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Obituaries Archives for 2020-07

Cleida Jeanne (Johnson) Galligan

Cleida Jeanne (Johnson) Galligan, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on April 25, 2020, two days before her 88th birthday.
     She was born April 27, 1932 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Palmer and Sylvia (Icke) Johnson. After attending Lawrence University, she finished her bachelor’s degree at U.W. Madison. Cleida was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. While at Madison, she met William Clarence Galligan whom she sailed with on the Hoofers College Sailing Team. She taught elementary school in West Allis for a couple years while Bill completed his degree at Marquette University.
     On June 25, 1955, Cleida and Bill married at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church. They were blessed with over 60 years of marriage. Cleida was a loving wife and mother and took wonderful care of her family and home. Bill passed away April 13, 2016.
     Cleida and Bill lived in Edgewood, MD and the Niagara Falls, NY area before settling in Rochester, NY for 25 years. They retired to Sturgeon Bay in 1990. Cleida was an active member of the Sturgeon Bay UMC, playing in the bell choir and participating in Women's Circle. She had an appreciation for maritime history and recreation, especially sailing and cruising on the Great Lakes, and was a member of both the Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Cleida was also a member of the Door County Historical Society. She kept in close touch with her S.B.H.S. Class of 1950 school friends. She enjoyed knitting and needlework, reading, and listening to music. Cleida enjoyed trips with Bill to the Caribbean, Norway and Ireland, and with her daughter to Greece. Above all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
     Cleida will be missed by her four children, Steven (Marianne) of Denmark, Reed (Lois) of The Villages, FL, Karen (Timothy) Sladden of Rochester, NY, and Susan of Rochester, NY; three grandchildren, Corinne Galligan, Colleen Galligan, and Erin Galligan; and cousin, Treiva Wilterding of Egg Harbor.
     A celebration of Cleida’s life will be held at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
     Visitation for family and friends will be at the church on Saturday from 12:00 noon until the time of service.
     Following Covid guidelines, masks will be required, social distancing will be observed and service attendance will be limited to 50 people.
     Memorials may be given in her honor for the Door County Maritime Museum or the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.
     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Galligan family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Cleida may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


Carol M. Wiese

Carol M. Wiese, 56 of Algoma, passed away from complications of the Covid 19 virus on Sunday, July 26, 2020.  Carol was born on October 15, 1963 in Algoma to the late Gerhard and Lucetta (Eggert) Wiese.  As a small child she lived in Maplewood until returning to Algoma in the early ‘80s.  She attended Algoma High School and graduated in 1982.  She went on to attend UWGB where she earned a degree in Communications.  She worked at a radio station in Algoma for several years a job she enjoyed very much.  She left radio to become the executive director of the Algoma Chamber of Commerce, a position she held for many years. She was involved in the building of the new chamber center,  the board walk and improvements to Crescent Beach. 

She left the chamber and purchased a gift shop in Sturgeon Bay which she ran  until the death of her mother in 1999.  With the passing of Lucetta,  Carol decided to relocate to Palm Springs, California where  she resided with her brother Robert and ran a successful plus size clothing business.  In 2009 she returned to Wisconsin to be closer to her sister Dorothy and worked as a pharmacy billing representative for the Veteran Affairs office.  She did that until her retirement in 2019.

Carol was an avid Star Wars and Sci-fi fan.  Loved music, was a voracious reader and was a writer at heart with a true gift for words.  Her friends will remember her for her wicked dry sense of humor and she never failed to have a “snarky/witty” comment ready to give.

Carol and her sister Dorothy returned to Algoma after retirement and purchased a home there. 

Carol is survived by her sister Dorothy of Algoma, brother Robert of Algoma, and brother Bill of Sturgeon Bay.  She is survived by her two best friends Lori Hayes and Kathy Lemke as well as her nephew David of Milwaukee. Surviving are cousins Linda Vandenack and family, Scott Eggert, Patti Wiese Lehigh and Kurt Wiese.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerhard and Lucetta Wiese, maternal grandparents, Eldor and Frieda Eggert, paternal grandparents Otto and Martha Wiese.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma,  from 10 AM until the time of services at 12 PM with Rev. John Moll officiating.  Entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd to follow.

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Carol’s tribute page at


Shirley M. Gerlach

Shirley M. Gerlach, 76, of Sturgeon Bay died at home Sunday morning July 26, 2020.

     She was born March 25, 1944 the daughter of the late William Joseph and Mabel Kate (Charles) Jandrin. Shirley graduated from Algoma High School. She worked for Service Master Cleaning for many years.

