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Judy Meyers

Judith A Meyers, 79, Algoma, passed away unexpectedly December 29, 2019.  She was born January 29, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay to Gerald and Frances (Blasier) DeMarb Sr. 

Judy married Tom Meyers on October 24, 1959 in Sturgeon Bay. 

Judy enjoyed her precious time with family and friends, playing cards and making and personalizing greeting cards for all her family and friends for all occasions.

She was a member of St. Mary Parish, Women's Auxiliary for the Fire Department and a 4-H Leader.

She is survived by her three children Debbie (Pat) Mooney, Mike, and Tammy Meyers (special friend Steve), eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, her mother Frances DeMarb, seven siblings and their spouses, brother-in-law and sister-in-law and their spouses and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Tom, daughter-in-law Marie Meyers, her father, one brother-in-law and her mother-in-law and father-in-law.

Family and friends will gather Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, from 10:00 AM until the time of the Memorial Service at 1:00 PM with Deacon Chuck Agnew officiating.

Edna Tina Pichette

Edna "Tina" L. Pichette, 58, Algoma, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born July 6, 1961 in Indianola, Mississippi to Mike and Billie Jean (Clark) McClain.  She lived in Indianola until she moved to Algoma in 2009. 

Tina married Dale Pichette July 14, 2000 in Memphis, TN

She worked at Wiretech Fabrication in Sturgeon Bay for a period of time.  Tina loved the precious time she spent with her family.  She also loved winters, snow and the waves of Lake Michigan.

Tina is survived by her husband Dale, two daughters Scarlet Mallette and Grace Mallette both of Sturgeon Bay; five grandchildren Tyler, Caleb, Breeanna, Michael and Emma; her mother Billie Jean Servadio, Algoma.  She was preceded in death by her brother Carl McClain.

There will be a Celebration of Tina's life at a later date.

Merle Gilson

Merle Gilson, 90, Algoma, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 unexpectedly at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.  He was born May 28, 1929 in Green Bay to Edward and Lorraine (Piton) Gilson. 

While Merle was in the Luxemburg High School he and his brother worked for the Green Bay Packers as a grounds keeper and taking care of the equipment when the Packers practiced in Dyckesville.  His fondest memory was shaking hands with Curly Lambeau and attending the "Ice Bowl". Merle played football while attending Luxemburg High School.  After graduation he entered the U.S. Army January 4, 1951 and served over in Black Forest, Southern Germany with the Occupational Troups.  He was honorably discharged Dec. 18, 1952 and moved to Algoma.  He worked at the US Plywood in Algoma until he retired at the age of 62. 

Merle married Rita Boulanger October 31, 1950 at St. Peter's Church in Lincoln. 

Merle enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He tried to attend all the grandchildren's sporting events, watching all types of sports on TV and traveling with his wife, Rita. 

Merle is survived by his wife, Rita of 69 years, three daughters Linda Yunk, Algoma; Sandy Zima, Algoma; and Karen (Tim) Johnson, Foster City, MI; five grandchildren Norie Yunk (friend Darren Williams), Nichole (Lea) Todd, Natalia (Travis) Cox, Eli (Taylor) Johnson and Austin Johnson; five great-grandchildren Evan Idso, Jane and Juliet Todd, Johnny Cox and Grayson Johnson; one sister-in-law Carol Gilson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson Noah Johnson, son-in-law Jack Yunk, two brothers Garland (Doreen) Gilson and Leland Gilson, one sister Marie (Lawrence) Boulanger. 

Family and friends may call  St. Mary Catholic Church, Monday December 30, 2019 from 8:30 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM with Father Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery with Full Military Honors. 

The Gilson family wants to give a special thank you to Brian and Jim Boulanger, Merle Colburn, the Algoma Rescue and Algoma Police Department for all the times they helped out Merle at his home. 

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

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Leland Babler

Lee Babler, Maplewood, died at Door County Skilled Nursing Facility on Tuesday, December 24, one month shy of his 88th birthday.


Leland Renson Babler was born at home on the family farm on January 27, 1932 to Raymond and Myrtle (DeKeyser) Babler.  Lee graduated from Algoma High School in 1950 and served in the US Army in Korea.  He married Mary Jo Knapmiller on July 29, 1961 and together they had five children. He was employed as a truck driver for Door Trucking and Marine Travelift until he took over the family farm in Maplewood. In 1969, he expanded the farm to facilitate a 70 - cow dairy. 


