Obituaries Archives for 2019-10

Gary Schmidt

Gary A. Schmidt, 78, of Casco, died peacefully early Wednesday morning, October 30, 2019 at his home with Nancy by his side.  He was born September 16, 1941 in Algoma to the late Alva R. and Loraine (Haferman) Schmidt.  Gary graduated from Casco High School in 1959.  He was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, Luxemburg.  He served in the United States Army in 1964 to 1966 and belonged to the American Legion Post 319, Casco.  Gary was a self-employed carpenter, never retiring because he loved helping people with their projects.

Gary will be sadly missed by the love of his life, Nancy Schmiling; one brother, Star Buck “Allen Schmidt”, CA; two sisters in law, Carol Schmidt, Casco; Karen Schmidt, Seymour; nieces and nephews, Pam (Craig) Rost, Mark (Lisa) Schmidt, Lynn (Lyle) Berceau, Connie (Joel) Wald, Doug (Paige) Schmidt, Kurt (Ann) Schmidt, Eric (Debby) Schmidt, Kris (Tina) Haven, Nick Schmidt (friend Kate); many other great nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by, two brothers, LeRoy Schmidt, Cletus Schmidt; one sister in law, Rainbow; two nephews, Charles and Christopher.

Friends may call between 8:30 and 10:30 am, Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church, 700 Heritage Road, Luxemburg, Wi.  54217. Funeral 10:45 am on Saturday at the church with Rev. Carl Brewer officiating. Full military rites follow the funeral service.  Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay. 

 Robert R. Blish

     Robert R. Blish, 59 years, of Green Bay, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Jack and Engrid Meng Unity Hospice in De Pere after a truly courageous battle with cancer.

     He was born March 9, 1960 in Sturgeon Bay the son of the late Gary and Gisela (Hollinger) Blish. Bob graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1978. He was active in sports, especially swimming during his high school years. Bob loved his family, enjoyed his dogs, Reggie and Mobie, to the end. Bob had been employed at Festival Foods as bakery manager, Neal Mast Greenhouses as their regional manager, and most recently Kwik Trip in Green Bay until his illness forced his retirement.

     Bob never stopped living. He opened himself up to this fight and took it head on, and freely trusted his caregivers and friends for help, who he appreciated very much. He had a deep appreciation for the comfort of Christ’s love shared by his Pastor, Rev. Leon Ehlert and his counsel throughout this past year.

     Bob was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Green Bay. He was an avid sports memorabilia collector, and animal lover.

     Surviving family are his niece, Jennifer Nesbitt; nephew, Ryan Nesbitt; two stepchildren, Alli Williams and Michael Williams, (and their mother, Kori Perry); his dear friends, Tom and Carolyn Guth of Sturgeon Bay.

     Preceding Robert in death were his parents; sister, Rosie Nesbitt; and nephew, Justin Nesbitt.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 4, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Leon Ehlert officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Sturgeon Bay.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

     Memorials may be made in Bob’s memory to Door County Humane Society or American Cancer Society for cancer research.

     “Thanks to everyone who opened their hearts to me, my friends, Tom and Carolyn Guth, old friends and classmates, the healthcare workers during my treatments, and the folks at Unity for their guidance on this journey. I have fought the good fight, finished my course, I have kept the faith”.

     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Robert may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

 

 Evelyn Wilke

 Evelyn Wilke, 94, of the Town of Sevastopol, died peacefully early Saturday morning, October 26, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.

     She was born Madonna Evelyn Haberlie on June 28, 1925 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of George August Haberlie and Emma (Brauer) Haberlie. Evelyn grew up attending St. Joseph Parish and Grade School and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1943. She was united in marriage to Raymond “Bud” Joseph Bongle on May 16, 1945 at St. Joseph Catholic Church where she remained a lifelong member. They were blessed with over 18 years of marriage. Bud died suddenly on May 31, 1963. Evelyn married Harold August Wilke on December 15, 1965 in Sturgeon Bay, and they shared over 29 years of marriage together. Harold passed away March 20, 1995.

     Evelyn started working the for Bank of Sturgeon Bay (later Baylake Bank) July 1, 1942 while still in high school, initially as a teller and then in other departments over the years. She went to work for the Federal Reserve Bank in California for over half a year in 1945 when she and Bud moved while he was serving in the US Navy. She returned to Sturgeon Bay and continued working for Bank of Sturgeon Bay as a teller. She worked in every department in the bank during her career there. Evelyn was a familiar face at Bank of Sturgeon Bay/Baylake Bank for over 66 years.

     Outside of work, she was a private person, but she did enjoy bowling multiple times a week in leagues for over 40 years. Evelyn liked to travel, initially with Bud, and then liked taking bus trips with Harold. With her green thumb, she enjoyed caring for her plants, which filled her home. Evelyn took wonderful care of her vehicles; they were always gently used with low miles and not usually driven out in the rain. On those days, she’d ride along with Harold.

     Evelyn will be missed by her daughter, Nancy (Mark) Lake of Sturgeon Bay; one grandson, Torry (fiancé Laura) Lake of Green Bay; two great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Patrick; other relatives; and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; special friend, Jack Gilson; infant brother, David Haberlie; and other relatives.

     Evelyn’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Ron Colombo as celebrant. Evelyn will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a parish wake service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.

     Memorials may be given in Evelyn’s name for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County or DOOR CANcer, INC.

     “Thank you to the staff at Sturgeon Bay Health Services for caring for Mom this past year and also to Dr. Paul Board and his staff.”

     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Evelyn may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Robert Joseph Nikolai

Robert Joseph Nikolai, 84, of Washington Island, passed away at home on Sunday morning, October 20, 2019.

     He was born August 28, 1935 in Kenosha, son of the late Richard August and Roselyn Mary (Wyk) Nikolai. Bob graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Kenosha with the Class of 1953.  He then went on to study at Marquette University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1957. Bob worked at Tri-Clover Manufacturing in Kenosha for 36 years until his retirement. On February 20, 1960, he was united in marriage with Margaret “Peg” J. Andersen at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Kenosha. Together, they retired to Washington Island.  He and Peg are members of Stella Maris Parish. Bob was also a member of the Washington Island Lions Club.

     Bob thoroughly enjoyed his retirement.  He took pride in refinishing antiques and selling them at Island Fantasy Gifts. He collected antique cars and took his grandchildren and great-grandchildren “Jeeping” in his 1946 Willy’s Jeep, always ending at the ice cream stand. He loved going deer hunting with his sons and grandsons and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Bob always made sure his cookie jar was filled with homemade chocolate chip cookies and made sure Peg knew when it was empty.

     Bob will be missed by his loving wife of 59 years, Peg; sons, Robert A. (Diana), Thomas (Patricia), and James (Charlene); grandchildren, Jake and Dana Nikolai, Pete (Lydia) Nikolai, Sara (Jimmy) Doering, and Alison (Jake) Farm, Megan, Melissa, and Jack Mutchler, and Brittany, Nathan, Hunter, and Jeromy Nikolai; great-grandchildren, Owen, Hailey, Clara, Ryker, and Liam; two sisters, Alice Egan and Audrey Martin; sisters-in-law, Nancy Cannan and Laurie Hackbarth; and son-in-law, Jack Mutchler.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Kristin Mutchler.

     A Mass of Christian Burial to honor Bob’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 1763 Town Line Rd., Washington Island, Wisconsin 54246. Bob will be laid to rest in the Washington Island Town Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob’s name to Stella Maris Parish, Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Bethel Ev. Free Church, or Washington Island Lions Club.

Steven John Ray

Steven John Ray, 63, Algoma, passed away October 20, 2019 at home after a four-and-a-half-year battle with ALS.  He was born December 2, 1955 in Chicago, IL to Robert and Irene (DuBois) Ray.  The family moved up to Algoma where Steven graduated from the Algoma High School.

 

Steve married Pam Meyer July 7, 1984 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Algoma

 

He was a co-owner of Krause-Ray Logging and later co-owner/operator of  Algoma Lumber Company, Inc. from 2004 until his retirement in 2018.

 

Steve was very active in the community including coaching baseball, softball and basketball at St. Mary School and Algoma High School.  He was an active member of St. Mary Parish and school  as an usher and volunteer at the Shanty Day tent.  He was also a member of St. Mary Home and School Association Board and served as the Athletic Director for many years.

