Geraldine Brandt

Geraldine Brandt, 82, Algoma, passed away unexpectedly at her home on April 2, 2020.  She was born September 18, 1937 in Rosiere to Bernard and Bernice (Schultz) LeGreve. 


Geraldine was a graduate of the Casco High School.  Later in life she worked as a bookkeeper for the Kewaunee County Government.


Geraldine loved the precious time she spent with her two sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was very active and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Algoma.  She served the church in many capacities including an adult server for most of the funeral Masses and a member of the Rosary Society.  She had a very strong Christian Catholic Faith and would attend many of the services at the Lady of Good Help in Champion.


She is survived by her two sons Jeff (Susan) Brandt and Damon (Joanne Vanness) Brandt; two granddaughters Kristie (finac'e Jessie Schenk) and Stephanie (Samuel) Meyer; six great grandchildren Clayton and Leah Schenk, Aiden Fellner, Paige Steinberg, Sadie and Deliliah Meyer; one sister Janice (Lloyd) (Dick) Jorgensen and one brother Bernie (Marge) LeGreve; many nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Scott Brandt, one daughter Tina Brandt, one brother Gerald LeGreve and sister-in-law Ingrid LeGreve.


There will be a private family service on Tuesday, April 7th at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma with Father Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.


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Fred Rosati

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Fred (Ferdinand) Thomas Rosati on March 30, 2020 in Cave Creek, AZ at 102 years of age. He is survived by his loving family, wife Theresa Rosati (Cortina); children Regina Rosati, Stephanie Haack, Rick Rosati, Michael Rosati (Kay Rosati), Annamarie Bensfield (Joseph Bensfield), William Rosati (Joanne Rosati), and Jeffrey Rosati (Karen Rosati); grandchildren, Holly Rosati, Bryan Maas, Melanie Masino, Samuel Rosati, Robert Rosati, Sarah Cohen, Samantha Waterloo, Lizzy Bensfield, Jake Bensfield, Jimmy Rosati, Jack Rosati, Emily Rosati, Jay Rosati, and Allie Rosati; great grandchildren Alyssa Mansfield, Josh Mansfield, Wyatt Rosati, Sloan Rosati, Benjamin Waterloo, and Charles Cohen; and caretaker and best buddy Lukasz Mezyk.  


Fred was born in Chicago on June 23, 1917 to Saverio and Anna (Mercurio) Rosati and had nine siblings Josephine Pirro, Mary Ann Rosati, Joanne Czernek, William Rosati, Richard Rosati, Ronald Rosati and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings Alfred Rosati, Willie Rosati, and Grace Rosati. Fred was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1945. In 1946, he married Theresa and co-founded Tolona Pizza Products with family members. 


In 1948, Fred and Theresa moved to Riverside, IL to raise their seven children. A devout catholic, Fred was a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Parish. After many years in the food supply business, the family patriarch went on to co-found Rosati’s Pizza Franchise with his brothers and children. In his free time, he enjoyed coaching Little League, and proudly hosted many backyard ball games in the neighborhood. Fred had a true love for the game and will forever be one of the most devoted Chicago Cub fans. If he wasn’t on the baseball field, you would find Fred at the racetrack, playing cards, or in Door County, WI fishing on the Mink River. 


To Fred, no one was a stranger and life was truly about the journey. He was fun loving, cheerful and his impulse was always to share whatever he had. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. His presence and his love of life always brought joy, and his zest and vitality lit up every room. 


Due to COVID19 restrictions there will be no visitation at this time. The family will have a private graveside service for Fred, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.  

Thomas D. Rosinsky

Thomas D. Rosinsky, 74, Kewaunee, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 surrounded by his family at his daughter's home in Oneida.  He was born July 27, 1945 in Manitowoc to Palmer and Esther (Schwerer) Rosinsky. 


Tom enjoyed family vacations, spending time with his grandkids, fishing, hunting, dartball, BBQ's and playing cribbage.  


Tom married Sharon Kaus in Algoma on April 24, 1965.


He is survived by his three daughters Lisa (Lee) Haasch, Algoma; Penny (Tom) Vankauwenburg, Oneida; and Heather Rosinsky, Kewaunee; eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two brothers Robert (Karen) Rosinsky, Manitowoc and Wayne (Roxanne) Rosinsky, Sturgeon Bay; four brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, his in-laws and three sisters-in-law. 


The family would like to thank Unity Hospice for the care they had given our dad, Schinderle Funeral Home for helping with arrangements and a special thank you to Paul and Melanie Czoske for all the visits you made by our dad, he so loved it.  Also a thank you to Candy Finco for sitting with our dad when he was in Froedtert Hospital and we had to go home to regroup. 


