Obituaries

Raymond Chike

Raymond Chike, 89, Algoma, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Edenbrook Nursing Home in Green Bay with his family at his side.  He was born January 21, 1930 in Algoma to John and Evelyn (Wautlet) Chike. 

He attended the Lake View Grade Schoo.l   He worked at the Algoma Plumbers from 1946 to 1948.  Then at the Algoma Hardwoods from 1948 to 1950.  Then from 1950 until 1952 at the Christy Corporation as a fitter.

In 1952 he joined the US Army during the Korean War.  He was honorable discharged March of 1953 and came back to work his mother's farm, with seven years of VA Vocational Agricultural training on the farm until 1960.

Raymond married Marlene Schmitz on July 27, 1955 at Homy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Maplewood.  In 1965 he started working at Bay Shipbuilding as a steel fitter, and was appointed Union Steward of Local #449 until 1976 and then continued farming until retirement.

Ray enjoyed hunting, baseball, golfing, volleyball and a great fan of the Green Bay Packers.  His winters were spent in Florida at the Villages.

He is survived his wife Marlene, his five children Joseph, Ronald, Jack (Judy), Todd (Bernardita) and Mary (Thomas) Kraft; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, brother Donald (Carol) and sister Ella (Dallas) Miller.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sons Dale and Raymond Jr., sister and brother-in-law Marie and Marvin Schiesser.

Family and friends will gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Prayer service 7:00 PM Tuesday night at the funeral Home.  Visitation will continue Wednesday November 20 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church from 10:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating.  Burial in the Holy Name of Mary Cemetery on Hwy 42.

There will be Full Military Rites at the church after the Mass.

Express your memories, sympathies and pictures on Ray's tribute page at www.schinderle.com

Rita Jauquet

Rita Jauquet, 90, Casco, formerly Namur, passed away on Nov. 13, 2019 at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit.  She was born in Rosiere on Feb. 10, 1929 to William and Josie (Gilson) Delfosse.  Rita graduated from Brussels High School in 1946 and on Nov. 27, 1947 she married Francis Jauquet at St. Mary’s Church in Namur.

 

Rita worked as a secretary and IMC Aide at Southern Door Elementary School for 21 ½ years, retiring in December of 1994.  She also served as financial secretary of Our Lady of Fatima Court (N.C.S.F.) since the court began in 1949.

 

She was a wonderful homemaker who loved her family.  She was an excellent cook and loved baking Belgian pies, cakes, and cookies. Rita also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and was a great seamstress having made many of her girls’ dresses when they were little.  In later years, she enjoyed her card club.

 

For Rita, every Tuesday was spent going to the Chapel at Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin for mass, rosary, and prayer with her two companions, Joanne and Angela.  Her most recent enjoyment was communicating with family and friends on her computer.

 

She is survived by her husband of 71 years and 4 children, Joan (Dennis) Brahmer, Wittenberg;  Mary Ann (Jeff) Miller, Sturgeon Bay; Lisa Jauquet (special friend Mike Harding), New Franken; and Kris Jauquet, Brussels; seven grandchildren, Julia (Jay) Wilkins, Kory Miller, Haley Miller, Jolene (David Buhk), Kale, Kollin and Aubrey Jauquet; 2 great-grandchildren, Reed and Finley Wilkins; a sister Carol Parins, in-laws, Lucy Jauquet, Alvin and Rena Jauquet, and Emery Vandenhouten.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Regina Delfosse, Janice (Emery) Vandenhouten, and numerous in-laws.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dyckesville. Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Special thanks to the Algoma Long Term Care Unit and Unity Hospice for their wonderful care and support.

Marion H. Schlise

 

     Marion Hilda Schlise, 104, lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Whispering Heights CBRF.
     She was born December 31, 1914 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Winfred and Hilda (Zill) Johnson. Marion graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1932. On November 30, 1933, she was united in marriage to Howard Leo Schlise. He preceded her in death on August 20, 2006.
     Marion was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. She was a devoted wife and mother along with being an excellent cook and baker. As a young woman, Marion created beautiful quilts and embroidery. She was known for her extensive strawberry memorabilia collection started in the early 1970s.
     Marion is survived by her sister, Lois Gauger of West Bend; two children, Ronald (Marilynn) Schlise and Dr. Sally (Dr. Neil Fullan) Schlise, both of Sturgeon Bay; step-granddaughter, Amanda Fullan of Eden Prairie, MN; step-grandson, Dr. Sean (Molly) Fullan of Mahomet, IL; two nieces and one nephew [and their families]; and cousins.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Winfred and Hilda Johnson; and her husband, Howard Schlise.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Marion will be laid to rest beside her husband, Howard, in St. Joseph Cemetery.
     Friends may call on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with the Rosary to be prayed at 4:45 p.m. and a parish wake service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church, Saturday morning, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.
     Memorials may be given in her memory for St. Joseph Catholic Church or Door CANcer, Inc.
     “We would like to thank the staff at Whispering Heights and Compassus Hospice for their compassionate care of our mother.”
  Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Marion may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Karen S. (Kratz) Doell

Karen S. (Kratz) Doell, 67, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully with her family by her side and her husband holding her hand on Monday, November 4, 2019. Karen lived with multiple sclerosis for 30 years until it finally took her life. Because of her faith, she is now in heaven with her Savior, Jesus Christ, free from MS and all the impairments it caused her. 

 

Karen was born July 28, 1952 to the late Erwin A. & Dorothy J. (Last) Kratz. Her Christian faith was important in Karen’s life. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran, Montpelier. Karen attended St. Paul Lutheran School and graduated from Luxemburg-Casco High School in 1970. On May 25, 1974, Karen married Arden A. Doell at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montpelier. Prior to being diagnosed with MS she was an LPN at St. Vincent Hospital. Later, she worked at the Bank of Luxemburg as a teller and receptionist. This was a job she truly loved because she was able to interact with people.

 

The birth of her grandkids brought new meaning to her life and gave her a will to live again. She and Arden enjoyed going to watch the grandkids playing in sports, plays, recitals, etc. She also loved going on day trips to get out of the house, especially to see the fall colors. During the summer months, they enjoyed going to stock car races at area tracks, usually twice a week, always cheering for the 90K and the Z84. During the winter months, they enjoyed going to the movie theater for a movie. She also enjoyed going to Kewaunee Custard and was an avid fan of the Hallmark channel. 

