Wendy A. (Johnson) DeKeyser, 51, Green Bay, passed away at home, January 31, 2013, after a courageous two year battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Wendy was born on March 6, 1961, in Manitowoc to Sharon (Everard) Johnson and the late Robert L. "Bob" Johnson. A 1979 graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School, Wendy chose teaching as her profession, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Education from UW-Whitewater. She began her teaching career at Jackson Elementary School in Manitowoc. Wendy returned to school to earn a Master's Degree in Guidance Counseling from UW-Oshkosh. She began her career as a Guidance Counselor at Black Creek Elementary School before moving to the Green Bay Public School District, where she has been employed at various schools for over 20 years. Wendy was a trusted co-worker and was a mentor to many colleagues. Her students' best interests came first and she helped each of them reach the potential that she saw in them.
On June 18, 1993, Wendy married Glen DeKeyser at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Green Bay. They have three children, Nicholas, Austin and Sophia, all at home; along with her Yorkie-Poo, Snickers. Wendy cherished her family and took great pride in her children's accomplishments. During the summer months, she loved spending time with her family and special up north neighbors at their cottage on Little Newton Lake.
In addition to her husband and three children, Wendy is survived by her mother, Sharon Johnson, Manitowoc; a brother, Scott and his wife, Betsy, Brookfield; their daughter, Allie, Lexington, KY; and her sister Amy Johnson, Manitowoc. She is further survived by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Marilyn DeKeyser; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-laws; Sue and Rick Schmidt, Cindy DeKeyser, Dennis and Laurie DeKeyser, John and Beth DeKeyser, all of Green Bay; an aunt and uncle, Donna and Irl Ihrcke; cousins, nieces, nephews and many great friends also survive.
She was preceded in death by her beloved father, Bob Johnson; grandparents, Nic and Elaine Everard and Lloyd and Agnes Johnson.
Friends may call at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be a parish wake service at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2040 Hillside Lane. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with Rev. David Pleier officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokwall.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Wendy's name to the Preble High School or Red Smith School Sting Cancer Groups. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Green Bay Oncology, UW-Madison Hospital and Clinics and Unity Hospice for their compassionate care.
We will be forever grateful for the overwhelming support given to Wendy and our family throughout her illness. Her strength and courage were an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. Her BEAUTIFUL SMILE and CARING HEART will never be forgotten.