John van den Tillaar, 92, formerly of the Danbury, Webb Lake Wisconsin area, died peacefully April 15 in hospice care in Monticello Minnesota. John grew up in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he met the love of his life, Catharina (Cathy) Neutkens. He served with the Dutch Army during WWII and married Cathy in 1951. The two immigrated to Winnepeg, Canada in 1956 to join Cathy's sister and then to St. Paul in 1962. John was an iron worker for many years until retiring to the home he built in northern Wisconsin where he enjoyed watching sports on TV, playing cards, woodworking, and ushering Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was also an ambulance driver for Webb Lake when Cathy served as an EMT. Preceded by his parents, Albertus and Elisabeth, and his wife Cathy. John has one living sibling, Tonny (Garry), in the Netherlands. He is also survived by sisters- and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. There will be no service, per John's wishes.
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