Ruth Herlache

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

James L. Kramer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sharon "Sharie" Falkowski

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

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

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

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

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


Elaine Jerabek

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

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

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

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

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

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


Janicemae R. Gierzynski

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

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

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

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

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

     She was preceded in death by her parents.     

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

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

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

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


William J. Eckert

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

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

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

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

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

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


Madeline Derenne

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


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


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

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


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


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

Frank E. Koenig

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

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

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

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

Lorenz "Lornie" Busch

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

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

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

Joseph "Ronnie" Boucher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dad never saw a buck he didn’t shoot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dwayne J. Tebon

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

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

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

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

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


Judy Meyers

Judith A Meyers, 79, Algoma, passed away unexpectedly December 29, 2019.  She was born January 29, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay to Gerald and Frances (Blasier) DeMarb Sr. 

Judy married Tom Meyers on October 24, 1959 in Sturgeon Bay. 

Judy enjoyed her precious time with family and friends, playing cards and making and personalizing greeting cards for all her family and friends for all occasions.

She was a member of St. Mary Parish, Women's Auxiliary for the Fire Department and a 4-H Leader.

She is survived by her three children Debbie (Pat) Mooney, Mike, and Tammy Meyers (special friend Steve), eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, her mother Frances DeMarb, seven siblings and their spouses, brother-in-law and sister-in-law and their spouses and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Tom, daughter-in-law Marie Meyers, her father, one brother-in-law and her mother-in-law and father-in-law.

Family and friends will gather Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, from 10:00 AM until the time of the Memorial Service at 1:00 PM with Deacon Chuck Agnew officiating.

Edna Tina Pichette

Edna "Tina" L. Pichette, 58, Algoma, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born July 6, 1961 in Indianola, Mississippi to Mike and Billie Jean (Clark) McClain.  She lived in Indianola until she moved to Algoma in 2009. 

Tina married Dale Pichette July 14, 2000 in Memphis, TN

She worked at Wiretech Fabrication in Sturgeon Bay for a period of time.  Tina loved the precious time she spent with her family.  She also loved winters, snow and the waves of Lake Michigan.

Tina is survived by her husband Dale, two daughters Scarlet Mallette and Grace Mallette both of Sturgeon Bay; five grandchildren Tyler, Caleb, Breeanna, Michael and Emma; her mother Billie Jean Servadio, Algoma.  She was preceded in death by her brother Carl McClain.

There will be a Celebration of Tina's life at a later date.

Merle Gilson

Merle Gilson, 90, Algoma, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 unexpectedly at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.  He was born May 28, 1929 in Green Bay to Edward and Lorraine (Piton) Gilson. 

While Merle was in the Luxemburg High School he and his brother worked for the Green Bay Packers as a grounds keeper and taking care of the equipment when the Packers practiced in Dyckesville.  His fondest memory was shaking hands with Curly Lambeau and attending the "Ice Bowl". Merle played football while attending Luxemburg High School.  After graduation he entered the U.S. Army January 4, 1951 and served over in Black Forest, Southern Germany with the Occupational Troups.  He was honorably discharged Dec. 18, 1952 and moved to Algoma.  He worked at the US Plywood in Algoma until he retired at the age of 62. 

Merle married Rita Boulanger October 31, 1950 at St. Peter's Church in Lincoln. 

Merle enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He tried to attend all the grandchildren's sporting events, watching all types of sports on TV and traveling with his wife, Rita. 

Merle is survived by his wife, Rita of 69 years, three daughters Linda Yunk, Algoma; Sandy Zima, Algoma; and Karen (Tim) Johnson, Foster City, MI; five grandchildren Norie Yunk (friend Darren Williams), Nichole (Lea) Todd, Natalia (Travis) Cox, Eli (Taylor) Johnson and Austin Johnson; five great-grandchildren Evan Idso, Jane and Juliet Todd, Johnny Cox and Grayson Johnson; one sister-in-law Carol Gilson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson Noah Johnson, son-in-law Jack Yunk, two brothers Garland (Doreen) Gilson and Leland Gilson, one sister Marie (Lawrence) Boulanger. 

Family and friends may call  St. Mary Catholic Church, Monday December 30, 2019 from 8:30 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM with Father Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery with Full Military Honors. 

The Gilson family wants to give a special thank you to Brian and Jim Boulanger, Merle Colburn, the Algoma Rescue and Algoma Police Department for all the times they helped out Merle at his home. 

