the bar known as “Ted & Jean’s Bar” in St. John which they ran for 34 years, before retiring to their home on Boundary Lake near Crivitz and then to Kaukauna.  Jean loved to write & always had a dream to write a book.  In 1996 her dream was fulfilled and her book, “A Twist of Faith” was complete.

Jean is survived by her daughter Pamela Van Dera, New Holstein; and her son Theodore W. Van Dera, Appleton; her grandchildren: Jason (Mette) Hervig, Justin Van Dera, and Amanda Verkuilen; great grandchildren: Kieshon, Analeigha, Ariela, Madalynn, & William; sisters & brothers-in-law: Pearl Pleshek, Isabell (Gilbert) Vosters, June (Merlin) School, & Joan Schultz; sister-in-law June Van Dera, & brother-in-law James Hoffman.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Theodore, her 3 sisters & a brother: Zeta Huisman and her husbands  Emery Mollen, and Nic Huisman, Yvonne Hoffman, Margie Vandenberg,  Douglas (Carol) Vandenberg; brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law: Roy Pleshek, Bill Schultz, Pete (Elaine)Van Dera, Hank (Blanche)Van Dera, Bob Van Dera, Loretta (Victor) Nackers.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jean will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at St. John's Nepomucene Catholic Church, 323 Pine Street, little Chute with Msgr. James Vanden Hogen celebrating. Friends my call directly at church from 2 p.m. until the time of mass. Entombment will take place in Highland memorial Park, Appleton. Boettcher Family Funeral Home will be handling the funeral arrangements. A memorial fund has been established in her name. - See more at:;

Jean was a real people person & will be missed by the many whose lives she had touched.

A special “Thank You” to the staff at Parkside Care Center, the Heartland Hospice staff, Doctors Jack & Todd Meyer, Community Care, and the many caregivers over the years.


Kathleen “Kathy” M. Ott

Age 65, died peacefully on Monday July 21, 2014 at home with her family by her side, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born February 5, 1949 in Appleton, WI, daughter of the late George and Audrey (Lamers) Deeg. On March 14, 1969 Kathy married Randy Ott. The couple resided in the Sherwood area their entire married lives. Kathy was a dedicated volunteer, a talented seamstress and a wonderful wife, mom, grandma, “seester”, and a friend to “ALL”. She will be sewn in our hearts forever, we love you! Kathy loved bingo and going to the grandchildren’s activities. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sherwood. Kathy was a meal site manager for Meals on Wheels for over 15 years.    

Kathy is survived by her husband, Randy, Sherwood; 4 sons: Randy Jr. (Lori), Spokane, WA, Mark (Laura), Chilton, Ryon (Heather), Appleton, and Kristopher (Lori), Hilbert; 7 grandchildren: Morgan, Trevor, Taylor, Brianna, Vincent, Logan, Sophia, and baby Ott on the way; 1 “seester”, Karen Van Dinter, Neenah; 3 brothers: Ron (Terri) Deeg, Georgia, Alan (Angela) Deeg, Appleton, and Dan (Terri) Deeg, Indiana; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial for Kathy will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at St. John-Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sherwood with Fr. Michael Betley officiating. Friends may call on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Boettcher Family Funeral Home, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a parish prayer concluding the evening. Friends may call again directly at church on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until the time of mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in her name.  

The family would like to express sincere thanks to the staff of Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology at Martha Siekman Center and the staff of Theda Care at Home Hospice.


Carolynn M. Denzel

Age 70, died on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Appleton Medical Center following a short illness. She was born March 5, 1944, daughter of the late Ralph and Florence (Bowe) Heimerl. On April 20, 1962, she was united in marriage to Eugene Denzel at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chilton and together they celebrated 37 years of marriage. They loved going camping at Anvil Lake and Bear Lake. Carolynn loved to socialize with her friends and enjoyed spending time with family. She was quick-witted and always had a ready comeback.

