Obituaries Archives for 2019-05

Bernice M. (Sager) Pribek

Bernice “Berr” Pribek, age 92, of Kewaunee died on Thursday 23, 2019 at Kewaunee Care Center in Kewaunee.  She was born May 4, 1927 in Kewaunee to the late John and Mary (Wessely) Sager.

She married the late Wencel J. Pribek on September 25, 1948 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Norman.  

Her mother passed when Bernice was 4 years old, so she was raised by her late aunt and uncle Howard and Ruby Sager.  She attended Carlton Grade School.   After she married she worked as a cook at Schneider’s Triangle.  After her children were all in school, she worked at Kewaunee Equipment making baby furniture.  After retirement she baby sat for her family and friends.

She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and a Rosary Society Member

Bernice is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law: Beverly (David) Walecka and Kathy Pribek: one son and two daughters-in-law: Jim (Deb) and Jill Pribek, all of Kewaunee.  Seven grandchildren: Rhonda (Chris) Coisman, Mindy (Mitch) Cole, Jamie (Kyle) Schneider, Ryan (Megan) Pribek, Aaron Pribek, Kim (Tyler Wotachek) Pribek, Eric Pribek.  Great grandchildren: Nathan, Matt and Jacob Coisman, Mason and Eden Cole, Carter and Rhett Schneider, Carlene and Lyle Pribek.  Brothers-in-law  and sisters-in-law: Lenard Pribek, Donald (Dorothy) Pribek, Eugene (Dolores) Pribek.  She is preceded in death by her son Robert (Bob) Pribek; two grandchildren Robby and Robin Pribek.  Brother-in-law and sisters-in-laws: Joseph (Joyce) Pribek and Anna Mae Pribek.

Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee on Thursday May 30, 2019.  Wake service will be at 7:00 p.m. by Dcn. Chuck Agnew.  Visitation will continue on Friday May 31, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kewaunee with Fr. James Dillenburg officiating.  Burial will be at Holy Rosary Cemetery.

A special thank you to the staff of Kewaunee Care Center and Unity Hospice for their loving care of Bernice. 

Dorothy Beatrice (Worachek) Bruening

Dorothy Beatrice Bruening, 101-1/2, of Kewaunee, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at MeadowView Assisted Living Center, Two Rivers.  Dorothy was born on September 18, 1917, at her home in Slovan, to the late Louis and Mary (Sisel) Worachek.

She attended Slovan Grade School and graduated from Casco High School in 1935. After high school she worked at St. Nazianz Seminary, attended Business School in Green Bay and worked at Scheffer Cheese and for a lawyer.  After leaving Green Bay, she worked for Mrs. Sylvia Classon as a live-in house keeper for eight years.

She married Elmer (Tiger) Bruening Jr. on February 11, 1947 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kewaunee.  He preceded her in death on March 3, 2013.  Together they owned and operated Tiger and Dorothy’s Bar “in the Loop” for 45 years.  She was a member of the Holy Rosary Society and Catholic Order of Foresters and ran the bar as her husband was actively involved in many organizations.

Dorothy is survived by her three daughters.  Janet Malfroid, grandchild, Connie (Kurt) Funk, great grandchildren, Austin and Megan; grandchild, Tammy Phillips (Brian Miller),great  grandchildren, Derek Phillips and Eden Miller.  Jeanie Lukes, grandchild, Christopher and great grandchild, Elena Lukes; grandchild, Amy M. Henry M.D. (Peter M.D.), great grandchildren, Mitchell, Holly, and Bronwyn Beatrice.  Joanne Hagen (Jeff-son-in-law), grandchild, Jason (and special friend, Chelsey); grandchild, Jerod (Lori) Hagen, great grandchildren, Channing, Harlow, and Jett.  Also surviving Dorothy is her sister, Eileen Hamachek, along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ione Muchowski, and Marce Uhlers, one brother, Russell Worachek, and son-in-law, Roy Malfroid.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29th at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kewaunee, followed by 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, with Fr. James Dillenburg officiating.  Burial will be at Holy Rosary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund per Dorothy’s request will be established.

A sincere appreciation is extended to the staff at MeadowView Assisted Living Center, Two Rivers, Home Care Health Services and Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion given to our mom. A special thank is given to all of her wonderful neighbors and friends.

“It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone, part of us will always be with you, as God has called you to His Heavenly Home!”

Priscilla May Hoeppner Murphy

Priscilla May Hoeppner Murphy, 86, formerly of Sister Bay, passed away February 9, 2019 in Des Moines, IA. 
     Priscilla was born March 4, 1932 in Chicago, daughter of the late Dr. Walter and Catherine (Harvey) Hoeppner. She attended Denison University in Ohio, where she met her husband, Clayton William Murphy, also from Chicago. She was the mother of three sons, Clayton Jr., Robert and William and a grandmother of six. 
     Priscilla was medical researcher at the Rheumatic Fever Institute in Chicago and later worked as a library assistant in several schools in West Des Moines and St. Charles.  Music was a special part of her life. Church, P.E.O., choir and community volunteering were important activities. 
     Priscilla is survived by her sons, Clayton W. (Julie) Murphy, Jr., of Des Moines, Robert G. Murphy of St. Charles, IL and William J. (Debora) Murphy of Lawrenceburg, IN; six grandchildren; sister, Margaret (Norman) Saunders of Minnetonka, MN; and brother, Harvey (Robert) Hoeppner of Palm Springs, CA. 
     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clayton W. Murphy, Sr.; daughter-in-law, Deborah J. (Kindler) Murphy; and brother, Walter F. Hoeppner, Jr.
     A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the Little Sister Cemetery in Sister Bay at 10:00 a.m. 
     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Murphy family.  Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Priscilla may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


Clifford G. Ehlers

   Clifford G. Ehlers, PhD, 90, of the Town of Egg Harbor, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 surrounded by his family.