 

Steve is survived by his wife Pam, daughter Carrie Ray and son Ethan Ray;  his father Robert Ray;  two brothers his twin Dan (Julie) Ray and Norman (Judy) Ray, sisters Mary (Kes) Smith and Sally (Robert) Lord; In-laws David and Donna Meyer; sisters-in-law Terry Meyer and Jamie (Rusty) Fogel, many nieces and nephews.

 

Steve was preceded in death by his daughter Jaqueline Ray, mother Irene Ray and sister-in-law Kate Walsh.

 

Family and friends may gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. and after 9:00 AM Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00AM with Father Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burail at a later date in the church cemetery.

 

The family wants to give a special thank you to all the friends and family, Unity Hospice and Adam Feest who helped and supported Steve as his ALS progressed.

Steve fought ALS with dignity and strength, living his mantra of "taking one day at a time."  Go Team StingRay.

 

In lieu of flowers and plants a memorial fund will be established in Steve's honor.

 

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Steve's tribute page at www.schinderle.com.

Keith Daniel "Dan" Noe

Keith Daniel “Dan” Noe, 82, of Sister Bay, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019 while at Angels Touch CBRF in De Pere, WI.

     He was born August 28, 1937 in Edgerton, WY, the son of Daniel and Virginia (Kelso) Noe. Following high school, he served his country with the United States Navy.  Dan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in Secondary Education, majoring in Biology and minoring in Physical Science/Education. He completed his graduate studies at the UW Superior and Oshkosh with a major in Physics, minoring in Mathematics. 

     Dan taught biology and chemistry at Gibraltar High School, worked at Bay Shipbuilding, and Reinhardt Plumbing.

     He married Janet M. A. Lundquist at Trinity Lutheran Church in 1979.

     Dan will be missed by his wife, Janet and her four children and families, Debra (Mark) Blaha of Sturgeon Bay, Sherry (Greg) Fruhauff of Casa Grande, AZ, Scott, and Mark (Julie), both of De Pere; eight step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Shirley Noe of Oklahoma.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Reed Noe; and nephew, Danny Noe.

     “A special thank you to goes out to the caring staff at Angles Touch, to his tender home care provider, Lisa Hendrickson, and to a very helpful friend and neighbor Steve Kalms.

     Dan’s life will be honored with a memorial service held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Kerry Krause, of Sister Bay Moravian Church, officiating. Burial will be Sister Bay Moravian Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at Huehns Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Elizabeth "Betty" Julia Kiehnau

Elizabeth “Betty” Julia Kiehnau, 92, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord and was reunited with her husband, Bill, late Monday afternoon, October 14, 2019 while at Door County Medical Center.

     She was born September 27, 1927 in Fish Creek, the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Robertoy) Henry. Betty Graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1945. She was united in marriage to William August Kiehnau, Jr. on June 17, 1950 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville. Together, they operated their dairy farm on County Road P in the Town of Sevastopol for many years. Betty and Bill were were blessed with nearly 57 years of marriage. He passed away June 8, 2007.

     In her younger days, Betty had been an active member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy, teaching Sunday School and was a member of the Ladies Aid. In 2016, she moved into the Sturgeon Bay Senior Living facility, Whispering Heights, where she continued her constant crocheting of dishcloths, towels, and hotpads. Nearing life’s end here on earth, Betty’s faith in the Lord was her strength and she looked forward to her Heavenly home.

     Her love will live on in the hearts of her three daughters, Linda Wait (Paul Wickmann) of Sturgeon Bay, Sandy Lee of Redington Shores, FL, and Lori (Darrel) Waller of Forestville; son-in-law, Mike Nolte of Sturgeon Bay; five wonderful grandchildren, Stacy (Bryan) Erdmann, Jessica (Corey) Haen, Bobby (Chelsea) Bittorf, Hope (Rob) DeLeon, and Erin (Erik) Saxton; seven precious great-grandchildren Preston Haen, Tess and Max Erdmann, Olivia Bittorf, and Sophie, Emma, and Abigail DeLeon; two brothers, Gerald (Mary) Henry of Sebastian, FL and Dan Henry of Appleton; two sisters-in-law, Sally Henry and Cathy Henry, both of Sturgeon Bay; many loving nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

     Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Gail Nolte; grandson, Derek Nolte; son-in-law, Rick Lee; three brothers, Dennis, Tom, and Bob, and two sisters, Shirley and Jane; and other relatives.

     Betty’s funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy with Pastor Benjamin Enstad officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, beside her husband, Bill.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Friday, October 18, 2019 with a devotion to conclude the evening at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church, Saturday morning, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Betty’s name for St. John Ev. Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School.

     Thank you to the Door County Medical Center staff for your care given to Mom during her stay.

Christine Ann Kinka

Christine Ann Kinka, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away October 8, 2019 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center at Door County Medical Center.

     She was born July 29, 1938 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Stanley and Helen (Stajkowski) Grabowski. Chris grew up attending St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School in Chicago. She graduated from St. Michael’s High School in Chicago in 1956 and went on to study at Wilson Junior College for teaching. Chris had this amazing ability to whistle and captured not only the attention of Richard Joseph Kinka, but also his heart. After Richard’s discharge from the Navy, they were married on October 29, 1960 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Chicago. They moved to Downers Grove, IL where they resided for 30 years. Chris worked as a teacher’s aide, but her primary work was taking care of her family and making a wonderful home. While in Downers Grove, they attended St. Joseph Parish. They bought a vacation home in Ellison Bay in 1990 and fell in love with Door County. A few years after Rich retired in 1996, they made their permanent home on Glidden Drive in the Town of Sevastopol. They were members of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Institute.

     Chris had great love for the Arts. She enjoyed music, making jewelry, mosaics, and also liked going to plays at Peninsula Players Theatre. Chris was a master quilter and co-founded “Faithful Circle,” a quilt guild in Downers Grove which is celebrating their 45th Anniversary this year. She was also the co-founder of the Trillium Quilt Club in Sister Bay and a member of Door County Quilters. Her quilts were entered in many national shows and won countless ribbons. She was proud to have been published in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Chris also enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Sturgeon Bay Garden Club. She loved Door County for its natural beauty and wildlife. Her family meant the world to her, and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She would visit her kids and grandkids in Illinois often and loved to travel to California, Arizona, and Florida over the cold winter months. Her favorite times were when the whole family would gather in Door County and she could share everything she loved about the peninsula.

     Her love and memory will live on in the hearts of husband, Richard; three children, Richard T. (Lisa) Kinka of Naples, FL, Russell Kinka of Lake Villa, IL, and Beth (Bill) Hager of Glenview, IL; six grandchildren, Richard M. (Sarah), Matthew (Kelly), and Jeffrey Kinka, and Abigail, Audrey, and Ava Hager; one great-grandson, Lucas Kinka; brother, Dr. Leonard (Cathleen) Grabowski of Goleta, CA; other relatives; and many dear friends. Chris was preceded in death by her parents.

     Her life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant, where she will be laid to rest in the church cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. A memorial celebration will be held in Illinois at a later date, sometime in January of 2020.

     Memorials may be given in Chris’ name for Feed and Clothe My People of Door County.

     “Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the entire Skilled Nursing Facility staff for the wonderful care given to Chris and all of us during her time with you. You treated her (and us) like family and we are forever thankful. Also, thank you to the staff of Unity Hospice for the compassionate care given to Chris and our family these past weeks.”

Gay Lynn Hecker

Gay Lynn Hecker, 63, of Waco, Texas and Egg Harbor, fell asleep in the loving arms of her family and awoke in the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

     She was born November 1, 1955 in Kenosha, daughter of the late Richard “Dick” and Barbara Lynn (Aaron) Ellefson.  After graduating from Tremper High School in Kenosha in 1973, Gay went on to achieve her associate degree in Conference Reporting before going to Montessori training.  She was certified by the Association of Montessori International as an instructor to teach the Montessori method worldwide and was internationally recognized.  Gay’s heart and soul was in teaching children and was fortunate to educate students in Columbia, South Carolina, (Green Bay) Wisconsin, and (Venice) Florida before having her own school, Montessori Children’s House, in Englewood, Florida.  Gay also taught second grade at Venice Christian School in Venice, Florida for two years.   

     She was united in marriage with Richard James Hecker at Bethel Ev. Free Church on Washington Island on October 6, 1984. Gay loved God with her whole heart. With her husband and her daughter, she had many missionary adventures after training with Youth with a Mission in 1990. They traveled to Mexico, Haiti, Romania, and even to Kenya, Africa, touching the children of the world.

