Obituaries

Raymond W. LeFevre

Raymond W. LeFevre, 90, of Casco, died Sunday morning at home February 16, 2020.  He was born on January 26, 1930 to the late Charles J. and Laura M. (Routhieaux) LeFevre.  On June 26, 1951, Raymond married Verna M. Lemens at St. Odile Church in Thiry Daems.  She preceded him in death on February 7, 2005.  He farmed in the Casco area until his retirement in 1995.  His enjoyments included many activities outdoors, including hunting, cutting firewood, tending to his son’s horses and horse-pulling events.  He also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends. 

Survivors include his two daughters in law, Jean LeFevre, Casco; Jill LeFevre, Algoma; seven grandchildren, Mike LeFevre (special friend, Tara), Beverly (Michael) Challis, Timothy (Kari) LeFevre, Angela (Randy) VanGoethem, Roxane (Joshua) DeGrave, Becky (Jason) Jorns, Holly LeFevre; 15 great grandchildren; one brother, Harvey LeFevre, Luxemburg; nieces and nephews.

Raymond was preceded in death by his wife; two sons, Kenneth LeFevre and Kevin LeFevre; his parents; two sisters, Lorraine (Alden) Dantoin, Pearl (Francis) Pinchart; one sister in law, Mae LeFevre; his father in law and mother in law, Henry and Louise Lemens.

Friends may call at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 20, 2020.  Closing parish prayer service at 7:00 pm on Thursday.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 am and 10:45 am on Friday, February 21, 2020 at St. Peter Church, Lincoln.  Funeral mass 11:00 am on Friday at the church with Rev. Edward Looney officiating.  Burial in St. Peter Cemetery.

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A special note of thanks is extended to the Luxemburg Fire and Rescue Squad, First Responders and the Kewaunee County Coroner’s office for your care and concern.  A deep appreciation is extended to Raymond’s daughter in law and grandchildren for their help, allowing him to remain in his home until he joined his family in Heaven!

Vernon J. Martin

Vernon J. Martin, 82, Luxemburg, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020, at Autumn Fields Assisted Living Facility.  He was born in Luxemburg on March 7, 1937 to the late Peter P. and Anna A. (Vanden Bush) Martin. Vernon served in the United States Army Reserves from 1955 to 1957.  On May 14, 1960 he married Diane M. Ronsman at St. Hubert Church, Sugar Bush.  She preceded him in death on October 24, 2006.  Vernon was employed as a commercial painter with Modern Painting Co. and OMNI Paint and Glass.  He enjoyed the outdoors, especially cutting wood, camping, snowmobiling and spending time with family and friends.

 

Survivors include his four children, Brenda (Paul) Hunsader, Green Bay,  Mike (Kristi) Martin, all of Green Bay; Linda (Mark) Joniaux, Luxemburg, Cheri (Pete) Kline, Luxemburg; 12 Grandchildren, Kyle Hunsader, Amy (Trevor) Kroll, Kaylen (special friend, Brandon) Martin, Mariah Martin, Connor Martin, Ashley (Chris) Hanold, Kristin (Rob) Delimat, Kelsey (fiancé Travis) Joniaux, Logan (special friend, Christine) Joniaux, Marissa (special friend, Austin) Kline, Courtney Kline and Adam Kline; four great-grandchildren, Brynlee and Harper Hanold, Nora and Lily Kroll and Baby Delimat due in July; one brother, John (Charmaine) Martin, Luxemburg; three sisters, Donna Berger, Marilyn (Jim) Rank, Terri (Wally) Nemetz, all of Luxemburg; brothers in law and sisters in law, Dale (Rose) Ronsman, Green Bay; Bonnie Ronsman, New Franken; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

Vernon was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one great granddaughter, Grace Kroll; one brother, Joe Martin; two brothers in law, Roger Ronsman and Don Berger; his father in law and mother in law, Art and Syra Ronsman.

 

Friends may call 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Luxemburg. Closing parish prayer service 7:00 pm with Deacon Bob Miller.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am, Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Funeral 11:00 am, Wednesday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Entombment in the Shrine of The Good Shepherd Mausoleum. 

 

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

 

The family wishes to thank the staff of Autumn Fields and Heartland Hospice for the special care given to Vernon.

Ceylon "Andy" Anderson

Ceylon “Andy” Anderson, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Feb. 13, 2020 at
Sturgeon Bay Health Services. He was born Sept. 21, 1940 in Door County to
Elden and Alice (Charney) Anderson. On Feb. 19, 1966 he married Marilyn
Kinnard at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute.
Ceylon “Andy” was an avid Packer and Brewers Fan. He had a love for fishing and
playing sheepshead. Andy also had a great love for the outdoors. He was
employed for over 30 years by Evergreen Nursery in Sturgeon Bay.
He is survived by his wife, 5 children: Jim (Nancy) Anderson, Sturgeon Bay; Scott
Anderson, Sturgeon Bay; Julie (Jerry) Popour, Sturgeon Bay; Lisa Anderson,
Sturgeon Bay; and Karen (Stephanie) Anderson, Kaukauna; 5 grandchildren:
Meagan (Mike) Brull, Breanna Rass, Tyler Anderson, Brad Popour, and Jared
Anderson; 4 great-grandchildren, Andyn, Ella, and Averi Brull, and Izabella Kimber;
special nieces and nephews, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Devon Michael Anderson, 2
sisters, Eleanor (Lloyd) Robson and Shirley (Carroll) Knudson, and in-laws, William
and Lorraine Jandrin-Kinnard.
Visitation will be at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Monday Feb. 17,
2020 from 4:00 – 7:30 pm. A prayer service will be conducted at 7:30 pm by Rev.
Robert Stegmann.
Special thanks to Unity Hospice and Sturgeon Bay Health Services for the
wonderful care and support.

