Dr. James Joseph Bouressa "Jim"
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James J. Bouressa, 83, Neenah, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, February 22, 2013. He was born April 25, 1929, Little Chute, son of Clarence and Regina (Verstegen) Bouressa. As the oldest of 5 children, Jim was looked up to by his siblings as a family leader and confidant throughout his life. Jim really enjoyed his boyhood days growing up in Little Chute and would often tell stories of his fond memories with friends and family.
Jim excelled in athletics, academics and leadership while attending St. John High School. He went on to attend St. Norbert College and Marquette University School of Dentistry. Jim was a proud member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a honorary fraternity of dentists. He was recognized for his service to the profession earning distinction from the International College of Dentists. Jim valued education and was a lifelong learner.
In 1952, Jim married the love of his life Ramona "Mona" G. Vanden Heuvel, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Little Chute. He was a dedicated and loving husband throughout their 60 years of marriage. Jim and Mona settled in Neenah to raise their four children where they remained life-long residents and made many friends. Jim's greatest pride was his family.
Jim was devoted to his chosen profession of dentristry and helped many people throughout the years. He served in several voluntary and service oriented positions along with other community activities. He was a long time member of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Neenah, where he volunteered much of his time and resources.
He is remembered for his love of life and laughter, commitment to family and friends. But most of all he will be remembered for his compassion and love for people, his warmth and generosity. He was a great dad, special grandpa, loving brother, caring uncle, dedicated friend and loving husband. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him, but his memory and love will live on in those he touched.
Jim is survived by his wife, Mona; four children: Michael (Patricia) Bouressa, Neenah; Claire (Timothy) Peeters, Neenah; Robert (Marcia) Bouressa, Boca Raton, FL; and Paul (Elizabeth) Bouressa, Eugene, OR; eleven grandchildren: Amy, Jeffrey, and Gregory Bouressa, Katie (Mickey) Schallie, Karly and Rachel (fiancé Vince Udo) Peeters, Phillip, Edward, Nathan, Anna, and Mimi Bouressa; three great grandchildren: Derrek, Becca, and Grace; five siblings: Philip (Birdie) Bouressa, Carol (Ken) Janssen, Janet Janssen, Ellen (Ed) Hammen, and Jayne (David) Smits; sisters- and brother-in-law: Jule (Ted) Huiting and Doris Vanden Heuvel; and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Jim is further preceded in death by his brother-in-laws: Les Janssen and Noel Vanden Heuvel; and Mona's four siblings.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 620 Division St., Neenah, with Fr. Michael Ingold officiating. Interment will be in St. Margaret Cemetery, Neenah. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the mass. A memorial has been established in Jim's name to the Valley VNA-Alzheimer's Unit, St. Margaret Mary Parish, or the
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Emerald Court at the Valley VNA, Theda Care at Home Hospice, and Tom Huiting, for their loving care of Jim.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2013