     Cliff was born October 31, 1928 to Edward and Rose (Thorn) Ehlers of rural Sturgeon Bay. He graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1946. After working on the family farm for two years, Cliff departed for the University Wisconsin – River Falls, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 1952. He then attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and in 1957, earned a PhD in Plant Pathology. Cliff was an associate professor in the University’s Plant Pathology department before returning home to serve as the Door County Horticultural Agent for the University of Wisconsin Extension Service for 27 years. Upon retiring in 1989, Cliff was recognized by the University and the UW Board of Regents with the conferral of emeritus status. He and his wife Mary and their family continued to own and operate a 50-acre cherry and apple farm for many years after his retirement.

     Cliff married Mary Ann Kroll in 1958, and together they raised six children. An active member of the community, Cliff served on the Sevastopol school board from 1965 to 1980, where he held the roles of board member, treasurer and board president. He was the district’s representative on the CESA Board of Control for several years. He served on the board of the Sunshine House, was both member and president of the Egg Harbor Lions Club, and acted in several roles (church trustee, council president and treasurer) for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Egg Harbor (now Stella Maris Parish – Egg Harbor site). Cliff was an avid Badger and Brewer fan and was passionate about public education. He loved spending time with his family, watching a good ball game, listening to a polka, and enjoying a Manhattan or a glass of blackberry brandy.

     Cliff is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann. He is further survived by their children [and grandchildren], Steve (Lori) Ehlers [Brittney, Marissa, Trent, and Shannon], Scott (Beth) Ehlers [Brynn (Kyle) Jaschen, Erik (Sara), and Nolan], Linda (Bill) Kelsey [David, Michael, Andrew, and Maryn], Laurie Ehlers,  Kyle (Nicole) Ehlers, and Keri (Adam) Thompson [Evan and Liam].

     Cliff is also survived by his brother, Frances; sister-in-law, Bea Ehlers; siblings-in-law, Bob (Gladys) Kroll, Tom (Betty) Kroll, Sue Kroll, Bill (Carol) Kroll, and Chuck Kroll; and many nieces, nephews; and friends.

     Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Rose Ehlers; siblings, Lucille (Ernest) Stoeger, Edwin (Mae) Ehlers, Leroy (Erma) Ehlers, Bernice Ehlers, and Clarence Ehlers; parents-in-law, Al and Marie Kroll; brother-in-law, Dick Kroll; and sister-in-law, Julie Kroll.

     Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay, with a parish wake service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Stella Maris Parish – Egg Harbor site, with the Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 a.m. Cliff will be laid to rest in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

     “Our family would like to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Richard Hogan and his staff for years of compassionate care. We would also like to thank the wonderful nursing staff at Door County Medical Center, and the incredible staff at Unity Hospice for their attentive care.”

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Hospice.

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

Susan A. Blahnik

Susan A. Blahnik, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019 at her home with family by her side.
     She was born July 19, 1945 in Manitowoc, the daughter of the late Milton and June (Blahnik) Hanson. Susan graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc in 1963. On August 22, 1970, she married George Blahnik in Manitowoc. She worked for the Waukesha School District as a Kindergarten Aide for several years after her family was raised. They retired to Sturgeon Bay in 2000 and she worked at Younkers for Estee Lauder cosmetics.  
     Susan was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, helped as a greeter there and also with funeral luncheons at the church. She enjoyed cooking, following the Green Bay Packers and the Badgers, watching The Voice and American Idol, dining out and volunteering at Door County Medical Center. She loved shopping and running into friends to catch up.
     Surviving are her husband, George; two daughters, Dr. Lissa Blahnik of New York, New York, Amy Blahnik of Chicago, IL; and sister Doris (Walter) Wilms of Lakeville, MN.
     Preceding her in death are her parents, June and Milton, and brother, Ronald.
     A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Schmitt officiating. Friends may call at the church Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.


Myrtle A. (Bruemmer) Chaudoir

Myrtle A. Chaudoir age 94, died on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  She was born on April 11, 1925 in Kewaunee to the late Frank and Anna (Haut) Bruemmer.
Myrtle graduated from Kewaunee High School in1942.  She worked for Leyse Aluminum Co. And General Housewares for many years until retiring.
On June 26, 1946 she married Willard (Tuffy) Chaudoir at Immanuel Lutheran Church by Pastor Zink.  They were lifelong members of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Ladies Aid and the OWLS Club.    
Survivors include her three children: Linda (Tom) Breider, Village of Howard; Kathy (Dale) Neumeier, Kewaunee; Mark (Becky) Chaudoir, Kewaunee; sixgrandchildren: Jody (Sue) Breider; Cory (Virginia) Breider; Tara (Jay) Imhoff; Eric Neumeier; Stacy Chaudoir; David (Kristen) Chaudoir; seven great grandchildren: Libby, Sam, Andrew, Jakob, Eli Breider, Paxton, Everly Chaudoir; a brother-in-law: John Kay, Kewaunee.  She was preceded in death by ten sisters and five brothers.
Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday May 21 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, 1012 Wisconsin Ave. Kewaunee until the time of services. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ken Kratz officiating.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
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The family would like to thank the staffs of Kewaunee Care Nursing Home, Linden Manor and Southern Care Hospice for the care and concern that they gave Myrtle and her family.

