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Paul Peter UitenbroekJune 30, 1937 ~ April 1, 2017 (age 79)
Paul Peter Uitenbroek, age 79, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Saturday, April 1st, in the home he was born in. He was born on June 30, 1937, to Joseph M. & Mary E. (Sprangers) Uitenbroek, and farmed with his family across the road from Holy Angels Church in Darboy. Paul attended Holy Angels grade school, and St. John's High School in Little Chute, but was a lifelong learner, having taken several other educational classes throughout his life. He married Donna Meulemans on June 11, 1959 at St. Paul's in Wrightstown, and shortly after, moved into the family homestead in Darboy where he raised his family and lived his entire life. Paul was also a lifelong member of Holy Angels/Holy Spirit Parish, where he was a choir member since childhood, and served as sexton like his father, for many of his younger years. He served the parish and community though his various mission works and in volunteering in many ways through his life. While he continued to farm for a short time after his marriage, Paul was self employed as a Plastering Contractor from 1958, initially in partnership with his brother Cliff, and later owning the business until 1993. Enjoyment was found in plastering with his son Tony even beyond that time. He also worked for White Clover Dairy as a maintenance engineer from 1983 until his retirement in 2002.
Paul's joy was his family, children and grand-children, and he had just become a great-grandfather. He always had a playful spirit, and was a wonderful & fun story-teller to all he met. Paul was always a handy fellow, a "jack of all trades" who could repair nearly anything that needed attention. He was a hard worker with a soft heart, and was also innovative, often being ahead of his time. He was a devoted husband and family man and will be missed dearly by Donna after 57 years of marriage; daughter Jean (Erik) Barnes and their children, Nickolas & Chelsey; daughter Sue (Pete) Scherer and their children, Melissa (Brandon) Wurzer, Travis (fiance' Danna Miller) Scherer; Son Tony (Diane) and their children, Trevor, Hannah & Philip Uitenbroek; daughter Julie (Ken) Bastian, and their children Kayla (Pearce) Goodwin and new great-grandson Carson, Alex & Amy Bastian and daughter Bonnie (Tom) Ermers and her children, Jenny & Lee Buelow. Paul is further survived by brothers: Jerome (Lynn) Uitenbroek, Cliff (Joann) Uitenbroek, Joe (Eleanor) Uitenbroek, sister-in-laws: Irene, Ruth & Janice Uitenbroek. Paul is also survived by brothers & sisters-in-law: Vern (Monica) Meulemans, Ken (Lynn) Meulemans, Diane (Jerome) Schreiber, Joyce (Glenn) Hansen, Denis (Chris) Meulemans, Jeff (Carol) Meulemans.
He was preceded in death by infant grandchildren: Erin Scherer and Benjamin Bastian; a son-in-law, Joe Buelow; parents, Joseph & Mary (Sprangers) Uitenbroek; father and mother-in-law, Norbert & Cecilia Meulemans and his brothers: Dennis, Claude, Donald (Lorraine) and Mark Uitenbroek.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until the time of a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Holy Angels Church/Holy Spirit Parish, W2796 Cty Hwy KK, Darboy. Visitation will continue on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon. Fr. Bob Kollath will be officiating, with Deacon Luke Hansen, S.J. concelebrating. Interment will be in Holy Angels Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Paul’s name. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com.
Paul, Dad, Grandpa - We love you always and you will forever be in our hearts!