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Obituaries Archives for 2019-07

Edward G. Vanness

Edward G. Vanness, 64, Luxemburg, died Friday July, 26, 2019 at a local hospital.  He was born on May 22, 1955 in Green Bay to the late George A. and Glory Ann (Jeanquart) Vanness. 

Survivors include one sister in law, Lee Ann Vanness and her children; special Aunts, Sister Claudette Jeanquart, Evelyn LeCloux and Shirley LeCloux; special friends, Julie Ann Dies, Karen and Marvin Mercier, Pat and Perry Dalebroux, Joan and Gene Dalebroux; his best friend, Pat Vandervest; many other relatives and friends further survive.

Edward is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joseph Vanness; special niece, Tina Barbeau.

Friends may call at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, between 12:30 pm and 1:50 pm on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.  Final parish prayer service 2:00 pm on Tuesday with Pat Ratajczak, Pastoral Leader of St. Louis Church, Dyckesville.

Burial in St. Martin Cemetery in Tonet.

Sandra (Ponnikas) Blevins

Born October 31, 1958 in Hancock Michigan to the late Allan and Kathy Ponnikas. July 14, 1979 she was married to Albert Blevins. She is survived by her husband Albert, 2 sons, Joshua (Katie) Blevins and Levi (Karen) Blevins, 5 grandchildren Tristan, Eilonwy, Steven, Walter, and Dennis Blevins,1 brother Richard Ponnikas and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her father Allan Ponnikas, her mother Kathryn Ponnikas, her sister Valerie Ross, her brother Kevin Ponnikas and her grandparents.

Sandi loved clowns and performed as Buttons the clown for 15 years of her life. She was active with her church as a Sunday school teacher and Confirmation Mentor. Community Theater was a very important part of her life. She loved musicals. Sandi worked at numerous jobs through out her life. She enjoyed helping the elderly so the Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County, Inc. held a special place in her heart.


Graduated class of 1976 in Hancock Michigan.

Memorial Gathering will be at Bay View Lutheran Church. Maple St.

Thursday August 1 from 4pm to 8pm

Shirley M. Massart

Shirley Mae DeGreve Massart, passed away in Algoma at the age of 84 on July 25, 2019. She was born in the town of Lincoln on May 18, 1935 to the late Mary Dellise DeGreve and Clayton H. DeGreve. Shirley made her home with her loving grandparents Victor and Angeline Dellise. Shirley graduated from Casco High School May 28, 1953 and started working at the Algoma Memorial Hospital June 3, 1953. In 1954 she worked at the Algoma Net Co. She then started her career at Algoma Savings and Loan in 1968 which merged with Security Bank in 1975 and retired from the bank in 1995 as branch Manager. Shirley loved her job and people said she had the most patient boss in the world Eben Vandeveld and attributes her career to him.
Shirley is survived by her daughter Londa T. Peterson; three grandchildren, Brittany Ann Solchenberger (Matt Solchenberger), Brooke Marie Peterson (Lucas Petire), Robin Lynn (Jason) Nasman; five great-grandchildren, Mariah McFeely, Blake William Solchenberger, Lakelyn Solchenberger, Analiese Sherry Lyn Nasman and Ian Nasman. And of course, they were her pride and joy and could do no wrong.
She is further survived by special friends, Mel Hucek’s family who was so good to her and a big part of her life. Pat and Karen Hucek, Devin and Peter Schmidt and their children Bristol and Pierce, Quinn and Shane Peot, their children Decker and Reid, Michael and Lori Hucek and their children Stacey and Eric Eastman, Lydia, Ella, Elizabeth, and Katie Hucek, Peggy and Andy Abts and their children Adam, April, Cal and Ashley, Mel’s sisters Pat (David) Hunsader and family and Phyllis Heimerl and Don also a special friend. As well as, Daniel Peterson, Judy Zirbel, Pat Chaudoir and Betty Bultman.
She was preceded in death by her dear and special friend Melvin Hucek on May 12, 2008.
Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church from 8:30-11 am on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am with Fr. Alvan Amadi officiating. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. To leave a condolence message or share a memory with the family, visit

Marilyn Mae (Moede) Schneider

Marilyn Mae (Moede) Schneider, 82 of Algoma passed away Friday, July 26, 2019 at Aurora Hospital surrounded by family. She was born May 5, 1937 in the Town of Casco to the late Fred and Emily (Hannamann) Moede. She married Arno Schneider on June 15, 1957 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rankin. He preceded her in death January 15, 2006. Marilyn was a member of St. John’s Ladies Aid. She loved playing Sheepshead with her friends, spending time with family, grandkids and great-grandkids and enjoyed visits from people. She also enjoyed fishing at Pine Lake and Kelly Lake, and she was the Creek Fest Queen in 2012.
Marilyn is survived by her children, Cheryl (Jim) Treml, Sheila (Gayheart) Piesler, Becky (Brian) LaLuzerne, Tina (Jim) Graves, Cory “Redfuzz” (Anna) Schneider; grandchildren, Sarah (Scott) Servaes, Josh (Shelly) Treml, Matt (Shelly) Piesler, Rachel (Nick) Titel, Jeremy (Abby) Piesler, Nicole (Moe) Neuzil, Chad (Cynthia) LaLuzerne, Tyler LaLuzerne, and Grayson Schneider; great-grandchildren, Sami, Morgan, Jake, Hailee, Bryce, Sikoya, Blake, Mavric, Easton, Elliott, Brooks, Alex, Finley, and Lauren; God Children, Kathy Gerdmann, Dr. Lance Kirchman, Marcus Moede, David Buettner; brothers, Ron (Bonnie) Moede, Terry (Jane) Moede and Paul (Roxanne) Moede; sister-in-law Beverly LeFevre; as well as by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Arno; parents, Fred & Emily Moede; father- and mother-in-law, John and Frieda Schneider; and brother-in-law George LeFevre.
Friends may call at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Algoma, 1617 Flora Ave. from 4-8 pm on Monday, July 29, 2019 with a prayer service at 7:15 pm. Visitation will continue at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rankin on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 9:30-11:00 am with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 with Dr. Rev. Christopher Jackson officiating. Burial to follow in St. John’s Cemetery. To leave a condolence message or share a memory with the family, visit

Richard W. Anderson

Richard William Anderson, “Rick” and “Skeeter” to friends and family, 67, of the Town of Nasewaupee, WI, died peacefully, early Wednesday morning, July 24, 2019 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI.

     He was born February 6, 1952, in Dayton, OH, the son of Robert Claiborne Anderson and Marjorie Alberta (Cunningham) Anderson. In 1955, Rick’s family moved to Glen Ellyn. His father passed away in 1964. Rick attended school in Glen Ellyn and graduated from Glenbard West High School with the class of 1970. After high school, he took classes in commercial art for a short time.

     Rick initially worked as a custodian for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, the church he grew up attending, was baptized, and also confirmed. He then went to work for Entron Controls in Wheaton, IL. Rick married Karen, and in 1994, they had one son, Nicholas.

