Obituaries

Jeanette J. Spiegle

Jeanette Johanna (Baumann) Spiegle, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Jeanette was born on November 10, 1926, in Maplewood, WI on the family farm to Henry J and Ethel L (Sperber) Baumann. Jeanette graduated from Algoma High School in 1944. She married Reuben Spiegle on April 7, 1945, and they were married 25 years before Reuben passed away on May 4, 1970. 

 

Jeanette worked in various jobs over her lifetime ending her working career as a Teller at Baylake Bank in 1996. She loved her co-workers, and they loved her, calling her “Ma.” They loved to tease her and she was always a good sport. Jeanette also loved doing volunteer work. As a dedicated member of St Peter’s Lutheran Church, she served on Altar Guild, Faithful Hands, assisted with chapel at nursing homes, and assembling the church bulletin. She helped wherever she was needed. She also volunteered at Clothe My People for many years until the age of 93. 

 

Jeanette’s faith was very important to her, and her greatest love and pride was her ever growing family. She delighted in every visit, whether at her home or traveling to see them. She enjoyed sharing fond memories from her childhood years. Jeanette loved to crochet and made each of her many great grandchildren a baby afghan. She also made hundreds of dishcloths and hand towels. Her hands were never idle. She enjoyed bus trips, card playing, dancing, reading, gardening and celebrating with family and friends, with an occasional old fashioned or beer. 

 

Jeanette had the gift of hospitality and always made sure everyone had enough to eat. She was known for her delicious homemade pies and potato salad. Her kind and generous spirit made her a joy to be with and she was a true example of a Christ follower. She will be greatly missed, but will live forever in our hearts. We don’t say goodbye, but until we meet again on that beautiful shore. 

 

Survivors include 5 children, Judy Olson, Sturgeon Bay; Janice (William) Wotochek, Forestville; Ken Spiegle, Oregon City, OR; Donna (Gary) Kopan, Middleton; Duane (Susan) Spiegle, Eden Prairie, MN; 16 grandchildren, Kim Olson, Kendra (Kurt) Burkum, Jennifer Wotochek, Trista Wotochek, Bill (Mary) Wotochek, Jordan Spiegle, Tiffany (Jim) Langer, Abbey (Nick) Campbell, Alex (Katie) Kopan, Sarah Spiegle, Micah (Nicole) Spiegle, Laura (Dillon) Barmore, Aaron (Katie) Spiegle, Rachel Spencer, Emily (Chris) Osborn, and Elizabeth (Erin) DeBray; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 sister Priscilla Fontaine, Kewaunee; 2 sisters-in-law, Jane Baumann, Wisconsin Rapids; Deloris Spiegle, Sturgeon Bay.

She was preceded by her parents; husband; 1 grandson, Kirk Olson; 1 brother, Donald Baumann; 12 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law on Reuben’s side; and 1 brother-in-law, Ken Fontaine on Jeanette’s side.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Joel Sauer officiating.  Burial will be in Schumacher Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Tuesday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or Unity Hospice.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

Special thanks to the staff at Unity Hospice especially Kristen, Wendy and Ashley.  Also, to Dr. Winkler, Dr. Antonio, Pastor Sauer and Pastor Schroeder for their wonderful care and support.

Alan J. Fierst

Alan J. Fierst, 93, of Luxemburg died at St. Vincent Hospital on Sunday, August 7, 2022, after a short illness.

Alan was born in Antigo, Wisconsin, on November 22, 1928, to the late Alexander J. and Martha T. (Cherek) Fierst, the oldest of three children.  Alan graduated from Antigo High School in 1946 and eventually opened Al’s Sport Stop, a sporting goods store he operated for many years.  He relocated to Tampa, Florida, where he met and married his wife Madelyn (Gibson) Fierst who preceded him in death in November of 1997. Thereafter, Alan returned to Wisconsin to be closer to family.

Alan is survived by his sister-in-law Ruth Ann Fierst of Luxemburg, WI, and her family, Alan’s nephews and nieces: Joe Jr. (Debbie) Fierst of Rhinelander, WI; Jean (Peter) Thillman of Green Bay, WI: Susan (Jamie) Whalen of Green Bay, WI, John (Pam) Fierst of Green Bay, WI, and Ann (Mike) Rohe of Spring Green, WI., and their families.

He is further survived by his brother-in-law Thomas B. Keller of South Yarmouth, MA, and his family, Alan’s nephews and niece: Michael T. Keller and wife (Mary) of West Boylston, MA, William J. Keller (Maria Luisa) of Malaga, Spain, Thomas J. Keller of Brockton, MA, Mark A. Keller (Karen) of Chelmsford, MA, Sr. Mary Veronica, O.P. of Nashville, TN, and James M. Keller (Annette) of Boalsburg, PA, and their families.

Alan was preceded in death earlier this year by his younger brother Joseph M. Fierst (Feb. 18, 2022) and his sister Jacqueline F. Keller (Apr. 8, 2022).

McMahon Funeral Home in Luxemburg is assisting the family. A private funeral will be held and the burial will be at Queen of Peace Cemetery in Antigo, WI.

A special thank you to Marie and her staff at Sycamore Lodge Senior Living in Luxemburg and  Alan’s caregivers on the 9th floor at St. Vincent Hospital and Unity Hospice.

Theodore "Ted" Morrison

Theodore Lionelle Morrison, 87, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away in Maryville, TN on August 6, 2022.  He was born June 17, 1935 in Freeport, IL to Howard and Annis (Carmeliprinty) Morrison.  On December 20, 1954 he married Ruth Muckley in Virginia.  She preceded him in death on March 25, 2014.

 

Ted served his country in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1959.  After marrying Ruth, they raised their family in Sanwich, IL.  Ted retired from Caterpillar in Aurora, IL and then established a business in Wisconsin, Amanda Cabinets and Furniture. He and Ruth relocated to Door County in 1988.  Ted was a past member of the Sturgeon Bay Lions Club.

 

He is survived by two children, Ted Morrison, Jr. of Sturgeon Bay and Ruth (Scott) Nelson of Maryville, TN; four grandchildren: Amanda Nelson of Maryville, TN, Scottie (Melissa) Nelson, of Maryville, TN, Mallory (William) Seymour of St. Louis MO, and Megan (Jim) Hartwig of Green Bay, WI; three great-grandchildren: Kaytlyn Evans, Luke and Harper Nelson.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Friday, August 12, 2022, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Friends may call on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the funeral home and on Friday morning from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Burial will be in Hainesville Cemetery.

Elmer Gustave Tanck

Elmer Gustave Tanck, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Friday, August 5, 2022 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.

    

He was born May 8, 1943 in Sturgeon Bay, son of the late Elmer Tanck and Viola (Marshall) Tanck. During his high school career as a wrestler, Elmer was a two-time state qualifier in the heavy weight division. He graduated from Sevastopol High School with the Class of 1961. Elmer loved baseball and played many years in Door County League for West Jacksonport.  In later years, Elmer enjoyed playing softball in the Doubleheader League for Carlsville Bar. On June 18, 1966, Elmer and Shirley Mae Kuehn were united in marriage at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy, where the couple have remained members. Elmer worked at American Motors Corporation in Kenosha before returning to Sturgeon Bay to work for Peterson Plumbing & Heating as a journeyman plumber and then as a pipefitter at Peterson Builders. Elmer's plumbing career lasted over 30 years. In 2002, Elmer and his family purchased The Farm in Sevastopol. Elmer’s daily presence at The Farm will be missed by all the visitors that have become family over the past 20 years. He enjoyed cooking for family and large gatherings. Elmer was faithful to his Lord and Savior and loved his church family at St. John.

