Jeffrey W. Novak
Age 58 of Crooked Lake, WI AKA (Whacky) as known by those that knew him best, passed from this world on February 9th, 2015. He was born December 3rd, 1956 son of Bernard Novak (Mary Rolf) and Kathy Ingram. Jeff spent most of his years in the Valley and resided in Hollandtown. He worked 28 yrs. at the Thilmany Paper Mill in Kaukauna. He went back to school and became a machinist, doing machining for a couple of different companies while basically retiring to his cabin in Crooked Lake.
Jeff had a passion for most everything he did. He loved to cook, hunt and mostly fish. He loved his dog Buster, and family gatherings. Also enjoyed a good lecture, as long as he was the speaker!
Jeff is survived by his parents; brothers Rick, Mike and Ron (Danielle); sisters Vicki (Roy) Everts, Debbie Lappen, and Dawn (Bob) Stec; many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his brother in law Tom Lappen, grandparents, uncles and aunts.
Jeff’s Memorial Service will be held Friday, February 13th, 2015 at Boettcher Family funeral Home, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr. Kaukauna, WI 54130. Visitation will be from 5-7pm with a small service to follow.
Ethel L. Riemer
Age 92, died peacefully on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Manor Care in Appleton. She was born April 10, 1922 in Hayton, WI, daughter of the late Henry and Alma (Schmidt) Meyer. Ethel graduated from Holy Family Nursing School and served as an Army Nurse in WWII. On June 11, 1947 Ethel married LeRoy Riemer at Zion Lutheran Church in New Holstein. In October of 1948 the couple moved to Kaukauna and joined Bethany Lutheran Church in 1949. Ethel worked as a registered nurse at Kaukauna Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and word searching. Ethel loved her family, watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was her favorite hobby. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid, Altar Guild, Quilters and was a Sunday school teacher.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, LeRoy, her children: Gary (Karen), Neenah, Marilyn, Kaukauna, Dennis (Kay), Kaukauna and Nancy (David) Felauer, Arizona; 8 grandchildren: Kristine (Ken), Elizabeth (Fritz), Jennifer (Brian), Robert (special friend Sara), Shelli (Jason), Shawn (special friend Chad), Traci (Jim) and Toni (Brad); 16 great-grandchildren: Charity, Faith, Grace, Lydia, Fritz Jr., Claudia, Adam, Alyssa, Ryan, Nolan, Haley, Hannah, Landon, Lydia, Bentley and Asher; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter at birth; a sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Elroy Brandenburg.
Funeral Services for Ethel will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 124 W. 10th St., Kaukauna with Rev. Levi Willms officiating. Friends may call directly at church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will take place in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Rantoul. A memorial fund has been established for Bethany Lutheran Church. The family has chosen Boettcher Family Funeral Home, Kaukauna to assist them.
The family would like to express sincere thanks to the Manor Care Staff and Heartland Hospice Care for their care and compassion.
Eugene O. Maurer
Age 82, died on Friday, February 20, 2015 at St. Paul Elder Services in Kaukauna. He was born August 24, 1932, son of the late Irwin and Marie (Strebe) Maurer. On May 12, 1953, Gene married Ruth Huhn at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sherwood, she preceded him in death in March of 2001. Gene served in the US Navy from 1952 to 1956. He worked at Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton for 42 years. Gene enjoyed spending time camping at Little Silver Lake, Wild Rose, pitching horseshoes, sturgeon fishing, making wood-working projects and visiting with friends at the local bar. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Sherwood Thomas Kees American Legion Post 496.
He is survived by his children: Marjory (Walter) Jentsch, Sherwood and Peggy (Jerome) Kowaleski, Greensboro, NC; 3 grandchildren: Tony (Ann) Goerl, Neenah, Lisa (Troy) Droese, Cedarburg, WI and Matt Kowaleski, Greensboro, NC; 3 great-grandchildren: Rowen Goerl, Hannah Droese and Wyatt Droese; 4 sisters-in-law: Grace Bauer, Sherwood, Helen Schifferling, Mosinee, Shirley Huhn, Little Chute and Rita Schneider, Port Edwards; 2 brothers-in-law: Bob Schifferling, Mosinee and Joe Diederich, Sherwood; nieces, nephews, and special friend, Joyce Lientz.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; 5 brothers-in-law and 3 sisters-in-law: Tom (Mary) Huhn, Dennis (Rose) Huhn, David Huhn, Carole Diederich, Orly Bauer, and Gene Schneider.