Because he never lost his love for driving, in 1990 he purchased his first Motorcoach bus and founded Babler Bus Service Inc., which is still operated today by his family.  Lee and Mary enjoyed many bus trips to different points around the country, especially to Branson, Chicago, and their fun Casino tours. They treasure the many friendships they made along the way.  A lot of fun and life-long memories were made on those trips!


Lee is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary, his children, Larry (Darcee), Laurie (Mark) Schlaefer, Paul (Janet), and Tina (Tom) Kastory and his seven grandchildren, Joshua (Haley) and Jacob (fiancé, Tessa) Babler, Allison and Carli Babler, Sarah Schlaefer, and Alec and Elizabeth Kastory.  He was a very proud great-grandpa of Renson Lee Babler, born in February.  Lee is further survived by Mary’s sisters Bea Englebert and Diane (Jack) Malchak and their families, as well as the Babler, DeKeyser, Prevost, and Destree cousins and very special “family” members Steve and Ann Bretl and their children Alex, Emily, and Lizzy.  


He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Larry, and son Anthony, as well as his brothers-in-law and sister in-law, Dale Englebert, Jack and Germaine Knapmiller. 

Lee was a member of the Forestville-Maplewood Lions Club, VFW, and American Legion.  He served as president of the Maplewood Sanitary District for 18 years and on the parish council of Holy Name of Mary Church for almost two decades. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood with the Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors. A visitation for family and friends will be at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 3:00 - 6:30 pm with a prayer service at 6:30.  Friends may also call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 am until the time of mass.


The family wants to give a special thank you to the amazing staff at Door County Skilled Nursing Facility, Unity Hospice, and Dr. Kelton Reitz for their compassionate care and kindness shown toward Lee and his family in the last several months.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toward the Leland Babler Memorial Scholarship Fund for local high school graduate students pursuing the Agricultural and Technical Trades.

Ervin R. Stahl

Ervin R. Stahl, 86, Luxemburg, passed away Sunday evening, December 22, 2019. Ervin was born February 26, 1933 in Luxemburg to the late George and Frances (Nejedlo) Stahl, Sr. 


He graduated from Luxemburg High School in 1951 and married Barbara Blahnik on September 1, 1954 at St. Mary’s Church in Algoma. They were dairy farmers in Luxemburg until retirement. Ervin proudly followed his grandchildren’s lives. He had fun traveling with Barb and their friends, listening to music, and playing tuba in the Luxemburg-Casco Community Band for many years. He enjoyed attending local sporting events and watching games on TV. Deer hunting season was a highlight for Dad, including this past November when he made his legendary sauerkraut and dumplings for the gang. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary Church in Luxemburg where he was a member of the Catholic Knights and the Holy Name Society. 


Survivors include his wife, Barbara, four daughters, Lynn Seidl, Lori (Carl) Juza, Kris (Jack) Skaletski, and Ann (Russ) Seidl, nine grandchildren, Kim (Ryan Meader), Adam Juza, Greg (Kristin) Seidl, Ryan (Sarah) Juza, Molly (Mike) Josh, Matt Skaletski, Beth (Kurtis) Larson, Lauren (Garrett) Johnson, and Emily Skaletski, eight great grandchildren, Liesl, Sutton, Adelyn, William, Leighton, Maeve, Spencer and Samantha. His siblings, Gladys Ledvina, Joan (John) Phillips, Dan (Lucy) Stahl, George (Francy) Stahl, Jr., Mary Lou (Don) Selner, Ron (Lynne) Stahl, sister in law Jackie Meister, brother in law and sister in law Melvin (Janet) Blahnik, along with many nieces and nephews. 


He was preceded in death by his son, Dave, his parents and Barb’s parents, one son in law, Joseph Seidl, and two brothers in law, Jim Meister and Tony Ledvina. 


Family and friends may call 4:00-7:00pm at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg, Thursday, December 26, 2019, with the closing prayer service at 6:30pm. Visitation will be on Friday, December 27, from 9:00-10:45am. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg. 

