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Donald J. Berns

Donald Joseph Berns, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord, late Wednesday night, April 17, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.

     He was born May 31, 1931 in Sister Bay, the son of Elmer Francis Berns and Marjorie Grace (Knutson) Berns. Don grew up in Door County and attended grade school in Sister Bay. He graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1949. Don attended St. Norbert College in De Pere for two years and then entered the United States Air Force in 1951 where he completed training as a weather observer. As part of the Korean Conflict, he was sent to Japan and Korea and then was honorably discharged in 1955 as Staff Sergeant.

     Don returned to St. Norbert College where he completed a B.S. degree in biology. In 1959, he completed a M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Education. While at Madison, he was a research assistant in an ongoing study of gifted high school students. Upon graduating, he spent eight years teaching and also counseling in several Wisconsin high schools: Thorp, Algoma, Columbus, and Kettle Moraine.

     Don was awarded several federal grants including one from Indiana University where he completed studies for a Specialist in Education Degree in 1970. He was a counselor at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha from 1967 to 1991. While at Gateway, Don was awarded a federally-funded project to aid career planning for vocational and technical students. It involved photographing and writing about 30 career program areas at the college. He also published an article, “Non-punitive Grading System”, in the Wisconsin Educational Journal which was ultimately adopted for use by the college.

     Don was awarded summer school grants from the General Electric Company to study opportunities in career education.

     He was a leader and strong believer in vocational and technical education and held leadership positions in various professional organizations. Don served as President of the Kewaunee County Education Association, Gateway Technical College Education Association, was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, an honorary educational society. He was also a member of the American Personnel and Guidance Association, the Wisconsin Counselor and Southeast Wisconsin Counselor Associations, and Meals on Wheels in Kenosha County.

     Don was happily married to Linda Lou Harness in 1965. Together, they lived in Kenosha and Silver Lake with their two children, DeAnn Lynn and David Donald, from 1967 until 2004. While living in Silver Lake, Don served two terms as trustee on the Silver Lake Village Board. He was also a member of the Kenosha County Civil Service Commission, the Billy Weiss American Legion Post #527, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8337, both of Liberty Grove and Stella Maris Parish in Sister Bay (formerly St. Rosalia Parish).

     In the 1960s, Don operated the Sister Bay Information Center for eight summers. He loved his family and friends in Door County. In 1995, Don and Linda built their retirement home in Door County. During his leisure time, he enjoyed golf, photography, deer hunting, reading, world travel, woodworking, and gardening.

     Don was especially proud of his Norwegian heritage and was a longtime member of the H.R. Holand Lodge of Sturgeon Bay where he served as President. His Norwegian ancestor, great-great-grandfather, Torkel Knutson, came to Sister Bay along with his family from Larvic, Norway. All are buried in Little Sister Cemetery in Sister Bay.

     Don will be missed by his wife, Linda; two children, DeAnn Berns (Jeffrey) Umland of Sturgeon Bay and Crystal Lake, IL, and David (Caroline) Berns of Fort Mill, SC; four grandchildren, Nathanial and Alexander Umland, and Nicholas and Natalie Berns; sister, Joann Berns (Everett) Kita of Wausau; other relatives; and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Don’s life will be honored with Mass of Christian Burial held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site, 2410 S. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, WI 54234 with Fr. David Ruby as celebrant. Burial with military honors by the United States Air Force and the Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 will follow in St. Rosalia Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in Don’s name for the Stella Maris Parish, VFW Post #8337, or a charity of one’s choice.

Judith (Wilke) Srnka

Judith (Wilke) Srnka, 71, passed away at home in Algoma, Thursday, April 25, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.  Judy was born March 17, 1948 in Algoma to Melvin and Lucille (Schulties) Wilke.  Judy grew up in the East Maplewood area of Door County.  She attended Southern Door High and graduated in 1967.  She met her future husband, Jerry Srnka in 1969.  They were married in St. Peter's Church, Lincoln on May 15, 1971 and made their home in Algoma since that time.

Judy was a very energetic person, who was always looking for ways to be a community volunteer.  She became a member of the Board of Directors for the Kewaunee County Historical Society and serviced in that capacity for over 35 years.  As a society member, she helped in so many different ways.  Judy was an original organizer of the Cemetery Walk programs and did the research to reenact the life story of Sarah (Hall) Elliot in the Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma.  Her interest in genealogy and history led her to become the typist for the major genealogical lists for the county cemeteries, which are available in the libraries and the Historical Society History Center.

Judy's extraordinary passion for reading led her to become involved with the Friends of the Algoma Library for over 30 years.  During her involvement with the library, she chaired the Library Book Sale for a period of 25 years.  In addition to her dedication to the Library programs, Judy served as a volunteer with the Algoma Chamber of Commerce Information Center from 1998 until most recently.  It was because of her community service and volunteerism that Judy was the 2012 Algoma Shanty Days Honoree. Judy was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma.

Judy is survived by her husband Jerry, brothers Roger and Richard (Bonnie) Wilke; sisters Ruby Ann Paul, Marvel Junion, Lois (John) Holland, and Rosemary (Robert) Holland; a sister-in-law Carol Wilke.  She is also survived by the following Srnka family members: Elaine Srnka, Joyce Boucher, Janice Dantoin; Judy (Ronnie) Wery and Jane (Bob) Barta.  Judy was preceded in death by her parents, brother Lynn and infant sister Susan; sister-in-law Thea Wilke; brothers-in-law Alvin Paul, Dale Junion, Leon Gene Schley; her father and mother-in-law John and Cora Srnka Sr.; brothers-in-law Al Boucher, Wayne Dantoin and John Srnka Jr.

Judy's special gifts of cheerful volunteerism and generosity will be lasting gifts to her family and friends.  Because of Judy's caring and giving ways, she will be greatly missed by all who knew her and shared her interest.  All your loved ones thank you, Judy, for your care and commitment to our community organizations. 

 No service is planned, instead treasure your memories of Judy.  Donations in memory of Judy Srnka can be made to the Kewaunee County Historical Society, Friends of the Algoma Library or the Elton Schulties Memorial Cemetery.

Special thanks to all who took wonderful care of Judy, and to Unity Hospice Care.

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

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Lois Leonard (Reed) Bauer

Lois Bauer, 87 of Egg Harbor, passed away in the comfort of her home, surrounded by love on February 6, 2019.

     She will be missed by her brother, Philip (Rita) Reed, Chatham, IL; two nieces and nephew, Mary Reed, Chatham, IL, Mark Reed (Vickie) Sprague-Reed, Pittsburg, IL and Alice Reed, Evanston, IL.

     Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Otho Leonard Reed and Berenice (Rash) Reed; her husband of 55 years, Deitrick Jack Bauer; and her aunt, Lois I. Reed.

     She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to her mother Berenice and her recently deceased father Otho on March 22, 1931. Shortly after her birth, her mother moved with Lois and brother Philip to the family home of her grandmother Delia “Dick” Rash in Urbana, Illinois. Lois and Philip were raised by her mother, grandmother and her aunt.

     Prior to graduating from Urbana High School, Lois had become an accomplished pianist and talented at sewing and needlepoint. She graduated from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois with an Early Childhood Education Degree. She continued her education at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. Lois was an accomplished artist, photographer, designer/creator and fabricator of clothing. Lois was a lifelong student and took advantage of every opportunity to learn, teach and promote the arts.

