E. John Gysbers

Date of Death: Jan 09, 2014
E. John Gysbers
[highlight_text] (1927 – 2014) [/highlight_text] E. John Gysbers, 86, of Waupun, died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at The Christian Homestead in Waupun.


[leftcolumn] John was born July 25, 1927 in Fond du Lac, the son of Myron Clarence and Olga Lena Doering Gysbers. John graduated from Goodrich High School. He served in the U.S. Navy and then attended and graduated from Northwestern University with a music degree. He taught music in Whitewater for 3 years and then joined the family business of Gysbers Jewelry located in Waupun and Fond du Lac. He was in the business until he was 84 years old. John married Mona Ann Jones in Fond du Lac on August 29, 1953. John and Mona resided in Waupun most of their married lives and retired at Lake DeNeveu. John was a member of Waupun United Methodist Church and was the choir director for over 30 years. He enjoyed music and taught piano and organ for many years. The Gysbers’ neighborhood ice rink was known throughout the community and gave many hockey and skating memories. He dedicated countless hours of building and maintaining the rink for all to enjoy. John was also instrumental in the development of the Waupun indoor hockey rink and was active in the Waupun Hockey Association. John enjoyed the family cottage at Lake DeNeveu near Fond du Lac where family gathered regularly and looked forward to the Lake Association 4th of July Celebration. Flowers and landscaping were one of his passions, along with golfing at the Rock River Country Club. John was a wonderful father and grandfather and did anything and everything for his children and grandchildren.

John is survived by his six children; John and Anne Gysbers, Carrie and Stuart Kastein, Mary and Larry Vande Zande, Kate and Steve Bresser, Mike and Judy Gysbers, and Jenny and Ken Brown; 20 grandchildren, Grant Gysbers, Bridgette (Bryan) Gerl, Margaret (Steve) Wolfgram, Andy (Autumn) Kastein, Adam and Nathan Vande Zande, Abby (Bryson) Thompson, Carl, Maggie, Libby, Stevie, and Claire Bresser, Trevor (fiancée, Sabrina) Bethke, Taylor and Brendon Gysbers, Owen (Ashley) Vande Kolk, Jake and Mollie Vande Kolk, Morgan and Emily Brown; 4 great-grandchildren, Nolan and Lauren Gerl, Gemma Wolfgram, and Emerson Thompson; a sister, Betty (George) Bielefeld, brothers-in-law, Leonard Kohnke and Jack (Mary) Fisher; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Mona in 2006; his parents; an infant brother; and sisters-in-law, Betty Kohnke, Kathleen Fisher, and Carolyn (Kelly) Jones.


[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives may call on the family on Monday at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Memorial services for E. John Gysbers will be held Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Waupun United Methodist Church at 199 E. Jefferson St., Waupun with Rev. J.D. McCarty officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Memorial Contributions: [/highlight_text] In lieu of flowers please direct all memorial contributions to Waupun United Methodist Church.



  1. Doc and Cindi TeBeest Says: January 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm


    So sorry to read about your father’s passing. He was a very special man and we will always think of him with fond memories. May you find comfort with your memories.

  2. Harvey & Ginny Steffes Says: January 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    We send our sincere sympathy in the loss of you Dad. I remember John watering his many plants and flowers at the lake when I would walk around the block. They were very kind and let me swim at their cottage on a hot summer day when we lived on Reinhardt Rd. Your Mom & Dad were very good poeple.

  3. Sadie and Matt Schultz Says: January 10, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Please know you have our deepest sympathies in your loss of John. He was a great man and we enjoyed many conversations with him at the homestead while visiting with our own Grandma. He always had a great joke or funny story to tell us, and even in Grandma’s last days, John was able to make us smile through our tears. He will be missed and we pray for your hearts to heal quickly. Hugs.
    Sadie and Matt Schultz

  4. Sandy Horien Says: January 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I have thought about John and Mona several times over the years and always smile. They were favorite customers of many of us waitresses at the Knight’s of Columbus in Fond du Lac. Always an interesting visit and we were never made to feel like the “servant”.

    I am so lucky to have known them both and to have shared a small moment in time. Now John can be with his love, Mona once again. I could feel his loneliness when she left without him.

    My sympathy.

    Sandy Horien

  5. patty rompre tappendorf Says: January 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    So sorry to hear about your Dads passing. The memories will stay with you forever. I have several that I hold dearly especially with your Mom involved. Your Dad made the neighborhood a great pl
    ace to be at and will be remembered by many. God bless you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you .
    With sympathy

  6. Joanne Dillie Johnson Says: January 10, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was a wonderful piano teacher for me so many years ago. I became a music teacher because of the great background that he gave me in music. Thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

    Joanne Dillie Johnson

  7. Patricia Terbeest Says: January 10, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Sincere Sympathy to the Gysbers family. There was a moment of silence at the rink before the hockey game tonight in honor of John; it was very fitting that he should be honored for being instrumental in getting that facility built! May you feel God’s comfort in all the wonderful memories.

    Pat Terbeest (Waupun)

  8. Jan Harmsen Says: January 11, 2014 at 7:53 am

    My deepest sympathy to your family. Your Dad was a great friend to many. He will be missed by everyone in Waupun.

  9. Carol(Gysbers) & Dennis Mulder Says: January 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    We’re sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. We have many happy memories of going to dinner with them, when “Uncle Bill & Aunt Ethel” Bossenbrook would come to Waupun. We are wintering in South Texas and won’t be able to attend the funeral.

  10. Kellie Gray Hare Says: February 16, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    My prayers r with the Gysber’s family at the loss of ur dad. I always had fond memories of both him and ur mom.

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