     On June 4, 1983, she married Henry Gerlach, Sr. at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on February 23, 2018.   

     Shirley was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy. She loved polka music, being outdoors on the farm with Henry and her family, and yes, watching wrestling, the WWE.

     Survivors include her sons, Steve (Brenda Johnson) Rathe of Sturgeon Bay, Brian (fiancé’, Elizabeth White) Rathe of Menasha, Wayne Rathe, and Henry Gerlach, Jr. both of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren, Harmonii Gerlach, Alicia Rathe, and Brandon Honzik; and brothers, Bill (Jean) Jandrin and Lawrence Jandrin; and sisters-in-law, Janet Jandrin and Rosie Jandrin.

     Proceeding her in death are her parents; son, Donald; brothers, Roger Jandrin and Andrew Jandrin; and sister-in-law, Mildred Jandrin.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. Burial by her husband, Henry and son, Donald will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in West Jacksonport.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home Friday from 12:00 noon until the time of services at 2:00 p.m.

     “The family would like to thank Unity Hospice for the care given to our mother, and to Pastor Enstad for the comfort he offered in God’s Word and his visits.”

     Social distancing will be observed at the funeral home, masks will be required, and hand sanitizer provided along with temperature checks at door. 25% occupancy for service will be followed. Like the funeral home page and watch the service live on Facebook starting at 1:55p.m. Friday.

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Shirley may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


Douglas Allen Krauel

Douglas Allen Krauel, 63, of Monument Point Road, Sturgeon Bay, fell asleep in the loving arms of his family at home and awoke in the arms of the Lord on Saturday July 25, 2020 and a following a 15-month battle with cancer. 

     He was born in Sturgeon Bay on December 10, 1956, the son of the late William Earl Krauel and Shirley Ann (Bittorf) Krauel. Doug attended Carlsville School and graduated from Sevastopol High School with the class of 1975.  On June 25, 1977, he married Debra Lou Werkheiser at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute. They had just celebrated 43 years of marriage. Doug loved spending time in the woods and hunting. Deer hunting with his wife, Debra, sons, and grandsons was his “vacation time” each fall. 

     Doug worked for Bay Shipbuilding Co. in Sturgeon Bay from 1977 to 1989 as an Outside Machinist. He also worked for Institute Motors for numerous years before building and operating Monument Point Camping in 1995 with his wife and sons. Doug was an avid NASCAR fan – always a “Ford Man”.

     He will be deeply missed by his soulmate, Debra; two sons, Travis (fiancée Kelly) and Trent (Kelsey); three grandchildren, Dominic, Kevin, and Kallie Krauel; four siblings,  Sandy (Keith) Werkheiser, Steve (Pam) Krauel, Deb (Calvin) Simon, and Tom (Jeri) Krauel; along with cherished nieces and nephews; cousins; other relatives; and friends. 

     Doug was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William and Alma (Sternard) Krauel and maternal grandparents, Fred and Vivian (Monica) Bittorf; parents, Earl and Shirley Krauel; brother-in-law, Tony Lehman; and other relatives.

     In accordance with Doug’s wishes no services will be held. 

     Memorials may be given in Doug’s memory to DOOR CANcer, Inc. or to his family.

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Doug may be shared with his family through his tribute page at


 Penelope "Penny" Harriet Wold

 Penelope "Penny" Harriet Wold, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away in her sleep at home, late Tuesday night, July 21, 2020.

     She was born June 24, 1939 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Eugene John Holda and Loretta (Mathias) Holda. Penny grew attending St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish and School in Chicago. She graduated from Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago, with the class of 1956. Penny was united in marriage to Arthur Charles Wold on October 4, 1958 at her home parish of St. Stanislaus with three priests concelebrating.

     She initially worked for Alliance Savings & Loan in Chicago during high school. After Penny married Art and they began their family, she cared for her children and home. Penny continued her post-secondary education by enrolling in accounting and computer classes. She worked on and off over the years as her children grew. Her primary employment was with West Chicago Community High School where she worked as a human resources secretary for the assistant superintendent for 16 years. Penny and Art retired to Door County in 2010 and made their home in Sturgeon Bay.

     They were blessed with over 60 years of marriage. Art preceded her in death on December 9, 2018.

     Penny enjoyed reading novels in books and then on her Kindle. Her favorite authors were James Patterson and Nora Roberts. Above all, Penny loved her family.

