Listen Live



Daily E-lert

Submit Your Obituary

*All fields are required.

Images can be up to 20MB in size.


SPAM Protection:
Please check mark I'm not a robot in this box:

Privacy Notice

Your registration information is for the use of WBDK/WRKU/WRLU/WSBW only. We collect information in order to keep you informed of contests and events sponsored or promoted by WBDK/WRKU/WRLU/WSBW. WBDK/WRKU/WRLU/WSBW will not sell, rent or in any way distribute personal information supplied to us by you. The information you provide us stays with WBDK/WRKU/WRLU/WSBW only.

Obituaries Archives for 2019-08

Scott Randall Blahnik

Scott Randall Blahnik, 57, Algoma, WI, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019. He was born on May 13, 1962 to Marilyn (Hackett) and the late Donald Blahnik. A graduate of Algoma High School, he married Penny Daul on September 1, 1984 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Algoma. Scott worked as a Nuclear Plant Engineer. He enjoyed spending time volunteering for the schools, driving his cars around town, spending time with his children and grandchildren. He had a special spot in his heart for his little chihuahuas. 
He is survived by his wife, Penny; his children, Alecia (Jacob) Joly of Forestville, Caitlin (Steve) Becker of Janesville, Ian (special friend Haylee) Blahink of Fond du Lac; grandchildren, Ezekiel and Zara; mother, Marilyn Blahnik; brother, Jay (Cindy) Blahnik of Ellenton, FL; sister, Debi (Larry) Bouche of Apopka, FL. Scott was preceded in death by his father Donald. 
Visitation will take place at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home, 1617 Flora Ave, Algoma, WI 54201 on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 3-6 pm with a Memorial service at 6 pm. Online condolence messages may be shared at In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been set up.

James Frederick Rohn

James Frederick Rohn, 84, of Fish Creek, died Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at his home following a lengthy battle with cancer.   

     He was born March 18, 1935 in Milwaukee, the son of the late Walter and Adeline (Weber) Rohn. Following his graduation from Whitefish Bay High School in 1953, Jim attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Art Institute of Chicago. He served his country in the Army National Guard. Jim worked in the family business, the George F. Rohn Electric Company and later presided over the company as President of Rohn Metal Fabricating until it was sold in 1998.

     On December 17, 1955, he married Sharon Arlene Chaplin at First Methodist Church in Champaign, IL.

     Jim loved sailing, fishing, especially on Big Cedar Lake, and going to Packers games with family as a season ticket holder. He loved traveling and hiking and being in the outdoors. In retirement, Jim rekindled his love of painting.

     He will be missed by his wife, Sharon; four children, Thomas (Anne) Rohn of Denver, CO, David (Amy) Rohn of Madison, Nancy (Michael) Byrne of Boise, ID, and Michael (Julie) Rohn of Minneapolis, MN; nine grandchildren, Lauren (Austin) Riendeau [and their children, Hayden and Madeline] and Nicholas Rohn, Jacob and Kyle Rohn, Christopher (Jennifer) Byrne [and their children, Annabelle and Noah], Sarah (Phil) Byrne, and Emily Byrne, and Michael (Kate) Rohn and Christina Rohn.

     A service of remembrance for Jim will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Zion United Methodist Church, 8781 County Road F, Fish Creek, WI 54212 with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Blossomberg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park.

     Memorials may be given in Jim’s honor to Kathy's House, Inc., 600 N. 103rd St. Wauwatosa, WI 53226.

Mark L. Hicks

 Mark Laurin Hicks, 64, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday afternoon, August 25, 2019 with his wife and daughters at his side.

     He was born June 25, 1955 in Oshkosh, the son of Robert and Shirley (Dobberke) Hicks. Mark was a 1973 graduate of Gibraltar High School. Upon graduation, he went to work as a painter and carpenter for Bay Shipbuilding Co. in Sturgeon Bay. Shortly after, he met the love of his life, Nancy. Mark and Nancy were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay on May 3, 1975. They were blessed with over 44 years of marriage. Mark then began working for Therma-Tron-X, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay in October of 1979 as a Drafter. Mark remained with TTX for nearly 40 years and most recently for almost 20 years as Field Installation Manager until his health prevented him from working.

     Mark was raised Lutheran but as his daughters were growing up, he decided to convert to Catholicism. He was initially a member of St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay. Mark also served on the school board for St. Joseph School. He was more recently a member of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Institute. Mark was also a past member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Broens Council #2478.

      While hard work and dedication at TTX was always important, the absolute joy of Mark's life was his family, especially his love, Nancy. They were best friends and each other's best compliment. He was a selfless, tender, patient father who loved his daughters with all his heart. He coached softball, went on field trips, and made his children laugh uncontrollably. Humor was one of his greatest gifts and he used it to make others feel comfortable, welcomed, and loved. The greatest gift he gave to his daughters was the way he loved their mother. His grandchildren adored their "Papa." Mark was a hands-on Papa and his love for them will live on through eternity.  Mark’s family meant the world to him.

      Mark had a passion for cars – collecting, racing, and rehabbing them. Fords were his favorite and anyone he’d met was sure to hear about his many vehicles over the years. He also enjoyed going to car shows. He always looked forward to going to the Iola Car Show, which he referred to as “Summer Camp.” Mark was an avid bowler. He bowled in many leagues over the years, most recently in the Apple Valley Majors Tuesday night league. Mark also loved the New York Jets. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family at the cabin in St. Germain. And last but certainly not least were the “sons” he never had. Dad’s dogs – Riley and more recently Carl – were always by his side in the good times and the bad.

     He will be missed by his best friend, soulmate, and the love of his life, Nancy. Daughters, Megan (Dean Watkins) Hicks of Sturgeon Bay, Molly (Steve) Swattler of Menasha, and Katie (Mike) Starr of Sturgeon Bay; three grandchildren, Madison, Claire and Owen; one step grand-child, Jack; mother, Shirley Marsh of Neenah; four siblings, Rob (Laurie) of Sturgeon Bay, Cindy Upchurch of Rockford, IL, Tina (Joe) Korn of Baileys Harbor, and Troy (Joanne) of Sturgeon Bay; three siblings-in-law, Thomas (Ginnie) Anderson of Omro, Robert “Andy” (Beth) Anderson of St. Augustine, FL, and Scott (DeAnne) Anderson of Appleton; other relatives; and friends.

     Mark was preceded in death by his father; stepfather, Merle Marsh; parents-in-law, Leon and Martha (Michaels) Anderson; brother-in-law, Al Upchurch; and other relatives.

     Relatives and friends are invited to join Mark’s family for a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Those attending are encouraged to WEAR GREEN in honor of Mark, as that was his favorite color and paid homage to his Irish roots. To honor Mark and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Salvation Army or DOOR CANcer, Inc.

     Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff of Unity Hospice for their care given to Mark these past few months. We’d also like to thank all our remarkable friends – near and far - who cared for our entire family with food, errands, and friendship. In the midst of this terrible disease, we were consistently surrounded by love.

James B. Whitmore

James Brian Whitmore, 43, a longtime resident of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin passed away on August 22, 2019 after a long, courageous battle with depression when the pain became unbearable.

