Dennis “Otis” Gerard Aerts, 60, Wrightstown, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017. He was born on January 7, 1957 in Green Bay to the late Alfred and Dorothy (Klicka) Aerts. Dennis was a 1975 graduate of Wrightstown High School. On August 18, 1989, he married Mary Jean Van Cuyk. Otis enjoyed playing cribbage, fishing, going to the races. He owned and operated Otis’s Bar for over 20 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; son, Brandon (Cori) Aerts; three sisters and one brother: Norma Aerts, Rose (Don) Coenen, Carol Liebergen, and Leo (Mary) Aerts. He was further survived by two sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law: JoAnn (Vern) Roepcke, Rose Thiel, Jerry Van Cuyk, Casey (Elaine) Van Cuyk, LeRoy (fiancé Ruth) Van Cuyk, and Ron Smith. He is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Otis was preceded in death by two brothers: Ron and Jerry Aerts; one sister, Mary Jane Smith; four brothers-in-law: Jerry VerBockel, Melvin Liebergen, Francis Van Cuyk, Robert Thiel; two sisters-in-law: Sandra “Bunny” Van Cuyk, Bonnie Aerts; niece, Nicole Verbeten; and nephew, Ronald Roepcke.
Family and friends may visit at St. Claire Catholic Parish St. Paul site on Monday, May 22, 2017 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 until 10:15. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am with Fr. Carl Meulemans officiating. Cotter Funeral Home, Wrightstown is assisting the family. Condolences can be offered at www.cotterfuneralhome.com.
The family would like to thank Dr. Antony Marquis and all the staff on the 8th floor of Theda Care in Appleton and Theda Care Home Hospice. Also, a special thanks to Fresenius Medical Center and the staff in Kaukauna. Thank you to all the people who helped with trips to dialysis and doctor appointments.
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