Lawrence F. WilliquetteIssue Date: December 20, 2018
Jim Vanidestine, 74, of Marinette, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16 surrounded by family at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.
Born Jan. 22, 1944, to Elizabeth "Betty" (Lemieux) and James Clarence Vanidestine, he grew up throughout Marinette County and attended Peshtigo High School where he was a track star athlete. He was 17 when he joined the United States Marines Corps and served until injuring his back in a skydiving accident.
He returned to Marinette and married his wife of 52 years, Colette (Edlebeck) Vanidestine and raised his family of four children. He served on the Marinette Police department, sold insurance and real estate, was the owner/operator of Edlebeck Construction, Med Alert, and lastly, American Fire and Security.
He had many passions and hobbies including woodworking, coaching basketball, traveling, exploring the outdoors, cheering on the Packers, outlaw country music, riding his Harley trike, collecting cookie jars, messing with people, and supporting his family as their biggest fan. His kindness, strength, and bravery will be forever remembered.
He was the Senior Vice Commandant for the United States Marine Corps League, Detachment 1130, Door Peninsula and served as district Vice Commandant. He was also a member of the military order of the Devil Dogs Winnebago Detachment.
He is survived by his wife, Colette (Edlebeck) Vanidestine; three children; Dan (Stephanie) Vanidestine, Wendie (Ben Beno) Starzynski and Sally (Mike) Haines; seven siblings, Kathy Krulatz, H. Joseph (Lois) Vanidestine, Elizabeth Hansen, Bonnie Dura, Christine Schiller, Michele Paris and Margie Foley; a special sister-in-law, Mary Edlebeck; 12 grandchildren and his service dog, Willie.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jay Vanidestine and a sister, Debbie Vanidestine.
Visitation will be held at Thielen Funeral Home on Sunday, January 20 from 4 p.m. until time of a Celebration of Life at 6 p.m., followed by an ice cream social.
Lawrence "Larry" F. Williquette, 74, of Green Bay, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 in Green Bay.
Born June 18, 1944 in Green Bay, to the late Lawrence and Irene (Deneys) Williquette, he married the former Mary Ann "Snooki" Soucek in Pound.He worked as a mechanic at Brebners Caterpillar at the age of 17 and stayed as a heavy equipment mechanic his whole life retiring from DMK in 2008.
He loved time outdoors, hunting and owned several horses and rabbit hunting dogs. He liked woodworking and country music and cherished family gatherings, especially the bon fires, corn roasts and B.B.Q's. He was creative and enjoyed reading nursery rhymes and singing songs to his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Snooki; four children, Scott Williquette, Rob Williquette, Julie (Mark) Kuchta and Terri (Rick) Patenaude; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six siblings, Raymond Williquette, Judy (Richard) Walenski, Jean (Edward) Rohr, Ilene (Louis) Rohr, Randall Williquette and Mary (Brian) Brooks and nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John; an infant sister, Debra Ann; grandparents, Frank and Clara Williquette; in-laws, Frank and Mary Deneys; step-grandfather, George Morrow and a sister-in-law, Betty Williquette.
Gathering of family and friends will be held at Celebration Church, 3475 Humboldt Road, Green Bay on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral services at noon, with Pastor Keith Schommer officiating. A memorial fund has been established in his name. Hansen Family Funeral and Cremation Services of Green Bay is assisting the family with arrangements.
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