    

Elmer will be missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley; two sons, Jeff Tanck of Sturgeon Bay and David (Jenny) Tanck of Hartland; four grandsons, Connor, Jeremy, Noah, and Mason; brother, Allan (Ann) Tanck of Sturgeon Bay; in-laws, Margie (Lynn) Nelson of Fish Creek, Mary (Ron) Kramer of Sturgeon Bay, Cindy Kuehn of Appleton, Joy (Dave) Tomjanovich of Sturgeon Bay, Steve Kuehn of Egg Harbor, Susan (Bill) Karas of Sturgeon Bay, Robin (Dean) Delfosse of Brussels; and many, many dear nieces and nephews.

    

In addition to his parents, Elmer was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Roger Kuehn.

    

Elmer’s life will be honored with a funeral service on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.

    

Friends and family may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Friday, August 12, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visiting will continue at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

    

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed in his name to St John Ev. Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School in Jacksonport.

    

The Tanck family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Richard Hogan and all Healthcare professionals who cared for Elmer over the last several years.

    

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

John "Jack" P. Schiltz

John “Jack” P. Schiltz, 84 of Kewaunee, Wisconsin, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2022, surrounded by his loving family, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.

 

He was born on October 25, 1937, in Forestville, to the late John A. and Erma (Homeyer) Schiltz. 

 

On November 8, 1958, Jack married Judy L. Zirbel at St. Mary of the Snow Church in Maplewood.

 

 His faith was very important to him and he was a longtime member of Holy Rosary Parish in Kewaunee, where he was actively involved in church activities and served as an usher.  Jack served his country in the United States Army during the years of 1958 to 1964.

 

He was employed with Wisconsin Public Service Co. for more than thirty years, retiring in 1999.

 

Jack had many interests which included spending time with family and friends, fishing, golfing, camping, traveling. He also loved to eat and savored Judy’s cooking.

 

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Judy, and their children, Barbara (David) Bouchard, Wauwatosa; Daniel (Mary) Schiltz, Luxemburg; Jill (Kevin) Andre, Kewaunee; Lori Schiltz, Wauwatosa; nine grandchildren, Aimee Bouchard, Ryan Bouchard, Emily Schiltz, Cassie Schiltz, Ashley (Barth) Jeanquart, Erin Andre, Caleb (Ashley) Andre, Joshua Schiltz, Nicholas Schiltz; six great grandchildren, Elmer, Ihla, Evelynne, Hattie, Arlo and Asher; three sisters, Betty (Vernon) Kinnard, Casco; Dorothy Belleau, Kewaunee; Jean Thayse, Casco; nieces and nephews.

 

Jack was preceded in death and has been reunited with his son Michael, and two brothers in law, Allen Thayse and Thomas Belleau.

 

As per Jack’s wishes, a private visitation and funeral will be held. 

 

In lieu of floral expressions of sympathy, memorials may be sent to the Parkinson’s Foundation, in memory of John P. Schiltz.  www.parkinson.org

 

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

 

A special note of thanks is extended to the Doctors, nurses, and staff of Bellin Hospital, for taking such great care of Jack and his family.

Brian J. Quistorff

Brian J. Quistorff, 57, Green Bay, died Tuesday, July 26, 2022.  He was born to Gerald R. and the late Ruth L. (Krueger) Quistorff on May 16, 1965.

As per Brian’s wishes, his final resting ceremony will be private.

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

Barbara J. Smeester

Barbara J. Smeester, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at the age of 83, at Patient Pines Assisted Living, where she had been living for the past four years.  Barbara was born on May 19, 1939, in Kewaunee, Wisconsin to the late Stanley F.  and Clementine (Baye) Svoboda.  She was
an only child.  Stanley was a master cheese maker at Badger State Cheese.  Clementine was a stay-at-home mother.

Barbara met Henry J. Smeester Jr. at a local dance in 1955.  They married on May 19, 1956.  Henry was an auto mechanic and had his own body shop.  They moved to Green Bay to start their family.  They had three children Brad, Bruce, and Denise.  Barb was a stay at home mother until the boys where in middle school, then she became interested in antiques and started collections and selling them part-time.  In 1980 Barbara and Henry divorced and Barbara moved to Appleton and started About Time Antiques and later American Heritage Antiques.  Barb loved auctioning and selling at antique shows all over the state.  She had many great friends in the Antiquing world.  In May of 2018, Barbara was diagnosed with dementia and in July 2018 she had a non-cancerous tumor removed and has been a resident at Patient Pines Assisted Living since.

Barbara is survived by her three children, Brad Smeester, Luxemburg; Bruce (Cindy) Smeester, Denmark; Denise (Michael) Steckel, California; three grandchildren, Morgan (Jyoti) Paul, Matthew Smeester, and James Smeester. 

Friends may call between 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Funeral 11:00 a.m. at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg. 

 

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

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

The Family would like to “Thank” Toni Carter and the staff of Patient Pines Assisted Living for all the great care they have given Barbara for the past four years.

Marilyn Margaret Zirbel

Marilyn Margaret Zirbel, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, was reunited in Heaven with her loved ones, early Sunday morning, July 31, 2022, at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

     She was born July 25, 1932, in Sawyer (now Sturgeon Bay), the daughter of William and Mary Margaret (Mohr) Pfister. Marilyn attended St. Joseph Catholic School and was a member of St. Joseph Parish, both in Sturgeon Bay, where she received the sacraments of baptism, first communion, and confirmation. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the class of 1950. One of Marilyn’s favorite memories was of a cross-country trip she took with her sister, Jean, in a car they purchased together immediately after graduation. She spoke fondly of her first job as a bookkeeper for the Milwaukee Shoe Company in Sturgeon Bay that later became Santa Rosa Shoe. Marilyn was on their bowling team and some of her coworkers became lifelong friends.

     She was united in marriage to Ralph Richard Zirbel on September 25, 1959, at her home parish of St. Joseph.

     Marilyn worked as a bookkeeper for Bill Boettcher Automotive starting in 1977 and continued as ownership changed to Jim Olson Motors until her retirement in 2002. In her 25 years, she was blessed with amazing coworkers that became lifelong friends.  

     Marilyn and Ralph shared nearly 50 years of marriage together. He passed away on August 4, 2009.

     Marilyn became an active member of Corpus Christi Parish in Sturgeon Bay in 1960 and volunteered at the church and school as a Eucharistic minister, served on various committees and groups, and helped with the hot lunch program bookkeeping. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Pere Marquette #1058 in Sturgeon Bay, holding various officer positions. Marilyn enjoyed tending to her myriad flowering plants in her home and yard. She was a wonderful baker and her strawberry jam and traditions of making Christmas cookies, pfeffernusse, and pistachio torte are family favorites. Marilyn’s greatest joy was found in socializing with friends and spending as much time as possible with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. No one loved little babies more than her.

