Born: Mon., Oct. 8, 1945
Died: Sat., Jun. 23, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Jun. 27, 2018
Location: Gorman Funeral Home - Converse Chapel

Vigil Service

7:00 PM Wed., Jun. 27, 2018
Location: Gorman Funeral Home - Converse Chapel

Funeral Liturgy

2:00 PM Thu., Jun. 28, 2018
Location: Saint James Catholic Church

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Funeral liturgy for Gail Ann (DeGroot) VanDenHeuvel-Penegor, 72, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas, Wyoming with Father Bill Hill as the Celebrant.  A Vigil for the Deceased will be held at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel.  Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.
Gail VanDenHeuvel-Penegor died on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Central Wyoming Hospice Home in Casper, Wyoming.
Gail was born Monday, October 8, 1945 in Green Bay, Wisconsin the daughter of Elroy and Genevieve (Nowak) DeGroot.  She was raised and educated in Green Bay, graduating from the Preble High School in 1963.  She remained in Green Bay following graduation working as a cook.  She was married to Thomas Martin VanDenHeuvel on May 7, 1966 in Green Bay.  They moved their family from Green Bay to Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1970.   In December, 1980 they moved to Douglas, where she remained a resident until her death.  Gail worked as a cook at various places throughout Douglas and retired from the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy as their cook for 15 plus years.  In her retirement years she worked for Elaine’s Flower Shop, Shortline, Douglas Grocery, Douglas Community Club, and at Saint James Catholic Church where ever she was needed.
Following the death of Tom, Gail was married to Michael Dean Penegor Sr. on May 16, 1987 in Douglas.
Gail enjoyed cooking, quilting, traveling, and gardening.  Gail’s most precious time was spending Christmas Eve with her family and spoiling her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Lisa (VanDenHeuvel) Vigil, Jesse (Sherry) VanDenHeuvel, Dawn Wilkerson, and Michael (Tiffany) Penegor all of Douglas; siblings, Mike DeGroot, Ralph VanIten, Diane VanIten all of Green Bay, and Jim VanIten of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren, Zackery Myers, Alexander (Cheyenne) Myers, Amanda (Pat) McMenomy, Marissa (Josh Neel) VanDenHeuvel, Jenna VanDenHeuvel, Rhett VanDenHeuvel, Amia Wilkerson, Ilia Wilkerson, Braxton Penegor, Sidney Penegor, and Adrian Penegor; great grandchildren, Landen McMenomy and Sarah McMenomy; and her companion, Nick Valdez of Douglas.
She was preceded in death by her father, Elroy, on July 24, 1987; mother, Genevieve, on October 10, 2014; husbands, Tom VanDenHeuvel on September 21, 1983 and Mike Penegor on November 24, 2007; and son-in-law, Johnny Steven Vigil, on October 11, 2015.
Serving as pallbearers will be Pat McMenomy, Amanda McMenomy, Zackery Myers, Alexander Myers, Marissa VanDenHeuvel, and Jenna VanDenHeuvel.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Rhett VanDenHeuvel, Amia Wilkerson, Ilia Wilkerson, Braxton Penegor, Sidney Penegor, and Adrian Penegor.  
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
A memorial to the Central Wyoming Hospice Home, 319 South Wilson Street, Casper, Wyoming 82601 would be appreciated by the family.    
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
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Laurie Jacques
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
Words can not express how saddened we are to hear of Gail's passing. She was a beautiful lady with a beautiful soul. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. May God, and the love of family and friends give you comfort and strength during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
With love and sympathy,
Laurie and Ken Jacques

Pamela Donart-Welcome
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
I sure am going to miss you, Gail. I wish we could have another visit. Please watch over your children, and many generations of grandchildren. Find peace with Tom and Mike, and others as they join you in heaven. I am holding your family in my heart.
With love for Lisa, Jesse, Dawn, and Mike...

Lodi Revolinski
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
We are so saddened by your loss. She always had a smile on her face. This is such a difficult time for you and we are sending all our love your way. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel.
Love always,
Roger and Lodi Revolinski

Ellen Nowak Cybela
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
We are sorry for your family's loss. Prayers for the family.

Todd McMenomy
   Posted Tue June 26, 2018
Words can't describe how I feel right now. In short, you have always been like family to me, you are going to be messed by all. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Love you all

Kevin Kelly
   Posted Wed June 27, 2018
Lisa, Jesse , Dawn and Michael

The Kelly family is so saddened by the passing of your Mother Gail.
She was the 1st Grandchild of Great Grandma Ann, the twinkle in your Grandfather Elroy's eye and respected by all the Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins in Green Bay.

She always had a good word to say, so much fun and her laugh OMG how adorable. She reminded us so much or your Grandfather. It was always so enjoyable to see her again.

If there is anything that we can do for your family now or in the future please don't hesitate to ask. All our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you.

Pat Jansen
   Posted Wed June 27, 2018
So sorry to read of Gail's passing; such a neat lady. Our prayers are with all of you. The loss of Tom was hard to take, so many memories...Now Gail, well, she will be remembered for her sweet spirit and of course her patience. Loved the picture of Gail in the paper, that smile, so like her. God bless all of her family in this journey.

Joy Rothleutner
   Posted Fri June 29, 2018
Our deepest sympathy at Gail's passing - I enjoyed working with her at the Hospital - She will be greatly missed - RIP - My Friend Joy

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