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LaVern Prinsen

February 28, 1925 — March 31, 2018

LaVern G. Prinsen, 93, of Sheboygan Falls and formerly of Cedar Grove, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Pine Haven Christian Home.LaVern was born on February 28, 1925, in the Town of Holland, son of Elmer and Mildred (DuMez) Prinsen.  He attended Maple Grove Elementary School growing up and graduated from Cedar Grove High School.  After several years working he was inspired to attend the Sheboygan County Teacher's College where he met his wife to be, Marion.  He then taught at River Valley, Hingham, and Cedar Grove Grade Schools.  During this time, he received a bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh and later a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee.  LaVern was an elementary principal in the Cedar Grove-Belgium Schools for 21 years.  After retirement he spent 13 winters volunteering at Southern Normal School in Alabama, including one year as a full-time staff member.LaVern is a lifetime member of First Reformed Church of Cedar Grove.  Over the years he taught Sunday school, was a deacon and an elder, Sunday school superintendent, and cooked for First Family Night.  He also served several years as director for the senior dining program at the church.Above all, LaVern loved kids and to make them laugh or smile - from the thousands he taught and worked for in his 35 years in education, to his own grand and great-grandchildren, and the ones he saw in church on Sunday mornings.  After retiring, LaVern honed his cooking, baking, and cake decorating skills which he used to make prize-winning pies, and a few wedding cakes, and scenes with frosting figures.  He was always up for talking, playing cards, puzzles, or just enjoying the birds, chipmunks, or other wildlife at his country home and gardens of 60 years.LaVern is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marion; his three sons, Gale (Pam) Prinsen of Beaver Dam, Jan  Prinsen of Newburgh, IN, and Lee (Rondell) Prinsen of Sheboygan; six grandchildren, Ben (Lauren) Prinsen, Adam Prinsen, Andy (Katelyn) Prinsen, Phillip (Fiancé Kendall) Prinsen, Matthew (Krystal) Prinsen, and Megan (Marcus) Ninneman; five great-grandchildren, Parker and Payton Ninneman, Mason and Grace Prinsen, and Adalai Prinsen; three sisters, Shirley Hoitink of Cedar Grove, Carla (Russell) Stahl of Elk Grove Village, IL, and Phyllis Melzer of Bloomington, IL; two sisters-in-law, Donna Prinsen of Cedar Grove and Caroline (Ronald) Doersch of Madison; and two brothers-in-law, Jerry (Karen) Franz of Poynette and Henry Knoener of Elkhart Lake; and many nieces and nephews.LaVern was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Lenore (Robert) Meinen and Doris (Robert) Soerens, his brother, Glenn Prinsen, two brothers-in-law, John Hoitink and Al Melzer, and daughter-in-law, Julie Prinsen.Funeral services to celebrate LaVern's life will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, April 6, 2018, at First Reformed Church in Cedar Grove with Rev.  Chris Schaefer officiating.  Burial will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery.Family and friends may gather at the church on Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm and on Friday from 9:30 am until the time of the service at 10:30 am.A memorial fund has been established in LaVern's name for First Reformed Church in Cedar Grove, to be used for youth ministries.For online condolences and additional information please visit www.wenigfh.com The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg (920-564-2771) is assisting LaVern's family with arrangements.

Visitation

Thursday, April 5, 2018 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First Reformed Church - Cedar Grove
237 SouthMain Street Cedar Grove 53013, United States

Visitation

Friday, April 6, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
First Reformed Church - Cedar Grove
237 SouthMain Street Cedar Grove 53013, United States

Funeral Service

Friday, April 6, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
First Reformed Church - Cedar Grove
237 SouthMain Street Cedar Grove 53013, United States
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