 

Karen is survived by her husband of 45 years, Arden; two children, Steven (Sara) Doell, Luxemburg; Kristin (Jon) Schleis, Kewaunee; four grandchildren: Reagan & Marcis, Claire & Stella; siblings: Dean (Lois) Kratz, John Kratz, James (Susan) Kratz, Dan (Kathy) Kratz, Kaye Kratz, Brian (Nicole) Kratz; one brother in law: Milroy (Marlene) Doell; one sister in law: Lorilda Doell; nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her parents, Karen is preceded in death by her father in law  and mother in law Herbert & Elsa (Engelbrecht) Doell.

 

Friends may call 9:00 to 10:45 am on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montpelier.  Funeral 11:00 am on Saturday with Rev. Dr. Daniel Olson officiating.  Burial in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Montpelier.

 

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the Doell Family.  www.mcmahonfh.com

 

Her children would like to thank Arden, her husband and their father, for giving her the best, loving care in the world.  This allowed her to remain at home and enjoy life. Their love for each other should be a model to us all.

 

Karen’s family would like to thank Sara Helgeson of St. Vincent’s home care, who was a blessing to Karen & Arden, and Unity Hospice for their care and compassion.

 

Norbert H Jadin

Norbert H Jadin. 92, Green Bay, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019, surrounded by family. Norbert was born July 22, 1927 to the late Fred and Libby (Bouche) Jadin. He spent his childhood growing up in the town of Brussels. On November 22, 1951, Norbert married the love of his life, Eileen R. Heim at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg. They have been married for 68 lovely years.

Norbert had several jobs throughout his life, Norbert served in the U.S. Army for two years and he spent one of those years in Korea. After his service in the army, he worked at Pauly cheese as a cheese buyer for 18 years. Then Norbert made a career change and finished up his working career as a sales representative for 20 years at Denil Wall of Green Bay. Norbert was also a member of St. Willebrord parish for 55 years. He was also a member of the Peninsula Belgian club, and he was a charter member of the Happy Hoppers dancing club.

Throughout Norbert’s life he had many things he enjoyed to do. He enjoyed eating out especially for fish on Fridays. During the summer he enjoyed his summer home in Door County, where he liked to play cards and polka dance. He also enjoyed fishing and trying to teach us the Belgian language. In Norbert’s earlier years he had a Harley that he liked to drive during the summer months. Traveling was another one of his favorite things to do. He traveled to Alaska, Mexico and all over the U. S. even taking a Caribbean cruise. Norbert also loved to visit family and friends in Belgium.

One thing that Norbert took great pride in is that he recently got the honor of taking part of the Old Glory Flight to Washington D.C. with chaperone, Joan Thibaudeau.  At the end of the trip he was welcomed home with applause and cheers by all. This meant the world to him.

 Norbert will be deeply missed by and is survived by his wife, Eileen; one sister, Jillian (Donald) LaLuzerne, Brussels; one sister in law, Karen Heim, Luxemburg;  three godchildren, Mark Heim, Nadine Ruokolainen, Debbie Gromowski; nieces and nephews, Jim (Betty) Jadin, Lou Ann (Dean) Gietz,, Cheryl (Richard) Delebreau, Mark (Gloria) Heim, Mary Lee Barbiaux (special friend, Dave) , Beth (Jim) Simonar, Debbie (Randy) Gromowski, Kathy (Rich) Kubichek, Brenda Klaubauf (special friend, Mike) and Corey (Julie) LaLuzerne.   

Norbert was preceded in death by, one brother, Julius (Arleen) Jadin; one brother in law, Robert “Bob” Heim; two nephews, Jack Jadin and Gary Jadin.

Friends may call 8:30 to 10:15 am, Friday, November 8, 2019, at St. Willebrord Church, 209 South Adams Street, Green Bay, Wi. 54301.  Funeral 10:30 am on Friday at the church with Rev. Andrew Cribben, O’Praem celebrating and Rev. James Dillenburg con-celebrating. Full military rites will be held prior to the entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the Jadin Family.  www.mcmahonfh.com

 

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Anna’s House, New Franken and Heartland Hospice for taking such great care of Norbert.

 

Carol J. Ratajczak

Carol J. Ratajczak, 84, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, November 3, 2019.  She was born on July 10, 1935 to the late Henry L. and Phoebe L. (Jadin) DuBois.  She married Daniel J. Ratajczak Sr. on May 7, 1960 at St. Martin, Church in Tonet, Wisconsin.

Carol enjoyed playing cards, tending to her ferns, crocheting, taking bus trips and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her husband of 59 ½ years, Daniel Ratajczak Sr; their children, Leigh Ann Graetz, special friend Layne Kelley (Menomonie, WI);  Dawn (John) March (Stevens Point);  Dan Jr. (Angie) Ratajczak (Luxemburg); Jeanette Ratajczak, special friend Chris Deprey (Dyckesville); Scott Ratajczak, special friend Brandy Cline (Kewaunee);  brother, Richard DuBois (DePere); sister Marie (Matt) Schweiner (Denmark); brother, Jim (Nancy) DuBois (Luxemburg); sisters-in-law:  Delores Lemens (Luxemburg); Clara DeJardin (Luxemburg); Nona “Kitty” Ratajczak (Green Bay); seven grandchildren, Nicole (Ryan), Tyler,  Michael, Nicholas, Matthew, Andy, special friend Emma, Rebecca, special friend Josh, along with many nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents,  Henry and Phoebe DuBois, brothers, Harold, Gerald and Henry Jr., sister Linda, mother-in-law and father-in-law Andrew and Sophie Ratajczak, brothers in-law Wilbert Steinhorst, George Ratajczak  Lyle Lemens, Joseph DeJardin, Jerry Retzlaff, sisters–in-law, Anna DuBois, Mary (Ratajczak) Steinhorst, Germaine (Jonet, Marchant) Ratajczak, son-in–law Jim Graetz, along with her beloved pets, Sandy and Deigo.

A special thank you goes out to close friends, Annette, Shirley and the Bay Bus family.  Also, thank you to the caring staff at Helping Hearts.

Per Carols wishes she will be cremated. 

