Chad Austin Rury

Sun Prairie, WI - Chad Austin Rury, 35, of Sun Prairie and Sister Bay, Wisconsin, was tragically taken from this world to join God’s hands on May 5, 2021 in his Sun Prairie home.

   Chad was born on February 6, 1986 at LaCrosse Lutheran Hospital, the firstborn child of John and Bobbi Jo (Austin) Rury. He spent his early childhood years in Onalaska and Wisconsin Rapids before the Sun Prairie area became his longtime home. Chad attended Windsor Elementary School, DeForest Middle School, and DeForest High School, graduating in 2004. He was confirmed at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. Chad studied Architecture at UW-Milwaukee and Madison Area Technical College, earning an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Architectural Technology in 2011.

   Chad had an excellent work ethic and took great pride in all of his endeavors. He was an entrepreneur from an early age, owning a lawn care business and selling vehicle parts to save for college. He continued working his way through school with various retail and hospitality positions, including the Hilton ChopHouse of Milwaukee and Madison. Chad enjoyed working alongside fellow outdoor enthusiasts at ERIK’S Bike-Board-Ski, Madison, where he held positions of Service Technician and Sales Associate, then served as Assistant Manager for several years. His career at TREK Bicycle Corporation, Waterloo, spanned over nine years. There he began as Warranty Technician and earned multiple promotions throughout the years including Inside Sales Representative, Supply Chain Buyer, Supply Chain Analyst, and Forecasting & Purchasing Manager. He was currently in the process of shifting gears, planning for a future career in real estate while concentrating on parenting his young son.

   Chad was a dedicated, caring, and loving father to his son, Foster. He had great plans for their future together, determined to provide him with all the same types of adventures, discoveries, travel opportunities, and family traditions that he experienced while growing up in rural Wisconsin. Chad’s love of the great outdoors influenced his escapades with family and friends. Whether he was camping, fishing, or boating, he always had a radiant smile on his face. Biking, hiking, and bow hunting were his favorite activities to escape stress and engage with nature. He was an accomplished mountain bike racer, snow skier, and water skier, and especially loved to spend time on the water. Chad was very modest and preferred not to be the center of attention, the only exception being when he was behind the boat showing off his moves on a slalom or wakeboard. His sense of humor never faltered, enlightening all those who knew and loved him. 

   When it came to technical skills, Chad had mastered many. It seemed like he was always meticulously building something, from skateboard ramps and outdoor forts as a child, to rebuilding automotive engines and designing roller coasters as a teen, to assembling bicycles and tackling home improvement projects as an adult. Generous and grateful, he willingly shared his expertise to help his neighbors, friends, and those in need. He participated in scouts, sports, youth groups, mission trips, and studied abroad. These experiences, along with his upbringing, helped shape him into a responsible, respectful, kindhearted person. He was independent, intelligent, innovative, and never afraid to take on any new challenges that life presented.

   Loved ones who Chad leaves behind include his son, Foster Rury; parents, John & Bobbi Jo Rury, Mineral Point; grandparents, Robert & Jean Austin, Darlington; sister, Dani Rae (Kyle) Reynolds, Mount Horeb; sister, Luci Rury, Sun Prairie; brother, AJ Rury, at home; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and two little nieces who adored him.

   In heaven Chad joins family members he knew and admired, who passed on during his lifetime, including his uncle, Jonathan Austin; grandmother, Doris Rury; great grandparents, Laverne & Lucy Nodolf; great grandfather, Maynard Austin; great aunt, Nancy Nodolf; great aunt, Mae Austin; and his beloved golden retriever companion, Loki, who was faithfully by his side nearly his entire adult life.

   In memory of Chad’s love of nature and outdoor recreation, we invite you to plant a tree in a special place such as a national park, state park, or on your own property where you can watch it grow. Perhaps some day it will be strong enough to support a tree stand, fulfilling a young man’s dream of peace and tranquility. We encourage you to visit and support the Wisconsin State Park System so the parks will be sustained for generations to come. This will enable families to explore nature together, making lasting memories like Chad cherished such as roasting marshmallows over a campfire, hiking the trails, or skiing at sunset when the water was smooth as glass.

   A private memorial gathering will be held at a later date in the treasured places on God’s green earth that Chad held most near and dear to his heart.

   “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” ~Job 12:7-10


Mark Liebeck

Mark “Sparky” J. Liebeck, of Kewaunee, was called home to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Friday, June 11, 2021, at the age of 53. He was born on March 3, 1968, to Ronald V. and Phyllis A. (Dorner) Liebeck in Green Bay, Wisconsin.


Mark is survived by his three children, Ali (Jake) Caelwaerts, MaKayla Liebeck, Hunter Liebeck; his parents, Ronald and Phyllis Liebeck; his first grandchild, Chase Caelwaerts; siblings, Mike (Kari) Liebeck, Vicki (Clint) Deering, Keith (Kerri) Liebeck; mother of his children and longtime friend, Kyle Liebeck; and many nieces and nephews.


At the age of 17, Mark began his career creating custom fiberglass products. This led him to dedicating the past 20 years to building his business, which fabricates and installs these items across the country. Aside from his profession, Mark enjoyed a wide variety of activities that kept him busy year-round. In the fall, he spent countless hours preparing, strategizing, and executing his next big deer hunt. Through the winter months, Mark’s passion projects included refurbishing classic cars, particularly 1969 and 1970 Mustangs. And in the spring and summer, Mark enjoyed quality time on the water fishing for salmon or casting for his next 50+ inch musky. If Wisconsin’s weather allowed, you could also find him riding through town on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. No matter what the activity was, he enjoyed sharing his love for these hobbies with his family and friends.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church (1412 Main Street, Luxemburg, WI 54217) from 5:00-7:00 PM with closing vigil prayer service at 7:00pm. Visitation will continue between 9:30 and 10:45 am on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg. Funeral 11:00 am Thursday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating. Burial in Irish Eaton Cemetery.


McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBUG, is assisting the Liebeck Family.

Carolyn Mary Johnson

Carolyn Mary Johnson, 75 of New Franken, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Monday, June 14, 2021.


  She was born in Green Bay on July 13, 1945, to the late Harry and Bertha (VandenBush) Jauquet. 


She graduated in 1963 from Luxemburg-Casco High School. On June 5, 1965, she married Edmund J. Van Roy at St. Hubert Church, Sugarbush.

  He preceded her in death on May 20, 1980.  On February 10, 2001, she married Jim C. Johnson in Green Bay. 


Carolyn enjoyed cooking, cleaning, campfires, spending time with friends and family, traveling, meeting people, supporting her family, and sharing stories. 