     She will be missed by her four children, Michael Wold of Sturgeon Bay, Danielle Wold of St. Charles, IL, Eric Wold of Tampa, FL, and Jason Wold of West Chicago, IL; five grandchildren, Daniel and Jeremy Roberg, Nicole Wilkerson, Catara Roach, and Samuel Wold; five great-grandchildren, Levi, Wyatt, and Margot, Carter, and Lanie Penelope; brother, Eugene "MacArthur" (Donna) Holda of Houston, TX, sister-in-law, Rosemarie Kling of Merrilan, WI; and other relatives.

     Penny was reunited with her parents; husband; and daughter, Peggy Wold-Clark.

     She will be laid to rest in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery in Niles, IL, beside her husband, Art, with a private graveside committal service.

     Memorials may be given in (Penelope's) honor for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

     A special thanks goes out to the staff of Unity Hospice, whom Penny really liked, for the wonderful and compassionate care provided.

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Wold family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Penny may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Richard (Dick) D. Zellner

Richard (Dick) D. Zellner, 93, Kewaunee, WI, died Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at Anna’s House in New Franken. He was born January 12, 1927, in Walhain to the late Charles and Anna (Friex) Zellner. He married Rosella Wery, on May 13, 1947 at St. Odile Church, Thiry Daems. Dick served in the U. S. Army from 1945 to 1947 and was stationed in Germany during World War II. 

Dick and his late wife, Rosella, owned and operated a successful farm in the Town Of Carlton from 1949-1972 (having a major fire in 1959 and rebuilding one of the first raised milking parlors), then owned and operated Zellner Construction & Equipment from 1973-1984 until retiring. He and Rosella were actively involved in starting the SHARE Program in Kewaunee County. Dick was involved with maintenance of St. Joseph’s of Norman cemetery, a volunteer at Agriculture Heritage as both a guide and maintenance of the property, plus a Town of Carlton Zoning Administrator for many years. He was a lifetime member of St Joseph’s Church, Norman, Robinson American Legion Post 538 Carlton, and of the Knights of Columbus. Dick’s pride and joy was his family, private lake by his house, getting his GED at the age of 58 in 1985 and his success in farming.

Dick is survived by: two daughters and son-in-laws, Donna (Pat) Flanagan, Arvada, CO, Karen (David) Frisque, Luxemburg, WI, three daughter-in-laws, Margie Zellner, Luxemburg, Diane Zellner, Kewaunee and Pam Pride, Algoma; 14 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren and 9 step-great-grandchildren; three brothers and sister-in-laws; Leonard (Delores) Zellner, New Franken; Cyril (Donna) Zellner, Luxemburg; Russell (Dorothy) Zellner, New Franken.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife Rosella; sons Donald and David, three infant daughters; one infant grandson, Michael Zellner; one infant great-grandson, Mason Wozniak; sisters and brother-in-laws; Elsie (Augie) Haen, Loretta (Bernard) LeRoy, Albertine (Raymond) Paye; Betty (Raymond) VanDenPlas; brothers and sister-in-laws, Clarence (Germaine) Zellner; Elmer (Dora) Zellner and Alvin (Eleanor) Zellner.

Family and friends may call on Sunday, July 26, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee. Robinson American Legion will hold a veteran service at 6:00 PM and a parish wake service will be at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 27, at St. Isadore the Farmer Parish, Tisch Mills, with the Mass to follow at 11:00 AM and Fr. Dennis Drury officiating. To protect all with pre-existing conditions, we politely ask family and friends to wear masks and social distance when attending. A private family entombment will take place in Nicolet Memorial Gardens, Green Bay, WI. Due to the coronavirus pandemic there will be no dinner following the mass. Thank you for understanding.

Messages and cards of sympathy may be mailed to Buchanan Funeral Home, 1425 Ellis St, Kewaunee, WI 54216 or online at

The family extends a special thanks to the staff of Unity Hospice and the loving and caring staff at Anna’s House.


