Marvin J. Van Treeck, 81

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Feb 26 for Marvin J. Van Treeck of Grafton at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton. Marvin died on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007 at the age of 81. The Rev. Mike Barrett celebrated the Mass. Visitation was held at the church and entombment took place at Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend. Mueller Funeral Home served the family.

Marvin will be remembered for his sense of humor, love of life and smiles. We think of our dad as this family’s Abraham. He will always be our guide, strength and role model. This November, Marvin and and his wife Yvonne would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Marvin was born in Belgium on April 17, 1925, son of Anthony and Mary (nee Kleckner) Van Treeck. Marvin maintained the family homestead farm until he married and had four children. As the family grew and grew they moved to Port Washington. Marvin’s love of the land led to creating a four-acre garden. Summertime meant planning the family camping vacation. The vacations took us to most of the 50 states. His children’s memories include long Sunday afternoon walks with the kids giving mom a break, and toboggan runs down the hills of Port. Dad also instilled a love of faith in the family. We prayed as a family most nights, especially when mom was in the hospital recovering from yet another major surgery.

After retiring in 1987 from Simplicity, where he worked for 20 years, dad had time to return to his love of woodworking. He also added cruising with friends and family to his travels. The largest cruise group included 26 of the immediate family members.

Marvin is survived by his beloved wife Yvonne (nee Kies) Van Treeck of Grafton; and his children Thomas (Beverly) of Fredonia; Connie (Ed) Moder of Aurora, Ill.; Michael (Gail) of Mequon; Phillip (Connie) of Wonder Lake, Ill.; Joseph (Sandy) of Mequon; Marvin Jr. of Houston, Texas; and Mary (Chuck) Hartwig of Arbor Vitae. Marvin is the proud grandfather of 15 surviving grandchildren: Edward Moder IV, Michael Moder, Patty Hulquist, Tony, David, Heidi, Amy, Erin, Jenny, Andy, Steve, Sarah BenJebbour, Jim Hartwig, Ann Hartwig and Amanda Hartwig; and 10 great-grandchildren: Amber, Logan, Eddie, Michael, Elizabeth, Tiana, Jillian, Cory, Kyle and Sophia. He is further survived by his brother Eugene Van Treeck of Fredonia; his sister LaVerne Depies of West Bend; and his sister-in-law Betty Lou Lanser of Elkhart Lake.

Marvin was preceded in death by his granddaughter Robin Van Treeck; and his sister Bernice Lanser of Elkhart Lake.

The family wants to extend a special thank you to Marvin’s doctors and the nurses in the blood out-patient department at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital.

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