Obituaries

Mary Catherine Horn

Mary Catherine Horn, 91, Hales Corners, WI, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on August 17, 2021.

A Celebration of Life for Mary will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 110 North 5th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay 54235 on Saturday, October 23, 2021.  Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. There will be a mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Mary’s family requests that donations be given to the Friends of Potawatomi State Park, 3740 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 (http://www.runwild.org).  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Michael James Walker

My dear father, Michael James Walker, 80, of Sister Bay, WI went home to be with the Lord at 9:47am on Sunday, October 17 while in hospice care at St. Vincent’s Hospital of Green Bay, WI ending his battle with cancer.

 

“Mike” was born January 24, 1941 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, IL to Clarice (Kamin) and James Mabin. He grew up in LaGrange Park, IL and attended Ogden Oak Grade School. In June 1955 he tragically lost his father, James, at age 14. His mother, Clarice, remarried Merton Walker in 1956 and they moved to Hinsdale, IL. Merton later adopted Mike and changed his name to Michael Walker. Mike graduated from Hinsdale Township High School. 

 

Following high school, Michael attended Culver Stockton College in Canton, MO for 3 semesters then transferred to Bradley University in Peoria, IL. In 1964, he graduated with a degree in Business-marketing and retailing.

 

Mike married Millirose Babcock of Peoria, IL on August 28, 1964. For him it was love at first sight. “Millie” was the love of his life. She preceded him in death on January 6, 2019. They had a blessed 54 years of marriage. 

 

Michael served our country from December 1965 through May 1969 in the U.S. Marine Corps. He fought in the highest level of combat in Vietnam leading his platoon as Captain with the First Battalion 9th Marines. He inherited a platoon that was entirely killed 3 days before his arrival. He was a tremendous leader and most notably he kept his men alive. His leadership philosophy was if your men respect you they’ll do anything for you. 

 

After returning to civilian life he and Millie settled in Green Bay, WI and later in Sister Bay, WI. He began his profession of assessing in 1973 and was hired as Assessor of Northern Door County in 1978 where he resided for 42 years until his passing. He loved his job and retired in 2013. 

 

A significant turning point in Mike’s life was when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior July 4, 1976. His wife, Millie, followed this path of faith alongside him and they were baptized. They raised me, their daughter Katyrose, and became foster parents to Brian for a year and then later raised a special needs child, Mark Allen Grignon, as their son for over 18 years.

 

I, Katyrose Chapman, survive as Michael’s daughter, my husband, Larry, and our children Henry (20), Oliviarose (19), Genavive (15) and Evelyn (9) of East Troy, WI. He loved being a grandfather and rarely missed a birthday with his beloved grandchildren.

 

Preceding him in death were his father, James Mabin; his parents, Clarice and Merton Walker; his wife Millirose Walker and his sister Marcia (Andy) Diwik. 

 

Michael was a kind man. He belonged to First Baptist Church of Sister Bay. His hobbies and interests included historical preservation and land conservation. He cared very much for our nation and supported many who serve our country defending and protecting our freedoms. He loved cutting and stacking wood, working outside and “puttering” about the yard. He enjoyed filling his feeders for the birds all around his windows and creating obstacle courses for his woodsy “critters” as he liked to call them. He served locally in his community over the years in the American Legion, County Board, Door County Medical Board and Highway Committee. Mike loved reading and saved favorite reflective quotes and tucked them in his desk. He will be dearly missed by our family, his church and his community. 

 

The memorial service and celebration of Michael’s life will be held Saturday, October 23rd at 2:00pm at the First Baptist Church in Sister Bay with military honors. Pastor Mark Billington will officiate. Friends may call at the visitation Saturday from Noon to 2:00pm at the church. A private burial with family will be held at Little Sister Cemetery following the service. 

 

Casperson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Sign online guestbook and offer condolences and share memories at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com   

 

Memorials may be made in Michael’s  memory to First Baptist Church and will be designated to his favorite charities. 

Evelyn M. Steiner

Evelyn M. Steiner, 74, formerly of Algoma, passed away, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 in Waukesha.  She was born May 8, 1947 in Kewaunee to Norbert and Olga (Brandt) Vanderkinter. 

  She graduated from the Kewaunee High School in 1965. Then went on to the Door-Kewaunee Teacher's College and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

  While Evelyn attended college she also worked as a waitress at the Alaskan Motor Inn and Happy's in Kewaunee.  She also worked for Hurlbut in Green Bay as an executive secretary.

  Evelyn married Joseph Steiner on February 24, 1973.  They worked together on the home farm in the Town of Ahnapee for 42 years, becoming a certified organic farm the last 15 years. “Our six children all helped us to make the farm successful”.   She also worked part time as a cook at Bay Road Place for 10 years. 

  She is survived by her six children Anthony (Katrina) Steiner, Algoma; Christine Steiner (Todd), Vancouver, WA; Kim Steiner (Matt), Portland, OR; Mary Frances (Erik) Hull, Seattle, WA; Karen (Ben) Johnson, Waukesha; and Elizabeth Steiner, Madison; three grandchildren Anton and Abigail Steiner and Aiden Johnson; brother Jerry (Mary) Vanderkinter and brother-in-law Terry Jandrin.    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joseph and sister Elaine Jandrin.

Friends may call at the SCHINDERLE FUNHERAL HOME, Algoma, Monday, October 25, 2021 from 4 PM until the time of services at 7 PM with Dan Gross officiating. There will be a private family burial.

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

 

Joyce M. Vandertie

Joyce Mary Vandertie, 81 of Brussels, died peacefully Monday morning, October 18, 2021, at her home farm with her family beside her.  Joyce was born to Frank and Laura (Bouchonville) DeKeyser on May 31, 1940.  She married Lloyd Vandertie on January 10, 1959, and they celebrated 55 wonderful years together before his passing in 2014.  

 

She was a beloved wife, mother and a hero to her four children who admired her for her constant strength, compassion, sincere love for her family, and important lessons she taught them in life about working hard and working together, being honest and respectful, and always trusting in the Lord. She was known by others as a sweet, gentle soul who loved everyone.  Throughout her life she was a faithful and prayerful servant of God.  

 

Joyce graduated from Casco High School in 1959 and enjoyed being a part of the Future Homemakers of America (FHA).  In 1958, she was recognized for selling 80 tickets for the annual Christmas Concert and bazaar sponsored by the FHA chapter.  She was awarded $5 as a prize for selling the most tickets.  She used her skills learned to make many wonderful homemade meals.  Family favorites included her homemade bread, potato salad, meatloaf, stuffing, rice pudding, gaulettes (Belgian waffles and milk), cherry cheese torte, Christmas cookies, and hot dishes.  She liked gardening and the fruits of her labor were enjoyed year-round because of her canned peaches, beets, beans, pickles, tomato juice and more. No one ever left the farmhouse hungry!

