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Obituaries Archives for 2020-04

Joyce H. Kirchman

Joyce H. Kirchman, 77, Algoma, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2020 at Oak Creek Assisted Living, Algoma. She was born on April 23, 1943 to the late Philip and Marie (Malfroid) Yunk. She married her husband David Kirchman on July 21, 1962 in Lincoln. Through her life, she worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant at the Long-Term Care facility in Algoma. Joyce was a devoted wife and it was clear how deeply she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There were many Sundays spent visiting around the kitchen table that usually ended with a game of Yahtzee. She spent her life dedicated to helping people, a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rankin, St. John’s Ladies Aid, the Joyce Club, and in her free time she loved crafting and gardening. She was well known for her immaculate and ever-expanding flower beds. She has a smile and laugh that could light up any room.
Joyce is survived by her husband, David Kirchman; children, Sherri Kuss, Algoma, and Michele Kirchman, Algoma; grandchildren, Jason Kuss, Algoma, Andrea (Luke) Porath, Casco, Jennifer (Joey) Delcorps, Green Bay, Steve (Andie) Jandrin, Green Bay, and Ashley Walter, Algoma; great-grandchildren, Jack and Emma Porath, Keegan and Ashton Doubeck, Hazel and Oscar Jandrin; brothers, Jerry (Sue) Yunk, Sturgeon Bay, Joey (special friend Sue) Yunk, Kewaunee; sisters, Jeanette (Harvey) Paul, Casco, June (Don) Hucek, Forestville, and Julie (Randy) Jacobs, Casco; brother-in-law, Ronnie Holtz, Madison; sister-in-law, Linda Yunk, Algoma; as well as by beloved pet dog, Mindy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Marie (Malfroid) Yunk; brothers, James Yunk and John Yunk; sister, Joan Holtz; and her mother- and father-in-law, Paul and Nellie (Mikle) Kirchman.
A graveside service open to the public with social distancing practiced will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Algoma WI (Rankin) with Dr. Rev. Christopher Jackson officiating. A memorial service will be held in church at a later date. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home is assisting the family, Online condolence messages may be shared at
Special thank you to the caregivers at Oak Creek, Unity Hospice, and the Bellin Health providers for their compassionate care through the years as she navigated her debilitating neurological health journey.

Charles (Chuck) G. Demlow

Charles G. Demlow, 57, Casco, passed away at home on April 25, 2020 with his beloved dog Snickers by his side. He was born on August 7, 1962 to Patricia (Tooley) Demlow and Larry Demlow. "Mr. Chuck", as he was called by all the little ones at the Casco Day Care, was an avid fisherman, a member of the Casco Fire Department, and enjoyed being the lawn mower repair guy. He spent his days going to the Village Kitchen (as part of the "Counter Coffee Clutch") and tinkering - with the mowers...that was unless it was Archery night, then everything stopped, he loved shooting league with friends and family for years at Hunters Edge. 
Chuck is survived by his children, Christopher Demlow, Cody (fiancé Marty Zumwalt) Demlow, and Madison Demlow; one grandchild on the way (due in August); mother, Pat (special friend Paul Murphy) Williams; brothers and sisters; Chris (Donna) Demlow, Cindy (John) Lubbers, Cami (Scott) Prokash and Curt (Traci) Demlow; 7 nieces & nephews, 4 great nieces & nephews as well as his Special Buddies; Jim, Ben, Andrew, Bruce & Jeff. He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Demlow. 
A Memorial will be established in his honor. 
Due to the COVID-19 gathering restrictions, the celebration of his life will take place at a later date to be determined.
Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home is assisting the family, Online condolence messages may be shared at

Clayton E. Metzler

Clayton E. Metzler, 93 of New Franken, died Monday evening, April 27, 2020 at Autumn Fields Assisted Living, Luxemburg.  He was born in New Franken on July 22, 1926 to the late Martin and Isabell (Heim) Metzler.  On September 10, 1947, Clayton married Dolores M. Heim at St. Kilian Church, New Franken.  She preceded him in death on March 23, 2016. Clayton farmed in New Franken his entire life in addition to working at Gersek Construction and Boulanger Construction Co.  His enjoyment included the life of farming especially driving tractors, playing cards and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Survivors include his three sons, Daniel, his son, Michael Metzler (fiancée Hannah) and their children, Mariah and Mia; Thomas (Linda), son, Jeremy Metzler M.D. and his children, Iris, Ivy and Callum; daughter, Renee (Jason) Meyers and their children, Callahan and Chancellor; daughter, Nicole (Matt) Wagner and their child, Logan; son, Gregory (Eileen) Metzler and their child, Nolan; John (Nancy), daughter, Amy (Jason) Bouche and their children, MaKayla, Ashton and Parker; son, Jason Metzler and his children, Sadie and Braxton; son, Eric (Melanie) Metzler and their children, Kaylie and Elizabeth; one sister, Delores Sylvester; one brother, Martin (Gladys) Metzler; nieces and nephews.