There will be a Celebration of his life at a later date.


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Lynn Renard

Our beautiful mother, Lynn Renard, gained her angel wings on Monday, March 16, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Even up through her last days, she continued to teach us life lessons of how to never give up, to pick yourself up when you fall, and get back into the battle. She put up one heck of a fight, and she did so with such grace.

Mom dedicated her life to her family providing unconditional love, protection, encouragement through thick and thin times. She would spend hours talking through your worries until they dissolved.

Lynn was survived by her fiancé, the love of her life, John Buege; her children, son, Jason (Wendy) Renard and daughter, Sheri (Jerry) LeMere. Together, Lynn, Jason and Sheri were and always will be the 3 musketeers, as she would call it. She is further survived by her grandkids: Samantha LeMere, Trevor (Ashley) LeMere, Malique Cooley and Ebony Cooley. Mom adored her grandchildren and cherished the time she spent together, from setting up the entire living room with blanket forts and tumbling mats to morning french toast breakfast. Lynn also leaves behind her mother, Bernice Krohn (with whom countless hours of playing cards occurred over the years) as well as 6 siblings: Sally (Bob) Krause, Jane (Don) Jones, Jill (Dennis) Nellis, Sue (Dennis) LeRoy, Dave (Jill) Krohn and Gary Krohn; Godchildren: Dave Krohn, Travis Leroy, Craig, Callie and Dean Nellis and Emilie Jones and Lynn's fur baby, Kiki, who never left her side. 

Lynn was welcomed in heaven with open arms from all our other beloved angels: her father, Clarence Krohn, nephew, Dean Nellis, Godmother, Ruth Herlache, Godfather, Harold Collins, great-aunt, Doris Reince, and fur babies: Tia, Brady and Emma. She was also preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Clarence Sr. and Mary Krohn and maternal grandparents, Norris Collins and Jenny Collins Martin.

Mom accomplished so much in her life. She co-owned a supper club and charter/boat tour business, obtained her real estate license and sold many businesses. Lynn was the first woman in WI to obtain her charter captain license, and worked until the day she no longer was able to at UW-GB. UWGB family-mom loved you and talked about you all the time. She enjoyed watching movies, playing cards, cooking feasts to feed an army, known for her famous potato salad & ice cream desserts, in addition to many, many other dishes. If you left moms hungry-something was wrong! We will forever miss mom's weekly visits, chatting on the back deck for hours about our week while enjoying a cold beverage.

Thank you to all the family and friends for your continued support of texts, calls, visits to mom during the past few months-We are forever grateful. Thank you to Unity Hospice and DoorCancer for their care and compassion.

In respect to mom's wishes, a private wake is planned for the immediate family, followed by a celebration of life (chicken dinner with a cold Natty Light) for the extended family to share memories and stories of this amazing woman.

Mom you will forever be missed, but will live on in our hearts forever. We will patiently wait for the signs you promised letting us know you are with us. This is not goodbye-it is until we meet again.

Sherry Ann Poehler

Sherry Ann Poehler, 74, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Aurora BayCare Medical Center on March 17, 2020.  She was born February 20, 1946 in Green Bay to Clifford and Arlene (Kaster) Stauber.  On February 5, 1966 she married Frank E. Poehler at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood.  He preceded her in death on November 14, 1998.
Sherry and her husband owned and operated an orchard and market on Egg Harbor Rd. in Sturgeon Bay for many years.  During her life she loved dancing, singing, and working in her flower gardens.  She was a very creative and “crafty” person who was very social and always saw the “good” in everyone.  
Above all, Sherry treasured the time she spent with family and felt very blessed to have watched her grandchildren grow into adulthood.  She was full of life and never left a moment wasted.  Her strong faith in God sustained her during all the trials in her life.  Sherry is now at peace and enjoying a heavenly reunion with her husband and other relatives.
Survivors include her two children, Kim (Ken) Bosman and Kirk Poehler; five grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Joseph, Alyse and David;  three brothers, Pete (Ann) Stauber, John (Hilary) Stauber, Jim Stauber; one sister Pat John and her significant other Jim; in-laws, Karen Sinkler, Kathy and Dale Rass, Linda and Butch Georgeson and John Poehler; nieces, nephews, and god-children.  
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter Caitlan, sister Joan Stauber and brother-in-law Dale Sinkler.
A visitation and memorial mass will be conducted at a later date.  Special thanks to the staffs of Aurora Medical Center and Aurora at Home Hospice for the wonderful care and loving support.  Forbes Funeral Home and Cremations is in charge of arrangements.

