THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: February 21, 2019
Marcella "Sally" VandenBush, 97, of St. Germain, formerly Oconto Falls, passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 17, 2019 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Oconto Falls.
Born Nov. 27, 1921 in Oconto Falls, to Arthur and Agnes (Birr) Kraus, she grew up there, where she attended South Morgan Elementary School and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1939. On June 14, 1941, she married Harley "Joe" VandenBush in Oconto Falls and they raised nine children. The couple lived in Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and Green Bay before returning to Oconto Falls.
She worked as a typesetter for the Times Herald and the DePere Journal Democrat and also as a Nurses Aide in the original hospital. She was active as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader and held longtime membership in Grace Lutheran Church. In 2013, she moved to the St. Germain area to live near family.
She gave of herself, supported her family and taught her children valuable lessons, such as there is a reason for everything and love someone with everything and expect nothing in return.
Survivors include six children, Judy (Ed) Beyer and Sharon Steiner, both of Oconto Falls, Lois (George) Ruediger, St. Germain, Terry (Scott) Decker, Casco, Jo Nelle (Kelly) Linjer, Manawa and Jay Vanden Bush, Green Bay; 32 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joe in 2004; three daughters, Connie Vanden Bush, Bonnie Close and LuAnn Newton; a brother, Kenneth (Jean) Krause; three sisters, Arlene (Art) Jaeger, Delores (Jake) VanLaarHoven and Betty (Gary) Hudson; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a son-in-law, Jim Steiner.
Visitation will be held at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at St. John's Church in Morgan on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 11 a.m. Pastor Lloyd Luedeman will officiate with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Oconto Falls.