Vander Heiden, Mary
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Mary S. Vander Heiden, Kaukauna, age 93, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at her Kaukauna home where family embraced Mary meeting Leo again on their 67th wedding anniversary day. Mary Stella was the fourth child of seven children born to the late Henry and Caroline (Daul) Van Asten on February 2, 1920. Mary's childhood was enriched with all the family dairy farm experiences in Freedom, WI. On June 20, 1946 Mary was united in marriage to her soul mate, Leo Vander Heiden. Leo preceded Mary in death on December 28, 1992. Together, they made a family with Don, Jerry, Ken, and Carol. Their "golden years' continued a gardening passion with farmer's market vending with the fruits of their labors in vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Mary especially loved all flowers and watching the birds. Card playing, auctions, and casino trips were frequently enjoyed together. As a young woman, Mary worked at Zwickers Knitting Mill in Appleton. She also was employeed, in exchange for room and board, by the Bahcall family and resided in their home, which is now the Hearthstone Museum in Appleton. Always a hard worker and strong willed, Mary was blessed with 93 years of independence in her Kaukauna home.
Mary is survived by her children: Don, Jerry (Terry), Ken (Debbie), and Carol (Bob) Wall; fifteen grandchildren: Brad (Charlene Kersten), Becky (Tessa Peters), Carrie, Missy (Trent) Ladwig, Adam (Beth), Cody (Briana), Kathryn (Justin Gorges), Kevin (Ashley), Kristi (Lance Rogers), Corey (Ashley), Kyle (Katlyn Baumgartner), Heather (Bryan) Rynearson, Crystal Wall, Eric Wall, and Holly Wall; eighteen great-grandchildren: Cody, Tyler, Alexis, Dylan, Logan, Deontae, Clara, Gracelynn, Preston, Ethan, Jayden, Elianna, Dylan, Addison, Jammison, Katalina, Evelyn, Rowyn, and three more babies due; two sisters: Alma Vanevenhoven and Rosie (Joe) Vander Heiden; a brother-in-law, Leo (Cordelle) Micke; a sister-in-law, Marion Van Asten, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Mary in death were her parents, husband Leo, infant siblings: Raymond and Clarence; siblings: William, Martin (Josephine) Van ASten, Blanche (Edward) Van Handel, Josephine Micke, and Orville Vanevenhoven. She is further preceded in death by members of Leo's family: Ray (Rosella), Catherine (Kirby) Kortz, Edward (Melvina), Frances, and Richard (Anne).
The Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at ST. CLARE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 437 Main St., Wrightstown with Fr. Dennis Bergsbaken celebrating the mass. Friends may call at the BOETTCHER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna on Monday, June 24, 2013 from 4-7 PM where a parish prayer service will conclude the evening. Friends may call call again directly at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 AM until the time of the mass. Interment will take place in St. Patrick Cemetery.
Mary…your hands have completed their earthly work. Your loving heart has given in greatest measure. Your busy mind, giving its secrets away with a sly smile, is now at rest. The gifts you gave us started with life itself. Your gifts continued with your strength of character, your endurance, unwavering faith, and promoting a legacy of strong values. However, the real things you gave were really not things at all. They are all the pieces of you to live on forever. Love you Mom and our Grandma Mary…keep and eye on us all!
The family wishes to express their gratitude to St. Paul Hospice Services, Fr.Dennis Bergsbaken, Deacon Ken Kabat, and Dr. Jack Meyer for their care and support.
Boettcher Family Funeral Home
2401 Fieldcrest Drive Kaukauna, WI 54130
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on June 23, 2013