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Veronica J. (Derenne) DeVillersFebruary 25, 1932 ~ January 17, 2017 (age 84)
Veronica J. DeVillers, 84, Luxemburg, died Tuesday evening, January 17, 2017.
Veronica was born February 25, 1932, the oldest of four children, in rural Algoma to Eli and Annie (Jandrin) Derenne. She graduated from Casco High School in 1950, where she played clarinet in the marching band.
On September 21, 1950 she married her high school sweetheart, Roger DeVillers, at St. Odile Catholic Church in Thiry Daems. Veronica and Roger farmed in the Thiry Daems area for 28 years while raising 7 children. Veronica and Roger traveled extensively, visiting many of the states, including Hawaii and Alaska. Their travels also took them to Europe five times.
Veronica will be remembered by her children as a very hard working selfless woman who always gave of herself for others. Veronica spent a lot of time sanding, staining, and varnishing the many furniture items Roger and she made for children and grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing and made many clothes for her children and herself. She could take apart an old coat and fashion it into a new coat for one of her children or herself. Her expert sewing and quilting skills were also displayed in the baby quilts she made for grandchildren. Veronica will also be remembered for the family favorite foods she served at get-togethers. She has passed on some of those favorite recipes along with teaching daughters and granddaughters the art of making Belgian pies. Veronica's Catholic faith was very strong, and she treasured her Tuesday visits to the Chapel in Robinsonville with her sister, Mary Ann. She enjoyed doing genealogy and has left her research of DeVillers, Andre, Derenne, and Jandrin family lineage.
Survivors include two sons and five daughters, Lyle (Mary), Luxemburg, Larry (Sharon), Luxemburg, Luann LeCloux, Luxemburg, Linda (Quin) Oshefsky, Denmark, Lori (Leon) Mleziva, Luxemburg, Lisa (Mark) Ledvina, Luxemburg, and Lola (Stuart Champeau) DeVillers, Sturgeon Bay. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren; Sarah (Dustin Boyarski) DeVillers, Ann DeVillers, Emily (Andy) Marx, Nancy (Jason) Kiehnau, Craig (Shannon) DeVillers, Cindy (Brian) Peot, Renee (Dan) Kucharski, Michele (Troy) Stroessenreuther, Sandra (Adam) LeCloux-Ault, Christin (Chad) LeCloux-Gunther, Shaefer (Erin) Oshefsky, Amanda (Phil) Sosnosky, Lucas Oshefsky (friend Cassi), Isaac Oshefsky, Ben (Gina) Mleziva, Adam (Amanda) Mleziva, Ryan (Lian) Mleziva, Joshua (Jessica) Ledvina, James (Shana) Ledvina, Jesse (Ronni) Ledvina, Jamaica Schroedl, and O'Shea Schroedl; and 32 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Janice Derenne, Luxemburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Wayne Thiry, Casco, and sister-in-law, Doris DeVillers; along with many nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends.
Preceding her in death was her husband Roger in 2014; her parents; father-in-law and mother-in law, Frank and Mabel (Andre) DeVillers; brother, Norbert Derenne; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Germaine and Sanford Maccoux; brother-in-law, Norman DeVillers; son-in-law, Dale LeCloux, and grandson Brent LeCloux.
Visitation will be held at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home, Casco, on Friday, January 20, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m., with Rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., at St. Peter Catholic Church, Lincoln. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. with Fr. Steve Vanden Boogard and Deacon Paul Zenefski officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be shared here.
Special thanks to Sharon DePeau and Fred & Mamie's for coming into our lives in 2014 when we needed it most. Also thank you to the entire staff of Helping Hearts Assisted Living, and Bellin Health clinics in Luxemburg and Algoma.