 

She always looked forward to making Belgian pies.  Lots of pies!  While she made smaller batches as the years went by, it was not uncommon for Joyce to make over 200 Belgian pies in one day.  Her children were especially proud of mom when she was awarded the best tasting Belgian pie during a festival held at the Sugar Mountain Farm Market in Brussels.

 

Joyce played accordion, often sharing her love of music with others during baby and wedding showers and birthday parties.  In addition, she enjoyed playing cards and bingo, visiting the family cabin, watching Polka, Polka, Polka and Packer games, and attending events for her grandchildren. During her lifetime Joyce’s “grand-dogs”, Eli and Riley, provided hours of entertainment and companionship.  Joyce was especially proud of her family and treasured the time spent together.  Every visit ended with a hug, kiss, “I love you” and “Have a good day tomorrow.” 

 

In addition to dairy farming with the family nearly her entire life, she also worked very hard out of the home.  She was most proud of working as a welder on the night shift at Wire Tech in Sturgeon Bay for 17 ½ years.  She drove bus for Southern Door County School District, worked at the Algoma Flynet, East Shore Industries, Meleddy Cherry Orchard and Door to Door Transportation.  Joyce and her husband also owned and operated Vandertie’s Blue Room in Brussels (Rourer’s Grand Slam) in the late 1970’s.

 

For several years, Joyce provided transportation for her dear friend and neighbor, Mildred Deprey to the senior center meal site, sharing in lunch, conversation and spending time playing cards. It was during this time Joyce met a dear friend, Jim Linzmeier. Joyce and Jim continued to enjoy each other’s company since 2015.

 

Joyce is survived by her four children, a daughter Christine (Brian) Paplham, Kewaunee; sons Christopher (Sharon Landweher) Vandertie, Curt (Sarah) Vandertie, and Cory (Stephanie) Vandertie, all of Brussels. Grandchildren: Jason (Jessica) Thor, Hunter Paplham (fiancé Haley Salzsieder), Dennis Vandertie, Crystal Vandertie (Paul Robertoy), Landon & Lillian Vandertie, Danny Vandertie, Baby Vandertie (arriving soon); Great Grandchildren: Kayla & Kimberly Robertoy, Chloe and Kyle Taylor, Hayden & Scarlett Thor, and Blake Maccoux.  She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Betty DeKeyser-Hill and Rose Mae Vandertie; nieces and nephews, Judy Olson, Jane Jorgenson, Dean Vandertie, Jerry, Joe and John DeKeyser; special friend and companion, Jim Linzmeier; dear family friends, Ellen Mommaerts and Jim Vandertie. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Myron DeKeyser, brother-in-law, Patrick Vandertie, and nephew, Gary Vandertie.

 

Family and friends may call at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Thursday, October 21 from 3:00-8:00pm with a parish wake service at 7:00pm.  Visitation will continue on Friday, October 22 at St. Francis/St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brussels beginning at 10:00am with a mass of Christian burial at 11:00am. 

 

The family wishes to thank the Brussels community and extended family and friends for their continuous prayers and kind words of support.  Mom loved you all!

 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in memory of Joyce is being established. 

 

William "Bill" J. Smith

William Joseph Smith, “Bill” to everyone who knew him, 78, of the Town of Gibraltar, was called Home to be with the Lord, early Sunday morning, October 17, 2021 while at Froedert Menomonee Falls Hospital.

    

He was born June 22, 1943 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Walter Alfred Smith and Dolores Margaret (Fischer) Smith. Bill grew up attending Liberty School in the Town of Liberty Grove and St. Rosalia Parish (now Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site). He graduated from Gibraltar High School with the class of 1961 and enlisted to serve his country with the United States Navy in 1962. Bill served actively until 1966 and remained with the Naval Reserves for two years.

    

Through his sister, Kathy, he met Judith Joyce Biwer, and they were united in marriage on April 8, 1967 at (Judy’s home parish of) St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor (now Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor site), where he remained a member throughout his life.

    

Bill worked in the shipyards as a shipfitter for all of his working career. He initially took classes in Milwaukee and worked for a year at Peterson Builders, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay before going to work at Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay in 1968, for 35 years. Bill joined Judy in picking cherries at Lautenbach’s Orchard in Fish Creek during the summer and then picked and grated apples with Judy, there in the fall. He also raked hay with his brother-in-law, Tim Biwer on the (Biwer) family farm, just down the road. In his retirement, Bill looked forward to wintering in Bonita Springs, FL and belonged to the local AMVETS post as well as the Eagles Club and the Moose Club.

    

He enjoyed camping with his family – initially with a pop-up, and then in 2004, he bought a truck to pull their bigger camper (which he made sure was large enough to accommodate his family). Bill and Judy had a permanent site at Beantown Campground in Baileys Harbor for seven years. They also enjoyed camping at Bay Shore Park near Dyckesville and also in Algoma. Earlier in life, Bill bowled in league and bartended at Worley’s Bowling Alley in Sturgeon Bay. He played softball in northern Door and loved attending Door County League baseball games, cheering on the West Jacksonport “Ports” which his nephew, Tanner Biwer, pitched for. Bill was also an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. He liked to go fishing, and off the dock in Egg Harbor was one of his favorite spots. Bill was homebody and was a very practical person in all aspects of life.

    

He will be missed by his wife, Judy, with whom he was blessed with over 54 years of marriage; daughter, Melissa (Clint) Raynier of the Town of Sevastopol; five grandchildren, Alexandria, Lamyra, Cloe, Patrick, and Willa; nine siblings, Yvonne (Jim) Speiser of Lockport, IL, Mary (Mike) Olson of Ellison Bay, Kathy Manson of the Town of Liberty Grove, Mike (special friend, Sue) Smith of Sister Bay, Tom Smith, Richard Smith, both of the Town of Liberty Grove, Debbie (Don) Lettie of the Town of Sevastopol, Bruce Smith of Kimberly, and Brian Smith of the Town of Liberty Grove; siblings-in-law, Betty Smith of Pacheco, CA, Joseph (Janet) Biwer, Timothy (Penny) Biwer, and Jeffrey (Eileen) Biwer, all of the Town of Gibraltar; godchildren, Chris (Melissa) Olson, Lynn (Kirby) Olson, and Stacy Haen; many other nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

    

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; godparents, Don and Marcy (Fischer) Birmingham; two siblings, Mercedes and Walter Smith; and other relatives.

    

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Anthony Birdsall officiating. Military honors by the United States Navy and the Weber-Tess AMVETS Post 51 will follow the service.

    

Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:50 p.m.