John F. Wiese

John F. Wiese, 78, Algoma, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home, Sunday March 15, 2020.  He was born Feb. 22, 1942 in Algoma to Henry and Evelyn (Entringer) Wiese.


John graduated from the Algoma High School in 1960. 


He married Judith Ann Baudhuin in 1961.


John took over Wiese Clothing and Dry Cleaners LTD from his father, Henry in 1962.  Throughout the years, John had several clothing and dry cleaning locations, including Clintonville and Sturgeon Bay.  John was always a sharp dresser and enjoyed helping people that came into his store to be sharp dressed as well.  After John closed the store in Algoma he worked for Peerless Garments of Winnipeg, Canada as a sales rep for about two years. 


John obtained his Real Estate license on May 11, 1999 and started a successful real estate career actively working with his son, Todd at the Todd Wiese Homeselling Team until his death.


John's hobbies including boating, fishing, car racing, spending time in the Northwoods with his family, antiques, plants and flowers, and was a History buff.  John was a member of the Door County Board of Realtors and the Realtors Association of NE Wisconsin. In his younger years he was also proud to serve as an altar boy at St. Mary Catholic Church.


John is survived by his two children Todd (Dawn) Wiese and Amy (Mark) Herro, three grandchildren Emily, Adam and Ashley Herro; his siblings, Joe (Judy) Wiese and Mary (Mike) Bohman; sister-in-law Lois (Duane) Haen; many nieces, nephews and cousins and the mother of his children Judith.  He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Evelyn (Entringer) Wiese, in-laws Harry Baudhuin and Louise Baudhuin Dukelow (Don); two sisters-in-law Jeanne Wiese and Mary Ann Baudhuin; and one niece Melissa Ross.


The family will be having a private viewing service for John due to the coronavirus outbreak on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the funeral home.


There will be a graveside prayer for John at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery on Friday, March 20, 2020, about 6:45 PM for the public.   A celebration of his life will be held at a later date for the public.


The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, assisted the family with arrangements.


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Forbes Funeral Home Is Prepared to Safely Care For Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Forbes Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay remains committed and prepared to safely care for the families it serves during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, Forbes Funeral Home will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them. 

And according to the CDC, at this time, there is no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19; however, federal, state and local public health guidance may impact the size of gathering a family is able to plan. Families may chose either burial or cremation as usual. 

“At Forbes Funeral Home, we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve, and we will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully commemorate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and local public health officials.”

“Our staff remains vigilant about disinfecting our facilities and ensuring we’re all following recommended healthy habits, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and maintaining appropriate social distance. The CDC and our state and local public health officials have offered a lot of helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to follow.”

As a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Forbes Funeral Home regularly receives information via NFDA from the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States. NFDA continues to lead the conversation with federal officials about the role of funeral service as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the public has any questions about the measures we are taking, please feel free to reach us by phone or e-mail.

Eugene E. Wetak

Eugene “Gene” Wetak, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on March 12, 2020, at Door County Medical Center.  He was born August 20, 1931, in Sturgeon Bay to Edward and Joyce (Henschel) Wetak.  On June 18, 1977, he married Mary Smejkal in Sturgeon Bay.
Gene worked as a diesel mechanic instructor at Northeast Technical College for many years.  He also worked as a private contractor and consultant for Roen Salvage.  Gene was very mechanically inclined and loved tinkering around with all kinds of gadgets.  He also had a passion for woodworking.
Survivors include his wife; five children, Sharon (Gene) Sternard, Nancy Huffman, Scott (Michelle) Wetak, Wendy (Ronald) Cox, and Tracy Klotz; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Janice (Robert) King; sister-in-law, Debbie Peterson (Earl); nieces and nephews; and his cat, Brandy.  He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020, at the First Baptist Church in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Cory Dahl officiating.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Forbes Funeral Home and from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at the church on Monday.  On-line condolences may be offered at
Special thanks to the staff at Door County Medical Center for the wonderful care and support they gave to our family.

Mary M. Tachovsky

Mary M. Tachovsky, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Door County Medical Center.
     She was born August 17, 1946 the daughter of Francis “Frank” and Florence “Roxie” (DesEnfants) Tachovsky. Following her graduation from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1965, Mary helped with her family’s business, the Hotel Roxana at the corner of Third Avenue and Kentucky.  The property, formerly owned by “Shimmel the Grocer,” was purchased in 1929 by Roxie’s parents, Margaret (Schlise) and Ralph “George” DesEnfants. Roxie and her husband, Frank, along with their daughter, Mary, continued operation of the Hotel Roxana until the property sold in 1977.
     Mary loved playing bingo at the Senior Center, trips to Oneida to play nickel poker machines, and turning off Packer games if they started falling behind.
     Her brother, Joseph, survives along with cousins of the Schlise and DesEnfants families.
     Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Roxie, and brother, Charles.
    The memorial gathering that was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020 has been POSTPONED FOR A LATER DATE – TO BE ANNOUNCED.
     Memorials should be directed to Door County Medical Center Foundation (1843 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235).
     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Tachovsky family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Mary may be shared at