Marge Buresh

Our kind and loving Mother, Marguerite “Marge” F. Buresh, 97, Pilsen, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  She was born on October 7, 1922 to the late Fred and Frances (Verheyen) Aerts of West Depere.  On January 6, 1945, Marge married Joseph Buresh at St. Boniface Church.  He preceded her in death on February 22, 1991.  Marge and Joe operated the Buresh Family Farm until retiring in 1978.  She then began a second career in 1981 as manager of the Luxemburg meal site.  She was a member of St. Therese Parish and involved with the Rosary Society, a volunteer for funeral dinners and religious education teacher.  She was also an active member of the Czech of Wisconsin, Czech Choraliers, Golden Tones and her Homemakers Club.  Her contributions were recognized by the Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce, who named her the Community Service Person of the Year in 2010.

Marge is survived by her children, Roger (Barb) Buresh, Diane (Ron) Markevitch, Shirley (Jim) Peot, Elaine (Tom) Delsart, Katie Buresh, Mary (Ken) Griepentrog, Betty (Greg) Gregorich, Paul (Cathy) Buresh; 23 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; two sisters and three brothers in law, Pat (John) Guerts, Geraldine VandenBoogart, Norbert Buresh, Red Byers; nieces and nephews.

Marge was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sisters and brothers in law, Cecelia Cornelissen, Loretta (Ray) Thyssen, Dorothy (Don) Matzke, Rosemary (Don) McVey, Jean (Bernard) McVey, Betty Jones, Alice VandeHei, Janice Byers, Peter VandenBoogart; one brother, Bill (Bernice) Aerts; father in law and mother in law, Joseph and Tillie Buresh; brothers in law and sisters in law, Stella (Bernard) Wauvrunek, John (Catherine) Buresh, Lillian (Ray) Hay, Margorie (Don) Moens. 

Marge had a unique ability to find humor in everything and to make everyone around her feel appreciated and valued.

Friends may call at St. Therese Parish, St. Joseph-St. John Site, Pilsen (E860 Hwy 29, Luxemburg, WI. 54217) 9:00 to 10:45 am, Saturday, February 15, 2020.  Funeral 11:00 am Saturday at the church with Rev. Dennis Drury officiating and Christal Wavrunek assisting. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pilsen. 

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

Bobbie Jo Solchenberger

Bobbie Jo Solchenberger, 29, Algoma, passed away unexpectedly Saturday February 8, 2020.  She was born March 8, 1990 in Green Bay to Angela (Steinfeldt) Krueger and Daniel Skenandore. 

 

Bobbie Jo is survived by her husband Michael Solchenberger, her two sons James and Jackson Solchenberger.  As well as by her bunny Rufus and her dog Hank;  fathers Lonnie Krueger and Daniel Skenandore;  siblings Stephanie (Kyle Vincent), Amanda (Tyler) Jerome, Andrew Krueger, Hailey Skenandore, Matthew Vanstraten, Matthew (Brittany) Solchenberger;  nieces and nephews Angelynn, Silas, Ryett, Brayden, Kylie, Lakelyn, Blake and Mariah; Mothers-in-laws and fathers-in-laws David Solchenberger and Becca Nowak and Karen and Randy Theys; aunts and uncles Sheila Steinfeldt, Tina House, Kevin (Diane) House, Patrick McMillen, Roland Jr. Vandehei, Cindy Lecker, Wanda Diemel, Tim Skenandore, Stacy Skenandore, Rosemary Stevens, Jim Stevens, Annette (Brad) Hansen, Nora Parsons and Jim Krueger; grandparents Elaine (Charles) Skenandore, David (Sharon) Steinfeldt, Jerry (Debbie) Cornelius and Grace Pagel; cousins Kasey, Nicole (Kyle), Josh, Tyler, Ricky, Kelly, Krista, Kevin Jr., Logan, Gage, Torin and Destiny; other aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. 

 

Bobbie was preceded in death by her mom Angela Krueger, stepmom Michelle Skenandore, grandfathers Bill Pagel, Roland Sr. Vandehei and James Krueger; grandmothers Karen Barry and Marsha Krueger as well as other aunts, uncles, cousins and great grandparents.

 

Bobbie Jo enjoyed spending time with her family.  Her hobbies entailed fishing, camping, crafting and going on vacations with her loved ones.  She worked at Door County Medical Center and was in school to be an LPN.  If she had to choose, she would choose Michael over and over again.  Without a pause.  He was one of her greatest treasures.  the bond she had with her boys was truly special.  It will remain unchanged no matter the time or distance.  It is and will forever be the purest love.  She was so full of life and she has touched more lives that she will ever know.  She will be missed by so many.

 

Family and friends will gather Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, from 3:00 PM until the time of services at 6:00 PM.

 

The family would like to thank the Oneida County Sheriff's Department, EMT's and all of the St. Mary's Hospital Staff for their service and support.

 

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been set up at Nicolet Bank under Bobbie's name.

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Bobbie Jo's tribute wall at www.schinderle.com.

Carl A. Swanson

 

Carl A. Swanson, 60, of Baileys Harbor, passed away at his home Friday, February 7, 2020 surrounded by loved ones. Carl was diagnosed with a glioblastoma last fall.


     He was born November 4, 1959 in Aurora, IL to Kermit and Jean (White) Swanson. Carl grew up in Naperville, IL. He attended Beloit College and North Central College, where he earned his BA in Philosophy and English.


     In the early 1980s, he and his college sweetheart, Ann Claire Hamilton moved to Massachusetts, where Carl worked as a security guard and played in various music groups. He was self-taught in guitar and particularly enjoyed playing slide guitar and the blues. His love and knowledge of music stayed with him and grew throughout his life. Carl and Ann were married on August 29, 1985.


     In 1990, he and Ann moved to Door County to work and raise their family. Ann was diagnosed with leukemia and preceded him in death on August 11, 1995. Carl raised his two daughters, Rachael and Sarah, while running his custom woodworking/furniture business. He was innovative and creative, dedicated to finding his own unique approaches to design and problem-solving. His journey toward health following a 2008 liver transplant is a testament to his strength, courage, and perseverance.


     Carl enjoyed spending time in the woods, especially snow shoeing and observing the natural changes each season brought. He was an avid reader of history, specifically Civil War and Viking history.