     Gay loved life. She loved the perfection of a rose and saw the beauty in everything. She was known to all by her smile, her laugh, and her deep love. Even to those she only knew for a short while experienced her love and infectious smile. Though it seems her life was cut short, she repeatedly said the summer of 2019 was the best of her life. She was so free and lived life to the fullest, doing what she loved – traveling, shopping, “Jeeping”, and spending time with her friends. Most importantly, spending precious moments with her husband, daughter, and brother.

     Gay loved people and relationships. She was a devoted wife, mother, and sister. She was also passionate about her close friends. In her life, God brought six women to walk by her side. These women were: Suzy Corby, Sheila Withrow, Judy DuCharme, Carrie Gusmer, Kim Elkinns, Suzette Yañez.

     Gay’s joy will live on in the hearts of her loving husband of 35 years, Richard; daughter, Grace Hecker; brother, Tully (Liz) Ellefson; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her daughter, Abby Jean; parents, Dick and Barbara Ellefson; and brother, Rick Ellefson.

     A memorial service to honor Gay’s life will be celebrated at Door of Life Christian Church, where they are members, on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ed House officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Washington Island Town Cemetery.

Vincent Francis Sherrick

Vincent Francis Sherrick, 100, of the Town of Sevastopol, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 3, 2019 at Algoma Long Term Care.
     He was born February 4, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Frank and Margaret (Bruce) Sherrick. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He met the love of his life, Noreen Marie Collins, at a USO dance for the troops near the advent of WWII, and the two wed on July 13, 1946 at Chicago’s Holy Nativity Parish. Vince and Noreen celebrated 68 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on November 29, 2014. Vince worked as a mechanical engineer for various companies in the Chicago area for over 40 years. He and Noreen then moved to Door County full-time to enjoy their retirement.
     Vince was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Institute for many years. He loved sailing on his boat, fishing, sitting at the beach, and golfing at Cherry Hills.
     Vince will be remembered by his daughters, Carol Cantzler of Columbus, OH and Beth (Dennis) Grubba of Custer, WI; four grandsons, Christopher (Julia), Sean (Nicole), Ryan (Jill), and Kevin (Lindsay) Cantzler; and nine great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Noreen; great-granddaughter, Kristin; one brother; and two sisters.
     Vince’s life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating. Military honors will be performed following the Mass. He will be laid to rest in the church cemetery beside his wife, Noreen.
     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.
     The Sherrick family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Algoma Long Term Care and Unity Hospice for their compassionate support and care.

 

 Kenneth Julius Volkmann

 Kenneth Julius Volkmann, 86, of the Town of Sevastopol, was called Home to be with the Lord, with his loving family by his side, on October 1, 2019 at the Peter and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center in Sturgeon Bay.

     Ken was born in Egg Harbor on August 12, 1933, the son of Frederick and Mildred Amelia (Martens) Volkmann. He attended Sunnypoint School and graduated from Sevastopol High School. On June 29, 1957, he married Carol Catherine Junion sharing 62 years together.

     Ken was a semi-truck driver for Smith & Schartner for 12 years and for Schneider Transport for 20 years. After retirement, he enjoyed helping at Lily Bay Sawmill and Henschel Sawmill & Farm.

     Ken was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed vacationing with his family, was an outdoor enthusiast and partook in hobbies such as snowmobiling, fishing, water skiing and playing sports with his children and grandchildren. Ken was well known for his beautiful garden on the corner of Highway 42 and County Road P where he lived most of his life. He was a wonderful handyman and could fix anything and everything.

     Ken will be missed by his wife, Carol; children, Kim (Gary) Schopf of Sturgeon Bay, Konnie Gordon of Sturgeon Bay, Kevin Volkmann of Normal IL, Kris Volkmann of Sturgeon Bay, Kirk (Stacey) Volkmann of Valmy, and Keith (Mary) Volkmann of Sturgeon Bay; eleven grandchildren, Stephanie (Jake) Peterson of Green Bay, David (Dakotah) Gordon of Luxemburg, Tracy (Kevin) Allen of Seattle, WA, Jill Gauger of Green Bay, Matthew Gauger of Green Bay, Drew Tanck of Waukesha, Kyle (Amy) Volkmann of Green Bay, Kambria Volkmann of Green Bay, Ella Volkmann of Valmy, Madilyn and Aleah Volkmann of Sturgeon Bay; seven great-grandchildren, Clayton, Caleb and Cole Peterson, Charlotte and Luci Gordon, and Sofia and Isaac Allen; and sisters-in-law, Marion Volkmann and Judy Volkmann.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Clarence, Russell, Lester, Joanne (Elton) Shine and Ruth Leitner; and great-grandson, Hope Allen.

     Ken’s life will be honored with a funeral service held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 7, 2019 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport with Pastor Peter Lindemann officiating.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and will continue at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Ken’s memory for Unity Hospice and Sevastopol Pioneer Athletic Booster Club.

     The family is very grateful for those at the Peter and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center and Unity Hospice for their heartfelt care given to Ken.

Nancy Lois Wesa

Nancy Lois Wesa, 83, formerly from Port Washington and Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Evergreen Skilled Nursing Facility in Oshkosh.

     She was born December 26, 1935 in West Allis, daughter of the late John and Lillian (Teich) Stoll. Nancy lived in West Allis and attended Franklin School until fifth grade before their family moved to Egg Harbor. She attended Egg Harbor Grade School, eventually graduating from Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek with the Class of 1953. Nancy then went on to receive her diploma from Door-Kewaunee Teachers College in Algoma and taught at Washington School in West Jacksonport.

     On March 31, 1956, Nancy was united in marriage with Thomas Wesa, Jr. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville, the church where she was confirmed. After getting married, Nancy and Tom moved to Port Washington and raised their family of five daughters. She worked at the Ozaukee Press, St. Alphonsus Hospital and Grandview Clinic. When it was time for Tom to retire, they moved back to Fish Creek and then later to Sturgeon Bay, where they lived for 20 years. While living in Sturgeon Bay, she worked at Ministry Door County Medical Center. Together, the two were members of Bay View Lutheran Church. In 2014, Tom and Nancy moved to Ozaukee County to be closer to their daughters. In her spare time, Nancy enjoyed needlework, specifically, crocheting.

     Nancy will be missed by her five daughters, Debra (Mike) Budzisz of Oshkosh, Diane (Bob) Nelson of Oostburg, Patricia (Kent)  Kohn of Eustis, FL, Carol (Patrick) Corcoran of Brookfield, and Cheryl Hock of Dousman; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Janet Reimer; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry (Margaret) Wesa and Arlene Fisher; and many nieces and nephews.

     Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; parents, John and Lillian Stoll; in-laws, Thomas Sr. and Alice Wesa; and brothers-in-law, Donald Wesa, Harris Wesa, Donald Reimer and John Fisher.

     Nancy’s life will be honored with a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville with Pastor Frank Kauzlarich officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. She will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol.

Orville F. Kay

Orville Frederick Kay, 93, of Forestville, passed away on October 17, 2019, at Door County Medical Center.  He was born on August 5, 1926, in Brussels to Emil and Lydia (Maedke) Kay.
Orville was a life-long resident of Door County.  He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church where he was a past Elder and on the Cemetery Committee.  He was also a member of the Farm Bureau and the Southern Door Snow Drifters Snowmobile Club.
Survivors include his cousins and very good friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, and sister, Ruby.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 21, 2019, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Kolberg, WI, with Pastor Curt Grube officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Monday. 

 

Robert C. Haines

Robert (Bob) C. Haines, age 75, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, October 16, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Sturgeon Bay December 6, 1943 to Robert Harold Haines and Marcella Mathilda (Larson) Haines.   Robert graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1962.  Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1966.  He attended Milwaukee Area Technical College where he became a journeyman electrician.

On September 6, 1969, Robert was united in marriage to Jean M. Draves at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.  They had one loving daughter, Stacy Lynn.

Robert began his career as an electrician in various nuclear plants and at Proctor & Gamble prior to joining the Sturgeon Bay Utilities, where he retired in 2000.  He also co-owned Haines Convenience Store with his brother, Richard.

Robert was an active member of Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, where his faith was very important to him.  He served on church council and various committees throughout the years.  Robert was a member of the Sturgeon Bay Jaycees, Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge, Valley of Green Bay, and Beja Shriners.  He was also a member of the Door County Maritime Museum and Green Bay Botanical Gardens.   Bob had an infectious smile and kind and compassionate spirit.  Bob enjoyed traveling with his family, was an avid reader, and liked classic cars.  Many times, Bob could be found reading a book, reading 3 newspapers and watching t.v. all at the same time and know every intricate detail of each.

