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Janice Pilcher

Apr 01, 1936 - Dec 04, 2023

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Appleton, WI

Janice J. Pilcher, age 87, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, December 4, 2023. Janice was born in Neenah on April 1, 1936, daughter of the late Edward and Bernice (Lawler) Jurek. She grew up in Shiocton and attended school there, then moved to Menasha to raise her family. Many will remember her for working so many years as a records clerk at the clinic.She loved cooking, and baking, reading, and caring for others. Many thought her grandchildren were the apples of her eye, and then &...Read More

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Donna M. Zaruba

May 02, 1930 - Feb 18, 2024

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Appleton, WI

Donna M. Zaruba, 93 of Appleton and formerly of Cornell, WI. passed away Sunday, Feb. 18th, 2024 at ThedaCare Medical Center in Appleton, WI.A Graveside Service will be scheduled at the Cornell Cemetery in the Spring 2024.

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Edith Carol Honnef

Jun 29, 1934 - Feb 18, 2024

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Appleton, WI

Edith Carol Honnef, 89, of Kewaunee, WI, died Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Heartwood Senior Living, Appleton. She was born June 29, 1934 in Algoma, WI to the late Frederick and Adelia (Born) Iwen. She grew up in Kewaunee on her parents farm near the Kewaunee River and worked in Door County restaurants during the summer to earn money for college tuition. She graduated from the University of WI Stout with a degree in Home Economics and education. On August 10, 1957, she married Donald W. Honnef in Kewaunee.Donald and Edith started their lives together in Port Washington, WI and eventually moved to Denmark, WI to raise their family. Together they enjoyed a beautiful hobby farm where they taught hard work, integrity and sustainability to their children. Edith taught home economics at Denmark High School and cherished every moment in the classroom. She was respected by her students while often being called Mom or Grandma as her demeanor was caring, supportive and collaborative. Edith especially enjoyed working alongside her colleagues whom she considered family. She fully embraced the role of being a teacher and taught that education was an investment in yourself. Donald and Edith later relocated to Kewaunee on the family farm where she was raised. There they enjoyed retirement including their 63rd wedding anniversary.Edith was ahead of her time in plant based eating, creative sewing and living naturally. She could hide the worst vegetables in the best cookies ever made, wear gray hair and wrinkles with honor and sew Christmas pajamas for her nine grandchildren that fit each one’s unique personality. Our Mom will be greatly missed. She was the root of the family that guided us all through great celebrations and tough times. She knew exactly when to lend a hand, offer comforting words or simply listen. Her love, devotion and commitment to her family will forever be her legacy.Survivors include children Stephen (Grace) Honnef, Paul (Lori) Honnef, and Carmen (Tim) Honnef Patterson; grandchildren Derek (Kali), Emily (Joey), Amber (Steve), Brandon, Ryan (Haley), Andrew (Elizabeth), Allison (Zachary), Angela, Abigail, Chris (Macey), Nic (Moriah); brother Andrew Iwen and family, sister in law Andrea Iwen and family, brother in law John (JoAnn) Nelson and family, sister in law Linda Nelson and family; and many more nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Edith is preceded in death by her husband Donald W. Honnef, brother Dr. William E. Iwen, sister in law Nathalie M. Iwen, brother in law Edwin S. Nelson, and sister in law Dorothy A. Rylander.Friends may call after noon Saturday March 2, 2024 at Cotter Funeral Home, 536 County Road R, Denmark, WI until a sharing of memories at 2:00pm. Burial of the urn will follow in Carlton Volunteer Cemetery.We extend our gratitude to the Heartwood Senior Living staff and ThedaCare for the kindness, comfort and ability to guide us through this journey with a beautiful soul, our Mom.