Thomas R. McDonald

Thomas Rodrick McDonald, 81, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at his home on May 17, 2019.  He was born February 28, 1937 in Wausau to Harold and Susan (Mayer) McDonald.  He graduated from Wausau High School in 1955.  His greatest loves in high school were cross country running and curling. On June 7, 1958 he married Judith Rae Jaecks.
In 1965, Tom purchased the Car Quest Auto Parts Store in Sturgeon Bay which he owned and operated until 1993.  In 1993, he entered the Miracle Ear business with his brother Patrick. 
For many years, Tom coached Little League and Jr. Legion baseball.  Tom played in the old timers softball league and was in several bowling, curling and golf leagues.  He was instrumental in the establishment of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Two Rivers and officiated at the World Curling Championship in 1989.  Tom was a past president of the Sturgeon Bay Jaycees, a long time member of the Lion’s Club, and past president and treasurer of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy.  He was also a member of the Wisconsin Automotive Parts Association and served as president in 1989-90.
Survivors include his wife Judith; four children: Cindy (Neil) Nordstrom, North Prairie, WI; Carol (David) Lenius, Brussels; Thomas (Kristine) McDonald II, Austin, TX;  Jennifer ( Paul) Wiesner, Sturgeon Bay; known as Baumpa by his grandchildren: Daniel (Rebecca) Nordstrom, Waukesha; Kristina (Ky) Miller, Springfield, MO; Alyssa (Nicholas) Lee, Sturgeon Bay; Brady Lenius, Beaver Dam; Kayla and Kyle McDonald, Round Rock, TX; McKenzie and Andrew Wiesner, Sturgeon Bay; great-granchildren: Deklyn and Phinnley Nordstrom and Emalyn Lee; his siblings: Connie Hume, Jack (Paulette) McDonald, Marge (Frank) Morris, Glen (Alice) McDonald; sister-in-law Paulette McDonald.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Rodney McDonald, Mary Geier, Patrick McDonald; brothers-in-law, Patrick Geier, John Hume and a grandson, Michael Nordstrom.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Valmy with Rev. Benjamin Enstad officiating.  Friends may call at Forbes Funeral Home from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday and then after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of services.   On-line condolences may be offered at 
Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church in Valmy or to in his name.


 Allan Edward Hasenjager

 Allan Edward Hasenjager, 89, of the Town of Sevastopol, was called Home to be with the Lord, Wednesday morning, May 15, 2019 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF in Sturgeon Bay with family at his side.

     He was born June 4, 1929 in the Town of Jacksonport, the son of Orville Carl Hasenjager and Amanda Florence (Bley) Hasenjager. Allan attended Sunny Point School in the Town of Egg Harbor for eight years. He then began a period in his life that had a large influence as he worked for Bertschinger Lumber and Feed Mill in Egg Harbor for several years. On February 26, 1949, Allan married Audrey Ann Peterson at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy where he remained a lifelong member. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Together, Allan and Audrey owned dairy farms in Egg Harbor and in the Town of Sevastopol. In the mid-1960s, he became a sales representative for the Clay Equipment Corporation and later adding MFS Grain Systems, Jamesway Barn Equipment, and Rochester Silos.

     “He had very few interests other than work, making money, being productive. He viewed any other activities as waste. There was no one who had a stronger work ethic than him. He could motivate those of us around him to accomplish things we did not think were possible.”

     Allan will be missed by his dear wife, Audrey, with whom he was blessed with over 70 years of marriage; son and daughter, Daniel (Janice) Hasenjager of Green Bay and Jane (Mike) Stouder of Republic, MO; six grandchildren, Amanda (Dave) Duchan and Eric Hasenjager, Heather (Jeremy) Johnson, John Stouder, Sheryl (Justin) Portis, and Jason (Beth) Stouder; three step-grandchildren, Tricia Spice, and Ryan Kruse and Mike Stouder, Jr.; seven great-grandchildren, Conner and Rylee, Olivia and Amaya, Allan, and Emalyne and Wyatt; six step-great-grandchildren, Craig and Isabella Kruse, Logan and Lily Johnson, and James and Ashley Stouder; siblings, June Kruetter of Watertown, Don (Barbara) Hasenjager of the Town of Sevastopol, Audrey (Elton) Neinas of White Lake and also of Florida, Elaine (Don) Neinas of the Town of Sevastopol, Glenn (Penny Olson) Hasenjager of the Town of Jacksonport, Leon (Rosemary) Hasenjager of the Town of Gibraltar, Linda (Kerry) Moore of Sister Bay, and Clyde (Linda) Hasenjager of the Town of Sevastopol, siblings-in-law, Donna Peterson of the Town of Sevastopol, LaVerne Vandermause of Kiel, Donna Peterson of Sturgeon Bay, Shirley (Jerry) Coleman of Enumclaw, WA; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, James Robert Hasenjager; siblings-in-law, Clyde Kruetter, Jr., Anita Hasenjager, Robert Peterson, Maynard Vandermause, Donald Peterson, Gladys (Harvey) Jonas, and Alden VanDyke; and other relatives.

     The funeral service for Allan will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy with Pastor Benjamin Enstad officiating. Burial will be in Zion Ev. Lutheran Cemetery in West Jacksonport.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a devotion to conclude the evening at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church, Tuesday morning, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in Allan’s name for St. John Ev. Lutheran Church or Zion Ev. Lutheran School.

     "Our family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs of Unity Hospice and Anna’s Healthcare for the love and excellent care given to Allan for the past ten years. Also, a special thank you goes out to Clyde Hasenjager for being available to assist our family at any time."

