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Larry R. Swanson

A descendent of Swedish immigrants, arriving in the late 1800s, Larry was born in the Mississippi River Town of Redwing, MN on September 22, 1945, to Raymond and Lorraine Swanson. At the age of 74, he passed away Sunday morning September 29, 2019 in DePere, WI at the Jack and Engrid Meng Hospice Residence.

     Larry grew up with the love of the outdoors with the great bluffs and water as a backyard playground. Adventures were to be had in all directions.

     He graduated from Red Wing High School in 1963 before attending college at Rochester, MN. During these years he discovered aviation and learned to fly while also joining the Minnesota Army National Guard serving for six years. A love of aviation led Larry to a 28-year career in Minneapolis, MN as an Air Traffic Controller.

     Larry took a break from controlling in the early 1980s to return to school and obtain a degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota and became a CPA. During that time, he was able to spend summers canoeing in the boundary waters of Minnesota and back backing the Rocky Mountains with his faithful English Setter, Dori. After working a short career as a CPA he returned to Air Traffic Controlling.

     On August 23, 1985 he married Diane Kroc at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Bloomington, MN. From this union came the birth of two children, Michael and Katherine.

     Adventurous life continued while living in Lakeville, MN with his family. Larry shared his love of boating with his family, sailing Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands on his boat, “Windsong”. Winter was downhill skiing for the family.

     He retired from Air Traffic Control in 2002. In 2007, retirement would lead Larry and Diane to relocate to Door County, WI where he took up Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan in his eastern fishing boat.

     Along with his interest in the outdoors, Larry adventures continued with building new homes and completing the finishing work from masonry to carpentry, always willing to face another challenge. His self-taught woodworking produced many beautiful furniture pieces and family heirlooms.

     Larry’s life was rich in so many ways. An avid reader, self-taught, he was always ready for the next adventure. His most remarkable adventure would prove to be his long courageous battle with cancer. Throughout the four years he remained positive and embraced each day, saying, “I’ve had a good life, and I am blessed”.

     Larry will be missed by his wife, Diane of Sturgeon Bay; son, Michael of Farmington, MN; daughter, Katherine (Richard) Swanson of Bloomington, MN; two sisters, Lynn (Keith) Hanson, Karen (Steve) Crouch both of MN; brother, Steve (Nancy) Swanson of SD; several sisters-in-law, brothers in law, nieces and nephews.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, Raymond and Lorraine Swanson.

     A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 Friday, October 4, 2019 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Schmitt officiating. Internment will be at a later date in Minnesota.

     Friends may call at the church Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in his memory for St. John Bosco Catholic School.

     A very special thank you to Fr. Carl Schmitt for sharing his time providing us with support and comfort on this journey.

     Many thanks to all our family and friends that have enriched us with their love and support. Thanks to the staff of Unity Hospice Jack and Engrid Meng Residence for their compassionate care provided to Larry in his final days.

Brandon L. Krueger

Brandon L. Krueger, 20, Algoma passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay surrounded by his family. He was born to Ervin and Gayle (Massart) Krueger on January 25, 1999. He graduated from Algoma High School and was an active member at the CP center. His family was very important to him and he enjoyed Christian Music, Legos and Superheroes.
He is survived by his parents Ervin and Gayle Krueger; his brothers and sisters, Stacie (Erik) Jacquet, Nicole (Bryan) Wiesner, Kevin Krueger, Sara (fiancé Joe Mallegni) Krueger, Cody (fiancé Kinzzy Mcfadden), Paige Krueger, and McKale Krueger; grandparents, Marvin Massart, Glenn and Denise Krueger; nieces and nephews, Chelsie, Colbi, Tia, Keagan, Noah, Bentley, Hazel and Ivan; and by special friend Kalista Paszczak. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Sandy Massart; grandmother Maryjane Schuyler; uncle Aaron Krueger; and brother-in-law Jon Clark.
All are welcome for a celebration of life at the Algoma Boat Club on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 5-8 pm. Food and refreshments will be served for everyone. In lieu of flowers donations will be given to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Wiesner & Massart is assisting the family, share a fond memory of Brandon at
A special thank you to Unity Hospice, the St. Mary’s ICU staff and Rockwood Heights Group Home.


  Richard (Dick) Arden Bierman


Richard (Dick) Arden Bierman passed away on September 27, 2019 in Sister Bay, WI. He was born in Milwaukee, WI, on February 5, 1933 to Richard H. Bierman, Architect, and Florence Sontag Bierman. Dick was a 1951 graduate of Custer High and attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, graduating in 1956 with a degree in Geology. Dick was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and he also enjoyed writing for the Octopus Magazine. Dick served in the Army Reserves at the rank of Captain after graduating from college. On August 13, 1955 Dick was married to Claire Goodrich in Monroe, WI and they celebrated 64 years of marriage in 2019.

     Dick had many interesting life experiences, first as a Credit Manager for Proctor and Gamble, Century Hardware and then as President of Milwaukee Tab and Milwaukee Business Interiors. In 1978, Dick and Claire moved from Mequon to their home in Ephraim.

     Dick developed “The Gathering” shops and Paulson’s Restaurant in Ephraim and created a very successful furniture and gift business. He was a member of the Ephraim Moravian Church and also served on the Board of Trustees. He was a member of numerous organizations including the Ephraim Men’s Club, the Ephraim Yacht Club, and the Ephraim Historical Foundation for over 40 years.

     Heading for warmer weather Claire and Dick moved to their house in Scottsdale AZ.  Not wanting to retire yet, Dick worked for several furniture companies in Scottsdale and always received the highest rewards for his production.  He loved the furniture business and met so many interesting people throughout the years both in Wisconsin and Arizona. Dick and Claire lived in their home on Taliesin Mountain for 11 years until they returned to their true home in Ephraim to be close to family.

     Dick is survived by his wife, Claire; his sister, Elaine Sandilands (William); son Richard Barrett Bierman (Karen) and their two children, Megan and Richard Christopher (Chris); his daughters’ children Andrew and Daniel Laishes. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Ellyn Bierman and his parents.

