Lisa Marie Vande Hei

Vande Hei, Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie Vande Hei, age 51, Green Bay; Daughter, sister, mother, aunt, great-aunt and friend; Discovered another plane of existence on May 17th, 2013 after a lengthy bout with breast cancer. She was born on November 2nd, 1961 at Bellin Hospital to the late Earl Harry and Dorothy Bertha (Lisch) Vande Hei.

Lisa attended Valley View Elementary, Cormier Elementary, Parkview Middle, Ashwaubenon High and NWTC. She received her G.E.D. in 1981.

Lisa married William R. Johnson in 1979 and together they have two sons; Jeremy William and Matthew Michael. She and Bill divorced in 1989.

Lisa then partnered with Jon F. Sundquist with whom she has a daughter, Erin Marie. She and Jon enjoyed 9 years together and remained good friends.

In 2002, Lisa met her soul mate and best friend Douglas A. Turrittin. He made a dream of hers come true when he took her on a tropical vacation to Jamaica in 2003 and many a weekends spent at the cabin. He also took her motorcycle riding, which she loved. They lived, laughed with and loved each other until the time of her death.

Lisa had many passions she enjoyed. She loved 'up northing' with Doug and liked to fish and enjoy nature. Lisa was an accomplished cook, baker, singer, photographer, and gardener. She loved to sing and make wonderful meals and baked goods for family and friends. Lisa credits her love for gardening, cooking and baking to her mother; who was a loving and patient teacher. Her love of music and singing to her father; whose mandolin, harmonica and guitar playing and singing she adored.

Lisa was also an avid cruciverbalist and pursued her love for crosswords and other puzzles.

Lisa is survived by her son Jeremy Johnson, his wife Chandra and her three daughters (Appleton, WI); Her son Matthew Johnson (Green Bay, WI); Jeremy and Matthew's father, William Johnson (Suamico, WI); Her daughter Erin Marie, special friend Amilliano Garcia and her unborn granddaughter, Ayanah Nayomi Marie Garcia (Green Bay, WI); Erin's father, Jon Sundquist (Green Bay, WI); Her soul mate and love of her life, Douglas Turrittin (Green Bay, WI); Sister and brother-in-law Nancy (Hubert) Joski and their children; Joelle (Keith) Hocutt - great nieces Montana, Sienna and Fiona Hocutt (Zebulon, NC), Angela Joski (Williams Bay, WI), Terry (Joseph) Munoz - great nephews Jonathan and Alec Rodgers (Green Bay, WI) and Janee' (Vincent) Zawlocki - great nephews Vincent IV, Jack and Tony (Green Bay, WI); Sister Carol Brown, her son Jason Brown and special friend Tracy Frewerd - great niece Amber Lyn Frewerd (Green Bay, WI) She is also survived by her friends and acquaintances across Green Bay and by her feline companions, Wally and Girlie-Pie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Dorothy; Sister Janice Rae Vande Hei; Paternal grandmother Antoinette Marie Vande Hei; Maternal grandparents, Richard and Mathilda (Knuth) Lisch and numerous cousins and other relatives. (Written by: Lisa herself)

Her family is in the process of arranging a Celebration of Life party in honor of her memory. We will be holding a benefit for Lisa the day of and we will do our best to communicate to everyone in the near future on when exactly that will be.

In Loving Memory of Lisa M. Vande Hei. Always and Forever in our Hearts.


Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on May 19, 2013