Friends may call 9:00 to 10:15 am on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at St. Joseph Church, Champion.  Funeral 10:30 am on Saturday at St. Joseph Church in Champion followed by internment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.  Carol requested not to have a lunch served.

In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in Carol’s name.

Herman A. Draeger

Herman A. Draeger, age 88 of Kewaunee died on Saturday, November 2. 2019 at home.  He was born on May 2, 1931 in Sheboygan to the late Helmuth and Malinda (Rautmann) Draeger.

He attended Kewaunee High School and later joined the U. S. Air Force serving three years.  Herman married Judy Kuehl on May 12, 1962 at Community Congregational Church in Kewaunee.

Herman worked for the U.S. Army Corps of  Engineers on the Great Lakes as a tug boat Captain until retiring.  He loved his job so much that he continued working part time for several private companies.

He was a very active member of Community Congregational Church, the Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 29 of Kewaunee.

Survivors include Judy, his loving wife of fifty-seven years; four children: Dawn (Eric) Schroeter, Pleasant Prairie, WI; Debbie (David) Provence, Nowthen, MN; Sara (Cherif) Hafez, Chapel Hill, NC; Bill (Debbie) Draeger, Green Bay, WI; eight grandchildren: Aaron and Trevor Schroeter; Ian and Kate Provence; Mik and Ellie Hafez; Haley and Avery Draeger; a sister: Marion Loubert, Harrison, MI.  He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law: Ronald G. Loubert.

Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. at Community Congregational Church, 502 Center Street, Kewaunee, WI until the time of services.  Masonic services will be held at 11:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service with Rev. Dr. John Wallace officiating.  Burial with full military rites will be in Riverview Cemetery.

Russell "Skip" Kaeske

After a startling and swift encounter with cancer, ending in a draw, Russell “Skip” Kaeske passed away, each participant going in the opposite direction on October 26, 2019. 
     Skip was born July 24, 1946 and was welcomed into the family of Louis and Ada (Froemming) Kaeske of Cedarburg. He attended school and graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1964. From a very early age, Skip knew he wanted to be a teacher. This led him to pursue a degree in education from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse. He used his talent and passion for educating others to teach in several different schools in the Milwaukee Public School District. He retired as an English and Social Studies teacher from Fritsche Middle School in 2003. 
     It was at one of those MPS schools that he met his wife, Sue, after a group of 5th grade students played match maker on the playground. Shortly after their first date, they were married November 29, 1974, and “the rest is history”. Skip began his adventure of parenthood on a cold January evening and it was his best role to date! His daughters were his great loves and he passionately followed their education, sports, and activities.   
     Skip had a talent for nurturing any person, pet, or thing that came to his door. Many times, he was hesitant to allow them entry, especially the stray cats and racoons. Once they spent time on his lap, he was committed to loving them forever. He spent summers raising not only his own girls but often nieces, friends, or anyone who would smell the Weber smoke and had an appetite. We will always remember his talent for hosting a gathering or mixing up an incredible old fashioned. 
     We all knew him from different chapters of his life: elementary school, high school, college, the basketball court, the baseball field, classroom, local and state school board, church board, ordained officiant, golf course, as a writer/poet (Piks), winery tour guide, spit pit contest judge, county baseball league officer, and supporter, or anywhere people gathered.
     Throughout the worlds in which he moved; he maintained a moral compass that guided his life. If you knew Skip, you knew him as honest, loyal, ethical, welcoming, inclusive, thoughtful, creative, a thespian, well mannered, public speaker, enlightening teacher, best grandpa, well read, hilarious, genuine, analytical, spiritual, a gracious host, an amazing sense of humor, and loving family member. 
     For all his life, Skip made connections with just about everyone. It shaped his personality and your experience when he met you. He remembered your name and knew your high school basketball coach or your cousin's third grade teacher. Up until the end, he connected with everyone he encountered, including the EMTs who rushed him to the hospital. He had more contacts than AT&T, and more jokes than congress. 
     He is survived by his wife, Sue (Jarman) Manson-Kaeske; niece, Jennifer Blahnik (Robert Hawley); daughters, Chelsea (Nicholas) Mittermann and Marne Kaeske; grandsons, Afton, Lucian, and Marlon Mittermann; brother, Michael (Joanne) Kaeske; as well as many cherished nephews and nieces, cousins, and friends.
     Skip went to meet God and Jesus along with his loving parents; his in-laws, Leora and Glen Jarman; brother in-law, Glenn Edward Jarman; and many other family members and good friends. 
     A memorial service to honor Skip’s life will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:30 at the Community church of Fish Creek, 9420 Cottage Row, Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212 with Pastor Gary Scharrig officiating. A reception will be held following the service at Alexander’s of Door County, 3667 Highway 42, Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212. Skip will be laid to rest in Blossomberg Cemetery.
     Visitation will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 4:00 pm. until 7:00 p.m. at Casperson Funeral Home, 10708 N. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234.  A prayer service will conclude the evening at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service.
     Because of his lifelong dedication to students of all ages, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an educational organization of your choice. Memorials to the family will be used to pay off lunch accounts for students in need. 
     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Skip may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

Vernie C. Monfils

Vernie C. Monfils, 90, formerly of Rosiere, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Anna's House in New Franken. Vernie was born on April 18, 1929 to the late David & Ida (Massart) Monfils. He married Catherine Finendale at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lincoln. She preceded him in death on January 29, 2015. Vernie worked as a farmer and enjoyed collecting guns and coins, going to auctions and gun shows.
Vernie is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Adrian (Lynn) Monfils, Luxemburg;  grandchildren and great-grandchildren, David (Sarah) Monfils and their children Josephine and Louisa, Amy (Rob) Doubeck and their children, Cali, Keegan, and Ashton, Daniel (Elizabeth) Monfils and their children, Adrian, Harvey, and Kelly; sisters-in-law Genevieve Monfils and Helen Annoye; as well as by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine; brother, Richard Monfils; and sisters, Laura Wautlet and Irene Bellin.
A Private Family Service is being held.