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Janet E. Van Boxtel

Jun 28, 1939 - Feb 18, 2024

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Appleton, WI

Janet E. (Treichel) Van Boxtel, age 84, passed away peacefully in her home in Appleton, Wisconsin on February 18, 2024. She was surrounded by family and friends during her final days until she ran into the open arms of Jesus. Her 17-month battle with cancer took its toll on her body but she fought hard to try to conquer her sickness. She was an inspiration to all of us in so many ways and she always had to make sure we were ok even though she was the one battling for her life. Janet was born on June 28, 1939 in Kimberly, Wisconsin to Benjamin and Leona Treichel. She attended school in Kimberly and in junior high she met the love of her life, Gerald H. Van Boxtel. She lost her parents at a young age and as soon as she completed high school in 1957 she married Gerald on August 21, 1958. They spent the next 20 years living an Air Force life and mom embraced her role to support her husband. During their 20 years of service, they lived in many places: Maine, New Hampshire, California, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Jersey. After their Air Force retirement, they returned to their home state of Wisconsin. In 1964 they adopted their son Brent and in 1966 they adopted their daughter Danette. In 1968 mom gave birth to their son Clinton but sadly he passed away shortly after his birth. Her family was her whole life and she made many sacrifices to ensure the happiness of her husband and children. Janet had many hobbies and talents that kept her busy and happy. She loved to bowl, cross-stitch, play piano, read books, play board games/cards, and sing in church choirs. She loved the Brewers and the Packers and always looked forward to watching the games on TV. She was happiest surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild. She also loved to sit and have a beer with her family and friends. Janet spent many years volunteering at the Air Force Family Services and various church functions. She also spent a short time as a doctor’s personal secretary at a prison in California. She taught herself shorthand and took shorthand notation at parole hearings for an average of 12 offenders at a time. She had such an amazing talent in the art of shorthand. She finished her working career at Secura Insurance Company in Appleton where she was a lead supervisor. Janet leaves behind her husband: Gerald Van Boxtel; her daughter, Danette (Scott) Ploughman; her grandson, Dakota Van Boxtel; her granddaughter, Samantha Ploughman; her grandson, David Ploughman; her great-granddaughter, Ella White; and her brother, Ronald Treichel. She is further survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Leona Treichel; her son, Clinton Lee Van Boxtel; her son, Brent F. Van Boxtel; her sisters: Ruth, Phyllis, Virginia, and Nancy; and her brothers: Robert and Carl. A service of remembrance for Janet will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home, 101 Canal St., Little Chute. Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home and will continue until the time of the service. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. The family would like to thank Janet's hospice care team of nurses who provided Janet and her family with so much love and compassion during the past 3 months. To to the family, please

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Darlene Blahnik

Jun 09, 1940 - Feb 17, 2024

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Appleton, WI

Dar passed away the morning of Saturday, February 17, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 9,1940 to Harry and Evelyn (Golla) Bronk in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She was the oldest of five children. Dar performed in drum and bugle corps, loved dance, and even won a Duncan Yo-Yo contest. After graduation from Maria High School, Darlene moved to Milwaukee to work for Northwestern Mutual, later returning to Stevens Point to be a switchboard operator for Sentry Insurance. She then married her lifelong husband, Karl Blahnik on October 15, 1966. She left Sentry to devote herself to raising their three children and her true passion of being an amazing homemaker and dedicated wife. Darlene was the matriarch of her family and had a gift of creating unbreakable bonds which will forever be remembered as her legacy. Darlene loved to develop friendships with all generations at her and Karl’s summer home at Little Silver Lake in Wild Rose. She volunteered for years at campground events and with the lake association in order to strengthen a sense of community among those that enjoyed that retreat. She loved music; especially Johnny Mathis and ABBA with her favorite song being “Dancing Queen,” dancing, bowling with her husband, cooking and fishing. She was an avid sports enthusiast and took pride in her Packer memorabilia collection. She will always be remembered for her love of all holidays, especially Christmas. She looked forward to hosting annual Christmas gatherings for decades for her family and friends. Darlene is survived by her husband of fifty-seven years, Karl Blahnik; their sons: Kevin (Jennifer) and Brian (Tracy) and daughter, Jennifer (Brian) Pelot; five grandchildren: Julia, Grace (fiancé Payton), Rachel, Riker and Grant; one great granddaughter, Eve and her cherished nieces and nephews. Dar is also survived by her four siblings: Sister Carolyn Bronk, Marilyn Jushka, Dwayne Bronk and Kim (Jose) Del Castillo. She is preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Peter Jushka and many other loved ones. The family would like to express their appreciation to the Outagamie County deputies and emergency responders as well as Theda Care Appleton staff for their kindness and care. A Mass of Resurrection for Darlene will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday 23, 2024 at St. Pius X Catholic Church with Rev. James Jugenheimer officiating. Visitation will begin Friday, directly at church from 9:30 AM until the time of Mass. She will be laid to rest at Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. A memorial fund is being established. Everyday is a second chance

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Roman Andrew Fidler

Nov 17, 1955 - Feb 15, 2024

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Appleton, WI

Roman Fidler, age 68, of Appleton, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2024, in Appleton Area Health. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at St. John's Catholic Church in Appleton. Fr. Brian Mandel will officiate. Interment will be in Appleton City Cemetery. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Roman Andrew Fidler, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Goldie Hunt

