Obituaries

Joseph "Joe" D. Koss, Jr.

Joseph “Joe” D. Koss, Jr., 77, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 with his family at his side after a short, 45-day battle with pancreatic cancer. 

 

Joe was born January 4, 1943 in Green Bay, the first-born of J. Don and Grace (Johnsen) Koss.  He attended St. Matthew Grade School and graduated in 1961 from Premontre High School, Green Bay.  After graduating high school, Joe attended St. Norbert College and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Degree from Badger Business College, Green Bay.  Joe also served his country in the U. S. Army Reserves from August 1966 to December 1972.

 

On November 14, 1970, Joe married the love of his life, Connie Rueckl, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Luxemburg, where they have remained active members of the parish and he enjoyed singing in the choir.

 

After graduation and while establishing his own family, Joe was involved in the third-generation cheese production business, Badger State Cheese.  In 1978, Joe and his brother, John established Koss Industrial, Inc. in the back garage of his parent’s home in Dyckesville.  As the business outgrew the family garage, they moved it to the lower level of the Palmer Manufacturing building in De Pere, Wisconsin.  In 1992, a brand-new facility was constructed on the East side of Green Bay, where it continues to operate and service the food and dairy industry today.

 

In 2019, Joe and John received the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association’s Distinguished Service Award to the Dairy Processing Industry of the United States for their service and contributions to the United States Dairy Industry. 
 

Joe was the happiest spending time at the cabin in Amberg in Fall, cutting wood, hunting, and riding his ATV on the land while taking in the beauty of all the birds and wildlife.  In the summer, his enjoyment was the cottage in Dyckesville where he enjoyed the waters of Green Bay, the beautiful sunsets and the summer bonfires on the beach.  Whether he spent life in the woods or buzzing the waters of Green Bay on the jet-ski, Joe treasured the time spent with his family, especially with his children and grandchildren.   

 

Joe enjoyed touring around the village with his 1930 Model A Ford cars and 1962 Corvette receiving the “thumbs up” as he cruised through the village with his wife by his side.

 

Joe is survived by his wife of 50 years, Connie and their children and their families.  Jeff (Jennifer) Koss, De Pere, WI and their children, Maxwell (Leyna Zeimet), Marybeth, Zachary, Isaiah, and Madelyn; Jason (Tracy) Koss, Luxemburg and their children, Kamryn (fiancé Keegan Sewell), Colton and Hayden; Joe III (Liz) Koss, Luxemburg and their children, Jordan, Makayla, and Tyler; one brother and sister-in-law, John (Jill Layne) Koss, Dyckesville; his Mother-in-law, Margaret Rueckl, Luxemburg; two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Steve (Judy) Rueckl, New Franken; Dan (Maria) Rueckl, Luxemburg; nieces and nephews and their families; and his Godchildren, Matt Gallenberger, David Ruplinger and Adam Koss.

 

Joe was preceded in death by his Parents, J. Don & Grace Koss, his brother, James Paul Koss; Father-in-law, John Rueckl; maternal grandparents, Alfred and Mary Johnsen; paternal grandparents, John F & Mollie Koss and great-grandparents.

 

Friends may call between 9:30 am until 10:45 a.m. on Monday, December 7th, 2020, at St. Mary Church Luxemburg. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m., on Monday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery with full military rites at graveside provided by the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262, Luxemburg. 

 

Our family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you, Rev. Daniel Schuster, for his pastoral care and support given to Joe and our family.  Thank you to Bishop David Ricken, Rev. Milton Suess, Rev. John Broussard, CPM and Rev. Thomas Regan, CPM, and to our extended family members, friends, neighbors, current and former employees of Koss Industrial, Inc,  Thank you to all of the prayer chain members from our parish and the neighboring parishes that have lifted Joe in prayer and Novenas or supported Joe and Connie in any way during this difficult time. 

 

A special thank you to the entire staff and medical team at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center in Green Bay, the staff and medical team at Unity Hospice, and the family and neighbors that helped us to allow Joe to remain in his home on his final journey to his eternal rest. 
 

McMahon Funeral Home Luxemburg is assisting the Koss Family

 

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in Joe’s name.

 

Covid-19 virus precautionary measures will be advised. Wearing a face covering, hand sanitizing and social distancing, please.

Scott H. Lemminger

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Scott Howard Lemminger, of Green Bay, WI. on November 28th, 2020 losing his brave battle against the complications of his fight with Leukemia. 

 

He passed peacefully with his devoted wife, Julie (nee Tesch), and loving sister Chris, by his side.

 

Scott “Scotty” was born June 19th, 1959 in Brown Deer, WI.

 

He met the love of his life, Julie, in high school and the two were married June 27th, 1981.  Scott continued his education attending college at UW Milwaukee where he graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. 

 

He began building his career in retail at H.C. Prange Co., Rockford, IL and in 1984 settled in Green Bay, taking a corporate textiles buyer position for Prange’s. From the knowledge he gained at Prange’s, Scott advanced his career into Shaw Industries Inc. becoming a Shaw Floors Territory Manager.  For the last 30 years Scott developed strong relationships with many of his great customers turning them into unwavering friendships that he took great pride in. 

 

Scott loved the outdoors, especially in the summer time.  Together, Scott and Julie enjoyed their Sturgeon Bay condo they share with Scott’s sister Chris and husband Craig. Scott’s special phrase, “It’s another beautiful day in Door Country” resonated through the many wonderful times he and Julie spent at the condo, for their door was always open to family and friends.  Some of Scott’s most cherished memories were those spent with his nephews and niece, particularly hearing their laughter and excitement while tubing, swimming and catching bass in the pond.  He also enjoyed musky fishing at the family cabin at Spider Lake.

 

Scott also had a passion for Offshore boat racing and thoroughly enjoyed participating in many Sturgeon Bay Poker Run events, in the different performance boats he owned over the years. In 2019 Scott was able to cross off an item on his ‘bucket list’ by trailering his 50’ Hustler performance boat down to the Lake of the Ozarks and mingle with the Offshore Powerboat Racing teams. Scott drove his boat alongside them and their incredible power boats on the open waters during their practice runs.   There are many pictures of Scott smiling from ear to ear on this achievement.

 

Scott’s strong work ethic carried over with his willingness to always help friends and family with projects.  Over the years Scott made great friendships enjoying them on boating trips across Lake Michigan, climbing the 450-foot Sleep Bear Sand Dune, traveling to St. John and Virgin Gorda, snorkeling the huge rock formations of ‘The Baths’, to relaxing at the local Jazz Festival.  Scott was loved by so many, he had a heart of gold, and always a smile on his face, especially when satisfying his ‘sweet tooth’ with his love for chocolate.

 

Scotty loved life and everyone in it. Even as he courageously fought this ever-changing undefined battle, his spirits were high, reassuring all of us; “It’s OK, I’ve had a great life.” But for all of us left behind, we will cherish those memories and they will forever be in our hearts.  ‘We love you Scott and miss you very much! Your smile, great nature, kind heart, work ethic and loyalty are an inspiration to us all and will never be forgotten.  Until we see you again our dear friend (husband, son, brother, and uncle), please rest in peace.”

 

Scott was preceded in death by his Mother Charleen (nee Braunschweig), infant older brother Al, Brother-in-Law Jorge; Grandparents Alphonse and Marie Lemminger and Ida and Carl Braunschweig, and parents-in-law Arlon and Virginia Tesch.

