Anna Vanden Acker, age 91 of Kimberly, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 11, 1930 to the late Martinus and Antonette (Kerkhoff) Jaegers in the Village of Volkel, Netherlands. On February 11, 1953, she married Antonius Vanden Acker, and together in April 1953, they made the move to the United States.
She is survived by her sons; Adrian (Jean) Vanden Acker, Marty (Patti) Vanden Acker, Anthony (Betsy) Vanden Acker and Joe (Julie) Vanden Acker, grandchildren; Heather (special friend Craig Fisher) Vanden Acker, Jason Vanden Acker, Brian Vanden Acker, Kristen (Shaun) Anderson, Eric (Carly) Vanden Acker, Anna Vanden Acker and Mark (Holly) Maas, great grandchildren; Lindsay (Bobby) Phillips, Nate Vanden Acker, Andrew Pawelkiewicz, Audrey and Austin Anderson, Reed Maas and Oliver and Olan Schultz. Anna is further survived by her nephew, Mike (Pattianne) Jaegers, brother in law, Johannes Vanden Acker, as well as other relatives and friends both in the United States and the Netherlands.
Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband, Antonius, and her brother, John Jaegers.
Born into tumultuous times at the beginning of the 1930s, Anna was a child living on the family farm during the Great Depression. She and her family endured Nazi occupation for more than four years during World War II before being liberated in September 1944. Anna met her future husband, Tony, in the early 1950s and were married in Sint-Antonius Abtkerk in 1953. With sponsorship from her uncle, Martin Kerkhoff, Anna and Tony set sail for America. They lived in Appleton until 1961 when they moved to the Town of Menasha and resided there for the next three decades. When both Anna and Tony retired in the early 1990s, they spent their retirement years living in the Kimberly area.
A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, family was foremost in Anna’s life. She doted on her grandchildren and cared for her father and husband in their final years. Anna was quick to laugh and loved to spend time with the dozens of Dutch friends she had in the Fox Cities. The other great passion in her life was dancing. Anna and her husband, Tony, spent many weekends traveling around Wisconsin to meet friends and dance to their favorite polka music.
In addition to raising four sons, Anna worked throughout her life in America. An accomplished seamstress, Anna worked at Zwicker Knitting Mill upon her arrival in America. Anna went on to work as a seamstress for Dartmouth and Putzer’s Big and Tall. She became a fixture working the cafeteria in the downtown office of Aid Association for Lutherans until her retirement.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 6, 2022 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 410 Wallace St. Combined Locks, WI 54113 from 9:00am until 10:45am with the Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00am. Entombment will take place at Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. In lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy, memorials in memory of Anna can be made to St. Paul Catholic Church.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Paul Elder Services and to Dr. Patrick Mannebach for the wonderful care given to Anna.