Obituaries Archives for 2020-02

Vernon J. Martin

Vernon J. Martin, 82, Luxemburg, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020, at Autumn Fields Assisted Living Facility.  He was born in Luxemburg on March 7, 1937 to the late Peter P. and Anna A. (Vanden Bush) Martin. Vernon served in the United States Army Reserves from 1955 to 1957.  On May 14, 1960 he married Diane M. Ronsman at St. Hubert Church, Sugar Bush.  She preceded him in death on October 24, 2006.  Vernon was employed as a commercial painter with Modern Painting Co. and OMNI Paint and Glass.  He enjoyed the outdoors, especially cutting wood, camping, snowmobiling and spending time with family and friends.


Survivors include his four children, Brenda (Paul) Hunsader, Green Bay,  Mike (Kristi) Martin, all of Green Bay; Linda (Mark) Joniaux, Luxemburg, Cheri (Pete) Kline, Luxemburg; 12 Grandchildren, Kyle Hunsader, Amy (Trevor) Kroll, Kaylen (special friend, Brandon) Martin, Mariah Martin, Connor Martin, Ashley (Chris) Hanold, Kristin (Rob) Delimat, Kelsey (fiancé Travis) Joniaux, Logan (special friend, Christine) Joniaux, Marissa (special friend, Austin) Kline, Courtney Kline and Adam Kline; four great-grandchildren, Brynlee and Harper Hanold, Nora and Lily Kroll and Baby Delimat due in July; one brother, John (Charmaine) Martin, Luxemburg; three sisters, Donna Berger, Marilyn (Jim) Rank, Terri (Wally) Nemetz, all of Luxemburg; brothers in law and sisters in law, Dale (Rose) Ronsman, Green Bay; Bonnie Ronsman, New Franken; many nieces, nephews, and friends.


Vernon was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one great granddaughter, Grace Kroll; one brother, Joe Martin; two brothers in law, Roger Ronsman and Don Berger; his father in law and mother in law, Art and Syra Ronsman.


Friends may call 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Luxemburg. Closing parish prayer service 7:00 pm with Deacon Bob Miller.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am, Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Funeral 11:00 am, Wednesday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Entombment in the Shrine of The Good Shepherd Mausoleum. 


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


The family wishes to thank the staff of Autumn Fields and Heartland Hospice for the special care given to Vernon.

Ceylon "Andy" Anderson

Ceylon “Andy” Anderson, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Feb. 13, 2020 at
Sturgeon Bay Health Services. He was born Sept. 21, 1940 in Door County to
Elden and Alice (Charney) Anderson. On Feb. 19, 1966 he married Marilyn
Kinnard at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute.
Ceylon “Andy” was an avid Packer and Brewers Fan. He had a love for fishing and
playing sheepshead. Andy also had a great love for the outdoors. He was
employed for over 30 years by Evergreen Nursery in Sturgeon Bay.
He is survived by his wife, 5 children: Jim (Nancy) Anderson, Sturgeon Bay; Scott
Anderson, Sturgeon Bay; Julie (Jerry) Popour, Sturgeon Bay; Lisa Anderson,
Sturgeon Bay; and Karen (Stephanie) Anderson, Kaukauna; 5 grandchildren:
Meagan (Mike) Brull, Breanna Rass, Tyler Anderson, Brad Popour, and Jared
Anderson; 4 great-grandchildren, Andyn, Ella, and Averi Brull, and Izabella Kimber;
special nieces and nephews, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Devon Michael Anderson, 2
sisters, Eleanor (Lloyd) Robson and Shirley (Carroll) Knudson, and in-laws, William
and Lorraine Jandrin-Kinnard.
Visitation will be at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Monday Feb. 17,
2020 from 4:00 – 7:30 pm. A prayer service will be conducted at 7:30 pm by Rev.
Robert Stegmann.
Special thanks to Unity Hospice and Sturgeon Bay Health Services for the
wonderful care and support.