 

 Scott leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife Julie, his Father Al (Carol) Lemminger of Hayward, sisters Kathy Ahuactzin of Yuma AZ, Jayne Lemminger of West Bend, and Chris (Craig) Reese of Colgate; Sister-in-Law Pam Smith of Wesley Chapel, FL, and Sue (Kevin) Tess of Pewaukee, and Brother-in-law Jeff Tesch of Brighton, CO. His special nieces and nephews, Dr. Lisa Ahuactzin (Bill Graves) of Marana, AZ, Jorge Mark (Kimberly) Ahuactzin and Jeffrey Ahuactzin of Yuma, AZ, Tony (Lesley) Lemminger of Horicon; Craig, Eric, Danny, and Mae Reese; Michael O’Brien of Brighton, CO, and Jessica (Eric) Butterer of Tampa, FL; great-nephew and nieces; Jack, Beth, Stephanie Ahuactzin, Sara Graves, and Leo Butterer, and Barb Tesch (parent-in-law Arlon’s wife), along with many wonderful cousins, friends, and customers. 

 

A Special Thanks to everyone who helped us through this very difficult time.  We couldn’t have managed as we did without all the cards, letters, emails, texts, yard work, grocery shopping and well wishes.   

 

A private memorial service will be held. McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg, WI. www.mcmahonfh.com

 

Due to the pandemic, a possible celebration of life to be held at a later date. 

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Scott’s memory at ‘Be the Match Foundation’, bethematchfoundation.org or LLS Wisconsin (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Wisconsin) PO Box 772395, Detroit, MI  48277

Ronald Christman

Ronald “Red” G. Christman, 90, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, following a lengthy battle with cancer. 

 

He was born on December 18, 1929 in Stangelville to the late John C. and Laura C. (Seidl) Christman.

 

Ron graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1947, after which he drove gravel truck for his father, eventually purchasing the truck. 

 

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951.  After incurring a back injury during service, he spent a year at the Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek, MI where doctors told him to never get into a truck again. 

He denied their advice and went on to log six million miles over the course of 60 years as an owner-operator and later as employee for local trucking operations. 

He hauled cheese to the West Coast for many years. 

 

In between the years of trucking where he took a break, he worked in the shop for Taylor Trucking in Sheboygan, of which Ron was part owner. It was at this time he met his future wife, Rita Ann Stodola, and they were married on September 8, 1973 at St. Joseph Church in Pilsen. 

 

Aside from being on the road so often, he still found time to take his family on annual vacations spanning most of the U.S.

 

He was proud to show off his showcases of collectible trucks which he built and acquired over the years. 

 

Ron also enjoyed building model ships from scratch, including the SS United States, which took several years to complete. 

 

In his retirement years he became an avid reader holding particular interest in historical non-fiction. 

 

Ron was a member of St. Therese Parish, St. Joseph-St. John Site in Pilsen and a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

 

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Rita; four children, Brian Christman, Denmark; Rebecca (Richard) Brohammer, IL; Kim (Jim) Lindsley, Green Bay; Adam Christman, CO; six grandchildren, Hannah, Ava, Ben, Alison, Charlotte and Brendan; one sister and one brother in law, Lorraine (Pete) Klarkowski, Green Bay; one sister in law, Felicidad Christman, Green Bay.

 

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters in law, Elmer (Eleanore) Christman; Allen (Jean) Christman, Lloyd Christman; and his pet cat of 17 years, Cheetoh, who passed just a month before him.

 

Due to the Covid-19 virus concerns, a private family funeral was held at St. Therese Parish, St. Joseph-St. John site, Pilsen, with Rev. Dennis Drury officiating and Christal Wavrunek assisting. 

 

  Burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Stangelville with full military rites at graveside provided by the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262, Luxemburg.

 

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the Christman Family. 

Robert "Bob" Hunsader

Robert “Bob” Hunsader, 70, passed away at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  He was born June 4, 1950, to Robert and Marie (Daubner) Hunsader in Sturgeon Bay, the third of six children.  Bob went to St. Joseph Catholic School through eighth grade, and it was there where he earned the nickname “Rumpy,” which stuck with family and many friends throughout hi

s life.  Bob graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School, a member of the class of 1968.  On June 22, 1974, he married Nancy Balza at St. Francis Xavier Church in Brussels.

 

Bob was a hard-working man that brought a bit of fun and laughter to any job.  He held various jobs through his lifetime until his retirement from Hatco Corporation in 2012.

 

Sports were a significant part of Rumpy’s life – from participating in baseball, bowling, and golf – to coaching youth sports.  He was an avid sports fan and follower of the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers.  He enjoyed listening to Golden Oldies Rock’n Roll, taking drives, and going to the casino in the hopes of hitting it big on the slots!  

 

Being a dad was one of his greatest joys, which only expanded with the addition of each grandchild.

 

Bob is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 46 years; children: Cory (fiancé Portia Owens) Hunsader, Denver, CO, Ryan (Danielle) Hunsader, Fishers, IN, and Kristy (Pat) McGrath, Owatonna, MN; grandchildren: Bailey, Camryn, Leela, Rowan, Clayton, Judian, Paige, and Mason; siblings: Barb Hanrahan, Sturgeon Bay, Paul (Patti) Hunsader, Littleton, CO, Linda Mengert (John Neuville), Sturgeon Bay, Patti (Todd) Scherer, Sturgeon Bay; in-laws: Carol (Ed) Price, Mary (Mark) Tlachac, and Cheryl (Stan) Sanger; Godchildren: Carrie Herlache, Matthew Donley, Heidi Hunsader; Godmother Betty Koutsky; nieces, nephews and many friends that blessed his life.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Marie, brother William Hunsader, parents-in-law Elmer and Clara Balza, and brother-in-law Frank Hanrahan.

 

Due to COVID, there will be a private family service held at St. Joseph’s Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm.  Family and friends are welcome to view the service live on the Forbes Funeral Home Facebook page.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.  On line condolences may be offered on Bob’s obituary page at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to all the healthcare heroes that cared for Rumpy during this difficult year.

 

John P. Mann

John Philip Mann left his earthly home and entered the loving arms of his Savior on November 29, 2020. Born the youngest of three boys to Wallace and Eileen (Gross) Mann on May 4, 1951 in Sturgeon Bay, John lived his 69 years on the family homestead. John was a farm boy at heart who learned about hard work, and some fun as well, in the fields with his Pa. From a young age he always loved horses - even the smell of them - and had a natural calm and gentle demeanor whenever he was with them. Inside the farmhouse, Wallace and Eileen hosted family around the table often, and John grew up with loving aunts and uncles, brothers and friends sharing meals, stories, and laughter together there. Being raised on the family farm provided adventures and diversions that later became wonderful memories shared with his children and grandchildren. Some of his favorite stories included how he used to put his goat and cow to the harness, the time he walked the fields to find his Pa after a nap at the age of four, and attending Waniger one-room schoolhouse down the road. Yes, he did walk in the snow, maybe not uphill, but both ways. 

John’s love of music started early, and he excelled as a trombone player, earning many awards and performance opportunities in high school. John decided to pursue music education at UW Oshkosh and attended one year before realizing music instruction wasn’t for him. His love of brass instruments led him to Allied Instrument repair school, where he earned a certificate for instrumental repair. His love of music was a thread woven throughout his life. John was a founding member of The Bone Boys trombone ensemble and The Peninsula Symphonic Band, a pit member for Southern Door Musicals for over a decade, and readily shared his musical gifts in other ensembles and churches. While trombone was his main instrument, John also played baritone, trumpet, dabbled in piano, and had in recent years taken up cello. 