Jim was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Ruth Miller (nee Whitmore) on March 14, 1976. Jim attended West Allis Central but found his calling of mechanics at a young age.  He worked his way from mechanic to manger by the time he was 22.  Jim could take apart anything and fix it.  Jim met his wife when he was only 21 and married Dodie Schneider on October 9, 2004 in Sturgeon Bay. Jim and Dodie moved to Sturgeon Bay in 2006. He loved the outdoors, riding his Harley and spent countless hours hunting and fishing. He cherished time with family, his children and black lab Pearl. Jim was a generous man and would help anyone in need. He had a big heart and gentle soul. His favorite time of year was when he would Christmas shop for his family and friends. Jim loved to see their expressions when they opened gifts.  His smile and presence will be greatly missed.

Jim will be greatly missed by his wife Dodie; son Mitchell, daughter Loren and daughter Samantha; sister Michelle (Michael Danielson) their children Savannah, Gabriel and Liam; brother Anthony Napierala, his children Jordan, Anjalee and Jayla, mother Ruth Miller, grandmother Violet Whitmore, in-laws Fred and Debbie Schneider, Gretchen and Jack Trautman Jr. and their children Jack III and Grace, along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Jim cherished each and every friend and family member in his life. Jim is preceded in death by grandfather Donald Whitmore, Sr and aunt Ruth Donner and uncle Robert Kriel.

Friends and family are encouraged to join in the celebration of his life on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church 5901 Westway, Greendale Wisconsin, from 3-5 pm and Thursday, August 29, 2019 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 116 W. Maple St.,  Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin, from 3:30-5 pm. Memorial Service to follow at 5pm on both Tuesday and Thursday.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the James B. Whitmore Memorial Fund.

Ross Meader

Ross Meader, 69, passed away peacefully at his home on Washington Island, Wisconsin on Thursday, August 22, 2019.


     Ross was born August 6, 1950 in Racine, Wisconsin, son of the late Daniel and Clairice (Hagen) Meader. He was a graduate of William Horlick High School, Class of 1969, and attended Carthage College and graduated with a BA in Physical Education. Ross began his teaching career with Racine Unified School District. Ross then received two Master’s Degrees in Education Administration and Guidance Counseling, where he remained a Guidance Counselor in the same district. He retired after 34 years in education, the profession he loved. He was very passionate about helping the youth he taught and made several school trips to Washington Island offering experiences they would not otherwise have, to the place he loved his entire life. Ross married his soulmate in 1973, and they spent their summers on Washington Island and then retired there in 2007. Ross served ten years as a volunteer firefighter with the Washington Island Fire Department, he was a member of the Lions Club, Trinity Lutheran Church, and a lifetime member of the Sportsman’s Club. He spent his free time with his family and friends, going on boat cruises and bass and walleye fishing. He was an avid pheasant, turkey, and deer hunter.


     Ross is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Cathy Meader (Bohm). They had two children, Garrett and Katie (Brown) Meader and Kiersten and Eric Spinn. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Kennedy and Gage Meader and Bryce Spinn; siblings Chris Meader, Kim and Katie (Kidder) Meader, Pam and Rick (Bonanno); along with several nieces and nephews.

     Ross was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Clarice; in-laws, Robert and Martha Bohm; and nephew, Anders Meader.


     Ross was an amazing person who could always make people laugh and put a smile on their face. He was always lifting people up and helping in any way possible. He was warm hearted and generous with his love. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone he knew and loved as well as those to come.


     A funeral service to honor Ross’ life will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church on Washington Island at 11:00 a.m.  A luncheon will follow.


     Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Pauline D. Geier

Pauline Dorothy Geier, 95, of Forestville passed away at the Algoma Long Term unit on August 24, 2019.  She was born August 22, 1924 to Albin and Elizabeth (Keenan) Neils.   On June 6, 1945 she married Norbert J. Geier, he preceded her in death on September 19, 2008.
Pauline helped her husband work the family farm for many years and very much enjoyed driving the tractors.  She also loved her flower beds and vegetable gardening.
Survivors include her daughter Mary (Lyle) Heiges, Sturgeon Bay; two nephews, Paul and Peter Zlatohlavek, Manitowoc.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant brother, two sisters, Rosie Marie (Raymond) Long; and Alfrieda and her two husbands,  Harold Zlatohlavek and Charlie True; one brother Bernard (Babette) Neils.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood with the Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.

Joseph DeGrand

Joseph L. DeGrand, 93, Sugarbush, died early Tuesday morning August 20, 2019 at his home.  He was born March 3, 1926 in Luxemburg to the late Louis J. and Mary L. (Van Loo) DeGrand. On October 25, 1950, Joe married Ione M. Everard at St. Francis De Paul Church in Duval.  She preceded him in death on July 31, 1995.  He was a lifelong member of St. Thomas The Apostle Parish in Sugarbush.  Joe’s pride and joy was the family farm.  His continuous involvement on the farm included driving skid steer, chopping, fixing fence, pushing snow and several other tasks.  He helped his brother Harold drive truck for the canning company for many years and also worked as a deputy sheriff at the Brown County Arena. Joe went to high school for four days then drove school bus for the L-C School District for 45 years and “got a good education”.  A few of his enjoyments included driving his great-grandchildren around in his Kubota and spending time with his family on Sunday morning making homemade popcorn.  Joe will be most remembered for his witty personality and storytelling.


Survivors included three sons, Wayne “Porky” (Bernadette) DeGrand, Warren (Darlene) DeGrand, Tim DeGrand, all of Luxemburg; two daughters, Sue (Steve) Martin, Luxemburg; Lori (Paul) Bertrand, New Franken; 14 grandchildren, Nick (Jenni) DeGrand,  Sara (Andy) Murphy, Jen DeGrand, Chrystl (Brian) Wallace, Lee (Sara) DeGrand, Michelle (Brandon) Cole, Stacy (Brian) Rueckl, Katie (Evan) LeGrave, Ryan Martin, Alycia Bertrand (fiancée Alex Zellner), Danielle Bertrand (special friend Kyle McFall), Brooke Bertrand, Brian (Kelly) Veit, Tony (Renee) Veit; 20 great-grandchildren; five sisters in law and one brother in law, Lucille Enz, Mae DuBois, Marjorie Everard, Rita Everard, Lloyd (Patsy) Everard; a very special niece, Lisa (Jeff) Blemke and Family; family friend Joan DeGrand; many other special relatives and friends.


Joe was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Patricia; his siblings, Laura (Mike) Mertens, Irene (Charles) Heurkens, Florence (Norman) DeGrave, Anna (Ernest) Rogers, Harold (Irma) DeGrand, Magdalene (Paul) Arendt, Donald DeGrand; five brothers in law, Raymond Marchant, Lloyd Enz, Raymond DuBois, Lester Everard, Roy Everard.


Friends may call 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at St. Thomas The Apostle Church (Sugarbush), 5930 Humboldt Road, Luxemburg, Wi.  54217.  Closing parish prayer service 6:00 pm.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:15 am on Monday, August 26, 2019, at the church.  Funeral 10:30 am Monday at the church, with Rev. Carlo Villaluz officiating and Cheryl Maricque assisting.  Burial in St. Hubert Cemetery, Sugarbush.


A very special thank you is extended to Unity Hospice, Dr. Ripp and Prevea staff, Prevea East Mason Pain and Spine staff, caregiver Betsy and to all our family who helped care for Joe at home these past several months.