Marge Buresh

Our kind and loving Mother, Marguerite “Marge” F. Buresh, 97, Pilsen, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  She was born on October 7, 1922 to the late Fred and Frances (Verheyen) Aerts of West Depere.  On January 6, 1945, Marge married Joseph Buresh at St. Boniface Church.  He preceded her in death on February 22, 1991.  Marge and Joe operated the Buresh Family Farm until retiring in 1978.  She then began a second career in 1981 as manager of the Luxemburg meal site.  She was a member of St. Therese Parish and involved with the Rosary Society, a volunteer for funeral dinners and religious education teacher.  She was also an active member of the Czech of Wisconsin, Czech Choraliers, Golden Tones and her Homemakers Club.  Her contributions were recognized by the Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce, who named her the Community Service Person of the Year in 2010.

Marge is survived by her children, Roger (Barb) Buresh, Diane (Ron) Markevitch, Shirley (Jim) Peot, Elaine (Tom) Delsart, Katie Buresh, Mary (Ken) Griepentrog, Betty (Greg) Gregorich, Paul (Cathy) Buresh; 23 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; two sisters and three brothers in law, Pat (John) Guerts, Geraldine VandenBoogart, Norbert Buresh, Red Byers; nieces and nephews.

Marge was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sisters and brothers in law, Cecelia Cornelissen, Loretta (Ray) Thyssen, Dorothy (Don) Matzke, Rosemary (Don) McVey, Jean (Bernard) McVey, Betty Jones, Alice VandeHei, Janice Byers, Peter VandenBoogart; one brother, Bill (Bernice) Aerts; father in law and mother in law, Joseph and Tillie Buresh; brothers in law and sisters in law, Stella (Bernard) Wauvrunek, John (Catherine) Buresh, Lillian (Ray) Hay, Margorie (Don) Moens. 

Marge had a unique ability to find humor in everything and to make everyone around her feel appreciated and valued.

Friends may call at St. Therese Parish, St. Joseph-St. John Site, Pilsen (E860 Hwy 29, Luxemburg, WI. 54217) 9:00 to 10:45 am, Saturday, February 15, 2020.  Funeral 11:00 am Saturday at the church with Rev. Dennis Drury officiating and Christal Wavrunek assisting. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pilsen. 

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the family.

Bobbie Jo Solchenberger

Bobbie Jo Solchenberger, 29, Algoma, passed away unexpectedly Saturday February 8, 2020.  She was born March 8, 1990 in Green Bay to Angela (Steinfeldt) Krueger and Daniel Skenandore. 


Bobbie Jo is survived by her husband Michael Solchenberger, her two sons James and Jackson Solchenberger.  As well as by her bunny Rufus and her dog Hank;  fathers Lonnie Krueger and Daniel Skenandore;  siblings Stephanie (Kyle Vincent), Amanda (Tyler) Jerome, Andrew Krueger, Hailey Skenandore, Matthew Vanstraten, Matthew (Brittany) Solchenberger;  nieces and nephews Angelynn, Silas, Ryett, Brayden, Kylie, Lakelyn, Blake and Mariah; Mothers-in-laws and fathers-in-laws David Solchenberger and Becca Nowak and Karen and Randy Theys; aunts and uncles Sheila Steinfeldt, Tina House, Kevin (Diane) House, Patrick McMillen, Roland Jr. Vandehei, Cindy Lecker, Wanda Diemel, Tim Skenandore, Stacy Skenandore, Rosemary Stevens, Jim Stevens, Annette (Brad) Hansen, Nora Parsons and Jim Krueger; grandparents Elaine (Charles) Skenandore, David (Sharon) Steinfeldt, Jerry (Debbie) Cornelius and Grace Pagel; cousins Kasey, Nicole (Kyle), Josh, Tyler, Ricky, Kelly, Krista, Kevin Jr., Logan, Gage, Torin and Destiny; other aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. 


Bobbie was preceded in death by her mom Angela Krueger, stepmom Michelle Skenandore, grandfathers Bill Pagel, Roland Sr. Vandehei and James Krueger; grandmothers Karen Barry and Marsha Krueger as well as other aunts, uncles, cousins and great grandparents.


Bobbie Jo enjoyed spending time with her family.  Her hobbies entailed fishing, camping, crafting and going on vacations with her loved ones.  She worked at Door County Medical Center and was in school to be an LPN.  If she had to choose, she would choose Michael over and over again.  Without a pause.  He was one of her greatest treasures.  the bond she had with her boys was truly special.  It will remain unchanged no matter the time or distance.  It is and will forever be the purest love.  She was so full of life and she has touched more lives that she will ever know.  She will be missed by so many.


