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Geraldine R. (Haen) King

May 9, 1958 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old

Geraldine King Obituary

Geraldine R. King, age 65, of Kaukauna passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2023 with her family at her side. She was born on May 9, 1958 in Kaukauna, WI, daughter of the late Robert E. and Frances C. (Lamers) Haen. She moved with her family at age 3 to Carlisle, PA, again at age 10 to Clinton, IA, and finally at the age of 15 back home to Kaukauna. She grew up in a very tight-knit family and spoke often of a fun childhood with her five siblings, being a tom boy in a neighborhood filled with boys her age, trips back to Wisconsin in the family station wagon, and frequent gatherings with neighborhood families and friends.
Upon her family’s return to Kaukauna, she developed a large group of lifelong friends. The “TOM Club” regularly gathered for fun and laughter as well as some memorable girls trips. Her brother introduced Gerry to his friend Steven A. King in 1976, and they were married at Holy Cross Church in Kaukauna on September 12, 1981. Their 42-year union was blessed with a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren. After graduation from Kaukauna High School in 1976, she worked at East Wisconsin Savings & Loan in Kaukauna and later at AAL/Thrivent, where she retired in 2019 after 35 years.
Gerry will be remembered as caring, selfless, and strong; she rarely complained and focused on thepositive in any situation. She was full of energy and the grandkids adored when she played, read, and sang to them (and always looked forward to her banana bread). She enjoyed traveling with Steve and family, visiting the grandkids, daily walks, and being outside in the sunshine. She was extremely dedicated to her family and will be deeply missed by many.
Gerry is survived by her husband, Steve; her children: Kevin (Nicole) King, Bettendorf, IA; Michaela (Caleb) Lyon, Maple Grove, MN; grandchildren: Bentley, Aubrey, Charlotte, Emily King, and Ethan Lyon;  siblings: Pauline (Rob) Henke; Norma (Tim) McCutcheon; Bob (Joyce) Haen; Joe (Lori) Haen; Jackie (Mark) Abel; mother-in-law, Judy King; brothers-in-law: Mike (Donna) King; Dennis (Edie) King; Dave (Kim) King; Bob (Krista Trempe) King; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her infant sister, Mary Haen; niece, Sara (Henke) Edelman; father-in-law, Robert King.
Funeral Mass for Gerry will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 11am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 119 W. 7th Street, Kaukauna.  Visitation will be held on Friday, January 5 from 4 – 6pm at Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home, 2401 Fieldcrest Drive, Kaukauna, and again at the church on Saturday from 10am until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Gerry’s name to benefit rheumatoid arthritis.
The family would like to thank Father Luke Ferris and the ICU staff at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center for their care and compassion.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
January 5, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Verkuilen - Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home - Kaukauna
2401 Fieldcrest Drive
Kaukauna, Wisconsin 54130

Visitation
Saturday
January 6, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Katharine Drexel Parish - St. Mary Church (Kaukauna)

Funeral Mass
Saturday
January 6, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Katharine Drexel Parish - St. Mary Church (Kaukauna)

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