As Joe would say: “Humor is God’s Greatest Gift!”

John N. Acker

John N. Acker, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, passed away peacefully in his home with his wife by his side on Thursday, August 15th, 2019.  John was born on September 9th, 1935 to Norman J. and Eleanor A. Acker of Rockford, Illinois.  On February 13th, 1959, he married the love of his life, Constance E.  Dearth.  They recently celebrated 60 wonderful years together.  Not only was John a devoted husband, but a loving father to his two sons, and a beloved friend to many.  To all who knew him, John was sincere, intelligent, and compassionate, and was loved and respected by his family and community. 

After graduating from East High in Rockford, Illinois, John studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.  His artistic talents fed his soul, his engineering and design talents fed not only his family, but many others. It was these talents, coupled with his deep love for trains, and his desire to design intricate timetables for his many model railroads that inspired the concept for the SlideRail Square Transfer (SST®). His design, although created over 30 years ago, is still a leading solution in the industry today. He also holds two other patents in furnace design.

John worked for Seco-Warwick Corporation from 1964 to 1985 where he rose through the ranks from Sales Manager to Executive Vice President.  In 1985, John was invited to join Therma-Tron-X, Inc. (TTX) in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin as President.  He dedicated the next 33+ years of his life to growing TTX into one of the most respected oven and finishing system designers and builders in the world.

Although trains were his favorite, John had many other interests and hobbies that kept him busier than most. Building, collecting, and racing cars; tinkering with tractors and implements; and fixing and/or redesigning anything he touched that didn’t operate the way he thought it should are just some of the things that were important to John.  He also found time to proudly serve his country in the Army National Guard.  He earned a gold medal of honor from the Illinois National Guard for Outstanding Achievement in character, common sense, reliability, initiative, and leadership.

John also volunteered his leadership skills to various boards: Director/President IHEA (5 yrs); Board of Directors Door County Memorial Hospital (16 yrs); Advisory Board Associated Bank (15 yrs); Board of Directors Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club (4 yrs)/Commodore in his final year. 

Survivors include his wife, Connie; two sons, Norman Acker, of Littleton Colorado; James (Laura) Acker, of Brussels, Wisconsin; sister, Judy (Duane) Duhigg, Belvidere, Illinois; nieces and nephews, Rick (Nita) Lutzow, Rod (Jacki) Lutzow, Laurie (Don) Ramboldt, and Janelle (Jim) Standish, and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

No public services will be held.  A private family graveside service and burial will take place on Friday, August 23rd at Woodlawn Cemetery in Creston, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

Ann Marie (Keenan) Flood

Ann Marie (Keenan) Flood passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019, with her family by her side at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.  A loving wife, mother of five, and grandmother to four, she and her husband Michael, a physician’s assistant and nurse practitioner, shared a passion for the health and well-being of the people of Door County that would make an indelible impact on the lives of their community.


     Together they founded the Nor-Door Clinic in Sister Bay in 1987, where they helped families grapple with health issues large and small at all hours of the day for decades.  While Michael served as the primary care provider to hundreds, eventually thousands of families, Ann acted as business operations director and the first office manager, establishing the billing protocols and training the office staff.  In 2005, they sold the clinic to Aurora Health Care, but Michael stayed on with Aurora and continues to serve the community today.


      A 43-year resident of Door County and life-long resident of Wisconsin, Ann loved everything about Northern Door – the waters, the cliff escarpments, trees, wildflowers, people, sunsets, and all the little creatures inhabiting the woods around her family’s home in Ephraim, Wisconsin. 


     Ann was born July 17, 1948, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where she developed a love of horses in childhood and would go on to train and compete in equestrian competitions. A talented artist, she started out in painting on canvas and later built a Door County cottage industry out of the baked dough Christmas ornaments she hand-molded, decorated and painted.


     In 1968, she met Michael Flood in Fond du Lac.  They married on September 13, 1969 in Eden, Wisconsin, Michael’s hometown.  They moved to Door County in the summer of 1976, becoming integral members of the northern Door community as they raised four incredible children at their home in Ephraim, Wisconsin. Ann was demanding and blunt, never shy to let you know what was on her mind, or to put you in your place. And she was giving and kind, always there to reach out a hand when you needed it.


     She was both an avid patriot and supporter of our service members and associated charities including USO, Wounded Warriors, and West Point. She was especially proud of the service of her sons Colonel (Ret.) Brian Flood and Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Flood. In her later years she loved gardening, building her impressive rock and water gardens, reading, cheering on the Packers, and keeping up with the latest in American politics, balanced with a healthy dose of classical movies.


     She is preceded in eternal love by her parents, Dr. Donald and Marie Keenan and two sons, James and Christopher.  She is lovingly remembered by her husband of almost 50 years, Michael Francis Flood of Ephraim, Wisconsin; sons, Brian (Colleen) of Lithia, Florida and Patrick (Kristina) of Los Angeles, California; daughter Kathleen of Mequon; and grandchildren, Colleen Brianna, Shannon, Sean and Devin. She is missed by many members of her extended family and friends far and wide.


     The Flood family extends a special thanks to the Door County EMS, Door County Memorial Hospital, and Aurora BayCare Medical Center for their caring professionalism and support.


     Burial was held in a private family ceremony at Ann’s request at St. Rosalia’s cemetery in Sister Bay.  A public memorial service will be announced.  

Richard Lohrey

Richard W. Lohrey, 78, Algoma, passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit.  He was born October 21, 1940 in the Township of Ahnapee to Clarence and Viola (Hruska) Lohrey. 


 He attended the Algoma High School and worked on the home farm until he entered the US Army in July of 1960 and was honorable discharge in July of 1963.


After his return the area he met and married Mary J. Rohr in Kewaunee on April 25, 1964.

 Richard worked for the US Railroad maintaining the tracks for  23 years.  After his retirement from the Railroad he worked at Hatco in Sturgeon Bay for 11 years.  He loved his time up at their cabin in Crivitz, he was very proud of serving his country and always had an American Flag flying at his home and enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers.


He was a member of the Amvets Post 42, Algoma and the Hunting and Fishing Club of Algoma.

  Richard is survived by his wife Mary, three sons Kevin (Narissa) Lohrey, Algoma; Greg Lohrey, Green Bay; and Scott (Candy) Lohrey, Brussels: one grandson Ryker; two brothers-in-law Charlie Rohr, Kewaunee and Robert (Carol) Rohr, Green Bay and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Henry and Donald,  one daughter-in-law Susan Lohrey and one sister-in-law Jane Rohr.


Family and friends may gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, from 10:00 AM Saturday, August 24, 2019 until the time of the Memorial Service at 11:30 AM. There will be a military service at 11:00 AM with the chaplain of the Amvets Post 42.


The memorial service will be officiated by Pastor Dan Olson.


 The family wants to give a special thank you the the staff at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit for all the kindness and care given to Richard.

Helen G. Van Akkeren

Helen G. Van Akkeren, 100, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at Pine Crest Village on
August 16, 2019. She was born on February 26, 1919, in Sheboygan to John and
Amanda DeMaster. On June 22, 1940, she married Harley Van Akkeren in
Sheboygan, he preceded her in death on February 12, 2005.

For many years Helen and Harley directed numerous YMCA camps throughout the
country. In 1984, Helen and her husband retired to Door County to be near their

She was a member of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, P.E.O., and a
past member of the Peninsula Chamber Singers.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Erickson, Sturgeon Bay; Nancy (Don)
Ziegelbauer, Sturgeon Bay; two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren,
Anne (Ben) Bamberg and their sons Max and Elliot; Amy (Tyler Hess) Ziegelbauer,
and their daughter Charlotte; all of Madison. She was preceded in death by her
parents, husband, a brother John (Pat) DeMaster, and a sister Doris (Harold)

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Frederick Luebeck

Frederick Leonard Luebeck, 92, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Sturgeon Bay Health Services on August 16, 2019.  He was born September 24, 1926 in Suring, WI to Leonard and Hilda (Scheer) Luebeck.  On October 23, 1954 he married Betty Papke at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, she preceded him in death on May 19, 1995.   He later married Lee Ann Blizel on April 11, 1999 in Sturgeon Bay.


Fred served his country in the U.S. Army from 1943-1945.  After the service, Fred worked as a police officer in Sturgeon Bay for 30 years, retiring as a Captain in 1981.  In his retirement, he ran Fred’s Lawn Service and Snow Removal and also did wood working.  Fred enjoyed many years golfing and bowling.  He also enjoyed fishing with his good friend Don Herlache.  


Survivors include his wife, Lee Ann and her children, Allan “Hermie” (Coleen) Blizel, Luxemburg; Paul (Rhonda) Blizel, Maple Grove, MN; Patrick Blizel, Sturgeon Bay; Mary (Blizel) Olsen, Minneapolis, MN;  Lee Ann’s grandchildren, Ben (Amanda) Blizel, Kristen Blizel, Katie (Eric) Buesgens, Michael (friend, Brynna) Blizel, and Matt Blizel; several of Betty’s nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Betty and his sister Leila Luebeck.


A memorial service with veteran honors will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 26, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the Rev. Joel Sauer officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services.  

Joan Clark

Joan Clark, 75, Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Aug. 15, 2019, at the Algoma Long Term Facility.  She was born August 4, 1944, in Sturgeon Bay, WI to Charles J. Vertz and Lena Oberer.  On May 16, 1964, she married Eugene L. Clark in Sturgeon Bay, WI.


Joan was a former 1st Lady of the Elks Club, past president of the Cool City Square Dancers Club and a member of Hainesville Lutheran Church.  Joan enjoyed Bingo, puzzles, square dancing and collecting turtles.  

She is survived by her husband; 2 sons, John Clark of Washington and David Clark of Appleton; Daughter, Connie (Rick) Kainz of Texas; 8 grandchildren: Jessica, Greg, Brittney, Jacob, Nathan, Nadine, Krystal and Matthew; 10 Great-Grandchildren; 3 sisters, Jean Daniels, Janet (Fritz) Eicher and Judy Stillwagon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Granddaughter Ashley, 2 brothers, Raymond (Bev) Vertz and Clifford (Phyllis) Vertz; 1 sister, June (Jim) Forslund; 2 in-Laws, Donald Daniels and Dennis Stillwagon.


Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Hainesville Lutheran Church with Rev. Trent Zeitler officiating.  Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Friday.  

Clara Smith

Clara Jean Smith, 88, Sturgeon Bay, passed away Monday Aug. 12, 2019 at St. Vincent's Hospital.  She was born Nov. 28, 1930 in Kennan, WI to Ira and Clara (Stiel) Fagg. 

Clara married Charles (Chuck) Smith May 21, 1966 in Waterford, MI.  She worked as a nurses aid for a time and then was a wonderful mother to her six children.

She was a member of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Maplewood.  She enjoyed her flowers, crocheting, saving the monarch butterflies, feeding the birds and spending time with her family.

Clara is survived by her six children Connie (Marvin) Masters, Clio, MI; John Moore, Sturgeon Bay; Julie (Lynn) Clark, Forestville; Theresa (Steve) Johnson, Green Bay; Karen (Randy) Krueger, Forestville; David (Pam) Smith, Cincinnati, OH; and Marie Ramos, Mount Juliet, TN; 17 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter; one sister Mary (Angus) McLean, Green Bay.  She was preceded in death by her husband Charles (Chuck), one son Patrick (Butch) Moore, one brother and two sisters.

Family and friends may gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma,. Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 from 3 PM - 8 PM.   There will be a one hour visitation at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Friday Aug. 16 from 10 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM with Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating. The casket will be closed at church. Burial later at Holy Name of Mary Cemetery.

The family wants to give a special thank you to the 7th floor nursing staff and the wonderful team of doctors at St. Vincent's Hospital who cared for our mom the past 14 days.  A very special thank you to Vanessa her CNA and Peggy from housekeeping.

Betty Jean Tipler

Betty Jean Tipler, 77, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at home on August 9, 2019.  Betty was born on December 15, 1941, in Fish Creek to Walter and Agnes (Resler) Eckert. (Betty is also known as Jeanie by many of her early friends and family).    Betty grew up in Egg Harbor on the bluffs of Horseshoe Bay Farms.  On November 7, 1959, she married the love of her life, Armand Herbert Tipler at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. Theirs was a true love at first sight. They made their home and raised their family in Whitefish Bay.  From an early age she had a love for the Lord and was an active member of the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, teaching Sunday School for many years and serving on the Board.  

Betty loved people and had two careers that allowed her to meet many folks, first as a waitress and then as a REALTOR.  She was an active member of the Door County Board of Realtors, was awarded the Honor Society status for many years, and served positions as Director, President, President Elect VP and Secretary/Treasurer.  She was proud to help set up the Door- Kewaunee MLS service and served as a MLS Board member. She was chosen as Door Kewaunee County Distinguished Realtor of the Year in 2004 and was honored with several other awards and designations.  She worked under several agencies but was the proudest of being the Owner/Broker of American Home Realtors LLC.  Betty was a hard worker who loved to be involved in her children's activities in the Door Doers 4-H club and her sons' Boy Scout clubs. Through her service, she built many relationships in her community.

Family was foremost in her life.  Some of the best memories of her adult life were spent with Armand, Molly, family, and friends at their cabin on Lily River by Lily Lake, Wisconsin.  In Door County, Armand and Betty's home, shop, and fish shed were always full of family and friends.  Betty loved to have a large gathering for holidays, birthdays, Sundays, fish boils, and ANY time that there was enough perch to fry.  Betty loved her family, the 4th of July Parade in Baileys Harbor,  Murphy Park at Horseshoe Bay, Cave Point, taking rides in the truck with Armand and their dog, Molly; ice fishing on Clark lake, fishing on the Bay off Sawyer Harbor, her bear collection, baking crazy cake for special people, the beauty of fall leaves, and singing along to Patsy Cline.  She never missed a sunrise over Lake Michigan.    Betty was loved and will be missed by all.

Survivors include Betty and Armand's three children, daughter Donna (Craig) Tlachac, Vista, CA and their children, Chelsea (Jeremy) Curtright, Tyler (Stephanie) Tlachac, and Justin (Andrenae) Tlachac; son Mike (Diane) Tipler, Sturgeon Bay and their children, Robert (Shana), Daniel (Sandy), Ashley, Jamie (Telly), Sam (Sadie), and Alex; son Steve (Lynne) Tipler, Sturgeon Bay, and their children, Nicholas, Samantha, Nathaniel, Mikayla, and Olivia; nine great-grandchildren; one sister Mary Ann Wendt; two brothers, Edward (Chris) Eckert, Gilbert, AZ; and Bill (Patsy) Eckert, Brussels, Wisconsin.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her brother Walter Eckert, Jr.