Clayton is preceded in death by his wife, Dolores; infant daughter, Mary Ellen; one brother, Raymond (Dorothy) Metzler; two sisters and three brothers in law, Mary Jane (Russel) Adrians, Annabel (Robert) Klika, Eugene Sylvester; two sisters, Josephine (Peter) Mathu, Irene (Donald) Strebel; his father in law and mother in law, Melchoir and Mary Heim.


A private service was held for Clayton and entombment has taken place at the Shrine of The Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay. 


A memorial Mass will be offered at a later date when governmental gathering restrictions have been lifted.


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


A special thank you is extended to the staff of  Autumn Fields Assisted Living for the exceptional, passionate, quality of care given to Clayton and Heartland Hospice for helping our family with your strength when we needed it the most.

Martha Helen Kudick

Martha Helen Kudick, 94 of Montpelier, passed away Monday morning, April 27, 2020, at Aurora Baycare Medical Center, Green Bay.  She was born October 20, 1925, the youngest daughter of the late Wencil and Caroline (Shedivy) Urban near Mishicot.  On February 23, 1946 she married Ornie A. Kudick at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montpelier.  He preceded her in death September 29, 1992.


Survivors include two sons and two daughters in law, Jim and Darlene Kudick, Kewaunee; Rick and Debbie Kudick, Luxemburg; two daughters and three sons in law, Karolyn Kudick, Kewaunee; Joan and Doug Kraynik, Denmark; Lyle Last, Green Bay; John Corbisier, Luxemburg; 19 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; one brother in law and two sisters in law, Norman and Rae Kudick, Green Bay; Frances Kudick, Denmark; numerous nieces and nephews.


Martha was preceded in death by two daughters, Janet Last and Kathy Corbisier, four sisters and two brothers in law, Julia Urban, Lucy and Marvin Mott, Sylvia and Jack Hoyer, Violet Urban; two brothers and one sister in law, Clarence Urban, Arnold and Ruth Urban; six brothers in law and five sisters in law, Elroy and Mary Kudick, Elmer and Lillian Kudick, Leonard Kudick, John and Florence Kudick, Arlene and Paul Gaedtke, Elda and Arno Kiel.


A private funeral was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montpelier with Rev. Dr. Daniel Olson officiating.  Burial in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Montpelier.


A celebration of Martha’s Life for all family and friends will be held at a later date when governmental group restrictions are lifted.


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

Allen Buechner

Allen G. Buechner, 71, of Forestville passed away April 13th, 2020 after a brief illness.  He was born on January 6th, 1949 to Orville and Violet (Kirchman) Buechner in Algoma.   On October 30, 1976, he married the love of his life, Helen M. Kasten.  

Al proudly served in the United States Army for 3 years spending time in Korea, Vietnam and State-side. Upon returning home, he started working the family farm on which he and Helen worked for 20+ years.  Allen also worked for 15+ years at Southern Door Schools.  He started as a bus driver and then moved into a full-time maintenance position after retiring from farming.  Recently he went on the Old Glory Honor Flight and had an amazing time! 

Al was an active member within the community having served on multiple clubs including, the American Legion Post #372, the Maplewood Athletic Club, various committees at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville, the Southern Door Youth Wrestling Club and much more! 
His humorous, loving personality will be deeply missed by his 3 children, Todd, Troy and Tracy Buechner, a grandson Cole Buechner;  his siblings, Leon (Patti) Buechner, Jerry (Karen) Buechner, Lois (Sherman) Throndson, Terry (Becky) Buechner, Karen Ann (Jim) Adams, Mark (Rhonda) Buechner, Scott (Nancy) Buechner; as well as many nieces, nephews and in-laws. 
He was proceeded in death by his wife Helen, a brother Wayne and his parents Orville and Violet.  

Due to current circumstances at this time, a private funeral will be held for family with burial at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Forestville.  Once life resumes to normal, we will honor Al’s life with a full memorial service including military honors.   Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.   Tributes, memories, and messages to Al’s family may be posted on his obituary page at  

A huge thank you to Door County Memorial Staff for taking care of our father during this time.  You will never know how much we appreciated everything you did for him! 