Mildred E. Destree

Mildred Emma Destree, 97, of Namur, went to meet her husband in heaven on March 12, 2020.  She was born May 23, 1922 in Door County to John and Mayme (Delwiche) Chaudoir.  On May 30, 1944 she married Joseph Destree in Namur.  He preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1983.
Mildred and her husband owned and operated Chaudoir’s Dock in Namur for many years.  She enjoyed the people she met while in business and made many wonderful friendships which lasted for years.

She was a long time, proud, and active member of the Belgian-American Club, making several trips to Belgium over the years.  Mildred enjoyed feeding birds, doing puzzles, and reading.  Faith was the major tenet of her life, and defined who she was as a person.  She attended or listened to mass everyday.

She is survived by her daughter and best friend, Susanne DeNamur, Green Bay; 2 granddaughters, Melissa (Andrew) Kazmer, Green Bay, and Michelle (Joel) Landsverk, Appleton; 4  great-grandchildren: Sydney Landsverk, Emily Kazmer, Katherine Landsverk, and Andrew Kazmer; sister-in-law, Christine Chaudoir and brother-in-law, Bud Malvitz; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 siblings, Jillain Malvitz and Jack Chaudoir.
A mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish of Brussels.  Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 am until the time of mass.  Forbes Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is in charge of arrangements.

Special thanks to Unity Hospice and St. Vincent Hospital for the wonderful care and support.


Beverly June Nelson

 Beverly June Nelson, 90 years, of Sister Bay, formerly of both Ellison Bay and Glenview, Illinois, passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in the Care Center at Good Samaritan Society's Scandia Village in Sister Bay.

     June Nelson was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 5, 1929, the daughter of the late Carl and Elma (Nilsson) Randau, and then moved to the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago with her family at a young age, where she attended Helen C. Peirce School for elementary grade studies and then graduated from Senn High School in 1946.

     As a teenager, June often said, she had had two beloved after-school jobs. One was at a candy store, where she over-served herself and which ultimately gave her a lifelong addiction to sweets, and the other was at a record shop, where she discovered Frank Sinatra during his first run as one of the most popular singers of the day. June considered herself to be one of the original "Bobby Soxers" of her generation, music fans who were catapulted into a state of young love by the handsome singer.

     On January 21, 1950, June Randau married the late John Howard Nelson of Chicago, who had earlier returned from service in the Army Air Corps during World War II. The young couple purchased a small home on McVicker Avenue in Chicago's Edgebrook neighborhood, an area close to the well-known Leaning Tower of Pisa, a national historic landmark in the suburb of Niles, Illinois.

     June and John had three children between 1951 and 1955, John Howard, Jr., Donna Christine (Don) and James Carl (Janet). The family moved to the Chicago suburb of Glenview in 1956, where they lived until June and her husband John retired and moved to Door County, Wisconsin in 1979.

     In retirement, the couple loved their new life on the Door Peninsula, and lived for decades on Ranch Lane in Ellison Bay in one of the county's oldest pioneer homesteads, until moving in 2003 to the Hidden Maples neighborhood just down the street from Scandia Village. June and John were deeply involved in the life of the county for many years, with a special affection for the missions of both Scandia Village and Bargains Unlimited, where June donated many hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of her time. A longstanding member of Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, June also managed the church's Quilting Club for 20 years, which annually sent many dozens of handmade quilts to overseas religious missions for distribution to needy families, as well as U.S. military families.

     All of June's children survive her, as do her eight grandchildren, Britta Nelson (Greg), Kjersti Nelson, Nick Nelson, Matti Dahl (Paula), Jeannie Dahl, Emma Dahl, Nathaniel Nelson, and Ethan Nelson; and three great-grandchildren, Katja Ruth Nelson, Egon Clifford Dahl, and Franklin Lottie Dahl.

     The visitation and memorial service that were scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020 HAVE BEEN POSTPONED FOR A LATER DATE – TO BE ANNOUNCED.  

     Memorials may be given in June's name for the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (

     Special thanks are extended to the highly professional medical and administrative staff of Scandia Village, whose careful attendance, empathy, and guidance made all the difference in the last years of June's long life.

