Obituaries Archives for 2019-11

Raymond Chike

Raymond Chike, 89, Algoma, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Edenbrook Nursing Home in Green Bay with his family at his side.  He was born January 21, 1930 in Algoma to John and Evelyn (Wautlet) Chike. 

He attended the Lake View Grade Schoo.l   He worked at the Algoma Plumbers from 1946 to 1948.  Then at the Algoma Hardwoods from 1948 to 1950.  Then from 1950 until 1952 at the Christy Corporation as a fitter.

In 1952 he joined the US Army during the Korean War.  He was honorable discharged March of 1953 and came back to work his mother's farm, with seven years of VA Vocational Agricultural training on the farm until 1960.

Raymond married Marlene Schmitz on July 27, 1955 at Homy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Maplewood.  In 1965 he started working at Bay Shipbuilding as a steel fitter, and was appointed Union Steward of Local #449 until 1976 and then continued farming until retirement.

Ray enjoyed hunting, baseball, golfing, volleyball and a great fan of the Green Bay Packers.  His winters were spent in Florida at the Villages.

He is survived his wife Marlene, his five children Joseph, Ronald, Jack (Judy), Todd (Bernardita) and Mary (Thomas) Kraft; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, brother Donald (Carol) and sister Ella (Dallas) Miller.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sons Dale and Raymond Jr., sister and brother-in-law Marie and Marvin Schiesser.

Family and friends will gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Prayer service 7:00 PM Tuesday night at the funeral Home.  Visitation will continue Wednesday November 20 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church from 10:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating.  Burial in the Holy Name of Mary Cemetery on Hwy 42.

There will be Full Military Rites at the church after the Mass.

Express your memories, sympathies and pictures on Ray's tribute page at

Rita Jauquet

Rita Jauquet, 90, Casco, formerly Namur, passed away on Nov. 13, 2019 at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit.  She was born in Rosiere on Feb. 10, 1929 to William and Josie (Gilson) Delfosse.  Rita graduated from Brussels High School in 1946 and on Nov. 27, 1947 she married Francis Jauquet at St. Mary’s Church in Namur.


Rita worked as a secretary and IMC Aide at Southern Door Elementary School for 21 ½ years, retiring in December of 1994.  She also served as financial secretary of Our Lady of Fatima Court (N.C.S.F.) since the court began in 1949.


She was a wonderful homemaker who loved her family.  She was an excellent cook and loved baking Belgian pies, cakes, and cookies. Rita also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and was a great seamstress having made many of her girls’ dresses when they were little.  In later years, she enjoyed her card club.


For Rita, every Tuesday was spent going to the Chapel at Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin for mass, rosary, and prayer with her two companions, Joanne and Angela.  Her most recent enjoyment was communicating with family and friends on her computer.


She is survived by her husband of 71 years and 4 children, Joan (Dennis) Brahmer, Wittenberg;  Mary Ann (Jeff) Miller, Sturgeon Bay; Lisa Jauquet (special friend Mike Harding), New Franken; and Kris Jauquet, Brussels; seven grandchildren, Julia (Jay) Wilkins, Kory Miller, Haley Miller, Jolene (David Buhk), Kale, Kollin and Aubrey Jauquet; 2 great-grandchildren, Reed and Finley Wilkins; a sister Carol Parins, in-laws, Lucy Jauquet, Alvin and Rena Jauquet, and Emery Vandenhouten.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Regina Delfosse, Janice (Emery) Vandenhouten, and numerous in-laws.


Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dyckesville. Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Special thanks to the Algoma Long Term Care Unit and Unity Hospice for their wonderful care and support.