Bob took great pride in his family whom he loved immensely.  He will be deeply missed by his wife of 50 years, Jean, daughter and “son”-in-law Stacy (Steven) Apfel of Hobart, WI, and very special grand dog Finn.  He is further survived by sister-in-law Sharon Haines of Sturgeon Bay; brother-in-law and sister in-law David and Judy Dahms of Sturgeon Bay; brother-in-law John Draves of Green Bay; nephew Scott (Rebecca) Haines and their family, Braeden, Alyssa (Kevin) Perry, Trent and Aubrey Perry; nieces, Holly (Paul) Tlachac and their family Taylor, Sydney, and Nicole; Amy (Brian) Schwiderski, and Kelly (Rob) Schartner and their family Brianna and Haddie; aunt Janet (Haines) Mickelson all of Sturgeon Bay; cousins and other dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Clarence and Emma (Larson) Haines and Eli and Helga “Besta” Larson; parents-in-law Roland and Viola Draves, brother Richard Haines and special friends Bill and Phil.

A funeral service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with his son-in-law Pastor Steven Apfel officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.   Burial will be in Hainesville Cemetery. Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Robert’s memory to Bay View Lutheran Church-Property Committee at 340 W. Maple Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 or Unity Hospice.

The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Kelton Reitz at Door County Medical Center, Bob’s home care giver Kirsten and his team at Unity Hospice (Justin, Kang, Jodi and Nancy) for their compassionate care. 

Mary Catherine (Tordt) Lindhorst

Mary Catherine (Tordt) Lindhorst, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, was called to her heavenly home on Oct. 12, 2019.  She was born Aug. 24, 1934 in Batavia, IL to Jerald and Mildred (Sanders) Tordt.  On Aug. 9, 1958 she married Harold Fredrick Lindhorst at St. Paul’s Church in Rockford, IL. 

Mary graduated from Batavia High School in 1952, studied one year at Northwestern University, and then entered nursing school at Rockford Memorial Hospital (Illinois), graduating in 1956.   Mary worked at Rockford Clinic, Rockford Memorial Hospital, and was a school nurse in Clintonville, Wisconsin. 

When she and Harold moved to Door County, she went to work for the Public Health Department working there until her retirement in 2000.  Mary received her Public Health Certification in 1975 and then earned her BSN in Nursing from UWGB in 1986. In her retirement, Mary worked part time as a nurse supervisor for Advocates for Independent Living and Specialized Services.

Mary belonged to the Wisconsin Public Health Association for many years, serving on several state committees.  She was also a member of the National Nursing Honor Society and served as Vice Chairman of the organization.  She was active in the local community where she was on the AIDS Task Force, conducted prenatal classes, and taught health related topics in the local high schools.  She also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity as a member of the Family Selection Committee and acted as hostess on the Habitat sites.

Before and after her retirement, Mary was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church serving on the Altar Guild, Faithful Hands, Funeral Committee, Visitation Team, Grief Team, school committees, and wherever else she was asked to serve.  She also sang in the church choir.

Survivors include two children, Pastor Paul (Carla)Lindhorst of Watertown S.D.; Sarah (Phillip) Weidner of Sturgeon Bay, WI; grandchildren: Angela (Gene) Dennis, Ellen (Christopher) Boyette, Stephen (Janet) Lindhorst, Aaron Lindhorst, Jesse (Kerrianne) Sanchez, Courtney (special friend, Jeff Lautenbach) Weidner, Bethany (Mike) Lee, Alexander (fiance, Whitney Vig) Sanchez, Jordan (special friend, Maria Marlen) Lindhorst, Andrew (special friend, Merry Forbes) Sanchez, Austin (Kaylen) Weidner; 21 great-grandchildren, sister Sheila (Roy) Wilcox, in-laws: Bunny Tordt, Billie Tordt, Adeline Jungemann, Florence Adermann, Ruth and Stan Pakulla; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 grandchildren, Grace Franklin and Anthony Franklin, Melissa Weidner, and 1 great-granddaughter, Amelia Rose Proia; 4 brothers, Steven Tordt, Bill Tordt, Dale (Peggy) Griffin, and Bruce (Jan) Griffin; in-laws, Alfred Jungemann, Raymond Adermann, Nichalos Garbas, and John Lindhorst.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Carl Schroeder officiating.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and at the church on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and School.

Special thanks to Ellen and Christopher Boyette, and to Wendy, Laura, Mary Beth, Mark, Gwen and Angie of Unity Hospice for all of the wonderful care and support.

Evelyn "Evy" L. Rass

Evelyn “Evy” L. Rass, 93, Luxemburg, died early Monday morning, October 14, 2019, at Oak Park Place CBRF in Green Bay.

She was born on November 3, 1925 in Pilsen to the late Joseph M. and Elizabeth B. (Jicha) Mleziva.  On September 13, 1947 she married Robert C. Rass at St. Joseph Church in Pilsen.  He preceded her in death on September 9, 1982. Evy graduated from Luxemburg High School in 1942 and was employed with Cohen’s Dept. Store and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.  Later was employed with the Luxemburg-Casco School District as a cook for four years and as a bookkeeper for twenty-three years, retiring in December of 1987.  She was a member of St. Mary Church in Luxemburg and a member of the St. Mary Christian Mother Society.  Her enjoyments included watching the Green Bay Packers, completing sudoku puzzles, traveling, reading, praying the rosary and serving many people by taking them shopping, getting their mail etc. checking on others in the neighborhood making sure their needs were met!

Survivors include her four daughters, Ann (Kim) Deda, Algoma; Mary Rass, Green Bay; Karen (Steve) Tipps, Wisconsin Dells; Terri (Al) Peot, Luxemburg; six grandchildren, Chase Deda, Allen, Trinity and Simon Tipps, Brad Peot, Kyle (fiance’ Jenna Beier) Peot; brothers in law and sisters in law, Clem Rass, Neenah; Marie Miller, Luxemburg; Laverne Happel, Brookfield; Lois Dorner, AZ; Jim (Alice) Rass, Mosinee; many nieces and nephews.

Evy was preceded in death by one son, Greg Rass, two brothers, Lester and Stanley (Evelyn) Mleziva, two sisters, infant Grace, Lucille (Joe Mahlik) (Fritz) Schroeder, Bert (Lil) Rass, Jim Miller, Dr. Emery Happel, Betty (Don) Weier, Tony Dorner, Madge Rass; her father in law and mother in law, Clem and Louise Rass.

Friends may call at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg, 8:30 to 10:45 am on Thursday, October 17, 2019.  Funeral 11:00 am on Thursday with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.  McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the family.  www.mcmahonfh.com

The family wishes to extend a note of thanks to Unity Hospice for your care of our Mother this past month

Barbara Jean Nordwig

Barbara Jean Nordwig, age 86 passed away peacefully on October 10, 2019 after suffering the debilitating affects of Alzheimer’s disease.  Barbara was born July 1, 1933 to Albert and Mildred Conjurske in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  She married her lifelong friend and love, Roger Louis Nordwig on June 13, 1952 who preceded her in death on May 2009.

Barbara loved animals of any kind, so much so, that after her four children were raised she opened her own business doing pet grooming and boarding.  Her shop was called the “Barking Lot."   She had a very successful business in Las Vegas, NV for over twenty years; she was loved by her customers because she loved their furry animals as they did.

Barbara is survived by her sister Ruth Mary; her four children and their significant others Terry Connors Nordwig, Jan and Douglas Gulbransen, Kim and Ben Grad, Michael and Susan Nordwig, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.   Barbara was a devoted wife, mother and grandparent.

There will be a small private family gathering.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that you donate to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory and to honor her life and struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  
Donations can be made at http://act.alz.org/goto/barbaranordwig

She will be loved and remembered always by her family.  She has now gone to join those in heaven her beloved husband Roger and granddaughter Kelli.

Merwin C. Nelson

Merwin C. Nelson, 87, of Algoma, formerly Washington Island, died Tuesday evening, October 8, 2019 at Autumn’s Journey CBRF in Algoma with his wife, Hazel at his side.

     He was born March 15, 1932 on Washington Island the son of the late Lester and Mildred (Boyce) Nelson. Mer graduated from Washington Island High School. He served on the USS Segundo Submarine during the Korean War stationed in the South Pacific and Philippines.