     Carl will be missed by his two daughters, Rachael Swanson of Baileys Harbor and Sarah Bergwin of Sister Bay; son in law, Michael Bergwin; grandchildren, Leif, Owen, and Zetta; fiancé, Sara Foster of Niagara, WI; and his sister, Jude Teicher of Sister Bay.


     He was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit and Jean Swanson; wife, Ann; and brother, John Swanson.


     A gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at (the future location of Casperson Funeral Home) 2594 S. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, WI 54234 with a service of remembrance to follow at 4:00 p.m.


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

 

Paul M. Hedeen

Paul M. Hedeen, 95, of Sister Bay, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Scandia Village Good Samaritan in Sister Bay.
     He was born September 10, 1924 in Sister Bay the son of Milton and Minnie (Carlson) Hedeen. Paul graduated from Gibraltar High School before attending Business School near Manitowoc. He received his Electrical Engineering degree at Kansas University through the Navy V12 program. He served as an officer with the U.S. Navy near the end of WWII and continued to serve over 20 years in the Navy Reserves. In October 1950 he married Arlene M. Eytcheson in Milwaukee.
     Paul worked as a sales engineer for Allis Chalmers for over 20 years mixing his own business venture for a few years before returning to Allis Chalmers and retiring there in 1986. Following his retirement Paul became close with his brother, Al, enjoying boating fishing and socializing, and building projects. Paul and Arlene split time at their home in Ellison Bay and Bradenton, Florida until 2011 locating full time at Sister Bay Scandia Village. Paul was a devoted husband and caregiver to Arlene until her death on September 2, 2016.
     Paul was a gregarious, outgoing father, grandfather, and friend. Always willing to help, Paul assisted other residents at Scandia when needed. He enjoyed helping his dear friend, Delmar Dahl with chapel services held there. He loved fishing, boating, and woodworking. Paul was a member of Kiwanis and local veteran groups.
     Survivors include his four children, Rosanne Wagner of Copley, OH, Paul (Marion) Hedeen of Monroe, MI, Ross (Joyce) Hedeen of Tomah, WI, Carla (Bernard Brooks) Hedeen of Las Vegas, NV; six grandchildren, Ernie and Chris Cornelius, Marion, Sarah, Marta and Nina Hedeen.
     Preceding him in death was his parents, Milton and Minnie Hedeen; wife, Arlene; and his brother, Al (Betty) Hedeen.
     A celebration of his life for all will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday May 30, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay with Rev. Mark Billington officiating. Friends may call at the church May 30, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.
     There will be a memorial at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday February 12, 2020 at Scandia Care Center Chapel. He will be laid to rest at Little Sister Cemetery with his dear wife, Arlene.
     Memorials in his memory should be directed to Parkinson's Foundation and Scandia Good Samaritan Foundation.
  Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Paul may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

 

Delores M. Massart

Delores M. Massart, 89, of Forestville WI passed away on February 1, 2020.  She was born on May 23, 1930 to the late John and Mabel (Martin) Charles.  She married Harold Massart on September 27, 1950 in Brussels.  She and her husband farmed together. He preceded her in death on November 20, 2018. She enjoyed spending time with her family and caring for them. She also enjoyed going to garage sales, square dancing, and making her famous chili.

 

Delores is survived by her children Gary (Kathy) Massart, Ronald (Leah Ann) Massart, and Mike (Ineke) Massart; grandchildren Jodi, Alysia, Ashley (fiancé Chad), Missy, Tiffany (Scott), Autumn (James), Brian (Kelsey), Stef, Lex, and Caroline (fiancé Kyle); great-grandchildren Christopher, Jason, Aubrey, and Caiden.  She is also survived by one brother Bobby (special friend Jean); sisters-in-law Helen, Janet, and Phyllis; as well as nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband Harold; an infant son; her parents John and Mabel; father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Lucy Massart, as well as in-laws.

 

A private family service will take place on Wednesday from 10-11 am at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home, Casco. Entombment will follow at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Online condolences may be shared at www.wiersnermassart.com.  A special thank-you to daughter-in-law Ineke, and Unity Hospice staff Jamie, Crystal, and Jenny for the exceptional care given to Delores.  

Edward T. Jones

Edward T. Jones, 70, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Feb. 2, 2020. He was born Feb. 3, 1949,
in Berlin, Wisconsin to Arthur and Lauretta (Tesch) Jones. On April 26, 1969 he married
Catherine A. Conlon at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. She preceded him in death
on Feb. 28, 2008.
Ed graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1967 and then attended Michigan Tech where
studied engineering. After marrying Cathy in 1969, he joined his father in the automotive
business. For 12 years, he and his father operated Jones Chrysler-Plymouth in Sturgeon Bay
and Green Bay, and Jones Dodge in Algoma.
In the 1980’s, Ed transitioned into the aftermarket automotive product business. For several
years he was vice-president of Petrolon and later established NuTech Engineering International
with several other associates, a company which sold automotive products around the world.
Ed was a long time and dedicated member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He had a strong
passion for music and enjoyed directing the church choir for many years. He also enjoyed
traveling in his RV, following the Packers, his dogs, and especially loved the time he spent with
his family. Ed had a very mechanical mind and was always interested in anything that had to do
with cars.
On July 7, 2012, he married Diane Dusendschon at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. She survives as
do his 3 children, Tim (Gina) Jones, Sturgeon Bay; John (Lindsay) Jones, Parkland, FL; and
Jennifer Jones, Lake Mary, FL; 5 grandchildren, Mackenzie, Levi, Liam, Miles, and Oliver; sister
Judy (Terrance) O’Grady, Green Bay, WI; brother-in-law Terry (Becky) Conlon, Sturgeon Bay;
aunt Jean Walker, Sturgeon Bay; 2 step-daughters, Lisa Jacobe, Sturgeon Bay; and Laura (Terry)
Willems, Brussels; 7 step-grandchildren, Jessica, Justin, Amanda, Kendal, Jordan, Brianna, and
Devon; 2 step-great-grandchildren, Isiah and Joey; other sister-in-law, Andrea Bakalar. He was
preceded in death by his parents, first wife, and an infant sister Susan.
Funeral services will be 12:00 noon on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
in Sturgeon Bay with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on
Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service. Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements. Special thanks to Unity Hospice and the doctors and staff at Door County
Medical Center for the wonderful care and support.