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Karen M. Grovogel

Karen M. Grovogel (Kane) (Mitchell) 60, of Wausau WI, formerly of Woburn, MA passed away on March 11, 2020 while holding her daughter’s hand; after a short but extremely hard battle with lung cancer.  Dear Mother of Angela Wolf and her husband Rick Wolf of Rhinelander, WI; Kevin Mitchell of Seattle WA; and Brandon Grovogel  and his wife Katherine of Brussels, WI.  Loving grandmother of Henry J. (Joey) Gilson IV of Sturgeon Bay, WI: Isabella Anderson of Rhinelander, WI; and Syryth and Noryan Mitchell of Pennsylvania.  Much loved sister of Edward Kane and Karen Ciaramitaro of Melrose, MA;  Teresa Keehn-Wing and her husband Ronald Wing of Woburn, MA and James Kane and his wife Kerry Lane Kane of Westford, MA.  Predeceased by her parents Robert L. and Barbara T. (Flynn) Kane of Woburn, MA and her brother Robert J. Kane of Woburn, MA.  Survived by beloved nieces and nephews:  Corey Keehn of Somerville, MA; Christina Le and her husband Tan Le of Amesbury, MA; Michael Kane and his wife Julie Kingston Kane of Amesbury, MA; Max, Elliot, Billie and Fillicity Kane of Westford, MA and great nieces and nephews Sofiea and Tan Le and Graeden, Sheamus and Maddox Kane all of Amesbury, MA.  Also survived by additional loving people in her life-Cousins Margaret (Peggi) Carlin of Ogunquit, ME; Michele Hughes of Bridgewater, MA and Denise Ahern of Charlestown, MA; Former sister-in-law Silvia Todisco Sawall of Danvers, MA and former husband Joe Grovogel of Brussels, WI.  It was Karen’s wish to be cremated and have her ashes spread in the Atlantic Ocean which will be private and at a later date.  Donations to the American Cancer Society in Karen’s honor are appreciated by her family.  

Jean Arleen Daniels

Jean Arleen. Daniels, 77 years, of Appleton, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away early Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020 at the home of her daughter, Donna, where she had resided the past two years.

     She was born December 6, 1942 in Sevastopol, the daughter of the late Charles and Lena (Oberer) Vertz. Jean attended Evergreen and Pleasantville schools before graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School. On October 3, 1964, she married Donald H. Daniels at Bay View Lutheran Church. Don preceded her in death on March 28, 2011.

     Jean had worked in food service, and hospitality for Cabash Lodge in Hainesville, cherry and apple factories, the Fawn Restaurant and Country Kitchen as a cook.

     She enjoyed playing bingo, solving word search puzzles, taking car rides, family meal days and gatherings, and was all in for her grandchildren.

     Survivors include her three children, Deborah, Donald Jr., and Donna (Tim); five grandchildren, Jessica, Charles, Heather, Dakota, and Tegan; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Carter; two sisters, Janet (Fritz) Eicher, Judy Stellwagen; brother-in-law, Eugene Clark; nieces; and nephews.

     Preceding her in death were her parents, Charles and Lena Vertz; husband, Donald; three sisters, Christina Vertz, June (Jim) Forslund, Joan Clark; two brothers, Raymond (Bev) Vertz, Clifford (Phyllis) Vertz; and brother-in-law, Dennis Stellwagen.

     A private family funeral service will be held at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Pastor Beth Macha officiating. Burial will follow at Bayside Cemetery.

     Special thanks go out to the staffs of Theda Care at Home Hospice and Cherry Meadows Nursing Care for their help and guidance.

     Memorials may be directed to Winchester-Larsen Lions Club (P O Box 92, Larsen, WI 54947).

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Thomas Bridges

Thomas H. Bridges,81, Algoma, passed away Jan. 14, 2020 at Autumn's Journey.    He was born May 14, 1938 in Newberry, Mich. to Wallace and Aurel (Cole) Bridges. 


Tom served in the US Army for three years.  After his military service he worked in construction, was an over the road truck driver and retired as a recycling plant manager in Oconto.


He was a member of the American Legion in Hulbert, MI and the Operating Engineers Local Union 324.


He is survived by his children Michael (Dawn) Bridges, Thomas Bridges, Belinda Bridges (Jeff), Tina (Russ) Kingren.  Step children Pam (Allen) Moore, Becky Longsine (Tim), William, Perry and Dean Vandenbush.  Brothers Mike (Vicki) Bridges, Pat Bridges and Robert Bridges. Grandchildren Jessica, Brandi (Ryan), Jaimie (Luke), Cassie, Donny (Kylie), Korey, Reeves, Olivia, Travis, Josh, Jeremy, Catherine and Kara. Great grandchildren Lexis, Cooper, Jaxen, Bentley, Lucas, Sadie, Mason, Harper and Rory.


