Teddy Verhagen of Appleton aka Theodore Jimmy, Pooper, Teddy Bear and SuperTed, passed away peacefully in his home on December 26th, 2020 with brother and caregiver “JoBubba” and family. Teddy was born on November 17, 1964 to the late Mike and June Verhagen. He graduated from Robert Plamman school in 1982, and worked at Valley packaging for a couple of years until he was “fired” due to transportation issues.
Teddy was an active child, known to throw shoes and other apparel out of moving vehicles, wander into neighboring houses unannounced, and All-Star wrestle with his brothers Jeff and Joe and anyone else naïve enough to lay on the floor. He enjoyed watching the three stooges, super hero shows and playing games on his Atari and Nintendo, Super Mario Brothers was his favorite! Teddy loved all of his brothers and sisters and families, and enjoyed spending time with them throughout the years. June and Mike provided Teddy with a great family upbringing, always part of the many family events. Teddy was quite the ladies man at Weddings and parties, always asking the prettiest girls to dance. He always had a smile and a high five for everyone he ran into and was loved by all.
After Mike and June passed away, Teddy was cared for by his older brother Jeff. They became the dynamic duo, enjoying dinners at Mr. Cinders, “playing games” at the casino and camping. Jeff and Teddy spent many weekends camping at Patzers resort, where they had a trailer on “Verhagen” corner, along with brothers Joe and David . . . with inlaws Bonnie and Lyle just up the road. Our campfire circles were filled with many Teddy impressions, including Elvis, Curly, Richard Nixon, Hans and Frans, stone cold Steve Austin, Spiderman and the Ninja turtles. After they sold the trailer, Jeff and Ted enjoyed camping weekends up in Tomahawk at Joe’s cottage, with a whole new audience for Teds antics. We always said, hanging out with Teddy was like playing the ultimate game of charades, while his verbal communication skills may have been lacking, he would use all the tools in his tool belt to get us to guess what he wanted to tell us! And when we did . . . he would give us a resounding “YEAHHHHHHHH!” while pointing at the person who guessed it! At almost every campfire, Teddy tried to be sneaky, coming back from the bathroom with a suspicious lump in his breast pocket or sock . . . Toilet Paper to toss in the fire!
In early 2020, Teddy suffered a broken leg and the loss of his beloved “Yeff”. When he was released from the rehab center, he was placed in the care of his brother Joe and family. He spent the summer weekends up North as he worked on rehab for his leg. The Fall and Winter brought additional health issues for Teddy that he was ultimately not able to overcome.
Teddy was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and long term caregiver Jeff “Yeff” Verhagen, brother Micheal L. Verhagen, sisters Nancy Vermette and Catherine “Katie” Verhagen, sister in law Sharon Verhagen, brother in law Ken Rapp, nephew Scott Ebben and many loved aunts, uncles and cousins.
Teddy is survived by his brothers Joseph “JoBubba” (Micki) Verhagen, David “Old Man” Verhagen, Steve “Teeb” (James) Verhagen, sister Mary Rapp, sisters in law Bonnie (Lyle “Baldy”) Malliet and Nancy Verhagen, nieces and nephews Lee (Julie) Verhagen, Lorie (Mark) Gillis, Greg (Stephanie) Malliet, Chris (Cindy) Malliet, Jamie Brewe, Bill (Alecia) Verhagen, Holly Hoehne-Verhagen, Terri (Rick) McGarrah, Nick (Andrea) Verhagen, Samantha (special friend Andrew) Verhagen, Ryan (Suzanne) Verhagen and great nephew Asher Verhagen, along with the many Verhagen and Zornow family members.
A funeral service for Teddy will take places at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at BRETTSCHNEIDER TRETTIN NICKEL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 606 N Oneida Street, Appleton with Deacon Maury Reed officiating. Friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
We would like to thank the following people:
The crew at Mr. Cinders North for all of the love they showed to Teddy when he stopped in to enjoy his favorite cheeseburger and criss-cuts!
The staff at Brewster Village for the excellent care Teddy received during a very rough time in his life this Spring.
The nurses and staff at Thedacare at home and Hospice that helped to care for Teddy in the last months of his life.
God doesn’t give special kids to special families. He takes ordinary, imperfect people and gifts them with his greatest treasures. We were all blessed to have Teddy in our lives and will miss him dearly.
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