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

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Merle's tribute wall at

Leland Babler

Lee Babler, Maplewood, died at Door County Skilled Nursing Facility on Tuesday, December 24, one month shy of his 88th birthday.


Leland Renson Babler was born at home on the family farm on January 27, 1932 to Raymond and Myrtle (DeKeyser) Babler.  Lee graduated from Algoma High School in 1950 and served in the US Army in Korea.  He married Mary Jo Knapmiller on July 29, 1961 and together they had five children. He was employed as a truck driver for Door Trucking and Marine Travelift until he took over the family farm in Maplewood. In 1969, he expanded the farm to facilitate a 70 - cow dairy. 


Because he never lost his love for driving, in 1990 he purchased his first Motorcoach bus and founded Babler Bus Service Inc., which is still operated today by his family.  Lee and Mary enjoyed many bus trips to different points around the country, especially to Branson, Chicago, and their fun Casino tours. They treasure the many friendships they made along the way.  A lot of fun and life-long memories were made on those trips!


Lee is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary, his children, Larry (Darcee), Laurie (Mark) Schlaefer, Paul (Janet), and Tina (Tom) Kastory and his seven grandchildren, Joshua (Haley) and Jacob (fiancé, Tessa) Babler, Allison and Carli Babler, Sarah Schlaefer, and Alec and Elizabeth Kastory.  He was a very proud great-grandpa of Renson Lee Babler, born in February.  Lee is further survived by Mary’s sisters Bea Englebert and Diane (Jack) Malchak and their families, as well as the Babler, DeKeyser, Prevost, and Destree cousins and very special “family” members Steve and Ann Bretl and their children Alex, Emily, and Lizzy.  


He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Larry, and son Anthony, as well as his brothers-in-law and sister in-law, Dale Englebert, Jack and Germaine Knapmiller. 

Lee was a member of the Forestville-Maplewood Lions Club, VFW, and American Legion.  He served as president of the Maplewood Sanitary District for 18 years and on the parish council of Holy Name of Mary Church for almost two decades. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood with the Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors. A visitation for family and friends will be at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 3:00 - 6:30 pm with a prayer service at 6:30.  Friends may also call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 am until the time of mass.


The family wants to give a special thank you to the amazing staff at Door County Skilled Nursing Facility, Unity Hospice, and Dr. Kelton Reitz for their compassionate care and kindness shown toward Lee and his family in the last several months.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toward the Leland Babler Memorial Scholarship Fund for local high school graduate students pursuing the Agricultural and Technical Trades.

Ervin R. Stahl

Ervin R. Stahl, 86, Luxemburg, passed away Sunday evening, December 22, 2019. Ervin was born February 26, 1933 in Luxemburg to the late George and Frances (Nejedlo) Stahl, Sr. 


He graduated from Luxemburg High School in 1951 and married Barbara Blahnik on September 1, 1954 at St. Mary’s Church in Algoma. They were dairy farmers in Luxemburg until retirement. Ervin proudly followed his grandchildren’s lives. He had fun traveling with Barb and their friends, listening to music, and playing tuba in the Luxemburg-Casco Community Band for many years. He enjoyed attending local sporting events and watching games on TV. Deer hunting season was a highlight for Dad, including this past November when he made his legendary sauerkraut and dumplings for the gang. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary Church in Luxemburg where he was a member of the Catholic Knights and the Holy Name Society. 


Survivors include his wife, Barbara, four daughters, Lynn Seidl, Lori (Carl) Juza, Kris (Jack) Skaletski, and Ann (Russ) Seidl, nine grandchildren, Kim (Ryan Meader), Adam Juza, Greg (Kristin) Seidl, Ryan (Sarah) Juza, Molly (Mike) Josh, Matt Skaletski, Beth (Kurtis) Larson, Lauren (Garrett) Johnson, and Emily Skaletski, eight great grandchildren, Liesl, Sutton, Adelyn, William, Leighton, Maeve, Spencer and Samantha. His siblings, Gladys Ledvina, Joan (John) Phillips, Dan (Lucy) Stahl, George (Francy) Stahl, Jr., Mary Lou (Don) Selner, Ron (Lynne) Stahl, sister in law Jackie Meister, brother in law and sister in law Melvin (Janet) Blahnik, along with many nieces and nephews. 


He was preceded in death by his son, Dave, his parents and Barb’s parents, one son in law, Joseph Seidl, and two brothers in law, Jim Meister and Tony Ledvina. 


