Frieda C. Vandenberg, age 89, of Appleton, went to be with her savior on Monday, January 29, 2018, with her loving family by her side at Brewster Village. Frieda was born on September 19, 1928 in White Lake to the late Michael and Hulda (Fank) Skorie. On May 29, 1948, she was united in marriage to Richard J. Vandenberg. The couple enjoyed 51 years together until Richard passed away in 1999. Frieda was a homemaker that devoted her whole life to her family. She loved gardening, baking, canning, nature, fishing, and birds – but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was active at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she sang in the choir, belonged to the Quilting Club, and was very devoted to attending Adoration.
She will be dearly missed by her two sons: Harlan (Tammy) Vandenberg, Menasha and Mark (Sandy) Vandenberg, Appleton; 5 daughters: Anne (William) Luedtke, Appleton, Ellen (Jeff) Hager, Saxeville, Teresa (Rod) Freimuth, Freedom, Rose (Bill) Adamietz, Kimberly, and Karen (Loren) Doxtater, Freedom; she was blessed with 29 grandchildren and 45 great grandchildren; daughter-in-law Bev “Sues” Vandenberg; 3 brothers-in-law: Alvin (Bev) Vandenberg, Al Laux, and Earl Walker; 7 sister-in-laws: Bernadine Skorie, Lucille (Chuck) Post, Aggie (Bernie) Merlin, Aggie Vandenberg, LaVerne Vandenberg, Barbara Vandenberg, and Lucille Vandenberg. She is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Michael and Hulda Skorie, husband Richard, 3 sons: Patrick, Nicholas, and Joseph (Linda); 2 brothers Victor and Joseph; and 3 sisters: Mary, Martha, and Elsie.
A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 6 pm on Friday, February 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 222 E. Fremont St, Appleton, with Father Jon Thorson officiating. Friends may visit at the church on Friday from 2:30 pm until 5:45 pm. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Appleton. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family is very grateful for the entire staff of the Orchard at Brewster Village and the nurses at Affinity Hospice for the compassionate care given to Frieda.