     A memorial service to celebrate Dick’s life will be at the Ephraim Moravian Church on Thursday, October 24th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in Dick's memory to the Ephraim Moravian Church and the Ephraim Yacht Club Aaron R. Moore Scholarship.

     A special thank you to the wonderful people and care at Scandia Village.

Patrick C. "Frog" Michiels

Patrick C. “Frog” Michiels, 71, Luxemburg, died Friday afternoon, September 27, 2019.  He was born in the Town of Humboldt on March 17, 1948 to the late William H. and Anna (Ducat) Michiels.


Pat Attended Luxemburg High School graduating with the class of 1966.  He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was a member of the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262 in Luxemburg.


After the military, Pat worked for the family business, Michiels Poured Walls, until he purchased his tavern, Pat’s Frog Station in August of 1977.  From there, he put Frog Station, WI on the map.  Over the years, he earned a reputation of being the place to be.  Whether you were local or just passing through and wanted the “Frog Station Experience” he made you feel special.  He had a knack for listening.  He may not have always had a lot of words to say, but you could guarantee he took it all in. 


Pat wrestled through his high school career and followed Luxemburg-Casco Wrestling and other sports to his last days.  Pat was a loyal Brewers and Packers fan.


Pat enjoyed playing cards with his patrons and friends, especially cuyoo.  He was a great host to his league teams of pool and cuyoo over the years. He was so proud of the many plaques they would bring home to him as they lined the walls of his home and tavern to this day.  You could always count on fresh Belgian pies every year for his kermis.  Frog’s birthday was a like a holiday as he was born on St. Patrick’s Day.  People from all over came to visit him and you could always count on finding him decked out in his St. Patty’s Day attire. 


Frog Station was the hub for local deer hunters every year. The countless deer hunting stories will remain in the walls of Frog Station for years to come.  Pat’s boys could always count on peanuts in the shell, a little lunch and cold beers after the hunt.  If you were lucky enough to bag the big one, you got the privilege of parking right out front to show it off.


Sundays all his friends would gather after church for happy hour and it was the place to be for Packer games where Frog would “buy a round” anytime the Packers scored.  Over the years, his local patrons made a habit of just showing up with food for the games and even had a few tailgate parties in his parking lot. 


Easter brought all the neighbors in every year where raw eggs in beer were consumed.   The kids could always count on dishes of jelly beans and peeps to be lining the bar.

 Survivors include; one sister Mary Ann (Milo) Linzmeier; one brother Clarence “Peanuts” (special friend Dorothy); one sister-in-law Janice Michiels, one godson, Mike (Angel) Michiels and many other nieces and nephews; his heartfelt extended family, Liz and Dan Dart, Cyndi and Jerry Dart.


Pat was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, two infant brothers, Clement “Clem”, Jimmy, Benny, Charlie; one sister-in-law, Glenda Michiels; and his special friend LuLu (Darlene) DeGreef.


Friends may call 3:00 to 4:45 pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Sugarbush.  Funeral 5:00 pm on Tuesday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Full military rites following the funeral Mass. Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. 

Ralph E. Miller

Ralph E. Miller, 93, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Sept. 26, 2019 at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit.  He was born Nov. 13, 1925 in Sheboygan to Lawrence and Odelia (Ullman) Miller and graduated from Brussels High School. In April 25, 1953, he married Betty Lou Koehler at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Kolberg.  She preceded him in death on June 17, 2016.
Ralph worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier for many years.  He loved to hunt, fish, and carve wood.  In his younger years, Ralph played for Kolberg in the Door County Baseball League.  As an avid sports fan he enjoyed following the St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers.  Ralph served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of American Legion Post #72.
For many years, Ralph and his wife were active members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, serving in numerous capacities.  Ralph will be remembered as a man who was always smiling and who never had a bad day.
Survivors include his son Craig Miller of Shawnee, Oklahoma; 2 grandsons, Travis (Fiancé Samantha) Miller of New Mexico and Dustin (Kaley) Miller of Alabama; 1 granddaughter Athena Miller; sister Muriel Miller of Algoma; sister-in-law Carol (Clifford) Karnitz of Algoma; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 3 brothers, Gilbert Miller and infant brothers Jerome and Byron; in-laws Gerhardt and Esther Koehler.
Funeral and veteran services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Joel Sauer officiating.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma.  Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 am until the time of service.  Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Special thanks to Cardinal Ridge C.B.R.F. and the Algoma Long Term Care Unit for the wonderful care and support and to Ted Brauer for taking Ralph on his last fishing trip.  Go Cardinals!


Eleanor A. Kemp

Eleanor A. Kemp, 96 years, of Sturgeon Bay passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the Skilled Nursing Facility of Door County Medical Center.

     She was born July 4, 1923 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of the late William Burton and Clara (Bartow) Legg. Ellie graduated from Fenger High School in Chicago the class of 1940. She enjoyed singing in the high school choir, taking ballet class and riding Harleys in her younger years. Ellie worked for Western Union in the Chicago Loop as a key punch operator until her marriage to Lester Arnold Kemp on November 26, 1949. He preceded her in death in 1982. She was a familiar face at Bay Pharmacy where she worked at the checkout and helped with merchandising.

     Ever since high school she loved music and singing and was an accomplished pianist.

     She was an active member of the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church for 70 years where she sang in the church choir, was active in various women’s circles of the church and helped 15 years with the community food program, Loaves and Fishes. Ellie enjoyed sewing, knitting, and attending hearty conditioning classes at the Y. She was a prolific writer who authored many poems.

     Survivors include her two daughters, Jill (John Gunn) Kemp of Wisconsin Rapids, and Cory Kemp of Cincinnati, OH.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Lester; son, Kraig; and her brother, Burton (Joanne) Legg.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday (September 28, 2019) at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church with Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp, Sr. officiating. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery.

     Friends may call Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home and at the church Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m.

