Obituaries

Eunice Mary Bader

Eunice Mary Bader, age 95, Dyckesville, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022. The daughter of the late John Sr. and Mary (De Broux) Gilson, was born on June 4, 1926. She married Orbie H. Bader on May 13, 1950, at St. Louis Church in Dyckesville. He preceded her in death March 18, 2006.

 

Eunice is survived by four children: Ted Bader, Vicki Challis, Terri (Brian) Guilette and Brenda (Roger) Steinfeldt; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and her sister Rita Berger.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Orbie, grandson Brian Bader, daughter-in-law Marietta Bader, sister, Frances Renier, and brother John Gilson Jr.

Per Eunice’s wishes, there will be no visitation and a private funeral will be held at a later date.

 

The family would like to thank her best neighbors Gary and Michelle Borley, Helping Hearts Assisted Living Facility, Unity Hospice and Crystal.

 

In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Unity Hospice or St. Louis Church Parish in Dyckesville.

 

McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg, is assisting the Bader Family.  www.mcmahonfh.com

Joseph H. Parent

Joseph Parent, 86, of Baileys Harbor, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, May 8, 2022, after several months of illness.

    

He was born March 20, 1936 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Homer Parent and Luella (Mann) Parent.  Joe was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor.  He attended the Baileys Harbor Grade School, and graduated from Gibraltar High School with the class of 1954.  The following year, he married his high school sweetheart Doris Uhlemann on September 10, 1955 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  He and Doris shared 28 years of marriage.  Together, the young couple raised three boys, Steve, Mike and Jim.  As a family, they always took the opportunity to boat, travel, and attend the boys’ many sporting events.  Joe was an avid baseball pitcher, playing in High School and the Door County League.  His pitching style mirrored all of the other aspects of his life….strong, fast, and just wild enough to keep his opponents guessing and off balance!  He tried out for the Milwaukee Braves and was offered an opportunity to play on their Single A farm team in Georgia, but he turned down the opportunity to stay in Baileys Harbor and begin his life as a husband, father, and businessman.  In his early years he was very active in the community as a member of the Baileys Harbor Lions Club, donating his time, equipment, and materials to make the town of Baileys Harbor a better place.

    

From the time he was a young boy, he worked alongside his father, Homer, in the family excavation business, Parent Construction Company, in Baileys Harbor.  It was here that he developed his legendary work ethic.  As his father’s health began to fail, Joe took over the business.  Beginning as a small excavation and land clearing company, Joe ran the company for nearly seven decades and expanded into trucking, driveway and foundation installation, blasting and quarrying operations, major earth moving projects, dock and seawall construction, installation of sewer and water utilities, septic systems, construction of sewage treatment plants all over northeast Wisconsin, landscaping, redi-mix concrete, and the creation of major vacation and residential developments such as Heritage Lake Resort, The Oaks Condominiums, Harbor Terrace Condominiums, Lake Haven Condominiums, and many other projects.  For many years, Parent Construction was one of the largest employers north of Sturgeon Bay and was seemingly involved in just about all of the development in Door County for well over a half century.  Joe was a major Arctic Cat dealer when the snowmobile craze hit in the early 70’s.  He built a successful Arctic Cat racing team that raced in Door County, other parts of the state, and the Upper Peninsula.  For decades he sponsored the Parent Construction youth baseball team in the Stars of Tomorrow league in Sturgeon Bay.  When it came to most things in life, especially business, he was fearless.  He took on financial risk and jumped feet first into business ventures.  He learned and adapted as he went along, and more often than not, succeeded by sheer will and the force of his personality.  He bent the rules when he had to, and he never, ever, quit at anything he did.

    

Joe married Suzanne Galligan in 1986, and they shared over 25 years of marriage.  Together they enjoyed boating in both Wisconsin and Florida, motor home treks around the country, and winters at their home in Venice, Florida, until Suzanne’s sudden death in June of 2011. 

    

Joe is survived by his sons, Steve (Dawn) Parent of Sturgeon Bay, Mike (Laura) Parent of Egg Harbor, and Jim (Pam Lent) Parent of Baileys Harbor; their mother, Doris Parent of Baileys Harbor; his brother, Bill (Megan) Parent of Saugatuck, MI; and sister, Linda (Rick) Chapracki of Littleton, CO.  Suzanne’s children, Shelly Galligan of Delavan, WI, Kristen (Peter) Lipsey of Wilmette, IL, and Daniel (Erica) Galligan of Cedarburg, WI; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his special friend, Connie Turriff.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne; his parents, Homer and Luella; and his sister, Mary Ellen St. George.

    

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Maxwelton Braes Golf Course in Baileys Harbor.  Time of service and other details to be announced in the near future.

    

“Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those at Door County Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care, and Unity Hospice, who showed Joe exceptional kindness and compassion in the care given to him in his final weeks”.

    

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

Mary Leake Combs

Mary Jane Leake Combs, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2022 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

 

Jane was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but spent most of her childhood in Cincinnati and lived most of her adult life in her beloved Lexington, Kentucky. 

 

Jane was an adventurous spirit who placed a high value on education.  She went back to school in the early 1970’s to complete her BA in Education at the University of Kentucky - even though she was a mother of four young children at the time. Jane was an avid reader, and enjoyed participating in numerous book clubs throughout her life.  She also enjoyed traveling.  Jane has been to all fifty states.  And with Kilmer, her loving husband of 49 years, Jane enjoyed trips to far away destinations, including Australia and New Zealand, Tahiti, Europe and Costa Rica.

 

Jane also believed in the importance of giving back – a passion she passed on to her children and grandchildren.  For over twenty-five years, Jane served as a volunteer for Hospice of the Bluegrass, helping families navigate difficult end-of-life decisions.   She was a proud member of the Lexington Women’s Club and volunteered in a variety of ways at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky.  Jane also delivered meals to shut ins for Meals on Wheels and recorded audiobooks for the Central Kentucky Reading for the Blind. 

 

Throughout her life, Jane always had many dear friends.  She had a special way of making others feel at ease.  Many have been touched by her kindness.

 

Jane was preceded in death by her husband, C. Kilmer Combs – a senior partner at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs law firm- and her son-in-law Michael Warren. She is survived by four children – Mike Combs of Lexington, Kentucky, Celia Warren of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Reverend Bill Combs (Jennifer) of Buford, Georgia, and Cathy Laba (Wally) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, four grandchildren – Jessica Eldridge (Dylan), Anne Warren, Emily Combs and Sam Combs - and one great grandchild, Oliver Eldridge.

A funeral service will be held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky on May 17th , 2022 at noon.  Burial will follow at Lexington Cemetery.

