Gerhard J. Kaniess
May 12, 1929 - January 15, 2020
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Gerhard J. Kaniess, age 90 of Appleton, was called to the loving arms of his Lord on Wednesday morning, January 15, 2020. Jerry was born on Mother’s Day, May 12 of 1929, in the Lutheran parsonage in Kewaskum, Wisconsin. His parents were the late Rev. Gerhard and Ruth (Orloff) Kaniess. He was baptized and confirmed…

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Don Ehrenberg left a message on February 5, 2020:
Mr Kaniess was UNDOUBTEDLY the BEST teacher I have ever had!! He gave me my nickname of "BUZZY" at FVL which still stands today. When I was a sophomore he asked me to grade freshmen exams. I think that, because of him, and the two years I had of history in his classroom I love history so much today. I have a lot of stories about Mr Kaniess but there is not room here to tell them. The last time I seen him was at the 50th class reunion of the class of 1960. Hard to believe that will be 60 years this coming June. I very saddened to learn of his passing, and know that he is with his Savior Jesus Christ. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want . . .surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever Don Ehrenberg, class of 1960 – Fox Valley Lutheran High School
Michael Mahnke left a message on January 21, 2020:
Farewell Mr Kaniess, until we meet again. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the FVL Class of 1975.
Joyce Muskevitsch Beyer left a message on January 19, 2020:
To the Family of Mr. Kaniess, As one in the family of FVL students who graduated in 1960, we will be having our 60th reunion this year. He and Ruth were able to attend some of our reunions which we certainly enjoyed. Many times he was going to be flying the pigeons and couldn't make it. So now he has made his own flight to heaven. Mr. Kaniess made all the students toe the line BUT made learning an enjoyment and was someone who mattered to us in our lives. Prayers and Blessings to Ruth and extended family. Joyce Muskevitsch Beyer
Ed Flenz left a message on January 17, 2020:
I had Mr. Kaniess for History and Democratic Problems at FVL in the early 60’s. He was a tough grader, but always fair. One thing I remember is his fondness for unannounced oral quizzes. Whenever he said, “Take out a half sheet”, we knew what was coming. At the same time we mourn his death we can rejoice in the knowledge that he is now resting in the loving arms of his Saviour. God’s blessings to his family! Ed Flenz
Verlyn Dobberstein. "Dobbie" left a message on January 17, 2020:
Coach and I always kept in touch, especially at Christmas time. I told him that he was alwa ys my favorite coach. He gave me good guidance. He was truly a faithful servant of the Lord!!!!!!! He was still my connection to FVL.
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DORIS BOEHM left a message on January 17, 2020:
In memory of Gerhard J. Kaniess, DORIS BOEHM lit a candle
Bill Gresens left a message on January 17, 2020:
Mrs Kaniess and James (or Jimmy, as I knew you back in the day!), My heart goes out to you today as I read if Coach Kaniess’ passing, but I know we are all comforted, knowing he is now safely in the arms of Jesus. Mr Kaniess ( I would never be able to call him Gerry!) was, and always will be, a profound influence in my life. He instilled in me a love of history and a love of athletic competition that have stayed with me down through the decades. Bill Gresens, FVL class of 1965
Debra Boese Vermeern left a message on January 16, 2020:
Blessed be to you and your family, you certainly will be in the hearts of all of us who new you and taught us to be good Christians
Matt Geiger left a message on January 16, 2020:
In memory of Gerhard J. Kaniess, Matt Geiger lit a candle
Cheryl Orheim Lawson left a message on January 16, 2020:
My condolences to the family and truly all of FVL family and faculty. It's been over 40 years since I was at FVL but I remember him very well and with utmost respect and fondness. On the surface he seemed tough but he was fair. And when you dealt with him in person, Christian love for all of us (students) was evident. And oh, that twinkle in his eye. Prayers for all whose lives he touched.
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