Harold "Harry" Arthur Kohls

Harold “Harry” Arthur Kohls, 82, of the Town of Sevastopol, WI, fell asleep in the loving arms of his family and awoke in the arms of the Lord Wednesday evening, May 15, 2019 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

     Harry was born in Jacksonport, WI, to Amelia and Arthur Kohls on December 7, 1936. He entered the Army in 1955 after attending Sevastopol High School. After his service in 1958, Harry worked in Milwaukee, WI for several years.

     He married Evelyn Brungraber on June 11, 1960 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport, WI. They spent almost 60 years together, most of them in Door County.

     Harry worked for Peterson Builders then joined the Navy office in Sturgeon Bay. 

     In 1995, Harry moved to Ingleside, TX and retired from the Navy office in 1997.

     Surviving Harry are his wife, Evelyn and their two sons: Warren (Holli) of Sturgeon Bay, WI and Brian (Johanna) of Fairhope, AL. Six grandchildren: Warren (Mehgan) Kohls II of Waupaca, WI, Lance Kohls of Milwaukee, WI, and Arielle “Alister” Kohls of Sheboygan, WI, and Brandon Kohls of Minneapolis, MN, Isabelle Kohls of Fairhope, AL, and Noah Kohls of Fairhope, AL. One great-grandchild: Cora Kohls, Waupaca, WI. Harry is also survived by his brother, Donald (Donna) Kohls of Maple Heights, OH and sister, Bernice (Edward) Henning of Sheboygan Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his sister, Gertrude (Ray) Duman. 

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy on Friday, May 17, 2019 after 9:30 a.m.

     A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Benjamin Enstad officiating. Harry will be laid to rest on the family property on Lost Lake in the Town of Jacksonport.

     Memorials may be given in Harry’s name for Zion Lutheran School (3937 County Road V, Egg Harbor, WI 54209).

     “A special thank you to Door County Medical Center ICU!  During this stressful time, they kept us so informed and the care was so compassionate.”

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC are assisting the Kohls family.

Robert J. Lipsky

Robert J. (Bob) Lipsky, 87, of Green Bay passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at St. Mary's Hospital. He was born March 13, 1932 in Kewaunee to the late Nicholas W. and Helen M. (Cesar) Lipsky. He attended school in Kewaunee. After graduating high school, he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. Bob wed Phyllis Sorenson in 1959, and they were married for 38 years. After beginning his teaching career in a one room schoolhouse, he worked for the Elmbrook School District for many years as both teacher and principal. His family still hears stories from former students whose lives he impacted. Following retirement from teaching, he was employed by Cardinal Stritch College to supervise student teachers. Later, he moved from Brookfield to Green Bay where he supervised student teachers for UW-Green Bay. Bob enjoyed a number of hobbies over the years including walking, bicycling, listening to music, and playing casino games.

Bob is survived by four sons: Mark (Lori) Lipsky, Jon (Sandra) Lipsky, Paul Lipsky, and Thomas (Julie) Lipsky; five grandchildren: Paige Lipsky, Sally (Austin) Jones, Alexandra Lipsky, Joseph Lipsky, and Amelia Lipsky; and five siblings: Marie (Leon) Gillis, Luxemburg, James (Shirley) Lipsky, DePere, Helen Reisner, Urbandale, IA, Nancy (Bob) Bierke, Menominee, Ml, and Dale Lipsky, Rochester, MN.

He was preceded in death by one infant daughter, four siblings: Nicholas (Junior) Lipsky, Patricia Shillin, Donald Lipsky, Michael Lipsky, and two brothers-in-law: Donald (Barney) Shillin and Wayne Reisner.

Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kewaunee until time of services. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Patrick Beno officiating. A luncheon reception will follow the service. Burial will take place in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

Debra Lynn Polcen

Debra Lynn Polcen, 63, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
     She was born October 28, 1955 in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Gerald and Gladys (Shong) Hirthe.  Deb was raised in Milwaukee and moved to Door County with her family as a teenager.  She met her husband, Donald I. Polcen at an auction and from there, they married and started their family.  She worked in the service industry her entire life.  She was known for her easy-going personality and choice of words.  Deb was a strong-willed woman, who had a huge love for her grandchildren and pets.  She enjoyed doing arts and crafts and collecting dreamsicles and plants.  Deb never sat still and was always on the go.  She had a big heart and was always there to lend a hand to those in need.  Deb loved helping her brother at his camping store. 
     Deb will be missed by her loving husband, Don; children, Don (Rose) Polcen and Kelly (Cody) Vincent; grandchildren, Michael (Morgan) Routhieaux, Chloe Polcen, and Brady Polcen; brothers and sister, Dale (Lois) Hirthe, Dan (Kim) Hirthe, Julie (Bob) Schultz, and Todd (Becky) Hirthe; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mark (Peggy) Polcen and Janet Polcen; furry companions, Boo Kitty, Suzzie, and Odie; and many nieces and nephews.
     Deb was preceded in death by her parents.
     Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Deb will be laid to rest with her parents.
     In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Deb’s name.
     Deb’s family wishes to thank to cousin, Lisa Weinrich for always being there for Deb.  An extended thank you to the Sturgeon Bay first responders for their care.
     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Deb may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


John W. Wolfert

John W. Wolfert, 79, of Algoma, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2019 surrounded by family.

     John was born on January 21, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He is preceded in death by his mother, Adina (Braunsdorf) Wolfert and father, William Wolfert. Survived by his four children, Pascale Ardaman, Karri Zarzana, Kristin (Wolfert) Newlun, and William Wolfert; two sisters, Johanna (Lorenz) Busch and Audrey Wolfert; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

     Following high school, John proudly joined the United States Army, taking his final position with the United States Air Force before retiring out of the 440th after 20 years of service, proudly earning the rank of TSgt (Technical Sergeant). Following his retirement from the United States Air Force, John’s passion for machines and mechanics lead him to pursue his next career as a machinist where he enjoyed taking part in the manufacture and production of large diesel engines and mining equipment. After many years as a machinist, he retired and moved back to his hometown in Algoma, Wisconsin from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

     John was a devoted father, a loving grandpa, and enjoyed his pass time restoring and modifying John Deer tractors and automobiles. He leaves behind many cherished memories and will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all of those who were blessed to know him.

