Obituaries Archives for 2019-03

David Browne

David H. Browne, 71, Kewaunee, went to be with Jesus on March 29, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer.  He was born into a loving family on June 17, 1947.  He spent his childhood on the County Farm.  He attended Kewaunee High School and in his senior year he joined the US Navy where he served two years over seas and six years in the reserves.  After the service he married Mary Ann Schlies at St. Lawrence Church in Stangleville on Jan. 18, 1969.

 

In 1972 he found his life long job at Bay Shipbuilding as a machinist and later became their tug boat captain.  He enjoyed being mentored by Bill Lindal and "going to and from a job" with his side kick Dick Wilke.

 

He was an original member of the Muskrat City Sportsmans Club, a member of the Carlton Legion, an avid hunter, enjoying family vacations, and getting away with special friends Kitty and Michele to Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri.  He enjoyed living on the Kewaunee River, pontooning with friends, and helping his boys with their business.

 

David is survived by his wife Mary Ann of 50 years, son Scott (Pam) and their children Kadin, Airman 1st Class Colton and Kembra; daughter Melissa and fiance' Tim VanGoethem and their daughter Isabella; son Ted (Candi) and their children Austin (Meagan), Lawrence and Olivia; three sisters Betty Everson, June (Bob) Taicher and Edith Rabenhorst; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Kathryn Browne, four brothers Don, Bill, Harold and Larry Johnson

 

Family and friends will gather at Grace Lutheran Church, N5798 Hwy 42, Kewaunee, Thurs. April 4, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Rev. Gary Stangland Officiating.

 

 The family would like to thank all who came to share memories and friendship with David.  We also want to thank all our angels that helped and supported us.  Aurora Medical and Surgical Unit, Algoma Long Term Care (and his roommate Bob Schley) and Unity Hospice for walking with David on his journey.  We have been truly blessed.

 

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

Mark Wayne Haffeman

Mark W. Haffeman passed away peacefully, Saturday, March 23rd. with his family with him until being taken into the arms of our lord. Mark was born on the August 16, 1953 the son of the Late Lorraine (Hammerseng) & Franklin Haffeman. 
Mark is survived by his sisters; Sandra Roebke (Jeff Brunette), Susan Haffeman Lang, Peggy & Dick Forseth and Nancy & Steve Haffeman Bertz. 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lorraine and his brother Gary Haffeman, whom he adored and sorely missed and a niece Kim Hamer Schouflet.
Mark is further survived by several nieces and nephews, Paul Roebke, Hadley Haffeman Burger, Brandon Haffeman Bertz, Franklin Forseth and David Forseth.
Mark grew up Catholic and served as an alter boy as a young man. Mark loved his sports and played them well. He played basketball, baseball and softball. In addition, he was an excellent pool shooter. More than anything, Mark loved his time with his family and friends! Always has been very social and made friends daily. His love for motorcycles allowed him to enjoy traveling all throughout the US and Wisconsin.
Mark graduated from UW Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science and a Master Degree in Business. He worked for many area companies as a VP of Purchasing with such companies as Hoffmaster’s, Ariens, and Oshkosh Corp.
A Celebration of Mark’s Life will be held at The Roxy(571 N. Main St. Oshkosh, Wi.) on Sunday April 14, 2019 from 2-4:30 p.m.. Please join Mark’s sisters and their families with a photo or a fun story. 
In Lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Mark’s Name.
Mark’s family wishes to thank his many doctor’s and nurses and all staff @ St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.

Lorraine LaLuzerne

Lorraine LaLuzerne, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on March 25, 2019 at Autumn Fields in Dykesville.  She was born June 6, 1928 in Lincoln to Fred and Lucy (LeCloux) Vlies. 

On May 18, 1948, she married Milton G. LaLuzerne in Lincoln and together they farmed and raised 8 sons and 1 daughter.  Lorraine also worked for Wisconsin Food and Emerson Motors until her retirement in 1989.  Milton preceded her in death on March 3, 2019.

Lorraine loved to polka dance.  She learned at a young age from her father and later taught her husband how to dance.   Together, they shared a lifetime of loving polka music and dancing.  Lorraine’s other pass times included stiching quilts, cooking, travelling, and making other crafts.  She especially enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include 8 children, Dennis LaLuzerne, Forestville; Pat (Cindy) LaLuzerne, James LaLuzerne, Ronald (Christine Conlon) LaLuzerne, Lyle (Diane) LaLuzerne, Lori Jean LaLuzerne, all of Sturgeon Bay; Neal LaLuzerne, Brussels; Dean (Amy) LaLuzerne, Luxemburg; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; 1 brother-in-law, Donald (Jillian) LaLuzerne, Brussels; 1 sister-in-law Diane (Allen) Johnson, Green Bay.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 son Mark LaLuzerne; 3 brothers, Orville, Clifford, and Norman Vlies;  and a sister Grace Vaness.

Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 30, 2019, at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels with Rev. Edward Looney officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:00 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 forbesfuneralhome.com

Special thanks to the staff at Autumn Fields and Heartland Hospice for all the wonderful care and support.

Jean Rose Miller

Jean Rose Miller, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away unexpectedly in the comfort of her home on Friday, March 22, 2019.

     She was born December 29, 1937 in Marytown, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Edward and Elfrieda (Freund) Thelen. Jean graduated from New Holstein High School in the Class of 1955. She attended and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in Art History. Jean was a proud artist, painting anything and everything she was able to. She enjoyed gardening and time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

     Jean will be missed by her sons, Greg (Jamie) Miller of Maple Grove, MN and Chris (Leanne) Miller of Elk River, MN; grandchildren, Max and Jeff (Anne) Miller, Caitlyn and Cameron Krishka, and Jade Miller; son-in-law, Keith Krishka; brother, Ronald (Sharon) Thelen; sister, Linda (Dan) Detroye; and her nieces, nephews, and many loving friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Elfrieda Thelen and daughter, Marisse “Rese” Miller-Krishka.

     Jean's Final Art Showing and a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Stone Harbor Resort in the upstairs Executive Board Room, 107 N First St., Sturgeon Bay, WI. A sharing of memories will take place at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

     Jean’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. David Groteluschen and Dr. Anthony Jaslowski of Green Bay Oncology for their extraordinary care and compassion shown to Jean.

Diane L. Baldyga

Diane L. Baldyga, 73, of Egg Harbor, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Hearthside Assisted Living in Sister Bay.

     She was born August 2, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Otto and Margaret (Ihde) Martin. Diane graduated from Morgan Park High School.  On June 4, 1967, she was united in marriage with Edward J. Baldyga at Mount Greenwood Lutheran Church in Chicago.

     Diane will be missed by her daughter, Jennifer (Collin) Dahl of Sister Bay; son, David E. Baldyga of Lewistown, Pennsylvania; granddaughters, Amanda Baldyga, Ashley Baldyga, Grace Baldyga, and Kalia Baldyga; sister, Marilyn M. Cummins of North Aurora, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Margaret Martin; husband, Edward J. Baldyga; granddaughter, Olivia Martin Dahl; and brothers, Ronald Ihde Martin and Otto Richard Martin.

     A graveside service to honor Diane’s life will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Juddville on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Gary Sharrig of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor presiding.

     A Celebration of Life will be held in June of 2019.

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Diane’s name to Ministry Door County Medical Center’s Capital Campaign for the Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospice Center.

Kathleen M. Michaletz

Kathleen M. Michaletz, 90, Algoma, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, March 22, 2019 at home.  She was born April 20, 1928 in the Town of Ahnapee to Lorenz and Myrtle (Fowles) Gericke.

  Kathleen married John Michaletz June 7, 1947 in Algoma.

  Kathleen cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She walked a three mile loop everyday three times a day for many years.  She also enjoyed her flower garden, cooking and baking. 