She loved cheering on her family at sporting events and cub scouts.


Carolyn always welcomed anyone and made them feel a part of her family.  She had a smile with a “Hi, how are ya?” that would brighten a room and a boisterous laugh that would warm it.


She is survived by her loving husband, Jim, and her children, Rose (Jim) Fast, Chuck (Debbie) Van Roy, Paul (Erika) Van Roy, Carla Van Roy; her grandchildren, Emily and Abbigael Van Roy, Autumn Rank, Eddie, Bobby, and JoJo Van Roy; four siblings, Patsy (Francis) DeGrave, Hub (JoAnne) Jauquet, Dalen (Sandy) Jauquet, Mark (Jan) Jauquet; many nieces and nephews.


Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Edmund “Butch” Van Roy and many family members and friends.


Friends may call at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, 3:30 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 17, 2021. 


Closing prayer service 7:00 pm on Thursday.


Entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.

Althea Erna (Korth) Abitz

On Saturday, June 12th, 2021, Althea Abitz, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away to her Heavenly Father at the age of 89.


Althea was born on October 3, 1931, in Neenah, WI to Alex and Mabel (Maas) Korth.  She was baptized and confirmed at Mount Olive in Appleton and graduated at Menasha High School. Althea obtained a teaching degree from UW-Oshkosh as the first graduating class of the University.


On November 23, 1956, she married Gerald V. Abitz.  They raised two children, Mark and Anne.  She loved her home in Dyckesville with the view of Green Bay, wonderful sunsets, and her flower garden.


Althea had a passion for educating young people.  For five years she taught grades 1-8 in a one-room school. As a member of St John Lutheran Church in Luxemburg, she taught Sunday school for 19 years. Althea was known for her housekeeping, cooking, and handy crafts.  She was active in Kewaunee County Homemakers for many years and sewed costumes for school musicals, swing choir, and plays.  Her devotion and love for Jesus was present all her life.


In retirement, Althea and Gerald loved to travel.  They visited 48 states, Germany, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Algeria.  She enjoyed reading, going to shows, and gardening.


Althea loved baking cookies with her granddaughters and had fun with her witty jokes.  She had a kind heart and enjoyed doing things for others without them knowing.


Althea is survived by her husband Gerald V. Abitz, Luxemburg; son Mark Abitz and fiancé Debi Smith, La Crosse; daughter Anne and Tim Farebrother, New Berlin; granddaughters Emily Farebrother, Katelyn Farebrother, Catherine Abitz and Elizabeth Abitz; brother Aldon Korth, Stockbridge.  She is also survived by niece Roxanne (Randy) Dyle, Green Bay; and nephews Randy (Judy) Korth, Green Bay; and Bryan (Sue) Korth, Saginaw, MI.


Althea is preceded in death by her father Alex Korth, mother Mabel Korth, and sister-in-law Helen Korth.


Friends may call 9:00 to 10:45 am Friday, June 18, 2021, at St. John Lutheran Church, Luxemburg.  Funeral 11:00 am Friday with Rev. Carl Brewer officiating.  Burial in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Luxemburg.


McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg, is assisting the Abitz Family.

James Rohr

James Rohr, age 83 of Kewaunee died unexpectedly on Tuesday June 8, 2021 at home.  He was born on July 27, 1937 in Kewaunee to the late Florian and Clara (Chapek) Rohr.

He graduated from Holy Rosary grade school and Kewaunee High School in 1957.  He then served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959.  He married Jean Helbick on April 12, 1958.

Jim worked for Hamilton Manufacturing and also operated a charter fishing service our of Kewaunee for many years. He was an avid hunter and outdoors man.  He and his five brothers enjoyed several hunting trips to Wyoming over the years.  He enjoyed spending time and maintaining his property in Rostock.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife Jean of over sixty-three years; one daughter and son-in-law: Jane and Peter Peterson, Washington, UT; three grandsons: Matthew, Jason and Jeremy; one granddaughter: Ashley (Brent) Reimer; eleven greatgrandchildren: Anthony, Aaron, Mackenna, Deegan, Abel, Alexis, Ryan, Kristine, Anakin, Max, Zoey; two brothers: Bill (Cathy) Rohr, Mike Rohr both of Kewaunee; sister-in-law: Carol Rohr, DePere, sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Bonnie and Donald Thor, Kewaunee; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Robert and Nancy Helbick, Green Bay; brother-in-law: Daryl Sijak, Crandon. He was preceded in death by a son: Patrick Rohr; three brothers: David, Tom and Florian Jr. Rohr; three sisters: Florence Vlasak, Nancy Rayome and Joyce Sellers; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Richard and Dorothy Helbick.

Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee until the time of services.  A funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Dcn. Chuck Agnew officiating.  The service will be live streamed at  Go to “Parish” and click on “Watch this weeks Masses”.

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Milfred (Dennis) Eisner

Milfred (Dennis) Eisner, age 76 of Kewaunee died on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Aurora Baycare Medical Center following a short illness.  He was born on March 14, 1945 in Sheboygan to the late Milfred G. and Marjorie (Shufflebotham) Eisner.

He was a lifelong member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Carlton.  Dennis worked in the logging and saw mill industry all of his life until retiring.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include two children: Dennis (Lori) Eisner, Kewaunee; Amy (Jose’) Eisner-Perez, Kewaunee; six grandchildren: Brooklyn, Dyson Eisner; Kyle Sanderson, Jasmin, Sofia, Amiyah Perez-Eisner; two sisters: Sandra (Robert) Dellemann, Kewaunee, Lynne (Thomas) Kruse, Kewaunee; one brother: Jeffrey Eisner, DePere; the mother of his children: Jane Peterson, Kewaunee.  He was preceded in death by his brother: Larry Eisner; his maternal grandparents: James and Mary Shufflebotham and his paternal grandparents: George and Adele Eisner.

Private funeral services will be held at Buchanan Funeral on Thursday, June 17, 2021 with Pastor Schwark of St. Peters Lutheran Church officiating.  Burial will be in Carlton Volunteer Cemetery.

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Rita M. Clark

Rita M. Clark, 95, Algoma, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021 at her home.   She was born August 9, 1925 in Thiry Daems to Peter and Edith (Bellin) Frisque. 

Rita graduated from the Washington Grace School and stayed on the farm to help her parents.  Later the family bought a different farm in the Town of Lincoln area. When she was a few years older she worked at Bultman's Bar outside of Algoma for a few years.

