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Larry Vande Berg

Jun 27, 1936 - Jan 28, 2024


It is with great sadness we share the passing of Larry Vande Berg, our dear father, on January 28, 2024.
Larry was born on June 27, 1936 in Waupun, WI. He was united in marriage to Kathleen Balnaitis in 1957 and together they raised 5 daughters. His girls were the light of his life. Although, constantly being asked, “how to you do it with 6 women in the house?” His response was always a laugh and he’d answer “oh, it’s not so bad.” Maybe not for him, he had his own bathroom, while 6 girls had to share one. I think that was used as a place of solace, away from the screaming, giggling and occasional fighting over toys, clothes, and later boys. There was never a dull moment in the Vande Berg house!
Larry was extremely proud of his girls and took every opportunity to lend encouragement, teach kindness and give unconditional love. He loved being the father of five girls, his greatest joy.
Larry was an avid fisherman, bowler, golfer, and boater. Every summer spending weeks at Crystal Lake teaching all five girls to waterski. It did not matter how long it took, we would be on the lake from early morning until sunset, he never let us give up, as he never gave up on us. This is what made him the happiest, spending time with his girls.
Larry’s gentle manner and mild ways found him in a predicament at one time or another, never being able to successfully discipline his girls fully, his heart just couldn’t do it. Each girl putting on the charm in their own way… do you blame him. And with five girls, you bet there was lots of shenanigans going on. Larry found such humor in the stunts we pulled off as we reminisced over tales of our younger years.
Before family life set in Larry joined the army in 1956 and became a Radio Instructor in the Army. Larry was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Those were memorable days he recalled with honor and pride.
Following his service Larry became a Butcher, eventually owning Fessler’s Grocery Store, and running the meat department. Larry was known in town by everyone, he was a friend to all he met. Helping others out in need, giving them always a little bit extra when things were tight. The friendships he made along the way were treasured and forever kept. Many knew him as be best Meat Cutter in town! Those blue eyes charmed everyone!
His faith in Jesus Christ was prevalent in the involvement and commitment to his church, St. Peter Claver. Working at times two jobs to make sure all his girls would be given the opportunity to attend the school there. Larry and Kathy were firm believers that a Christian based education be instilled in the minds and hearts of all their children.
Larry was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, building a true connection in faith with his brothers helping others.
As the years went on Larry transitioned into a new career as The City of Sheboygan’s Weights and Measures Inspector. A job Larry enjoyed immensely until his retirement.
In 1988 Larry was united in marriage to Clarice Aschebrock. After both had retired, they moved to their ‘heaven on earth’ in the woods of Crivitz Wisconsin where they enjoyed the outdoors, boating and not to mention the Casinos! Never much luck, winning some, losing probably more… but ever so much fun trying!
We will miss our dad terribly; he was our biggest fan throughout our lives. His time here has ended, but all of life’s lessons he has instilled in us remain deep in our being. See you again dad, we love you!
Larry is survived by his children:
Julie (Mike) Radzicki, Lisa (Jerry) Geibel, Karen (Nels) Roe, Susan (Jeff) Milbrath and Christine (Greg) Phillips. Grandchildren: Nate Radzicki, Amanda (Brian) Ayotte, Ben (Alicia) Radzicki, Britany (Craig) Buechel, Ryan Geibel, Zach (Aimee) Thiel, Sheenah (Chris) Swoverland, Vanessa (Steve) Brayton, Carmen (Eric) Thimmig, Abby Finley and special friend Jeff Rittenhouse, Jack Phillips, and Sam (Ashley) Phillips. As well as the blessings of 26 great grandchildren and Larry’s sister MaryAnn (Larry) Daane.
Larry was preceded in death by his wife Clarice Vande Berg.
Also proceeding him in death, Kathy Larson, and their infant son Steven Alan, along with his parents, brothers, and sisters.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Palliative Care Team at Aurora, as well as the nursing staff in the intensive care unit. The CNA’s, Nurses and staff at Progressive Health Services, the Sharon Richardson Hospice staff, and all the Caregivers. Kaitlyn our dad’s Social Worker who without we would have been lost on how to navigate through this. If we could name each person we would, every person provided our family with immense care and support that was beyond measure. We cannot thank you enough!
We the family will be holding a private service to honor our father and celebrate his amazing life on Friday, February 2nd. His final resting place will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials can be made to The Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in his name.



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Sue Frazier

Susie & Jeff, along with the rest of his family. There is no greater loss than the loss of a parent. You love them your entire life, from your birth till they go home. I understand the profound loss you feel upon their passing. No one understands this loss untill, they too lose a parent. Hold on tightly while you can still hold them, kiss them and especially talk with them. When you no longer can pick up the phone or go visit, it's a void like no other. I will pray for your comfort as you say, until we meet again. Love each other always ❤️ as time on earth is short. XOXO

John Vande Berg

I didn’t have as many opportunities to be with uncle Larry but the times I had were all good.. Unfortunately I missed out on the the escapades open in Vande Berg girls and the situations that made them legendary. I look forward to seeing Larry and the other side

Nathaniel Radzicki

I have so many fond memories of my Grandpa Larry. My heart is broken he is gone but I am happy he is with my Grandma Claire now. One of my favorite memories is when we were kids he would bring us down into his basement in Sheboygan and we would explore all his boxes of stuff and try to find neat things to play with. I can still remember the smell of the basement and the warmth of sitting on my Grandpa's lap after I found a prize to entertaine myself with. One of the greatest things about my Grandpa was his laugh, he had such a unique jolly laugh that cheered me up whenever I would hear it. Another wonderful memory I have is when I stayed at Grandpa's Trailer with Helen my Girlfriend at the time. We went boating, fishing and out to eat at some amazing resturaunts on the lake. Grandma Clair showed off her amazing doll collection and Grandpa told us all about the soap opera they were watching that year. I remember thinking it was so funny how into soap operas they were! We had such a relaxing a fun week and I will treasure it forever! Lastly I want to say that my Grandpa Larry touched so many people's lives and I will miss him greatly, he was a wonderful man and fantastic Grandpa. I will always love him with all of my heart.

Ben Radzicki

Grandpa Larry will be greatly missed. Thinking of everyone in our family during this difficult time. Love, Ben, Alicia, Benny, and Alivia Radzicki

Mary Bruder Kellner

So sorry to hear this sad news. My sympathies to the entire family. Praying for you all during this most difficult time.

Evelyn Buffington

I’m so sorry to hear of Larry‘s passing I’ve been thinking about him a lot wondering how he’s doing I tried calling him a couple times but no answer. You all have my deepest sympathy you’re in my thoughts and prayers as this most difficult time