She is survived by her daughter, Tanya Verhagen (special friend Marc Lankey); a grandson Eli and a granddaughter Toni Lynn. Tanya, Eli, and Toni were the joy of Carolynn’s life. She is further survived by two sisters: Jayne (Bill) Levknecht and Marilee (Dean) Bornemann; two brothers: Joe (Kathy) Heimerl and Ken Heimerl, nieces, nephews, a brother-in-law, Vince (Joyce) Denzel, a sister-in-law, Mary Denzel, and special friends: Jeannie Verbockel, Carol Coenen, and Mary Atkins.  

 She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Eugene, her son Tony, a daughter Terry Lynn, her sister Judy (Jack) Schoen, her brother-in-law, Ronald Denzel, and special friend, Jim Nett.

A Memorial Service for Carolynn will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at BOETTCHER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. until the time of service. In Lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Appleton Medical center.


Carol R. (Schneider) Gilson

Age 81, died peacefully on July 30, 2014 at Appleton Medical Center. Carol was born December 23, 1932, daughter of the late Albert and Hattie (Schuman) Schneider of Shawano. The family owned and operated A.H. Schneider Monument Company for many years. On September 24, 1955, Carol married Patrick Gilson, also of Shawano, and together they had one daughter, Linda of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. They built their home in Kimberly in 1961 and enjoyed their neighborhood friends all their lives. Pat preceded Carol in death on March 8, 1998. 

Carol is survived by her daughter Linda and her lifelong partner Tom Nickerson; a sister-in-law, Mary Holtz, Suamico and a brother-in-law, Jack Gilson, as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews; from the Schneider side: Debbie (Maurice), Alan (Jackie) and Jeff; from the Gilson/Holtz side: Bill (Susie), Mary Jane, Ann, Jean and Paul and their families; and two very special friends in Carol’s life, Geri Philipsen and Dorothy Kilsdonk.   

She was preceded in death by her parents; father and mother-in-law: Earl and Jen Gilson, brother and sister-in-law: George and Shirley Schneider, brother-in-law, Don Holtz and sister-in-law, Mildred Gilson.

Carol Enjoyed and took pride in her yard and garden. She loved music, playing cards, the Green Bay Packers and being “Granma” to Linda and Tom’s cats. Carol cherished her friendships and family. She was kind, caring and thoughtful, she was always one to call or send a card to let you know she was thinking of and praying for you. Her lively sense of humor and compassion for all will be sadly missed.  

A Memorial Mass for Carol will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014 at HOLY SPIRIT PARISH at HOLY NAME OF JESUS, 602 E. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly with Fr. Bob Kollath officiating.  Friends may call directly at church from 4:00 p.m. until the time of mass. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Shawano. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Carol’s name to the Fox Valley Humane Association or an animal rescue organization of your choice. The family has chosen Boettcher Family Funeral Home, Kaukauna to assist them.

Dorothy G. Bauer
Fond du Lac
(Formerly of Kaukauna)

Age 92, passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Fond du Lac Lutheran Home. She was born March 15, 1922 in Greenleaf, WI, daughter of the late Clark and Lillian (Baum) Phillips. On May 5, 1945 Dorothy married Tom Bauer in Philadelphia, he preceded her in death. Dorothy served in the US Coast Guard “SPARS” during WWII. She retired from Kaukauna Hospital after 25 years of service as a ward secretary. Dorothy was a member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Kaukauna.

Dorothy is survived by a daughter, Sue La Fond, DePere; 2 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild: Parker (Anne) Hansen, Green Bay and their children, Xavier, Vincent and Ayonna at home; Amy Schoepke, Eldorado and her children, Cody (Jamie) Schoepke, Milwaukee, Bryanna (Brandon) Bruger and their daughter, Lacey, of Bloomington, IL.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom and a sister, Virginia Phillips.  

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established. The Family has chosen Boettcher Family Funeral Home, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna to assist them.


Denese M. Rieth

Age 86, passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Appleton Medical Center. She was born on July 16, 1928 in Askeaton, daughter of the late Emmett and Viola (Baine) Clancy. On June 19, 1948 she was united in marriage to John Rieth and together they celebrated 51 years of marriage. Denese enjoyed fishing, playing cribbage, and gardening.

