Emil VandermauseIssue Date: October 18, 2018
Emil Vandermause, 95, of Oconto Falls, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.
Born Oct. 25, 1922 in Kewaunee County, to the late Frank and Emma (Blatcsky) Vandermause, he graduated from Algoma High School in 1940 and attended Door/Kewaunee Normal School for two years. He married Gladys Kinnard on May 28, 1946 at St Peter's Catholic Church in the Town of Lincoln and taught at Four Corners School, north of Brussels, a one-room school.
In 1944 he was drafted into the United States Army and trained at Fort Knox Kentucky until being sent overseas to the European Theater of World War II, where he joined the 10th armored division serving in France, Belgium and Germany. He spent two years overseas during the war.
He married Gladys in May of 1946 and then earned a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education at UW-River Falls. After graduation, he taught Agriculture at Pulaski High School for eight years and then became the general manager at Pulaski Chase Cooperative for 14 years until he and his wife bought Ansorge Distributing Feed Company in Gillett in 1973. They renamed it Gillett Milling Company and he ran the business until retiring in 1987.
Active in the Community and Church, he served as a trustee on the Pulaski Village Board for nine years, was President of The Wisconsin Feed Dealers Association, lector at Assumption BVM in Pulaski and member of the Knights of Columbus. Most recently, he was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Gillett where he served on the finance committee and was a lector.
He enjoyed golfing, working in the yard, following the stock market and family sheepshead games. In retirement, they traveled to Israel, Alaska and Europe and were part of a couples bridge club, but the highlight of his life was traveling to Washington, D.C. with the Old Glory Honor Flight program in 2010.
An avid Packers and Brewers fan, he attended the Packers' historic Ice Bowl victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field. He loved Wisconsin fish fries and also regularly ordered walleye and Door County cherry pie for dessert. "
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Trager, Milwaukee; six sons, Dennis (Roxanne), St Louis, Mo, Charles (Sheri), Austin, Tx., Mark (Jo), Appleton, Mike (Cindy) and John (Pattie), both of Green Bay and Steve (Deana), Gillett; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank (Janice) Vandermause; two sisters, Joyce (Darold) Gilson and Laverne Lardinois; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sam and Rose Marie Lefevre, Vernon (Betty) Kinnard, Dale (Rosemary) Kinnard and Lillymae Cravillion.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Gladys; his in-laws, Joseph and Lillian Kinnard; a son-in-law, Dr. Marc Trager; a brother, Ronald (Rita) Vandermause; a sister, Doris (Louis) Beaurain; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Harold and Janie Kinnard, Lloyd Kinnard, Veronica and Roy Luedke, Joseph and Betty Kinnard, Alvin and Bernice Gigot, Jerry Cravillion and Milton Lardinois.
Family and friends can call Thursday, Oct. 18 at St. John Catholic Church in Gillett from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, Oct. 19 at St. John Catholic Church in Gillett from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with Fr. Robert Ni Ni officiating. Military Honors will be conducted following the Mass and entombment will take place in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum in the Town of Scott. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home of Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials are appreciated to St John's Catholic Church and Heartland Hospice.
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