Todd D. Voeks

     Todd D. Voeks, 68, of Sister Bay, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family after battling cancer.  
     Todd was born February 16, 1951 to Orville Alfred Voeks and Dorlene Viola (Herbst) Larsen. He was raised in Baileys Harbor by his parents and grandparents, Paul and Viola Herbst. In his youth, he suffered and beat Leukemia. 
     Todd started his plumbing career with Wilmer Anschutz in 1969. At that time, he was also running projectors in the evenings at the SkyWay Drive Inn, owned by his father and tending bar for his grandparents at Paul’s Glass Bar. In 1976, Todd decided to start his own plumbing business known successfully as Voeks Plumbing. In 1991, Todd’s son, James, started working for him. James and his son, Ethan Voeks, will continue to operate Voeks Plumbing.
     At the young age of 18, Todd and Shirlee Carlson started their family. They were blessed with two children, a daughter, Amie Olson, and four years later a son, James Todd Voeks. Later in life came his four grandchildren, each touching his heart in their own special way. His grandson, Lance Corporal Mitchell Olson, is currently deployed in Norway with the USMC. 
     Todd was a member of the Sister Bay Liberty Grove Fire Dept from 1972 until 2016 and retired as assistant chief serving under Lyle Lundquist, Steve Mann, and current Chief, Chris Hecht. He was the longest serving Assisting Chief in the department.
      Todd’s hobbies throughout his life included karate and teaching karate, being a pilot and owning his own Cessna airplane, boating, keeping his beautiful lawn as green as could be, Western & Karate movies, Corvettes, Cadillacs, and taking slow rides going nowhere at all.
     He is survived by daughter, Amie Olson and her children, Olivia Olson and Lance Corporal Mitchell Olson Jr.; son, James (Tammy) Voeks and their children, Ella and Ethan Voeks; brothers, Robert (Anna) Larsen and Paul (Mert) Larsen; and nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Orville Voeks; mother, Dorlene Larsen; and grandparents, Paul & Viola Herbst and Ella Voeks; and son-in-law Mitchell Olson, who were all very dear to him.
     Todd’s life will be honored with a memorial service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
     Everyone who knows Todd knows he wasn’t much for going to the doctor. Near the end, he offered some words of advice to everyone he knew, and we’d like to share them with you: “get a colonoscopy”.
     “Our family would like to express a huge thank you to Chief Chris Hecht for his support and guidance, PA-C Eric Danihel and his St. Vincent staff at the Sturgeon Bay facility, and also to the many special folks who continually supported our dad through his cancer journey.”
     Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Sister Bay is assisting the Voeks family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Todd may be shared with his family through his tribute page at


Vaughn L. Galvin

Vaughn L. Galvin, 97, Algoma, passed away Friday, December 13, 2019 at Autumn's Journey in Algoma.  He was born December 1, 1922 in Birchwood, WI to John and Rose (Tuttle) Galvin. 

Vaughn was a World War II Veteran and served overseas in England during his service.  He was a long time member of the VFW in Algoma.

Vaughn married Janice (Meredith) Beil in 1946 and they were married for 50 years.  She preceded him in death in 1996.

He worked at the Algoma Hardwoods for 43 years until he retired in 1988. 

Vaughn is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Meredith, brothers Russell and Dean and sister Norma. 

Friends may call at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, from 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 until the time of services at 3:00 PM. with Rev. Joel McKenney officiating. Entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Full Military Rites after the service at the funeral home.

The family wants to give a special thank you to Jennie Pavlat and the entire staff at Autumn's Journey for their excellent care given to Vaughn during his five year stay there and to Unity Hospice for their care and kindness.

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Vaughn's tribute wall at

Patricia "Pat" Martin

Patricia "Pat" Martin, 88, New Franken, passed away Friday, December 13, 2019 at Anna's House.  She was born August 31, 1931 in Brussels to John and Adele (LeDocq) Bouche. 

Patricia married Harold (Dixie) Martin September 20, 1951 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Casco. 

She worked at the Algoma Plumbers for 50 years.  She enjoyed playing all types of cards, games, and most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lincoln and served with the Christian Mothers of the church. 