    

“Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Christopher Keto, MD of Aurora in Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay, Dr. J. Joshua Rebhan of Door County Medical Center Clinic in Fish Creek, the staff at Froedert in Menomonee Falls, Austin from DaVita Dialysis in Sturgeon Bay, and his niece, Nurse Heather Anderson for all of the care and guidance you provided to Bill and our family.”

    

Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Smith family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Bill may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Jerry Ann Creech

To a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and Friend,

 

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” —A.A. Milne

 

Your presence will forever be missed by so many, none more so than your family. Whom, you took the time to get to know, to love, and to create so many memories with. Memories, that will be held on to and cherished by each of us forever. To be passed down to the generations to come, for your presence was one of a kind. And no matter how much time passes, it will never be able to replace the spot we have for you in our hearts.

 

You were married to Derwood S. Creech, staying with him until the very end, only now, to be reunited once again. Survived by your children: Mary-Beth, Kathy, Linda, Robert (Sandy), June (Arne), and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

You were someone who instilled so many good morals and values into your family, that it would be impossible to thank you enough for everything you have done over the years for us. We pray you've now found the peace and clarity that you deserve. We miss you already, tell Derwood we all said hello and to stay away from the Chinese food!

 

Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Casco is assisting the family. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.

 

With Love, Your Family & Friends

Dean Hartwig

Dean Robert Hartwig, age 60, passed away at home on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021. He was born on September 26th, 1961 in Sturgeon Bay to the late Sylvester and Erma(Krause) Hartwig. Dean married Julie Mertens on May 26th, 1984 at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Algoma.


Dean is survived by his wife, Julie; children, Brandon Hartwig, Bellevue, Tasha Hartwig(special friend, Adam Massart), Casco; grandchildren, Corbyn and Porter Hartwig, Brixlee Massart; brothers, Bruce(Dolly) Hartwig, Brussels, Clayton(Kim) Hartwig, Sturgeon Bay; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Roy(Vi) Mertens, Mark(Ellen) Mertens, Dennis(special friend Tina) Mertens, Jill(Dave) Fameree; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Erma; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Hamlin and Arlene Mertens; brother-in-law, Gary Mertens; niece, Kaylee.


Friends may call at Wiesner-Massart Funeral Home, 1617 Flora Ave., Algoma from 3 to 7pm on Friday, October 15th. Visitation continues at the funeral home Saturday morning from 9 to 11am. Funeral Service 11am Saturday at the funeral home with Fr. Robert Hoppe officiating. Burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Casco is assisting the family. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.

Sandra Boulanger

Sandra Boulanger, 83, Green Bay, formerly of Casco, passed away on October 7, 2021. Sandy was born on July 28, 1938, to the late Joseph and Ethel (Duescher) Boulanger. Sandy was a graduate of Casco High School. Sandy managed the trucks for her father’s construction company. Sandy was independent and spirited. Although not having her own children, she was a generous aunt to her 11 nieces and nephews. She also sponsored students in the Philippines for much of her life. She was a longtime member of Ss. Edward & Isidore parish in Flintville, WI.


She was a hard worker who loved the outdoors and worked tirelessly in her yard and around her pond. She was always planting something new and interesting. She had a love of nature and animals. She took care of many pets in her lifetime including having had a total of 9 dogs that she spoiled. She also had many pet birds including a green parrot and a blue and gold macaw.


Sandy is survived by her sisters, Susan (Jack) Robb of Green Bay, and JoAnn (Joe) Havel of Casco; sister-inlaw Barb Boulanger. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Ethel Boulanger; brother Henry “Butch” Boulanger, and sister, Patricia Naze.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 10-11 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church – Casco. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am with Fr. Daniel Schuster officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Family is requesting that everyone kindly wear masks for the visitation and the funeral mass.

 

Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Casco is assisting the family. Online condolence
messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.

 Rev. Dr. Gerald Ray Wick

 Rev. Dr. Gerald Ray Wick, “Jerry” to all who knew him, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Cardinal Ridge Residential Care in Howard where he had been living the past several months.

     He was born November 8, 1936 in Plymouth, the son of Raymond W. and Ada (Albers) Wick. Jerry attended Plymouth High School and graduated with the class of 1955. He went on to study vocal music at Mission House College (now Lakeland University) in Sheboygan. During his junior year, Jerry decided to go into the ministry.  He attended Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine where he graduated and was ordained in 1964. Jerry earned his doctoral degree in 1987 from United Theological Seminary in Minnesota. He served churches at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Bloomer, WI, Peace United Church of Church in Shawano, and Wallin Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, MI, which was his last full-time pastoral placement. Jerry also served Hainesville Lutheran Church in the Town of Nasewaupee, just south of Sturgeon Bay, for a few years when he found he didn't really enjoy retirement.

     He married Brenda Louise (Kolb) Thiel on January 29, 1993 at Wallin Congregational Church. They moved to Door County, WI in 1999 and resided in Sturgeon Bay.

     One of the highlights of his life was taking part in an archeological dig in Israel in 1979. Jerry was a Freemason and a former Master of the Shawano Lodge #170, member of the local lodge in Grand Rapids, MI, and also a member of the Henry S. Baird Lodge #174 in Sturgeon Bay where he also served as Chaplain. He was member of the Saladin Shrine in Grand Rapids, MI where he served as Chaplain there as well. Jerry loved the outdoors - canoeing,  hunting, camping, he enjoyed golfing, downhill skiing and snowshoeing; he loved to spend time at the cottage in Crivitz, which was his favorite place to be. Jerry enjoyed travelling and seeing the world that God gave us. He had two Model A's in his lifetime and belonged to the Cherryland Model A Club, and always had fun playing with his model trains.

     Above all, he loved his family whom he will be deeply missed by: his wife, Brenda; his three children, Steven "Steve" (special friend, Jean Lund) Wick of Clintonville, Terrence "Terry" (special friend, Michelle Doherty) Wick of Hartford, and Tracey Wick of Green Bay; two grandchildren, Gabriel "Gabe" and Mackenzie Wick; step-daughter, Jenna (Derek) Jennerjohn of Sturgeon Bay; two step-granddaughters, Harper and Hayden Jennerjohn; three siblings-in-law, Cythia Ochs of Sturgeon Bay, Bradley (Liza) Kolb of Hobart, and Peter (Jane) Kolb of Milwaukee; and other relatives.

     Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; and other relatives.    

     His life will be honored privately by his family.

     Memorials may be given in Jerry's name for the Henry S. Baird Lodge #174 Masonic Lodge (P.O. Box 86, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235; www.hsbaird.com).

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Wick family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Gerald may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

La Verne "Lovie"Lensmire

La Verne “Lovie”Lensmire, left this earth on Thursday morning, October 14, 2021. 

