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Obituaries

Raymond A. Worachek

Raymond “Sugar Ray” Worachek, 67, Casco, Passed away unexpectedly at home  

on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. He was born on August 1, 1956, to the late  

Anthony and Emma (Hiller) Worachek. Sugar Ray was a meat cutter for Packerland  

Packing before retiring. He enjoyed hobby farming, playing pool, being part of the  

local dart league, hunting and fishing.  

Ray is survived by his brothers and sisters, Kenny Worachek, Mary Ann (Wayne)  

Gilson, Paul Worachek, Steve (Vicki) Karnitz, Alice (Jon) Stevenson, Lucy Ihlenfeldt,  

Ed Worachek, Rose (Glenn) Jergenson; Ray’s very special nephew, Randy Gilson  

and his boys; as well as by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Emma  Worachek and brother, Phil Worachek. 

Visitation will be held at Kinnard Funeral Home – Casco on Monday, March 4, 2024, from 2:00-6:00 pm with a  funeral service at 6:00 pm with Deacon Bib Miller officiating. Burial will take place at Holy Trinity Cemetery. Online  Condolence messages may be shared at KinnardFCS.com.

 

Gary K. Doudna

     Gary K. Doudna, 85 years, of Fish Creek, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2024, in De Pere.   

     He was born April 2, 1938 in Richland Center, WI, the son of the late Dr. Quincy and Winifred (Zimmerman) Doudna.  He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife Cheryl D. Ruengert of 45 years where they met at Eastern Illinois University and married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charleston, IL.  Other beloved members of Gary’s family are his daughter Alicia Doudna and fiancé Andrew Kratzat of Ann Arbor, MI, his daughter Melissa Doudna and husband Adam Tietz of Grand Junction, CO, his brother Lon Doudna and wife Mary of Stevens Point, WI, and many other extended family and friends. 

     Gary graduated from Stevens Point High School in 1956.  He received his undergraduate degree in Music Composition from Indiana University and also completed an advanced program for tuning, repair and rebuilding pianos. 

      Gary was a member of Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, a proud 50-year member of the Piano Technician’s Guild, a long-term member of the Charleston Library Board, Charleston Rotary Club, and faculty advisor to the Men’s Music Fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Eastern Illinois University. 

     Throughout Gary’s lifetime he was a well-respected jazz pianist and overall musician. He spent several of his younger adult years in San Francisco perfecting his jazz piano skills.  From 1973 through 2003 Gary was employed with Eastern Illinois University Music Department as their piano technician.  He also maintained a private piano tuning business for over 50 years serving his faithful customers.  Gary took such pride in bringing out the full potential of every piano he approached with his masterful musical skills and ear. 

     Family was his life, loving his wife and raising his children were his everything, including all their beloved family dogs.  He and Cheryl raised their daughters in Charleston, IL where he was a coach and their number one fan of their many sports and musical endeavors.  As retirement approached Gary and Cheryl wanted to retire in Door County where many family summers had been spent.  In 2003 they moved to Door County full time to Bailey’s Harbor and recently Fish Creek. They were fortunate to enjoy their winters on Anna Maria Island, FL.  

     Gary had shared and expressed how grateful he was for his new friendships with Holly Rundquist and Amanda Chaney.  They had become very special to him. 

     Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, WI with Rev. James Honig officiating.  

     Friends may call at the church Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.  A light luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall after service with burial to follow at Little Sister Cemetery. 

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Shepherd of the Bay Music Fund, The Doudna Fine Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University, or to donors’ choice.  

     Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements, and they welcome online condolences, shared memories and photos at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com


 Leroy "Gus" Albert Christiansen

 Leroy “Gus” Albert Christiansen, 82 of the Town of Sevastopol, passed away Friday morning, February 23, 2024, at home.

     Leroy was born October 16, 1941, in Chicago, the son of the late Walter and Harriet (Nilsen) Christiansen.

     He graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1959. In January 1964, Leroy joined the United States Coast Guard and was stationed in Sturgeon Bay serving on the Coast Guard Cutter Mesquite for two and a half years. He was then transferred to the Sheboygan Lighthouse Station, retiring in January 1968. He and Judy returned to Sturgeon Bay where Gus went to work for Bay Ship as a skilled machinist, retiring in 2002 after 29 years. 

     On August 13, 1966, he married Judith Ann Marshall at Zion Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport.

     Gus will be greatly missed by his wife of 57 years, Judith; children, Tina (Brian) Schram and Chad (Deb) Christiansen; five grandchildren, Quin and Karley Schram, Zach, Kelsey, and Kendall Christiansen; brother, Douglas (Kathy) Christiansen; brother-in-law, Dale (Kathy) Marshall; sister-in-law, Janet (Joseph) Biwer; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter, and Harriet Christiansen.

     A memorial service with military honors will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday February 27, 2024, at Huehns Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Peter Martin. Military honors will follow the service at the funeral home. 

     Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at Huehns Funeral Home.

     Memorials can be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

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

 

Christine Ann Christianson

Christine Ann Christianson, 65, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

     Chris was born on July 1, 1958, in Sturgeon Bay. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Theodore and Bernadine Elaine (Delfosse) Kaczmarek. Chris graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1976. She worked at PBI until its closing in 1996. It was at PBI she met Dale Christianson, and they were married February 14, 1981. Chris went on to work at Quality State Oil before her employment with NEW Insurance Concepts until 2021. She was currently employed at the Landmark in Egg Harbor and was affectionately known as their “mother hen”.

     Chris enjoyed time spent being a mom and especially “Grandma Chrissy”. She liked anything the color purple, following the Packers, crocheting, and attending concerts. Everyone enjoyed her very popular potato salad and calico beans at just about every occasion. She had to peel all those potatoes but she knew it would be worth it! If punctuality and organization were a competition, she would NEVER come in second! Always a gold medal!

     Surviving family members include her three children and their families, Amy Christianson of Egg Harbor, Matt (Melly) Christianson [and their children, Brayden and Miles] of Green Bay, Sarah (Colin) Zelhofer [and their children, Nicholas and Allison] of De Pere; three siblings, Tom (Jean) Kaczmarek [and their children, Nathan, Justin, and Brandon] of Sturgeon Bay, Sue (Dave) Zernicke [and their son, Jake] of Howard, Karen (Pat) Lamirande [and their children, Jessica, Anna and Natalie] of De Pere; her mother-in-law, Dorathy Christianson of Sturgeon Bay; and many aunts, uncles, extended family and in-laws.

     Preceding her in death were her parents, Joe and Bernie Kaczmarek; and her husband of 30 years, Dale.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Huehns Funeral Home, officiated by Fr. Anthony Birdsall.

     Friends may call Saturday, March 2, 2024 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home.

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

 

D. Gary McNinch

D. Gary McNinch, 82, of Fish Creek, WI passed away Saturday night, February 10, 2024 at the Unity Hospice Jack and Engrid Meng Residence in the Town of Ledgeview, WI.

    

Gary McNinch was born on Christmas 1941 in Sterling, IL, the son of James Newton McNinch and Florence Leola (Maynard) McNinch. He attended Sterling High School in Illinois and played coronet in the band. Gary also excelled at tennis. Upon his graduation from Sterling High School in 1959, he went on to study Engineering at the University of Illinois, where he also continued to play tennis.