Oct 05, 1932 - Feb 16, 2024

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Appleton, WI

Goldie Hunt, age 91, of Holloway, passed away Friday, February 16, 2024, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. A private interment will be held at a later date in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Holloway. Per

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John Jacobson

Oct 22, 1960 - Feb 14, 2024

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Appleton, WI

John Jacobson, a die-hard Packer fan, passed away all too soon after a brief illness at the young age of 63 on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, surrounded by family. John was a lifelong resident of Neenah, Wisconsin except for a few years that were spent in Rockford, Illinois during his youth. He met the love of his life, Patty, one day as they both were out walking their dogs. They married on March 13, 2010, and spoiled several dogs together, including their current precious springer spaniel, Dagger. One of John’s proudest achievements was sobriety. He belonged to several supportive groups paying it forward as others started their own journey. On Packer Sundays, you could find John either at a game, or in his recliner cheering (or maybe yelling) at the television. He was big into music, even strumming his own guitar. John and Patty enjoyed attending various concerts around town, including Water Fest every summer. Aside from concerts, they went to the movies every week. John and Patty popped their tent at various campgrounds, went “up north” to see friends and take in nature and relax around campfires at home. They were members of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Neenah, attending Sunday mass regularly. John is survived by his wife Patty (Hanig) Jacobson; step-daughter April (Bill) Hershman; step-grandchildren Mackenzie Kropidlowski (fiancé Brett Possley), Eric Kropidlowski, and Nate Thompson-Hershman; siblings Sue (Duke) Bobilya, Thomas (Kathy) Jacobson, and Jeff Jacobson; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. He is also survived by a special group of people who continue to pledge their sobriety every day. John is preceded in death by his parents Paul Jacobson, Janie Jacobson Collipp and step-father Bob Collipp and brother Chris Jacobson. It takes special people to care for the critically ill. John’s family is forever grateful for the compassionate and high-quality care team at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton: Wasana, Roger, Doug, Jenn, Daisha, Dr. Jensen and many others! In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Nova Counseling Services https://secure.qgiv.com/for/novacounselingservices/. A funeral service for John will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at BRETTSCHNEIDER TRETTIN NICKEL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 606 N Oneida Street, Appleton. Friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. The burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Neenah. If you so choose, please feel free to show your Green Bay Packer spirit by wearing your favorite game day gear! “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time” ~Vince Lombardi

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Jose O. Polanco (Prieto)

Aug 17, 1943 - Feb 12, 2024

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Appleton, WI

Jose O. Polanco (Prieto), age 80 passed away peacefully on Monday, February 12, 2024 at Theda Care Medical Center in Appleton surrounded by his family. He was born in Port Lavaca, TX August 17, 1943 to the late Margarito and Aniceta (Ozuna) Polanco. He married his loving wife Guadalupe (Moya) Polanco in 1967. Throughout his life, Jose displayed an unwavering resilience, having bravely battled, and conquered gastric and lung cancer, a testament to his indomitable spirit. He was not just a survivor; he was a beacon of love and compassion to all who knew him. His firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and gave him peace. Jose was a migrant farm worker who worked throughout the United States before eventually settling down in Shiocton, WI in 1972. He was a selfless and humble man. He enjoyed his time farming with an unwavering work ethic that he passed onto his children. When Jose was not working, he could be found playing card games with his family and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Upon his retirement, he enjoyed maintaining his own garden and canning his delicious salsa which he shared with his family. During the summertime, if Jose was not in his garden, you could find him riding on his John Deere tractor either giving his grandchildren a ride around his property, or enjoying a cookout while the family played a game of volleyball. Words cannot express how much love Jose’s heart had to give. His loving personality will always be remembered by those that knew him. His devotion to his family knew no bounds, and his presence brought warmth and joy to every gathering. Whether it was one last joke as you walked out the door or a blessing until the next time you met, a piece of Jose (Prieto) Polanco would stay with you.Jose is survived by his wife of 57 years: Guadalupe (Moya) and their 8 children: Juan Polanco, Gumecinda (Kevin) Hagen, Robert (Jessica) Polanco, Leticia (Bill) Spencer, Maria (Domingo) Garcia, Mellisa (Ryan) DeBraal, Ruben Polanco & Alfredo (Natalie) Polanco. He is also survived by grandchildren: Pedro Puente, Domingo Garcia, Alyssa Polanco, Amanda Fritz, Valerie Sidon, Andrez Leon, Hannah Block, Brandon Spencer, Isaac Sidon, Monika Spencer, Kevin Hagen, Hudson Spencer, Jalen Polanco, Brady Johnson, Alexis & Nathan Garcia, Kayla Hagen, Mason & Madyson DeBraal, Gabriella Garcia & Ireland Ortegon, great grandchildren: Aleyda, Olivia, Aria, Peyton, Mila, and Rome, brother Guadalupe (Wally) Polanco, sister Isabel Mata, sister-in-law Maria Isabel Polanco, brother-in-law Jose Elias Garza, special nieces and nephews who treated Jose like he was their own father: Jose Torres, Alicia Balderas, Jesus Polanco, Margarito Polanco, many other loved nieces and nephews, special family friend Ana Rivera who was like a daughter to Jose.He was preceded in death by his parents Margarito & Aniceta (Ozuna) Polanco, son Jose Jr., a grandchild Juan Jose “Gordo” Polanco Jr., 6 brothers, and 3 sisters. The family would like to thank the physicians, nurses, and staff on the 7th floor at ThedaCare Medical Center in Appleton for the excellent and compassionate care Jose received.The Memorial Mass for Jose will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2024 at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Hortonville with Fr. Phil Schoofs officiating. The visitation will take place from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the mass.