     After graduating from college Lois worked with her mother at the Illinois State Geological Survey in Urbana, IL. On November 13, 1954 she married Jack Bauer and they immediately relocated to Staten Island, NY while Jack completed his military service. From 1957 through the spring of 1959 Lois taught elementary students in a small country school outside of Lansing, Michigan. In the early 1960’s she also developed curriculum and taught young women and mothers at the YMCA in Euclid, Ohio. Over the years she conducted interactive seminars, many on sewing/fabric as a conduit for art.

     Lois and her husband began visiting Door County, Wisconsin over 50 years ago. They developed lifelong friendships and a deep love for the area. Upon retirement they moved permanently to Egg Harbor in 1998. Lois was an unofficial promoter for Door County tourism.

     As an avid and accomplished golfer, Lois loved the outdoors. She enjoyed hiking, nature walks, birding and observing all things beautiful, whether in a formal gallery or in natures design. She loved life and had an enjoyment and appreciation of all people she encountered. She was a philanthropist, teacher to many, a loving wife/partner, a great friend, a true sister and a wonderful aunt. 

     A celebration gathering and visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at the Miller Art Museum (located in the Door County Library) in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. A Celebration of Life Service held in her honor, will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Gary Scharrig officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Bayside Cemetery.

     The family of Lois Bauer requests that any tribute donations be made to “Medical Equipment Loan” program provided by Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County. Please make gifts payable and mail to Neighbor to Neighbor, PO Box 626 Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. Please indicate “Memory of Lois Bauer” on your gift. 

     Huehns Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay has been entrusted to assist the family with arrangements. Guestbook, memories, condolences, and photos of Lois can be left on her tribute page at

Mathilda Tebon

Mathilda Tebon, 102, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2019, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.  She was born on June 2, 1916, in Brussels to the late William and Mary (Jauquet) Vandertie.  On October 23, 1934, she married Jule Tebon who preceded her in death on December 4, 2003.

Jule and Mathilda lived in Little Sturgeon the first 20 years of their marriage and then moved to Neenah, where Tillie worked for 30+ years until her retirement from St. Gabriel’s Catholic School as the head cook.  The last 9 years she has resided at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. 

Tillie loved to play cards and especially loved to cook for her family.  Jule and Mathilda had a cottage at Dave’s Falls in Amberg for many years where the family always went for deer hunting season.  They also had a cottage in Little Sturgeon where they were able to stay close to family and friends.

Survivors include 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren; and friend, Char Hett.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 sons, Donald (Gloria), Dale and Baby Roy; 2 sisters, Rose (Bill) Giese and Louisa (John) Dachelet; 6 brothers: William Jr., Gabe (Lena), Alfred (Liz), Harris (Laura), Harvey, and Harold (Laverne); 3 sisters-in-law, Vernil (Ed) Balza, Alice (Bill) Routhioux, and Virginia (Harold) Polecheck.

A memorial service will be conducted at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Sue Johnson officiating.  Inurnment will be in Stevenson Cemetery in Little Sturgeon.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home on Friday.

A special thanks to Dr. Maes, and the nurses and staff at Sturgeon Bay Health Services for the excellent care and love she received.

James F. "Jim" Heintzkill

James F. “Jim” Heintzkill, age 73, of Brussels, was reunited with his parents in Heaven on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 at his home. The son of the late Francis and Kathleen (Lefebvre) Heinztkill was born May 10, 1945 in Green Bay. He attended Abbot Pennings High School in De Pere, WI. Jim worked in the Saint Norbert Abbey doing kitchen cleanup during his high school days and after he graduated. He served his country in the US Army from 1967-1972. Jim worked for Kellogg Bank as an archival specialist, ran the bank print shop, and was instrumental in getting the Green Bay ATM system up and running. He later worked for Koss Industrial, Inc., from which he retired. An avid gardener, Jim took great pride in his garden and pond in his yard, as well as classical music, opera, good food (especially Wilson’s in Ephraim), fine art, fast cars and faster jet boat. Jim spent every winter skiing, staying in his house trailer at Pine Mountain MI. Jim also loved his bird, Gabby, who also survives him. 
Survivors include his sister JoAnn B. (John L.) Reinhard of Colorado Springs, nephew John D. (Cindy) Reinhard and Wendy L. (Andrew) Palmer, as well as cousins, other family and friends.  
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Family and friends may visit at St. Francis and St. Mary Church, 9716 Cemetery Rd, Brussels, on Friday, April 26, from 9:00am until 10:45am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am with Fr. Edward Looney officiating. Entombment in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Cotter Funeral and Cremation Care is assisting the family. 
Our family would like to thank Everett Lang and Betsy Hintz for their help and caring for Jim.

George Carl and Ruth (Juneau) Schwarzbauer

Ruth (Juneau) Schwarzbauer, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at Scandia Village in Sister Bay on Monday, December 3, 2018, with her husband, George, by her side.
     George Carl Schwarzbauer, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, peacefully passed away at Scandia Village in Sister Bay on March 6, 2019, just 93 days after his loving wife of 64 years.   
     Ruth and George were active members of St. Joseph's Church in Sturgeon Bay.
     The couple is survived by their sons and daughter, Steve (Karen), Michael, Mark (Jill), Paul (Deb) and Juli (John) Sauer; grandchildren, Jon, Anna, Esther, Chara, Sari, Selena, Katie, Keely and Audrey; and great-grandchildren Axel, Casper and Juneau.  They are further survived by George’s family including his brother, Joseph (Mary) of St. Louis, Missouri; sister, Edith (Ted) Hill of Crystal Lake, Illinois; and half-brother, Michael Graff of Madison, Wisconsin
     Ruth and George’s lives and love for each other will be celebrated in a memorial service on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay beginning at 1:00 p.m. with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating.  The two will be laid to rest in the Trinity Ev. Lutheran Cemetery in Kaukauna.
     Their children will greet family and friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the memorial service.  
     Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Scandia Village and Woodview for treating mom, dad and our family with care and compassion during their stay.  We would also like to thank the neighbors in Valmy that looked after George and Ruth. 
     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Schwarzbauer family.  Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Ruth and George may shared with their family through their individual tribute pages at

Lorraine P. Goode

Lorraine P. Goode, 96, formerly of Ephraim and the Good Samaritan Society - Scandia Village in Sister Bay, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Sister Bay.
     She was born in Sussex on August 25, 1922 to George R. and Laura E. Podolske and grew up with her brother Raymond Podolske.  Lorry, as she liked to be called, graduated from Waukesha High School. Her parents owned a hardware store in Sussex, for over 50 years.  She then attended & graduated from Miss Brown’s Secretarial school in Milwaukee. She went on to work at Farmer’s & Merchant’s Bank in Menomonee Falls where she met her husband, John E. Goode. They were married Sept 8, 1945. They had three children, Barbara, Susan, and John. The family lived in De Pere for many years.
     Lorry eventually spent her summers in Door County, where she was an avid community volunteer. She had a very strong faith and worshiped at The Church of the Atonement in Fish Creek and St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay. She served in various capacities at The Church of the Atonement, including treasurer of a committee that raised funding for, and built, the Memorial Walls. She also served at the church to prepare the altar for Sunday mornings. In addition, Lorry served as treasurer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and held the first gathering and service at her home.
     Additional volunteer activities that Lorry lovingly participated in include The Clearing, The Anderson Store, Peninsula Music Festival, PEO, and she enjoyed picking up residents at Scandia Village for church services at St Luke’s. 
     Lorry had many hobbies and interests that included continuing education, taking classes at The Clearing & Björklunden, travel in the U.S. and abroad with friends and travel with Elder Hostel. She was a talented knitter, loved doing crossword puzzles, needlepoint, playing bridge, gardening, golf, her dogs and cooking. Most importantly, she enjoyed time with her children, grandchildren, and eventually great-grandsons. 
     Lorry is survived by daughters, Barbara Lundquist of Sister Bay and Susan (Steve) Pfeifer of Cedarburg; son, John (Carla) Goode of Green Lake; five grandchildren, Molly (Phil) Arnold, Erich (Barbara) Pfeifer, Dana Rubin, Elizabeth (Adam) Simons, Katherine Goode; and great-grandsons, Jack & Reid Arnold; and nieces, nephews and their families. 
     Lorry will be dearly missed by all her family, friends, and community. A private celebration of life will be held in July.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Scandia Village or The Clearing.
     “We want to thank all of the staff at Scandia Village for caring for her in her final years and Unity Hospice for caring for her in her final months.”
     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Goode family.  Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Lorry may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


