Edward Francis Gonnering, 77, of Oneida, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, September 22, 2022. He was born on November 26, 1944, a son of the late Lawrence and Alice (Van Thiel) Gonnering. Ed was a 1963 graduate of Freedom High School. He was united in marriage to Judith Peterson on May 15, 1965, at Immaculate Conception Church in Oneida. Ed was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Freedom.
He worked at Thilmany's Paper Mill for 43 years until his retirement in 2007. Ed also farmed part-time for 20 years. His greatest passion in life was spending time with his family; he enjoyed all of the holiday parties, birthday parties, and family get togethers. Ed always looked forward to playing Sheepshead with his family and watching the Packers. He was a jokester and enjoyed laughing. Ed also liked watching "The Price is Right" and "Wheel of Fortune." He had a passion for hunting and fishing, especially bow hunting. Ed found peace drinking coffee or a cold beer. He also made sure there was corn for the birds, squirrels, and rabbits every day.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Gonnering; five children: Dave Gonnering, Jim (Mindi) Gonnering, Sherry (Glenn) Strzelecki, Joseph (Stacy) Gonnering, and Ed "Eddie" (Angie) Gonnering; 11 grandchildren: Joey, Will, and Katie Sue Gonnering, Ben, Emily, and Alyssa Gonnering; Sam and Dan Strzelecki, Jacob and Tom Gonnering, and Kenzie Gonnering; siblings: Mary Nel (Roland) Hermes, Judy Marchant Gonnering, Jerome "Jerry" (Jan) Gonnering, Frank (Betty) Gonnering, and Betty Ann (Jon) Pengelly; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Louis (Ann) Peterson, Mary Ann Van Gheem, Gordon Peterson, Orin (Jeanne) Peterson, Nancy Jansen, Betty (Frank) Gonnering, and Joanne (Gail) Helke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Orin Sr. and Johanna (Van Kauwenberg) Peterson, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Joe Gonnering, Sylvester Gonnering, and Larry Gonnering; three brothers-in-law: Donald (Mabel) Peterson, Jack Van Gheem, and Jim Jansen; and one sister-in-law, Mary Peterson.
Visitation will take place at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home on Monday, September 26, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until the Closing Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continues at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, W2037 County Rd S, Freedom, on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m., Father Robert Chinnapan officiating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family extends a heartfelt thanks to Outagamie County and Brown County Sheriff's Department and rescue squad, and Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response Team, for their efforts, care, and concern.
Online condolences may be expressed to Ed's family at www.muehlboettcher.com