Mary Jane Van Duyse Sorgel of Sturgeon Bay is being remembered for her passion and love of the Packers and baton twirling. Having led the Green Bay Packer cheerleading squad from 1961-1972, the original “Golden Girl” passed away at the age of 89 last Saturday in Sturgeon Bay. Sorgel was a 1951 Sevastopol High School graduate that was the 1952 Door County Blossom Queen and won state championships in baton twirling in the early 1950s. Honored with a special exhibit at the Door County Historical Museum, Sorgel shared her Packer passion and thoughts about the display in an interview with Door County Daily News in September of 2019.
The Door County Historical Museum display is called “Mary Jane and the Golden Girls” and is one of the first exhibits as you enter the museum. Funeral services for Mary Jane will be at 11:45 am this Friday at St. Joseph’s Church in Sturgeon Bay, with visitation on Thursday evening and before mass on Friday from 10:30 am until 11:30 am. You can read Mary Jane Van Duyse Sorgel’s complete obituary here.