James Martin "Jim" Peeters
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Jim M. Peeters, 94, of Little Chute, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 30, 1919, in Little Chute, son of the late Richard and Ann (Weyenberg) Peeters. Jim married the love of his life, Ida Verstegen, on July 12, 1941, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church. He was a lifelong member of St. John's and was an usher there for many years. Jim served in the United States Navy during WWII as a machinist. He was then a 65 year member and former commander of the American Legion Jacob Copus Post #258, Little Chute. He was very proud of Camp American Legion, which he served on the board for many years. He was employed by Kimberly-Clark for 40 years prior to his retirement. Jim also was a member of the volunteer fire department in Little Chute for 35 years, retiring as an assistant chief. Jim enjoyed playing cards, watching the Packers and Brewers, woodworking, fishing and going up to the cottage. He was very proud of his family and his accomplishments. He was a very faithful man, and his devotion to the daily rosary was unending, even until death.
Jim is lovingly survived by his 12 children: James "Mike" (Sherry) Peeters, Audrey (Jim) Van Asten, Susan (Jim) Romenesko, Ken (Babe) Peeters, Greg (Cindy) Peeters, Barb (Joe) Coenen, Clif (Deb) Peeters, Sally (Jim) Miller, Rick (special friend Cindy) Peeters, Ann (Pete) Vanden Heuvel, Gary (Jenny) Peeters and Jackie (Bill) Peerenboom; 39 grandchildren: Billy, Jamie, Jill, Bob, Mike, Tracy, Jeff, Greg, Michelle, Chuck, Brian, Brad, Candy, Carrie, Tony, Nick, Jenna, Rick, Penny, Sarah, Lucas, Liz, Cassie, Jesse, Amanda, Judd, Amber, Rachel, Ryan, Robin, Adam, Kelly, Sam, Abby, Jacob, Alex, Jill, Katy and Emily; 48 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; a brother, Pete (Agnes) Peeters; a sister, Doris Heiss; sisters-in-law: Joanne and Mary Peeters and Loretta Hoezel; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Ida; his parents; mother- and father-in-law, Joseph and Anna Verstegen; brothers: Rev. R. Thomas, Rev Ambrose, Robert, Carl, Henry and Gerald (Joanne) Peeters; a sister, Margaret (Rich) Reider; brothers and sisters-in-law: Lester (Peg), Clarence, Robert (Lil) Gerald (Margaret), Ernest (Ann) Joseph (Charlotte), Carl (Marie) and Aloysius Verstegen, Regina (Clarence) Bouressa, Joanne Hawley, Bernice (Joe) Vander Velden and Irene (Dominic) Peeters.
Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2013, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 323 S. Pine Street, Little Chute, with Msgr. Jim Vanden Hogen officiating. Full military honors will be performed by the American Legion Jacob Coppus Post #258 immediately following the Mass. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery, Little Chute. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:15 p.m.
The Peeters family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs at Grand Horizons, Southern Care Hospice, Community Care and Verkuilen Funeral Home for their loving care and compassion shown to their father.
We know Dad died of a broken heart after losing Mom one month ago. They are now eternally happy together. We love you Dad!
Verkuilen Funeral Home - Little Chute
101 Canal St. Little Chute, WI 54140
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Nov. 13, 2013