Edward David Belongea
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Edward David Belongea (Ed), age 83, Kimberly, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014. Ed was born on January 5, 1931, in Kaukauna to the late Isaac and Ella Belongea. On July 22, 1952, Ed married his best friend, Marge Van Asten. He built their family home in 1952 and together with his wife raised their 6 children there.
Ed served in the U.S. Army in the Ryukyus 29th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion Company D and served in Okinawa for 2 years. He retired in 2000 after working as a skilled floor mechanic for 50 years. Ed joyfully served as an usher at Holy Name Catholic Church, Kimberly and St. John Nepomucenes Church, Little Chute for 50 years collectively.
Along with enjoying time with his many grandchildren and great grandchildren, Ed also loved telling jokes, sharing his awesome sense of humor, reading, bowling, golfing, fishing, hunting, playing cards and immersing himself in anything related to WWII.
Ed is survived by his wife, Marge and children Dan Belongea, John (Patty) Belongea, Debbie (Bob) Belongea, Cathy (Gary) Wereley, Jane McGee and Carla (Brian) Barthel; 16 grandchildren includes Micah (Chari) Agee, Sarah (Randy) Motl, Brent (Bri) Belongea, Kristy Eisenschink (friend Gordy Halsey), Jessica, Ashley and Rebecca Wereley, Michelle (Eugene) Van Lanen, Ericia (BJ) Maxfield, Michael, Hannah and Spencer McGee, Kyle, Alex, Jakob and Rachel Barthel, along with his 8 great grandchildren Gwen, Dylan, Addison, Mathis, Adelyn, Payten, Decklin, and Easton, and also his beloved cat and friend Abby.
Ed is further survived by Rita Seering, Myron (Elaine) Belongea, Marion Rife, Father David Belongea, C.D.S. , Ruth Vanderloop, Sylvia Robertson, George Belongea, Dorothy Belongea, Mae Belongea; his wife's family, Marian DuFrane, Floyd (Irene) Van Asten, Art (Jan) Van Asten, Carol (Gene) Diedrick, Gene (Marge) Van Asten, Donna Van Asten and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son David, and other family members Loyal Belongea, Harold (Doris) Belongea, Jerome (Laverne) Belongea, Robert Belongea, Joan (Richard) Lesselyoung, Richard Belongea, Ronald Belongea, Robert Seering, Joseph Rife, Kenneth Vanderloop, Fran Belongea and Tom Robertson; his wife's family, Bob (Pat) Van Asten, Millie (Bob) Bachmann, Lillian (Ed) Van Heuklen, Carl Van Asten, Rita Van Asten, Ila Roehrborn and Larry DuFrane; and also his dear friend, Joey the cat.
Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 323 S. Pine Street, Little Chute, with Fr. Ron Belitz and Fr. David Belongea, C.D.S. concelebrating. Visitation will be at the church from 2:00 p.m. Friday until the time of the Mass. Military honors will be performed by members of the U. S. Army and the William Verhagen American Legion Post #60, Kimberly following the Mass at the church.
The family would like to sincerely thank all the medical staff and personnel at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Peabody Manor for their tender loving care they had given to Ed. Thanks for laughing with him. A special thanks to our neighbors, Tim and Ted.
Dad would always, say, "If you can't live life with a sense of humor, there is no reason of living life."
To my husband and my friend …. Thank you for all the years and the family you've given me. I'm not going to say goodbye for I will see you later. Love, your Turtle Dove.
Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home
101 Canal Street
Little Chute, WI 54140
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from July 16 to July 17, 2014