Obituaries

Craig R. Engelking

Craig R. Engelking, 73, of Algoma, WI, passed away on March 7, 2021. He was  

born on March 8, 1947 in Portage, WI to (Rev.) Edgar Richard Engelking and  

Veles Virginia (Bigelow) Engelking. He was the oldest of six children in the  

Engelking household. 

He is survived by his wife Barbara Jean Marit who he married on July 5, 1969.  

Was blessed with four children, John (Dena) Engelking, of Enterprise, Alabama;  

James Engelking, of Algoma; Andrew (Beth) Engelking, of Luxemburg; and Aaron  

(Dana) Engelking, of Luxemburg. Further blessed with 10 grandchildren, John &  

Dena’s children, Jonah, Jonathon, and Savannah; Andrew & Beth’s children, Ethan and Elise; Aaron’s and Dana’s  children, Marshall, Libbie, and Scarlett; and further blessed with three grandchildren, John’s stepchildren,  Brandon Herrne and Nathan Wing; and Jim’s stepchild Tyler Gauger; and further blessed with one great grandchild, Nathan’s child, David Wing. He is further survived by sisters, Janelle (Nate) Engelking, Karmelle  (Charlie) Gross; by brothers, William Engelking, Scott (Carol) Engelking; brothers-in-law Gary (Lori) Marit, and Larry  Marit; as well as by many other nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Keith Engelking, of Elkhart, Iowa. 

He attended Random Lake High School and Algoma High School, graduating from Algoma High School in 1965.  Attended college and graduated with highest honors from Mechanical Design Engineering program. Before  entering the US Navy, worked in the engineering departments of Badger-Northland/Massey Ferguson Corp., and  briefly at Hamachek Machine co. Served in the US Navy as an engineer and with a naval intelligence group serving  with riverine units in the Republic of South Vietnam and on a guided missile cruiser from east coast ports and  briefly at a number of shore stations. He served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Kewaunee County Sheriff's  Department for 26 years, retiring in 1997. After retiring from the Sheriff's Department he returned to school to  finish his engineering studies, graduating with highest honors. He then worked as an engineer for Amplas Corp., a  design engineer for Carver Yachts and as a systems and project engineer for Palmer Johnson Yachts retiring again  in 2008.  

He served the St. John’s Lutheran Church congregation as a member of the Board of Education, Treasurer, Elder, and briefly as a Sunday School Teacher. 

He enjoyed solving engineering problems, engineering and building things in his workshop, target shooting, fishing, woodworking, aviation, motorcycle riding, and cooking. He was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, a  longtime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the NRA, and a lifetime member of the Wisconsin  Professional Police Association and Amvets post 42. 

Visitation will take place in the parish hall at St. John’s Lutheran Church – Rankin from 9:00-10:45 am on Friday,  March 12, 2021. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 am in the chapel with Dr. Rev. Christopher Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military rites. Due to COVID-19, social distancing will  be practiced, and facemasks are required to be worn. Online condolence messages may be shared at  www.wiesnermassart.com.

 

Isabelle Peters

Isabelle I. Peters, 91, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on March 1, 2021.  She was born July 28, 1929 in Brussels to Michael and Elsie (Oldenburg) Stauber.  She married Norman J. Vandertie on April 29, 1948.  He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1955.

 

For many years, Isabelle worked as a nurse’s aide in home health care industry.  She was always interested in health care and enjoyed reading about medical topics and issues.  Isabelle was a very social person who enjoyed conversations with all kinds of people and loved telling stories about growing up on the farm.  She also enjoyed watching old, classic movies.

 

She is survived by 4 children:  Norine (Leonard) Gunderson, Nanette (Chris) Scudder, Imogene Peters, and Ivan (MaryKay) Peters; 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; a brother Sylvester Stauber, and a sister Dorothy Walters. 

 

Isabelle was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Norman Vandertie and husband Robert Peters, her brothers: Leonard, Bernard, Lawrence, Ralph, Eugene, sisters: Grace Haack, Helen Vandertie, Annabelle Jadin, Donna Reel, Angela Cheadle, great-grandson Austin Scudder, numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

 

A public visitation will be held at the Forbes Funeral Home on Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am.  A public Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels at 11:45 am.  All are required to wear face coverings and respect appropriate social distancing.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Francis and St. Mary Parish.

Douglas A. Williams

Douglas A. Williams, 82 years of Ephraim, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 in Sister Bay.

    

He was born December 17, 1938 in Elgin, Illinois the son of the late Robert Orren Williams and Mary Margaret (Perry) Williams. Following his graduation at Elgin High School, Doug went on to receive his undergrad in Economics at Beloit College where he was a member of the Psi Kappa Psi fraternity. It is also where he met his wife, Barbara A. Brown whom he married on November 5, 1960. Following college, Doug served his country in the U.S. Army. Most of his professional career was with Clorox Co. in California where he worked as a computer systems analyst from 1980 until 1993.

    

With many years spent enjoying Door County, they opened Door County Quilt Works in Fish Creek in 1991 after Barbara fine-tuned her skills in this area while living in California. Following Doug’s full retirement in 1993, he worked with Hawkins Ash Baptie Accountants, The Landmark, and his own private consulting business.

    

Doug was active in many local civic organizations including the Egg Harbor Lions, and Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary. He served his Ephraim community as docent and tour guide for the historical society there. His enjoyed his after-the-Y coffee group meetings at the Blue Horse. Doug was a “foodie”. His hobbies included photography, cooking, woodworking, fast cars and racing, and was a family history enthusiast. He also was a huge Wisconsin Badger Football fan.

    

Surviving family include his two daughters, Robin Williams of California, Megan (Nathan) Shaw of Holmen, WI; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Susan) Williams of Arlington, Virginia, David (Karen) Williams of Topsham, Maine.

    

Funeral services are planned for later this summer at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay.

    

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Douglas’ name to the Ephraim Historical Foundation.

     

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

Joyce M. Klaubauf

Joyce Marie Klaubauf, 91, passed away on February 28, 2021, at Algoma Long Term Care Unit.  She was born on September 4, 1929, in Kewaunee to George and Mayme (Kulhanek) Koenig.  Joyce graduated from Algoma High School, Class of “47”and Door-Kewaunee County Normal.  She taught school at Woodside School in Kewanee County. 

 

On June 2, 1951, she married Roger Wagner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Algoma. They had two sons, Michael and Mark.  Roger died March 12, 1966.  On June 28, 1968, she married Richard Klaubauf at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood.  He preceded her in death on July 1, 2006.  She helped raise his family of six children.  Joyce was a member at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood and was also a member of the Christian Mothers and the Altar Society.

 

Survivors include two sons, Mike (Dawn) Wagner, Green Bay; Mark (Mary Kay) Wagner, Brussels; stepchildren, Dan (Marci) Klaubauf, Sturgeon Bay; Tony (Janet) Klaubauf, Denmark; Mark (Christine) Klaubauf, Kaukauna; Bill Klaubauf, Sturgeon Bay; Susie (Bill) Bodilly, Green Bay; step-daughter-in-law, Brenda Klaubauf; sister-in-law, LeVerle Koenig, Algoma; 19- grandchildren and 20- great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; two brothers, Allen and Paul Koenig; stepson, Steve Klaubauf; great granddaughter, Addison.

 

Private funeral services will be held at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Maplewood.   Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.   The funeral service will be live on Forbes Funeral Home Facebook page at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021.  Memorials may be made to Holy Name of Mary Church Food Pantry.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Special thanks to the staff at Algoma Long Term Care Unit for their wonderful care and support and also to Joyce’s friends and neighbors who “looked after” her these past few years.  

Barry C. Walther

Barry Craig Walther, 54, of Sevastopol Township, passed away at home on February 22, 2021.  He was born on October 6, 1966 to George B. and Patsy (Wolske) Walther in Sturgeon Bay.  Barry attended Sturgeon Bay High School graduating in 1984.  Barry was a talented mechanic and tool and die maker and currently worked at NEW - Northeast Wisconsin, Industries.

 

Barry will be remembered for his creativity, warm heart, full laugh, willingness to help others and loyalty to family and friends.  

 

Barry was preceded in death by his parents, George and Patsy Walther.  He is survived by a brother, Karl (Sandy) Walther and their children - Nathan (Heather) Walther and their children Elijah and Daniel, Amanda (Josh) Ofstie and their son Malachi, Christopher (Katie) Walther and Alyssa Walther; sister Lynn Lorenson and her children Dellin and Isaac (Jess Calliari) Lorenson; Step-mother Elizabeth Walther and Step-siblings Anna Kolb and her children Lauren, Tristan and Selamnesh; Tina Boettcher and John Boettcher.   

 

A public visitation will be held at Forbes Funeral Home on Saturday, March 13th, 2021 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  A brief Time of Remembrance will be held at 1:00 p.m. and will be live streamed on the Forbes Funeral Home Facebook Page. All visitors are required to wear face masks and social distancing measures will be observed during the visitation.  

Kyle Nathan DeMelle

Kyle Nathan DeMelle, 38, of Sturgeon Bay passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021.

    

He was born in Sturgeon Bay on March 8, 1982 to Peter and Pam (Schram) DeMelle. Kyle graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 2001. He enjoyed snowmobiling with his dad, and as a youth working alongside him in the plumbing business and woodworking in his high school years.

    

Kyle spent many years in the restaurant industry as chef and manager, working at various restaurants in Madison and throughout Door County. His culinary journey started as a dishwasher at Sage Restaurant where he worked with his sister and mother. Kyle was mentored in the kitchen by Mitch Wise and Leola Gebauer and eventually started his cooking career there. He decided to pursue formal culinary training at MATC in Madison. Kyle became quite a talented chef eventually running the kitchen at Crate Restaurant.

    

After years of working nights, weekends and holidays, Kyle hung up his apron and packed up his knives saying goodbye to the kitchen. He took a job at Hatco in 2019. Kyle was mechanically minded, and his job suited him well. His coworkers described him as cheerful, bubbly, and that he always made work more fun. His work schedule allowed him to spend more time with his family stopping at his grandpas to visit-listening to grandpa’s war stories, helping both his mother and Aunt June around the house. He was their handyman. He always helped others with a smile. Packer gamedays were spent with his sister and family watching the game and enjoying family Sunday supper.

    

From a young age Kyle had a passion for downhill skiing that he shared with his father, Peter DeMelle. Many family weekends were spent on the slopes in the UP. Kyle continued this legacy in recent years by teaching both his niece and nephew how to ski. The ski trips were always more fun when Uncle Kyle was along. He was also an active cyclist and completed the Door Century with his sister Kelly in 2018.

    

Family includes, his mother, Pam DeMelle; sister, Kelly Gerl; nephew and niece, Pierce and Elise Gerl; stepmother, Ann DeMelle; aunts, June Schram, Rosalie Duquaine, and Nancy Schram; and uncle, Dean Gigot; and cousins; and his special friend, Carrie Ray.

    

Preceding him in death were his father, Peter DeMelle; paternal grandparents, Robert and Ann DeMelle; maternal grandparents, Gene and Betty Mae Schram; and brother-in-law, Peter Gerl II.

    

A memorial service will be held at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Paul Zenefski officiating. Burial will take place at Schumacher Cemetery in spring.

    

Friends may call on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Huehns Funeral Home. Covid guidelines will be followed, masks required, 25% capacity limits observed, sanitizer provided along with temperature checks.

    

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

    

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

James A. Magle

James A. Magle, 86 years, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Wednesday evening, February 24, 2021, at Kewaunee Care Center.

     He was born August 3, 1934, one of eight children, on the family farm in the Town of Nasewaupee, the son of the late Reinhardt and Katherine E. (Gebauer) Magle.

     Jim graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1952 before serving his country with the United States Army at the earliest onset of the Vietnam War in 1956 to his honorable discharge in 1958.

     He married Dorothy Wolf and together they had two sons, David and Donald. Dorothy preceded Jim in death in 1993. On June 16, 1994 he married Merrilynn J. Thron at Sturgeon Bay Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on September 29, 2008.

     Jim worked for Door County Cooperative for many years at multiple locations but primarily managing the mill in Forestville until his retirement. Jim was known as a friendly, easy going man, always smiling, and engaging. He enjoyed watching TV game shows, especially, ‘The Price Is Right’.

     Surviving family members include his two sons, David (Margaret) Magle of Sturgeon Bay, Donald (Gail) Magle of Algoma; two grandsons, Nathan (and his girlfriend, Morgan Kroening) Magle of Algoma, Adam Magle of Algoma; one great-grandson, Lukas Magle; and special friend, Ruby Pichette.

     Preceding him in death were his parents; two wives, Dorothy Wolf Magle, Merrilynn Thron Magle; four brothers, LeRoy, Harry, Gerald, Marvin; three sisters, Katherine Magle, Evangeline Running, Carol Miller.

     A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home with Rev. David Leistra officiating. Military honors will be provided at Huehns Funeral Home following the memorial service. Burial will be at Schumacher Cemetery alongside his wife, Dorothy.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

     In consideration of local health and gathering guidelines, dual-chapel occupancy at the funeral home will be limited to 50 people (25 people per chapel, including family). Those in attendance are to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.

     The service will be livestreamed on the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HuehnsFuneralHome). Those anticipating viewing the service on Facebook are welcome to “Like” the funeral home Facebook page any time prior to the service to receive notification of the live broadcast.

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

 

Cletus Fontaine

Cletus J. Fontaine, age 86, of Brussels, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021, surrounded by family.  He was born and raised on a farm in Namur, WI.  He continued in the agriculture industry as an educator and mentor.  He retired as a Dean at MATC.

 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking while living in Northern Wisconsin.  In retirement he was active in his church as a lay minister and served on the Door County Board of Supervisors.

 

He is survived by his wife Shirley (nee Kohlbeck).  He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle.  A private mass of Christian burial was held.  The mass may be viewed on St. Mary and St. Francis Catholic Church’s Facebook page.  The family is thankful for the exceptional care provided by Unity Hospice and requests any memorials to be directed to them.  Forbes Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay assisted the family with arrangements.

 

Thomas J. Rueckl

Thomas J. Rueckl, 80, Luxemburg, died Saturday morning, February 20, 2021 at a South Florida Hospital. Tom was born on January 31, 1941, in Luxemburg to the late George and Mildred (Novak) Rueckl. On November 24, 1960, he married his high school sweetheart, Linda (Van Drisse) Rueckl, at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg. Tom attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from the 8th grade in 1955. He was a 1959 graduate of Luxemburg High School, where he earned multiple letters in many sports. He was Homecoming King with his “forever” Queen, Linda (Van Drisse) Rueckl. After high school, Tom attended UWGB for 2 years, then finished his education at the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science (Milwaukee) and became a licensed Funeral Director in 1963.

 

From an early age, Tom found a love for Luxemburg and spent most of his life serving the community. In 1970, he was instrumental in the development of Northbrook Country Club. On June 22, 1972, he became an owner of McMahon’s of Luxemburg and served the community as a Funeral Director for 50 years. He was a member of the Fox River Valley Funeral Directors Association, the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association. He was a member and President of the Luxemburg Area Chamber of Commerce and he received the “Man of the Year” award in 1991. He was a member and President of the Luxemburg Jaycees and an officer and member of the Luxemburg Sportsman’s Club. He assisted local businesses and families in his role on the Bank of Luxemburg board for 27 years, where he served as Chairman from 2003 until his retirement in 2012. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary  Church, Luxemburg,  where he absolutely loved singing in the choir and was a member of the Holy Name Society. He served on the first school board and coached the boys’ basketball team for 8 years.

 

After Tom retired from the funeral business in 2005, he and Linda enjoyed their summers in Luxemburg and winters at their home away from home in St. Lucie West, FL. He also enjoyed golfing, hunting, feeding the birds, gardening, and most of all spending time with his family.

 

Tom’s family brought him such joy. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Linda, and their 4 children, Jeff (Lynn) Rueckl, Dave (Gail) Rueckl, Tim Rueckl, and Tom “Bomber” (Nikki) Rueckl. He will be missed by his 8 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren that he loved so dearly: Christopher (Allison) Rueckl, Emily (Travis) Nichols, Jackie (Bob) Romuald, Jon (fiancé’ Amanda) Rueckl, Dana (Sean) Glinski, Alex (fiancé’ Alexis) Rueckl, Noah (special friend Amanda), Logan (special friend Mackenna), Becky Gerczak and Jessica (special friend Matt) Gerczak. He was fortunate to have several Great Grandchildren, as well: Trenton, Audrey, Wilder, Myles, Ethan, Kayla, Trenton, Trevor, and 2 more on the way. His two sisters, Kathy (Joe) Koss, Mary (Lyle) Charles; one brother, Dick (Pam) Rueckl; two sisters-in-law, Mary (Jack Davies) Van Drisse, Jane Kahr; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather, Anthony Dhuey, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Norman and Beverly Van Drisse, two brothers-in-law, James Van Drisse, Fran Kahr; one great-grandson, Caden Gerczak.

 

Friends may call 3:00 to 7:00 pm at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg, Friday, February 26, 2021. Closing parish prayer service at 7:00 pm on Friday with Deacon Bob Miller.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 11:10 am on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.   Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Luxemburg.

 

Covid-19 virus precautions will be practiced by, social distancing, sanitizing, and wearing a face covering, please.

 

The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed at 11:30 am on February 27, 2021, on the Facebook page of: St. Mary School of Luxemburg, WI.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, memorial funds will be established in his memory for:

 The Ribbon of Hope Foundation and St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.

Kendyl Alexandria Wyman

Kendyl Alexandria Wyman, age 35 of Brookfield, formerly of Elmhurst. Loving daughter of Wynn Wyman and the late Janice Reimann-Wyman, nee Buurma; dear sister of David (Cindy) Reimann; fond aunt of Nathan and Alexander Reimann, and “Auntie-K” of Gabriel, Adi, and Julian Santos; niece, cousin, and friend of many.

 

Kendyl will be remembered as a gifted artist, friend to animals, and nature enthusiast. As a personal trainer, she impacted the lives of many young gymnasts, figure skaters, and athletes.

 

Memorial Gathering Saturday, March 6, from 9 AM until time of service at 12 PM at Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Rd. (3 blks. S. of Roosevelt) Lombard. In lieu of flowers, memorials to NAMI Chicago, 1801 W Warner Ave Suite 202, Chicago, IL 60613, or The Anti-Cruelty Society, 157 West Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60654, are appreciated. Funeral info: www.knollcrest.net or 630-932-1500.

Sue "Suzi" Ann Young

Sue “Suzi” Ann Young, daughter of Henry Ronsman and Bertha (Wiegand) Ronsman, passed February 18, 2021. 

     She leaves behind her loving husband, Philip; four awesome stepsons (and their wives), Fred (Shawna), Michael (Christine), Matthew (Kirsten), and Dan (Karen); five step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sandy Piotrowski and Sally Henry; sister-in-law, Margaret Ronsman; and nieces and nephews.

     Preceded in death by her brother, John; sister, Jane; brothers-in-law, Frank Piotrowski, Larry Bretall, and Dennis Henry.

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

 

John Thomas Ahern

John Thomas Ahern, 94, of Egg Harbor, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

     He was born May 29, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Bartholomew James and Pauline Cecilia (Franklowski) Ahern. John graduated from St. Ignatius High School before enlisting in the United States Navy. He proudly served his country for four years and went to battle during World War II. On June 11, 1949, John married Marilyn Colette Ahern in Chicago. The two were blessed with 69 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on March 9, 2019. The two were members of Stella Maris Parish – Egg Harbor site. John worked as a PBX installer for Illinois Bell Telephone Company. He was a Notre Dame Football fan and a golfer. John was a devout Catholic and a good father.

     John will be missed by his son, Bart Ahern; daughter, Sue Snyder; 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many friends and extended relatives.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Bart and Pauline Ahern; wife, Marilyn; daughter, Nancy Ahern Kovacs; and son, Jack Ahern.

     John’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Stella Maris Parish – Egg Harbor site (7710 State Hwy 42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209) at 11:00 a.m. with Father Thomas Farrell officiating. John will be laid to rest in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.

     In lieu of flowers, your prayers are appreciated.

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

Cyril "Cy" F. Le Captain

Cyril “Cy” F. Le Captain, 87, Forestville, died Friday morning, February 19, 2021. 

 

He was born in Rosiere on October 8, 1933 to the late William and Marion M. (LaLuzerne) Le Captain. 

 

On July 25, 1953 he married Celia S. Jonet at St. Martin Church, Tonet.  She preceded him in death on February 9, 2011. 

 

Cy was employed with Algoma Hardwoods for fifty years, retiring in 2003.  He was a member of St. Hubert Catholic Church in Rosiere, the Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Order of Foresters.  His enjoyments included hunting, fishing, dancing, going out to eat, family gatherings and frequent visits to the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion.

 

Survivors include eleven children, Christine Schultz, Susan (Galen) De Jardin, Debbie (Keith) Griese, Patricia Derenne, William Le Captain, Judy (Bernie) Groeschel, Ken Le Captain, Sharon (Timothy) Wessel, Daniel (Crystal) Le Captain, Vicki (Rob) Jeanquart, Shelly (Mike) Nelson, James Janquart; 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; two brothers, Julius (Pat) Le Captain, Cletus (Judy) Le Captain; one sister, Pat LeCloux; nieces and nephews.

 

Cy was preceded in death by one daughter, Marilyn Janquart; three grandchildren, Jerimiah, Jason and Laura; one son in law, Darrell Schultz; two brothers, Orville Le Captain and Andrew Le Captain; two sisters, infant sister Theresa Le Captain, Shirley (Norman) Paye; one brother in law, James LeCloux; sisters in law and brothers in law, Betty (Alois) Seidl, Clara (Elmer) Balza, Martha (Harry) Annoye, Lorraine (Lionel) Ruben, Barbara (Francis) Jandrin, Pete (Lucy) Jonet, Marie (Lee) Rollin.

 

Friends may call 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG.  Closing parish prayer service 7:00 pm on Tuesday with Deacon Ray Ambrosius.

  Visitation will continue between 9:00 am and 10:45 am on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at St. Hubert Church, Rosiere. 

Funeral 11:00 am Wednesday at the church with Rev. Edward Looney officiating.

Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. 

 

www.mcmahonfh.com

 

Covid-19 virus precaution is requested by wearing a face covering, distancing and sanitizing, please.

 

A special thank you is extended to the Aurora Team, for care and compassion shown to us, Dr. Eric Quidzinski and staff at the Aurora Bay Settlement

Clinic; the Cardiologist team, Dr. Nedelcu, Kelli Frederickson and staff; Green Bay Eye Clinic, Dr. Brian Perkovich and staff; Dermatology, Dr. Daniel Hertel and staff; the entire fourth floor staff at Aurora Hospital, especially Dr. Moncilo Durdevic; case managers, Erica and Donna; nurse Dylan and Amanda.  A special thank you is given to Marie Pinchart of Oak Creek CBRF, for your loving support given to our family!

 

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Martin "Gene" Schram

Martin “Gene” Schram, 95, of the Town of Sevastopol, was called home on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

     He was born April 17, 1925 at the family home in Baileys Harbor, son of the late Martin Leon and Esther Marie (Resler) Schram. After graduating from Gibraltar High School with the Class of 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army. Gene served in World War II before his honorable discharge in 1946. He remained active with the American Veterans Post 51, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3088, American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans throughout his life. In January of 1961, he marched with the AmVets Post 51 Drill Team at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. On September 13, 1947, Gene and Betty Mae Krueger were united in marriage at Atonement Lutheran Church in Racine. The two were wed for 69 years before Betty preceded him in death on October 8, 2016. They were members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where Gene served on the church council and was a member of the Men’s Club. Gene worked for the Door County Advocate for 37 years, starting as a linotype machinist and retiring as a salesman for the advertising department. While working for the newspaper, he started a part-time job working for a monument company and eventually opened Schram Monuments in 1957, which he owned and operated until 2003. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing cards. Gene was a kind, generous, and attentive gentleman who was the perfect example of a loyal husband and father.

     Gene will be missed by his daughters, Pam DeMelle and June Schram; daughter-in-law, Nancy Schram; son-in-law, Dean Gigot; grandchildren, Yvette (Mike) Tice, Kelly Gerl, Kyle DeMelle, and Brandon (Sara) Gigot; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Esther Schram; wife, Betty Mae; daughter, Mary Gigot; sons, Marty and Harold Schram; and brothers, Darrell, Earl, and Gordon Schram.

     Gene’s life will be honored with a memorial service at Huehns Funeral Home on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Joel Sauer of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church officiating. Military honors will be performed immediately following. He will be laid to rest in Schumacher Cemetery in the spring.

     Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Gene’s name to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

     For those in attendance for the visitation and/or memorial service, temperature checks will be taken upon entering and masks and social distancing are required. A 25% dual-chapel occupancy will be observed (25 people per chapel including the family).

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

     

 

Jack Dwain Bacon

Jack Dwain Bacon, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at his home.

     He was born April 15, 1936 in Three Lakes, WI, the son of William Hartley and Florice Agnes (Price) Bacon. Jack went to Sturgeon Bay High School before enlisting in the United States Navy where he served from 1954 to 1958 with time spent in Norfolk, VA, and the Mediterranean Sea at the end of the Korean War. On January 24, 1958, he married Patricia Ann Wilson at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay.

     Jack worked at American Motors Corporation before moving back to Door County with Pat and family in 1968 when they bought an apple and cherry orchard business. He worked for Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay prior to his employment with Northland Steel, retiring in 2000.

     Jack enjoyed collecting and working on his cars, fishing, and was a huge Packer Fan!

     Family includes his wife, Patricia; two daughters, Lisa Bacon and Carla (Patrick) De Bauche, both of Sturgeon Bay; three grandchildren, Samantha Irons, Nicolas Bochek, and Justin Schuyler; three brothers, Norman (Lila) Bacon of North Carolina, Doug Bacon of Racine, and Leland (Inge) Bacon of Sturgeon Bay; and two sisters, Janet Robinson and Elaine Johnson, both of Sturgeon Bay.

     Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Phyllis Moe; and brother, Richard.

     A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 20, 2021. Military honors will follow the service at Huehns Funeral Home.

     COVID-19 guidelines will be followed as defined by state and local health department officials.

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

 

Karsten Topelmann

 Karsten Topelmann passed away peacefully on February 13th at his home, surrounded by his daughter, son and daughter-in-law. A resident artist of Ephraim since 1971, he contributed to the Door County community and touched many through his artwork. 

     Karsten was born in Munich, Germany, and knew he wanted to be an artist from an early age. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Munich, and travelled and painted throughout Europe. After immigrating to the United States in 1955, Karsten worked as a designer and art director in Davenport, Iowa and later in Chicago. He married fellow German artist Ellen Sprogøe and together they had three children. After vacationing for many years in Door County, they bought property in Ephraim and opened the Hanseatic Art Gallery in 1972. Together with Ellen’s determination and optimism, they worked hard to make the dream of being independent artists and gallery owners come true.

     Karsten’s love for the beauty of Door County inspired most of his artwork and he painted prolific scenes capturing Door County wildflowers, lighthouses, pastures and barns. His most beloved motif was the village of Ephraim. All seasons and views of Ephraim were captured in his numerous portrayals of the “Pearl” of Door County.

     During the cold Door County winters, Karsten and Ellen travelled the world and for almost 20 years, they lived and painted in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany and on the Island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. They made many dear friends in these various destinations, but Ellen and Karsten always came back to Ephraim, where they enjoyed the close-knit community. In 2000, they returned year-round to their beautiful house with their favorite view overlooking Eagle Harbor and Horseshoe Island. A special honor in Karsten’s life was to be the Village Fyr Bal Chieftan in 2003.

     Karsten’s illustrious artwork and gentle spirit will live on in the hearts and homes of so many who have visited the gallery and who have acquired his works over the past 50 years. He was a wonderful husband and father and enjoyed sharing his artistic inspiration with many friends and young aspiring artists. Creating art was his life force, and he painted every day right up until his passing.

     Karsten was preceded in death and his daughter Tanja (1961-1983) and by his wife Ellen (1926-2016). He is survived by his daughter Lisa (husband Mark Weder, sons Elliott and Miles) and son Lars (wife Monique McClean and sons Karsten and Finn).

     A gathering is planned for a later date.

     In lieu of flowers, the family would like very much that you toast Karsten (or Prost as he would say) and share with each other your memories of him. Donations to the Ephraim Historical Foundation are also appreciated. 

     The family would like to thank Unity Hospice for their great care and compassion.

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

Eunice Mae Londo

Eunice Mae Londo, 87 years, of the Town of Sevastopol, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at her home surrounded by family.

     She was born December 11, 1933 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Paul and Ann (McCarty) Carmody. She graduated from Sevastopol High School and continued her education with Door Kewaunee Normal School in Algoma. Eunice taught school in the one room May School near Sturgeon Bay for a few years and retired from teaching in 1968. On June 30, 1956 she married Melvin L. Londo at St. John the Baptist in Egg Harbor. He preceded her in death on July 28, 2002. Together they farmed the Londo farm on Highway. 42 in the Town of Sevastopol.

    Eunice’s family was the most important thing in her life along with her faith. She enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and playing cards. Eunice had enjoyed working at Gordon’s Lodge until she was 71 years old and wished she had kept on working there.

     Survivors include her two daughters, Diane (Mike) Tipler of Sturgeon Bay, Linda (Ken) Wautier of Brussels; three sons, Joe (Sheary) Londo of Sturgeon Bay, John Londo, Dave Londo; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one on the way; three siblings, Kathleen Kaye, Sr. Ann Margaret Carmody, Frank (Sue) Carmody; brother-in-laws, Bernie Simonar and Lawrence Simonar and their families; and many dear nieces and nephews.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; granddaughter, Angel; grandson, Daan; daughter-in-law, Dori Londo; infant sister, Barb; and three brothers, Bob, Bill, Mike; one sister, Joan Peterson; and in-laws.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 noon Thursday, February 18, 2021 at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with her nephew, Fr. Matt Simonar officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

     Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at noon.

     Covid-19 protocols will be followed, capacity limits, and masks to be required by the Green Bay Diocese.

     Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Sign online guestbook and offer condolences at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com

Suzanne Marie Ploor

Suzanne Marie Ploor, 50, Luxemburg, passed away after her long battle with brain cancer, peacefully at home, Sunday, February 7, 2021, with her husband at her side.

 

  She was born in Green Bay to Dolores (Hendricks) Vernosh and the late Darrel Vernosh on May 26, 1970. 

 

On October 21, 2017, Suzanne married Nicholas John Ploor in the Town of Sevastopol. 

 

She was employed with P A I in DePere as a Customer Care Specialist.  She loved being able to help customers with their questions regarding their retirement funds as well as being surrounded by great co-workers.

 

  Suzy also loved to crochet blankets, scarfs and other items for family and friends, small hats for her grandson, Kolton. 

Suzy enjoyed the band and singing performances by her daughters, Kassie, and Morgan, as well as the basketball, baseball, softball, and football games she attended for her stepchildren, Kyle, Cynde and Alex.  Her enjoyments also included playing volleyball or bean bags with friends or just a night out with friends for food, drinks, fun and laughs.

 

 Survivors include her husband, Nick; her children, Daniel Reesman, Kassie Corroy, Morgan Corroy; her stepchildren, Kyle (Ashley) Ploor, Cynde (friend, Andrew) Ploor, Alex Ploor; her grandson, Kolton; her mother, Dolores Vernosh; her father-in-law, Dan Ploor; five siblings, Thomas (Cindy) Vernosh, Gerald (Cynthia) Vernosh, Martin (Mary) Vernosh, Mary Beth Vernosh, Sara Vernosh; brothers in law and sisters in law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins further survive.

 

Suzy was preceded in death by her father, Darrel Vernosh; her mother-in-law, Helen Ploor; other aunts, uncles, and relatives.

 

Friends may call at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville on Saturday, February 20, 2021, between 9:00 am and 10:45 am.

  Funeral 11:00 am on Saturday at the church

. Burial in Allouez Cemetery.

Edward J. Price

Edward John Price, 75 of Brussels, passed away at his home on February 11, 2021 due to complications from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.  He was born April 5, 1945, in Red Springs Township to James and Ardis (Quinney) Price Jr.  He was a member of the first class to graduate from Southern Door High School in 1963. On August 21, 1965, he married Carol J. Balza at St. Francis Xavier Church in Brussels.

 

Eddie worked for Proctor and Gamble for many years. He also owned and operated Price Right Berries, a strawberry Farm in Namur and Price’s Country Inn, a bar in Brussels.

 

Eddie loved spending time with his family.  He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and a few beers with many friends.  Eddie was proud of the many tasty berries grown throughout the years.  He and Carol traveled after retirement, taking bus trips near and far.  Eddie was a member of the Stockbridge Munsee Indian Tribe and was very proud of his Indian heritage.

 

He is survived by his wife Carol; two children, Michael (Becky) Price, New Franken; Deb (Dennis Flavion) Price, New Franken; six grandchildren, Courtney (Jeff Lautenbach) Weidner, Austin (Kaelyn) Weidner, Brooke Price, Lindsey Price, Claire Price, Elizabeth Price; four great-grandchildren, Kairi Mazanet, Madelyn, Phoenix, and Selma Lautenbach; one sister Shirley Turpin, one brother Dan Price; in-laws, Sandra Price, Mary and Mark Tlachac, Nancy Hunsader, Cheryl and Stan Sanger; nieces, nephews and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Melissa Weidner; brother Bill Price; sister Alice Swanson; in-laws, Pam Price and Bob Hunsader; parents-in-law Clara and Elmer Balza.

 

Public visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 18, 2021, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m.  Face masks are required. Private family services will be held at St. Francis & St. Mary Parish in Brussels with Rev. Edward Looney officiating.  The service will be live streamed on Father Edward Looney’s Facebook Live Page at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021.  Burial will be at St. Mary of the Snow Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the BUG first responders, paramedics and Father Edward.

Peter Solway Schuster

April 26, 1956 – February 6, 2021

 

We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

- Albert Schweitzer

 

     As so many in Door County can tell you, it was never a question of if you knew Pete Schuster, rather it was how you knew him. His roots in this place he loved ran deep, and his genuine curiosity about people – all people -- cast a wide net. Add to that, his big smile, his infectious laugh, and an endless supply of stories, and well … it was magic.

     Pete was born on April 26, 1956 to Marion (Solway) and Roger Schuster. He had many fond memories of growing up in Sturgeon Bay, although his mom was fond of saying that many of his adventures turned her hair prematurely gray. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage and tirelessly researched the family history. One of his favorite places to go to just “be” was The Shore, the family homestead property on Sturgeon Bay’s west side. On October 3, 1980, Pete married Carol Wolfe, and they began building their life together “out by the lake in the woods.”

     After graduating from high school, Pete pursued a career in printing and graphic design, eventually founding his own business, LfpDesign! (And on the off chance you haven’t heard that story, “Lfp” stands for “Looking for Pete.”) He was a true Renaissance man, and his love of nature, history, and the arts led him to work with many Door County arts and humanities organizations … although with Pete, it was never just about work. He was so thoroughly committed to each group he worked with that he became adjunct staff, as well as an enthusiastic volunteer and, ultimately, trusted friend. The list is long and remarkable, as is the fact that each organization embraced him as their own: The Climate Change Coalition of Door County, Crossroads at Big Creek, the Door County Land Trust, the Door County Maritime Museum, Northern Sky Theater (formerly American Folklore Theatre), Peninsula Players Theater, The Ridges, and Third Avenue Playhouse.

     Pete deeply loved and is survived by his wife, Carol; son, Ian (Michelle Polich) of Sturgeon Bay; stepsons, Dennis (Ann Hogan) Ploor of Sturgeon Bay, Michael (Melissa Caves) Ploor of Green Bay, and Jeffrey (Penny Ploeckelman) Ploor of Kiel; brothers, William (Mary Kaye) of Sturgeon Bay, Paul (Lynn Stracka) of Sturgeon Bay, Mark (Stacia Dick) of Sturgeon Bay; sisters-in-law, Rita Schuster of Sturgeon Bay and Nancy Hammel of West Bend; grandchildren, Latham Schuster, Cody (Emma Lecheler) Ploor, Brendan Ploor (fiancé Rhiannon Cooper), Demitra Ploor, Mya Ploor, Sara Ploor, Emma Ploor, Justin (TaSheena King) Ploeckelman, and Shawn Ploeckelman; and great-grandsons, Jason and Carson Ploeckelman. He is further survived by aunts, Charlotte Schneider, Karen Solway, Suzanne Wessel; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jeannie and Steve Brummond, Teresa Graham, Mary Janchan, Pat and Rich Thorton, Connie Wolfe, Greg (Nancy Yuhas) Wolfe, Jimmy and Linda Wolfe, Johnny Wolfe, and Michael and Phyllis Wolfe; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Roger; brothers, David and Richard; sister-in-law, Sonja Schuster; parents-in-law, Robert and Agnes Wolfe; and brothers-in-law, Bobby Wolfe, Allan Wolfe and Al Janchan.

     The family would like to thank the Door County EMTs and first responders and the Emergency Room Staff at Door County Medical, with a special note of gratitude to ER nurse Nikki for the care and assistance she provided to the family throughout this difficult time.

     Pete has left a lasting legacy in Door County. He is loved, remembered, and grieved by more than can be listed here, all of whom will miss his kindness, his warmth, his generosity of spirit, his sly humor, his insatiable curiosity, his ability to rekindle our inner spirits.

     In times of uncertainty, Pete would often flash a big grin and say, “Yes, but it’ll be okay.” We’re sure that’s what he’d be telling us now. This time, we’re just going to have to trust him.

     A service of remembrance will be Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Phil Sweet officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be Friday evening from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at Huehns Funeral Home.

     Memorials may be made in his memory to Crossroads at Big Creek, Door County Maritime Museum, The Door Shakespeare Theatre, Peninsula Players and Northern Sky Theatre.

     In consideration of local health and gathering guidelines, dual-chapel occupancy at the funeral home will be limited to 50 people (25 people per chapel, including family). Those in attendance are to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.

     The service will be livestreamed at 11:00 a.m. on the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HuehnsFuneralHome). Those anticipating viewing the service on Facebook are welcome to “Like” the funeral home Facebook page any time prior to the service to receive notification of the live broadcast.

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

 

Joyce Ann Karnitz

Joyce Ann Karnitz, 83, Algoma, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021 at Bellin hospital in Green Bay. Joyce was born on July 4, 1937 to the late Frank and Anna (Crabb) Tiedtke. She married Ken Karnitz on May 24, 1958 at St. Paul’s in Algoma.

She was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Church, where in her early years, played piano for many Christmas programs. She loved spending time with family and friends, going out to eat with her lifelong friends Bob and Dolly Hafeman. Her favorite getaway was to spend time at the cottage in Sand Bay, with her family. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who was an excellent homemaker and amazing cook. She loved cooking and entertaining, especially on Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Shanty Days, and her 4th of July birthday party. She had a heart of gold, was very giving and caring. She loved spending time with grandchildren and great grandchild. They will have these memories to forever hold dear to their hearts. She also had a love for animals, especially her cat Teko. She became known as “Grandma Teko” or “Grandma with the kitty” to her grandchildren and great-grandchild Ember.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 62+ years, Ken Karnitz; children, Kevin (Carla) Karnitz, Algoma, Kim (Todd) Jorgensen, Luxemburg, Toby (Dave) Benesh, Algoma; grandchildren, Karey Karnitz, Jordan & Lindsey Jorgensen, Brennen (fiancé Kirsten) Benesh, Brett Benesh; great-granddaughter Ember; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clifford (Carol) Karnitz; as well as by nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Kraig; her parents, Frank and Anna Tiedtke; sister, Delores (Norbert) Entringer; brother, John (Luella) Tiedtke; father- and mother-in-law, Fred and Anna Karnitz; as well as by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many other relatives.

Visitation will take place at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Algoma from 4-7 pm on Friday, February 12, 2021. Visitation will continue at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 9:30-10:45 am. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 am with Pastors Joel McKenney and John Moll officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be practiced, and facemasks are required to be worn. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the entire staff at the Bellin Hospital ER and ICU, especially moms nurse Ashley and Dr. Richard Sue.

Joyce was truly an Angel on earth she will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all those she touched with kindness and a warm heart.

 

Wayne J. Worachek

Wayne J. Worachek, 67 of Algoma, WI passed away February 6, 2021 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Mary, his wife of 25 years and his daughter Cassandra were at the bedside for his warm embrace at the heaven's gate.

Although Wayne's passion was motocycles, family and friends always came first.  Wayne married Lynn Hardee in his early years.  They divorced, but share two daughters,  Tina and Cassie.  Wayne married Mary Zastrow on Christmas Day, 1995.  He gained another two daughters, April and Cassandra. Blending the family was important to Mary and Wayne, and they are so proud the girls are truly sisters.

Wayne has been blessed with seven grandchildren.  He took great pride in watching the grandchildren grow up.  He was dedicated to attending as many extracurricular activities as he could to support them all. His grandchildren were truly his pride and joy!

Wayne had an array of interests within his life.  Wayne took pride in being the Crew Chief known as "Pops" to his flat track race team; Cole, Izzy and Grace. The whole team is active members of the AMA district 16. 

Throughout his life he had hobbies of stock car racing, shooting trap competition at local clubs, a music, history, and science buff, and a love of nature; of course via motorcycle the majority of the time.

Wayne has a love of animals. Starting with his dogs,  Freedom, Hank, Payne, Coco who he's joining in heaven, and leaving his current best friend and companion Buddy with grandma. He lost his beloved  momma cat of 25 years a week before his passing.

Wayne is survived by his wife,  Mary. Daughters:  Tina (Bjorn), Cassie (Eric), April (Tim), and Cassandra (Jason).  His grandchildren:  Carly, Cole, Tru Lynn, Isabell, Hailey, Gracelyn, and Kolt, his mother Florence; brothers, Dennis (Barb), Mark (Mary), and Michael (Marsha).   Mary's family:  Donna, Dr. Leona, Gene, Pat (Diane), Chuck, Nancy (Riley), Harry (Roxann), Tim (Cheryl), Mike (Sue), Luke (Natalie), and Mark (Pam). Wayne held a special place for extended children who called him grandpa:  Hans, Payton, Natalie and Hannah

Greeting Wayne in heaven is his father Donald, his in laws, Kathryn (Harry), Godmother Norma (Eddie).  Brother and sister in laws: Danny, Daniel, Jim (Edna), and Ellen.

A special thank you from Mary and sisters to Cassandra Andresen, for her personal dedication and keeping her promise to be with dad all the way.

 The Family would like to extend thanks to Leah and team from Aurora Hospice for their support. 

 A special thanks to the "race family" that stepped up during this difficult time.  A very special thanks and gratitude to Dan and Debbie Peterson for being welcoming mentors.

There will be a public visitation, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 from 3 PM until 7 PM at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma and   will continue Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM with Ken Kinstetter officiating.

  Due to the pandemic masks will be required.

  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wayne's honor to Children's Hospital at childrenswi.org  or to UW Pancreatic cancer research at mycarbone.org.

Leonard G. Seidl

Leonard G. Seidl, 97, New Franken, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, February 5, 2021,

He was born in Luxemburg on May 13, 1923 to the late Henry F. and Frances (Oberhofer) Seidl. As a young child, Leonard’s love for farming began. Leonard not only helped on the family farm, but also
worked for other neighboring farmers, including Thrashing for area farmers, which is where he met Adeline during their teen years.

Leonard served his country in the United States Army from August of 1945 to September of 1946.

On March 17, 1945 he married Adeline M. Ledvina at St. Joseph Church, Pilsen.  After 72 years of marriage, and working side by side all those years, Adeline passed away, also peacefully on February 16, 2018.

Leonard was a gentle man of strong faith and values.  He treasured his family, the family farm and the many experiences he walked throughout his life’s journey.  Leonard and Adeline purchased the family farm in 1946, and together began the Seidl farm legacy. The small family of four worked hard together to manage the family farm, and with a wonderful neighborhood of farmers, Everard’s, Jauquet’s, Kollross’s, and Buresh’s, everyone helped one another and made sure that every family farm was content with all of their work being done by the end of the day. Leonard also farmed very closely and shared equipment with his brother Harold, they just like all of Leonard’s siblings looked
out for one another. 


Leonard began farming with a team of horses pulling a plow and ended riding along with his grandson in a chopper of 900 horsepower. Leonard is the last of his Seidl generation to witness the many changes over the decades of milking cows and working the farm land. 


In his earlier years Leonard, and his family also enjoyed fishing on Lake Michigan, with the 1988 mirro craft that he was so proud of, playing sheephead with his brothers, brother in-law and family, and up until the present, certainly enjoyed the Sunday morning Polka-Polka show. After selling the milking cows, Leonard and Adeline finally had the chance to travel, they enjoyed many trips to Vegas, many bus tours to gamble, and sometimes just got in the car and left the drive way, and did their own “mystery tours”.

Survivors include his two children, James “Jim” Seidl and Jean (Bob) Wanish, all of New Franken; two grandchildren, Casey Wanish and Travis Wanish; one great grandson, Leo (named after Leonard); one sister in law, Muriel Seidl; one brother in law, Gerald Tilot; lifelong friend, Joyce Liebeck; nieces and nephews. 

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; his one son, Dennis Seidl; his wife; three brothers, Mike (Lillian) Seidl, Hank (Agnes) Seidl, Harold Seidl; one sister, Marcella Tilot; brothers in law and
sisters in law, Edward and Emily Ledvina, Benard “Ben” and Mildred Ledvina; his father in law and mother in law, Wenzel and Catherine (Mleziva) Ledvina.

Friends may call between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Sugarbush. 

Funeral 11:00 am on Thursday at the church with Rev. Carlo Villaluz officiating.  Burial in St. Hubert Cemetery, Sugarbush. 

Covid-19 virus precaution requested by social distancing, hand sanitizing and wearing a face covering, please. 

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



In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established for Unity
Hospice in Leonard’s name.



A special thank you is extended to Betty Ravet, Michelene Farren, the
Unity Hospice Group, especially Dar, along with the staff of Autumns
Promise for the treats, sweets and care given to our Dad when needed.
You are amazing!

Clara Jenerjohn Peterson

Clara Jenerjohn Peterson, 94, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. She was born on April 16, 1926 to the late Jule & Rose (Ronsman) Soquet. In September of 1943 she married her first husband, Allen Jenerjohn. Together they owned Al & Clara’s Saloon in Forestville. He preceded her in death in June of 1979. In August of 1982 she married her second husband, Clarence Peterson who preceded her in death in May of 2000. Clara loved to talk, laugh, and have a good time.

 

Clara is survived by her children, Gregg (Jane) Jenerjohn, Jilaine (Ken) Tlachac, Gail Walter, and Kay (Ken) Virt; grandchildren, Dawn Iwen, Dan (Ann) Jenerjohn, David (Missy) Jenerjohn, Keri Tlachac, Kristin (Pat) Peterson, Troy (Bonnie) Walter, Tracie (Jeff Ladwig) Walter, Travis Walter, Trent Walter, and Tammy (Scott) Smetana; great-grandchildren, Nickolas Iwen, Jeremy Iwen, Sam Peterson, Jack Peterson, Ali Walter, Austin (Erica) Walter, Tristan Walter, Lexi Jenerjohn, Lindsey Jenerjohn, Shae Smetana, and Aliyah Smetana. sister-in-law, Della Everard and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Allen, and her second husband Clarence; sisters, Minerva (Lloyd) Hucek, Eunice (Gabe) LeMense; brothers, Barney (Carol) Soquet, Edwin (Norma) Soquet; sons-in-law, Jerry Walter, Glen LeCloux; in-laws, Myrtle (John) Swoboda, Viola (Harlan) Obry and Norma (Louie Schaefer & Norb VanderKinter).

 

Visitation will take place at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church – Rosiere, from 9:30 – 11:00 am on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am with Fr. Edward Looney officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be practiced, and facemasks are required to be worn. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiensnermassart.com.

Don Charles

Donald J. Charles, 75, walked through the pearly gates on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Unity Hospice with his family at his side, following a battle with dementia.  He was born June 21, 1945 in Kewaunee to the late Joseph J. and Gertrude M. (Monfils) Charles.  He served two years in the United States Army (1965-1967).  He was employed with Bay Ship, Fett Construction and Van's Lumber until his retirement.  On December 2, 1967, he married Jillaine M. Borley at Holy Trinity Church, Casco.  Together they ran a small farm with their three children, Kathleen, Kenneth and Karla.  He enjoyed creating wood working projects, hunting and ice fishing with family members and eating cookies! 

 

Donald will be missed by his wife, Jillaine and their three children, Kathleen Charles, Kenneth Charles, Karla (Jonathan) Braun; five grandchildren, James (Cassie) Enea, Amanda (Trenton) Phillips, Sara (John "Boomer") Ditewig, Autumn and Wyatt Braun; one great grandson, Axl; siblings, Marvin (Janice) Charles, Judy (Bob) Gallagher, Diane (Dennis) Opicka; two sisters in law and one brother in law, Elaine Charles, Fran Charles, Ervin Kazik; Borley brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews and many friends. 

 

Donald was preceded in death by his daughter in law, Jennifer Peer-Charles; siblings, Myron Charles, Lee Charles, Karen Kazik; his father in law and mother in law, Earl and Dorothy Borley; other members of the Borley family.

 

Friends may call at St. Hubert Church, Rosiere on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 between 9:30 and 10:45 am.  Funeral 11:00 am on Tuesday at the church with Rev. Edward Looney officiating.  Burial in St. Hubert Cemetery, Rosiere with full military rites at graveside provided by the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262 of Luxemburg.

 

Covid-19 virus protection recommended please, social distance, sanitizing and wearing a face covering.

 

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

 

A special note of thanks is extended to the Doctors and staff of St. Mary Hospital and Unity Hospice for care given to Donald.

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