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Jan Vande HeyMarch 24, 2017
Jan Vande Hey, age 71, of Kaukauna, ran into the arms of Jesus surrounded by her loving family on March 24, 2017, Vigil of Feast of the Annunciation. Jan began her faith journey with her parents, Roman and Marie Salm, and attended St. John Catholic Schools in Little Chute. Jan was a beautiful, loving wife to Ken Vande Hey for 50 years, raising their children in a faith-filled home. Together, they lived life for the Lord, fulfilling their mission to lead others to Jesus through many parish and diocesan ministries, among them Confirmation, youth ministry, Colorado leadership retreats, Cursillo, singing with “Du-Du’s”, and respect-life. Many have been blessed by her glowing smile, warm hugs, deep faith, and “I wish you Jesus!”
Jan is survived by her husband, Ken, and their children and grandchildren: Joe (Lauree), children: Madison, Augusta, Ryane, Joseph, Faith, Luke; Becky (Stephan) Walker, children: Gabriel, Grace, Marie; Mark (Becky), children: McKenna, David; Jim (Susan), children: Vanessa, Cole, Andrew, Alison; and Tom (Selene), children: Taygan, Zac. Jan is survived by her siblings: Ray Salm, Doris Jansen, Jim Salm, Roman (Virgie) Salm, Jr, Marian (Jack) Vande Hey, Jerry “Soupy” (Lois) Salm, Cathy (Dick) Bauer, Bob (Gail) Salm, Dick (Peg) Salm, Deb (Steve) Halverson, and Anne (Glenn) Higgins. Jan is also survived by siblings-in-law: Patti Salm, Bonnie (John) Gilles, Mark Vande Hey, Joyce (Tom) Lamers, Deacon Steve (Peggy) Vande Hey, and Ellen (Dan) Eisenschink; hundreds of nieces and nephews, and countless spiritual children and friends. Jan is rejoicing in heaven with her parents, Roman and Marie Salm; Ken’s parents, Ernest and Anna Jane Vande Hey; brother, Harold “Ringo” Salm; siblings-in-law: Bill Jansen, Jim Vande Hey, Mary Jane (Carl) VandenHeuvel, Bernie Schmidt, Suzanne Vande Hey, and Denis Vande Hey.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 309 Desnoyer St., Kaukauna, from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the Vigil at 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Wednesday morning at Holy Cross from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 12:00 noon, with Fr. Jack presiding. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kaukauna. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com.
Mom, when God told you and Dad, “Take your family and follow me,” you embraced this mission with us and so many others. We have been incredibly blessed by your generous gifts of love, hope, and faith. We will miss you dearly, but we take comfort knowing your painful crosses and sufferings have been lifted. You have lived your whole life to meet Jesus, and now you are at peace in His arms. We love you, Mom!