Family and friends will gather Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, from 3:00 PM until the time of services at 6:00 PM.


The family would like to thank the Oneida County Sheriff's Department, EMT's and all of the St. Mary's Hospital Staff for their service and support.


In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been set up at Nicolet Bank under Bobbie's name.

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

Carl A. Swanson


Carl A. Swanson, 60, of Baileys Harbor, passed away at his home Friday, February 7, 2020 surrounded by loved ones. Carl was diagnosed with a glioblastoma last fall.

     He was born November 4, 1959 in Aurora, IL to Kermit and Jean (White) Swanson. Carl grew up in Naperville, IL. He attended Beloit College and North Central College, where he earned his BA in Philosophy and English.

     In the early 1980s, he and his college sweetheart, Ann Claire Hamilton moved to Massachusetts, where Carl worked as a security guard and played in various music groups. He was self-taught in guitar and particularly enjoyed playing slide guitar and the blues. His love and knowledge of music stayed with him and grew throughout his life. Carl and Ann were married on August 29, 1985.

     In 1990, he and Ann moved to Door County to work and raise their family. Ann was diagnosed with leukemia and preceded him in death on August 11, 1995. Carl raised his two daughters, Rachael and Sarah, while running his custom woodworking/furniture business. He was innovative and creative, dedicated to finding his own unique approaches to design and problem-solving. His journey toward health following a 2008 liver transplant is a testament to his strength, courage, and perseverance.

     Carl enjoyed spending time in the woods, especially snow shoeing and observing the natural changes each season brought. He was an avid reader of history, specifically Civil War and Viking history.

     Carl will be missed by his two daughters, Rachael Swanson of Baileys Harbor and Sarah Bergwin of Sister Bay; son in law, Michael Bergwin; grandchildren, Leif, Owen, and Zetta; fiancé, Sara Foster of Niagara, WI; and his sister, Jude Teicher of Sister Bay.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit and Jean Swanson; wife, Ann; and brother, John Swanson.

     A gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at (the future location of Casperson Funeral Home) 2594 S. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, WI 54234 with a service of remembrance to follow at 4:00 p.m.

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


Paul M. Hedeen

Paul M. Hedeen, 95, of Sister Bay, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Scandia Village Good Samaritan in Sister Bay.
     He was born September 10, 1924 in Sister Bay the son of Milton and Minnie (Carlson) Hedeen. Paul graduated from Gibraltar High School before attending Business School near Manitowoc. He received his Electrical Engineering degree at Kansas University through the Navy V12 program. He served as an officer with the U.S. Navy near the end of WWII and continued to serve over 20 years in the Navy Reserves. In October 1950 he married Arlene M. Eytcheson in Milwaukee.
     Paul worked as a sales engineer for Allis Chalmers for over 20 years mixing his own business venture for a few years before returning to Allis Chalmers and retiring there in 1986. Following his retirement Paul became close with his brother, Al, enjoying boating fishing and socializing, and building projects. Paul and Arlene split time at their home in Ellison Bay and Bradenton, Florida until 2011 locating full time at Sister Bay Scandia Village. Paul was a devoted husband and caregiver to Arlene until her death on September 2, 2016.
     Paul was a gregarious, outgoing father, grandfather, and friend. Always willing to help, Paul assisted other residents at Scandia when needed. He enjoyed helping his dear friend, Delmar Dahl with chapel services held there. He loved fishing, boating, and woodworking. Paul was a member of Kiwanis and local veteran groups.
     Survivors include his four children, Rosanne Wagner of Copley, OH, Paul (Marion) Hedeen of Monroe, MI, Ross (Joyce) Hedeen of Tomah, WI, Carla (Bernard Brooks) Hedeen of Las Vegas, NV; six grandchildren, Ernie and Chris Cornelius, Marion, Sarah, Marta and Nina Hedeen.
     Preceding him in death was his parents, Milton and Minnie Hedeen; wife, Arlene; and his brother, Al (Betty) Hedeen.
     A celebration of his life for all will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday May 30, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay with Rev. Mark Billington officiating. Friends may call at the church May 30, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.
     There will be a memorial at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday February 12, 2020 at Scandia Care Center Chapel. He will be laid to rest at Little Sister Cemetery with his dear wife, Arlene.
     Memorials in his memory should be directed to Parkinson's Foundation and Scandia Good Samaritan Foundation.
  Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Paul may be shared with his family through his tribute page at


Delores M. Massart

Delores M. Massart, 89, of Forestville WI passed away on February 1, 2020.  She was born on May 23, 1930 to the late John and Mabel (Martin) Charles.  She married Harold Massart on September 27, 1950 in Brussels.  She and her husband farmed together. He preceded her in death on November 20, 2018. She enjoyed spending time with her family and caring for them. She also enjoyed going to garage sales, square dancing, and making her famous chili.


