Obituaries Archives for 2019-01

Elaine F. Dufek

Elaine F. Dufek, 85, Algoma, passed from this life on Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2019 at the Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility with her children by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born October 25, 1933 in Algoma, the daughter of Anton and Frances (Wortiska) Steiner. 

Elaine graduated from Algoma High School, upon completion, she worked on her parents family farm.  She had a true love for the land and country living.

She married Jerry Dufek on July 28, 1958 and they purchased a small farm of their own and pursued their dreams together.  They shared 42 years of marriage.

Elaine's full-time job was being a mother, grandmother and farmer's wife.  She was always working hard, taking care of the children, then grandkids and always working on the farm.  She enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening, reading and doing word puzzles.  She also enjoyed crafts and sewing (somebody always had something to mend and she could fix just about anything).  In her younger years, Elaine and Jerry loved to polka dance and were so smooth and graceful on the dance floor (when the knees permitted). 

She loved a good game of sheepshead with her family and long phone conversations when visiting in person didn't permit.  There were many conversations with her daughters about cooking, new recipes and cookbooks.  She taught all of her children the old world ways which developed our love for cooking.  Thank you for that.

She took great pride in her grandchildren and now her great grandchildren.  They could always count on her to cook or bake their favorites.  They could even phone in lunch requests to Grandma and she would have it ready for them on lunch breaks.  She loved a good campfire, side pork on the fire pit and a good glass of wine.  But mostly she loved spending time with family. 

Elaine will be deeply missed by her three children; Phyllis (Kenny) Depres, Mike (Roberta) Dufek and Deanna (Terry) Jorgenson; seven grandchildren; Lucas (Leigh) Deprez, Eric Deprez, Jeremy Dufek, Jamie Dufek, Christopher (Tiffany) Dufek, Danielle Jorgenson and Talia Jorgenson (significant other Nik Van Beek); three great grandchildren Elaina (Elain's namesake), Stella and Scarlett; Mary Beth Dufek (mother of Mike's children); two sisters Carole (Joe) Boulanger and Rita Boedecker; sister-in-law Evelyn Steiner and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerry, brother Joe, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and nephew Denis.

Family and friends may call at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Thursday Jan 24, 2019 from 3 PM until the time of services at 7 PM with Robert Steiner officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The Dufek family wishes to extend a special thank you to Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facilities staff for all their care and support through her stay.  The family appreciates all the support and comfort given to their mother.  The staff is truly special.

Mom, grandma, great grandma, we love you and miss you.  Your passing will be a void in our lives.  We know you are now feasting in Heaven and polka dancing with our father.  You will be in our memories and hearts forever.

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Jerome M. Heinz

Jerome Mark Heinz, 92, Sturgeon Bay, formerly of New Berlin, passed away on January 19, 2019, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.  He was born on January 15, 1927, in Milwaukee to Joseph and Evelyn (Lucht) Heinz.  On September 10, 1949, he married Irene Betty in West Allis, she preceded him in death on November 14, 2017.  Jerome worked for Fulton Marine Supplies for many years.


Survivors include one son, Steve (Ann Marie) Heinz, Sturgeon Bay; three grandchildren, Stacey (Ben) Kolterjahn, The Woodlands TX; Jessica (Derek) McCarty, Verona, WI; and Lindsey (fiancé, Mike) Heinz, Sturgeon Bay; six great-grandchildren, Jackson, Kennedy, Lily, Luke, Joshua, and Eli.


He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and one infant son, Ronald.


Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Luther Memorial Church (2840 S. 84th St., West Allis, WI 53227).  Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park in New Berlin.  Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Tuesday.  Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  On-line condolences may be offered at


Rodney Vlies

Rodney J. (Rod) Vlies, 66, of Algoma, WI, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019, surrounded by his family at Bellin Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born September 14, 1952 to Norman (Moose) and Dorothy Vlies.

Prior to his retirement he had been employed at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit as a CNA, as well as with Home Health Care.

Rod enjoyed cooking, reading, painting and was a great story teller. But his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his nieces and nephews and their children.

He is survived by 3 brothers, Randy (Sandy), Rick (Wendy), Russell (Barb); two sisters, Roxanne (Paul) Moede, Rene (Vince) Velchek; 13 nieces and nephews, 22 great-nieces and nephews, special cousin, Vicki Vlies, and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Douglas, Darrell, and Reggie.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lincoln from 8-10 am on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at 10 am with Fr. Edward Looney officiating. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home in Algoma is assisting the family. 


Wallace Englebert

Our Uncle Wallace (Wally) Englebert, 98, Algoma, went to be with his wife and family on January 15, 2019. Wallace was a kind and gentle soul, a man of few words with a quiet demeanor.

Wallace, the last surviving of 8 children, was born in Misere, Wisconsin to the late Nestor and Emily (Coisman) Englebert. Wallace was a 1938 graduate of Brussels High School. In 1945 he was united in marriage to Verna Pavlik. Verna passed away in 1988.

In his younger years Wally enjoyed playing cards and bowling. Wally retired from the Algoma Hardwoods. In retirement Wally became an “Algoma Legend” for his daily city walks which he did well into his late 90’s. He was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Verna; parents; in-laws; and his five sisters, Jennie (Herman) Baudhuin, Laura (Harry) Rass, Verna Englebert, Gertrude (Norman) Hansen, Mildred (Joseph) Deprez; and two brothers, Gilbert (Agnes) Englebert and Lawrence (Helen) Englebert.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 9:00 to 11:00 am. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am with Msg. Jim Dillenburg officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen cemetery. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Algoma is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolence messages may be shared at

The family wishes to thank Jennie and the staff at Autumn’s Journey and Unity Hospice for the care given to Wally.

We will miss you Uncle Wally. Rest in Peace.


Arlene Beaurain

Arlene (Esselman) Beaurain, 95, of Lincoln, WI, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Born on December 27, 1923 in Athens, WI to the late Henry and Clara (Laufer) Esselman. Arlene graduated from Montello High School then from Stevens Point Normal School with a degree in elementary education. She taught at Lafayette school in Euren, WI until the birth of her children.
She married Melvin Beaurain on May 27, 1947 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Montello. He preceded her in death in 2001. They lived in Lincoln their entire lives and were proud recipients of the Century Farm award in 1963. Arlene was very involved in the day to day farming activities.
She was also a member of the Lincoln homemakers, St. Ann Altar Society, Catholic Order of Foresters, and Casco Legion Auxiliary. She was an eucharistic Minister for St. Peter’s Catholic Church and taught religious education. She was a general leader for the Lincoln 4-H club as well as very involved with the youth government day program for Kewaunee County. She and Mel were also involved in the Euren Jolly Riders Snowmobile Club.
She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, crocheting, and quilt making. She loved her card parties with “the group” and also with her family. She spent many happy times with all her grandchildren.
Arlene is survived by her children, Bob (Sheila) Beaurain, Sayner, Pat (Jeff) Buckmaster, De Pere, Jim (Mary) Beaurain, Casco, Ken (Deb) Beaurain, Casco, Kathy (Dale) Schley, Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren, Jen Engel, Atlanta, Susan (Casey) Pierce, Indianapolis, Kevin (Melissa) Buckmaster, Luxemburg, Laurie (Ryan) Maes, De Pere, Amy (Jesse) Jerabek, Casco, Michelle (Jared) Pamperin, Shiocton, Heather (Jonathan) Gartzke, Appleton, Justin (Amber) Puissant, New Franken, Sarah (Andy) Seidl, Luxemburg, Alex (Amanda) Beaurain, Stevens Point, Kaylyn (Dustin) Ackerman, Sturgeon Bay, Ryan (Mackenzie) Schley, Sturgeon Bay; sister-in-law, Ruth Esselman Nielson, Clinton; and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Mel in 2001; daughter, Carol; grandson, Mark Buckmaster; parents, Henry and Clara Esselman; in-laws, Joe & Mary Beaurain; siblings, Ray, Fr. Al, Bill, Hillard (Eleanor) Esselman, Rosetta (Carroll) Rusch, Dolores (Vernon) Peroutky, Lucille (George) Ellinger, Clarice (Bill) Cotter; and brother-in-law Louis (Doris) Beaurain.
A visitation for family and friends will be held at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Casco, on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 3-7 pm with a prayer service at 6:00 pm. Visitation will continue on Monday January 21, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church – Lincoln, from 9-11 am. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am with Fr. Edward Looney officiating. Entombment will follow at the Shrine of Good Shepherd Mausoleum in Green Bay. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home in Casco is assisting the family. Online condolence messages may be shared at
The family would like to thank Sharon and Wayne DePeau and the staff at Fred & Mamies and also the staff at Sturgeon Bay Health Services – Dorchester. A special thank you to Dr. Paul Maes for his care of mom.
The family would like to thank Tim Kinnard from Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home for helping to honor Arlene and her family’s wish to further Alzheimer’s research through the Wisconsin Brain Donor Program.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Arlene’s name.