Marion H. Schlise


     Marion Hilda Schlise, 104, lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Whispering Heights CBRF.
     She was born December 31, 1914 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Winfred and Hilda (Zill) Johnson. Marion graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1932. On November 30, 1933, she was united in marriage to Howard Leo Schlise. He preceded her in death on August 20, 2006.
     Marion was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. She was a devoted wife and mother along with being an excellent cook and baker. As a young woman, Marion created beautiful quilts and embroidery. She was known for her extensive strawberry memorabilia collection started in the early 1970s.
     Marion is survived by her sister, Lois Gauger of West Bend; two children, Ronald (Marilynn) Schlise and Dr. Sally (Dr. Neil Fullan) Schlise, both of Sturgeon Bay; step-granddaughter, Amanda Fullan of Eden Prairie, MN; step-grandson, Dr. Sean (Molly) Fullan of Mahomet, IL; two nieces and one nephew [and their families]; and cousins.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Winfred and Hilda Johnson; and her husband, Howard Schlise.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Marion will be laid to rest beside her husband, Howard, in St. Joseph Cemetery.
     Friends may call on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with the Rosary to be prayed at 4:45 p.m. and a parish wake service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church, Saturday morning, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.
     Memorials may be given in her memory for St. Joseph Catholic Church or Door CANcer, Inc.
     “We would like to thank the staff at Whispering Heights and Compassus Hospice for their compassionate care of our mother.”
  Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Marion may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Karen S. (Kratz) Doell

Karen S. (Kratz) Doell, 67, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully with her family by her side and her husband holding her hand on Monday, November 4, 2019. Karen lived with multiple sclerosis for 30 years until it finally took her life. Because of her faith, she is now in heaven with her Savior, Jesus Christ, free from MS and all the impairments it caused her. 


Karen was born July 28, 1952 to the late Erwin A. & Dorothy J. (Last) Kratz. Her Christian faith was important in Karen’s life. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran, Montpelier. Karen attended St. Paul Lutheran School and graduated from Luxemburg-Casco High School in 1970. On May 25, 1974, Karen married Arden A. Doell at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montpelier. Prior to being diagnosed with MS she was an LPN at St. Vincent Hospital. Later, she worked at the Bank of Luxemburg as a teller and receptionist. This was a job she truly loved because she was able to interact with people.


The birth of her grandkids brought new meaning to her life and gave her a will to live again. She and Arden enjoyed going to watch the grandkids playing in sports, plays, recitals, etc. She also loved going on day trips to get out of the house, especially to see the fall colors. During the summer months, they enjoyed going to stock car races at area tracks, usually twice a week, always cheering for the 90K and the Z84. During the winter months, they enjoyed going to the movie theater for a movie. She also enjoyed going to Kewaunee Custard and was an avid fan of the Hallmark channel. 


Karen is survived by her husband of 45 years, Arden; two children, Steven (Sara) Doell, Luxemburg; Kristin (Jon) Schleis, Kewaunee; four grandchildren: Reagan & Marcis, Claire & Stella; siblings: Dean (Lois) Kratz, John Kratz, James (Susan) Kratz, Dan (Kathy) Kratz, Kaye Kratz, Brian (Nicole) Kratz; one brother in law: Milroy (Marlene) Doell; one sister in law: Lorilda Doell; nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents, Karen is preceded in death by her father in law  and mother in law Herbert & Elsa (Engelbrecht) Doell.


Friends may call 9:00 to 10:45 am on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montpelier.  Funeral 11:00 am on Saturday with Rev. Dr. Daniel Olson officiating.  Burial in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Montpelier.


McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the Doell Family.


Her children would like to thank Arden, her husband and their father, for giving her the best, loving care in the world.  This allowed her to remain at home and enjoy life. Their love for each other should be a model to us all.


Karen’s family would like to thank Sara Helgeson of St. Vincent’s home care, who was a blessing to Karen & Arden, and Unity Hospice for their care and compassion.


Norbert H Jadin

Norbert H Jadin. 92, Green Bay, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019, surrounded by family. Norbert was born July 22, 1927 to the late Fred and Libby (Bouche) Jadin. He spent his childhood growing up in the town of Brussels. On November 22, 1951, Norbert married the love of his life, Eileen R. Heim at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg. They have been married for 68 lovely years.

