Emily A. Rueckl, 94, Green Bay, passed away on Monday, January 24, 2022. She was born on December 5, 1927, in the Town of Humboldt to the late Henry and Katie (Vohen) VanderKelen. Emily attended St. Joseph Academy. On June 5, 1946, she married Leonard Rueckl at Holy Martyrs of Gorcum Church. He preceded her in death on April 23, 1985. She started to work at her parent’s grocery store at a young age. Her experience there sparked her interest to work at Prange Way East for 33 years. She was a faith-filled lady who loved to cook and bake. Emily’s favorites were chicken booyah, chocolate eclairs and cream puffs. She cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Although she never had the degree, she was the best nurse ever. Emily loved her home and felt so blessed to have wonderful neighbors, family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Diane (John) McLoskey, Cordova, TN, Donna (Andy) Metzler, Suamico, Randy Rueckl, Hortonville and Debbie (Rod) Cassman, Arlington, TN; grandchildren, Bobby (LeAnn) Harris, Joey (Kelly) Harris, Jennifer (Glenn) Buntin, Jodi Metzler (special friend, Greg Hansen), Ryan (Abby) Metzler, Jessica (John) Bryant, Eric (Kristen) Cassman, Katie (Murphy) Hill, Adina (Eric) Mayer and Denise Cropp; great-grandchildren, Robert, William, Palmer, Stratton, Michael, Daniel, Morgan, Madison, Henry, Grant, Ellie, Jackson, Ethan, Riley, Carissa, Anaisa, Hayden, Erika, and A.J.; Sister-in-law, Margaret Rueckl.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Karen Rueckl; granddaughter, Suzanne Harris; great-granddaughter, Parker Harris; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Emily Rueckl; sister, Mabel (Clarence) Greatens; brother, Hank (Dolores) VanderKelen; twin sisters, Mary and Marie; brother-in-law, John Rueckl; sisters-in-law, Delores (Hillary) Schott and Anna (Elmer) Hendricks; nephew, Robert Greatens; nieces, Pat Basten and Cindy Hansen; and special friends, Helen Van Groll and Joan Ebeling.
Visitation will be held at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2040 Hillside Lane, on Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Funeral Mass 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the church with Rev. Mark Vander Steeg officiating. Entombment will take place in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com. To view the livestream, please visit the Proko-Wall Funeral Home Facebook page at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund will be established.
Special thanks to Autumn’s Promise Assisted Living and Theda Care at Home Hospice.