Gladdy (Erickson) Sekadlo

Gladdy (Erickson) Sekadlo, 82, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility on September 25, 2019.  She was born November 21, 1936 in Florence, Wisconsin to Hjalmer and Edith (Johnson) Erickson.  The family later moved to Two Rivers where she attended and graduated from Washington High School with the class of 1954.  
On September 1, 1956 she married Wayne Sekadlo at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Two Rivers.  They lived in Beloit, Two Rivers, Rice Lake and in 1960 moved to Sturgeon Bay.  Gladdy was employed at Roy’s Drive In, the Milwaukee Shoe Factory, Dwaine’s Foods and Kristi Foods.   She then had her favorite job of baby-sitting her grandchildren and neighbor children.  
For many years, Gladdy loved antiquing with Wayne, flower gardening and enjoying her grandchildren.  Wayne preceded her in death on March 17, 2007.
She is survived by her three children, Jay (Sandy) Sekadlo and Jodi Gigot, all of Sturgeon Bay; Julie (Steve) Destree, of New Franken; nine grandchildren:  Ashley and Alyssa Sekadlo (Ryan), Alyson (Eric) Nohelty; Cody, Colton (Fiance Britt), and Clint Gigot (Mylan and family); Jordan (Jessica), Lacey, and Taylor Destree (Chris); 4 great-grandchildren: Harrison, Ava, Brynlee, and Carson; brother Melvin (Mary Jean) Erickson; and sister Glee Asplund.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister, brother Paul Erickson; parents-in-law Emma and Ben Sekadlo; sister-in-law Margie Erickson, brother-in-law Buzz Asplund; other in-laws, Bernie and George Herdina; and her beloved Scott companions, Josie and Lucy.
A private family service will be conducted at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with burial in Schumacher Cemetery.  Special thanks to the staff at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility for the wonderful care and support.


LeNore "Bubbie" Bubnik

LeNore “Bubbie” Bubnik, 94, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility with her family by her side.


She was born February 4, 1925, in Algoma, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Frank and Ida (Serrahn) Mraz.  LeNore was the youngest of five children.  Upon her graduation from Algoma High School, she went to study and graduate from Holy Family School of Nursing in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  She was a dedicated nurse at Door County Memorial Hospital for 42 years.


LeNore loved the outdoors.  She enjoyed traveling, camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, walking and gardening.  As an avid sports fan, she loved following the Packers and the Badgers.

Her love will live on in the hearts of: her daughter, Mary (David) DeMelle of Green Bay, son, Paul (Gretchen) Bubnik of Theinsville, daughter, Sarah (David) Koelling of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren: Rachel (John) Jarvey and Jacob (Stephanie) DeMelle, Liesl (Luke) Hlavacek and Gretel Bubnik, Sam Koelling and Marta (Cole) McMillion; great-grandchildren: Elena and Emma Jarvey, Eli and Zoe DeMelle.


LeNore was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert “Bob” and Harold (Izzy); sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” (Carl) Novak and Elaine “Liz” (Pat) Muckian.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  LeNore will be laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma, Wisconsin. 

Patrick D. Meiers

Patrick D. Meiers, 51, of Luxemburg, died on Thursday, September 17, 2019 at his home of heart failure.  He was born in Green Bay on February 19, 1968, to David E. and Lillian “Lil” F. (Pelto) Meiers. Patrick was a 1986 graduate of Premontre High School and took professional business courses and NWTC.  Patrick was employed with KI in Green Bay from 1994 – 2002 as a project coordinator supervisor.  At present he was self-employed. He was an active hunter and fisherman; however, his real passion was held for competitive yacht sailing in Green Bay and Lake Michigan.  

Survivors include his parents, David and Lil, Luxemburg; one brother, Michael Meiers, CA; one niece, Madeline; one nephew, Joseph; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends further survive.

Patrick was preceded in death by one infant brother, Peter; his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Friends may call 10:00 to 11:00 am on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville.  Funeral 11:00 am on Thursday at the church with Rev. Dean Dombroski, officiating and Pastoral Leader, Pat Ratajczak, assisting.  

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

Ruth H. Stephan

God saw that Ruthie was getting tired, so He put his arms around her and whispered, “Come with Me.” Ruth passed away peacefully at home on Friday, September 20, 2019, surrounded by her children shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.

     Ruth H. Stephan was born on May 9, 1935, in Valmy, Wisconsin to Louis and Amanda Sternard. On May 29, 1954, Ruth married Leon E. Stephan, Sr. at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy.

     Together, Leon and Ruth raised six wonderful and loving children, Lynn (Bill) Prust of Baileys Harbor, Leon (Jeannie) Stephan, Jr. of Sturgeon Bay, Pam Mallien of Madison, Debbie (Tom) Stephenson of Sturgeon Bay, Tina Stephan of Green Bay, and Fay (Patrick) LeMense of Green Bay. Ruth greatly enjoyed spending time with her 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Ruth is also survived by her sister-in-law, Beth Stephan; and nieces and nephews.

     Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Amanda Sternard; sisters, Deloris Michelsen and Myra Ward; brother, Clarence Sternard; granddaughter, Stacy Prust; and parents-in-law, Alvin and Agnes Stephan.

     A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 23, 2019 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy with Pastor Benjamin Enstad officiating. Burial will be beside her husband, Leon, in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Juddville.

     Visitation will be Monday at the church from 12:00 noon until 1:45 p.m.

Myrtle Blahnink Dallmann

Myrtle Blahnink Dallmann, age 103 died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at her home. She was born on January 7, 1916 in Kewaunee to the late Louis E. and Anna (Shimanek) Blahnik. She attended Holy Rosary School and graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1933. As a high school senior, she organized a Girls Brass Band. Myrtle was one of many Blahniks adding to the musical landscape of Kewaunee County, but the rest were men. When Louie Blahnik’s Brass Band played anywhere, the Girls Brass Band played during the intermissions and were a crowd favorite. During the war she went to work in Chicago for a radio parts factory until she injured a finger. She returned to Kewaunee but worked in Two Rivers at Montgomery Wards. It was there she met Erwin E. “Bud” Dallmann who she later married on February 14, 1943. Because he was a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps they lived in Austin, TX where he was stationed. During that time they were blessed with two daughters, but were divorced in 1954. To support her family, Myrtle went to work in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Government as a law librarian at the General Accounting Office. After she retired, she returned to Kewaunee in 1995 and lived in the house her father built until her death. She was a member of Holy Rosary Church Community. After she turned 100, when asked about her longevity, her reply was “hard work and praying the Rosary”. Survivors include two daughters: Nadine Voegeli, who cared for her; Diane L. Adams, Sugar Land, TX; Seven grandchildren: Eric Voegeli; Dawn Hart; Diane Beach; Michael Voegeli; Rebecca Zinnante; Christine Dyer and Cynthia Adams; Sixteen great grandchildren; a niece and three nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters: Maranda Blahnik; Donna (Samuel) Mountjoy and Olive Blahnik. Friends may call at Holy Rosary Church, Kewaunee after 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 27 until the time of services. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by Fr. James Dillenburg. Burial of the cremains will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery. Go to to send condolences or sign 


Viola (Copiskey) Fairchild

Viola (Copiskey) Fairchild, 86, died on September 19, 2019 at Scandia Village, Sister Bay after a brief battle with cancer.

     She was born in Fish Creek on September 17, 1933 to Chester and Gladys Copiskey at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Adolph Vertz. She was a proud lifelong resident of northern Door County. She was a graduate of the class of 1952 at Gibraltar High School. On March 13, 1954, she married Gordon (Gordy) Fairchild. They had three children, Donna, Earl and John.

     Vi enjoyed spending time with her beloved Gordy until his passing. They spent a lot of their free time, when not working various jobs together, riding on Gordy’s Harley or riding their snowmobiles in the winter. She enjoyed gardening, reading and working in her puzzle books.

     Survivors include her two sons, Earl (Debbie), John (his wife, Becki, step children, Morgan and Wyatt Hertwig); grandson, Jared (Heidi) Burress, their children Logan, Gavin and Addison Burress; grandson, Ryan (Amber) Burress; nephews, Greg (Annie) Copiskey, James Copiskey, Ken (Mary) Anderson; nieces, Wendy (Dan) Diewald, Amy (Mark) Vogel, Becky (Noel) Sloan, Sharen (John) Young, and Carol Anderson.

    Preceding her in death was her parents, Chester and Gladys Copiskey; beloved husband, Gordy; daughter, Donna; three brothers, Donald Copiskey, Al Copiskey, and Arnold Copiskey.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Juddville with Rev. Frank Kauzlarich officiating. Burial will be at Blossomburg Cemetery, Fish Creek.

     Friends may call at the church Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m.


Virginia Anne Phelan

Virginia Anne Phelan, 80, of Sister Bay, died suddenly due to complications of cancer at her home Monday, September 16, 2019.

     She was born August 8, 1939 in Elkhorn, WI, the daughter of the late George and Hazel (Jacobs) Hubbard. She was a graduate of East Troy High School and the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

     On August 27, 1960, she was united in marriage to James Newell Phelan at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in East Troy, WI. He preceded her in death on January 19, 2000.

     Virginia was a strong and determined woman who loved her family very much, especially her grandchildren. She so enjoyed people and was still working at On Deck in Sister Bay. She gave of her time to friends and her community. Early on, Virginia was a Village Trustee in Lomira as well as Sister Bay and the Northern Door Library where she also acted as President. Virginia also served on the Fire Department Board and helped at Scandia Resale Shop. She worked as Douglas County Extension Agent, taught adult education classes in Lomira, taught Art and Home Economics at West De Pere School before opening her stores in Sister Bay at the Walkway Shops in 1982. She was an active member of St. Rosalia Catholic Church in Sister Bay, now Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site.

     Virginia was a true Renaissance Woman. Following Jim’s death, she pursued expanding her knowledge of her interests and the world, traveling to many countries. She was considered a master gardener, a historian who loved collecting historical items, and passionate about books. Virginia was a talented seamstress, loved to knit and made many prayer shawls in addition to many quilts.

     Virginia will be missed by her five daughters and their families:  Kathy & Tom DeBoth of Pulaski (and their children Jim and Joe), Terry & Doug Bies of De Pere (Drake and his wife Megan), Peggy & Frank Tanck of Baileys Harbor (Trevor and his wife Jenny and great grandson, Micah; Ashley and Austin), Maureen & Stefan Schaefer of Howard (Samantha and great grandchildren, Cora and Ryder; Pierce and Noah), Bunny & Virginia Benton-Phelan of Green Bay; four siblings, Cathy (Michael) Ward of Belvedere, IL, Mary (Jim) Nugent of East Troy, Chris (Tom) Kniep of Oshkosh, Bob (Mary) Hubbard of Fort Meyers, FL; sister-in-law, Janet Hubbard; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and dear Sister Bay friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Chelsey Tanck; and brother, Bill Hubbard.

     Virginia’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site with Fr. Thomas Farrell as celebrant. Virginia will be laid to rest in St. Rosalia Cemetery, beside her husband, James.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until a time of sharing stories and memories at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in Virginia’s name for the Door County Library-Sister Bay Branch.

Frances A. Frenette

Frances A. Frenette, 79, Suamico, a devoted Christian was taken away by our Savior at a local hospital on September 14, 2019 surrounded by her immediate family.  She was born on June 13, 1940 in Muskegon, MI to the late Frank L. and Zelde M. (Cuykendall) Arcioni.  Fran was a graduate of Muskegon Heights High School.  On June 3, 1961 she married Gerard J. Frenette from Hancock, MI. at St. Mary Church in Muskegon, MI.  Fran was a stay at home mom who was the family mentor raising her children in her own quiet way.  In 1983 she moved to the new they home built in Algoma.  She retired from the Wisconsin Label Corporation in 2006.  Upon retirement, she traveled extensively in their motorhome covering 47 of the 48 continental states and most of the eastern provinces of Canada.  In her later years, she loved watching the birds from her home in Suamico.  Fran was easy to talk with and made many friends wherever she went.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Gerard; three children, Joseph (Jill) Frenette, Suamico; Kim (Michael) Kostichka, Luxemburg; Guy (Mandy) Frenette, Algoma; two grandsons, Kurt Kostichka, Ben Kostichka; one great-grandson, Case; two sisters, Delores Moore, Zelda Tiefenthal.

Fran was preceded in death by siblings, Louis (Lillian) Arcioni, Bill (Barb) Arcioni, Kathleen “Ann” (Bill) Link, Rosemary (Jesse) Wiard; two brothers in law, Emmett Moore and Wally Tiefenthal.

Friends may call at St. Mary Church, 214 Church St, Algoma, WI. Between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Friday, October 4, 2019. Funeral 11:00 am on Friday at St. Mary Church, Algoma with Rev. Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Algoma.

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be sent to HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital, 835 South Van Buren St, Green Bay, Wi. 54301, in Fran’s memory.


Warren Richard Gauger

Warren Richard Gauger, 80, of the Town of Liberty Grove, died early Tuesday morning, September 10, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.

     He will be laid to rest in Blossomberg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park with a private graveside committal.

     A complete life story obituary will be available in the near future.

Pamela Price

Pamela Price (nee Wilke) entered eternal rest on September 5, 2019, surrounded
by her loving soul mate and husband, Daniel Price and close family and friends,
after a lengthy, valiant battle with cancer.
Pam was born on Sept. 12, 1957, to Harold and Delores (Gauthier) Wilke. She
married Daniel D. Price, the love of her life, on July 23, 1977. They spent their
marriage enjoying the outdoors, traveling and being active fishing and hunting.
Together they were a perfect example of true love that lasted 42 years. Pam was
employed at Door County Medical Center for 40 years, starting as a staff
Respiratory Therapist and advancing to Director of Pulmonary Services.
Pam is survived by her loving husband, Dan, Sturgeon Bay; step-father, Stan
LaViolette, Sturgeon Bay; step-brothers, Tom and Jay LaViolette; sisters-in-law,
Shirley Turpin, Green Bay and Sandra Price, Brussels; and brother-in-law, Ed
(Carol) Price, Namur.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Delores LaViolette, and Harold Wilke;
brother-in-law, William Price, sister-in-law, Alice May Swanson; and her beloved
pets, Hershey and Sassy.
Friends and relatives are invited to a memorial gathering which will be held at the
Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 from 3:00 –
7:00 pm.
A special thank you to Dr. David Groteluschen and staff at Green Bay Oncology.

Roland "Rolie" Henry Daubner

 Roland “Rolie” Henry Daubner, 88, formerly of Ellison Bay, died Monday evening, September 9, 2019 at the home of his son in Green Bay, following congestive heart failure.


     Rolie was born February 15, 1931 at home in Ephraim, the son of the late Aloysius and Mayme (Smith) Daubner. He enlisted in the United States Army at age 17 and was a combat veteran of the Korean War. Rolie retired from Proctor and Gamble as a supervisor in production following many years employed there. He enjoyed the outdoors and moved to Mountain where he enjoyed time hunting.


     He married Virginia Mae Marcel in 1991. Roland was part of the Crivitz Lions Club and various veteran organizations throughout the years.


     He will be missed by his wife, Virginia Daubner of Green Bay; son and daughter, Randy (friend, Gabriel Gomez) of Green Bay and Susan Bergwin of Missouri; three grandsons, Nicholas and Thomas Daubner, and Drew (Raquel) Bergwin; daughter-in-law, Lisa Daubner of Green Bay; sister, Rita (Ken) Joly of Sturgeon Bay and other relatives.


     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site with Father Thomas Farrell as celebrant. Military honors by the United States Army and the Billy Wiess American Legion Post 527 will follow at the church. Rolie will be laid to rest in St. Rosalia Catholic Cemetery in Sister Bay.


     Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.


     Memorials may be given in Rolie’s memory for the American Legion Post 527 or VFW Post #3088.

Virginia (Ginny) Briggs

Virginia (Ginny) Briggs, 94, Algoma, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit with her husband at her side.  She was born August 21, 1925 in Wausau, WI. to Hugh and Myrtle (Krehnke) Hamilton. 


 Ginny graduated from Port Edwards High School and did office work in Wisconsin Rapids for many years.


She married Alvin L. Briggs October 4, 1947 in Wisconsin Rapids. The couple lived in Fall River, WI. first, then she followed with her husband to many different locations as he was a Methodist Minister. 


Ginny enjoyed gardening, homemaking, did beautiful water color paintings and was an expert at embroidery.  She established a mission grant for the University of Africa for supporting families going to college.  She was an interpreter for history at Heritage Hills in Green Bay and Ag Heritage in Kewaunee.  Was very active in the Women's organizations of the Methodist church.  She served on the District Board as an officer.  She lectured on the life of John Wesley and his mother Suzanna Wesley.  That was how she raised funds for the University of Africa.  Ginny was not a leader, but a hard worker.


She was a member of the Algoma United Methodist Church and was a volunteer for the Algoma Chamber for 22 years.


 Ginny is survived by her husband Alvin, one son Ralph (Mary) Briggs, Des Moines, Iowa and one daughter Nancy Briggs, Des Moines, Iowa; three grandchildren Matt (Virginia) Barrette, Peter Barrette and Natalie Anderson; and two great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Ronald.


There will be a lite lunch at the Algoma United Methodist Church, Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 12 noon with a memorial service to follow for Ginny at 1:30 PM. 

Mabel Ann (Smidel) Kinjerski

Mabel A. Kinjerski, age 83 of Kewaunee died on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Bellin Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 6, 1936 in Kewaunee to the late Charles and Lillian (Repitz) Smidel. She married Joseph I. Kinjerski on January 12, 1954 at St. Joseph Church, Norman and he preceded her in death on February 10, 2014 after 60 years of marriage.