 

The family would like to thank the amazing staff at Pinecrest Village, the Skilled Nursing Facility at the Door County Medical Center and Unity Hospice for the kindness and compassion they showed Jane during these final years of her life.  We also want to recognize Nate Kraemer, Christine Webb-Miller, Sue Dahms, and Nicole Wiesner  – who did big things and small to make Mom’s transition to Door County as smooth as possible.  You are truly angels on earth.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice, St. Jude’s or Kentucky Educational Television.  Forbes Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family with arrangements.

Alice M. Glish

Alice M. Glish, age 88, of  Kewaunee died on Saturday, May 7, 2022.  She was born on July 17, 1933 to the late W. Edwin and Mary (Jorgensen) Brusky.    

 

She married Joseph J. Glish on October 19, 1949 and he preceded her in death on November 3, 1998. 

 

She worked for Plumber’s Woodworking for twenty-four years until retiring.  Alice and Joe enjoyed traveling throughout the world and dancing at Kubsch’s Ballroom.  Alice also enjoyed gardening and canning the fruits of her labor.

 

Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law: Mark and Sherri Glish, Janesville; Steven and Kim Glish, Port St. Lucie, FL; Gregg Glish, Las Vegas, NV; three daughters and three sons-in-law: Monica and Mike Knauer, Acton, Ontario, Canada; Debra and Marcus Teubert, Wild Rose, WI; Brenda and Todd Toepper, Milton, WI; a very special granddaughter: Tanya Glish, Two Rivers; ten grandchildren; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law: William (Bill) and Karen Brusky, Kewaunee; a sister: Marie Tess, Mishicot and her very special cat, Abby.

 

She was preceded in death by two sons and an infant son: Wayne Glish, Jeffrey Glish; and Paul Glish. Mother-in-law and father-in-law: Joseph F. and Katherine Glyzewski.

 

Friends may call after 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 13 at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee with a parish Wake Service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation continues after 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Hedwig Church, East Krok until the time of services.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m by Fr. Dennis Drury assisted by Christal Wavrunek.  Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

 

Mom was a force to be reckoned with at times.  Her fierce will and determination allowed her to  live her way even though she had mobility problems in her later years.  Guide us now Mom, your children and grandchildren, to live with fierce determination as you did.

 

Go to www.buchananfh.com to send condolences.

John "Roger" Robinson

John "Roger" Robinson, 84, Algoma, passed away Friday, May 6, 2022 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born July 10, 1937 in Chicago, IL. to John W. and Virginia (Payne) Robinson.  
As a young man his family moved to Rio Creek.  Roger starting working as a teenager at Raton Church Furniture Co. after his dad was hurt in an accident.  Then he worked at Hamilton Manufacturing in Two Rivers for a few years.  Then he worked at the US Plywood in Algoma and ended his working career at Bay Ship Builders.  He did work at Wisconsin Screen Graphics for a short time and also worked part time at Post TV and Appliance and then J & B Appliance for Jerry and Bev Schley.


Roger's greatest hobbies were hunting and perch fishing, especially at Chaudoir's dock.
Roger married Judith Chaudoir at St. Mary's of the Snow Catholic Church in Namur on Memorial Day, May 30, 1960.


He is survived by his loving wife, Judy, son John Lawrence, two daughters Lynn (Gary) Clark and Barbara (Steve) Bathke; three grandchildren Jessica (Martin) Flores, Katie (Jeremy) Roman and Robert (Maggie) Clark; five great-grandchildren Ethan and Rosalynn, Johnathan and Elijah and Emma Rae; honorary daughter Peggy(Mark)Klapperich and their family and honorary granddaughter, Jenny, who as a great registered nurse made it possible for Roger to have his last two days at home; brother Bob (Sandy) Robinson, brother-in-law Nick Wasilkoff, many nieces, nephews and cousins.


He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother-in-law Pat (Jim) Fenske and Peggy Wasilkoff, and brother-in-law Harvey Massart.
There will be a public visitation, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma, from 3:00 PM until the time of services at 7:00 PM with Father Alvan Amadi officiating.


The family wants to give a special thank you to Unity Hospice for making his last days comfortable.


In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society in Roger's name.

Ruth M. Younk

Ruth M. Younk, 92, Rio Creek, passed away May 5, 2022 at the Jack and  

Engrid Meng Hospice Center in DePere. She was born February 8, 1930,  

to the late Fred and Esther (Chapek) Mikle. On July 24, 1949, she married  

Arlan Younk in Algoma, he preceded her in death on September 4, 1999. 

Ruth enjoyed quilting, traveling, reading, gardening, and her flowers. 

She is survived by her children, Diane (Patrick) Olson of Sturgeon Bay, and  

Jerry (Vicky) Younk of Bemidji, MN; her step-grandchildren; brother Frank  

(Carol) Mikle; sister Caroline Nichols; as well as by nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Arlan; brother Don (Ruby)  

Mikle; sister Jeanne (Ernest) Bero; and sister-in-law Mary Jo Mikle. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rankin from 1:00-2:00  pm. Funeral service will take place at 2:00 pm with Dr. Rev. Christopher Jackson officiating. Burial will  follow in the church cemetery. Kinnard Funeral & Cremation Services (formerly Wiesner & Massart  Funeral Home) – Algoma is assisting the family. Online condolence messages may be shared at  www.KinnardFCS.com. 

A special thank you to Unity Hospice for all the care they gave Ruth.

 

Wenzel (Bucko) J. Hrabik Jr.

Wenzel (Bucko) J. Hrabik Jr. age 81, of  Kewaunee died on Saturday, May 7th, 2022.  He was born on January 31, 1941 in Kewaunee, WI to the late Wenzel (Jim) Sr and Ella (Delwiche) Hrabik.

 

Bucko married the love of his life, Karen Duescher, on July 13th, 1963.  They were blessed with five  children and ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

Wenzel graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1959.  Bucko was a confirmed member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and serviced on the parochial school board.  He was employed as a welder/mechanic with the Kewaunee County Highway Department for 29 years retiring at the age of 57.  Prior to employment at the Highway Department, Bucko had worked at Kewaunee Engineering.  Bucko enjoyed fixing and repairing farm machinery, assisting many local farmers.

 

Upon retirement, Bucko enjoyed many years hauling milk, driving tractor and tinkering at Ebert Enterprises.  Bucko was always willing to help anyone and his calm demeanor made him a joy to work with.

 

Bucko had a love of hunting, fishing, stock car racing, playing softball, dartball, music (Elvis rules!) snowmobiling (proud member of the Moonriders Snowmobile Club) and watching all sports and events particularily when his children and grandchildren were participating.  He was their biggest fan!

 

Bucko is survived by Karen, his wife of fifty-eight years; his children, Rhonda (Jack) Jadin, Renee (Randy) Ebert, Sheila (Ron) Powers, Troy (Vicki) Hrabik, Rick (Mary) Hrabik.  He is further survived by grandchildren; Taylor (Abbygaile) Jadin, Jordan and Whitney Ebert, Tyler, Samantha and Tommy Powers, Brandon (Hailey) Hrabik, Bryce Hrabik, and Greg (Erin) Place, three great-grandchildren, Natalie Jadin, Peaches Hrabik and Josephine Place.  