     Marilyn’s love will live on in the hearts of her four children, Lori (Steve) LaLuzerne of Sturgeon Bay, WI, Jan (Brian) Herbst of Andover, MN, Brian (Joy) Zirbel of South Milwaukee, WI, and Heidi (Marc) Stolt of Plover, WI; eight grandchildren, Andy (Lisa) LaLuzerne, Michelle LaLuzerne, Andrea Herbst, David (Jessica) Herbst, Nicholas (Ashley) Herbst, Jonathan Zirbel, Jenna Stolt, and Marissa Stolt; seven great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Eva LaLuzerene, Emma Strachan, Eleanor, Everett, Oliver, and Nolan Herbst; sister-in-law, Judy (Jack) Schiltz of Kewaunee, WI; many loving nieces and nephews; and good friends from church, work, and school.

     She was reunited with her parents; husband; two grandsons, Matthew and Adam LaLuzerne; and five siblings, Dorothy (Robert) King, Marion (Alton) Larson, Jean (Dennis) Raddatz, Harold (Gladys) May, and Howard (Ceil) May, and Harold (Jeanette) Zirbel.

     Marilyn's life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay, with Fr. Ryan Krueger and Fr. Anthony Birdsall concelebrating and Dcn. Mark Hibbs assisting. She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Ralph, in St. Joseph Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in Marilyn's name for Corpus Christi Parish or St. John Bosco Catholic School.

     Marilyn’s children would like to sincerely thank the staff at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center for the compassionate care they provided.

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

 

Mary Jane (Van Duyse) Sorgel

The Golden Girl, Mary Jane Van Duyse Sorgel, 89, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2022 in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Mary lived a very blessed life, and her achievements were many.

     Mary was born on December 29, 1932 in Sturgeon Bay to Frances Lewis Van Duyse and Gertrude Josephine (Simon) Van Duyse. She attended Sevastopol School, and it was an easy walk to get there as her parents owned and operated Vans Tavern (now the Institute Saloon), and the Van Duyse family lived upstairs. Mary graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1951.

     In 1949 while still in school, Mary Jane first began to give twirling and dance lessons. Mary taught tap, ballet, acrobatics, ballroom dance, and baton twirling.  Over time, she had studios in Sturgeon Bay, Luxemburg, Brussels, and Algoma and was proud to teach multiple generations of families. Mary continued teaching at her dance studios until 1972 when she married and retired. She continued teaching informally all her adult life. Mary Jane was honored by the Wisconsin Dance Council with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Teaching was her greatest joy.

     Mary earned many awards and accomplished so very much in life. Mary Jane was named the Door County Cherry Blossom Queen in 1952. She also was the face of Florida Tourism ads and movies in the 1950’s.

     Mary won the Wisconsin State championships for baton twirling in 1951 and 1953. She won the National Baton Twirling Championship in 1954. Mary was a lifetime member of the National Baton Twirling Association. She was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2006.

     At the urging of Wilner Burke, the leader of the Packer Lumberjack Band, Mary Jane auditioned in 1949 to join the Packerettes of the Packer Lumberjack Band.  She was the Packer drum majorette from 1951 to 1966. She was named “Miss Majorette of America” in 1953 and in 1956 was named the world’s most famous drum majorette.

     Mary Jane was given the “Golden Girl” title in 1959 by the Chicago Tribune.  This quickly caught on in the Green Bay area. Coach Lombardi believed that the Packers needed a cheerleading squad and asked Mary to get it organized. She formed the Green Bay Packer Golden Girls which she led from 1961 to 1972. One of her most memorable half time performances was during the Ice Bowl. A display feature of her was placed in the Packer Hall of Fame in 1976.  Mary Jane’s Golden Girl career was featured in a 2017 episode of “NFL Films Presents”. Mary Jane and the Golden Girls were honored with a special exhibit in the Door County Historical Museum in September, 2019.

     For a while, Mary Jane worked for two competing TV networks in Green Bay at the same time.  She was “The Weather Girl” on channel 11’s nightly news.  She also served as Curly Lambeau’s on-air assistant on the “Ask Curly Lambeau” show on channel 5 for many years. She and Curly were very close and he passed away at her parents’ home in Sturgeon Bay.

     Mary Jane did a great deal of charity work. She participated in many telethons in Marquette, MI, and in Green Bay, and lead hundreds of parades. For many years, Mary lead the annual New Year Parade in Egg Harbor. She and the Golden Girls participated in the 50th Annual Cerebral Palsy Telethon in 2004. Mary attended many Green and Gold Galas, sponsored by the Our Lady of Charity Guild, each time organizing the attendance of many Golden Girls.  She also performed for patients at the Door County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility.

     Mary Jane appeared twice on David Letterman’s “Stupid Pet Tricks” including an anniversary show where she twirled live in an airplane at 25,000 feet with her pet dog Muffy sitting up on her head (which landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records, 1996 edition). She also appeared on the “Sally Jesse Raphael Show” and on Animal Planet’s “Pet Star” with Mario Lopez. In 1989, Mary was featured as a question on “Jeopardy”.

     Mary Jane married William “Bill” J. Sorgel in June, 1972, and lived what she called “a great love story” for the next 34 years. They were a glamorous couple.  Bill and Mary traveled seasonally between Key Biscayne, FL, and Ephraim, WI. They enjoyed several sports together, including scuba diving, fishing, and cross-country skiing. They also performed a singing and twirling dog act for friends and a number of local charities. In later years, Bill had a number of health issues, and Mary devoted her life to taking care of him. This didn’t stop them and their pet Yorkies from continuing their seasonal traveling.

     In her later years, Mary was fortunate to reconnect with her childhood friend, Jack Champeau, who remained a dear and supportive friend until his passing in 2018.

     Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William “Bill” Sorgel; siblings-in-law, Robert (Janet) Van Duyse and Frances “Fritz” and Dorothy Van Duyse; many aunts and uncles; and cousins.

     Mary Jane is survived by nieces, Susan (Eugene) Heimbecher, Rebecca (Thomas) Lam, Sarah Van Duyse, Barbara Van Duyse, Roberta Van Duyse, Alison (Nick) Walker, and nephew, Frank (Veronica) Van Duyse. She is further survived by Bill’s sons and their wives, Dave (Colette) Sorgel and Ric (Linda) Sorgel, 10 great-nieces and great-nephews; and her great-great-niece, Ashlyn Rasmussen whom she adored.

     Mary was one of the kindest souls you could ever meet. She had a smile for everyone and never had an unkind word to say. She was always the life of the party and had so very many dear friends.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Mary Jane’s name to St. Joseph Parish (office at 526 Louisiana St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235) where she was a lifelong member or the Wisconsin Humane Society-Door County Campus (3475 Park Dr., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235) in honor of her beloved Yorkies.   

     The family would like to thank Anna’s Angels and all of her caregivers over the years. She loved you all, and we are grateful for the love you had for her.

     Mary Jane’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 110 N. 5th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Bill, in St. Joseph Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until the closing parish wake service at 7:00 p.m. (Within the wake service liturgy will be a time for sharing of memories. Those who have special remembrances from Mary Jane’s life are welcome to share those at that time.)