She met and married Fred Clark on May 25, 1946 at St. Odile Church in Thiry Daems.  They moved to Ellison Bay for two years, then moved to Algoma where she worked at the Algoma Hospital and later at the Algoma Hardwoods where she retired from in 1988. 

Rita enjoyed the time she spent with all of her family, enjoyed baking, sewing and crocheting.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by her three children Carol (Dennis) Kostichka, Algoma; James (Twila) Clark, Forestville; and Karen (Russell) Delebreau, Algoma; 7 grandchildren, 11-great-grandchildren, one sister Ella (Lloyd) Pinchart, Algoma; sisters-in-law Verna Clark, Algoma; Carol Clark, Algoma and Carol Clark, Forestville; many nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Martin (Nathalie) Frisque, sister Johanna (Norman) Timble, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Henry (Delores) Clark, Edward Clark, Ronald Clark, Harvey (Germaine) Clark and Clarence Clark; half brother William P. (Cecilia) Olson and half sister Leah (Leverne) LeMere.

Family and friends may gather at St. Mary Catholic Church, Algoma, Friday, June 18th, 2021 from 9:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Rev. Tony Birdsall officiating.  Entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.

The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Steven R. Bertz

Steven Bertz, Sturgeon Bay businessman and Executive Chef, died peacefully at his home after a lengthy battle with many cancers, on Thursday, June 10, 2021, with his wife, son, and daughter in-law at his side.  He fought a great fight and when he was down, he always seemed to find strength to rally back again.

     Steve was born August 8, 1952, in Oshkosh, WI the son of the late Henry and Amanda (Befus) Bertz. He graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1970.  On February 28, 1982, he married the love of his life, Nancy L. Haffeman in Minneapolis, MN.  For this, many considered him a saint!

     A successful Executive Chef by trade, he started his passion for cooking at Robbins Restaurant in Oshkosh as a young high school boy.  He later received his degrees in Culinary Arts and Hotel/Restaurant Management.  Later in life, Steve attended the CIA in Napa Valley, CA. Steve and Nancy moved to Door County in 2005 where together they operated and managed Stone Harbor Resort. Steve was well loved by all who knew him, and his employees were considered part of his family.

     Surviving family include his wife, Nancy Haffeman Bertz; son, Brandon (Laura) Bertz; his adorable granddaughters, Jacquelyn, and Mabel Bertz; sister, Nancy (John) Anderson; sisters in-law, Susan Lang, Peggy (Dick) Forseth; many nieces and nephews.  Steve also leaves behind many dear friends whom he enjoyed spending time with. 

     Preceding him in death were his parents, Amanda “Jo” Befus and Hank Bertz; in-laws, Lorraine, and Frank Haffeman.

     Steve will be remembered for his love of life, and creating joy, laughter, and the worst jokes ever on any occasion. He worked hard all his life and was dedicated to his craft. He was such a kind and generous man. He will forever be missed by his family, friends, and the Thursday Night “bowling team”!

     A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay, Sunday, June 27 from 1:00 -4:00 p.m.   A time of remembrance and reflections will be held from 3:00 -3:30 p.m. There has been a memorial fund established in his name. Sign online guestbook and offer condolences, share memories and pictures at 

William H. Kezo

William H. Kezo, 68, of Algoma, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021, at his home. Born to the late Harold and Esther (Johnson) Kezo on January 29, 1953. Saved, born again, and baptized on February 13, 2009.

     Bill graduated from Southern Door High School in 1972 before attending NWTC-SB diesel mechanic school. He had been active in FFA with Bill Brey. He was a state certified EMT, diesel mechanic, proficient at sign language, CNA, and worked for Schneider Trucking as a semi-truck operator, and Ham radio general KB9QKE. For many years, Bill focused his work with church restorations as a skilled painter and decorator. He also worked for Eichers Feed and Grain, was a mill and grain driver, bartended Brownsville Station, worked for JJ Security at Door County Hospital, was a home health provider for Porter Kiehnau and Brown County Mental Health as CNA, was a Kieler Fire Department, Cuba City EMT, and laminator at PBI and Bay Ship. Bill had also owned and operated Memory Land DJ Service.

     On June 5, 1976, he married the love of his life, Susan M. Ehlers at St. Peters Ev. Lutheran Church. He enjoyed dancing with Susie, playing darts on leagues, playing cribbage, riding his Goldwing cycle, taking his boat out fishing, watching war and western documentaries and movies, and watching his five grandchildren who always put a smile on his face with every visit.

     Bill was very thankful for his wife, Susie taking care of him when he was struck with six strokes.  She stood by his side, sticking with him like Gorilla glue.

     He leaves behind his wife, Susie of 45 years; two sons, Chris Kezo, Ryan (Angela) Kezo; five grandchildren, Mariah, Malachi, Micah, Ezra, Hannah Kezo; two sisters, Rose Ullman, Lynn Hermes; godsons, Jim Keller, Eric Ullman; brother, Bob (Karol) Kezo; sisters-in-law, Joy Kezo, Joan Kezo; many dear nieces and nephews; cousins, Marge Conrad of Illinois; nephew, Russel Ehlers; brother-in-law, Ron Ehlers; best friend, Darrel Clark; aunt, Veronica Vertz.

      Preceding him in death were his parents; grandparents; nieces, April Kezo and Tracy Ehlers; In-Laws; brothers, Ken Kezo, Dave Kezo; friends, Gary Keller, Jacobe Phillips, cousins, Beadie Tott, George Tott; like a father, Frank Clark; three uncles, Floyd, Lloyd, Julius Vertz; his dog, Caleb; brothers-in-law, Jim and Bob Ehlers, Jack Hermes, Glen Ullman; and sisters-in-law, Judy, and Mae Ehlers.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home with Pastor Ray Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Bayside Cemetery.

     Friends may call on Sunday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home and on Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Devotion to be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening.

      Special thanks to Algoma Fire and Rescue, Algoma Police Department and Coroner, Rory Groessel for their compassion shown to our family.

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Dr. Joan A. Traver Appel, MD (Update)

At 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2020, Dr. Joan A. Traver Appel, MD went home to be with her Lord and Savior.

     Joan Amalia was born June 4, 1940 to Edward and Isabelle (Cryowski) Traver in Detroit, MI. She spent her early years in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. After graduating from Oak Park High School, she attended Loyola University in Chicago, IL for one year before entering the Convent of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ for nine years. Joan received her MD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed her internship and residency at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Dr. Joan came to Door County in 1978 and started a medical office, working over 35 years caring for the health of her patients both, in her office and at Door County Memorial Hospital in Sturgeon Bay on-call both, day and night. Mexico and Albania were among the foreign countries she traveled to on mission trips to care for the sick.