Donald W. Herlache

Donald Walter Herlache, 90, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at home on July 22, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born September 23, 1929 in Sturgeon Bay to Eli and Jeanette (Hoerres) Herlache.   On April 7, 1951 he married Audrey Carol Herlache at St. Franics Xaiver Church in Brussels.  
During his life, Don farmed, owned an excavating company, was a commercial fisherman and sailed on the Great Lakes.  He also worked in the shipyards for a number of years.  In 1972, he founded Herlache Small Engine on the west side of Sturgeon Bay.
Don enjoyed time spent on his land in the Town of Gardner. He also loved spending time with family, especially the grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Audrey of 69 years; five children,  Daniel (Susan) Herlache, Deforest, WI; Tim (special friend Dawn Thiry) Herlache, Sturgeon Bay; William (Veronica) Herlache, Sturgeon Bay; Bonnie (Daniel) Bauer, Germantown; Dave (Carrie) Herlache, Sturgeon Bay; daughter-in-law, Holly Herlache; ten grandchildren, Dustin (Lauren), Kyle (Fiancé Mikala), Bryan (Emma), Kristin (Jordan), Samantha (Fiance’ Lenny), Jessica (Tim), Olivia (Shawn), Katelyn (special friend Austin), Coryn (special friend Will),  Alana (Nathan); nine great-grandchildren; brother Richard (Lorna) Herlache, Rancho Cordova, CA; sisters-in-law, Kathy Herlache, Algoma, Barbara Herlache, Roseville, CA, and Marcie Herlache, Milwaukee.   He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Faye, three brothers, Robert, Clayton and James; in-laws, Francis and Elmyra LeRoy, Wallace and Jacqueline Marin.
A public visitation will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Forbes Funeral Home.  Face masks are to be used and social distancing will be implemented.  Due to limited seating and public health concerns, a private service for the immediate family will follow.  The funeral service will be live streamed on the Forbes Funeral Home business facebook page at 12:45 pm on Friday. Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery.  Don’s grandchildren will act as pallbearers. On-line condolences may be offered at
Special thanks to Unity Hospice and to Celeste, Vicky, Roxanne, Lauri from United Home Health Care Services for their dedication and care provided to Don during the past few years.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Don’s favorite charity, the Sunshine House in Sturgeon Bay.


Carol Virginia Krumenacher

Carol Virginia Krumenacher, 86, of the Town of Liberty of Grove, Sister Bay, passed away peacefully, Sunday morning, July 19, 2020.

     She was born July 3, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Charles Edward Blossfield and Mary Magdalene (Gallagher) Blossfield. Carol graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in West Hartford, CT with the class of 1952. She went on to study and graduate Magna Cum Laude from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in English.

     While living in Milwaukee, Carol met Frederick Paul Krumenacher on a blind date and they were married on June 14, 1958. Together, they resided in Glendale and raised their family.

     Carol and Fred loved Door County and purchased their family farm in the Town of Liberty Grove, just outside of Sister Bay, in 1971. Carol opened the Granary Studio Gallery where she painted and sold watercolors, depicting the Door County landscape and flowers. She was a member of the Door County Art League. When not on the farm, Carol and Fred traveled the world. They began their explorations with a three-month honeymoon touring Europe. Carol hosted many holiday get-togethers, welcoming family and friends to her home in Milwaukee. The memory of those wonderful times will live on in her family’s hearts.

     Carol will be missed by her four sons and one daughter, Paul Krumenacher of Lake Villa, IL, Carl (friend, Jane Goodeve) Krumenacher of Tampa, FL, Anne (fiancé, Dan Anderson) Krumenacher of Madison, Jack (Michelle) Krumenacher of Richmond, IL, and James (friend, Darcy Weborg) Krumenacher of the Town of Liberty Grove; three grandsons, Michael Krumenacher and Eric Buckley, and Alexander Krumenacher; two brothers, Charles Blossfield of Oak Park, IL and Paul Blossfield of Milwaukee; two nieces, Katie and Molly; other relatives; and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister-in-law, Barbara Blossfield.

     Carol’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 12:00 noon on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site with Fr. Thomas Farrell as celebrant. She will be laid to rest in Rowleys Bay Cemetery in the Town of Liberty Grove, beside her husband, Fred.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 11:50 a.m.

     In consideration of local health guidelines and per the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, those attending the visitation and/or funeral Mass are required to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing. Temperature checks will also be provided upon arrival to the church.

     Memorials may be given in her name for Unity (Hospice and Palliative Care).

     “Our family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Door County Medical Center, especially the 2nd floor nurses, and Unity Hospice for their wonderful and compassionate care given to Mom.”

     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Krumenacher family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Carol may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

George E. Bodenner

George Earle Bodenner, 92, passed away at his home on July 19, 2020.  He was born on the family farm in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin on Christmas Eve 1927. He enlisted in the Navy in 1945, serving in three wars: World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam.  He commanded the Navy Recruiting District that includes Alabama, Mississippi, and Northwest Florida; worked with Military Sealift Command in Bremerhaven, Germany; and served on eight ships during his career. George was Captain of his last ship—one of the first in the Navy to include women as crew members—from which he retired as Lieutenant Commander. George proudly served his country for 32 years. 

George and Doris loved Door County from the first time they visited. They moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1977, founded Door Peninsula Realty, and built a lifetime of enduring friendships.