  Kathleen is survived by her son Kraig Michaletz, Newport News, VA., daughter Kaleen (Tom) Olson, Algoma, three grandchildren Kristin (Adam) Wonsowicz, Jennifer (Zach) Burgess and Brian (Amanda) Olson; seven great grandchildren Addisyn and Finn Burgess, Carson and Jack Olson, and Vincent, Veronica and Victor Wonsowicz; one neice Patty Seiler.   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John and one brother Karl Gericke.

  There will be a private family service Friday, March 29, 2019 at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma.

  The family would like to give a special thanks to the Algoma Fire and Rescue, Algoma Police Dept. and the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Office for the quick response to the 9

Jeanie (Tordeur) Hlinak

Jeanie Hlinak of Luxemburg died on March 23rd, 2019 at the age of 81 at Odd Fellows Nursing Home under the care of Hospice between March 15th, 2019 until the time of her death. Jeanie was born April 23,1937  in Green Bay, Wisconsin to Chris A. and Catherine (Leiterman) Tordeur. She graduated from St. Philip the Apostle School in 1951 where she was taught by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Jeanie also graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1955 where she was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.


After graduation, Jeanie was employed by Wisconsin Public Service Corporation until she married Jim Hlinak on September 7, 1957 and went to live with him on his dairy farm in Norman, Wisconsin.


She enjoyed a long career (29) years as the Bond Specialist with AON Risk Services, Inc. in Green Bay until her retirement in 1999. Jeanie was also a member of the National Association Surety of Bond Producers. She did a part time job as Postmaster Relief in Tisch Mills, Wisconsin.
Jim and Jeanie owned Norman Acres Dairy Farm until they sold it to their son. Lloyd in 1998. The farm has been in Jim's family since 1857 and Lloyd is the 5th Generation to own and operate it. Jeanie's heart was at home in Norman, Wisconsin.
Jeanie began making wedding cakes on September 18, 1965 and ended with her son's wedding cake on November 27, 2010. She owned and operated "Jeanie's Cake Shop" in Norman for 45 years. She was a member of the Wisconsin's Bakers Association and was licensed by the State of Wisconsin. She also started up a flower shop with her dear friend, Judy Rabas. The business was called Jeanie and Judy's Flower Shop in Norman.


She also enjoyed singing in several choirs and glee clubs, playing schafskoph, traveling and writing. She was the first female lector at St. Joseph Church in Norman. She taught CCD for seven years. She had a special devotion to the Holy Spirit, St Anthony and her patron saints. She liked attending Mass and special devotions. Jeanie served on the Parish Council of St. Isadore the Farmer parish.


Jeanie was instrumental in helping to preserve the old Kewaunee County Jail and turning it into the present Jail Museum. She also testified in Madison, which resulted in the State placing Norman, Wisconsin on its official map.


Jeanie served as President of several organizations including St. Joseph's Altar Rosary Society and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). She previously served as the State Secretary, Membership Chair and International Chair of the Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education, Inc. (WAHCE). She was currently holding the position as Northeast District Director and her next meeting to conduct was going to be on her 82nd birthday. She was a member of the Kewaunee County Schafskoph Marathon group and loved every living moment to play cards with those wonderful ladies. She sends her love out to all the WAHCE Members in the State of Wisconsin also.


She is survived by her son, Lloyd (Claire) Hlinak, on the home farm and her daughter, Lori in Pilsen and boyfriend,( Dale Salzsieder) Green Bay. Also surviving are her brothers and sisters as follows: Virginia (Dale) Frasch, Michael (Kathy) Tordeur, Christine Hornick, Russell Tordeur all of the Green Bay area. Nieces and nephews, cousins and friends survive along with members of Jim's family and Claire's family. God-children are Virginia Frasch, William Hlinak, Denise Collebrusco, Karen Theys and Alan Ward. Kathy (Schleis) Ingels was sponsored by Jeanie in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Hugo Daniel Barrera Sanic is her sponsored God-child in Guatemala.


Jim's surviving family is Sister Mary Charles Hlinak in Manitowoc, Reiny (Joyce) Hlinak, Kewaunee and Caroline Hlinak, Tisch Mills, Wisconsin. Deceased are John (Janet) Hlinak, Francis Hlinak, Marion (Donald) Hostak and Charles Hlinak and Paul Hlinak.
Her beloved husband, Jim Hlinak died on July 14, 2005. One son, Brian Hlinak died on December 12, 2012. Her parents, Chris A. and Catherine (Leiterman) Tordeur also preceded her in death. One sister, Eileen Rose Schultz died in 2015. Grandparents were Peter & Cecilia (Van Den Heuvel) Leiterman, and Greg & Margaret (Hagedom) Tordeur. Her God-parents, Joseph & Esther (Leiterman) Tordeur are also deceased.


Jeanie wanted the St Philip 1951 (8th) grade Class to know she wants you to continue with the Reunions twice a year and that she loved you all so much.
Friends may call at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee, WI after 4:00 PM on Wednesday, March 27th from 4:00 until prayer service at 7:00 PM to be led b Christal Wavrunek. On Thursday, March 28, Visitation before Mass will be 10:0011:15 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Dennis Drury assisted by Pastoral Minister, Christal Wavrunek at 11:30 AM on March 28th. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery at Norman, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin.

Edward J. Buhr

Edward J. Buhr, 88, of Brussels, was called home to the Lord on March 23, 2019.  He was born Sept. 14, 1930 in Euren, Wisconsin to John and Laura (Viaux).  On Nov. 8, 1949, Edward married Lillian Gerondale at St. Mary of the Snows Church in Namur. She preceded him in death on Jan. 10, 2016.
 
Ed loved gardening, hunting, fishing, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.  He always had a song in his heart and could be heard singing even in the toughest times.  He will be sadly missed.
 
Survivors include his four children, Sandy (Pete) Delebreau of Green Bay, Debbie Jeanquart of Brussels, Terry and Carrie Buhr of Sturgeon Bay, Tom Buhr and fiance Tammy Charles of Brussels; his sister Alice Gerondale and brother-in-law Norbert (Shirley) LaCrosse; 6 grandchildren: Jeromy (Patty) Delebreau, Jason (Melissa) Jeanquart, Jamie Jeanquart, Dustin Buhr (fiance Tracy), Brandon and Megan Buhr; 7 great-grandchildren: Beau, Mitch and Cody Delebreau, Joey, Isabel and Jack Jeanquart, and Carly Rex; and his “special friend” Joanne Hegnet.
 
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers, John H., Donald and James Buhr; sisters, Marie LaCrosse, Kathleen Vandertie; and granddaughter, April Buhr-LuMaye.
 
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels.  Entombment will be in the Shrine of the  Good Shepherd Mausoeluem.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  A prayer service will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
 
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the excellent staff at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center, the Brussels-Union-Gardner first responders, and to Dennis and Pat Buhr and Delores Krueger who were there for the family.

Mark J. Pallex

Mark J. Pallex, 69, Kewaunee, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2019. He was born on April 10, 1949 to the late Siegfried and Anne (Renier) Pallex. Mark enjoyed spending time and playing basketball with his grandkids, going to the movies, going to the park and the zoo, going out to eat and spending time with his hobby farm.


He is survived by his two children, Tammy Wildgrube and Dave Pallex; his grandchildren, Devon and Landon Wildgrube; he is further survived by his brothers, sisters and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents and his 2 brothers and 1 sister.


Visitation will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 5-8 pm at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home - Algoma. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.

Donald J. Ferron

Donald J. Ferron, age 83 of Kewaunee died on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Theda Care Hospital in Neenah.  He was born in Algoma on November 10, 1935 to the late Manuel and Hattie (DeGuelle) Ferron.