Lance J. Vlies

Lance J. Vlies, 35, of Luxemburg passed away unexpectedly, on November 1, 2019.  He was born on May 12, 1984 to Rick and Wendy (Englebert) Vlies.  He was a graduate of Luxemburg-Casco High School and NWTC with a degree in Architectural Engineering.  For the past 12 years Lance has been employed at Pierce Manufacturing as a Shop Floor Designer. In his spare time, Lance also enjoyed helping out at Kinnard Farms Inc with harvesting.   Lance had a heart of gold and an infectious laugh. His greatest love was for his wife and children.  He enjoyed spending as much time with his family as possible.  He especially enjoyed camping, watching the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers.  
Lance is survived by his wife Crystal Vlies; three children Taitum, Edward, and Charlette; his parents Rick and Wendy Vlies; sister and brother-in-law Trina (Lane) Trimberger and their children Cassidey, Cadence (goddaughter), and Mason; his godparents Jerry Knapp and Sandy Vlies; father-in-law Jim (Denise) Andrus; mother-in-law Michelle (Tim) Flaig; sister-in-law Heather Andrus;  aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Norman and Dorothy Vlies and Edward and Viola Englebert; aunt Clarice Cornette; uncle Rod Vlies; and many friends.
Friends and family may gather at St. Peter Catholic Church, Lincoln on Monday (TODAY) November 4, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. at St Peter Catholic Church, Lincoln with Fr. Edward Looney officiating.  Burial to follow in the church cemetery. 

Gary Schmidt

Gary A. Schmidt, 78, of Casco, died peacefully early Wednesday morning, October 30, 2019 at his home with Nancy by his side.  He was born September 16, 1941 in Algoma to the late Alva R. and Loraine (Haferman) Schmidt.  Gary graduated from Casco High School in 1959.  He was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, Luxemburg.  He served in the United States Army in 1964 to 1966 and belonged to the American Legion Post 319, Casco.  Gary was a self-employed carpenter, never retiring because he loved helping people with their projects.

Gary will be sadly missed by the love of his life, Nancy Schmiling; one brother, Star Buck “Allen Schmidt”, CA; two sisters in law, Carol Schmidt, Casco; Karen Schmidt, Seymour; nieces and nephews, Pam (Craig) Rost, Mark (Lisa) Schmidt, Lynn (Lyle) Berceau, Connie (Joel) Wald, Doug (Paige) Schmidt, Kurt (Ann) Schmidt, Eric (Debby) Schmidt, Kris (Tina) Haven, Nick Schmidt (friend Kate); many other great nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by, two brothers, LeRoy Schmidt, Cletus Schmidt; one sister in law, Rainbow; two nephews, Charles and Christopher.

Friends may call between 8:30 and 10:30 am, Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church, 700 Heritage Road, Luxemburg, Wi.  54217. Funeral 10:45 am on Saturday at the church with Rev. Carl Brewer officiating. Full military rites follow the funeral service.  Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay. 

 Robert R. Blish

     Robert R. Blish, 59 years, of Green Bay, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Jack and Engrid Meng Unity Hospice in De Pere after a truly courageous battle with cancer.

     He was born March 9, 1960 in Sturgeon Bay the son of the late Gary and Gisela (Hollinger) Blish. Bob graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1978. He was active in sports, especially swimming during his high school years. Bob loved his family, enjoyed his dogs, Reggie and Mobie, to the end. Bob had been employed at Festival Foods as bakery manager, Neal Mast Greenhouses as their regional manager, and most recently Kwik Trip in Green Bay until his illness forced his retirement.

     Bob never stopped living. He opened himself up to this fight and took it head on, and freely trusted his caregivers and friends for help, who he appreciated very much. He had a deep appreciation for the comfort of Christ’s love shared by his Pastor, Rev. Leon Ehlert and his counsel throughout this past year.

     Bob was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Green Bay. He was an avid sports memorabilia collector, and animal lover.

     Surviving family are his niece, Jennifer Nesbitt; nephew, Ryan Nesbitt; two stepchildren, Alli Williams and Michael Williams, (and their mother, Kori Perry); his dear friends, Tom and Carolyn Guth of Sturgeon Bay.

     Preceding Robert in death were his parents; sister, Rosie Nesbitt; and nephew, Justin Nesbitt.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 4, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Leon Ehlert officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Sturgeon Bay.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

     Memorials may be made in Bob’s memory to Door County Humane Society or American Cancer Society for cancer research.

     “Thanks to everyone who opened their hearts to me, my friends, Tom and Carolyn Guth, old friends and classmates, the healthcare workers during my treatments, and the folks at Unity for their guidance on this journey. I have fought the good fight, finished my course, I have kept the faith”.

     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Robert may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

 

 Evelyn Wilke

 Evelyn Wilke, 94, of the Town of Sevastopol, died peacefully early Saturday morning, October 26, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.

     She was born Madonna Evelyn Haberlie on June 28, 1925 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of George August Haberlie and Emma (Brauer) Haberlie. Evelyn grew up attending St. Joseph Parish and Grade School and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1943. She was united in marriage to Raymond “Bud” Joseph Bongle on May 16, 1945 at St. Joseph Catholic Church where she remained a lifelong member. They were blessed with over 18 years of marriage. Bud died suddenly on May 31, 1963. Evelyn married Harold August Wilke on December 15, 1965 in Sturgeon Bay, and they shared over 29 years of marriage together. Harold passed away March 20, 1995.

     Evelyn started working the for Bank of Sturgeon Bay (later Baylake Bank) July 1, 1942 while still in high school, initially as a teller and then in other departments over the years. She went to work for the Federal Reserve Bank in California for over half a year in 1945 when she and Bud moved while he was serving in the US Navy. She returned to Sturgeon Bay and continued working for Bank of Sturgeon Bay as a teller. She worked in every department in the bank during her career there. Evelyn was a familiar face at Bank of Sturgeon Bay/Baylake Bank for over 66 years.

     Outside of work, she was a private person, but she did enjoy bowling multiple times a week in leagues for over 40 years. Evelyn liked to travel, initially with Bud, and then liked taking bus trips with Harold. With her green thumb, she enjoyed caring for her plants, which filled her home. Evelyn took wonderful care of her vehicles; they were always gently used with low miles and not usually driven out in the rain. On those days, she’d ride along with Harold.

     Evelyn will be missed by her daughter, Nancy (Mark) Lake of Sturgeon Bay; one grandson, Torry (fiancé Laura) Lake of Green Bay; two great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Patrick; other relatives; and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; special friend, Jack Gilson; infant brother, David Haberlie; and other relatives.