Betty J. Pies

Betty J. Pies, 89, Algoma, WI., passed away Friday, April 3, 2020.  She was born on June 22, 1930 in Sawyer, now Sturgeon Bay, WI to Christopher H. and Anna C. (Robertson) Trodahl.  She attended Silverdale Grade School and Sturgeon Bay High School.  Betty married Judge S. Dean Pies, April 26, 1952 at the Shiloh Moravian Church.


Betty is survived by her beloved husband, Dean; daughter Kaare A. Auditore an Occupational Therapist Registered and Licensed, (Michael L. Walker), Green Bay, WI and one son Attorney Torren K. Pies (Ellen), Stevens Point, WI; four grandchildren Nickolas M. Auditore (Abby), Phoenix, AZ, Madeline K. Pies, New York, NY, Olivia A. Pies, Madison, WI and Torren Dawson Pies, Chicago, IL; one great grandchild Aria Kaarly Auditore, Phoenix, AZ.  She was preceded in death by her son Attorney Marvin W. Pies, her parents, seven brothers and one sister.


Betty's joy in her life was her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.  The family would like to thank her special friend and companion, Angela Walker of Green Bay, WI.


Betty was a member of the Algoma United Methodist Church, a member of the Shiloh Church Cemetery Association, a charter member of the VFW Auxiliary of Algoma (now Kewaunee), and a life member of the 2nd (Indianhead) Division Auxiliary.


She was also a member of the Kewaunee County Republican Party, a former board member of the Algoma Public Library, and a former Cub Scouts Den Mother.


The family had a private burial for Betty on April 8th, 2020 at the Shiloh Church Cemetery due to the coronavirus outbreak.


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


Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Betty's tribute page at

Valerie M. Dubois

Valerie M. Dubois, age 91 years, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 3, 2020.  She was born June 22, 1928, to the late Wallace and Lucy (Delwiche) Andre.  Valerie attended school at Rosiere Graded School and Casco Union High School.

          In 1947 she married Walter J. Derenne and became a Belgian farm wife.  During the 1950s, Belgian farm wives milked the herd of dairy cows morning and night as well drove tractors and helped during harvest time when needed.    The Belgian farm wife was also the homemaker.  Mom would make the meals, wash the clothes, plant and harvest a garden, which included canning, freezing or preserving harvested vegetables and fruits.  Mom would bake a weekly batch of the best homemade bread ever!   Keep in mind, Mom did not have the luxury of hot water nor indoor plumbing.  She did not have the luxury of indoor plumbing for the first 30 years of her life; not uncommon for those times.  Water came from a spigot in the kitchen and was heated on a stove if one needed hot water, for washing clothes or bathing (done in the round metal tub on the floor in the kitchen).   Washing clothes was done on a wringer washer pulled into the kitchen and clothes were hung outside (or inside the house) in all seasons.  Mom and Dad built a 3 bedroom all brick house in 1958 and were very proud there was never a mortgage on this house.  As was the case in those times, a simple promise to pay as well as a handshake from a local builder was all the collateral needed to build the structure.     

The cattle were sold in the mid-1980 and Mom decided she should “get a real job”.  No job skills and not knowing how to drive did not deter Mom.  She took driving lessons, obtained her drivers’ license, and drove herself to Sturgeon Bay for several years working in a factory there.  Mom was very proud of the money she had earned; she kept the first paycheck with her name on it for quite some time!  Walter died May 13, 1989.  In July 1992, Mom married Melvin Deprey.  She moved off the farm to Luxemburg, Wisconsin.  She and Melvin bought a home together and began 9 wonderful years of marriage.  Melvin would tell her every day, including the day he died how “much he loved her and how happy he was that she married him”.  Melvin died August 18, 2001.  Mom then married her high school fiancé, Hillarion DuBois, May 16, 2003.  Mom and Hal began a 14 year marriage; traveling on bus trips, attending mass at least 3 times a week, and playing cards at several senior centers consumed most of their days.  Hal died on August 25, 2017.   Mom loved to play cards, especially if she was winning; and while she was able, Mom loved putting puzzles together.  Mom had a deep faith in her God and prayer.  She was a member of the St. Thomas the Apostle parish community of Sugarbush, Wisconsin. 

          She is survived by her children Susan (Michael) Pankratz, Steve (Barb) Derenne, Gerald (Diane) Derenne and Jacob Derenne.  Valerie is also survived by her loving sister and lifetime beautician, Annette Joniaux; and one sister-in-law Priscilla Baudhuin.  Also surviving are nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law Patricia Derenne, the members of the Melvin Deprey family and members of the Hillarion DuBois family, nieces and nephews.

