Freedom Pursuit Newspaper

Freedom Pursuit Newspaper Freedom Pursuit is a community newspaper in Freedom, Wisconsin. It provides local coverage of news, features, schools and sports.
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OBITUARY: Lee Schultz, age 80, of Kaukauna, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020. He put up a courageous fight with cancer...
05/04/2020

OBITUARY: Lee Schultz, age 80, of Kaukauna, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020. He put up a courageous fight with cancer and heart failure. Lee was born in Cecil, WI on February 18, 1940, son of Leon and Ila (Thompson) Schultz. He graduated from Bonduel High School. Lee was joined in marriage to Judy Runge in August of 1961 in Bonduel. They enjoyed 58 blessed and blissful years together. Lee was preceded in death by his father, Leon and his sister, Darlene Brei. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, a private family service will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Please join the family online as the service will be live streamed on the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home page. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Lee’s name. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: Lyle Swinkles, age 79, of Freedom passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Sey...
03/30/2020

OBITUARY: Lyle Swinkles, age 79, of Freedom passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Seymour. Lyle fought a long, hard battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on March 8, 1941 son of the late Orville and Angeline (Robaidek) Swinkles. Lyle was an only child. Lyle and his family were lifelong residents of Freedom. He attended Freedom Schools and graduated in 1959. Upon graduating Lyle worked with his father. On November 24,1962 he was united in marriage to Darlene Geenen and enjoyed 57 years together. Due to the current health restrictions, services for Lyle will be private. Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to Lyle's family at www.muehlboettcher.com (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: Carol J. Woodke (Vanderperren), age 75, of Freedom, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on ...
03/28/2020

OBITUARY: Carol J. Woodke (Vanderperren), age 75, of Freedom, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 25, 2020. She was born on Feb. 9, 1945, daughter of the late Cletus and Viola Vanderperren. Carol married the love of her life, Jerry Woodke on Oct. 16, 1965. They have celebrated over 54 years of marriage. Due to the recent coronavirus concerns, a private family Mass will be held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Freedom. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: Glenn A. Kortz, age 77, of Freedom, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, March 23, 2020. He was bor...
03/25/2020

OBITUARY: Glenn A. Kortz, age 77, of Freedom, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, March 23, 2020. He was born on Oct. 12, 1942, son of the late Herman and Lillian (Carney) Kortz. Due to the recent coronavirus concerns, a private family Mass and burial will take place. A future public celebration of Glenn’s life will take place and announced when available. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

03/24/2020

OBITUARY: Stanley B. Riska, age 78, passed away unexpectedly at his home on March 18, 2020. He was born on September 19, 1941, son of the late Alvin and Mabel (Mentzel) Riska. Private family graveside services will be held at a later date. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: Michael Edward "Mickey" Jezeski, of Freedom, passed away unexpectedly on March 7, 2020. He was born January 10...
03/09/2020

OBITUARY: Michael Edward "Mickey" Jezeski, of Freedom, passed away unexpectedly on March 7, 2020. He was born January 10, 1975. He was given many different names by the family, including: Mike, Mikey, Mickey, Pickle, and Uncle "Ike". Friends may call at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour, on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 4:00 pm until the funeral service at 7:00 pm with Pastor Levi Rocke officiating. Online condolences may be expressed to Mike's family at https://www.muehlboettcher.com (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY:  Joan Mary Vander Heiden (nee Kortz), age 79, died Monday morning, March 2nd, 2020 at Brewster Village with he...
03/04/2020

OBITUARY: Joan Mary Vander Heiden (nee Kortz), age 79, died Monday morning, March 2nd, 2020 at Brewster Village with her loving husband by her side. Joan was born on April 3rd, 1940, the eldest child of Kirby Conrad and Catherine Frances (Vander Heiden) Kortz. She grew up on the Kortz Homestead in the Township of Freedom, WI. She graduated from Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School, Kaukauna, WI and Freedom High School. Immediately after high school graduation she accepted a job with Kimberly-Clark Cooperation at their headquarters office in Neenah, WI; a position she held for five years. On Oct. 9th, 1962 she was united in marriage to Eugene Henry Vander Heiden at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Freedom, WI. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, W2037 County Rd. S, Freedom with Fr. Walter Stumpf officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home FREEDOM LOCATION, N3972 Columbia Ave and also at the church on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: John A. Olofson III, age 71, of Freedom, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  ...
02/28/2020

OBITUARY: John A. Olofson III, age 71, of Freedom, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. John was born on April 14, 1948 in Sheboygan Falls, son of the late John II and Ida Olofson. He married Rachel LaFond on November 6, 1982. John made his living as a truck driver and was currently driving for American Transportation where he has been working for the last 25 plus years. A gathering and Celebration of Life will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020 at the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home, N3972 Columbia Ave., Freedom. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: Nancy J. Springstroh, nee Waterstradt, at the age of 83, on Jan. 29, 2020, was called to her heavenly home. Sh...
02/03/2020

