Cecelia VandenLangenberg

February 2, 1925
October 19, 2019

Cecelia C. VandenLangenberg, 94, Howard, passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  She was born the tenth of eleven children on February 2, 1925 to the late Charles and Margaret (Kustka) Froelich.  Ceil attended St. Francis Xavier High School and then transferred to St. Joseph Academy graduating in 1943.  She graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in 1946 and for many years, Ceil and her classmates attended monthly lunches together.  Ceil worked as an RN at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay for one year, she then married the love of her life, Donald.  They were united in marriage on April 17, 1948 at St. Philips Catholic Church; Donald preceded her in death on February 27, 1991.  They dairy farmed and raised nine children together.  In 1982, Donald and Ceil built and operated the Hi-Way Restaurant in Abrams until their retirement in 1991.  Ceil was very active with her volunteer work within the church.  She was in the choir, taught catechism and assisted with funeral dinners.  While Ceil was raising her family, she often provided neighborhood nursing care.  She was a member of the Altar Society at St. Louis Catholic Church in Abrams and the Mother’s Club at Abrams Elementary.  She enjoyed playing cards with her friends in Abrams. Donald and Ceil loved to go out dancing. Ceil was a kind and humble woman.  Her heart was filled with faith and a love of God.  In her later years, she liked to crochet and make afghans for many organizations. Ceil moved to Brookview Meadows in Howard in 2012 and then joined St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. 

She is survived by her children, Mary (Gordon) Manske, Clare (Bill) Ryan, Jan (Dan) Glime, Tom (Amy) VandenLangenberg, Tim (JoAnn) VandenLangenberg, Jim (Tricia) VandenLangenberg and Paul (Diane) VandenLangenberg; grandchildren, Andrew ( Shannon) Bruskiewicz, Mark Bruskiewicz, Bridget Ryan, Danny Ryan, Lizzie Ryan, Emily (Jesse) Seewald, Katie Kleinke, Ali (Matt) Luebbers, Dave (Anna) VandenLangenberg, Matt VandenLangenberg, Sam (Laura) VandenLangenberg, Rachel VandenLangenberg, Rob (Brittany) VandenLangenberg, Kim (Greg) Malingowski, Abby VandenLangenberg, Willie VandenLangenberg, Emma VandenLangenberg, Luke VandenLangenberg, Nicholas VandenLangenberg, Maria VandenLangenberg and Maggie VandenLangenberg; 16 great grandchildren, special niece, Dolores Eisch; brother-in-law, Roland VandenLangenberg; sisters-in-law, Luella Froelich,  Nancy (Roger) Denis, Ruth Watermolen, Dorothy VandenLangenberg and Ann VandenLangenberg; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Margaret (Fritz) Alsteen; son, John VandenLangenberg; granddaughter-in-law, Sara Bruskiewicz; brothers, Benny, Albert (Regina), Wencil, Joe (Ruth) and Norbert (Dee) Froelich; sisters, Agnes (Don) Simons, Mary (John) Schweppe, Em (Max) Koehler, Dorothy (Frank) Brown and Eleanor Heimerl.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2597 Glendale Ave., from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.  Funeral Mass 1:00 p.m. Friday at the church with Rev. Jim Lucas officiating. Burial will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Stiles.  Proko-Wall Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs of Brookview Meadows and Unity Hospice for their care and compassion.