Norbert had several jobs throughout his life, Norbert served in the U.S. Army for two years and he spent one of those years in Korea. After his service in the army, he worked at Pauly cheese as a cheese buyer for 18 years. Then Norbert made a career change and finished up his working career as a sales representative for 20 years at Denil Wall of Green Bay. Norbert was also a member of St. Willebrord parish for 55 years. He was also a member of the Peninsula Belgian club, and he was a charter member of the Happy Hoppers dancing club.

Throughout Norbert’s life he had many things he enjoyed to do. He enjoyed eating out especially for fish on Fridays. During the summer he enjoyed his summer home in Door County, where he liked to play cards and polka dance. He also enjoyed fishing and trying to teach us the Belgian language. In Norbert’s earlier years he had a Harley that he liked to drive during the summer months. Traveling was another one of his favorite things to do. He traveled to Alaska, Mexico and all over the U. S. even taking a Caribbean cruise. Norbert also loved to visit family and friends in Belgium.

One thing that Norbert took great pride in is that he recently got the honor of taking part of the Old Glory Flight to Washington D.C. with chaperone, Joan Thibaudeau.  At the end of the trip he was welcomed home with applause and cheers by all. This meant the world to him.

 Norbert will be deeply missed by and is survived by his wife, Eileen; one sister, Jillian (Donald) LaLuzerne, Brussels; one sister in law, Karen Heim, Luxemburg;  three godchildren, Mark Heim, Nadine Ruokolainen, Debbie Gromowski; nieces and nephews, Jim (Betty) Jadin, Lou Ann (Dean) Gietz,, Cheryl (Richard) Delebreau, Mark (Gloria) Heim, Mary Lee Barbiaux (special friend, Dave) , Beth (Jim) Simonar, Debbie (Randy) Gromowski, Kathy (Rich) Kubichek, Brenda Klaubauf (special friend, Mike) and Corey (Julie) LaLuzerne.   

Norbert was preceded in death by, one brother, Julius (Arleen) Jadin; one brother in law, Robert “Bob” Heim; two nephews, Jack Jadin and Gary Jadin.

Friends may call 8:30 to 10:15 am, Friday, November 8, 2019, at St. Willebrord Church, 209 South Adams Street, Green Bay, Wi. 54301.  Funeral 10:30 am on Friday at the church with Rev. Andrew Cribben, O’Praem celebrating and Rev. James Dillenburg con-celebrating. Full military rites will be held prior to the entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the Jadin Family.


The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Anna’s House, New Franken and Heartland Hospice for taking such great care of Norbert.


Carol J. Ratajczak

Carol J. Ratajczak, 84, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, November 3, 2019.  She was born on July 10, 1935 to the late Henry L. and Phoebe L. (Jadin) DuBois.  She married Daniel J. Ratajczak Sr. on May 7, 1960 at St. Martin, Church in Tonet, Wisconsin.

Carol enjoyed playing cards, tending to her ferns, crocheting, taking bus trips and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her husband of 59 ½ years, Daniel Ratajczak Sr; their children, Leigh Ann Graetz, special friend Layne Kelley (Menomonie, WI);  Dawn (John) March (Stevens Point);  Dan Jr. (Angie) Ratajczak (Luxemburg); Jeanette Ratajczak, special friend Chris Deprey (Dyckesville); Scott Ratajczak, special friend Brandy Cline (Kewaunee);  brother, Richard DuBois (DePere); sister Marie (Matt) Schweiner (Denmark); brother, Jim (Nancy) DuBois (Luxemburg); sisters-in-law:  Delores Lemens (Luxemburg); Clara DeJardin (Luxemburg); Nona “Kitty” Ratajczak (Green Bay); seven grandchildren, Nicole (Ryan), Tyler,  Michael, Nicholas, Matthew, Andy, special friend Emma, Rebecca, special friend Josh, along with many nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents,  Henry and Phoebe DuBois, brothers, Harold, Gerald and Henry Jr., sister Linda, mother-in-law and father-in-law Andrew and Sophie Ratajczak, brothers in-law Wilbert Steinhorst, George Ratajczak  Lyle Lemens, Joseph DeJardin, Jerry Retzlaff, sisters–in-law, Anna DuBois, Mary (Ratajczak) Steinhorst, Germaine (Jonet, Marchant) Ratajczak, son-in–law Jim Graetz, along with her beloved pets, Sandy and Deigo.

