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Obituaries Archives for 2018-11

Katherine Laurie Salisbury

By Huehns Funeral Home


What an extra-ordinary life this lady has led! By most measures this world was left a better place for her accomplishments.  She died unexpectedly 18 September 2018 at her winter home in Arizona.


Born in Watertown, Wisconsin 20 May 1939 to a family having a long tradition and heritage in Door County, Wisconsin; a place she would return to time and again throughout the decades, enjoying spending the summer and early fall months with grandchildren and close family and friends.


Katherine Laurie Salisbury née Nowack, given to being called Kitty, attended Mound High School near Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota, Class of 1957.  Just this past August she enjoyed attending another reunion seeing fellow classmates and reminiscing on a different time in life.


Her first marriage came along a few years after graduating from Colorado State University, Boulder, 1961 with a degree in Sociology; and was a member Beta Sigma Phi International.

They met at CU and later had two sons, Michael and Matthew, built a new home, and lived in Boulder until 1973.  


The family moved to the Pacific Northwest to Washington and then Oregon where she found an unexpected vocation committed to giving tirelessly, and often thanklessly, to the advocacy and promotion of Developmentally and Medically disabled children and adults.


To this end, and out of necessity from her own younger son being disabled, she found herself spearheading many new programs and pushing the boundaries of what was considered outmoded methods of community caring for the disability’s population in the region:


Founding member of South Shore Preschool Program, Lake Oswego, Oregon, a parent consortium designed around a pre-school setting.  President of Clackamas County, Oregon ARC; Chairperson for advocacy group Severely Other Health Impaired/Chronically Ill Children, which evolved into the coined term “Medically-Fragile” and forming The Medically-Fragile Network to become more aligned with changing times; Grant writer for the State of Oregon Developmentally Disabled Division; Founder and CEO of a non-profit 501(c)-3 corporation organized from 1987 to 2014 to house the disabled in a community integrated, family living style, supported by Federal and State sponsored entities and private care providers.  Served as Board Member and later formed a family representative committee on the Board of Edwards Center – an adult Developmentally Disabled advocacy group promoting achievement and independence in their daily living activities.


Finally, toward the end of retirement years, she volunteered and got certified as a hospice caregiver for Oregon Providence Health Care Hospice in her local community.  


Her younger son Matthew lived 36 years and passed away in 2008.


Kitty enjoyed writing fiction stories and calligraphy; collecting exquisite writing instruments; scrap art; reading historical non-fiction and studying archaeology; became a student of far east culture and enlightenment; traveled to Tibet, China, Turkey, Spain, and Italy focused on an interest in cultural history, and an occasional wine tour; loved the Hawaiian Islands, especially the peacefulness of Kauai; doing puzzles with family; playing Scrabble; attending operas; and driving her original 1978 Porsche 924 car.


Preceded in death by her Sturgeon Bay grandparents Emil J. and Hester Ann Laurie Hansen; and her parents Gerhard Alvin Nowack and Laurie Eleanor Hansen Nowack.  Survived by a brother Gary (Caroline) Nowack, and a sister Virginia (John) Naunton.


Remembrance festivities will be held 21 June 2019 at Bayside Cemetery, Sturgeon Bay at 10:54AM, then at home for the remains of the longest day.


Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting Kitty’s family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Kitty may be shared with her family through her tribute page.

Nancy A. Fisher

By Angel Valley Funeral Home


Nancy Ann Fisher, 69, a long-time Door County resident passed away Nov. 21, 2018 @ Casa de la Luz Hospice in Tucson, AZ following an uphill battle with metastatic liver cancer.  She loved her friends & family, acquiring new knowledge (AND trivia), her dog, the Packers, & Door County itself.   She passed with class & dignity just as she had lived and we will miss her deeply.  As per her requests, no services will be held but her remains will be returned to Blossomberg Cemetary as she had wished.  Any donations in her honor should go to the Door County Humane Society.

Janet Eisenmann

By Forbes Funeral Home


Janet Kay Eisenmann, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Nov. 28, 2018 in Green Bay. She was born Nov. 20, 1945 in West Bend, Wisconsin to Everette and Bernice Kurth. On Nov. 27, 1971, she married Ronald R. Eisenmann. Together they raised four children, enjoyed traveling, antiquing and a quiet Door County lifestyle.


Janet and Ron moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1975 when Ron retired from the US Navy and took a job at Bay Ship Building. Janet had worked for Bay Pharmacy, the Unified Board, and for Stangel Accounting. She also did volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity for several years.


Janet loved shopping with her daughter, and also enjoyed having lunch with friends, and spending time with her “Granny Club”.


She is survived by her husband, four children: Carin Eisenmann of Indianapolis, IN, Bill (Sandy) Eisenmann of Oronoco, MN, John (Julia) Eisenmann of Hammond, WI, and Wendy (Rob) Winters, Appleton, WI; 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and a sister Jean (Bob) Krell of West Bend, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents.


A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Habitat for Humanity. Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations is in charge of arrangements.

Harold Massart

Harold F. Massart, 87, of Forestville, WI, passed away on November 20, 2018. Harold was born December 29, 1930 to the late John and Lucy (Barbiaux) Massart. He married Delores Charles in Brussels on September 27, 1950. Together they worked on the family farm and he worked as a milk hauler for many years. Harold enjoyed spending time with the family and Buddy the dog. He was a jokester who also enjoyed buying and selling cars, kicking tires, square dancing, snowmobiling and fishing.

Harold is survived by his wife of 68 years, Delores; his children, Gary (Kathy) Massart, Ronald (Leah Ann) Massart, Mike (Ineke) Massart; grandchildren, Jodi, Alysia, Ashley (special friend Chad), Missy, Tiffany (Scott), Autumn (James), Brian (Kelsey), Stef, Lex, and Caroline; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Jason, Aubrey and Caiden. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, father and mother-in-law, a brother, as well as brothers-and sisters-in-law.

A private family service took place on Friday at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home and Entombment followed at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Online condolence messages may be shared at

David Allen (Speedy) Entringer

By Schinderle Funeral Home


Eagle Scout, pilot, backyard astronomer, canoe builder, and musician, David Allen (Speedy) Entringer passed away peacefully from complications of Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s disease on November 26, 2018, at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit.


Dave was born in Algoma, Wisconsin, on February 23, 1940, to Alfred and Rose (Strnad) Entringer. He attended St Mary’s School and graduated from Algoma High School with the class of 1958. After attending St. Norbert’s College, he studied electrical engineering at DeVry in Chicago; subsequently, he attended further classes in Dayton, Ohio, and was employed for over thirty years with NCR Corporation as an electrical field engineer. Following his retirement from NCR, he established his own business selling, installing, and servicing satellite systems for residences and businesses. He also enjoyed serving as a bus driver for Luxemburg-Casco school district.


Dave, from a young age, had a love for the stars and the skies. He built his own telescope as a teenager and longed to be an astronaut. While in Dayton, he used his spare time to obtain his pilot’s license and was a wonderful leisure pilot. Additionally, he adored riding his Honda Gold Wing from Key West to Baton Rouge, to the mountains of Colorado, and beyond. Camping all the way was how he wished to travel.


Following the death of his parents, Dave began a herculean task of renovating his childhood home on Fremont Street in Algoma which was built in 1903. Using the skills learned from his dad, he did the vast majority of the work himself: carpentry, electrical, plumbing; the home is a testament to that artistry and expertise.


Music was a paramount element in Dave’s life. He played saxophone with his parents in his early years for weddings and other gatherings; he was also a member of the Algoma Community Band for a number of years. The Algoma High School Music Department is a recipient of his two treasured saxophones which are lovingly and gratefully being utilized.


A very important part of Dave’s life was his devotion to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he sang in the choir and served as a cantor. He truly lived and loved to serve St. Mary’s.


Boy Scouts played a major role in Dave’s life; he attained the Order of the Arrow, as well as Eagle Scout status. He taught archery at Big Bear Camp and was a scoutmaster, a service of which he was so proud.


Surviving Dave is his love, Nancy Jones McKay with whom he shared nineteen lovely years. Additionally, he is survived by his and Nancy’s children: Theresa (Chris Smith), Little Chute, WI; David (Kim), Green Bay; Christine King, Pewaukee; Slater McKay (Kenissa) Stafford, VA; Rawls McKay, Ann Arbor, MI; Kathleen (Brian Koeser); and Barbara (Eric Wertzel). Further survivors include eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Dave also leaves many friends of his and Nancy’s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is preceded in death by his parents, Al and Rose Strnad, and his sister, Elaine Entringer Heim.


The family will welcome visitors at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Algoma, Wisconsin at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, followed by Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at a later date at Trinity Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


We would like to take this opportunity to gratefully and sincerely thank the staff of the Algoma Long Term Care Unit for their compassionate care and devotion to Dave. You are all angels in our eyes. Further thanks to Unity Hospice and Laurie Schinderle of Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma, for her invaluable assistance.


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


Express your memories and photos on David’s Tribute Wall at

Alexandra "Sandy" Hall Purves

By Forbes Funeral Home


Alexandra “Sandy” Hall Purves, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, WI passed away on November 13, 2018 in Nashville, TN. She was born December 4, 1938 in Osterville, MA to Cyril and Elspeth (Reid) Hall.


Sandy graduated from Barnstable (MA) High School and received her Registered Nursing degree from Framingham State University. Upon graduation, Sandy joined the United States Air Force receiving her nursing training at Gunter AFB in Montgomery, AL. She was stationed at Amarillo AFB in Texas before being transferred to Sculthorpe Air Base near Norfolk, England. Sandy reached the rank of Captain. While stationed at Bentwaters Air Base near Woodbridge, England, Sandy met the love of her life, Major John Dorchester Purves of Sturgeon Bay, WI. John and Sandy were married on August 6, 1965.


After being stationed at Air Force Bases in Victorville, CA and Sumter, SC, John, Sandy and their two daughters settled in Centerville, MA before returning to Sturgeon Bay, WI in 1979. For the past 15 years, she and John spent the winter months at their home in Nashville, TN.


Sandy was the consummate homemaker and brought beauty to all things: her garden, her home, her dinner table and most importantly in the love of her husband and family. Sandy enjoyed years of delivering Meals on Wheels with her good friend, Ami Lindemeyer. She especially enjoyed her opportunities to go shopping with her daughters and granddaughters.


Sandy is survived by her devoted husband John Dorchester Purves; two daughters Heather (Tim) Gregory of Franklin, TN and Mary (Kevin) Waco of Chicago, IL; four grandchildren John “Jack” Gregory, Ava Gregory, Reid Waco and Sheri Waco; two brothers Stetson (Jane) Hall of Osterville, MA and Reid (Leslie) Hall of Barnstable, MA, and several nieces and nephews.


The Purves family would like to thank the kind doctors, nurses and staff of the Vanderbilt University Ingram Cancer Center and of the Health Center at Richland Place. Special thanks to her Guardian Angel, Betty Killion, and to Richland Place caregivers Trina Reed, David P. Pope, Bam Nance and Tara Rowley.


A private family service will be conducted in Sturgeon Bay, WI in the spring. The family requests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Door County Aging & Disability Resource Center for “Meals on Wheels”.

Josephine "Josie" A. Bochek

By Huehns Funeral Home


Josephine “Josie” Annette Bochek (nee Duncan), 84, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, following a brief illness.


She was born May 10, 1934 in Barton, Wisconsin, the daughter of Stanley and Doris (Brainerd) Duncan.  Josie lived at Webb Lake and graduated from Sevastopol High School in May of 1952. On August 23, 1952, she and Roger Bochek were united in marriage at St. John the Baptist in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.  Together, they enjoyed 66 years of marriage.


Family meant everything to Josie and loved getting together with everyone.  She was a homemaker for many years and took pride in her cooking and baking and people loved to take a seat at her table.  Josie’s cherry pie was featured in the Taste of Home magazine. In the 1970’s, she drove school bus in Menominee Falls, Wisconsin, where she lived for 36 years.  The NEWPA (thresheree) was an important part of Josie and Roger’s life. They enjoyed camping in their fifth wheel for many years after Roger retired. Josie and Roger were members of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Institute, where she sold scrip for many years.


Josie will be missed by her husband, Roger; children, Roger F. Bochek, Rodney (Sue) Bochek, Joanne (Paul) Surfus, Rick (Beverly Knutson) Bochek, Regan (Gwen) Bochek, and Rudy (friend, Kris Eisenbraun Mehling) Bochek; grandchildren, Patrick (Amanda) Surfus, JoEllen (Chris) Donovan, Jessica (Jr.) Waldschmidt, Renee (friend, Will) Holland, Jason (Cynthia) Bochek, Robyn Bochek, Joey Bochek, and Zack Bochek; two step-grandchildren, Morgan (Kristi) Rice and Lauren (Justin) Daoust; and ten great-grandchildren with another one due in March.  She is further survived by her sister, Marj (Brad) Fleming Lildern Ireland; sisters-in-law, LaVerne Robbins and Beverly Preston.


Josie was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Bess Dehne; sister-in-law, Vivian Haen; and brother-in-law, Roland Bochek.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Anthony Birdsall officiating. Josie will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.


Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.


Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Josie may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Raymond "Ray" J. VandenHouten Jr.

By McMahon Funeral Home


Raymond “Ray” J. VandenHouten Jr., 81, Dyckesville, died on Sunday evening with his family at his side, November 25, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay. He was born in Kewaunee County on August 27, 1937 to the late Raymond J. VandenHouten Sr. and Helen T. (De Bauche) VandenHouten. Ray graduated from Luxemburg High School where he was a three-sport athlete, later receiving the Luxemburg-Casco School Alumni Award. He served his country in the United States Army Reserves between the years of 1955 and 1962. On August 30, 1958 he married Patricia “Pat” A. Bertrand at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg. Ray began his career at Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders, taking ownership in 1977 until his retirement in 2007. He was very instrumental in building the business to where it is today. Through his loyalty and generosity, he helped many others achieve business success. Ray was a member of St. Louis Church in Dyckesville. Truly a man who gave back to his community and his parish. He loved spending time with his family and was very proud of raising six sons.


Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Pat, and their sons, Mark (Deborah) VandenHouten, Hobart; Craig (Christine) VandenHouten, Green Bay; Randy (Christine) VandenHouten, Grafton; Chris (Brenda) VandenHouten, Luxemburg; Eric (Michele) VandenHouten, New Franken; Kurt (Marci) VandenHouten, Green Bay; 17 grandchildren, Madeline (Brendan McCoy), Molly, Jason, Kelsey, Alex, Chloe, Erica (Cory Schmidt), Lauren, Chad, Josh, Emily, Lydia, Abby, Ty, Riley, Delaney, Carson; two sisters in law, Jan VandenHouten, Casco; Ann VandenHouten, Luxemburg; sisters in law and brothers in law, nieces and nephews further survive.


Ray was preceded in death by one infant son, Joseph; two brothers, Wayne and Jim VandenHouten.


Friends may call at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville, 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Closing parish prayer service with Pat Ratajczak, Pastoral Leader at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue between 9:00 am and 10:45 am on Friday, November 30, 2018 at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville. Funeral 11:00 am on Friday, with Rev. John Van Deuren officiating and Pat Ratajczak assisting. Entombment in the Shrine of The Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.


McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the VandenHouten Family.


We are very grateful for the staff of St. Vincent Hospital and Unity Hospice for their care and compassion during the difficult time.


In Lieu of flowers and other tributes, several memorial funds will be established in the name of Ray VandenHouten.

Dorothy V. Anderson

By Huehns Funeral Home


Dorothy V. Anderson, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at Angels Touch Assisted Living in De Pere on Friday, November 23, 2018 with family at her side.


She was born June 23, 1928 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Walter and Hattie (Olson) Bohler. Dorothy graduated in 1946 from Sturgeon Bay High School. On November 29, 1952, she married Gordon “Gordy” S. Anderson at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.


Dorothy was a member of the Sons of Norway, Bay View Lutheran Church, taught Sunday school, and participated in the Ladies Aid and many activities at church. She loved reading gardening, square dancing club with Gordy, baking, and her dogs.


She is survived by her four children, Gary of Sturgeon Bay; Nancy of Green Bay, Jim, John (Deb) of Appleton; two brothers, Wallace Bohler, Don (Vi) Bohler; and sister-in-law, Joyce Anderson.


Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, June (Walter) Propsom; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Bohler; god-daughter, Cindy Propsom; nephews, David Propsom, Clayton Bohler; the Anderson in-laws, Earl (Margie), Dale, Glen (Beverly); and nieces, Diane and Glenna.


Her life will be honored with a memorial service held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Tim Malek officiating. Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery, by her husband, Gordy.


Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service.


Memorials may be given in Dorothy’s memory to Bay View Lutheran Church and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Donald Allen Smith

Donald Allen Smith, 72, of Egg Harbor, WI passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, November 24, 2018 at his home with his wife and daughters at his side.


He was born August 27, 1946 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Valentine Allen and Ruth Rose (Pavlick) Smith, Jr. Donald was the third generation to attend the Joseph Sears Elementary School in Kenilworth, IL. Following his graduation in 1966 from New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL, Donald then went on to attend the University of Wisconsin – Stout followed by five years of service in the Naval Air Reserve. His grandfather, Valentine Allen Smith, Sr., founded V.A. Smith Company, a Commercial Heating & Air Conditioning Company in 1909 in Chicago. Donald grew up working there as a young boy for his grandfather, and later his father. He eventually took over the business for his father, becoming the President and Owner of the family business until he sold it and retired in 1999, 90 years later.


Donald lived a life on the water and loved the outdoors. He was a sailor first in his early years on Lake Michigan, completing the 333-mile Race to Mackinac Island. In his 30’s, when children came into the picture, he transitioned to power-boating and became a member of Sheridan Shores Yacht Club in Wilmette, IL. He kept his boat there for many years before moving it to Waukegan Harbor in Waukegan, IL. Following his retirement, Don visited Longboat Key, FL, where he ultimately settled and relocated his boat, cruising it down the Mississippi River and out the Tombigbee Waterway to the Gulf of Mexico. He spent much of his retirement enjoying cruising the Great American Loop. He met his wife, Virginia “Gigi,” in 2010 in the Longboat Key / Sarasota area. The two were united in marriage on June 9, 2014 at the Butterfly Conservatory in Key West, FL surrounded by their daughters and grandchildren. For Don, a “good day” was always a day spent on the water.


Donald also was a snow person, and spent years skiing and snowmobiling in northern Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Canada, and out west. He toured these areas hundreds of miles at a time with his friends, family, and children. Don spent his final years residing with his wife, Gigi, and little dog, Sailor, in Horseshoe Bay, Egg Harbor, overlooking the waters of Green Bay, in scenic Door County, WI.


Donald will be missed by his two daughters, Lindsay (West) Naze of Larchmont, NY and Courtney (Matthew) Cook of Wilmette, IL; wife, Gigi Smith; stepdaughter, Ellen Dudley of New Bedford, MA; five grandchildren, Chase Edward and Hunter Valentine Naze and Kevin Anthony, Virginia Anne, and Madeleine Rose Cook; and sister and brother, Suzanne (Charles) Sprowl and Allen Smith, both of Wilmette, IL.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Valentine Allen Jr. and Ruth Rose Smith.


A service to remember Don will be held sometime in January 2019 in Wilmette, IL.

Dorothy "Dotty" Marie Miller

Dorothy “Dotty” Marie Miller, 90, of Sand Bay, passed away Saturday morning, November 24, 2018.


She was born June 7, 1928 in Sand Bay, the daughter of the late Harrison “Harry” and Amy (Haines) Lewis. Dotty was raised in Chicago, IL and also spent summers living at Sand Bay.


Dotty and her family moved back to Door County in 1974. Dotty worked as a nurse’s aide at the Dorchester Hospital when she was young and as a licensed audiologist after returning to Door County. She had worked as a bartender at the Nightingale and Andre’s for a few years.  Dotty also sold Natural Foods before it was the in-thing and owned her own bookstore. In 1989, she moved to Denver, CO to help a few months caring for her daughters’ newborn twins. Seven years later, she returned to Sand Bay. Dotty loved being a grandma and helping with the grandkids.


She was a member of Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay and the Sons of Norway.


Dotty will be missed by her five children, Terry (Lydia) Miller of Palatine, IL, Michael Miller of Marco Island, FL, Sue (Greg) Ebel of Sturgeon Bay, Sandy (Martin) Cirbo of Centennial, CO, and Matthew “Will” Miller of Sturgeon Bay; eight grandchildren, April Miller, Luke (Katy), Zeb, Wade (Laura), and Matt (Jessica) Ebel, Shannon, Amy, and Kayla Cirbo; seven great-grandchildren, Ashley, Hunter, Heatley, Phoebe, Michael, Braxton, and Maverick Ebel.


She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Mark Miller; grandson, Andy Ebel; brother, Robert Miller; and half-brothers, Harrison and Lawrence.


Dotty’s life will be honored with a funeral service held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Tim Malek officiating. She will be laid to rest in Hainesville Cemetery in summer 2019.


Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 12:00 noon until the time of services.

Elizabeth "Liz" T. Gonzales

By Casperson Funeral Home


Elizabeth “Liz” T. Gonzales, 81, of Sister Bay, died Saturday evening November 24, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay with her family by her side.


She was born December 6, 1936, in Keshena, the daughter of the late Mitchell and Mary (Beaupray) Maskewit. On her 21st birthday, she and her sister, Dorothy set out on their own to Dallas, Texas in search of jobs. She started her family there and moved to Ellison Bay, near her brother, in the late 1960s with her family. She worked in housekeeping for various hotels in the area and at the Red Barn Shops for many years. Liz was a member of the Menominee Nation and Stella Maris Catholic Church. She loved her family and being a grandma. She was a great example to all who knew her. Hard-working and compassionate to those who needed help. She was loyal, honest, generous and giving throughout her life and funny even in her final days.


She was an avid reader and liked solving crossword puzzles and watching the Golf channel, and baseball.


Survivors include her five children and their families, Christina (Justin) of Shawano, Teresa (Steven) Hitzeman of Green Bay, Albert Gonzales of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Anthony Gonzales of Sister Bay, Suzann Jonson of Elgin, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and two on the way; brother, Carl Maskewit of Keshena; sister, Dolores Edgeton of Shawano, and Kathleen Sammons of Muncie, Indiana.


Preceding her in death were her parents, Mitchell and Mary Maskewit; son, Johnny Gonzales; four siblings, Mitchell, Donald, Dorothy and Laura.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site with Fr. David Ruby officiating. Burial will be in Keshena.


Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m.


The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Unity Hospice for their compassion, care and support.


Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay, WI is assisting the family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Liz may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

David Michael Kihl

By Huehns Funeral Home


David Michael Kihl, 76, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Friday afternoon November 23rd in Green Bay, Wisconsin after a short but tough battle with lung cancer.


David is preceded in death by his parents Leslie and Mary (Schneider) Kihl; grandparents Leonard and Delcie (Lemere) Kihl, Conrad and Ella (Leist) Schneider; siblings Mavis Kihl and Joyce Pritchett, and niece Mary (Pritchett) Widner.


David is survived by his family which includes four children, Moriah Kihl, Monica Kihl, Tony (Alecia) Kihl, and Jennifer Kihl; two grandchildren, Ashton Rahl and Grayson Kihl; one sister, Sandra (Rich) Dirks; two nieces, Stephanie (Tom) Gandia and Gail (Tom) Savage; one nephew, Greg (Becky) Pritchett; nephew-in-law Gary Widner, and numerous other great nieces, nephews, and cousins.


A celebration of his life will be held at 1 pm, Sunday, November 25th at Huehns Funeral Home located at 1414 Michigan St. Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from noon until 1 pm.


Following the celebration of life, all are welcome to stay for a catered lunch at the same location.


“Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay for the compassion and care provided to David during his time of need”.


Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of David may be shared with the family through his tribute page at

Sara J. Burmeister

By Schinderle Funeral Home


“Our Sunshine”


Sara J. Burmeister, 39, Algoma, passed away peacefully at home with her mom and family at her side after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born September 21, 1979, in Algoma to Janet (Burmeister) Hecker and Michael Deprey.


As a young adult, she lived at Rockwood Heights in Green Bay for 20 years. She recently moved back to Algoma to live with her mom.


Sara will always be remembered for her smile that would warm your heart and light up the room. Sara brought so much joy to our family and anyone else who knew her. She loved music and going to concerts, enjoyed time spent with family and attending the day program at the CP Center. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a loving, caring heart.


Sara is survived by her mother and step-dad, Janet and Ken Hecker, father Mike Deprey (Tracy), brothers Mike and Levi, stepbrother Tad Hecker, aunts and uncles Linda (Allen) Haszel, Dennis Burmeister, Diane Marit, Ron Burmeister, Carol Martineau, Lois (Bob) Burmeister, Gary Deprey, Crystal Deprey, Lisa Deprey and many cousins.


She was preceded in death by her grandparents Harold and Ruth Burmeister, Arvilla Raynier and adoptive grandparents Richard and Lois Wills.


Family and friends may gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, from 1:00 PM until the time of services at 3:00 PM.


The family wants to give a special thanks to the caring staff at Rockwood Heights, CP Center, care team at Unity Hospice and the staff at Green Bay Oncology.

Gretchen Ann Licther-Montee

By Huehns Funeral Home


Gretchen Ann Montee, 60, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Wednesday morning, November 21, 2018 at her home with her family by her side following a short but devastating illness of brain cancer.


Gretchen was born April 12, 1958 in Kenosha, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Kathleen (Hayes) Lichter. Following high school, Gretchen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and her master’s in education from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. She moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1983 as Ms. Lichter, teaching middle school English before eventually focusing her role in education as reading specialist for the Sturgeon Bay Schools, retiring in 2016.


She married Timothy L. Montee on July 20, 1985 in Paris, Wisconsin. They loved being in the out of doors together, especially biking and skiing, and shared that gift with family and friends.


Gretchen’s life calling was devoted to teaching children. She wrote many grants for the school district, increasing funding options for literacy and language programs. She left her mark on our community spearheading the Gifted and Talented Program, Safe Routes for Schools, the Door County Civility Project, and volunteered for various outdoor activities, including skiing, biking and triathlons. She continued that mission of service with her involvement at St. John Bosco School and as a CESA mentor.


Gretchen’s family includes her husband, Tim; two children, MurphyKate (Jeremy Judge) Montee of Chicago, Illinois and Nicholas Montee of Milwaukee; two brothers, Mike (Debi) Lichter of La Crosse and Nick (Margaret) Lichter of Onalaska; three sisters, Judy Lichter of Sparta, Mary (Nick) Breunig of Onalaska, and Lisa (Craig) Zimmerman of Onalaska; many dear nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Jill Montee of Racine; two brothers-in-law, Gerry Montee of Racine and Barry Montee of La Crosse; and father-in-law, Jack Montee of Racine.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas and Kathleen (Hayes) Lichter; mother-in-law, Carol Montee; brother-in-law, Scott Montee; and sister-in-law, Nancy Montee.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Carl Schmitt as celebrant.


Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday November 30, 2018 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a parish wake service to be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.


Following the Mass, Gretchen’s wish was for all to take a walk or ride in nature together at Snowkraft.


Gretchen was an incredibly loving and energetic woman. Throughout her illness Gretchen always remained grateful for the positives in her life, constantly saying, “We are so blessed.” We are so thankful to hospice, family, and friends for their love and support at this impossible time.


Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Gretchen may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Samuel Eugene LeFevre

By Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home


Samuel “Sam” E. LeFevre, 84, of Casco, passed away at home on November 21, 2018. He was born April 5, 1934, in the Town of Red River to the late George and Eva (Flavion) LeFevre.  On April 7, 1983, he married Rose Marie (Massart) Kinnard at Holy Family College Chapel, in Manitowoc. Sam spent the majority of his life farming on the family farmstead in the Town of Red River.  In 1991, Sam sold the family farm and began working at Tufco in Green Bay.  He then worked for Green Bay Converting until the time of his retirement in 2009. Sam enjoyed life to the fullest.  He especially loved bowling, slow pitch softball, and golfing. He was inducted into the Green Bay Bowling Hall of Fame in on November 1, 1986. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren and especially loved watching them take part in their sporting events. He was very proud of all their accomplishments. He also really enjoyed spending time with his grand-pets, Duke and Harley.


Sam is survived by his wife Rose; two step-sons, Jim (Kristine) Kinnard and Tim (Cindy) Kinnard; six grandchildren, Steffi (Mark) Thiem, Cassi (Lucas) Oshefsky, Rachel (special friend Danny Dorner) Kinnard, Lexi (special friend Luke Potts) Kinnard, Travis Kinnard, and Jack Kinnard; two great-grandchildren, Aubrey Oshefsky and Livy Thiem; one sister-in-law, Beverly LeFevre; two brothers-in-law, Dr. Jack (Rita) Massart, Fr. Jim Massart; and many nieces and nephews.


Sam was preceded in death by his parents George (Eva) LeFevre; mother-in-law and father-in-law Nelson (Eleanor) Massart; three brothers, Rodger (Bernice) LeFevre, George LeFevre, and Joe (Gerri) LeFevre; nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home, Casco, on Sunday, November 25, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Monday, November 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Funeral Service will take place at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Bob Steiner officiating.  Burial to follow in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at


Sam’s family would like to thank St. Vincent Home Health for their care and compassion.

Derwood Creech

By Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home


July 28th, 1930 – November 17th, 2018


To a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, and Friend


Before we say anything, let us all thank you for who you were to us. Let us remind you, on your hardest day of how much you meant to us.  How much love there was for you in a room full of family that wouldn’t exist without you. Full of memories each of us were blessed to share with you personally throughout the years.


So many generations of family and friends will cherish your memory each day. Each memory special in its own way to the individual that you encountered.  You may not have been able to say goodbye, but your final moments were understood by all of us.


Your legacy will continue to live on in the hearts and souls of all of us.


Rest easy, Grandpa, may you find the peace you so rightfully deserve.


With Love,


Your Family & Friends


*A special thank you to the Aurora ICU and the Algoma Long Term Care Team your hospitality and kindness throughout all this was greatly appreciated by all of us.*


Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Algoma is assisting the family with arrangements.

Elmer F. Charles

By Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home


Elmer Charles, 96, of Algoma, WI, passed away on November 19, 2018. Elmer was born August 6, 1922 to the late Frank and Louise (Barrett) Charles. He married Bertha (Betty) Seestadt in Maplewood on July 20, 1948. She preceded him in death on July 30th, 1996.


Elmer farmed with his parents and brother Francis until his marriage to Betty, when they bought their own farm in Kewaunee County. He also worked at the shipyards and retired from Kewaunee Fabrication formerly Engineering in 1985. He then worked 14 years for the Aging Resource Center in Kewaunee as a bus driver and volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He retired from this job in 2002 because of his bad back. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and family whenever he found time. He also enjoyed hunting with his sons and playing sheepshead.


Elmer is survived by his sons, Robert “Bob” (Darlene) Charles, Abrams, WI, and Blane (Mary) Charles, Wesby, WI. Eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty; daughter Bonnie; one great-grandchild; brother, Francis; and his half-sister, Laura; as well as by nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 10-11:30 am at St. Hubert Catholic Church in Rosiere. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:30 am with Fr. Edward Looney and Fr. Dennis Drury concelebrating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolence messages may be shared at

Harvey F. Villers, Sr.

By Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home


Harvey Villers Sr., 82, formerly of Algoma, passed away on November 19, 2018. He was born on July 19, 1936 to the late Ernest and Grace (Degreve) Villers. Harvey served his country in the Korean War. He married Shirley DeGrave on November 24, 1979. Harvey enjoyed hunting, fishing and Polka Music.


He is survived by his wife Shirley; children, Harvey Jr., Lee, Mark, Laurie, Jerry Villers; step-son, Michael DeGrave; sister, Ruth (Bruce) Tebon; and his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two infant daughters.


Friends may call at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home (Algoma), from 9-11 am on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday at the Funeral Home with Pastor John Moll officiating. Burial will follow at Nicolet Memorial Gardens. Online condolence messages may be shared at

Robert "Bob" A. Schwabenlander


By McMahon Funeral Home


Robert “Bob” A. Schwabenlander, 91 of New Franken, died Monday afternoon, November 19, 2018, in Luxemburg. He was born in Hilbert to the late Joseph J. and Theresa M (Gruber) Schwabenlander. Post-WWII he served his country in the United States Army from 1946 to 1948. On April 26, 1949, he married Armella S. Thiel at St. John Catholic Church, Hilbert. She preceded him in death on May 27, 1982. On October 21, 1983, Bob married Urania A. Heim-Phillips at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Sugar Bush. He farmed and drove a truck until retirement in 1988. Bob was a member of the St. John Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus all in Hilbert and the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262, Luxemburg. His enjoyments included playing cards, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and his two cats, Henry and Lucy and his dog, Lady.


Survivors include his wife Urania, his five children, Jeff (Gloria) Schwabenlander, Hilbert; Patricia Loose (Steve Wolf), Appleton; Kathy (Merlin) Loose, Hilbert; Mike (Sue) Schwabenlander, Kaukauna; Ann (Dan) Gehl, Menasha; two stepchildren, Cindy (Mike) Rukamp, New Franken; Doug (friend, Cindy) Phillips, New Franken; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; four sisters in law; several nieces and nephews.


Bob was preceded in death by, one infant child; one brother, five sisters in law and six brothers in law.


Friends may call at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, November 23, 2018. Closing American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262, Luxemburg, memorial service with full military honors at 6:00 pm. Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at St. John Catholic Church, N7692 County Trunk BB, Hilbert, Wi. 54129. Funeral Mass 11:00 am Saturday, at the church with Rev. Michael Betley officiating. Burial in St. John Catholic Cemetery, Hilbert.


The family wishes to thank Marie and her staff at Oak Creek Assisted Living in Luxemburg for the excellent care given to our Husband/Dad/Grandfather.

Delores "Dee" G. Mead

By Casperson Funeral Home     


Delores “Dee” G. Mead, 95, of Sister Bay, died Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Aurora Nor-Door Clinic.


She was born on June 26, 1923 in Clintonville, the daughter of the late Frederick and Martha Geiger.


Dee married John M. Mead on September 18, 1945 at the University Chapel in Madison.


Dee was very involved with community service her whole life. While living in Waukesha, she was a member of the Waukesha Jaycettes, the Garden Club, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School, and The Women’s Service Club. After Dee and John retired to Door County in 1980, she continued her community service as a member of the Ellison Bay Women’s Club, The Sodality at St. Rosalia’s Catholic Church in Sister Bay, and many hours volunteering at Scandia Village Nursing Home in Sister Bay and their resale store, “Bargains Unlimited”.


Dee loved to dance, quilt, play bridge, and was an avid golfer. She was also an artist and painted on canvas, as well as clothing. Dee lived life to the fullest and was blessed with a large family who loved her very much.


She is survived by her four daughters, Connie (Greg) Brandt, Nancy Jean (Budd) Carr, Jacalyn (David) Nienow, and Mary Beth (Zack) Mead; two sons, Patrick Mead and Michael (Mary) Mead; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Martha Geiger; husband, John; eight sisters; and one brother.


A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will be held in the summer of 2019.


Donations can be made in Dee’s name to Scandia Village Nursing Home. Cards may be sent to: The Mead Family, 1455 Sunnyside Lane, Ellison Bay, WI 54210.


Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Dee’s family through her tribute page at

Randy Mueller

By Huehns Funeral Home


Randy Mueller, 65, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Saturday morning (November 17, 2018) after suffering an apparent heart attack.


He was born February 19, 1953 to Virgil A. and Evelyn (Luethge) Mueller. Randy graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1971 before continuing his education at NWTC Diesel Mechanics School. On September 28, 1974 he married Christine M. Hintz at Sturgeon Bay Methodist Church. They had three children, Jennifer, Hilary, and Travis.


After graduating from Diesel School, Randy went to work in his father’s trucking business, driving and repairing trucks. In 1987 he and Chris started their own business, Mueller Towing and Repair. In 2000 they purchased and operated Royal Flush sanitation business. In 2008 their son Travis officially joined the family business followed by Hilary in 2011 and his son-in-law, Steven Heard in 2015. That same year in 2015 brought the purchase of the property across from their existing businesses. They would move the existing businesses there and reopen the scrap yard and relaunched as Door County Scrap Metal. It was a true family business that he and his family currently operate.


Randy was renowned in his mechanical knowledge and ability to diagnose and repair most anything. If no one else could fix it, you called Randy Mueller. He spent many hours helping people fix trucks over the phone when the truck breakdown was in another state.


He loved being in the outdoors and spent a lot of time hunting with his son Travis. Taking his dog Cooper along with Ash, Panzer and his buddy Neeko for runs with the four wheeler was another favorite pastime.


Randy was an avid trap shooter and loved helping people learn the sport. He and Travis shot on the same trap team. He was a member of Door County Rod and Gun Club, Gardner Gun Club, and Peninsula Gun Club.


Randy’s family was very important to him and he loved getting together with them at holiday’s and for summer picnics. He took many vacations to Disney World with his family. It truly was a magical place for him.  He enjoyed going to truck shows with Travis and restoring his antique 359 Peterbilt’s for The Big Iron Classic in Kasson Minnesota. Randy was a member of the Wisconsin Towing Association, and the American Truck Historical Society.


Survivors include his wife, Chris; two children, Hilary (Steven) Heard of Brussels, Travis Mueller of Sturgeon Bay; granddaughter, Lyla Heard; mother, Evelyn Mueller of Sturgeon Bay; brother, Douglas (Teri) Mueller of Green Bay, two sisters, Susie (Harv) Rumlow, Sandi (Michael) Smith of Sturgeon Bay; brothers-in-law, Tom (Heidi) Hintz of Sturgeon Bay, Jerry (Karen) Hintz of Eagle Harbor, Michigan; sister-in-law, Linda Faye of New Mexico; nieces and nephews, Tim (Martha) Rumlow, Angela (Matt) Hinz, Ryan Rumlow, Heather Mueller, Derek Mueller, Alexis (Tyler) Haack, Arica (Tim) Smith, Evan Smith, Cassie (Greg) Gast, Karl Hintz, Landen Hintz, Margaret Hintz, Thor (Samantha) Greggerson, and Braggie Greggerson.


“As a family we are hurting from his loss and know those who were fortunate to have known Randy will be hurting too. Our family and his many friends are going to miss this wonderful man in our lives and will get through this shock together.  Thank you for all of your support.”