Always interested in a musical performance, John attended a Sturgeon Bay High School musical, in 1970, where he saw his future wife, Georgene, on stage as Eliza in My Fair Lady. Having grown up with mutual family friends, John and Georgene were not strangers, but John reported “falling a little bit in love” after hearing her sing on stage. For Georgene’s part, she did remember John as the “goat boy,” as he had apparently shown off his “goat cart” to her and her siblings when they were children. The couple married in 1973, at Friends Church in Sturgeon Bay, and welcomed two children, Jason and Jennifer, in the following years. John’s love for Georgene was so evident to all those around them, and their marriage of 47 years a testament to that deep love and commitment. 

John was a painter, and owned his own business for 40 years. If you hired John to work for you, you could expect much more than “slapping paint on the walls,” in John’s words. He was a true craftsman who loved to creatively restore and refinish. He had impeccable taste for color and an eye for the details of a project. Always a patient teacher, John made sure his kids knew how to hold a paint brush, cut-in correctly, and most importantly, how to clean up properly. Both Jason and Jen spent summers employed by their dad and can could attest to learning more on the job than just painting. John treated his customers like family and always did a little extra, teaching his kids the worth of a job well done, and the importance of a nap right after lunch. 

Being a dad was John’s joy, and becoming a grandpa expanded that joy six times. He was interested in everything his grandkids did and was thrilled to attend sporting events, concerts, dance recitals and school events. He didn’t want to miss any chance to support them and show how proud he was of them all. John delighted in sharing his love of horses with his grandkids, and gave countless hay rides and sleigh rides, creating many memories for family and friends alike. A sleigh ride on a clear winter evening with those he loved, accompanied by the jingle of bells, filled him with happiness. 

Through all of his life, John’s relationship with Christ came first and was central to his being. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – these fruits of the spirit shined through John to all those around him. This spirit flowed into how he led and raised his family and how he worked with and treated others throughout his life. He is remembered for his gentle and caring nature, the twinkle of kindness in his eyes, and how generously he shared his time with those around him. Throughout life’s ups and downs, John lived rooted with an inward trust of his Savior, always centered in thanksgiving and wonder for all of God’s many good gifts. 

John was preceded in death by his parents Wallace and Eileen Mann, brother, Gerry Mann, father-in-law, Bob Warner, and many beloved aunts and uncles. Survivors include his wife, Georgene; two children, Jason (Morgan) Mann, Sturgeon Bay; Jen (Eric) Leiberg, Sturgeon Bay; Six grandkids, Merrick, Marcus and Michael Mann; Eva, Lily, and Vaughn Leiberg; a brother, Kenn (Betty) Mann, California; sister-in-law, Elaine Mann, Chippewa Falls, WI; mother-in-law, Mary Warner; five brothers-in-law, Fred (Tami) Warner; Bill Warner; Rob (Diane) Warner; Randy (Jennifer) Warner; Pete (Lisa) Warner; sister-in-law, Luanne (Steven) Secrest; an aunt, Donita Gross; many nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at Friend’s Community Church with Nancy Bontempo officiating.  Burial will be in Schumacher Cemetery.  A celebration of life will be held later in the spring.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in John’s name at Nicolet National Bank.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

John's family would like to thank the DCMC covid unit staff and the Bellin covid ICU Drs. and nurses who cared for John in his final days.

Richard R. Fahey Jr.

Richard Raymond Fahey Jr age 73, passed away peacefully at home on Dec 2nd surrounded by family following a brave and courageous battle against cancer. He was born to Richard and Eleanore Fahey in Chicago Illinois on 5/4/1947. He was the youngest of 3, having two sisters Loretta and Barbara. He attended Prosser high school in Chicago and then attended UIC-Circle and played football there for 4 years. After graduating college, he taught Phy. Ed and coached football at UICC for 4 years before moving to Sturgeon Bay in 1974

Rich met the love of his life in 6th grade. Her name was Cathy Christiansen. They became childhood sweethearts who then went on to marry on July 27, 1968 in Chicago. Together they had 2 children Richard and Katie.  Rich enjoyed spending his free time golfing, working in the yard/garden, traveling with Cathy, watching sports—Go Chicago Bears and Cubs, and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events or dance recitals. 

 

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, parents-in-law, Ray and Mae Christiansen, brothers-in-law, Jay, Chris and Tom. Rich is survived by his wife, son Richard Fahey III , daughter Katie (Dave) Neinas, and grandchildren Lacey (Markus) Gudel, Kylie, Charlie and Tyler Neinas, and great grandson, Rowan Gudel. He was affectionately called Papa from the grandchildren, and his new title was Poppee from Rowan.  He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Betty Ann Christiansen, and nieces and nephews.

 

Rich was employed at Southern Door High School where he spent over 30 years teaching history, special Ed and drivers Ed. He loved teaching and connecting with the kids. He was also a member of the football coaching staff. “Eye of the tiger” was his game mentality. He fondly remembers his coaching experience and loved working with all the students and coaches. He didn’t always have a winning season, but he said he wouldn’t change a thing as the players and their families were wonderful, hardworking people. One football memory that stood out to him was coaching the Wisconsin all-star shrine game in 1998 and beating the South 17-7. Tony Romo was on the opposite team, and did throw a touchdown against dad’s defense, but the North still won. 

 

Shortly after he retired teaching in 2011 Rich and Cathy moved to Branson, Missouri. His love of football brought him back to coaching. He volunteered as assistant coach for the Branson Pirates High school football team. He always loved spending time with Cathy, but their time in Branson was very special. They loved living in Branson, enjoyed the weather, all the live shows and entertainment, going on the Branson Belle and just being together. However, they missed their family so they moved back home so they could be closer to them and so they could enjoy watching their grandkids play sports again. 

If Rich could say 1 more thing to say to his grandkids it would be “See ya later, Alligator”. “Monkey See”. “Chickee” and “1st and”

 

Rich wanted to thank his fellow teachers he had the privilege of working with. He told us many times what a great group of people they were, which made teaching even more enjoyable. He had fun at their golf outings. 

 

I personally want to thank my mom, Cathy for the amazing love the two of them shared. They were great role models, and as my dad said in his final days, “they’ll never be a love as strong as ours”. Mom was the best caregiver for him and took amazing care of him to the very end. I love you both! Dad, you will be greatly missed, but are now pain free and in peace.

 

Randall W. Jeanquart

Randall William Jeanquart, 65, of Brussels passed away at his home on December 1, 2020.  He was born April 3, 1955 in Door County to William and Viola (DeKeyser) Jeanquart.  

After high school, Randy went to work on the family farm, where he did a lot of green chopping, driving tractor, and tending to the stock.   He enjoyed socializing, playing cards, and talking with friends on the phone.  He also liked going out to eat, particularly for Dean’s meals at the Belgian Delight. 

Randy always looked forward to going for rides in the car with his sister Rose Mae, and looking for deer.  He especially treasured the time he spent with his nephews and his great-nephew and great-nieces.  He was very proud of his nephews, Gary and Dean, and all of their accomplishments.