     On March 26, 1960, he married Hazel Irene McLaughlin in Las Vegas, Nevada. He lived in Arizona for 33 years. Mer and his brother owned a lumberyard and hardware store in Arizona. He later owned a tavern business in Washington state, and a resort in Minnesota.

     He is survived by one daughter, Sheree and her twin daughters, Rachael and Rebecca of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Hazel’s four children and their families.

     Preceding him in death are his parents; brother, Gordon; and sister, Janice Crislason.

     At his request, no public service will be held. He will be laid to rest on Washington Island.

Alvin Jesse

Alvin Jesse, 82, Algoma,  entered eternal rest on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  He was born April 16, 1937 in Seymour, WI. to the late Oscar and Helen (Fuller) Jesse. 

Alvin graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1955.  After graduation he joined the US Air Force.  He served from 1955 to 1959 on Active Duty and in the Reserves until 1963.  He was stationed in Germany, France, Saudi Arabia and Libya.  After his honorable discharge he met and married the love of his life, Kathleen Mraz on November 24, 1961.  Together they shared 56 wonderful years. 

Alvin worked at the Algoma Hardwoods, Bay Shipbuilding, then he went back to the Algoma Hardwoods until he retired in 1999.

He was an avid race car fan of all kinds, but loved dirt track racing the most.  He raced himself in the 1960's.  His favorite driver was #3 Todd "Felix" Dart. 

Alvin is survived by one son Lee (Danell) Jesse and one daughter Kelli Ciccalone, two grandsons Tyler and Tim Jesse, one step granddaughter Taylor Carstens, daughter-in-law Jamie Jesse, sister-in-law Geraldine Pigeon, and brother-in-law Paul Burdick.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Katie of 56 years, one son Mark, three sisters Ruth (Jerry) Poehls, Alice Burdick, Doris Weber, one brother Terry and brother-in-law Gerald Pigeon.

At Alvin's request there will only be a graveside service for him on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma. 

The family would like to thank Unity Hospice, especially, Heather and Jenny who became part of our family, also special thanks to Kewaunee Atrium Acute Care, especially Keri and Brenda.

Al was a man full of pride and dignity and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Alvin's tribute page at www.schinderle.com

Conor L. Iverson

Conor L. Iverson, 26, of Manitowoc, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away October 8, 2019.

     He was born March 25, 1993 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Scott and Lisa (Nelson) Iverson. Conor graduated from Sevastopol High School in 2011 where he enjoyed playing football and running track. He attended police training academy in Green Bay and served the community of Sturgeon Bay as a Community Service Officer. Conor was a Jailer with the Sheboygan County Jail before joining the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department in January 2016.  In June 2018, he was a Manitowoc County Dispatcher. Recently, he entered the world of custom truck building and detailing, sales and customer service, with Custom Offsets in Appleton. He enjoyed the custom truck world so much he created an Instagram page for his own truck.

     Conor loved racing his stock car, animals, having fun, and living life fast. He was a shy, sensitive fella with a unique infectious laugh, and as his mother describes, beautiful blue eyes.

     His family includes his parents, Scott and Lisa; brother, Dylon; two sons, Parker (his mom, Angela), Braxton (his mom, Crystal); paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Sharon Iverson of Sturgeon Bay.

     Conor was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, David and Judith Nelson.

     His life will be honored with a funeral service held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Dr. Mathew R. Knapp, Sr. officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:50 p.m.

Dorothy Eileen Smith

Dorothy Eileen Smith, 89, of Sister Bay, passed away Thursday evening, October 3, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay. 

     She was born May 1, 1930 in Leicester, England, the daughter of Charles Pate Mackman Deacon and Edith (Newcombe) Deacon. Dorothy attended Mundella School in Leicester. She met Norman Kenneth Smith when she was 17, and they were married on Christmas Eve 1949 at St. Barnabus Church in Leicester. 

     Dorothy (and Norman) immigrated to Wisconsin, arriving on January 6, 1961 in hopes of greater opportunities and made their home on the north side of Milwaukee. Dorothy worked a number of part-time jobs so she could be at home with her three daughters. After the girls left home, Dorothy worked at Wisconsin Gasket until she retired at 61. Dorothy and Norman were blessed with over 61 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on February 5, 2011 in Leicester. Dorothy moved back to Wisconsin to live with her daughter, Denise, and then moved to Door County in 2012 to live with her daughter, Denise, and son-in-law, LeRoy “Butch”. 

     She was a member of the Transatlantic Brides and Parents Association in Milwaukee and enjoyed participating in the International Institute’s Holiday Folk Fair that was held in November celebrating world cultures, heritage, and traditions. Dorothy was an excellent cook and baker who was known for making jam tarts, pasties, and mince pies. She will be remembered for being a strong and caring person and a hard worker. “She was Mom.” 

     Dorothy will be deeply missed by her daughter, Denise (LeRoy “Butch”) Schramm of Sister Bay; nine grandchildren, Lisa (Curt) Rosbeck, Kerin Schramm, David Schramm, Kimberly (Edward) McGillis, Lindsay (Travis) Tackes, Christopher Volgmann, Nicholas Volgmann, Andrew Smith, and Lane Lewandowski; fifteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Zupan; brother, John (Faye) Deacon of Leicester, England; brother-in-law, Derek (Janice) Smith of Leicester, England; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives. 

     She was preceded in death by her father, Charles P.M. Deacon; mother, Edith Huddleston; husband, Norman; two daughters, Linda (Glen) Tetzlaff and Janice Smith; eight siblings, Fred (Elsie) Deacon, Edna (Jim) Travers, Ray Deacon, Roy (Jan) Deacon, Margaret (Arthur) McDaniel, Leslie (Pat) Deacon, Gladys Deacon, Evelyne Deacon; brother-in-law, Trevor (Sue) Smith; great-grandson, Joey Pari; and other relatives. 

     Dorothy’s life will be honored with a memorial service to be held at the “Gathering Room” at Scandia Village in Sister Bay with Rev. Joy Zakrzewski officiating, date to be determined. 

     She will be laid rest in Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend in the Spring with her husband and two daughters. 

     Memorials may be given in her name for Birchwood Memory Care Unit (c/o Scandia Village, 10560 Applewood Rd., Sister Bay, WI 54234). 

     “Thank you to the Scandia Village staff for your care given to Mom these past two months.” 

Glenn Lee Krueger

Glenn Lee Krueger, 86, Forestville passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 surrounded by his loving family and into the arms of his savior and now living with Jesus on the streets of gold.  Glenn was born October 9, 1932 in the Town of Forestville to Ervin and Mae (Schmiling) Krueger.

Glenn graduated from the Algoma High School and entered the United States Army in January 1953 and was honorably discharged in December of 1954.  He served over seas in Germany as a radio operator.  He came back to the Forestville area where he met and married Mary Jane Schuyler.  After Mary Jane passed away, Glenn married Bernice Schneider-Younk. 

Glenn farmed most of his life and was very proud of his 100 acre farm.   He enjoyed all the things about farming, including planting, harvesting, gardening, riding his John Deere Tractor and lawn mower.  He also enjoyed hunting, family vacations, Gospel music, reading his bible everyday until his illness took that away from him. His life was living for his Savior, Jesus Christ.

March 30, 1984 Glenn married Denise Murray in Sturgeon Bay. 

Glenn is survived by his wife Denise, 11 children Michael (Chris) Krueger, Corrine (Jim) Huston, Kim (Brian) Charles, Julie (Ray) Litteral, Ervin (Gayle) Krueger, Patrick (Natasha) Casey, David (Lauren) Casey, Phillip (Kaysie) Krueger, Carla (Ryan) Weidner, Russell Younk and Amy (Dave) Kinnard; 40 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, mother-in-law Joanne Davis; father-in-law Donald Murray; sister-in-law Delores Krueger; many other sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and brother-in-law Sylvia (Al) Pilarski, his first wife Mary Jane, his second wife Bernice, his brother Aaron Krueger, son Mick Younk, grandson Brandon Krueger, great granddaughter Sierra Ebel, father-in-law Charles Davis and great niece Jessie Fehelhaber.

Family and friends are invited at gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.   Prayer service 7:00 PM.  Visitation will continue, Friday, October 11 from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM at Calvary Assembly of God Church, Algoma with Pastor Kenneth Taylor officiating.  Burial in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Forestville. with Full Military Rites.

Glenn's children want to thank his loving and devoted wife, Denise for all the wonderful care she gave him to give so he was able to live many more years.

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Glenn's Tribute Page at www.schinderle.com.

