Joseph E. Appleton
1914 - 2011
Joe Appleton, age 96, passed away at St. Paul Home on Monday morning, November 14, 2011. Joe was born in Freedom on November 23, 1914, son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Stammer) Appleton. He attended Freedom schools, and married the former Rosann Vandehey on November 22, 1941; Rosann preceded Joe in May of 2011. As a young man, he served in the United States Army and also owned his own oil delivery truck. Later he worked at Conrad's Service Station in Kaukauna, until he took a job with the city with the Park and Recreation Department. Joe enjoyed woodworking, and donated many pieces to the parish over the years. He also loved gardening, and cared for the many plants and flowers surrounding the Holy Cross rectory. Joe and Rosann were longtime and faithful members at Holy Cross Parish, where Joe served as an usher as well as a mass server. He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels, St. Paul Home, and was a member of Council #1033 of the Knights of Columbus.

Joe is survived by two sons: David (Jan) Appleton of Houston and Richard (Peggy) Appleton of Appleton; five grandchildren: Jim (Amy) Appleton, Jolene (David) Hemp, Ken Appleton, Kristine (Nick) Nicolini, and Michael Appleton; and five great-grandchildren: Allison, Kiera, Noah, Kelsey, and Jonah.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rosann, a brother: Gerald (Alice) Appleton; and four sisters: Della (Felix) Meulemans, Marion (Bernard) Kemps, Edna (Jack) Nienhaus, and Ruth (Ted) Meulemans.

The funeral liturgy for Joe will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 309 Desnoyer Street in Kaukauna, with Fr. Jack Mullarkey officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call directly at Holy Cross Church on Thursday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of the mass.

Fargo Funeral Home

400 W. Wisconsin Ave

Kaukauna 766-6200

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Published by Appleton Post-Crescent on Nov. 15, 2011.
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R I P Joe, We will miss you terribly. All the joking, your constant smiling even when you weren't smiling inside. Our thoughts and
prayers are with your family. So sad to see you go. Enjoy heaven! Joanie and Cletus Hubers
Joanie Hubers
November 17, 2011
Rest in peace Mr. Appleton. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Tracy Quinn
November 17, 2011
So sorry to hear about your loss. I truly loved when Mr. Appleton came into East Wisconsin Savings Bank to share his stories with us. He will be greatly missed by all.
Meghan Warner
November 17, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss...Joe was an extremely nice, gentle and loving man. He came into see us at the East side Perkins almost once a week and we looked forward to seeing him. It always made our days. He will be deeply missed on Sunday mornings by the Perkins crew on the East side of Appleton. Again we are deeply sorry for your loss. Heather Johnson
November 16, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May he rest in peace..
Don and Mary Van Ooyen
November 16, 2011
Rick and family, you have our sympathies on the passing of your father, Joe. May God give you comfort at this time of your loss. Tom Deason, Shepherd's Care Ministry.
November 16, 2011
Rick - Wishing you the comfort of loving memories.

Carol Franzke-Vandehey (Kaukauna)
November 16, 2011
Rick, my condolences on the the passing of your father.
Steven Kahler
November 15, 2011
I only knew Joe for the last few years when I was in Kaukauna. He could always put a smile on everyone's face everytime he came into the Rectory. Rest in peace.
Todd Senzig, St. Louis MO (formerly of Kaukauna)
Todd Senzig
November 15, 2011
May he find the peace he so loved with her beloved Rosann. Rest in peace. Lisa and Lawrence Ortner and girls.
Lisa Ortner
November 15, 2011
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