     In 2009, Rick moved to Door County, WI to be closer to his mother and stepfather, Charles Brooks, who had moved to Sturgeon Bay, WI in 1986. While in Sturgeon Bay, he worked as a painter. Charlie passed away in 2002, and Marjorie passed away in 2015.

     Rick enjoyed bowling in the Apple Valley Majors Tuesday night league at Apple Valley Lanes in Sturgeon Bay. He was a speedskater in high school. Those who knew Rick, knew what a passion he had for music. He played guitar in various bands and offered backup on drums while living in Illinois and even sang together with Karen, whom he was married to at the time. Rick also liked to sketch and draw. Rick was an easygoing guy that many people just enjoyed being around and hanging out with.

     His music will play on in the hearts of his family: son, Nicholas of LaSalle, IL; former wife, Karen of LaSalle, IL; four sisters, Jane (Reed) Anderson Mackenzie of Chaska, MN, Sue (Dick) Anderson Meyer of Sturgeon Bay, WI, Hillary Brooks Hilstrom of Tempe, AZ, and Allison Brooks of Scottsdale, AZ; nieces and nephews; other relatives; friend and partner, Pat Kring of Sturgeon Bay; and other good friends.

     Arrangements are pending for Rick’s Celebration of Life. He will be laid to rest near family in Bayside Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol, WI.

     Memorials may be given in his memory for the Boys & Girls Club of Door County or Door County Habitat for Humanity.

     “Thank you to the staff at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center team at Aurora BayCare as well as the other hospital staff for their care given to Rick these past 16 months.”   

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Rick may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

Bette Jean Giver

Bette Jean Giver, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, passed away Friday morning, July 19, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.

     She was born January 18, 1933 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Alfred and Helen (Einman) Schultz. Bette attended Wells School in Chicago. She was united in marriage to George Robert Giver on June 10, 1996 in Chicago. They moved to Door County, WI soon after that and resided in Sturgeon Bay.

     Bette initially worked as a coat checker for a restaurant in Chicago, IL. Later on, she worked at Family Dollar in Sturgeon Bay. Bette devoted most of her time, though, to taking care of her family at home.

     She loved going shopping, often for hours at a time. Bette also enjoyed reading horror stories and watching horror films as well as old westerns.

     She will be missed by her husband, George, with whom she shared over 23 years of marriage; four children, Stacy (Carl) Beckstrom of Sturgeon Bay, Debra (John) Trzos of West Minster, CO, Ray (Stacie) Zelnik of Sturgeon Bay, and Crystal (George) Malvitz of Sturgeon Bay; eight grandchildren, Jasmine (Dessi) Koss and Cyndi Beckstrom, Kim (Dwayne) Trzos, Rhiannon (Paul) Chavez,  and Sarah (Tyson) Call, Mike Zelnik, Katie Zelnik, and Jordan Zelnik; four great-grandchildren, Noah and Jayden Kadunc, and Michael Trzos and Mason Martin; and other relatives.

     Bette was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Michelle Zelnik; and sister, Alice (Alexander Jr.) Alsteen; and other relatives.

     Her life will be celebrated from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Butch's Bar, 112 S. 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated.

     "Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the staffs of Sturgeon Bay Health Services and Compassus Hospice for the wonderful care given to Bette."

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the family. Expression of sympathy, memories, and photos of Bette may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Robert E. Small

Robert E. Small, 93 of Luxemburg, died Thursday morning, July 25, 2019.  He was born in Washington on January 13, 1926 to the late Frederick C. and Madoline (Schoessler) Small.  He served in the US Navy during WWII as a Pharmacist Mate stationed in CA.  On November 23, 1963 he married Wanda Mae Decker-McGuire in New Jersey.  She preceded him in death on October 19, 2008.

Survivors include, one sister; one step-son and his family, Steve and Linda McGuire, Luxemburg; grandsons, Dean and Dylan McGuire.

Robert was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

As per Robert’s wishes, a funeral service will not be held.

Keith Bridenhagen

Keith Bridenhagen was born on March 18, 1949 to Hollis "Baldy" and Lucille Bridenhagen. He died at age 70 on July 23, 2019.
     He is survived by his wife Christine; his daughter, Barrett (Marc Meredith); son, Ivan (Brittney Smith); daughter, Heidi (Jeremy Schmal); grandsons, Hudson and Dempsey; and granddaughters, Leisel and Isabella. Arnie, Fred, Richie, and Holly are surviving siblings.
     Keith was inspired by his love of family and family of friends, and by his relationship with nature. He continued to educate himself on natural and national history and loved to paint with flowers and make beautiful things with his hands, which were always busy. He was a natural leader and enjoyed serving our community when he was needed.
     A memorial celebration at the family home will be held on August 18, 2019 and all are welcome to bring memories and stories to share.
     Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Sister Bay is assisting the Bridenhagen family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Keith may be shared with his family through his tribute page at


Susan M. (Hamachek) Cannon

Susan M. (Hamachek) Cannon, age 70 of Santa Rosa, CA, formerly of Kewaunee passed away on June 26, 2019 in Santa Rosa.  She was born on July 7, 1948 on Escanaba, MI and spent her early years in Gladstone, MI.  At the age of 7, her mother became the Public Health RN for Kewaunee County and they moved to Kewaunee, WI, a beautiful little town on Lake Michigan.

She attended Holy Rosary Elementary School, graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1966
and entered into a diploma program at Milwaukee County Hospital, graduating as a Registered
Nurse in 1969. By 1970, she had joined the Navy, enduring the Great Lakes Boot Camp, a stint
in Long Beach and serving most of her time in the Aleutian Islands (ADAK). Again, she endured
—through near plane crashes, capsized boats, red alerts, volcanic eruptions and near tsunamis
on a desolate island with many challenges, held together by a close community and sheer will
power. She had the best nursing instincts, fostered early on by her mother and reinforced by
emergency decision making and no time to waste. Ultimately, achieving the rank of Lieutenant,
she also served in the Reserve Corps.

In 1978, she moved to Santa Rosa, working at Community Hospital. Enrolling at Sonoma State
University, she received her BSN and shortly thereafter began teaching at Santa Rosa Junior
College, mentoring seemed to be her natural calling. She had loved the Navy and teaching
corpsmen; it was a perfect fit. SRJC took it’s place. An unabashed workaholic, she
simultaneously held positions in Urgent Care at Kaiser Permanente and SRJC until her

Susan was an incredible advocate for her patients and friends alike, and possessed an
unparalleled generosity of spirit. She was truly blessed to have spent her life surrounded by
the students, colleagues and friends that she cherished in a career that she loved.

She is survived by her sister, Ann Hamachek and many treasured relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her mother: Joan C. Hamachek and her brother: David Hamachek.