    

Gary was employed as a mechanical engineer with Kimberly-Clark for 36 years. After graduating Suma Cum Laude he moved to Neenah, WI then to Fullerton, CA. After 12 years in CA, he was transferred by Kimberly-Clark to Appleton, WI, then to New Milford, CT, and then finally back to Wisconsin, where he would live out his life.

    

Gary married Patricia Lynn Book on August 4, 1963, in Sterling, IL. They were blessed with three children: Suzanne, Kirsten, and Andrew and shared over 20 years of marriage.

    

He enjoyed the outdoors and spent time camping and hiking with his children in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Gary's appreciation for music throughout his life also led to him teaching himself how to play the guitar. As a young father, he entertained his children with songs from the '60s and '70s. "Back in the day", Gary was also "The King of Disco Dancing" and loved to teach anyone who asked him how to "do the shuffle". He was a skilled woodworker and made many beautiful items over the years including gifts for family and bookshelves to support his love of reading (specifically mystery novels). One year, Gary even made wooden toys for the many children in his California neighborhood.

    

He enjoyed racing sailboats on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin. It was there that Gary met Colleen Kay Riley. They were united in marriage on Leap Day, February 29, 1984, in Appleton, WI. Although Gary and Colleen shared over 36 years of marriage together, they often joked that their anniversary only came around once every four years.

    

He spent his time in retirement between Appleton and Fish Creek. Gary spent many happy years with his wife, Colleen, in their dream home that they built in Fish Creek in 1988. He owned multiple sailboats throughout the course of his life with the most recent being the Colleen K. a large, maroon Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 (his pride and joy), which was kept in the Fish Creek Harbor for many years. Gary enjoyed sailing, with Colleen by his side, off Door County and other exotic locations including the Caribbean with St. Barts and St. Martin islands being two of his favorites. He also liked taking his grandchildren sailing when they visited (even after the boys turned the bilge pump off). Gary loved taking ski trips with Colleen to Colorado; Aspen and Vail were two of their favorite resorts. He was an animal lover with a fondness for Siberian Huskies; Gary and Colleen had four over the course of their lifetimes.

    

Gary served on a couple of governmental advisory committees for both the Town of Gibraltar and Door County.

    

He enjoyed cooking, especially for the family during the holidays. Gary's famous sautéed mushrooms will be greatly missed by all at Christmas time. He enjoyed cheering on the Packers with a bowl of popcorn. Gary was an avid card player up until his death. He looked forward to getting together with his mother-in-law, Dorthy, and niece, Casey, every Wednesday for a good game of Sheepshead; his dog niece, Cricket, would join in too, but only for treats (she didn't play cards).

    

Gary will be missed by his children, Suzanne (Pat) DeGroot of Shiocton, WI, Kirsten Killinger of Neenah, WI, and Andrew (Jennie) McNinch of Appleton, WI; his first wife, Patricia McNinch of Neenah, WI; grandchildren, Jessica Temple and Jacob (Tara) Temple, Alex (Kelsey) Mishun and Layla (Hayden) Lessor, and Cullen McNinch and Camden McNinch; grandson-in-law, Mateo Colchado; great-grandchildren, Abigail, Evelyn, and Mattalynn, Lucy and Beckett, and Diana, Oliver, and Noah; mother-in-law, Dorthy Riley of Fish Creek, WI; siblings-in-law, Gary (Rita) Riley of Fish Creek, WI, Paula Riley of Oshkosh, WI, and Sue Marlene McNinch of East Moline, IL; and nephews and nieces.

    

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Colleen; granddaughter, Ariel Colchado-Arter (2023); siblings, Neil McNinch, William (Marilyn) McNinch, and Marian "Betty" (Harold) Stone; fathers-in-law, Donald Riley and Ken Biebow; siblings-in-law, Sandra Riley, David Riley, and Timothy Riley.

    

No public services are scheduled to be held at this time. Gary will be laid to rest beside his wife, Colleen, at Blossomberg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek.

    

Memorials may be given in his name for Unity Hospice (2366 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere, WI 54115; www.unityhospice.org/donate); the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Wisconsin Chapter (P.O. Box 88540, Carol Stream, IL 60188; www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/WIG); or the Gibraltar Historical Association (P.O. Box 323, Fish Creek, WI 54212; www.historicnoble.org/donate).

    

"Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff of Unity Hospice for the wonderful, compassionate care you provided."

    

Arrangements have been made with Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Gary may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Yolanda De Santiago

Yolanda De Santiago, 75, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2024, at home. She was Born in San Antonio TX, on November 20th, 1948.

 

The family were migrant workers, and traveled to Wisconsin where they picked apples and cotton, then they traveled to Christine ND, where they ended up working for a farmer all year round and called Christine home. While she lived in Christine, Yolanda loved to take care of her nieces and nephews that would visit each summer and some staying all year round. She worked in the fields hoeing sugar beets in the summer and enjoyed time with her kids riding the minibike and motorcycles, she enjoyed attending the kid’s programs at school and loved to cook. After the farm was sold, the family was forced to move to Fargo, where she worked at Drayton Foods. Years later she ended up with kidney disease and moved to Sturgeon Bay Wisc. Where she retired and started getting treatment on dialysis. 8 years ago, she moved back to Fargo, so that she could spend time with her kids and grandchildren. She loved spending time with her great grandson MJ. Yolanda did not read or write but she had her phone set up where she knew what number belonged to who, so she would go down the line calling everyone at least once a week and some daily. Family was important to her. She told her nieces and nephews, “I want to see you when I am alive not when I am dead”, because I cannot talk to you. So, ALL of them from Wisc. Moorhead, Fargo came to spend time with her, the families in Texas called and facetimed. The weekend before she passed. The family completed all her wishes, to eat steak made by her nephew Danial Lara, to have a one last party with them and to dance one last time. She did ALL that with ALL OF THEM and the love that was in the room was felt. She has a lot of family in San Antonio Tx, and was serenaded by her niece Crystal Salina, via face time. Her last 6 hrs on this earth she visited with her baby sister Eva Acosta, and nephew Johnny & Samantha Alaniz via facetime. Once again, she called out to Allah and said I am happy, I am ready Laa ilala illallah (No god is worthy of worship accept Allah.)

Yolanda left this earth at peace, comfortable and happy with her daughter Rebecca and her granddaughter- in- law Hamdi Ali at her side.
She said it in her own words, “I am free, happy and ready!”
May Allah be with her and accept her into paradise.
Amen

Yolanda is survived by: Daughter Rebecca Santiago of Fargo, and son Gerald Santiago of Lidgerwood; Grandson John Kukert Jr, granddaughter Nina Santiago MO, grandson Lucien Santiago Fargo, Breanna Santiago, Fargo, Mikayla Kountz,M Great grandkids; John Kukert III, Mason Kukert, Abdurahman Kukert, Zaynab Kukert, Xavior Santiago, Lilith Santiago, Evy Kountz, Benjamin Kountz, sister Evalyna Acosta and Jimmy Valdez

She was preceded in death by: Her parents Helen and Jose Lara, son Ricky Santiago, Grandson Cody Santiago, brothers Richard Lara, Jose Lara Jr. a.k.a Chepo, Roberto Lara; Sisters Sandra Lara, Angie Posos, Maria Paz, Corinna Dominguez, nephew David Lara and many more.