Funeral services will be 11:30 am Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church with the Rev. Reeder Herrick officiating.  Burial will follow at Bayside Cemetery.  Friends may call on Saturday at the church from 9:30 am until the time of service.  Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations is in charge of arrangements.  

Carol Gregg Overland

Carol Gregg Overland, 59, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at her home in the company of her family and beloved black labs on August 8, 2019.  She was born February 17, 1960, in Lima, Ohio to Thomas and Jane (Schierloh) Gregg.  On August 14, 1993, she married Kenneth J. Overland in Sturgeon Bay.

Carol graduated from Lima Shawnee High School in 1978, and in 1982, she graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a degree in marketing.  Early in life, Carol was known as a “go-getter” and “over-achiever”.  Even before she graduated college she was offered and accepted a position as a men’s and women’s clothing buyer for Marshall Fields Department Stores, based in Chicago.  As a passionate 30-year-old entrepreneur, she moved to Sturgeon Bay and co-founded Wilkins and Olander in 1990.

Carol will be remembered as a well-respected businesswoman who significantly contributed to the revitalization of business in downtown Sturgeon Bay.  She and several other local business owners shared a vision and were instrumental in establishing Sturgeon Bay as a vibrant main street community and tourist destination.  Her energy and passion for business lead her to be a pioneer in the planning and organization of numerous community festivals and events which fostered years of business growth in Sturgeon Bay. 

As a business owner, Carol considered her employees to be extended family.  She was a generous, thoughtful and encouraging employer.  She also treasured the friendships she made with so many of her customers throughout the years.

Having a big heart, Carol supported and was involved with numerous charities and causes during her life.  The two that were closest to her heart were Door CANcer Inc. and the Door County Humane Society.


To escape the hustle and bustle of business, Carol always looked forward to Wednesday night golf league at Idlewild.  She also enjoyed cooking, gardening, and playing with her “Love-adores” (Leena and Stella).  As Mimi, she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. For the past 15 years, Carol and Ken spent winters in Marco Island, Florida.  She loved living in both Sturgeon Bay and “Marco, Marco, Marco”.

Survivors include her husband Ken; three children, Diane (Philip) Rockwell of Sturgeon Bay; Dawn (Robb) Fischer of Sturgeon Bay; David Overland of Gurnee, IL; four grandchildren, Alec Fischer, Andrew Rockwell, Anna Marie Fischer, and Grace Marie Rockwell; two brothers, Geoff (Leslie Holliday) Gregg of Sturgeon Bay and Robb (Lisa) Gregg of Whitefish Bay, WI; a special nephew Oscar Gregg; brother-in-law Bernie Apfel; and her two beloved black labs, Leena and Stella.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Carol’s family will greet relatives and friends at a visitation at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.   A memorial service to honor and celebrate Carol’s life will be held at Hainesville Lutheran Church on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at 10:00 am with her nephew the Rev. Steve Apfel officiating.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Door CANcer Inc. or to the Door County Human Society.

William Edward Appel

William Edward Appel, 82, of Sister Bay, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village in Sister Bay.

     He was born July 26, 1937 in Baileys Harbor, son of the late Edward and Myrtle (Albertson) Appel.  After graduating from Algoma High School, Bill enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served for two years.  He married Cheryl Lynn Bies on December 4, 1971 at the Algoma Methodist Church.  Bill was a commercial fisherman for Clifford Weininger and his beloved uncle, Phillip Albertson in Algoma for over 20 years. Phillip was a second dad to him, and every time dad talked about him, you could tell how much he loved him. He then moved his family to Manitowoc and worked as a foreman for Manitowoc Crane for 15 years.  He and Cheryl settled in Door County and he worked as a carpenter for Dennis Laaksonen for 16 years before his retirement.  Bill was the post commander for the Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 for 15 years.  His pride and joy was building model railroads and was a member of the Clipper City Model Railroad Club in Manitowoc.  Bill and Cheryl enjoyed attending Bethel Baptist Church in Ellison Bay.

     Bill will be missed by his loving wife, Cheryl of Sister Bay; children, Jim (Kristi) Appel of Ellison Bay, Kristy (Todd) Charney of Ellison Bay, Jake (Tara) Appel of Milwaukee, and Jason (Elizabeth) Appel of Sister Bay; grandchildren, Billy (Roxanne) Appel, Tyler (Gina Kvatek) Appel, and Jamie Sue Appel and Elizabeth, Evelynn, Lauren, Jessica, Luke, and Josh Charney, Evangeline Appel due in November; great-grandchildren, Cedric and Levi Appel and Mia, Caleb, and Liam Hummel; brothers and sisters, Robert (Joan) Appel, Edward (Holly) Appel, Tina Appel, and Ida Kay Orsted; brother-in-law, Tom Schmidt; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Myrtle Appel; sisters, Betty (Bob) Phillips, Sandy Schmidt, and Cindy (Bill) Benson; and brother-in-law, Greg Orsted.

     Bill’s life will be honored with a memorial service on Friday, September 6, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Church in Ellison Bay at 11:00 a.m.  Military honors will follow the service and will be performed by the United States Army and Bill’s American Legion Post 527.  Bill will be laid to rest in the Baileys Harbor Town Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

     “Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Unity Hospice, Scandia Village, Sister Bay Paramedics and First Responders, Delmar Dahl, and the cancer center at the Door County Medical Center for all the wonderful care given to Bill and us.”

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

Cecil Surfus, Jr.

Cecil Surfus, Jr., 87, of Forestville, passed away early Monday morning, August 5, 2019 at the home he shared with his best friend and care giver, Donna Henderson.

     He was born October 1, 1931 in Sawyer (now the west side of Sturgeon Bay), the son of Cecil Frank Surfus and Clarinda Freida Lily (Dix) Surfus. After attending school in Sturgeon Bay, he enlisted to serve his country with the United States Army, entering into active duty on November 30, 1948. Cecil served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged from the Army on May 9, 1952.

     He married Mary Lou Kasbohm on October 10, 1953 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. They shared over 20 years of marriage and had seven children.

     Cecil was self-employed as a mason and was well-known in Door County for his (masonry) work. He helped with the construction of Peterson Pool in Sturgeon Bay in addition to his other projects. During the winter months, Cecil worked in the shipyards as a pipefitter for Peterson Builders Incorporated (PBI) and Christy Corporation (later Bay Shipbuilding Company).

     He met Donna Henderson in 1974, and they enjoyed over 44 years of friendship.

     Cecil loved the outdoors, and when his health was better, he spent a lot of time fishing, hunting, and trapping. Most recently, he spent his summers growing and selling tomatoes at his roadside stand on Clay Banks Road in the city of Sturgeon Bay. Cecil also enjoyed making wine from his mulberries, raspberries, apples and even corn, just to name a few of the flavors. He also liked socializing with friends at the Greystone Castle in Sturgeon Bay.

