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Vannessa DeSantos

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De Santos, Vannessa

Vannessa (Verkuilen) DeSantos, of Appleton, age 44, passed away peacefully at home after a long and courageous battle with GIST cancer. She was born on September 23, 1969 to Rose Ann (Van Straten) Verkuilen and the late Gerald Verkuilen. On November 20, 1990 she married Gilbert DeSantos, and together they had two daughters, she was a wonderful wife and treasured her daughters. She enjoyed spending time with her family, she loved playing cards, going to the cottage and dancing. Vannessa's strength, selflessness and kindheartedness to all she knew will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Gilbert DeSantos, two daughters; Chelsey Rose DeSantos and Fiancé Brian Young and Leah Lupita DeSantos and Brad Pomplun and one grandson, Joseph Caleb. Vannessa is further survived by her mother, Rose Ann Verkuilen; father in law Jose H. De Santos, her best friend who was a sister to her, Jessica (Travis) Haufschildt, her brothers and sisters in law; Natalie (Johny) Vasquez, Nick, Robert, Julie and Joe De Santos, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, especially Julie and Bridget who supported her through out her whole life.

Vannessa is preceded in death by her father, Jerry Verkuilen and her grandparents; Robert and Dorothy (Johnson) Van Straten and Henry and Ethel (Belling) Verkuilen, mother in law, Elvira Perez De Santos and Aunt Agnes (Van Straten) Sasse.

Memorial services for Vannessa will be held at 6:00PM on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N. Richmond St Appleton with the Rev. Landon Churchill officiating. A gathering of friends and family will take place from 4:00PM until the time of service.

Special Thank You to Doctor William Guenther and associates, who treated her illness from the age of 18 and then again when she developed GIST at the age of 30.


Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Apr. 22, 2014
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