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Raymond Vosters

Vosters, Raymond M.

Raymond M. Vosters, Town of Vandenbroek, 95, died Friday January 4, 2013. He was born in Freedom on February 6, 1917 to the late Joseph and Anna (Diedrich) Vosters. Ray married Catherine Green, the love of his life, at St. Nicholas Parish in Freedom on November 20,1941. He farmed in the Town of Vandenbroek, was a volunteer fireman from 1957-1972, served on the election board for many years, won outstanding farmer award in 1968 and was a field supervisor at the ASCS 1959-1968. He was also the director of the Ebben School Board.

Dad was the patriarch of our large family and relished that role. His biggest joy in life was the family gatherings with all the laughter and many sheepshead card games. At 90 he won fifth place in a sheepshead tournament participating with his sons.

After retirement he enjoyed auctions, antiquing and woodworking. He restored beautiful buggies, carriages, cutters, and sleighs.

He often talked about the 4F's in his life, which were faith, family, farm and friends. In his own words "He loved his family, land, antiques and woodworking." In asking him for a pearl of wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of living, he replied "appreciate the change of seasons." He was a man of the land, and even when describing his later years said "it's nature's way."

He had a great sense of humor and always had a prank in the making. Thank you for that, Dad.

Dad, the way you lived your life should remind us all that love, loyalty, devotion, courage, patience, good humor and honesty are the qualifications of good character and the definition of a life well lived. We will love you forever.

Ray is survived by his wife Catherine; children: Helen (Tom) Siebers, Sun Prairie; Ruth (Norman) Eppinger, Appleton; Margaret, Belgrade, MT; Gary (Diane), Kaukauna; Linda (Donald) Sanders, Appleton; Joe (Suzanne), Appleton; and John (Debbie), Little Chute; grandchildren: Christine Le Monde, Bill Siebers, Kathleen (Jesse) Vanderloop, Mary (Kirk) Aplin, Mike Eppinger, Michelle (Bryant) Harley, Mark (Deanna)Sanders, Ryan (Becky) Sanders, Ben, Sara, Daniel (fiancee Megan Schiltz), Dana and Zachary Vosters; great grandchildren: Stephanie and Rachel Siebers, Kelly and Joe Vanderloop, Raymond Aplin, Izabelle and Izaak Eppinger, Gwynn, Claire, Aiden and Ava Sanders; sisters and brother-in-law: Gladys Hendricks, Lester Hartzheim and Dorothy Reams. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by Catherine's parents: Peter and Ella Green; brothers: Matt, Henry (Anna) and Edward (Maria); sisters and brothers-in-law: Olin Reams, Mike Green, Virginia Hartzheim and Edward Hendricks.

Visitation will be held Thursday January 10, 2013 at ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE CATHOLIC CHURCH (323 S. Pine St. Little Chute) beginning at 2:00 pm until time of Mass at 5:00 pm. The Rev. Msgr. James Vanden Hogen will officiate. Committal St. John Cemetery. To sign the guest book, please visit oconnellfh.com.

We want to express our gratitude to the wonderful staff and friends, especially Jerry, at Manor Care. Thank you to Heartland Hospice.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2013
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