     Visitation for all, will be held at 12:00 noon, with funeral services to follow at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Gilbert H. Meister

Gilbert "Gibby" H. Meister, 83, Algoma, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Gilbert was born on September 21, 1935 to the late Hank and Elizabeth (Blahnik) Meister. He graduated from Brussels High School in 1954. He later married Ruth Rankin on June 13, 1959 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Algoma. Gibby loved fishing and hunting with his sons, Al and Dean. Later, he enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and giving them rides with his lawnmower and wagon. He enjoyed caring for his lawn, feeding his geese and ducks. Gibby worked at Algoma Hardwoods for many years as a forklift operator. After retiring, he enjoyed being "noon playground supervisor" at St. Mary's School.


Gilbert is survived by his wife, Ruth Meister; son, Al (Wendy) Meister; and grandchildren Spencer Meister (fiancé Amy), Brittany Meister (friend Bryan), Ashley (Eric) Huss, and Alex Meister; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Avery, and Connor Huss; step great-grandchildren, Justine, Hailey, Kaydance, and Jordynn; brother-in-law, Ralph Zimmer; sister-in-law, Helen Massart; nieces, nephews, and friends.


He was preceded in death by his son Dean Meister; his parents, Henry and Elizabeth Meister; sisters, Carol Fischer and Ann Zimmer; father and mother-in-law, Lucy and Charles Rankin; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy Massart , Harold (Marion) Rankin, Marie (Elmond) Herison, Ester Rankin.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 9-11 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Algoma. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am with Fr. Alvin Amadi officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Earl W. Schram

Earl W. Schram, DDS of Sister Bay, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 9, 2019, a few weeks after his 88th birthday.  
     Earl was born at home on the family farm in Baileys Harbor on April 15, 1931, the son of the late Martin Louis and Esther Margaret (nee Resler) Schram.  He graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1949, where he excelled in football, baseball and basketball.  He was inducted into the Army, serving in the Korean War, where he received the Purple Heart.  After his service, he graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry and lettered in golf.  He practiced dentistry for 40 years in West Allis. 
     He married Sarah Jane O’Connell and had six children.  They raised their family in Brookfield and shared 33 years of marriage until her passing on November 14, 1991.
     In 1994, he married Audrey Larson and later retired to Sister Bay.  He had many good years with his friends and was an avid golfer.  His favorite course was Maxwelton Braes where he was once a caddy, and where he made three of his five holes-in-one.  
     Earl will be remembered for his profound Catholic faith, kind spirit, love of family and generosity.  He was a long-time member of Stella Maris Parish.
     He will be deeply missed by his wife Audrey; children, Carol (Jan) Barr, David (Maria) Schram, Phillip (Kim) Schram, Susan (Wayne) Kuske and Robert (Laura) Schram; step children, Lisa (Gary) Mandelin and Mitchell (Janie) Larson; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  He is also survived by his brother, Gene, along with a wealth of extended family and friends.
     Earl was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sarah O’Connell Schram; his son, Major Mathew Schram, who was killed in action in Iraq; and brothers, Gordon and Darrell Schram.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Stella Maris Parish – Sister Bay site (2410 S. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, WI 54234) on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. David Ruby officiating and Fr. Arthur Heinze co-officiating.  Earl will be laid to rest in Highland Memorial Park in New Berlin.
     Family and friends may gather at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.
     Military honors will be performed at Highland Memorial Park (14875 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin, WI 53151) on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
     Earl’s family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the wonderful care given to him by the staff at the Scandia Village and Unity Hospice.
     In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Foundation for Religious Retirement.
     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Schram family.  Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Earl may be shared with his family through his tribute page at


Erwin LaLuzerne

Erwin Justin LaLuzerne, 87, Algoma, passed away Friday may 10, 2019 after a short battle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 5, 1931 in Duval, WI to Victor and Adele (Wery) LaLuzerne. 

Erwin is survived by his wife of 66 years Lorraine (Everard) LaLuzerne, children Linda (Lee) Dachelet, Randy (Delores) LaLuzerne, Brian (Becky) LaLuzerne, Debbie Ullman and Kevin (Allison) LaLuzerne; 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, brother-in-law John Delfosse, sister-in-law Elaine Collins and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his in-laws Orbie and Jennie (Vandertie) Everard, sisters Emma (Henry) Jandrin, Judy Delfosse, brothers Joe, Lawrence, Edwin (Betty) LaLuzerne and in-laws Irene Everard, Arlene (Richard) Derenne and Harold Collins.

Family and friends may gather at St. Mary Catholic Church, Monday May 13, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Father Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery.

The family would like to thank all the staff at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit for all the wonderful kindness and care given to Erwin.