Pat is survived by her two daughters Peggy Meister, Luxemburg; and Lori (Jerry) Kirchman, New Franken; four grandchildren Spencer Meister (finac'ee Amy), Brittany Meister (special friend Bryan), Abby Kirchman (fianc'e Tim) and Sylvia Kirchman  (special friend Jerek); one sister-in-law Gladys Bouche; two brothers-in-law Howard Renard and Emil Jandrin; many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold (Dixie) Martin in 2011 and her siblings Margaret (Raphael) Kaye, Harvey (Viola) Bouche, Leonard Bouche, Ruth (Earl) Lukes, Arlene (Wilfred) Jeanquart, June Jandrin, and Angela Renard. 

Family and friends will gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Monday December 16, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Prayer service 7:00 PM.  Visitation will continue Tuesday December 17, at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Lincoln  from 9:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Father Edward Looney officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery.

The family wants to say a special thank you to all the staff at Anna's House for the care and kindness given to Patricia during her three year stay there.  They also want to thank Unity Hospice. 

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Patricia's tribute wall at


 Mary T. Mosgaller

 Mary T. Mosgaller, 71 years, of Egg Harbor, died Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay after suffering an apparent brain aneurism.

     Mary was born January 7, 1948 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Harold and Clara (Bochek) Hogan. In her youth she enjoyed skiing and ice skating. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1966 before attending Beauty School in Green Bay where she worked as a beautician. On June 29, 1969, she married John “Jack” Mosgaller at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay then resided in Green Bay until moving to Neenah in 1971. She worked for American Standard in Oshkosh until they moved to Two Rivers, working at Mirro Aluminum, Paragon Manufacturing and Canteen Food Service at Mirro for 18 years, retiring finally from Ironwood Plastics. In 2004, she and Jack retired to the Mosgaller family farm in the Town of Egg Harbor.

     Mary enjoyed spending time working in the yard, cutting lawn. She was a fantastic cook who loved compiling family recipes and creating her own. She was an avid swimmer and enjoyed swimming at the YMCA pool in Sturgeon Bay. She loved getting together and spending time with her girlfriends on a regular basis, most whom she grew up with.

     Survivors are her devoted husband, Jack; dear son, Jeffrey (friend, Joy Haupt) of Green Bay; sister, Carol Moreaux of Sturgeon Bay; the Mosgaller families; nieces and nephews.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; and two brothers, Leon (Eleanor) Hogan, John (Janice) Hogan.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sturgeon Bay, at 11:30 a.m. with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

     Friends may call at the church Tuesday after 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in her memory for St. Joseph Catholic Church.    

     Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the Mosgaller family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Mary may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


Terry Tebon

Former Wisconsin resident Terry A. Tebon, 76, passed away October 24, 2019, at his home in Fischer, Texas.


Mr. Tebon was a native to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He served four years in the United States Marine Corps as a Field Artillery Battleman, and participated in events surrounding the Cuban missile crisis.


After his military service, Terry started another career in engineering and management. He worked in many varied and increasingly complex positions, including a Regional Maintenance Supervisor for Wendy’s International, and Chief of Maintenance and Store Operations for a large Circle K franchise. Terry was also an accomplished carpenter and skilled remodeler.

Mr. Tebon is survived by his spouse and personal manager of 57 years, Charlotte;

his sisters Sally Teich and Sherry Hansen; brother Bruce Tebon; son Daniel Tebon; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Terry was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Priscilla Tebon, sons Allen Tebon and Brian Tebon.


At his request, no service will be held.

Verna Neville

Verna Neville, age 87, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.  She was born Nov. 26, 1932, in Green Bay to Henry and Anna (Raymaker) Heiptas.  On Feb. 6, 1954, she married Larry Neville in Green Bay.  They enjoyed 63 years of marriage.

In 1973, Larry and Verna purchased Quietwoods Campground (Sturgeon Bay) and in 1984 they purchased Woodland Acres Campground, renaming it Quietwoods South. Verna was a very hard worker all her life. She spent many long hours at the campgrounds and continued to help her children at the campgrounds in her retirement.

