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“My sincere sympathy to Teresa's family. I worked with Teresa at the Outagamie County Courthouse. She was a kind and gentle person. Her passing is...Read More »
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“I first met Teresa when I was in the Boy Scouts and became very good friends with her son Dave. Then a little later in life I married and we became...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Gary & Rosie Liethen - Grafton, WI

“My dear cousins, Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your Mother and my Aunt Teresa! Her wonderful example of life will be in our...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Shimek - Valders, WI

“I worked with Teresa at Outagamie County when she served as a bailiff in Circuit Court Branch One. Teresa always wore a big smile was sooo happy. I...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“I worked with Teresa years ago at St Elizabeth in the Business Office. I still can picture that beautiful smile and remember her energy. She was so...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Barb Brockman - Appleton, WI

“So Sorry for you loss Janie. Carol Court ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Teresa was not only a beloved friend too me for over 40 some years, she was a beautiful women not only in appearance but in spirit and soul. We met...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Cindy Hansen- Brengosz - Neenah, WI

“So very sorry for your loss. Teresa and my mom, Gladys, have been friends for many years, and I know she will be missed. Prayers for all during...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Claudia Roskom Kipp - The Colony, TX

“My mother (Beulah McCabe Gurnee) was first cousin to Teresa. Ella and Peter McCabe (Beulah's dad) were sister and brother. Mom gives her sympathies...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Marsha Gurnee Suszan - Birmingham, MI

“Prayers to your family and may you cherish the great memories of your mother.Kathy (VanDeHey) Smudde ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Got to know Teresa at Touchmark. She was such a kind, gentle woman. Rest in peace. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Irene/Lyn Piller - Appleton, WI


Teresa Catherine Kemps, age 91, passed away on January 16, 2018 at Brewster Village, Appleton, Wisconsin, surrounded by her family. Teresa was born on January 9, 1927 in Freedom, Wisconsin, to John and Ella (McCabe) Geenen. She was married to Ernest John Kemps on September 10, 1949. They had five children and resided together in Kimberly, Wisconsin until his death on April 4, 1974. After Ernie’s death, Teresa began a long career at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She retired from St. Elizabeth’s in 2007. In retirement Teresa served as a bailiff in the Outagamie County Court system and as a volunteer at St. Elizabeth’s. Teresa was an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Kimberly and was deeply involved in the Cursillo as an organizer and mentor and frequently gave testimonials to those attending. Teresa is survived by her children, Janie (Jim) Kinder, Karen (Jim) Wesolowski, David (Joanne) Kemps, Kathy (Bob) Kemps-Mitchell, and Steve (Laurie) Kemps. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jason Evers, Jennie Evers, Trevor (Juliana) Wesolowski, Stephanie Wesolowski, Andy (Stacy) Kemps, Tim (Lisa) Kemps, Melissa (Brad) Zuleger, Matthew (Jacquie) Merckx, Kacie (Jon) Niemuth, Johnny Kemps, and Sam Kemps. She is further survived by her eleven great-grandchildren: Macie Jane Sisk; Cordelia Wesolowski; Reagan, Natalie and David Kemps; Evan and Alex Kemps; Zachary and Madelyn Zuleger; Kinley Niemuth; and, arriving soon, baby Merckx. Teresa is survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Robert Geenen and Donald (Carol) Geenen. She is also survived by her husband’s family, Lucille Kempen, Irene (Harvey) Van Deraa, Gerald Vanderloop, Marlene Green, and Judy (Don) Shaw. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Teresa was preceded in death by her parents John and Ella Geenen; her sisters and their spouses, Coletta (Roland) Bauer, Margie (Louis) Kohler, Bernice (Ronald) Stadler, Mary (Floyd) Griesbach; two brothers, Frank Geenen and John Geenen; and a sister-in-law, Sally Geenen. She was also preceded in death by members of her husband’s family, Marvin Kempen, Laverne VanderLoop and Charles Green. Visitation will take place at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 620 E. Kimberly Ave, Kimberly, Wisconsin on Monday, January 22nd from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Funeral Liturgy at 11:00 AM with Monsignor Jim Vanden Hogan officiating. Private interment at Holy Name Cemetery. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staffs at Touchmark and Brewster Village for their loving care in Teresa’s final years. In lieu of flowers, memorials received will be donated to Compassion International in Teresa’s name.