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

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Erwin's Tribute page at

Dorothy O'Brien Thillman

Dorothy O’Brien Thillman, resident of Casco, WI, and Ft. Myers Beach, FL, died after a short illness on Saturday, April 27, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. 
She was born in Superior, WI, on August 16, 1944, to James Patrick and Ruth Mary (Schak) O’Brien.  Despite significant personal and physical challenges, our beloved Dorothy developed the optimism, resilience, generosity, and humor that characterized the rest of her life. Her larger than life presence impacted anyone left in her wake, especially her grandchildren whom she treasured beyond words. 
Dorothy graduated from Cathedral High School in Superior and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where her children got to see her cross the stage in her cap and gown.  She spent her career educating countless children in the Luxemburg-Casco School District, primarily as a special education teacher.  Her students provided her an endless source of stories and life lessons.
She was united in marriage to Ray Thillman on April 24, 1965, and they celebrated fifty-four years of adventure-filled marriage. As world-wide travelers, they boarded ships and enjoyed climbing the Great Wall of China, going “down under” to the Great Barrier Reef, floating through the Panama Canal, getting stuck in the Vietcong tunnels of Vietnam, and taking in the breathtaking view of the Norwegian fjords.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children:  Peter (Jean) Thillman, Green Bay, WI; Susan (Peter) Anthony, Glenview, IL; Mary (Dan) Roth, Plymouth, MN; and Katie (Andy) Longstreth, Glenview, IL; Granny/Dodo to Alex, Nick, Abby, and Maggie Thillman; Sofia and Will Anthony; Seamus, Cecelia, and Aidan Roth; and Ryan and Evan Longstreth; sister Mary Remus, and Dorothy’s dear nieces and nephews, Shawn Neumann, Tom Murray, James Zahler, Maria Zahler, and numerous friends across the country.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her special Aunt Katie Haley, and half-sister, Patricia.
A memorial celebrating her life will be held on May 18, 2019, at Holy Trinity Church in Casco, WI.  Visitation will begin at 8:30 and will continue until the 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial with Fr. Daniel Schuster as celebrant.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Dorothy’s name to The Ben May Department for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago ( or to any charity supporting the arts.


Jason P. Kozlowski

Jason P. Kozlowski, 43, Casco, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Jason was born on January 25, 1976 to Paul and Barb (Worachek) Kozlowski. Jason loved spending time with his daughter, Saige, playing music in his band of 6 years Phantazm, fishing, wood working, being an artist, and scary movies.
Jason is survived by his daughter, Saige Kozlowski; his parents, Paul and Barb (Worachek) Kozlowski; brother, Dan Kozlowski; sister, Angie (Donnie) Berceau; grandmother, Joyce Worachek; nephew, Dillon and niece, Hailee; as well as by Aunts and Uncles and the mother of his child, Holly. He was preceded in death by Frank “Shorty” and Rosemary “Snookie” Kozlowski, Russel Worachek, and Teddy Holsbach.
A memorial celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Holy Trinity Church in Casco, WI with visitation from 9-11 am. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 am with Fr. Daniel Schuster officiating. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Norbert John Haberli

Norbert John Haberli, 94, of Egg Harbor, passed away on May 6, 2019, at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility.  He was born February 6, 1925, in Egg Harbor to Joseph and Ida (Stern) Haberli.  On October 27, 1951, he married Genevieve T. Zettel, she preceded him in death on May 26, 1998.
Norbert was born and raised on the family farm, which was established in 1909. He eventually purchased it in 1957.  The farm is currently being run by his son Bud and grandson Bryan.  Norbert was well known for “logging” with horses.  His reputation and passion for conservancy lead him to be active in logging with horses for many years.  One of his many logging projects included clearing the land at Crossroads at Big Creek.
Norbert was active in local basketball during his youth.  He was a long-time member of Fruit Growers Cooperative, Lake-to-Lake (Land O Lakes) Milk Producers, Door County Cooperative, Cherryland Horseman Assoc., and the Cherryland Horseman Drill Team.  Norbert was a barn supervisor at the Door County Fair for many years and was a long-time member of the County 4H Program in which he was instrumental in establishing the horse and pony project. 
Survivors include his five children, Marjorie (Ken) Staats, Sturgeon Bay; Robert (Susan) Haberli, Whitefish Bay; Bud Haberli, Egg Harbor; Steven (Sheila) Haberli, Green Bay; Sharon (Dick Stoll) Haberli, Sturgeon Bay; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Adeline (Harry) Zak, Sturgeon Bay.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, siblings, Milton Haberli, Verna (William) Herbst, Gertrude (Max) Naumann, Laura (Elmer) Naumann, Louella Haberli, and Viola (Ernest) Dill.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport with Rev. Peter Lindemann officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday.  On-line condolences may be offered at  Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church in his name.  


Myrtle A. Drexler

Myrtle A. Drexler, 100, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Cardinal Ridge CBRF in Sturgeon Bay.

     She was born December 15, 1918 in Egg Harbor, the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth (Miller) Kuehn. Myrtle attended Sunnypoint School. On November 24, 1938 she married Theobald “Butts” Drexler at the Episcopal Church parsonage in Jacksonport. She came from a musical family and enjoyed playing her home organ, so much, going through four of them. Myrtle also enjoyed flowers, gardening, her tulip gardens, traveling with family, and taking rides around the county with Butts. She will also be remembered by her family as a very good baker. Myrtle was good at playing cards, especially canasta, gin rummy, and solitaire. Myrtle spent many summers picking cherries and apples at her parents’ orchards in Egg Harbor.

     Survivors include her children, Gary (Judy) Drexler, Gail (Tom) Herschleb, both of Sturgeon Bay; five grandchildren, Gary R. (Lori) Drexler, Sturgeon Bay, Gregg (Ruth) Drexler, Sturgeon Bay, Tammy (Tim) Kroll, Egg Harbor, Amy (Ryan) Kiehnau, Sturgeon Bay, Ryan (Christy) Herschleb, Neenah; eight great-grandchildren, Kyle (Yoko) Drexler, San Diego, CA, Alia Drexler, Sturgeon Bay, Erin (Tyler) Ullman, Sturgeon Bay, Dillon Kroll, Egg Harbor, Griffin Kroll, Egg Harbor, Tyler Kiehnau, Sturgeon Bay, Savanna Kiehnau, Sturgeon Bay, Thomas Herschleb, Neenah; one great-great grandchild, Ena Drexler, San Diego, CA.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother, Alvin Kuehn; two sisters, Mildred “Milly” Brungraber, and Doris Dier.

     Funeral services will be held Monday, May 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Huehns Funeral Home with Rev. Reeder Herrick pastor of Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church officiating. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery.

     Friends may call after 9:30 a.m., Monday at Huehns Funeral Home until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

     Memorials may be given to Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church in her memory.

     “We can’t say thank you enough to the caring staff at Cardinal Ridge CBRF who really made our mom feel at home and gave us peace of mind in all aspects of her care, especially in her final days.”

Lois A. Sundberg

 Lois A. Sundberg, 94, of Sister Bay, WI passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on Friday, May 3, 2019.
     She was born April 3, 1925 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Harry and Lucille (Buckley) Amber.  Lois graduated from Hyde Park High School in the Class of 1943.  On September 10, 1946, Lois and John Sundberg were united in marriage and spent 63 wedded years together before he preceded her in death on February 1, 2010.  Lois worked as the Village Clerk in Deer Park, IL for many years before she and John retired and moved to Sister Bay full time.  She was an avid gardener, bird enthusiast, and enjoyed sewing.  Above all else, Lois was a faithful and loving wife and mom.
     Lois will be missed by her daughter, Gail Ledbetter of Dekalb; brothers, Gerry, John (Jean), and Ted (Sharon) Amber; and her nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Lucille Amber and her husband, John.
     In honor of Lois’ wishes, a private service will be held in Sister Bay.
     Lois’ family would like to thank Ted Amber and Marta Padilla Volkman for their care and compassion during this time and a special thank you to James A. Ledbetter Sr. for his support and comfort.
     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting Lois’ family.  Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Lois may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


Gerrel Rae (Gamm) Halverson

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Geri Halverson, 72, died unexpectedly at her home in Door County. She was the loving wife of her husband, Ron, and two children, Steve and Krisha.

     Geri was born on September 20, 1946 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Robert and Emily Gamm. She graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School in 1964. Geri met Ron on a blind date, and they were married on April 16, 1966. They lived in the Cedarburg/Grafton area until 2006 when they relocated to their vacation home in the Town of Egg Harbor.

     The Lord was at the center of Geri’s life - she was a ray of sunshine and always had a smile.  Geri loved people and enjoyed helping them whenever she could. Her gentle ways and kind personality touched the people she came in contact with. She was an Angel on Earth.

     Geri enjoyed traveling with her husband to faraway places and taking breaks from the harsh winters in South Florida. She loved the sunshine and the water. Geri was very good with numbers and did the bookkeeping for “Carclean”, the carwash business she and Ron owned in Grafton. She loved boating and was the First Mate and Deck Doll for her husband for many years. Geri and Ron were very close and did almost everything together. She started out working at Northwestern National Insurance Company and then at Wisconsin Electric. When her children were born Geri became a full-time mom, dedicated to maintaining family ties and gatherings during the holiday seasons. She loved flowers and enjoyed gardening while caring for several house plants.

     A devoted Christian, Geri served her church, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville, in many areas. She was an Assistant Minister serving the congregation on Sundays, handled the bookkeeping and payroll during the week, visiting shut-ins, and singing with the church choir at every opportunity. Geri loved to sing and had a great soprano voice. She also put her heart and soul in the songs whether it was in group music or singing solo. Geri was blessed with tender heart and it showed in many things she did. She made the world a better place for many people because she passed through it.

     As a wife, Geri made her husband a priority. A loving bond was created when they met and continued to grow though-out their time together. It was a relationship that she often referred to as “made in Heaven”. They made each other very happy.

     Geri will be deeply missed by her husband of 53 years, Ron; her two children, Steve (Heidi) Halverson of the Town of Egg Harbor and Krisha (Matt) Bondelli of West Allis; two sisters, Karen Gamm of Wilmington, DE and Lynn (Rev. Robert) Pasbrig of Hartford; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and good friends in Wisconsin and Florida.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Emily Gamm; and sister, Gail Mueller.

     A celebration of Geri’s life will be held beginning with a visitation on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville, 4167 Juddville Rd., Fish Creek, WI 54212. She will be laid to rest in the church cemetery following the service.

     Memorials may be given in Geri's name for St. Paul Lutheran Church or World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization which Geri cared deeply about and supported two international children through.

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

Alice Mae Larson

Alice Mae Larson (Ulmen) 96, passed away on May 2, 2019, surrounded by her grateful and loving family. 
     She was born in Appleton on October 3, 1922. She graduated from Appleton High School in 1940. She married Owen Larson on July 13, 1946. Alice and Owen lived and raised their family of nine in Milwaukee, Clintonville, Neenah, and eventually retired up in Sister Bay. During those years of raising children and supporting her husband, as he built his medical practice, she found time to golf, play bridge, sew, knit, crochet, garden, and travel. Alice lived her life dedicated to creating a loving and caring home for her husband and children. They are indebted to her for the unconditional love she demonstrated through her strength, selflessness, patience, and steadfastness.  
     Alice is survived by four sons, Mark (Linda), Rick (Sue), Scott, Jim (Peggy); four daughters, Mary (Tom), Ann (Michael), Terri (Bob), Amy (Kelly); 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews. 
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen; parents, Martha and Henry Ulmen; brother, Lester (Edee); sister, Marie; son, Jeffrey; and grandson, Matthew.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Stella Maris Parish – Sister Bay site on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Ruby officiating.  Alice will be laid to rest next to her husband and son in the St. Rosalia’s Cemetery.
     Family and friends may gather at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
     The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratefulness to the staff at All Saints Assisted Living in Madison and Agrace Hospice for treating mom like their own with care and compassion. 
     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be gifted in Alice’s name to Agrace Foundation, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.     
     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister is assisting the Larson family.  Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Alice may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Paul Richard Johnson