 

Bucko was one of ten siblings.  Survivors include; Sandy (Carl) Swagel, Judy Dolan (special friend John Kay), Betty (James) Siebold, Gerald (Marilyn) Hrabik, Jane (Roger) Ihlenfeldt, Joe - Chico (Sue Lindberg) Hrabik, John (Emily) Hrabik, Bill (Jill) Hrabik.  Further survivors include sisters in law Julaine Mueller and Bonnie (Larry) Kittell, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Bucko was preceded in death by his parents Wenzel and Ella Hrabik and his stepmother, Lorraine (Rabach) Hrabik, in-laws Orville and Elda Duescher, granddaughter Britney Ebert, sister and brother in law Shirley (James-Beetle) Blahnik, brothers in law Harold (Bud) Dolan, and Erwin Mueller.

 

Friends may call from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Buchanan’s Funeral Home, Kewaunee on Sunday, May 15th, 2022.  Visitation continues on Monday 9:00 am - 11:00 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kewaunee on May 16th, 2022.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am with Pastor Matthew Sprunger officiating.  The service will be live streamed for remote viewing at www.immanuellutherankewaunee.org.

 

Bucko’s family would like to thank the care providers throughout the years for the compassionate care provided to him.

Bucko will be greatly missed by all family and friends.  His strong work ethic, humor, quiet demeanor, kindness and compassion modeled the way for all who came to know him.  Thanks for the memories.

Betty Cravillion

Betty A. Cravillion, 89, of Luxemburg died peacefully, Tuesday evening, May 3, 2022.  She is now celebrating with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Betty was born on August 1, 1932, to the late Frank “Raymond” Jr. and Edna (Peik) Kubale in Manitowoc County.  On August 16, 1958, she married the love of her life, Darrel J. Cravillion, at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg.  She was a member of St. Mary Church, Luxemburg, and the Christian Mother Society of St. Mary.  Her enjoyments included spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandsons.  Betty loved her flowers, being outdoors immersed in God’s creation and her Monday and Wednesday Bible Study with her family.  She always made everyone feel welcomed with her infectious smile, humor, and warmth.

 

Betty is survived by her husband of 63 years, Darrel, and her seven children, Dan (Lisa) Cravillion, Cheryl (Paul) Melnarik, Janice Cravillion, Dave Cravillion, Lynn (Bill) Peronto, Patrick Cravillion, Dean Cravillion; eleven grandchildren, Jon, Katie, Andrew (Savannah), Abbie, Sam, Phil (Kali), Chelsea, Caleb, Shane, Nick, Logan (special friend, Jaid); two great grandsons, Maddox and Paxton; one sister, Sharon (Mick) Scanlan; one brother in law and two sisters in law, Tom (Sue) Cravillion, Bonnie Blaney; nieces and nephews.

 

Betty was preceded in death by one loving granddaughter, Karissa Peronto (10-21-2021); her parents; her father in law and mother in law, Henry and Helen Cravillion; brothers in law and sisters in law, George Blaney, Lyle (Lois) Cravillion, Bob (Darlene) Cravillion, Glen (Marge) Cravillion, Jim Cravillion, and Sister Ann Cravillion OSF.

 

Friends may call between 9:15 and 11:15 am on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Funeral 11:30 am on Tuesday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.

 

McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg, is assisting the Cravillion Family.  www.mcmahonfh.com

 

In lieu of sympathy flowers and other tributes, memorials may be made to: The Karissa Peronto Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Betty Cravillion.

A special note of thanks is extended to Unity Hospice and the 9th floor staff of St. Vincent Hospital, especially Sherri, Denise, Hannah, and Janelle, for your outstanding compassion.

Tom Beam

Tom Beam, age 75, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on April 18,2022 at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the husband of Sandra Beam. They shared 48 wonderful and loving years of marriage together.

Born in Sturgeon Bay, Wi; he was the son of Jim and Connie Beam. He attended and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School then went on to attend and graduate from the University of Oshkosh. After graduation he became a part of the Army Reserves. He worked for many years in the financial world, and after retiring from AT&T he began working for Stadium People and CSC. Where he was able to get paid to watch his favorite sports.

He was a member of Denton Bible Church and was involved in the men’s group there. He loved adventure and pushing the limits. Some of his favorite past times were fishing, golf, softball (he even played into his 70s), going to the nature center, and spending time at the marina in Lake Worth. But his absolute favorite times were spent playing barbies with his granddaughter, fishing with his grandsons, and playing any sport with all of them.  He was extremely passionate about teaching his grandchildren everything he could about life. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, contagious laugh, and treating everyone like he had known them for years. But most of all he will be remembered for how much he loved the Lord and wanted others to know his Lord and Savior as well.

He is survived by his wife Sandra Beam; daughters Melissa McBeam (Chad) and Angela Barnett (Jonathon); grandchildren Quinn McBeam, Anders Barnett, and Everly Barnett; brother Craig Beam (Jeanne); nephews Jason Beam (Jennifer) and Nick Beam (Arielle). He was predeceased by his parents Jim and Connie Beam, grandparents Fred and Ruth Reynolds. He was also survived by two very special young men. Although not blood related, he considered them to be family Matt Norman and Paul Beach (Andrea).

His Celebration of Life will be held on Friday May 20, 2022 at 5:30pm- 8:00pm with a service from 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Lake Worth Boat and Ski Club 4001 Marina Dr. Fort Worth, Tx 76135. The club is located on Lake Worth. 

If planning to send the family flowers for the celebration of life, please deliver to Tom’s home address.

 

Marvin P. Jonet

Marvin P. Jonet, 95, New Franken, died peacefully with his children by his side on Sunday morning, May 1, 2022.  He was born March 21, 1927, in the township of Red River to the late, Louis and Irene (Rogers) Jonet.  On November 29, 1947, he married Caroline E. Nellis at Saint Joseph Church in Champion. She preceded him in death on December 11, 2015. Marvin served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.  He was member of the Plumber and Steamfitter Local Union 400, receiving an award for 65 years of service.   He loved spending time at the cabin in Pembine, fishing, hunting, and cutting lumber at his “Hardly Able Lumber Company”. Together, Marvin and Caroline enjoyed traveling the country, especially to Arizona and Alaska, in their motor home.  Marvin loved to spend time with his family, especially his many grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

 

Marvin is survived by his children, Len (Jan) Jonet, Green Bay; Jerry (Donna) Jonet, New Franken; Diane (Doug) DuBois, Green Bay; Kristy (Herb) Myers, Mountain; Jean (Robert) Baranczyk, Sturgeon Bay; 14 grandchildren, Tami (Rick) Process, Kimberly (Mike) Powers, Melissa Opicka-Jonet, Philip Jonet, Brent (Katie) DuBois, Amanda (Nate) Thomas, Trevor (Misty) Pedersen, Amber (Chris) Hellmann, Cassandra (fiancé Josh) Gaestel, Alecia (Matt) Daul, Jake (fiancé Brittni) Baranczyk, Ben (fiancé Carly) Baranczyk, Abby (Dylan) Frea; 18 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two sisters, Vernelda Vaness, DePere; Rosella VandenHouten, Lincoln; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

Marvin was preceded in death by his loving wife, Caroline; one daughter, Debbie Gaestel; one granddaughter, Jenna Baranczyk; one brother, Wilfred (Virgil) Jonet; sisters in law and brothers in law, Odile (Walter) Ducat, Evelyn (Edwin) Legois, Donald Nellis, Wilfred VandenHouten and Alvin Vaness.

