Mrs. Josephine Vanderschaegen, formerly of Hurley, Wisconsin passed away on March 13, 2013. Josephine was born on October 31, 1918, in Ironwood, Michigan and was raised there too. Her parents were Anton and Antonia Skowronski (both deceased) both born and from Watcloviak, Poland. She was married to Clarence Vanderschaegen of Iron Belt on July 27, 1940, by Father Paul Boshold at St. Ann's Catholic Church Saxon, Wisconsin. They eventually moved to Hurley,in June of 1953 where they purchased their home on Maple Street.
Josephine attended old North Side Central Grade School, George N Sleight Grade School and Luther L. Wright High School all in Ironwood, Michigan. She graduated in 1937.
Josephine belonged to St. Michael's Catholic Church in Ironwood, Michigan and later St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, Wisconsin. She belonged to the Polish National Alliance, Iron County VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #1580, and Military Order of the Cooties Auxiliaries. She held the position of Historian which she loved and enjoyed for the local and district VFW Auxiliary for many years. Josephine also held the Secretarial position for the VFW Auxiliary for many years. In doing so, she received numerous award/citations of merit and personal gifts for her chairman activities.
Josephine also helped Sr. Cecila of St. Mary's Church as a Choir Aide and Chaperon for over seven years. St. Cecila gave her a stature of the Blessed Virgin Mary in honor of her years of service and dedication.
Surviving are two sons; Richard (Robin) Vanderschaegen of Woodruff, Wisconsin, and Donald (Mary) Vanderschaegen of Thorp, Wisconsin, three daughters; Diane Fabbri of Appleton, Wisconsin, Doreen Lynch of Oshkosh, Wisconsin and Corinne Jankowski of Fairbanks, Alaska. Josephine also has 18 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and two great – great grandchildren, and a daughter-in-law, Carol Vanderschaegen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. She has one surviving sister; Frances Charbonneau of Hurley, Wisconsin.
Preceding Josephine in death were; her husband Clarence, her son Dennis Vanderschaegen, five brothers; John, Stanley, Aloysius, Chester, and Private Leonard who died in service (March 15, 1945) during the Battle of the Bulge, France, during World War II and two sisters; Regina DeMario and Mary Harvey.
She enjoyed writing very much, working in the garden, playing cards, visiting her children and grandchildren. She remembered the Veterans in the VA Hospitals by collecting and mailing gifts to them from herself and members of the VFW Auxiliary. She assisted at Bingo parties as a clown in the local nursing homes with the Cootie Auxiliary. She loved her polka music and country western music and more so loved dancing to the music.
There will be a private memorial service for Josephine in Appleton. She will be buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hurley, Wisconsin.