Family and friends may call 4:00-7:00pm at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg, Thursday, December 26, 2019, with the closing prayer service at 6:30pm. Visitation will be on Friday, December 27, from 9:00-10:45am. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg. 

Todd D. Voeks

     Todd D. Voeks, 68, of Sister Bay, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family after battling cancer.  
     Todd was born February 16, 1951 to Orville Alfred Voeks and Dorlene Viola (Herbst) Larsen. He was raised in Baileys Harbor by his parents and grandparents, Paul and Viola Herbst. In his youth, he suffered and beat Leukemia. 
     Todd started his plumbing career with Wilmer Anschutz in 1969. At that time, he was also running projectors in the evenings at the SkyWay Drive Inn, owned by his father and tending bar for his grandparents at Paul’s Glass Bar. In 1976, Todd decided to start his own plumbing business known successfully as Voeks Plumbing. In 1991, Todd’s son, James, started working for him. James and his son, Ethan Voeks, will continue to operate Voeks Plumbing.
     At the young age of 18, Todd and Shirlee Carlson started their family. They were blessed with two children, a daughter, Amie Olson, and four years later a son, James Todd Voeks. Later in life came his four grandchildren, each touching his heart in their own special way. His grandson, Lance Corporal Mitchell Olson, is currently deployed in Norway with the USMC. 
     Todd was a member of the Sister Bay Liberty Grove Fire Dept from 1972 until 2016 and retired as assistant chief serving under Lyle Lundquist, Steve Mann, and current Chief, Chris Hecht. He was the longest serving Assisting Chief in the department.
      Todd’s hobbies throughout his life included karate and teaching karate, being a pilot and owning his own Cessna airplane, boating, keeping his beautiful lawn as green as could be, Western & Karate movies, Corvettes, Cadillacs, and taking slow rides going nowhere at all.
     He is survived by daughter, Amie Olson and her children, Olivia Olson and Lance Corporal Mitchell Olson Jr.; son, James (Tammy) Voeks and their children, Ella and Ethan Voeks; brothers, Robert (Anna) Larsen and Paul (Mert) Larsen; and nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Orville Voeks; mother, Dorlene Larsen; and grandparents, Paul & Viola Herbst and Ella Voeks; and son-in-law Mitchell Olson, who were all very dear to him.
     Todd’s life will be honored with a memorial service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
     Everyone who knows Todd knows he wasn’t much for going to the doctor. Near the end, he offered some words of advice to everyone he knew, and we’d like to share them with you: “get a colonoscopy”.
     “Our family would like to express a huge thank you to Chief Chris Hecht for his support and guidance, PA-C Eric Danihel and his St. Vincent staff at the Sturgeon Bay facility, and also to the many special folks who continually supported our dad through his cancer journey.”
     Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Sister Bay is assisting the Voeks family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Todd may be shared with his family through his tribute page at


Vaughn L. Galvin

Vaughn L. Galvin, 97, Algoma, passed away Friday, December 13, 2019 at Autumn's Journey in Algoma.  He was born December 1, 1922 in Birchwood, WI to John and Rose (Tuttle) Galvin. 

Vaughn was a World War II Veteran and served overseas in England during his service.  He was a long time member of the VFW in Algoma.

Vaughn married Janice (Meredith) Beil in 1946 and they were married for 50 years.  She preceded him in death in 1996.

He worked at the Algoma Hardwoods for 43 years until he retired in 1988. 

Vaughn is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Meredith, brothers Russell and Dean and sister Norma. 

Friends may call at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, from 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 until the time of services at 3:00 PM. with Rev. Joel McKenney officiating. Entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Full Military Rites after the service at the funeral home.

The family wants to give a special thank you to Jennie Pavlat and the entire staff at Autumn's Journey for their excellent care given to Vaughn during his five year stay there and to Unity Hospice for their care and kindness.

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Vaughn's tribute wall at

Patricia "Pat" Martin

Patricia "Pat" Martin, 88, New Franken, passed away Friday, December 13, 2019 at Anna's House.  She was born August 31, 1931 in Brussels to John and Adele (LeDocq) Bouche. 

Patricia married Harold (Dixie) Martin September 20, 1951 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Casco. 

She worked at the Algoma Plumbers for 50 years.  She enjoyed playing all types of cards, games, and most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lincoln and served with the Christian Mothers of the church. 