Verna loved to bowl and was a long-time member of the bowling leagues in Sturgeon Bay.  For many years, she and Larry liked making overnight trips to various casinos.  She also enjoyed traveling and spending time at the cabin and going to Florida with her children and grandchildren.  Verna was so pleased that she was able to take her grandchildren to all their extra-curricular activities while they were in school.

She is survived by three children, Denise Neville, Sturgeon Bay; Christine (Michael) Marchant, Brussels; and Steven (Holly) Neville, Sturgeon Bay; 6 grandchildren, Brenna, Kayla, Kody, Danica, Kailyn and Gracie; brother-in-law Harold Neville Jr.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and infant son Mark.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood.  Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Sunday from 4:00 – 6:30 pm with a prayer service to be conducted at 6:30 pm that evening.   Friends may also call on Monday at the church from 10:00 am until the time of service.  On-line condolences may be offered at


Elaine Verna Jandrin

On Saturday night heaven gained another angel, as our beloved Elaine Verna Jandrin, 69, of Lincoln, Wisconsin passed away on December 07, 2019 surrounded by family. After a six-year battle with breast cancer, God called her home at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay, WI.  Elaine was born on January 1, 1950 to Norbert and Olga (Brant) Vanderkinter in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  
She married the love of her life Terry Jandrin on Saturday, January 15th, 1972, in Kewaunee and they went on to have a large family. Elaine attended college at Silver Lake College in pursuit of a teaching degree but stopped classes in order to have her family. Elaine absolutely adored children and if it was up to her she would have had a hundred children. Her family was her world and she always put her family and everyone first over herself. She had a beautiful spirit and enjoyed sharing her warmth and love to all of those that she met. Elaine enjoyed being around people and had a smile that would light up the room. Elaine worked for Curves where she enjoyed working with other women and providing strong encouragement. Elaine also worked as a bank teller for Baylake Bank for six years and loved her coworkers. Elaine enjoyed traveling including visiting Door County during the fall to see the beautiful fall colors, and going up North. She treasured the time spent with family and would always prepare the best picnic meal when camping or visiting a park. Cooking was her passion, she whipped up the best of anything, and you could taste her love and enjoyment in her food. Her special ingredient was love and no one could ever come close with her Dill and Chicken Noodle soup. She was so proud to have her children and grandchildren cook with her and always wore her apron because she said that the best cooks are the messiest. She enjoyed watching cooking shows such as Masterchef and Chopped and she enjoyed grocery shopping, she would always buy ingredients that were on sale. She also was the happiest when she was working on a new puzzle and her eyes would light up when her children or grandchild would offer to help. Somehow, she found time to garden and would love to show her visitors her crops that were growing while she was wearing her big straw hat, riding around on her scooter. Elaine was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother and she left us too soon. We will never forget how much she loved Christmas music or baking Christmas cookies, or how she loved reading and watching movies, or the way she was so proud of her family. We will never forget how she made special recipes, how much she taught and showed us and how much she enjoyed knitting and sewing. She had a loving soul that touched so many people, she was the best listener and would always listen, no matter the topic or time of day, her smile and laugh were contagious. She had a large heart and always made sure that when people visited, they would be well fed. Her family was her world and she was all of ours. We know that heaven gained another angel but we already had our angel on earth, she will be deeply missed. 
She is survived and will be greatly missed by her spouse Terry Jandrin; six children, Jeanine (Chris) Wierichs, Troy (Tammy) Jandrin, Lisa (Significant Other Bob) Dellise, Lori (Ben) DeJardin, Sara (Significant Other Preston) Jandrin, and Rachel (Mark) LeCaptain; fourteen grandchildren, Kaylin (Justin) Urban, Jordon (Gabby) Pardowsky, Jacob (Significant Other Brandi) Pardowsky, Isaac Pardowsky, Ashley DeJardin, Olivia Pardowsky, Cody Dellise, Trent Jandrin, Linsey Pardowsky, Trevor Jandrin, Ryan LeCaptain, Caleb Pardowsky, Brady DeJardin, and Taylor Jandrin; one great-grandson, Ezra Pardowsky; and two siblings, Jerry (Mary) Vanderkinter and Evelyn Steiner, as well as by many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Joe Steiner and her parents. 
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 13th, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home - Casco in Casco, WI. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at Country Bible Church, E2179 Hwy 54, Casco, WI 54205. Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Country Bible Church with Pastor Dan Gross officiating. Burial will take place at Lincoln Town Cemetery. Online condolence messages may be shared at


Philip W. Berns

Philip W. Berns, 95, went to live with his Lord on December 7th, 2019 at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, surrounded by his family. 
     He was the son of William and Leona (Bunda) Berns, born on April 16th, 1924, and a lifelong resident of Sister Bay. While attending Gibraltar High School, he met classmate, Clarice Erickson, who became the love of his life. Phil enjoyed sports and excelled in ski jumping at meets held in Peninsula State Park.
     Right after high school graduation in 1942, Phil left home for WWII and spent three years with the Army Air Force. While serving on a B-17 Bomber crew with the 8th Air Force based in England, Phil and his crew flew bombing missions over Germany. Their planes had numerous close calls, once catching fire and making an emergency landing in Belgium. Phil's mechanical knowledge and quick thinking were instrumental in saving the plane and crew, and he was awarded a meritorious medal for missions flown. Later, he was a charter member of the American Legion Billy Weiss Post in Sister Bay.
     On a furlough home in 1944, Philip married his high school sweetheart and they began a life together that would last happily for 68 years. They had three children, Jean Berns (Charles) Jones of Rewey, WI; Janet (Dennis) Olson of Omro, WI; and Jim (Jennifer) Berns of Sister Bay. Phil was an affectionate, generous man who delighted in his children, seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Phil and Clarice shared a lifelong enjoyment of sports and music and traveled throughout the U.S. and internationally.
     Philip employed his strong work ethic at various positions in Sister Bay. In later years, he retired from being Rural Mail Carrier for the U.S. Post Office, and then drove school bus until his mid-70s. During his years on the bus, he was loved by countless children, many of whom, though now grown, still refer to him as "Grandpa."
     Throughout his lifetime, Philip remained devoted to his Catholic faith. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and an active member of Saint Rosalia Parish in Sister Bay, where he helped with Mass preparations. He served Mass in Sister Bay from the age of six years until he was 92. He holds the record for being the longest serving "altar boy" in Stella Maris Church memory.
     Survivors include his three children; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Lester Berns of Sturgeon Bay (age 101); nieces; and nephews.
     Phil was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clarice; sister, Donna (Henry) Eckert; brothers, Robert Berns, and Lewis Berns; and grandson, Jason Berns.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 13th, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., at Stella Maris Parish--Sister Bay site, with Fr. Thomas Farrell officiating. A reception and visitation will follow in the church hall. Burial will take place at a later date.
     In lieu of flowers, donations will be given in Philip's name to one of his favorite charities, St. Jude Children's Hospital.
     “Deepest gratitude is extended to the staff members (Angels) at Scandia Village for their extraordinary care and kindness to Philip, as well as, to his entire family. It is so appreciated.”
     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Philip may be shared with his family through his tribute page at


Shirley M. DeClark

On December 6, 2019, heaven gained an angel as Shirley M. DeClark passed away at Autumn Fields CBRF in Dyckesville, WI.  She was born on May 25, 1934, in Brussels, WI to Harry “H.J.” LeRoy and Lorraine Pigeon.  On June 26, 1954, she married Louis “Lou” DeClark in Brussels and celebrated 65 years of marriage this past June.

Shirley worked in her early years at Marchant’s Foods and then at DeClark Plumbing until she retired.  She was very strong in her faith praying the rosary daily for her family near and far and for anyone who she heard was sick.  Shirley loved to travel, read, and spend time with her family playing cards and games with her grandchildren.  Shirley and Lou always helped anyone who was in need.

Shirley and Lou traveled the world many times over the years, but her love was wintering at their second home in Arizona for 20 years, making many friends dear to their hearts who were like their family.

She is survived by her husband; children, Steve (Rachel) DeClark, Brussels; Daren DeClark, Brussels; Kathy (Kelly Zehren) Kinnard, Luxemburg; 10 grandchildren, Christopher (Liz) DeClark, Jennifer DeClark, Cody (Carrie) DeClark, Olivia Gleasner, Drew DeClark, Abby DeClark, Kraig (Nicole) Kinnard, Kyler (Tarynn) Kinnard, Mariah (Dylan) Kinnard, Rachael Zehren; 7 great-grandchildren, James, Dakoda, Marshall, Amelia, Tucker, Joslyn, Johana; sister, Evelyn Abts; aunt like her sister, Beatrice Marchant; in-laws, James Grassel, Sharon (Mike) Lemens, Kay (Glen) Madoche, Leo (LeDeana) DeClark. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, along with Norma LeRoy and Clarence Pigeon; infant daughter; daughter-in-law, Jami DeClark; mother and father-in-law, Louis C. and Clarice DeClark Sr.; in-laws, Geraldine (Joe) LeFevre, Bernadette Grassel, Ted Abts.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 12, 2019, at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish with Rev. Edward Looney officiating. Entombment will be in Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Thursday.  A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank Everyone at Autumn Fields CBRF and Heartland Hospice for the awesome and loving care given to Shirley.

Dad - We want to say Thank You, for taking such great loving care of mom all these years right up till the end.  We Love You, Steve, Daren and Kathy.

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June Helen Bay

June Helen Bay, age 82, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away early Monday morning, November 25, 2019 at Oak Creek Assisted Living in Algoma.

     She was born in Algoma on June 1, 1937, the youngest child of the late Charles and Eva (Dandois) Sacotte. June attended St. Mary Catholic School and graduated from Algoma High School in 1955. She was united in marriage to Denis Edward Bay on July 30, 1955 at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church where they remained longtime members. Together, she and Denis owned and operated JUDEBY Credit Corporation of Sturgeon Bay for many years. They shared over 60 years of marriage. Denis passed away August 16, 2015.

     June enjoyed sewing and making crafts. She was an avid gardener and also liked to read.

     June is survived by her sister-in-law, LaVerne Sacotte of Appleton; many dear nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Denis Bay II; grandchildren, Andrea and Daniel Bay; siblings, Fern (Clarence) Kaus, Hubert Sacotte, Christine (Roland) Graf, Johanna (Arthur) Schley, John (Dorothy) Sacotte, and Anna (John) Blaha.

     A private memorial service will be held at a later date with Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp, Sr., of Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, officiating.

     Arrangements have been entrusted with Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of June may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

     “A special thanks goes out to the staffs of Oak Creek Assisted Living and Unity Hospice for the wonderful care you gave Aunt June. It was truly appreciated.”

Elaine L. Bonville

Elaine L. Bonville, 87, a longtime resident of Fish Creek, WI died on November 30, 2019 at Good Samaritan Scandia Village in Sister Bay, WI.
     Elaine was born in Baileys Harbor, WI to Henry and Minnie (Lang) Schultz. She graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1950. On December 21, 1952, she married Glenn Bonville at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor. He preceded her in death in 1984.
     For many years Elaine and Glenn owned and operated BonVilla Cottages in Fish Creek. They sold the water side cottages in 1979 due to Glenn’s failing health and moved to the house at the top of the hill. Elaine was never one to be idle. She enjoyed maintaining her home, cutting her grass, tending to her flowers, and working during the summer months at various area businesses. Elaine was strong-willed and independent. She had a genuine care and concern for others.
     Elaine was a longtime member of Fish Creek Community Church where she served on various committees and for more than fifty years assisted in preparing communion for church services.
     Elaine is survived by her children, Keith (Sharon Anderson) of Baileys Harbor, and Kathleen (James Thiel) of Franklin, WI and Fish Creek; two grandchildren, Jesse (Jessica Manson) of Baileys Harbor, and Lynsey Thiel Fontes (Ernest) of San Diego, CA; step grandchildren, Douglas Thiel (Carol) of South Lake, TX, and Melanie Thiel of Madison, WI.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Schultz; sister, Eleanor Woerfel; husband; and other dear relatives and friends.
     A service in remembrance and celebration of Elaine’s life will be held at the Community Church of Fish Creek at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019. A visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
     The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Scandia for the compassionate care they gave to their Mom and extend their sincere appreciation to all who visited or remembered Elaine in some way during her years at Scandia.
     Memorials may be given in Elaine’s memory to Community Church of Fish Creek or Feed and Clothe My People of Door County.
     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Bonville family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Elaine may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


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