She is survived by her 4 children: Nancy Pomeroy, Susie (Fred) Steger, Thomas (Cathy) Rieth and Daniel (Cheryl) Rieth; 12 grandchildren: Lisa (David) Loritz, Casey (Amy) Clark, Toby (Jackie) Clark, Kelly Vanden Elzen, Brady Pomeroy, Ben (Becky) Steger, Candi (Matt) Teske, Amber Steger, Reba (Jake) Vandeloo, Nick Rieth, Jake (Alicia) Rieth, and Ryan Rieth; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marion Schreck, 3 sisters-in-law: Jane Clancy, Mary Clancy, and Betty Clancy. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other relatives.    

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers.

The Memorial Mass for Denese will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 309 Desnoyer St., Kaukauna with Fr. Tom Pomeroy officiating.  Friends will be received directly at church on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established. The family has chosen Boettcher Family Funeral Home, Kaukauna to assist them.

The family wishes to express  their gratitude to the staff at Appleton Medical Center.


Germaine C. Mc Cabe

Age 84, passed away in peace and comfort on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Parkside Care Center in Little Chute following a short illness. She was born on October 22, 1929 in Kaukauna, daughter of the late William and Genevieve (Van Dyke) Martzahl.  On April 15, 1950 she was united in marriage to Howard P. Mc Cabe at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kaukauna.  They were married for 56 years before he preceded her in death on January 7, 2006.  Germaine was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church, Kaukauna.  Although she worked briefly for Kaukauna Club, her life’s devotion was being a stay-at-home mother to her six children.  Germaine enjoyed singing in St. Mary’s Choir, traveling, and playing bingo.  Reading, crocheting, and praying the rosary for anyone in need were a few of her favorite pastimes.  Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. 

She is survived by her children: Dan (Linda) Mc Cabe, Kaukauna, Sarah (Ken) Van Mun, Kimberly, William Mc Cabe, Kaukauna, Kathleen (fiancé Shawn Demerath), Combined Locks, Patricia Mc Cabe, Philadelphia, Mary (Todd) Roovers, Kaukauna; twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  She is further survived by sisters: Mary Krueger, MaryJane (Bob) Milheiser, Ann (Tom) Jansen, and brothers: Paul (Sandy) Martzahl and Gerald Martzahl; sisters-in-law: Rita Martzahl and Dorothy Mc Cabe.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard, brothers Jack Martzahl and Gene Martzahl, sister Clara Van Dyke, brothers-in-law: Leon Krueger, Clarence Van Dyke, and Harold Mc Cabe, sisters-in-law: Vivian Martzahl, Doris Mc Cabe, and Lorraine (Sr. John) Mc Cabe.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Germaine will be held at 4:00 PM on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at St. Katharine Drexel Parish @ St. Mary Church, 119 West Seventh St., Kaukauna with Fr. Jerry Pastors celebrating.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Friends will be received directly at the church on Thursday from 1:00 PM until the time of the mass.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in Germaine’s name is being established.

A special thanks to Parkside Care Center for the wonderful care given to Germaine these past two months.


Gilbert C. Bonnin

Gilbert Clarence Bonnin, formerly of Appleton, peacefully went to his heavenly home on Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Germantown, WI.  He was born on February 15, 1930, in Two Rivers, WI, son of the late Clarence and Bernice (Schoenike) Bonnin.  On December 11, 1949, Gilbert was united in marriage to Faye Ann Raaths in Zachow, WI.  The couple farmed in Bonduel before moving to Appleton.  Gilbert owned and operated Trade Mark Construction as a builder and contractor building many homes in the Fox Valley area.  He also worked as a realtor in sales and investments.  During his retirement, he drove coach tours and helped his wife Faye with her jewelry stores, Faye’s Fine Jewelry and Guild Jewelers in Neenah.  Gilbert and Faye were long time members of Riverview Ev. Lutheran Church in Appleton.  Gilbert had a love for life and he always had a smile for everyone.  He had many interests including flying, gardening, woodworking, golfing, fishing, and hunting.  He could fix anything.  But he most enjoyed spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his three children: Gary Bonnin, Phoenix, AZ, Hope (Sanford) Melville, Park City, UT, and Joy (John) Paulbeck, Germantown, WI; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; his sisters: June Zasada and Shirley Rasmussen, both of Green Bay, WI.  He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye, his parents, a brother Dale, brothers-in-law: David Zasada and Ron Rasmussen, and a niece Traci.

