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Theresia Vanderpoel

October 1, 1923 March 27, 2018
Theresia Vanderpoel
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Obituary for Theresia Vanderpoel

Theresia Joseph Vanderpoel, age 94, entered her heavenly home on March 27, 2018. Theresia was born October 1, 1923 in Hannersdorf, Austria, to Adolph and Maria (Schöck) Joseph.
In 1936, Theresia and her family left Austria and made Chicago their new home. While Theresia’s heart was always in “the old country," she grew to love city life in Chicago and lived there for the next 50 years. Theresia married Allen “Jack” Vanderpoel and they had two sons, John and Allen.
Theresia worked at AT&T and State Farm Insurance before retiring and moving to De Pere at the age of 62. She was a Sunday School teacher and librarian at St. John’s Lutheran School in Chicago, and volunteered in her grandchildren’s classrooms at Dickinson Elementary in De Pere. Theresia was a member of Hope Lutheran Church.
Above all else, Theresia was a woman of faith and family. She loved to bake, paint, draw, sing, play her guitar, sew, and crochet. She was the picture of good health nearly all her life, never drove anywhere she could walk to, and spent hours in her vegetable and flower gardens. Theresia was a strong, loving, and honorable woman, who loved the Lord and had a fantastic sense of humor, as well as a bit of an Austrian stubborn streak. We loved her beyond words and will miss her dearly.
Survivors include Theresia's two sons, John and Allen, and Allen’s wife, Juanita (Deterding); six grandchildren and their spouses: Joe and Kim Vanderpoel, Julie and Justin Hoerth, Jamie and Todd Olsen, and Caleb, Jacob, and Ethan Vanderpoel; and five great granddaughters: Annaleise, Elin, and Tess Hoerth, and Penelope and Frankie Olsen.
Theresia was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Adolph and Maria, and her husband, Jack. She is also believed to be preceded in death by her brother, Adolph Joseph, who was POW/MIA in the Korean War. RYAN FUNERAL HOME, De Pere is assisting the family.
The family will honor Theresia's life with a private memorial service.
To our sweet mom and grandma, we love you. "Always have, always will.” Now rest, you've lived a life to be proud of.


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