In Memory

Francis B Vande Loo

Francis B Vande Loo
Medical Officer
304th Station Hospital


2 Sep 1913 Holland, Wisconsin
29 Apr 2010 Green Bay, Wisconsin



Francis B. Vande Loo, M.D., 96, of Green Bay, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 29, 2010, at home surrounded by his family.

Francis was born Sept. 2, 1913, in Hollandtown, Wis., son of the late John and Anna (Haen) Vande Loo.

Francis married the former Cecilia M. Vonck of Appleton, Wis., on June 17, 1939, in Appleton.

Francis graduated from St. Norbert College and from Marquette University with his Doctor of Medicine Degree. He began a family practice in Brillion in 1940.

Francis served in the U.S. Army's European Theater, during World War II, from Dec. 1942 to spring 1946. He received the Code of Conduct Award, the War Victory Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Emblem.

In 1946, Francis and Cecilia moved to Wrightstown, where he worked in family practice until 1970. At that time, he and 3 other local physicians started the first Emergency Room in Green Bay. Francis retired from the Emergency Room in 1983.

Francis was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family in De Pere. He lived a life that was guided by an incredible trust and faith in God, an unending love for his wife, Cecilia, and his family, and a passion to serve others. For his entire life, Francis gave others his time and was involved in numerous volunteer activities: staff president of St. Vincent Hospital, treasurer of the De Pere Golden K, volunteer at the Green Bay Free Clinic, St. Vincent de Paul, and Meals on Wheels, committee member of the Boy Scout troop in Wrightstown, member of the American Medical Association, State Medical Society, and president of the Brown County Medical Society. He was awarded a lifetime membership by the Wrightstown American Legion Club, and also received the St. Norbert alumni award.

Besides his service to the community, Francis treasured many activities, including golf, his garden, his workbench, summer vacations at the cottage, life on the Fox River, and time with Cecilia, his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Most of all, a card game, with anyone, would bring a smile to his face, a twinkle to his eye, and most often, a victory.

Francis is survived by his wife of over 70 years Cecilia Vande Loo; his children Francis Bud (Jan) Vande Loo, Winter Springs, FL, Patricia (Dick Micek) Hogan, Arvada, CO, Ronald (Darlene Atkins) Vande Loo, Washington D.C., Susan (Charles) Pauly, Fishersville, VA, Marcy (Dave) Kopecko, Grafton, WI, Stephen (Debbie) Vande Loo, Roswell, GA, and Jeff (Candie) Vande Loo, Suamico, WI; fifteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Francis was preceded in death by his parents; brothers John, Jacob, Joe, Ed, Henry, and Fr. Norbert; sisters Clara Dietzen and Mary Fox.

Visitation for Francis will be Sunday, May 2, 2010, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 305 N. Tenth St, De Pere from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday, May 3rd, 2010, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family, 1307 Lourdes Ave, De Pere, from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem., officiating. Concelebrants will include Fr. Willard VanDeLoo, Fr. Conrad Kratz, O. Praem., Fr. James Baraniak, O. Praem., and Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem. Full Military Rites by the Urban Klister American Legion Post Wrightstown will follow Mass. Entombment will be in Allouez Mausoleum. Please visit to send online condolences to the Vande Loo family. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to one of Francis' many favorite charities ? St. Vincent de Paul.

The Vande Loo family would like to give special thanks for the care, compassion and love given to Francis by the entire staff at Bellevue Retirement Community, as well as Heartland Hospice, with particular gratitude to Krista.