 

He graduated from Algoma High School in 1953.  Don served in the U. S. Army in Panama for two years from 1953 to 1955.  He then worked most of his life at Hamachek Machine Co. In Kewaunee.

He married Bonnie Dahlke February 14, 1986.

 

Survivors include his wife: Bonnie; four children: Mark (Torrie) Ferron, Baltimore, MD; Vicki (Kyle) Sjoholm, Green Bay; Donny (Tracy) Ferron, Kewaunee; Travis Dahlke, Luxemburg; a sister: Jane Ferron, Green Bay; eight grandchildren: Amanda (Joel) Sallas; Mark Jr.; Kelli (Eric) Laes; Michelle (Nick) Morgan; Michael Huotari; Michael Ferron (fiancé, Alyssa); Samantha (special friend, Nick); Sabrina;two great grandchildren: James and Madison Morgan; special canine friends: Bailey and Maggie.  He was preceded in death by a son: Mike Ferron; two brothers: James and Allen.

 

Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 30th at Grace Lutheran Church, N5789 Hy 42, Kewaunee until the time of services. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m with Rev. Gary Stangeland officiating followed by military rites.

Grace Minnie Heidmann

Grace Minnie Heidmann, 100, Algoma, was called home into the arms of our loving Savior on Thursday, March 21, 2019.  She was born November 15, 1918 in Door County to Louis and Augusta (Dieball) Schwichtenberg.

  Grace graduated from the Sturgeon Bay High School in 1936. 

  She married Alvin Heidmann on June 8, 1939 at Salem Lutheran Church. 

  Grace worked on the family farm until they moved to Algoma and then was employed at the Algoma Memorial Hospital until her retirement.  She was a member St. Paul's Church and the Women of St. Paul's.  She enjoyed volunteering at St. Paul's Lutheran School during activities and events for the kids.  She also enjoyed going on many bus trips with friends.

  She is survived by her son David Heidmann and daughter Joanne Ripp, along with nieces and a nephew.  Grace was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alvin, brothers Martin and Arvid Schwichtenberg and three sisters Mabel and Mildred Schwichtenberg and Luella Krause.

   Friends and family may gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Rev. John Moll officiating.  Burial at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery.

  Memorials may be made out to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or St. Paul's Lutheran School in Algoma in memory of Grace Heidmann.

  The family would like to express a special thank you to Pastor Moll and Pastor McKenney for their special visits and the comfort they gave our mom.  The staff at Oak Creek for all their kindness and care, especially those who became very close to her and to the hospice team that offered our mom the comfort she needed at the end of her life. 

  Express your sympathy, memories and photos on Grace's tribute wall at www.schinderle.com.

Merle Arthur Christianson

Merle Arthur Christianson, 98, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord, Saturday night, March 16, 2019 at Door County Medical Center with family at his side.

    He was born November 24, 1920 in Sawyer (now the west side of Sturgeon Bay), the son of William Arthur Christianson, Sr. and Hannah (Oenes) Christianson. Merle graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1938. He enlisted to serve his country with the United States Army during WWII, entering into active duty on March 20, 1945. He was honorably discharged from service on December 7, 1946 

     Merle married Clarice June Peterson on September 23, 1950 at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay where they initially met and remained lifelong members. He owned and operated the City Service Station on the west side of Sturgeon Bay at the corner of S. Madison Avenue and E. Pine Street for five years. In an effort to allow kids something to do, Merle established Christy's Cue, a pool bar located on the east side of Sturgeon Bay on Louisiana Street. In the 1970s he owned and operated Service Cab, a taxi service, for ten years until his retirement.

     Those knew Merle and even those he just met, were often greeted with poem. Merle had an amazing ability to recite poems (some extremely long) from memory and probably had at least 40-60 poems memorized. He was an excellent sleeper, able to fall asleep in minutes and wake up just in time for dinner. Merle loved his church and his family.

     His memory will live on in the hearts of his dear wife, Clarice, with whom he was blessed with over 68 years of marriage; three children, Sandra (James) Simonar of the Town of Nasewaupee, Mark (special friend, Chrystal) Christianson of Sturgeon Bay, and Penni (Mike) Alexander of Las Vegas, NV; two grandchildren, Maria and Kes Alexander; two siblings, Millard Christianson of Sturgeon Bay and June Ehrbar of Green Bay; other relatives; and friends.

     Merle was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Hannah; two siblings, (infant) Delores and William "Bill" (Imogene "Imie") Christianson, Jr.; two siblings-in-law, Iris Christianson and Ernie Ehrbar.

     A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with Pastor David Raben officiating. Military honors by the United States Army and VFW Post #3088 will follow at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. until the time of service.

     "Our family would like to extend a special thank you to the ICU staff at Door County Medical Center for taking wonderful care of Merle."

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

Luella D. Viste

Luella D. Viste, 98, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on March13, 2019 at the  Algoma Long Term Care Unit.

Luella was born on April 27,1920, in Sturgeon Bay to William and Ella (Diefenbach) Hanson. She was only two years old when she lost her mother to TB.  William subsequently married Lena Nieman and together they raised Luella and her seven siblings. On September 30, 1940, Luella married Hans Olsen in Manistique, Ml, and to that union a daughter, Myrna, was born. Luella married Lawrence Viste in 1971 in Sturgeon Bay and became the mother of Lawrence's son, Gary.

Luella Viste is survived by her daughter, Myrna (William) Groth of Omro, Wl. She is further survived by her grandchildren Laurie Pecher of Omro, and Richard (Ella) Groth of Tacoma, WA and the Viste grandchildren Ben (Angel), Courtney (son Cole), Chelsea Schopf, all of Door County, and Sean (Chelsea and their daughters Coral and Chloe) of Neosho, Wl. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Alesha Neitzke of Oshkosh and Michael (Audra) Pecher in ltaly, Adam and Emily Groth of Seattle, and great-great-grandchildren Ava, Emerson, Milayna and Aurik. Surviving sisters-in-law include Mary Ann Hanson of Rotonda West, FL, Ruth Hanson of Black Creek, WI, and Georgiana Hanson of Sturgeon Bay. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends.

  ln addition to her husbands, Luella was predeceased by Gary Viste, all of her siblings Willard, Sylvia Viste, Harvey, Allen, June Hartel, James (in infancy), Floyd, and siblings-in-law Margaret Hanson and Albert Hartel.

  Family and friends may attend the gathering at Tanum-Forest Lutheran Church, County Trunk OO, Sturgeon Bay, Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the time of the Memorial Services at 11:00 AM with Rev. Peter Mannoja officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery.

The family would like to thank Algoma Long Term Care and Unity Hospice

for their compassionate care and support. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.

  The Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma, assisted the family with arrangements.

Isla R. Stuth

Isla R. Stuth, 93, of Algoma, passed away on March 13, 2019, at Door County Medical Center.  She was born on March 5, 1926, in Algoma to Ernst and Amanda (Gruendemann) Heuer.  On August 1, 1946, she married Waldo Stuth in Algoma, he preceded her in death on December 1, 2012.

 

Isla and her husband farmed and owned an orchard in the town of Sturgeon Bay for many years.  She was a long-time member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and had been active in the Ladies Aid Group.  Isla loved gardening, both flowers and vegetables, and was an excellent cook.  She was a very humorous person who enjoyed making others laugh.