Survivors include his sister, Rose Mae Vandertie, Brussels; nephew, Dean (Jill) Vandertie, Brussels; great nephew, Dakota Vandertie, two great nieces, Carrington Vandertie and Gabrielle Ferron.  He was preceded in death by his parents, nephew, Gary Vandertie and brother-in-law, Patrick Vandertie.

Private funeral services will be held at St. Francis & St. Mary Church in Brussels.  The service will be live streamed on Fr. Edward Looney’s facebook page at 11:00 am on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.  Burial will be in St. Francis Xavier Church Cemetery.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Alma M. Vandertie

Alma Marie Vandertie, 89, of Brussels, passed away at home on Nov. 29, 2020.  She was born June 19, 1931, to Henry and Josephine (Dubois) Berger.  On Nov. 5, 1947, she married Lawrence J. Vandertie in Namur.

 

Alma and Lawrence began their careers in business running a milk route.  Together they started a tavern called the 57 club.  In 1964, they purchased a bar in Brussels and named it the A&L Bar.  After Lawrence died, Alma changed the name to Alma’s.  Alma loved to polka dance and enjoyed many years of playing cards.

 

She is survived by 2 daughters, Bonnie (Gary) Renard, Sturgeon Bay; and Beverly (Joe) Wautier, Brussels; 4 grandchildren, Chris (Ann) Renard Sturgeon Bay; Marissa (Jason) Norton, Brussels; Nathan (Alexa) Wautier, Madison; and Cathy Jo (Joe) Albert, Luxemburg; 10 great-grandchildren: Samantha, Gabby, Taylor, and Carrie Renard; Regan and Nicole Norton; Gus and Ivan Wautier, and Noah and Vinny Albert; many other relatives and friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Carrie Ann Renard; in-laws: Nelson (Josie) Vandertie; sister, Della (Marvin) Lemens; and god-daughter, Shelby (Robert) Davister.

 

Private family services will be conducted with entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

Special thanks to Sue LeClair, Tanya Geibel, Shelly Englebert, and Shirley DeVos for allowing mom to stay in her home.

Loretta M. Robertoy

Loretta M. Robertoy, 83 years, of Fish Creek, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

 

     She was born December 26, 1936 in Sturgeon Bay the daughter of the late Jacob “Jake” and Helen (Buechner) Merkle. In 1954, she graduated from Gibraltar High School.  Loretta was united in marriage on October 6, 1956 with Marvin J. Robertoy at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport. For a few years, they lived in Milwaukee before moving to Fish Creek, where they have owned and operated Hyline Orchard for over 60 years, just north of Egg Harbor on Hwy 42.

 

      She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville. Loretta was an active member of her church, where she taught Sunday school, was a youth group leader, served on the church council for many years and as Sunday School Superintendent.

 

     Loretta enjoyed the daily workings of their family’s business which included growing and harvesting the fruit, canning, and selling various products to lifelong customers, many who would become her family’s friends. She also was known for her talent crocheting and when she was younger, her love of painting.

 

     Survivors include her husband, Marvin; two daughters, Nancy (Dennis) Delsart and Cindy (Dave) Enigl, both of Egg Harbor; seven grandchildren, Tracy (fiancé, Dusty Buhr) and Paul (friend, Crystal) Robertoy, Nathan (Amber), Megan (friend, Michael), and Alyssa (friend, Tyler) Delsart, and James (Kaari) and Justin Enigl; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mae Rhode of Green Bay, Marie VanGundy of Ohio, and Cora (Tom) Huntter of Pennsylvania; and three sisters-in-law, Alice Merkle of Baileys Harbor, Adeline Gray of West Allis, and Rosemary (Leon) Hasenjager of Fish Creek.

 

     Preceding her in death were her parents; infant son, James; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Vicky Robertoy; brother, Frederick “Fritz” Merkle; and brothers-in-law, Tom VanGundy and Donald Gray.

 

     A funeral service to honor Loretta will be held at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. She will be laid to rest in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Juddville.

 

     Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

 

     In consideration of the current local and statewide COVID-19 health guidelines, those in attendance are required to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing. Temperature checks and hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry into funeral home. A 25% dual chapel occupancy will be permitted.

Jean Ann Vogel

Jean Ann Vogel, 66, of Brussels, passed away at Aurora Bay Care in Green Bay on November 27, 2020.  She was born September 17, 1954 in Green Bay to James and Marjorie (Wardlow) Thomas.  She married John Francis Vogel on October 16, 1993 in Maplewood.

Jean graduated from West High in Green Bay and studied nursing at North East Wisconsin Technical College.  For 36 years, she worked as a claim’s processor for Humana Insurance.

Jean was full of life, always smiling, and loved being around people.  She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She enjoyed scrapbooking, arts and crafts, and some travel.   Jean will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

Survivors include her husband, John; her son, Greg Bastien, and four grandchildren, Parker, Cora, Bailey and Carter Bastien; a brother, Jerry (Fitzy) Kidd, of Green Bay.  She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Jim, Donald and Steven Kidd, and a sister, Kathleen Delveaux.

Public funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Maplewood with the Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services.  Face masks and proper social distancing will be required.   Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

Judge S. Dean Pies

Former Kewaunee Circuit Court & Reserve Judge S. Dean Pies passed away on November 25, 2020 at his home in Algoma, WI. surrounded by his family.   He was born April 5, 1928 in Sawyer, now Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to Marvin W. and Edith (Krueger) Pies, attended Sturgeon Bay High School and was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) with a Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate Degree.

 

   Dean was married to Betty J. Trodahl on April 26, 1952 at the Shiloh Moravian Church.  They were married just under 68 years when Betty passed away on April 3, 2020.  They had three children that they loved and cherished.  They were preceded in death by their son Attorney Marvin W. Pies.  Dean is survived by a daughter Kaare A. Auditore, an Occupational Therapist Registered and Licensed (Michael L. Walker), Algoma, WI, and a son Attorney Torren K. Pies (Ellen), Stevens Point, WI.  He is also survived by four grandchildren Nickolas M. Auditore (Abby), Phoenix, AZ, Madeline K. Pies, Chicago, IL Olivia A. Pies, Madison, WI, and Torren Dawson Pies, Chicago, IL, and one great grandchild, Aria Kaarly Auditore, Phoenix, AZ.

 

   The family would like to thank his special friend, Angela Walker, of  Green Bay, WI.

 

    Dean was a Korean War Veteran (1950-1953), serving with C Battery, 625th Field Artillery Battalion, 40th Infantry Division & A Battery, 37th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd (Indianhead) Division, as a Forward Observer & Battery Executive Officer, as well as being a training officer with the Korean Army 205th Field Artillery Battalion, being discharged with the rank of 1st Lt.

 

   While in the military, he was awarded the Korean Service Metal with three Service stars, the Commendation Ribbon with Medal Pendant, the United Nations Service Metal, the National Defense Service Metal, and the Korean War Service Medal awarded by the Republic of Korea.

 

   Judge Pies practiced law in Algoma with Attorney George F. Miller and later with Attorneys Jacob P. Blazkovec and James L. Evans from 1958 to 1979.

 

    He served as City Attorney for the City of Algoma for over eight years as well as Village Attorney for the Villages of Egg Harbor and Forestville, incorporating both as villages.

 

    He was elected and served as District Attorney for Kewaunee County for two terms from 1963 to 1966, and later elected and served as Kewaunee County Circuit Court Judge from 1980 to 1992, thereafter serving as a State of Wisconsin Reserve Judge until January 2000.