Please join us for a Visitation and Rosary at 10 am on Tuesday, July 30th, followed by a funeral
Mass at 11 am at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kewaunee. Burial with full military will be in the parish cemetery

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the SRJC Foundation in Memory of Susan
Cannon, RN to support a nursing scholarship named in her honor: 1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, Ca 95401 (attn: Sarah Laggo).

Norman W. Kiehnau

Norman W. Kiehnau, 88 years, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at his home in Institute early Sunday morning, July 21, 2019.

     He was born December 08, 1930 in the Town of Jacksonport on the farm of his parents, William N. and Lydia Laura (Treichal) Kiehnau. Norman attended Sevastopol High School. In 1951 Norman was called to serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corp until 1953. Norman owned and operated Institute Motors for 26 years. He had worked in the Milwaukee area early in his career. He had worked 13 years for Boehlke Chevrolet, then at Russ Darrow as service manager.

     On June 12, 1971 he married Sharon E. (Mueller) Mork at West Jacksonport and they had 48 blessed years together.

     He was a faithful and active member of Bay View Lutheran Church. Norman loved gardening and playing cards with his family and many dear friends. Norman was a member of VFW Post #3088 and served at Post Commander.

     Norman is survived by his wife, Sharon; his two children, Todd Kiehnau and Wendy (John) Welch; two stepsons, James (Barb) Mork, David (Lynn) Mork; grandchildren, Maxwell (Ryan) Reeves, Ryan Mork, Andy (Naomi) Mork, Jeremy van Sliedrecht, Anna Mork; great-grandchildren, Maggie, Evie, Max Reeves, Mary Mork; brother, Donald “Butch” (Ruth) Kiehnau; and sister, Mildred “Joey” Radtke.

     Norman was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lydia Kiehnau; five brothers, Harold, Fred “Fritz”, William, Rueben, Leonard “Mike”, Carl, infant brother, Henry; three sisters, Dorothy Perkins, Florence “Dickie” Reagles, and Olive Braley; stepdaughter, Mary Mork; and grandson, Samuel Mork.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. Military honors by VFW Post #3088 will follow services at the church. Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, West Jacksonport.

     Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home and at the church Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m.

     Memorials may be directed in his memory for Bay View Lutheran Church-Property Committee at 340 W. Maple Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, and VFW Post #3088 at 744 Delaware Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

Janice A. Etienne

Janice A. Etienne, 72, Green Bay, died Friday morning, July 19, 2019 at a local hospital. She was born in Luxemburg on November 14, 1946 to the late Alois J. and Marie J. (Delongville) Zellner. On June 15, 1968 she married Louis J. “Joe” Etienne at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  He preceded her in death on December 20, 2006. Together they ran a dairy farm from 1973 till 2006.  Janice loved her family and spending her time with them especially her sister up north and her grandchildren. A hobby of playing cards and taking anyone’s money gave her enjoyment. 


Survivors include her two children, Jodi Etienne, Milwaukee; Steve (Brenda) Etienne, Green Bay; three grandchildren, Trent, Brent and Alayna Etienne;  a grand-pup, Sammie; 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Dennis (MaryAnn) Zellner, Lyle (Marci) Zellner,  Mary (Jim) Salentine,  Bev Zellner, all of Luxemburg; Kathi (Myron) VanDenPlas, Green Bay; many nieces and nephews.

Janice was preceded in death by one brother, Ron Zellner.


Friends may call 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, July 22, 2019, at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG.  Closing parish prayer service 7:00 pm on Monday.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:15 am on Tuesday the 23rd at Prince of Peace Church, 3425 Willow Road, Green Bay, Wi.  54311.  Funeral 10:30 am Tuesday at the church with Rev. Joseph Dorner officiating.  Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. 


In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in her name toward  “ASNEW” (Autism Society of North East Wisconsin) Foundation.

George Andrew Graham, Jr

George Andrew Graham, Jr., 88, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village Nursing Home in Sister Bay, WI with his family at his side.

     He was born December 7, 1930 in Bakersfield, CA, the son of George Andrew Graham, Sr. and Mary Pearl (Sandidge) Graham. George graduated from Dinuba High School in California in 1948. He attended the University of Redlands in California and graduated with a degree in Psychology. There he played football, was elected student body president, and met the love of his life, Patricia Anne Phillips. He and Pat were united in marriage on June 19, 1953 in Alhambra, CA.

     George enrolled at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA. At the same time, he completed a Masters in Psychology at Boston University. He then attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City while serving as an assistant pastor in Mount Vernon, New York. Continuing his education, he enrolled at the University of Chicago Theological School in Illinois for doctoral studies and was a Danforth Fellow. Later, George served at University Baptist Church in Iowa City, IA and eventually returned to the University of Redlands where he became the chaplain. Later in his career, George studied at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and earned his doctorate in Industrial Psychology. He also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the School of Business. Those experiences facilitated George progressing at First Wisconsin Bank (which later became Firstar Corporation and was then acquired by US Bank) in Milwaukee where he was First Vice President of Human Resources for over 30 years. Upon his retirement from the bank in 1992, he started his own consulting company, Graham Consulting, Inc., advising many companies on personnel practices and offering personal counseling as well. In 2015, George and Pat permanently moved to Sturgeon Bay to be near their daughter.

     George was a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Wisconsin Psychological Association, and the University Club of Milwaukee. He was active in various civic and professional organizations as well. George was a past President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America, the Wisconsin Epilepsy Association, and Lad Lake - an organization for youth with traumatic backgrounds. He served on boards of the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the Executive Committee of the Potawatomi Area Boy Scout Council (where he was recipient of the Silver Beaver Award), and the Wisconsin Council for Economic Education. George also served on personnel committees of the American Red Cross and United Way. He has received professional recognition in Who's Who groups for Finance and Industry, Science and Engineering, Medicine and Health Care, as well as Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

     George's entire life was dedicated to people. He was a leader and friend as well as an excellent listener. George had a great love for animals and nature and he enjoyed building. George also enjoyed traveling, boating, golfing, and gardening. He was an avid sports fan of the Wisconsin Badgers (where all three children attended), the Green Bay Packers, and the Milwaukee Brewers. Above all, he loved his family.

     George will be missed by his beloved wife, Pat, with whom he was blessed with over 66 years of marriage; three children, G. Andrew (Marion) Graham III of San Diego, CA, Ronald Graham of Las Vegas, NV, and Holly (Todd) Meikle of Sturgeon Bay, WI; six grandsons, G. Andrew (fiancé, Belma Balic) Graham IV and Brian Graham, Seamus and Donovan Graham, and Rory and Rex Meikle; brother-in-law, Ronald (Thelma) Phillips of Albuquerque, NM; other relatives; colleagues; and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donnell (Doris) Graham; and other relatives.

     George's life will be celebrated, privately, by family at a later date.

     Memorials may be given in his name for Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay and the Wisconsin Humane Society.

     "Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Scandia Village and Unity Hospice for their wonderful, compassionate care given to George and our family."

Matthew John Larsen

Matthew Larsen, 48, of the Village of Egg Harbor, took his own life on Sunday, July 14, 2019.  He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for several years from which he had gained substantial remission.  However, the massive immunotherapy he had undergone produced a serious side effect on his brain called Capgras Syndrome, a very frightening series of hallucinations which may have become an incentive for his suicide.

     Matt graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a B.A. in English, and became one of the nation's experts in cyber technology.  He was most recently employed by Carbon Black, a cyber security firm near Boston, Massachusetts.

     He is survived by his wife, Maren; parents, Lars and Judy Larsen; three brothers, Chris, David, and Peter; two sisters, Jeanette and "Coke"; and several in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

     A memorial service to honor Matt’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay with Pastor Jim Honig officiating.  There will be no visitation prior to the service.

     Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Sister Bay, Wisconsin is assisting the Larsen family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Matt may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

Joyce M. Riederer

Joyce M. Riederer, 91, Algoma, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019. Joyce was born on May 15, 1928 to the late Joseph and Mary (Baudhuin) Conard. On September 22, 1948 she married her husband Joseph Riederer who preceded her in death on November 5, 1992. She was a graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School and worked in retail for over 28 years with Kollbecks and also many years for Bearcat Fish Market in Algoma. Joyce was a woman of faith who loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed shopping, going out to eat, being outside and going out with the “Joyce” club. 
Joyce is survived by her son Jim (Pat) Riederer, Mt. Gilead, OH; daughter-in-law, Kathy Riederer, Algoma; grandchildren, Cyndi (Dan) Nelson, Joe (Jenny) Riederer, Jon (Caitlyn) Riederer, Jeff (Katie) Riederer; great-grandchildren, Addi, Elli, Ryan, Justin, Jenessa, Evan and Owen; brother, Dan Conard, Sheboygan, WI; sister, Blanche, Fond du Lac, WI. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; her son, Richard; and her parents, Joseph and Mary Conard.
Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Algoma from 10-11 am on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am with Fr. Alvan Amadi and Deacon Chuck Agnew officiating. Entombment will follow at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd, Green Bay. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Algoma is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence message or share a memory with the family, visit In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

Martin Tadisch

Martin Tadisch, age 85 of the Town of Carlton died on July 12, 2019.  He was born on November 1, 1933 to the late Felix and Verna (Ratajczak) Tadisch.

He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War era.  He married Joann O’Hern in 1956.  Together they operated a farm in the Town of Carlton until retiring.

He was a member of Robinson American Legion Post 538 of Carlton.  He was a strong believer in Jesus Christ.

Survivors include his Wife: Joann; one daughter and son-in-law: Diane and Tom; two sons: James and William (Bill) and  granddaughter: Nicky (Doug) Moore and great grandchildren: Conall and Tiernan.

Friends may call after 12:00 Noon at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee until the time of services.  A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m.with Pastor Jeremy Vance of Faith Church, Manitowoc officiating.

Go to to send condolences or to sign the online guest book.

The family would like to thank the staff of Kewaunee Care Center, formerly Atrium Post Acute Care Center, for the care that they gave Martin and his family, Steve Tadisch for his help when Martin fell down at the farm.

Marsha Ann Batt

Marsha Ann Batt was welcomed into the perfection of her eternal life walk by Jesus, her Savior and Lord, on July 13, 2019 after experiencing the rupture of a brain aneurysm and many ensuing complications at Theda Care Regional Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin.  Marsha was born on August 13, 1952 in St. Francis, Kansas, the daughter of Walde and Rose (Lillich) Hempler.  Marsha grew up on a Kansas wheat farm and always enjoyed the wide open spaces of western Kansas and the beauty of a ripening wheat field blowing in the wind.
Marsha graduated in the class of 1970 from Bird City High School.  She went on to attend Dana College in Blair, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a social work degree.  During this time Marsha married Howard Batt at St. John Lutheran Church in Bird City, Kansas on October 14, 1972.  In 46 years of marriage, Marsha and Howard moved 19 times while living in 8 different states.  Their marriage was abundantly blessed with three daughters.
When her children all entered school, Marsha began her social work vocation in a nursing home in Herington, Kansas.  Working with people experiencing aging needs and people with special needs and their families allowed Marsha to give of her kind and loving heart to so many people in Herington, Kansas; Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Two Rivers, Wisconsin; and Kewaunee, Wisconsin.
Marsha had many interests and passions.  She loved to sew and make quilts for family.  She made many dresses for her daughters including prom formal wear and that carried on with her grandchildren.  She made many baby quilts, each daughter a memory quilt, and all grandchildren a bed quilt.  She especially enjoyed the long arm quilting machine at the Kewaunee Artisan Center.  Marsha enjoyed playing the piano, including leading the music worship at church, mentoring a number of youth in this pursuit, and sitting at the piano playing while the grandchildren gathered around to add to the tune.  Singing was a joy to her and she joined a number of church and local choirs.  Marsha enjoyed traveling starting with her children as they grew up and continuing on in the years that followed.  Learning was always a priority for her.  She read books and never passed up a ranger talk at state and national parks, a wide variety of community education events, museums, and almost every road side info sign.  She daily enjoyed the newspaper crossword puzzle.  Marsha’s aggressive nature came out while playing the card game “peanuts” with family. Reconnecting with friends and family was a more recent joy with a number of adventures in the past couple years.
Family was very special to Marsha, especially her daughters and their families.  She so enjoyed her grandchildren and cherished the times she was able to spend with them on FaceTime and in person.  Their personal growth and development as well as their faith growth was a big focus for Marsha.
Above all was Marsha’s walk with Jesus as her Savior and Lord.  She attended and at times led Bible studies with people at church and within the community.  Marsha taught many Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes.  Daily Bible reading, study, and devotions were an important part of her day.  Her support of Howard in his ministry and honest feedback was a part of her ministry.  She especially enjoyed attending an annual clergy spouse retreat where she connected with old friends and made new ones.

JoAnne B. Taylor

JoAnne Dorothy (Bauer) Taylor, 86, of Arlington Heights, IL, passed away July 4, 2019, in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Her extended family had gathered at their long-time summer home for their annual reunion and was with her at her passing.

    JoAnne was born May 17, 1933, in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Henry Carl Bauer and Dorothy Amanda (Hoyer) Bauer. Following her high school graduation in 1951, JoAnne went on to earn her BA degree in Elementary Education at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, in 1955. While in college, she was a member of the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi and the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society. At DePauw, JoAnne met Gene (Otis Eugene) Taylor. They were united in marriage on December 22, 1956, at the First Congregational Church of Wilmette.

     JoAnne was initially employed as an elementary school teacher in the Milwaukee and Glenview public schools. Once their four children were older, she returned to education as a substitute teacher for the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization (NSSEO) from 1978 to 1990. JoAnne was a much loved and requested substitute teacher.

     JoAnne was a 61-year member of Community Presbyterian Church in Mount Prospect, where she served as an Elder, Clerk of Session, and in many other capacities. With young daughters, she enjoyed her role as a Camp Fire Girls of America leader. She was an active member of P.E.O. International, Chapter HN, Illinois; and appreciated being a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) participant.

     With Gene’s retirement in 1996, the couple embarked on extensive travel, visiting 50 states and five continents. A lifelong learner, JoAnne was intent on expanding her world in many ways including learning to play tennis; teaching herself to quilt; and researching and documenting their travels. After 48 years in the family home on Francis Drive, Gene and JoAnne moved to The Moorings of Arlington Heights where they enjoyed an active lifestyle with friends old and new. Above all, JoAnne had a love of life and a love of family.

     Her love will live on in the hearts of her husband, Gene, with whom she was blessed with more than 62 years of marriage; four children, Caryl (Alan) Medsker of Arlington Heights, IL, Gail (Scott) Spannraft of Grayslake, IL, Doug Taylor of Chicago, IL, and Alice Taylor of Palatine, IL; four grandchildren, David and Michael (Erin) Medsker, and Abigail (Patrick) Leigh and Sarah Spannraft; sister, Maryan (Arthur) Tebbutt of Ames, IA; two siblings-in-law, Kent (Margaret) Taylor of LaGrange Park, IL, and Nancy (James) Reynolds of Adrian, MI; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends. JoAnne was preceded in death by her parents and nephew, Andrew James Tebbutt.

     A Memorial Service celebrating the life of JoAnne will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Community Presbyterian Church, 407 N. Main St., Mount Prospect, IL 60056. Relatives and friends may visit with JoAnne’s family during the reception that will be held at church following the service.

     JoAnne will be laid to rest in Wheeling Township Arlington Heights Cemetery with a private family committal.

     Memorials may be given in JoAnne’s name for the Community Presbyterian Church Peace Garden.

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay, WI, assisted the Taylor family with initial care. Expressions of sympathy and memories of JoAnne may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

June Florence Jarman

June Florence Jarman (Anderson) went home to be with the Lord on July 9, 2019.

     June was born May 15, 1933 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Ellsworth and Doris (Hanson) Anderson.  She lived in West Allis as a teenager and attended West Milwaukee High School for two years.  Her family moved to Sister Bay and she finished high school at Gibraltar School in Fish Creek, graduating in 1952.

     It was while attending Gibraltar where she met her husband, Charles Leon Jarman.  They were wed on September 12, 1953 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor.  Together they operated Jarman Excavating and Trucking, later becoming Jarman Inc.  They resided in Fish Creek together all their lives and had four children.  They enjoyed camping and snowmobiling and mostly just each other’s company.  They had been married for 49 years, until Charlie’s passing in 2003, not quite making it to their 50th anniversary.

     June was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church Juddville.  Over the years, she taught Sunday School there and led Cub Scouts when her boys were of that age.  She was employed for a time by her father at MasterFreeze in Sister Bay.  She was a waitress at the C&C Club so she could raise their family during the day and Charlie could watch the kids at night.  She worked many years for Mary Jane (and Dana while he was alive) Von Schrader, fondly called Vonnie by June. She also had a short stint as a receptionist for The Gilster Company as well as food services at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village.  Later in life, volunteering at Bargains Unlimited.

     She is survived by her three children, Kelly (John) Demmin, Steve “Skinner” Jarman and Jana (Jesse) Raines; grandchildren, Courtney Demmin and Carli, Lucas and Benji Jarman.  Also surviving are her four siblings, Anita “Neetz” Beckstrom, Mildred “Miky” Jorgensen, Fred Anderson and Karen (Jerry) Gibson; plus, many Anderson and Jarman nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Doris and Ellsworth (Andy); husband, Charles; son, Michael; nephew, Patrick Henry; brothers-in-law, Lenny Beckstrom, William Henry and Paul Jorgensen; sister-in-law, Murtha Anderson; and many aunts and uncles.

     June’s life will be honored with a funeral service on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville with Pastor Frank Kauzlarich officiating.  She will be laid to rest next to her husband and son.

     Visitation for family and friends will be on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay.  There will be no visitation prior to the funeral service on Tuesday.

     “Our family would like thank the staff at Good Samarian Society – Scandia Village, at both Woodview and Skilled Nursing, for the past several years that June was in their care.  Also, Pastor Frank Kauzlarich for his many visits and for the congregation of St. Paul who continually prayed for June.  We know so many folks looked in on Junebug from time to time and we will forever hold you in our hearts.”

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

Dean Wolske

Dean Wolske, 84, was peacefully called home into the loving arms of Jesus on July 9, 2019  surrounded by his family. 

Dean was born July 14, 1934 in Algoma, Wisconsin to Lester and Dorothy Wolske.  He married the love of his life, Carolyn, on November 6, 1965 and they were blessed throughout their 53 years of marriage.  Dean graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton in 1956.  Dean and Carolyn made Algoma their home in the early 1970s when Dean joined his father in the family business at Algoma Lumber Company.  He served his community on the school board, city council and other committees.  During this time and after his retirement, he enjoyed spending time working in his yard, fishing, hunting, golfing, sports (including watching his grandsons compete) and most of all spending quality time enjoying his family and grandchildren.  Singing and music have always been an integral part of Dean’s life.  He enjoyed singing for many weddings and funerals, in choirs, barbershop quartets, and with Carolyn in a mixed quartet.  He sang to Carolyn at their wedding and also sang at the weddings of both his children.  Dean always had a song to sing in his heart. 

Dean is survived by his wife Carolyn, their son Christopher (Sherri), grandsons Michael, John, David and Luke, Appleton; and their daughter Kate (Keith Brewer), and grandchildren Jimmy, Max and Ali, Hartland.  One sister Jane (John Besch) Elgin, IL.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Algoma, with a service to follow at 11:30 with  Rev. Joel McKenney officiating. 

The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the team at Autumn’s Journey for the care and kindness provided to Dean in the past year of his life and to the nursing team at Bellin and Unity Hospice for their compassion and support in his last days. 

Dean was a great husband, father, papa, and friend.  We will all miss him dearly.  May God heal the pain and help us always remember and treasure the gift of his life.

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

Beatrice Emma Beilfuss

Beatrice Emma Beilfuss, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord, Monday morning, July 8, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.

     She was born February 16, 1929 in Shawano, the daughter of Alfred Erhard Koeller and Emma Anna (Degener) Koeller. Beatrice attended St. James Lutheran School in Shawano and Shawano High School. She was united in marriage to Marvin Arthur Beilfuss on September 22, 1946 in Shawano County. Beatrice devoted her time to raising her family and helping Marvin with their dairy farm that was located two miles north of Carlsville, in the Town of Egg Harbor. She also helped cook and keep the books for the bar Marvin owned and operated in Brussels, "Marv's Happy Hour" (now the "Brussels Countryside Diner"). In 1992, they moved to their retirement home on Canal Road in the Town of Sturgeon Bay. Beatrice was a wonderful, devoted, and loving wife. She and Marvin were blessed with over 70 years of marriage. He was called Home to the Lord on October 30, 2016.