Isla is survived by six children, Larry (Linda) Stuth, Sturgeon Bay; Karin Overbeck, Sturgeon Bay; Linda (Brian) Berg, Oregon; Susen (Roy) Nelson, Oconto; Kathy (Douglas) Zillmer, Algoma; Sandi (Kevin) Carpenter, Clintonville; twenty grandchildren, Sarah (Dave) Neuville, Peter Stuth, Andy (Keona) Stuth, Sam (Heather) Stuth, Paul (Karisa) Stuth, Dustin (Janeth) Overbeck, Jacob (Diane) Berg, Rebekah (Caleb) Shields, Tina (Jon) Spice, Holly (Jim) Timm, John (Nichole) Serrahn, Ben Serrahn, Dave (Lindsay) Serrahn, Jim Zillmer, Alicia (Scott) Krueger, Julie (Dan) Poe, Ehren (Tracie) Younk, Ryan (Tara) Younk, Mandie (Tony) Runge, and Beth Rivera; thirty-eight great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-granddaughters.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a grandson, Jesse Berg; sons-in-law, Gary Peterson, Russel Serrahn, Michael Overbeck, and Jim Morrison; two sisters, Arline (Carl) Mattson, Ernida (Evan) Jacobosky; one brother, Eran Heuer; brother-in-law, Karl (Doris) Stuth; sisters-in-law, Anita (Martin) Stender, Martha (Craig) Bobzien, Lois (Terry) Terhune; father and mother-in-law, Rev. Rudolph (Thea Kniepkamp) Stuth.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Carl Schroeder officiating.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Monday.

Louis "Louie" E. Gomand

Louis “Louie” E. Gomand, 77, New Franken, passed away Wednesday morning, March 13, 2019, surrounded by family after a long hard battle with heart disease.   He was born in Brown County on April 30, 1941 to the late Edward J. and Agnes (Charlier) Gomand. On October 26, 1963 Louie married Shirley A. Alsteen at St. Martin Church, Tonet. Together they owned and operated a farm and Champion Produce in Champion, for over 50 years. He had been employed with Culvert & Supply Co, the Sisters of St. Francis at the Chapel, Stebbins Engineering & Leicht Transfer, prior to retirement. His enjoyments included bringing families out to the field to pick their pumpkins, riding his Gator with his dog and visiting family and neighbors, taking family trips, breakfast with his many friends and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Shirley, and their three children, Debbie (Mark Boser) Olson, Gary (Kim) Gomand, Jim (Polly) Gomand, all of New Franken; five grandchildren, Katie (Eric Vacha) Olson, Megan Olson, Dylan Gomand, Brandon Gomand, Emily (Kory) Abts; three great-grandchildren, Ashlynn, Chase and Colton; one brother, Leo Gomand, New Franken; brother in law and sisters in law, Janice Alsteen, Donna and John Pilgrim, all of Luxemburg; nieces and nephews.

Louie was preceded in death by one sister, Marie; one sister in law, Janice; his father in law and mother in law, Frank and Eva Alsteen.

Friends may call 3 :30 to 7:00 pm on Friday, March 15, 2019 at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville. Closing parish prayer service 7:00 pm on Friday with Pat Ratajczak, Pastoral Leader. Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at St. Louis Church in Dyckesville. Funeral 11:00 am on Saturday at the church with Rev. John Van Deuren officiating and Pat Ratajczak assisting. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Champion.

Tom Reynolds

Tom Reynolds died peacefully at home on March 13, 2019.  He was 74.
     Tom was born in Sturgeon Bay on January 6, 1945.  He was one of three boys -- Bobby, Tommy and Jeffrey -- born in Sturgeon Bay to Karl and Harriet ("Skip") Reynolds.  Karl, the president of Reynolds Brothers cherry orchard and canning company, was killed in a plane crash in Door County in 1948.  Several years later, Skip married Colonel Joseph J. Peot.  As a result, Tom and his brothers grew up on Army bases around the country, with Tom graduating from high school in Carlisle, PA, where Col. Peot worked in the U.S. Army War College.
     Tom graduated from Carroll College in 1967 and Drake Law School in 1972.  He was drafted in the middle of law school and spent two years in the Army.  Tom married Marlene Kolbow of Oak Creek, WI, also a graduate of Carroll College, in 1969.  Always longing to return to Door County, Tom moved with Marlene to Sturgeon Bay in 1973 and they have been full-time residents of the city ever since then.  Since 1979, they have lived at 752 Memorial Drive.  Tom loved sailing the waters of Door County.
     Tom was elected Door County District Attorney in 1974 and served two terms.  For most of his professional years after serving in that role, he maintained a private law practice concentrating in real estate and commercial litigation.  He also briefly served as General Counsel for the Bank of Sturgeon Bay and was an owner and board member of Packerland Brokerage Services for the last twenty-four years of his life.  During his time in Sturgeon Bay, Tom was a county board supervisor and active in the Power Squadron, Jaycees, Heart Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Cub Scouts.
     Tom is survived by his wife Marlene; three sons, Toby (Kristin) of Milwaukee, Jonathan (Jen) of Mill Valley, CA, and Joe of Green Bay.  Other survivors include Tom's brothers, Bob of Jackson, MI and Jeffrey of Pensacola, FL; and five grandchildren, Grace, Henry, Alex, Collin, and Charlotte.  Tom was preceded in death by his parents.
      A memorial service will be held at Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13.
     Special thanks go to Tom's cousin, Mary Aiken, and friend, Maria Olga Foshion, and to all the wonderful staff at Unity Hospice for their care and support.

 

June D. Kahler

June D. Kahler, age 90 of Kewaunee passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019.  She was born on June 2, 1928 in Green Bay to the late Sylvester and Irene M. (Corbielle) Neveu.

She graduated from Green Bay East High School and the Wisconsin Cosmetology School.

She married Larry Kahler on December 7, 1946 and he preceded her in death on November 7, 2002.  June owned and operated Lakeview Beauty Salon for over fifty years.  She enjoyed being with family, having a green thumb, surrounding herself with many flowering hanging baskets, going on the bus to the casino, getting and making sure everyone had fruits and vegetables and she enjoyed her weekly lunch dates and getting groceries almost every Friday.

Survived by one brother: Donald Neveu, Kewaunee; one sister-in-law: Marge Neveu, State of Washington; many nieces and nephews;  many great nieces and nephews and her special canine pal, Beau.  She was preceded in death by two sisters: Marc Jadin; Eileen (Norbert) Lawrence; five brothers: Lawrence Neveu; David Neveu; Edwin (Georgine) Nevue; Alfred (Fritz) Neveu; Kenneth (Betty) Neveu;  Sisters-in-law: Nora Neveu; Joyce (Bob) Donnely; Verna (Elmer) Kilgore; Sharon (Carl) Carlson; Marvin (Margaret) Kahler.

A celebration of her life will be on Saturday, April 6 at West Kewaunee Town Hall, 1523 Ellis Street, Kewaunee from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The family would like to thank the staff of Linden Manor, Unity Hospice for all the care and concern that they gave June as well as all of her friends and family, especially Gail and Kathy.

Irene A. Ledvina

Irene A. Ledvina, 95 of Pilsen, died Saturday evening, March 09, 2019. On October 13, 1923 she was born in Milwaukee to the late Adam and Pauline (Winicki) Piszczek.  She attended St. Mathew Catholic Grade School and graduated from South Division High School, Milwaukee.  She lived across from Mitchell Park, enjoyed many activities and events, especially the Great 4th of July Celebration held at the park.  Irene married Ardeal A. Ledvina on June 3, 1944 at St. Cyril and St. Methodious Church, Eaton.  Together they farmed in the Pilsen area.  He preceded her in death on November 26, 1982.  Irene enjoyed bowling, card games of Poker, Farkle, Sheepshead and many family gatherings at the “Bootka” (Polish for small house) with her Milwaukee brothers and sisters.

Survivors include five daughters, Mary Jane Chervenka, Stangelville; Carol (Lloyd) Kwasny, Green Bay; Pat (Dale) Jandrain, Luxemburg; Joanne (Lee) Ledvina, Kewaunee; Sue (Tom) Rydzewski, Luxemburg; twin sons, Jim (Mary) Ledvina, John (Leah) Ledvina, all of Luxemburg, 24 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, two godsons, Tom Taubert and Gary Ledvina.