Mass of Christian Burial for Gene will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at ST. JOHN-SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH, N369 Military Rd., Sherwood with Fr. Michael Betley officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at BOETTCHER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a parish prayer at 7:00 p.m. Friends may call again on Thursday directly at Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. In Lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established. Burial will take place in High Cliff Cemetery.
Beeper “Keith” G. Mader
Age 58, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, due to sepsis. He was born September 17, 1956 in Appleton, son of Donald and Phyllis (Erickson) Mader. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, cooking and Special Olympics. Beeper also loved to decorate for Christmas, loved to travel the surrounding areas on his bicycle, yard work and caring for his flowers. Beeper was proud to be his mother’s best friend, helper and chief of the house after his father died. He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church and Special Olympics.
He is survived by his mother, Phyllis; brothers and sisters-in-law: Donald “Duke” (Janet) Mader, Gilbert “Gilly” (Kathy) Mader, Randy Mader, and Scott Mader (special friend Nikki Nienhaus); sisters and brothers-in-law: Kathy Vogel, Suzanne (Scott) Fairchild, and Cindy (Joe) Betters; 16 nieces and nephews; 11 great nieces and nephews; aunt and uncle, Roger and Donna Geurden; many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald in 2010, a nephew, Jason Mader, a great niece, Grace Marie, a sister-in-law, Karla Mader, aunts and uncles.
Memorial Mass for Beeper will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish at Holy Angels Church, Darboy with Fr. Bob Kollath officiating. Friends may call directly at church on Saturday from 9:00 a.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.
Special thanks to St. Elizabeth’s ICU Staff and Dr. A for their care and compassion.
Mary Chambers Schaefer passed away peacefully on March 4, 2015. Mary was born October 24, 1916 to William R., Sr. and Sarah A. (Nesbitt) Chambers at home in Suamico, WI. Mary graduated from White Pine School in the Town of Suamico. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy in Green Bay, WI. Mary received her teaching license from Outagamie County Teachers’ Training School in Kaukauna, WI. After teaching one year in a rural Brown County school, she married Charles Schaefer in 1936 at St. John the Baptist Church in Duck Creek, WI and moved to Kaukauna. They became the parents of five children. Charles preceded her in death in 1967.
Mary was very active together with her husband in Boy Scouts of America as their sons were growing up. She taught at St. John’s Grade School in Little Chute from 1956 to 1973, primarily third grade. Upon the death of a beloved daughter-in-law, Mary moved to California to care for her young granddaughter for twelve years.
Mary loved to drive. During the years she spent in California not many summers passed without her bringing her granddaughter back to Wisconsin to visit family. Her truck with camper attached was her home away from home. Mary loved traveling abroad also and being full-blooded Irish, she especially cherished her two trips to Ireland.
After returning to Kaukauna, she renewed old friendships and became active in St. Mary’s Altar Society, Golden Agers, St. Vincent de Paul Society, National Catholic Order of Foresters, and Loaves and Fishes food pantry. She also taught Religious Ed at St. Mary Parish where she served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and helped with funeral dinners.
Mary spent many hours crocheting and knitting. However, her earliest love was reading. She could become so absorbed in a book that she became oblivious to anything around her.