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Kelly W. Schuelke

Nov 29, 1951 - Feb 08, 2024

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Appleton, WI

ObituaryKelly W. Schuelke, age 72, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Wisconsin. Kelly was born on November 29, 1951 to the late Oscar and Marlea (Netzel) Schuelke. Kelly always looked on the bright side of things. With a quick wit and huge sense of humor, he could always make you laugh, no matter how bad your day was. He was a 1970 graduate of New London High School. From there, Kelly was proud to serve in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas from March 1971 to March 1973, remaining with the Reserves until 1977. On May 25, 1974, Kelly married the love of his life, Betty Reinke at Grace Lutheran Church in Sugar Bush, WI. He worked for Kimberly Clark in Neenah, WI for 29 years, retiring in December 2007.Kelly greatly enjoyed deer hunting with his close buddies at the hunting shack in the woods, the same shack in which he made maple syrup in the spring. It was always a party in the woods with lots of fun, laughter, and memories made that will forever be remembered. Kelly also loved fishing with his sons and friends, and watching the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers games.Kelly will be deeply missed by his wife of almost 50 years, Betty; his sons, Christopher Schuelke, Aaron (Amy) Schuelke, Dillon Schuelke; Laurie Schuelke, mother of grandchildren, Molly and William Schuelke; brother, Randy (Carin) Schuelke; twin sister, Kay Krause; brother in-law, Merlin Reinke; sisters in-law, Beverly Glocke, Lois Herzfeldt, and Joanne Reinke. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other family, many, many close friends, and last but not least, his furry kitty buddy, London. Kelly was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Marlea; in-laws, Robert and Gladys Reinke; brothers in-law, Michael Reinke, Alan Reinke, and Doug Glocke.The Funeral Service for Kelly Schuelke will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London with Rev. Kevin Dembinski officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of service. Military Rites to follow.A special thank you to the doctors and nurses at St. Elizabeth’s for all they did for Kelly and our family. ‘Til we meet again I loved you yesterday I love you still I always have I always will Your wife

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Judith Oettinger (nee Berceau)

May 21, 1935 - Feb 10, 2024

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Appleton, WI

Judith Oettinger (nee Berceau), age 88, of Appleton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Rennes Health Care Center in Appleton. Judy was born in Green Bay on May 21, 1935, to the late Roman and Elizabeth Berceau. She married the love of her life on April 7, 1956, and the couple enjoyed 62 years together. Judy loved dancing and music, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family – especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Judy was a devoted wife, mother, Catholic and a long-time member at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Appleton. She enjoyed working at Margi’s Boutique for many years, but her pride was being a caretaker for her children. Judy will be missed by her daughter Amy (Todd) Verboomen, son Andy (Michelle) Oettinger, and son-in-law Chuck DeWall; seven grandchildren: Justin (special friend Erin), Tiffany (Harry), Christopher (Angie), Brandon (Katie), Austin (Keely), Devin, and Logan; 10 great grandchildren: Andra, Landon, Finnigan, Ruxin, Violet, Sullivan, Evelyn, Ella, Jackson, and Hudson. She is further survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Mick, daughter Beth, her parents, 3 brothers, and a sister. A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Children’s Hospital in Judy’s name. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Compassus and Rennes of Appleton for their passionate care.

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