A service to remember Randy will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. David Leistra of Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will follow at Bayside Cemetery.


Friends may call from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

Sarah Minnie Tischler

By Forbes Funeral Home


Sarah Minnie Tischler, 97, of Green Bay and formerly of Door County passed away at Woodside Villa on November 16, 2018.


She was born September 21, 1921, to Henry and Elsie (Schultz) Tischler in the Town of Egg Harbor. She was baptized in 1921 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Baileys Harbor and then confirmed August 26, 1934, at Zion Lutheran Church, West Jacksonport.

Sarah graduated from Pleasant Grove School and Gibraltar High School. She was employed in Sturgeon Bay at L.D. Smith Shipbuilding and Bank of Sturgeon Bay. Sarah was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.

Survivors include her niece, Susan (Keith) Ross, of Madison; a nephew, Tom Tischler, of Cecil; two grandnieces, Lindsay (Ross) Donoval and Kimberly Ross. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Olga; a brother and sister-in-law Ernest (Marjorie) Tischler.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at the Forbes Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Schroeder officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, West Jacksonport. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home until time of services.
Memorials may be given to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay or Zion Lutheran Church, West Jacksonport in her memory.

The family wishes to thank Woodside Villa and Compassus Hospice for their caring service. On-line condolences may be offered at

Elizabeth "Betty" Jean Tarsitano

By Casperson Funeral Home


Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Tarsitano, 88, of Baileys Harbor, WI, was called Home, Friday, November 9, 2018 while at Hearthside CBRF in Sister Bay, WI.


She was born August 11, 1930 in Spaulding, NE, the daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy (Hinze) Patterson. Betty earned her BSN at Creighton University in Omaha, NE and later received her PhD in Education. She taught at Loyola University Chicago before entering the home health service. On December 27, 1969, Betty was united in marriage to Robert Tarsitano at St. Pius Catholic Church in Omaha, NE. Following retirement, they moved to Door County, WI, full-time.


Betty was a member of St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Baileys Harbor (now Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor site).


She will be missed by her beloved husband, Bob of Baileys Harbor; and her dear nieces and nephews.


Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Dorothy Patterson; and two brothers and sister, Richard and Edward Patterson, and Catherine Wehr.


Her life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor site with Fr. David Ruby as celebrant. Betty will be laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery in Omaha, NE.


Visitation for family and friends will be held at Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor site on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.


Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Betty may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Brenda (Uecker) Decker

By Forbes Funeral Home


Brenda (Uecker) Decker, 58, of Appleton and formerly of Door County died unexpectedly of natural causes in Janesville on November 14, 2018.  She was born April 18, 1960 in Algoma to Glenway and Jeanette (Seiler) Uecker.


Brenda graduated with honors from Southern Door High School in 1978 and then studied residential design at Northcentral Technical School in Wausau.  During her life, she worked as a truss designer and property assessor in several cities throughout Wisconsin.


She loved arts and crafts and enjoyed needle point, painting and jewelry making.  Brenda was also a proud cat owner for many years. She especially enjoyed time spent with her nieces, nephews, and friends from Appleton.


Survivors include her three siblings, Connie (Randy) Schuster, Sturgeon Bay; Linda (John) Muraski, Green Bay; and John (Genevieve) Uecker, Oak Creek; nieces and nephews:  Alexander, Calvin, Kaitlin, and Megan; uncles, aunts and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.


A visitation will be held at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Doris "Dorie" Marie Ullsperger

By Huehns Funeral Home


Doris “Dorie” Marie Ullsperger, 98, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord, Tuesday night, November 13, 2018 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF.


She was born December 22, 1919 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late George Arthur Draeb and Lydia Louise (Taube) Draeb. Dorie was the drum majorette in the Sturgeon Bay High School marching band and graduated as class valedictorian with the class of 1937. She went on to study music at Lawrence University in Appleton. On October 8, 1940, she was united in marriage to Frank Keith Ullsperger at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church where she remained a lifelong member. They were blessed with nearly 51 years of marriage. Frank preceded her in death on September 5, 1991.


Dorie worked as a clerk at her father’s business, Draeb Jewelers in Sturgeon Bay. She and Frank also operated their apple and cherry orchards together in addition to raising their family there.


Dorie was the organist and choir director at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church for over 50 years and played and sang for many weddings and funerals. She also sang with the Choraliers and Trouble Clefts. Dorie was active in the church circles and was also a Girl Scout and Brownie Leader. All of her family can attest to what a wonderful cook she was.


Dorie will be missed by her two daughters, Edie (Mike) Bushman and Grayce (Chuck) Brann, both of Sturgeon Bay; three grandchildren, Kirk (Martha) Bushman, Michelle (Tom) Schinktgen, and Jeff (Kaya) Brann; seven great-grandchildren, Kavari and Xaeli Brann, Kyle Bushman and Kaley (Bob) Lee, Devin, Derek, and Danielle “Dani” Schinktgen; sister-in-law, Joan A. Draeb of Sturgeon Bay; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.


She was welcomed Home by her parents, George and Lydia Draeb; stepmother, Doris Draeb; husband, Frank; son-in-law, Bruce Miller; and sister and brother, Grace Draeb Chapman and John William “Bill” Draeb.


Dorie’s life will be honored with a funeral service held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church with Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp, Sr. and Rev. Reeder Herrick officiating. She will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery, beside her husband, Frank.


Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.


Memorials may be given in her name for Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church or Unity Hospice.


“Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the staffs at Anna’s Healthcare and Unity Hospice as well as the Huehns family and staff at Huehns Funeral Home for their wonderful care given to our mother and our family.”


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

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