Saturday, January 3, 2009

Leontine Emily 'Teeny' (Blomme) Vanderbeke

Leontine Emily “Teeny” Vanderbeke, age 96, passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at St. Monica’s Senior Citizen Home.

Teeny was born July 15, 1912, in Detroit, Michigan, to Ceasarine and Charles Blomme. She was the sister of the late Leo, Emma (Warnez), Odie, and Bill.

She was married to the late Joseph Vanderbeke and shared her life with him for 62 years. They resided in Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Slidell, Louisiana, in 1962. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, her final three years were spent in Racine, Wisconsin.

Teeny was an active member of the Ladies Altar Society both at Assumption Grotto in Detroit and Our Lady of Lourdes in Slidell. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and camping, and was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her son, Gerald, and is survived by daughters, Sister Lois Vanderbeke, Sharon (Jack) Paul, Doreen (Roberto) Arevalo, Margie (David) LaRose, and daughter-in-law, Claudia Vanderbeke. There are eight grandchildren; Julie Skelly, Patricia Anderson, Robert Arevalo, Nury Flynn, Pilar Arevalo, Emily LaRose-Mueller, Zoe LaRose and Miles LaRose; and seven great-grandchildren; Noah, Adam, Joshua, Madelyn Skelly; Jarred and Elijah Anderson; Grady Flynn.

Visitation will take place Monday, January 5, 2009, at Sienna Center Chapel, 5635 Erie St., beginning at 3:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 4:30 p.m.

We, Teeny’s family, wish to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the administration and staff of St. Monica’s for their kind and loving care of our mother.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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