Lucille “Lucy” (Vanden Heuvel) Lang, age 96, of Appleton, passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022, at Rennes Health Care Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. Lucy was born on June 19, 1925, in Little Chute to the late Christopher and Rose (Weyenberg) Vanden Heuvel. When Lucy was 14 years old her family moved to Appleton where her father bought a farm. One of her responsibilities at home was that she had to get water from a hand pump outside. She graduated from Appleton West High School in 1943.
On July 10, 1946, Lucy married Kenneth A. Lang, when she was 21 years old, and he was 22 years old and just returning from the war. They initially met at a hay-ride party/dance which was held in her friend’s chicken barn. They celebrated nearly 67 blessed years together before Ken’s death on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Lucy and Ken had 6 sons together. Lucy worked a bit in both a drugstore and in a bank, but she spent the majority of her adult life as a dedicated mother and housewife.
Ken and Lucy enjoyed many special times together; annual summer vacations at 7-mile lake in Eagle River; winters in Florida and Arizona; travels to many countries abroad; occasional visits to the casinos and countless hours and time spent with their kids and grandkids.
Lucy always liked to be busy and made every effort to make things look nice. Some of Lucy's hobbies included: knitting, sewing, cooking, creating crafty items, gardening and golfing. For years, Lucy had knit blankets, newborn baby hooded sweaters, slippers of all sizes, scarves, and baby caps, that she donated to local hospitals. Lucy always cooked large homemade meals for her 6 sons, and she was known for always having extra goodies and food ready to share with the frequent guests and family members that she and Ken would welcome into their home. Through the years, Lucy and Ken spent weekends up north enjoying the “cottage lifestyle” on Grass Lake, White Potato Lake, and eventually resided in their new home on Berry Lake. In their later years, they returned to their hometown in Appleton to be closer to their church and family.
Lucy was strong in her faith and shared it with those she encountered. Lucy and Ken were charter and long-time members of St. Pius X Church where they volunteered often and shared many memorable times, engaged in Church programs and activities. She was respected and most loved by her family and many friends.
Lucy is survived by her six sons: Dennis (Mary) Lang, Winneconne, WI; David (Debra) Lang, Appleton, WI; Charles (Nancy) Lang, Canton, MI; Robert (Debra) Lang, Three Lakes, WI; Mark (Julie) Lang, Black Creek, WI; and James (Deborah) Lang, Appleton, WI; her fourteen grandchildren: Andrew (Dena) Lang, Oshkosh, WI; Eric (Lynn) Lang, Winneconne, WI; Sarah Lang, Greenville, SC; Jennifer (Tim) Eddy, Oshkosh, WI; Elizabeth (Rick) Romenesko, Fremont, WI; Nicole (Derek) Sokloski, Plymouth, MI; Phillip Lang, Plymouth, MI; Ryan (Laura) Lang, Oconomowoc, WI; Aaron (Jenna) Lang, Oconomowoc, WI; Janelle (Nate) Vande Walle, Green Bay, WI; Evan and Jordan Lang, Black Creek, WI; Adam (Whitney) Lang, Little Chute, WI and Katherine Lang, Appleton, WI; her sixteen great-grandchildren; her brother: Donald Vanden Heuvel; brother-in-law, Ted Lang; sister-in-law, Joanie Hoerning and many nieces, nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Christopher and Rose Vanden Heuvel, her two sisters: Isabel “Izzy” (Harold) Winius and Joyce (John) Meyer; her sister-in-law: Janet Vanden Heuvel, and many other beloved brothers and sisters-in-law.
Visitation will be from 9:00-11:15 am on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Appleton. The Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:30 am with Rev James Jugenheimer officiating. Entombment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Appleton.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Lucy’s honor may be made to St. Pius X Church or a charity of your choice.
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