 

She was born June 20. 1932 to the late Norman and Christine (Schultz) Lutzke in the Town of Liberty, Manitowoc County.

Graduated from St Gregory’s Catholic School in 1946.  Graduated from Valders High School in 1950.  Married her high school love, Donald M. Lensmire on May 21, 1955, at St. Gregory Church, St. Nazianz. 

 

Worked at St. Nazianz Publishing before marriage. Lived in Ellisville for 36 years before moving to Kewaunee in 1991. Lovie attended Northeast Technical Institute and received her CNA Certificate. 

 

  She was employed at Kewaunee Health Care Center for 21 years, retiring in 1997.  Lovie loved baking and cooking meals for her family, traveling, playing cards, gardening, working in her flowers, and dancing.  Her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were No. 1 in her family.  Baking for children and grandchildren was always on the list when she knew they were coming.  She was a member of St. Therese Parish [St. Joseph Site] Pilsen where she was a Lay Distributor and Offering Counter.  She also belonged to Rosary Society, American Legion Ralph Kline Auxiliary Unit 262 of Luxemburg, Marathon Sheepshead Club of Kewaunee and Red Hat Society of Algoma and Kewaunee.  

 

Her husband preceded her in death in 2018.  

 

She is survived by her six children, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Terry (Mary Kay) of Manitowoc; Cindy of Luxemburg; Tony (Jean) of Denmark; Debbie (fiancé Mark) of Greenfield, IN; Don G. (Lynn) of Luxemburg; Pat (Debbie) of Luxemburg; her grandchildren: Eric (Melody) Lensmire of Bahrain; Matt (Melissa) Lensmire of River Falls; Bridget (Robert) Dahlke of Luxemburg; Christine (Alan) Mikeal of Manitowoc;  Brandon (Heather) Lensmire of New Franken; Abbey (Josh) Baumhardt of Denmark; Kyle (Natalie) Klarkowski of Green Bay; Lindsay Klarkowski of Green Bay; Nicole (Eric)Dietrich of Sturgeon Bay; Josh Lensmire of TX; Kayla (fiancé Kenny Bliss) Lensmire of Fond du Lac; and Zach (Autumn) Lensmire of Luxemburg;  great-grandchildren, Dylan, Aeva, Claire, Harper, Alayna, Avery, Watson, Danica, Logan, Colton, Harrison,  Hallie,  Sadie, and Zane.

She is further survived by her sisters-in-laws and brothers-in-law – Bea Lutzke; LaVerne and Eugene Jerovetz; Dick and Marilyn Lensmire; Tony Vanderbloemen; Nancy Lensmire; many nieces and nephews. 

 

Preceded in death by her mother and father, her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Richard and Emily; brothers, Norman Jr. “Boysie” and Gary Lutzke; sisters, Darleen Gosz and Jeanette Springstube; brother-in-law, Gerald Lensmire; sister-in-law, Carol Vanderbloemen.   Also preceded by her Grandparents. 

 

Friends may call at St. Therese Parish, St. Joseph-St. John Site in Pilsen between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. 

 

Funeral 11:00 am on Tuesday at the church with Rev. Dennis Drury officiating and Christal Wavrunek assisting.

 

 Entombment in Knollwood Memorial Park, Manitowoc.

 

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

 

In Lieu of flowers, a memorial may be given to the Cancer Society or St. Therese Parish.  

 

            The family would like to thank Kewaunee Health Services and Unity Hospice for their kindness and support. 

 

Carlos Rincones

Carlos Rincones, 65, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at home on Oct. 11, 2021.  He was born March 13, 1956 in Texas to Alberto Sr. and Guadalupe Rincones.  On Feb. 14, 1989, he married Natalie Ann McCormick.

Carlos and Natalie settled in Door County making it their home in 1985.  He worked a number of years for Midwest Wire and was recently employed by NEW Industries in Sturgeon Bay.

He loved fishing and tinkering with all of kinds of small engines.  He also enjoyed following baseball and football.

He is survived by his wife and 3 children, Noel (Roy), Julian (Vicki), and Tristen; 8 grandchildren; brothers, Larry and Javier; and a sister Norma.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Alberto Jr. and David; 2 sisters, Kenny and Margot.

No services are planned at this time.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Leland M. "Pete" Uecker Jr.

Leland M. "Pete" Uecker Jr., 55, Sturgeon Bay, passed away Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Sheboygan Falls after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born September 26, 1966 in Algoma to Leland M. and Carol (Sorenson) Uecker Sr. 

Pete graduated from the Southern Door High School in 1985.  He worked at Therma-Tron X for 27 years as a master Electrician which he received in 1998 from NWTC.

Pete would travel to many states, Canada and Ireland, setting up jobs for Therma-Tron X.  He always wanted to go back to Ireland and travel more of the country. 

His pride and joy was his two nephews, Jacob and Justin.  He loved teaching them how to do and repairs things.  He'd talk with Jacob about working on cars/trucks and motor sports and fixing things around the house.  He loved talking hunting and fishing with Justin.  One of his favorite things to do when the boys were younger was taking them fishing in his boat.

On weekends when Pete was home you could find him either working on remodeling his house or doing something in his barn.  He loved to ride around on his little John Deere tractor.  His other joy was taking his nephew dog, Jordy, for a ride in the Duramax truck to get ice cream at Dairy Queen.

Pete is survived by his parents, Leland (Carol); his sister Carey Uecker; nephews Jacob Dragosh and Justin Dragosh (special friend Chloe Spitzer); sister Cheryl (Andy) Rutz; aunts and uncles Patricia Hawkey, Lloyd (Lyla) Uecker and Verda Gigstad; many loving cousins and their families.

Pete was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Kenneth (Linda) Sorenson; paternal grandparents Henry (Myrtle) Uecker; uncles and aunts John Hawkey, Lynn (Anita) Uecker, Kenneth (Marilyn) Uecker,  Wallace Gigstad and Jane Hoffman; cousin Kevin Hawkey and many other family members.

Friends may gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Friday, October 22, 2021 from 4:00 PM until the time of services at 7:00 PM with Tom Duerst doing the memorial service.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the doctors and staff at Door County Medical Center, Dr. Paul Maes with Aurora Health Center, the doctors and staff at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee and the staff At Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls for all the care and kindness giving to Pete and his family.

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

Virgil O. Robinson Sr.

Virgil O. Robinson Sr., age 78 of Carlton died on October 11, 2021at home surounded by his family.  He was born in Carlton on March 26, 1943 to the late Otto Sr. And Lucille (Mott) Robinson.  

He married Janice Brans in Maplewood on October 24, 1964.

Virgil started working for Mirro Aluminum Co. of Two Rivers for several years, then worked for Kewaunee Engineering, now Kewaunee Fabrications, until retiring.