Donald Edward Malley

Donald Edward Malley, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on April 18, 2019, at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility.  He was born on September 11, 1931, in Manitowoc, WI to Edwin and Loretta (Lemberger) Malley.  
Don graduated from Manitowoc High School in 1950.  He enlisted in the Air Force after high school and was stationed in the Philippines.  On June 10, 1953, Don married Patricia Rathsack, who was also from Manitowoc, in Port Huron, MI. Donald worked for Wisconsin Electric Power Company for 35 years.  For many years he also worked on the refueling at the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant.
Don was the neighborhood handyman who could fix just about anything.  He enjoyed playing cribbage with family and friends.  He built his first fishing boat and called it “The Wooden Shoe”.  Don also liked Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan in his Carver boat, which was his pride and joy.  He loved to tell the jokes too!
Survivors include wife, Pat; four children, David (Marieileen) Malley of Sacramento, CA; Jeffrey (Audrey) Malley of Seymour, WI; Teresa (Alan) LeNoble of Freedom, WI; and Brenda Deitlien of LaCanada, CA; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren (with one on the way); one sister, Elaine Lemberger of Manitowoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Harold Lemberger.
A visitation will be held at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 am until the noon.  Memorials may be given to help fight Parkinson’s disease or to Unity Hospice.  On-line condolences may be offered at


Diana Lee Blagdon

Diana Lee Blagdon, 71, of Ellison Bay, passed away at home on Monday, April 15, 2019.She was born August 21, 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska, daughter of the late Richard and Ruth Pickens.  Diana graduated with the Class of 1965 from Arvada West High School in Arvada, Colorado.  She then went on to study at Pittsburg State University in Kansas.  On October 22, 1966, she married Larry Blagdon in Arvada, CO.  Diana stayed home to raise their children until she and Larry moved to Sister Bay.  She then managed the   Country House Resort.  Most recently, she applied the psychic gift she had all her life to Life’s Healing Journey directly and on line.  She also bought and managed StarGazers in Fish Creek in the Founders Square.  Diana also loved flowers and gardening.  Above all else, she was a proud wife, mom, and grandma and enjoyed every moment she had with her family.

     Diana will be missed by her loving husband of 52 years, Larry; two sons, David (Special friend, Tawyna) Blagdon of Waukeshau and Dennis (Sarah) Blagdon of Tyler, MN; daughters, Jessica Dennison in Washington State and Sara Dennison in Oregon; grandchildren, Haley and Ryan Blagdon and Sophia, Sam, and Isabelle Blagdon; sister, Dixie (Dennis) Merker of Baxter Springs, KS; and many loving friends.

     Diana was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Donna Pickens.

     A celebration of Diana’s life will be at Newport State Park in June of 2019, during the summer solstice.

     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Blagdon family.

John "Jack" Zito

John "Jack" Zito, 97, of Sister Bay, went home to the Lord, Friday, April 12, 2019 at Scandia Village Good Samaritan.

     He was born December 31, 1921 in Chicago, the son of the late Frank and Lorna (Robertson) Zito. Jack served his country as a submariner during WWII stationed in the Pacific on the USS Trepang. On March 2, 1944, he married Margaret “Noni” Hogan, the absolute love of his life, in Denver, CO. Noni preceded Jack in death on May 21, 2017.

     Jack was an entrepreneur who started a custom envelope and printing business called Carrier Envelope located in Chicago, IL until his retirement in 1995.

     He was an active member of Stella Maris Parish in Sister Bay. Jack loved being on, in or under the water. In his younger years he was a life guard on North Avenue Beach, and a member of their rowing team. When the children were younger, Jack took an interest in scuba diving which took him on dive trips all over the world and ultimately led him to boating and Door County. His adventures in boating, primarily on the Great Lakes, are legendary and fuel for many “remember when” stories by family and friends. After his boating life, Jack became an avid golfer. He organized the Scand golf outings and fundraiser, loved to golf at Peninsula Golf Course and managed the Ephraim Yacht Harbor. He was a member of the Porsche Club of America and raced his cars at Elkhart Lake Road America.  

     Surviving are his five children and their families, Hugh (Linda) of Honolulu, HI, Catherine (Thomas) Vincus of Crystal Lake, IL, Kevin (Tamara) of Sister Bay, Steven (Catherine) of Spring, TX, and Mark (Christina) of Avon, CO; seven grandchildren, Anne (Tavis), Rousseau, Christopher (Shannon) Stephen, Benjamin (Jane) Stephen, William Zito, Jennifer Zito, Jillian Zito (Charles Whitwam), Austin Zito; and six great-grandchildren.

     Preceding him in death are his half-brother, Raymond Anderson; step-father, Paul Tarnowske and beloved son, James Patrick Zito.

     A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 28, 2019 at Stella Maris Parish--Sister Bay site with Fr. David Ruby as celebrant. Military honors will follow.

     Burial will follow at St. Rosalia's Cemetery in Sister Bay.

     Friends may call at Stella Maris Parish—Sister Bay site on Friday, June 28 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in Jack's memory to Scandia Village and Unity Hospice.

     Jack Zito will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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Carolyn M. (Stott) Massey

Carolyn (Stott) Massey born to and preceded in death by Donald Thomas Stott and Dorothy Elizabeth (Tencate) Stott...Carolyn (Ma) didn't want a long, sappy obituary. She wanted to be remembered the way YOU personally knew her, in your heart. Remember her voice. Remember her wit. Remember her strength. Remember her kindness. Remember her willingness to
help. Just remember HER! 

She has left behind her sister: Nancy Stott and husband Richard (Dick) Bruehl; brother: Donald Stott and wife Annette Stott. 5 children: Thea Massey, Robert Massey and wife Rita (Hamburg) Massey, Loreen (Massey) Daul and husband Mike Daul, Scott Massey and wife Sara (Dennis) Massey, Andra Massey Weckler and husband Randy Weckler; 16 grandchildren: Thea's children: Kenny Massey and wife Amanda Massey, Derrick Parizek, Khia Massey and partner James Clark; Loreen's children: Tanya Massey, James Worachek, Miranda (Spude) Truttmann and husband Lee Truttmann, Jon Daul, Nick Daul; Special mention: Angela Worachek; Scott's children: Jake Massey, Sam Massey, Andrew Massey; Andra's children: Zandalee Massey and fiance Joshua Zimmer, Tiona Massey, Garren Massey, Kyden Massey, Aydrin Massey, Chayton Massey Jeverick Massey; 7.5 great grandchildren: Kenneth's children: Layla Massey, Owen Massey; Derrick's children: Logan Parizek, Wesley Parizek; Tanya's child: Allee Massey; Miranda's child: Teegan Truttmann; Tiona's children: Zayne Massey, Baby Massey (to be born in June).

In life as in death she holds a special place in our hearts. Ma, you are missed every day. We love you.
Memorial service will be a private service held for family. If you would like to send a card with a note or a memory you have, that would be very much appreciated. Cards can be sent to 785 Misere Road, Forestville, WI, 54213. Sincerely, the Massey's

Lois M. DeMeuse

     Lois Marie DeMeuse, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord and was reunited with her husband, Robert, Friday afternoon, April 12, 2019 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF in Sturgeon Bay.
     She was born April 16, 1935 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Francis Fredrick Schallie and Mary Alice (Walker) Schallie. Lois graduated from Sevastopol High School. Lois was united in marriage to Robert Nels DeMeuse on May 1, 1954 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. They were blessed with over 42 years of marriage. Robert preceded her in death on July 6, 1996.
     For over 40 years, Lois helped Robert operated the family farm located on County Road EE in the Town of Gibraltar in addition to caring for her family.
     Lois was a former member of St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Baileys Harbor (now Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor site) and served as secretary for National Farmers Organization (NFO). She enjoyed gardening, crafts, and dancing. Lois had an appreciation for genealogy. Above all, Lois loved spending time with her family and friends. 
     Her love will live on in the hearts of her 11 children, Tracy (Steve) Propsom of Sturgeon Bay, Susan (Wayne) Paul of Sturgeon Bay, Vicki (Kurt) Kluge of Forestville, Kathy (Carlos) Marquez of Fish Creek, Christine Surfus of Sturgeon Bay, Bob (Ann) DeMeuse of Sturgeon Bay, John (Diane) DeMeuse of Maplewood, Bill (Monica) DeMeuse of Omro, David (fiancé, Cheryl Heikkila) DeMeuse of Brussels, Richard (Nicole) DeMeuse of Fish Creek, and Rebecca (Matt) Looker of Fremont; 36 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; sister, Arliss (Ken) Kettner of Green Bay; siblings-in-law, Marie Felhofer of Germantown, Ed (Diane) DeMeuse of Sturgeon Bay, Ken Delsart of Green Bay, and Marianne DeMeuse of Texas; other relatives; and friends.
     Lois was reunited with her parents; husband; two granddaughters, Angela and Melissa Marquez; siblings-in-law, Mildred DeMeuse, Marion (Paul) Lovering, Joyce Hilsabeck, Elaine (John) Gilson, Rita Delsart, Don DeMeuse; and other relatives.
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. She was laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery beside her husband, Robert.
     Visitation for family and friends was held at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a parish wake service to conclude the evening at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continued at the church, Tuesday morning, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
     “Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Richard Hogan and the staffs of Door County Medical Center, St. Vincent Hospital, and Anna’s Healthcare CBRF for their wonderful care given to our mother as well as the staff of Unity Hospice for their compassionate care.”
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Tony P. Haen

Larger than life, now in spirit, Tony P. Haen, 64, of Sturgeon Bay, Town of Sevastopol, passed with family at his side, Tuesday evening, April 9, 2019 at UW Hospital in Madison after complications following a lung transplant.

     Tony was born October 21, 1954 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Lawrence “Shorty” and Evelyn (Sawyer) Haen. In 1973, he graduated from Sevastopol High School. On October 25, 1975, he married his high school sweetheart, Mariellen S. Barnard. He was a giver and philanthropist all his life, starting in grade school sharing with those children around him who had less. Tony gave of himself sharing his humor, volunteering through various charities and working in his profession of carpentry. Tony established his own construction company T. Haen Construction, working side by side with his son Mark, using his hands to improve lives through construction of new homes and remodels of all types. He always gave credit and appreciated his time spent with Terry Junion and Enterprise Builders during his early years.

     Tony loved to make people laugh and had a genuine care and concern for everybody. Oh, and yes, he was THE Santa Claus to many children and their parents. It was his service to the Shrine Clowns that primed his Christmas gig. Tony enjoyed volunteering as a Shrine Clown knowing that any donations were directly given to the Shrine Hospitals for crippled and burned children. Tony didn’t know how to say no, his ready smile and helping hand were freely given. This led to his being of a devoted Mason with the local Henry S. Baird Lodge in Sturgeon Bay, an active member of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, and many years of dedicated service on the Sevastopol Town Board. He was so proud of the beautiful Sevastopol Town Park where children and adults will continue to enjoy and grow together long into the future, a legacy will live on in our community’s hearts forever.

     He loved his family deeply, wife, Mariellen; four children and nine grandchildren, Adam (Amy) and their daughter, Abigail of Madison, Mark (Kimberly) and their children, Jack, Drew, and Riley “Larry” (born, April 9, 2019) of Sturgeon Bay, Julie (Chad) and their children, Ashley, Anna, Bailey, and Logan of Sturgeon Bay, Edward (Susie) and their daughter, Holly of Oshkosh; brothers, Paul (Cathy) of Janesville, Joe (Janis) and Robert (Sharon) both of Sturgeon Bay; sister-in-law, Joyce Haen of Sturgeon Bay; his lifelong friend, Dale Schartner; Barnard; family in-laws, Dave Hamilton (Margaret’s husband), Bill (Jeanne), Jim (Crystal), Tom (Branch), Kathy (Bob) Zimmerman, Carl (Christine), Bob (Jeanne), Sylvia Barnard (Doug’s wife); his many nieces and nephews held a special place in his heart, and we can’t forget his dog, Pete and cat, Mittens, who he worried about to the last and, “yes Dad, the chores are done”.

     One of his hobbies was hunting with his family and friends. 48 years of going to “Shorty’s Shack” is a tradition that will be carried on through his children and grandchildren.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, Lawrence and Evelyn Haen; brother, Gary; his parents-in-law, Emma and Ray Barnard; brothers and sister in-law, Margaret Hamilton, Douglas Barnard, and David Barnard.

     A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.

     Friends and family may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Friday evening, May 3, 2019, at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church and on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Masonic service will be held at 7:45 p.m., Friday evening at the church.

Memorials may be given in his memory to:

     Restoring Hope Transplant House

     7457 Terrace Avenue

     Middleton, WI 53562

     Sevastopol Town Park

     c/o Tony Haen Memorial

     4528 State Highway 57

     Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

     Sevastopol Extraordinary Volunteerism Scholarship

     222 North Third Avenue

     Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

     “We go on with sad and heavy hearts as our children will miss Grandpa so very much, but he lives on in the joy in all our hearts”. As Tony would say, “It’s a beautiful day in my little corner of the world in the town of Sevastopol” or, “Today is a great day, and tomorrow is going to be better”. Till we meet again “Dad”, may God hold you in his loving arms. Oh, and one last thing, the P. stands for Perfect.

     A special thanks for the care and concern of all those at Restoring Hope Transplant House, especially Cindy Lou Who, for their ministry making the end of his life’s journey easier on Tony and all of us!

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

Shirley Louise (Stauber) Moeller

Shirley Louise (Stauber) Moeller, 88, of Sturgeon Bay passed away peacefully on April 13, 2019 after a courageous battle with dementia, at Bornemann’s Senior Communities in Green Bay.  Shirley was born November 30, 1930 in Sturgeon Bay, WI, the daughter of the late Alex and Irene Stauber.

Growing up, she attended Stokes School, a one room school house, until eighth grade. Shirley graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy, Green Bay in 1948. On May 29, 1954 Shirley married William (Bill) Moeller at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Maplewood.

Shirley’s professional career began at the Door County Register of Deeds and then later transferred to the Door County Treasurer’s Office where she served as Deputy County Treasurer for over 40 years before she retired to spend time with her husband and family.

Shirley was a long-time active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay where she served in numerous capacities. She was a member of Christian Women and Catholic Daughters of America where she served as treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the Sturgeon Bay Business Women’s Club.

Shirley was an incredibly strong woman, never complaining, looking out for others, especially those in her family. She was a natural caregiver and will always be admired by her family for her loyal, caring, and unfailing spirit.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening and especially loved spending time with family, friends and relatives. Attending her grandchildren’s events and activities brought Shirley so much joy. She also loved traveling and taking bus tours with her late husband, Bill where they enjoyed their time in Washington D.C., New York, and Nashville.

Shirley is survived by son Bob (Beth) Moeller, De Pere; three grandchildren, Jeremy (Ann) Moeller, Green Bay, Angie Moeller, De Pere and Chad (Vanessa) Moeller, Peoria, AZ; two great-grandchildren, Nathaniel and Lillian; nieces and nephews: Chuck Johnson, Andy Johnson, Dave Tollefson, Debbie Burk, Bill Lawrie, Randy Lawrie, Heather Lawrie-Smith, Meredyth Nelson plus many other cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 2003, her parents and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay.   Entombment will follow at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum in Green Bay. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, April 22 at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and again at 10 a.m. Tuesday at church until time of mass.   A prayer service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

A special thanks to the staffs at Unity Hospice and Bornemann’s Senior Communities for all the wonderful care and support.

Mark "Fossil" DeGodt

It’s Last Call here on earth, and Opening Day in paradise!

Mark William DeGodt, 63, of Sturgeon Bay passed away peacefully with his family at his side April 13, 2019.  He was born on September 17, 1955 to Clarence and Lenore (Sperber) DeGodt in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  He spent some of his childhood in Sturgeon Bay and some in Two Rivers, graduating from Manitowoc Lutheran High School.


Mark had many jobs over the years including sales and carpentry, but most recently owned and operated a painting contracting business.   You can see much of his work as you travel through Door County.  He was a perfectionist whose work was sought after.


Mark loved to go deer hunting with family and friends in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  He also loved to fish year-round.  Friends and family were of utmost importance to him.


Mark was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, David.  He is survived by his loving sister, Betty; nephews, Dan (Jodi), Dave (Seana); niece, Kelle (Jeff); 5 great nieces, Kelsi (Devin), Kayla (Mike), Karissa (Louie), Allyson, and Mallory; and 7 great-great nephews, Graham, Deacon, Bryan, Leo, Eryk, Quinn, and Axel.  Other survivors include Dan Kanera, and Rick, Rand, and Reed Martin and their families.  He is also survived by many special family members and friends who he loved very much.


The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Hogan, Dr. Rishi Subbarayan, and all the other wonderful medical staff who helped him in his time of need.


Cremation has already taken place.  A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Visitation will take place at funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.  


Mark’s final wishes are for everyone to be good to people, help people, and enjoy every day.  

Glenn F. Pelnar

Glenn Pelnar, age 75 formerly of the Town of Franklin, Kewaunee County, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 after a extended illness. He was born on October 14, 1943 in the Town of Franklin, to the late James and Gladys (Finnel) Pelnar.

He is survived by his Sister: Shirley Glaser, Two Creeks; a loving niece: Pam (Dr. Ken) Ferentchak, Milwaukee and their sons: Kevin and David and numerous cousins.

Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 15 at St. Hedwig Catholic Church, E3306 Krok Rd. Kewaunee until the time of services. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. by Fr. William O’Brien with burial in the Parish Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Algoma Long Term Care for the care and concern that they gave Glenn for the past twelve years. A very special thank you to Fr. Bill O’Brien for his guardianship for the past twenty years.

Earl Willard Hellmann

Earl W. Hellmann, 92 years, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Thursday April 11, 2019 at Door County Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

     He was born August 2, 1926 in Oconto County, Pensaukee Township, the son of the late John and Rose (Lear) Hellmann. Earl attended a one room grade school before graduating from Oconto Falls High School in 1943. He served his country in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952. On October 27, 1956 he married Ruth Ann McCormick at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay.

     Earl worked for Wisconsin Telephone Company for 38 years as a central office repairman. Following his retirement from Wisconsin Telephone, he worked twelve years as a maintenance engineer for Orchard Valley Apartments.

      He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Earl was the Chairman for Walk America for five years and was active with Boy Scouts and a Cub Master receiving the District Award of Merit. Earl’s commitment to his community was evident in his dedication to the American Legion Post #72, and volunteering to help at Legion Baseball games for many years. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, building birdhouses, feeding his deer and birds.

     Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Sturgeon Bay; five children, Mark (Vicky) of Appleton, Stephen (Kelly) of Sturgeon Bay, Kathleen (Steven) Gospodarek of Eagle, WI, Kevin (Carolyn Joyce) of Baltimore, MD, Patrick (Pamela Schmidt) Hellmann of Menomonee Falls, WI; four grandchildren, Coreen (Will) DeCarlo, Tara (Nicholas) VerHaagh, Scott Hellmann, Sarah Hellmann; four great-grandchildren, Emmett VerHaagh, Eric DeCarlo, Phillip DeCarlo, Scarlett Ruth VerHaagh.

     Preceding him in death are his parents; six brothers, Emil, Arthur, Martin, Raymond, Wilbur, Donald; five sisters, Frances Westcott, Irene Waldrow, Lanie Thome, Adina Darr, and Myrtle McGraw.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Entombment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum.  Military honors will be provided at the church following Mass.

     Friends may call at the church on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m.

     Memorials may be made in his memory to Corpus Christi Catholic Church or Crossroads at Big Creek.

Arletta E. Pinchart

Arletta E. Pinchart, 75, of Casco, died early Wednesday morning, April 10, 2019 at a Green Bay Hospital. She was born in Algoma on December 9, 1943 to the late Melvin J. and Laura I. (Monfils) Wautlet. On October 10, 1964 Arletta married Gary J. Pinchart at St. Hubert Church in Rosiere. Arletta farmed with her husband in the Casco area while taking on another position at various businesses including, Bellin Hospital, Rural Insurance Co, Flowers and Gifts by Judy and Oak Creek CBRF. She was an active member of the FFA, Farm Bureau, 4-H, St. Peter Altar Society and other church activities. She loved flowers and gardening, landscaping, spending time with her family at holidays, especially Easter and Christmas. Arletta was a great baker and known as “Grandma Cookie” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Gary and their two sons, Brian (Marie) Pinchart, Casco; Brad (Kelly) Pinchart, Windsor; six grandchildren, Kenny Pinchart, Kayla (Tyler) Hill, Nick (special friend, Sara) Pinchart, Sam Pinchart, Charlotte Pinchart, Zeke Pinchart; two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Jax; one sister in law, Karen Pinchart, Pound.

Arletta was preceded in death by her parents, Laura and Melvin Wautlet; her mother in law and father in law, Ethel and Bernard Pinchart.

Friends may call at St. Peter Church in Lincoln on Saturday, April 13, 2019 between 9:00 and 10:45 am. Funeral 11:00 am on Saturday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating. Burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Casco. McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the Pinchart Family.

The Family wishes to extend a special note of thanks to the staff of Bellin Health Care, for care and compassion given to Arletta.