Tom was preceded in death by his wife Kathy, daughter Pam Stanley, one brother Wallace Bridges, one sister Joyce Bellant, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. 

There will be graveside services for Tom on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Oconto Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, North River Road, Oconto, WI.


The family wishes to thank the staff at Unity Hospice, Autumn's Journey, VA Home Based Primary Care and Lakeland Care for all their care and kindness given to Tom and his family.

The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, assisted the family with arrangements.


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Mary L. Wendt

Mary Louise Wendt, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on March 7, 2020, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay.  She was born March 21, 1938, in Sturgeon Bay to Robert and Allouise (Overbeck) Roberts. On September 10, 1960, she married Kenneth Charles Wendt in Sturgeon Bay.
After high school, Mary attended St Luke’s Nursing School in Racine, Wisconsin.  She passed her state boards and became a Registered Nurse. She worked as an RN at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Oshkosh before returning to Sturgeon Bay and taking a position with the Door County Memorial Hospital.  She moved with the hospital when it relocated to its current location on 18th Avenue. Mary also worked for the Dorchester while raising her family and finished her nursing career at the Extended Care Unit of the Door County Memorial Hospital.
Mary was a member of the AMVETS Auxiliary and enjoyed traveling with Ken and working to support Veterans around the state. Her passion was traveling. Together, Ken and Mary travelled to Europe twice and throughout the United States, driving to Alaska, Maine and all points in between. 
Mary was a long-time and active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where she served in numerous capacities.  She was active with the Church’s Grief Share program and helped people who were mourning the loss of a loved one.
Mary will be remembered as the family historian and as a caring and compassionate person who supported and encouraged those going through cancer treatments. A four time cancer survivor herself, she often called or sent encouraging notes to those impacted by cancer. She was active in the Lemonade Club to support fellow Cancer patients. 
Survivors include her 4 children, Sue Ellen (Randy) Miller, Oshkosh; Robert (Kori) Wendt, Omaha, NE; Timothy (Robin) Wendt, Mt. Pleasant, WI; Tobin Wendt, Sturgeon Bay; 5 grandchildren, Austin, Abbi, Alec, Brennan and Andrew Wendt; younger sister, Suzanne Churchill, Green Bay; sister-in-law, Nancy Roberts, Sturgeon Bay and many nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband on 2/19/2019, her parents and older brother Phillip.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Carl Schroeder officiating.  Inurnment will be at Bayside Cemetery. 
Services have been postponed and will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be given to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or DOOR CANcer. On-line condolences may be offered at

Jan S. Sixel

Jan Stewart Sixel, 66, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away after a short battle with cancer surrounded by his family at home on March 7, 2020.  He was born December 12, 1953, to Donald & Pearl Sixel in Algoma. On October 13, 1973, he married Sue Bouche at St. Huberts Church in Rosiere.  Jan worked his entire life farming with his father and brother Don.

Jan enjoyed traveling, riding and restoring motorcycles, bowling, and socializing.  He especially enjoyed chasing the grandchildren and spending time with them on the family farm.  He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and helping with the fish frys at the church.  Jan also served on the County Board.

Survivors include his wife, Sue; two sons and six grandchildren, Travis (Sara) Sixel, Greenville and their children Jasmine, Isaac, Thomas and Samuel; Eric (Michelle) Sixel, Seymour,WI and their children Morgan and Jo Jo; a brother, Donald (Betty) Sixel; two sisters, Juliane Williams and Paula (Dennis) Villers; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Beverly and Doug Landeau; Rebecca and Jerry Reince.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Justin; in-laws, Wilbur and Celia Bouche; two brothers-in-law, Reggie Bouche and Randy Bouche; sister-in-law, Marcia Sixel.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday March 12, 2020, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Tod Vertz officiating.  Burial will be in Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Forbes Funeral Home and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Thursday.  Online condolences may be offered at


Sherri L. Buresh

Sherri L. Buresh, 50, of Pilsen, died early Monday morning, March 2, 2020, spending her last day with her family, and was true to herself, “kept fighting” until the end!  She was born in Green Bay on April 14, 1969 to Roger F. and Barbara A. (Kohlbeck) Buresh. Sherri was a caregiver, a natural, working for Homes for Independent Living as a valuable employee.  She touched many lives with her work. Sherri was a loving daughter, mother, sister, aunt and friend.