OBITUARY: Nancy J. Springstroh, nee Waterstradt, at the age of 83, on Jan. 29, 2020, was called to her heavenly home. She was preceded in death by her husband Rich on Jan. 11, 1993. Nancy was born on Aug. 22, 1936. She graduated from Shiocton High School. On April 19, 1958, Nancy married Richard “Rich” Springstroh at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Funeral services was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, N2740 French Road, Appleton. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilefh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: Jeanne M. Greenwood, age 87, of Freedom, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 26,...
01/28/2020

OBITUARY: Jeanne M. Greenwood, age 87, of Freedom, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 26, 2020. She was born in Freedom on September 23, 1932, daughter of the late Herman and Marie (Murphy) Coffey. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home FREEDOM LOCATION, N3972 Columbia Ave., from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a vigil service concluding the evening. Visitation will continue on Thursday morning at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, W2037 County Road S, Freedom, from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 12:00 noon. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: Jerry P. Wichman, age 84, passed away of a short illness on Jan. 18, 2020, at home. He was born April 25, 1935...
01/20/2020

OBITUARY: Jerry P. Wichman, age 84, passed away of a short illness on Jan. 18, 2020, at home. He was born April 25, 1935, in Freedom to Albert and Margery (Garvey) Wichman. Jerome worked for Foremost for 39 1/2 years. Jerome married Margaret John on Aug. 11, 1956. Jerome was a Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Steelers & Green Bay Packers fan. He loved to go “Play Pennies” at the Casino and liked to go out for breakfast. Services to be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at the Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior St., Appleton. Visitation will be on Sunday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Inurnment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit)

OBITUARY: Eunice M. Romenesko, age 91, passed away surrounded by her family on Dec. 21, 2019. She was born on June 17, 1...
12/27/2019

OBITUARY: Eunice M. Romenesko, age 91, passed away surrounded by her family on Dec. 21, 2019. She was born on June 17, 1928, daughter of the late Earl and Ella (Murphy) Smith. On June 21, 1949, Eunice married her high school sweetheart, Bob Romenesko, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Oneida. They celebrated 66 wonderful years of marriage before his passing in 2016. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Saint Nicholas Catholic Church, W2037 County Road S, Freedom, with Father Walter Stumpf officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Eunice’s name. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: John (Jack) Robert Nienhaus, 84, of Freedom, Wis., passed in peace, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.  He was born in Ap...
12/08/2019

OBITUARY: John (Jack) Robert Nienhaus, 84, of Freedom, Wis., passed in peace, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. He was born in Appleton on Aug. 29, 1935 to John and Edna (Appleton) Nienhaus. Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home, FREEDOM LOCATION, N3972 Columbia Ave, Freedom, WI. Visitation will also be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, W2037 County Rd. S, Freedom with a celebration of his life mass to follow at 11 a.m. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: Daniel J. Hofacker, age 50, of Mackville, passed away into the arms of the Lord on Nov. 30, 2019 at his home w...
12/03/2019

OBITUARY: Daniel J. Hofacker, age 50, of Mackville, passed away into the arms of the Lord on Nov. 30, 2019 at his home with family by his side after a long and courageous battle with heart disease. He was deeply loved as a husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to so many. Dan was born on Jan. 4, 1969 in Appleton, son of Paul and Mary Ellen (Stephani) Hofacker. Funeral services for Dan will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at St. Edward Catholic Church, N2926 State Rd. 47, Appleton with Fr. Walter Stumpf officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. For online condolences, please visit: www.verkuilenfh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

This week's Pursuit is in the mail and will be on news stands Wednesday.
11/27/2019

This week's Pursuit is in the mail and will be on news stands Wednesday.

OBITUARY: Thomas J. Greenwood, age 87, of Freedom passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 14,...
11/16/2019

OBITUARY: Thomas J. Greenwood, age 87, of Freedom passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 14, 2019. He was born in Kaukauna on March 29, 1932, son of the late George R. and Helen (Madigan) Greenwood. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home FREEDOM LOCATION, N3972 Columbia Ave., from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a vigil service concluding the evening. Visitation will continue on Wednesday morning at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, W2037 County Road S, Freedom, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: Jack C. Farrell, age 84, of Freedom, passed away surrounded by his family on June 24, 2019.  He was born on Fe...
06/25/2019

OBITUARY: Jack C. Farrell, age 84, of Freedom, passed away surrounded by his family on June 24, 2019. He was born on Feb. 5, 1935, son of the late Clayton and Florence (Hawley) Farrell. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, W2037 County Road S, Freedom, with Msgr. Jim Vanden Hogen officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilen.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: Kathleen Gail Weyers, 65, of Appleton passed away suddenly and peacefully May 20, 2019 with family by her side...
05/22/2019

OBITUARY: Kathleen Gail Weyers, 65, of Appleton passed away suddenly and peacefully May 20, 2019 with family by her side. Kathy was born May 11, 1954 in St Paul, Minnesota. She married Gerald “Jerry” Weyers on September 27, 1975 while continuing her education at U.W.-River Falls. Friends and family are welcome to join in celebrating Kathy’s life with a visitation held at the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home FREEDOM LOCATION, N3972 Columbia Ave., Freedom, on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Appleton Alliance Church, 2693 Grand Chute Blvd, Appleton, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: Phyllis M. Konkle, 81, of Freedom, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. She was born Sept. 19, 1937 to Norb...
04/29/2019