Survivors include his wife, Janice; one daughter and son-in-law: Bonita and William DeGrave, Green Bay; six sons and four daughters-in-law: William Robinson, Kewaunee; Virgil Jr. and Janelle Robinson, Kewaunee; Robert and Kathy Robinson, Kewaunee; Brian and Leslie Robinson, Green Bay, David Robinson and special friend, Christine, Kewaunee,  James and Christine Robinson, Kewaunee; twelve grandchildren; five great grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters: Verna Pontzloff, Kewaunee; Dennis Robinson, Kewaunee; Otto Jr. (Jean) Robinson, Kewaunee; Dale (Mary) Robinson, Kewaunee; Donna Thompson-Krohn, Kewaunee; Kenneth (Tina) Robinson, Kewaunee; Julie (Steve) Sinkula, Kewaunee; Mary (Jim) Roethle, Two Rivers; two sisters-in-law: Diane Brans, Algoma, Margaret (David) Ferron, Kewaunee.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael; two grandsons, Travis DeGrave, Kevin Robinson; two brothers, Gerald Robinson, Gene Robinson, three brothers-in-law: Michael Thompson, Chuck Krohn, George Pontzloff; one nephew, Steven Thompson, his father-in-law and mother-in-law: William Sr. and Marie Brans; a brother-in-law: William Brans Jr.

Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 12 at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee.  A wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. by Christal Wavrunek.  Visitation will continue at the funeral home after 9:00 a.m. until the time of services.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Christal Wavrunek officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Johns Cemetery at Krok.

Go to www.buchananfh.com to send condolences or to sign the online guest book.

The family would like to thank Bellin Hospital, Unity Hospice and the family members for the care and concern that they gave Virgil and his family.

Henry F. Opicka

Henry F. Opicka, 88, Kewaunee, passed away on October 8, 2021.  

Henry was born on July 14, 1933, to the late Henry and Mae (Sterba)  

Opicka. Henry was a graduate of Casco High School. On June 11, 1966  

he married Johanna (Kroening) Simonar at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church  

in Algoma. Together they farmed in Slovan until 1979, then he worked  

for Vollrath in Kewaunee until his retirement in 1997. He was a  

member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kewaunee. In his free time,  

he was a member of the Happy Hoppers Dance Club where he enjoyed  

Polka dancing. He loved taking care of his yard, keeping it in perfect  

shape, nothing ever out of place. Most of all, he loved spending time  

with his family. 

Henry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Johanna; daughter, Brenda (Alan) Hirst, Kewaunee, stepdaughter  Gail (Alan) Zellner, Kewaunee, stepdaughter-in-law, Pat Simonar (special friend Wayne), New Franken;  step-grandchildren, April Massey, Amy Terrien, Kevin (Peggy) Zellner, Kim (Mike) Rossa; step--great grandchildren, Ben Massey, Kirsten Massey, Xavier Terrien, Jared Zellner, Justin Zellner, Brittany  Kostichka, Zach Kostichka, Alison (Mark), Clayton, and Michelle; in addition there are 4 step-great-great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mae Opicka; stepson, Ronnie Simonar; sisters, Evelyn  (Harvey) Paplham, Frances (Harlan) Burmeister; father- and mother-in-law, Ernest and Louise Kroening;  sisters- and brothers-in-law, Gertie (Victor) Harmann, Cliff (Max) Kroening, Loretta (Jerome) Franda, and  Orville Kroening. 

Visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kewaunee on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 9- 11 am. Funeral service will take place at 11 am with Pastor Matthew Sprunger officiating. Burial will follow  at Riverview Cemetery. The Family is requesting that everyone kindly wear masks for the visitation and  the funeral. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Casco is assisting the family. Online condolence messages  may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com. 

A special thank you to the caring staff of Algoma Long Term Care Unit and Unity Hospice for their  wonderful care of Henry.

 

Douglas Edward Kostichka

After a year of being apart, Douglas Edward Kostichka, 79, was reunited with his wife, Mary on October 7, 2021.

Doug was born May 2, 1942 in Algoma where he lived throughout his entire life. He attended elementary school through 8th grade in the one room school house in Silver Creek where he was 1 of 6 children at the school. He graduated from Algoma High School, Class of 1960. This is where he met the love of his life, Mary Patzlaff.

Doug married his high school sweetheart, Mary, in 1961. They celebrated 59 years together before she died in 2020. Together they raised their six children and lovingly welcomed fourteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Doug began working at US Plywood right out of high school and then went on to home milk delivery for Carnival Gernsey Dairy. He worked at Anderson Appliance where he fixed bicycles and appliances and then went to own and operate Doug’s Arco station in Casco. He also worked at Calumet/Badger Northland.

Doug began his life’s career as a Sears Appliance Repair technician in 1974 where he eventually retired after 25 Years. In retirement, he could always be found tinkering in his garage and started his own repair business, Deluxe Services. Doug stayed busy providing service for lawn mowers, snow blowers, bicycles or anything that needed fixing. He could always be counted on to help out any family member in need and was recruited often.   Doug loved his card game of sheepshead.

Doug served as a volunteer Fireman in Algoma for 33 years until he retired as a Captain.

Doug and Mary enjoyed taking their young children camping and later traveling together, driving to all 48 continental states. They got as far as Washington on their way to Alaska when 9-11 occurred and they had to turn around and come back.

Doug is survived by his six children: Kathy (William) Button, Connie Kostichka; Steve (Hilary) Kostichka, Mike (Kim) Kostichka, Mark Kostichka (Dorothy), David (Julie) Kostichka. Grandchildren: Quinn (Tessa), Brianna, Noah (Victoria) Button; Andrew, Christopher, Jonathan Boehnlein; Kyle, Matthew Kostichka; Kurt (Julia), Ben (Sarah) Kostichka; Travis (Sydney), Devin (Cassi) Kostichka; Payton, Savannah Kostichka. Great Grandchildren: Alexandra, Jack, Case, Bryce, Rylee, Colton. Brothers Dennis (Carol) Kostichka, Chuck (Marge) Kostichka, sisters Marilyn (Eugene) Gauger, Cindy (Larry) Jacobs.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; parents Charlie and Helen (Blaha) Kostichka; Son-in-Law Jeff Langenberg, Daughter-in-Law Jennifer Kostichka; brother John Kostichka; and his favorite 4-legged companion, his chocolate lab, Lady.

 

Family and friends may gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Monday, October 11, 2021 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Prayer service 7:00 PM.   Visitation will continue Tuesday, October 12 from 9:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church, Algoma, until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Rev. Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

 

Doug’s family would like to thank the staff at Age Well ALF, St. Vincent’s Dialysis Center and Unity Hospice for their care and compassion they gave to Dad.

