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Louis Vande Casteele (1826-1906)
Parents: Petrus Bernardus Vande Casteele (cir. 1790--????)
Barbara Theresia Gervoijse (cir. 1791-????)
Siblings: Joanna Francisca Vande Casteele (1816-????)
Quinnus Vande Casteele (1822-1823)
Isabella Theresia Vande Casteele (1823-????)
Josephus Paulinus Vande Casteele (1825-1825)
Melconora Vande Casteele (1828-????)
Joannes Franciscus Vande Casteele (1830-????)
Spouse: Marie Teresa Van De Wiele (1828-1906)
Children: Rosalia Vande Casteele (1853-1927)
Standing (left to right): Mary, Edward, Rosalia & Lucy Vande Casteele
Seated (left to right): Marie Teresa Van De Wiele, Louis Vande Casteele
Louis Vande Casteele was born on August 22, 1826 in Moerkerke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium, the son of Petrus Bernardus Vande Casteele & Barbara Theresia Gervoijse. Cir. 1850 most likely in Moerkerke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium he married Marie Teresa Van De Wiele, daughter of Franciscus Bernardus Van de Wiele and Cicilia Tarlet.
Their first child, Rosalia, was born on March 5, 1853 in Moerkerke; followed by Edward on March 22, 1855 in Bruges; and then Lucy on September 24, 1859 back in Moerkerke; and finally Mary Theresa on September 6, 1861 also in Moerkerke.
The family arrived in New York on June 4, 1867 and by the time of the 1870 census, Louis was living in DePere, Wisconsin, with his entire family and working as a shoemaker. Their oldest daughter married John Roffers on July 3, 1877 in DePere. In 1880 Louis & Mary along with son Edward and daughter Mary Theresa were living in the Village of DePere, with Louis' occupation listed as a shoe maker. Their daughter, Mary Theresa, married Mathew Martens on April 8, 1881 in DePere; Edward married Mary Elizabeth Dunden on May 9, 1882 in DePere; and Lucy married Henry Albers on April 16, 1890 at St. Boniface Church in DePere.
In 1900 Louis & Mary were renting a house on 4th Street in DePere, living on their own. Louis could read, write, and speak English. On January 7, 1906, Louis' wife passed away. By September Louis was living with his daughter Rosalia, who had married John Roffers, and their family. On September 16, 1906 tragedy struck this household when Cecilia Roffers, the 26 year old daughter of John & Rosalia, passed away unexpectedly of diabetes. Shortly thereafter on September 19, 1906 Louis passed away at John & Rosalia's home. He is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in DePere. and actually has two marked gravesites, which are relatively close together.