 

Larry D. Anderson

Larry D. Anderson, 74, Luxemburg, Wi. passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2024, following a lengthy battle with various health problems.  Larry was born October 4, 1949, in Green Bay, Wi. to the late Alden E. and Bernice M. (Boettcher) Anderson. He graduated in 1967 from West High School in Green Bay and later from NWTC in 1969. In 1970 Larry enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Reserves, with an honorable discharge in 1976.  In 1972 Larry married Vicki Graf and divorced in 2005. Larry then married Kelly A. Tielens in 2006.  He was employed with Englewood Electric Supply and then Wesco, retiring in 2020.  His enjoyments included playing softball, bowling and golf.  Following his retirement, Larry worked for his son at FEDEX and with the grounds crew at the Woods Golf Course.

 

Survivors include his wife, Kelly Anderson; two sons Jacob (Brooke) Anderson, Luke (Sara) Anderson; one daughter Emily (Adam) Westlund.  Larry cherished his grandchildren, Scarlett Anderson, Charley and Coy Anderson, Morgan, Riley and Avery Westlund; step granddaughter Mariah Brice; stepson Steve Agamite; his brother and sisters in law, Bruce (Carol) Anderson, Sue Anderson; his mother in law Diane Tielens; nieces, nephews, and friends further survive.

 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sister in law, Gerald (Gayle) Anderson, David Anderson; niece Michelle Anderson; his father in law Lyle Tielens.

 

Friends may call between 3:00 and 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the McMahon Funeral Home in Luxemburg.  Closing prayer service 6:00 pm with Rev. Carl Brewer officiating.  Burial in Nicolet Memorial Gardens, Green Bay. www.mcmahonfh.com

 

A special Thank you to Ron and Mary Demmin for the friendship through challenging times, and Larry’s golfing buddies: Tom, Dan and Scott, for all their support and witnessing his one and only Hole in One at hole number 17 at the Woods!

Donna J. (Haen) Jorns

Donna J. Jorns, 79, of Little Harbor in the Town of Sevastopol, peacefully passed away at home Tuesday morning, February 13, 2024.

    

She was born December 15, 1944 in Sturgeon Bay the daughter of the late Harvey and Helen (Martens) Haen. Donna graduated from Gibraltar High School class of 1962. She received her associate degree in business from NWTC. On July 21, 1962, she married Harvey Edward Jorns. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Egg Harbor.

    

For many years she put her talents in the office to work at Emerson Motors and worked there during the 60’s, through the 70’s, 80’s, until the company closed in the 90’s. It was at that time she was asked to bring her office skills to managing the day-to-day affairs of S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and School. Donna did this until her retirement in July 2021. Along with managing family property rentals along the bay, Donna did the bookkeeping for Harvey and David Jorns Well Drilling, Inc.

     

Donna loved to read, liked solving Sudoku puzzles, and snowmobiling with Harvey. She liked attending concerts--Billy Ray Cyrus, and two Elvis concerts. Donna loved Elvis so much, if he was on TV she would pull out her camera and take a picture of Elvis on the tube.

    

Donna was fun-loving, caring and doting with a smile to light up a room. She was loved by all who knew her and a mom to many. Usually good conversation was over fresh brewed coffee, and something sweet wasn’t far behind.

    

Surviving family will miss her greatly, husband, Harvey; three sons, Scott Jorns (Kathy Ricks) of Crete, IL, Todd (Suzy) Jorns of Tallula, IL, Jeff Jorns (Ann Hurth) of Sturgeon Bay; eight grandchildren, Christian (Victoria) Jorns, Gabriella Jorns (Chris Hearn), Arielle Jorns, Molly, Turner, and Hunter Jorns, Carmen (Robbie) Zuleger of Pulaski, Jeremy (Megan) Jorns; two great-grandchildren, Kenley and Kimber Hearns; her siblings, Judi Dexheimer, John (Karen) Haen, and Yvonne (Jim) Koeppel.

    

Preceding her in death were her parents, Harvey and Helen Haen; infant daughter, Stephanie; brother, Dan; nephew, Darin Dexheimer; and brother-in-law, Arvin Dexheimer.

    

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Matthew Rappl and Fr. Robert Stegmann concelebrating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

    

Visitation for family and friends will be Monday, February 19, 2024 at Huehns Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. with the Rosary to be prayed at 2:45 p.m. and Parish Wake Service at 6:45 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

    

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

Carol Marie Gresko-Lyons (Bacigalupo)

National and internationally renowned fabric artist Carol Marie Gresko-Lyons (Bacigalupo), age 81 of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Ephraim, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

    

She was born on September 12, 1942, to the late Joseph and Irene (Gresko-Oliver) Gresko in Chicago, IL.

    

Carol graduated from Alverno College in Milwaukee. Carol had owned Gresko Textiles in Ephraim, later known as Gresko and Sons Textiles.

    

Carol was united in marriage to Roger "Charlie" Lyons on May 21, 1983. Together they thrived in the Door County art scene. She and Charlie owned and operated the Paint Box Gallery in Ephraim for many years where they exhibited interesting and accomplished artists as well as their own works. Her fabric art is proudly displayed at the Chicago Institute of Art. Her Miniature Art and son Aaron's Palm Tree Musician's were some of the unique interesting art that were on display at Paint Box Gallery. Her keen eye was evident with the talent she exhibited framing customers’ art work.

    

Carol is survived by her sons, Aaron and Arnie Bacigalupo; and her Lyons family relation including Wickmans, Warrens, and Tongs.

    

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charlie; and son, Richard Lee Porter.

    

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Casperson Funeral Home, 2594 S. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, WI. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.

    

Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the Gresko-Lyons and Bacigalupo family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Carol may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

Roger Harry Douglass

Roger Harry Douglass, 71, of Town of Ahnapee, WI, passed away at home on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.  

     He was born March 6, 1952, in Algoma, the fourth child and only son of Robert Homer Douglass and Hortense "Sue" Pauline (Richardson) Douglass. Roger mainly initially attended school in Algoma with a few years overseas in Panama and Vietnam when the family relocated for his father's job. He graduated from Algoma High School with the class of 1970. 

     Roger went on to study at the University of Wisconsin-Stout before deciding to pursue an apprenticeship in plumbing. He sported the title of master plumber for over 50 years.  

     Roger enjoyed hunting, golfing, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He also liked to build and tinker on various projects. Roger loved to interact with any dog he met, but he especially cared for his own canine companions including Wowie, Fritz, Stinko the "Wonder Dog", and Orville.

     He will be missed by his sister Ellen (Tom) Rineck of Iola, WI;  nephews,  Mark (Leah) Rineck (and their daughters, Kayley and Natalie) of Fitchburg, WI,  Matt Rineck of Arizona, and Scott Albertson (and his son, Ethan) of North Carolina; nieces, Erin (Tony) Heitland, (and their daughter, Emery) of Garner, IA, Lindsay (Mike) Witt (and their sons, Asher and Zak) of Polk City, IA, and Kim (Ryan) Terry (and their daughter, Rachael and son, Trace) of State Road, NC; brothers-in-law, Lynn Gunderson of Jefferson, IA and Gordon Albertson of Jacksonville, NC; other relatives; and friends.

     Roger was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Gunderson and Anne Albertson; and other relatives.

     His family is thankful they were able to visit with (Roger) at their annual New Year's gathering in La Crosse, WI just a week before his death. We also take comfort in knowing he is reunited with his beloved sister, Mary, after 28 years of missing her.

