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Neinas, Madeline

Madeline Neinas, 97, lifelong Brussels resident and 40 year breast cancer survivor, passed away on June 25, 2015, at Anna's Health Care in New Franken surrounded by her loving husband and family. She was born October 10, 1917, in Brussels to Henry and Jenny (Bouche) Zepherin.

Madeline graduated from Brussels High School as Valedictorian for the Class of 1935, was very active in school activities and especially enjoyed participating in theatrical performances and forensics. She was honored to be chosen as prom queen in 1934. After high school graduation, Madeline attended and graduated from LeClair School of Beauty Culture in Milwaukee, then returned to Brussels and spent many years providing local ladies with stylish hair and pleasant conversation.

In 1936, she married Herman Neinas in the rectory of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Brussels, a church they continued to attend all their married life. They were very proud of the fact they were married 78 years. Their married life started in a small house in Tornado, WI, but in 1943, Madeline and Herman moved to Brussels to live in the house where she was born and her father had built. They remained at that residence until they moved to Anna's Health Care in New Franken in July, 2014.

Madeline was a talented homemaker and extensively used her skills in cooking, canning, gardening and sewing. In 1954, Madeline expanded her family role by becoming employed at Marchant's Red Owl Grocery Store in Brussels where she worked for 27 years until retirement in 1981. In retirement, Madeline often volunteered at the Dorchester Nursing Home in Sturgeon Bay, but her favorite activity was caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always seemed to be available to help with their care.

Madeline enjoyed involvement in her community where she was a life-long member of the Christian Mother's Society serving in leadership roles as well as serving on many committees. She was a member of the Homemaker's Club and a regular volunteer for the Brussels Lions Club.

Madeline also enjoyed traveling with family and friends to various sites in the United States, playing cards with friends, and especially making quilts for family and friends. Except for the most recent additions, every member of her family has a quilt identified as "Made by Mum".

Madeline is survived by her husband, Herman; four children, Bonnie (Ronald) Moede, Rio Creek; Diane Fontaine, Watertown; Dan (Mary) Neinas, Casco; Sheila (Don) Baudhuin, Kewaunee; seven grandchildren, Marci (Hugh) Thompson, Joe (partner Marty Golden) Fontaine, Robert (Dr. Debbie) Moede, Nicole (Tom) Rueckl, Madeline Neinas and husband Dr. Ambreesh Gupta, Jenny LeCaptain, Noel (Christina) Baudhuin, elven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, sister Esther (Elmer) Vandermause, two infant brothers, son-in-law Gary Fontaine, father and mother-in-law Herman and Ida Neinas, sisters and brothers-in-law, Agnes and Lester Dickinson, Lily and Albert Miller, Bertha and Walter Miller, Esther and Alvin Luiser, Eleanora and Clarence Haegle, Albert and Mary Neinas, Harold and Sylvia Neinas, Harvey and Freida Neinas, Ervin and Evelyn Neinas and very dear cousin Alice Mathy.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2015, at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels with Rev. Steve Vanden Boogard and Deacon Paul Zenefski officiating. Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Friends may call on Sunday at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay from 3-7:00 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luxemburg Clinic, Dr. Kristin Powell, Jean Keim NP, Unity Hospice staff, the staff at Anna's Health Care in New Franken and the many caring and helpful neighbors, friends, and relatives.

Published in Kewaunee County Star-News from June 27 to July 4, 2015
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