Colleen A. Tenpas

Date of Death: Feb 28, 2013
Colleen A. Tenpas
[highlight_text] (1959 – 2013) [/highlight_text] Colleen A. Tenpas, 53, of the town of Alto, went to her heavenly home Thursday evening, February 28, 2013.


[leftcolumn]Colleen was born September 11, 1959 in Beaver Dam the daughter of John and Lorraine Stahr Derivan. Colleen grew up in Fox Lake and graduated from Waupun High School in 1977 and from UW Eau Claire in 1981 where she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing. On October 1, 1983 she married the love of her life, Brian Tenpas, in Fox Lake. Following their marriage the couple resided in Alto all their married lives. Colleen began her career in nursing at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac where she spent 32 years at a job she truly loved. Colleen was a prayer warrior and an active member of Alto Reformed Church where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School, coaching the youth group, and leading Bible studies. She lived out her faith with God and shared it with many. Colleen’s greatest joy was her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She loved watching sporting events, biking, traveling, and shopping.

Colleen will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Brian Tenpas of Alto; their two children, Katie (Cody) Mueller, and Daniel Tenpas, both of Alto; their two grandchildren, Everett Mueller and Kennedy Tenpas; her two sisters, Kim (Donn) Luell of Beaver Dam, and Diane (Kris) Monson of Strum, WI; a brother, Jim (Sharon) Derivan of Beaver Dam; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Barrie and Ardyce Tenpas of Brandon; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kevin (Deb) Tenpas of Howard, WI, Tim (Kara) Tenpas of Waupun, Mike (Rose) Tenpas of Pewaukee; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Colleen was preceded in death by her parents.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives of Colleen Tenpas may call on the family on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Colleen Tenpas will be held Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Alto Reformed Church with Rev. Ted Lindman officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Memorial Contributions: [/highlight_text] Memorials received will be directed to a nursing scholarship in Colleen’s name.



  1. Teri Frank-Willet Says: March 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I’m thinking of you all as we try to get through this loss. Colleen was a special person. I have fond memories from our younger years. She is now in good hands and out of pain and suffering. I wish I could be there to say “See ya later”

    Love and hugs to you all.

  2. Mary Ann Schoenwetter Says: March 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to Brian, Katie, Danny and family. I was deeply sadden to hear of Colleens illness and shocked and sadden to hear of her death. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss.

    Colleen was a beautiful person- always had a lovely smile and kind words. I so enjoyed visiting with Colleen at the many Derivan family functions that I had the opportunity to attend. Colleen always made me feel like part of the family.

    My prayers go out to all of you- Brian, Katie, Danny, Kim, Jim and Diane. Colleen will be missed by so many people.

    Take care – my sympathy and prayers –
    Mary Ann Schoenwetter

  3. Steve and Traci Flegner and family Says: March 2, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  4. Amy and Tyler Wolfe Says: March 2, 2013 at 7:21 am

    You and your family have my deepest condolences and sympathies. May Colleen continue to watch over your family and she continues her life with her Heavenly Father.

  5. Rev. Amy Nyland Says: March 2, 2013 at 8:47 am

    My deepest sympathies to Brian, Dan, Katie and the entire family on Colleen’s passing. I will always remember Colleen as one of the kindest people I have ever met. I know she will be greatly missed by the entire Alto community.

    May God’s love and peace wash over you in this time of sorrow and may you be held in His loving arms all the days of your lives.

  6. Greg and Barb Mezera Says: March 3, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Our condolences on your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  7. LaVerne Kabat Says: March 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Brian & family,
    I am so so sorry for your loss.
    We had a lot of good times together while we worked on 3 – west.
    Loved working with her. What a gem she was.

    My prayers are with you & your family.
    LaVerne Kabat

  8. Keith Jansma Says: March 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Brian and family, We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you as only He knows how. She was such a wonderful person, wife, and mother who was dedicated to her God and family. We loved her joy and happiness that she shared while watching us play softball in Brandon. From Keith and Cheri Jansma.

  9. Sandi (Walker) Muenchow Says: March 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    The Walker girls would like to extend our sympathy to Colleen’s family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Harold and Kathy Brooks Says: March 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss and so sorry we can’t be there with you. Just know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love always and God bless.
    Harold and Kathy Brooks

  11. Patti Lerum Walker Says: March 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  12. Jim Rather Says: March 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Brian, Jim & Family

    I was so sad to hear of Colleen’s passing. You and your family have my deepest sympathies. I just can’t believe she is gone after just seeing her at the class reunion last fall. Brian, I’m so glad I got to see you both there. Colleen had her usual smile on her face and if she knew anything was wrong then I admire her even more. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family.

    Jim Rather

  13. Gary and Barb Meier Says: March 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will be thinking of you and keep you in our prayers.


    Barb and Gary Meier

  14. Dave & Dorothy Wollersheim Says: March 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family , we share in the loss of a special person in your lives, and everyone that knew Colleen.
    God Bless

  15. Lance and Lisa (Lenz) Novak Says: March 4, 2013 at 7:49 am

    We have many happy memories of Colleen during our college days! But what we remember most is her smile and laughter. Our hearts go out to you. We will keep you in our prayers.

  16. Lori Rens Allen Says: March 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I am sorry for your loss. May your hearts find comfort and peace in your memories of Colleen and in her loving spirit now.

    With love and blessings,
    Lori Rens Allen

  17. Cindy (Bentley) & Fly Vanderkin Says: March 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    We are shocked by this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families. Extending our deepest sympathy to all of you.

  18. Guy Fox Family Says: March 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    We are truly sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with the Family.

  19. Dean and Julie schulz Says: March 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Brian,Katy and Danny, words alone can’t express our sympathy to all of you and the rest of the family.We are so happy she got to know her grandchildren, that special love for them is inexplainable if you’ve never experienced it,she got to live it! don’t let them for get her,we lost deans Mom but cont. to talk about what she was like and what she’d think and do with them and her greatgrandson.I will remember watching so many ball games first with Brian and Dean and Danny and Brent.She is in such a great place now,and will always be watching over you all,try to imagine how great a welcome she got when she finally made it home! Being in jesus’s arms how glorious!! May you feel her around you and remember you are all loved!

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