     Beatrice was most recently a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport. Her faith provided a foundation for her life and brought her comfort right up until the end of her days here on Earth. Beatrice enjoyed her early morning fishing trips with Marvin and picking blackberries together.

     Her love will live on in the hearts of her eight children, Joan (Bob) Somers of Elkhorn, Jack (Nancy) Beilfuss of Kaukauna, Jerry (Renate) Beilfuss of Green Bay, Jeff Beilfuss of Sturgeon Bay, Marvin Beilfuss, Jr., Jon (Joan) Beilfuss, Sr., both of Egg Harbor, Judy (Don) LeMieux of the Town of Sturgeon Bay, and Jan (Dawn) Beilfuss of Clarksville, TN; 24 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; brother, Lloyd (Rosemary) Koeller of Bonduel; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

     Beatrice is reunited with her parents; husband; two sons, (baby) Jay and Joel Beilfuss; seven siblings, Alvin (Dorothy), Harvey (Mildred "Micky"), John, Arley, Ervin, and (baby) Arlene Koeller, and Dorothy (Elroy) Kunschke; and other relatives.        

     Her life will be honored with a funeral service held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport with Pastor Peter Lindemann officiating. Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum in the Town of Scott.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in Beatrice's name for Zion Ev. Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer's Association. (When donating directly to the association, mention "In memory of Beatrice Beilfuss" in the financial memo.)

     "Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the special staff members at Sturgeon Bay Health Services, the staffs of Door County Medical Center, Aseracare Hospice, and Erik Huehns, family, and staff at Huehns Funeral Home, for all of their compassionate care given to Mom and our family. We would also like to thank Pastor Lindemann for his visits and ministry to Mom as well as the Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid for their help."

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

Donald Baumann

Donald Henry Baumann, 88, of Maplewood, passed away on July 7, 2019 in King, Wisconsin.  He was born June 28, 1931 in Maplewood to Henry and Ethel (Sperber) Baumann.  On Nov. 21, 1981 he married Jane Marie Keller in Milwaukee.

Don served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  He worked as a journeyman pipefitter for many years.  Don was a member of the Forestville-Maplewood American Legion for over 50 years.

Survivors include his wife Jane, 2 sisters, Jeanette Spiegle and Priscilla (Kenny) Fontaine; nieces and nephews; Don’s children: Debbie VanVolkenburg and David (Vanessa) Baumann: 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren;  Jane’s children: Sherry (Jean) Seekins, Tami Wilson, Steven Seekins, and Robert (Kim) Keller; 14 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren;

A memorial service with military honors will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville.  Burial will be in the Forestville Town Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 am until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.  Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations is in charge of arrangements.

Special thanks to Jean Scharping, Brigette Fox, Bev Sperber, the Babler family, Joe and Ruth Kerscher for all the wonderful help and support.

Donna R. Juza

Donna Rita Juza, 77, of Hardy, Va., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Runk and Pratt surrounded by family. She was born June 19, 1941 in Wisconsin. She was the loving wife of Robert "Bob" John Juza for 57 years. 
Donna is also survived by her children, Barbara McCord (Robert) and David Juza (Tammy); grandchildren, Katherine "Katie" Gray (Tyler), Robert "Rob" Juza, Nicholas "Nick" McCord (Hayley), David Juza, Alexander "Alex" McCord, and Michael McCord; brothers, Donald Delebreau (Jeanette) and Norbert Delebreau (Joanne); sisters-in-law, Geraldine Delebreau, and Ernestine Delebreau; brothers-in-law, William "Bill" Juza (Linda Johnson) and Ken Juza (Bonnie). Many nieces and nephews who were dear to Donna`s heart.
She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Paul Juza; father and step-mother, Theophile Delebreau and Catherine Delebreau; mother, Veronica Koss; siblings, Joseph Delebreau, Edward Delebreau(Agnes), Johnny Delebreau, Albert Delebreau(Rita), Florence Paul(Leland), and sister-in-law Dorothy Juza.
Donna was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church. She worked in the cafeteria of Prince William Co. Schools in Woodbridge, Va. prior to her retirement. Donna was a loveable, funny, and talkative woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration at 
Visitation will take place on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 10-11 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Casco. A memorial Mass  will follow at 11:00 am with Fr. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  To leave a condolence or sign the guestbook, please visit

Marvin J. Bourgeois

Marvin Joseph Bourgeois, 87, Casco passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019. He was born on August 13, 1931 to the late Joseph & Josie (Boucher) Bourgeois. Marvin married his loving wife of 63 years, Carol Wotochek on November 19, 1955. Marvin lived a life of music, learning trumpet as a child, and teaching Band, Chorus, and Music for 40 years at the Casco High School and Luxemburg-Casco Schools. His favorite memories revolve around the kids he taught and their accomplishments. In addition to teaching, he spent 34 years as director of the Luxemburg-Casco Community Band. His other loves were his family, gardening, cutting wood; the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers; going to the Village Kitchen, and enjoying concerts and Polka Shows on TV.
Marvin is survived by his wife Carol; daughters, Michele (Lyle) Becker, Valerie; sons, Paul (Claudia), Dean (Carolyn), Brad (Dana); Grandchildren, John Becker, Mark (Alyssa) Becker, Paul (Sarah) Becker, Scott (Kristina) Becker, Katherine (Dustin) Dassow, Renee Bourgeois, Elizabeth Bourgeois, Alyssa Bourgeois, Rachel Bourgeois, Alexander Bourgeois; Great-Grandchildren, Charlie, Benjamin, and Luke Becker; Twin Brother, Melvin (Rosalyn); sister Arlene Molzahn; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Germaine Knapmiller; brothers-in-law, Jack Knapmiller and Kenneth Molzahn; as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be held at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home, Casco, on Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 4-8 pm with closing rosary at 7:45 pm. Visitation will continue on Friday, July 12, 2019 at the funeral home from 8:30-10:00 am. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Daniel Schuster and Father Milton Suess concelebrating. Entombment will follow at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd, Green Bay. Online condolences may be shared at

Gustav "Gus" Abrahamson

Gustav “Gus” Abrahamson, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on July 7, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.  He was born Feb. 25, 1930 in Sturgeon Bay to Gust R. and Rose M. (Czerwan) Abrahamson.
Gus attended Egg Harbor State Grade School, Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek, and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School.  He had private piano study with Gladys Ives Brainard (Lawrence College Professor of Piano) and with Allie Cochems, Blanche Holcomb Green, Madeline Butler, and music theory with Ann Boyd.  Gus also studied music appreciation with Louise Straubel and Alice Lawton.
Gus’s children were his cats Peter Thomas and Charlie.  Charlie had a special place in his heart, the same as any child could have in a parent’s heart.
Gus was a teacher of music appreciation and history for 6 years, teacher of piano and theory for 50 plus years, teacher and coach of organ for 15 years.  He was a church organist for 60 plus years, spending 40 years at the United Methodist Church, 20 years at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5 years at Christ the King Episcopal Church, and 5 years at Hope United Church of Christ.  Gus was also the choir director at the United Methodist Church for 18 years.
Gus worked as the business manager for the Sturgeon Bay School District for 25 ½ years and retired on July 31, 1988.  He also worked for the Christi Corporation for 11 years in the accounting department and 4 years at the Hanson Music Shoppe doing most everything.
Gus was affiliated with many clubs and organizations during his life which included: the Door County Community Concerts Inc. (of which he was the founder and president for 20 years), Wisconsin Music Teachers Assoc., National Music Teachers Assoc., Metropolitan Opera Guild, Pamiro Opera, United Methodist Church, and the Reading Buddy Program.  He was also a member of various book and travel clubs as well as many charitable organizations.  Gus was a past member of the Association of School Business Officials and the Door County Humane Society, having served as treasurer for 8 years.
Gus had many hobbies which included: collecting records, tapes and CD’s of classical piano music, porcelain cats, and music boxes.  He also enjoyed reading music, religion, history, biographies, and mystery books.  Gus loved to travel the world and visited China, Israel, Hawaii, Dominica Republic, Russia, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Germany, Austria, Canada, several smaller countries in Europe, Washington D.C., the Black Hills, and New York City.  He also enjoyed going to concerts, and theatrical productions, Bible studies, and flower gardening.
Survivors include his brother Gordon (Aleene) Abrahamson of Fond du Lac, ,WI; nieces and nephews: Bob (Bonnie) Schultz, Kathryn Schultz, Wendy Rashid, Sheri Powelson, Todd (Kathy) Abrahamson; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Milton Abrahamson, half-sister Ruth H. Moegenburg Schultz and half-brother Vernon Moegenburg.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday, July 12, 2019 at the United Methodist Church of Sturgeon Bay with the Rev. David Leistra officiating.  Burial will be in the Town of Egg Harbor Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Memorials may be directed to the Door County Human Society or the music department at the Methodist Church.  Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Christopher Tadych

Christopher Tadych, son of Pat and Jim Tadych, died suddenly of natural causes on July 1, 2019.
He is survived by his parents; his brothers, Mike (Pam) and their son Joey, of Shawano, WI; Marc (Carol) and their daughters, Heather Wilke and Erin Tadych of Sturgeon Bay, WI; his sister Brittany Flick and her children Illyana and Elijah Stiener of Minnesota.
To honor and celebrate Christopher there will be a private family gathering at a later date.  
If desired, you may share in Christopher’s kindness by donating to the Door County Human Society or the charity of your choice.
Christopher was a quiet, courageous, intelligent and very kind man.  He was a unique individual who never deviated from his standards or ideals; and he will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Journey on Christopher, Journey on.   

James Martin Rock

James Martin Rock, 83, longtime resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ephraim, Wisconsin, died on June 25, 2019, in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.

    He was born August 17, 1935, in Plymouth, Wisconsin, to the late Carroll George and Lillian Augusta Wilhelmina (Leverenz) Rock and grew up on their dairy farm with his older brother, Carroll.

    From his start in a one room schoolhouse, Jim went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Geography and a Masters in Rural Sociology from the University of Wisconsin and his doctorate in Economics at Northwestern University.

    His reasons for transferring to Northwestern for his PhD weren’t entirely academic, as he had begun pursuing his future wife, Bonnie Brown, who studied there. Their long and romantic union—they wed in 1962—was a great example to their children and grandchildren. It could be said that his love for Bonnie was his most salient characteristic.

    Jim worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and for the C.I.A. Before becoming a professor. He began teaching in the Economics Department at the University of Utah in 1967, where he served as chairman of the department for several years and won many teaching awards. His academic interests ranged from the aluminum cookware industry to Holstein cattle, and from the national debt to a lifelong enthusiasm for the work of John Maynard Keynes. His career was marked by devotion to his students, with special interest in and responsibility to those less fortunate. He helped set up the Alberta Henry Foundation’s scholarship fund for the disadvantaged and served as a board member and treasurer for the Salt Lake City NAACP.

    A devoted father, Jim, will be remembered for reading aloud, coaching soccer, and building many dangerous balance beams in the woods of Door County, Wisconsin, where he spent his summers, and where he moved year-round upon his retirement from teaching. He loved cows and radishes and was an enthusiast full of exclamations.

    His legacy will be carried on by his wife, Bonnie; their children, Jennifer (Fred) D’Amato of Shorewood, Wisconsin, Peter (Ella Vining) Rock, of Portland, Oregon , Jim Rock (fiancé, Pearl), of Salt Lake City, Utah, Sara (Pierre Le Blanc) Rock of Ottawa, Ontario; ten grandchildren, brother, Carroll Rock, Jr. of Stillwater, Minnesota; and many other relatives, friends, and former students.

    Jim’s life will be honored with a memorial service held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10341 Water Street (State Highway 42), Ephraim, Wisconsin 54211. Burial will be in the Ephraim Moravian Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s name to the Alberta Henry Foundation, PO Box 1814, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110.

    Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Sister Bay, Wisconsin assisted the Rock family with initial care. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of James may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

John "Jack" Benesh

John "Jack" Benesh, 76, Appleton, passed away Sat. July 6, 2019 at the Mayflower Assisted Living in Appleton.  He was born May 29, 1943 in Algoma to Joseph and Genevieve (Cain) Benesh. 

 Jack graduated from the Algoma High School and shortly after he moved to Appleton where he started his own business called Modern Cash Register Systems.  He retired in 2013.  He was a longtime member at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Appleton. He was an avid cyclist and down hill skier, which took him on many traveling adventures.  He was a die hard Packer fan and Packer ticket holder since the new stadium was built.  He even attended the super bowl games.  He often reminisced about his Packer buddies.  He enjoyed the reunions with his classmates on Shanty Days weekend.

Jack is survived by his two nephews Dave (Toby) Benesh and Jim (Amy) Benesh; great nephews Brennen and Brett Benesh and great niece Hailey Benesh; Step niece Peggy (Mark) Klapperich and step great nephew Scott (Nicole) Meverden and step great niece Jenny Meverden; many other relatives and friends. 

 He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert (Rosie) Benesh and sister Mary.

Family and friends are invited for the visitation on Wed. July 10, 2019 from 3:00 PM until the time of services at 6:00 PM at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma.  Services 6:00 PM with Rev. Alvan Amadi officiating.  Private burial Thursday at St. Mary Cemetery, Algoma.

The family would like to thank the Mayflower Assisted Living and Ascension Hospice for all the care and kindness given to Jack during his stay there and Laurie Schinderle for all of her help with the funeral arrangements.