A special thank you goes out to close friends, Annette, Shirley and the Bay Bus family.  Also, thank you to the caring staff at Helping Hearts.

Per Carols wishes she will be cremated. 

Friends may call 9:00 to 10:15 am on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at St. Joseph Church, Champion.  Funeral 10:30 am on Saturday at St. Joseph Church in Champion followed by internment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.  Carol requested not to have a lunch served.

In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in Carol’s name.

Herman A. Draeger

Herman A. Draeger, age 88 of Kewaunee died on Saturday, November 2. 2019 at home.  He was born on May 2, 1931 in Sheboygan to the late Helmuth and Malinda (Rautmann) Draeger.

He attended Kewaunee High School and later joined the U. S. Air Force serving three years.  Herman married Judy Kuehl on May 12, 1962 at Community Congregational Church in Kewaunee.

Herman worked for the U.S. Army Corps of  Engineers on the Great Lakes as a tug boat Captain until retiring.  He loved his job so much that he continued working part time for several private companies.

He was a very active member of Community Congregational Church, the Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 29 of Kewaunee.

Survivors include Judy, his loving wife of fifty-seven years; four children: Dawn (Eric) Schroeter, Pleasant Prairie, WI; Debbie (David) Provence, Nowthen, MN; Sara (Cherif) Hafez, Chapel Hill, NC; Bill (Debbie) Draeger, Green Bay, WI; eight grandchildren: Aaron and Trevor Schroeter; Ian and Kate Provence; Mik and Ellie Hafez; Haley and Avery Draeger; a sister: Marion Loubert, Harrison, MI.  He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law: Ronald G. Loubert.

Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. at Community Congregational Church, 502 Center Street, Kewaunee, WI until the time of services.  Masonic services will be held at 11:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service with Rev. Dr. John Wallace officiating.  Burial with full military rites will be in Riverview Cemetery.

Russell "Skip" Kaeske

After a startling and swift encounter with cancer, ending in a draw, Russell “Skip” Kaeske passed away, each participant going in the opposite direction on October 26, 2019. 
     Skip was born July 24, 1946 and was welcomed into the family of Louis and Ada (Froemming) Kaeske of Cedarburg. He attended school and graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1964. From a very early age, Skip knew he wanted to be a teacher. This led him to pursue a degree in education from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse. He used his talent and passion for educating others to teach in several different schools in the Milwaukee Public School District. He retired as an English and Social Studies teacher from Fritsche Middle School in 2003. 
     It was at one of those MPS schools that he met his wife, Sue, after a group of 5th grade students played match maker on the playground. Shortly after their first date, they were married November 29, 1974, and “the rest is history”. Skip began his adventure of parenthood on a cold January evening and it was his best role to date! His daughters were his great loves and he passionately followed their education, sports, and activities.   
     Skip had a talent for nurturing any person, pet, or thing that came to his door. Many times, he was hesitant to allow them entry, especially the stray cats and racoons. Once they spent time on his lap, he was committed to loving them forever. He spent summers raising not only his own girls but often nieces, friends, or anyone who would smell the Weber smoke and had an appetite. We will always remember his talent for hosting a gathering or mixing up an incredible old fashioned. 
     We all knew him from different chapters of his life: elementary school, high school, college, the basketball court, the baseball field, classroom, local and state school board, church board, ordained officiant, golf course, as a writer/poet (Piks), winery tour guide, spit pit contest judge, county baseball league officer, and supporter, or anywhere people gathered.
     Throughout the worlds in which he moved; he maintained a moral compass that guided his life. If you knew Skip, you knew him as honest, loyal, ethical, welcoming, inclusive, thoughtful, creative, a thespian, well mannered, public speaker, enlightening teacher, best grandpa, well read, hilarious, genuine, analytical, spiritual, a gracious host, an amazing sense of humor, and loving family member. 
     For all his life, Skip made connections with just about everyone. It shaped his personality and your experience when he met you. He remembered your name and knew your high school basketball coach or your cousin's third grade teacher. Up until the end, he connected with everyone he encountered, including the EMTs who rushed him to the hospital. He had more contacts than AT&T, and more jokes than congress. 
     He is survived by his wife, Sue (Jarman) Manson-Kaeske; niece, Jennifer Blahnik (Robert Hawley); daughters, Chelsea (Nicholas) Mittermann and Marne Kaeske; grandsons, Afton, Lucian, and Marlon Mittermann; brother, Michael (Joanne) Kaeske; as well as many cherished nephews and nieces, cousins, and friends.
     Skip went to meet God and Jesus along with his loving parents; his in-laws, Leora and Glen Jarman; brother in-law, Glenn Edward Jarman; and many other family members and good friends. 
     A memorial service to honor Skip’s life will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:30 at the Community church of Fish Creek, 9420 Cottage Row, Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212 with Pastor Gary Scharrig officiating. A reception will be held following the service at Alexander’s of Door County, 3667 Highway 42, Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212. Skip will be laid to rest in Blossomberg Cemetery.
     Visitation will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 4:00 pm. until 7:00 p.m. at Casperson Funeral Home, 10708 N. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234.  A prayer service will conclude the evening at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service.
     Because of his lifelong dedication to students of all ages, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an educational organization of your choice. Memorials to the family will be used to pay off lunch accounts for students in need. 
     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Skip may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

