Michael Vande "Uncle Mike" Walle
{ "" }
Share
Share Michael's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Michael "Uncle Mike" Vande Walle

De Pere - Michael John "Uncle Mike" Vande Walle, 63, De Pere, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020. The son of Don and Norma (Liebergen) Vande Walle was born on November 16, 1957.

Mike grew up the second oldest of the five Vande Walle boys, and graduated from Shawano High School in 1976. In high school he met Mary Gross, and they married on July 26, 1980, shortly after his graduation from UW-Stout. Together, they raised two wonderful children and they became grandparents for the first time in 2019.

In 2001, Mike and his family opened the first Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe in De Pere. Always striving to do things his very best, the company is now world famous. Smiles are delivered around the globe thanks to his recipes and innovative production facility.

More than anything, Mike loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a born entertainer and threw the best parties. He loved his wine clubs and he loved to cook. If Mary "wasn't hungry" after trying something, he didn't make it again. Mike and Mary also loved to travel, and they made trips to Jamaica at least once per year. They were perfect companion flyers.

Mike is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Nathan (Janelle) and Brittni (Jose Manuel); and grandson, Lincoln Michael. He is further survived by his mother, Norma; brothers, Don Jr. (Kim), Steve (Tess), Tom (Sue) and Jay (Dawn); many nieces, nephews and other members of his extended family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Don and other extended family members.

Family and friends may visit at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 North Tenth Street, De Pere, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 26, 2020. A funeral service will begin at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established for Mike. To extend online condolences to the Vande Walle family, please visit:

www.ryanfh.com






To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Dec. 18 to Dec. 20, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
25 entries
December 24, 2020
The Spathiphyllum Plant
Send Flowers and Gifts
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Rick Crawford
December 22, 2020
Eternal Friendship Remembrance Bouquet - VASE INCLUDED
Send Flowers and Gifts
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Kristina Peake
December 22, 2020
Everyone at Pepsi-Cola of Green Bay is very saddened by the news of Mike's passing. Your family has our deepest condolences.
Paul Goebel
Acquaintance
December 21, 2020
Living Spirit Dishgarden
Send Flowers and Gifts
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Marie Heyer
December 21, 2020
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Matthew DAgostino
December 21, 2020
Dear Mary and family, So sad to read of Mike's passing. My family has/continues to enjoy all of his pastry concoctions. The Lord must have been hungry for one of his Kringles. Hugs to all.
patricia l Jansen
Friend
December 20, 2020
So sorry to hear he is gone. He was truly one of the good guys.
We know for whom the bell tolls as we are all diminished by his passing. He will be fondly remembered by myself and many others for the rest of our lives. May his family be consoled by the fact that he was loved by so many.
Tom & Barbara

Tom Halepaska
Friend
December 20, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Mary and family I am saddened to here this God be with you through this tough time.
Chris Zigmunt
Friend
December 20, 2020
So sorry for your loss. He was taken away too soon. Will be sadly missed by all.

Bernice
Bernice Campshure
Friend
December 20, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear of Uncle Mike’s passing. I enjoyed working for him and have fond memories of the days I spent in the bakery. We frequent the De Pere location often and it’s our favorite place for baked goods. Sending hugs to Mary and the kids. May your wonderful memories keep you warm this winter.
Tiffany
Coworker
December 20, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to Mike's family, my heart aches for your loss! He will be missed by many and I will miss taking his orders at Valley Bakers, he was always a joy to talk to and was very good at giving and taking a little jesting! RIP Mike!!!
Carol Neff
December 20, 2020
My Condolences to the entire family. He was a great man and will be missed!
Gail Bergman
Acquaintance
December 19, 2020
A truly special person is in a special place now. He will be missed by the entire community.
Jan Grosskopf
Acquaintance
December 19, 2020
My deepest condolences to Mary and the family. Went to school with both Mike and Mary, such nice people. May God wrap his loving arms around you and ease your pain.

Laurie Marcukaitis
Classmate
December 19, 2020
Mary and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Many memories of laughter around Mike. Was always great to see your family at Ski Brule. Rest in peace funny and gracious man!
Jeff DuChateau - UW-Stout 81'
Classmate
December 19, 2020
So sorry to hear. Did not know him but sure loved his bakery. God speed uncle Mike!
Teresa Roeder
Acquaintance
December 19, 2020
So sorry to hear. Did not know him but sure loved his bakery. God speed uncle Mike!
Teresa Roeder
Acquaintance
December 19, 2020
So sorry to hear. Did not know him but sure loved his bakery. God speed uncle Mike!
Teresa Roeder
December 19, 2020
So sorry to hear. Did not know him but sure loved his bakery. God speed uncle Mike!
December 19, 2020
Mary and family,
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate Mike's life well lived. "Uncle Mike" left his footprint on many through his humor, his thoughtfulness and definitely through his innovations at the bakery. God bless you all.
-Donna Fahrenkrug
December 19, 2020
May his memory be a blessing, and may the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Mike & Lynette Raether
Friend
December 19, 2020
Always enjoyed his smile and best bakery around. So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers. Remember all the smiles and keep his memory in your hearts.
Donna Madary
Friend
December 19, 2020
My daughter, Greta, worked for Mike and Mary for a couple years. She always had sweet, and often fun, stories about Mike that she’d bring home (along with the most delicious treats!) He will certainly always hold a special place in our neighborhood and in our hearts. Mary, you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers!
Kathryn Lockwood
Acquaintance
December 19, 2020
My daughter, Greta, worked for Mike and Mary for a couple years. She always had sweet, and often fun, stories about Mike that she’d bring home (along with the most delicious treats!) He will certainly always hold a special place in our neighborhood and in our hearts. Mary, you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathryn Lockwood
Acquaintance
December 19, 2020
Sad to hear this news. God speed Uncle Mike. My condolences to the Family.
Scott Benson
Acquaintance
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences