Obituaries

June Helen Bay

June Helen Bay, age 82, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away early Monday morning, November 25, 2019 at Oak Creek Assisted Living in Algoma.

     She was born in Algoma on June 1, 1937, the youngest child of the late Charles and Eva (Dandois) Sacotte. June attended St. Mary Catholic School and graduated from Algoma High School in 1955. She was united in marriage to Denis Edward Bay on July 30, 1955 at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church where they remained longtime members. Together, she and Denis owned and operated JUDEBY Credit Corporation of Sturgeon Bay for many years. They shared over 60 years of marriage. Denis passed away August 16, 2015.

     June enjoyed sewing and making crafts. She was an avid gardener and also liked to read.

     June is survived by her sister-in-law, LaVerne Sacotte of Appleton; many dear nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Denis Bay II; grandchildren, Andrea and Daniel Bay; siblings, Fern (Clarence) Kaus, Hubert Sacotte, Christine (Roland) Graf, Johanna (Arthur) Schley, John (Dorothy) Sacotte, and Anna (John) Blaha.

     A private memorial service will be held at a later date with Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp, Sr., of Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, officiating.

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

     “A special thanks goes out to the staffs of Oak Creek Assisted Living and Unity Hospice for the wonderful care you gave Aunt June. It was truly appreciated.”

Elaine L. Bonville

Elaine L. Bonville, 87, a longtime resident of Fish Creek, WI died on November 30, 2019 at Good Samaritan Scandia Village in Sister Bay, WI.
     Elaine was born in Baileys Harbor, WI to Henry and Minnie (Lang) Schultz. She graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1950. On December 21, 1952, she married Glenn Bonville at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor. He preceded her in death in 1984.
     For many years Elaine and Glenn owned and operated BonVilla Cottages in Fish Creek. They sold the water side cottages in 1979 due to Glenn’s failing health and moved to the house at the top of the hill. Elaine was never one to be idle. She enjoyed maintaining her home, cutting her grass, tending to her flowers, and working during the summer months at various area businesses. Elaine was strong-willed and independent. She had a genuine care and concern for others.
     Elaine was a longtime member of Fish Creek Community Church where she served on various committees and for more than fifty years assisted in preparing communion for church services.
     Elaine is survived by her children, Keith (Sharon Anderson) of Baileys Harbor, and Kathleen (James Thiel) of Franklin, WI and Fish Creek; two grandchildren, Jesse (Jessica Manson) of Baileys Harbor, and Lynsey Thiel Fontes (Ernest) of San Diego, CA; step grandchildren, Douglas Thiel (Carol) of South Lake, TX, and Melanie Thiel of Madison, WI.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Schultz; sister, Eleanor Woerfel; husband; and other dear relatives and friends.
     A service in remembrance and celebration of Elaine’s life will be held at the Community Church of Fish Creek at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019. A visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
     The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Scandia for the compassionate care they gave to their Mom and extend their sincere appreciation to all who visited or remembered Elaine in some way during her years at Scandia.
     Memorials may be given in Elaine’s memory to Community Church of Fish Creek or Feed and Clothe My People of Door County.
     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Bonville family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Elaine may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

 

Charles Dale Lautenbach

Charles Dale Lautenbach, 77, of the Town of Sevastopol, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on November 25, 2019.

Charlie was born November 23, 1942 in Sturgeon Bay, son of the late Charles and Minerva (Vertz) Lautenbach. Charlie attended Sunny Point Grade School and Sevastopol High School until he purchased Sunny Point Dairy from his father, which he owned and
operated for 25 years. On August 17, 1963, Charlie married Nancy Kathleen Carmody at
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Institute. They spent 49 years together before she
preceded him in death on October 12, 2012. Charlie enjoyed playing pool, taking drives with his beloved dog, Bozo, and pulling antique tractors with his good friend, Ralph Bochek (recently winning at the 2019 Thresheree!).

Charlie always believed the best way to spend a nice day is outside, drink in hand, sharing laughs over food with friends. Charlie was known for bringing others together and spent his free time helping neighbors and friends fix any item imaginable whether it was a piece of farm equipment, household appliance, or a bike the neighborhood kids would occasionally bring by because they knew “Mr. Charlie” could fix anything. In the weeks leading up to his passing, Charlie spent each day with friends and family – some who traveled long distances to say a final farewell – often sharing that he lived a fun, full life surrounded by a caring community and that was his version of joy.

Charlie will be missed by his sons, Pete Lautenbach (special friend, Julie), Lewis
Lautenbach, and Tom Lautenbach; grandchildren, Jeff and Samantha Stoeger; brothers, David (Janet) Lautenbach, Dan (Jan) Lautenbach, and Larry (Cheryl) Lautenbach; son-in-law, Chuck Stoeger; brothers-in-law, Gerald (Nancy) Carmody and Lee Kita; sister-in-
law, Donna (Ray) Smith; loyal pug, Bozo; and many nieces and nephews.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Minerva Lautenbach; wife, Nancy Lautenbach; daughter, Melissa Stoeger; nephews, Donny Lautenbach and Scott Kita; and niece, Joan Doubek.

Charlie’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Institute Saloon on a date to be announced after the new year. Memorials can be made in his name to DOOR CANcer,
Inc. or Unity Hospice.

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

Paul E. Mathias Jr

Paul E. Mathias Jr., 74, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, WI, passed away on November 23, 2019, at his home in Sun Lakes, AZ after a courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy.

    He was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 19, 1945 to the late Paul E. Mathias, Sr. and Ethel (Binder) Mathias. Paul graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Greenwich, CT and attended Providence College and Northland College, graduating with a degree in Business Management.

     On June 9,1984, he married Susan Seiler at Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay.

     Paul worked for Robert W. Baird for 27 years as a financial advisor. He was also general manager and co-owner of the Bay Shore Inn. After his retirement in 2011 from Robert W. Baird, Paul and Susie moved to Sun Lakes, AZ. He enjoyed golfing, boating and most of all, spending time with family and many friends in Sturgeon Bay and Sun Lakes. Paul had been a longtime member of the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club as well as the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club where he was a Past Commodore.

     He was blessed with an incredible sense of humor and love of life. Paul lived his life to the fullest…His cup was never half empty! He loved sharing his many “unfiltered” one-liners with his family and friends.

     Paul will be missed by his loving wife of 35 years, Susie; their son, David Mathias of Scottsdale, AZ; Paul’s children, Paul E. Mathias, III “Pem”, Jennifer Nellis, both of Sturgeon Bay, and Kelly (Mark) Boudwin of Green Bay; grandchildren, Cooper, Reece, Sydney, and Kinsey Nellis, and Jack and Max Boudwin; sister and brothers, Barbara Mathias, Peter (Cindy) Mathias [and their children, Alison (Phil) O’Rourke, Greg Mathias, and Christine (Jaime) Stuyck], and Jonathan (Gail) Mathias [and their children, Lily and Zac Mathias]; step-mother, Doris Mathias; parents-in-law, Bill and Yvonne Boettcher; siblings-in-law, Richard (Pam) Seiler [and their children, Matthew and Jenna Seiler], and Dr. Michael (Marcy) Seiler [and their children, Dr. Jessica (Aaron) Dubnow and Jillian (Gabe Stellman) Seiler].

     He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; father-in-law, Dale Seiler; aunts and uncles; cousins.

     Paul and Susie will forever be grateful for Hospice of the Valley and Nurse Trish for their care.

     A memorial service to celebrate Paul’s life will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, WI. There will be no visitation prior to the service.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Paul’s name for Sturgeon Bay Moravian Youth Fund (323 S. 5th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235).

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

Frederic Matthew Kubsch

Frederic Matthew Kubsch, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at home on Nov. 25, 2019.  He was born Jan. 19, 1932 in Manitowoc County to Matthew and Stell (Stedl) Kubsch.  On Nov. 20, 1972, he married Greta Joan Fredrick in Oshkosh.

Fred served his country in the U.S. Airforce from 1952- 1954.  He graduated from Marquette University in 1956 where he played football from 1952-1956.   Fred had a career in education from 1956- 1988.  He was very passionate about coaching football, baseball, track, and curling.  He took several teams to state championships and was instrumental in starting a curling team. Fred was also a huge Badger fan who never missed a game.  One time he and Greta even travelled to Japan to watch them play. Fred and Greta summered in Door County for many years and moved there permanently in 1998.

He is survived by his wife Greta and 10 children, Michael Kubsch, Carl Fredrick, Robin Fredrick, Patricia (Steven) Burr, Mary (Randy) North, Craig (Andree) Fredrick, Cathy Kubsch, Rick Kubsch, Lori (Bill) Leo, and Anna Moore; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, John Kubsch (special friend Rose), Jim (Betsy) Kubsch, Allan (Mary Kay) Kubsch, and Mark Kubsch.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother David (Joanne) Kubsch.

Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday Dec. 4, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  On-line condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

Special thanks to Unity Hospice for the wonderful care and support.

 

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Jerome "Jerry" Viste

Jerry left this earth life for his new home on Sunday, November 24th, after living 85 years in the same home where he was born on January 11th, 1934. His parents were Edward and Clara (Olson) Viste who lived on the family farm that was homesteaded by great grandparents, Ole (tinsmith) and Marit Christianson, in Nasewaupee Township, Door County. There were six children born into this family; twins Joyce and Fern, Clyde, Donald, and Ardis who all preceded him and Jerry, who was the last of this generation.

Romy, (as the family called him) grew up with older brother, Don and sister Ardis at home with their parents during the late depression and WWII when there were many challenges that had to be addressed. He attended Thrift School (local one-room) where his interest in music began, and Sturgeon Bay High School, graduating in 1951 and was enrolled in Milwaukee School of Engineering. Relatives convinced Romy to become a teacher instead and he began studies at Door Kewaunee College, graduating in 1953. He began his teaching career in another one-room school with 49 students in all eight grades and continued until called for the draft in 1956. His military career was with the Army in Colorado and Germany, as Chief Clerk in 8th Infantry Division Headquarters, G3 Section.

After a farm accident took brother Don’s life in 1957, Jerry returned home on a dependency discharge from the Army to operate the family farm along with his parents. During this time his interest in music was increased and he again became involved with the church choir and organ music. He married Jeannine Ahlers in 1958 and bought the family farm. His community service began with appointment to the Federal FmHA lending board, serving for six years, then the County ASCS (now FSA) for ten years, and the County LCC, Land Conservation Committee for nine years. Farm additions brought the total land to 400 contiguous acres along with a cherry orchard, and family additions brought three sons and two daughters. During this time, Jerry was also a dealer for farm (barn) and material handling equipment, and built a replica 1937 Jaguar SS100, the “little red car”, which the family enjoyed.

He served as a trustee for Tanum Church, on the cemetery board, and as the choir director for several years. In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of our country, Jerry wrote and conducted a musical “Tribute to America” which the Tanum Forest Church choir presented at six locations during the 1976 year. He also has assembled a collection of Hammond Organs which he was restoring and enjoyed playing whenever there was free time, or a willing listener.

In 1980 the family was asked to permit testing on the farmland for an ash disposal site (dump) for a proposed power plant to be built on the WPS property at the canal. The offer was declined and Jerry began a crusade to halt the plans, forming a corporation and joining forces along with the Door County Environmental Council and other groups to end those plans. The plan for the plant was dropped and Jerry began another career as Executive Director of the Environmental Council (DCEC) which continued for 34 years retiring from the position in 2014. He retired from dairy farming in 2001 and sold the farm son, Gregg in 2002. Jerry continued to live in the farmhouse, working on his biography, “It Wasn’t So Bad” and the second book, “The Little Red Schoolhouse” both soon to be published.

Jerome was preceded in death by his parents; Clara and Edward Viste, sisters Fern, Joyce (Matt) Dvorak, Ardis (Marvin) Cermak, and brothers Clyde and Donald (Mildred) Viste. He is survived by sons; Gregg (Vicky Laurent), James and Jonathan, and daughters; Julie (Dan) Kroll Jr. and Jill (Jim) Whitman and a special friend, Wirasak (Trin) Nakprach of Washington, D.C. Also surviving are grandchildren Alex (Katie Pitcock) Marth, Alesha (Eric Dishong) Marth, Katie Kroll and great grandchildren Rayne and Ozzy, and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tanum Forest Church, Door County Environmental Council, Door County Land Trust or Peninsula Music Festival.

Services with military honors will be conducted at 11:00 am on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 at Tanum-Forest Lutheran Church with the Rev. Peter Mannoja officiating.  Burial will be in the Tanum Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and at the church on Monday from 10:00 am until the time of service. 

Emil Scheidecker

Emil Scheidecker,77, of Sturgeon Bay passed away of cardiac arrest, surrounded by his family on November 5, 2019 in Florida.  He was born March 4, 1942 in Milwaukee to Emil and Gloria (Alioto) Scheidecker. 

 

Emil moved to Sturgeon Bay during his junior year of high school and graduated in 1961.  In 1963, he married the love of his life Darleen Blahnik; they were married for 57 years. 

 

Emil worked in the motor making industry for 16 years.  In 1983, he turned a 13 year hobby of lapidary into a business.  Emil and Darleen owned and operated the “Stonecutter” for 31 years.  After his retirement, he became a “step on guide” for the tour coaches visiting Door County.  From 1977 to 1989 he coached Girls Little League.  Emil loved people, young and old, and was known for his wit and conversation.

 

He is survived by his wife Darleen; a daughter Kris (Dave Lautenbach) Scheidecker and a son Chip; sisters-in-law, Suzie (Tom) Weidner, Lee Ann Sprifke, Jeanne (Richard) Klotz and brother-in-law Roland (Marie) Blahnik; nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard (Patricia) Scheidecker;  brother-in-law Tony Sprifke and niece Sandra Thompson.

 

A celebration of his life (visitation) will be held at the Forbes Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.  A memorial mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at 11:00 am.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.  There will also be a visitation on Friday  at the church from 10:00 am until the time of service.

 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the St. Joseph Church Maintenance Fund in memory of Emil.

William D. Lindal

     William D. Lindal, 79 years, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly Washington Island, was called home Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at Door County Medical Center surrounded by his family after a two-and-a-half-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
     Bill was born August 5, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Daniel and Agnes (Hanson) Lindal of Washington Island. He graduated in 1958 from Washington Island High School. In February 1960 he went on a blind date with a city girl from Chicago, Joan P. Drueen. They were married soon after on August 13, 1960 at Morton Grove, Illinois. Bill and Joan shared 57 wonderful years of marriage before her passing in March 2018.
     Never one to sit idle, Bill always had two jobs. His unparalleled work ethic led him first and foremost to the Great Lakes as a commercial fisherman. In his early years he also worked at American Motors in Kenosha. Upon moving his family to Door County in 1976, he worked for over 25 years at Bay Shipbuilding and Roen Salvage as a tugboat operator. He retired (the first time…) from Bay Ship in 2003 and went on to work in maintenance for Premiere Real Estate for 10 years (until his second retirement…) and then as a maintenance man at The Shallows Resort in Egg Harbor (his third retirement, in case you lost count). When Bill actually finally retired, he could be found stringing fishing nets for his son, Dan, and Kenny Koyen on Washington Island.
     When Bill wasn’t working, he could always be found spending time with his family whether watching the Brewers or Packers, going out for Friday Night Fish and an old fashioned (or two), Sundays in the summer cheering on the Washington Island Baseball team, and deer hunting at the “Washington Island Deer Camp”. He was an expert Christmas breakfast maker and a Master Fish Boiler. He was our “Poppy”; and he was the best.
     Survivors include his three children, Donna Lindal, John Lindal of Sturgeon Bay, Daniel (Cathy) Lindal of Goodyear, AZ and Sturgeon Bay (and their son, Landis); two granddaughters, Jennifer Lindal, Megan Lindal (and her mother, Mary O’Hern) of Sturgeon Bay; two sisters, Gloria Bernstein of Racine and Jeannie Hutchins of Washington Island; nieces and nephews; and an abundance of dear friends.
     Preceding him in death were his parents, Daniel and Agnes Lindal; wife, Joan Lindal; grandson, Will Lindal; and his trusted canine companion, Daisy.
     Bill’s life will be honored with a funeral service on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home with Pastor Frank Kauzlarich officiating. Burial will be on Washington Island in Spring.
     Visitation for family and friends will be on Monday at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral at 7:00 p.m.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Bill’s name to Door CANcer, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay.
     The family would like to thank all of the friends and relatives who stopped to visit with Bill, call him, and send him cards these last few months. He was a humble man, and it meant more to him than he’d ever say.
     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Bill may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.
 

Jennings "Jocko" Rader

Jennings “Jocko” Rader, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Nov. 18, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.  He was born April 4, 1932 in Sturgeon Bay to Jennings and Grace (Hoerres) Rader Sr.  On Jan. 10, 1953 he married Janet Marie Seiler in Sturgeon Bay.

Jocko graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1951 where he excelled at baseball and basketball, despite his stature.  After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country during the Korean War. Following his time in the service, Jocko attended Barber School and then joined his father working in the barbershop until the late 1960’s.

In 1970, he began his insurance career with Rural Insurance and eventually went to work for the Schopf Insurance Agency, which later became Stoneman-Schopf Insurance.  During his career, Jocko developed a solid reputation for superior customer service, often going above and beyond in advocating for his clients.  He was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions and kept his license up until he was 86 years old.

Jocko will be remembered as one of Door County’s great sports enthusiasts.  When he was young, he was a standout in the Door County Baseball League, eventually being inducted into the Door County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.  For many years, he served on the league’s board in numerous positions. When he finished playing, he became a permanent fixture in the stands as a spectator and supporter of the league, known and admired by generations of baseball players and fans.

Playing golf was probably Jocko’s greatest passion.  For decades organized numerous leagues and tournaments.  His social skills and love for the game lead him to establish and host his own tournament, the JR Senior Scramble.  People may also remember that Jocko wrote a sports column in the Door County Advocate and also had a radio show on WDOR, reporting golf scores and news.  Anyone who golfed knew Jocko, especially the cart girls!

Jocko loved all sports and enjoyed following both professional and local sports teams.  He was even inducted into the Door County Bowling Hall of Fame.  In addition to his interest in sports, Jocko was a long-time faithful member and usher at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and a past member of the Sturgeon Bay Jaycees.  Jocko was definitely “one of a kind”.  He had a great love for life and people, always with a smile on his face while visiting with anyone, anywhere.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, 3 children, Cynthia (Jack) Gigstead, Sturgeon Bay; Scott Rader, New Berlin; and Stacy (Hans) Maricle, Fox Crossing; 4 grandchildren, Jeffrey Gigstead, Sturgeon Bay; Christina Gigstead, New York City; Briana (David) Sikir, Chicago; and Brittany (Greg) Rader-Climer, St. Louis, MO;  in-laws, John (Joan) Seiler, Sturgeon Bay; and Keitha Seiler, Sturgeon Bay; nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Jim Seiler.

Funeral services with military honors will be conducted at 12:00 noon on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Joel Sauer officiating.  Burial will be in Schumacher Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Friday, Nov. 22, from 2:00 – 7:00 pm and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  To celebrate Jocko’s love of sports, everyone is invited to wear their favorite sports apparel to both the visitation and the funeral.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.

Special thanks to the nurses and staff on the 7th floor at St. Vincent Hospital, Dr. Kendra Marsh-Kates, Dr. Kelton Reitz and his nurses Lucy and Danielle for the wonderful care and support.

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Laura Kate Weber

 Laura Kate Weber, 34, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2019.
     She was born March 25, 1985 in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of Joseph Peter Weber and Carol Anne Laubenstein.  After graduating from Sevastopol High School in the Class of 2003, she moved to Minnesota and attended Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in fine arts.  Laura then attended and received her master’s degree in art therapy and marriage/family therapy from Adler Graduate School.  She did her internship with the Huss Center for Recovery before working at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a psychotherapist in the addiction unit.  Laura recently switched departments and was a dependency counselor for M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center in the Lodging Plus Inpatient Program, where she dedicated herself to a job that she had a great passion for.
     Laura was a talented artist, so much that her artwork was featured on the cover of the Art Therapy Credentials Board.  She indulged in caring for and helping people and liked writing for educational purposes.  She was an avid outdoorswoman and enjoyed snowmobiling with her dad, turkey hunting, fishing, and golfing.  Laura enjoyed expensive wines and nice cars, doing yoga, going to museums, thrifting, and supporting local, small shops.  She also loved to cook and bake and pressing her luck with scratch offs and pull off tabs.  Laura had a knack for interior design and made sure all her spaces were cozy.  Although she grew up as a Packer fan, Laura jumped ship after moving to Minnesota and cheered on the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins whenever she was able.  
     Laura will be missed by her father, Joseph (Elaine) Weber; mother, Carol A. (Will) Roder; sisters, Jessica (Jon) Walker and Angela Weber (Nolan Hucek); niece and nephews, Espen, Merline, and Reen Walker; maternal grandmother, Irene Laubenstein; fiancée, Nic Berkeland; faithful and loving red lab, Stanley; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many friends in Minnesota.
     Laura was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Gordon and Grace Weber; maternal grandfather, Kenneth Laubenstein; uncle, Gary Laubenstein; and aunt, Karen Laubenstein.
     Laura’s life will be honored with a funeral service on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating.
     Visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral at 12:00 p.m.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Laura’s name to Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.  Laura’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Michelle, Victor, and Serafina Rukavina for all their friendship, support, and love shown to Laura over the years.

 

 Joe T. Schartner

 Joe T. Schartner, 63 years, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019 in Pembine, Wisconsin.
     He was born November 17, 1956 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Franklin and Dolores (Wendt) Schartner. Joe graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1974. On August 19, 1978, he married Jan M. Reimer. They bought the Cyril Vertz orchard and operated that for a few years until he went to work for Bay Shipbuilding. As work slowed there, he moved to PBI for some years before working 14 years with his brother and sister-in-law at the Staats Farm. He went back to Bay Ship in 2001 and worked there until his retirement last year. Most recently, Joe was employed at Peninsula Golf Course as a groundskeeper.
     Joe was an active member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church where he served many years as usher. He was a member of Boilermakers Union Local #449. He loved hunting with his family and friends, playing sheepshead, softball, and bowling. Joe was a member of the “TV” club, and especially loved watching all Brewers games. Not knowing how to take him sometimes, Joe explained his serious demeanor, mixed with his own unique dry sense of humor, as “it’s my way of making them smile or laugh”. Joe was very proud of the life he and Jan built together.
     His family includes his wife, Jan; children, Kendall (Jason) Brauer, Jason (Wilma Prins) Schartner, Danielle (Eric) Glesner, Andrew (Madelaine) Schartner; grandchildren, Lanie, Blake, Eli, Max and one due on Christmas day; siblings, Lynn (Delbert Brandley) Hails, Nancy (Robert) Moore, Jeff (Laurie) Schartner, Mary (Randal) Leist, Sandy (Richard) Brauer; siblings-in-law, Sue (William) Millonig, Barb (Kenneth) DeMeuse, Debra (Edward) Staats; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends and co-workers.
     Preceding him in death were his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Frank (Cari) Schartner; brother-in-law, Charles Hails; parents-in-law, Doug and Danica Reimer; and nephews, Randy VanGheem and Ryan Millonig.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2019, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Friends may call Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the church Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. A parish wake service will be held Thursday evening at 7:45 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home.
     Memorials may be made in Joe’s memory to S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church or Sevastopol Pioneer Athletic Booster Club.
“Joe led a simple life, and he loved it”.
     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photo
s of Joe may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com

Frances Sweeny Baumlisberger Alvin

Frances Sweeny Baumlisberger Alvin, 94, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, November 18, 2019.

     She was born December 4, 1924 in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, daughter of the late William and Sally Kemp (Sweeny) Baumlisberger.  Frances grew up on the family farm and after graduating from high school, she attended college in Louisville for two years.  She graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, with a chemistry major.  Later, Frances attended school in California to obtain her substitute teacher’s certificate.

     On June 4, 1947, Frances and Walter Dobrick Alvin were united in marriage and recently celebrated 72 years of marriage.  They were members of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.  The two lived many places – Chicago, Los Angeles, Mountaintop (Pennsylvania), New Jersey, Dallas, St. Louis, Orlando, and Sturgeon Bay – always meeting new people through church and playing bridge.  Frances and Walter cruised the world and traveled throughout the United States and Canada in their RV.

     She was a homemaker and especially enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, and traveling.  Frances worked in chemical laboratories and as a substitute teacher.  She was a member of the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary and played duplicate and party bridge.

     Frances will be missed by her loving husband, Walter; daughters, Linda (AJ) Thomas, Cheri (Dan) Meyvis, and Gwen (Jim) Mitsche; seven grandchildren, Carol (Joe) Campbell, Kate (Jamie) Mouton, Nate Meyvis, Matthew (Kimberly) Mitsche, Diana (Andrew) Millspaugh, David Mitsche, and Michael Mitsche (fiancée, McKenna); great-grandsons, Jack Campbell, Grant Campbell, Maxwell Mouton, Elliott Mouton, Robin Meyvis, Sebastian Mitsche, Lucas Millspaugh, and Ethan Millspaugh; brother-in-law, Harold Alvin; and cousin, Mary Carlyle Metzner.

     Frances was preceded in death by her parents, William and Kemp Baumlisberger; brothers-in-law, Vernon (Virginia) Alvin and Arvid (Janet) Alvin; and sister-in-law, Nancy Alvin.

     Frances’ life will be honored with a memorial service on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church with Pastor David Leistra officiating.  She will be inurned at the Bayside Cemetery Columbarium.

     Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frances’ name to the Chemistry Department at Wittenberg University or Unity Hospice.

     The family wishes to extend heartfelt thank yous to Dr. Richard Hogan, Unity Hospice, Anna’s Healthcare, and Home Instead for the care they provided to Frances.

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC of Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Alvin family.  

Angela Mae Renard

Angela Mae Renard, 90, of Algoma, passed away on Nov. 17, 2019.  She was born June 15, 1929, in Misere to John and Adele (LeDocq) Bouche.  On Aug. 5, 1947, she married Howard J. Renard in Rosiere.  They enjoyed over 72 years of marriage.

For many years, Angela was very instrumental in running the family cheese business with her husband.  Faith and family were the most important parts of her life.  She was a member of the Blue Army and made countless weekly trips to Champion to pray the rosary.

Angela loved gardening and was a wonderful cook who always believed “you don’t have to be hungry to eat”.  She cherished her grandchildren and always looked forward to anytime spent with her family.

She is survived by her husband, 7 children,  Gary (Bonnie) Renard, Sturgeon Bay; Joe (Judy) Renard, Sturgeon Bay; Mary (Neal) Bessett, Brussels; Brian (Tina) Renard, Brussels; Paul (Cindy) Renard, Green Bay; and John (Desray) Renard, West DePere; 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a sister Patsy Martin, in-laws, Emil Jandrin, Ron (Marilyn) Renard, and Gladys Bouche.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Robert; granddaughter Carrie; siblings, Margaret (Ray) Kaye, Harvey (Viola) Bouche, Leonard Bouche, Ruth (Earl) Lukes, Arlene (Wilfred) Jeanquart, June Jandrin, and Dixie Martin; parents-in-law Fred and Louise Renard.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels.  Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Friends may call on Wednesday at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and at the church on Thursday from 9:30 am until the time of service.  A prayer service is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home.

We couldn’t have been loved any more by a mother and loving wife. 

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Daniel Gary Haen

Daniel Gary Haen, 71, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at his home on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
     He was born July 11, 1948 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Harvey George and Helen Ella Charlotte (Martens) Haen. After graduating from Gibraltar High School, he proudly served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War.  Dan owned Harbor Service in Egg Harbor before working at Bay Ship and Marine Travel Lift. He enjoyed reading, watching old movies, and collecting car magazines.
     Dan is survived by his sisters, Judi (Arvin) Dexheimer, Donna (Harvey) Jorns, both of Sturgeon Bay, and Yvonne (James) Koeppl of Zion, IL; brother, John (Karen) Haen of Cedarburg; 14 nieces and nephews; step-children; and dear friends, Eileen Heath and Verl Heath.
     Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Helen Haen.
     A memorial service to honor Dan’s life will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Ron Colombo officiating. Military honors will be performed after the service. He will be laid to rest in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Egg Harbor.
     Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Dan may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.
     

 

Raymond Chike

Raymond Chike, 89, Algoma, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Edenbrook Nursing Home in Green Bay with his family at his side.  He was born January 21, 1930 in Algoma to John and Evelyn (Wautlet) Chike. 

He attended the Lake View Grade Schoo.l   He worked at the Algoma Plumbers from 1946 to 1948.  Then at the Algoma Hardwoods from 1948 to 1950.  Then from 1950 until 1952 at the Christy Corporation as a fitter.

In 1952 he joined the US Army during the Korean War.  He was honorable discharged March of 1953 and came back to work his mother's farm, with seven years of VA Vocational Agricultural training on the farm until 1960.

Raymond married Marlene Schmitz on July 27, 1955 at Homy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Maplewood.  In 1965 he started working at Bay Shipbuilding as a steel fitter, and was appointed Union Steward of Local #449 until 1976 and then continued farming until retirement.

Ray enjoyed hunting, baseball, golfing, volleyball and a great fan of the Green Bay Packers.  His winters were spent in Florida at the Villages.

He is survived his wife Marlene, his five children Joseph, Ronald, Jack (Judy), Todd (Bernardita) and Mary (Thomas) Kraft; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, brother Donald (Carol) and sister Ella (Dallas) Miller.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sons Dale and Raymond Jr., sister and brother-in-law Marie and Marvin Schiesser.

Family and friends will gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Prayer service 7:00 PM Tuesday night at the funeral Home.  Visitation will continue Wednesday November 20 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church from 10:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating.  Burial in the Holy Name of Mary Cemetery on Hwy 42.

There will be Full Military Rites at the church after the Mass.

Express your memories, sympathies and pictures on Ray's tribute page at www.schinderle.com

Rita Jauquet

Rita Jauquet, 90, Casco, formerly Namur, passed away on Nov. 13, 2019 at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit.  She was born in Rosiere on Feb. 10, 1929 to William and Josie (Gilson) Delfosse.  Rita graduated from Brussels High School in 1946 and on Nov. 27, 1947 she married Francis Jauquet at St. Mary’s Church in Namur.

 

Rita worked as a secretary and IMC Aide at Southern Door Elementary School for 21 ½ years, retiring in December of 1994.  She also served as financial secretary of Our Lady of Fatima Court (N.C.S.F.) since the court began in 1949.

 

She was a wonderful homemaker who loved her family.  She was an excellent cook and loved baking Belgian pies, cakes, and cookies. Rita also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and was a great seamstress having made many of her girls’ dresses when they were little.  In later years, she enjoyed her card club.

 

For Rita, every Tuesday was spent going to the Chapel at Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin for mass, rosary, and prayer with her two companions, Joanne and Angela.  Her most recent enjoyment was communicating with family and friends on her computer.

 

She is survived by her husband of 71 years and 4 children, Joan (Dennis) Brahmer, Wittenberg;  Mary Ann (Jeff) Miller, Sturgeon Bay; Lisa Jauquet (special friend Mike Harding), New Franken; and Kris Jauquet, Brussels; seven grandchildren, Julia (Jay) Wilkins, Kory Miller, Haley Miller, Jolene (David Buhk), Kale, Kollin and Aubrey Jauquet; 2 great-grandchildren, Reed and Finley Wilkins; a sister Carol Parins, in-laws, Lucy Jauquet, Alvin and Rena Jauquet, and Emery Vandenhouten.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Regina Delfosse, Janice (Emery) Vandenhouten, and numerous in-laws.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dyckesville. Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Special thanks to the Algoma Long Term Care Unit and Unity Hospice for their wonderful care and support.

Marion H. Schlise

 

     Marion Hilda Schlise, 104, lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Whispering Heights CBRF.
     She was born December 31, 1914 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Winfred and Hilda (Zill) Johnson. Marion graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1932. On November 30, 1933, she was united in marriage to Howard Leo Schlise. He preceded her in death on August 20, 2006.
     Marion was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. She was a devoted wife and mother along with being an excellent cook and baker. As a young woman, Marion created beautiful quilts and embroidery. She was known for her extensive strawberry memorabilia collection started in the early 1970s.
     Marion is survived by her sister, Lois Gauger of West Bend; two children, Ronald (Marilynn) Schlise and Dr. Sally (Dr. Neil Fullan) Schlise, both of Sturgeon Bay; step-granddaughter, Amanda Fullan of Eden Prairie, MN; step-grandson, Dr. Sean (Molly) Fullan of Mahomet, IL; two nieces and one nephew [and their families]; and cousins.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Winfred and Hilda Johnson; and her husband, Howard Schlise.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Marion will be laid to rest beside her husband, Howard, in St. Joseph Cemetery.
     Friends may call on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with the Rosary to be prayed at 4:45 p.m. and a parish wake service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church, Saturday morning, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.
     Memorials may be given in her memory for St. Joseph Catholic Church or Door CANcer, Inc.
     “We would like to thank the staff at Whispering Heights and Compassus Hospice for their compassionate care of our mother.”
  Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Marion may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Karen S. (Kratz) Doell

Karen S. (Kratz) Doell, 67, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully with her family by her side and her husband holding her hand on Monday, November 4, 2019. Karen lived with multiple sclerosis for 30 years until it finally took her life. Because of her faith, she is now in heaven with her Savior, Jesus Christ, free from MS and all the impairments it caused her. 

 

Karen was born July 28, 1952 to the late Erwin A. & Dorothy J. (Last) Kratz. Her Christian faith was important in Karen’s life. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran, Montpelier. Karen attended St. Paul Lutheran School and graduated from Luxemburg-Casco High School in 1970. On May 25, 1974, Karen married Arden A. Doell at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montpelier. Prior to being diagnosed with MS she was an LPN at St. Vincent Hospital. Later, she worked at the Bank of Luxemburg as a teller and receptionist. This was a job she truly loved because she was able to interact with people.

 

The birth of her grandkids brought new meaning to her life and gave her a will to live again. She and Arden enjoyed going to watch the grandkids playing in sports, plays, recitals, etc. She also loved going on day trips to get out of the house, especially to see the fall colors. During the summer months, they enjoyed going to stock car races at area tracks, usually twice a week, always cheering for the 90K and the Z84. During the winter months, they enjoyed going to the movie theater for a movie. She also enjoyed going to Kewaunee Custard and was an avid fan of the Hallmark channel. 

 

Karen is survived by her husband of 45 years, Arden; two children, Steven (Sara) Doell, Luxemburg; Kristin (Jon) Schleis, Kewaunee; four grandchildren: Reagan & Marcis, Claire & Stella; siblings: Dean (Lois) Kratz, John Kratz, James (Susan) Kratz, Dan (Kathy) Kratz, Kaye Kratz, Brian (Nicole) Kratz; one brother in law: Milroy (Marlene) Doell; one sister in law: Lorilda Doell; nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her parents, Karen is preceded in death by her father in law  and mother in law Herbert & Elsa (Engelbrecht) Doell.

 

Friends may call 9:00 to 10:45 am on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montpelier.  Funeral 11:00 am on Saturday with Rev. Dr. Daniel Olson officiating.  Burial in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Montpelier.

 

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

 

Her children would like to thank Arden, her husband and their father, for giving her the best, loving care in the world.  This allowed her to remain at home and enjoy life. Their love for each other should be a model to us all.

 

Karen’s family would like to thank Sara Helgeson of St. Vincent’s home care, who was a blessing to Karen & Arden, and Unity Hospice for their care and compassion.

 

Norbert H Jadin

Norbert H Jadin. 92, Green Bay, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019, surrounded by family. Norbert was born July 22, 1927 to the late Fred and Libby (Bouche) Jadin. He spent his childhood growing up in the town of Brussels. On November 22, 1951, Norbert married the love of his life, Eileen R. Heim at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg. They have been married for 68 lovely years.

Norbert had several jobs throughout his life, Norbert served in the U.S. Army for two years and he spent one of those years in Korea. After his service in the army, he worked at Pauly cheese as a cheese buyer for 18 years. Then Norbert made a career change and finished up his working career as a sales representative for 20 years at Denil Wall of Green Bay. Norbert was also a member of St. Willebrord parish for 55 years. He was also a member of the Peninsula Belgian club, and he was a charter member of the Happy Hoppers dancing club.

Throughout Norbert’s life he had many things he enjoyed to do. He enjoyed eating out especially for fish on Fridays. During the summer he enjoyed his summer home in Door County, where he liked to play cards and polka dance. He also enjoyed fishing and trying to teach us the Belgian language. In Norbert’s earlier years he had a Harley that he liked to drive during the summer months. Traveling was another one of his favorite things to do. He traveled to Alaska, Mexico and all over the U. S. even taking a Caribbean cruise. Norbert also loved to visit family and friends in Belgium.

One thing that Norbert took great pride in is that he recently got the honor of taking part of the Old Glory Flight to Washington D.C. with chaperone, Joan Thibaudeau.  At the end of the trip he was welcomed home with applause and cheers by all. This meant the world to him.

 Norbert will be deeply missed by and is survived by his wife, Eileen; one sister, Jillian (Donald) LaLuzerne, Brussels; one sister in law, Karen Heim, Luxemburg;  three godchildren, Mark Heim, Nadine Ruokolainen, Debbie Gromowski; nieces and nephews, Jim (Betty) Jadin, Lou Ann (Dean) Gietz,, Cheryl (Richard) Delebreau, Mark (Gloria) Heim, Mary Lee Barbiaux (special friend, Dave) , Beth (Jim) Simonar, Debbie (Randy) Gromowski, Kathy (Rich) Kubichek, Brenda Klaubauf (special friend, Mike) and Corey (Julie) LaLuzerne.   

Norbert was preceded in death by, one brother, Julius (Arleen) Jadin; one brother in law, Robert “Bob” Heim; two nephews, Jack Jadin and Gary Jadin.

Friends may call 8:30 to 10:15 am, Friday, November 8, 2019, at St. Willebrord Church, 209 South Adams Street, Green Bay, Wi. 54301.  Funeral 10:30 am on Friday at the church with Rev. Andrew Cribben, O’Praem celebrating and Rev. James Dillenburg con-celebrating. Full military rites will be held prior to the entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.

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

 

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Anna’s House, New Franken and Heartland Hospice for taking such great care of Norbert.

 

Carol J. Ratajczak

Carol J. Ratajczak, 84, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, November 3, 2019.  She was born on July 10, 1935 to the late Henry L. and Phoebe L. (Jadin) DuBois.  She married Daniel J. Ratajczak Sr. on May 7, 1960 at St. Martin, Church in Tonet, Wisconsin.

Carol enjoyed playing cards, tending to her ferns, crocheting, taking bus trips and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her husband of 59 ½ years, Daniel Ratajczak Sr; their children, Leigh Ann Graetz, special friend Layne Kelley (Menomonie, WI);  Dawn (John) March (Stevens Point);  Dan Jr. (Angie) Ratajczak (Luxemburg); Jeanette Ratajczak, special friend Chris Deprey (Dyckesville); Scott Ratajczak, special friend Brandy Cline (Kewaunee);  brother, Richard DuBois (DePere); sister Marie (Matt) Schweiner (Denmark); brother, Jim (Nancy) DuBois (Luxemburg); sisters-in-law:  Delores Lemens (Luxemburg); Clara DeJardin (Luxemburg); Nona “Kitty” Ratajczak (Green Bay); seven grandchildren, Nicole (Ryan), Tyler,  Michael, Nicholas, Matthew, Andy, special friend Emma, Rebecca, special friend Josh, along with many nieces and nephews.

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

A special thank you goes out to close friends, Annette, Shirley and the Bay Bus family.  Also, thank you to the caring staff at Helping Hearts.

Per Carols wishes she will be cremated. 

Friends may call 9:00 to 10:15 am on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at St. Joseph Church, Champion.  Funeral 10:30 am on Saturday at St. Joseph Church in Champion followed by internment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.  Carol requested not to have a lunch served.

In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in Carol’s name.

Herman A. Draeger

Herman A. Draeger, age 88 of Kewaunee died on Saturday, November 2. 2019 at home.  He was born on May 2, 1931 in Sheboygan to the late Helmuth and Malinda (Rautmann) Draeger.

He attended Kewaunee High School and later joined the U. S. Air Force serving three years.  Herman married Judy Kuehl on May 12, 1962 at Community Congregational Church in Kewaunee.

Herman worked for the U.S. Army Corps of  Engineers on the Great Lakes as a tug boat Captain until retiring.  He loved his job so much that he continued working part time for several private companies.

He was a very active member of Community Congregational Church, the Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 29 of Kewaunee.

Survivors include Judy, his loving wife of fifty-seven years; four children: Dawn (Eric) Schroeter, Pleasant Prairie, WI; Debbie (David) Provence, Nowthen, MN; Sara (Cherif) Hafez, Chapel Hill, NC; Bill (Debbie) Draeger, Green Bay, WI; eight grandchildren: Aaron and Trevor Schroeter; Ian and Kate Provence; Mik and Ellie Hafez; Haley and Avery Draeger; a sister: Marion Loubert, Harrison, MI.  He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law: Ronald G. Loubert.

Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. at Community Congregational Church, 502 Center Street, Kewaunee, WI until the time of services.  Masonic services will be held at 11:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service with Rev. Dr. John Wallace officiating.  Burial with full military rites will be in Riverview Cemetery.