     Visitation will continue at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Friday morning, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

     The parish wake service at the funeral home on Thursday evening will be livestreamed at 7:00 p.m. via the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HuehnsFuneralHome). The funeral Mass at the church on Friday will be recorded (non-live) and eventually uploaded to the funeral home Facebook page.

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

     We will all truly miss our Golden Girl. Go Pack Go!

Roy Richard LaViolette

Roy Richard LaViolette, 76, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on August 1, 2022, at Anna’s House.  He was born on October 30, 1945, in Sturgeon Bay to Louis and Artyce (Starr) LaViolette.  On July 17, 1965, he married Mary Lauder in Sturgeon Bay, she preceded him in death on June 25, 2014.  Roy graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1963, and then went on to graduate from NWTC.

Roy worked for Sturgeon Bay Utilities for 35 years, and then worked at Bay Ship Building for 4 years.  He was an active member of WWOA (Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association).  Roy was a very active member of Christ the King-Holy Nativity Episcopal Church serving as past treasurer, Junior Warden, and Senior Warden.

Survivors include two children, Paula (John II) Sullivan, Sturgeon Bay; Richard (Katherine) LaViolette, Sturgeon Bay; three grandchildren, Patrick and Paige Sullivan, and Ava LaViolette; siblings, Donna Nicholson, Doris Wolske, Faye (Willard) Kolstad, Louie (Susie) LaViolette; in-laws, Leonard Kleinschmidt, Wendy Hansen, Joann Lauder, Julie (Todd) Sternard, Robert (Shannon) Lauder, and Sophie LaViolette.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; siblings, Phyllis (Phillip) Nelson, Mildred (Lawrence) Monfils, Vivian (Wayne) Johnson, Kenneth (Jane) LaViolette, Virginia (Charlie) Meunier, Shirley Pagel, Keith LaViolette; and brothers-in-law, Mike Lauder, Dan Lauder, Daryl Wolske, Don Viste, Tom Nicholson, Ray Chase, Fred Grapendine, and Jack Pagel; sister-in-law, Jayme Kleinschmidt.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 5, 2022, at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Olin Sletto officiating.  Burial will be in Hainesville Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home on Friday.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

Special thanks to the staff at Anna’s House in Sturgeon Bay and Compassus Hospice for their wonderful care and support.

 

David N. Swingen

David Noel Swingen of Sturgeon Bay died unexpectedly on July 20, 2022, at the age of 74. David was born June 2, 1948, in Stoughton, WI, to Dorothy Swingen (née Slinde) and Clarence Swingen. On December 7, 1979, he married Kelly Swingen (née Bluemle). In 1984, he and Kelly settled in Sturgeon Bay to be closer to family and to live in a small community where they happily raised their two sons, Joshua and Zachary. 
 
David worked as Production Manager at Sunshine House Inc. for 30 years. He was instrumental in creating the Production Department, procuring diverse employment from numerous area businesses and was known as a “wizard” in tailoring incoming work for employees. David absolutely loved working with individuals with special needs and disabilities and was beloved by the people he served.
Following his retirement he worked part-time at Door County Coop.
 
He was a past president of the Sturgeon Bay Lions Club and an active member for 25 years. David received the Melvin Jones Fellowship award, the highest form of recognition presented to those who embody humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. He also served for several years as president of the Door County Manufacturers Association. Always willing to lend a helping hand, he frequently volunteered to deliver meals for the Sturgeon Bay Masonic Lodge’s annual Steamboat Dinner. He thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie he found in sports, particularly the many years he spent in an early morning basketball league. That passion was rivaled only by his love for golf. He belonged to several leagues and participated in many tournaments over the years. Along with his service, interests, and achievements, many will remember David chiefly for his sense of humor, which could light up any room he found himself in.

David is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kelly; his son, Zac; children from a previous marriage, Steve Swingen (daughter, Stephanie, and her mother, Cindy Swingen) and Nikki Swingen-Rindy (daughter, Sami) and their extended families; his sister, Gail McIntosh of Madison; brother, Greg (Karen) Swingen of Fort Atkinson; nephew, Brian (Kelly) Cook of Madison; sister-in-law, Josephine Guenzel of Sturgeon Bay and Florida (daughter, Renata Maniaci); along with many cousins and numerous friends.
David was preceded in death by his beloved son, Josh; parents; sister, Anita Cook; nephew, Dan Bain.
In honoring David’s wishes, no services will be held. The family strongly requests no flowers or food. If you feel so inclined, donations may be made in his memory to Sunshine House Inc. (55 W. Yew St. Sturgeon Bay, WI, 54235) or the Sturgeon Bay Lions Club (Don Ziegelbauer,137 N. 10th Pl Sturgeon Bay, WI, 54235).

Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family. On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

Audrey D. Milbach

Audrey D. Milbach, 60 years, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022 suddenly after transferring to Door County Medical Center following a short illness, diagnosed with cancer in February of this year.

     She was born October 15, 1961, in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Robert B. and Roberta I. (Hackl) McKenna. Audrey married James R. Milbach on December 12, 1977 in Appleton. He preceded her in death March 31, 2016. On December 27, 2020, she married Robert A. Murray in Sturgeon Bay.

     Audrey enjoyed spending time with her family, walks at Potawatomi State Park, traveling, and sitting around a fire pit enjoying summer evenings. She spent the last ten years as the beloved face of Kim’s Boutique, the lovely store where her creativity, talent, and enjoyment of beautiful things enhanced the lives of many.

     Surviving family includes her husband, Robert; two children, Aprille (Joel) Schutte of Rossford, Ohio and Luke (Hildy) Milbach of Algoma; seven grandchildren; three stepchildren; sister, Deb of Forestville; and brother, Pat of California.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Jim Milbach; and brother, Donald McKenna.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Huehns Funeral Home with Pastor Joel Schutte officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m.

     Memorials may be directed to the family.

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

 

Janice G. Mason

Janice G. Mason, 84 years old of Ellison Bay, WI, died Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Aurora Bay Care in Green Bay after suffering a stroke and a Traumatic Brain Injury.

     She was born January 24, 1938 in Eden, NC. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Sally (Hall) Gauldin. Janice graduated from Draper High School where she met her future husband, the late Thomas Ray Mason. On November 22, 1956, Janice married Thomas R. Mason in Draper, NC. She & Ray both worked for Sears Roebuck in N.C. Ray was transferred with Sears to New York, NY and they lived in Princeton, NJ where Janice worked at RCA. Then Ray was transferred to Chicago with Sears. They lived in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Thomas preceded her in death December 14, 2021.

     Wherever they lived, Janice was involved in the church. She taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and participated in Women’s Bible Studies.  She also was an avid member of the Crystal Lake Garden Club in IL.

     Jan & Ray started the International Group in Sister Bay, WI which they led through 2009. The group consisted of foreign students that came to Door County to work during the summers. Jan & Ray organized events, trips, and meals for the students to give them a connection to the local church, as they were in unfamiliar territory and to show them the love of Christ. They students were provided with Bibles written in their native language to help them better understand the Good News of the Gospel.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; and four siblings, Eva Lillian Johnson, Hazel Lena Edwards, Beatrice Anne Winn, and Virginia Christine Salmons.