Vernie C. Monfils

Vernie C. Monfils, 90, formerly of Rosiere, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Anna's House in New Franken. Vernie was born on April 18, 1929 to the late David & Ida (Massart) Monfils. He married Catherine Finendale at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lincoln. She preceded him in death on January 29, 2015. Vernie worked as a farmer and enjoyed collecting guns and coins, going to auctions and gun shows.
Vernie is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Adrian (Lynn) Monfils, Luxemburg;  grandchildren and great-grandchildren, David (Sarah) Monfils and their children Josephine and Louisa, Amy (Rob) Doubeck and their children, Cali, Keegan, and Ashton, Daniel (Elizabeth) Monfils and their children, Adrian, Harvey, and Kelly; sisters-in-law Genevieve Monfils and Helen Annoye; as well as by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine; brother, Richard Monfils; and sisters, Laura Wautlet and Irene Bellin.
A Private Family Service is being held.

Lance J. Vlies

Lance J. Vlies, 35, of Luxemburg passed away unexpectedly, on November 1, 2019.  He was born on May 12, 1984 to Rick and Wendy (Englebert) Vlies.  He was a graduate of Luxemburg-Casco High School and NWTC with a degree in Architectural Engineering.  For the past 12 years Lance has been employed at Pierce Manufacturing as a Shop Floor Designer. In his spare time, Lance also enjoyed helping out at Kinnard Farms Inc with harvesting.   Lance had a heart of gold and an infectious laugh. His greatest love was for his wife and children.  He enjoyed spending as much time with his family as possible.  He especially enjoyed camping, watching the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers.  
Lance is survived by his wife Crystal Vlies; three children Taitum, Edward, and Charlette; his parents Rick and Wendy Vlies; sister and brother-in-law Trina (Lane) Trimberger and their children Cassidey, Cadence (goddaughter), and Mason; his godparents Jerry Knapp and Sandy Vlies; father-in-law Jim (Denise) Andrus; mother-in-law Michelle (Tim) Flaig; sister-in-law Heather Andrus;  aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Norman and Dorothy Vlies and Edward and Viola Englebert; aunt Clarice Cornette; uncle Rod Vlies; and many friends.
Friends and family may gather at St. Peter Catholic Church, Lincoln on Monday (TODAY) November 4, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. at St Peter Catholic Church, Lincoln with Fr. Edward Looney officiating.  Burial to follow in the church cemetery. 

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