     Evelyn’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Ron Colombo as celebrant. Evelyn will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a parish wake service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.

     Memorials may be given in Evelyn’s name for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County or DOOR CANcer, INC.

     “Thank you to the staff at Sturgeon Bay Health Services for caring for Mom this past year and also to Dr. Paul Board and his staff.”

     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Evelyn may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Robert Joseph Nikolai

Robert Joseph Nikolai, 84, of Washington Island, passed away at home on Sunday morning, October 20, 2019.

     He was born August 28, 1935 in Kenosha, son of the late Richard August and Roselyn Mary (Wyk) Nikolai. Bob graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Kenosha with the Class of 1953.  He then went on to study at Marquette University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1957. Bob worked at Tri-Clover Manufacturing in Kenosha for 36 years until his retirement. On February 20, 1960, he was united in marriage with Margaret “Peg” J. Andersen at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Kenosha. Together, they retired to Washington Island.  He and Peg are members of Stella Maris Parish. Bob was also a member of the Washington Island Lions Club.

     Bob thoroughly enjoyed his retirement.  He took pride in refinishing antiques and selling them at Island Fantasy Gifts. He collected antique cars and took his grandchildren and great-grandchildren “Jeeping” in his 1946 Willy’s Jeep, always ending at the ice cream stand. He loved going deer hunting with his sons and grandsons and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Bob always made sure his cookie jar was filled with homemade chocolate chip cookies and made sure Peg knew when it was empty.

     Bob will be missed by his loving wife of 59 years, Peg; sons, Robert A. (Diana), Thomas (Patricia), and James (Charlene); grandchildren, Jake and Dana Nikolai, Pete (Lydia) Nikolai, Sara (Jimmy) Doering, and Alison (Jake) Farm, Megan, Melissa, and Jack Mutchler, and Brittany, Nathan, Hunter, and Jeromy Nikolai; great-grandchildren, Owen, Hailey, Clara, Ryker, and Liam; two sisters, Alice Egan and Audrey Martin; sisters-in-law, Nancy Cannan and Laurie Hackbarth; and son-in-law, Jack Mutchler.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Kristin Mutchler.

     A Mass of Christian Burial to honor Bob’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 1763 Town Line Rd., Washington Island, Wisconsin 54246. Bob will be laid to rest in the Washington Island Town Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob’s name to Stella Maris Parish, Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Bethel Ev. Free Church, or Washington Island Lions Club.

Steven John Ray

Steven John Ray, 63, Algoma, passed away October 20, 2019 at home after a four-and-a-half-year battle with ALS.  He was born December 2, 1955 in Chicago, IL to Robert and Irene (DuBois) Ray.  The family moved up to Algoma where Steven graduated from the Algoma High School.

 

Steve married Pam Meyer July 7, 1984 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Algoma

 

He was a co-owner of Krause-Ray Logging and later co-owner/operator of  Algoma Lumber Company, Inc. from 2004 until his retirement in 2018.

 

Steve was very active in the community including coaching baseball, softball and basketball at St. Mary School and Algoma High School.  He was an active member of St. Mary Parish and school  as an usher and volunteer at the Shanty Day tent.  He was also a member of St. Mary Home and School Association Board and served as the Athletic Director for many years.

 

Steve is survived by his wife Pam, daughter Carrie Ray and son Ethan Ray;  his father Robert Ray;  two brothers his twin Dan (Julie) Ray and Norman (Judy) Ray, sisters Mary (Kes) Smith and Sally (Robert) Lord; In-laws David and Donna Meyer; sisters-in-law Terry Meyer and Jamie (Rusty) Fogel, many nieces and nephews.

 

Steve was preceded in death by his daughter Jaqueline Ray, mother Irene Ray and sister-in-law Kate Walsh.

 

Family and friends may gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. and after 9:00 AM Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00AM with Father Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burail at a later date in the church cemetery.

 

The family wants to give a special thank you to all the friends and family, Unity Hospice and Adam Feest who helped and supported Steve as his ALS progressed.

Steve fought ALS with dignity and strength, living his mantra of "taking one day at a time."  Go Team StingRay.

 

In lieu of flowers and plants a memorial fund will be established in Steve's honor.

 

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Steve's tribute page at www.schinderle.com.

Keith Daniel "Dan" Noe

Keith Daniel “Dan” Noe, 82, of Sister Bay, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019 while at Angels Touch CBRF in De Pere, WI.

     He was born August 28, 1937 in Edgerton, WY, the son of Daniel and Virginia (Kelso) Noe. Following high school, he served his country with the United States Navy.  Dan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in Secondary Education, majoring in Biology and minoring in Physical Science/Education. He completed his graduate studies at the UW Superior and Oshkosh with a major in Physics, minoring in Mathematics. 

     Dan taught biology and chemistry at Gibraltar High School, worked at Bay Shipbuilding, and Reinhardt Plumbing.

     He married Janet M. A. Lundquist at Trinity Lutheran Church in 1979.

     Dan will be missed by his wife, Janet and her four children and families, Debra (Mark) Blaha of Sturgeon Bay, Sherry (Greg) Fruhauff of Casa Grande, AZ, Scott, and Mark (Julie), both of De Pere; eight step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Shirley Noe of Oklahoma.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Reed Noe; and nephew, Danny Noe.

     “A special thank you to goes out to the caring staff at Angles Touch, to his tender home care provider, Lisa Hendrickson, and to a very helpful friend and neighbor Steve Kalms.

     Dan’s life will be honored with a memorial service held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Kerry Krause, of Sister Bay Moravian Church, officiating. Burial will be Sister Bay Moravian Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at Huehns Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Elizabeth "Betty" Julia Kiehnau

Elizabeth “Betty” Julia Kiehnau, 92, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord and was reunited with her husband, Bill, late Monday afternoon, October 14, 2019 while at Door County Medical Center.

     She was born September 27, 1927 in Fish Creek, the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Robertoy) Henry. Betty Graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1945. She was united in marriage to William August Kiehnau, Jr. on June 17, 1950 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville. Together, they operated their dairy farm on County Road P in the Town of Sevastopol for many years. Betty and Bill were were blessed with nearly 57 years of marriage. He passed away June 8, 2007.

