Vida Vande Slunt

Date of Death: Mar 31, 2021
Vida Vande Slunt

1954 - 2021

Vida Vande Slunt, 67, of Waupun passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac.


Vida was born January 14, 1954 in the United Kingdom, the daughter of Juozas and Antanina Medeles Urbonas. When she was 14 years old Vida, her mother, and sister immigrated to the United States and resided in Chicago. In 1972 she married George Lucas and they moved to Randolph in 1975. Vida moved to Waupun in 1980 and on November 1, 1980 she married Dennis Vande Slunt in Waupun. Vida was employed at Ripon College for 25 years in faculty administration and retired in 2014. Vida was active in theatre production from high school, Ripon College, and with Waupun Community Players. Music was a huge part of her life, along with love and devotion to her family. She spent much time at the hockey rink, watching her children participate. She enjoyed traveling and cooking Lithuanian meals for family and friends. Vida was proud of her Lithuanian heritage.


Vida is survived by her husband of 41 years, Dennis Vande Slunt of Waupun; sons: Chris (Jenny) Lucas of Menasha, Mike (Lisa) Vande Slunt of Waupun, and Adam (Katie) Vande Slunt of Waupun; grandchildren: Brynn Bersch and Avery Vande Slunt, Max, Sophie, and Stella Vande Slunt, and Katelyn, Sara, and William Siler; and brothers and sisters-in-law: Harlan (Betty) Vande Slunt and Randy (Laurie) Vande Slunt.


Vida was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Please follow CDC guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing.


Funeral services for Vida Vande Slunt will be held Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Pastor Mike Giebink officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

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  1. Linda Salazar Says: March 31, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Ray and I are so sorry to hear of Vida’s passing. She was a wonderful friend, so full of fun and so talented. You all are in our prayers.

  2. Ross Heintzkill Says: March 31, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    What a kind and bright light has gone out.
    When I was a student at Ripon, I frequented West Hall and Rodman. This put me in the happy circumstance of running into Vida (or as I enthusiastically referred to her, “Ms V!”) often. She indulged me with her friendship, and I was the better for it.
    We checked in on one another with diminishing frequency after I graduated, but she was always friendly and kind throughout our email correspondence, and no return trip to campus was complete if it didn’t include seeing her.
    I wish I’d known her better. I wish I’d checked in more often. She was a kind, sweet bloom of light in my thoughts and memory, and I’m devastated at this news.
    I can’t offer any condolence to those suffering most at this tragedy, but please know your hurt is shared among all who ever met her.

  3. Deb Beahm Says: March 31, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    So sorry to hear of Vida’s passing. She brought such a joy to those that knew her. Such great memories we will hold dear to our hearts. We will be praying for you all, and especially Denny. She will surely be missed. John & Deb Beahm

  4. Ricky A Gilbertson Says: March 31, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    I’m in shock! PEACE be with the entire family…love, cousin Rick

  5. I love you, mamma Vida. Thank you for everything.

  6. Lou & Randi Hackbarth Says: April 1, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Dennis & family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our memories of Vida are that she was full of energy and life and will be greatly missed. Unfortunately we cannot be there to say blessings & goodbye, however you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Lou & Randi Hackbarth

  7. Dear Denny and family, I am so sorry that you have lost your bright, bubbly, kind and loving Vida. We were best of friends at primary school in the UK and, though we lost touch for a long time, it was a joy to be able to reconnect with her several times over the last few years. I’ll be at her funeral in spirit, if not in person, and will always hold her in my heart. In time, may your grief fade and your happy memories remain bright. Vida’s childhood friend, Jane.

  8. Elisabeth Robinson Says: April 1, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Remembering Vida always as a kind, fun, generous and wonderful friend.

  9. Cordula Says: April 1, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to Vida’s Family. It‘s Hard to believe Vida passed away.
    When I was a Teaching Assistant for German at Ripon College in 1999/2000 Vida welcomed me and the other TAs with open arms and an open heart. She has been so very special. I will never forget her. May the light of Easter nourish your Hope that Vida is Resting in Peace and Eternal life.
    Silent greetings from Berlin, Germany

  10. Bruce Henning Says: April 1, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Our sincere sympathies to the families.

  11. Wally &Judi Majszuk Says: April 1, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    On behalf of myself and Judi. We would like to say how very sorry we are at the loss of our wonderful,kind,loving friend Vida.We cannot tell you Denny & family how much she was loved.Rest in peace dear friend .

  12. Annette LaRosa Says: April 2, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Dennis and family;
    This is a giant loss and I wish all the healing energy in the world to you all.Vida was a bright light in the world,and we all loved her so much.

  13. Eddie Giacobbe Says: April 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Vida’s passing. I first met Vida at junior school in Kettering – England she lived next door to my dad’s sister, so as well as school our paths crossed regularly. Many, many years later we were able to make contact again and over the years we enjoyed some great times together when Vida visited England, she had the most wonderful sense of humour and a real positive out look on life, she will leave a huge void in all those peoples lives that knew her- we will miss you Vida, Rest in Peace.

    Sending my deepest condolences to Denny & all the family at this very sad and difficult time, please know that my thoughts are with you

  14. Doug Northrop Says: April 2, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Dennis, I was deeply saddened by the news of Vida’s death. She was a delight as a fellow worker at the college, as a fellow thespian at the Summer players, and as a friend. My condolences to you and all the family.

  15. Darlene Hogan Says: April 2, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Vida I’m so sorry to hear of your passing. You were a dear friend when we worked together at Ripon College. I missed our lunches and mail runs. Our prayers for your family.

  16. Sheila Flannery Says: April 3, 2021 at 8:05 am

    To Vida’s family
    So sorry to hear of Vida’s passing such a lovely vibrant great lady.

    From Sheila xx

  17. Edward Bennett Says: April 3, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Dennis and family

    I am so sorry to hear. We all loved Vida dearly.

    Our thoughts are with you.

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