Survivors include her two children, Daniel Selner, Jennifer (Calvin Mueller) Selner, all of Eaton; her parents, Roger and Barb Buresh,  Pilsen; three brothers, Jeff (Nancy) Buresh, Pilsen; Joe (Carrie) Buresh, Eaton; Dave (Amy) Buresh, Green Bay; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins further survive.


Sherri was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joe and Marge Buresh; Quirin and Beatrice Kohlbeck.


Friends may call 3:30 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG.  Closing prayer service 7:00 pm on Wednesday.  Visitation will continue between 9:30 and 10:45 am on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at St. Therese Parish, St. Joseph-St. John Site in Pilsen. Funeral 11:00 am on Thursday, at the church with Rev. Dennis Drury officiating and Christal Wavrunek assisting.  Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pilsen. 

James R. Copiskey

James Richard Copiskey, 45, of Egg Harbor, went home to his
family, Thursday, February 27, 2020.
He was born July 29, 1974 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Donald J Copiskey and Joanne Marie (Salkowski) Copiskey. James graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1992. He was employed as a skilled fabricator with various local industries, Wulf Bros., Hi Tec Fabrication, Emerson Motors, and Hatco, all in Sturgeon Bay. He also operated his own painting
business, “Affordable Painting of Door County”.
James enjoyed camping, fishing, watching NASCAR races, cooking, listening to music, and was a loyal Packer Fan. He will be remembered as a dad pulling his kids around the yard in a boat with the riding lawnmower for fun, playing softball and soccer outside, and watching a favorite family TV time show, the Incredible Hulk series with lots of popcorn.
He is survived by his two daughters, Kiana and Kayla Copiskey.
James will be laid to rest beside his family in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Juddville with a private family committal service.
Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Copiskey family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of James may be shared with
his family through his tribute page at

Muriel Iris Miller

Muriel Iris Miller, 82, Algoma, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit.  She was born Nov. 20, 1937 in Brussels to Lawrence and Odelia (Ullman) Miller.

She grew up on the family farm in Brussels.  Muriel graduated from the Brussels High School May 30, 1955.  She worked as a receptionist for the Door County Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital in Green Bay for many years.

Muriel was an avid Packer fan, and enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, country music, baking and watching TV.  Muriel had lived with her brother Gilbert for a while in Phoenix, AZ. until her mother took ill and she came back to care for her. 

Muriel is survived by her nieces, nephews and cousins.    She was preceded in death by her parents, two adult brothers Ralph and Gilbert and two infant brothers Jerome and Byron.

Friends may call at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Kolberg on Monday March 2, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Rev. Curt Grube officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery.

The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma assisted the family with arrangements.

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GeraldineĀ  Rankle

Geraldine  Rankle, 84, Algoma, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 after a short illness at the Aurora BayCare Medical Center.  She was born June 22, 1935 in Algoma to Louis and Lucella (Brockman) Sibilsky. 

Geraldine graduated from the Algoma High School in 1953.  She moved to Milwaukee were she worked for many years.  She met and married Alvin Rankle May 12, 1975 in Illinois.

She enjoyed traveling with her husband all over the country when he was a truck driver.  She also enjoyed polka and country music, going out to eat and had a love for all animals, especially her cats. 

Geraldine is survived by her daughter Nikki (Reggie) Baudhuin, Brussels; step children Judy Sheffer, Jane (Larry) VandenElzen, Jessica (Jason) Cornette and Jason Orde.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Alvin, August 31, 2018.

Family and friends may call at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sat. Feb. 29, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Rev. John Moll officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery

A special note of thanks to the Algoma Rescue Squad and the caring staff at Aurora ICU Unit and a deep appreciation is extended to Peggy and Ruth for all their help over the years, allowing her to remain at home.

The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, assisted the family with arrangements.

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Shirley M. Holub

Shirley M. Holub, 67, Algoma, passed away unexpectedly Sunday Feb. 23, 2020 at the Holub family homestead.  She was born July 11, 1952 in Algoma to Roland and Dorothy (Mueller) Holub. 

Shirley graduated from the Algoma High School in 1970 and then attended the University of Green Bay.  She spent most of her career in various aspects of the Hospitality Industry.  She enjoyed listening to music, was an animal lover, avid cook, nurturing plants, a world class bargain hunter and was a care giver for her mom and others.

Shirley is survived by her three sisters Jeanne (Rick) Meyers, Vacaville, CA; Susan Younk, Sussex, WI; and Karen (Scott) McDonald, Elk Grove, CA; she will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews, especially her nephew William Laes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Tom Holub, sister-in-law Doris Holub and two brothers-in-law Nate Shabow and Steve Younk.

There will be a celebration of Shirley's life this summer by the family.

The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, assisted the family with arrangements.