     Survivors include her daughter, Jami (Scott) Strickfaden of McHenry, IL; and sister, Cleatis Irene Shope of Eden, NC. Also, four grandchildren, Benjamin (Phyllis) Strickfaden of Wausau, WI, Daniel Strickfaden of Elgin, IL, Caroline Strickfaden of Blue Springs, MO, and Kaitlyn Strickfaden of Moscow, Idaho; and one great-granddaughter, Victoria Strickfaden.

     A celebration of Janice’s life will be held Saturday, August 6, 2022 at the First Baptist Church of Sister Bay. Visitation at 1:00 p.m. and Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Mark Billington officiating. Service broadcast may be available on Facebook or YouTube as internet and Wi-Fi allow.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Janice’s memory for the First Baptist Church Food Pantry. Please send monetary donations to: First Baptist Church of Sister Bay, 2622 S. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, WI 54234

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

 

Arline Elsie (Schwartz) Jorns

Arline Elsie (Schwartz) Jorns 95, of Sturgeon Bay found eternal peace on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Anna’s Healthcare.

     She was born June 2, 1927, in Sevastopol to Henry A. and Elsie I. (Schultz) Schwartz. Arline married Edgar O. Jorns on June 22, 1946 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy, WI. They enjoyed 47 happy years together before Edgar passed away in 1993.

     Arline worked several years at the Amity Leather Factory and later years at the family automobile dealerships, Jorns, Inc.

     Her true love was caring for her family and entertaining friends. She enjoyed a good game of golf (she had two holes-in-one – Peninsula Park & McCauslin Brook) often beating family and friends. Arline also enjoyed bowling, playing cards, tending her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, and going for a nice brisk walk.

     Arline was a dedicated member of St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church serving on the Altar Guild committee for many years.

     Arline is survived by her daughter, Sharon A. Haines; two grandchildren, Scott R. Haines (Rebecca) and Holly J. Tlachac (Paul); and her great-grandchildren, Braeden Haines, Alyssa Perry (Kevin), Taylor, Sydney, and Nicole Tlachac. She is also survived by two great-great-grandchildren, Trent and Aubrey Perry; sister-in-law, Pat Schwartz; and nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edgar; parents-in-law, Herman and Lydia Jorns; son-in-law, Richard Haines; and her siblings, Edwin Schwartz, and Sylvia Zahn.

     Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m., July 26, 2022 at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church with Pastor Joel Sauer officiating. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery where Arline will be laid to rest next to her husband, Edgar.

     Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 a.m to the time of service at 11:30 a.m.

     In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

     Arline’s family is grateful to “Anna’s Angels” for providing Arline with a quality life for over five years at Anna’s Healthcare. Also, the professionals from Unity Hospice who worked with the staff at Anna’s to give further care and comfort.

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the Jorns family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Arline may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Loraine Margaret Brink

Loraine Margaret Brink, 96, of Sister Bay, Wisconsin, formerly of Kaukauna, Racine, and Ephraim, died Monday, July 11, 2022 at Good Samaritan Society - Scandia Village in Sister Bay with family at her side.

    

She was born February 21, 1926, at home on the family dairy farm near Kaukauna, Wisconsin, the sixth of seven children to Henry L. and Elizabeth M. (Jaeckels) Schmidt. Sad to see her sister Lucille start school, Loraine began first grade at age 4½ years along with her. She attended St. Francis School in Hollandtown through 10th grade, graduating from Kaukauna High School at the age of 16. Within a year she was teaching grades 1-8 at Jackson School near Sherwood, having completed one year plus one of three required summer sessions at Outagamie Rural Normal School, a curriculum that addressed the need for rural teachers during WWII. Loraine went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education in 1946 at Oshkosh Teacher’s College (now University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh). There in her last semester she met Don Brink, a returning Navy veteran who told her on their third date that he was going to marry her. (She responded, “You’re nuts.”) After her graduation, she and Don parted ways, Loraine to teach first grade at Waterman School in Beloit, Don to continue his studies. About a year later, she and Don met again, leading to marriage on December 27, 1948 at St. Francis Church.

    

Loraine’s first years of marriage were punctuated by moves within Southeast Wisconsin for Don’s grocery management jobs and the birth of Steve and Jane. Don’s decision to embark on a life insurance career brought them to Racine, where they lived for 35 years and grew to a family of nine. She extended herself beyond the home by teaching CCD classes at St. John Nepomuk School and volunteering with school and scout activities. Couples and ladies bridge clubs offered welcomed nights out, as well as the source of lifelong friends.

    

When her youngest son Don started kindergarten, Loraine enrolled in a pottery class at Wustum Art Museum. With an artistic eye and nimble fingers, within three years she was teaching the class and participating in art fairs. After Don retired and they moved to Ephraim, she took advantage of the wide variety of classes that were available, including raku, Oriental brush stroke painting, bronze casting, and sculpture. Her interests later shifted to quilting and poetry, and she was an active member of the Trillium Quilt Guild, Unabridged Poets Group, and Wallace Group. Loraine is responsible for the aroma of fresh bread in many Door County homes because she taught bread making for the community classes at The Clearing each January for more than 10 years, her specialty being cinnamon buns. Others may remember her as their CCD teacher at St. Rosalia Catholic Church (now part of Stella Maris Parish), where she was a member.

    

Loraine loved her family and family gatherings, and she fostered in her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren a love of traveling, baking, creating, and sharing fruits of the hand. She was a welcoming hostess and always looked the part. For many years, she hosted Geetha and Tom Chitta, founders of Foundation for Children in Need, while visiting Stella Maris Parish. Her hostess hat was evident at Scandia Village, where she never failed to introduce visiting family to other residents and staff or noticed if a resident needed something. Loraine also loved to sing, being a part of the Door County Chamber Singers for many years and more recently the Village Singers Choir at Scandia Village.

    

She was preceded in death by her husband Don in 2017; parents and stepmother Mary (Rossmeier) Schmidt; daughter Jane E. Kuhnwald; infant brother Andrew; brothers and sisters-in-law Clarence (Jeanne), Arthur (Marian), and Leonard (Lori) Schmidt; sisters and brother-in-law Rose Mary (Hilard) Brantmeier and Lucille Spencer; sister-in-law Judy Day; brother-in-law William D. Brink; and step siblings/spouses Gerald (Evelyn) Schmidt, Ralph Schmidt, and Anne Marie (Francis) Kempen.

    

Loraine is survived by her sons Steve (Patty), Stuart (Ronda), and Don (Sharon) Brink; daughters Carla Brink (Paul Ranelli), Bobbie (Dan) Guerra, and Linda (Ray) Armas; son-in-law John (Jo Anne) Davis; grandchildren Maggy (Ron) Hribar, Emily (Dan) Pfeiffer, Joanna (Tracy) Davis Lanum, Rhea Davis, Theodora Ranelli, Luciana Ranelli, Federica Ranelli, Nick Onsgard, Andy Onsgard, Dana Marcek, Tony (Kristy) Brink, Megan (Thomas) Chadwick, Ryan Brink, Samuel Brink, and Jacob Brink; and great grandchildren Joseph and Jenna Hribar, Alex and Kate Pfeiffer, Reece and Chase Lanum, Tyler and Alanna Marcek, and Thomas Chadwick II. She is also survived by sister-in-law Grace Schmidt, brothers-in-law Dan Spencer and Phil Day, nephews Jeff Noonan-Day and Scott Day, and numerous Schmidt nieces and nephews.