John F. Swanson

John F. Swanson, 71, Sister Bay, formerly of Minneapolis, MN passed away Monday (January 14, 2019) while at Hearthside CBRF in Sister Bay.
     He was born May 23, 1947, in Berwyn, Illinois the son of the late Kermit and Jean (White) Swanson.  He graduated from Naperville High School in 1965 before receiving a BA in English Literature from Carleton College, MN, master’s degree from the University of Chicago, then completing his studies and received Ph.D. at Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
     John worked for various community arts organizations including, Indiana University and Assistant to the President of the Minnesota Orchestra. He was a voracious reader, a student of literature and old movies, and had a fervent appreciation of classical music.  John was a member of the Northern Door Book Club.
     Survivors include his dear sister, Judith Teicher, and brother, Carl A. Swanson; two nieces, Rachael (Dan Smrz) Swanson and her two children, Lief and Owen Bergwin, Sarah (Michael) Bergwin and their child, Zetta; and many dear friends.
     A service remembering John will be held in Minnesota in spring. There will be a gathering of friends in Door County soon.
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Julie Sarrahn

Julie A. Serrahn, 101, Algoma, passed away January 13, 2019 at Autumns Journey.  She was born June 19, 1917 in Two Rivers to Andrew and Francis (Zwicki) Wichlacz. 

  Julie married Karl Serrhan January 11, 1941 in Iowa.  She worked as a baker and salesperson at Wautlet's Bakery in Algoma for over 25 years.

  She enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, reading and traveling with her husband Karl who was an over the road truck driver.  She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid and the American Legion Auxillary.

  Julie is survived by her two daughters Sandy (Gerald) Mueller, Sheboygan; Karen Wolter, Green Bay; daughter-in-law Patty Serrahn, Green Bay; grandchildren and great grandchildren, one brother Andy Wichlacz, Two Rivers; two sisters Angie Lodl, Two Rivers and Dorothy (Robert) Trost, Charlevoix, MI.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Karl, son John, brothers George, Edward and Joe and sisters Florence and Hattie.

  Family and friends may gather at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma, Friday January 18, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joel McKenney officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.

  The family wants to give a special thank you to Autumns Journey and Unity Hospice for all the care and kindness given to our mom over the years.

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

Barbara Ann Forbes

Barbara Ann Forbes, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 2019.  She was born May 24, 1936, in Sturgeon Bay to Martin and Ella (Schultz) Kust. In 1954, she graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School as salutatorian.   After graduation, she worked for several years at the Door County Court House. On February 10, 1962, she married Harold R. Forbes at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.  Together they raised three sons.

As a young mom, Barb kept very busy raising her three boys and attending all their activities.  In addition to the full-time task of mothering, she also volunteered as a Vacation Bible School teacher, served as a den mother for cub scouts, and helped to run the concession stand at the little league fields.   She always tried to make every birthday and holiday a memorable occasion for her boys.

When her children were older, Barb took a position in the office at the Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College.  She was an extremely dedicated employee who took great pride in her work and often finished work projects on her own time after business hours.  For many years, Barbara also covered the phone line for the family business before the days of professional answering services.

In her younger days, Barbara was an active member of the Fond du Lac Jaycettes and the Sturgeon Bay Jaycettes.  She also enjoyed bowling in several leagues and tournaments. As a lifelong and faithful member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, she served in numerous capacities over the years including teaching VBS, helping with church publications, serving funeral luncheons with the Ladies Aid Group, and serving on several other ministerial committees.    After she retired, Barb also did volunteer work for the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary.

Barbara loved attending musicals, concerts, and plays.  She and Harold were able to take several bus trips in their retirement to various destinations.  Barb was a very thoughtful and generous person. She spent a good portion of every year gift shopping for her grandchildren and her great nieces and nephews.  She always managed to find that perfect gift.

Lately, Barb enjoyed going out to dinner with their “First Friday Group” and attending all her grandchildren’s extra-curricular events.  As her health began to decline, she simply enjoyed watching old movies and the Hallmark channel on television, visiting with her family and their dogs, and making her twice weekly trip to the hair salon.

Survivors include her husband Harold, 3 sons, Eric (Elizabeth) Forbes of Appleton, Mark (Jill) Forbes of Sturgeon Bay, and Tim (Lacie) Forbes of Sturgeon Bay; 7 grandchildren: Jordan (Caitlyn) Forbes, Bryan, Brett, and Levi Forbes, all of Appleton, Jenna (fiancé, Landon Fisher) Forbes of De Pere, Brandon Forbes of Sturgeon Bay, and Parker Forbes of Sturgeon Bay; sister-in-law, Helen Knutson of Tomah; nieces and nephews.


Cecelia M. Zellner

Cecelia M. Zellner (Mrs. Michael) 88, of Luxemburg, passed away Saturday evening, January12, 2019. She was born March 31,1930 in Sugarbush to the late Edward and Margaret K. (Pirlot) DeGrand.  On February 14, 1953 she married Michael C. Zellner at St. Hubert Church, Sugarbush, he preceded her in death June 15, 1986.  Cecelia began her career as a waitress, later working with her husband on their farm in Luxemburg.  After retiring she volunteered for the Aging Resource Center driving those who needed a ride to doctor appointments etc. Cecelia will be most remembered for visiting local nursing homes and CBRF facilities in the area, dropping off a church bulletin, a sweet treat and a kind word. She was a member of the Christian Mothers Society, and St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  She enjoyed crocheting and playing cards at meal site with her many friends. 


Survivors include eight children, Marilyn (Craig) Denil, Brussels; John Zellner (Johneen, deceased), Sugarbush; Jeanette "Jan" (Robert) Du Bois, New Franken; Joseph (Cheryl) Zellner, Lincoln; Joan (Richard "Zeke") Broekman, Suamico; Marlene "Molly" (Mark) Derricks, Appleton; David (Brenda) Zellner, Luxemburg; Michael  J. “Mike” (Sherry) Zellner, Luxemburg; 19 grandchildren, Nicole (Jeff) Sperber, Michelle (Eric) Naese, Jason (Crystal) Zellner, Johnelle (Lucas) Den Ruyter,  Karen (Chris) Smallcomb, Kevin Flavion, (Emily Du Bois, deceased), Alan Du Bois, Amy (Michael) Dose, Alyssa Zellner (friend, Jacob), Melissa Derricks, Matthew Derricks (friend, Michelle), Ryan Zellner, Steven (friend: Brittny) Zellner, Corey Zellner,  (Amanda Zellner, deceased), Mindy (Eric) Cerniglia, Michael Zellner II (special friend, Allie), Aaron  (Ashley) Zellner; thirteen great grandchildren, Quinn and Alex Sperber, Jaedalynn and Zaeron Zellner, Brayden and Braxton Den Ruyter, Savannah and Carson Smallcomb, Colbert Heyer,  Shane Derricks, Jeffrey and Raelynn Zellner, Theodore Cerniglia; brothers in law and sisters in law,  (Dolores, deceased) Norman Peters, New Franken; Franklin “Frank” (Arleene-deceased) Zellner, Green Bay; Marina “Julie” (Robert) Harrison, IL; Ralph (Bette) Zellner, DePere; Kenneth (Lois) Zellner, CA; Alby Zellner, FL; Joyce Janowski, Green Bay; Bonnie (Robert) McMahon, MI; Sharon (Kenneth) Basten, Green Bay; (Karen, deceased) Leon (Sandi) Heim, New Franken,  many nieces and nephews.


Ceil was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brothers and sisters in law, Elmer (Leona) DeGrand, Norman (Marcella) DeGrand, Henry DeGrand, sisters and brothers in law, Elizabeth (Robert) Vande Hei, Rose (Peter Heezen) (Jacob Van Ven Roy), Agnes (Wilbert) Hazaert, Margaret (Emil) Witek, Sister Mary Eugene “Julia” DeGrand,  Mary (Antone) Drobeck, LaVerne (Joseph) Kanugh, a special Aunt Stella Charlier, former son in law, Gaylord “Fluff” Flavion,  her father in law and mother in law, Peter and Emma (Theys) Zellner, brothers in law and sisters in law, Rita Zellner,  Leo Zellner, Arnold Zellner, Bernard (Nancy) Zellner.


