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Francis "Fritz" Coenen, 89, of De Pere, died unexpectedly on All Saints Day, Thursday November 1, 2012 at home. The son of the late Frank and Lena (Albers) Coenen was born August 14, 1923 in De Pere. On April 27, 1946, he married the former Eleanor Van De Ven at St. Boniface Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on July 21, 2004. Fritz proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as an MP from 1943 to 1946.
Fritz worked at DePere Progressive Farmers Co-op (now AgriPartners) for many years. He was an active member of the community and volunteered his time, talent and treasure to many worthy causes. He was a member and Past Officer of De Pere VFW Post 2113. Fritz loved playing cards enjoyed a good pool game in his earlier years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his son, Rick (Rosa) Coenen, De Pere, two daughters, Sandy (Don "Fuzz") Milquet, De Pere, Sue (Dennis) Boettcher, Rhinelander, four grandchildren, Sarah and Mark Coenen and Christopher (Michelle) and Tracy Sue Boettcher (fiancé, Greg Vaughan), one great-granddaughter, Alyssa Boettcher, one brother Clem, one sister, Rosemary (Joe) Bartels, as well as Fritz's special friend, Dee Aland.
Family and friends may call at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 305 North Tenth Street, De Pere, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Sunday November 4, 2012. Visitation will continue on Monday after 9:00 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Family, Lourdes Avenue at Suburban Drive, De Pere. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday at church with Father Tim Shillcox, O. Praem., officiating. De Pere VFW Burial Rites will be accorded following the Mass. Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the Coenen family.
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory
305 North Tenth Street
De Pere, WI 54115
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Nov. 4, 2012