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Fern J. Magle

Fern J. Magle, 91, Algoma, passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at home unexpectedly.  She was born June 26, 1928 in Rio Creek to Joseph and Alvina (Lohrey) Witcpalek.

Fern married Glenn Magle in Algoma.

Fern loved playing cards, going up to their cabin in Armstrong Creek and being outdoors, enjoyed many trips that she had taken with Shirley O., She was a member of St. Mary church and Rosary Society and the Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her four children Glenn (Sandy) Magle Jr., Patt Ebel, Karen Classon (Kirk Ciorba) and Ray Magle; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Glenn Sr., two brothers Harold and Joe Witcpalek and other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Family and friends may gather at ST. Mary Catholic Church, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 from 9:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Father Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, assisted the family with arrangements.

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Mary Ann Theodorou

Mary Ann Theodorou, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Feb. 24, 2020. She was born July
25, 1947 in Manitowoc to Anthony and Hilarie (Brey) Theodorou.
For many years, Mary worked as a store manager for Quietwoods RV Sales and Service of
Sturgeon Bay. She was a member of Corpus Christi Church and the Lemonade Club. She
enjoyed camping, bike riding, gardening, yard work and just being outside. Mary found great
joy in making other people happy.
She is survived by a sister, Elene Wagner of Fort Atkinson, WI; brother, William (Joan)
Theodorou of Manitowoc, WI; sister-in-law, Waltrud Theodorou of Germany; and numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Chad; brother, George Theodorou; and brother-
in-law, Jay Wagner.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Corpus
Christi Church in Sturgeon Bay. Burial will be in Schumacher Cemetery. Friends may call at the
church on Thursday from 10:00 am until the time of service. Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon
Bay is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences may be offered at
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Door County Oncology, Lisa and Will at
Whispering Pines and especially nurse Gwen with Unity Hospice. Her kindness, skill and
knowledge was a blessing to all of us.

Brock A. Kleindl

Brock A. Kleindl, 79, Algoma, passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at the Kewaunee Health Care Facility.  He was born August 12, 1940 in Beaver Dam, WI to Edwin and Maxine (Ring) Kleindl.

He served in the US Coast Guard from 1960 to 1964.

Brock married Linda Leischow in 1976.

Brock loved to hunt and fish. His favorite was goose hunting with family and his hunting buddies.  If you were looking for Brock in the winter go out to Alaska Lake and you will find him on the ice.

He was a member of  Whitetails Unlimited over 25 years, serving as president for many of those years, also a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.

There will be a Celebration of Brock's life Saturday March 14, 2020, at the Algoma United Methodist Church, Algoma.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Pastor Jennifer Emert officiating. 

Linda would like to "Thank" the staff at Kewaunee Health Care and Unity Hospice for the loving and compassionate care they showed Brock over the last 14 months.

The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, assisted Linda with arrangements.

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Gerald Haft

Verona, WI - Gerald Haft, age 90, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, February 21, 2020. Gerald was born on April 20, 1929, in Sheboygan, WI, the son of Everett and Agnes (Scanlon). Gerry lived a rich and full life. He was a graduate of Sheboygan North High School in 1947 from which he worked on the Great Lakes for two years before attending U.W. Madison where he received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to a long career as an engineer and research manager for Nordberg, and Outboard Marine Corporation, the latter from which he retired in 1989 to Door County. Along the way Gerry accumulated many patents, became a pilot, built boats, hitch-hiked around the country, fell in love and had three children (Sharon, Judi and Tom) with his beautiful wife June. Gerry loved Door County and built a cabin for his family in 1969 where the family made many unforgettable memories. In 1979 he bought a cherry orchard as a hobby and continued to work on this well into his retirement. He loved all things mechanical especially tractors and could fix anything. He enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and took many trips around the South and Midwest after retiring. Although Gerry was hard of hearing his whole life, it never stopped him from making friends wherever he went. He was always willing to help others when asked. While his last few years were difficult, he lived an amazing life.  He was a beloved father, husband and friend to so many over the years and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.


Survivors include his children; Sharon (Michael Parke), Judi (Marty Kowalski), and Tom (Rita); Grandchildren, Amanda (Chad) Tauschek, Sarah, and his Great Granddaughter, Zara Tauschek. Preceded in death by his wife June M. (Kipp) and his brother Everett.


A Celebration of Life will take place at 11AM on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona. A visitation will be held from 10AM until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.


Special thanks to everyone at Noel Manor and Heartland Hospice Care who took such good care of Gerry, all the doctors and nurses of U.W. Hospital and clinics who took care of Gerry over the last few years and especially to Dr. Tracy Downs who Gerry was so very fond of. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

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