 

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

Torrence S. Lautenbach

Torrence Stanley Lautenbach 74, passed away October 6, 2021, at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay.  He was born in Wurzburg, Germany on July 29, 1947, to Irgrida Lautenbach.

Torrence enjoyed mowing his lawn, fishing, stockcar racing, watching Sci-Fi T.V., building items with wood and tinkering.  He also enjoyed his motorcycle and was a member of the Titans Motorcycle Club.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.  Torrence loved saying whatever was on his mind (without a filter).

Survivors include his two children, Jeffrey (Courtney) Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay; T.J. (Heidi) Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay; six grandchildren, Lainey, Greenlee, Craven, Madelyn, Phoenix and Selma.  mother of Jeffrey and T.J., Penny Gunnlauggson, Sturgeon Bay and his cat, Tabby.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Forbes Funeral Home.  Entombment will be in The Shrine of Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Barbara J. (Shillin) Smith

Barbara J. (Shillin) Smith, age 89 of Kewaunee, died peacefully on Monday, October 4, 2021, at Aurora Baycare Medical Center with her family by her side. She was born on May 17, 1932, in the city of Kewaunee to the late George and Leone (Berkovitz) Shillin. 

 

She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1950.  On April 25, 1953, she married Allan J. Smith at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kewaunee and he proceeded her in death on September 2, 2015.  They shared 62 years together.

 

Barb worked for Mac and Evelyn at the Coho Motel but most of all was devoted to her family as a homemaker.  She spread much love and left a legacy for her family.  She was a dedicated and loving wife and mother with a generous heart and a strong faith.  Barb loved cooking, baking with her grandchildren, tending to her garden, traveling, the beauty of flowers and was an avid sports fan.  Family gatherings around the holidays were a highlight and tree hopping always included a good Highball.  She loved to find a deal when shopping and had a disposable camera to ensure she never missed a special moment.  She was lovingly known as Grandma Chico to her treasured grandchildren and great grandchildren and was always doting on them and made sure to send them home with something special.  
  
Barb is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Kay (Nickolas) Smith of Neenah; one daughter and son-in-law, Sheree and Greg Malvitz of Kewaunee; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; Phil Smith; Nick Smith; Ashlee (Chris) Vaughn and their children Owen, Drew and Bryn; Alicia (Joshua) Kleiman and their children Miles, Tate and Davis; Abby (Travis) Bruening and their children Ellie, Henry and Willa; six sister-in laws, Kaye Shillin, Judy Smith, Joyce Buckarma, Judy (Bill) Oswald, Jill Smith and Jackie Smith, her caregivers and fellow residents at Linden Manor and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Leone (Berkovitz) Shillin; her husband, Allan; one daughter, Sandra Smith; three brothers, George ( Lorraine) Shillin Jr., Donald ‘Barney’ (Patsy) Shillin and Dale Shillin; an infant sister, Madonna Shillin; a nephew, Ronald Shillin, her father-in-law and mother-in law, Alvin and Mildred Smith; three brothers-in-law, Alvin Smith, Pat Smith and Kenny Smith.  

 

Family and Friends may call at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 521 Juneau St, Kewaunee on Friday, October 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 12:00 p.m. with Father Amadi officiating, assisted by Deacon Chuck Agnew.  The service will be live streamed at www.holyrosarykewaunee.com  Go to "Parish" and click on "watch this weeks Mass".

The Smith family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Ken and Mary Kay and the entire staff and residents at Linden Manor for the compassionate care & kindness extended to our dear mother and grandmother.  Special thanks also to Marcia Hayes, APNP, Tracy Sherman, MD and Deacon Chuck & Eileen Agnew for their compassion and loving care.


In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Holy Rosary Parish in Barbara’s name. Attendees should follow pandemic safety guidelines.

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Eileen W. Hamachek

Eileen W. Hamachek, age 102, formerly of Kewaunee, died on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Autumn’s Promise Assisted  Living in Green Bay.  She was born on February 4, 1919 in Slovan,WI to the late Louis and Mary (Sisel) Worachek.  She grew up on the family farm in Slovan and attended local schools.  She married Richard L. Hamachek on August 8, 1941 and he preceded her in death on April 16, 1998.

They lived in Boston and Long Beach, CA while Richard served in the U. S. Navy.  After the War they returned to Kewaunee, WI where Richard worked at the family business, the Hamachek Machine Company.

She was a member of Community Congregational Church where she was an active volunteer in the community, the Kewaunee Area Memorial Hospital, the hospital auxiliary and Cub Scouts.  Eileen was an avid gardener, loved golfing, skiing, bowling and was a great cook.  Her family and friends were very important to her.  Eileen especially loved her cottage in Door County and wintering in Florida.

Survivors include three children: Sandra Ott, Sturgeon Bay; Mary Kay Hamachek, Green Bay and Paul Hamachek, Green Bay; twelve grandchildren: Mark Hamachek, Brian ( Missy) Hamachek, Ann Hamachek, Jennifer (Calvin) Eis, Kim (Ron) Witak, Kay Holz, Hans (Ellie) Ott, Lance (Special Friend, Ashley) Ott, Michael (Maureen) Hamachek, Nicholas Hamachek, Nathan (Nancy) Hamachek, Jana Hamachek; twenty-two great grandchildren, four great great grandchidren and a sister-in-law: Joyce Worachek.

She was preceded in death by one son: Richard R. Hamachek and his wife, Janice (Borley); three sisters: Dorothy (Elmer) Bruening, Marcella (Charles) Uhlers, Ione Muchowski; one brother: Russel Worachek.

Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 9, at Community Congregational Church, Kewaunee until the time of services.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dr. John Wallace officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

David C. Lautenbach

David Charles Lautenbach, 84, of Egg Harbor passed away on Oct. 1, 2021 after a long and dignified battle with cancer.  He was born August 21, 1937 in Sturgeon Bay to Charles and Minerva (Vertz) Lautenbach Sr.  

David was a very energetic man who was always busy and on-the-go, never sitting still.  He enjoyed going to the casinos, playing cards and ice fishing.  David was owner and operator of Economy Marine in Carlsville for many years where he repaired small engines and boats.  He had a reputation for being able to fix anything, never backing down from a challenge, and had a story to go along with every job.

On February 8, 1958,  he married Janet Ann Sitte in Sister Bay.  She survives as do six children, Theresa Tanck (Chris), David Lautenbach (Krissy); Debbie (Richard) Vig, Steve (Ann) Lautenbach; Julie (Sam) Heimbecher; Jim (Reed) Lautenbach; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren;  three brothers, Darrel (Mettie) Lautenbach, Dan (Jan) Lautenbach, Lawrence (Cheryl) Lautenbach.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Joan Doubek and a brother, Charles (Nancy) Lautenbach.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Forbes Funeral Home with  Deacon Tony Abts officiating.  Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from  11:00 a.m. to  1:00 p.m.