          Proceeding Mom in death in addition to her 3 husbands, were her parents,  two sisters, Laverne Baudhuin and Sister Lucy Andre; one brother, Wallace Andre. 

          Due to the coronavirus restrictions, a private funeral and burial were held. 

          The family wishes to thank the staffs of Oak Creek Assisted Living and Odd Fellows Nursing Home.  Mom’s last residential home was at Allouez Parkside Living Building 2; the family is especially grateful for the wonderful care and love given Mom by Rachael, Wendy, Carmen, Jenny and Tiana.   Mom was also cared for by Nicole & Eldy from Heartland Hospice, who are all angels in disguise!  God bless all of you!

A memorial fund will be established in the memory and name of Valerie DuBois.


Messages and cards of sympathy may be mailed to: McMahon Funeral Home, P.O. Box 36, Luxemburg, WI 54217.

Geraldine Brandt

Geraldine Brandt, 82, Algoma, passed away unexpectedly at her home on April 2, 2020.  She was born September 18, 1937 in Rosiere to Bernard and Bernice (Schultz) LeGreve. 


Geraldine was a graduate of the Casco High School.  Later in life she worked as a bookkeeper for the Kewaunee County Government.


Geraldine loved the precious time she spent with her two sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was very active and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Algoma.  She served the church in many capacities including an adult server for most of the funeral Masses and a member of the Rosary Society.  She had a very strong Christian Catholic Faith and would attend many of the services at the Lady of Good Help in Champion.


She is survived by her two sons Jeff (Susan) Brandt and Damon (Joanne Vanness) Brandt; two granddaughters Kristie (finac'e Jessie Schenk) and Stephanie (Samuel) Meyer; six great grandchildren Clayton and Leah Schenk, Aiden Fellner, Paige Steinberg, Sadie and Deliliah Meyer; one sister Janice (Lloyd) (Dick) Jorgensen and one brother Bernie (Marge) LeGreve; many nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Scott Brandt, one daughter Tina Brandt, one brother Gerald LeGreve and sister-in-law Ingrid LeGreve.


There will be a private family service on Tuesday, April 7th at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma with Father Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.


Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Geraldine's tribute page at

Fred Rosati

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Fred (Ferdinand) Thomas Rosati on March 30, 2020 in Cave Creek, AZ at 102 years of age. He is survived by his loving family, wife Theresa Rosati (Cortina); children Regina Rosati, Stephanie Haack, Rick Rosati, Michael Rosati (Kay Rosati), Annamarie Bensfield (Joseph Bensfield), William Rosati (Joanne Rosati), and Jeffrey Rosati (Karen Rosati); grandchildren, Holly Rosati, Bryan Maas, Melanie Masino, Samuel Rosati, Robert Rosati, Sarah Cohen, Samantha Waterloo, Lizzy Bensfield, Jake Bensfield, Jimmy Rosati, Jack Rosati, Emily Rosati, Jay Rosati, and Allie Rosati; great grandchildren Alyssa Mansfield, Josh Mansfield, Wyatt Rosati, Sloan Rosati, Benjamin Waterloo, and Charles Cohen; and caretaker and best buddy Lukasz Mezyk.  


Fred was born in Chicago on June 23, 1917 to Saverio and Anna (Mercurio) Rosati and had nine siblings Josephine Pirro, Mary Ann Rosati, Joanne Czernek, William Rosati, Richard Rosati, Ronald Rosati and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings Alfred Rosati, Willie Rosati, and Grace Rosati. Fred was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1945. In 1946, he married Theresa and co-founded Tolona Pizza Products with family members. 


In 1948, Fred and Theresa moved to Riverside, IL to raise their seven children. A devout catholic, Fred was a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Parish. After many years in the food supply business, the family patriarch went on to co-found Rosati’s Pizza Franchise with his brothers and children. In his free time, he enjoyed coaching Little League, and proudly hosted many backyard ball games in the neighborhood. Fred had a true love for the game and will forever be one of the most devoted Chicago Cub fans. If he wasn’t on the baseball field, you would find Fred at the racetrack, playing cards, or in Door County, WI fishing on the Mink River. 


To Fred, no one was a stranger and life was truly about the journey. He was fun loving, cheerful and his impulse was always to share whatever he had. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. His presence and his love of life always brought joy, and his zest and vitality lit up every room. 


Due to COVID19 restrictions there will be no visitation at this time. The family will have a private graveside service for Fred, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.  

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