     On June 19, 1982, Joan married Robert Appel. They worked together until closing the medical practice in Sister Bay in 2014. She continued to see patients at Coventry Care until six months ago.

     Joan loved the Lord and was an active member at each church she attended. Her love of reading and writing poetry filled much of her free time. For many years, Joan did stain glass work which can be found throughout the county and world. Her patients’ welfare was foremost on her mind, always striving to get them back to health or get them help. Joan will be missed by a great many people that she cared for.

     She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Robert Appel; brothers, Daniel (Joanne) Traver, Arthur Traver, and David (Mary) Traver; brothers in-law, Edward (Holly) Appel and Thomas Schmidt; sisters in-law, Tina Appel, Ida Kay Orsted, and Cheryl Appel; many dear nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

     Joan was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Edward and Myrtle (Albertson) Appel; sister, Cecelia (Howard) Cabin; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Traver, Betty (Robert) Phillips, Sandra Schmidt, and Cindi (William) Benson; brothers in-law; William Appel and Gregory Orsted; and other relatives.

     A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site with inurnment in St. Mary’s of the Lake Cemetery in Baileys Harbor. Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church.

     “Our family would like to thank Unity Hospice, and Martha, Kathy, and William of Hearthside CBRF for all their kind words and gentle care at this most difficult time.”

     Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Joan may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Lucille Barbiaux

Lucille M. Barbiaux, 91, of Luxemburg passed away peacefully on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Bellin Hospital. She was born on April 6, 1930 in Luxemburg to the late George F. and Mary P. (Gauthier) Lemens. Lucille graduated from St. Mary School and Luxemburg High School. She married Jonas D. Barbiaux on November 17, 1951 at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2017. 


Lucille worked a short time for Lloyd Meacham Realty, Green Bay and later at the Gambles Store/Lemens Hardware Store, Luxemburg, for many years. Lucille was an avid bowler and golfer in Luxemburg area leagues. She was also an avid sports fan and enjoyed following Luxemburg-Casco sports as well as sporting and school events of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She and Jonas were Packer season ticket holders for many years.  She had many talents which resulted in several wedding and first communion dresses for her daughters and granddaughters, as well as beautiful wedding cakes. Lucille was a member of The Christian Mother Society of St. Mary Church and a long-time volunteer at the Chapel, Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, leading the Rosary for many years.


Lucille is survived by eight children, Mary Lou (Arlin) Karnopp, LuAnne (John) Kaye, Bob (Janie) Barbiaux, Sue (Ken) Davister, Bill (Nancy) Barbiaux, Kathy (Pete) VanDeHey, Debbie (Dennis) Mercier, and Janelle (Jeff) Zoeller; 23 grandchildren, Candy (Steve) Hanmann, Angie (Mike) Peterson, Kate (Bruce) Kinjerski, Rob (Nicole) Karnopp, Dusty (Danielle) Karnopp, Jim (Jessica) Kaye, Kevin (Kate) Kaye, Amy (Will) Rutherford, Nick (Jenn) Davister, Michelle (Tim) Boland, Alison (Adam) Dedrick, Peter (Jordyn) Barbiaux, Tim (Ashley) Barbiaux, Steve (Erin) DeGrand, Danielle (Eric) Smith, Emily (Kyle) Geiger, Colyn VanDeHey, Nicole (Brian) Robley, Katrina VanDeHey, David (Jenna) Mercier, Dan (Natalie) Mercier, Dylan Mercier (Alicia Dalebroux), and Caleb Zoeller; 31 plus great-grandchildren,  Madison, Sophie, Emma, Lydia, Bella, Abby, Ryker, Ainsley, Flora, Autumn, Alexis, Stella, Jacob, Bennett, Nora, Parker, Hudson, Jace, Clare, Jonas, Liam, Landon, Brayden, Ava, Jackson, Cole, Carson, Violet, Nolan, Aubree, Abe and three more on the way.  She is also survived by one sister, Irma Daul; one brother, Harold Lemens; four sisters in law and one brother in law, Janice Lemens, Dorothy Heim, Bonnie Seiler, Marilyn and Tom Melchior; many nieces, nephews and cousins


In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one infant son, Joseph; one infant granddaughter, Jennifer Kaye; her parents; her mother in law and father in law, Dorothy and Elmer Barbiaux; one brother, Leonard Lemens; two sisters in law and seven brothers in law, Berdina Lemens, Harold Daul, Charles, Donald and Rita, Anthony, and Maurice Barbiaux, Lawrence Heim, Jerry Seiler; one niece and one nephew, Jenifer Heim and Dale Barbiaux.


Friends may call 3:00 PM to 6:30PM at St Mary Church, Luxemburg, 1412 Main St., Luxemburg, WI on Sunday, June 13, 2021. A closing prayer service 6:30 PM on Sunday with Deacon Bob Miller. Visitation will continue between 9:30 AM and 10:45 AM Monday, June 14, 2021 at St Mary Church, Luxemburg. Funeral 11:00 AM, Monday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg. McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the Barbiaux Family.


The family would like to thank Pam and the staff at Helping Hearts Assisted Living for her excellent care the past two years, as well as the staff on the eighth floor at Bellin Hospital.  We love you Mom and will miss you dearly.

John R. Henz

John R. Henz, 74, of Sturgeon Bay died unexpectedly on Friday, June 4, 2021 at his home.

John was born on July 16, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of John P. Henz and Helen (Moskal) Henz. He attended Mounds View High School and some college before serving in the Army during the Viet Nam War. John lived in Australia with his sister and brother-in-law in the early 1970’s before settling in Door County, Wisconsin. He married Suzanne Weiler at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay on December 22, 1974, and their only child Katherine was born in 1976. John married his second wife, Virginia (Field) Olson, at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay on October 19, 1985.

John held a variety of jobs including food service, carpentry and wood working, and is perhaps best known for his many years as a custodian at Gibraltar School District. He enjoyed travel, especially to mountains, deserts, and National Parks. He was a devout Christian who attended various churches and enjoyed reading about other religions and philosophies as well. John was always reading and learning. In recent years, John could be seen taking his daily walk around Sturgeon Bay, making friend wherever he went.

John is survived by his daughter, Katherine (Niki) Vitela, and grandson Ian Vitela, of Sturgeon Bay; his brother-in-law, Jon Svoem of Fort Atkinson, WI; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews, and a network of friends and church families.