Special thanks to Unity Hospice for all the wonderful care and support.

 

Don F. Wienke

Don F. Wienke, 82, of rural Algoma, founder and owner of Wienke’s Market entered God’s eternal kingdom at home surrounded by his family on Oct. 1, 2021. He was born October 19, 1938, in LaCrosse, WI, to Frederick and Ruth (Toepel) Wienke.

 

In the late 1950’s, Don moved to Algoma with his parents and helped establish the first Piggly Wiggly Store in Kewaunee County.  He married Beverly Jane Nelson on October 13, 1962, at Forest Lutheran Church in Carnot, WI and they had four children.

 

In the early 1970’s, Don and his wife established Wienke’s Market. Don’s untiring hard work ethic proved to make his business successful with the help of all his loyal employees through the years.  Don was a devoted husband for almost 59 years, caring for his wife until the end.

 

Survivors include his wife Jane; four children, Hans and Kaye Wienke, Iron Mountain, MI; Sigrid and David Slaby, Algoma; Tollef and Sheila Wienke, Forestville; and Marit and Jim Virgin, Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren, Nelson (Lisa), Ian, and Aidan Wienke; Sam Slaby (Lindsey Brehmer), Nate (Lyanne) Slaby; Ella, Sanya, Paula, Shambo, Tre, Zone, Daniel, Kemal, Maria, and Jhonatan Wienke; Wolfgang, Greta and Sven Virgin; one sister, Joanne and Kenneth Cocking, Prophetstown, IL; one brother, Jon and Gail Wienke, Sturgeon Bay; in-laws, Theresa Nelson, Ripon; Roger and Mary Nelson, Algoma; Lyle and Monica Nelson, Sturgeon Bay; Alfred “Fritz”and Joyce Nelson, College Station, TX; further survived by many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Eric Nelson, and infant nephew Carl Nelson.

 

A celebration of life will be held at Wienke’s Market (292 County S, Algoma) on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.   A memorial fund has been established in his name.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Special thanks to Unity Hospice for their wonderful care, Bob Steiner for his spiritual guidance, and special friends of the family, Hope Impullitti and Janel Kettering.

 

A passage his granddaughter Greta said on Wednesday before his death: “Surely goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever”. Psalm 23:26.

Charles W. Brauer

Charles Walter Brauer, 80, of the Town of Union passed away at his home on September 29, 2021. He was born September 13, 1941, to George and Helen (Kozlowski) Brauer.

During his life, Chuck worked as a mechanic for numerous businesses including, Bosman’s Garage, Felhofer Brothers and Palmer Johnson.  He also had his own auto repair business for several years.  He currently enjoyed working on his farm in the town of Union.

Survivors include his four children, Steven (Sharon) Brauer, Gregory Brauer, Mark Brauer, Michael  Brauer (Maryann Dagata); grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Eugene (Janet) Brauer, Robert Brauer and a sister, Karen (Steve) Jenkins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Randall Scott Brauer.

Private Graveside services will be held at Bayside Cemetery.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Urban F. Destiche

Urban F. Destiche, 90, Luxemburg, entered eternal life on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at home with his family by his side.  He was born October 4, 1930, in the Town of Red River, to the late Alvin and Frieda (Vandevelde) Destiche.  He married Frances I. Delebreau at St. Peter Catholic Church, Lincoln on September 27, 1958, celebrating 60 years of marriage before her passing on December 17, 2018.

 

Urban and Frances ran a dairy farm in Champion while raising their eight children.  During this time, Urban also hauled milk cans and cheese for Tonet Farmers’ Cheese Factory.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and looked forward to backyard bon fires and watching the sunset from the front porch.  He loved the outdoors and enjoyed field work, gardening, and yard work.  He took pride in the fall harvest.

 

Urban is survived by his children, Marcia (Brian) Dalebroux, Donna Destiche, Barbara (Patrick) Zellner, Gloria (Mark) Heim, Dale (Kim) Destiche, Ann (Scott) Fameree, Joan (Jason) Haen, Mary (Jason) Vandermause; grandchildren, Greg Dalebroux (friend Lela Louangsisongkham), Lee (Katie) Dalebroux, Steve (Jessica) Dalebroux, Bradley (Jenny) Zellner, Ryan (Maggie) Zellner, Matthew Zellner (friend Chelsea Conard), Aaron (Kim) Heim, Brian (Cortney) Heim, Lauren Destiche (friend Jake Wendling), Luke Destiche (fiancé Mikenzie Flannery), Amanda Fameree, Ashley Fameree, Nicole Haen, Natalie Haen, Megan Vandermause (friend Travis LeGrave), Anna Vandermause, Evan Vandermause; great-grandchildren, Theodore Dalebroux and Atari Mohawk, Alex and Ethan Dalebroux, Josie, Brett, Blake, and Boyd Zellner, Baby Zellner due in December, Levi and Alivia Heim, Isabella Heim; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeanne (James) Junion, and Dorothy Cochart.

 

Urban is preceded in death by his wife, Frances; his parents, Alvin and Frieda Destiche; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Libbie Delebreau; step father-in-law, Ernest Fameree; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert (Audrey) Delebreau, Mae (Harvey) LeFevre, Donald Cochart, and infant Lee Delebreau.

 

Friends may call 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, October 3, 2021, at St. Joseph Church (in Champion), 5996 County Road K, New Franken, WI  54229.  Closing parish Rosary at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Visitation will continue on Monday, October 4, 2021, between 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Champion.  Funeral 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the church with Rev. Carlo Villaluz officiating.  Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Champion.

 

McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg is assisting the Destiche family.  www.mcmahonfh.com

 

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the many family, friends, and neighbors who showed their care and concern for Dad.  The family also extends a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Unity Hospice for their loving support.  Happy birthday in Heaven Dad!

David A. Baumann

David A. Baumann, 73, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully, surrounded by family on September 24, 2021.  He was born September 27, 1947, in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Charles and Catherine Baumann.  David graduated from Pius XI High School, class of 1965.  Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army as a PFC in the Military Police.  After the military, he married Jean M. Lahr in 1969.  They eventually retired to Door County, Wisconsin and recently celebrated 52 years of marriage.

 

David’s extended education includes an Engineering Business Management Degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering (1974), a B.A. in English from UW-Milwaukee (1979), and an MBA in International Focus from Marquette University (1999).  David worked at Allis Chalmer’s starting in 1968, as a data processing computer operator.  A self-made man, he quickly moved up the ladder and became vice president of information systems for Miller Brewing Company from 1980-2006.  David’s other proud accomplishments include being a volunteer fireman for Elm Grove, Wisconsin and working with the DNR on how to manage and enhance his Tree farm at his property he called “Carlena”.