    

Her family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff of Scandia Village for the loving care provided to both Don and Loraine over the past 10 years.

    

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Loraine can be sent to The Clearing, Scholarship Fund (P.O. Box 65, Ellison Bay, WI 54210; https://theclearing.org/wp/). Cards and memories sent to her daughter Carla Brink (2820 Greysolon Rd., Duluth MN 55812; carlajbrink@gmail.com) will be shared with the family.

    

Loraine's life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2022 at Stella Maris Parish – Sister Bay site, 2410 S. Bay Shore Dr. (Highway 42), Sister Bay, WI 54234 with the Rosary to be prayed at 9:15 a.m. and visitation to follow from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Luncheon to follow. She will be laid to rest beside her husband Don in St. Rosalia Cemetery in Sister Bay.

    

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

Rev. Philip Peterson

Pastor Philip Thomas Peterson, 84, went home to be with the Lord on July 14th, 2022, surrounded by his family and staff at the Agrace Hospice Center in Fitchburg, WI.  He was born on December 18th, 1937, in Rockford, Illinois to John and Ingeborg (Bergsland) Peterson.  Philip graduated from Rockford High School and received his Degree of Divinity from Augsburg Lutheran Seminary in Minneapolis, MN. On September 2, 1961, Philip married Vivian Angeline Gibbins in Minneapolis, MN. He served as pastor for several churches throughout the Midwest during his career as a Lutheran minister including Tanum-Forest Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, WI. After more than 52 years of dedicated ministry, Philip retired in December 2014 and lived the past several years in Madison, WI.  Philip was a member at Hainesville Lutheran Church.

 

Philip is survived by his two daughters, Tamara (Paul) Cook, Sheboygan; Pamela Peterson, Madison; three grandchildren, Nathaniel (Hannah) Cook, Ellen (Julio) Herrera, and Noelle Cook; three very special great grandchildren Tristan, Mariana & Joanna; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Vivian; his parents; sister, Joyce Orr; and brother Jim Peterson.

 

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, at Tanum-Forest Lutheran Church on County Hwy 00 Sturgeon Bay, WI with Rev. Peter Mannoja officiating.  Burial will be in Hainesville Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 18th, 2022, at Tanum-Forest Lutheran Church and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church Tuesday.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Philip “Grandpa Pete” “Uncle Phil” “Pastor Phil” was a blessing to many, and he will be missed dearly. He loved his family, the ministry, the many congregations he worked with and the wonderful opportunities being a pastor gave him over the many years to serve the Lord both in scripture and in song.  His engaging personality, great sense of humor, incredible singing voice, and warm smile touched many. Philip was truly a special gift to all who knew him, especially his family.

 

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to the staff at Oakwood Village West Hebron Center Madison and Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg for their compassionate care, support, and thoughtfulness.

Diane M. (Malzahn) Vandermuse

Diane M. (Malzahn) Vandermuse, 66 years, formerly of Green Bay, died July 12, 2022 at her home in Marshfield, WI.

    

She was born April 21, 1956 in Sturgeon Bay the daughter of Harvey and Evonne (Sandell) Malzahn. Diane graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1974 and continued her education at U.W. Oshkosh where she received her undergraduate degree.

    

Diane worked in food production most of her career with the longest time spent at Green Bay Cheese Company in quality control lab testing where she made many friends. She also worked at Melron Corporation, Great Lakes Cheese, and Badger State Fruit Processing.

     

She was a very good artist who enjoyed painting and drawing, creating crafts along with her sister, Denise Harmann, and watching movies. Diane had a passion for natural path health and wellness for living.

    

Survivors include her two sisters, Denise Harmann of Algoma, Debbra MacDonald of Valmy; stepsister, Kristine (Scott) Schuetze of Green Bay; stepmother, Barbara Malzahn of Fish Creek; friend, Michael Knutson of Marshfield; three nephews, Eric (Rachel) Harmann, Craig (Lyndsay) Harmann and Alec Schuetze; three great-nephews and one great-niece, McCoy Harmann, Keaton Harmann, Harvey Harmann, Sloane Harmann.

    

Preceding her in death were her parents, Harvey and Evonne Malzahn; brothers-in-law, William “Billy” MacDonald, and Gary Harmann.

    

Diane was a highly spiritual person who deeply cared about people. She was a deep listener and love unconditionally. She was an angel here on earth.

    

Private services will be held at Blossomberg Cemetery in Fish Creek with Gloria Butler officiating.

     

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

Anna Lisa Jilburg

Our loving daughter and sister, Anna Lisa Helena Jilburg, passed away July 4, 2022, at the Roots Residential Adult Family Home in Racine, Wisconsin after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Anna Lisa was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 23, 1973, at Swedish Covenant Hospital to Joanna and Roy Jilburg.  Our family moved to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in July 1979, at which time Anna Lisa was enrolled at the Southern Door School District.  After high school, Anna Lisa attended both the Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay NWTC.  She is preceded in death by her mother, Joanna Gjertina Jilburg, and both sets of grandparents.  Leaving as survivors the immediate family, including her father Roy, brother Erik, uncle Lloyd Jilburg and numerous cousins.

Anna Lisa was a beautiful, loving daughter and a kind and generous human being who shared her love with everyone.  She was baptized and confirmed at Hainesville Lutheran Church and had a strong Christian faith.  We wish to thank all those who cared for her at the Roots Residential Adult Family Home. Also, Door County Family Programs for their efforts regarding Anna Lisa’s three mental illnesses.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 pm until the time of service.  The service will be live streamed on the Forbes Funeral Home Facebook page. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hainesville Lutheran Church or to N.A.M.I. , the National Alliance for the mentally ill.

Ervin R. Jadin

Ervin Raphael Jadin, 97, of Brussels, passed away on July 11, 2022.  He was born September 29, 1924, in Brussels to Moses and Esther (LeRoy) Jadin.  Erv was a 1941 graduate of Brussels High School and maintained many lifetime friendships with his fellow graduates.

 

After attending business college in Green Bay, he married Dorraine Jeanquart in Namur on June 2, 1948.  Ervin was a hardworking and successful farmer for his entire life.  In his retirement, he and his wife enjoyed wintering in Florida with close friends.

 

Ervin was a lifetime member of St. Francis Church in Brussels where he sang in the choir for over 50 years and served on the church council.  He was also a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.  He served his community as long-time clerk for the Town of Brussels and was also a past member of the Door County Board of Supervisors.   Erv enjoyed celebrating his Belgian Heritage, especially with some prune pie.

