Karl Herman Sasse
Karl Herman Sasse, 95, of Sheboygan, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Sheboygan Senior Community. Karl was born February 7, 1923 in Kohler to Herman and Mabel (Kraedemann) Sasse. Karl attended the Kohler schools, and in January 1943 he proudly joined the US Army.
On May 31, 1947 he was united in marriage to Betty Axel at Zion United Church of Christ in Sheboygan. She preceded him in death on September 9, 2006. Karl worked for Vinyl Plastics and retired in 1988.
Karl had a strong faith, he was a member of Zion Covenant Church. He was an avid stamp collector. Watching NASCAR, the Packers, and the Brewers were a favorite pass time of his. You could find Karl at the Plymouth Stock Car races on Saturday nights, not only watching, but also helping out where he could. Karl enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, and when his children were younger he was very active with them in the Sheboyganites Drum & Bugle Corp, attending every parade and drove the equipment truck. His family was his pride and joy, he loved watching his grandchildren creating memories.
Karl is survived by his children; Robert (Beverly) Sasse of Sheboygan, Susan (Michael) Weinknecht of Sheboygan Falls, and Nancy (Scott) Kushnier of Howards Grove, by his grandchildren; Lindsay (Tyler) Vitse of Grafton, Katie Sasse and Kelsey Sasse of Sheboygan Falls, and Rachel Kushnier and Brandon Kushnier of Howards Grove, by great-grandchildren, Leah and Madelyn Vitse, by his sister Wilma Kasten of Sheboygan, and by several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty, infant brother Robert, and brother-in-law Norm Kasten.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Ballhorn Chapels Funeral & Cremation Care Center, 1201 N. 8th St., Sheboygan with Pastor Chris McKnight officiating. Private burial will take place at Wildwood Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 4:00 PM until the time of service at the FUNERAL HOME.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels in Karl’s name.
The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at the Sheboygan Senior Community Maple Wing, Dr. Elizabeth Zurich, Pastor Chris McKnight, and all the friends that came to visit with Karl. Your love, care, compassion, and support were greatly appreciated. In Karl’s words “Thank you for coming.”
Please visit our website to leave your condolences for the family at ballhornchapels.com.
Carol Ann VanSluys
Carol Ann (Walvoord) VanSluys, age 84, went to her heavenly home on April 9, 2018.
Carol was born on May 4, 1933 in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, oldest child of the late M. William and Cornelia (Smies) Walvoord. Carol graduated from Oostburg High School and attended vocational school for drafting. She was employed by R.A. Manning Lighting Manufacturers, drawing light fixtures until 1955. Carol learned to do photo-coloring from Margaret Crocker, wife of Rogers Crocker, a well-known Sheboygan photographer, and continued to color photographs until color photography made the job obsolete. Carol married George VanSluys on May 7, 1955. George and Carol made their home in rural Cedar Grove, where George ran his own radio/TV repair business, “George’s Radio & TV”, and Carol had her business, “Carol’s Studio”.
Carol did photo-coloring for many years, but also enjoyed oil painting. She won many awards for her paintings including two “Best of Show” trophies at the Holland Festival Art Fair in Cedar Grove. Many people in the Sheboygan area have a painting by Carol hanging in their home. Another aspect of “Carol’s Studio” was a furniture re-upholstery business that she ran for many years. She also did the bookkeeping for her husband’s business. Carol was quite the “handyman” installing flooring, removing walls, and doing many carpentry type projects in their 1889 home. To make Carol’s life even busier she and George had five daughters.
Carol’s main hobby was reading. She loved her books! She also enjoyed playing the piano and the accordion. Carol was an active member of First Reformed Church, Cedar Grove where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, was a member of a ladies circle and attended bible studies. Carol’s faith was very important to her.
Carol is survived by four daughters: Sharon VanSluijs, Oregon, WI, JoAnn (Rev. Stephen) Dietzler, Combined Locks, WI, Sandra (Michael) Reisenauer, New Franken, WI, Sue (Thomas) Wolinski, Green Valley, AZ; one son-in-law: Edwin Gildemeister, Random Lake, WI; nine grandchildren: Harmonie (Dale) Foster, Adam Gildemeister, Jonathan Gildemeister, Lance Gildemeister, Samuel Neese, Grace Neese, Angela (Chris) Huenink, Aaron (Lindsay) Radke, Shawn (Carley) Belisle; ten great-grandchildren: Dale Lin Foster II, Anthony Foster, Alexandra Foster, Caitlyn Huenink, Donovan James (DJ) Huenink, Carson Radke, Lauren Radke, Conner Radke, Tristan Radke, and Alexander Belisle. Also sisters/brother: Evelyn Dahl, WI, Majorie Hoftiezer, IL, Bonita (Douglas) Buteyn, AK, Nelda Silva, NY, Andrew (Mary) Walvoord, TX, Fern VanDriest, MN, Faye Bergmann, IL, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Carol was preceded in death by her husband George, her daughter Linda J. Gildemeister, her parents M. William and Cornelia Walvoord and by her brother Henry Walvoord.
Funeral services for Carol will be held on Tuesday April 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm at First Reformed Church Cedar Grove, 237 South Main Street Cedar Grove, with the Rev. Chris Schaefer officiating. Friends will be received at the church on Tuesday from 11:00 am until the time of service. Burial will be at the Presbyterian Cemetery, Hwy 32 Cedar Grove.
The family would like to express sincere thanks to the staff of Pine Haven Covenant Home, and Pine Haven Faith Home, Sheboygan Falls, for their excellent care and loving attention to our mother’s needs during the past years. Also, a thank you to Pastor Schaefer and the church family of First Reformed Church Cedar Grove for their countless visits and prayers, and to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for making her last days comfortable.