Irene was preceded in death by one son in law, Denis Chervenka; two grandsons, infant, David Chervenka, Dale Chervenka; brothers and sisters, Stanley, John (Floss), Ben (Ruth), Anna, Marge, Marie, Therese, Rose (Paul), Delores, Helen, Clara. Brother in law and sisters in law, Mayme and Alvin Cherney, Jim and Rose Ledvina.

Friends may call between 9:00 and 10:45 am, Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. Therese Parish, St. Joseph-St. John Site, Pilsen. Funeral 11:00 am on Monday at the church with Rev. Dennis Drury officiating and Christal Wavrunek assisting.  Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pilsen.

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the Ledvina Family.

 Marilyn Jean Gosser

 Marilyn Jean Gosser, 94, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Sunday evening, March 10, 2019 at the Skilled Nursing Facility at Door County Medical Center.
     She was born December 30, 1924 in Green Bay, the daughter of Martin Nassau Mathey and Ella (McGuire) Mathey. Marilyn attended St. Joseph Parochial School and graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1942. She initially worked for H.C. Prange's in Sturgeon Bay right after high school. Marilyn was united in marriage to Raphael Anton Gosser on September 3, 1945 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. They shared nearly 32 years of marriage. Raphael preceded Marilyn in death on August 17, 1977.
     She began working for Sherry's Hallmark in Sturgeon Bay in the early 1980s and continued working there until her retirement at age 81. Above all, she took wonderful care of her family at home.
     Marilyn was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Institute, Christian Mothers, and Catholic Daughters of America. She served church funeral lunches as a member of the Chicken Band. She was also a member of the Country Circle Homemakers and the Peninsula Promenaders square dancing group. Marilyn loved solving jigsaw puzzles and was very well-read. She was an avid trivia player and would often have to be reminded to wait enough time before participating again in the daily WDOR morning trivia. She liked cooking and eating snickerdoodle cookies. Marilyn maintained her sense of humor and caring concern for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren right up until the end. 
     Her love will live on in the hearts of her seven children, Kathy (Rolf) Simonson of Punta Gorda, FL, Jane (Mitch) Weber of Menomonee Falls, Richard (Barb) Gosser of the Township of Egg Harbor, Steven (RaeAnn) Gosser of the Town of Sevastopol, Jeffry (Sandy) Gosser of the Town of Sevastopol, Tony (Karen) Gosser of the Town of Sevastopol, and Marcy (Tom) Stark of Egg Harbor; grandchildren, Carolyn (Adam Jaeger) Menzer, Jennifer (Randall) Fowlkes, Eric (Deanna) Simonson, and Kristine (Todd) Wake, Ed (Verena) and Ray (Krista) Tahlman and Tracy (Jon) Wintermote, Grady (Nicole) Gosser and Katy (Aaron) Schroeder, Michael, Greg (Tracy), and Andrew (Alyssa) Gosser, Kristopher (Rena) Gosser and Amanda (Matt) Stephenson, Matthew Gosser, Bailey and Cassidy Stark; great-grandchildren, Gabe and Lydia, Macy, Mehgan, and Austin, Douglas and Ben, Will and Jonah, Sawyer, Peyton and Paige, Marty, Daniel, and Greta, Sophia, Ella, Eli, and Emily, Alex and Aiden, Willow, and Lylah, Evan, and Kylee; other relatives; and friends.
     Marilyn was welcomed Home by her parents; husband; and three brothers, (infant) Martin, Cletus (Verna, Alta), and Leo (Lydia, Jeanette) Mathey.
     Her life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Marilyn will be laid to rest beside her husband, Raphael, in the church cemetery.
     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a parish wake service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church, Saturday morning, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
     Memorial donations may be made out to the Gosser Family to be distributed to her favorite charities.
     "Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Paul Board and the staff of Unity Hospice and Skilled Nursing Facility for the wonderful, compassionate care given to our mother."

 

John Richard Yount

John Richard Yount of Highland, California and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin passed away at home in Highland on Saturday, February 16, 2019. John was born in Menomonie, Wisconsin on March 7, 1927 to George and Olive Yount. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother George, sister Mary Davis, and son Jeff. John left high school during his senior year to serve in the Navy during World War II. After the war he returned home to Menomonie and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout. There he met Beth Robertson of Sturgeon Bay, whom he  married in Sturgeon Bay at Shiloh Moravian Church on August 21, 1948. John and Beth were married for over 70 years. Together they had four children, John (Sarah), Lisa Goldney, Jeff (deceased) and Lori (Shawn) Kelly; seven grandchildren, Mercedes (Randy) Rawson, Sean Goldney, Andrew (Rebecca) Yount, Anna Goldney, Sara (Nick) Harmon, Peter (Kim) Kelly, Amy (Jesse) Hoye; and six great grandchildren, Rose, Grace and Paul Rawson, Evelyn and Henry Harmon, and Shawn Kelly. John was a deeply dedicated husband, father and "Papa", with a gentle and humble heart. His commitment  to his family, friends and church was unshakable.

 

John taught high school for over 35 years. His first teaching job was Industrial Education at Needles, California. In 1954 he moved to the new Fontana High School at Fontana, California, to teach Machine Shop and Chemistry. In 1960 John received a grant from the National Science Foundation and returned to school at the University of Wyoming, where he received his doctorate degree. 

 

John loved teaching of all types and was respected by his peers as a consummate educator. He seized every opportunity possible as a "teaching moment" to explain an astonishing range of concepts, from wood working and masonry, to complex chemical principles, to his beliefs about why everyone can learn and what we should never give up on anyone. In 1971 John took a leave of absence to lovingly care for his son Jeff, who ultimately lost his battle with leukemia. In doing so, he taught us not only how to "DO", but also how to "BE". How to be generous selfless and forgiving, patient, compassionate and strong in faith.

 

John and Beth lived every summer in Idlewild, Door County, with their family. In 1965 they purchased Robertson's Cottages at Idlewild from Beth's parents, Joyce and Chester Robertson. John loved being in the woods of Idlewild, working hard to make Robertson's Cottages  a wonderful place guests, friends and family. After retirement in 1985, John and Beth spent six months of every year in Door County.

 

John loved people and he and Beth thoroughly enjoyed entertaining friends and  resort guests. He was a member of the Highland Congregational Church since 1954. In his retirement he was a dedicated volunteer at church, willing to offer his skills and spend his time on any project working alongside friends.

 

John made a positive impact on many lives. He was a constant source of quiet encouragement and love to his family and friends. Those who knew him were fortunate to have been a part of his life. Although he is lost to us on earth, he will remain present in our hearts.

 

Family Memorial Mortuary & Crematory inSan Bernardino, California handled the arrangements.