 

Friends may call between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Monday, May 9, 2022, at Holy Cross Church in Bay Settlement.  Funeral 11:00 am on Monday at the church with Abbot Gary Neville, O.Praem. officiating.  Complete military honors with the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262, Luxemburg, following the funeral.  Entombment at the Shrine of The Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.

 

McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg, is assisting the Jonet Family. www.mcmahonfh.com

 

The Jonet Family wishes to thank Unity Hospice for assisting Dad and our family the past few weeks.  We also wish to extend a special thank you to the staff of Anna’s House in New Franken, for the care and compassion give to “Our Dad”!

Isaac Sorenson

Isaac Terrance Sorenson, 12, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., passed away peacefully on May 3, 2022, at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He was born on August 12, 2009, in Green Bay to Terry and Toni (Martin) Sorenson.

 

Isaac entered the world rapidly and set his own course. He amazed every health professional who ever met and worked with him. Isaac enjoyed taking in the local sites with his family and nurses, painting rocks with his nurses and spreading them around Door County, visiting local parks, and getting to know the neighborhood by spending time in his parents’ strawberry stand and in their cherry orchard. Isaac also loved people reading to him, including his classmates at Southern Door, who read to him virtually during school. His team of nurses introduced him to all generational eras and genres of music and the excitement of Wheel of Fortune. He enjoyed movie nights with his family, and like a true Wisconsinite, Isaac enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers. Although he couldn’t speak or smile, Isaac communicated to his family and nurses through his expressive eyebrows and reactions to the color yellow.

 

While his parents had dreams of Isaac being able to smile, laugh, play and express himself in ways his earthly body didn’t allow, Isaac set his own timeline for his final journey home. He was surrounded by the love of his parents, and the embrace of God. The love in the sunshine, the light of the moon, the breeze and sounds of the birds will be a constant reminder of Isaac’s love.

 

Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Eli and Aksel Sorenson; maternal grandmother, Cecile Thanig (Dave Pregont), Wausau; maternal grandfather, Tom (Jackie) Martin, Edgar; step-maternal grandfather, Dan (Jan) Kamenick, Marathon; paternal grandparents Gary (Gail) Sorenson, Forestville; maternal great-grandparents Eleanora Thanig, Mosinee; Joyce (Mike) Huebsch, Edgar; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Jo Ann Simon; paternal great-grandparents, Virgil and Mae Sorenson, Alvin and Arbutus Simon and Joseph and Loraine Hendzel; maternal great-grandparents, Walter and Marie Kamenick, John and Gladys Martin and Stuart Thanig.

 

Visitation will be Saturday, May 7, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. Funeral services will be Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m., at Tanum-Forest Lutheran Church with Rev. Peter Mannoja officiating. There will be a private burial at Forest Cemetery in Carnot for immediate family only. On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com.

 

The family wishes to thank all of Isaac’s nurses: Debbie, Linda, Gloria, Chris, Megan, Kayla and Liz. Their exceptional care allowed Isaac so many opportunities to enjoy life.

 

The family also thanks Isaac’s therapists, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and staff, Dr. Amy Fogarty and her staff in Door County, the Door County public health team, the CP Center of Green Bay, and the staff at the Southern Door School District for their guidance and care over the years. Special thanks as well to all of the friends and neighbors who welcomed Isaac into their lives.

 

Sandra J. Wagner

Sandra Jean Wagner, age 73, of Sturgeon Bay, WI passed away passed at her home on May 1, 2022 surrounded by her family. She was born January 26, 1949, to the late Merville Kratwell and Valeria (Spoerl) Zdroik in Milwaukee, WI.

Sandy was blessed with a loving family. She married John S. Wagner on September 27, 1969, at Holy Apostles Church in New Berlin, WI. They were happily married for 52 years. Sandy was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 

Sandy was blessed with 3 children: Christie (Kevin) Pichette, Todd (Leda) Wagner, Adam (Shannon) Wagner. She was also survived by 5 grandchildren: Michael (Jamie), Tyler and Kailtyn (Katiebug) Pichette,  Autumn Wagner, Parker Wagner. Two great grandchildren: Easton Wagner, Harper McGrath, 1 aunt Diana (Tom) Ploetz and her loving dog Kibbles. 

Sandy is survived by: 1 sister, Kathy Teeney and one brother Billy (Sandy) Zdroik. 

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents Merville Kratwell, Valeria Zdroik and Step-father Herb Zdroik, parents-in-law John and Esther Wagner, 1 brother, Jimmy (Kathy) Zdroik, 1 brother-in-law Mike Teeney, aunts Audrey (Dale) Viergutz, Geraldine (Bob) Ronco and Delores Spoerl and recently her best friend Geri Wipperfurth.

Sandy was an avid sports fan. She loved the Packers, Brewers, Bucks & Badgers and never missed scores from every game all they way through the end. She gave many years of her time to the Girl Scouts of America in Milwaukee area sitting on the council, a Leader to Troop #1179 and always our Cookie Mom. 

A memorial to honor Sandy's life will be held privately with immediate family in Sturgeon Bay at a later date. On-line condolences may be offered by emailing John Wagner at swimmer54235@yahoo.com. Donations can be made to Door CANcer, Inc.in the name of Sandy Wagner.

A big Thank you to the wonderful staff at Unity Hospice to help honor her last wishes.

Terry D. Kinney

Rev. Dr. Terry Dan Kinney, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on November 5, 2021, at his home.  He was born March 18, 1939, in Madison, WI to LaVerne and LaVerne (Knutsen) Kinney.  On August 24, 1963, he married Cynthia Boller in Madison, she preceded him in death on March 28, 2021.

Terry graduated from Crystal Lake High School in Illinois in 1957.  After high school, he earned a B.S. in chemistry at UW Madison.  In 1967, he graduated from Luther-Northwestern Seminary with a master's degree in divinity and entered the ministry.  In 1984, Terry earned a doctor of ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

During his life, Terry ministered in numerous churches including: American Lutheran Church in Harlem, MT, Bethel Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, FL, and Hainesville Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.  He especially enjoyed playing guitar and singing with other musicians during worship.  While serving at Bethel, he helped establish several outreach programs which benefited the St. Petersburg community.  During retirement, he was a passionate representative for the non-profit group Food for the Poor.  