Mary is survived by five children: her daughter Donna Vanden Heuvel, Kaukauna and her children, Tom (Ellen) Vanden Heuvel; Tim (Annette) Vanden Heuvel and their children Tana and Colton; Jill (John) Evers and their daughter, Haley; David (Jennifer) Vanden Heuvel and their daughters Cassidy Vanden Heuvel and Cori Lang; and four sons: Jerome (Jerry) ( Margie) Schaefer, Colorado Springs, CO, and their daughters Cindy (Chris) Knapp and Kimberly (Michael) Van Ee and their daughter Arianna; Dennis (Mary Lou) Schaefer, Kaukauna and their children Michael (Kim ) Schaefer and his daughter Stephanie (Ben) Lancour; Brian Schaefer; Becky (Dan) Berg and their daughters Lauryn and Jennsen; Amy (Jeff) Diedrick and their children Payton and Connor; Joseph (Marie) Schaefer, Denver, CO, and his daughter Katie (Kevin) Bishop and their sons Morgan and Wesley; John (Jack) (Jolene) Schaefer, Kaukauna and their children, Kyle (Leona) Schaefer and their daughters, Emma and Cora; Kevin (Jennifer) Schaefer and their sons Landon and Greyson; Travis (Tara) Schaefer and their daughters Alizè and Lillian. She is also survived by her brother Patrick Chambers, sister-in-law Jenny Chambers of Green Bay and brother-in-law Charles Van Eyck of Darboy as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and sisters- and brothers-in-law: Catherine (Bob) Cox, Genevieve (Ronald) White, William R Chambers Jr., John (Jack) (Florian) Chambers, Francis (Tim) Chambers, Donna Chambers , daughter-in-law Sally Schaefer and grandson, Jeffrey Vanden Heuvel, Charles’ parents Frank and Kathryn Schaefer, sisters-in-law Theresa Van Eyck and Virginia (Lawrence) Schmitz, brothers-in-law Ferdinand (Catherine) Schaefer and Cecil (Helen) Schaefer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015 at St. Katharine Drexel Parish at St. Mary Church, 119 West Seventh St., Kaukauna with Fr. Jerry Pastors officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends at Boettcher Family Funeral Home, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna, on Sunday evening from 4:00 P.M. until the time of a closing prayer service at 7:00 P.M. and on Monday at the church from 9:00 A.M. until the time of Mass.
The family would like to send a special thank you to the nurses and staff at St. Paul Elder Services for the wonderful loving care they showered on Mary.
Age 84, passed away peacefully with her husband Thomas Appleton at her side on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the St. Paul Home in Kaukauna, WI. She was born October 25, 1930 in Kaukauna, daughter of the late Bernard and Marie (Van Linn) Brouillard. Flora met Tom while working at Zwickers Knitting Mill. On September 5, 1958 they were married at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kaukauna. They lived in the Kaukauna area their entire lives.
Flora was a homemaker all of her life. After raising their five children, she worked for a few years at Butte des Morts Golf Course in Appleton and then at Colonial House in Freedom. Some of Flora’s favorite pastimes were walking, swimming, working with her flowers, making crafts, sewing, puzzles, reading and baking. Everyone always loved her homemade chocolate chip cookies and apple pies! They were the best! She liked listening to a variety of music, especially Vince Gill and enjoyed going to some of his concerts. Flora bowled on a league in Wrightstown for many years. Tom and Flora loved playing Sheepshead and attending Packer games with their friends. After retirement, they were able to travel and visit many places such as Alaska, Branson, MO, western United States and Canada. They were members of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Flora donated baked goods for church events whenever possible. She also volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul in later years.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Thomas and their children: Lori (Rick) Hedtke of Appleton, David Appleton of Kaukauna, Stephen Appleton of Kaukauna, Kim (Scott) Walbrun of Appleton, and DeAnn (Jeff) Kohlbeck of Appleton, 6 grandsons: Derek and Aaron Hedtke, Thomas and Jacob Appleton, and Zachary and Luke Walbrun. She is further survived by her husband’s family; Daniel (Nancy) Appleton of Kaukauna, Elizabeth Appleton of Appleton, Carol Appleton of Kaukauna, Tom Sutliff of Colorado, several nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and brothers in law: Mavis (Lloyd) Jansen and Shirley (Ewald) Gottschalk, and stepmother, Joy Brouillard. She is further preceded in death by her husband’s family: Clark and Charles Appleton and Patricia Sutliff.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kaukauna with Father Tom Pomeroy officiating. Friends may call directly at church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Entombment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Alzheimers Foundation of America.