     Cecil will be missed by his best friend, Donna Henderson; his four children, Paul (Joanne) Surfus of Carlsville, Thomas Surfus, Louie (Sheri) Surfus, both of Sturgeon Bay, and Lisa Zaborowske of Green Bay; two sons-in-law, Marvin Langohr of FL and Larry Choskey of GA; eleven (Surfus family) grandchildren, Patrick (Amanda), JoEllen (Chris), and Jessica (Junior), Megan, Tommy (Amber), Nathan (Dorothy), and Isaac, Kendall (Mike) and Mikki (Cody), and Rich (Brianne) and Holly (Alex); 15 (Surfus family) great-grandchildren; Donna’s son, Shawn (Michelle) Henderson of Forestville [and their two children, Corey (Amber) and Kayla; and two grandchildren]; two sisters, Janet Pfile of Appleton and June (Ray) Haack of Mishicot; Donna’s brother, Tom (Barb) Delarwelle of Maplewood; other relatives; and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; three children, Ann Langohr, Susan Choskey, and (infant son) Vernon; his children’s mother, Mary Lou Surfus; son-in-law, Willie Zaborowske; three sisters, Grace Surfus, Carol (Jerome) Thuss, and Susie (Dennis) Nitschke; and other relatives.    

     A service of remembrance will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. Military honors by the United States Army and the George W. Goetz American Legion Post 372 of Forestville will follow the service at the funeral home.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.

     “Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Unity Hospice for the care given to Cecil.”

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

Margaret M. Cigler

 Margaret “Peg” Cigler, 66, of Carlsville, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Kewaunee Care Center.

     She was born December 29, 1952 in Two Rivers, the daughter of the late Melvin and Virginia (LeClair) Antonie. She graduated from Washington High School. Peg was involved early with the caregiving and education facility sponsored by the Borkovetz family, now called Sunshine House. More currently she had worked for Walgreens while in Florida, and Econo Foods bakery and Target in Sturgeon Bay.

     Peg is survived by her sister, Jeanette M. Antonie of Carlsville; brother, Michael (Tammy) Antonie of Manitowoc; and her dear cat, Miss Lilly.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; son, Shawn Shoulok; and sister, Karen Schuler.

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

Darrell I. von Berg

Darrell Ivan von Berg, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, fell asleep in the loving arms of his daughters at home and awoke in the arms of the Lord, Thursday night, August 1, 2019. Loving husband of the late Marlene (Kietzmann) von Berg and forever cherished father of Tammy (Dann) O’Connell of Muskego and Jane Kohl of Pewaukee. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Beverly and (George) Kehlenbrink and brother Daniel Von Berg. He will be remembered by special friend Virgil Doell; sister-in-law Carola Von Berg and other relatives and friends.

     He was born June 4, 1931 in Milwaukee, to Ivan Benjamin von Berg and Rosabel Marie (Forster) von Berg. He graduated from West Allis Central High School in 1949 and achieved a BS in Geography from UW-Milwaukee. He joined the Air Force during the Korean War. Darrell married the love of his life Marlene Ann Kietzmann on March 2, 1953 at Holy Ghost Church in Milwaukee.

     Darrell worked for Briggs & Stratton in Milwaukee for 27 years. He formerly lived in New Berlin and later in life they built a log home on Glidden Drive in Door County. His beloved Marlene passed away June 7, 2001 after 48 years of marriage. Darrell shared wonderful moments with special friend, Virgil Doell.

     While in Door County, Darrell was a member of Corpus Christi Parish, a 4th degree Knight of Columbus with the Msgr. Broens Council #2478, volunteered at the local Historical Society, Maritime Museum and Humane Society. Both he and Marlene were members of the Civil Air Patrol. Darrell loved flying and became a glider pilot. He also designed and built their 3 homes. He was a lifelong learner and man of many talents and especially enjoyed; woodworking, traveling, inventing and bowling.

     Darrell's life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 811 W. Juniper St., Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Ryan Krueger as celebrating and Dcn. Mark Hibbs assisting. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of closing prayers at 2:30 p.m., followed by the procession to church. The Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home at 12:45 p.m. and led by the Knights of Columbus.

     Services will also be held in Waukesha on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Prairie Home Cemetery Chapel, 605 S. Prairie Ave., with Pastor Greg Van Dunk, of Atonement Lutheran Church in Muskego, officiating. Visitation will be held at the cemetery chapel on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Committal with military honors by the United States Air Force and the American Legion D. J. Martin Post #8 will follow at the cemetery mausoleum where Darrell will be laid to rest.

     Memorials may be given in Darrell's name to the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) - Annie's Fund or the Wisconsin Humane Society - Door County Campus.

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

Dean Richard Logerquist

Dean Richard Logerquist, 84, of Sister Bay, WI died peacefully at home with family on Saturday, August 3, 2019. 

     He was born October 11, 1934 in the Town of Liberty Grove, son of the late Elmer and Mable (Larson) Logerquist. Following his graduation from Gibraltar High School, Dean proudly served his country with the United States Coast Guard.

     His construction career started in Illinois where he learned the skills of masonry along with all aspects of the building art. In 1967, he moved his family back to his parents’ family farm in Liberty Grove where he became proficient at the Scandinavian style of masonry as his artistry fills the Door County landscape. His building and contracting skills spanned a wide range of abilities, but he was most known and sought after for his masonry skills.

     Above all, Dean was a Door County native who loved life. He knew everyone and if he didn’t, he would make a point of getting to know you. He cherished his time with family and friends. Locally, he led the count cadence for the Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 and was a member for over 50 years. He marched in countless parades and served as Post Commander in his earlier days. Dean was an active member of the Sister Bay Moravian Church and volunteered his time and talents to many different local needs. He was an avid ski jumper in the ‘50s and ‘60s and stayed involved by teaching the sport to local young adults in the community. Baseball was a huge part of his life and he shared his love of the sport with his children.

     Dean is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marlene; four children, Lee (Debbie), Hans, Deanna (John) Peterson, and Ross (Dori); four grandsons, Zachary, Isak, Stefan, and Seth; two granddaughters, Ashley and Kirsten; and two sisters-in-law, Joyce and Pat Logerquist.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Mable Logerquist; six siblings, Evelyn Leeder, Clyde, Lloyd, John, Donald, and Douglas.

     A celebration of Dean’s life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Sister Bay Moravian Church with Rev. Kerry Krause officiating. Military honors by the United States Coast Guard and the Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 will follow at the church. Private burial will be in Little Sister Cemetery.  

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 12:00 noon until the time of services.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Dean’s memory for Unity Hospice.

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

Lorraine L. Klansky

Lorraine Louise Klansky, 86, of Baileys Harbor passed away at her home on August 5, 2019.  She was born March 17, 1933 in Baileys Harbor to George and Charlotte (Eckert) Honold.  Lorraine attended and graduated from Gibraltar High School.  On November 7, 1953, she married Ralph Klansky at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor.
After their marriage, they became members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.  She and her husband transferred their membership to Zion Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport when they moved to Baileys Harbor.  
Lorraine worked as an Avon Lady, for Midwest Wire, Wisconsin Foods and Jo Ann’s Fashions.  In 1975, she and Ralph purchased her parents’ farm.  Together they worked the farm until they retired.  In retirement, Lorraine and Ralph joined a motor coach tour group and enjoyed seeing many interesting parts of the United States and Canada.  She also enjoyed working in her flower gardens, reading and doing word find puzzles.
Survivors include her husband Ralph; children, Cheryl (Gerald) Flok; Carla (Tony) Jorgenson and Paul (Sheila) Klansky; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, George (Ruth) Honold Jr. and Roland Honold. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and David Delorit; sisters, Jeanette Honold, Helen (Russell) Kalms and Diane (John) Whitford; a grandson Dwight Flok, great-granddaughter Chayse Crosslan and sister-in-law Joan Honold.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport.  Burial will be in the Baileys Harbor Town Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and at the church on Monday from 10:00 am until the time of service.

