Veronica Helen (Van De Yacht) Van Boxtel passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, November 17, 2021, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Seymour, at the age of 99.
She was born September 22, 1922, in Little Chute, to the late Theodore and Frances (Klein) Van De Yacht. On November 7, 1942, she was united in marriage to Martin H. Van Boxtel. He preceded her in death on January 3, 1982. They celebrated 39 years of marriage together.
When Veronica was one year old, she and her family moved from Little Chute to Isaar, where she grew up and helped work on the family farm. After she married Martin in 1942, she worked at Zwicker Knitting Mill in Appleton for a while, and when Martin was serving in the Army during World War II, she worked at a defense plant in Battle Creek, MI, grinding airplane valves. Upon Martin's death in 1982, she entered back into the workforce and worked at Sacred Heart Center in Oneida for several years.
Martin and Veronica lived in the Seymour and Oneida areas, and after Martin's death she moved to Ashwaubenon. Veronica was a long-time member of St Joseph's Catholic Church in Oneida. Through the years she volunteered her time cleaning church, working card parties, served as Vice-President and President of Guard of Honor Society for a term, served as usher and communion cup distributor, counted collection money for many years, and worked on the funeral committee until she was 85.
She liked "country living", enjoyed gardening, and loved to bake - especially cookies for the grandkids, and her awesome pies! One of her favorite hobbies was collecting cookbooks and recipes. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and a "killer" croquet player. She kept her family warm through the years with her many hand-made quilts and crocheted afghans.
Veronica is survived by her children: Eugene Van Boxtel, Appleton; Kay Reynolds, Green Bay; Faye Van Boxtel, Rancho Mirage, CA; Mary Jo (Mark) Wilde, Oconomowoc; JulieAnn Van Boxtel, Green Bay; Neil Van Boxtel, Freedom; Tamara (Ken) Keller, Oshkosh; and Francine (Scott) Messinger, Sheboygan. Veronica was a proud and loving grandmother to her 18 grandchildren: Tonia Van Boxtel, Gina (Andy) Lubahn, Jesse (Stephanie) Van Boxtel, Bridget (Sean) McGinnis, Melissa Smith, Dane (Jaruratana) Gorman, Bethany Van Boxtel, Rebecca (Jerrey) Clark, CaraAnn (David) Wilson, Natalie Price, Nicole Maciejewski, Blake (Kim) Fleischman, Ashley Musch, Arica Van Boxtel, Alex Van Boxtel, Kristine Keller, Kyle Keller, and Jared (Lindsay) Messinger; and 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Lillian Van De Yacht, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Martin E. Van Boxtel; one daughter-in-law, Janet Van Boxtel; two grandsons: Nathan Reynolds and Andrew Van Boxtel; siblings: Leo, Edward (Anna), Bernard (Violetta), Theodore, and Rosella Van De Yacht; infant twins, Florence and Lawrence Van De Yacht, and Norbert (Betty) Van De Yacht; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: William (Rose) Van Boxtel, Theodora (Ken) Weckworth, and John (Dorothy) Van Boxtel.
The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 145 St. Joseph Dr., Oneida, on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, from 9:00 am until the time of services at 11:00 am, Father Paul Paider officiating. Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Veronica's family would especially like to thank their sister, Kay, for caring for mom in her home for several years before she moved to Emerald Bay Assisted Living in Howard, then to Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Seymour, where she resided the last three months. In addition, a warm place will always remain in our hearts for mom's dear Ashwaubenon neighbors/friends, Dennis and Sharon Vlotho, and John and Denise Myers. Lastly, it takes a special person to care for the elderly and those in their final stages of life, and we are so thankful and blessed for mom to have had exceptional care from Cheryl, Ashley, Heather, and Nicole with Unity Hospice, and ALL the staff at Good Shepherd Nursing Home -especially Jenny, Cori, and Ann.
Online condolences may be expressed to Veronica's family at www.muehlboettcher.com