The family would like to express Sincere Thanks to the staff of St. Paul Villa and Nursing Home and also to Dr. Paul Russo along with the Kaukauna Clinic for all of their loving care and support.
Mom- you were such a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. We love you and will miss you always. We’re at peace knowing that your battle with dementia is over and we know you will be smiling down on us from heaven. You will be forever in our hearts, until we meet again.
Ruth L. Nehrlich
Age 90 died on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Appleton Medical Center. She was born June 9, 1924 in Sheboygan, WI, daughter of the late Erwin and Eliza (Wangemann) Mohr. On November 18, 1950 Ruth married Raymond H. Nehrlich in Sheboygan. The couple enjoyed 51 years of marriage prior to his death in 2002. Ruth was an active member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, being especially active in the music program.
She is survived by 2 daughters: Marcia (Don) Hoehne and Beth Broyld (Willy Czeiszperger); 6 grandchildren: Scott (Marci) Hoehne, Jill (Scott) Gogos, Keith (Katie) Hoehne, Elijah Broyld, Andrea Broyld (Dion Nixon) and Isaac (Kate) Broyld; 6 great-grandchildren: Layne and Mallory Hoehne, Paige Gogos, Hayden Ramirez-Broyld, Jakala Reed, and Olivia Broyld; a sister, Eva Rusch; a sister-in-law, Sally Mohr; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; an infant son, Todd in 1954; 2 brothers: Melvin (Mildred) and Frederick; 2 sisters: Caroline (Hans) Rodemerk and Marion (John) Wegman, and a brother-in-law, Ruben Rusch.
A Memorial Service for Ruth will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 510 Sullivan Ave., Kaukauna with Pastor David Bolz officiating. Friends may call directly at church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. The family has chosen Boettcher Family Funeral Home, Kaukauna to assist them.
The family would like to express sincere thanks to Jim and Mary Nussbaum, Lois Kouyias and Delores Hurst for their caring friendship through the years.
Age 78 died peacefully on March 13, 2015 at her home. She was born August 5, 1937 in Kaukauna, daughter of the late Ervin and Martha (Verkuilen) Borree. On December 27, 1958 Muggs married her high school sweetheart, Donald Kilgas. The couple enjoyed 34 years of marriage together prior to his death in 1992. Muggs retired from Thilmany Pulp and Paper. She enjoyed her pool, her dog and her friends. Muggs spent as much time with the grandchildren as she could. She enjoyed “celebrating life” (as loudly as she could). Muggs was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish at St. Mary Church, active in the Kaukauna Alumni Association, the Outagamie Historical Society, a member of the “Red Hats” and she volunteered at Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by her son, Christopher and Sue Kilgas, Kaukauna; 2 daughters: Kay (Tim) Siebers, Kaukauna and Ann (Branden) Hacker, Kaukauna; 5 grandchildren: Lisa Kilgas, Matt Kilgas, James Siebers, Lexi Hacker and Cameron Hacker; her dog and buddy “Buckeye”; 2 brothers: Dick (Rosie) Borree, Little Chute and John (Betty) Borree; 2 sisters: Yvonne (Richard) Landwehr, Sheboygan and Judy Borree, Mt. Horeb, WI; numerous nieces and nephews. She is further survived by her husband’s sisters: Rita Gatz, Kaukauna and Joan (Francis) Gerow, Kaukauna.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don in 1992 and a granddaughter, Monica.
Funeral Services for Margaret will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at ST. KATHARINE DREXEL PARISH at St. Mary Church, 119 West 7th St., Kaukauna with Fr. Jerry Pastors officiating. Friends may call on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at BOETTCHER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a parish prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Friends may call again on Wednesday directly at church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Edwin T. Van Dyke
Age 78, died on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at his home. He was born July 29, 1936 in Kaukauna, son of the late Edwin F. and Dorothy (Kersten) Van Dyke. Edwin was a US Army Veteran. He married Judith DeBruin on August 4, 1962. The couple enjoyed 37 years of marriage together prior to her death on November 16, 1999. Edwin worked for the city of Kaukauna retiring in 1998. He enjoyed traveling and camping and spending time with family and friends. Edwin was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kaukauna.