Timothy D. Goehring

Timothy Douglas Goehring, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on August 6, 2019.  He was born October 8, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia to Merlin and Doris (Douglas) Goehring.  On December 18, 1966 he married Elaine Dietrich in Egg Harbor.

After graduating from high school, Tim served his country in the United States Navy from 1965 to 1971.  For the majority of his career, he worked as an electrician at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay.  He later attended and graduated from Janesville Black Hawk Technical College and then worked at airports around the country installing automated weather observation systems.

Tim had a love of flying and several other interests including: camping, canoeing, playing music, horseback riding, and motor cycling.  For several years he enjoyed being a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

Survivors include his wife; a son Douglas Goehring (Jeri Harrach) of Sturgeon Bay, daughter-in-law Lea Goehring of Green Bay; 2 grandchildren, Nicholas and Brooke Goehring; 2 brothers, Steven (Beatrice) Rose of Oregon and Richard Goehring of Sturgeon Bay; a sister Heidi Goehring of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dennis and Sue Dietrich of West Jacksonport; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Dale Goehring, sister Lydia Goehring, and parents-in-law Reinold and Goldie Dietrich.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Visitation will be at the Forbes Funeral Home on Thursday, August 8 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. and at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of service.

Robert Ralph Childers

Robert Ralph Childers, 77, of Pentwater, Michigan passed away at his summer vacation home in Sister Bay, Wisconsin on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.   

     He was born January 31, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri, son of the late Ralph and Elfie (Popp) Childers.  After graduating from Bayless High School in 1960 and continued his education at the University of Missouri, graduating with an associate degree in 1962.  On August 23, 1975, he married Jean Russell.  Bob was a member of the BMW and Harley Davidson Owners Groups and the Pontiac Owners Association.  He was an avid bicyclist and belonged to the League of American Bicyclists and the Michigan Bicycle League.  His forte was automobile and motorcycle trivia.  Bob was also a member of the Pentwater Historical Society and USA Hosteling.  He also enjoyed painting, writing, and woodcarving, in which he mastered the art and customized pieces for each customer.  Bob was a people person and enjoyed never knowing any “strangers”.

     Bob will be missed by his loving wife of 44 years, Jean Russell.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Elfie Childers.

     In honor of Bob’s wishes, no formal services will be held.

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

Jeanette G. Johnson

Jeanette G. Johnson, 92 years, of Sister Bay, was called home Friday, July 19, 2019 at Scandia Village where she had been residing.

     Jeanette was born July 27, 1926 in Sister Bay the daughter of the late Walter and Grace Johnson. She attended Appleport and Sister Bay Schools graduating from Gibraltar High School and Business School. Jeanette was employed with the telephone company, worked for the Village of Sister Bay as Treasurer and Sister Bay Water and Sewer Department office before working for Gibraltar School District many years until her retirement in 1992.

     She is survived by many dear cousins and friends.

     Private graveside service will be held later at Little Sister Cemetery.

     Memorials may be made in Jeanette’s memory to Good Samaritan-Scandia Village.

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

Lillian A. Johnson

Lillian A. Johnson, 92, Luxemburg, found peace with her Heavenly family, Thursday morning, August 1, 2019 at a local hospital.  She was born in the Town of Union on May 10, 1927 to the late Gregory and Desirea (Routhieaux) Fabry.  On November 9, 1949 she married Norbert M. Johnson at St. Francis Church in Duval.  He preceded her in death on March 27, 2009.  Lillian volunteered for numerous organizations including Concerned Hearts at Bellin Hospital.  She enjoyed traveling, square dancing, creating quilts and holiday meals, which she shared with her family. Lillian was strong in her Belgian Heritage, a master at canning, making Belgian pies and kolaches.  Her creations will never be duplicated.  Most important to Lillian was God and her family which she served faithfully to the end.

Survivors include her five children, Tom (Val) Johnson, Wausau; Larry (Peggy) Johnson, Pulaski; Ron (Michelle) Johnson, Green Bay, Lee (Kathy) Johnson, Luxemburg; Lori Johnson, DePere; five grandchildren, Carrie (Ken) Seymour, Angie (Kevin) Neal, Jeremy (Michelle) Johnson, Jason Johnson, Julie (Craig) Rozek;  nine great-grandchildren, Adelynn, Brielle, Cadence, Callum, Isaiah, Ava, Sammy, Kristen and Alex; nieces and nephews.

Lillian was preceded in death by, one granddaughter, Jordyn Burkart; four sisters and one brother as well as Norbert’s family.

Friends may call 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville, located at N8726 County Line Road, Luxemburg, Wi.  54217. Closing parish prayer service 5:00 pm on Sunday with Pat Ratajczak, Pastoral Leader. Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am, Monday, at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville.  Funeral 11:00 am on Monday at the church with Rev. Gregory Parent (Lillian’s great-nephew) officiating.  Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the Johnson Family.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Marie and all the staff of Oak Creek Assisted Living in Luxemburg, for taking such compassionate care of our Mother.

Irene N. (Kluth) Foster

Irene Foster, age 101 of Kewaunee passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Kewaunee Care Center.  She was born on February 27, 1918 in Illinois to the late August and Bertha Kluth.

She married the love of her life, Paul Foster on August 6, 1947.  They celebrated sixty-six years of marriage before Paul passed away on October 11, 2013.  Irene worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company at LaGrange, IL for forty-two years until  retiring after which they moved to Kewaunee.

Survivors include two nephews: Ted and Edward Kluth; two nieces: Claudia Welty and Doyne LaVerdure; two great nieces: Nancy McStay and Jeanette Wiley.  She was preceded in death by four brothers: Howard, Raymond, Carl and Edward Kluth; two sisters Margaret and Pauline.

Irene was extremely grateful for the love and support received from her nephew, Ted and niece Doyne, from her dear friends Joe and Helen LaCrosse and family and Kathie and Mike Hausknecht and family.

Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 20 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Carlton until the time of services.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Daniel Schmidt officiating.  Burial will be in Fairmont  Willow Hills Memorial Park in Willow Springs, IL on Friday August 23.