Thomas Eugene Belleau

Thomas Eugene Belleau, 83, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on October 6, 2019. He was born on July 7, 1936 in Menominee, Michigan to the late Mose and Mary Belleau. Tom married Dorothy Schiltz on June 21, 1958 at St. Mary’s Maplewood.  He served in the Army Reserves from 1956 to 1963 as a Sergeant E2. Following in his fathers’ footsteps he bought a bakery in Neillsvillle, Wisconsin where he started his future career as a baker extra ordinaire. When his father Mose decided to retire in 1974 it came down to who had the high card between Tom and his brother Jim. Tom won out and the Pastry Shoppe in Kewaunee, Wisconsin now became Tom’s Pastry Shoppe. Tom and Dorothy ran that business for over 40 years baking and serving the community with a passion that could only be met by his wit and sense of humor that could brighten anyone’s day. All year round he worked hard making their amazing products through the night then headed out in his van to deliver them to local businesses and around the entire Door County area. Tom made a point to build relationships with everyone he met no matter if they were the bartender (oh he liked his Martini’s and they always made his stories better), wait staff, cook or the manager/owner. Tom’s love for people was truly a blessing to all. When you didn’t find him working you could find him out golfing all summer long or bowling in the winter. Tom also discovered a love for photography and really enjoyed taking pictures of nature, especially birds. He was also very much involved in the community with his work with the Lion Club and the Jaycees. Tom’s impact on the community and unconditional love for all will be missed by anyone who ever met him. 

Tom is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy; his children Jon Belleau, and Barb Belleau; grandchildren Jason Bertrand, Aidan Belleau and Alex Faulk; brother Jim Belleau; sisters Lynn Jisa, Mary Jean Schwenk, and Ruth Fuersten; daughter-in-law Christine Faulk; brothers-in-law Jim Schwenk, Dennis Jisa, Vernon Kinnard; sisters-in-law Dawn Belleau, Sue Belleau, Judy Schiltz, Betty Kinnard, Jean Thayse and many nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents Mose and Mary Belleau; sister Barbara Belleau;  brother Don Belleau; brother-in-law Allen Thayse; son-in-law Casey Bertrand.

Tom wanted to extend a specific thank you to the staff at Linden Manor in Kewaunee: Kathy Tulachka R.N., Mary Kay Messmann, Laurie Skocir, Deb Frea, Maggie Willems, Cindy Negrete, Tammy Wildegrube, Gabby Havlovitz, Heather Schnick, Michele Pelnar, Abby Swallow, Victoria Krentz, and Amanda Ullmann. They were incredible in how they cared for him and the love they gave to him during his stay there. He also wanted to thank the staff of Unity Hospice, Chaplain Mark for your prayers, Jenny and Heather, for taking such good care of him and his specific thanks to Krystal “the cleaning lady”. The family feels blessed to have had such a wonderful group of people to care for Tom and to continue to look over and care for Dorothy as this was so important to him.

Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 14 at Holy Rosary Church, 519 Kilbourn St., Kewaunee until the time of services.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. James Dillenburg at 11:00 a.m. followed by full Military Rites.

Debbie J. Rezachek

Debbie J. Rezachek, 60, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on October 4, 2019, at the Peter and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center with her family by her side after a lengthy battle with cancer.

     She was born June 26, 1959, in Aurora, Illinois, the daughter of William and Alberta (Herbert) Trojanowski. On May 25, 2004, she married Dan Rezachek in Sturgeon Bay. Debbie had worked 23 years at Bay Pharmacy until its closing and managed Claire’s Accessories.

     Debbie loved gardening in her yard and hosting holidays for her family where she would organize the funniest and most complicated game of charades you could imagine. She was a beautiful, caring, and strong woman who truly loved and appreciated her family. Debbie was an amazing grandma, wife, sister, and mother.

     She will be missed by her husband, Dan; six children, Misty (Nick) Tautges of Minnetonka, Melissa Laxo of Sturgeon Bay, Linda (Jesse) Pester of Neenah, Lisa (Dustin) Schroepfer of Green Bay, Jimmy Panek of Milwaukee, Mike (Sally) Iwamoto of Sturgeon Bay; two step-children, Ann Rezachek of Manitowoc, Danielle Rezachek of Manitowoc; ten grandchildren; two sisters, Gail Joyce of Chicago, Annette Trojanowski of Chicago; mother, Alberta Trojanowski of Chicago.

     Debbie was preceded in death by her father.

     The family will hold a private celebration of life.

Willard J. Kuss

Willard “Willie” J. Kuss, 81, of Algoma passed away peacefully after a short illness on October 6, 2019.  He was born on August 11, 1938 in Algoma to the late Harlan and Clara (Schmitz) Kuss.  After graduating from Algoma High School, he proudly served his country in the United States Army.  On April 16, 1964 he married Jacqueline Prokash at St. Mary Catholic Church, Algoma.  He worked at the Gambles Store in Algoma, and as a custodian at Algoma Elementary School. Willie enjoyed woodworking, camping, and spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.
Willie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline; his children Brian (Heather) Kuss, and Lisa (Kevin) Jonet; grandchildren Brianne Kuss, Alyssa Jonet, Alec Jonet, Briant Kuss, and Bella Kuss; sisters-in law Carol Ryan, Cynthia Jones, Gloria (James) Meyers, and Jill Prokash; brothers-in law Al (Laura) Prokash, and Richard Prokash; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Harland and Clara Kuss; brother Arnold Kuss; sisters-in-law Geraldine Marquardt, and Linda Prokash; and brothers-in-law Larry Ryan, Ronald Marquardt, Loyal Jones, and Jack Prokash.
A gathering of family and friends will take place on Wednesday October 9th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home, Algoma.  The funeral service will begin at 6:45 p.m. with Father Edward Looney officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date at the Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma. Online condolences may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be set up by the family.
The family would like to thank the staff of Renaissance Assisted Living and Unity Hospice for the kindness and loving care given to Willie. 

 

Jack W. Elliot

Jack W. Elliot, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home Thursday, October 3, 2019 from his home with Fran by his side.

     He was born Jackie Wayne Elliot on May 17, 1938, son of the late James and Mollie (Morrow) Elliott. Jack graduated from high school in Randlett, Oklahoma in 1956 before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1960.

     On September 7, 1958 he married Frances L. Womack in Culver, Oregon.  They have lived in Forestville, Algoma, and Sturgeon Bay for the last 45 years. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, CB Radio, gardening and quilting with Fran.

     Surviving family includes his dear wife, Fran of Sturgeon Bay; son, David Elliot of Madison; grandchildren, (Holly’s children: Tim Soper (Fiancé, Lisa Perlove) of Escanaba, MI, Racheal (Tyler) Race of Marinette, (Shannon’s children: Nicholas, Aaron, and Kathryn Kruse of Lakeville, MN; brother, David (Nelda) Elliott; son-in-law, Mark (Laura) Kruse; and many nieces and nephews and dear friends.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, James and Mollie Elliott; two daughters, Holly Elliot and Shannon Kruse; granddaughter, Jenna Lynn Kruse; brothers, Gene and Wallace Elliott; and sisters, Maxine Alessi, Corrine Mackenzie and Wanda Bridges;

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Family Worship Center in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Dr. Mark Schwarzbauer officiating.  Burial will be at Forestville Town Cemetery in Maplewood. 

     Friends and family may visit at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m.

Timothy Lee Keller

Tim Keller, 49, of Appleton formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away suddenly at his
home in Appleton of natural causes Saturday, October 5, 2019.
He was born July 26, 1970 in Sturgeon Bay the son of Gary and Kathy (Haen)
Keller. Tim graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1989 before attending culinary
school at Fox Valley Technical School. He has worked as a cook in the Appleton area
for many years. For the last 18 years he was employed with Schlotzky’s Deli in
Appleton.
Tim was a loyal sports fan who enjoyed following the Packers, Brewers, and
Badgers. He was a true foodie, but more than that he was a kind, loving and caring
person to those who knew him. Tim enjoyed spending time with his family.
Family who are mourning his loss include his mother, Kathy of Sturgeon Bay;
brother, Jim Keller of Sturgeon Bay (and his son, Zachary James Keller); and his sister,
Kimberly Keller of Green Bay.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Keller; paternal grandparents, Al and
Florence (Renier) Keller; Clarence and Lillian (Fleming) Haen.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Joseph
Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Ron Colombo officiating. Friends may call
at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

Iris Mary Cross

Iris Mary Cross, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, October 4, 2019, at the Door County Medical Center – Skilled Nursing Facility.
    