 

    Judge Pies was a member of the Wisconsin, Kewaunee County and Door-Kewaunee Bar Associations.  An Eagle Scout in early life and active in Boy Scouts of America, serving as a Cubmaster, District Officer, Troop Committeeman, and Order of the Arrow member, receiving the District Trailblazer award and Axe in 1968.

 

    Judge Pies was also involved in the following organizations: Wisconsin Alumni Association, Algoma Boat Club, Henry S. Baird Lodge #174 F. & A. M., Ernest-Haucke Post #236 American Legion, Wisconsin Trial Judges Association, and the 2nd Indianhead Association.  He was also a member of the Algoma United Methodist Church, being a Trustee for 22 years and Chairman for 9 years.

 

   He was also a Director of the former Bank of Rio Creek, The Algoma Bank, the Community State Bank and its successor F&M Bank-Algoma.  He was the Government Appeal Agent for the Kewaunee County Selective Service Board from 1967 to 1971.

 

    He was also a former President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Algoma Lions Club and a recipient of the Lions Key.  In early Algoma years, he was active in Voluntary Republican Party politics, being a past Kewaunee County Chairman and also was a former Director of the Algoma Chamber of Commerce.

 

    Judge Pies was a Life Member of the former Hostak-Novak VFW Post #7152 being Commander for 4 years.  When that ceased to exist, he became a member of the Kewaunee County VFW Post #3392.

 

   Other organizations he was a member of included:  Kewaunee County Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, life member of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association and the Wisconsin Alumni Association.  He was an original member of the Cherryland Vagabonds Motorcycle Club and a member and past President of the Shiloh Church Cemetery Association.

 

   There will be a private family service at the Shiloh Moravian Church.  There will be full military honors at the graveside for Dean.

 

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

Audrey M. Reckelberg

Audrey M. Reckelberg, 88, Luxemburg died Tuesday, November 24, 2020. 

 

She was born in Denmark on May 15, 1932 to the late Walter and Gladys C. (Yager) Radue. 

 

On October 2, 1954, Audrey married Frederick W. Reckelberg at Christ Ev. Lutheran Church in Denmark. 

He preceded her in death on December 27, 2002.

 

At her early teenage years, Audrey began playing the organ for the Lutheran Church in Henrysville. 

She continued with her musical talent, teaching numerous students, playing for countless weddings and funerals.  Audrey humbly was presented with an award from St. Paul Lutheran Church, for over 70 years combined musical service. 

 

She was the secretary of the Wisconsin Steam Engine Club for 40 plus years.

 

  Audrey was involved with 4-H and Lutherans for Life.  A devoted wife and mother she was very involved with the lives of her family.  She and Fred made two trips out to Germany, and she always looked forward to gathering with friends at the Steam Engine Group. 

 

Most of all, NO ONE could bake a better angel food cake than Audrey!

 

Survivors include her three children, Paul (friend, Heidrum Sautke) Reckelberg, Glenn (Renee) Reckelberg, Doug (Sandy) Reckelberg, all of Luxemburg; four grandchildren, Kristine (Scott Boulanger) Reckelberg, Craig Reckelberg, Kevin Reckelberg, Tyler (Courtney Boehm) Reckelberg; five step grandchildren; one great granddaughter; eleven step great grandchildren; one brother in law, Myron Shimanek, Denmark; brothers in law and sisters in law, nieces and nephews along with Audrey’s little dog, Buffy, further survive

.

Audrey was preceded in death by two sisters, Elaine (August) Krueger, Joanne Shimanek; Reckelberg brothers in law and sisters in law.

 

Friends may call at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montpelier, 9:30 to 10:45 am, Friday, November 27, 2020.

 

  Funeral 11:00 am at the church with Rev. Dr. Daniel Olson officiating.  Burial in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Montpelier.

 

Covid-19 virus precaution advised by wearing a face covering, social distancing and use of hand sanitizer, please.

 

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

 

A special thank you is extended to Heartland Hospice and the Staff of Emerald Shores CBRF in Kewaunee especially, Kendal, Angie, Crystal, Casey, Tori, Ariel, Sara, Marridan and Alina. The care you offered Mom was remarkable!

 

Rowena M. Gorz

Rowena Margareta Gorz was born to eternal life on Tuesday, November 24 after complications from Covid 19.   Rowena, the beloved daughter of Edward and Margareta Matschke, was born in Mankato, Minnesota on December 27, 1931.  She became a child of God through Baptism at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mankato. She attended Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN  to become an elementary Christian Day School teacher.   She was sent to  St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Algoma, Wisconsin, as an emergency teacher in 1950.   It was in Algoma that she met the love of her life, Dr. Arthur J. Gorz.  They were married on July 19, 1952 and celebrated 46 years together.   They were blessed with four children:  Carole ( Mark) Rajkovich, John ( Susan) Gorz, Susan ( Todd) Bussian, and Kathryn ( Todd) Mielke.  

Rowena loved being a mother and spent many years as an at-home mom.  When her children were older, she decided to complete her teaching degree.  She attended Door County Teacher’s College,  UWGB and UW-Oshkosh and received her Bachelor’s degree in Education.  Ironically, she never went back and taught, but attended classes to become a paraoptometric assistant.  She spent many years working as a paraoptometric assistant and office manager  in her husband’s optometric practice.

Music was an important part of her life.  She sang in the church choir at St. Pauls, directed the Junior Choir, conducted the 4-H choir, taught music at St. Paul’s school, and played church organ for 50 years.  

Rowena lived a life of service, not only in her church, but in the community.  She served on the Algoma School Board and the Algoma Housing Authority for many years.  She belonged to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society at St. Paul’s and enjoyed her weekly quilting group very much.  She belonged to the Ladies Aid at St. Paul’s.

She was an incredible woman.  She taught her family so much in her 88 years.  First and foremost, she taught us to trust God in all things.  Her faith was unshakeable.  She was a role model for all of us to put God in the center of our lives.  She also taught us how to fight.  She beat pancreatic cancer and lung cancer and lived a full life even when she couldn’t see well because of macular degeneration.  Even when she lost Art, the love of her life, she fought back and lived life to the fullest.  She was a wonderful Grandma and loved her Grandchildren and was so proud of all of them.  We will miss being able to ask her advice and share stories about the kids with her.  We were all so blessed to have had her as part of our lives.  She was kind, smart, funny, and our best friend.  We will miss everything about her but rejoice that she took the fast track to Heaven and is with Jesus and Art and so many others who have gone before her.  Enjoy your first Thanksgiving in Heaven, Mom.

Rowena was preceded in death by her parents, mother and father-in-law, and husband.  She is survived by her children and grandchildren:  Nathan and Erin Rajkovich, Michael, Margaret, and Andrew Gorz, Tyler and Nicholas Bussian, and Madison and Caden Mielke.  

Visitation will take place on Saturday, November 28 from 9:00 until 10:30 am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma, WI.  Face masks and social distancing will be required.  A private family service will be held at 11:00 am.    This service will be live streamed.  Memorials for St. Paul’s Lutheran School would be appreciated.

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

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

 

James P. Mackey

James Patrick Mackey M.D., 88, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully at his home on November 25, 2020.  He was born August 16, 1932 in St. Paul, MN to John and Lois (Carroll) Mackey.  On August 20, 1955 he married Rosemary Alice Egan in South St. Paul, MN.

Jim attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul, MN and St. Louis University Medical School in Missouri.  He did his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Jim and Rosemary settled in Green Bay where he practiced as an anesthesiologist until his retirement in 1995.