David George Gabert Sr.

David George Gabert Sr., 88, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on February 1, 2020 after a battle with Parkinson’s.  He was born on November 19, 1931, in Sturgeon Bay to George and Harriet (Birmingham) Gabert.  He served his country in the Army, stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas during the Korean Conflict.  On June 11, 1977, he married Elaine Porter.


He had a varied work life, working on houses, boats and motorcycles.  David worked for his father’s construction company building fine homes in Sturgeon Bay.  He worked at PBI building Navy boats, then at Palmer Johnson’s building private yachts and at Sturgeon Bay Yacht Harbor where he commissioned new boats and did repair work on pleasure boats.  David was also employed for a time at Door County Cycle and had his own Harley Davidson repair shop for many years.


David was one of the original group that formed the Door Devil’s Motorcycle Club.  He enjoyed riding for many years and helped organize some motorcycle races.


The most important thing in his life was to be with family and friends, the people he loved.  David had the unique ability to fix things and pass the knowledge along to others.


Survivors include his wife, Elaine; 7 children, David (Kathy) Gabert, Celia (Randy) LaVenture, Susan Oliver, Cindy Cihlar, Julie (Steve) Lau, Donna (fiancé, Steve Konrad) Porter, Richard (Rebecca) Porter; 18 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 1 niece; and 2 nephews.  David was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sons, John and George; brother, Danny; sister, Diane; and a niece, Pam.


Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 7, 2020, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Burial and veteran services will be in Bayside Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. Friday until the time of services at the funeral home.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com 

 

Edwin J DeChamps

Edwin J DeChamps, 91, Luxemburg, passed away Friday morning, January 31, 2020. 

 

He was born January 28, 1929 in Champion to the late Willard and Josephine (Wendricks) DeChamps. 

 

On May 20, 1950, Edwin married Angela H Boucher at St. Odile's Church in Thiry Daems. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2011.

 

Edwin was a proud union mason by trade and built many buildings in Green Bay including the original St. Vincent Hospital and UWGB Cofrin Library. He also was a part time dairy farmer operating the DeChamps Family Homestead. You could often find him playing cards with friends or out polka dancing. He was a local celebrity on Polka, Polka, Polka on Sunday mornings.  He was an avid book reader always staying current on politics. 

 

Edwin is survived by his four children, Dennis (Sherry) DeChamps, Appleton; Randy (Bonnie) DeChamps, New Franken; Shelley Stencil, Denmark; Lynn (Alonzo) Villarreal, Green Bay; six grandchildren, Eric (Christy) DeChamps, Matt (Robin) DeChamps, Katie (Jim) Dalebroux-Gast, Emily (Mike) Kletzien; Elliot Stencil, and Kaila Stencil; eight great-grandchildren; one sister Arlene Jadin, Luxemburg; two brothers Merle (Sylvia) DeChamps, Green Bay; Larry DeChamps, Chicago; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Boucher, Luxemburg and Rosemary Boucher, Green Bay; along with special friend and dancing partner, LaVerne VandenHouten, Luxemburg; step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, further survive. 

 

Edwin was preceded in death by his wife Angela, one son-in-law David Stencil; step-grandchild, Chad Stencil; four brothers in law and two sisters-in-law, Bernice (Milton) Massey, Gaylord (Rose) Boucher, Al Boucher and Linus Boucher. 

 

Friends may call 3:30 to 7:00 pm, Monday, February 03, 2020 at St. Joseph Church, Champion.  Closing prayer service 7:00 pm with Deacon Bob Miller.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Tuesday, February 04, 2020, at St. Joseph Church, Champion.  Funeral 11:00 am on Tuesday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  

 

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the DeChamps Family.

Donald Clarence LaLuzerne

Donald Clarence LaLuzerne, 84, Brussels passed away on January 31, 2020 at Autumn Fields CBRF.  He was born September 24, 1935, to Clarence and Emma (Gerondale) LaLuzerne in the Town of Gardner.  He graduated from Brussels High School in 1953 and attended Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College.  


Donald was employed by the Southern Door School District for 37 years.   He was married to Jillian Jadin on October 20, 1956, at St. Mary’s Church in Namur.  Donald enjoyed wood working, card playing, traveling and family time.  He enjoyed sharing school stories.


Survivors include his wife, Jillian; four children, Debbie (Randy) Gromowski, Jackson, WI; Kathy (Rich) Kubichek, Rochester, MN; Brenda (Mike Hallet) Klaubauf, Green Bay; Corey (Julie) LaLuzerne, Brussels; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, a grandson, a son-in-law and brothers and sisters-in-laws.


Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 7, 2020, at St. Francis & St. Mary Parish in Brussels, with Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating.  Burial will be in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. 

 

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Friday.  A prayer service will be at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com


The family would like to thank the Autumn Fields staff for the wonderful care and support given to Donald.

 

David "Red" W. Barrett

David “Red” W. Barrett, 81, of Luxemburg, passed away unexpectedly at home Tuesday, January 28, 2020.  David was born June 10, 1938 in Rio Creek, WI.  He was raised on their family farm and attended Casco High School.  He married the love of his life, Marilyn Marcelle, on September 27, 1958.  He worked in the shipyards for several years before starting his own family farm in Luxemburg in 1963 which he ran until his retirement in 2005.  During that time, he took a special interest in farm seed which he sold for Jacques Seed Co. for many years.  Dave was a devout Catholic and was a member of St Mary Catholic Church, Luxemburg. He was an Officer for the Catholic Order of Foresters for more than 20 years and ran their annual pancake porkie breakfast.  Dave gave nearly 50 years to his community by serving as a member of the Luxemburg Town Board since 1971, as Clerk and as the current Chairman since 2005.

