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Fucik Jr., George  
Fucik Jr., George C. George C. Fucik Jr., age 96, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Wisconsin Veterans' Home in King, Wisconsin. He was born on June 26, 1918 in Waukegan, Illinois, son of the late George C. and Gertrude M. (Chesbrough) Fucik. George attended Waukegan High School and was the captain and quarterback of the school's football team. As a senior he switched to wide receiver to accommodate the beginning of the career of future hall of fame quarterback, Otto Graham. While attending Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan, George once again played quarterback for his college team. It was during college that he met Jean E. Richards, and married her on April 19, 1944 in her hometown of Hancock, Michigan. After graduating with a degree in forestry and following his wedding, George shipped off to the Pacific, where he proudly served with the U.S. Army during WWII. George reached the rank of Captain and with his background in forestry, he and his company supported the war effort with a sawmill in the Philippines and New Guinea. His company also supplied the lumber to rebuild Manila after the Japanese Occupation. George and Jean's marriage of nearly 65 years was blessed with three children before Jean was called home on March 1, 2009. They were active members of Congregational U.C.C. of Neenah/Menasha. George was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts, was secretary of the Marathon Bowling League for many years, and was a lifetime member of Ridgeway Country Club. He retired in 1980 from American Can Corp., after which he and Jean were able to spend many winters in Naples, Florida. George was a sweet dapper gentleman who was a beautiful example of the Greatest Generation. He was a lovely man with a reputation of graciousness and impeccable manners. He was a brilliant man with an incredible memory and was a kind soul, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his children: Julie (Don) Fahrenkrug, Menasha, George (Sp. Friend Lisa Gilbert) Fucik, Neenah, Thomas (Melody) Fucik, Appleton; grandchildren: Laura (Kevin) Kox, Stefanie Fucik, Ben Fucik, Emmeline (Jeff) Prokash, Jake Fahrenkrug, Nick (Elizabeth) Fahrenkrug, Zach Fahrenkrug; great granddaughter, Sadie Kox; brothers: Bill, Henry, and John Fucik; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. The Funeral Service for George will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Congregational U.C.C. of Neenah/Menasha (1511 Nicolet Blvd.) with Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service directly at the church. Military Honors will be performed immediately after the funeral service by the U.S. Army and the Neenah/Menasha Veterans' Honor Guard. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Boy Scouts of America in George's name. Westgor Funeral Home 1140 Appleton Road Menasha 720-0314 Online Condolences www.westgorfuneralhomes.com The family would like to express their appreciation and heart-felt thanks to the nurses and staff at the Wisconsin Veterans' Home for the wonderful care given to George.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Apr. 22, 2015

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Forster, LaVerne  
LaVerne Forster LaVerne Forster passed away Saturday morning, April 18, 2015 at the St. Paul Home in Kaukauna. LaVerne was born June 22, 1930 to Ralph and Gertrude (Diedrich) DeBroux. LaVerne married Conrad Forster on September 17, 1949 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kaukauna. LaVerne was a lifelong resident of Kaukauna and member of Holy Cross Parish. She was an active community volunteer and entrepreneur, but her greatest pride was her family. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren. LaVerne was the oldest daughter in a family of fourteen children. She was very proud to complete high school even though she had many responsibilities helping out at home with her siblings. LaVerne was a very proud Kaukauna High School graduate and in 2013 was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award at the annual alumni rally. LaVerne was active in her community, serving on the town board in the Town of Vandenbroek for many years. She was an active member of Holy Cross Parish in Kaukauna, volunteering in numerous ways over the years. In the 1970's, LaVerne led a guitar group at Holy Cross called the Friendship Singers. She became involved in community theatre by sewing costumes for her granddaughters who performed in local productions. Soon LaVerne was costuming shows for Kaukauna High School, Kaukauna Community Players, and KCSS' Bravo. She was inducted into the KHS/KCP Hall of Fame in recognition of her efforts. LaVerne knitted hundreds of pairs of "grandma mittens" which she gave to family and to many community organizations. A true entrepreneur, LaVerne started several tax preparation businesses. Along with Doug Bennett, LaVerne founded the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), an organization that still thrives today. She taught tax seminars to tax preparers in all 50 states and London, England. She was a proud Enrolled Agent and served on national IRS committees in Washington D.C. Family was everything to LaVerne. We are blessed to have been guided by her example. She taught us to work hard, appreciate education, and love fiercely. LaVerne is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: Conrad, Jr. and Linda Forster of Mukwonago, WI and their children Brett and Kelly Forster (Ethan, Brandon, and Lucas), Craig and Laura Forster (Drew, Jacob, Nolan and baby due in June), and Kyle and Kristen Forster; Rick and Kim Forster of Long Lake, WI; Allison and Tom Mischler and their children Kacie and Kevin Bass and Logan Mischler; and John and Carrie Forster and their children Jessica (fiancé Rusty Bower) Forster and Alex Forster. LaVerne is further survived by her siblings and their spouses: Bill DeBroux, Mel DeBroux, Len and Von DeBroux, Lee and Diana DeBroux, Carl and Jan DeBroux, Reg and Jean DeBroux, Ron and Carol DeBroux, Norm and Marge DeBroux, Pat DeBroux, Molly Fink, Char and Adam Berg, and Sharon and Jim Lettau. She was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad Forster, Sr. in 2002; her infant brother, Donny; her sister, Ione Burton; sisters-in law Maureen DeBroux and Audrey DeBroux; and brothers-in-law Francis Burton and Bob Fink. We will celebrate LaVerne's life with a visitation on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the FARGO FUNERAL HOME, 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Kaukauna, followed by a prayer service at 6:30 at the funeral home. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 309 Desnoyer Street, Kaukauna, with Fr. Tom Pomeroy officiating. An additional time of visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass. The family would like to invite any former members of the Friendship Singers Guitar Group to join us in singing a special song for LaVerne at the funeral on Wednesday. Online condolences may be offered at www.wichmannfargo.com . We would like to thank LaVerne's best friend of almost 50 years, Grace Zurovitch, her brother, Mel and sister, Sherry for their devotion to LaVerne, especially in these last, difficult years. Thank you also to the staff at St. Paul Home in Kaukauna for the care and comfort you provided to LaVerne the last year and a half.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Apr. 19 to Apr. 21, 2015

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Field, Thomas  
Field, Thomas R. Thomas Richard Field, age 70, passed away April 17, 2015. He was born March 1, 1945 in Marion, Ohio the eldest son of John and Evelyn (Lubker) Field. He graduated from Richwood High School (Richwood, Ohio) in 1963. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1969 where he proudly served aboard the U.S.S. Albatross during the Vietnam conflict. Thomas also graduated from the Elkhart Institute of Technology and worked as a medical technologist in Munising Michigan. While in Munising, Tom married Carolee Moe. They eventually moved to Chilton, WI where their son John was born. In 1990, Tom married Cynthia Fuller and they made their home in Oshkosh. Tom held various positions over the years, including business owner of 'The Painter', groundskeeper at Kimberly-Clark, and prep worker at Marvel Manufacturing. He truly enjoyed the outdoors. Nothing revived him more quickly than to feel the warmth of the sun, a breeze blowing through his hair and to be surrounded by the beauty of nature. He spent time gardening, hiking, canoeing and camping. He was an avid reader, enjoyed fixing motorcycles and creating works of art. He often pondered the meaning of life and other big questions. In his final years, though his cognition was deeply impacted by a brain injury and Alzheimer's, he opened his heart and saw beauty all around him. Tom is survived by his beloved wife, Cynthia; two sons, Ryan of Waukesha and John (his daughter Violet, special friend Danielle and son Tobin) of Appleton; brother Peter (Susan) of Chicago; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service celebrating Tom's life will be held at12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Konrad-Behlman Funeral Homes (Westside). Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.konrad-behlman.com The family extends a special thank you to the staff at LSS Adult Day Service in Oshkosh for their compassionate care.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Apr. 19, 2015
Freund, Sedona  
Sedona Freund, 97, of New Holstein, died 04-19-2015. Arrangements: Sippel Funeral Home of New Holstein.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Apr. 20, 2015
Fuerst, Lorraine  
Lorraine M Fuerst 94, Appleton, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Carolina Manor in Appleton. She was born in Kaukauna on March 24, 1921 to the late Benedict and Theresa (De Beukelaer) Truyman. Lorraine married Robert G. Fuerst in Kaukauna on October 23, 1943 and he preceded her in death in 1995. She was a charter member and active member of St. Thomas More Parish. She also belonged to the Appleton Chapter of Christ Child for many years. She enjoyed walks with her husband and they bowled in a couple's league. She was an excellent cook and baker, loved ice cream and favorite food was anything chocolate. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren and getting together for all of the holidays. She is survived by her children: Patricia (David) Heller, Appleton; James Fuerst, Kaukauna and Colette (William) Younger, Hortonville; 9 grandchildren: Rick (Gina) Heller, Robb (Mary) Heller, Ryan Heller, Andrea (Jason) Weigel, Steven (Traci) Fuerst, Michael (Danni) Fuerst, Tammy (William) Woulf, Eric (special friend, Kelly Garvey) Younger and Melissa (Todd) Donnermeyer; 9 great grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Knapp, Kaukauna and a brother Francis (Laura) Truyman, Oshkosh. She is further survived by many nieces and nephews. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Mary Lou; daughter-in-law, Barbara Fuerst; brothers: Benjamin (Geraldine) and Jerome (Marie) and a brother-in-law, William Knapp. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Appleton with Rev. Gerald Falk officiating. Entombment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. Friends may visit the family on Saturday directly at church from 9:30 AM until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established. The family would like to thank the staff, past and present of Carolina Manor Assisted Living for their attention, consideration and love shown to our Mother. Also thank you to Rev. Gerald Falk, Heartland Hospice and Community Care for the many visits and keeping Mom comfortable.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2015
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