John was preceded in death by his father, John P. Henz; mother Helen (Moskal) Henz; and sister Helene (Henz) Svoem.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will be planned later this year. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the 115 Club in Sturgeon Bay or a U.S. Veteran’s charity of your choice and/or take a walk outside to enjoy nature and make new friends.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Elaine Estel

Elaine M. Estel, 88 of Luxemburg, died peacefully on Monday June 7, 2021, surrounded by her family.  She was born on July 13, 1932, in Pilsen to the late Jacob J. and Katherine (Meyer) Shefchik.  She was a 1950 graduate of Kewaunee High School.  On November 27, 1952, she married Benedict “Ben” Estel at St. Joseph Church in Pilsen.  He preceded her in death on April 4, 2017.  They celebrated 64 years together and raised eight children on their family farm.   


Elaine was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church and belonged to the Christian Mother Society.  She also belonged to the Ralph Kline American Legion Auxiliary Unit 262 in Luxemburg.  Elaine, a Tupperware Consultant for forty plus years, also enjoyed traveling, playing cards, going out for breakfast, and talking on the phone with friends.  She loved to cook and bake for her 8 children, 19 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.


Survivors include her eight children, Jerry (Sherrie) Estel, Dave (Lynne) Estel, all of Green Bay; Germaine (Richard) Wertel, Denmark; Darlene (Warren) DeGrand, Luxemburg; Marie (Dave) Salzsieder, Denmark; Jane Dorner, Luxemburg; Jim (fiancé, Nikki Rosenau) Estel, Green Bay; Dan (Vicki) Estel, Luxemburg; 19 grandchildren, Brian Estel (special friend, Mallory), Kari (Jon) Blazek, Catie (Jason) Heimke, Adam (Kyleen) Wertel, Ben Wertel (special friend, Dena), Chrystl (Brian) Wallace, Lee (Sara) DeGrand, Michelle (Brandon) Cole, Vicky (Nathan) VandenBranden, Stacy (Mick) Verdonck, Scott Salzsieder, Sarah (Mike) Laurent, Karen (Chad) Rosenberg, Sharon (Don) Aregoni, Roxie (Chad) Mielke, Nathan Dorner, Tonya (Adam) Kane, Amanda (special friend, Corey) Estel, Josh Estel; 20 great grandchildren; one sister in law, Mary Jo Shefchik, Luxemburg; one brother in law, Robert Estel, Green Bay; many nieces and nephews.


Elaine was preceded in death by one daughter in law, Annette Estel; one great granddaughter, Ruby Mielke; two brothers and one sister in law, Norbert Shefchik, Ronald (Marilyn) Shefchik; seven brothers in law and eight sisters in law, Raymond (Betty) Estel, Peter (Alice) Estel, Eleanor (Jake) Wachal, Stacy (Frank) Krines, Millie (Eben) Vandeveld, Hildegarde (Norman) Jonet, Betty (Don) Ledvina, Marcy Estel; her mother in law and father in law, Peter and Caroline Estel.


Friends may call 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Parish prayer service 6:30 pm on Thursday with Deacon Bob Miller.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:15 am on Friday, June 11, 2021, at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Funeral 10:30 am at the church, Friday with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.


McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the family.

The Estel Family wishes to extend a thank you to the staff and caregivers of Autumn’s Promise and Unity Hospice staff, especially Dar, for all the comfort you have given Mom.  And a very special thank you to Father Mark Mleziva.


Mom, we love you and will miss you! So long until we meet again.

Timothy J. Fuerst

Timothy J. Fuerst, 55, of Sister Bay, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away early Saturday (June 5, 2021) at Door County Medical Center ER after a sudden illness. 


He was born December 19, 1965, in Algoma, the son of the late William and Dorothy (Ehlers) Fuerst.  Tim graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1984 where he was a standout pitcher for the baseball team.  To this day, Tim holds the 2nd Place Class C record for most strikeouts in WIAA tournament play against Cumberland in 1984.  Following high school, Tim attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he studied Sociology and Early Childhood Development before transferring to Chippewa Valley Tech to pursue certification in Police Sciences.  After graduation,  he worked in security briefly before a career that began with the Dunn’s County Sheriff’s Department and then the Door County Sheriff’s Office.  His career with the Door County Sheriff’s Office spanned 29 ½ years. 


Tim loved serving the Door County community and protecting all residents and visitors throughout Door County. He was known for his careful enforcement of the law while exercising compassion for everyone he met, as well as for his incredible sense of humor.


He also served as a long-time member of the Door County SWAT team, an officer field trainer, and managed the reserve deputies for years.  Tim loved coaching youth sports, particularly baseball at all levels, including Babe Ruth, and Legion, gaining many championships with the teams he was involved with.  His son, Joe, meant everything to him now, and Tim enjoyed coaching Joe through his youth, where they were able to form an inseparable bond.  From his father’s example, Joe also followed Tim into a career in law enforcement, serving first in Waukesha County and now for the City of Green Bay.  


Tim told everyone his life was complete when he met MaryKay (Teskie) Shumway in 2011 and on September 14, 2013, they married at Shepherd of the Bay Church in Ellison Bay.


Surviving family includes his wife, MaryKay; son, Timothy Joseph (Alyssa) Fuerst II of Green Bay; step-children, Kaytlin Shumway of Milwaukee, Kierra Shumway of Sister Bay, Melissa (Patrick) Mock, Daniel (Desiree) Szymanski both of Green Bay; two sisters, Kellie (Chris) Sabo of Hartford, and Carrie Greenwood of Hartford.


Preceding Tim in death were his parents Bill and Dorothy Fuerst, and brother-in-law, Fred Greenwood. 


Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Huehns Funeral Home with Pastor Ed House officiating.  Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery. 


Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.


Memorials may be made in Timothy Fuerst’s memory to Door County Emergency Responders.                                         


"Thank you to the number of friends and community that have reached out to comfort us these past few days and, with that support, we will get through this tragic loss together.  We lost an irreplaceable soul.  Tim’s kindness, compassion, quick wit and humor WERE a beacon to many people throughout his life.   Thank you all again for your support.” 

Thomas R. Goetz

Thomas Raymond Goetz, 71, of Little Sturgeon, passed away on May 31, 2021.  He was born Feb. 16, 1950, in Sturgeon Bay, to Joseph and Lucille (Weldon) Goetz.  After graduating from Premontre High School, he served his country in the United States Marine Corps.   


For many years, Tom worked in Green Bay as a diesel mechanic and warehouse person at Morning Glory Dairy. He was also a co-owner and operator of Goetz Resort in Little Sturgeon and will always be remembered as a good loyal friend to many.


As an avid outdoorsman, Tom loved fishing and hunting, particularly big game hunting in Wisconsin, Montana, and Minnesota.  He especially looked forward to his annual month-long retreat to bear camp in Minnesota.  Tom also enjoyed spending his winters in Arizona for many years. 