     Roger's life will be honored with a memorial service held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Schinderle Funeral Home, 1600 Schinderle Lane, Algoma, WI 54201 with Rev. David Leistra officiating. He will be laid to rest in Osage Cemetery in Osage, IA.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

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

Frank G. Mowery

Frank G. Mowery, 83, Algoma, passed away February 10, 2024, at Waterfall Health of Algoma,    He was born February 14, 1940, in Milwaukee, WI to the late George and Alice (Hochrein) Mowery.


Frank graduated from the New Holstein High School in 1959.  Later that year, he joined the US Navy and served until August of 1963.  After his honorable discharge, Frank attended the Northrup Institute of Technology to get his degree in Aircraft Mechanics.  He was hired by Western Airlines until they were bought out by Delta Airlines, and he continued to work for them until he retired in 2000.


Frank married Dawn Kidd in Riverside, CA., on June 8, 2000.


Frank is survived by his wife, Dawn, his two children, Jennifer and Gregory Mowery, and his grandson, Gregory Alex Mowery; one sister, Diane Hausinger, and two brothers, Donald Mowery and Bill Mowery; three stepchildren and six step-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Linda.


There will be a gathering for Frank on Monday, February 26, 2024, at the Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma, from 11:00 AM until the time of services at 1:00 PM with Pastor Brian Pursley from Lakeside Community Church will be officiating.
Express your sympathy, memories, and pictures on Frank's tribute page at www.schinderlefunealhome.com.

SMSgt Gerald "Jerry" John Miesbauer

SMSgt Gerald “Jerry” John Miesbauer, age 86 of the Town of Sevastopol, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at Door County Medical Center with his family by his side.

     Jerry was born on November 29, 1937, to the late Peter and Ethel (Kuechenmeister) Miesbauer in Milwaukee. He graduated from Wauwatosa High School in 1956.  Jerry proudly served in the United States Air Force from December 22, 1958, until May 30, 1979. On May 21, 1966, Jerry was united in marriage to Kristine “Kris” Mary Kachel at the First Congregational Church in Wauwatosa. The couple had three children, Jennifer, Amy, and Peter.

     Jerry worked for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for over 30 years and retired as the Director of Real Estate. He then founded and ran a successful consulting business, GJ Miesbauer and Associates, Inc. Through this business, he assisted the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and other state municipalities by acquiring real estate for public improvement projects. The "Associates" of the business were his wife, and eventually, his son. He was so proud that his son continued to run the business after he officially retired and moved to Door County in 2016.

     Jerry was a member of the National Corvette Museum and the Air Force Association. He loved planes, dogs, and of course, his Corvettes.  He owned six throughout his lifetime, including two that he took delivery of directly at the factory. But most of all he loved and cherished his family. He will always be remembered for his deep devotion to his wife, children, and grandchildren.

     Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, Kris; children, Jennifer (Bob) Moore of Gleason, Amy (Paul) Frank of Sturgeon Bay, and Peter (Kellie) Miesbauer of Fitchburg; grandchildren, Makayla Allan, Tommy Frank, Jonah Frank, Nora Miesbauer, and Henry Miesbauer; and his dog, Gizmo. He is further survived by nieces, other relatives, and friends.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Donald (Janice) Miesbauer, and one sister, Barbara (Henry) Zinkann.

      The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of the Door County Medical Center 2nd Floor Med Surg Unit and Unity Hospice for the respectful and loving care they provided.

     A celebration of life will be held on February 24, 2024, at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, from Noon to 1:45 p.m. with closing prayers at 1:45 p.m.

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wisconsin Humane Society – Door County Campus in Jerry’s name.

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

 

Lisa Marie Munao

Lisa Marie Munao, 60, of Washington Island, fell asleep in the loving arms of her family at home and awoke in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Saturday evening, February 3, 2024.

     She was born January 10, 1964 in Des Plaines, IL, the daughter of Clifford and Elaine (Bonk) Schultz. Lisa attended Main North High School through her junior year (until North's closing) and graduated from Main West High School with the class of 1982, both in Des Plaines. Lisa went on to study Fashion Design at Harper College in Palatine, IL for a year. 

     She first met Andrew Joseph Munao, Jr. at his uncle's restaurant but didn't start dating him until later in their mid-20's. They were united in marriage on July 25th, 1992. Lisa and Andy resided together on Washington Island. She worked as Office Administrator for Shipyard Island Marina, Inc.

     Lisa's faith provided a foundation for her life and that of her family's. Being in her Bible and spending time with God were central in her life. Lisa was a member of Bethel Evangelical Free Church on Washington Island. Her "cup" was filled with the time she gave to her church. Lisa also served for a period of time on the Washington Island School Board. She loved being a mother and grandmother and cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren, whether on the island or the various places they live. Lisa also liked spending time with her sisters and other family. She loved her nightly walks with Andy and their dogs, Samson and Ruby. Lisa collected Polish Pottery and also spent time tending to her gardens around their home. She also enjoyed putting together puzzles. Lisa was passionate about the benefits of holistic and integrative medicine. She always loved Saturday night dinners after church (and any time) at School House Beach and her home.

     Lisa's love will live on in the hearts of her husband, Andy Jr.; children, Rachelle (Brien Jordan) Munao of Washington Island, WI, Roxanne (Billy) Appel of Sister Bay, WI, Pastor Andrew (Lisa) Munao III of Mount Dora, FL, and Joseph (Summer) Munao of Combined Locks, WI; grandchildren, Cameron Munao, Cedric, Levi, and Elaine Appel, JJ Munao, Charlie Wacaser, and Everly, Haven, and Nova Munao; sisters, Laura (Jim) Hartnett of Minocqua, WI, Jennifer (Steve) Lefever of New Braunfels, TX, Jessica (Mike) Munao of Mount Prospect, IL, and Leslie Neihengen of Arlington Heights, IL, parents-in-law, Andrew Sr. and Bonnie (Semler) Munao of Washington Island, WI; siblings-in-law, Anthony (Vanessa) Munao of Elgin, IL and Janette Munao of Fort Meyers, FL, and other relatives and many dear friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Clifford Schultz; brother-in-law, Louis Munao, Sr.; and other relatives.

     Lisa's life will be honored with a funeral service held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at Bethel Evangelical Free Church, 1821 Main Road, Washington Island, WI 54246 with Pastor Rick Smith officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Town of Washington Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday, February 10th from 9:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.

     Ending childhood trafficking was a passion of Lisa's. Memorials may be given in her name for Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) at (see current/upcoming projects at www.ourrescue.org) to help support those affected by human trafficking. Memorials may also be made to Bethel Evangelical Free Church on Washington Island.

     Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Zuza's Way, Wellness Way, Bellin, Froedtert, and Unity Hospice for the wonderful, compassionate care given to Lisa (our mother), as well as friends from the church and community who volunteered time, food and supplies to assist in caring for Lisa. We would also like to thank the family of believers that the ministry of Medi-Share represents. 

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

Frank J. Capozzi

Frank J. Capozzi, 81, of Ephraim, WI passed away Friday, February 2, 2024 at Door County Memorial Medical Center.

    

He was born October 18, 1942 in Syracuse, NY the son of the late Frank and Helen (Stabile) Capozzi. He received his undergraduate degree in music from the State University of New York Potsdam and his master’s in business from Indiana University.

    

Frank was the director of student loans for Kendall College in Evanston, IL before heading up the University Accounting Services at PayCo American. In 1980, Frank would become the co-founder of Image Printing Systems, starting with five employees, and growing to over 200 employees before going public in 1997. He continued as special consultant for the company until his retirement in 2000.