Terry and Cindy retired to Door County, building their dream house on family property where he enjoyed working the land for years.  He treasured the time he and his wife were part of the Door County Community.

Survivors include 4 children, Toby Kinney and Jon Kinney, both of Aurora, CO; Suzanne Kinney, Middleton, WI; Mark (Colleen) Kinney, Sturgeon Bay; 2 grandchildren, Claire and Andrew; a sister, Karen (Wayne) Fagerberg, Barrington, NH; and a brother, Norman (Jackie) Kinney, Ozark, AL.  He was preceded by his parents and his wife.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Tanum Forest Lutheran Church (6102 County OO Sturgeon Bay, WI) with the Reverend Anne Edison-Albright Bishop of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin presiding.  Burial will be in Clay Banks Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Jill C. Wildenberg

Jill Christine Wildenberg, age 80, of Sturgeon Bay, WI passed away on April 25, 2022. She was born January 9, 1942, to the late Stanley and Elsie Kreuter in Neenah, WI.
Jill was blessed with a loving family. She married Michael Wildenberg on March 3, 1962, at St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Neenah, WI. Jill was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was unselfish to a fault, often neglecting herself for the well being of others.

 


She valued loyalty, honesty and authenticity and exhibited these tenants in her life. She was an avid historian and spent many years collecting and archiving her family’s genealogy. She enjoyed traveling around Europe with her husband to experience and research many of her ancestral locations. Her personal interests ran the creative gamut.


She had an amazing skill for design, sewing, quilting, crocheting and decorating that would rival any professional. She was one of a kind and will be desperately missed.
Jill is survived by her husband, Michael; her sons Paul (Lisa), Steven (Michelle); four grandchildren: Joe (Molly), Elizabeth (Kyle), Emily (JJ) and Ryan; sister Judy Koehnke; six great-grandchildren; and many cherished sisters-in-law, brother’s in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her sister Janice Laflin.


A service and celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (620 E. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly, WI 54136) with Rev. Carl Schmitt officiating.  Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be designated in memory of Jill C. Wildenberg to Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Research at Mayo Clinic https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donatemc  

Judith (Judi) Buskuskie

Judith Ann “Judi” Buskuskie, 82, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay on April 27, 2022. She was born September 26, 1939, in Rockport, Maine to Albert and Augusta (Noyes) Korpinen.
Judi worked as an executive assistant for most of her life and retired to Sturgeon Bay in the late 1980’s. In her retirement, she continued to work in office management and enjoyed working at the Red Oak Winery for several years.
Judi had a passion for wildlife especially bird watching. She explored her artistic side later in life and produced beautiful watercolor and acrylic paintings. In her younger days, Judi was a fabulous cook and loved to entertain.
Judi was an extremely social person and was known by everyone in town as “Judi B.” She enjoyed many great friendships and appreciated the support and help of
many good friends throughout the years.
Survivors include three daughters, Shelby (Jim) Rateliff, Dennard, AR: Stacy (Mike) Akin, Fox Lake, WI; Stephanie (Jeff) Blair, Irmo, S.C.; five grandchildren, Shannon (Brendan), Sarah, Olivia, Emma, and Evan; three great grandchildren, Julia, Diana, and Eliana; a brother, Brian (Gloria) Korpinen, Sturgeon Bay; special nieces, Andrea, and Jennifer. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Hainesville Lutheran Church from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The family kindly requests no flowers. Online condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome. com

John "Jack" Schultz

John Edward “Jack” Schultz, 86 of Brussels, passed away on April 27, 2022.  He was born Dec. 7, 1935, in Green Bay to Fred and Dorothy (Shaw) Schultz.  Jack enlisted in the U.S Army and served his country in Germany.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the army, he returned to Green Bay and then moved to Dearborn Heights in Michigan to work for the city in the heavy equipment department.  He and his wife Janet met on a blind date in Canada in 1960.  They were married on Sept. 1, 1962, in London, Onatario.  Jack and Janet owned and operated the Tip Top Laundry and Dry Cleaners for many years and retired in 2004.

Jack enjoyed bowling, playing cards, watching Packers and Lions games.  He also enjoyed following the Brewers and the Kolberg Braves.   Jack had quite the sense of humor and was known to start conversations with complete strangers and leave them with a smile.

He is survived by his wife, two children, Russell J. Schultz, Green Bay; and Tracy (Jeff) May, Sturgeon Bay; 3 grandchildren, Kaylin Schultz (Jesse DePrey), Justin (Amber) May, and Trista May and her fiancé Zach Vogel; 3 great-grandchildren and one “on-the-way”, Levi and Brielle DePrey, and Everly May; brother-in-law Lawrence Calcutt and first cousin “like-a-sister” Sue Snethen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Ray Enz, step-brothers Jim and Jerry Enz, and brother-in-law Keith Calcutt.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kolberg.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Memorials may be directed to Door CANcer Inc. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrrangements.

Jeffrey R. Bialk

Jeffrey Robert Bialk (formerly of Milwaukee) was born to Eternal Life and passed to the Celestial Lodge above on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at the age of 73. Beloved father of Christian (Katie) Bialk and Victoria (Sam) Duehr. Loving "Gramps" of Colton and Adalaise. Also survived by his beloved dog Sky; sister, Christine Bialk, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Alice Bialk.

Jeffrey was a true guardian of Constitution internally as a law man for over 30 years, retiring as a Captain of the Milwaukee Police Department and Director/Commander of the Federal Protective Service, Department of Homeland Security for Wisconsin. Externally, in service to his nation, he honorably served in the US Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps, retiring as a Master Gunnery Sergeant. His active duty and reserve service spanned 36+ years including two wars; Vietnam from 1970-1971 and Desert Storm in 1991. He was awarded numerous decorations and medals. MGySgt Bialk also served 5 years as Commandant of Cadets at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy; molding boys into young men and preparing them for bright futures.

Devout in his faith as a Christian, he also had an unwavering devotion to the craft of Free Masonry, joining DeMolay International at the age of 14. He was a Master Councilor, Chevalier, and Conferral of the Legion of Honor. He became a Free Mason and served as a Master of Lake Lodge F&AM No 189. He was Sovereign Prince of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and coroneted with the 33rd, last and final degree for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

Jeffrey loved and lived for his family. He cherished time with his grandchildren and was a proud "gramps." He was a dedicated and loyal friend to many and was great keeper of history, which he freely shared usually over a beer and bourbon. He loved landscaping and spending countless hours working outside, watching and listening to the waves crashing the shoreline bringing peace to his life.

Visitation will be held at Prasser-Kleczka Funeral Home, 3275 S. Howell Ave. Milwaukee, on Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Military Honors and Masonic Services will begin at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a charity near and dear to him: The Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive Tampa, FL 33607. Donations can also be made online at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/JeffreyBialkMemorial.