Paul Richard Johnson, 93, of Sister Bay, passed away on May 1, 2019 in the Birchwood Unit of Scandia Village.  
     He was born in Chicago, to Paul Sr. and Esther Johnson.  He married the late Diane Roberts in 1954 in Chicago, where they raised their three children: Susan, Steve and Sharon.  Paul spent his career as a Civil Engineer at Chicago Bridge and Iron.  Upon retirement, he and Diane moved permanently to Sister Bay.  He enjoyed many hours of wood working and golf, in addition to involvement at First Baptist Church of Sister Bay.  
     Paul is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Clyde and Carole Johnson; his children, Steve Johnson of Milwaukee and Sharon (Johnson) Harned of Alexandria, VA; son-in-law, Philip Harned; and grandson, Calvin Harned.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Diane (Roberts) Johnson; and daughter, Susan (Johnson) Sheeran.
     A memorial service will be held on May 18th at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Sister Bay.  
     In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Unity Hospice (
     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Johnson family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Paul may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

Rita Marie Willems

Rita Marie Willems, age 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2019 surrounded by family at her home in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.

     Rita was born in Wrightstown, Wisconsin on March 11, 1925 to George and Wilhelmina Baeten, she was the seventh born to a family of 11 children. After graduating from high school, Rita spent three summers in Door County, Wisconsin with her sister Melly working at the Alpine Resort in Egg Harbor. Rita met Earl in the summer of 1945, she remembers dancing with him at Murphy Moore’s (present day Shipwrecked), they began dating shortly after. They were married November 29, 1947 and went on to have four children: Gary (Sherrie) Willems, Sharon (Dick) Daubner, Steven Willems and Penny (Dave) Anschutz. In 1950, Earl and Rita moved to Sister Bay, Wisconsin to take over the Sister Bay Hotel from Earl’s parents, Louie and Clara Willems. The hotel became the Sister Bay Bowl supper club and bowling alley and would become Earl and Rita’s legacy in the community. The tradition of food, fun and family continues today as another generation of the Willems family has taken over management. Rita was the heart and soul of the kitchen at the Bowl. Many of her recipes are still on the menu today. In the 1970s, Earl and Rita purchased a home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where it became a cherished winter retreat for them and their extended family and still is today.

     There’s nothing Rita loved more than shouting “BINGO!” and she played into her 90s. She was also an avid cook and baker, spending hours in the kitchen preparing food for family, friends and employees at the Bowl. Everyone who knew her had a favorite Rita recipe… or two. She was an avid bowler into her 80s and a regular at the YMCA into her 90s. Rita was a devout Catholic. Even with long work hours at the Bowl, Rita made sure the family never missed a Sunday.

     Rita is survived by her four children; seven grandchildren, Jason (Tori) Daubner, Michael (Meghan) Daubner, Michelle Daubner, Rachel Willems, Brett (Lizzy Dier) Anschutz, Paula Anschutz and Lukas (Emily) Willems. Rita was great-grandma to five great-granddaughters, Sarah and Emma Daubner, Charlotte and Vivienne Daubner and Ellison Willems.

     Rita was proceeded in death by Earl; her parents; 10 siblings, Norbert “Chub” Baeten, Cyrilla “Sis” Weyenberg, Alvina “Vi” Jacquet, Helen Theisen, Margaret “Marge” Gerend, Eunice “Pat” Peters, Imelda “Melly” Bickel, Adeline “Toddy” Peters, Robert Baeten, Harold “Harky” Baeten; and her son-in-law, Dick Daubner.

     The family would like to extend a special thank you to Rita’s caretaker, Marta Volkman, who became a special friend to both Rita and the family. Additional thanks to Unity Hospice for their attentive and compassionate care.

     Rita’s life will be honored with Mass of Christian Burial held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site, 2410 S Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, WI 54234 with Fr. David Ruby as celebrant.  Burial will be at Blossomberg Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rita’s name to Unity Hospice or Scandia Village.

Dorothy Mae (Levy) Ihlenfeldt

Dorothy Ihlenfeldt, age 91 of Kewaunee died on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Angels Touch Assisted Living in DePere.  She was born in the Town of Carlton to the late Joseph and Sybil (Koller) Levy on November 8, 1927.

She married Fred Ihlenfeldt Sr. on June 30, 1945 and preceded her in death Apr. 26, 2000.

She and Fred farmed in the Town of Carlton until retiring.  She was a great cook and baker. 

Survivors include her children: Fred Ihlenfeldt Jr., Kewaunee; Larry (Gail) Ihlenfeldt, Kewaunee; Jayne (Tim) Petrich, Jacksonville, Fl; two grandchilden: Stefanie (Phil) Wittman; Steve (Kelli) Ihlenfeldt; four great grandchildren: Mitchell and Cameron Wittman; Emma and Cal Ihlenfeldt; a brother: Robert (Judy) Levy, Kewaunee; one sister Eleanor Kleiman, Kewaunee.  She was preceded in death by three brothers: Merlin, Arden and Donald Levy; three sisters: Fern Bruechert, Deloris Bruechert and Hazel Paquette.

Family funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 3 at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee, with Pastor James Hessner.  Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. for visitation until the time of services.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Two Creeks.

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