Pat is survived by her two daughters Peggy Meister, Luxemburg; and Lori (Jerry) Kirchman, New Franken; four grandchildren Spencer Meister (finac'ee Amy), Brittany Meister (special friend Bryan), Abby Kirchman (fianc'e Tim) and Sylvia Kirchman  (special friend Jerek); one sister-in-law Gladys Bouche; two brothers-in-law Howard Renard and Emil Jandrin; many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold (Dixie) Martin in 2011 and her siblings Margaret (Raphael) Kaye, Harvey (Viola) Bouche, Leonard Bouche, Ruth (Earl) Lukes, Arlene (Wilfred) Jeanquart, June Jandrin, and Angela Renard. 

Family and friends will gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Monday December 16, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Prayer service 7:00 PM.  Visitation will continue Tuesday December 17, at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Lincoln  from 9:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Father Edward Looney officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery.

The family wants to say a special thank you to all the staff at Anna's House for the care and kindness given to Patricia during her three year stay there.  They also want to thank Unity Hospice. 

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Patricia's tribute wall at


 Mary T. Mosgaller

 Mary T. Mosgaller, 71 years, of Egg Harbor, died Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay after suffering an apparent brain aneurism.

     Mary was born January 7, 1948 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Harold and Clara (Bochek) Hogan. In her youth she enjoyed skiing and ice skating. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1966 before attending Beauty School in Green Bay where she worked as a beautician. On June 29, 1969, she married John “Jack” Mosgaller at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay then resided in Green Bay until moving to Neenah in 1971. She worked for American Standard in Oshkosh until they moved to Two Rivers, working at Mirro Aluminum, Paragon Manufacturing and Canteen Food Service at Mirro for 18 years, retiring finally from Ironwood Plastics. In 2004, she and Jack retired to the Mosgaller family farm in the Town of Egg Harbor.

     Mary enjoyed spending time working in the yard, cutting lawn. She was a fantastic cook who loved compiling family recipes and creating her own. She was an avid swimmer and enjoyed swimming at the YMCA pool in Sturgeon Bay. She loved getting together and spending time with her girlfriends on a regular basis, most whom she grew up with.

     Survivors are her devoted husband, Jack; dear son, Jeffrey (friend, Joy Haupt) of Green Bay; sister, Carol Moreaux of Sturgeon Bay; the Mosgaller families; nieces and nephews.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; and two brothers, Leon (Eleanor) Hogan, John (Janice) Hogan.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sturgeon Bay, at 11:30 a.m. with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

     Friends may call at the church Tuesday after 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in her memory for St. Joseph Catholic Church.    

     Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the Mosgaller family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Mary may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


Terry Tebon

Former Wisconsin resident Terry A. Tebon, 76, passed away October 24, 2019, at his home in Fischer, Texas.


Mr. Tebon was a native to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He served four years in the United States Marine Corps as a Field Artillery Battleman, and participated in events surrounding the Cuban missile crisis.


After his military service, Terry started another career in engineering and management. He worked in many varied and increasingly complex positions, including a Regional Maintenance Supervisor for Wendy’s International, and Chief of Maintenance and Store Operations for a large Circle K franchise. Terry was also an accomplished carpenter and skilled remodeler.

Mr. Tebon is survived by his spouse and personal manager of 57 years, Charlotte;

his sisters Sally Teich and Sherry Hansen; brother Bruce Tebon; son Daniel Tebon; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Terry was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Priscilla Tebon, sons Allen Tebon and Brian Tebon.


At his request, no service will be held.

Verna Neville

Verna Neville, age 87, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.  She was born Nov. 26, 1932, in Green Bay to Henry and Anna (Raymaker) Heiptas.  On Feb. 6, 1954, she married Larry Neville in Green Bay.  They enjoyed 63 years of marriage.

In 1973, Larry and Verna purchased Quietwoods Campground (Sturgeon Bay) and in 1984 they purchased Woodland Acres Campground, renaming it Quietwoods South. Verna was a very hard worker all her life. She spent many long hours at the campgrounds and continued to help her children at the campgrounds in her retirement.

Verna loved to bowl and was a long-time member of the bowling leagues in Sturgeon Bay.  For many years, she and Larry liked making overnight trips to various casinos.  She also enjoyed traveling and spending time at the cabin and going to Florida with her children and grandchildren.  Verna was so pleased that she was able to take her grandchildren to all their extra-curricular activities while they were in school.