Bernice A. Sunstrom

Bernice A. Sunstrom, 93, of Sister Bay, passed away Tuesday morning, July 2, 2019 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

     She was born August 12, 1925 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Eric and Elda (Nelson) Peterson. Bernice graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1943. On January 21, 1950 she was united in marriage to Willard Axel Sunstrom at Mayfair Church in Chicago, IL. They were blessed with over 65 years of marriage. Willard passed away November 4, 2015.

     Together, Bernice and Willard owned and operated the Shady Rest Motel in Sister Bay for many years. During that time, Bernice also worked as finance manager for Lamperts in Sister Bay and Berns Brothers prior to that.

     She was an active and faithful member of the Sister Bay Moravian Church. Whenever food was needed, Bernice was ready with her church bazaar coffee cakes and numerous handmade crafts. She loved to create in her crafts, baking, knitting, and sewing. Bernice’s favorite pastimes were fishing, playing sports, card games, and she usually had two or three puzzles going at any given time. Overall, Bernice was a role model for her family and her church.

     She will be missed by her sons, Gene (Karen) and Gregory (Suzanne), both of Sister Bay; four grandchildren, Nathan (Holly) of Appleton, Tavia (Carston) Lundquist of Minneapolis, Eric (Janna) of Menomonee Falls, and Claire (Tanner) Pinney of Holland, MI; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler and Isaac Sunstrom, Freja Lundquist, Will and Mack Sunstrom, and Silas and Jens Pinney.

     Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Eric and Elda Peterson; husband, Willard; and two sisters, Verda Seiler and Lou Ellis.

     Arrangements are pending for her life to be honored with a memorial service held at the Sister Bay Moravian Church.

     Burial will be in the church cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Bernice’s memory for the Sister Bay Moravian Church.

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

Adeline (sinkula) Bauer

Adeline Bauer, age 95 of Kewaunee died on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.  She was born on March 18, 1924 in the Town of Carlton to the late Adolph and Stella (Jirasek) Sinkula.

She married Daniel Bauer on October 6, 1945 and he preceded her in death on August 24, 1986.
They farmed in the Town of Carlton until his death.

She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Church, Norman, now St. Isadore Parish, Tisch Mills, where she was a long time lecturer. She was a member of the Rosary Society, Catholic Knights Branch 32 and a former 50 year member of the Daughters of Isabella.  She was a member of Wayside Homemakers, now H.C.E. , Kewaunee Senior Center board of directors, Golden Age Club, Ladies Sheephead Marathon, former 4H leader of the Stars of Carlton and then the Hilltopers.  She volunteered at the Jail Museum.  She enjoyed rummage sales.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law: Donald and Debra Bauer, Kewaunee; one daughter: Margaret Kappelman, Two Rivers; six grandchildren: Glenn (Kristen) Kappelman; Melissa (Pete) Heinrich; Kimberly (Robert) Kuehl; Amy (David) Myers; Joseph (Tracy) Bauer; Rebecca (Bradly) Coenen; fifteen great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Frank and Mary Bauer; son-in-law: Glenn Kappelman; sisters: Leona (Emil Novak) (Marvin) Dembinski; Alice (Bill) Brusky; Mabel (George) Wavrunek; brothers: Sylvester (Dorothy) Sinkula; Bernard (Bernice) Sinkula; Arnold Sinkula; Adolph Sinkula Jr.; brother-in-law Ray (Gladys) Bauer.

Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at St. Isadore the Farmer Church, Tisch Mills (18424 Tisch Mills Rd. Denmark) until the time of services.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. by Fr. JamesDillenburg.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Norman.

The family would like to thank Fr. Dennis Drury; Fr. James Dillenburg, Christal Wavrunek, the staffs of Silver Leaf Manor, Kewaunee Care Center, Southern Care Hospice and Lakeland Care for the loving care and concern that they gave Adeline and her family.

Elizabeth "Betty" Jean Schopf

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Schopf, 94, of the Town of Sevastopol, fell asleep in the loving arms of her family and awoke in the arms of the Lord, Sunday evening, June 30, 2019.
     She was born February 6, 1925 in Menominee, MI, the daughter of William “Fus” John Schartner and Evelyn Katherine (Stoffels) Schartner. Betty grew up attending Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Grade School in Institute. She graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1943. Betty initially worked in the office at Christy Corporation in Sturgeon Bay for a few years during WWII.
     She was united in marriage to Harold August Schopf on February 15, 1947 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. They were blessed with six children and over 55 years of marriage. Harold passed away July 1, 2002.
     Betty devoted most of her time to raising her family at home, but she also helped at Harold A. Schopf Insurance Agency in Sturgeon Bay, which Harold had from 1946 until 1979.  
     She was currently a member of St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay and helped served funeral lunches over the years. Betty was a devout Catholic. Every day, she’d bless her eyes with holy water from Lourdes and her bed (and Harold) with holy water from St. Joseph Catholic Church. Betty loved traveling and enjoyed trips to California, Arizona, Florida, Mexico, and Germany amongst other places. She made a lot of friends with her visits to Panama City Beach, FL. Betty liked camping and initially started with a popup, then went to an Airstream, and eventually had a motorhome. She was an avid walker and enjoyed playing cards and reading books. Betty also enjoyed dancing to big music like “Margaritaville” and others. She celebrated Christmas in July with family (in addition to December). Above all, Betty loved her family.
     She will be missed by her five children, Sue (Dennis) Dworak of Kewaunee, Harold J. “Bud” (Bev) Schopf of Sturgeon Bay, Linda (Terry) Junion, Patricia Schopf, and Gary (Kim) Schopf, all of the Town of Sevastopol; eight grandchildren, Debbie (Patrick) Kvitek, Lori (Mike) Kurkiewicz, and Gina Hershfield, Heath (Nicki) Schopf and Matthew (Alicia) Schopf, Jeffrey Junion, Christopher (friend, Della Londo) Junion, and Stephanie (Jake) Peterson; sixteen great-grandchildren, Alex and Ashley Hershfield, Luke and Angie Stiles and Wyatt Kurkiewicz, Ryan Kvitek, Nathan, Brandon, and Michael Schopf, Alaina and Leah Schopf, Lauren and Tommy Junion, and Clayton, Caleb, and Cole Peterson; two siblings, Anna Mae Smith and William (Leanne) Schartner, Jr., both of Sturgeon Bay; sister-in-law, Sally Schopf of the Town of Sevastopol; nieces and nephews; cousins; other relatives; and friends.
     Betty was reunited with her parents; husband; son, James Schopf; parents-in-law, John and Henrietta (Steinke) Schopf; three siblings-in-law, Orville Schopf, Ralph Smith, and Mary (William) Wanke; and other relatives.
     Her life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Betty will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery, beside her husband, Harold.
     The Rosary will be prayed at the church, Wednesday morning, at 10:30 a.m. with visitation continuing from 10:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.
     Memorials may be given in Betty’s name for the St. Joseph Educational Endowment Fund.
     “Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the wonderful, compassionate caregivers and the staff of Unity Hospice for their care given to Mom.”

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