 

He is survived by a daughter, Sue Robertson of Brussels; grandsons, Paul Robertson of Brussels and Jonathan Robertson of Milwaukee; sister-in-law, Florence DeDecker of Sturgeon Bay; 2 brothers-in-law, Dennis (Sharon) Jeanquart of Brillion and Al Moore Jr. of Sturgeon Bay; and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, son, Brian, son-in-law, Kurt Robertson; 2 brothers, Jim and Ted; brother-in-law, Elmer DeDecker; and sister-in-law, Bernie Moore.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday, July 15, 2022, at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels.  Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 9:30 am until the time of service.   Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Special thanks to the staff at Pinecrest Village, and Door County Medical Center-Skilled Nursing Facility for their wonderful care and support.  Also, to his neighbors Chuck and Candi Bretl and nephew, Nick Moore who helped Dad in so many ways.

Rita Emily Columb

Rita Emily Columb, 93, passed away on July 4, 2022, at Cardinal Ridge Residential Care, Sturgeon Bay.  She was born on September 5, 1928, to Goldie and Rosamond Nellis and grew up on a large family farm.  She was one of seven children.  She worked hard as a child and was an excellent student.  Rita married Erwin Columb on February 28, 1946, and they had 8 children.  Widowed at the age of 46, she devoted her life to supporting and caring for her family.  Throughout her parenting years, and thereafter as well, Rita faced the trials and tribulation of life with great fortitude, strength, and courage.

In her retirement years, Rita was an avid reader, frequently finishing off 1-2 books a week.  Rita had an excellent memory of past events and a natural talent for record keeping.  She managed her financial affairs and filed her own taxes right up to the end.  She collected hundreds of recipes over the years and made countless wonderful meals for family gatherings.

Many thanks to the amazing and kindhearted staff at Cardinal Ridge, together with the wonderful hospice staff, for so tenderly caring for Rita’s spiritual, emotional, and physical needs through the final stretch of her life.  Special thanks to Jessica Winograd, “adopted” granddaughter and Amy Hayes, special neighbor friend, for their many kindnesses.  Rita’s journey on this earth has ended.  May she rest in peace knowing that her legacy lives on within the “village” of offspring she so lovingly brought into this world.

Rita is survived by five daughters, Elaine (James) Anderson, Green Bay; Glorianne (Richard) Neuville, Wisconsin Rapids; Maureen (Duke) Larsen, Lake Geneva; Christine (Gary Serwe) Columb, Sturgeon Bay; Jo (Scott) Allsup, Woodruff; two sons, Robert (Linda) Columb, Sturgeon Bay; David (Sonja) Columb, Scottsdale, AZ; grandchildren, Robert (Jody) Anderson, Luxemburg; Michael (Shelly) Anderson, Algoma; Tracey (Matt) Hage, Gilbert, AZ; Jonathon (Jenny) Neuville, Scottsdale, AZ; Jessica (Jose Neglia) Neuville, Hong Kong, China; Shannon (special friend, Jason) Columb, LaCrosse, WI; Austin (Lacey) Columb, Tempe, AZ; Olivia Columb, Monroe, NY; Jordon (special friend, Abbi Grosbeier) Annoye, Forestville; Dylan Annoye, Milwaukee; two step-grandchildren, Ian (Courtney) Allsup, Sturgeon Bay; MacKenzie (Marco Arvizu) Allsup, Sturgeon Bay; ten great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Bertha Stoller, Algoma; Carolyn Conrad, Green Bay, brother, Gerald Nellis; Sturgeon Bay; brother-in-law, Leo Shebasta, Manitowoc; sister-in-law, Patti Nellis, DePere; and many nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Erwin; son, Donald; granddaughter, Taylor; two sons-in-law, Duke Larson, and Gary Serwe; sister, Geraldine Shebasta; brothers, Francis and Patrick Nellis; sisters-in-law, Mildred and Janet Nellis; brothers-in-law, Frank Stoller and Jack Conrad.

In accordance with Rita’s wishes, private services will be held at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum in Green Bay at a later date.  Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

Verna Hallet

Verna Hallet, 88, Green Bay, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 

2, 2022, at Caraton Commons Assisted Living surrounded by her family. 

She was born March 26, 1934, to Martin and Laura (Vincent) Theys. 

 

Verna attended Luxemburg High School. She married Glen Hallet on 

January 31, 1951, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tonet. 

 

Verna worked hard all her life as a dairy farmer, office worker at 

Plumbers Woodwork Company, Schreiber Foods, Pay and Save and the 

State of Alaska in Anchorage, AK. She enjoyed working and made several 

wonderful friends throughout her career. 

 

Throughout her life, Verna enjoyed genealogy, traveling, photography, painting scenic pictures, quilting, beading, sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking, baking and most importantly spending time with family and friends. 

 

She is survived by her children Wayne (Mary) Hallet, Luxemburg, Steve (Patti) Hallet, Green Bay, Mark (Michele Kolasinski) Hallet, NC, Christine (Timothy) Cain, New Franken, Randy (Julie) Hallet, Casco, Sue Kinjerski, Casco, Sharon (Shelley) Dallmann, ID; hersisters Rosie (Ronnie) Ropson, Luxemburg, Rita Moens, Luxemburg, Lucy Greening, Luxemburg, Cathy (Jackie) Jacobs, New Franken; her brother in-laws Bill (Pat) Hallet, FL and Jim (Dottie) Hallet, Green Bay; and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, godchildren and other relatives. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Hallet, he preceded her in death on August 18, 1969; an infant daughter, Mary, son John (Jack); in-laws Veronica and Alvin Jonet; her parents and in-laws Willam Sr. and Viola Hallet; niece Judy Jonet and nephew Craig Jacobs. 

 

Visitation will be held at St. Killian's Catholic Church, New Franken, on Saturday, July 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Carlo Villaluz (Fr. Lukee) officiating. Burial will follow at St. Odile Cemetery in Thiry Daems. Kinnard Funeral & Cremation Services – Casco assisted the family. Online condolence message may be shared at KinnardFCS.com. 

 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Caraton Commons Assisted Living and Unity Hospice.

 

Lori Janel Lardinois

Lori Janel Lardinois, 57, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Door County, passed away suddenly on June 29, 2022.  She was born October 31, 1964, in Sturgeon Bay to Norman and Eileen (Miller) Lardinois. 

 

Lori graduated from Southern Door High School in 1983.  She worked in purchasing for a number of businesses during her life.  She enjoyed flower gardening and golfing.  She especially loved spending time with her family, friends and her cats Stella and Bella.

 

Lori had been living in Cincinnati since 2013, but was in the process of moving to Green Bay this month.  Her heart was always in Wisconsin, and she was very excited about moving back home to be near family.

 

Survivors include her partner Brian Bergmann; a brother Kevin (Irene) Lardinois; three sisters, Kay (Ted) Brauer, Pam (Mark) Bretl, and Jane (Don) Mallien;  sister-in-law Peggy Lardinois; nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dale and Dean.

 

Memorial Services will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2022 at the Forbes Funeral Home.   Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  prior to the service. On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

Kevin Vogel

Kevin Vogel, 42 years, of Thailand, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away April 8, 2022 in Thailand, unexpectedly.

 

     He was born October 4, 1979, the son of Joy Vogel in Sturgeon Bay. He graduated from Sevastopol High School. Kevin had a love of cooking, skateboarding, snowboarding, traveling, teaching and martial arts. This would eventually lead him to Thailand where he taught conversational English to the Thailand people. He completed his Master of Art in Education from European Global School in April 2021.