 

The Memorial Service in Highland, California was held at:

 

Highland Congregational Church

Highland, California

Sunday, March 3 @ 3:00 PM

 

In Sturgeon Bay a Memorial Service and internment of his remains in our family cemetery plot at:

 

Shiloh Moravian Church

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Sunday, July 28 @ 3:00 PM

Bartley Lee Munson

Bartley Lee Munson, 81 years, of Milwaukee, formerly Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, December 19, 2018, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon, WI.
     He was born November 5, 1937 in Rockford, IL the son of Roy and Madonna (Anderson) Munson. Bart graduated from Rockford East High School in 1955. He received his BBA in Actuarial Science from UW Madison in 1959. On January 25, 1959, he married Celeste A. Boyer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford. They moved to Hartford, CT for Bart’s employment for a few years before moving to Appleton, WI in 1962, where he worked as an actuary for Aid Association for Lutherans (now Thrivent).  Bart was the president of the American Academy of Actuaries from 1985 to 1986.  He would eventually become partner at Mercer Consulting before continuing as an actuarial consultant, focused on long term care insurance.
     Bart and Celeste were active members of every community where they lived, often focusing on supporting the arts and helping maintain thriving communities. Bart was the essence of altruism, from taking out an elderly neighbor for ice cream once a week, to driving friends to medical appointments, or stopping to help people on the roadside when their cars broke down.  His care for neighbors and strangers was surpassed by his deep commitment and love for his family.  Above all, he put his family first – always giving 100% of his time, energy, and resources to making sure his family felt loved and cared for. 
     Surviving are his wife, Celeste of Milwaukee, WI; three children, Steve (Kim) Munson of Frederick, MD; Jeff (Karen) Munson of Brookfield, WI; Michael (Loree) Munson of Milwaukee, WI; four grandchildren, Kirsten, Derek, Michael, Kai; and one brother, Bruce (Barbara) Munson of Ames, IA. 
     Preceding him in death were his parents, Roy and Madonna Munson, and his nephew, Erik Munson.
     A celebration of his life will be held in Sturgeon Bay at Hope United Church of Christ (141 South 12th Avenue Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235) on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11:00am.
     Visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

 

Marilyn C. Ahern

Marilyn C. Ahern, 90, of Egg Harbor, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at her home with family at her side.
     She was born July 6, 1928 in Brownsville, Texas, the daughter of the late Josephine Colette (Burke) Yoakum and Frank J. Yoakum.  After graduating from the Academy of Our Lady High School, she attended LeClerc College and later Mundelein College in Chicago.  On June 11, 1949, Marilyn was united in marriage with John “Jack” Ahern at St. Killians Catholic Church.  In 1985, they moved to Door County.  Together, they enjoyed traveling throughout their nearly 70-year marriage.  They were active members at Stella Maris Parish – Egg Harbor site, where Marilyn was an altar server. Marilyn took great joy in practicing her Catholic faith and lived her life as a loving Catholic woman.  She always put others first, and she was a joy to be with. If you were with her, she made you feel of most importance to her. 
     Marilyn will be missed by her loving husband, John “Jack”; son, Bart Ahern of Egg Harbor; daughter, Susan (Jordan) Snyder; son-in-law, Robert Kovacs of Charlotte, NC; daughter-in-law, Kris Ahern of Scottsdale, AZ; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; son, John M. Ahern (2017); and daughter, Nancy Ahern Kovacs (2008).
     A Mass of Christian Burial to honor Marilyn’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Stella Maris Parish – Egg Harbor site with Fr. David Ruby officiating.  Marilyn will be laid to rest in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
     Family and friends may call at the church Monday, March 18, 2019 beginning at 1:30 p.m. until the mass at 3:00 p.m.  
     Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Ahern family. 
     In lieu of flowers, your prayers are deeply appreciated.  

 

Irene M. Tomski

Irene M. Tomski, 99 years, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Friday morning at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.
     She was born April 27, 1919 in Kewaunee the daughter of John and Emma (Wautlet) Alexander. 
     Irene was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. 
     Survivors include her two sons, Mike (Louise) Tomski of Madison, Stephen Tomski of Green Bay; her brother, Lloyd Alexander of Sturgeon Bay; and godson, Ricky Marth.
     Preceding her in death were her parents; sister, Martha Nelson; two brothers, Harold and Francis Roy.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with Fr. Anthony Birdsall officiating.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10:00 until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

 

Roberto Esquivel Cuellar

Roberto Esquivel Cuellar, affectionately known as “Loco” by friends and other community members, 74, fell asleep in the loving arms of his family at home in the Town of Jacksonport, and awoke in the arms of the Lord, Thursday afternoon, March 7, 2019.

     He was born September 30, 1944 in Acuña, Mexico, the son of Enrique and Julia (Esquivel) Cuellar. Robert was adopted by Maria Cuellar and was raised by Tomas D. and Francisca B. Cuellar. Robert attended school in Del Rio, TX. He met Rosa Elvia Sifuentes at a bridge, and they were united in marriage on April 4, 1962. Robert had spent time in Door County, WI working in the orchards, and he and Rosa, relocated there a few weeks after they were married. They were the first Hispanic family to settle in Door County.

     Robert was initially employed with Roen Orchards in Ellison Bay, then Berns Brothers Lumber Co. in Sister Bay (which was eventually purchased by Lampert’s Lumber). He was most recently employed with Ace Hardware in Sister Bay.

     Robert helped establish the Hispanic Resource Center for families living in Door and Kewaunee Counties, along with Imelda Delchambre. He served as treasurer for the Hispanic Resource Center and was a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Liberty Grove. Robert was a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Kewaunee and was a longtime parishioner of St. Rosalia’s in Sister Bay (now Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site). He loved fishing on Kangaroo Lake amongst other areas and hunting. Robert enjoyed bowling and especially liked grilling out on his deck (no matter what season it was). Faith and family were central in his life.

     He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Rosa, with whom was blessed with nearly 57 years of marriage; children, Maria San Juanita “Mary Jane” Cuellar (Jeff) Simkins of Las Vegas, NV; Roberto (Marcia) Cuellar of Sturgeon Bay, Carlos (Diana) Rodriguez of San Antonio, TX, Enrique “Henry” Cuellar of Egg Harbor, Cynthia (Jose) Cuellar Rodriguez of Milwaukee, Daniel (Brittany) Cuellar of Egg Harbor; grandchildren, Joseph and Rachel Pesina, Christina Clark, and Jeffrey and Cynthia Simkins, Tyler Cuellar, Carlos Jr. and Mateo Rodriguez, Michael and Cristian Cuellar Rodriguez, Andrew Grutzmacher, Chanta Christianson, Nahaiva and Aliciá Hoffman, and Jacinda and Chiliná Cuellar; great-grandchildren, Joaquin, Antonio, Makenna, and Jaxon, N’talia and Jaxon, and Denzel and Dakota; siblings, Maria Guadalupe Esquivel, Maria del Jesus Esquivel, Maria H. (Jose) Sandoval, Juan Francisco (Blanca) and Jose B. Cuellar, Celia (Claudio Jr.) Meza, and Rotelena Cuellar; brothers-in-law, Alfredo Jimenez and Armando Perez; many other relatives; and good friends.

     Robert was reunited with his parents; grandson, Nicholas Cuellar; great-grandson, Keygan Cuellar; siblings, Tomas Cuellar, Maria Elva Jimenez, and Maria Dolores Perez; and other relatives.     

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site with Fr. David Ruby as celebrant. He will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated for his family.

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

Douglas Bradbury Butchart

Douglas Bradbury Butchart, “Mr. Thumb Fun”, 88, of Fish Creek, passed away at Door County Medical Center, in Sturgeon Bay, WI on Tuesday morning February 19, 2019.

 

     He was born May 17, 1930 in Evanston, IL the only child of the late James Douglas and Margaret (Shackell) Butchart.  His mother died when he was 6 years old and during his early school years he lived in Waukesha, WI with his widowed aunt, Adeline (Butchart) Hoag, and her two sons James and Donald Hoag, whom he considered brothers.  Following his graduation from high school in San Antonio, TX, he served his country in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War as a marine diver with expertise in explosives.  After his discharge, Doug graduated from Carroll College with a degree in business and was employed as a salesman.  He was a scuba dive instructor in Green Bay, WI and eventually opened his own dive shop in Door County.  Doug owned and operated one of Door County’s most popular tourist attractions, Thumb Fun Amusement Park for over 30 years until 1998.  He was a true entrepreneur, marketer, and risk taker, building that business from the ground up with over 35 rides and attractions and employing upwards of 60 people every summer.  On November 13, 1999 he married Robin K. Howell at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church.  They enjoyed traveling the United States and Canada and going on cruises.  Doug enjoyed cheering on his grandchildren at their various events, spending time on the computer, reading, and visiting with his many friends.