    

On October 22, 1988 he married Jane E. Meinert (Edmark) at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. They lived in Mequon until building their home in Ephraim in 1998, finally moving full-time to Door County in 2000.

    

Frank was an active member of his church families at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville and Marco Lutheran Church, Marco Island, FL. Frank served on various church councils and boards. His Christian faith was very important and at the forefront of his life, guiding his walk here on earth. Throughout his life, Frank enjoyed music and was an accomplished pianist. In college, Frank was known to improve his playing with 5-6 hour practice sessions in the music department. He enjoyed boating, traveling, theatre and listening to jazz music, especially Diana Krall, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.

    

Survivors include his wife, Jane; son, Brian (Heidi) Capozzi of Winnetka, IL; granddaughters, Ella and Julia; and his brother, John Capozzi of Liverpool, NY.

    

Preceding him in death were his parents, Frank and Helen Capozzi; and his brother, Joseph Capozzi.

    

A celebration of his life will be held at 12:00 noon, Monday, February 12, 2024 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor with Pastor Gary Scharrig officiating.

    

Friends may call at the church Monday 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 noon.

    

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Frank’s memory may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

    

Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Capozzi family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Frank may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

Lois Shaw

Lois K. Shaw, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at Pine Crest Village after a prolonged struggle with dementia. Born in Manitowoc, WI, in 1935 (“Me and Social Security!” she often said), Lois was the youngest daughter of the late Louis and Florence (Pierson) Klingbiel. She graduated from Manitowoc’s Lincoln High School in 1953 and went on to train as a Medical Laboratory Technician in Minneapolis, MN. In 1956, she married Bruce C. Shaw in Manitowoc. In 1974, they made Sturgeon Bay their home.

 

Lois was a strong alto and loved to sing – anytime, anywhere, making a joyful noise to the Lord. She “harmonized the world” with the Sweet Adelines and was a devoted member of the choir and Circle Singers at Hope United Church of Christ. She loved her church and church family and was a member of Hope Church for 49 years. She enjoyed golf and played in local leagues for many years. She rarely missed a chance to travel, especially to visit National Parks on “girl’s trips” with her daughters. At home, she tended the flowers in her yard. Lois never lost her appreciation of sunsets over the bay and frequently walked to Sunset Park to enjoy yet another.

 

Her passing leaves a void in the hearts of her family and many friends, who will deeply miss her. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Edith Denk and Robert Klingbiel, ex-husband Bruce Shaw, and son Timothy Shaw. Lois is survived by two sisters-in-law, Bonita Klingbiel of Fond du Lac and Jane Shaw of Sherwood, children Michael Shaw and Suzanne (Ronald) Miller of Sturgeon Bay and Sarah (Charles) Willems of Charlotte, NC. Known affectionately as “Granny,” Lois was a loving and kind grandmother to Grant Shaw, Elliot (fiancée, Hannah Strauss) Shaw, Michael (Meagan) Wilderwoods, Matthew (Shannon Montano) Wilder, Sydney Willems and Bryce Willems, step-grandson John (fiancée, Lindsey Tyler) Miller, and great-granddaughter Penelope Violet Shaw.

 

A memorial service to celebrate Lois’s life will be held this summer. Details will be forthcoming. Her family thanks Unity Hospice, and especially the staff and residents at Pine Crest Village, Lois’s home for over nine years. Memorials to honor Lois’s life can be made to Hope United Church of Christ or the Door County Land Trust.   Forbes Funeral Home is serving the family.

Carl S. Jackson

Carl S. Jackson , 83 years, of Sister Bay, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2024 at Scandia Good Samaritan.

     He was born December 13, 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky the son of the late Hubert and Mary (North) Jackson. Carl was raised in Vail, Iowa where his family resided.  Following high school graduation, he received his undergrad degree at Iowa State University and his MD in Psychiatry at the University of Iowa.

     His career was started interning in Philadelphia continuing with his residency at St. Lukes Hospital in New York City. Carl’s career continued after Maine Medical Center by taking positions in Chicago, at University of Illinois and Illinois Masonic Hospital while maintaining a busy and satisfying private practice. Dedication to serve and helping others was evident in his medical mission trips spent in South India where he offered surgical and emotional healing. Carl left his mark on this earth as an honest, honorable, trustworthy man.

     Love of music manifested itself in singing with his beautiful tenor voice which would lead to forming a two-piano team with his wife, Judith, performing many annual benefit concerts for worthy causes in the Door County area. Carl and Judith Ault were married June 16, 1979 in Deerfield, Illinois.

     Surviving family include his dear wife, Judith Ault Jackson; and his daughter, Kathryn (LeRoy) Hawbaker of Ohio.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, Hubert and Mary Jackson; and his sister, Marietta Pearson. 

     A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church with Rev. James Honig officiating.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials in Carl’s memory should be directed to Klaud’s Pantry, or the Sanctuary Choir Fund, both at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, Ellison Bay.

     “We would like to express special thank-you to the excellent caregivers who provided such wonderful support to Carl during these past few months, in particular, Amanda Charney RN from Unity Hospice and RN’s Jessica and Kody from the Care Center of Scandia Village. You and the entire caring staff were instrumental in maintaining Carl’s comfort and happiness.”

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

 

Gary L. Maedke

Gary L. Maedke, 76, Algoma, passed away on January 26, 2024, at the Jack and Engrid Unity Hospice Facility in DePere.  He was born November 8, 1947, in Algoma to Louis and Frieda (Kaye) Meadke.


Gary graduated from the Southern Door High School in 1965.  


Gary was drafted into the United States Army on January 4, 1968, and was honorably discharged on December 18, 1969.  Gary was seriously injured in Vietnam on December 10, 1968, and was awarded the Purple Heart for the injuries he received serving his country.


After returning home, Gary worked at Bay Ship Builders for about 35 years.  During his laid-off periods, Gary did carpentry work with Heraly Construction for many years.
He married Marilyn (Dupont) Kroening on January 1, 1972, at St. Paul's Church, Algoma.


Gary built his own home and made many furniture pieces in his home.  He loved to spend his time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was an avid hunter, loved playing cards and traveling with his wife Marilyn.


Gary is survived by his son, Shawn Maedke, New Franken; daughter Diana (Rick) Pallex, Algoma; daughter Barb (Jon) Paplham, New Franken; and son Ricky (Debra) Kroening, Forestville; 13 grandchildren, Hannah and Hunter Maedke, Tanya (Damian) Bott, Elliot (Tricia) Pallex, Adam Przybylski, Logan Ann Przybylski, Christopher (Stephanie) Przybylski, Gabrielle Paplham, Matthew (Bryanna) Kroening, Jennifer Kroening, Zachary (Judy) Kroening, Gunner (Bradley) Kroening, Hailey Kroening; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister Ruby Mueller, sister-in-law June Holtz and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marilyn, four sisters Ella (Marcus) Pagel, Edna (Roger) Kruegar, Mildred (Harvey) Jaeger and Violet (Ernie) Kumbalek, brother-in-law Edward Mueller and sister-in-law Patricia (Donald) Lohrey.


Family and friends may gather at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma, on Thursday, February 1, 2024, from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joel McKenney and Rev. John Moll officiating. Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery with Full Military Rites.


