Norbert Frank Kilsdonk
Norbert F. Kilsdonk, 92, of Little Chute, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born August 14, 1921, in Little Chute, son of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Ebben) Kilsdonk. Norb married Mary F. Vander Wielen on June 26, 1948, recently celebrating 65 years of marriage together. Norb graduated from St. John Schools and attended St. Norbert College and Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He operated Kilsdonk RADIO & TV service for several years before becoming Postmaster in Little Chute, retiring in 1982. After retirement, Norb volunteered for more than 25 years at the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse in New Holstein. He was a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, and was very active in many different services there including: a member of the Resurrection Choir, communion distributor, usher and was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 10919. Norb was a past secretary/treasurer of St. John Cemetery, was the editor of "St. John Sesquicentennial" book and co-editor of Little Chute's "One Hundred Years of Progress" book, and was a charter member of the Little Chute Historical Society.
Norb served in the Army
Signal Corps form 1942-1946, serving in England, Normandy, France and Rhineland. He received several citations including: the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 3 bronze battle stars, the American Theater Ribbon and a Victory Medal. Norb was a member of the American Legion Jacob Coppus Post #258, Little Chute, the ARRL and the NARFE. He was Ham radio operator W9SBY.
Norb is survived by his loving wife, Mary; two sons: Frank (Elizabeth) Kilsdonk, Germantown, WI and Tom (Beverly) Kilsdonk, Sunnyvale, CA; eight daughters: Joanne (Dominic) DeLeo, Wellesley, MA, Mary (Paul) Malischke, Madison, WI, Patricia (David) Coles, Pleasant Praire, WI, Susan (John) Danielson, San Antonio, TX, Judy (Mark) Stegman, Littleton, CO, Janet Kilsdonk, Wausau, WI, Betty (Ted) DeMaria, Boulder, CO and Barbara (Nate) Thompson, De Pere, WI; grandchildren: Kristina (Nate) Vack, Kathryn (Joel) Stone, Annina DeLeo, Therese Malischke, Annalise (Jordan) O'Connell, Shaula (Doug) Hutt, David (Daniella) Coles, Dani Stegman, Jacklyn Stegman, Rick Starzinski, Andy Starzinski, Kathryn Thompson and Noah Thompson; great grandchildren: Kaetlyn, Logan, Liliana and Ada Hutt and Cora and Rosemary Vack; sisters and brothers-in-law: Beth Kilsdonk, Joe Van Grinsven, Ruth Vander Wielen, Henry and Pearl Vander Wielen, Ron and Dorothy Thyssen, Mary Ann Porto; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Norb was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Henriette Lenz, Verena Ritchie, Geraldine Maertz and Rose Knight; brothers: Florian and Les Kilsdonk; brothers-in-law: Edward Knight, Oswald Ritchie, Gearald Maertz, Kenneth Lenz, Joseph Vander Wielen, Ray Rietveld and Ari Rietveld; sisters-in-law: Anna Rietveld, Fran Van Grinsven and Therese Rietveld.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2013, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 323 S. Pine Street, Little Chute, with Fr. Ron Belitz officiating. Full military honors will be performed by the American Legion Jacob Coppus Post #258. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery, Little Chute. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse in New Holstein.