Beatrice M. Salentine

Beatrice M. Salentine, 83, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on Friday, August 2, 2019.  She was born in New Franken on May 18, 1936, to the late Peter J. and Rose (Kaczmarowski) Beyer.  On October 15, 1955, Beatrice married Donald R. Salentine at St. Kilian Church, New Franken.  He preceded her in death on February 3, 2013. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Luxemburg and a member of the St. Mary Christian Mother Society. Bea was very proud of the relationship she had with her pen-pal Joan, from New Zealand, corresponding for nearly 50 years. Her enjoyments included the annual family fall booyah event, cooking, baking, music and playing cards.  Most importantly she was a woman of strong faith and values, passing this along to her family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Daniel (Dawn) Salentine, Luxemburg; Frank (Vicki) Salentine, Kewaunee; Joan (Lyndon) Pritchard, Green Bay; Sandy (Mark) Schwalbe, Pleasant Prairie, WI; Raymond Salentine, Luxemburg; Dick (Lee Ann) Salentine, Luxemburg; Greg (Lorie) Salentine, New Franken; Sara (Doug) Rifleman, Wisconsin Rapids; Rodney (Julie) Schleis, Kewaunee; Brian Strnad, Luxemburg; 36 grandchildren, Wesley, Beth (Jason), Megan and Wayde Salentine; Steve, Ben (Stephanie), Jenny (Chad), Amber (Eric), Andrew, Brittany (Brandon), Adam, Alyssa (Mike) and Tiffany Salentine; Jacob (Stacy), Jessica (Dan), Spencer (Monica), Alex (Mimi) Schleis; Kristin (Adam), and Bryce Pritchard; Ethan, Anna, Emma, Alegra and Aidan Schwalbe; Trenten Strnad; Dylan, Cassidy and Noah Salentine; Nicholas (Rushina), Jordan (Ashley) and Briana Salentine; Clare, John and Blaise Salentine; William and Stella Rifleman; 22 great-grandchildren; brothers, Peter (Barb) Beyer, New Franken; Don (Kathy) Beyer, Luxemburg; David (Linda) Beyer, Green Bay; two brothers-in-law, Ervin Destree, Green Bay; Earl Martin, Luxemburg; nieces and nephews.

Bea was preceded in death by two daughters, Diane Schleis and Barbara Strnad; two brothers, Richard Beyer, Gerald Beyer; three sisters, infant Rose, Bernadine (Edwin) Decker, Eleanor Martin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, infant John, Milton (Betty) Salentine, Audrey Destree, Marcella (Edward) Salmon, Marian (Leo) Salmon, Helen (Donald) Peot; her father-in-law and her mother-in-law, John and Anna (Oberhofer) Salentine.

Friends may call 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1412 Main Street, Luxemburg. Parish rosary 7:00 pm on Tuesday with Deacon Bob Miller.  Visitation will continue between 9:30 and 10:45 am on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Funeral 11:00 am, Wednesday, at the church, with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating and Rev. Milton Suess concelebrating.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.

Kimberly F. Greninger

Kimberly Greninger, 62, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Aug. 1, 2019 at the Skilled Nursing Facility.  She was born April 19, 1957, in San Antonio, TX to Bobby Jo and Kathleen Hanson.  On Sept. 23, 1975, she married Stephen P. Greninger in Racine, WI.
Kim was employed by Hatco in Sturgeon Bay for the past 22 years.  She was a past member of the Sturgeon Bay Jaycees.  She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband; 2 sons, Christopher (Michaela) Greninger of Sturgeon Bay and Nicholas (Kimberly) Greninger of Maplewood; 5 grandchildren: Gavin, Bree, Emma, Jolene and Alexis; a brother, Robert and a sister, Donna; a brother-in-law, Mike (Cheryl) Greninger of Washington State; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law Bernard and Dorothy Greninger and a sister-in-law, Jeanne.
A memorial service will be conducted at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Deacon Mark Hibbs officiating.   Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. that morning at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Adopt-A-Soldier program.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Roger J. Bochek

Roger Joseph Bochek, 89, passed away on Thursday morning, August 1, 2019 at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility.

     He was born December 17, 1929 at home on the farm, in the Town of Sevastopol, the son of Rudolph Joseph and Anna (Arbter) Bochek. On August 23, 1952, he and Josephine Annette Duncan were united in marriage at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Egg Harbor. Together, they enjoyed 66 years of marriage. Josephine preceded him in death on November 26, 2018.

     Roger never left farming for very long. He worked for A.O. Smith in Milwaukee until his retirement. Roger purchased the farm from his father while working at A.O. Smith, commuting weekends. He received his engineering certification at MSOE while working for A.O. Smith. He was a member of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers.

     He was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Roger was active with NEWAPA (Valmy Thresheree) and it was an important part of his and Josie’s life. They also enjoyed many years of travel with their fifth wheel after retiring. Above all, Roger was a wonderful father with a twinkle in his eye and a sassy comeback.

     Roger will be missed by his children, Roger F. Bochek, Rodney (Sue) Bochek, Joanne (Paul) Surfus, Rick (Beverly Knutson) Bochek, Regan (Gwen) Bochek, and Rudy (fiancé,  Kris Eisenbraun Mehling) Bochek; grandchildren, Patrick (Amanda) Surfus, JoEllen (Chris) Donovan, Jessica (Jr.) Waldschmidt, Renee (friend, Will) Holland, Jason (Cynthia) Bochek, Robyn Bochek, Joey Bochek, and Zack Bochek; two step-grandchildren, Morgan (Kristi) Rice and Lauren (Justin) Daoust; and 11 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by sisters, LaVerne Robbins and Beverly Preston; and sister-in-law, Marj (Brad) Fleming Lildern Ireland; also numerous nieces and nephews who were very dear to him.

     Roger was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Josephine; sister, Vivian Haen; brother, Roland Bochek; and sister-in-law, Bess Dehne.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Bob Stegmann officiating. Roger will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.

     Friends may call at the church on August 9, 2019, Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.


Ronald M. Overdahl

Ronald M. Overdahl, 74, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at his home on Washington Island.

     Ronald was born March 27, 1945 in Milwaukee, the only child of the late Martin and Vera (Wilcox) Overdahl. He graduated from Custer High School and later received his dual degree in Political Science/Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. On June 19, 1965, Ronald and Faith Margaret Weber were married in Milwaukee. Ronald worked for the Milwaukee Journal as a news photographer from 1967 until his retirement in 2001. He received many photojournalism awards over the years, including being inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio for a 1972 action photo of the Green Bay Packers. He was nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize and was published in Time and Life magazines many times over his career. He also taught photography as a professor for UWM.

     On a working assignment to Washington Island in the 70’s, Ronald thought he had found paradise! Years of family vacations on the Island followed, and in 1992 Ron and Faith bought an Island home. They retired permanently to the Island in 2001. Ron was involved with Washington Island Lions and enjoyed boating and fishing and continuing in photography. He was involved in Town government and was elected Town Supervisor in 2006. During his two terms, Ronald, was a champion of involving the people’s participation in the Board’s decisions. Ron’s passion was his show dogs. Ron and Faith were well known throughout the country for their responsible breeding and showing of dachshunds. They received many awards for their Isledox kennel dogs, including Best in Shows, and also competed in the Westminster Dog Show.

     Ronald is survived by his wife of 54 years, Faith; children, Sonja (Gregg) Hintz of East Troy, WI, Sharyn (Thomas) Lewis of Whitefish Bay, WI, Derek (Shannon) Overdahl of Minneapolis, MN; and six grandchildren.

     Services will be private with internment at Washington Island Cemetery.

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

Search Our Site


Current Weather



Would you consider voting for a third-party candidate in this year's presidential election?
Add a Comment
(Fields are Optional)

Your email address is never published.


Click Here for more Obituaries

Obituary posting fee is $25

Sports Poll


Sign up for our Daily Electronic Newspaper!

Plus, Get the latest updates for Local Sports, Obituaries and more delivered to your inbox!