The family wants to give a special thank you to the staff at the Jack and Engrid Hospice Facility for all the care and compassion given to Gary during his stay there.
The Schinderle Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements for Gary and his family.


Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Gary's tribute page at www.schinderlefuneralhome.com

Robin M. Bouche

Robin M. Bouche, 45, of Luxemburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, following a brief illness.   He was born in Green Bay to Chris Bouche and the late Marge A. (Zima) Bouche on October 9, 1978.  He was a 1997 graduate of Luxemburg-Casco High School.

 

Robin enjoyed playing video games with his best friend Jesse Hermans, R. C. Racing and watching the Green Bay Packer games along with Brewer Baseball. He loved collecting football cards, coins, and comic books.

 

Survivors include his father, Chris Bouche (friend Cindy Dart); brother, Chad Bouche; sister, Kristy Leach; nephew, Carter Bouche; niece, Megan Leach; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, further survive.

 

Robin is preceded in death by his mother, Marge A. Bouche, and one brother-in-law Keith Leach.

 

Friends may call at St. John Lutheran Church, Luxemburg, between 9:00 and 11:45 am on Thursday, February 1, 2024.  Funeral service at Noon at the church with Rev. Carl Brewer officiating.  Burial in St. Martin Cemetery, Tonet.

 

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

 

Russell Jens Sunstrom

Russell Jens Sunstrom of Sister Bay passed away Thursday, Jan 25, 2024 at 93 years of age and 70 years happily married. 

     Russ was known for his calm, even-keeled demeanor. His warm smile and bright brown eyes reflected his pleasant nature. He was a good and faithful servant of Jesus - a humble man of faith, with a blessed upbringing. Russell enjoyed his family, friends and church and appreciated his very healthy and happy life. 

     Born in Liberty Grove to the late Raymond and Alice (Jacobsen) Sunstrom, Russell was one of six siblings on a family farm. He attended Appleport School and graduated from Gibraltar High School. While his older brothers served in WWII, Russell, a young teen, remained home and worked the farm but still found time for sports including football and ski jumping. 

     After graduation, he served in the United States Coast Guard and became certified as an Electronics Technician First Class.

     In 1953, he married Carole Ohman at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ephraim. The two moved out east where he started his career with IBM as a Field Service Engineer. It was in New York that they had their first child, Dennis in 1954. 

     Knowing they wanted to move back to Wisconsin and Door County, they moved to Milwaukee when there was an IBM job opening. There, they had their second son, Dale, in 1957 and adopted their daughter Kari (Pudlo) in 1968.

     They eventually moved to Green Bay, where Russell continued his career with IBM. During the years at IBM, he was well liked and appreciated by managers and coworkers as evident by dozens of letters at retirement. During his 42 years at IBM he held many positions, eventually becoming an expert as the technology advanced. A career filled with learning to keep up with fast changing technology. His expertise was employed as he was part of the design team of the first IBM PC.

     In 1992, Russell and Carole moved back to Door County and spent the rest of their years making the most of retirement. Russell was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, the Sister Bay American Legion, and the Sister Bay Lion’s Club. He was able to enjoy gardening and yard work. He hosted deer camp each year with his sons and grandchildren- enjoying their successes even more than his own. He delighted in helping his grandsons sell firewood each summer that together they cut, split and bundled. 

     Russell loved fitness. His lifelong passion was bike riding. He rode thousands of miles between cherished rides with his sister Shirley Maltby, various planned bike outings, and family rides with tag-along grandchildren through Peninsula Park. Often daily, from childhood through his eighties, Russell could be found enjoying the solitude of a ride through the county. He also enjoyed staying active through cross country skiing, hiking, and YMCA classes. 

     His last years were spent with family reminiscing about the family farm, days trapping game with his brother Harold, he liked hearing about his grandchildren, watching Packer games, taking walks, visiting other residents of Scandia Village, and drinking a nice cup of coffee with family and friends.  

     Russell will be missed by his wife, Carole, son Dennis (Marla) Sunstrom, son, Dale (Cindy) Sunstrom, daughter, Kari (Mark) Pudlo, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren as well as friends and family.

     He was preceded in death siblings, Olive Koyen, Willard Sunstrom, Betty Hedeen, Harold Sunstrom, Shirley Maltby. He was also preceded in death by his grandson-in-law, Josh (Kelly) Edgerton,   

     A special thanks to Scandia Village for the love and care they gave him.

     A memorial service will be held for Russell on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7973 WI-57, Baileys Harbor, with Rev. Gary Scharrig officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Sister Bay American Legion Billy Weiss Post 527 following service. Visitation will be held at church on Friday, February 2, 2024, from 4 p.m. -7 p.m. and again on Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. 

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

 

Allen "Al" L. Fager

Allen “Al” L. Fager left his earthly struggles surrounded by family on the morning of January 24, 2024, following a shocking ALS diagnosis on December 15, 2023. 

 

Allen was born on April 10, 1949, to Milton W. and Melva E. (Kudick) Fager. He was baptized, confirmed, and attended school at St. Paul Lutheran. He graduated from Luxemburg High School in 1967, then enlisted in the Army Reserves.  After basic training, he took a job with the McMahon Furniture Store of Luxemburg as a warehouse/delivery man and later becoming part of the carpet installation crew setting the stage for a long and successful career in the retail floor covering industry.

 

On August 22, 1970, Allen married his soulmate Sandra M. Krohn at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Montpelier. They were blessed with two children, Joshua and Jessica.  He adored his family, instilling a moral foundation and a strong work ethic, while spoiling them constantly.

 

Allen’s love for a project led the family to live in several unique homes throughout the state, and most recently Florida. Unfortunately, he didn’t witness the completion of post-Hurricane Ian renovations.

 

Al was a hard working individual who established several successful businesses and commercial real estate interests. This success enabled the couple to indulge in their love of travel, exploring Europe, South Africa, South America, and sailing the San Blas Islands among other destinations. Sadly, a planned five-week trip to Italy was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic two days prior to departure. 

 

In the 90's the couple discovered St. John, USVI and Al turned their retreat into a business venture as well, owning two rental houses. He cherished entertaining friends and sharing the beauty of the Caribbean for 15 years.

 

Al's love of water and boating was evident in his quest to throw his riders off the tube, if not his own children, nieces and nephews were his favorites!  He coached his children in waterskiing, pyramids and even barefooting. He fulfilled his desire to boat on 'big water' when the couple relocated to Florida and joined the SWFL Yacht Club of which he was a director for many years.  He was an amazing boat captain and often drew a crowd when he pulled his boat into a dock no one else would try!

 

Always the life of the party, Al cracked jokes until his last day. Above all, he was a devoted family man, finding joy in simple moments, be it grilling, boat rides, enjoying restaurants or just hanging out together.  His two grandsons were the light of his life; with Vance Allen's birth being the reason for the planned visit to Wisconsin. This later became a blessing so to be accessible to the UW Health Hospital and having family nearby. ALS robbed Al of additional time with his new grandson Vance Allen and the rest of his family, but all were available to share memories in his final days and say goodbye.

