Rosa Bons(1932 - 2014)

Rosa A. Bons

Rosa Bons, age 81, passed away on February 10, 2014 surrounded by her loving family after a short battle with cancer. She was born September 16, 1932 the daughter of Chris and Johanna Van Veghel, in Erp, The Netherlands.

Rosa came to America through Ellis Island at the age of nineteen. The family settled in Kimberly where she met the love of her life. She married William Bons, another Dutch immigrant, on June 24, 1954 at Holy Name Catholic Church, Kimberly. They settled in Little Chute and raised their six children.

Rosa was a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Little Chute. She was an active member of the Heart of the Valley Senior Citizen Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, and St. John's Mission Club. She also volunteered at St. Paul Home.

Rosa lived life to the fullest. She loved playing cards with family and friends and always seemed to win. Every Sunday she started her week with breakfast at Landreman's with her sons, then coffee with "the Hollanders". Rosa loved sporting events, whether attending in person or watching them on TV. The Packers were her favorite. If you were looking for Rosa at a family wedding, you didn't need to look further than the dance floor. She bowled in a women's league for over 40 years until her illness prevented her from participating last fall.

Rosa was a talented seamstress and could make anything without a pattern. She patched countless articles of clothing for her family and made afghans, scarves, and mittens for all.

Bill and Rosa enjoyed many years in retirement traveling to Ajo, Arizona with their fifth-wheel.

Rosa is survived by six children, 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Jerry (Sharon) Bons, Chris (Julie) Bons, Henry (Connie) Bons, Steve (Linda) Bons, Mary (Tom) Vander Hyden, and Paul (Lisa) Bons; and their children: Adam (Stephanie), Zachary (fiancé Tricia Tiedt), and Ross Bons; Scott (Emily) and Brian (Molly) Bons; Jenny Bons, Kevin (Kate) Bons, and Katie (Matt) McLaughlin; Becky (fiancé Mike Schmalfeldt), Joe (special friend Katie Hahn), Amy (fiancé Taylor Kloehn), and Sally Bons (special friend Zach Haen); Jessica (Jeremy) Rose and Joshua (Kate) Vander Hyden; Alex and Casey Bons, Christa and Carly Vander Pas; great grandchildren Owen and Tucker McLaughlin; MacKenzie and Valerie Bons.

She is further survived by two sisters: Ardine Bons and Christine Vander Heyden; a brother: John Van Veghel, sisters-in-law: Mary Van Veghel, June Van Veghel , Sally Bons, Vivian Bons, Priscilla Bons, Betty Kelderman, Dorothy Vander Maazen, and Annie (John) Schultz.

Rosa was preceded in death by her loving husband Bill, her parents, brothers: Adrian Van Veghel, Harry Van Veghel; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Imelda Van Veghel, Barbara Van Veghel, Mary and Jacob Raetts and Coby and Ted Kokke, William Vander Maazen, Joseph Vander Heyden, Jacob Kelderman, Henry Bons, Peter Bons, John Bons and Jacob Bons.

Funeral services will be held at 5:00 pm , Friday, February 14, 2014, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 323 S. Pine Street, Little Chute, with Msgr. James Vanden Hogen officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday at the church from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the Mass. To sign the guestbook, please visit

The family would like to thank St. Paul Hospice, especially Melissa, Lauren and Karen for their assistance, compassion and support. A very special thank you to Leta Verbeten for your friendship and care of Mom.

Welterusten Oma (sleep tight Mom)


Funeral Home

Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home
101 Canal Street Little Chute, WI 54140

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Feb. 12, 2014