OBITUARY: Phyllis M. Konkle, 81, of Freedom, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. She was born Sept. 19, 1937 to Norbert J. and Geneva (McCoy) Green. Phyllis lived in the Freedom area all her life. She married Vernon Konkle Sept. 9, 1961 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Freedom. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, W2037 County Road S, Freedom. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

Gerald J. “Jerry” Hedtke, age 80, of Freedom, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on April 13, 2019....
04/16/2019

Gerald J. “Jerry” Hedtke, age 80, of Freedom, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on April 13, 2019. He was born on May 3, 1938, son of the late Edward and Rose (Marten) Hedtke. On August 19, 1960, he married Mary Kay Leitch at Grace Lutheran Church, Oshkosh. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 510 Sullivan Ave., Kaukauna. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Full military honors will take place after the service. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Kaukauna. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY: John J. Bougie, age 83, of Freedom, passed away at St. Paul Home on Saturday, March 30, 2019, with his family ...
04/01/2019

OBITUARY: John J. Bougie, age 83, of Freedom, passed away at St. Paul Home on Saturday, March 30, 2019, with his family by his side. John was born on Jan/ 2, 1936 son of the late Louis and Collette (Verhasselt) Bougie. He married the love of his life, Patricia Vandenberg, on April 17, 1958. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, N5589 County Rd. E, DePere, WI., 54115 with Fr. John Katamba officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial is being established. For online condolences, please visit: www.verkuilenfh.com. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

Wow! Blowout Sale! Support the Freedom girls as they head into the state tournament! Freedom Irish short and long sleeve...
03/06/2019

Wow! Blowout Sale! Support the Freedom girls as they head into the state tournament! Freedom Irish short and long sleeve t-shirts, NOW ONLY $3 EACH. Freedom Irish hooded and non-hooded sweatshirts, NOW ONLY $5 EACH. Sizes from youth to ###XL adult. Pursuit office open today until 5 p.m., Thursday 9am-2pm, and Friday 9am-2pm (will stay open longer if girls win their first game and play Saturday). Located in same building as Exquisite, corner of Hwy E and Columbia Ave. in Freedom.

OBITUARY: Cathy (Hooyman) Sloan, 83, of Las Vegas, NV passed away on Jan. 5, 2019.   She was born on Oct. 9, 1935 in Nee...
01/14/2019

OBITUARY: Cathy (Hooyman) Sloan, 83, of Las Vegas, NV passed away on Jan. 5, 2019. She was born on Oct. 9, 1935 in Neenah. Cathy was a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother (known as GG). Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at Palm Mortuary Northwest at 6701 North Jones Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89131.

OBITUARY: Betty Jean (Scheibe) Runge, age 74 of Freedom, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at home with her family aro...
01/03/2019

OBITUARY: Betty Jean (Scheibe) Runge, age 74 of Freedom, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at home with her family around her. Betty was born on Nov. 25, 1944 in Appleton, to the late Victor and Erma (Sievert) Scheibe. She fought the fight with cancer as long as she could. Funeral service will be held at noon at St. Peter Lutheran Church, N2740 French Rd. Appleton, WI on Saturday, Jan. 5. Visitation 9 a.m. until time of service (12 p.m.). Pastor Tim Glende officiating. A memorial has been established for St. Peter Lutheran building fund. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

OBITUARY:  Eugene “Gene” Floyd Gonnering, age 88, lifelong resident of Freedom, passed away peacefully Dec. 13, 2018, wi...
12/14/2018

OBITUARY: Eugene “Gene” Floyd Gonnering, age 88, lifelong resident of Freedom, passed away peacefully Dec. 13, 2018, with his family by his side. He was born July 18,1930, son of the late John and Catherine (Verstagen) Gonnering. Friends may call at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Freedom, on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 from 12 p.m. until the funeral mass at 3 p.m. with Fr. Walter Stumpf officiating. Burial will take place in St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery, with Military Honors. Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences to Gene’s family may be expressed at www.muehlboettcher.com. Masses and memorials may be sent to St. Nicholas Catholic Parish in Freedom, W2037 County Road S, Freedom, WI 54130. Full obituary will be printed in the next Freedom Pursuit.

OBITUARY: Melva Jean (Davidson) Luft was born on October 13, 1941 and passed away peacefully on November 16, 2018 surrou...
11/17/2018

OBITUARY: Melva Jean (Davidson) Luft was born on October 13, 1941 and passed away peacefully on November 16, 2018 surrounded by family and having one of her favorite hymns, Amazing Grace being sang to her by her granddaughter. Friends may call at Appleton Alliance Church, 2693 W. Grand Chute Blvd. Appleton (East Entrance) on Monday, November 19, 2018, from 9:00 am until the funeral service at 11:00 am with Rev. Dennis Episcopo and Rev. Dan Dainsberg officiating. Burial will take place in Lake View Memorial Park in Oshkosh.
Online condolences can be expressed to Melva’s family at www.muehlboettcher.com
Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour is assisting with arrangements. (Full obituary will be printed in the Freedom Pursuit.)

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