Marie M. Van Elsen, 93, was called home to be with her Savior on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 with her family at her side, at the Bridges of Appleton. Marie was born on January 4, 1922 to Henry and Susan (Schmitz) Killian. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Van Elsen on October 6, 1945 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kaukauna and together they spent 70 wonderful years. She and Ken were life-long members of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kaukauna.
Marie was a very faith filled woman, and that deep faith is what helped her to be a two time survivor of breast cancer. She was a sweet, wonderful, loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. As a fabulous cook, she loved preparing delicious meals for her family.
She was a member of the Kaukauna Moose Lodge, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. Marie and Ken spent many winters enjoying the warmth of Florida. Playing bingo was a favorite pastime of hers. When back in Wisconsin at Golden Venture, she enjoyed playing and calling bingo.
Marie is survived by her husband, Ken, five children; Lynn (Dan) Siebers, Grand Chute, Dale (Rosemary) Van Elsen, Kaukauna, Karen (Dennis) Seidl, Sturgeon Bay, Kathy (Richard) Janssen, Combined Locks, Dawn (Weslie) Bougie, Grand Chute, grandchildren; Mark (Becky) Van Elsen, Karen (Mark) Weyenberg, Brian (Cecilia) Van Elsen, Tammy (Steve) Estes, Troy Seidl, Amanda (George) Langenhuizen, Ashley Janssen, Adam Janssen, Amber (fiancée Tyler Zak) Bougie, Kayla (Alex) Broehm, and Lexi (special friend Matt King) Bougie, great grandchildren; Lindsay, Emily, Allison, Clayton, Madeline, Grant, Andre, Eli, Olivia, Hunter and another on the way. She is further survived by her brother, Paul (Jeanne) Killian; sister, Jean (Herb) Hermsen; sister-in-law Muriel (Bob) Frank; brother-in-law, Bill Vanderloop and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter Elaine (Penny), two sisters; Joyce Vanderloop and Rita (Frank) Wagner; and brother Bob (Claire) Killian.
The celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 309 Desnoyner St., Kaukauna. A time of visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until the time of the Mass of Resurrection at the church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wichmannfargo.com.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at the Bridges of Appleton and Heartland Hospice for everything then have done.