Obituary for Edward Gonnering – Appleton Post-Crescent

Edward Francis Gonnering, age 77, of Oneida, passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, September 22, 2022. He was born on November 26, 1944, the son of the late Lawrence and Alice (Van Thiel) Gonnering. Ed is a 1963 graduate of Freedom High School. He was married to Judith Peterson on May 15, 1965, at Immaculate Conception Church in Oneida. Ed was a member of the Saint Nicholas in Liberty Catholic Church. He worked at the Thilmany paper mill for 43 years until his retirement in 2007. Ed also farmed part-time for 20 years. His greatest passion in his life was spending time with his family; he enjoyed all the Christmas parties, birthday parties and family gatherings. Ed always wanted to play Sheepshead with his family and watch the Packers. He was a joker and enjoyed laughing. Ed also liked to watch “The Price is Right” and “Wheel of Fortune.” He had a passion for hunting and fishing, especially bow hunting. Ed found peace by drinking coffee or a cold beer. He also made sure there was corn for the birds, squirrels, and rabbits every day. Survivors include his wife, Judy Gonnering; five children: Dave Gonnering, Jim (Mindi) Gonnering, Sherry (Glenn) Strzelecki, Joseph (Stacy) Gonnering, and Ed “Eddie” (Angie) Gonnering; 11 grandchildren: Joey, Will and Katie Sue Gonnering, Ben, Emily and Alyssa Gonnering; Sam and Dan Strzelecki, Jacob and Tom Gonnering, and Kenzie Gonnering; siblings: Mary Nel (Roland) Hermes, Judy Marchant Gonnering, Jerome “Jerry” (Jan) Gonnering, Frank (Betty) Gonnering, and Betty Ann (Jon) Pengelly; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Louis (Ann) Peterson, Mary Ann Van Gheem, Gordon Peterson, Orin (Jeanne) Peterson, Nancy Jansen, Betty (Frank) Gonnering, and Joanne (Gail) Helke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Orin Sr. and Johanna (Van Kauwenberg) Peterson, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Joe Gonnering, Sylvester Gonnering and Larry Gonnering; three brothers-in-law: Donald (Mabel) Peterson, Jack Van Gheem, and Jim Jansen; and a sister-in-law, Mary Peterson. Visitation will be held at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home on Monday, September 26, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to Closing Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 10 :00 am until service time at 11:00 am, Father Robert Chinnapan officiating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. The family extends sincere thanks to the Outagamie and Brown County Sheriff’s Department and Rescue Squad, and the Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response Team, for their efforts, care and concern. Online condolences can be expressed to Ed’s family at

Published online on September 24, 2022

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