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Bernard J. Vanden "Ben" Bergh


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Bernard J. "Ben" Vanden Bergh

Bellevue - Bernard J. "Ben" Vanden Bergh, 82, Bellevue resident, entered his heavenly home early Sunday morning, June 10, 2018. He was born on December 29, 1935 on the family farm in the town of Bellevue to the late William "Bill" and Catherine "Kate" Vanden Bergh. He was proud to be part of a large family of 14 brothers and sisters. He attended Spring Creek Elementary School, Bellevue and Catholic Central High School, Green Bay. Ben proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps, stationed at 29 Palms Base, California. Following service to his country, he returned home and tried his hand at mill work. He found a better fit, eventually purchasing the family farm from his father. He married the love of his life, Jeanie Linssen, on October 18th, 1958. Together they raised four children. Ben and Jeanie would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this October. Apart from farming, Ben also was a Realtor, land developer, home builder, and involved in warehousing and trucking. He fulfilled a dream when he obtained his private pilot's license and co-owned a Piper Cherokee. He was also very active in the community of Bellevue. Along with his brother Ray, he was co-founder and Assistant Fire Chief of the Bellevue Fire Department and co-founded the Bellevue Men's Over 50 Slow Pitch Softball League with Vern Kummers. He also served as Town Supervisor on the Bellevue Town Board. He was a longtime member of the Prince of Peace choir and sang with the Baylanders Barbershop Chorus for 12 years. He was proud to be a member of the American Legion Post 363 in Denmark, Knights of Columbus, Bellevue Lions Club, and the Holy Name Society at Prince of Peace Parish. Currently, Ben and his son, Dan operated B&D Cattle Company in the town of Eaton.

Ben and Jeanie loved to travel the world and found great joy in meeting people. Their favorite destination trip being Aruba. They also enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada with great friends and neighbors, including the late Harold and Audrey Gerrits. Other fun adventures included attending the Hodag in Rhinelander for 32 years, and many special camping trips with their kids and grandkids. Ben also enjoyed his hunting trips out west with the guys. He was a proud participant of the Old Glory Honor Flight in April 2016. Ben enjoyed a good story and an even better joke and loved sharing them with his grandkids.

Ben is survived by his wife, Jeanie; children, Debra Knaus; Dan (special friend, Debbie) and Dori (Randy) Kropp; grandchildren, Jeff Knaus, Josh Knaus, Jackie (Victor) Romero, Cody Kropp, Kyle Kropp and Chad Kropp; and one great-grandchild, Adrian Romero.

He is further survived by his brothers, Peter (Joyce); Mark (Patty) and his sisters, Marian Calewarts, Sister Patricia, Norma (Stan) Gezella, Elaine Srnka, Joanne Weber, Bonnie (Jack) Baldschun and Linda Vanden Bergh; Jeanie's siblings, Jerry Linssen; Sharon Buresh and her special friend, Cindy; Joe (Donna) Linssen, Sue Linssen and Randy Linssen; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother- and father-in-law, Myrtle and Norbert Linssen; his son, Don Vanden Bergh; brothers, Rev. George Vanden Bergh, and Ray Vanden Bergh; sisters, Florence Vanden Bergh, Arleen (Ray) Guns, and Dorothy (Andy) Rosek; his in-laws, Leslie Calewarts, John Srnka, Gene Weber, Helen Linssen and Dennis Linssen.

Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Parish wake service 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 3425 Willow Rd., on Saturday from 8:30 AM until the time of Mass. Funeral Mass 10:30 AM Saturday at the church with Rev. Daniel Viertel officiating. Entombment will be in the Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Ben has requested that contributions be made to , the Old Glory Honor Flight, and the American Legion Post 363 in Denmark.

The family would like to recognize the wonderful care that was provided by Mom to allow Dad to remain in the home that he built until his passing, as was his wish. Family would also like to recognize all the staff and nurses at Unity Hospice, especially Melissa and Amy, for their compassionate care. A special thanks to Sister Pat for making it possible for Dad to receive communion in his home every Sunday.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from June 14 to June 15, 2018
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