Friends may call 2:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at St. Mary Church, 1412 Main Street, Luxemburg, Wi.  54217, Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Friday, January 18, 2019.  Funeral 11:00 am on Friday at the church with Reverend Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.


McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the Zellner Family.


In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in Cecelia’s name for St. Mary Church in Luxemburg.


The Zellner Family wishes to extend a special thank you to Unity Hospice, Pam and the staff of Helping Hearts Assisted Living in Luxemburg for your tender care, also to all of Ceil's family and friends who offered support and visits to her these past years.


Timothy Theis

Timothy I. Theis, 37, died on Friday, January 11, 2019, tradgicly,  the result of an altercation in West Allis. The son in Chris and Amber (Retel) Theis, was born in Green Bay on June 02, 1981.  He was a 1999 graduate of Luxemburg-Casco High School. Tim loved to run, play rugby, and bartend because of his love for people.

His last act of compassion for people was his gift of organ donation.

Survivors include his parents, Chris and Amber Theis, Casco; two brothers, Zachary (Amanda) Theis, Luxemburg; Mathew Theis, Green Bay; a niece, several aunts, uncles.

Tim is preceded in death by, paternal grandparents, Robert and Valerie Theis; his maternal grandparents, Larry and Mona Retel.

A celebration of life for Tim will be held 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, on Saturday, January 19, 2019.  A time for memory sharing at 11:30 am.

The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Froedtert SICU, the West Allis Police Dept and the procurement team, for the exceptional compassion and care we received.

Margaret A. Gustafson

Margaret “Marge” Gustafson, 87, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at her home in the Town of Gardner on January 12, 2019.  She was born February 26, 1931 in West Allis to Vincent and Margaret (Davis) Randazzo.  On December 29, 1960 she married Norman C. Gustafson.  He preceded her in death on March 11, 2004. 
She and Norman raised their family in Shorewood, Wisconsin.  They retired to Door County in the late 1980’s.  All her family and friends knew her as “Auntie Marge” and she loved everyone she knew as if they were members of her own family.
Survivors include her five children, Joseph (Karen) Kleba, Patricia Kleba, Gary Leineweber, Lee Ann (Kenneth) Stuebe, Donna Gustafson; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Fleurquin, Rose (Frank) Sanchez; and a brother Andy (Betty) Randazzo.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sons, Gary and James; a brother Jack Randazzo and a sister Mary Loshankohl. 
Services for Marge will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Forbes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Carl Schmitt officiating.  Burial will be in Stevenson Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name. On-line condolences may be offered at

Jennifer Grace Corbisier

Jennifer Grace Corbisier, 76, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord, Wednesday morning, January 9, 2019 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF in Sturgeon Bay.

     She was born November 5, 1942 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Ronald Verin Jacks and Eila M (Rielly) Jacks. Jennifer graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1960 and went on to study at business school in Green Bay. She was united in marriage to Robert Roland Corbisier on September 14, 1963 at the old Sturgeon Bay Methodist United Methodist Church on 5th Avenue. They shared nearly 26 years of marriage. Robert passed away August 15, 1989.

     Jennifer initially worked for Bank of Sturgeon Bay but eventually spent most of her time volunteering at Door County Memorial Hospital in Sturgeon Bay as a member of the hospital Auxiliary. She was a buyer in the hospital gift shop and also helped in gift shop operations and patient support.

     Jennifer was also a member of Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, Job’s Daughters International, and the Order of the Eastern Star Honor Chapter #1 in Sturgeon Bay. She enjoyed being active and out in the community, spending time with friends, traveling, and always having a story to tell about her kids and grandchildren.

     Jennifer will be missed by her sons, David Corbisier of Sturgeon Bay and Ronald (fiancé, Brian Konkler) Corbisier of Hudson; grandsons, Robert and Jacob Corbisier; sister-in-law, Marlene Fittshur; other relatives; and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Jeffrey Jacks; and siblings-in-law, Jim Corbisier, Dorothy Corbisier, and Gene Fittshur.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. Visitation will continue at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with an Eastern Star service to be held at 11:00 a.m. and the funeral to follow with Pastor David Leistra officiating. Jennifer will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery, beside her husband, Robert.

     Memorials may be given in Jennifer’s honor for the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary.

     Our family would like to thank the staffs of Anna’s Healthcare and Unity Hospice for the care given to our mother.

Nancy Wiegand

Nancy Elise Wiegand, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Wednesday morning, January 9, 2019 at Door County Medical Center with family at her side.

     She was born April 11, 1939 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Ward R. and Lois Vivian (Anderson) McAllister. Nancy graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1957. She worked at WDOR during her senior year, and upon her graduation, she went to work as secretary for the Naval Department in Washington, D.C. Nancy was united in marriage to Ernest John Wiegand on August 21, 1958 at the Bay View Lutheran Church parsonage in Sturgeon Bay. She was employed with Sturgeon Bay Metal Products as a machine operator for over 20 years. Above all, Nancy took care of her family and home.

     She was a member of Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, Red Hatters, and the Garden Club. Nancy enjoyed traveling with family and friends, gardening, and playing golf. She loved her home on the water and watching the sunset.

     Nancy will be deeply missed by her husband, Ernie, with whom she was blessed with over 60 years of marriage; four children, Steve Wiegand, Debbie (Mark) DeMeuse, Diane (Bob) Hank, and Dale (Kristie) Wiegand; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two siblings-in-law, Mark Grayson and Marilyn McAllister; nieces and a nephew; and friends.

     Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Pamela Wiegand; brother, David McAllister; sister, Sandra Lison; and brother-in-law, Douglas Wiegand.

     In honor of Nancy’s wishes, her life will be honored privately by family in spring.

     Memorials may be given in Nancy’s name for Door CANcer, Inc. or Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church.

     “Our family would like to thank the staffs of Door County Medical Center and Unity Hospice for their care given to Nancy.”

Dorothy E.Tice

 Dorothy E. Tice, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Wednesday morning, January 9, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services surrounded by her family.

     She was born January 23, 1923 in Portage County near Stevens Point, the daughter of the late Frank and Gertrude (Kieliszewski) Wnuk. Dorothy graduated from Stevens Point PJ Jacobs High School in 1940 before attending beauty school in Milwaukee.

     During WWII she worked for the war effort at Cutler & Hammer Electric Company in Milwaukee. On June 8, 1946 she married Robert G. Tice in Stevens Point and they were blessed with 7 children. He preceded her in death on January 7, 2011. They operated a small cherry orchard until the late 50’s. Dorothy also helped with finish work for Robert in the Tice Cabinet Shop.

     She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was active in Christian Mothers. An avid homemaker, she participated in the Apple Polishers Homemakers Club for many years. Dorothy was an excellent seamstress, and a wonderful cook. She loved baking in her kitchen and also working in her large garden. Dorothy was creative and very talented with her handiwork over the years, which included quilting, crocheting, rug-making, upholstery, painting, and ceramics.

     Our mother was an incredibly strong woman, never complaining, looking out for others, especially those in her family. She was a natural caregiver, nursing and caring for her daughter, Judy as she battled cancer until her passing, and her parents and in-laws as they aged. She was admired by her family for that loyal, caring, and unfailing spirit.

     Survivors include her six children, Larry (Diane) Tice, Chuck (Jean) Tice, Tom (Nancy Delsart) Tice, Bob (Gail) Tice, Jon (Laura) Tice, Betty (Scott) Rockendorf; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Dorothy loved her family and enjoyed family celebrations, including weddings and births, and she welcomed new members to the family. There was always room in her heart, and at her table, for one more. Children brought a smile to her face and she loved their visits and time spent with them.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Gertrude Wnuk; husband, Robert G. Tice; two children, an infant son at birth, and her daughter, Judy Kannenberg; two granddaughters, Paula Ann Shiver and Jennifer Tice; great-grandson, Jacob Kroll; three brothers, Valerian “Pepper” (Elinore) Wnuk, Ray (Helen) Wnuk, Gerald (Juanita) Wnuk; three sisters, Evelyn Anderson, Marcine (Frank) Wilfrath, Jean (Ervin) Houck.

     The family wishes to thank Dorothy’s caregivers at Sturgeon Bay Health Services, Unity Hospice, and Door County Medical Center.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Entombment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum.

     Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with the Rosary to be prayed at 3:45 p.m. and a parish wake service to be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Hank Anderson

Hank Anderson, 69, of Sturgeon Bay, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. Son of Marie (Schinkten) Anderson and the late Kenneth “Stutz” Anderson, he was born May 21st, 1949, in Wausau. He graduated from Abbot Pennings High School in 1967 and from UW-Oshkosh in 1971. He married Lynn Gilchrist in 1975. Although they divorced, they remained devoted friends, co-parents, and eventual co-grandparents.


Hank was the Procurement Manager at PBI until they closed in 1996, then he was the Production Control Manager at Hatco until retirement. In addition to his professional jobs, he also bartended regularly, not only for his love of people, but also to pay off his house and pay for his daughter’s eventual college so she could graduate debt-free.


Hank loved to fish, golf, cook, watch sports, play cards, and grocery shop. As the oldest sibling, he loved to give advice, whether it was about saving, being frugal (“don’t buy what you want to eat, buy what’s on sale”), or about honesty (“better to have someone steal $100 from you than to take a penny from them”). He set the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct for himself. Anyone who knew Hank, knew that he was as generous as they come. He was always giving and never wanting anything in return. He loved helping people, whether it was visiting sick people, buying groceries, giving financial assistance, or taking care of people’s yards. Hank had so many friends and loved befriending others, from all walks of life. He loved people and loved helping them all.


In 1979, Hank and Lynn had their only child, Julia. Hank was an extremely devoted father, filling Julia’s life with love and adventure, including trips to the Secret Crab Creek, backyard baseball, night crawler hunting in the evenings after a rainstorm, building a fish pond in the back yard, hosting cooking classes for Julia and her friends, along with many other very special memories. He helped Julia choose the college major of Paper Science and was so extremely proud of her career and life accomplishments, including the love she found with her husband, Andy.


Hank was blessed with 3 grandchildren, who were the light of his life. He visited on a weekly basis, and babysat regularly, often asking how much he was allowed to pay for his babysitting fun. Papa Hank provided many adventures for his grandkids, including teaching them to fish, going to cottages, playing “candy math,” inventing backyard games, and telling wonderful bedtime stories that were filled with morals of humility and kindness. He loved to have sleepovers with the kids and also made special time for one-on-one activities, including teaching moments, secret fishing trips, chess matches, McDonald’s visits, or Red Room lunches. His love and pride for his grandchildren was unparalleled.


Hank was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Anderson, and his aunts and uncles. He is survived by his daughter, Julia (Andy) Feltheim of Green Bay, 3 grandkids, Brooklyn (10), Dexter (8), and Hadley (7), his mother, Marie Anderson, his siblings, Terri (Bob) Lang, Mark (Betsy) Anderson, Scott (Ann) Anderson, Pete (Lisa) Anderson, and Sue (Dale) Crass, his former wife, Lynn Gilchrist, former sisters-in-law, Lisbeth Traer and Lori (Rich) Jaros, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many other friends and family members.


A visitation for family and friends will be held at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.   A time of sharing will take place at 6:00 pm that evening.  Memorials may be directed to the YMCA in his name.

Cindy A. Jessen

Cindy Ann Jessen, 61, of Sturgeon Bay and Roscoe, IL, passed away at her home in Sturgeon Bay on Jan. 8, 2019.  She was born March 19, 1957 in Waco, TX to Richard and Nancy (O’Connor) Kohlhagen.  Cindy graduated from Rockford West High School and attended Western Illinois University.


On July 23, 1977, she married Terry S. Jessen in Rockford, IL.  Together, Cindy and Terry raised two sons in Roscoe, IL.  Cindy loved gardening, crafting, and giving all her crafts away to others.  She had a heart of gold and always cared more about others than herself.


She is survived by her husband Terry, two sons, Jeremiah (Carrie) Jessen, Roscoe, IL, and Joshua Jessen, Loves Park, IL; 4 grandchildren, Gavin, Mason, Makayla, and Kennedy; her parents, 4 brothers, Doug (Michelle) Kohlhagen, David (Chris) Kohlhagen, Rick (Mary Jo) Kohlhagen, Robert Kohlhagen; 2 sisters, Becky (James) Gerhardt, and Shelly (Ed) Collazo.  She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Teresa Jessen.


Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and at Salem Lutheran Church on Friday, Jan. 18, from 10:00 to 11:00 am.   A funeral will be conducted at 11:00 am at the church on Friday with burial in Stevenson Cemetery.   Memorials may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in her name.

William "Bill" H. Thomson

William “Bill” H. Thomson, 68, Luxemburg, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 06, 2019, following a short illness. He was born in Green Bay on February 07, 1950 to the late Herbert W. and Betty J. (Bain) Thomson. He loved traveling, attending Brewer games, watching the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers, playing cards especially 85 with friends and working on his puzzle books. He truly enjoyed time spent with his granddaughters.

Survivors include his loving partner, Bonnie Christoff-Matzke, Luxemburg; his five children, Jesse Thomson, Green Bay; Todd Thomson, De Pere; Brookelynn (Special friend Matthew) Thomson, Grafton; Allison (Adam) Busalacchi, Appleton; Brandon Thomson, Green Bay; Bonnie’s two children, Tammy Hallett and Craig Hallett, both of Luxemburg; three granddaughters, Siena, Aviana, Ellina; two brothers, Gary (Rose) Thomson, De Pere; Tim (special friend, Annette) Thomson, Green Bay; three sisters, Sandy (William) Kayser, Chris (Roy Jr.) Seroogy, Kathy (Alan) Vann, all of De Pere; the mother of his children, Sally Thomson, De Pere; nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by, two nieces and two nephews.

Friends may call at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg, 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019. Closing parish prayer service at 7:00 pm on Friday. Visitation will continue on Saturday, January 12, 2019 between 9:30 and 10:45 am at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg. Funeral 11:00 am at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating. Burial in St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the Thomson Family.

A thank you is extended to Father Daniel Schuster, Heather from Unity Hospice, Dr. Fuchs and Katie Hampton from Cardiology Associates along with the doctors, nurses and staff at Bellin Hospital for their care and concern shown to Bill. A very special thank you to his many friends who came to his house for card games, when leaving the house was difficult for Bill.

Norman Schweikert

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Norman Schweikert, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s horn section from 1971 until 1997, who passed away at his home on Washington Island, Wisconsin on December 31, 2018, after a brief illness. He was 81 years old.

     A native of Los Angeles, Norman began piano lessons at the age of six, added violin soon after, and turned to the horn at age thirteen. His first horn teachers were Odolindo Perissi and Sinclair Lott, both members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During high school, Norman won a scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with Joseph Eger. In 1955, he auditioned for Erich Leinsdorf, then music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and won his first professional post as fourth horn there. He was its youngest member and in succeeding years played second and third horn.

     While in Rochester, Norman attended the Eastman School of Music and performed and recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Frederick Fennell. Studying with Morris Secon and Verne Reynolds, he graduated in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree and a performer’s certificate in horn. During his eleven-year tenure in Rochester, Norman served three years with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point as well as five years on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Academy as instructor of horn and a member of the Interlochen Arts Quintet.

     In June of 1971, at the invitation of music director Georg Solti, Norman joined the Chicago Symphony as assistant principal horn, just in time for the Orchestra’s first tour to Europe. In 1975, he was named second horn, the position he held until his retirement in 1997 (he continued to play as a substitute or extra until June 2006). Norman appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra on a number of occasions, and in March 1977 he—along with colleagues Dale Clevenger, Richard Oldberg, and Thomas Howell—was soloist in the recording of Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns under the baton of Daniel Barenboim for Deutsche Grammophon.

     In 1970, Norman chaired the International Horn Society’s organizing committee and served as its first secretary and treasurer. He continued on the advisory council, contributed many articles to The Horn Call, and was elected an honorary member in 1996. From 1973 until 1998, Norman served as associate professor of horn on the faculty of Northwestern University.

     In his retirement, Norman, and his wife, Sally—a thirty-year veteran of the Chicago Symphony Chorus—made their home on Washington Island in Wisconsin, where he performed with the Washington Island Music Festival. They were longtime members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Alumni Association, regularly attending annual reunions. Norman also continued his research into the lives of U.S. orchestra members, a project that he started while studying at Eastman, and his collection of material on the subject is likely the largest private collection of its kind in the world. In 2012, Norman’s book The Horns of Valhalla—the story of horn players Josef and Xaver Reiter—was published by WindSong Press Limited.

     Norman is survived by Sally, his beloved wife of fifty-seven years; and their son Eric, principal timpani of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

     A memorial service to honor Norman’s life will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Washington Island Cemetery.

     Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Norman can be shared with his family through his tribute page at

Myra J. Daul

Myra J. Daul, 91, Luxemburg, died Saturday, January 5, 2019, just three days short of her 92nd birthday, surrounded by her family at Helping Hearts Assisted Living. She was born in Scarboro to the late Joseph H. Sr. and Esther (Friex) Dax on January 8, 1927. She moved to Walhain when she was 8 years old. She married Robert J. Daul on October 29, 1947 at St. Amand Church in Walhain. He preceded her in death on July 18, 2000. She graduated from Luxemburg High School in 1944. Her enjoyments included playing cards, her flower garden, square dancing, bowling, family gatherings, especially at Christmas time, but most of all she loved making chocolate chip cookies for everyone of all ages. She was a member of St. Mary parish and the Christian Mothers Society, the Royal Neighbors and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 50 years. She worked many years with her husband in his business, Daul Butchering and Meat Cutting.


Survivors include five children, Diane (Leon) Nimmer, Kewaunee; Judy (Leonard) Charles, Madison; Gary (Glenda) Daul, Luxemburg; Karen (Glenn) Selner, Kewaunee; Sharon (Ray) Davister, Luxemburg; one daughter in law, Kathy Daul, New Franken; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one brother and three sisters in law, Larry (Carolyn) Dax, Sue Dax, all of Luxemburg; Irma Daul, Green Bay, nieces and nephews.


Myra was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Daul; one infant sister, Doris; two brothers and one sister in law, Donald (Verl) Dax; Joseph Dax Jr; one sister and one brother in law, Esther (Robert) Borkovetz; her father in law and mother in law, Ray and Clara Daul; three brothers in law and two sisters in law, Harold Daul, Arnold (Jean) Dalebroux and Alice (Cletus) Seidl.

Friends may call at St. Mary Church, 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Closing parish prayer service and Ralph Kline American Legion Auxiliary Unity 262, Luxemburg service at 7:00 pm.   Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Friday, January 11, 2019 at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg. Funeral 11:00 am on Friday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.

Wendy Li Lux

Wendy Li Lux, 17, of Washington Island, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at her home after a six-month battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. Wendy was born in Kunming, China, and had lived in an orphanage in Kunming until her adoption in 2010. She lived with her family in Green Bay and on Washington Island.

     Wendy was a junior at Washington Island School. She worked at Findlay’s Holiday Inn on the island for several years. Her last six months had been spent at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee where she fought a daunting fight with cancer. She was released into home hospice on December 10, 2018.

     The two loves in Wendy’s life were the Washington Island Rec Center and Washington Island School. Wendy had a beaming personality with a cheerful smile that warmed the people she met. She cared so much about others, as demonstrated by her favorite line she would ask people she saw; “How are you?” As she spent time at Children’s Hospital, her hope changed from going to UWGB to traveling to foreign countries to help children with medical needs.

     Wendy is survived by her parents: Hans & Beth (nee Kukor) Lux, Jr. of Washington Island; four sisters: Bryn (Steve) Eisfelder of Santa Clara, CA, Kyra, Rylee, and Hayden at home, and four brothers: David Lepley of Scottsdale, AZ, Evan, Zachary, and Joseph at home; grandparents: Hans & Emmi Lux of Milwaukee; aunts: Sue Semrow of Waukesha and Sherry Korner of University City, MO, and one uncle: Jeff Lux of Cudahy; other relatives; and friends

     She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Julius & Genevieve Kukor.

     A gathering of friends will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Washington Island from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm with Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer officiating. Lunch will follow at the church immediately after the service.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials to the two places Wendy loved, Washington Island Rec Center or Washington Island Student Council are welcome.

     Those planning to attend the service from off island are requested to contact the Washington Island Ferry Line at 1-800-223-2094 for transportation reservations. A special boat for those wanting to attend the service has been established to leave Northport at 11 am and return to the mainland at 3:30 pm. Reservations are needed as the boat can only hold 18 cars.

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

Gretchen Wilterding Maring

Gretchen Wilterding Maring passed away peacefully on December 30, 2018, at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, after suffering a stroke several days earlier.

     For Gretchen, every day was a new opportunity to learn, share, and create. She lived each day with intention and purpose—whether the purpose was to prepare for one of her book groups, volunteer with the Peninsula Music Festival or Björklunden, or test yet another soup recipe she’d spotted in The New York Times. She might reorganize the 15 binders of family history she’d compiled or finish a sweater she was knitting for a friend. She might spend the morning watching her bird feeder, bird book in hand. She was known to answer calls for emergency knitting assistance—like the time she recently helped a friend finish a pair of socks for a niece’s birthday.

     Gretchen and her twin brother, John, were born on October 21, 1930, to John and Florence Wilterding in Neenah, Wisconsin. She spent her childhood in Menasha—along with John, her sister, Nancy, and younger brother Mark—where adventures included camping in her beloved Door County. She loved music and played several instruments including piano; she even had a stint with a jazz band called Sharps and Flats.

     Gretchen studied history at Lawrence College and in 1950 married Jacob “Cap” Louis Pawer, Jr., a Navy fighter pilot. She gave birth to Jacob III (“Jake”) in 1953. When Cap was killed in the Korean War, Gretchen returned to Menasha. She married John Vogel Maring in 1955 and raised children Jake, Nancy, John Jr., and Charles in Neenah. Her children were inspired not only by her talents, but by the way she treated everyone she met with equal kindness and respect. She and John retired to Door County, where she proceeded to befriend basically everyone.

     Gretchen recently made us swear we would never “bore people” with a list of her accomplishments. Suffice it to say, she won multiple awards for volunteerism and served on many boards. She was a voracious reader and loved the arts, as well as working in her garden. She will be greatly missed by her extensive family and community of friends.

     If you’d like to honor Gretchen, share a recipe or feed the birds outside your window. Make someone feel special and see their own talents; she did that for all of us. Gretchen will be cremated, and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date: details will be announced in the future.

     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the family. Memories may be shared through her tribute page at Donations can be made in Gretchen’s name to The Clearing Folk School, Peninsula Music Festival, and Björklunden. The family would like to thank the first responders from the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department and the wonderful staff at Door County Medical Center and Unity Hospice.


Jon M Mathu

Jon M Mathu, DePere, died peacefully at Aurora BayCare Medical Center on Friday morning, January 4, 2019 in Green Bay, WI at the age of 51.

 Jon was born on December 9, 1967 in Luxemburg to Gerald and Bernadine (Stahl) Mathu.  He graduated from Luxemburg-Casco High School in 1986.  After high school Jon enlisted in the Air Force and spent four years serving his country.  Jon worked for various construction companies, his last employer was Bayland Buildings Inc.  Bayland was like a second family to him and he loved working with everyone there.  

Jon is survived by his two daughters, Caitlan and Connor Mathu, his grandson Marcus, his mother Bernadine and his three siblings & spouses, Tim and Holly Mathu, Jeff and Ann Mathu and Terri (Mathu) Christensen, nephews, Tom & Laura, Logan & AJ, nieces, Marissa, Maddy & Gabby and many aunts, uncles and cousins, also the mother of his children, Amy (Zellner) Mathu.

  He is preceded in death by his father Gerald, brother Tom and two infant brothers, grandparents, Joseph & Beatrice Mathu and Michael and Mayme Stahl and other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  

Friends may call 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at St. Mary Church, 1412 Main Street, Luxemburg.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Thursday at the church. Funeral 11:00 am Thursday with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  McMAHON FUNRAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the family.

 Special thank you to the doctors and nurses from the 3rd Floor ICU. Vince Lombardi Cancer Center, Palliative and Hospice Staff at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. 

Michael P. Kinjerski

Michael P. Kinjerski, age 83 of Kewaunee died on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Emerald Shores in Kewaunee.  He was born on May 30, 1935 to the late Isidore and Stella (Knipp) Kinjerski.

He graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1953.  He married Juliet Koller June 6, 1955 at St. Joseph Church at Norman.

Mike worked most of his life as a custodian at the Kewaunee County Court House. God and family were important to him.   He loved playing baseball and enjoyed watching the Brewers, playing volleyball, horse shoes, dartball and dancing the polka and waltz.  He was a member of the Happy Hoppers and the Democratic Party.

Survivors include his wife, Juliet; his children: Michael M. (Chris) Kinjerski; Stephen F. Kinjerski; Julie A. (Rodney) Schleis; Arnie I. (Terry) Schuller; Andrew R. Kinjerski; Christopher J. Kinjerski; Louise M. Wolfe; Peter J. (Lisa); ten grandchildren; seven great grandchildren as well as step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; one sister: Sr. Joanne Kinjerski; one brother: Isidore (Bev) Kinjerski; a sisters-in-law: Mabel Kinjerski and Junette Fabian; a son-in-law: Gary (Kathy) Stommel; a sister-in-law.  He was preceded in death by a daughter: Victoria D. Stommel; daughter-in-law: Patti Kinjerski; brothers and sisters-in-law: Harry (Anita); Thomas (Joyce); Lawrence (Marie); John Sr. (Jeanne); Frank (Leona); Joseph; Simon (Delores); sisters: Mary Ann Kinjerski; Rose (Milton) Pardowsky; brother-in-law: Richard Fabian; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Jerry and Ann (Valenta) Koller.

Visitation will be after 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 6 at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee.  A parish wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. by Christal Wavrunek, Pastoral Assistant.  Visitation continues at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at St. Hedwig Church, East Krok until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. celebrated by Fr. Dennis Drury.  Burial will be in St. Hedwig Cemetery.

Leon Arthur Stephenson

Leon Arthur Stephenson, 78, of Green Bay, was summoned to his heavenly Home believing God’s promise of eternal life on Friday, December 28, 2018.             

     Leon was born June 17, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Arthur Levi and Stella Gertrude (Felhofer) Stephenson. Leon attended Sevastopol Consolidated School and furthered his education at Stout State college (UW Stout) where he was granted B.S. and M.S. degrees. He received the Medallion Award for wrestling and was inducted into the UW Stout Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. On June 13, 1964, he was united in marriage with Berdella Ann Kiehnau at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport.

     He spent his entire teaching career – more than 50 years – at Preble High School. Leon coached wrestling for 15 years and taught an NWTC adjunct adult woodworking class for more than 34 years. Leon also served on the curriculum committee and judged woodworking projects for NWTC. He retired from Preble in 1995 and from NWTC in 2012.

     He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport. Leon’s faith was important to him and he bore the illness of his later life patiently, without complaining. He was a kind, mild mannered, soft spoken gentleman of his word. He was a skilled woodworker, always striving for perfection in all that he did. Leon’s last major project was an advent wreath stand for Zion church.

     Leon enjoyed snowmobiling, especially a trip to Canada with Sno-Decker Tours. He was at peace sailing the bay of Green Bay on his sailboat, Uncle’s Toy. He enjoyed taking friends out to the middle of the bay for Sunday brunch on the boat. Antique cars were another passion. He enjoyed having friends ride in the parades in Door County in his 1927 Chevy Sedan. He LOVED a parade and would often invite children to hop on the running board and toot the horn. His pride and joy was his 1937 Chevrolet Coupe, “Black Beauty”. He was the 3rd owner and he owned it for over 30 years.

     He liked to get out in the woods and joined in making firewood each Thanksgiving weekend with family. Leon loved to get up early and watch the birds at the feeders and the water fowl on the bay. He always took time to reflect on the day as he watched the sun set over the bay.

     Leon and Berdella traveled extensively together, including two trips to Alaska. Along the way, he always looked forward to hiking the trails in the U.S. National Parks. They camped out of the back of the pickup truck for 36 years in a cap that he outfitted for them, until they bought an RV. They traveled to Europe for a cruise on the great rivers of Europe and toured Costa Rica and Guatemala.

     He loved children and cherished his role as uncle. The neighborhood children sought him out, ringing the doorbell to ask if Mr. Stephenson could come out to play. They were all treated to snowmobile rides and inner tubing on the bay ice. He made the ride more exciting by shoveling up snow speed bumps. The children loved to spend time in his shop in the summer. There were always plenty of nails to pound into soft pine boards to make designs to paint. They also learned how to use a hand saw. He worked to inspire creativity and to share his love of woodworking.

     Leon will be missed by his brother, Elton (Dee) Stephenson; sister, Jane (Ron) Splingaire; sister-in-law, Joyce Stephenson; nieces and nephews, Larry (Cheryl) Stephenson, Beth (John) Barnott, Sherri (Scott) Tomb, Jeff (Heather) Stephenson, Andrew Splingaire, Julie (Cory) Behnke, and Timothy Splingaire; great-nieces and nephews, Ashley Stephenson, Jake Bernott, Alex and Austin Tomb, Brooke and Emily Splingaire, and Josie and Lainie Marie Behnke; the Kiehnau family: sister-in-law, Marilyn DeNamur, nephews, Michael (Karla) DeNamur, David (Terri) DeNamur; niece, Sarah DeNamur and great-nephews, Christopher Ray and Charlie Basch.

     Leon was welcomed Home by his parents, Arthur (2007) and Stella (Felhofer) Stephenson (2009); brother, Eugene (2009); sister-in-law, Betty (Haen) Stephenson (2014); and brother-in-law, Gary DeNamur (2018).

     Leon’s beloved wife Berdella passed away on December 30, 2018 and they are surely now reunited in heaven.    

     A service in celebration of Leon and Berdella’s lives will be held at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2018 with Pastor Peter Lindemann officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, alongside his wife, Berdella.

     Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a devotion immediately following at 7:00 p.m.

     Special thanks to his caregivers who treated him with love, compassion, dignity and respect during his arduous journey.

Wilma A. Biwer

Wilma A. Biwer, 97, of Fish Creek, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 29, 2018.

     She was born September 14, 1921 in Baileys Harbor, the daughter of the late Gardner Sr. and Theresa (Schram) Orsted. Wilma graduated from Gibraltar High School in the Class of 1939. She was united in marriage with Joseph Biwer, Sr. on June 30, 1945 at the St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor. The two of them had their four children before he preceded her in death on August 7, 1971. While Wilma was raising her children, she wore many hats – she worked as a housekeeper for Village Green and was an apple and cherry picker all over Door County. On December 1, 1973, she married Flavian Zak at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor and they spent two years together before he preceded her in death on May 4, 1976. Wilma then married Michael Biwer on October 28, 1978 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church. The two enjoyed traveling and visited 46 states together.  Michael preceded her in death on January 27, 2001. Wilma worked as a lunch server for Gibraltar Public Schools, retiring only after serving lunch to all of the grandchildren who attended.  She danced her way through life and enjoyed gardening, flowers, and baking.

     Wilma will be missed by her children, Joseph (Janet) Biwer Jr., Judith (William) Smith, Timothy (Penny) Biwer, and Jeffrey (Eileen) Biwer, all of Fish Creek; grandchildren, Wade and Craig (Jessica) Biwer, Melissa (Clint) Raynier, Heather (Jim) Steineke, Leah (Amy) Biwer, Cole Biwer, and Tanner Biwer (Becca Hembel), Brock (Rhonda) Biwer, Jami Biwer (Sam Klampe), Adam Biwer (Alyse Freeman), and Tyson (Kate) Biwer; great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Alex, Lamyra, Chloe, Patrick, Willa, Carter, Sawyer, Kassidy, Presley, Joseph, and Megan; sisters, Joyce Hussong and Joni Slaby (Dennis McGrath); sisters-in-law, Pat Orsted and Rita Mallnory; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

     Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Joseph Biwer Sr., Flavian Zak, and Michael Biwer; brothers and sisters; and brothers- and sisters-in-law.

     Wilma’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Stella Maris Parish – Baileys Harbor site, where Wilma was a lifelong member, at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 4, 2019.  She will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Friday at the church.

     “Our family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staffs at the Scandia Village and Unity Hospice for all of their care and compassion.”

Alan G. Mast

Alan George Mast, 65, of Baileys Harbor, formerly of Platteville, passed away on Saturday morning, December 29, 2018 at home with his family by his side.

     He was born March 6, 1953 in Milwaukee, the son of the late Glenn and Elizabeth (Hahn) Mast. Alan graduated from Lincoln High School, in the Class of 1971. He then went on to study industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, then Marquette University. On January 4, 1975, Alan and Joanne Lowry were united in marriage in Madison. In April of 2018, he and Joanne moved to Door County full-time.

     Alan owned and operated Mast Water Technology in Platteville for over 40 years and held a variety of roles at Hellenbrand Water in Waunakee for 19 years before he retired in April of 2018. He is a former member and chair of the outside advisory board to the University of Wisconsin Industrial & Systems Engineering Department, was the President of the Water Quality Association of Wisconsin (WQAW) twice, and this past fall, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from WQAW for his impact and contribution to the industry. He was incredibly proud of this achievement as his father, the late Glenn L. Mast, was a recipient back in 1997, the first year that the award was ever presented.

     Alan had many achievements and recognitions throughout his lifetime, but his most treasured role was family man. He was incredibly proud of his wife, children, and grandchildren.

     Alan will live on forever in the hearts of his loving wife of 44 years, Joanne; two children, Tracy (Todd) Borchert of Verona and Travis (America “Meri”) Mast of Platteville; four grandchildren, Glenn, William, Audry and Elysia; sister, Cheryl (John) Zima of Brookfield; brother, Brian (Kathy) Mast of Hayward; as well as many loving friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant sister, Mary Mast.

     Alan’s life will be honored with a funeral service held at the Jacksonport United Methodist Church (Little White Church) at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019 with Pastor David Leistra officiating. Alan will be laid to rest in the Lakeview Cemetery.

     Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. There will be no visitation prior to the funeral service on Saturday.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Alan’s name to the Little White Church in Jacksonport.

Raymond Clifford Gauthier

Raymond Clifford Gauthier, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away with his loving family by his side on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the Door County Medical Center, following a brief illness.

     He was born July 8, 1933 in Manitowoc County, the son of the late Raymond Gauthier, Sr. and Excilda (Copiskey) Gauthier. Ray enlisted in the United States Army in August of 1953 and honorably served his country before his discharge in 1955. Following his enlisted service, Ray worked for the United States Army Corps of Engineers until his retirement in 1988. He and Beverly LeMere were united in marriage on September 18, 1996 in Lake Tahoe. The two were longtime members of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

     Ray enjoyed going golfing and fishing in the summers and wintering in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. He was very handy, whether he was painting or building something. Ray loved a good joke and was the most kind, humble person around. Above all else, he was a family man and loved to be around those he loved.

     Ray will be missed by his loving wife, Beverly; sons, Gary (Marna Nejedlo) Gauthier and Todd Gauthier; daughter, Dawn (Gary DeWitt) Alger; granddaughter, Alexis Alger; step-daughters, Lori Steinhauer and LuAnne LeMere; step-grandchildren, Kayla, Sam, and Ben Steinhauer and Jackie Bogenberger; two brothers, Larry (Diane) Doolittle and Ron (Karen) Doolittle; brother-in-law, Stanley LaViolette; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Gauther, Sr.; mother and step-father, Excilda and Arthur Doolittle; brother, Donald Gauthier; sisters, Marlene (Juel) Madsen and Delores LaViolette; and sister-in-law, Alice Doolittle.

     In honor of Ray’s wishes, private services were held at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Berdella "Berdie" Ann Stephenson

 Berdella “Berdie” Stephenson, 78, of Green Bay was summoned to her heavenly Home believing God’s promise of eternal life on Sunday evening December 30, 2018 following a courageous battle with cancer. The love of her life, her husband Leon, was called to his eternal Home only a few days before on Friday, December 28, 2018.

     Berdella was born July 14, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Franklin and Augusta (Bley) Kiehnau. She attended Farview Grade School and Sevastopol High School. She received an associate degree in education from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN before receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood education from UW Green Bay. She was installed as a Christian school teacher by the WELS synod in the spring of 1960. Berdie was honored to share God’s word through teaching roles at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School in Kewaunee, and St. Paul Lutheran School in Green Bay. She started the kindergarten program at St. Paul as well as other kindergarten programs in the Green Bay area as there were not kindergarten programs in the area at the time.

     Berdella served as teacher consultant to women teachers of the WELS synod for 10 years. She enjoyed teaching and felt blessed to share the faith with her students. Later in life, Berdie held a real-estate license for 13 years working in Green Bay for Coldwell Banker. She also worked as a sales counselor at Nicolet Memorial Gardens. 

     Berdie was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport, where she and Leon A. Stephenson were married on June 13, 1964. They were blessed to have been married for 54 years. Berdie’s priority was seeing to Leon’s care and well-being especially after his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease over five years ago. 

     Her faith and Zion Ev. Lutheran Church were very important to her. She created worship banners and Christmas ornaments which adorn Zion church, where she was very active.

     Berdie enjoyed gardening, baking and sharing with neighbors. She carried on a tradition of baking chocolate angel food cake and cherry pie as well as cooking German potato dumplings. She enjoyed being an auntie - sewing many, many outfits for nephews and her nieces. Berdie was an avid traveler, including trips to the Holy Land, Europe, Scandinavia and Central America. She and Leon traveled the US and Canada extensively, including two visits to Alaska via the Alcan Highway.  They loved to snowmobile together, each with their own machines. Her favorite bird was the cardinal and she enjoyed birdwatching and time spent living along and on Green Bay with Leon.

     Surviving family includes her sister, Marilyn DeNamur; nephews, Michael (Karla) DeNamur, David (Terri) DeNamur; niece, Sarah DeNamur; great nephews, Christopher Ray and Charlie Basch; the Stephenson family, Elton (Dee) Stephenson, Jane (Ron) Splingaire, Joyce Stephenson; nieces and nephews, Larry (Cheryl) Stephenson, Beth (John) Barnott, Sherri (Scott) Tomb, Jeff (Heather) Stephenson, Andrew Splingaire, Julie (Cory) Behnke, and Timothy Splingaire; and great-nieces and nephews, Ashley Stephenson, Jake Bernott, Alex and Austin Tomb, Brooke and Emily Splingaire, and Josie and Lainie Marie Behnke.

     She was reunited in heaven with her parents, Franklin (1973) and Augusta (Bley) Kiehnau (1995); husband, Leon (2018); brother-in-law, Eugene Stephenson (2009); sister-in-law, Betty (Haen) Stephenson (2014); and brother-in-law, Gary DeNamur (2018).

     Berdie’s funeral will celebrate her and Leon’s lives and faith in their Savior at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2018 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport with Pastor Peter Lindemann officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, alongside her husband, Leon.

     Friends may call on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a devotion to be held at 7:00 p.m.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church or School, 6704 County Trunk T, Egg Harbor, WI 54209.

Clare "Katie" M. Malvetz

Clare “Katie” M. Malvetz, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Monday morning, December 31, 2018 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF.

     She was born March 23, 1933 in Sturgeon Bay, the only child of Clarence and Mary (Tong) Malvetz. Katie graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1951. She was the oldest surviving of 29 Tong cousins. She attended UW-Whitewater and joined the family business, Malvetz Furniture and Gas Station, in 1952. Her parents had established the business the year Katie was born. She continued to own and operate it until 1973 when she retired and sold to the VanDenBogart family. She enjoyed wintering in Florida for many years, volunteering, and spending time with her dear family and friends.

     Katie was a member of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church. She volunteered with the church, the Hospital Auxiliary, delivered Meals on Wheels, was active at the Senior Center, Door County Maritime Museum, and Crossroads at Big Creek.

     She is survived by her 29 first cousins of the Tong Family.

     A celebration of her life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Methodist Church with Rev. David Leistra officiating. Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery next to her parents.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory for the Sturgeon Bay Methodist Church and the American Heart Association.

Mary Jo Gigot

Mary Jo Gigot, 58, of New Franken, celebrated New Year's Eve, held closely by family, leaving this world and joining God in the early minutes of 2019.  She was born in Green Bay, to the late Wallace and Eleanor (Tauschek) Dufek on 06-23-1960, raised in New Franken and graduated from Luxemburg-Casco High School in 1978.  She married Randy Gigot at St. Kilian Church in New Franken on August 22, 1981, and had twin sons, Matthew and Michael in 1986.  She was employed with Wisconsin Public Service for 35 years before retiring in 2014.  Mary will be remembered for her bright smile, her love of family, for always putting others first, and her strength! Her enjoyments included cooking, making homemade soup, picking blackberries and campfires at the cottage and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Randy and their sons, Matthew Gigot, D.C; Michael (Nicole Dowling) Gigot, Milwaukee; two grandchildren, Emeline and Lillian Gigot; her siblings, Lynn (Terry) Jerabek, Forestville; Jean (Roland) Treml, New Franken; Paul (Mary) Dufek, CA; Lori (Dan) LeGrave, Casco; Larry (Patricia) Dufek, New Franken; brothers in law and sisters in law, Nancy (Eli) Fenendael, Algoma; Karen VanBoxel, Green Bay; Barb Gigot, Algoma;  and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, Wally and Eleanor Dufek; her father in law and mother in law, Elmer and Emeline Gigot; two brothers in law, Milton Gigot and Bernie VanBoxel.

Friends may call 2:00 to 6:00 pm. at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, on Sunday, January 06, 2019.  Closing parish prayer service at 6:00 pm. with Cheryl Maricque, Pastoral Minister.

Visitation will continue between 9:30 and 10:45 am on Monday, January 07, 2019 at St. Kilian Church, New Franken.  Funeral 11:00 am on Monday at the church with Rev. William O’Brien officiating.  Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.

The family would like to extend thanks to all the doctors and nurses at St. Vincent Hospital and Mayo Clinic, who made the last four years possible.  Jodi and Linda from the ICU, thank you for giving us such amazing comfort and care during Mary Jo’s final moments. You are very special people.

Donna L. Bredael

Donna L. Bredael, 84, of Luxemburg, died Sunday morning, December 30, 2018.  She was born in Seymour on October 31, 1934, to the late Raymond J. Sr. and Theresa L. (Treml) Dax.  On July 04, 1957 she married Byron H. Bredael at St. Odile Church in Thiry Daems.  Together they ran a dairy farm in Thiry Daems until retirement.  Donna was a member of St. Peter Church in Lincoln, serving as a Religious Education Instructor for 30 plus years.  Her enjoyments included tending to her flower garden, cooking, praying the rosary, visiting the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Help and taking care of her family.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Byron and their three boys, Greg (Sara) Bredael, Green Bay; Gary (Dannielle) Bredael, SC; Gerard (Rosetta) Bredael, NJ; seven grandchildren, Byron, Alexandra, Taylor (Cory), Ashlee, Samantha, Tiana, Talyn; two great-grandchildren, Kiara and Olivia;  one brother, Ray Jr. (Betty) Dax, Sheboygan; one sister and one brother in law, Eunice Deterville, Sugarbush; Joseph Stika, CO; one brother in law, Cletus Bredael, Luxemburg; nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Lou Ann Stika; one brother in law, Reggie Deterville; one sister in law, Nola Smith; her father in law and mother in law, Norman and Celia Bredael.

Friends may call 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 03, 2019 at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG.  Closing parish rosary at 7:00 pm on Thursday.  Visitation will continue between 9:30 and 10:45 am on Friday, January 04, 2019 at St. Peter Church, Lincoln.  Funeral 11:00 am on Friday at the church with Rev. Edward Looney, officiating.  Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.

A special note of thanks is extended to the staff of Autumn Fields Senior Living, Luxemburg, for taking such great care of Donna.

Brandon Falish-Haufe

Branden G. Falish-Haufe, New Franken, 10 years of age, passed away early Monday morning, December 31, 2018, at his home following a two-year battle with cancer.  He was born February 26, 2008, in Green Bay to Steven G. Haufe and Jennifer M. Falish. Branden had a strong character, only missing minimal days of school his entire fourth-grade year, while addressing his medical conditions.  Unfortunately, he was not able to join his peers for fifth grade, so his classmates came to Branden for home visits on many occasions.  His enjoyments included playing outdoors, video games and swimming.

Survivors include his parents, one brother, Evan and one sister, Cynthia, all at home; one half-sister, Alecia Haufe, Green Bay; maternal grandmother, Diane Falish, New Franken; maternal great-grandparents, Vincent and Darlene Kinnard, New Franken; uncles and aunts, Peter Falish, Fred (April) Falish, all of New Franken; Jeremy (Beth) Falish, Green Bay; many other uncles, aunts, cousins and friends further survive.

Branden is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Milton Falish; his paternal grandfather, Gene Haufe; his paternal grandmother, Arlene Petersen; his paternal great-grandparents; his maternal great-grandparents, Alvin and Dorothy Falish.

Friends may call 3:00 to 7:00 pm. at McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, on Friday, January 04, 2019. Closing service with Rev. Carl Brewer at 7:00 pm on Friday at the funeral home.  Branden’s funeral will be private.  Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

Branden’s family wishes to thank Dr. Brandt and staff of Green Bay Pediatric Oncology at St. Vincent Hospital, Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, most of all the entire community who have helped us with prayer, food and visits.  We are amazed and so very, very grateful for each and every one of you!

Jeanette Mauck

Jeanette F. Mauck, 91, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at home with her family by her side on January 1, 2019.  She was born on January 13, 1927, in Baileys Harbor to Leo and Rose (Kaczmarek) Charnetski.  On November 13, 1974, she married Clifford G. Mauck in Nevada, he preceded her in death on May 17, 2009.  Jeanette loved to cook and bake, dancing and polka music, and flowers and gardening.


Survivors include three brothers, Donald (Helen) Charnetski, Muskego; Ken (Bea) Charnetski, Sister Bay; Eugene (Sharon) Charnetski, Baileys Harbor; one sister, Dorothy Balistreri, Greenfield; many nieces and nephews, and caregivers, Sharon and Cliff Heppe.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Joseph and Leon Charnetski; three sisters, Verna Tanck, Esther Birnschein, Eva Krishka.


Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery, Baileys Harbor.  Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday.  Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Barbara M. (Moomau) Wright

Barbara Moomau Wright, age 90, Kewaunee, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Linden Manor Assisted Living in Kewaunee.  Barbara was born December 14, 1928, in Westport, CN, to the late Laurence and Ruth (Thorne) Moomau.  Barbara graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1946.  She went on to attend and graduate from Women’s College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC.  After graduation, Barbara made the trek westward as a young single woman to Green Bay for a position with the local YWCA.  It was while in Green Bay that she met her future husband, Lloyd Wright, on a blind date.  Barbara and Lloyd were married January 24, 1953, and enjoyed 45 years of marriage together.  They started their family and lived in Green Bay for several years.  They moved to Kewaunee in 1957 when Lloyd took a position with Leyse Aluminum.  They made Kewaunee their home for the rest of their lives.  After Lloyd, Barbara’s greatest love was being a mother to her children.  She was one of the most encouraging and accepting parents a child could have.  While not afraid to be the occasional enforcer, she was most comfortable and effective in providing nurturing and guidance to her children as they each navigated the triumphs and travails of growing up.  She was not afraid to often inject a little (or a lot of) crazy silliness into family life, in spite of her family’s occasional embarrassment.  Quirky mis-matched outfits and earrings, flashing holiday necklaces, holiday headbands at any time of year, and the occasional “goosing” were all part of her nurturing efforts and keeping any family get together memorable.  As if that didn’t keep her busy enough, Barbara also kept the family fed with the thousands of loaves of bread that she baked, and by keeping the fruit cellar full of the jars and jars of cherries, raspberries, peaches, beets, corn and beans she annually canned, and the innumerable jellies and jams she made.  
Barbara’s heart and true calling was in helping the youth and elderly in the community.  When her family was young, Barbara was an active Girl Scout Leader for many years, and was part of organizing the Kewaunee Youth-Go club that met above the downtown fire station.  As the children grew up and eventually left home, Barbara began working at the Kewaunee Nursing Home.   She was a committed and dedicated volunteer and part-time employee at the home where she served as an “Activities Director”.   She would have done this job for free she so enjoyed it.  She truly loved spending time with the residents regaling them with her infectious and quirky personality, her unique “work” outfits of mis-matched bold colored socks and earrings, her boisterous laugh, her desire to speak with any and everyone.  She so enjoyed wanting to bring joy and happiness to everyone in the home.
Barbara was diagnosed with dementia in her later years which gradually affected her memory and physical and verbal abilities.  But it never affected her core of a kind and happy spirit.  She maintained her upbeat and positive outlook throughout, welcoming every visitor with a warm and open smile, quick to laugh, and always, always remembering to ask about each and every member of the family.

The family wishes to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to Kathy Goija, Ken Secor and the entire staff at Silver Leaf Manor.  Their patience, kindness and understanding shown in caring for our mother and the challenges she sometimes presented will not be forgotten.  We would also like to thank MaryKay Messmann and the care giving staff at Linden Manor for their assistance and care for our mother while she was a resident there.  And, finally, we wish to thank Unity Hospice for their compassion, care and understanding.
Barbara is survived by five children:  Larry (Sue) Wright, Appleton;  Elizabeth Rucinski, Green Bay; Sarah Wright, Chicago; Mary (Jeff) Serafico, Sturgeon Bay; and, Carrie (Pat) Dorn, Luxemburg; twelve grandchildren: Nicholas (Emily) Wright, Brittany Wright (Deavon Mitchell), Daniel Wright, Madeline Wright, April VanderHeyden, Ashley (Jeff) Kempton, Dennis Rucinski, Adrian Serafico, Stella Serafico, Scarlet Serafico, Matthew Dorn and Sawyer Dorn; and eight great-grandchildren: Caleb Wright, Anna Wright, Vera Wright, McKenzie Loberger, Caden Loberger, Jon Loberger, Jr., Braelyn Kempton and Charlie Kempton.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, Sr., her daughter, Ruth, and her son, Lloyd, Jr.  A granddaughter, Alyssa Dorn, a step-granddaughter, Alaya Serafico, and a special family friend, Brian Linzmeier, also preceded her in death.

Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 4 at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee.  Visitation continues on Saturday at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Algoma after 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. conducted by Fr. Rob Hoppe.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to be given to a charity to be determined later.

Love you Mom.  We miss you already, Larry, Liz, Sarah, Mary and Carrie.

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