     In her younger days, Betty had been an active member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy, teaching Sunday School and was a member of the Ladies Aid. In 2016, she moved into the Sturgeon Bay Senior Living facility, Whispering Heights, where she continued her constant crocheting of dishcloths, towels, and hotpads. Nearing life’s end here on earth, Betty’s faith in the Lord was her strength and she looked forward to her Heavenly home.

     Her love will live on in the hearts of her three daughters, Linda Wait (Paul Wickmann) of Sturgeon Bay, Sandy Lee of Redington Shores, FL, and Lori (Darrel) Waller of Forestville; son-in-law, Mike Nolte of Sturgeon Bay; five wonderful grandchildren, Stacy (Bryan) Erdmann, Jessica (Corey) Haen, Bobby (Chelsea) Bittorf, Hope (Rob) DeLeon, and Erin (Erik) Saxton; seven precious great-grandchildren Preston Haen, Tess and Max Erdmann, Olivia Bittorf, and Sophie, Emma, and Abigail DeLeon; two brothers, Gerald (Mary) Henry of Sebastian, FL and Dan Henry of Appleton; two sisters-in-law, Sally Henry and Cathy Henry, both of Sturgeon Bay; many loving nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

     Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Gail Nolte; grandson, Derek Nolte; son-in-law, Rick Lee; three brothers, Dennis, Tom, and Bob, and two sisters, Shirley and Jane; and other relatives.

     Betty’s funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy with Pastor Benjamin Enstad officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, beside her husband, Bill.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Friday, October 18, 2019 with a devotion to conclude the evening at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church, Saturday morning, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Betty’s name for St. John Ev. Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School.

     Thank you to the Door County Medical Center staff for your care given to Mom during her stay.

Christine Ann Kinka

Christine Ann Kinka, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away October 8, 2019 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center at Door County Medical Center.

     She was born July 29, 1938 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Stanley and Helen (Stajkowski) Grabowski. Chris grew up attending St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School in Chicago. She graduated from St. Michael’s High School in Chicago in 1956 and went on to study at Wilson Junior College for teaching. Chris had this amazing ability to whistle and captured not only the attention of Richard Joseph Kinka, but also his heart. After Richard’s discharge from the Navy, they were married on October 29, 1960 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Chicago. They moved to Downers Grove, IL where they resided for 30 years. Chris worked as a teacher’s aide, but her primary work was taking care of her family and making a wonderful home. While in Downers Grove, they attended St. Joseph Parish. They bought a vacation home in Ellison Bay in 1990 and fell in love with Door County. A few years after Rich retired in 1996, they made their permanent home on Glidden Drive in the Town of Sevastopol. They were members of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Institute.

     Chris had great love for the Arts. She enjoyed music, making jewelry, mosaics, and also liked going to plays at Peninsula Players Theatre. Chris was a master quilter and co-founded “Faithful Circle,” a quilt guild in Downers Grove which is celebrating their 45th Anniversary this year. She was also the co-founder of the Trillium Quilt Club in Sister Bay and a member of Door County Quilters. Her quilts were entered in many national shows and won countless ribbons. She was proud to have been published in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Chris also enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Sturgeon Bay Garden Club. She loved Door County for its natural beauty and wildlife. Her family meant the world to her, and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She would visit her kids and grandkids in Illinois often and loved to travel to California, Arizona, and Florida over the cold winter months. Her favorite times were when the whole family would gather in Door County and she could share everything she loved about the peninsula.

     Her love and memory will live on in the hearts of husband, Richard; three children, Richard T. (Lisa) Kinka of Naples, FL, Russell Kinka of Lake Villa, IL, and Beth (Bill) Hager of Glenview, IL; six grandchildren, Richard M. (Sarah), Matthew (Kelly), and Jeffrey Kinka, and Abigail, Audrey, and Ava Hager; one great-grandson, Lucas Kinka; brother, Dr. Leonard (Cathleen) Grabowski of Goleta, CA; other relatives; and many dear friends. Chris was preceded in death by her parents.

     Her life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant, where she will be laid to rest in the church cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. A memorial celebration will be held in Illinois at a later date, sometime in January of 2020.

     Memorials may be given in Chris’ name for Feed and Clothe My People of Door County.

     “Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the entire Skilled Nursing Facility staff for the wonderful care given to Chris and all of us during her time with you. You treated her (and us) like family and we are forever thankful. Also, thank you to the staff of Unity Hospice for the compassionate care given to Chris and our family these past weeks.”

Gay Lynn Hecker

Gay Lynn Hecker, 63, of Waco, Texas and Egg Harbor, fell asleep in the loving arms of her family and awoke in the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

     She was born November 1, 1955 in Kenosha, daughter of the late Richard “Dick” and Barbara Lynn (Aaron) Ellefson.  After graduating from Tremper High School in Kenosha in 1973, Gay went on to achieve her associate degree in Conference Reporting before going to Montessori training.  She was certified by the Association of Montessori International as an instructor to teach the Montessori method worldwide and was internationally recognized.  Gay’s heart and soul was in teaching children and was fortunate to educate students in Columbia, South Carolina, (Green Bay) Wisconsin, and (Venice) Florida before having her own school, Montessori Children’s House, in Englewood, Florida.  Gay also taught second grade at Venice Christian School in Venice, Florida for two years.   

     She was united in marriage with Richard James Hecker at Bethel Ev. Free Church on Washington Island on October 6, 1984. Gay loved God with her whole heart. With her husband and her daughter, she had many missionary adventures after training with Youth with a Mission in 1990. They traveled to Mexico, Haiti, Romania, and even to Kenya, Africa, touching the children of the world.

     Gay loved life. She loved the perfection of a rose and saw the beauty in everything. She was known to all by her smile, her laugh, and her deep love. Even to those she only knew for a short while experienced her love and infectious smile. Though it seems her life was cut short, she repeatedly said the summer of 2019 was the best of her life. She was so free and lived life to the fullest, doing what she loved – traveling, shopping, “Jeeping”, and spending time with her friends. Most importantly, spending precious moments with her husband, daughter, and brother.

     Gay loved people and relationships. She was a devoted wife, mother, and sister. She was also passionate about her close friends. In her life, God brought six women to walk by her side. These women were: Suzy Corby, Sheila Withrow, Judy DuCharme, Carrie Gusmer, Kim Elkinns, Suzette Yañez.