He is survived by his son Allen Goetz, Green Bay, WI; 2 grandchildren, Cody and Leah; 2 sisters, Marlene Schrank, Manitowoc, WI and Mary Meissner-Goetz, Little Sturgeon, WI; 3 nephews, John (Connie) Goetz and their son Timothy, Richard Goetz, and Justin (Rachel) Goetz and their daughters Brenalyn and Adrianna;  2 nieces, Cassie (Shawn) Snyder and their sons Isaac and Carter, and Jamie Schrank and her children Deven, Dezirae, E.J. and Ryder. Tom is further survived by many close friends: Terry Wiensch, Gene and Sue VandenPlas, Jason Dubois, Kermit and Cleo Franda and family, Randy and Mary Piontek, Danny Hertel, Andy Mahner, Dick Gerlikowski and Don Irish, as well as many other dear friends in Goetz Court, Little Sturgeon, WI, Minnesota and Arizona.


He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Paul Goetz, and nephew Marshall Meissner.

Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Monday, June 7, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Visitation will continue at Corpus Christi Church on Tuesday June 8 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am when a mass of Christian Burial will be conducted by the Rev. Anthony Birdsall.  Burial with military honors will be at Stevenson Cemetery.   Masks are requested to be worn by those who have not been vaccinated.  


Dorothy M. Logan

Dorothy M. Logan, 91, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on May 26, 2021 at home with her son by her side.  She was born March 29, 1930 in Wausau, Nebraska to John and Mabel (Swanson) Anderson. 

On Jan. 19, 1950 she married Edgar Logan.  They moved to Cherokee, IA for a short time, and then settled in Yankton, S.D.  Dorothy was a member of the United Church of Christ in Yankton and managed their household until her son was grown.  She later worked at Sacred Heart Hospital as dietary aid for 23 years.


Dorothy retired in 1988 and lived with Edgar in their rural home until he passed in 1993. Shortly after Edgar’s passing, she moved into Yankton.  In 2007, she moved to Council Bluffs, IA to live with her son.  In 2015, she relocated to Sturgeon Bay along with her son and daughter-in-law who retired and moved to Sturgeon Bay to be near their daughter’s family (her granddaughter). She loved doing needle work, along with gardening and lawn work, tirelessly pulling weeds, accompanied by her buddy, Tully, a miniature Australian Shepherd.


Dorothy is survived by her son Dale Logan, grandson Christopher Logan, granddaughter Tahna (James) Logan Evers, all of Sturgeon Bay; 3 great-grandsons, Gannon, Braden, and Landon Evers; brothers Don and Les Anderson; sister-in-law Dorothy (Alvin) Anderson Dwyer; nieces and nephews and their families.


She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Alvin, Arnold, Duane, and Stanley; daughter-in-law Ann Logan; sisters-in-law, Lilly (Arnold) Anderson and Phyllis (Les) Anderson.

A visitation is scheduled for June 15, 2021 at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay from 4-6 pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sturgeon Bay High School Football Program or the Door County Humane Society.

Beverly Grace Kramer

Beverly Kramer, 93, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2021 at the Door County Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay, WI, where she lived the final years of her life, and was beloved by staff and other patients. She passed with her loving children at her side.


Bev was born in St. Paul, MN to loving parents Hildegard and Russell Thompson.  She and her older brother, Frank, grew up in St. Paul.  After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Bev set out to have adventures – and so she did! She traveled Europe with three friends, lived briefly in San Francisco, and finally moved to Chicago, IL where she worked for the National Safety Council, and met her husband, J. Harold (Hal) Kramer.  After a whirlwind courtship, Bev and Hal were married on May 3, 1958, and immediately started a family.  Son, Douglas Christopher, was born in 1959 and daughter, Sue Ann, was born in 1963.


In 1968, the young family moved to the Chicago suburb of Highland Park.  Bev was a stay-at-home mom, and was active in her kids’ schools and her church, Deerfield Presbyterian.  A dedicated and loving wife and mother, Bev loved to cook delicious dinners, and bake cookies and cakes for her family.  When Doug went to college, Bev went back to work full-time to help with expenses, and ended up working at Highland Park Hospital for 8 years in public relations. 


After raising their children in Highland Park, Bev and Hal moved to Lake Bluff, IL, where they would celebrate the weddings of both Doug and Sue Ann in 1991.  In a few years, Bev and Hal were thrilled with the birth of their first grandchild, Grant Joseph Kramer, soon followed by Kyle James Hubbard, Madelyn Claire Kramer, Grace Katherine Hubbard and Charles Stephen Hubbard.  Bev loved nothing more than to spend time with her children and grandchildren, and was always proud and happy to attend sporting events, concerts, birthday parties and holiday celebrations.


After the death of her husband Hal in 2013, Bev moved up north to Sturgeon Bay, WI to be closer to Sue Ann and her family.  Living in assisted living and finally a local nursing home, Bev made friends with staff and other residents.  She loved to tell stories, was an avid reader, knitted lots of scarves for friends and family, and watched Judge Judy whenever possible.  Bev read the Wall Street Journal every day, and loved to talk about current events and recipes with all visitors.  She played a wicked game of Kings Corners, Sequence, Scrabble, and often swept the prizes at Bingo.  Bev loved visitors, especially family members, and was thrilled when her nieces, Emily Thompson Haddad, Bonnie Thompson Gentil and nephew Mark Thompson would come to visit her from Minnesota. When the COVID pandemic hit, Bev weathered the isolation bravely and with good humor. Always ready with a smile and a kind word, Bev will be missed deeply by all of us lucky enough to have known and loved her.


She is survived by her two children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends. A private service will be held at a later date this summer at Sunset Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Forbes Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family with arrangements.  Contributions may be made in her name to the charity of your choice.   

Dennis D. Fales

Fales, Dennis D. of Venice, FL and Ellison Bay, WI, formerly of Kirkwood, MO, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2021.    He was born on February 22, 1943, in St. Louis, MO to Dean and Mary (Hornbeak) Fales.  On August 17, 1968, he married Mary M. Chapman in Springfield, IL.


Dennis graduated from Stanford University (BA) in 1964 and Washington University (JD) in 1969. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.

Dennis retired as Vice President and Senior Counsel of Ralston Purina Company in 2002 after 34 years.


Dennis preformed in many plays and was known for his tenor voice in school and church choirs, most notably being a founding member of the Mendicants of Stanford University.  Upon retirement, Dennis sang with The Doormen, The Peninsula Chamber Singers, and the choir at The Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church of Ellison Bay, WI. Dennis will be missed for his brilliant mind, love of literature, quick-witted humor, boundless generosity and unfailing commitment to family, friends, and career. 