She is survived by three children, Denise Neville, Sturgeon Bay; Christine (Michael) Marchant, Brussels; and Steven (Holly) Neville, Sturgeon Bay; 6 grandchildren, Brenna, Kayla, Kody, Danica, Kailyn and Gracie; brother-in-law Harold Neville Jr.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and infant son Mark.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood.  Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Sunday from 4:00 – 6:30 pm with a prayer service to be conducted at 6:30 pm that evening.   Friends may also call on Monday at the church from 10:00 am until the time of service.  On-line condolences may be offered at


Elaine Verna Jandrin

On Saturday night heaven gained another angel, as our beloved Elaine Verna Jandrin, 69, of Lincoln, Wisconsin passed away on December 07, 2019 surrounded by family. After a six-year battle with breast cancer, God called her home at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay, WI.  Elaine was born on January 1, 1950 to Norbert and Olga (Brant) Vanderkinter in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  
She married the love of her life Terry Jandrin on Saturday, January 15th, 1972, in Kewaunee and they went on to have a large family. Elaine attended college at Silver Lake College in pursuit of a teaching degree but stopped classes in order to have her family. Elaine absolutely adored children and if it was up to her she would have had a hundred children. Her family was her world and she always put her family and everyone first over herself. She had a beautiful spirit and enjoyed sharing her warmth and love to all of those that she met. Elaine enjoyed being around people and had a smile that would light up the room. Elaine worked for Curves where she enjoyed working with other women and providing strong encouragement. Elaine also worked as a bank teller for Baylake Bank for six years and loved her coworkers. Elaine enjoyed traveling including visiting Door County during the fall to see the beautiful fall colors, and going up North. She treasured the time spent with family and would always prepare the best picnic meal when camping or visiting a park. Cooking was her passion, she whipped up the best of anything, and you could taste her love and enjoyment in her food. Her special ingredient was love and no one could ever come close with her Dill and Chicken Noodle soup. She was so proud to have her children and grandchildren cook with her and always wore her apron because she said that the best cooks are the messiest. She enjoyed watching cooking shows such as Masterchef and Chopped and she enjoyed grocery shopping, she would always buy ingredients that were on sale. She also was the happiest when she was working on a new puzzle and her eyes would light up when her children or grandchild would offer to help. Somehow, she found time to garden and would love to show her visitors her crops that were growing while she was wearing her big straw hat, riding around on her scooter. Elaine was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother and she left us too soon. We will never forget how much she loved Christmas music or baking Christmas cookies, or how she loved reading and watching movies, or the way she was so proud of her family. We will never forget how she made special recipes, how much she taught and showed us and how much she enjoyed knitting and sewing. She had a loving soul that touched so many people, she was the best listener and would always listen, no matter the topic or time of day, her smile and laugh were contagious. She had a large heart and always made sure that when people visited, they would be well fed. Her family was her world and she was all of ours. We know that heaven gained another angel but we already had our angel on earth, she will be deeply missed. 
She is survived and will be greatly missed by her spouse Terry Jandrin; six children, Jeanine (Chris) Wierichs, Troy (Tammy) Jandrin, Lisa (Significant Other Bob) Dellise, Lori (Ben) DeJardin, Sara (Significant Other Preston) Jandrin, and Rachel (Mark) LeCaptain; fourteen grandchildren, Kaylin (Justin) Urban, Jordon (Gabby) Pardowsky, Jacob (Significant Other Brandi) Pardowsky, Isaac Pardowsky, Ashley DeJardin, Olivia Pardowsky, Cody Dellise, Trent Jandrin, Linsey Pardowsky, Trevor Jandrin, Ryan LeCaptain, Caleb Pardowsky, Brady DeJardin, and Taylor Jandrin; one great-grandson, Ezra Pardowsky; and two siblings, Jerry (Mary) Vanderkinter and Evelyn Steiner, as well as by many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Joe Steiner and her parents. 
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 13th, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home - Casco in Casco, WI. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at Country Bible Church, E2179 Hwy 54, Casco, WI 54205. Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Country Bible Church with Pastor Dan Gross officiating. Burial will take place at Lincoln Town Cemetery. Online condolence messages may be shared at