She was a lifelong member of St. Hedwig Church and the Rosary Society. She enjoyed word search puzzles and bird watching. Her main joy in life was spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by nine children Gloria (Greg) Habeck, Kewaunee; Bill (special friend, Shirley) Kinjerski, Kewaunee; Dan (Pam) Kinjerski, Wausaukee; Gary (Lynn) Kinjerski, Kewaunee; Roger (Dionne) Kinjerski, Kewaunee; Richard (Chris) Kinjerski, Mishicot; Ron (Joanne) Kinjerski, Kewaunee; Wayne (Dawn) Kinjerski, Kewaunee; Dean (Tina) Kinjerski, Kewaunee; Thirty-three grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law: Linda Kinjerski, Schofield; a son-in-law: Charlie Rohr, Kewaunee; a sister: Winnie Janda, Kewaunee; four brothers: Leonard Smidel, Luxemburg; Richard Smidel, Kewaunee; Carl Smidel, Kewaunee; Norbert (Kim) Smidel, Mishicot; one brother-in-law: Isadore (Beverly) Kinjerski, Kewaunee; two sisters-in-law: Julie Kinjerski, Kewaunee; Sr. Joanne Kinjerski, Green Bay. She was preceded in death by a daughter: Jane Rohr; a son: Louie Kinjerski; granddaughter: Shannon Kinjerski; grandson-in-law: Brad Vanness and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

 Visitation continues at St. Hedwig Church, East Krok from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of services. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Dennis Drury at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. 

Roger James Crewe

Roger James Crewe, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, died early Sunday morning, September 8, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.


     He was born January 19, 1937 in Athelstane, the son of James Edelbeck and Stella I. (Buchanan). Roger graduated from Green Bay Southwest High School in 1955 and enlisted to serve his country with the United States Air Force the following day. He served in the Air Force (actively) for three-and-a-half years and was stationed in Germany and later Bangkok, Thailand.


     Upon his discharge from service, he drove bus for the coach company, Wisconsin Michigan Trailway. Roger's primary employment was with Lunda Construction, a road and bridge construction company out of Green Bay. He later worked for the James River paper mill in Green Bay.


     He enjoyed traveling, going to the casino, and riding his motorcycle. Roger was a member of the local Retreads Motorcycle Club in Green Bay.


     He is survived by his four children, Cyndie (John) Farabaugh of Frisco, TX, Debbie Peterson of Parrish, FL, Todd (Stephanie) Crewe of Sturgeon Bay, and Scott (Tina) Crewe of Forestville; four grandchildren, Whitney Holt, Elvin Frisque, and Monica and Braden Crewe; great-granddaughter, Kinley; and other relatives.


     Roger was preceded in death by his parents, James Edelbeck and Stella (Robert) Crewe; and other relatives.


     No public services will be held.

Helen Marie Abrahamson

Helen Marie Abrahamson, 88, of Valmy, died peacefully Thursday morning, September 5, 2019 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center in Sturgeon Bay with family at her side.

     She was born May 18, 1931 in Racine, the daughter of Eben Roy Hanson, Sr. and Loretta E. (Grovogel) Hanson. Helen’s family moved to Door County when she was six years old, and they resided in Baileys Harbor. She attended grade school in Baileys Harbor and graduated from Gibraltar High School.

     Helen was united in marriage to James Walter Abrahamson, Sr. on April 24, 1954 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor. She was co-owner and bookkeeper of Jim’s Auto Body in Valmy, which her husband, Jim, operated from 1979 until 2007. They were longtime members of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Institute. Helen enjoyed traveling with Jim and family throughout the United States. They were blessed with over 58 years of marriage. Jim preceded Helen in death on December 7, 2012.

     Helen loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and enjoyed cheering them on at their various school and sporting events.

     She will be missed by her four children, James Abrahamson, Jr. of Sturgeon Bay, Michael (Jody) Abrahamson of De Pere, Julie (Dan) Vandertie of Brussels, and Steven (Brenda) Abrahamson of Sturgeon Bay; eight grandchildren, Rachel and Krista (fiancé, Branden VandeVen) Abrahamson, Karlee, Bridget, and Austin Vandertie, and Nathan, Hannah, and Isaac Abrahamson; three siblings, William (Virginia) Hanson of Sturgeon Bay, Donald (Judy) Hanson of Janesville, and Florence (Donald) Melichar of Plymouth; other siblings-in-law, Agnes Hanson, Florence Hanson, Lawrence (Margaret) Abrahamson, Thomas (Lois) Abrahamson, Theresa (Howard) Phillips, and Dorothy Abrahamson; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; seven siblings, Lawrence Hanson, Robert Hanson, James (Rosealyn “Rosie”) Hanson, Eben (June) Hanson, Jr., Jean Zak (Reuben) Widder, Margaret “Peggy” (Carlton “Buck”) Kuehn, and Carol (Joe) Nelson; other siblings-in-law, Wallace (Gertrude) Abrahamson, Joyce Abrahamson, Raphael Zak; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

     Her life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Helen will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery, beside her husband, James.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in Helen’s name for the Unity Hospice or the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Center (c/o Door County Medical Center Foundation).

Bernice Mae Reckelberg

Bernice Mae Reckelberg, 90, earned her crown of Glory on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

She was born May 28, 1929, to the late Henry and Lorretta (Kudick) Hannemann.  She was baptized at St John Lutheran Church, Luxemburg and confirmed May 17, 1942, at Grace Lutheran Church, Green Bay.  She attended McKinley Public School and graduated the eighth grade in 1942.  On May 22, 1948, she married Harold Reckelberg at St John Lutheran Church, Luxemburg.  Together they farmed the same farm Bernice grew up on.  Harold passed away on October 26, 2005.  She continued to live on the home farm with her son James until her death. 

Bernice loved playing cards, reading, listening to polka music, and visiting with family and friends.  Her life was especially blessed when her grandchildren and great grandchildren came along.  She served the Lord in the St. John’s Ladies Aid, Lutheran Women’s Guild, volunteering at Bethesda Thrift Shop, sewing numerous quilts that were donated to Lutheran World Relief and the American Red Cross.  She also enjoyed being part of the Farm Bureau and the Ralph Kline American Legion Auxiliary Unit 262. 

Bernice is survived by her children Ken (Ann) Reckelberg, James Reckelberg, Debra (Jeff) VanDenBerg, and SMSgt (retired) Brenda Reckelberg; her grandchildren Loren VanDenBerg, Heather (Chris) Vande Vyver, Kristin and Jacob VanDenBerg; and her great grandchildren Grayson and Carter Vande Vyver.  She is also survived by her sister Muriel Gruetzmacher, her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Dolores Reckelberg, Carl (Joyce) Reckelberg, Sally Reckelberg, Dorothy Tess, Lois Seigmund, Phyllis (William) Erichsen, and Laverne Dax, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her parents Henry and Lorretta Hannemann, her father-in-law and mother-in-law William Sr. and Martha Reckelberg, brothers-in-law Marvin Gruetzmacher, William Reckelberg, Gordon Reckelberg, Kenneth Seigmund, Harlan Tess, and Leon Dax, one sister-in-law Delores Reckelberg.

Family and friends may call at St John Lutheran Church, 700 Heritage Rd, Luxemburg, WI, on Sunday, September 8, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.  Ralph Kline American Legion Auxiliary Unit 262 service at 6:45 pm. A prayer service will conclude the evening.  Visitation will continue Monday, September 9, 2019, between 9:30 am until 10:45 am.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am with Rev Carl Brewer officiating.  Burial to follow in the church cemetery. McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the Reckelberg Family.

The Reckelberg family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the Casco First Responders, Luxemburg Rescue Squad, the staff at St Vincent Hospital, Unity Hospice, and Rev Carl Brewer for your compassion and care shown our mother.

Randy F. VanGheem

Randy F. VanGheem, 51, of Sturgeon Bay, died Friday afternoon, August 30, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay after an eight-year battle with ALS.

     He was born June 17, 1968 in Green Bay, the son of Donald VanGheem and Nancy Bardouche. Randy graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1987 where he had success competing in track. He was employed as a carpenter for Leist Construction for seventeen years before taking his skills of carpentry to Palmer Johnson Yacht building in Sturgeon Bay until his illness forced his retirement three years later.

     On June 5, 1993, he married Chrystal Lynn Moore at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Egg Harbor.

     Never one to sit around, Randy enjoyed ice fishing, playing golf, collecting Harley tee shirts from every state, putzing and building things in his most immaculately kept garage, where he had three tools of everything. He was an avid pool player, even having a custom pool table built for his own home. He always looked forward to spending time with his wife and family at his parent’s cottage in Mountain, WI when healthier.

     Those left to mourn his passing are his devoted and loving wife, Chrystal;  his caring daughter, Cassidy of Milwaukee; father, Don (Betty) VanGheem of Mountain, WI; siblings, Samantha (Matt) Strelow of Kenosha, Darren (Rhonda) VanGheem of DePere, Dean (Mary) Haen of Green Bay, DeeDee (her partner, Ronn Ridgley) Klug of Green Bay; in-laws, Bob (Nancy) Moore of Sturgeon Bay; brother-in-law, Todd (Melissa) Moore of Sturgeon Bay; the supportive Schartner, Moore, and VanGheem families; and many, many dear friends.

     His mother, Nancy (Kiddford “Kipp”) Freeman preceded him in death.

     A service of remembrance will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.

     To honor Randy and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the ALS Association.

     “Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Randy’s nurse, Laura Barr, who became part of our family these past five years. We also want to thank the many family and friends for the support and understanding shown to all our family while on this journey with Randy. Your support and love gave us strength to face the day and peace to endure the nights and years.”

Ruth F. Kantz

Ruth F. Kantz, 87, Algoma, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Door County Memorial. She was born January 26, 1932 to the late Edward & Erna (Retzlaff) Hanamann.
Ruth married Stanley Maedke September 1950. After his death on July 26, 1972, she married Melvin Kantz in October of 1974. Together they resided in Pembine , WI for 40 years. Due to her health she moved back to Algoma and lived at Oak Creek Assisted Living since 2015.
Ruth is survived by her daughter; Barb Trull; son Paul Maedke; 2 grandchildren, David (Mickie) Bouche and Renee Bouche; 2 great-grandchildren, Tyler Bouche and Brooke Bouche; 2 brothers, Floyd Hanamann and Jim (Janice) Hanamann; as well as by nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley Maedke; her second husband, Melvin Kantz; sister-in-law, Edna Hanamann; in-laws Lawrence and Gertrude Maedke, Shirley & Marvin Dachelet, and Ruthann Dachelet.
There will be a private family funeral service at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Stangland, followed by burial in the Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma, WI. Online condolence messages may be shared at
Much thanks to Oak Creek Assisted Living, to Marie Pinchart and the wonderful staff for the love and care of our mom.


Kevin Steven Jeanquart

Kevin Steven Jeanquart, 36, Casco, WI, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. He was born on November 4, 1982 to Mike and Becky (Pelnar) Jeanquart. He enjoyed watching the Packers, riding 4-wheeler, snowmobiling, and Tractor pulls and his favorite tractors were Oliver tractors.
He is survived by his parents, Mike and Becky (Pelnar) Jeanquart; brother Kirk Jeanquart; sister, Kim (Levi) Zahn; grandfather Wallace; as well as by aunts, uncles, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; 2 uncles, and 1 aunt.


Mary Ann Wendt

Mary Ann Wendt, 83, Algoma, passed away Tuesday Sept. 3, 2019 at Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers.  She was born July 9, 1936 in Fish Creek to Walter and Agnes (Resler) Eckert.  She was raised on the Horse Shoe Bay Farms and attended Sunny Point School and then Sevastopol High School. 