A memorial fund has been established in her name.
For online condolences and additional information, please visit wenigfh.com.
The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Oostburg (920-564-2771) is assisting the Van Sluys family with arrangements.
Camilla C . Koch
Camilla C . Koch, age 104 of Sheboygan Passed away peacefully Sunday, April 8, 2018 at her home.
Camilla was born July 11, 1913 in Waldo to Herbert and Nettie Johnston. She attended local schools and on December 1, 1934 she was united in marriage to George Koch in Sheboygan. She enjoyed reading her bible, drawing, doll collecting, crocheting, listening to Elvis Presley, singing and spending time with her family.
Camilla is survived by her son, Wayne Koch, Sheboygan; Her grandchildren, Colleen (David) Kobylorz, Elkhart Lake, Cara (Rick) Kleeman, Sheboygan Falls; 2 great grandchildren, Paul & Sarah Kobylorz; 2 great grand pups, Thor and Lombardi Kleeman and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband George, her daughter, Beverly (Merlin) Sixel, her parents and her 10 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services for Camilla will be held at 5:00 PM Monday, April 16, 2018 at Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1132 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan. Pastor Richard D. Anderson will officiate. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 PM until the time of service. Private interment will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
A memorial fund has been established in Camilla’s name.
James (aka Jim, Jimmy, weenie, and pump-handle) VanderVeen, 80, of Sheboygan Falls passed away on April 10, 2018. With the patience of Job, his very long wait of 8 years, 4 months and 9 days is finally over and he has been reunited with his wife Ruth (“mother”), the love of his life.
He was born in Sheboygan on July 31, 1937 to Gerhard and Hilda (Schaar) VanderVeen and welcomed, adored and battered by his 4 older sisters Marcy, Dee, Helen and Marlene; younger sister Betty would give him what-for in the years to follow.
Except for the time in which he served his country, Jim lived his entire life in Sheboygan Falls. In his youth, he delivered milk by horse and wagon for the Sheboygan Falls Creamery Co. and did a couple of “grease-monkey gigs” before enlisting in the U.S. Army in March 1955. After traipsing around Europe, he was drawn back home where he eventually met his future everything.
As he would say, she was “so thin she could stand in the rain sideways and not get wet” and “possessed a voice deep enough to sing baritone” …. apparently, these are the keys to a successful marriage. Married on June 27,1959 at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They shared the kind of love and a life together that could consume a person with envy; that is if not already overwhelmed with tears as their beautiful love story unfolded right before our eyes.
After 50 years together, Ruth lost her battle with cancer and left Jim broken-hearted but not alone. His children, grandchildren and the occasional straggler denied him peace and quiet as they congregated around his kitchen table every Saturday morning seeking mediocre pancakes and cheap coffee. After 436 Saturdays, he never tired of it and it came to become a highlight for each and every one of them.
Jim worked at the Kohler Co. for almost 40 years and packed his tool box one last time in January 1998. He made a fine housewife before Ruth joined him in retirement in 2006. Not one to take retirement lightly, he kept himself busy and out of mischief with endless projects. Anyone who knew him well, was made richer with the fruits of his labor. Everything from beehives to wine-racks and each one tagged with a penny from the year it was made. He claimed this ensured that all of his work was worth at least 1 cent.
Regarding all of that “stuff” he refused to throw away (regardless of any argument to purge), it would in the end haunt each and every one of his children and grand-children. By the grace of ingenuity, he would eventually repurpose portions of his collection for undertakings in each of their own homes. Leaving them speechless and in awe as apparently father really does know best. And now those doting children are left wondering what the heck to do with it all, since each lacks their father’s vision for any potential from a partial roll of rusted chicken wire.
Jim is survived by his above-average children; the nurturing Faye (Jeff) Flom of Sheboygan Falls, the generous Joy (Earl) Mueller of Manitowoc, the well-intended Gail VanderVeen of Kohler and care-giver-extraordinaire, Gary VanderVeen of Sheboygan Falls. He is also survived by the best-looking grandchildren, Katie (David) Martin, Therese (friend Nick Schipper) Gabrielse, Jared Flom; and great-grandchildren, Aaron and Seth Wade; two sisters, Helen Winter of Appleton and Betty Schirpke of Marshfield; and one sister-in-law, Judy Bruggink of Menasha, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth (Onnink) VanderVeen; an infant daughter Nancy; parents, Gerhard and Hilda (Schaar) VanderVeen; father and mother-in-law Reuben and Olive (Bloomers) Onnink; three sisters, Marcella (Harold) Hopp, Delores Krueger, Marlene (Jim) Gross; and two brothers-in-law, Bob Winter and Owen Bruggink.
A tremendous and heartfelt thank-you to all of the truly wonderful health care providers who lovingly assisted him through so very, very much. A special thanks to Jeffrey Tomasini MD, Cheruppolil Santhosh-Kumar MD, Ron Rekowski RN, Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice staff and most certainly “doctor” Brenda Mauer RN. A funeral to celebrate Jim’s life will take place at the Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10 am. Burial will follow at Sheboygan Falls Cemetery.
Friends and family can visit at the Wenig Funeral Home on Friday from 4-7 pm, and on Saturday from 9 am until the time of the service at 10 am. For online condolences and additional information please visit wenigfh.com.
A memorial fund is being established in his memory to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls is serving the VanderVeen family.
Have the mints ready, Ruthie…. he’s coming for you!