     Gay’s joy will live on in the hearts of her loving husband of 35 years, Richard; daughter, Grace Hecker; brother, Tully (Liz) Ellefson; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her daughter, Abby Jean; parents, Dick and Barbara Ellefson; and brother, Rick Ellefson.

     A memorial service to honor Gay’s life will be celebrated at Door of Life Christian Church, where they are members, on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ed House officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Washington Island Town Cemetery.

Vincent Francis Sherrick

Vincent Francis Sherrick, 100, of the Town of Sevastopol, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 3, 2019 at Algoma Long Term Care.
     He was born February 4, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Frank and Margaret (Bruce) Sherrick. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He met the love of his life, Noreen Marie Collins, at a USO dance for the troops near the advent of WWII, and the two wed on July 13, 1946 at Chicago’s Holy Nativity Parish. Vince and Noreen celebrated 68 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on November 29, 2014. Vince worked as a mechanical engineer for various companies in the Chicago area for over 40 years. He and Noreen then moved to Door County full-time to enjoy their retirement.
     Vince was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Institute for many years. He loved sailing on his boat, fishing, sitting at the beach, and golfing at Cherry Hills.
     Vince will be remembered by his daughters, Carol Cantzler of Columbus, OH and Beth (Dennis) Grubba of Custer, WI; four grandsons, Christopher (Julia), Sean (Nicole), Ryan (Jill), and Kevin (Lindsay) Cantzler; and nine great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Noreen; great-granddaughter, Kristin; one brother; and two sisters.
     Vince’s life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating. Military honors will be performed following the Mass. He will be laid to rest in the church cemetery beside his wife, Noreen.
     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.
     The Sherrick family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Algoma Long Term Care and Unity Hospice for their compassionate support and care.

 

 Kenneth Julius Volkmann

 Kenneth Julius Volkmann, 86, of the Town of Sevastopol, was called Home to be with the Lord, with his loving family by his side, on October 1, 2019 at the Peter and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center in Sturgeon Bay.

     Ken was born in Egg Harbor on August 12, 1933, the son of Frederick and Mildred Amelia (Martens) Volkmann. He attended Sunnypoint School and graduated from Sevastopol High School. On June 29, 1957, he married Carol Catherine Junion sharing 62 years together.

     Ken was a semi-truck driver for Smith & Schartner for 12 years and for Schneider Transport for 20 years. After retirement, he enjoyed helping at Lily Bay Sawmill and Henschel Sawmill & Farm.

     Ken was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed vacationing with his family, was an outdoor enthusiast and partook in hobbies such as snowmobiling, fishing, water skiing and playing sports with his children and grandchildren. Ken was well known for his beautiful garden on the corner of Highway 42 and County Road P where he lived most of his life. He was a wonderful handyman and could fix anything and everything.

     Ken will be missed by his wife, Carol; children, Kim (Gary) Schopf of Sturgeon Bay, Konnie Gordon of Sturgeon Bay, Kevin Volkmann of Normal IL, Kris Volkmann of Sturgeon Bay, Kirk (Stacey) Volkmann of Valmy, and Keith (Mary) Volkmann of Sturgeon Bay; eleven grandchildren, Stephanie (Jake) Peterson of Green Bay, David (Dakotah) Gordon of Luxemburg, Tracy (Kevin) Allen of Seattle, WA, Jill Gauger of Green Bay, Matthew Gauger of Green Bay, Drew Tanck of Waukesha, Kyle (Amy) Volkmann of Green Bay, Kambria Volkmann of Green Bay, Ella Volkmann of Valmy, Madilyn and Aleah Volkmann of Sturgeon Bay; seven great-grandchildren, Clayton, Caleb and Cole Peterson, Charlotte and Luci Gordon, and Sofia and Isaac Allen; and sisters-in-law, Marion Volkmann and Judy Volkmann.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Clarence, Russell, Lester, Joanne (Elton) Shine and Ruth Leitner; and great-grandson, Hope Allen.

     Ken’s life will be honored with a funeral service held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 7, 2019 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport with Pastor Peter Lindemann officiating.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and will continue at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Ken’s memory for Unity Hospice and Sevastopol Pioneer Athletic Booster Club.

     The family is very grateful for those at the Peter and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center and Unity Hospice for their heartfelt care given to Ken.

Nancy Lois Wesa

Nancy Lois Wesa, 83, formerly from Port Washington and Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Evergreen Skilled Nursing Facility in Oshkosh.

     She was born December 26, 1935 in West Allis, daughter of the late John and Lillian (Teich) Stoll. Nancy lived in West Allis and attended Franklin School until fifth grade before their family moved to Egg Harbor. She attended Egg Harbor Grade School, eventually graduating from Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek with the Class of 1953. Nancy then went on to receive her diploma from Door-Kewaunee Teachers College in Algoma and taught at Washington School in West Jacksonport.

     On March 31, 1956, Nancy was united in marriage with Thomas Wesa, Jr. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville, the church where she was confirmed. After getting married, Nancy and Tom moved to Port Washington and raised their family of five daughters. She worked at the Ozaukee Press, St. Alphonsus Hospital and Grandview Clinic. When it was time for Tom to retire, they moved back to Fish Creek and then later to Sturgeon Bay, where they lived for 20 years. While living in Sturgeon Bay, she worked at Ministry Door County Medical Center. Together, the two were members of Bay View Lutheran Church. In 2014, Tom and Nancy moved to Ozaukee County to be closer to their daughters. In her spare time, Nancy enjoyed needlework, specifically, crocheting.

     Nancy will be missed by her five daughters, Debra (Mike) Budzisz of Oshkosh, Diane (Bob) Nelson of Oostburg, Patricia (Kent)  Kohn of Eustis, FL, Carol (Patrick) Corcoran of Brookfield, and Cheryl Hock of Dousman; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Janet Reimer; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry (Margaret) Wesa and Arlene Fisher; and many nieces and nephews.

     Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; parents, John and Lillian Stoll; in-laws, Thomas Sr. and Alice Wesa; and brothers-in-law, Donald Wesa, Harris Wesa, Donald Reimer and John Fisher.

     Nancy’s life will be honored with a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville with Pastor Frank Kauzlarich officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. She will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol.