Jim and Rose retired to Door County where he enjoyed many years of fishing.  He also spent time hunting in Crivitz.  He simply enjoyed life and treasured his family.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Rosemary; eight children: Mary Mackey, Terry (Randy) Romenesko, Michael (Heidi Tilot) Mackey, Kathy (Jeff) Geygan, Colleen (Pete) Smits, Meghan Novotny, Patrick (Sara Malin) Mackey, Molly (Glenn) Bernstein; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Daniel; two brothers, Kevin and Bill Mackey.

Private services will be conducted at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Inurnment will be at Allouez Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Unity Hospice (2366 Oak Ridge Circle, DePere, WI 54115), Sisters of Holy Cross at Bay Settlement (3110 Nicolet Dr. Green Bay WI 54311) or St. John’s Homeless Shelter (411 St. John Street, Green Bay, WI 54301).

Special thanks to Unity Hospice and Dr. Paul Schmitz for their compassion care and support.

Daniel J. Ratajczak

Daniel J. Ratajczak Sr., 88, of Luxemburg passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 22, 2020. 

 

 He was born on October 3, 1932 in Kewaunee to the late Andrew and Sophie (Blohowiak) Ratajczak. 

 

He married Carol DuBois on May 7, 1960 at St. Martin, Church in Tonet, Wisconsin.

Dan was proud to have served his country in the army from January 1953 with Company C 42nd Armored Infantry Battalion until his honorable discharge in January 1961.  He became a member of the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262 in Luxemburg. 

Prior to and upon his return, he continued in the family tradition as a cheese maker.

 

Dan enjoyed playing cards, cutting lawn, riding on his mule, taking bus trips and helping out at 141 Speedway.  He took special joy in cleaning the slabs with the bob cat before each race day.    Dan also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren tinkering around the work shop and out in the woods.

Survivors include children Leigh Ann (Layne) Kelley ,Menomonie, WI;  Dawn (John) March ,Stevens Point;  Dan Jr. (Angie) Ratajczak, Luxemburg; Jeanette Ratajczak, special friend Chris Deprey, Dyckesville; Scott Ratajczak, Kewaunee; sisters- Dolores Lemens and Clara DeJardin, both of Luxemburg; sisters-in-law, Nona “Kitty” Ratajczak, Green Bay; Marie (Matt) Schweiner, Denmark; brothers-in-law Jim (Nancy) DuBois, Luxemburg; Richard DuBois, DePere; Seven grandchildren, Nicole (Ryan), Tyler, Michael, Nicholas, Matthew, Andrew (fiancé Emma), Rebecca, special friend Josh, along with many nieces and nephews.

 

Dan was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol, of 59 ½ years, his parents, Andrew and Sophie Ratajczak, sister Mary, brother George, mother-in-law and father-in-law Henry and Phoebe Dubois, brothers in-law Wilbert Steinhorst, Lyle Lemens, Joseph DeJardin, Jerry Retzlaff, Harold DuBois, Gerald DuBois, Henry DuBois Jr.; sisters-in-law, Anna DuBois, Germaine (Jonet-Marchant) Ratajczak, Linda DuBois; son-in-law Jim Graetz along with his beloved pets, Sandy and Deigo.

 

A special thank you goes out to close friends, Shirley and Cletus.

 

Per Dan’s wished he will be cremated.  Final resting place will be the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay. Full military rites with the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262, Luxemburg.

 

In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in Dan’s name.  Due to the pandemic, a private service will be held for the immediate family.   A celebration of his life will be planned for the spring/summer 2021.

 

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

 

Betty L. Behrens

Betty L. Behrens 84, of Algoma, beloved wife to Bill Behrens, departed this life peacefully on November 23, 2020 at Emerald Shores Assisted Living with Bill at her side.

 

Betty was born on February 7, 1936 in Old Town, FL., the daughter of Clayton Long and Alma Shuemake (Drawdy). She spent her youth living on the banks of the Suwannee River and loved playing Tarzan and Jane with her older brother Buster.  When she was 12 the family moved to Jacksonville FL where she attended Robert E. Lee High School.  Shortly after graduation, she met her future husband Bill on a blind date.  Bill was in the Navy and stationed at Mayport Naval Base.  They were married on September 18, 1954.  After Bill’s enlistment was up, they moved to Harvard, IL where she got her first taste of being a dairy farmers wife. She and Bill farmed for many years before retiring in Florida.  

 

After raising her four daughters in Casco, She and Bill moved to Jacksonville to be near her mother.  During this time Betty became one of the top real estate agents in the Jacksonville area.  They lived there twenty years and then moved to Algoma in 2003. 

Betty was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She cherished her husband Bill often calling him “Sweetie”. Their 66 years of blessed marriage was true love on display every moment. Her daughters brought her humor, joy and excitement to her life. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren filled her heart with happiness. Her devotion to family and her love for Bill are just a few of the many reasons she will be sadly missed.

 

Survived by her husband William “Bill”, daughters Pat, Pam (Tom Zander), Debbie (Mark Ferron) and Meri (Ed Uecker); grandchildren Michael Kipp (Wendy), Heather Dachelet (Dave), Amanda Jankowski (Adam) and Jeremiah Uecker. She is also survived by her great grandchildren Valerie Kipp, Violet Kipp, Howie Kipp, Dylan Dachelet, Dalton Dachelet, Lily Jankowski, Kane Jankowski and Haleigh Uecker.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents Clayton Long, Alma Shuemake, stepfather Clarence Shuemake and her brother Clayton H Long. 

 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Debra "Debbie" A. DeGrand

Debra “Debbie” A. DeGrand, 64, Eaton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 22, 2020 with family by her side following a courageous battle with pain for years. She was born in Green Bay on January 6, 1956 to the late Joseph J. and Doris A. (Chefdore) Felix. She graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1974.  Deb had a huge passion and determination to become a Registered Nurse.  In 1991 Debbie was in a very severe car accident but still managed to continue with her education and became an RN in 1994.   On July 15, 1995 she married Ronald “Ron” A. DeGrand in Eaton.  Deb had a heart of gold. She was always willing to be a shoulder to lean on and a listening ear.  “Gabbing” on the phone came as a natural talent.  Over the years, Debbie spent countless hours connecting with her dear friend, Chris Renard.  She was an animal lover and held a very special bond with the family dog, Molly. Debbie enjoyed stock car races and camping when she was well. Debbie’s grandchildren were her world. She had so much joy taking care of her first grandson, Carson, for his first three years. Spending time with family overshadowed everything else.

Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Ron; five children, Brandon (Nicki) Jerovetz, Danielle (Tyler) DuChateau, Ryan (Carissa Baldwin) DeGrand, Jenelle Kintgen, Jessica (Nate Arts) Macco; eight grandchildren, Carson, Liam, Ryker, Skylar, Kolyn, Kolton, Madelyn and Jasmine; one brother, Jim Felix; brothers in law and sisters in law, Dan DeGrand, Larry DeGrand, Jean Conard, Mark (Terri Arndt) DeGrand; nieces and nephews.

Debbie was preceded in death by one son, Chad Weber; her maternal grandparents, Louie and Leona Chefdore; her father in law and mother in law, Harold and Irma DeGrand; brothers in law and sisters in law, Darold (Pam) DeGrand, Marilyn DeGrand, Steve Conard.