Shelby J. (Warnke) Zastrow

Shelby J. (Warnke) Zastrow, 65, Casco, passed away on April 10, 2019. She was born September 9, 1953 in IL to the late Frank and Eleanor (Anacker) Warnke.
She is survived by her siblings, Richard Warnke, Sandra LaViolette, Rex Warnke, and Randal Warnke.
She was preceded in death by her brother Ronald Warnke and niece Susan LaViolette.
Wiesner & Massart Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Robert Lee "Bob" Schley

Robert Lee “Bob” Schley, 82, of Forestville, passed away on April 11, 2019, at the Algoma Long-Term Care Unit after a lengthy struggle with numerous health issues.  He was born April 20, 1936, in Algoma, to Leonard and Leone (Krueger) Schley.  Bob attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Grade School in Forestville and graduated from Algoma High School in 1954.  After high school, he joined the family cheese making business in Forestville and Lincoln. 

On August 10, 1963, he married the love of his life, Nila M. Kramer at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville and together they raised three children.  Bob and Nila owned and operated many area businesses through the years including: Tasty Bob’s, The Breakwater Restaurant, and Bob’s Beer Depot among other businesses.  He also spent several years driving a school bus for the Southern Door School District.

Bob was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church for his entire life and served the congregation in many capacities.  Through the years, he taught Sunday School, and was on the church council having served as an elder and president.  His strong faith was always important to him.

In his spare time, Bob enjoyed assisting his son with farm work, watching the Brewers and Packers, gardening, cooking, and spending time with many wonderful friends and relatives.  He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and treasured his role as “Grandpa Bob”.  He was blessed with a loving sister, nieces, nephews, and cousins who always held a special place in his heart. Bob will be remembered as a kind, generous man with a good sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife; three children, Stacy (Al) Leonard, Medford, WI; Michael (Mary) Schley, Forestville; Shelly VanDenBogart, Mayville, WI; seven grandchildren, Andrew (Cassandra) Leonard, Taylor (fiance, Kelsey) VanDenBogart, Joel Leonard, Leah Leonard, Jacob VanDenBogart, Emily VanDenBogart, Hannah Schley; in-laws, Donald Krueger and Margaret Kramer; aunt Mary Feld; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister,Carol Krueger.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2019, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville with Rev. Christopher Jackson officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Monday.  A prayer service will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home on Sunday.

Carol Ann Hansen

Carol Ann Hansen (nee Anderson), 90, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Pincrest Village in Sturgeon Bay on April 9, 2019.  She was born April 6, 1929, the daughter of Endre and Esther (Olson) Anderson.  Carol attended Silverdale Grade School and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School.  
After high school, Carol moved to California for employment.  Upon her return, she met and married Robert Hansen of Oak Park, IL on December 5, 1952.  They were both employed in the Chicago area for many years.  Carol and Bob spent their summer months in the Sawyer Harbor area in Idlewild where they eventually built a home to enjoy.   They later retired to that home.  
They had a passion for every kind of boating and were fortunate enough to take their boats and explore the beautiful towns in Michigan and Wisconsin that lie on Lake Michigan.  Carol and Bob went on a couple Caribbean island cruises and even ventured all the way to China to visit her daughter and son-in-law where they visited the cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.
Survivors include her daughter Karen (Chuck) Hyttel, Sturgeon Bay; two grandsons, Bob (Wendy) Hyttel and David (Linley) Hyttel, all of Winter Garden, FL; two great-grandsons, Chase and Weston; a brother Richard (Kathryn) Anderson; many nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, son John, husband Robert, and siblings: Everett (Marie) Anderson, Betty (Emil) Mickelson, Ardis (Henry) Witt, Janice (John) Hogan; and her brothers-in-law, Jack (Sandy) Hansen and Charles (Lorraine) Bremer.
Private family services will be conducted.  Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations is in charge of arrangments.   Memorials may be directed to help Carol’s 5 year old great niece Harper Dubauche who is battling cancer.  To make donations on-line google Harper Dubauche to find the go-fund-me page or mail donations to Mike Dubauche at 405 S. Washington St., DePere, WI 54115.


John J. Meyer

John Julius Meyer passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on April 7th, 2019, from complications of diabetes, and perhaps from a broken heart, just a week after the passing of his wife, Rosie. He was born on July 1st, 1931 to Arnold F. Meyer and Dorothy (Ackerman) Meyer. John lost his mother at an early age, and his father was remarried to Dorothy’s sister, Verna. Verna raised John and his brothers lovingly as her own. John was a natural born athlete, who participated in football, basketball and baseball. He was a member of the locally famed Conference Championship Basketball team of 1949.  He graduated from Algoma High School in 1949, and went on to Saint Norbert to study finance and accounting.  John later joined the military, and was stationed overseas with the army in Germany.  He married his sweetheart, Rosemary (Bultman) on September 15th, 1956, and together they had three daughters and two sons.  John played trombone in the Polka Dots polka band with his brother David.


John worked in banking and retired as President and CEO of Community State Bank in Algoma. He found other ways to serve the community after his retirement, including the Church Council at St. Mary’s, the Knights of Columbus, and the Algoma Lion’s Club. In his free time, John was often found on the golf course or working in his yard and garden.  He attended every home Packer game that he was able, and together with Rosie, cheered on the Brewers and Badgers. John is famous amongst his family for his colorful commentary during games, his love for his cats, mischievous sense of humor, and dry wit.  John often called his loved ones by the affectionately made up names that he gave them, and will be missed for his knack of creating new words, and helping to ‘fix’ the ice cream of his children and grandchildren.


John is survived by his five children, Mary (Mike Lardinois) Gregerson, Dottie (Gary) Klaczko, Mike (Debbie) Meyer, Jan (Sheree) Meyer, and Bob (Angie) Meyer. Or, as he lovingly called his children, Murdocks, Podash, Klike, Grunt, and Burra.  John is also survived by his grandchildren

Bill (Kelly) Gregerson, Tony Gregerson, Krissy (Michael) Horst, Richie Meyer, Greg Meyer, Jeff Meyer, Kelly (Justin) Gauger, Katie Deprey, John Meyer and Dakota Meyer, his five great-grandchildren Emmett & Stella Gregerson, Almerik & Asher Horst, and Kailey Gauger, siblings David (Donna) and George (Karla) Meyer, and brothers-in-law David Bultman and Tony (Theresa) Bultman and sisters-in-law Margie Naze, Jeanne DeDecker, and Cathy Antonissen.


John is reunited in heaven with his beloved bride, Rosie, as well as his father, and mothers. John was also preceded in death by brothers-in-law Joe Antonissen and Lee DeDecker, and sisters-in-law Dawn Bultman and Carol Bultman. 


Special thanks to the staff of the Algoma Long-Term Care Unit, whose constant care for John and his family was evident; you have our greatest gratitude.  We would also like to thank Unity Hospice for the attentive care provided to John.  John’s children would like to extend an extra special thanks to our friend Laurie Schinderle (or, as John called her, Chlorox) for her care and special handling of our dear dad.


Family and friends will gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Monday April

15, 2019 from 4 PM – 8 PM and after 9 AM Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM with Fr. Alvan Amadi officiating. Burial in the church cemetery to follow with full military rites.

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson, 66, of Ridgeway, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 2, 2019.  She was born May 26, 1952 in Sturgeon Bay to the late Clyde and Patricia (Behringer) Christoferson.

After graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1970, Karen moved to Madison.  While working at Central Colony, Karen met her future husband Terry Johnson when his sister Kris introduced the two while visiting the family farm.  After a short engagement, Karen and Terry were married on October 23, 1977.