 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandy; son Joshua (Chelsey O’Connor) Fager, Madison; and daughter Jessica (Cole) Rasmussen, Spring Green; grandsons Shane Paul O'Connor and Vance Allen Rasmussen.  Brother Darrell (Carol) Fager, Fl; two sisters, Lori (Mike) DeGrave, Green Bay and LoAnn (Ernie) Gaudette, TX; Brothers-in-law, Roger (Candace) Krohn, Arlie Doell, both of Luxemburg; and sisters-in-law Susan (James) Kratz, Kewaunee; Donna Thompson-Krohn, Denmark; Lori Krohn-Johnson, Green Bay. Nieces, nephews, and five special godchildren, Denise, Nancy, Tim, Andy and Darren also survive. A special friend Tom Landwehr, who was 'always like a brother'.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Melva Fager, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leo and Virginia Krohn, grandparents, sister-in-law Jean (Krohn)Doell and brother-in-law Carl “Chuck” Krohn.

 

Thank you to the staff at UW Health's TLC unit and Select Specialty Hospital in Madison, where Al spent his last 45 days.

 

Visitation with cremains present will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, N4108 County Road AB, Luxemburg, WI. from 9:00-10:55 am on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Funeral service at 11:00 AM on Saturday at the church with Rev. Dr. Daniel Olson officiating. Burial in the St. Paul church cemetery.

 

Memorials will be appreciated to the ALS Foundation, St. Jude Children's Hospital, or donor's choice. 

 

McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg is assisting the family with arrangements.

www.mcmahonfh.com

Kenneth "Cookie" A. Cookle

Kenneth “Cookie” A. Cookle, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Friday evening January 19, 2024 at his home with his family by his side.

     He was born July 10, 1937 in Moreson, WI the son of the late Aloysius and Clara (Koenig)  Cookle.  Ken attended Denmark High School and worked on his grandparents farm every summer after school let out. He served his country with the U.S. Army from 1955 until his honorable discharge in-1959. On June 2, 1962 he married MonaRae Meihsner at St. James Catholic Church in Cooperstown. They were blessed with three children, Kevin, Connie, and Steven.

     Ken had worked for Allied Heat Treating, Eck Foundry, Lake to Lake, and The Manitowoc Co. where he became a skilled ship fitter and riveter.  Special projects were given to Ken (and his crew Cookle’s Commando’s) as his talents were sought after and included riveting on the Coast Guard tall training ship “Eagle”. He repaired multiple ships in California and Connecticut. In Johor Bohru, Malaysia he riveted the tanker, “Syosset” for Mobil Gas Co. Ken retired from Bay Shipbuilding after many years of work excellence and dedication.  He was known as “Big Daddy” to his fellow ship builders at the yard.

     Ken was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoyed fishing, gardening, camping, and his fur babies and bird watching in his yard.

     Survivors include his wife, MonaRae; three children, Kevin (Jean) Cookle, Connie (Bruce) Zuleger, Steven (Melissa) Cookle; six grandchildren, Nicole, Kent, Cady, Jeremy, Kaila and Garrett; eight great-grandchildren, Dustin, Vanessa, Otto, Brynlee, Braelyn, Nevaeh, Roman and Stevie Mae; his remaining siblings, Pat Holdorf, Jim and (Carol) Cookle, Mariann and (Bill) Johnson, and sister-in-law Judy Cookle.

     Preceding him in death was his parents, Aloysius and Clara Cookle; in -laws, Clarence and Ramona Meihsner; brother, Leland; sister, Lamar and brother-in-law (Roger) Meihsner, brother-in-law Bud Holdorf.

     Funeral services with military honors will be held at 12:00p.m. on February 1, 2024, Thursday at Huehns Funeral Home with Fr. Matthew Rappl officiating.  Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Manitowoc.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home February 1, 2024 Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 noon. Military honors will follow the service at 12:30 at Huehns Funeral Home.

     Many thanks to Dr. Reitz, Dr. Hogan, Sturgeon Bay Emergency Services, Green Bay Oncology, Bellin Cardiology, and the very special Unity Hospice Nurses for their compassionate, competent care given to both Ken and his wife, MonaRae.

     Sign online guest register, offer condolences, share memories and photos of Ken at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Karen A. Jome

Karen A. Jome, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Jan. 18, 2024, at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay.  She was born Sept. 28, 1942, in Door County to Franklin and Agnes (Roble) Jome.

Karen loved living the “rural” life and spent most of her life working on the family farm.  She was a great help to her parents for many years.  Their family life revolved around church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and participating in other activities.

As an avid sports fan, Karen loved to cheer on the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers.  She also enjoyed family gatherings, especially during the holidays.

Karen is survived by her brother Bob (Ruth) Jome, Manitowoc; nephew Eric (Janine) Jome, Franklin; niece Kirsten Robley, Manitowoc; and many cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Diane and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, at Tanum Forest Lutheran Church with the Rev. Peter Mannoja officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Tanum Forest Lutheran Church or the Parkinson’s Foundation in her name.   Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

Special thank you to the entire staff at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Facility for their wonderful care and support.

 

Rick Soukup

Richard (Rick) Soukup Sr., 67, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday January 7, 2024, with his loved ones by his side. Rick was born in Sturgeon Bay on September 27, 1956, to the late Raymond Soukup and Joanne LeCloux. He graduated from Southern Door High School and married his high school sweetheart Polly. They were happily married for 49 years. 

Rick had the passion for taking old cars and gas pumps apart then turning them into show pieces. His passions also included the love for hunting, collecting guns, building, and remodeling around his home. He loved spending his time out in the woods with his family.  

Rick’s love for his family and grandchildren showed through every day in his actions. He loved teaching his grandchildren his skills in life such as making maple syrup, basic car upkeep, and how to deal with the hard ships in life with a positive attitude. You could always count on him for a smile and laugh.  

He is survived by his wife Polly (Fortemps) Soukup, their sons Richard (Jaime) Soukup, Michael (Devon) Soukup and his grandchildren Terah Soukup, Britni Soukup, Kylie Soukup, Dane Soukup, and Sunny Soukup; his brother Gary (Vicky) Soukup, sister Missy (Jeff) Bruemmer, brother Jeff DeNamur, and a sister in-law Martha Soukup. Rick has 9 nephews and 1 niece. 

He is preceded in death by his dad Raymond Soukup, stepmother Charolette Soukup, stepdad Harry DeNamur, brother Randy Soukup, and nephew John Soukup, sister-in-law Ginger (Fortemps) Woolums, brother-in-law Paul Fortemps, father-in-law Allen Fortemps, and mother-in-law Virgina Fortemps.  

A visitation will be held at Forbes Funeral Home on Tuesday January 16th, 2024, from 4pm to 7pm. A celebration of his life will be held later in early spring of this year.  On line condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Joel Arthur Blahnik

Maestro / Captain Joel Arthur Blahnik, age 85, passed away Friday afternoon, December 29, 2023 - a day prior to the one-year anniversary of the death of his loving wife, Mary Ann - at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Center Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay. While there he made many friends and received excellent care. For most of his 13-month stay he was also under the care of Unity Hospice. This time was a wonderful finale to a life well lived. He loved people and was engaging, vibrant, joking and singing until his last two days.

     Joel was born at home in Fish Creek, Wisconsin on June 7, 1938, the eldest son of Arthur Patrick Blahnik and Viola Alma (Seeman) Blahnik. As he liked to joke - “they turned on the faucet and out came a drip!” He also liked to tell the story of how his name was chosen - by his father opening the Bible to the book of Joel, which happens to be one of the shortest.