 

     Survivors include his wife, Robin of Fish Creek; daughter, Margaret “Peggie” (Grant) Olson of Hancock, MI; three grandchildren, Andrew, David and Paul; two step-children, Cheryl Sefton of Itasca, IL and her children, Nathan and Anya, Christopher (Brenda) Garber of San Bernadino, CA and their children, Aislinn and Logan (Kim) Garber and their daughter, Ivy Rose.

 

     Preceding Doug in death were his parents, James and Margaret Butchart; his wife Jeanne (Johnstone) Butchart and their infant son, Andrew; and his brothers-in-kind, Donald Hoag and James Hoag.

 

     A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay with Pastor James Honig officiating. Military honors will follow at the church.

 

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Following military honors, a reception will be held in the church fellowship hall. 

Jacob B. Ellefson

Jacob Benjamin Ellefson came into the world with a broken collarbone on August 29, 1926 at the family home in Jackson Harbor, his nearly 11-pound birth weight having necessitated the procedure. Jake passed away, surrounded by loved ones, including his beloved wife of 29 years, Shirley, at their Townline Rd. home on February 25, 2019, after a brief decline. His 92.5 years of life were characterized by love, faith, hard work, integrity, humility, and humor. 

 

     He attended Jackson Harbor Elementary School and graduated from Washington Island High School. Immediately upon graduation, his father accompanied him to Green Bay to sign, allowing Jake to join his two older brothers serving in WW2, since he was still 17 at the time. He was discharged from the Navy in 1946 as a Quartermaster Third Class. 

 

     As Jake said about each Islander whose eulogy he presented, “He had a wonderful childhood!” With three older siblings, one younger, cousins across the street, and a best friend just around the harbor, there was no end of opportunity for fun – skiing and sledding in the winter; swimming, baseball, and row-boating all summer long! Jake grew up helping in his father’s fishery and loved going out with him on the boat from the time he was 10 years old. He remained a cross-country skier for most of his life (at least half that time on skis his father carved) and also enjoyed playing golf.

 

     After returning from the service, Jake, Everett “Steve” and Klemmet “Kay” formed Ellefson Bros. Fishery. For more than 70 years, he was fortunate to work in an industry he loved. There was no better day for Jake than one he could spend on the lake. 

 

     Family was a source of great joy for Jake. He especially took pleasure in being a dad, grandfather (Bestefar), and great-grandfather – countless hours of ball-playing with his young sons and cooperative work projects with them and their sons as they reached adulthood. Family trips, picnics, and parties on the fish tugs. Untold nights reading bedtime stories, playing games, and faithfully checking for monsters in closets. Jake estimated that he swung the sledge hammer 30,000 times during the summer he drove the posts for Melodie's horses' running pen (and noted that there is a lot more rock than soil on the East Side). 

 

     He was supportive of whatever activities his kids took on and wrote, "My children have been a sheer delight to me!" Jake's devoted interest, concern, support, and advice characterized latter-year interchanges together with uncountable games of “Ellefson Family Dealer's Choice” and Jake's signature, "Read 'em and weep!" when smacking down what he knew was the winning hand. 

 

     He was a lifelong member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed. Jake served twice as president of the congregation and several times as deacon, trustee, and council representative. He was a member of American Legion Post #402 for more than 70 years and was instrumental in shoring up the current Legion building so it could be used as a headquarters. Jake served for more than 50 years on the Washington Island Community Center Committee and for 25 years on the board of the Electric Cooperative.

     Jake loved learning and was enthusiastic about obtaining new knowledge. He believed a strong educational program was essential for the Island and served on the school board when the new school was being planned and designed. He helped them stay on budget by supporting the use of island craftsmen. 

 

     Jake was an ardent baseball fan and loved the years when first he, then his sons, played on the Island team. Regardless of who was playing, though, he was sure to be in the stands! Jake was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and a highlight of his life was traveling with his wife, as well as his siblings and their spouses, to Iceland and Norway. He very much enjoyed visiting his cousins and seeing where his father grew up. It was a special pleasure for him in fall of 2017 when cousins from two branches of the Norwegian family were able to visit the Island. Jake loved to laugh, and his humor was regularly borne out by the twinkle in his eye and the unique humorous exchanges he enjoyed with family, friends and members of the island community. 

 

     Jake is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Jacob (Carin) and Don Ellefson, daughter, Melodie Ellefson, stepson, Bruce Atkins, stepdaughter, Sheila (Tad) Hansen; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sister, Grace Ann (Barry) Carpenter; sister-in-law, Phyllis Ellefson; several dearly-loved nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, particularly Melinda Ellefson, who has shown limitless devotion to Jake and Shirley. He is also survived by two first cousins in Norway; many other family members; and dear friends.

 

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Grace; sister, Martha (husbands, Don Hagen and Milton Dulong), brothers, Everett (Genevieve) and Klemmet Ellefson; and three nephews and other relatives. 

 

     A celebration of Jake's life will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Washington Island with Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer officiating. A luncheon with a time for personal reflections, songs, and tributes will follow in the church fellowship hall.

 

     Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

 

     Memorials have may be given in Jake’s honor for Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Washington Island Community Center Board.

Milton G. LaLuzerne

Milton G. LaLuzerne, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2019, at Autumn Fields in Dyckesville.  He was born April 22, 1928, in Brussels to Clarence and Emma (Gerondale) LaLuzerne.  On May 18, 1948, he married Lorraine Ann Vlies in Lincoln.
Milton worked at Algoma Hardwoods and dairy farmed for many years.  He also hauled milk cans and delivered the newspaper.  After he retired, he worked at Econo Foods.  Milton enjoyed playing cards and dancing.
Survivors include his wife; 8 children, Dennis LaLuzerne, Forestville; Pat (Cindy) LaLuzerne, James LaLuzerne, Ronald (Christine Conlon) LaLuzerne, Lyle (Diane) LaLuzerne, Lori Jean LaLuzerne, all of Sturgeon Bay; Neal LaLuzerne, Brussels; Dean (Amy) LaLuzerne, Luxemburg; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Donald (Jillian) LaLuzerne, Brussels; 1 sister, Diane (Allen) Johnson, Green Bay.  He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 son, Mark LaLuzerne; 1 brother, Wendell (Elaine) LaLuzerne.
Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Thursday, March 7, 2019, at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels with Rev. Edward Looney officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Thursday.  Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Elsa McCarty

Elsa McCarty, 75, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on March 3, 2019, at Door County Medical Center.  She was born in Germany on Nov. 11, 1943, to Efrom and Leokadia (Knull) Hundt.  On August 25, 1979, she married John R. McCarty at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

When Elsa was nine years old, she and her family immigrated to the United States, settling in Sturgeon Bay.  For many years, Elsa managed the shipping and receiving department at Palmer Johnson.  She also worked as a waitress and hostess at the Nightengale Supper Club.

Elsa enjoyed camping, taking cruises, gardening, and wintering in Florida for several years.  She especially loved time spent with her family.

Survivors include her husband John, 2 sons, Kevin (Michelle) Sternard, Sturgeon Bay, and Derek (Jessica) McCarty, Verona, WI; daughter-in-law Marla (Jeff) Lustila, Sturgeon Bay;  9 grandchildren, Melanie (Jacob), Chad (Cynthia), Kyle (Stephanie), Ashley, Hannah, Lily, Luke, Joshua, and Eli;  3 great-grandchildren, Charlie, Austin, and Claire; sister Helga Bobb, Sturgeon Bay; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Chuck Sternard, 3 brothers, Eddie, Otto, and Herman; and sister Gertrude.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.  Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Saturday, March 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and at the church on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.  Memorials may be directed to Door CANcer Inc. or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in her name.

