Gilda M. Hennes
1923 - 2020
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Gilda M. Hennes

Kaukauna - Gilda M. Hennes, age 97, went to eternal life on Monday, September 7, 2020, at the St. Paul Home in Kaukauna. She was born on February 24, 1923 to the late Charles and Louise (Quinn) Wulgaert. Gilda was raised in Little Chute and graduated from St. John High School. She married Gordon "Gordy" Hennes on February 23, 1946. They went on to establish their home in Kaukauna, which Gordy helped build. They had the pleasure of raising their family on 14th street with several other neighboring family members. Gilda remained in their home up until the age of 96 when a broken arm sent her next door to the St. Paul Home. She was a resident of Primrose Lane, where she was able to connect with friends of long ago.

Gilda was employed at Larry's Piggly Wiggly for over 20 years. She enjoyed dancing at Romy's, playing cards with friends and family, and the many trips up to the cabin in Tipler. She and Gordy were members of Fox Valley Golf Course where she enjoyed participating in ladies golf day with her friends most Wednesdays. Gilda was an excellent seamstress and knit many afghans for family. Later in life, she could be found watching her favorite show, Dancing with the Stars and enjoying Friday fish lunches with her children. Gilda will be remembered for her sharp wit and telling it like it is. She enjoyed being a mother and grandmother and was affectionately known as "Grandma GG" by her great grandkids. She loved all of her back-porch visits with them.

Gilda is survived by her five children: Bev Weyenberg (partner Len), Oshkosh; Bob Hennes, Kaukauna; Jim (Gail) Hennes, Menasha; Rick (Kris) Hennes, Kaukauna; and Glen (Cathy) Hennes, Kaukauna. She is further survived by her grandchildren: Peter (Ann) Weyenberg; Julie (Jared) Bothe; Stacy Hennes (partner John); Alisa (Ryan) Gaffney; Kaitlin (Eric) DeGroot; Matt Hennes; Kurt (Sanna) Hennes; Casey (Julie) Hennes. In addition, there are 14 great grandchildren: Brooke, Paige, Amber, Autumn, and Caylin Weyenberg; Gabby Bothe; Mason and Madison Headson, Keaton and Averie Gaffney, Raelynn and Acelyn DeGroot; Victoria and Brooklyn Hennes. She is also survived by her bonus grandchildren: Leah (Kevin) Micke, Theresa (Mike) Weber, Sam (Christine) Kilgas, and Charlie (Samantha) Kilgas as well as their children, Will, Ben, Ethan, Grant, Bryce, Landon, Marley, Ava, Addie, Ellie, Asher, Abigail, and baby girl due in December.

In addition to her parents, Gilda was preceded in death by her husband, Gordy in 2009; his parents, Ray and Myrtle Hennes; her son-in-law Jim Weyenberg; her sister Rella and brother-in-law Alfred Collins; her sister Vi and brother-in-law Dick Johnson; and brothers and sisters-in-law: Ester and Rollie Schwalenberg; Bill and Ethel Mitchler.

Gilda's funeral will be attended by family members only. Friends that wish to participate can live stream the funeral on the O'Connell Funeral Home Facebook page on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. She will be buried in the parish cemetery following the funeral. To sign the guest book, please visit A memorial fund has been established in Gilda's name going to St. Paul Elder Services.

Gilda's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at St. Paul Elder Services for their care and compassion always shown to Mom. A special thank you to Gilda's niece Kitty and her husband Don Verhagen for always being there for Gilda over the years.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Sep. 9 to Sep. 10, 2020.
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September 16, 2020
RIP. God has a special angel
Cathy Bootz
September 13, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Gilda's obituary is so well written. Without ever meeting her, it paints a perfect picture of what a wonderful woman she was. Our sympathy to Glen, Cathy, Rick , Kris and all of Gilda's family.
Ted and Louise Becklund
September 12, 2020
Bob, Glen and family,
Sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a special lady. She will always be in your heart.
With our deepest sympathy,
Dennis and Theresa Brown
Dennis and Theresa Brown
September 10, 2020
Dear Cousins, I am so sorry for your loss. The news Of Aunt Gilda passing hit me like a ton of bricks. She was so special. I can never express how much I loved your Mother. Gilda was my other mother. As a child she came to my rescue so many times. I always saw her surrounded by a full body halo. She will be dearly missed. I share your grief. All my love to you. I wish I could be there.
Michael Collins
September 10, 2020
We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to all of Gilda’s family for your loss. Gilda was such a sweet lady. My Mom and Dad would always say that they had lots of good times with Gilda and Gordy years and years ago! I truly enjoyed popping in to visit her while she was still in her home, and a few times at Saint Paul’s. We always had fun and interesting conversations. May God bless you all with peace of mind for always caring for your mother so lovingly, and may all your wonderful memories help to heal your broken hearts. Love, Mary & Dave Arnoldussen
Mary Arnoldussen
September 10, 2020
Glenn,Cathy, Rick,Kris,Gail,Jim and all the rest of the family... I’m so sorry for the loss of Gilda. She was such a nice lady. I remember her from way back in our high school years and there was always a kind smile!! RIP and fly high
Cathy Bootz
September 9, 2020
R.i.p. Gilda...psalm 23...
Mike Hurst
September 9, 2020
Bev and Boys, I was so saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. I remember singing Happy Birthday to her for her 96th Birthday at music at St Paul's. Every time I saw her, she was smiling. You have my deepest Sympathy for your Loss. RIP Gilda
Rose Franzke
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