 

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"

Well Done Faithful Servant. You truly were one of the world's finest.

 

Roseanne A. Cisler

Roseanne Annette Cisler, 76 Sturgeon Bay passed away at her home on April 24, 2022, surrounded by her family.  She was born November 6, 1945, to Benjamin and Jeanette (Lemieux) Stokel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  She was married to James Cisler on August 6, 1966, in Portsmouth New Hampshire.  They were happily married for 55 years.

    

Survivors include her husband, James; two children, Valerie Middlebrooks, Wilmington, Delaware; John Cisler, Bloomington, Minnesota; a grandson, Jakob Middlebrooks, Wilmington, Delaware; a brother-in-law, James Lanners, La Mesa, California; a nephew and godson Scott (Christina) Lanners, San Diego, California, and a niece Stacy (Kiran) Mandania, San Diego, California.

 

Roseanne was sad to leave her family and friends, but she has found peace in the arms of the Lord.

 

Roseanne grew up on a farm in New Hampshire, with extended family always around and many meals and raucous card games were enjoyed by all.  She was always a good student and a bold young woman and left home at 18 to move to Washington D.C. where she went to MacIntosh Business School and became an administrative assistant at the CIA.  In D.C. she met James at a party, married and moved with him to Wisconsin to start a family.Roseanne was always a dedicated daughter, wife and mother and devoted most of her time to taking care of her family, volunteering at school and going to every game and concert her children were involved in.  She was the “pizza lady” at many local grocery stores, giving out free samples. She was also the chief accountant of J.C. Electric.  She loved meeting and getting to know new people and she befriended everyone she met.  She also loved to be kind to others and help them in times of need, getting groceries, visiting, and sending many, many flowers, and cards to brighten people’s days.  She will be missed by all.

 

Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Maplewood, Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating.  Friends may call at Forbes Funeral Home from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 2nd and then after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of services.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com.

Judith Ann Larson

Judith Ann Larson, 75 of Sturgeon Bay, passed away early April 20, 2022 at Door County Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.

    

Judy was born April 26, 1946, in Sturgeon Bay, to Woodrow and Evelyn (Kroening) Wolzien. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the class of 1964 and went on to graduate from Bellin College of Nursing in Green Bay. After graduating she went on to work at Bellin Hospital for many years. After leaving Bellin Hospital, she went on to work at the Webster Ave. Clinic in Green Bay until she retired from nursing in 1995.

    

Judy married William Treptow in 1996 and moved to Madison where she worked at Physicians Plus as a nurse case manager. They then bought a home and retired to Sturgeon Bay. Bill passed away in 2012.

    

Judy was very active in community and church. She served on ADRC County Board for six years until diagnosed with cancer. While being active at the ADRC, she met Rodger Larson and they married November 5, 2016.

    

Her husband, Rodger survives her as do her sons, John Swedal and Michael Swedal of Green Bay; sister, Barbara (Gary) Duquaine of Sturgeon Bay; Rodger’s children, Penny (Bob) Kramer, Polly (Butch) Swagel, and Margaret Larson; grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

    

Preceding her are her parents; paternal grandparents, Otto and Leona Wolzien; step-grandparent, Sigfred Isaacson; maternal grandparents, Charles and Rose Kroening; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

    

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery.

    

Visitation for family and friends will be at the church on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to the time of service at 12:00 p.m.

    

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

Joyce M. Malvitz

Joyce Marie Malvitz, 88, she was called to her Heavenly home on Friday, April 22, 2022. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Joyce, the beloved daughter of Herman (Rex) and Irene Hanamann was born in the town of Pierce on August 2, 1933. On February 4, 1956, Joyce married the love of her life, Harold Malvitz at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kewaunee, WI. From that day forward, they rarely, left each other’s side until Harold’s passing on June 12, 2020. 

Joyce became a child of God through Baptism on September 3, 1933, and confirmed on May 25, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kewaunee. She graduated from Winnebago Lutheran Academy and Dr Martin Lutheran College in New Ulm, MN with a BA degree in Elementary Education. Her extensive educational background led her to Immanuel Lutheran School in Kewaunee, WI. where she taught first and second grade students for 23 years. She also taught in Bloomington Lutheran School in Minnesota and St. Peter’s in Forestville, WI. Joyce’s passion for teaching was influential in shaping the lives of countless children throughout her 27-year devotion to teaching. Joyce approached each day with a smile and positive attitude. While Joyce truly loved the blessings of teaching and encouraging the potential in her family and students, she always put God in the center of her life. Teaching her own children to put their trust in God. Joyce was deeply loved by her family for always loving them unconditionally.  Joyce enjoyed gardening, fishing, crafting, cooking, canning, and baking multiple loaves of bread for her family each week.

Joyce was blessed with 7 children: Greg (Sheree) Malvitz, Debbie (Jim) Janssen, Paula (Robert) Braun, JoAnn (Tom) Van Pay, Kathy (Joe) Gerdmann, Kim (Jeff) Pallex, Kelli (Steve) Harvey. 13 grandchildren: Ashlee (Chris) Vaughn, Alicia (Josh) Kleiman, Abby (Travis) Bruening, Josh (Casey) Braun, Brooke (Jeff) Detert, JohnE (Leah) Anstett, Josh (Kendall) Van Pay, Amber (Nic) Remaker, Alex (Brittany) Gerdmann, Vince Pallex (special friend Cynthia Manson), Cody Harvey (special friend Wendy Lowry), Shane (Beth) Harvey, Shad (Amanda) Harvey, Terra (Dustin) Warino. 20 great grandchildren: Owen, Drew, and Bryn Vaughn, Miles, Tate and Davis Kleiman, Ellie, Willa and Henry Bruening, Emily and Wyatt Detert, Gavin and Ayden Remaker, Nora and Jack Gerdmann, Keldyn and Lenora Harvey, Emery and Ellie Warino, Flynn Van Pay. 

Joyce is survived by: 3 sisters-in-law: Carol Hanamann, Jeanette Brusda, Dolly Schoenike, and 2 brothers–in-law Wayne Malvitz and Kenneth Schoenike.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Malvitz, her parents Herman (Rex) and Irene Hanamann, parents-in-law William and Hilda Malvitz, 1 brother, Richard Hanamann, 2 brother-in-laws Roy Malvitz and Alois Brusda, 2 sister-in-laws Carol Malvitz and Dorothy Malvitz and John Anstett, Sr.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Salem Lutheran Church with Rev. Tod Vertz officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Tuesday.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

The family offers a sincere “Thank You” to the staff at Grancare and Heartland Hospice. We are grateful for all the healthcare workers we have crossed paths with during Mom’s journey with Alzheimers.