Russell "Skip" Kaeske

After a startling and swift encounter with cancer, ending in a draw, Russell “Skip” Kaeske passed away, each participant going in the opposite direction on October 26, 2019. 
     Skip was born July 24, 1946 and was welcomed into the family of Louis and Ada (Froemming) Kaeske of Cedarburg. He attended school and graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1964. From a very early age, Skip knew he wanted to be a teacher. This led him to pursue a degree in education from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse. He used his talent and passion for educating others to teach in several different schools in the Milwaukee Public School District. He retired as an English and Social Studies teacher from Fritsche Middle School in 2003. 
     It was at one of those MPS schools that he met his wife, Sue, after a group of 5th grade students played match maker on the playground. Shortly after their first date, they were married November 29, 1974, and “the rest is history”. Skip began his adventure of parenthood on a cold January evening and it was his best role to date! His daughters were his great loves and he passionately followed their education, sports, and activities.   
     Skip had a talent for nurturing any person, pet, or thing that came to his door. Many times, he was hesitant to allow them entry, especially the stray cats and racoons. Once they spent time on his lap, he was committed to loving them forever. He spent summers raising not only his own girls but often nieces, friends, or anyone who would smell the Weber smoke and had an appetite. We will always remember his talent for hosting a gathering or mixing up an incredible old fashioned. 
     We all knew him from different chapters of his life: elementary school, high school, college, the basketball court, the baseball field, classroom, local and state school board, church board, ordained officiant, golf course, as a writer/poet (Piks), winery tour guide, spit pit contest judge, county baseball league officer, and supporter, or anywhere people gathered.
     Throughout the worlds in which he moved; he maintained a moral compass that guided his life. If you knew Skip, you knew him as honest, loyal, ethical, welcoming, inclusive, thoughtful, creative, a thespian, well mannered, public speaker, enlightening teacher, best grandpa, well read, hilarious, genuine, analytical, spiritual, a gracious host, an amazing sense of humor, and loving family member. 
     For all his life, Skip made connections with just about everyone. It shaped his personality and your experience when he met you. He remembered your name and knew your high school basketball coach or your cousin's third grade teacher. Up until the end, he connected with everyone he encountered, including the EMTs who rushed him to the hospital. He had more contacts than AT&T, and more jokes than congress. 
     He is survived by his wife, Sue (Jarman) Manson-Kaeske; niece, Jennifer Blahnik (Robert Hawley); daughters, Chelsea (Nicholas) Mittermann and Marne Kaeske; grandsons, Afton, Lucian, and Marlon Mittermann; brother, Michael (Joanne) Kaeske; as well as many cherished nephews and nieces, cousins, and friends.
     Skip went to meet God and Jesus along with his loving parents; his in-laws, Leora and Glen Jarman; brother in-law, Glenn Edward Jarman; and many other family members and good friends. 
     A memorial service to honor Skip’s life will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:30 at the Community church of Fish Creek, 9420 Cottage Row, Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212 with Pastor Gary Scharrig officiating. A reception will be held following the service at Alexander’s of Door County, 3667 Highway 42, Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212. Skip will be laid to rest in Blossomberg Cemetery.
     Visitation will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 4:00 pm. until 7:00 p.m. at Casperson Funeral Home, 10708 N. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234.  A prayer service will conclude the evening at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service.
     Because of his lifelong dedication to students of all ages, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an educational organization of your choice. Memorials to the family will be used to pay off lunch accounts for students in need. 
     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Skip may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

Vernie C. Monfils

Vernie C. Monfils, 90, formerly of Rosiere, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Anna's House in New Franken. Vernie was born on April 18, 1929 to the late David & Ida (Massart) Monfils. He married Catherine Finendale at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lincoln. She preceded him in death on January 29, 2015. Vernie worked as a farmer and enjoyed collecting guns and coins, going to auctions and gun shows.
Vernie is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Adrian (Lynn) Monfils, Luxemburg;  grandchildren and great-grandchildren, David (Sarah) Monfils and their children Josephine and Louisa, Amy (Rob) Doubeck and their children, Cali, Keegan, and Ashton, Daniel (Elizabeth) Monfils and their children, Adrian, Harvey, and Kelly; sisters-in-law Genevieve Monfils and Helen Annoye; as well as by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine; brother, Richard Monfils; and sisters, Laura Wautlet and Irene Bellin.
A Private Family Service is being held.

Lance J. Vlies

Lance J. Vlies, 35, of Luxemburg passed away unexpectedly, on November 1, 2019.  He was born on May 12, 1984 to Rick and Wendy (Englebert) Vlies.  He was a graduate of Luxemburg-Casco High School and NWTC with a degree in Architectural Engineering.  For the past 12 years Lance has been employed at Pierce Manufacturing as a Shop Floor Designer. In his spare time, Lance also enjoyed helping out at Kinnard Farms Inc with harvesting.   Lance had a heart of gold and an infectious laugh. His greatest love was for his wife and children.  He enjoyed spending as much time with his family as possible.  He especially enjoyed camping, watching the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers.  
Lance is survived by his wife Crystal Vlies; three children Taitum, Edward, and Charlette; his parents Rick and Wendy Vlies; sister and brother-in-law Trina (Lane) Trimberger and their children Cassidey, Cadence (goddaughter), and Mason; his godparents Jerry Knapp and Sandy Vlies; father-in-law Jim (Denise) Andrus; mother-in-law Michelle (Tim) Flaig; sister-in-law Heather Andrus;  aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Norman and Dorothy Vlies and Edward and Viola Englebert; aunt Clarice Cornette; uncle Rod Vlies; and many friends.
Friends and family may gather at St. Peter Catholic Church, Lincoln on Monday (TODAY) November 4, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. at St Peter Catholic Church, Lincoln with Fr. Edward Looney officiating.  Burial to follow in the church cemetery. 

Gary Schmidt

Gary A. Schmidt, 78, of Casco, died peacefully early Wednesday morning, October 30, 2019 at his home with Nancy by his side.  He was born September 16, 1941 in Algoma to the late Alva R. and Loraine (Haferman) Schmidt.  Gary graduated from Casco High School in 1959.  He was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, Luxemburg.  He served in the United States Army in 1964 to 1966 and belonged to the American Legion Post 319, Casco.  Gary was a self-employed carpenter, never retiring because he loved helping people with their projects.

Gary will be sadly missed by the love of his life, Nancy Schmiling; one brother, Star Buck “Allen Schmidt”, CA; two sisters in law, Carol Schmidt, Casco; Karen Schmidt, Seymour; nieces and nephews, Pam (Craig) Rost, Mark (Lisa) Schmidt, Lynn (Lyle) Berceau, Connie (Joel) Wald, Doug (Paige) Schmidt, Kurt (Ann) Schmidt, Eric (Debby) Schmidt, Kris (Tina) Haven, Nick Schmidt (friend Kate); many other great nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by, two brothers, LeRoy Schmidt, Cletus Schmidt; one sister in law, Rainbow; two nephews, Charles and Christopher.

Friends may call between 8:30 and 10:30 am, Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church, 700 Heritage Road, Luxemburg, Wi.  54217. Funeral 10:45 am on Saturday at the church with Rev. Carl Brewer officiating. Full military rites follow the funeral service.  Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay. 

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