William "Bill" Roger Van Beaver

William “Bill” Roger Van Beaver, 69, of Brussels was welcomed into eternal rest on March 1, 2019 after a hard-fought battle with heart disease. Bill was born on December 27, 1949 in Green Bay to Roger and Dorothy (Lytie) Van Beaver-Tiede. He was a 1968 graduate of Green Bay East High School where he excelled in sports, lettering in football and basketball. He earned all-league honors in American Legion baseball and continued his love of sports by playing fast pitch softball for TJ Gasman, All Car and Military Golf Land. He also played semi pro football for the Manitowoc Chiefs.

On January 10, 1981 he married Debbie Heimerl. She preceded him in death on February 12, 2005. Bill then married Sandra (Jeanquart) Nellis on June 16, 2007. He worked in manufacturing and also as a construction delivery driver in the Green Bay area. He loved spending time with his family and friends “up north” at their cottage in the Three Lakes area.  He enjoyed working out, fishing at the lake, dancing, and watching the Packers. He was a loving husband, father, son, grandfather, brother and friend to many and will lovingly be remembered and sorrowfully missed. 

Bill is survived by his loving wife; Sandy, daughter; Ashlie Van Beaver, mother; Dorothy VanBeaver-Tiede, siblings; Sue Van Beaver, Eugene (Jackie), Gary (Julie), Roger  Jr. (Joanie), Jeff (Tammy), Kathy Carroll (Bart), stepdaughters; Tanya (Tony) Zwick, Tara (Cory) Pierre, Tasha (Jerald) Malvitz, grandchildren; Jacob, Caden, Kennedy, Isaac, Parker, Kate, and Garrett, in-laws; Phyllis Heimerl, Mark (Judye) Heimerl , Amy (Todd) Brauer, Barb (Chris) Derene, Debbie (Greg) Lake, Terri (Jerry) Agamaite, Patti (Dan) Bouchonville. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his Father, Roger, Sr.

The family would like to thank the many healthcare providers who were involved in his care. Bill had a strong faith in God and believed in his eternal life in heaven.

Gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Celebration Church, 3475 Humboldt Road.  A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 5:30 P.M. with Rev. Lathan Duncan officiating.

Patricia A. Remy

Patricia A. Remy, 80, of Nasewaupee, passed away suddenly Thursday, February 28, 2019 after a valiant three-year battle with Multiple Myeloma.

     She was born on June 16, 1938, the daughter of the late Thomas and Joyce (Otis) Pinney. Pat graduated as salutatorian from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1956. She then attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and graduated with honors, earning a B.S. in Nursing. On December 19, 1959, she married Eugene V. Remy at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. Together she and Gene owned and operated Remy’s Homes, Inc., Thunderhill Estates, LLC, and Gitche Gumee Resort, LLC. They were continuing the hundred-year Remy family business tradition in Sturgeon Bay, which dates back to 1919 with a grocery store in Sawyer opened by Gene’s grandfather, Jules.

     Pat was a staunch member of Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, singing in the church choir, teaching Sunday school, and serving on both the Board of Elders and the Endowment Committee. Pat was the founding mother and leader of the Sturgeon Bay La Leche League. She was a member of the Wisconsin Regional Writers with two honorable mentions of her writing, and poetry published in various magazines.

     Pat was not only a writer, but an avid reader of fiction, journals, and non-fiction. She was passionate about, and became an expert on wild flowers: learning, studying, and nurturing native species on her properties. She was a self-described amateur naturalist, amateur conservationist, and a board member of the Door County Wild Ones. Her passion for gardening, horticulture, and native plants will be passed to future generations in her many gardens and landscapes. Her loves were Lake Michigan, wildflowers, birds, botany, books, travel, and theatre.

     As a generous supporter of creative and performing arts, she often frequented venues in and around Door County such as: Peninsula Players, American Folklore Theatre, Birch Creek Music Performance Center, and Third Avenue Playhouse. Pat was a very kind and loving person whose sense of humor, paronomasia, wit, charm, and infectious smile were matched equally by her intellect.  She will be missed by the community whose hearts she has touched.

     She loved restoring old homes and properties, specifically her N. Lake Michigan Drive cottage which she described as her “23rd Psalm.” Pat was a joyous, serious professional, both as a nurse and as a business manager, with a sense of humor that did no harm.

     Gene and Pat have three children and their families: Jeannine Remy of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Judith (Joseph) Hilgers of Middleton, Joseph (Randy Armijo) Remy of Silver Spring, MD. They also have five grandchildren: Drew (Abbie) Hilgers, Sean (Maggi Crawmer) Hilgers, Brenna Hilgers, Seth Remy, and Shea Remy. Other family members include sister-in-law, Julie Pinney, and her family; niece, Janelle Peotter (Eric Perlman); and nephew, Ben (Cheryl) Peotter; and brother, Thomas (Myra) Pinney, Jr., and their family.

     Pat was preceded in death by her parents; brother, George Pinney; and sister, Joyce “Pooky” Peotter.

     Her life will be honored with a funeral service held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday March 8, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church with Rev. Reeder Herrick and Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp, Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in Pat’s memory to Peninsula Players and to the Boys & Girls Club of Door County.

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

Iver Eric Warren

Iver Eric Warren, 66, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. 

     He was born February 22, 1953 in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of the late Robert and Laverne (Voagen) Warren. The family moved to Wisconsin, and Iver graduated from high school in Madison in 1970. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison before attending and graduating with a degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1976. Iver and Kathleen were united in marriage on May 19, 1979 at St. Joseph’s Church in Rhinelander. 

     Iver worked as an Airline Captain for American Airlines for 30 years before retiring in 2012. He and Kathy were active members of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church. Iver enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling, sailing, painting, riding motorcycles, and talking politics. He was a dedicated family man who loved to spend time with those he loved.

     Iver will be missed by his wife of nearly 40 years, Kathy; children, Kirk Warren, Erika (AJ) Dahlstrom, and Evan Warren, all of Green Bay; siblings, Cheryl (F. James) Sensenbrenner, Gregg (Mary Kay) Warren, Lyle Warren, and Tara Warren; as well as many aunts and uncles; cousins, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Laverne Warren; sister, Treiva Warren Livesey; and aunts and uncles.

     A funeral service to honor Iver’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church with Pastor David Leistra officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be from held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and will continue at the church on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 1:50 p.m.

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

Tara Rae Warren

Tara Rae Warren, 48, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away late Thursday afternoon, February 28, 2019 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

     She was born August 11, 1970 in Madison, the daughter of the late Robert Willis Warren and Laverne Dorothy (Voagen) Warren. Tara graduated from Homestead High School in Mequon in 1989. She worked in food service and was a member of Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.

     Tara enjoyed swimming, bowling, and traveling. She liked horses, ‘80s music, and movies especially, Star Wars and Grease. Her favorite color was purple, and she was always one to greet others around her. Tara loved her family very much.

     She will be missed by her sister-in-law and guardian, Kathy Warren; sister and two brothers, Cheryl (F. James) Sensenbrenner, Gregg (Mary Kay) Warren, and Lyle Warren; aunts and uncles; cousins; nieces and nephews; dear friend and caretaker, Julie Pflieger; and friends.

     Tara was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother, Treiva Warren Livesey and Iver Warren (who passed away two days prior); and other relatives.

     Tara and Iver’s lives will be honored, together, with a funeral service held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church with Pastor David Leistra officiating. They will be laid to rest by family in Mount Olive Cemetery.

     Relatives and friends may visit with the Warren family at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 1:50 p.m.

     Memorials may be given in Tara’s name for Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church or Sunshine House.

     “Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff of Door County Medical Center for their care given to Tara.”

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

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