 

Jodi Ann Milske

Jodi Ann Milske, 68, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, passed  away on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Jodi was born on May 29, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois to Vladimir and Joan (Patrie) Tajer.  When she was 22 months old her mother remarried, to James Milske of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, by whom Jodi was adopted.  The Milskes lived for several years in Manitowoc and Green Bay before settling in the town of Buchanan near Kimberly, Wisconsin.

Jodi graduated from Kimberly High School in 1971 and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1976 and a Master’s degree in Geology in 1982.  She met her husband, William Rice, in graduate school and they were married December 15, 1979 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  After spending 10 years in Minneapolis, the couple and their 1½ year old son moved to Brussels, Wisconsin, where they would spend the next 25 years together.

Jodi spent most of her professional career working in groundwater geology and land conservation, helping to preserve thousands of acres of Door County’s most important natural areas.  In her personal life, Jodi kayaked, hiked, gardened, practiced fiber arts and basketry, and loved to travel.  She was active in Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Door County YMCA and Open Door Pride.  She was a passionate advocate for the natural world and the welfare of animals, a loving wife, mother, sister and friend, and a thoroughly extraordinary and talented person.

She is survived by one son, Steven (Corinne) Rice of Sturgeon Bay; one grandchild, Matilda Rice of Sturgeon Bay; two brothers, Gary (Kathy) Milske of Kimberly and Steven (Sharon) Milske of Appleton; William Rice of Brussels; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws.  Jodi was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Guy in 1986 and her sister Patricia in 2020.

A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2022 – date and locality to be determined.  Jodi’s family asks that donations be made in Jodi’s memory to the ASPCA or the World Wildlife Fund, two causes near and dear to her heart.

Jodi’s family extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of the Door County Medical Center and Unity Hospice for their exceptional care and compassion.  Online condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Marlean J. Bretl

Marlean Joyce Bretl, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on April 19, 2022, at Door County Medical Center surrounded by her loving family and is now reunited with her husband Vernon.  She was born May 12, 1935,at home in Sturgeon Bay the daughter of Edward and Mary (Hickey) Schneider.  Marlean graduated in 1953 from Sturgeon Bay High School and was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Marlean lived for a short time as a child in Algoma where her father was a fisherman.  After his passing, the family moved to Baileys Harbor, her mother’s hometown.  Years later, they moved to Sturgeon Bay in her sophomore year of high school.  On Oct. 3, 1959, Marlean married Vernon M. Bretl. They were married for 58 years.  Vern passed away on January 8, 2018.  They were blessed with three children, Lisa, Linda, and Paula.

As a teenager, Marlean picked her fair share of cherries throughout Door County.  After graduation, she worked for McClellans Dept. Store and spent time bowling with the Lutheran League at Worley’s Lanes.  She also went to California and New York with a high school friend and always had stories of trips before starting her family.  Later, Marlean sold Avon for 10 years and was top seller in her district winning many awards.  She also worked for Dwain’s Foods and was manager for the Hole in One Convenience Store before her retirement.

Marlean always had stories to tell of her childhood in Baileys Harbor and her Hickey family’s fishing history.  Marlean enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially at Christmas time, her favorite holiday.

In their retirement, Marlean and Vernon enjoyed flying to California to visit grandchildren and road trips to Turtle Lake to visit other grandchildren.  They also enjoyed a boat trip to Holland, Michigan.  Marleanloved knitting many beautiful and intricate afghans for everyone and enjoyed spending time in her flower garden and canning her wonderful strawberry jam and peaches in the summer.  Marlean also had a love for books, especially romance and mysteries; she had an extensive collection that turned into a book room to hold them all.  When not reading, you would find her watching the Hallmark Channel.

Marlean will be sadly missed by her three children, Lisa (Richard) Carmody, Sturgeon Bay, WI; Linda (Peter) Engman, Turtle Lake, WI; and Paula (Dr. Thomas) McIlraith, Davis, CA; four grandchildren, Kyle and Meredith Engman and Skye and Connor McIlraith.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,half-brother Russell Kalms, half-brother John Schneider, and half-sister Eda Schneider.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday, April 25, 2022 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, burial will be in the Forestville Town Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Our family has a special heartfelt thank you to the Door County Medical Center, Ascension Home Nurses, Unity Hospice, and to social worker Erin for the special and loving care given to our mother and grandmother.

Eugene V. Remy

Eugene “Gene” Victor Remy, 84, of Nasewaupee, passed away Tuesday evening, April 12, 2022. 

    

He was born on November 18, 1937, the son of the late Ronald Carlyle Remy and Ann Irene (Peterson) Remy. Gene grew up attending Hainesville School (primary school) and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1956. Upon graduation, he continued his education at a trade school in Green Bay where he studied to be an electrician.  It was during this time he enlisted in the Naval Reserves (1955) and was active until 1961.   

    

Gene was an entrepreneur from an early age—catching and selling minnows at his parents’ resort and even selling manufactured housing during his lunch breaks in high school. Hence, the start of Remy’s Homes began when he was a teenager. What began as a business venture led him to the realization of his true passion and life’s work: to provide affordable housing for families. He strongly believed that everyone should have a place to call their own. 

    

On December 19, 1959, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia (Pat) Ann Pinney who was also a member at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. He and Pat were blessed with over 59 years of marriage and three children. She preceded Gene in death on February 28, 2019. 

    

During their years together, Gene and Pat owned and operated Remy's Homes, Inc., Thunderhill Estates, LLC, and Gitche Gumee Resort, LLC. They continued the hundred-year Remy family business tradition in Sturgeon Bay, that started in 1919 with a grocery store on the west side of Sturgeon Bay (Sawyer) opened by Gene's grandfather, Jules. 

    

As a devoted member of the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, he was on the Board of Trustees and other committees for many years and oversaw projects such as the installation of the church elevator for handicapped members of the congregation.

    

Gene was heavily involved in the Wisconsin Manufactured Housing Association/Wisconsin Housing Alliance, including serving on their Board of Directors on numerous occasions, and in 2001 earned their highest honor, the Elmer Fry Award. He was also a founding member of the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club Breakfast, where he was twice honored to receive Rotary’s highest accolade, the Paul Harris Award. 

    

Gene’s hobbies included his love for antique automobiles, tractors, and other mechanical equipment. He loved water sports, including boating, sailing, and waterskiing (barefoot and slalom). In fact, in his younger years he was considered a daredevil trickster skier; his favorite stunt was to stand on the top of a six-foot step ladder, on a wooden saucer, while being pulled by a boat at high speeds. His winter sports included downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Gene also was an avid Packer fan, and longtime season ticket holder who memorably attended the famous “Ice Bowl” game in 1967.

    

Gene and Pat had a great love for the creative and performing arts; together, they generously supported Peninsula Players, American Folklore Theatre, and others. They also traveled extensively to view and appreciate other parts of the world, which included many national parks.  

    

As much as Gene loved to travel, his favorite views remained those by the shores of Gitche Gumee. Gene loved Door County and happily participated in many efforts to keep it beautiful, including planting thousands of trees and contributing to conservation projects. Over the years, Gene was on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Door County Parks as well as the Door County Historical Society.