 

     Kevin found his true love there and on March 17, 2022 he was married to Pitchaporn Choochuea “Peach”.

 

     Our family will miss him so very much. He leaves behind his wife, Pitchaporn Choochuea; mother, Joy Vogel of Sturgeon Bay; siblings, Natalie Kosechata, Jessica Henderson and Brandon Isaacsen; nieces and nephews, Makayla Shackelford, Timothy John Shackelford, Addison Henderson, Emari Kosechata-Walker and many cousins, aunts and uncles.

 

     A service of remembrance will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2022 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Family and friends are encouraged to come and share stories and remembrances. The family will great friends and family Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at 3:00 p.m.

 

     Memorials may be given in his memory to help the family during this difficult time.

 

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

Merle K. Peot

Merle K. Peot, 93, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. She was born on March 1, 1929, in Scarboro to the late Adolph C. & Emerence M. (Younk) Novak. On June 1, 1949, she married Kenneth J. Peot at Holy Trinity Church in Casco. Together they worked on the family farm with Merle also working for Schreiber Cheese for twenty six years. Kenneth preceded her in death on February 18, 1992. Merle was active member of St. Mary Church, helping with the script program, the Christian Mother Society and was very proud to be a Eucharistic Minister for many years.

 

Survivors include her children, Glenn Peot, Lee Peot (Esther Gillis), Patty (Mike) Raisleger, Greg (Sandy) Peot; ten grandchildren that she loved very much include, Amanda (Tom) Shefchik, Brian (Cindy) Peot, Andrew (Kari) Peot, Alex (Nikki) Raisleger, Jackie (Dale) Peters, Ashley (Andy) Cornette, Jessica (Eric) Jahnke, Kaitlyn (Kris) Dubois, Kenny Peot, & Kim Peot; fourteen great grandchildren include, Julia, Jacob, Jonah, Evelyn, Stanley, Cecelia, Stella, Aubrey, Emery, Liam, Miles, Memphis, Joey and Zeke;  three sisters, Jean Kollross, Bonnie (Jerry) Marcelle, Nancy (Dave) Mueller; one sister-in-law, Joan Lardo; special friend, Connie Peot; many nieces and nephews.

 

Merle is preceded in death by her husband, who she has missed for thirty plus years, Kenneth J. Peot, her son, Kenneth “Butch” Peot; her grandson, Scott Peot; her daughter-in-law Mary Peot; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph & Hattie Peot; one sister, Shirley & (Roy) Rueckl; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donald (Helen) Peot, Betty (Edward “Eddie”) Ripp, Donald “Doc” Kollross and Robert “Bob” Lardo.

 

Friends may call 3:30 to 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Closing Vigil Service with Rev. Daniel Schuster at 6:30 pm on Thursday.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Friday, July 8, 2022, at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg.  Funeral at 11:00 am on Friday at the church with Rev. Mark Mleziva officiating and Deacon Robert Miller assisting.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.

 

Mc Mahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg, is assisting the Peot Family www.mcmahonfh.com

 

The family wishes to thank the many people that visited her at Helping Hearts Assisted Living. She loved the visits and the card playing. The family would also like to thank Unity Hospice and the Helping Hearts Assisted Living Staff, for care given to Merle.

Samuel Adam Schneider

 Samuel Adam Schneider, 46, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, formerly of Longmont, CO, passed away at home on Sunday, June 19, 2022. 

     He was born on June 18, 1976, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, the son of Peter John Schneider and Gloria Adams Schneider. Growing up, Sam enjoyed drawing, trick bicycle riding, and skateboarding. He was a member of the local Boy Scout troop and the Sturgeon Bay Sail Training Foundation. Through the sailing program, he developed his love for sailboat racing. Using his drawing skills, he was able to design and later construct racing boats. Sam attended Sturgeon Bay High School. He was known for being a charismatic, fun-loving, and creative person. Sam would often escape to the art room. Those who still have their SBHS yearbooks from the early-mid 1990s will be able to attest that he was uncannily in almost every group, club, and team photo within that yearbook even though he never participated in those various groups and sports. That was Sam, the prankster. 

     As a teenager, his musical appreciation and style had him following the musical group, The Grateful Dead. He taught himself how to play the guitar and had an interest in electronics. 

     On June 21, 1998, Sam married Meredith Elizabeth Guthrie in rural Jacksonport. They were blessed with two daughters: Melody and Sierra. He and Meredith shared over 14 years together before separating. 

     Sam worked many jobs throughout his life. Earlier on, he was a server and eventually a cook for a restaurant in St. Simons Island, GA. He constructed home stereo systems in Boulder, CO for over twelve years. Then he worked as a bouncer in a club in Denver, CO. After that, he was a bartender in Sturgeon Bay. His last job was working as an automobile detailer in Longmont, CO. 

     Sam found peace in nature and loved gardening. His creativity was ever present in jewelry design and racing boat construction. Later in his life, Sam had a love and great passion for Jungian Psychology and was greatly inspired by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung’s four archetypes of consciousness: the self, the persona, the shadow, and the anima/animus. He read just about every writing of Jung and delved the deepest into his book “Mysterium Coniunctionis.” Anyone who knew Sam knew that he escaped life’s hardships and negativity by writing in his journals, he was a great writer. Sam was drawn so much to water, whether that be the ocean, lakes, or streams, and those waters will forever carry memories of him. He enjoyed long drives listening to music with his daughters and frequently traveled to his favorite and most memorable locations, this included Colorado, Door County, St. Simons Island, and Florida. 

     He will be deeply missed by his two daughters, Melody (fiancé, Tyler Kauffman) Schneider of Casper, WY, and Sierra Schneider of Erie, CO; former wife and mother of his daughters, Meredith Guthrie of Erie, CO; mother, Gloria Schneider of Sturgeon Bay, WI; three sisters, Katie Drummond of Eagle Mountain, UT, Sarah (Ben) Nielsen of North Salt Lake, UT, and Joyanne (Allen) Ludington, IA; nieces and nephews; uncles and aunts, Lawrence “Larry” Schneider of Lakewood, WI, Mary Terrance “Terry” Carlson of Pound, WI, Paul (Marilynn) Schneider, and Tim (Zoann) Schneider, both of Menominee, MI, Golden V. (Diane) Adams, Jr. of Lindon, UT, Steve (Marsha) Adams of Garland, UT, Janice “Jan” (Paul) Coover of Quilcene, WA, K. LeMoyne (Allison) Adams of Layton, UT, and Doyle (Shawna) Adams of St. George, UT; maternal grandmother, Loween Adams of North Ogden, UT; cousins; other relatives; and friends. 

     Sam was preceded in death by his father who died January 14, 1996; beloved pets, Ella and Miles Davis; paternal grandparents, Lawrence Peter Schneider and Lorrayne Bernice Jessel Schneider; maternal grandparents, Golden Virgil Adams, Sr. and Ruth Lenore (Paul) Thiessens Meacham; aunt and uncle, Tina Schneider and Charles Carlson; and other relatives.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 on Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service honoring Sam's life. Bob Hohneke will officiate. 

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Sam’s family to assist with his final care and service costs.

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

 

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