Friends may call 9:00 to 10:45 am on Monday, November 30, 2020 at St. Thomas The Apostle Church, Sugarbush. Funeral 11:00 am on Monday at the church with Rev. Carlo Villaluz officiating.  Burial in Fort Howard Cemetery, Green Bay.

Covid-19 virus precaution is strongly advised by wearing a face covering, social distancing and hand sanitizing.

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

A note of thanks is extended to the staff of Rennes Health and Rehab in De Pere and Compassus Hospice for taking such great care of our precious Mom!

recious Mom!

Edward Sticka

Edward Sticka, 96, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

 

Edward was born on August 5, 1924. He grew up on a farm in Slovan, WI with three brothers and a sister. He graduated from Casco High School in 1942.

 

He married Verna Mura on May 13, 1944. They lived in Algoma, WI throughout their lives together. A day did not go by in their sixty nine years of marriage that he didn’t tell Verna that he loved her. Verna died in 2013.

 

Edward served in World War 2 as an Army tank gunner and earned a Purple Heart.

 

He worked at Algoma Plywood, St. Mary’s School and he owned and operated Sticka’s Landscape Nursery.

 

Edward was crazy about his two great grandchildren, Zephie and AJ. He was a wonderful father to his daughter, Jennifer and her husband Jim.

 

Edward loved to laugh, tease and joke. He was positive and optimistic.

 

He was well loved by his family and had many good friends. He outlived most of them.

 

A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Drumlin Assisted Living and Agrace Hospice in Dane County.

 

There will be a graveside ceremony at St. Mary’s cemetery in Algoma, WI at 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 21st. Attendants are asked to wear masks and socially distance.

 

Memorials may be given to St. Mary’s Church or Neighbor to Neighbor, Door County.

 

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

Oscar E. Guillén

Oscar Elias Guillén, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away suddenly due to Covid on Friday, November 13, 2020 in Brussels, WI. Elias was born in Madera, Chihuahua, México on May 29, 1937 to Erasmo and Maria (Estrada) Guillén. On January 17, 1970, he married Maria Francisca Morales at the Catholic Church in Las Varas, Chihuahua, México. In Las Varas, Elias owned a billiard hall, farmed corn, and was recruited to play baseball for traveling teams. He was an excellent pitcher and shortstop. 

 

The family moved to Egg Harbor, WI in 1986. Elias was extremely responsible and hard working. He worked in the cherry and apple orchards in Door County for many years. Everyone who knew him enjoyed his radiant and contagious smile.

 

Elias is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Francisca (Quica), and their children, Roberto (Cathie), Marco (Amy), Omar (Amy), and Arianna (Sam Counard). He is the proudly devoted grandfather of Jacob, Joshua and Vanessa Guillén; Ana and Marco Olson Guillén, Jr.; and Christian and Madyson Counard. Elias is also survived by 4 brothers and 1 sister, and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.

 

Throughout his life, Elias (Abuelito, or Lito for short) loved watching his kids and grandkids participate in all kinds of sports and activities. He was their number one fan. Elias was a devout Christian and always gave thanks to God for his blessings. He is fondly remembered by many friends in the Door County community and beyond. His family misses him greatly and will cherish all of the wonderful memories with him forever!

 

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.  Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Shirley Ann Urbanek

Shirley Ann Urbanek, 75, of Kewaunee, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI.

 

She was born January 21, 1945, in Kewaunee to the late Robert and Leona (Stuebs) Schunke.

Shirley grew up in Kewaunee and attended Kewaunee High School.

 

On Sept. 28, 1963, she married Edward J. Urbanek in Kewaunee.  He preceded her in death on Mar. 22, 2003.

Shirley enjoyed reading and putting together puzzles. She was an excellent cook, working for many restaurants in the Kewaunee area including the Alaskan Supper Club, Karsten Hotel and Birchwood Inn. She enjoyed cooking for her extended family and her potato salad, Thanksgiving stuffing and Chex mix were legendary within the family.

 

Shirley survived a serious car accident 15 years ago and she dealt with the subsequent limitations and health issues with amazing strength and grace. She was truly one of sweetest women you would ever meet but also had a feisty side if she did not agree! She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.



Shirley is survived by her brother; Richard (Jane) Schunke of Kewaunee; sisters Diane (Larry) Schneider of Kewaunee; LouAnn (Ron) Sisel of Green Bay and sister-in-law Diane Schunke of Kewaunee, step-son Doug Bitzan of Algoma, step-grandchildren Lukas and Derek Bitzan of Algoma, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends.


She was preceded in death by her loving husband, parents, brother; Harold Schunke, and brother-in-law, Kent DeJardin.

Due to Covid-19, private family services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kewaunee with Rev. Matthew Sprunger officiating.

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

 

 McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the family. 

 

   Memorial tributes may be mailed to McMahon Funeral Home, P.O. Box 36, Luxemburg, WI. 54217 to the attention of the Urbanek Family.

 

A thank you is extended to the Kewaunee Rescue Squad, Aurora Hospital, the staff of various rehab facilities and home health care workers; as well as all family and friends who have taken such great care of Shirley over the years!

Randall "Randy" J. Soukup

Randall "Randy" J. Soukup, 68, Forestville, passed away Nov. 16, 2020 after a short battle with cancer.  He was born April 18, 1952 in Door County to Raymond and Joanne (LeCloux) Soukup. 

 

Randy graduated from the Southern Door High School in 1970.  He worked at Palmer Johnson as a pipe fitter until he retired in 2014.

 

Randy married Martha Gruendemann August 24, 1979. 

 

Randy enjoyed the time he spent with family, friends and Miss Kitty.  He had a passion for his land and loved working on his tractors, cars, and building things in his garage.

 

Randy is survived by his wife, Martha, his mother Joanne De Namur, brothers Gary (Vicky) Soukup, Rick (Polly) Soukup, Jeff DeNamur and sister Michelle (Jeff) Bruemmer; he is further survived by his mother-in-law Marie Gruendemann, three sisters-in-law Sarah (Ken) Ridderikhoff, Hannah Gruendemann and Leah Gruendemann; Nephews Richard (Jamie) Soukup, Michael (Deven) Soukup, Greg Soukup, Nathan Bruemmer and Kyle Bruemmer and other great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Raymond, step father Harry DeNamur, paternal and maternal grandparent, father-in-law Marcus Gruendemann and one nephew John Soukup. 

 

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

The family wants to give a special thank you to Unity Hospice for all the care and kindness given to Randy and his family.

 

The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, was entrusted to assist the family with arrangements.

Nancy Wilterding Davis

Nancy Wilterding Davis died quietly in her sleep on November 11, 2020 at the age of 93. She was born on November 1, 1927, the first child of John Howard and Florence (Colburn) Wilterding in Green Bay, WI. She grew up in Menasha, WI with twin siblings Gretchen and John Jr. When Nancy went to college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, her brother Mark was born.

     Nancy met her husband, Robert “Bob” Davis, in Menasha when he came to take Nancy’s sister, Gretchen, on a date. She described it as love at first sight. They married in June 1951 and raised (and spoiled) five children, all of whom are still living: Rob, Martha, Cole (Tina), Sarah (Ralph) Maas, and Laura (Theresa Farris). She also leaves behind ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, as well as foster daughter, Sabina Kruse (Dalton) and their three children who have always known Nancy as Grandma. Bob preceded her in death in 2017.