She was born in Boston, MA in 1932, she was the daughter of the late Robert Mark and Eleanor Florence (Stevens) Lees. Iris went to Kenosha as a child and attended local schools before graduating from Mary D. Bradford High School.
    
In 1953, she was united in marriage to Richard Cross. He preceded her in death in 2005.
   
In her younger years, Iris was an apartment complex manager and she also worked at various restaurants and shops along the way.  Everyone Iris met became her friend.  She extended her loving hospitality to everyone – young and old.  Her generosity and help touched many, many lives here in Wisconsin, as well as at her beloved winter home in Arizona.
    
She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church (now, Stella Maris Parish – Jacksonport site). Iris served as the President of the Whittier School PTA and the Catholic Jr. League in Kenosha. She also was a member of the Women’s Club in Brillion and Door County.
    
She is survived by her four sons, Timothy (Lauren Vincent), Jeffrey (Sharon Salm), Daniel (Diane Nies) and Jonathan (Tiffany Klatt) Cross; foster daughter, Sandra (Lee) Stephens; foster son-in-law, Tim Byler; eight grandchildren, Aaron (Lisa) Cross, Kate (Adam) Braatz, Jesse Cross, Ryan Cross, Neal (Melissa) Cross, Calsey (Josh) Miller, Alexis Cross, and Fayth Cross; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Thomas (Lydia) Lees.
    
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her foster daughter, Janet Byler and brother, Robert Lees.

 

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to honor Iris’ life will be held on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Stella Maris Parish – Jacksonport site.  She will be laid to rest next to her husband in St. James Cemetery in Kenosha.

 

Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cross family and will be distributed to Iris’ charities of choice.  

Jack W. Elliot

     Jack W. Elliot, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home Thursday, October 3, 2019 from his home with Fran by his side.


     He was born Jackie Wayne Elliot on May 17, 1938, son of the late James and Mollie (Morrow) Elliott. Jack graduated from high school in Randlett, Oklahoma in 1956 before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1960. 


     On September 7, 1958 he married Frances L. Womack in Culver, Oregon.  They have lived in Forestville, Algoma, and Sturgeon Bay for the last 45 years. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, CB Radio, gardening and quilting with Fran.


     Surviving family includes his dear wife, Fran of Sturgeon Bay; son, David Elliot of Madison; grandchildren, (Holly’s children: Tim Soper (Fiancé, Lisa Perlove) of Escanaba, MI, Racheal (Tyler) Race of Marinette, (Shannon’s children: Nicholas, Aaron, and Kathryn Kruse of Lakeville, MN; brother, David (Nelda) Elliott; son-in-law, Mark (Laura) Kruse; and many nieces and nephews and dear friends.


    Preceding him in death were his parents, James and Mollie Elliott; two daughters, Holly Elliot and Shannon Kruse; granddaughter, Jenna Lynn Kruse; brothers, Gene and Wallace Elliott; and sisters, Maxine Alessi, Corrine Mackenzie and Wanda Bridges;


     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Family Worship Center in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Dr. Mark Schwarzbauer officiating.  Burial will be at Forestville Town Cemetery in Maplewood.  


     Friends and family may visit at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m.

 

Marvin A. Vandervest

Marvin “Red” A. Vandervest, 95, of Algoma, passed away with his family at his side on October 4, 2019 at Algoma Long Term Care Unit.  He was born August 20, 1924 in Algoma, WI to the late Fred and Mary (Dellis) Vandervest.  He was an alter boy throughout grade school and high school.  Red proudly served his county in the United States Navy from 1944-1946.  On June 28, 1948 he married Edith Marek at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Casco. He worked for Algoma Hardwoods for 43 years as a panel joiner. In addition, he was a member of the Carpenters Union and the Civil Defense.  Red enjoyed gardening, motorcycling, auto mechanics, and taking bus trips. 


Red is survived by his wife of 71 years, Edith; his children Joan (Dennis) Captain, Mark (Nancy) Vandervest, Nancy Novotny, and “son” Robert Novotny Sr.; grandchildren Amy (Al) Wery, Jim (Cassandra) Captain, Wade (Jodi) Vandervest, Ryan (Lyndsay) Vandervest, Tyler (Casey) Vandervest, Troy Vandervest, Jennifer (Kevin) Cardinal, Robert (Emily) Novotny Jr., and Tracy ( Jessica) Novotny; great-grandchildren Amanda, Ashley, Amber, and Abby Wery; Julia and Grant Vandervest; Dylan and Gavin Vandervest; Hattie and Max Vandervest; Andree, Noah, and Eli Cardinal; and Hank(Robert III), Tommy, and Luke Novotny; sisters-in-law Lucille Springgate and Sandy Linskens; as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Mary Vandervest; father-in-law and mother-in-law Ed and Leone Marek; son Bruce Vandervest; grandson Brian Vandervest; sisters and brother Marcella (Ollie) Kussard, Orville (Tuff) Vandervest, Marion (Joe) Selner, Patsy (Ed) Fiala; and brother-in-law Maynard (Alicia) Marek.


Visitation will take place at St. Peter Catholic Church, Lincoln on October 8, 2019 from 8:30 to 10:30.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. with Farther Edward Looney officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Magdalene E. Opicka

Magdalene E. Opicka, 95, Casco, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019. Magdalene was born on June 23, 1924 to the late Cornelius and Laura (Laurent) Stoller. She married Donald F. Opicka on October 4, 1944 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, he preceded her in death on July 13, 2000. She was a member of St. Adalbert’s in Slovan then Holy Trinity in Casco. A Member of Rosary Society and Catholic Order of Foresters for many years. She enjoyed gardening, baking, playing cards, quilting, and crafting. She especially enjoyed spending time with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Magdalene is survived by her three sons David (Donna) Opicka, Dennis (Diane) Opicka, and Duane (Sharon) Opicka; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Dan Opicka and his children Derek and Kayla, Tracy Opicka, Douglas Opicka, Chad (Laura) Opicka and their children, Hudson, Grayson and Katelynn, Darren Opicka, Michelle (Todd) Chaudoir and their children, Trevor, Jacob and Raegan, Marc (Chelsea) Opicka and their daughter Hailey; sister-in-law, Donna (Opicka) Goettler; and brother-in-law Jim Goettler. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald; her parents Cornelius and Laura Stoller; brother, Eli (Doris) Stoller; sister, Cecelia (Hilary) Bunda; and grandson, Lance Cpl. Dean Opicka.

 

Family and friends may call at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home, Casco, Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue on Wednesday morning from 9:30-11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am with Fr. Milton Suess officiating. Burial will follow in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Slovan.

Laura Hessel

Laura Hessel, age 99 of Kewaunee died on Monday, September 30, 2019 at Autumn’s Promise Assisted Living.  She was born on June 12, 1920 in Luxemburg to the late Jacob and Frances (Rank) Dorner.

Laura married Arnold M. Hessel on September 2,1940 at St. Mary’s Church, Luxemburg.  He preceded her in death on November 11, 1995.

She started fixing hair for weddings, proms, etc. at the age of 12. Laura moved to Kewaunee at the age of 16 and became an apprentice at Vivian’s Beauty Shop.  She then owned and operated the Vouge Beauty Shop in Kewaunee most of her life until fully retiring at the age of 91.  She was very active member of Holy Rosary Parish.  She was an incredible cook, and multi talented with upholstery, sewing, gardening, you name it and she could do it. She grew up with a deck of cards in her hands, with bridge being her all time favorite.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law: Linda Costello, Hugo, MN;  Mary and Ken Sevcik, Green Bay; one daughter-in-law: Kim (Craig) Schuetz, Edgerton, WI; nine grandchildren: Eric (April) Cummings; Sharon (Shawn) Carragher; Michael Costello; Patrick (Kathy) Costello; Kayte (John) King; Chad (Renee) Sevcik; Jenny (Brett) Kennedy; Heather (Justy) Hessel; Heidi (Dan) Allen; twenty-eight great grandchildren; one brother: Jake Dorner,  AZ; four in-laws: Gerri Dorner, Sheboygan; Elaine Dorner, Luxemburg; Don Kassner, Two Rivers; Lois Dorner, AZ.  She was preceded in death by a son: Mike Hessel; a daughter: Bette (Bob)  Cummings; a son-in-law: Bob Costello; eleven siblings: Esther; Mike; Hilda; Anna Mae; Bob; George; Rita; Rosie; Theresa; Marie and Tony.

Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Thursday, October 10 at Holy Rosary Church until the time of services.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. by Fr. Alvan Amadi.  Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Autumn’s Promise for making Laura’s life so happy and also Unity Hospice for their care and concern for Laura and her family.

Donald J. Sarter.

It is with a heavy heart that we ring 8 bells for Donald James Sarter.  He was lost at sea in Lake Superior on September 30th, 2019, passing away at 68 years old. Don was born on September 24th, 1951 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to Herbert and Gwendolyn (Crewe) Sarter.  On April 29, 1994, he married Julie Ann Lehmann in the Bahama’s.
Don served 47 years as a tugboat captain for Roen Salvage. He and his wife recently purchased the Selvick Marine Towing company, renaming it Sarter Marine Towing.  He loved his career and lived by the motto that “If you love your job, you never a work another day in your life”.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family.  He especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren.  Don was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed. 
He is survived by his wife, Julie; his children Tammy (Tom) Zeigle, Brian (Amanda) Sarter, Stephanie Lehmann and Brett Huntley; four grandchildren, Morgan (Tyler) Ives, and Brock, Jack, and Emma Zeigle; two brothers, John (Joyce) Sarter, and Ron (Jennifer) Sarter; and his extended family at Selvick-Sarter Marine Towing and Roen Salvage. Don was preceded in death by his father and mother, Herbert and Gwendolyn Sarter, and his brother Dale Sarter. 
A visitation will be held at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 from 2-7 pm.   A memorial service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. that evening.

 

Jeanette "Jean" (Bretl) Schmitz

Jeanette “Jean” (Bretl) Schmitz, 92, of Maplewood passed away at Oak Creek Assisted Living in Algoma on September 30, 2019.  She was born March 28, 1927 in the town of Nasewaupee to John and Pauline (Blonde) Klaubauf. 

On June 25, 1947, Jean married Francis Bretl and he preceded her in death on April 3, 1962.  She later married Norbert Schmitz on December 9, 1966, who preceded her in death on July 19, 1987.  

For a number of years, Jean worked for the Title One Program at Southern Door School.  She was a lifetime member of the Holy Name of Mary Church and the Christian Mothers. She also made hundreds of rosaries and sewed quilts for missions.  Jean loved gardening, knitting, sewing, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and cats.

Survivors include her seven children, Jane (Mike) Charles, Green Bay; Mary (Paul) Penovich, Sturgeon Bay; Barbara (Dennis) LeFevre, Maplewood; Robert (Diana) Bretl, Portland, OR; Patricia (Thomas) Vetter, Janesville; Marie (Mitch) Paschke, Sturgeon Bay; John (Susan) Schmitz, Kaukauna; 20 grandchildren, 32 great-granchildren; in-laws, Joyce Klaubauf, Joyce and Don Cole, David and Susan Bretl, and Mark Zettel.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, 2 grandsons Jonathan Schmitz and Ryan LeFevre, two great-grandchildren, Riley Charles and Natalie Bretl; three brothers, Walter (Marguerite) Klaubauf, Edward (Leatrice) Klaubauf, Richard (Elaine) Klaubauf; a sister, Marion (Edward) Gosser; and several in-laws on the Bretl and Schmitz side.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Holy Name of Mary Church.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. at the church until time of services. 

 

John Lawrence Dasher

John Lawrence Dasher, 81, of Fountain Hills, AZ, and Sturgeon Bay, WI, passed away in the loving arms of his family, Friday evening, September 27, 2019 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

     He was born October 22, 1937 in Oskaloosa, IA, the son of Frank Leon Dasher, Jr. and Agnes (Warder) Dasher. John graduated from Keota High School in 1955 and went on to study political science the University of Iowa in Iowa City where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1959. While at Iowa, he was a member of the fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and through that, he met Linda Kay Stone. They were united in marriage on January 10, 1965 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, IA.

     Following his graduation from Iowa in 1959, John enrolled in culinary school at the City College of San Francisco in California.

     He initially worked for Marshall Field’s, The University of Iowa Memorial Union food service and the Dayton Company. John and Linda moved to Waterloo, IA and resided there until 1967 when they moved to Ames, IA. There, he became co-owner of Mr. Steak restaurant with Bill Berger. In 1971, John became the owner/operator of McDonald’s restaurants in Iowa in Ames, Story City, Boone, Carroll, and Nevada which he owned for 40 years. He and Linda moved to Iowa City in 2014 and remained there until 2016 when they moved to Fountain Hills, AZ. They became summertime residents of Sturgeon Bay, WI in 2017.

     John was a founding Board Member for the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House and served on the boards for the Ames Chamber of Commerce, Ames Economic Development Commission, and Gateway Hotel and Conference Center. John was named an honorary alumni of Iowa State University in Ames. He was a member of the Order of the Knoll and chair of the Iowa State University Foundation. John was a member of the Ames Noon Rotary Club where he served as President and was District 6000 Governor from 1992-1993. He also served on the Board for the United Way of Story County. He was an ombudsman for the McDonalds Corporation and was on the Terrace Hill Commission and on the board for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry in Des Moines.

      Above all, John loved his family and friends and valued service through work and volunteering. John was very beloved, one of the kindest you would ever meet, and a true gentleman.

      His memory will live on the hearts of his family: wife, Linda; two daughters, Kelsie (Ty) Stewart of Ames, IA and Jil (Jamie Boling) Dasher of Iowa City, IA; son-in-law, Kevin O’Brien, of Iowa City, IA; five grandchildren, Emma and Benjamin Stewart, and Alexander, Lauren, and Lillian O’Brien; sister, Marilyn Houck of Mason City, IA; and good friends who became family; Edward (Kathleen) Bridges of Mesa, AZ, Anthony Cawdron of West Lafayette, IN, Shalini (Kerman) Amersey of Mumbai, India, and Rick (Katie) Carmer of Ames, IA among others.

     John was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, Frank (Naomi) Dasher, Jr., mother, Agnes Dasher; two sisters, Barbara (Jim) Robertson and Donna (Herb) Dawson; and other relatives.

     A memorial service to honor his life will be held in Ames, IA spring 2020 with date and details pending.

Anna Mae Smith

Anna Mae Smith, 96, formerly of Institute, was called home to be with the Lord and was reunited with her husband, Ralph, Saturday evening, September 28, 2019 (one day after their 74th wedding anniversary), at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center in Sturgeon Bay.

     She was born April 19, 1923 in Menominee, MI, the daughter of William “Fus” John Schartner, Sr. and Evelyn Katherine (Stoffels) Schartner. Anna Mae grew up attending Saints Peter and Paul Parish and School in Institute. She graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1942 and then went to work as a secretary for Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay. Anna Mae was united in marriage to Ralph Maurice Smith on September 27, 1945 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

     She raised her family and went back to work later in life as salesclerk at Bunda’s Deerskin Court and then Malvetz Furniture, both in Sturgeon Bay. She and Ralph were blessed with nearly 69 years of marriage together. Ralph passed away May 25, 2014.

     Faith and family were most important in Anna Mae’s life. She was a lifelong member of Saints Peter and Paul Parish and the Christian Mothers there. She enjoyed volunteering at school when her children were younger, and she loved taking care of her grandchildren.

     Anna Mae’s love will live on in the hearts of her three children, Richard Smith of the Town of Sevastopol, Mary Van Den Bogart of Sturgeon Bay, and Timothy (Kelly McDougall-Smith) Smith of the Town of Sevastopol; six grandchildren, Mike Smith and Pat (Nita Hill) Smith, Tami (Craig) Davis and Cory (Cheri) Van Den Bogart, and Cassidy (Eric) Minten and Dylan (friend, Tori Sims) Smith; seven great-grandchildren, Corbin and Adeline, Courtney, Michael, and Clarissa, and Kaile and Nicole; brother, William (Leanne) Schartner, Jr.; brother-in-law, Clyde Smith; other relatives; her Skilled Nursing Facility family; and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; three children, Catherine, Thomas, and Daniel; son-in-law, Larry Van Den Bogart; granddaughter, Stacey Green; sister, Elizabeth “Betty” (Harold) Schopf; siblings-in-law, Bruce (Gladys) Smith and Mary “Jinx” Smith; and other relatives.

     Anna Mae’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. She will be laid to rest in the church cemetery, beside her husband, Ralph.

     The Rosary will be prayed at church on Wednesday at 9:40 a.m. with visitation to continue from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

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