Dave was a loving husband, father and grandfather, taking great joy in laughing with his friends and family.  He held a strong work ethic and instilled strong values in his children, which brought him great pride.   He stayed very active through the years and enjoyed camping at their site at Captains Cove, hunting, fishing, and playing Cuyoo with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn, four children Randy (Becky) Barrett, Rick (Laurie) Barrett, Lori (Steve) LeMay, Craig (Kari) Barrett; 12  grandchildren Aaron (Kristin) Barrett, Kim (Rob) Jenkins, Nick Barrett, Stephanie Barrett, Chris (Kelly) Barrett, Katie Lynn and Alexander Barrett, Nicole (Cory) Massart, Adam and Josh Barrett, Megan Barrett (Joe Bradford), Devin Barrett (Lexi Herman); nine great grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brothers in law,  Laverne Barrett, Elaine (Cliff) Troulier, Sister Marie Goretti,  Rose Maloney, Dennis (Darlene) Marcelle, Gerald “Jerry” (Bonnie) Marcelle,  Diane Marcelle, Sandy (Dalen) Jauquet,  Cheri (Tom) Peot, Debbie (Kevin) Crocker; special uncle Emil Jandrin, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Steve Barrett; his parents Cornelius and Mary Barrett; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Wilbert and Marcella Marcelle; brothers, Donald and Darrell Barrett; brothers-in-law Jim Marcelle and Glen Maloney and nephew Daron Marcelle.

Friends may call 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday (TODAY), January 30, 2020, at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Closing prayer service 7:00 pm with Deacon Bob Miller.

Visitation will continue between 8:30 and 10:15 am on Friday, January 31, 2020 at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Funeral 10:30 am on Friday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.

Kristine Ann Klessig

Kristine Ann Klessig, 55, Tomahawk, passed away at her home on January 25, 2020.  She was born November 27, 1964, in Sturgeon Bay to Merton and Jeannie (Werkheiser) Klessig.  She was a graduate of Sevastopol High School.  Kristine loved being on a motorcycle, fishing and camping.  She enjoyed puttering in the yard, pontooning and loved all animals, especially being a member of the Humane Society.   Kristine loved spending time with her family, and extended family in Tomahawk.
Loved ones include her life partner, Paul Lockwood, Tomahawk; daughter, Tara Neuville, Brussels; mother, Jeannie Lattimer, Sturgeon Bay; seven siblings: Barbara (John) May, Forestville; Larry (Helen) Klessig, Menasha; Joe Klessig, Wheat Ridge, CO; Lisa (Rick) Gerhart, Sturgeon Bay; John Klessig, Las Vegas, NV; Karen (Bruce) Townsend, Sturgeon Bay; Kim (Mike) Bogenschutz, Egg Harbor; nieces, Jennifer, Jessica, Jodi, Olivia and Emelia; her fuzzy dog, Mattie.  She was preceded in death by her father, Merton.
Funeral services will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2020, at Forbes Funeral Home with Rev. Peter Mannoja officiating.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Ruth Herlache

Ruth (Krohn) Herlache, 97, Kewaunee, passed away January 22, 2020 in Kewaunee.  She was born September 26, 1922 in the Town of Ahnapee to Clarence Sr and Mary (Havel) Krohn. 

Ruth married Roland Herlache September 22, 1942 and together they had five children.

Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  She belonged to St. Mary Rosary Society in Algoma, the Maplewood Forest Senior Club and the Happy Hoppers.

 

She is survived by daughters-in-law Gail Herlache and Joanne Zastrow; sons-in-law David LeGrave Sr, Mike Mott and Virgil Brusky; many grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Helen Herlache and Bernice Krohn.  She was preceded in death by her five children Larry Herlache, Patricia LeGrave, Kenny Herlache, Sandy Mott and Shirley Brusky, her parents, in laws Sylvester (Mary) Herlache, grandsons Dean Herlache and Aaron Brusky, granddaughter Shelly Herlache, great granddaughters Brooke McDermid and Julia Stangel and great great grandson Jaxon Krejcarek, sister and brother-in-law Dorothy (Melvin) Koller, brother Clarence (Bud) Krohn Jr., in-laws Tony (Marcella) Pinchart, Richard (Emily) Herlache, Bernice (Emil) Rodrian, Gilbert (Helen) Herlache, Donald Herlache, Elroy Herlache and Agnes Salentine.

 

Family and friends may gather at St. Mary Catholic Church, Algoma, Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Father Jim Dillenburg officiating.  Burial in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Lincoln.

 

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Linden Manor and Unity Hospice for the excellent care and compassion given to Ruth.

 

Send your condolence cards to Christine Stangel, 923 Rose St., Kewaunee, WI   54216.

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

 

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

James L. Kramer

     James L. Kramer, 99 years, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay.


     He was born November 14, 1920 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Walter and Edith (Rohr) Kramer. Jim graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1942 to 1947. On October 31, 1942 he married Joyce Irene May Kugler at St. Joseph Catholic Church. For his working career, Jim started as a carpenter at Palmer Johnson Yachts and then was a loft foreman building many aluminum boats and once PJ’s started building larger boats he became the service department manager making many yacht owner friends. Jim also was proud of his Tree Farm near West Jacksonport.


     Jim enjoyed making fine furniture, repairing antique furniture and was an avid deer hunter.
     Survivors include his two sons and families, Richard (Jeannie) of Green Bay, Jeffrey (Joyce) of Sturgeon Bay; two grandchildren, Jennie (West) Todd, Jon (Molly) Kramer; five great-grandchildren, Kaylynn, Adron and  Kaden Todd; Owen and Charlotte Kramer; nieces and nephews. His beloved dog Pepper will miss him too. 


     Preceding him in death were his parents, Walter and Edith Kramer; wife, Joyce; three sisters, Gwen (Bob) Bushman, Helen (Dennis) Knipfer, Mary Stange; and sister-in-law, Doris (Earl) Arbter.


     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020 at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Institute with Fr. Ron Colombo officiating. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum.


     Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Military honors will follow at the church.


     “The family wishes to thank all of the staff at St. Vincent Hospital, 9th floor, for their wonderful care of Jim this past week. Also a special thank you to Dennis Bley and Paul Knipfer for all the help they gave to Jim over the years.”


     Memorials may be made in his memory for “Lucky 7 Dog Rescue”, 237 N. Broadway, Green Bay 54302, or lucky7dogrescue.com; and S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.