Delores is survived by her children Gary (Kathy) Massart, Ronald (Leah Ann) Massart, and Mike (Ineke) Massart; grandchildren Jodi, Alysia, Ashley (fiancé Chad), Missy, Tiffany (Scott), Autumn (James), Brian (Kelsey), Stef, Lex, and Caroline (fiancé Kyle); great-grandchildren Christopher, Jason, Aubrey, and Caiden.  She is also survived by one brother Bobby (special friend Jean); sisters-in-law Helen, Janet, and Phyllis; as well as nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband Harold; an infant son; her parents John and Mabel; father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Lucy Massart, as well as in-laws.


A private family service will take place on Wednesday from 10-11 am at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home, Casco. Entombment will follow at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Online condolences may be shared at  A special thank-you to daughter-in-law Ineke, and Unity Hospice staff Jamie, Crystal, and Jenny for the exceptional care given to Delores.  

Edward T. Jones

Edward T. Jones, 70, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Feb. 2, 2020. He was born Feb. 3, 1949,
in Berlin, Wisconsin to Arthur and Lauretta (Tesch) Jones. On April 26, 1969 he married
Catherine A. Conlon at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. She preceded him in death
on Feb. 28, 2008.
Ed graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1967 and then attended Michigan Tech where
studied engineering. After marrying Cathy in 1969, he joined his father in the automotive
business. For 12 years, he and his father operated Jones Chrysler-Plymouth in Sturgeon Bay
and Green Bay, and Jones Dodge in Algoma.
In the 1980’s, Ed transitioned into the aftermarket automotive product business. For several
years he was vice-president of Petrolon and later established NuTech Engineering International
with several other associates, a company which sold automotive products around the world.
Ed was a long time and dedicated member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He had a strong
passion for music and enjoyed directing the church choir for many years. He also enjoyed
traveling in his RV, following the Packers, his dogs, and especially loved the time he spent with
his family. Ed had a very mechanical mind and was always interested in anything that had to do
with cars.
On July 7, 2012, he married Diane Dusendschon at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. She survives as
do his 3 children, Tim (Gina) Jones, Sturgeon Bay; John (Lindsay) Jones, Parkland, FL; and
Jennifer Jones, Lake Mary, FL; 5 grandchildren, Mackenzie, Levi, Liam, Miles, and Oliver; sister
Judy (Terrance) O’Grady, Green Bay, WI; brother-in-law Terry (Becky) Conlon, Sturgeon Bay;
aunt Jean Walker, Sturgeon Bay; 2 step-daughters, Lisa Jacobe, Sturgeon Bay; and Laura (Terry)
Willems, Brussels; 7 step-grandchildren, Jessica, Justin, Amanda, Kendal, Jordan, Brianna, and
Devon; 2 step-great-grandchildren, Isiah and Joey; other sister-in-law, Andrea Bakalar. He was
preceded in death by his parents, first wife, and an infant sister Susan.
Funeral services will be 12:00 noon on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
in Sturgeon Bay with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on
Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service. Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements. Special thanks to Unity Hospice and the doctors and staff at Door County
Medical Center for the wonderful care and support.

David George Gabert Sr.

David George Gabert Sr., 88, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on February 1, 2020 after a battle with Parkinson’s.  He was born on November 19, 1931, in Sturgeon Bay to George and Harriet (Birmingham) Gabert.  He served his country in the Army, stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas during the Korean Conflict.  On June 11, 1977, he married Elaine Porter.

