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Myrtle M. DeKaster, 102, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Fred and Mamie's Home in Luxemburg, after a long and productive life. Born near Champion on October 19, 1910, she is the daughter of the late Frank and Hortense (Vincent) Everard. Myrtle learned very early how to work hard. She did all the in-house things and was the family's assistant cook while her mother and sister, Alice, did seamstress work. Myrtle also drove horses, made hay, helped harvest sugar beets, and worked on a neighboring farm as their hired girl.
On May 23, 1929, Myrtle married Alvin J. DeKaster at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Champion. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1979. She is a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish, Champion. Alvin and Myrtle lived on the DeKaster family farm where she helped him run the farm and run the Surge milking machine dealership for Brown County, along with DeKaster Electric, an electrical and plumbing business. Her kitchen had to be very clean at all times, as her kitchen table was also the sales counter for milking machine parts at any time of the day or evening. Myrtle also packaged and mailed out milking machine supplies to customers at the far ends of Brown County. At the same time, she cared for her bed-ridden mother-in-law, Hortense, for 30 years, in addition to tending a large garden and cooking for the farm hands. For many years Myrtle worked at the Palm Garden in Champion, helping with events such as dances, weddings, Kermisses and roller skating nights.
Myrtle was a 4-H leader in Brown County for over 15 years. After Alvin died September 28, 1979, she moved to Green Bay, and volunteered at the Senior Center, where she received 15-year and 20-year service awards. Myrtle also volunteered at CESA and Cerebral Palsy helping with mailings. She was a member of the Peninsula Belgian American Club and enjoyed speaking the Walloon language. Myrtle enjoyed gardening, dancing, sewing, canning, knitting, crocheting, crafts, reading, traveling, turning acquaintances into friends, making yarn-covered hangers as gifts, and in later years, playing bingo. She had a true knack for making beautiful things, sometimes out of almost nothing. Her travels included visiting Europe, Belgium and Hawaii.
Myrtle is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Della and Gerald Clabots of Suamico; three grandchildren and their spouses, Greg and Beth Clabots and Janel and Larry Robinson of Ashwaubenon, and Kevin and Dawn Clabots of Muskego; five great-grandchildren, Claire and Julie Clabots, Justin Robinson, and Drew and Will Clabots; one sister, Lucy Strebel of Bay Settlement; and one sister-in-law, Regina Everard of Green Bay.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin; daughter, Carol on Nov. 16, 2011; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice and Orville Jadin and Mamie and Fred Delcore; six brothers, Edwin, George and Dorothy, Alvin and Mildred, Eddie and Lillian, Harry and Verna, and Wilfred Everard; and two brothers-in-law, Alvin Strebel and Russell DeKaster.
Visitation at MALCORE (East) Funeral Home, University Ave. at Baird Street, Thursday from 3-8 pm. Parish wake service 7pm Thursday at the funeral home with Rev. Dean W. Dombroski officiating. Visitation will continue Friday at St. Joseph Church, Champion, 5996 Co. Rd. K, from 10am until the time of the funeral. Funeral Mass, 11am Friday at the church with Rev. Andrew J. Kurz officiating. Entombment in Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Visit www.malcorefuneralhome.com to send an online condolence to the family.
Myrtle's family would like to thank their cousin, Sharon Delcore Depeau and her husband, Wayne Depeau, and all the marvelous staff at Fred & Mamie's Home in Luxemburg, for their wonderful care and assistance in helping Myrtle live her last years in a loving, caring, beautiful and homelike setting. Myrtle's family would also like to thank the wonderful Unity Hospice staff who helped keep her comfortable. Thanks also to the many relatives, neighbors, and friends who helped and supported the family. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to her memorial fund at the funeral home.
Malcore Funeral Home
701 N Baird St Green Bay, WI 54302
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2013