    Huehns Funeral Home, in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Jim may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

 

Sharon "Sharie" Falkowski

Sharon “Sharie” Falkowski, 77, formerly of Casco, passed away on January 17, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital. She was born on September 11, 1942, to the late Theophile (Chuff) and Eunice (Boucher) Laurent. On August 1, 1964 she married Max Falkowski at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Casco. He preceded her in death on October 27, 1996. They were blessed with a son, John, on April 1, 1966. He preceded his parents in death on Aug. 14, 1987. Sharie worked as a lab technician at clinics/hospitals in Kewaunee and Green Bay. Sharie’s faith was so important to her. She attended mass daily, loved to decorate at Holy Trinity church, strongly supported new vocations as well as being involved in Widows of Prayer group. Sharie was also a member of Catholic Knights and the Casco Lioness. She enjoyed traveling with family and friends, decorating for the holidays, gardening and working in her flowers.


Sharie is survived by one sister, Donna Jandrin, Luxemburg; two brothers Doug (Valerie), Appleton, and Deacon Dan (Chris) Laurent, Neenah; one sister-in-law Becky Laurent, South Bend; the Falkowski brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; special nieces Julie Fameree and Jill Dalebroux, and many other nieces and nephews.


Besides her parents, husband and son preceding her in death was her brother Donald Laurent; brother-in-law Russell Jandrin, godson Jim Jandrin; father-in-law, mother-in-law, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws.


Visitation will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday January 25, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Daniel Schuster and Fr. Tom Farrell concelebrating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Wiesner & Massart is assisting the family. Online condolences messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.


The family would like to extend a special thank-you to all of Sharie’s friends, neighbors, co-workers, and the staff at Bellevue Assisted Living who have helped her out in so many ways. So many people had such an impact on her life, we are grateful to all of you. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in Sharie’s name.

 

Elaine Jerabek

Elaine Jerabek, 70, town of Casco passed away January 18th at the Unity Hospice residence from cancer.


She was born June 6, 1949 to Edwin and Evelyn (Paplham) Jerabek. She attended Rosebud School and Casco High School graduating in 1967. She worked on the family farm all her life as well as factory work. She worked for many years at Plumbers Woodwork and then at the Volrath Company. Our sister was quiet, but the most hard-working individual you would ever meet. We were always amazed at all what she could do in a day.


She is survived by her brother, Earl, on the home farm; Sisters Edith (Paul) Lauscher, Kewaunee; Ethel (Donald) Cain, Casco and Emily (Jayme) Rankin, De Pere, nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by parents, brother Ernest Jerabek, niece, aunts and uncles.


Visitation will be from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Casco. Funeral service will follow at 4:00 pm with Pastor Howard Batt officiating. Burial to follow in the West Slovan Cemetery. No flowers please. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.


The family wishes to thank the staff at Bellin Hospital and Unity Hospice for their compassion, love and care given to Elaine and a special “Thank You” to Lyle Malcore who kept the farm running during this trying time.

 

Janicemae R. Gierzynski

     Janicemae Roselyn Gierzynski, 78, of the Town of Egg Harbor, was called Home to be with the Lord, Sunday morning, January 12, 2020 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.


     She was born October 23, 1941 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Anton “Tony” and Rose (Lizak) Prchal. Jan attended Gage Park High School in Chicago. She was united in marriage to Phillip John Gierzynski on October 26, 1963 at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Chicago. She was employed as a customer service representative with Official Airline Guides of Oak Brook, IL from 1985 until 1998. Jan went to work for Signature Flight Support (contracted by O’Hare International Airport in Chicago) right after that until 2007. Jan was employed with Pepsi Co. in Chicagoland after that. Her most recent employment was with Door County Daily News at the Fish Creek office from 2008 until 2012. During that time, Jan enjoyed visiting with and getting to know the northern Door County businesses.


     From early on in their marriage, Jan and Phillip had hopes of living on a farm. Jan and Phillip loved visiting Door County, WI throughout the years; they eventually purchased the Gabert farm in the Town of Egg Harbor after, in Jan's words, "the house said, 'buy me'" while house hunting. Before that, Jan and Phillip had a seasonal residence in Heritage Lake Resort for eleven years, from 1995 until 2006. 


     Jan had a passion for flying and took classes to get her pilot's license. Jan was a 2nd Lieutenant in Civil Air Patrol and served as Secretary for the Illinois Wing of Civil Air Patrol. She always looked forward to attending the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh. With three alpacas on the farm, Jan enjoyed knitting, including prayer shawls and socks. Jan had a love for the water and could spend hours watching the waves and the surf. Beachcombing for driftwood was a favorite activity. While living in Door County, she relished visiting Frank E. Murphy Park and doing just that. Jan and Phillip are currently members of Stella Maris Parish-Egg Harbor site. 


     Jan will be missed by her husband, Phillip, with whom she was blessed with over 56 years of marriage; son, Eric (Sabra Abbott) of Chicago, IL; sister, Rosalie Stachura; other relatives in Chicago; and friends.


     She was preceded in death by her parents.     


     Jan’s life will be honored by her family with a Memorial Mass at Stella Maris Parish-Egg Harbor site in February 2020 – service information to be announced.


     Memorials may be given in her name to the Door County Land Trust.


     The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staffs of Sturgeon Bay Health Services and Sturgeon Bay Medical Center for the care given to Jan this past year.


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

 

William J. Eckert

William J. Eckert, 76, of Brussels, passed away on January 8, 2020 at his home. He was born October 15, 1943 in Fish Creek to Walter and Agnes (Restler) Eckert. On July 9, 1966 he married Patricia Ann Theis at St.Peter’s Church in Lincoln.


When he was young, Bill worked in Milwaukee in various aspects of the construction business.   For 49 years he owned and operated an antique business in Door County.  He enjoyed searching for antiques and finding “treasures”. His special interest was refurbishing antique lamps. 


