February 24, 2017
Frances (Francesca) Digna Hubertina Nooyen, age 93, of Clyde, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, February 24, 2017. She was born January 11, 1924 to Johannes and Anna (Gielen) Verbruggen. Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Joseph Nooyen. Frances is survived by their 10 children, Josephine (John) Meixelsperger, Mary Ann (John) Kinsman, Elizabeth (Ed) Fidler, Thomas (Lee) Nooyen, Richard (Carla) Nooyen, John Nooyen, Paul (Cindy) Nooyen, David (Sandy) Nooyen, Jessica (Gary) Wagner, Catherina Nooyen, 22 grandchildren, Joel, Nicholas (Heather), Anthony (Amy), Peter, Erin, Ryan, Matthew, Mik, Jennifer (Andy), Steven (Cara), Mitchell, Jeremy (Jennifer), Nicole (David), Michelle (Jason), Lea, Cristina (Jacob), Cassidy (Jayson), Elizabeth, Alexandria, Lukas, Craig, Ben, 11 great grandchildren, Brock, Chloe, Audrey, Gabriel, Mateo, Graciela, Sean, Tess, Dylan, Brielle, Harper, and an adopted in spirit daughter, Lourdes Fernandez. Frances was preceded in death by her parents and 5 siblings. Mom grew up in Mill, Holland and lived through WWII. Her childhood included boarding school, a teaching degree, hiding soldiers in the family home for the Dutch underground, and a liberation party where they made their dresses from the silk parachutes of the paratroopers who freed them. She met Dad when he delivered milk to their home in town. Despite both of their parents questioning whether a country boy and a city girl were a match, they became engaged before Dad came to America in 1948. Two years later, Mom crossed the Atlantic on the ship New Amsterdam. She and Dad were married on June 12, 1950 in Butler, MN. In her new country she learned English as her sixth language, as well as how to drive a car. She became an American citizen in 1968, proudly voting in her first election that same year. They settled on a farm in Clyde, WI, raising 10 children. Mom loved collections. She spent many days shopping garage sales and antique stores. Her costume jewelry collection is the the envy of the family. Mom was always fashionably dressed, wearing beautiful costume jewelry daily. She was a talented knitter, able to knit or crochet anything without a pattern. Mom was a skilled competitive euchre player, loving the neighborhood card parties and her close friends. Her family will miss her beauty, kindness, and humor and they will continue to debate for years to come who was her favorite. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Spring Green. Fr. John Silva will officiate with burial in the St. Malachy’s Catholic Cemetery in Clyde Township. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home in Spring Green from 4:30 P.M.-7:00 P.M. where a family rosary will be prayed at 4:00 P.M. Visitation will also be held on Thursday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Mass. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.