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May perpetual light shine upon her

Rachael Meeuwsen is the mother of Holy Cross parishioner Mike (Kate) Meeuwsen.

Rachael Meeuwsen, 90, of De Pere passed away early Friday morning July 23, 2010. She was born May 15, 1920 to the late Jacob and Mary (Baeten) Hockers. On October 28, 1943 she married Donald Meeuwsen at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Rachael's main roles in life were wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to bake, sew, play cards and spend time with her family. A lifetime member of St. Boniface Church, now Our Lady of Lourdes, Rachael was a long time member and past President of the Christian Mothers as well as a member of the Catholic Foresters.

She is survived by her eight children: Donna and Larry Babiarz, De Pere, Margaret and Horace Cochran, Burr Ridge, Ill., Nancy and Adrian Bennett, De Pere, Tom and Betsy Meeuwsen, De Pere, Mary and Dennis Leiterman, De Pere, Mike and Kate Meeuwsen, New Franken, Tim and Dell Meeuwsen, Greenville, and Steve and Lois Meeuwsen, De Pere. She is further survived by 18 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two brothers-in-law, Omer Meeuwsen and John Gucciardi and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rachael was preceded in death by Don, her husband of 63 years. She was further preceded in death by her nine siblings: Fr. Dominic Hockers O.Praem, Ray Hockers, Clarence "Putch" Hockers, Jim Hockers, Erma Heimerl, Elsie Robertson, Viola Baeten, Gladys Jacobs, Blanche Tollefson/Nighorn.

Friends may call at the Ryan Funeral Home 305 N. Tenth Street De Pere from 4 – 8pm Monday, with a parish prayer service at 4pm. Visitation will continue after 9:30am Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family, corner of Lourdes Ave. and Suburban Dr. De Pere until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am with Fr. Tim Shillcox O.Praem and Fr. David Baeten officiating. Burial will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please go to www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the family.

A special thank you to friends and staff at Bellevue Retirement Community, her personal caregivers Belva, Jean, and Mary Lou; Dr. Zhaowei Ai and the caring staff of St. Vincent Hospital.

Memorials may be directed to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish or the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross at Bay Settlement.

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