Survivors include wife, 3 children, Carol Eckert (James Johnson) of Sturgeon Bay, John Eckert, of Green Bay, and James (Michelle) Eckert of Suamico; 4 grandchildren Zac (girl friend, Brianna) Eckert, Nic Eckert, Luke Johnson and Christine Eckert; brother Edward (Christine) Eckert of Gilbert, AZ; sister-in-law Gerry Eckert.  


He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Wally, 2 sisters, Betty Jean (Armand) Tipler and Mary Ann Wendt.


A memorial mass will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of service. Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations is assisting the family.


Special thanks to the staff of Unity Hospice for the wonderful care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated.

 

Madeline Derenne

Madeline M. Derenne, 92, Luxemburg, died peacefully Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Odd Fellows Nursing Home, Green Bay.  She was born June 9, 1927 in Dyckesville to the late John and Rose (Bader) Deprey.  On June 26, 1945 she married Theophile “Sonny” Derenne at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville.  He preceded her in death, 8-26-2011.  Madeline was a dedicated farmers wife, hard worker, mother, grandmother, great grandmother.  She enjoyed playing cards with her friends, dancing with her husband and listening to polka music.  Mowing the lawn with her old Cub Cadet was one of her favorite past times.  Pink and mauve were her favorite colors. Holidays were always festive as she was an amazing cook.  Her favorite quote, “I’m not going to fuss”, and there would always be a buffet with plenty of food and desserts galore.  Madeline was very devoted to praying the rosary and a member of St. Louis Parish, Dyckesville. 

 

She is survived by her three children, Donald (Carol) Derenne, New Franken; David Derenne, Dyckesville; Kathy Derenne, Green Bay; one son in law, Gary (Judy) Vandenhouten, Luxemburg; her eight grandchildren, which she adored, Craig (Laura) Derenne, Kristel (Brennen) Joski, Darin Derenne (fiancée Carrie McKeefry), Tom Weber, Jennifer Weber (friend, Thomaz), Michelle, Gregory and Amber VanRemortel; nine great grandchildren, Brenna and Salara Derenne, Koltin, Trentin and Arianna Joski, Jacob and Vincent Derenne, Madeline Newburry and LilyAnna VanRemortel; two brothers in law and three sisters in law, Roy Johnson, Green Bay; Tom Seidl, Luxemburg; Etta Deprey, Donna Deprey, all of Green Bay; Valerie DuBois, Luxemburg.

 

Madeline was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Linda Vandenhouten; two sisters, Rose Seidl and Emerine Johnson; three brothers, Melvin, John and James Deprey.

Friends may call 9:00 and 10:45 am, Monday, January 13, 2020 at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville. Funeral 11:00 am, Monday at the church with Rev. Dean Dombroski officiating and Pat Ratajczak assisting.  Entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.

 

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the Derenne Family.  

 

Madeline’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and thanks to the nurses and staff of St. Vincent Hospital, Odd Fellows Nursing Home and Unity Hospice staff. A special “thank you” to Pat Derenne, Mary Kay Petasek, Arlene Jadin and Shirley Devos and many other wonderful neighbors for their care for Mom!

Frank E. Koenig

Frank E. Koenig, 64, of Green Bay, passed away January 04, 2020.  He was born in Green Bay on December 02, 1955 to the late Frank G. and Valeria C. (Christoff) Koenig.  He was employed with Rockwell-Collins Inc. in Illinois for over 30 plus years until retiring and moving back to Wisconsin in 2017. He loved gardening and cooking.

Survivors include his four siblings, Mabel (Wally) Kraynik, Kewaunee; Harold (Bonnie) Koenig, Elmer (Sandy) Koenig, all of Luxemburg; Maggie (Greg) Virlee, Sturgeon Bay; many nieces and nephews further survive.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Valeria Koenig.

Friends may call at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 19, 2020.  Closing prayer service 4:00 pm with Pastor Ray Anderson officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.

Lorenz "Lornie" Busch

Lorenz "Lornie" Busch, 80, of Algoma, Wisconsin passed away on January 1, 2020 at Woodside Lutheran Nursing Facility, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Lorenz was born on March 31, 1939 to the late Lorenz and Helen( Wiese) Busch in Algoma, Wisconsin. Lorenz joined the U..S. Army after school on April 10, 1956 and served until April 9, 1959. He married Johanna Wolfert on Saturday, October 5th, 1963, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Algoma. After he left the Army, he worked at various jobs until he worked for Algoma Hardwoods for 55 years where he was an active in the local union 1521 AFL-CIO. Lorenz was a member of the AmVets Post 42 of Kewaunee County.  Lorenz enjoyed visiting with people and going out to dinner.  He also enjoyed working in the yard, playing with his pets, and watching TV.

Lornie is survived by his spouse Johanna "Jo" Busch; his siblings Carol Fairbairn, Sharon Ann Busch, and Lynn "Moss" (Sharon Lou) Busch; sister-in-law Audrey Wolfert (friend Dennis Tlachac); nieces and nephews Larry and family, Jeffery, Kevin and family, Nicole and family, Tracey and family, Pascale and family, Karri and family, Kristin and family, and William "Billy" and family. He was preceded in death by his parents Lorenz and Helen Busch; father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Adina Wolfert; sister Yvonne Busch; brother-in-law John Wolfert; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home - Algoma, 1617 Flora Ave. Visitation will continue at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma from 9 AM to 10:45 AM on Monday January 6, 2020.  Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM with Pastor Joel McKenney and Pastor John Moll officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery with full military rites. 

Joseph "Ronnie" Boucher

Joseph “Ronnie” Boucher, age 86, rural Algoma, departed this life and went to his everlasting rest surrounded by his family on Jan. 1, 2020.

He was born April 27, 1933, the son of the late Fred and Mary (Dellis) Boucher. Dad graduated from St. Mary’s grade school in Algoma and attended Algoma High School. He enlisted in the US Army when he was 17 years-old in May 1950.

Dad was especially proud of his military service to this country. After he completed basic training at Fort Riley, KS, he was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division and stationed in Japan. A week later, his gunnery sergeant walked up to him and said, “Today is your lucky day, boy, you get to go to war.”