 She married Dan Shimek in Jacksonport in 1955 and they moved to Mishicot.  She worked as a waitress for a few years, before getting a job at Hamilton Industry were she worked for about 20 years.  After her retirement Mary enjoyed taking cruise line vacations, fishing, gardening, the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers, her Friday night outings, going up north and looking for deer on her golf cart, Sunday bowling or roller skating with the family, polka dancing, snowmobiling, camping, decorating the outside and inside of her house for Christmas and she had been considered the neighborhood "mom".   She was an honorary member of the Algoma Hunting and Fishing Club where she liked to bartend.

Mary is survived by her daughter Sandy (Scott) Patza, Sturgeon Bay; her four grandchildren Karen (David) Murack, Two Rivers; Melissa (Trevor) Crandall, Denver. CO; Julia (Scott) McLaughlin, Oak Creek; and Dan Shimek; four great grandchildren Cayden, Alivia, Liam and Patrick; two brothers Bill (Patricia) Eckert, Brussels; and Ed (Chris) Eckert, AZ; special friend Richard Piesler, Rio Creek; and many nieces and nephews.    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband's Dan, Charles and Harry, son Ed Shimek, one sister and brother-in-law Betty (Armand) Tipler and one brother Wally Eckert.

Family and friends may gather at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rankin, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 from 2:00 PM until 4:30 PM with Rev. Dr. Christopher Jackson having a prayer service at 4:30 PM.  The visitation will continue on Monday, Sept. 9 from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Pastor Jackson officiating.  Burial in the Riverview Cemetery in Kewaunee.

The family wants to thank the Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers for all the kindness and care given to Mary and her family, especially to her nurses Megan and Sherry during her stay there.

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

Express your memories, sympathies and pictures to Mary Ann's tribute wall at

L. Peter Sauer

 Leo Peter Sauer was born May 18, 1929, in Kenosha, WI, to Leo G. and Beata A. (nee Pankow) Sauer. He was reborn into the Kingdom of God through holy baptism on June 2, 1929.  He confirmed his faith in the True and Living TRIUNE GOD at Bethany Ev. Lutheran Church in Kenosha, WI, in June, 1943. His soul went to be with his SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST on August 28, 2019, where he awaits the day of resurrection. 

     Leo Peter was a 1947 graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha, WI. He studied a year in Watertown, WI, at Northwestern (Seminary) Prep. College and continued his education at the University of Chicago in Illinois. He was graduated in 1971 with an Honorary Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in mechanical engineering, and a Masters Degree (MBA). 

     His work experience began in 1945 at the family business, the Dairy Service Equipment Company, where he served as bookkeeper and mechanical engineer.  He went on to be employed at Signode Steel Strapping Company for 35 years, which included the merger with Illinois Tool Works (ITW).  His final and favorite position was as Managing Project Engineer. It led him into research projects around the United States and overseas. 

     Peter married Elaine Helen Kersten on January 28, 1951.  Elaine and two children, Bradley and Timothy, preceded him to Heaven. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Pastor Joel Ph. Sauer and his sister, Marcie A. Hagen. He is survived by two daughters, Barbara (and Edward III) Ubert and Jennifer Sauer, son Michael (and Donna) Sauer; his sister, Mary (and Richard) Hannenberg; as well as grandchildren; great grandchildren, and nephews, nieces [and their children]. 

     During his lifetime, Peter was highly respected for his wisdom, integrity, and reverence for the Lord. His courage, counsel, and spiritual strength inspired many who know him, and he truly glorified his God. He was notably active in his church families at Bethany Ev. Lutheran and Mt. Zion Ev. Lutheran churches in Kenosha, WI. After moving his family to Northbrook and Glenview, IL, he was an active member at Jerusalem Ev. Lutheran Church in Morton Grove, IL. He retired to Sister Bay, WI, after a short time in Grayslake, IL. There, he and Elaine attended Christ Ev. Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor, WI.  His last move, to Toledo, OR, brought him to Beautiful Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Corvallis, OR. From there, Peter went on to join the Saints Triumphant. 

     A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Christ Ev. Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor, WI with Pastor Peter Lindemann officiating. Burial will be in Little Sister Cemetery. 

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:50 p.m. 

     Memorials may be given for Christ Ev. Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 544, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202. 

Marilyn E. Maedke

Marilyn E. Maedke, 78, formerly of Algoma, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at Rennes Nursing Home in DePere.  She was born July 5, 1941 in Algoma to Louis and Caroline (Baloun) Dupont. 

 Marilyn had to drop out of school early, but in 1986 she received her GED.  She was very proud of her accomplishment.  She worked at Emerson in Sturgeon Bay for 35 years, retiring in May of 2003.  Marilyn loved the precious time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, she also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, playing cards, traveling, reading, line dancing and playing the organ.

Marilyn married Gary Meadke January 1, 1972 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma.

She was a member along with Gary of the Whitetails Unlimited and served on committees for about nine years.

  Marilyn is survived by her husband Gary, her four children Diana (Rick) Pallex, Algoma; Barb (Jon) Paplham, New Franken; Ricky (Debra) Kroening, Forestville; and Shawn (Tammy) Maedke, New Franken; 13 grandchildren Tanya (Damian) Bott, Elliot (Tricia) Pallex, Adam Przybylski, Logan Ann Litersky, Christopher Przybylski, Gabrielle Paplham, Matthew, Jennifer, Zachary, Gunner and Hailey Kroening, Hannah and Hunter Maedke; 11 great grandchildren; one sister June (Poehls) Holtz, Algoma;  one aunt Rose Rosinski, Fond du Lac; two sisters-in-law Ruby Mueller and Violet Kumbalek, and many nieces and nephews.    She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Patricia (Donald) Lohrey, father-in-law and mother-in-law Louis (Frieda) Maedke, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ella (Marcus) Pagel, Edna (Roger) Krueger, Mildred (Harvey) Jaeger, Ernie Kumbalek and Edward Mueller.

Family and friends may gather at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Rev. John Moll officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma. 

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

The family wants to thank Rennes Nursing Home for the kindness and care given to Marilyn during her stay there.

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