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Maria J Havinga, age 91, passed away on January 22, 2018 at Gardens of Fountain Way. She was born on June 19, 1926 in Nymegen, Holland; the daughter of the late Edmund and Theodora (Gietman) Cops. Maria migrated to the United States in April 1948 with her family. She was united in marriage to Peter W. Havinga on May 26, 1951 in Kimberly, WI. Maria was a wonderful and generous mother. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, fishing and the occasional trip to the casino. Maria was a former member of Sacred Heart and St. Pius X Catholic Parishes of Appleton and St. Mary Catholic Parish of Phelps, WI. Maria over the years made over 87,000 Rosaries.
Maria is survived by two sons: Thomas (Susan) of Neenah and Timothy W. (Charlene) Havinga of Appleton; nine grandchildren: Kevin (Nicole) Havinga, Justin and Benjamin Havinga, Michelle, Sara and Jacob Havinga, Beth (Dave) Grant, Brian and David Herrmann; three great-grandchildren: Willem Grant, Hans and Holland Havinga, six siblings: Anny Schuh, Eddie (Beverly) Cops, Father Gus Cops OFM CAP., Jerry (Bernice) Cops, Hank (Joyce) Cops and Margie (Paul) Young; she is further survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter in 2003, two daughters: Wilma (Bill) Beckman and Maria Herrmann, grandson, Shane Selig and four siblings: Nelly (Mart) VanNuland, Father Peter Cops S.S.S., Dorothy (Joe) VanNuland and Josie (John) Vincent, and one brother-in-law, Ken Schuh.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:30 am on Friday, January 26, 2018 at St. Pius X, 500 W. Marquette Street, with Monsignor John Schuh officiating. Friends and family may visit at the church from 10:00 am until 11:15am. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery, Appleton.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Gardens of Fountain Way and Heartland Hospice for all their wonderful care that was given to Maria. Your kindness will never be forgotten.