The “First to Fight” or Taro leaf division, the 24th were the first US troops deployed to Korea at the outbreak of the Korean War. Dad was initially assigned to a rear support role, but the 24th sustained 90% casualties during the initial North Korean advance. Dad never talked much about what took place, but bit by bit parts of his story came out over the years. He ended up serving in a combat role seeing front-line action for many consecutive months including against the Chinese.

He told his good friend Kenny Haack recently, “I didn’t think I would make 19 (years old). Now I am almost 86. I ain’t got any kicks (complaints).”

Dad was honorably discharged in October 1952 at the rank of Staff Sergeant, earning 4 battle stars. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.

On Sept 10, 1955, he married Beverly Rose Dandois. They were married for 64 years. The couple had 2 sons, Mike and Pat.

Dad worked for the Algoma Lumber Company as a logging truck driver for many years, retiring in 1998. He enjoyed the work, being in the woods, and working alongside a great friend, Bob Blahnik.

Bob was one of Dad’s solid wingmen, along with Jerome “Gordy” Melchoir and Big John Kostichka. When Bob and Dad were a bit younger and weren’t working, you could find them making wood together or working on dad’s caterpillar, among other things.

Gordy was dad’s lifelong friend. Growing up during the depression, they would scavenge empty pop bottles and turn them in using the few cents they received to buy a handful of shotgun shells. The two would then spend the whole day walking around the outskirts of the city with their shotguns looking to shoot something to take home for supper. Gordie used to laugh that he had to wait until Dad was out of shells before he could get a shot – and dad didn’t miss.

That carried over into later in life when Dad was the best trap shot around. In his prime, on most days, he was unbeatable. But Big John always gave him a good run for his money.

Dad enjoyed hunting and fishing. Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings in the fall and winter were spent rabbit hunting with his young sons and listening to Badger football games on the radio during rides between potholes. The hunting was good, the Badgers weren’t.

Dad never saw a buck he didn’t shoot.

Dad, his brother Bob, and Gordie got into commercial fishing when they were kids, well, sort of anyway. They would take parts of a stick of dynamite, put a fuse in it, light it, and throw it into the hole below 

Stoller’s Dam on Silver Creek. They would try to time it to go off when the noon whistle at the Plywood sounded, and then gather all of the fish that were “shocked” to the surface. One time they took turns diving into the water to retrieve the dynamite when the fuse didn’t go off. Seriously Dad?

Dad was a good swimmer – if you count the dog paddle anyway. And kind of acrobatic. One July 4th he was doing somersaults off the diving board into his son’s pool. There might have been a little alcohol involved. Maybe.

Dad and Mom enjoyed going to their son’s athletic events. Both sons lettered in multiple sports in high school and held numerous records. They also attended their athletic events in college, where both sons also were lettermen in multiple sports including track and field.

Dad was a good runner too. Like the time he had to run across the street in only his blue jeans to grab his dog Jock who was shaking an elderly woman’s poodle like a “toy.” Jock had been in the house but had busted through the screen door. Fortunately, the poodle wasn’t hurt and Dad apologized up and down to the lady. Dad loved his hunting dogs Jock and Freckles, who were afraid of nothing. Thanks to Elroy and John Bitzan for those gifts.

Dad was first and last, a family man. He was a quiet man, mostly, who usually had a smile on his face. He enjoyed spending deer season at the cabin and time with friends including Lee and Mary Sibilsky plus the Mennonite families who visited their home.

Because of leaving school to enlist in the Army and serve in the Korean War, he was awarded his high school diploma in 2000.

He is survived by his wife Beverly; sons Mike (Debra) of Casco and Patrick (Debra), Collierville TN. Dad especially loved his grandchildren, Adam (Alyssa), Caleb, Ethan, Joseph and Micaela. He is also survived by his great-nephew Craig. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 4 sisters.

The family wants to thank the medical staff at Door County Memorial Hospital for their excellent care. His nurse the final day, Jamie, told us he must have been a strong man because his will to survive had carried him for days longer than he should have lasted. Strong and “Belgian” stubborn – like the time he ruptured both Achilles tendons a few years ago. Mom noticed Dad wasn’t anywhere in the house one day in early Spring. She found him, in the outside garage a distance from the house, taking the snowplow off his truck with his walker off to the side.

We also want to thank his niece Lori for her support.

During his last moments at the hospital, a flight for life helicopter landed and took off just as dad passed. One of Mom’s nieces said that God had just provided Dad’s ride home. Let’s just hope Gordie wasn’t the pilot because Heaven only knows where those two ended up.

If you knew Joseph “Ronnie” Boucher, please join us to celebrate his life and memory at a funeral mass Saturday, Jan 11 at 11 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Algoma with Fr. Anthony Birdsall and Deacon Mark Hibbs. Visitation at 9 am with a lunch to follow the service including a military honor guard. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.

Dwayne J. Tebon

Dwayne Tebon, 78, of Brussels, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Dec. 31, 2019 at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay.  He was born June 24, 1941, in Champion to Elmer and Mildred (Paye) Tebon.  On June 2, 1962 he married Donna Marie Virlee in Namur.


For many years, Dwayne worked as a machinist for Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay.  He later went to work for Amerifab, retiring in 2006.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a past member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.


Dwayne enjoyed playing cribbage, bowling, and fishing.  He also loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.  As a sports enthusiast, he enjoyed following the Packers and the Badgers and was an absolute die-hard Brewer Fan, hardly ever missing a game.


He is survived by his wife Donna, 3 children, Dean (Linda) Tebon, Marci (Joe) Spude, and Pamela (Kurt) Thiry; 6 grandchildren, Tamara (special friend Alan DeGrave) Tebon  and Jeremy (special friend Catie DeWane) Tebon, Adam (Shannon) Spude and Ben Spude, Kerin and Alaina Thiry; 3 brothers, Wayne (Diane) Tebon, Nolan (Pat) Tebon, and Rolan (Marcy) Tebon; a sister Pat (Carl) Johnson.  He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law Joe and Lucy Virlee.


Funeral services will be 11:30 am Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels with the Rev. Edward Looney officiating.  Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 9:00 am until the time of service.  Forbes Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

 

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