 

David was an avid reader and fisherman.  He loved hunting with his brothers in “Carlena” and embarking on boating adventures with his wife Jean and their miniature dachshund, April.  David had an insatiable appetite for music, from eclectic to the well-known.  He also loved to kayak.

 

Survivors include his loving wife Jean; grateful children, Jennifer (Wayne Sr.) Day, Brian Baumann, Catherine Baumann (Michael), Magdalen Baumann, and Patrick (Rebecca) Baumann; loving grandchildren, Nathan Baumann, Olivia Baumann, Wayne Day Jr., Patrick Baumann, Riley Greenmeier, and Marlin Baumann; his mother, Catherine A. Baumann; eight siblings, James (Cheryl) Baumann, Susan (Jack) O’Leary, Peter (Cheryl) Baumann, Karen (Vito) Lucido, Robert (Dawn) Baumann, Charlene Takeuchi, Patrick (Kathleen) Baumann, and Michelle (Eric) Severson.  He was preceded in death by his father.

 

A memorial service with military honors will be conducted at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum Chapel at Nicolet Memorial Gardens in Green Bay, WI on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm.   Visitation will be that day at the mausoleum chapel from 11:00 am until the time of service.   Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

 

David lives through our laughter, appreciation of nature, the music we enjoy, and will forever live in our hearts.

William Wallace Sampone

William Wallace Sampone, 77, formerly of Baileys Harbor, passed away Sunday afternoon, September 26, 2021 at Bishop’s Court Senior Residential Care in Allouez with family at his side.

    

He was born September 23, 1944 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Carl and Margaret Grace (Burlo) Sampone. Bill grew up in Sturgeon Bay and attended St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church and Sturgeon Bay High School.

  

On March 23, 1963, he married Margaret Ellen Husby at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Egg Harbor. Bill worked for Lindsay Soft Water in Sturgeon Bay, home construction, Peterson Builders, Inc., Bay Shipbuilding Co., and then was self-employed for the later part of his working career, helping with various remodeling and painting projects, hauling cattle, and then with lawn maintenance and snow removal. He was a hard worker and great problem solver.

    

Bill loved horses, barrel racing, and giving horse drawn sleigh riding. He belonged to the Cherryland Horse Club and the Jacksonport Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. Bill was a former Jacksonport Town Supervisor. Even though he was born and raised in Wisconsin, he enjoyed rooting for the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Cubs, just to offer a little “friendly opposition” with family and friends he’d be watching the (Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers) games with. Bill and Margaret were blessed with nearly 56 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on January 19, 2019. Bill moved into Bishop’s Court in Allouez later that same year.

    

He will be missed by his children, Laurie (John) Haberli of the Town of Jacksonport, William "Bill" (Cheryl) Sampone of New London, and Julie (Wade) Jonas of the Town of Jacksonport; grandchildren, Katie (friend, Aaron Raynier [and his son, Isaiah]) Jensen and Molly Haberli, Brooke (Reece) Nelson and Ashley (friend, Phil Jedras [and his son, Dominik]) Sampone, and Hunter Jonas and Pam Clement; great-grandchildren; Andrew Jensen, Rhett and Reid Nelson, and Mercedes, Mackensie, Masen, and Miles Clement; brother, Carl Sampone, Jr. of Sturgeon Bay; stepfather, Pat Lake of Sturgeon Bay; step-siblings, Mark (Nancy) Lake of Sturgeon Bay, Greg (Debbie) Lake of Green Bay, Shelly (Bill) Cowans of Green Bay, Vicky (Pat) Rankin of the Town of Sevastopol, and Dan (Melissa) Lake of Howard; sisters-in-law, Mary Rohr, Cathy Gerdmann, Kris (Ranni) Husby-Nelson, all of the Town of Jacksonport, and Mary Husby of Keshena; nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

    

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret; granddaughter, Amber Haberli; great-granddaughter, Everly Mae Nelson; brothers-in-law, Peter, Mark, John, Maurice, Charles, and James Husby, Harold Gerdmann, Jr., and Ralland “Otto” Rohr; and other relatives.

    

His life will be honored with a memorial service held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. At the request of the Sampone family, those in attendance of the visitation and/or service are kindly asked to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing.

    

The memorial service will be livestreamed at 11:30 a.m. via the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HuehnsFuneralHome). Those anticipating viewing the service via Facebook are encouraged to “Like” the funeral home Facebook page any time prior to the service to receive notification of the live broadcast.

    

Bill will be laid to rest in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in the Town of Jacksonport, beside his wife, Margaret.

    

“Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Bishop’s Court and Heartland Hospice for the kind and compassionate care given to our father.”

    

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

Christian Steven Richards

The Richards, Pavichevich, and Sanchez families join together in profound grief and love over the loss of Christian Steven Richards, 25, who was born May 2, 1996 in Milwaukee, WI and passed away of an acute illness on September 25, 2021 in Chicago, IL.

 

Christian leaves behind many family members. Cherished son of Alexandra Pavichevich Richards and Steven and LaNor Richards. Loving and devoted partner to Zeltzint Zoeey Sanchez. Beloved brother to Gabrielle Richards, LeiLani (Dane) LaFortune, Michelle (Michael) McConnell, and Jessica (Roy) Brach. Grandson to Joseph and Bessie Richards. Preceded in death by grandparents +Helen and +Petar Pavichevich. Nephew to Anna (Dragan) Pavichevich ?arapi? and Mark (Laura) Richards. Cousin to Gregory Harkins and Joshua Richards. Christian also leaves behind Kumovi, nieces and nephews, and faithful friends.

 

Christian was a devout Orthodox Christian, who was deeply proud of his Serbian heritage. He spent the majority of his educational years, grades 5-11, in the Luxemburg-Casco, WI school district before graduating from Amundsen High School in Chicago. Christian was a technology wizard whose outgoing and eclectic personality enabled him to connect with a myriad of people on many topics. His passion for music and innate love for animals was prevalent throughout his life. In pursuit of a degree, he completed numerous post-secondary classes in graphic and application design before given the chance to emanate all his talents.

 

Our lives will never be the same without Christian. However, the bountiful blessings we have received from knowing him, the warmth from having been touched by his precious soul and unique sense of humor, will never be erased from our hearts. We are blessed to have known him and to have been loved by him.

 

Visitation Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 10:45 am to 11:15 am at the New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery, 35240 W Grant Ave, Third Lake, IL 60046.

Opelo (Serbian Orthodox Funeral Service) 11:15 a.m. at the Monastery.

 

Interment at the Most Holy Mother of God Cemetery.

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