She will always be remembered for her great smile and big laugh.  Karen was a doting Mother and Grandmother, who especially loved spending time with her family, whether it be cheering them on at an event, or preparing one of her special meals. After retiring from Lands End, she loved tending to her birds and flowers, and spending time “back” in Door County and on the beach in Florida.  

Karen will be sadly missed by her loving husband Terry; their 2 children Tia (Jeremy Walsh) Johnson and Michael (Toni) Johnson; her grandchildren Natalie, Nathan, Ty and Jenna.  She is further survived by two brothers Dan (Kathy) Christoferson and Steve (Audrey Forslund) Christoferson; her sister Lou Ann (Al) Behling; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Kim.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at ST. BRIDGET’S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Ridgeway.  Fr. Stephen Petrica will officiate.  Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville and from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Friday at the church.  A eulogy for Karen will be read at 10:45 a.m. at the church. The graveside prayer service will be at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Hainesville Cemetery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin,

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the family of Karen Johnson for donations to be made to other local charities.

Rick Ellefson

Rick Ellefson, 67, of Washington Island, passed away at his home on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
     He was born March 18, 1952 in Kenosha, son of the late Richard and Barbara (Aaron) Ellefson.  After graduating from high school, Rick worked for L&M Meats and St. Catherine’s Hospital in Kenosha before moving to Washington Island in 1994.  He then worked as a plumber for O’Connell Plumbing until his retirement in 2010.  Rick enjoyed watching his grandchildren play little league, going for four-wheeler rides with his family, and being outdoors.
     Rick will be missed by his two sons, Rich (Kerstin) Ellefson of Washington Island and Lance (Amy) Ellefson of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren, Mack, Jed, Brody, Ashley, and Cal Ellefson; brother, Tully (Liz) Ellefson of Washington Island; sister, Gay (Richard) Hecker of Waco, Texas; nephews, Derrick (Erin) Ellefson of Egg Harbor, Ted (Kim) Ellefson of Bristol, and Chad (Alesia) Ellefson of Port Washington; and niece, Grace Hecker of Waco, Texas.
     He was preceded in death by his parents.
     A memorial service to honor Rick’s life will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Bethel Ev. Free Church, 1821 Main Rd., Washington Island, WI 54246.  Rick will be laid to rest in the Washington Island Town Cemetery.
     Family and friends may gather at the church at 11:30 a.m.
     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rick’s name to Washington Island Little League, Unity Hospice, or Door CANcer.
     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Rick may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

Toby Ann Wilson

Toby Ann Wilson, 73, of Ephraim, passed away late Saturday night, March 30, 2019 at St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay

     Arrangements are pending for her life to be honored with a memorial service held at Ephraim Moravian Church in May 2019 with Pastor Dawn Volpe officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

     The dates and times of the visitation and memorial service will be announced in a complete obituary in the near future.

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

Kevin T. Carlyle

Kevin T. Carlyle, 55, of Casco, WI, passed away March 31, 2019. Kevin was born October 10, 1963 to the late King and Carol (Hansen) Carlyle. He married Beth Asmus on June 6, 1994 in Wichita Kansas. Beth lost her best friend and the love of her life of 26 years. Kevin had a love of all things with engines, a love for animals, and a love for volunteering for the Casco Lions Club.
Kevin is survived by his Wife, Beth; his daughter Crystal (Steven) Billings, Wichita, KS; grandchildren, Jaden, Katelynn and Rebecca Billings; brother-in-law, Ed Woodcox; mother-in-law, Dorothy Asmus; sister-in-law, Karen (Tim) Mann; brothers-in-law, Leo Asmus and John (Brenda) Asmus; as well as by many nieces and nephews that mean the world to him. He was preceded in death by his sister, Merilee Jean Woodcox.
Per Kevin’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. Any memorials may be given to the Casco Lions. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolence messages may be shared at Burial will take place at a later date in the Holy Trinity Cemetery in Casco.
A special thank you to the Casco Lions Club.

Loretta E. Annoye

Loretta Emma Annoye, 92, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2019 at Autumn's Journey Assisted Living, Algoma.  She was born on October 18, 1926 to Alex and Victoria (Pinchart) Annoye at their family home located in the Town of Lincoln. Loretta attended Liberty School in Lincoln, WI.  She grew up on her family farm with her parents and 7 siblings where she milked cows but was primarily responsible for cooking meals and making homemade bread for the family. Later in life she moved to Algoma and was employed in the housekeeping and laundry at the Algoma Memorial Hospital and later the Algoma Long Term Care Unit. Loretta was a natural caretaker and unselfishly cared for her mother, Victoria and brother, Vincent throughout their lives.  She always put others needs before her own. Loretta spent countless hours in her flower and vegetable gardens which harvested enough to feed the entire neighborhood.  She could often be found picking strawberries and raspberries only to give them to family and friends.  Loretta also enjoyed playing cards, sewing and crocheting.
Loretta is survived by her sister, Beverly Pierre and sisters-in-law, Helen, Ruth and Grace Annoye.  Loretta is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as great and great-great nieces and nephews. Loretta is reunited in Heaven with her parents Alex and Victoria Annoye as well as her brothers, Vincent, twin brother Stanley, Harry, Elmer, Roland, infant brother Bernard Annoye and sister, Lorraine DeGuelle.  She was also preceded in death by in-laws, Francis Pierre, Harold DeGuelle, Martha and Vernal Annoye and a niece, nephew and great niece.
Family and friends may gather at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Algoma, Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in the Town of Lincoln with prayers by Fr. Edward Looney. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolence messages may be shared at
The family extends a thank you to Jennie and her staff at Autumn's Journey Assisted Living and Unity Hospice for their care and compassion for Loretta over the last few months.  Special thanks to Gabby and Crystal for taking the extra time with Loretta many evenings and for being there for her at the time of her passing.  Thank you to Chey for her kindness while caring for Loretta and for our family the evening she passed. thank you to Tim Kinnard for his kindness in assisting the family and the handling of Aunt Loretta. Loretta will be dearly missed by her family and by all that knew her.

Edward A. Roder

Edward A. Roder, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019, at his home. Ed was born November 9, 1937.

Edward is survived by his children: Barbara (Richard) Smith, Appleton; Will (Carol Anne) Roder, Sturgeon Bay, granddaughters: Kimberly (Nickolas Verrier) Smith, Appleton; Kayla Smith, Waukesha; and one great-granddaughter: Cecilia Verrier; siblings: Ben (Barbara) Roder, Grace (Charles) Fuller; and Daniel (Linda) Roder. Ed was preceded in death by his parents: Sylvester and Ethel (Kasten) Roder, and a sister: Jane (Leonard) Koskubar.

Edward took a short course at Madison after graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1955. Ed worked for Bay Shipbuilding for many years as a marine electrician. A great joy for Ed was the 15+ years after retirement enjoying life as a “Winter Texan” in Brownsville, towing his vintage Avion travel trailer after the maroon pickup 1,700 miles back and forth. 

Visitation is Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Forbes Funeral Home, 319 W. Spruce Street, Sturgeon Bay, from 12 noon to 1 pm.  A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 pm by the Rev. David Leistra followed by a light lunch.  Inurnment will be at Bayside Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be offered at


Robert Allen MacDonald

Robert Allen MacDonald, known affectionately as “Smilen Bob”, 90, of Fish Creek, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2019 while residing at Scandia Village in Sister Bay.