Survivors include his wife, Mary, Ellison Bay, WI; three children, Andrew D. (Kahala) Fales, Des Moines, IA; Margaret A. (Martin Coren) Fales, Brooklyn, NY; Tobin R. (Rebecca) Fales, St. Louis, MO; six grandchildren, Aiden, Hanna, and Mitchell Fales, Genevieve Fales Coren, Elin and Edwin Fales; one sister, Lesley (Sam) McCorkle, St. Louis, MO; brother-in-law, Bud (Marty) Chapman, Chatham, IL; two sisters-in-law, Ann (Cullen) Davis, Springfield, IL; Jane (Vince) Siemer, New Zealand; Janet Fales, Ladue, MO; and twelve nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a baby brother, Kermit Douglas Fales; and a sister-in-law and her husband, Carolyn and Ed Lee.


A music and prayer service in Dennis’ honor to be held at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church of Ellison Bay, WI, Monday, July 26th, 2021 at 11:00am.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Peninsula Players in Fish Creek, WI, or Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, WI.  Burial will be in Hainesville Cemetery, Sturgeon Bay, WI.  Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Chuck Wagner

Charles C. Wagner, 80, Algoma, passed away Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.


Chuck was born September 21, 1940 in Marshfield to Ivo and Rosaline (Pearl) Wagner. He was the oldest of 10 siblings and was an admired big brother.


Chuck married Ruth Greenwood on November 27, 1965, and they were married more than 55 years. He was a proud Union man, who worked over 40 years as a pipefitter for Boilermakers Local 107.


Chuck was known for his joking personality and enjoyed razzing his neighbors, friends, and even the nurses who cared for him at the end. He will be sadly missed by the overweight neighborhood squirrels, bunnies, and birds who looked forward to their daily feasts of corn and peanuts.


Chuck is survived by his wife, Ruth; his three children, Darin Wagner, Leigh Ann Wagner (Kyle) Kroening, and Jason (Elizabeth) Wagner; nine grandchildren, Charles Drown, Derik Drown (Michelle Morris), Karisa (Paul) Stuth, Peyton Kroening, Braden Kroening, Andrew Wagner, Adelyn Kroening, Thomas Wagner, and Nina Wagner; one great grandchild, Ophelia Drown, and another one on the way; many siblings, nephews, nieces, and friends.


According to Chuck’s wishes, there will be no funeral services, and his family will spread his ashes on his land in Door County when the wind is blowing just the right way.


The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, was entrusted with the arrangements for the family.

Marie T. Miller

Marie T. Miller, 97, Luxemburg, peacefully ended her earthly existence on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 and was called into the presence of her Creator at helping Hearts Assisted Living in Luxemburg. 

She was born on February 14, 1924 to the late Clem and Louise (Jeanquart) Rass.  After her 1941 graduation from Luxemburg High School, she worked commercially in Milwaukee before returning to Luxemburg and marrying her friend and neighbor James Miller on August 26, 1944 at St. Mary Church.  She then became a full time mom to her four children and an occasional assistant to Dr. Emmet Dewane. As a person of faith, she served St. Mary Parish as a member of the Christian Mother Society, lector, and religious education teacher for many years.


In the early 1970’s she and Jim were touched by the Spirit as they participated in the Charismatic Renewal Movement taking place in our diocese at the time; this experience taking them in a new direction on their journey of faith.  Upon the death of her husband on December 9, 1999, after 55 years of marriage, she continued her participation in Daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration and became a friend and mentor to those whom she encountered, and as a result of the dedication she earned the affectionate title, “card lady” given to her by her children.


Survivors include her children, Dcn Bob (Linda) Miller, New Franken; Wendy (Dale) Lais, MN; Julie (Dave) Dalebroux, Luxemburg; Sue (Paul) Barrett, IL; grandchildren, Steve (Jessica) Miller, Jeffrey (Kimberlee) Miller, Jennifer Lais, Vincent (Brenna Carlson) Lais, Chad (Michelle Fields) Eslinger, Anne (Bill) Hopkins, Michael (Alex) Baierl, Paul (Aftin) Baierl, Drew Barrett, Matthew Barrett; step grandchildren, Jason (Deb) Dalebroux, Jenny (friend, Scott Campbell) Kramer, Jolene (Luke) Chevalier; 17 great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren; brothers, Clem Rass, Menasha; Jim (Alice) Rass, Mosinee; one sister, Laverne Happel, Brookfield; nieces and nephews.


Marie was preceded in death by her husband, James; one infant son, Joseph; one son in law, Tom Baierl; two brothers, Herbert (Lilian) Rass; Robert (Evelyn) Rass; two sisters, Betty (Don) Weier  and Lois (Anthony) Dorner; one brother in law, Dr. Emery Happel; one sister in law, Madge Rass; her father in law and mother in law, Nick and Lena Miller.


Friends may call at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg, between 8:45 and 10:45 am on Saturday, May 29, 2021.

  Funeral 11:00 am on Saturday with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating and Deacon Bob Miller assisting. 

Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.


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


The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Father Daniel Schuster for his sacramental presence and to Pam and the staff of Helping Hearts Assisted Living and Unity Hospice for their compassion and dedication in caring for Mom.

Patricia Jane (Schmelzer) LeBotte

Patricia Jane (Schmelzer) LeBotte, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Bellin Hospital.

Patti was born on February 2, 1936 in Forestville to Delbert and Thelma (Hunt) Schmelzer.  She graduated from Algoma High School.

Patti married Eugene (Gene) LeBotte in Maplewood on January 3, 1957.  She enjoyed playing her French horn in the Algoma Community Band, was a member of St. Mary Rosary Society, donated her time and talent to St. Mary Parish and School for many years, and enjoyed spending winters in Florida where she and Gene made some very dear friends.  They graciously opened their home for many years to foster children. She was involved in 4-H and Girl Scouts.  She loved attending all her children and grandchildren’s school and sporting events.