Orville F. Kay

Orville Frederick Kay, 93, of Forestville, passed away on October 17, 2019, at Door County Medical Center.  He was born on August 5, 1926, in Brussels to Emil and Lydia (Maedke) Kay.
Orville was a life-long resident of Door County.  He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church where he was a past Elder and on the Cemetery Committee.  He was also a member of the Farm Bureau and the Southern Door Snow Drifters Snowmobile Club.
Survivors include his cousins and very good friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, and sister, Ruby.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 21, 2019, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Kolberg, WI, with Pastor Curt Grube officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Monday. 

 

Robert C. Haines

Robert (Bob) C. Haines, age 75, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, October 16, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Sturgeon Bay December 6, 1943 to Robert Harold Haines and Marcella Mathilda (Larson) Haines.   Robert graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1962.  Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1966.  He attended Milwaukee Area Technical College where he became a journeyman electrician.

On September 6, 1969, Robert was united in marriage to Jean M. Draves at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.  They had one loving daughter, Stacy Lynn.

Robert began his career as an electrician in various nuclear plants and at Proctor & Gamble prior to joining the Sturgeon Bay Utilities, where he retired in 2000.  He also co-owned Haines Convenience Store with his brother, Richard.

Robert was an active member of Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, where his faith was very important to him.  He served on church council and various committees throughout the years.  Robert was a member of the Sturgeon Bay Jaycees, Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge, Valley of Green Bay, and Beja Shriners.  He was also a member of the Door County Maritime Museum and Green Bay Botanical Gardens.   Bob had an infectious smile and kind and compassionate spirit.  Bob enjoyed traveling with his family, was an avid reader, and liked classic cars.  Many times, Bob could be found reading a book, reading 3 newspapers and watching t.v. all at the same time and know every intricate detail of each.

Bob took great pride in his family whom he loved immensely.  He will be deeply missed by his wife of 50 years, Jean, daughter and “son”-in-law Stacy (Steven) Apfel of Hobart, WI, and very special grand dog Finn.  He is further survived by sister-in-law Sharon Haines of Sturgeon Bay; brother-in-law and sister in-law David and Judy Dahms of Sturgeon Bay; brother-in-law John Draves of Green Bay; nephew Scott (Rebecca) Haines and their family, Braeden, Alyssa (Kevin) Perry, Trent and Aubrey Perry; nieces, Holly (Paul) Tlachac and their family Taylor, Sydney, and Nicole; Amy (Brian) Schwiderski, and Kelly (Rob) Schartner and their family Brianna and Haddie; aunt Janet (Haines) Mickelson all of Sturgeon Bay; cousins and other dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Clarence and Emma (Larson) Haines and Eli and Helga “Besta” Larson; parents-in-law Roland and Viola Draves, brother Richard Haines and special friends Bill and Phil.

A funeral service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with his son-in-law Pastor Steven Apfel officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.   Burial will be in Hainesville Cemetery. Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Robert’s memory to Bay View Lutheran Church-Property Committee at 340 W. Maple Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 or Unity Hospice.

The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Kelton Reitz at Door County Medical Center, Bob’s home care giver Kirsten and his team at Unity Hospice (Justin, Kang, Jodi and Nancy) for their compassionate care. 

Mary Catherine (Tordt) Lindhorst

Mary Catherine (Tordt) Lindhorst, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, was called to her heavenly home on Oct. 12, 2019.  She was born Aug. 24, 1934 in Batavia, IL to Jerald and Mildred (Sanders) Tordt.  On Aug. 9, 1958 she married Harold Fredrick Lindhorst at St. Paul’s Church in Rockford, IL. 

Mary graduated from Batavia High School in 1952, studied one year at Northwestern University, and then entered nursing school at Rockford Memorial Hospital (Illinois), graduating in 1956.   Mary worked at Rockford Clinic, Rockford Memorial Hospital, and was a school nurse in Clintonville, Wisconsin. 

When she and Harold moved to Door County, she went to work for the Public Health Department working there until her retirement in 2000.  Mary received her Public Health Certification in 1975 and then earned her BSN in Nursing from UWGB in 1986. In her retirement, Mary worked part time as a nurse supervisor for Advocates for Independent Living and Specialized Services.

Mary belonged to the Wisconsin Public Health Association for many years, serving on several state committees.  She was also a member of the National Nursing Honor Society and served as Vice Chairman of the organization.  She was active in the local community where she was on the AIDS Task Force, conducted prenatal classes, and taught health related topics in the local high schools.  She also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity as a member of the Family Selection Committee and acted as hostess on the Habitat sites.

Before and after her retirement, Mary was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church serving on the Altar Guild, Faithful Hands, Funeral Committee, Visitation Team, Grief Team, school committees, and wherever else she was asked to serve.  She also sang in the church choir.

Survivors include two children, Pastor Paul (Carla)Lindhorst of Watertown S.D.; Sarah (Phillip) Weidner of Sturgeon Bay, WI; grandchildren: Angela (Gene) Dennis, Ellen (Christopher) Boyette, Stephen (Janet) Lindhorst, Aaron Lindhorst, Jesse (Kerrianne) Sanchez, Courtney (special friend, Jeff Lautenbach) Weidner, Bethany (Mike) Lee, Alexander (fiance, Whitney Vig) Sanchez, Jordan (special friend, Maria Marlen) Lindhorst, Andrew (special friend, Merry Forbes) Sanchez, Austin (Kaylen) Weidner; 21 great-grandchildren, sister Sheila (Roy) Wilcox, in-laws: Bunny Tordt, Billie Tordt, Adeline Jungemann, Florence Adermann, Ruth and Stan Pakulla; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 grandchildren, Grace Franklin and Anthony Franklin, Melissa Weidner, and 1 great-granddaughter, Amelia Rose Proia; 4 brothers, Steven Tordt, Bill Tordt, Dale (Peggy) Griffin, and Bruce (Jan) Griffin; in-laws, Alfred Jungemann, Raymond Adermann, Nichalos Garbas, and John Lindhorst.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Carl Schroeder officiating.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and at the church on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and School.

Special thanks to Ellen and Christopher Boyette, and to Wendy, Laura, Mary Beth, Mark, Gwen and Angie of Unity Hospice for all of the wonderful care and support.

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