Philip W. Berns

Philip W. Berns, 95, went to live with his Lord on December 7th, 2019 at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, surrounded by his family. 
     He was the son of William and Leona (Bunda) Berns, born on April 16th, 1924, and a lifelong resident of Sister Bay. While attending Gibraltar High School, he met classmate, Clarice Erickson, who became the love of his life. Phil enjoyed sports and excelled in ski jumping at meets held in Peninsula State Park.
     Right after high school graduation in 1942, Phil left home for WWII and spent three years with the Army Air Force. While serving on a B-17 Bomber crew with the 8th Air Force based in England, Phil and his crew flew bombing missions over Germany. Their planes had numerous close calls, once catching fire and making an emergency landing in Belgium. Phil's mechanical knowledge and quick thinking were instrumental in saving the plane and crew, and he was awarded a meritorious medal for missions flown. Later, he was a charter member of the American Legion Billy Weiss Post in Sister Bay.
     On a furlough home in 1944, Philip married his high school sweetheart and they began a life together that would last happily for 68 years. They had three children, Jean Berns (Charles) Jones of Rewey, WI; Janet (Dennis) Olson of Omro, WI; and Jim (Jennifer) Berns of Sister Bay. Phil was an affectionate, generous man who delighted in his children, seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Phil and Clarice shared a lifelong enjoyment of sports and music and traveled throughout the U.S. and internationally.
     Philip employed his strong work ethic at various positions in Sister Bay. In later years, he retired from being Rural Mail Carrier for the U.S. Post Office, and then drove school bus until his mid-70s. During his years on the bus, he was loved by countless children, many of whom, though now grown, still refer to him as "Grandpa."
     Throughout his lifetime, Philip remained devoted to his Catholic faith. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and an active member of Saint Rosalia Parish in Sister Bay, where he helped with Mass preparations. He served Mass in Sister Bay from the age of six years until he was 92. He holds the record for being the longest serving "altar boy" in Stella Maris Church memory.
     Survivors include his three children; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Lester Berns of Sturgeon Bay (age 101); nieces; and nephews.
     Phil was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clarice; sister, Donna (Henry) Eckert; brothers, Robert Berns, and Lewis Berns; and grandson, Jason Berns.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 13th, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., at Stella Maris Parish--Sister Bay site, with Fr. Thomas Farrell officiating. A reception and visitation will follow in the church hall. Burial will take place at a later date.
     In lieu of flowers, donations will be given in Philip's name to one of his favorite charities, St. Jude Children's Hospital.
     “Deepest gratitude is extended to the staff members (Angels) at Scandia Village for their extraordinary care and kindness to Philip, as well as, to his entire family. It is so appreciated.”
     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Philip may be shared with his family through his tribute page at


Shirley M. DeClark

On December 6, 2019, heaven gained an angel as Shirley M. DeClark passed away at Autumn Fields CBRF in Dyckesville, WI.  She was born on May 25, 1934, in Brussels, WI to Harry “H.J.” LeRoy and Lorraine Pigeon.  On June 26, 1954, she married Louis “Lou” DeClark in Brussels and celebrated 65 years of marriage this past June.

Shirley worked in her early years at Marchant’s Foods and then at DeClark Plumbing until she retired.  She was very strong in her faith praying the rosary daily for her family near and far and for anyone who she heard was sick.  Shirley loved to travel, read, and spend time with her family playing cards and games with her grandchildren.  Shirley and Lou always helped anyone who was in need.

Shirley and Lou traveled the world many times over the years, but her love was wintering at their second home in Arizona for 20 years, making many friends dear to their hearts who were like their family.

She is survived by her husband; children, Steve (Rachel) DeClark, Brussels; Daren DeClark, Brussels; Kathy (Kelly Zehren) Kinnard, Luxemburg; 10 grandchildren, Christopher (Liz) DeClark, Jennifer DeClark, Cody (Carrie) DeClark, Olivia Gleasner, Drew DeClark, Abby DeClark, Kraig (Nicole) Kinnard, Kyler (Tarynn) Kinnard, Mariah (Dylan) Kinnard, Rachael Zehren; 7 great-grandchildren, James, Dakoda, Marshall, Amelia, Tucker, Joslyn, Johana; sister, Evelyn Abts; aunt like her sister, Beatrice Marchant; in-laws, James Grassel, Sharon (Mike) Lemens, Kay (Glen) Madoche, Leo (LeDeana) DeClark. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, along with Norma LeRoy and Clarence Pigeon; infant daughter; daughter-in-law, Jami DeClark; mother and father-in-law, Louis C. and Clarice DeClark Sr.; in-laws, Geraldine (Joe) LeFevre, Bernadette Grassel, Ted Abts.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 12, 2019, at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish with Rev. Edward Looney officiating. Entombment will be in Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Thursday.  A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank Everyone at Autumn Fields CBRF and Heartland Hospice for the awesome and loving care given to Shirley.

Dad - We want to say Thank You, for taking such great loving care of mom all these years right up till the end.  We Love You, Steve, Daren and Kathy.

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