     Nancy and Bob moved to Lake Bluff, IL in 1955 and resided there for four decades in four different houses, the first and last one being of Nancy’s design. In 1965, they built a family cottage (also of Nancy’s design) in Ephraim, WI. When they retired in 1995, they moved to Ephraim after renovating/restoring and expanding an 1870’s farmhouse. Sailing was an integral part of their lives. Nancy thoroughly enjoyed many month-long cruises on the Great Lakes as Bob’s first-mate on the Great Bear II.

     From her earliest memories, Nancy had a talent for art. As a self-taught oil painter, she mastered additional skills, including sculpting, copper plate etchings, watercolor, cross stitching, needlepoint, Danish thread count, knitting and creating traditional Ukrainian eggs. She willingly shared her knowledge and skills with anyone who asked, including teaching basic drawing, cross stitching and knitting at The Clearing in Ellison Bay.

     Besides being a talented artist, Nancy welcomed everyone and nurtured many a soul needing love and a comforting ear, including exchange students from Brazil, Ghana, and the Philippines. Many a young person have called her “mama” including her current caregivers. For 47 years, she hosted an annual neighborhood Christmas dessert open house, which warmed the hearts of her community. When her health began to fail, she had a steady stream of friends and relatives stopping by for a visit to share their mutual admiration and joy.

     Nancy and Bob enjoyed 66 wonderful years together and gave much of their time and talent to many organizations. As such, instead of giving flowers, please consider sending a memorial to: Ephraim (WI) Historical Foundation, The Clearing (Ellison Bay, WI), or The Door County Land Trust (Sturgeon Bay).

     A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held in the spring of 2021 in Ephraim, WI.

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

 Edward E. Stoeger

 Edward Ernest Stoeger, 78, of Valmy in the Town of Sevastopol, was called Home to be with the Lord, Thursday morning, November 12, 2020 while at Woodside Villa Assisted Living in Ashwaubenon.

     He was born April 26, 1942 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Ernest Charles Stoeger and Lucille Agnes (Ehlers) Stoeger. Ed grew up attending Saints Peter and Paul School and Parish in Institute where he received the sacraments of Holy Baptism, first communion, and confirmation. He graduated from Sevastopol High School with the class of 1960. He met Doris Mae (Anderson) during his junior year at Sevastopol, and they were united in marriage on August 25, 1962 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church where they remained lifelong members.

     Ed initially worked for the Fruit Growers Cooperative (canning plant) off Reynolds Road in the Town of Sevastopol during and after high school in addition to helping on the family dairy farm on Clark Lake Road (to the east of State Highway 57). He then went to work in the shipyards at Christy Corporation in Sturgeon Bay for a few years before continuing the farm (full-time) as the third generation from his father (the second generation). Ed farmed with his son, Charles, until 1995 at which time he and Doris moved to Whitefish Bay Road in Valmy. Those who knew Ed, knew he was never one to sit still. He helped log the lumber for his house on Whitefish Bay Road and then established Door County Cedar Crafts in his retirement and helped log the wood for the furniture he created.

     Ed was an active member of Saints Peter and Paul Parish where he served as usher, was a member of the Men’s Club, and also served on various committees. He enjoyed playing softball in Institute. Ed also liked shooting trap at the Door County Rod and Gun Club on the Meissner Landscape team. He loved hunting and fishing (ice and salmon) and always looked forward to his trips out west to Wyoming and also fishing trips to the lake. Ed began fishing with friends earlier on, then his children and sons-in-law, and later his grandchildren. When he wasn’t fishing, he could be found at the launch ramp in Whitefish Bay watching the day’s catch(es) be brought in. Ed also loved squirrel hunting, and that provided a great stress relief during halftime of Green Bay Packers games (during their difficult seasons years ago). Not one for politics, he was proud to have served on the Town of Sevastopol planning committee for the new Town Hall and considered that time as his “political contribution.” Ed loved his home community of Sevastopol was a strong supporter of various community and school efforts. With his coffee clutch, he enjoyed going to breakfast at Andy’s Fish Market, then My Sister’s Café, and eventually the Corner Café. Above all, Ed loved his family and cherished the time he spent with them, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in his later years.

     He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Doris, with whom he was blessed with over 58 years of marriage; his two sons and three daughters, Charles Stoeger of Valmy, Michelle (Matthew) Orthober of Egg Harbor, Laurie (Glenn) Hasenjager of Egg Harbor, Lynn (Robert) Heyduk of Manitowoc, and Mark (friend, Lisa Hart) of Jacksonport; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey and Samantha Stoeger, Andrew (Karen) Orthober and Chelsea (Adam) Edgerly, Aaron (Maygen) and Sara (fiancé, Colin McMahon) Hasenjager, and Rebecca (Dalton) Jonas and Tyler Heyduk; five great-grandchildren, Calvin Orthober, Evan Edgerly, Everly and Maddox Hasenjager, and Cayden McMahon; two sisters, Rosemary (Roger) Schopf of Carslville and Carol (James) Kerscher of Valmy; two sisters-in-law, Annette Allen and Karen Miller, both of Sturgeon Bay; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

     Ed was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Melissa Stoeger; two brothers-in-law, James Allen and Floyd Miller; and other relatives.

     In consideration of the current pandemic, Ed’s life will be honored with a PRIVATE Mass of Christian Burial celebrated on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Those in attendance are to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.

     If livestreaming is possible, the Mass will be livestreamed via the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, otherwise the Mass will be uploaded to the funeral home Facebook page within the day. Those viewing the Mass via Facebook are encouraged to “Like” the funeral home page to receive immediate notification of the live broadcast (or the upload of Mass video).

     Ed will be laid to rest in the church cemetery beside his parents.

     In lieu of flowers, memories, may be given Ed’s name for the Alzheimer’s Association, Sunflower Cottage, or Saints Peter and Paul Parish.

     “Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Sunflower Cottage and Woodside Village Assisting Living (during Ed’s stay this past year-and-a-half), especially caregiver, Jill, for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Ed.”

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

Beatrice Lorraine Marchant

Beatrice Lorraine Marchant, 93, of Brussels, passed away on Nov. 12, 2020.  She was born July 14, 1927, in Brussels to Antone and Octavia (Johnson) LeRoy.  On July 4, 1945, she married Willard J. Marchant in Duvall.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 2008.

For many years, Bea and her husband spent winters in Florida where she enjoyed fishing.  She also enjoyed fishing in Canada, taking trips to Mackinaw Island with their boat, golfing at Northbrook, crafting, cutting meat and making sausage.

She is survived by two children, David (Sue) Marchant and Beverly Peterson, all of Brussels; 7 grandchildren:  Michael (Chris) Marchant, Brussels, Mark (Jessica) Marchant, Brussels, Martin (Deborah) Marchant, Port Angeles, WA, Michelle (Kyle) Gerend, Wrightstown, Kevin (Missy) Marchant, Brussels, Craig Marchant, Luxemburg, and Sherry Virgin, Sturgeon Bay; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Gladys Bouche and Lucy Jaquet.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Margaret Charles, 2 brothers, Harry LeRoy and Bernard LeRoy.

Due to Covid-19, private family services will be conducted at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish with entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

Special thank you to Compassus Hospice for their wonderful care and support.

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Dr. Joan A. Traver Appel, MD

    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 Mass will be held at Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site with internment in St. Mary’s of the Lake Cemetery in Baileys Harbor (both) at a later time when it is safe to gather, celebrate, and rejoice at Joan’s going home.

 

     “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.

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