Funeral services for Gilbert will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Riverview Lutheran Church, 136 West Seymour Street, Appleton, WI.  Friends may call directly at the church on Saturday from 10:30 AM until the time of services.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in Gilbert’s name is being established.


Ilo Isabel Blumreich

On August 15, 2014, the Lord opened wide his loving arms to welcome his servant Ilo Isabel Blumreich (nee Foate), to be with him in heaven.  Ilo was born on November 4, 1915, daughter of the late Walter and Olga (Mosling) Foate in Mosling, WI.  She lived to be 98.  Ilo had the ability to look at people through God’s eyes and see the good in them.  She had a heart full of love, and because of this, showed compassion and empathy to family and friends alike.  She also was a true source of help when help couldn’t be found.  As she stands before God, He will say “Ilo, job well done, my servant”.

The past 22 years, Ilo had been residing at Greenfield Manor in Little Chute, WI.  In February, she resided at The Bridges of Appleton (formerly Appleton Health Care), where she passed.  The family acknowledges the staff there for their loving care of Ilo in her last months of life on this earth.  She is joining her cherished husband Clayton Blumreich and beloved son, Jack Blumreich in heaven, her parents, Walter and Olga Foate and six siblings: Walter, Earl, Sydney, John and Opal Severson and Clayton’s parents: John and Anna Blumreich.

She is survived by her daughter, Gloria (Doug) Potter, Wauwatosa; a daughter-in-law, Joan Blumreich (nee Nettekoven), Kaukauna; a sister, Faye Bailey, San Diego; her Godchild, Winton Severson, Appleton.  Ilo was blessed with grandchildren: Jaye Schultz (nee Blumreich) Appleton, Jim Blumreich and Gail Wians, Appleton, Jerri Blumreich and Joe Blumreich, Kaukauna, Brian and Sarah Potter, Milwaukee.  She was thrilled that she was able to watch them grow and God continued to bless her with great-grandchildren: Ben and Jessica Schultz, Little Chute, Chad and Emily Kolasinski, Menasha, Philip Schultz, Texas, and Joshua Blumreich, Greenleaf.  Her great-great-grandchildren are Riley, Aiden, and Jack Schultz and Shelby and Clayton Kolasinski.  She loved each one of them dearly.  They were her joy, and she was proud of them all. 

Ilo was also a good friend and took joy in her friendships.  Many of her friends have preceded her in death, however, she was strong in her faith and realized she would greet them again in heaven.  Her friends who survive her were a blessing in her life.  There were many opportunities for Ilo to serve her Lord.  She was a faithful member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Kaukauna where she served as a member of the Ladies Aid Society, Altar Guild, Church Choir, and Lutherans Women’s Missionary Society.  Bible class participation was essential to her faith as she studied God’s word so she could live her life in service to her Lord. 

Funeral services for Ilo will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 804 Grignon Street, Kaukauna with Revs. Tim Wilkens and Curtis Mau officiating.  Interment will be in Highland Memorial, Appleton.  Family and friends will be received at the Boettcher Family Funeral Home, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna on Tuesday from 5-8 PM and again at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 AM until the time of services.  Ilo’s wishes were that memorial be given to God’s glory.  Meaningful to her were Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society, Central Africa Medical Mission, Trinity Lutheran School “wish fund”, and Trinity Lutheran School Building Fund. 

We thank God with those who passed before her to praise Him for allowing us to know her and love her and we cherish her commitment to God, church, and family.

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