     At that time Arthur taught music at Gibraltar High School, a role that Joel would later fill as well. His father’s evolving profession led the curly-haired youngster and his family to De Pere and eventually to Green Bay. While a student at Green Bay East High School, Joel was involved in music, played basketball and excelled in track as a hurdler, setting a state record at the time. Upon graduation he was offered a track scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but instead chose to attend the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. He ran track at Lawrence and studied under the tutelage of his first music mentor, Professor Fred Schroeder. He played many instruments, focusing on low brass.

     At age 18, Joel got his Coast Guard Captain’s license that he held active for almost 60 years, during which he became a 100-ton Master. Being on the water was one of his passions. He also enjoyed diving with friends and discovered a shipwreck off of what locals call “The Rock”. During college summers, he ran sightseeing and fishing parties out of Ephraim. Occasionally, residents would complain to the Sheriff’s Department that someone was playing a trombone from a boat late in the evening, and the sound was bouncing off the bluffs into the village! Word is he liked to impress his dates.

     Upon graduating from Lawrence, Joel started his career as Band Director in Niagara, Wisconsin. He soon discovered Niagara to be too remote and left for a similar job outside of Milwaukee. In the midst of this transition, he met Mary Ann Jarman on a sunset cruise, and they were married in Fish Creek in October 1963, at the Friedman Estate, now Hidden Harbor Condominiums.

     After college, he purchased the steel vessel “Otumba” and started his own summer business, Blahnik Fishing Charters, from the Fish Creek Town Dock. He ran that business until his focus turned to Chambers Island in the mid-1970’s. After researching archives in Washington, D.C. for data and history of the island, focusing on the lighthouse, Joel eventually convinced the Town of Gibraltar to purchase the 40-acre lighthouse property from the Federal Government for $1. He and his family were appointed summer caretakers of the Chambers Island Lighthouse property in 1976. That role lasted over 40 years. The following summer he began 30 years of employment with the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay as Captain of the 53-foot M/V “Quo Vadis”, shuttling passengers between Fish Creek and Holy Name Retreat House on Chambers Island. Later in life, he served many years on the Town of Gibraltar Harbor Commission.

     While Band Director at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, Joel’s bands received much recognition. His concert bands were invited to the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, the world's largest instrumental music education conference in Chicago, Illinois. His marching bands played a number of halftime shows at Green Bay Packers games. During this time, his focus shifted to composing music and serving as a WSMA (Wisconsin School Music Association) solo and ensemble judge, in which he was active all over the state for more than 30 years. With the encouragement and support of his second music mentor, Vaclav Nelhybel, Joel composed, arranged, and edited thousands of works, including pieces written for each of his children - Inventions No. 1, 2 and 3. He was commissioned to write a piece for the grand opening of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay. For many years he had more pieces on the Wisconsin Solo/Ensemble list than any other composer.

     From 1979 to 1993, Joel was Band Director at Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek, from where he took early retirement in order to focus on his composing, his obsession with his Czech heritage, and the Czech Music Alliance he had formed with Sister Anita Smisek, OP. That partnership led to the formation of Alliance Publications Inc. - a publishing house for the production of ethnic music, particularly Czech and Slovak. Starting in 1989, they published over 3,000 works in all mediums of classical and folk-art music.

     Joel and Anita, both third generation Czech/Americans, conducted hundreds of presentations at various universities, state and national conventions, schools, churches, and religious institutions across America. They also performed regularly in the Czech Republic as soloists, conductors, teachers, and helped co-found several music festivals. He was big in Europe! He also was a member of Wisconsin Czechs, an organization that celebrates and preserves Czech music and culture.

     Joel enjoyed attending sporting, musical, and theater events in which his grandchildren participated. In his last years, he liked watching westerns and anything to do with World War II, as well as the Packers, Bucks, and Northern Michigan University women’s basketball, where his granddaughter plays.

     Joel will be missed by his son, Jon (Christianna) Blahnik of Sturgeon Bay, WI; daughter, Betsy (Matt) Kuhn of Hilbert, WI; daughter, Jennifer Blahnik (Robert Hawley) of Baileys Harbor, WI; beloved grandchildren, Connor (April), Makaylee, Cadence, Jackson (Harlow), and Madeline; brother, Jim (Judi) Blahnik of Egg Harbor, WI; sister-in-law, Sue Kaeske of Fish Creek, WI; nieces, Chelsea (Nick) Mittermann, Marne Kaeske, Kendra Adelson, and Dr. Danen (Phil Whitsett) Adelson and their respective families.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 59 years, Mary Ann; his parents; parents-in-law, Glen and Leora Jarman; nephew, Matthew Blahnik; brothers-in-law, Glenn “Ed” Jarman and Russell “Skip” Kaeske; and sister-in-law, Dr. Betty (Russ) Adelson.

     Visitation for Joel will be held at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, January 14, 2024 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. If that happens to conflict with a Packer playoff game, it’ll be on as he’d like that. A private prayer service will follow for family, residents, and staff at the Horton Skilled Nursing Facility Chapel onsite.

     A celebration of life for Joel and Mary Ann will be held at the Chambers Island Lighthouse over Memorial Day weekend, on Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided on the vessel “Quo Vadis” which will depart Fish Creek at 1:00 p.m. To reserve a spot on the boat, go to: https://fishcreekscenicboattours.starboardsuite.com/e/blahnik-chambers-island-4008/blt/32f337

     Joel will be laid to rest in Blossomberg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, with a private graveside service.

     In addition, a memorial concert for Joel will be held at a future date.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions from the community will be used to support charitable activities and causes selected by the Blahnik family. Donations may be directed to: Joel Blahnik Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Door County Community Foundation, Inc., 222 N 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. Donors may also give online via the link www.givedoorcounty.org/blahnik-fund.

     "Our family wishes to thank EVERYONE at the Horton SNF and Unity Hospice for their professional and compassionate care."

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

Alison M. Fletcher

Alison M. Fletcher, 58, of Baileys Harbor, passed away January 4, 2024, at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center after a short bout with cancer.

     She was born March 30, 1965, in Green Bay. The daughter of Maxwell “Keyes” Fletcher and Ardis M. (Anderson) Fletcher. Following her graduation from Gibraltar High School, she attended U.W. Milwaukee.

     Alison’s 32-year career was focused on banking- working at Bank of Sturgeon Bay, Associated Bank and Nicolet National Bank until retirement. She loved being around people and involved in the service industry. Alison worked many years for Alexander’s Restaurant- they became her extended family. She also worked at On Deck and High Point Inn.

     She was a member of Sister Bay Moravian Church and Scand Auxiliary. Alison was a beautiful lady inside and out. She had the best sense of humor. Known as “Auntie” to many, she loved all children. She also loved cats- you could spot her anywhere with the ‘Alley Cat’ plates on her ‘Cat-illac’.

     Survivors include her mother, Ardis; twin sister, Alicia; brother, Stephen; niece/nephew, Kelsey and Brandon; great-nieces, Lucy and Emma; aunt and uncle, Laura and John Lijewski of Ellison Bay; and many dear cousins.

     Preceding her in death was father, Keyes Fletcher, and sister-in-law, Anne Fletcher.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Sunday January 14, 2024, at Sister Bay Moravian Church. Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 12:00pm until the time of service at 2:00pm.  Burial will be on Monday January 15, 2024 at 2:00pm at the Sister Bay Moravian Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials in Alison’s name can be made to Wisconsin Humane Society, Door County.

     Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

     Sign guest book, offer condolences, and share memories and photos at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com .

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