    

Gene will be remembered for his generous spirit; he was known for showing up and being willing to lend a hand. He loved to tell stories and connect with people—and as a result, he made friends everywhere he went. His warm smile and joyous laugh will be missed by all who knew him.

     

Gene and Pat have three children and their families: Dr. Jeannine Remy, of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Judith (Joseph) Hilgers of Gordon, WI, Joseph (Randy Armijo) Remy of Silver Spring, MD. They also have five grandchildren: Drew (Abbie) Hilgers, Sean (Maggi) Hilgers, Brenna Hilgers, Seth Remy, and Shea Remy; and a great-grandchild, Mackenna Hilgers. Other family members include sister-in-law, Julie (John Propsom) Pinney, and her three children: Dr. Tanner (Claire) Pinney, Dr. Ben (Amy) Pinney, and Burke Pinney; niece, Janelle Peotter (Dr. Eric Perlman), and nephew, Ben (Cheryl) Peotter; and brother-in-law, Thomas (Myra) Pinney, Jr. and their children: Cheryl (George, deceased) Pinney-Leu, and Geoff (Sonja) Pinney.

    

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife; siblings-in-law, George Pinney and Joyce "Pooky" Peotter; niece, Majel Pinney-Henrickson; and other relatives.

    

His life will be honored with a funeral service held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church with Rev. Reeder Herrick officiating. The funeral service will be recorded (non-live) and eventually shared on the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door Crematory LLC” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HuehnsFuneralHome).

    

Gene will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery, beside his wife, Pat.

    

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and will continue at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

    

Memorials may be given in Gene's name for Friends of the Door County Park System and/or Peninsula Players.

     

"Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Door County Medical Center and Unity Hospice for the kind and compassionate care given to our father."

    

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

    

The Remy family kindly requests that those in attendance of the visitations and/or funeral service wear a face mask and respect social distancing.

Nancy A. (Rockwell) Rusch

Nancy A. (Rockwell) Rusch, 71 years, of Green Bay, formerly of Manitowoc and Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at home in Howard, on Sunday, April 17, 2022.

    

Nancy was born November 8, 1950 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Leo and Doraine “Dode” (Braley) Rockwell. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1969. Nancy was a talented bar tender in Sturgeon Bay and in Manitowoc for many years who enjoyed the social aspect of that trade, well-armed with a quick wit and unique sense of humor known to be the Rockwell’s. As alcohol could be a hazard of that trade, Nancy combatted that illness and was proud to have been 28 years sober and a member of AA. In true Nancy style and humor, she said 28 years was good, but “I never got a cake”. Christ would become the center of her life and as a Christian even though her health began to fail, she knew she was going home to heaven. With her faith, it was only fitting God called her home on Resurrection Sunday.

    

It was love at first sight as David was captivated by, as he describe, her “Sophia Loren” eyes during a chance meeting. And on November 2, 1991, she married David Dean Rusch in Las Vegas. They were members of Hope Community Church in Manitowoc. Nancy was a strong-willed woman, fiercely loyal and loving to her children and family, never leaving doubt about where she stood on something or how she felt. She loved and missed her mom and dad after they passed. Both as a young child with her parents and brothers, whom she loved, and as an adult with her husband, Nancy loved camping and traveling. Nancy’s grandchildren, children and husband were her world. Her best friends meant everything to her and their children were treated like her own. Nancy loved all of her “brats”. She loved watching Hallmark movies, traveling, especially to Branson, MO, and Savannah, GA.

     

Survivors include her husband, David; two children, Paulette Madden of Green Bay, Misty (and favorite son-in-law, Michael) Mrotek of Green Bay; daughter-in-law, Sarah Matthews of Manitowoc; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Cassandra, Bryanna, Blaine, Willow, Aspen, Caleb, Christian, Lily, Athena; Brooke, Christina, Hope, Cheyenne, Daniel Jr., Hazyl, Vylet; David, Randal, Johnathan, and Benjamin; brother, Joseph “Joe” (Linda) Rockwell of Sturgeon Bay; three sisters-in-law, Connie Rockwell, Denise (Rick) Krowiorz, Susan (Steve) Nass; many dear nieces and nephews.

    

Preceded in death were her parents, Leo and Dode Rockwell; husband, Francis “Frank” Copus; son, Daniel Matthews Sr., grandson, Cody Sprang (14 yrs); and brother, Roger; in-laws, Verlin and Ethel Rusch; brother-in-law, Steven Rusch; infant sister-in-law, Annette Rusch.

    

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 25, 2022 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Pastor Jed Manders of Hope Community Church in Manitowoc.

    

Family and friends may visit with the Nancy’s family from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Huehns Funeral Home and on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m.

    

Sign online guestbook, offer condolences, share pictures and memories at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Ross Chapman

Ross Chapman passed away on April 12, 2022 after a courageous battle with heart disease.

   

Ross was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on April 1, 1955 to Robert and Marcella Chapman. He attended Sturgeon Bay Public schools, graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School. After graduation, Ross worked with his father operating Maple Grove Market Antiques near Fish Creek. He continued to operate the store years after his father’s death. Later in life, Ross worked at the ReStore, a job he truly enjoyed. He also volunteered at the ReStore up until the time of his recent illness.

    

Ross was a very active and lifelong member of the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. A valued member of the congregation. Ross was also an office holder and member of the Masonic Lodge. He took pride in being a Mason.

     

Ross has many interests. He was a Packer and Badger fan. He loved being outdoors and working outdoors, had to pet every dog and cat he saw.

     

Ross had a head full of facts about things that interested him such as history of Door County, Ahnappe and Western Railroad, Moravian Church to name a few. Just ask and he’d tell you more than you wanted to know. He found humor in watching what was going on around him then retelling his observations to friends.

     

Ross was very generous with his time. He would drop everything to help someone out with whatever they needed. He liked everyone. Saw good in everyone. He cared for his grandmother Charney in his home up until her death. Ross cared for his mom as long as he could, keeping her at home as long as possible. Ross was an organ donor hoping to help others after his own death. He spent his life putting others first. He was an original when it came to kindness. Ross will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

     

Ross is survived by his brother, David (Linda) Chapman; cousins, Karen (Peter) Mortensen, Kevin (Tracy) Pinney; and many friends.

     

Ross was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marcella Chapman; grandparents, Joseph and Florence Charney, Claude and Agnes Chapman; uncles and aunts, George and Helen Pinney, Francis and Clarice Reynard.

     

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022 at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church with the Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp, Sr. officiating. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery next to his parents.

     

Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2022 and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Eastern Star Masonic Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the church.

     

Family wishes to thank the staff at Door County Medical Center for their compassionate care of Ross.

     

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Door County Habitat for Humanity or Door County Humane Society in Ross’s name.

     

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

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