He is survived by his children: Diane Cappaert, Kaukauna, Robert (Penny) Van Dyke, Greenville and William Van Dyke, Nicholasville, Kentucky; 6 grandchildren: Connie (Brandon) Johnson, Michael Van Dyke, Brittany Van Dyke (special friend Sam), Megan Van Dyke, Amanda and Emily Vandyke; 1 brother: Donald (Pat) Van Dyke, Green Bay; 1 sister: Charlotte (Joe) Weyenberg, Kaukauna; numerous nieces and nephews and special friend, Ken Plach, Appleton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Ann in 1999.
A Memorial Service for Edwin will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday March 20, 2015 at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 309 Desnoyer St., Kaukauna with Fr. Tom Pomeroy officiating. Friends may call directly at church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. The family has chosen Boettcher Family Funeral Home, Kaukauna to assist them.
Joseph E. Schwalbach
Age 72, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 5, 1943 in Appleton, WI, son of the late Joseph F. and Eulalia “Lila” (Steidl) Schwalbach. On June 11, 1966, Joe married Mary Lou Halbach at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. John. After raising their family in the Town of Menasha, they have lived the last 18 years in Sherwood. Joe worked for James River, now GPC, retiring in 2005. Joe was a member of the Sherwood Lions, American Legion and 40 et 8. He was also a member of St. John-Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sherwood. Spending time with family was a top priority. Joe enjoyed vacationing in the winter months with friends in Orange Beach, AL, and playing sheepshead in the summer while riding on the horse-drawn wagon through the countryside. He was an easy-going guy with a big heart.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary, and their children: Joseph M. (Martha Dee), Dusseldorf, Germany, John (Jennifer), Hudson, Timothy, Sherwood and Teresa “Tracy” (Scott) Siemion, Sun Prairie; 6 grandchildren: Joseph A. and Jacob, Zachary and Kelsey, Jack Conforti and Adam Siemion; 1 brother: Frank (Margaret “Peggy”), Stockbridge; 3 sisters: Marianne Heckner, Stoughton, Ellen (Len) Opsteen, Kimberly and Susan (Ray) Palm, Darboy. He is further survived by his wife’s family: Mike (Karen) Halbach, Carol (Fred) Pritzl and Kris Halbach; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his 2 brothers-in-law: Tom Heckner and Patrick Halbach.
Funeral Services for Joe will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015 at ST. JOHN-SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH, N369 Military Rd., Sherwood with Fr. Michael Betley officiating. Friends may call on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at BOETTCHER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a parish prayer at 7:00 p.m. concluding the evening. Friends may call again on Friday directly at Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place in the Parish Cemetery.
Age 86, died peacefully on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Parkside Care Center. She was born December 16, 1928 in Appleton, WI, daughter of the late Willis and Nanna (Johnson) Elsner. On October 16, 1954 Dolores married Harry L. Hurst, the couple lived in Kaukauna their entire married lives and enjoyed 60 years of marriage prior to his death on January 2, 2015. Dolores worked many years at Wisconsin Telephone as a phone operator. She retired and volunteered the rest of her life to the City of Kaukauna and her church. She was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, Kaukauna.
She is survived by 2 sisters: Carmen Elsner, Little Chute and Denise Koepke, Abilene, TX; and a sister-in-law, Norma Elsner. She is further survived by her husband’s family: Audrey (Gerald) Driessen, Little Chute, Jeanette (Tom) Vandehey, Kimberly and Elizabeth Hurst, Appleton; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; 1 sister, Lou Ellen Elsner; 1 brother, Willis Elsner Jr., and a brother-in-law, Leslie.
Funeral Services for Dolores will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at IMMANUEL UNITED CHURCH of CHRIST, 510 Sullivan Ave., Kaukauna with Rev. David Bolz officiating. Friends may call directly at church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for 1000 Island Environmental Center or the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery.
Special thanks to Cathy and Brian Hawley, Wayne and Clair Christopherson and the staff at Parkside Care Center for all their love and care.