Patti is survived by their seven children, Mark (Tammy) LeBotte, Sara (Marty) Olejniczak, Ann LeBotte, Paul LeBotte (friend Terri MacGregor), John (Karrie) LeBotte, all of Algoma; Teresa LeBotte Hannily of Green Bay and Missy LeBotte of Algoma; 13 grandchildren, Robert (Linda) LeBotte, JoAnna Severinsen, Jacob LeBotte, Brandon (Carrie) Spude, Nicholas (Jessie) Spude, Lydia Olejniczak, Sadie Olejniczak, Shana (Corie) Kinjerski, Renee LeBotte, Jason (Selina) LeBotte, Matthew LeBotte, Emily Williams, Hannah Williams; 18 great grandchildren; five brothers, George Schmelzer, Sturgeon Bay; Paul Schmelzer, Boise, Idaho; Richard Schmelzer, Green Bay; Robert Schmelzer, Forestville; and Michael (Bonnie) Schmelzer, DePere; one sister, Mary (Frank) Roznik, Denmark.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother Donlan, father-in-law Elmer LeBotte, mother-in-law Frances LeBotte, two sisters-in-law Barbara and Gloria Schmelzer, and one great grandson Levi Spude.

Friends may call at St. Mary Catholic Church, Algoma, Tuesday. June 1. 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. With Father Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials to be made to either St. Mary Parish or St. Mary School.

The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, was entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Patricia’s tribute page at

Lorraine E. Bremer

Lorraine E. Bremer, 94, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully on May 19, 2021.  She was born in Chicago on Dec. 13, 1926 and grew up in Oak Park, IL.  After her marriage to C.A. “Al” Bremer, Lorraine lived in Glenview, IL, Stevens Point, WI, and Sturgeon Bay, WI (most recently at Pine Crest Village).  She and Al were married for 62 years.


She is survived by 3 children, Linda (Mike) Zolnosky, Sturgeon Bay; Diane (Paul) Bauman, Volo, IL; and Scott (JoAnn) Bremer, Wonder Lake, IL; Lorraine enjoyed her growing family of 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; also surviving is a sister-in-law Sandy Hansen. She was preceded in death by her husband Al, brothers Robert and Jack Hansen, and sister-in-law Carol Hansen.


Lorraine was always ready for a party and enjoyed entertaining, baking, knitting, sewing and rosemaling, especially being able to share her projects with family and friends.

She was a member of Hainesville Lutheran Church, a former member of the Door County Model A Club, various bridge clubs and the Door County Yacht Club.


Thanks to Pine Crest Village for their exceptional care and accommodation of Lorraine’s special needs.  Also, a huge thank you to Unity Hospice whose caring staff made her last days comfortable.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Unity Hospice of DePere (2366 Oak Ridge Circle, DePere, WI 54115).  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements, on-line condolences may be offered at

Meredy "Kelly" Kusch

Meredy “Kelly” Kusch, 71, of Sturgeon Bay and formerly of Delavan, WI, passed away at her home May 16, 2021.  She was born July 5, 1949 in Tacoma, WA to Carmon and Elaine (Speigel) Kelley.

Kelly grew up in the Chicago area where she met and married James Kusch Sr. in 1980.  They enjoyed a wonderful marriage and were inseparable until he passed away on March 19, 2020.  She recently moved to Sturgeon Bay to be near her son because of her failing health.

For most of her life, Kelly worked in quality control in the plastic manufacturing industry.  After retiring, she took on a variety of side jobs, including babysitting, which she loved the most. 

When not working, Kelly enjoyed time spent in her flower gardens and doing outdoor decorating.  She loved collecting cookie jars and receiving them as gifts. She also loved making big dinners for family and friends, especially during the holidays.  Kelly was a very caring and giving person and was always there for anyone who needed anything.  

She is survived by 4 children:  James (Ashley) Kusch Jr. of Sturgeon Bay, Mark Johnston (girl friend Jennifer Donelson of Twin Lakes, WI, Tom (Laura) Gilbert of Deerfield, IL, and Laurie Colins (boy friend Tom Harter) of Adams Friendship, WI; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her granddog Maggie whom she cherished and loved to spoil.  

She was preceded in death by her husband and daughter Leslie Gilbert.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday May 29, 2021 at the home of her son James Kusch Jr. (307 W. Pine St. Sturgeon Bay). Friends may call at James’ house from 11:00 am until the time of service. Instead of memorials, the family kindly requests outdoor flowers or plants sent or brought to the service in her memory.  Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations is assisting the family with arrangements.

Barbara Ettien

Barbara Ettien, 82, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital surrounded by her family. Born on July 28, 1938.  She was the daughter of Carl and Frances (Peer) Kurowski, Sr. She married Laurel Ettien, Sr. on August 20, 1960 at St. Willebrord Catholic Church, Green Bay, WI, he preceded her in death on February 5, 2019.

Barb worked side by side as a cheesemaker with her husband Laurel for over 37 years.  On May 2, 1997, she retired from cheesemaking.  In 1998, she and began a new career working at McDonalds in Luxemburg for over 15 years where she truly enjoyed working and made several wonder friends.

Throughout her life, Barb enjoyed spending time with her grandson, eating breakfast with Kevin every morning, watching her sons build and race stockcar, getting teased by dad, planting flower gardens, sewing and decorating her home for all the holidays.  Mom loved to cook and collect recipes (over 1000 cookbooks) no one ever went away from her house hungry. Her favorite shows were Molly B Polka, Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless and of course the Hallmark Channel.  Most of all she loved family, she would always give you “the wave” from the kitchen window when you were leaving her yard (which will be missed the most).

She is survived by her three children, Julie (Randy) Hallet, Casco, Laurel Jr. (Jennie) Ettien, Luxemburg, Kevin (Kim Jonet) Ettien, Brussels; one grandson Joshua Hallet; three brothers; James (Sandy) Kurowski, Wally (Jolene) Kurowski and Richard (Verna) Kurowski; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Barb was preceded in death by her husband, Laurel Ettien Sr.; parents, Carl and Frances Kurowski, Sr; several siblings, brother and sister in-laws.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Holy Trinity Church in Casco from 9-11 am; Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 am with Fr. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Odile Cemetery, Thiry Dames.  Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Casco assisted the family.  Online condolence message may be shared at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Luxemburg Rescue squad, staff at St. Vincent Hospital and Unity Hospice.

Dale E. Raether

Dale E. Raether, 77, of Algoma passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at Door County Medical Center. He was born January 27, 1944 in Algoma to the late Myron and Violet (Schmidt) Raether. After graduation from high school in 1962, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight mechanic. From there he went on to work as a flight mechanic for Delta Airlines at Houston International Airport, Houston, Texas, and Tampa International Airport, Tampa, Florida until his retirement in 2000. Dale had a lifelong interest in flight, and built and flew many radio controlled airplanes.

He is survived by a daughter Jenifer, Texas;  and two brothers, Wayne and Leon, Algoma.

Dale's wishes were to have no public service.

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Dale's tribute page at

Schinderle Funeral Home of Algoma handled the arrangements.

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