He had a varied work life, working on houses, boats and motorcycles.  David worked for his father’s construction company building fine homes in Sturgeon Bay.  He worked at PBI building Navy boats, then at Palmer Johnson’s building private yachts and at Sturgeon Bay Yacht Harbor where he commissioned new boats and did repair work on pleasure boats.  David was also employed for a time at Door County Cycle and had his own Harley Davidson repair shop for many years.

David was one of the original group that formed the Door Devil’s Motorcycle Club.  He enjoyed riding for many years and helped organize some motorcycle races.

The most important thing in his life was to be with family and friends, the people he loved.  David had the unique ability to fix things and pass the knowledge along to others.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine; 7 children, David (Kathy) Gabert, Celia (Randy) LaVenture, Susan Oliver, Cindy Cihlar, Julie (Steve) Lau, Donna (fiancé, Steve Konrad) Porter, Richard (Rebecca) Porter; 18 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 1 niece; and 2 nephews.  David was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sons, John and George; brother, Danny; sister, Diane; and a niece, Pam.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 7, 2020, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Burial and veteran services will be in Bayside Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. Friday until the time of services at the funeral home.  On-line condolences may be offered at 


Edwin J DeChamps

Edwin J DeChamps, 91, Luxemburg, passed away Friday morning, January 31, 2020. 


He was born January 28, 1929 in Champion to the late Willard and Josephine (Wendricks) DeChamps. 


On May 20, 1950, Edwin married Angela H Boucher at St. Odile's Church in Thiry Daems. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2011.


Edwin was a proud union mason by trade and built many buildings in Green Bay including the original St. Vincent Hospital and UWGB Cofrin Library. He also was a part time dairy farmer operating the DeChamps Family Homestead. You could often find him playing cards with friends or out polka dancing. He was a local celebrity on Polka, Polka, Polka on Sunday mornings.  He was an avid book reader always staying current on politics. 


Edwin is survived by his four children, Dennis (Sherry) DeChamps, Appleton; Randy (Bonnie) DeChamps, New Franken; Shelley Stencil, Denmark; Lynn (Alonzo) Villarreal, Green Bay; six grandchildren, Eric (Christy) DeChamps, Matt (Robin) DeChamps, Katie (Jim) Dalebroux-Gast, Emily (Mike) Kletzien; Elliot Stencil, and Kaila Stencil; eight great-grandchildren; one sister Arlene Jadin, Luxemburg; two brothers Merle (Sylvia) DeChamps, Green Bay; Larry DeChamps, Chicago; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Boucher, Luxemburg and Rosemary Boucher, Green Bay; along with special friend and dancing partner, LaVerne VandenHouten, Luxemburg; step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, further survive. 


Edwin was preceded in death by his wife Angela, one son-in-law David Stencil; step-grandchild, Chad Stencil; four brothers in law and two sisters-in-law, Bernice (Milton) Massey, Gaylord (Rose) Boucher, Al Boucher and Linus Boucher. 


Friends may call 3:30 to 7:00 pm, Monday, February 03, 2020 at St. Joseph Church, Champion.  Closing prayer service 7:00 pm with Deacon Bob Miller.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Tuesday, February 04, 2020, at St. Joseph Church, Champion.  Funeral 11:00 am on Tuesday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  


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

Donald Clarence LaLuzerne

Donald Clarence LaLuzerne, 84, Brussels passed away on January 31, 2020 at Autumn Fields CBRF.  He was born September 24, 1935, to Clarence and Emma (Gerondale) LaLuzerne in the Town of Gardner.  He graduated from Brussels High School in 1953 and attended Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College.  

Donald was employed by the Southern Door School District for 37 years.   He was married to Jillian Jadin on October 20, 1956, at St. Mary’s Church in Namur.  Donald enjoyed wood working, card playing, traveling and family time.  He enjoyed sharing school stories.

Survivors include his wife, Jillian; four children, Debbie (Randy) Gromowski, Jackson, WI; Kathy (Rich) Kubichek, Rochester, MN; Brenda (Mike Hallet) Klaubauf, Green Bay; Corey (Julie) LaLuzerne, Brussels; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, a grandson, a son-in-law and brothers and sisters-in-laws.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 7, 2020, at St. Francis & St. Mary Parish in Brussels, with Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating.  Burial will be in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. 


Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Friday.  A prayer service will be at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday.  On-line condolences may be offered at

The family would like to thank the Autumn Fields staff for the wonderful care and support given to Donald.


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