Jean Delia Feldkamp (nee Vander Wyst), 81, Little Chute, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Appleton Medical Center after a brief illness surrounded by her family. She was born November 14, 1931, at home in Little Chute. Jean attended St. John’s School and was employed at Thilmany’s in the bag mill before her marriage to Theodore Feldkamp on May 10, 1951, and he preceded her in death. After her marriage to Ted, she worked on the family farm and kept busy raising nine children. She also ran the Pickle Station for many years. Jean had a large garden and did a lot of canning. She loved her flower gardens, playing cards, puzzles and dancing. Throughout her life she had many jobs including: Kaukauna Club, White Clover Dairy, Country Kitchen, Burger King and her last job was at Pick N Save before her retirement. She later moved back to the house where she was born and raised in Little Chute. She was active in many clubs including: The Mission Club, Little Chute Auxiliary, Golden Agers, the Heart of the Valley Club, the Golden Club and the Card Club.
Jean is survived by four sons and four daughters: Susan (Richard) Nackers, Kaukauna; Tom (Mary) Feldkamp, Sparta; Joan (Jim) Baumgart, Seymour; Nancy (Dean) Bowers, Kaukauna; Ruth (Jeff) Schumacher, Kaukauna; Alan (Judy) Feldkamp, Gilman; Rich Feldkamp, Appleton; Roger (Corinna) Feldkamp, Freedom ; 23 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sisters: Rose Kuhn and Virg (Ivan) Stiltjes; a brother, Gordy (Emily) Vander Wyst; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Mary Feldkamp, Ethel (Gerald) Ebben, Kate (Jim) Bongers, Helen (Norb) Evers, Theresa (Jim) Ison, Russ (Joan) Aerts; and many nieces and nephews.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Feldkamp; parents, Hattie and Harry Vander Wyst; two sons: James and infant son David; two grandchildren: Michael and Nathan Feldkamp; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Ruth (Paul) Waldron and Henry Kuhn; father and mother-in-law: Peter (Catherine) Feldkamp, Ted’s brothers and sisters: Ralph Feldkamp; Marie (Lee) Bongers, Howard Feldkamp.
Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 323 S. Pine St., Little Chute, with Msgr. Jim VandenHogen officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Wednesday at the church from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the Mass. A memorial has been established.
Jean’s family wishes to extend a very special thank you to the Appleton Medical Center’s ICU staff, and to Dr. Merci Awe and Dr. Paul Russo and the staff at the Kaukauna Clinic for their wonderful care and compassion.