Rosemary Derenne, 87, Luxemburg, formerly of Rosiere, died Saturday afternoon, June 21, 2014, surrounded by her loving family in prayer.
She was born in Sugarbush, to the late Jule J. and Anna M. (Dantinne) VanDenack on Feb. 5, 1927. Rosemary graduated Valedictorian in 1944, from Casco High School, later attending business college in Minnesota. She was a teletype operator during World War II for the United States Air Force at Patterson Field, Ohio. On April 24, 1946 Rosemary married the love of her life, Walter H. Derenne at Holy Trinity Church in Casco. Together they ran Derenne's General Store in Walhain, prior to farming and running the cattle business, while raising their 12 children. He preceded her in death Oct. 11, 1978.
Survivors include her children, Anne (Melvin) Mertens, Green Bay; Cecilia ("Joe" deceased) Jossart and friend, Dennis Dhuey, New Franken; Dolores (Jerry) Jeanquart, Brussels; Rita Price, Howard; Jim (Jeannene Jenkins) Derenne, Luxemburg; Jean (Dave) Winters, Green Bay; Cathy (Randy) Fameree, Luxemburg; Andy ("Lori" deceased) Derenne, New Franken; Frank (Debbie) Derenne, Mike J. (Brenda) Derenne, all of Casco; Char (Randy) Everard, Luxemburg; Vicki (Don) Schmelzer, Casco; 33 grandchildren, Mel (friend Jill) Mertens Jr., Phil (Dina) Mertens, Paul (Desi) Mertens, Melissa, Melanie (Carl) Schuler, Laurie (Chad) Gehrke, Connie (Greg) Josephs, Walter (Kristen) Jossart, Amanda (Jared) Schmidt, Kara (Jason) Schmidt, Kristin (Craig) Madison, Stephanie (Jason) Ives, Dan Patzlaff, Cori (Tom) Plier, Matt (Jessica) Patzlaff, Jason Derenne, Stacey (Casey) Howarth, Brian (friend, Krystal Jacobs) Fameree, Chris (Ruth) Fameree, Eric (Sarah) Derenne, Angie (Jason) Blasier, Amber (Greg) Aregoni, Tiffany (John) Davister, Ashley (Jason) Arbuckle, Jessica (friend, Mat Agamaite) Derenne, Robin (Nick) Roberts, Drew Derenne, Zac (Katie) Everard, Lance (fiancee, Jacki Lardinois) Everard, Whitney (friend, Nathan Bittorf) Everard, Derek (Elisabeth) Schmelzer, Kalla (fiance, Justin Linzmeier) Schmelzer, Mikaela (friend, Mitch Berceau) Schmelzer; 39 great-grandchildren; one brother, Julius (Pat) VanDenack, Florida; one sister, Sister Julia Marie VanDenack, Manitowoc; one brother-in-law, Tony Kushava, Green Bay; two sisters-in-law, Teresa Derenne, Dorothy Mancheski, both of Green Bay; numerous nieces and nephews.
Rosemary was preceded in death by, one son-in-law, Joseph Jossart; one daughter-in-law, Lori Derenne; two grandchildren, Nicholas Jeanquart, Lawrence Mertens; one sister, Armaine Kushava; one sister-in-law, Dolores VanDenack; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Goldie (Ethel) Derenne, Norris (Arvella) Derenne, Joe (Anna) Derenne, Jennie (Raymond) Baudhuin, Irene (John) Holsbach, Josie (Arnold) Prevost, Clem Derenne, Gene Mancheski.
Friends may call at McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, 3:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy at 8:00 pm. Visitation will continue between 9:30 and 10:45 am on Wednesday at St. Hubert Church, Rosiere. Funeral 11:00 am Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the church with Rev. Frank Sherry and Deacon Paul Zenefski officiating. Burial in St. Hubert Cemetery, Rosiere. www.mcmahonfh.com
She will be sadly missed by her children and grandchildren. We were blessed to have a Mother who was a strong woman of great faith.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice, especially Barbie and Krystal and all of Rosemary's caregivers.
Mc Mahon Funeral Home - Luxemburg
530 Main Street Luxemburg, WI 54217
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on June 24, 2014