     Bob was born September 29, 1928 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Ranald and Ruby (Zettel) MacDonald. After finishing high school at Green Bay West, Bob served his country with the U.S. Army Airborne Division 11, stationed in Japan as a radio operator and a trained paratrooper. He was a proficient translator of Morse Code. After his service, Bob worked at Platten Radio alongside his father, “Mac” repairing radios and installing the radio wiring at City Stadium for the Green Bay Packers. He then worked his way into the field of paper engineering and quality control at Hoberg Paper Company and the Procter & Gamble Charmin Plant. In 1951, Bob eloped with his lifetime partner, Elaine J. Selissen and made their home on the west side of Green Bay just blocks from his parents, sisters and aunt and uncle. Bob and Elaine lived for their family, taking summer camping trips to Door County with their six kids in tow and accompanied by extended family and friends. In 1975, he and his wife Elaine took a leap of faith and purchased Bayside Tavern and Cottages in downtown Fish Creek. Together with their children, they would turn the business into a Northern Door Landmark with Elaine’s business skills and Bob's warm and quirky personality being their formula for success. Their customers became part of their huge extended family. Smilen Bob became known for his award-winning Chili, which has become an iconic Door County food, and after 44 years of hard work and hospitable business, the Bayside Tavern that he was so proud of was named “Wisconsin’s Best Small Town Bar”.

     Bob’s unique personality and mischievous grin have earned him the nickname "Smilen" Bob which he often stated was a tough name to live up to, but always managed to pull off naturally. In addition to his passion for the Bayside and Door County, he was an avid automobile enthusiast, buying, selling, tinkering on and showing his various vintage and collectible cars. Bob and Elaine founded The Bayside Corvette Club after Elaine purchased her first Corvette, prompting Bob to quickly follow suit. The club blossomed to include many close friends and soon he and Elaine could be seen leading the pack in their matching 50th anniversary Corvettes.

     He advocated for and supported historic preservation and truly loved nature, animals, and listening to the birds, especially his beloved crows which he fed daily with leftovers from Bayside. He enjoyed motorcycling and his Harleys, camping, boating and snowmobiling. He also loved music of all kinds, and was often seen dancing “The Smilen” (big grin, chin and elbows up, chest and butt out) to live music at the Bayside, helping Freddie Kodanko spin his polka records, and was always at the front of the crowd at every Steel Bridge Songfest and his son Pat’s live concerts. He loved to be with his family and friends and was always there for his grandkids’ milestones beaming with pride. He enjoyed his weekly breakfast meetings of the “Romeos” (Retired Old Men Eating Out) with some of his best buddies. He had a perpetual charm and wit that was magnetic up until the very end and made people feel special just by being in his company.

     Smilen is survived by his partner in life and business, Elaine MacDonald (Michael Steele) of Fish Creek; his children, Pat (Melaniejane) MacDonald (Jessica and Devin) of Sturgeon Bay, Christie Weber (Cody and Carley) of Sturgeon Bay, Ronald (Lisa) MacDonald (Connor and Lena) of Sister Bay, Robert (Barbara) MacDonald (Lauren and Olivia) of Fish Creek;  (Karen’s children Dylan, Dustin, Landon and Camryne); daughter-in-law, Debbra MacDonald of Valmy; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his dear friend, Fran Rickard, Green Bay; four sisters, Lois (Bill) Yates of Green Bay, Patsy (Paul) Janowski of Green Bay, Cheryl MacDonald (Jon) of Madison, and Mary (James) Becker of Santa Fe, NM.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Ranald Isaiah and Ruby Muriel (Zettel) MacDonald; brother, Bill McDonald; son, William A. MacDonald; daughter, Karen A. MacDonald; and his companion at Scand, Sharon Adams.

     Funeral services will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Stella Maris Parish-Fish Creek site, 4012 State Highway 42, with Pastor Frank Kauzlarich, of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville, officiating. Friends may call at Stella Maris Parish-Fish Creek site on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. The funeral will follow at noon with military honors to conclude the services at the church. Burial will then take place at Blossomberg Cemetery in his beloved Peninsula State Park. A Celebration of Smilen’s Life will take place at Alexander’s from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Out of respect for Smilen, Bayside Tavern will be closed for business during the day of the service, re-opening at 4:00 p.m.

     Smilen’s family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the wonderful care provided by Scandia Village over the past 4 1/2 years, his many special friends for their continuous love and support, and to his doctors, nurses, and aids who helped him to survive his many health issues.

     A memorial fund will be established in his name.  

     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the family.

Rosemary (Rosie) Irene Bultman Meyer

Rosemary (Rosie) Irene Bultman Meyer passed away peacefully on March 30th, 2019 in her home, surrounded by loved ones, after a battle with cancer.  She was born on September 3rd, 1937 to Tony Sr. and Vera (Haack) Bultman, in their home in Kewaunee.  Rosie was a naturally curious child, who enjoyed finding adventures in the world around her, and walked through life with a song in her heart.  Rosie loved her childhood time spent on her family’s farm and orchard. She first attended Pleasant Hill (one room schoolhouse), and later attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Algoma High School.  She married John Julius Meyer on September 15th, 1956, and together they had three daughters and two sons.  Rosie had a knack for taking care of those around her, particularly the very young and old.  It was this natural gift of care-taking that led her first to being a “candy striper” in high school, and later to a nursing career at the Algoma Memorial Hospital.

 In her free time, Rosie could often be found tending to her gardens, and many neighboring gardens as well.  A free-spirit, she loved to ride her bike around town, visiting her friends and family. She became known as “Grandma Rosie” to many children in the community, and always made it a point to leave others feeling better than when she arrived. Together, Rosie and John enjoyed skiing in Colorado, and cheering on the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers.  Rosie especially loved playing trombone with the Algoma Community Band.  A highlight for Rosie during this time was traveling throughout Europe, touring with the Community Band.  Rosie was loved by all those who were lucky enough to know her for her quick laugh, bursts of song, and one-of-a-kind personality. 

 Rosie is survived by her husband John, children Mary (Mike Lardinois) Gregerson, Dottie (Gary) Klaczko, Mike (Debbie) Meyer, Jan (Sheree) Meyer, and Bob (Angie) Meyer. Rosie is also survived by her grandchildren Bill (Kelly) Gregerson, Tony Gregerson, Krissy (Michael) Horst, Richard Meyer, Greg Meyer, Jeff Meyer, Kelly (Justin) Gauger, Katie Deprey, John Meyer and Dakota Meyer, her five great-grandchildren Emmett & Stella Gregerson, Almerik & Asher Horst, and Kailey Gauger, siblings Margie Naze, Jeanne DeDecker, David Bultman, Cathy Antonissen, and Tony (Theresa) Bultman, and brothers-in-law David (Donna) and George (Karla) Meyer.

Rosie is reunited in heaven with her father, Tony Sr, and her mother, Vera, with whom she held a very special relationship.  She is also preceded in death by brothers-in-law Joe Antonissen and Lee DeDecker, and sisters-in-law Dawn Bultman and Carol Bultman.

She will live on forever in their hearts.

 Family and friends will gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Monday April 15, 2019 from 4 PM – 8 PM and after 9 AM Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM with Fr. Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery at a later date.

Special thanks to the staff of Unity Hospice and those in the community who showered Rosie with cards, letters, gifts, and visits.  Rosie’s children are grateful to Rosie’s special friend Gail Elsholz, along with her husband Ralph, who looked after them and helped out in so many ways while they were caring for their beloved mom. Thank you to Reverend Al Briggs for transporting our dear dad home to visit with mom for a special last time together.  Loving thanks to our life- long friend, Laurie Schinderle, for her tender and respectful handling of our precious mom.

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