George is survived by Doris, his wife of 63 years; daughter Rebecca Ann Bodenner (Alan Pyle) of Lansdale, PA; son Scott David Bodenner (Fabio Toblini) of Brooklyn, NY; grandchildren Georgia Claire Stewart (James) and Leilani Anne Pyle; and great-grandchildren Lucy and Henry Stewart. George was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Constance Bodenner, and brothers Lawrence, Leonard, Ralph, and Frank. 

A memorial celebration of George’s life will be held at a later date.  Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations is in charge of arrangements.


Ellen D. McKenna

Ellen D. McKenna, 92, Algoma, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay.  She was born May 2, 1928 in Elkhorn, WI. to Howard and Anna (Smith) Tess.  Ellen grew up and graduated from the Elkhorn High School.

Ellen went on to the University of LaCrosse and got her bachelor's degree in teaching.

The majority of her teaching career was at the Algoma High School as a Physical Education teacher for 34 years.

Ellen's enjoyment was staying in touch with all of her family members, reading, puzzles, water aerobics at the YMCA, teacher ladies Pot Luck night, Red Hatters Group and especially her time she spent with her companion Bill Mielke in Algoma and Oklahoma during the winter months.  She was a very giving person of her time to many organizations during her life.  Those groups will miss her very much.

Ellen is survived by her two daughter Susan (Todd) McKenna-Slapp, Green Bay and Ann McKenna (Jeff Graves), Green Bay; two grandchildren Connor and Molly; one great granddaughter Hazel; nieces, nephews and cousins; special family members Jeff (Mary) Mielke, Richmond, VA; Lynn (Kerry) Nichols, Florida; Chris (Katie) Filger, Green Bay and Luke Mielke.     She was preceded in death by her parents, companion Bill Mielke, sister Carol Pierce, nieces Mary Pierce and Sherry Pierce.

Family and friends may gather at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the time of services at 12:30 PM with Pastor Jennifer Emert officiating.  Burial to follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The funeral home will practice social distancing and family asks that you wear a mask.

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


Benjamin Robert "Ben" Polster

Benjamin Robert “Ben” Polster, 44, of Forestville, passed away on July 17, 2020, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay.  He was born on April 4, 1976, in Manitowoc, to William and Sonja (Everson) Polster.  Ben graduated from Southern Door High School and on October 4, 2008, he married Jen Barnes in Sturgeon Bay.

Ben owned and operated Door County Tree Tech for 14 years.  He enjoyed fishing on the Ahnapee River and the Forestville Flowage, hunting, boating, and everything related to the outdoors.  Ben wanted to make every day an adventure with his children.  He loved spending time with his family and friends, and making people laugh.  He had an infectious smile and was the best father.

Survivors include his wife, Jen; two children, Lydia and James; parents, William and Sonja Polster, Clay Banks; siblings, Aurelea (Mike) Kawula, Combined Locks; Mike (Debra) Polster, Green Bay; mother-in-law, Debbie Barnes, Sturgeon Bay; in-laws, Joe (Amy) Barnes, Sturgeon Bay; nieces and nephews, Joshua (Jo Jo) Barnes, Kendra Barnes, Jolene Barnes, Amanda Kawula, and Nathan Kawula; godmother and aunt, Sandra Hansen, Green Bay; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.   He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, George “Buddy” Barnes; and godfather and uncle, Jim Hansen.

A public visitation at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.  A private family memorial service will follow.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Ben’s children.  On-line condolences may be offered at

“Eagh!  It’ll be alright”


Mildred Monfils

Mildred Ann Monfils, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on July 17, 2020 at Anna’s Health Care.  She was born July 21, 1929 in Nasewaupee to Louis and Artyice (Starr) LaViolette.  On Feb. 7, 1948 she married Donald Viste.  He passed away in 1957.  She later married Lawrence Monfils in 1958 who preceded her in death in 1996.
Millie was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Kolberg where she served in the Ladies Aid for many years.  She loved crocheting, knitting, playing cards, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
She is survived by four children: Bonnie (Larry) Rankin, Donald (Cindy) Viste, Darrell Viste, and Dennis (Linda) Viste; grandchildren:  Brenda Rankin Sweet, Nicole Komers, Natasha Baker, Robert Viste, Jessica Withers, Stephanie Rowley, and Lori Powalisz; 16 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Donna Nicholson, Doris Wolske, and Fay (Willie) Kolstad; 2 brothers, Roy LaViolette and Louie (Susie) LaViolette; in-laws, Sophie LaViolette and Jack Tagel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, 1 great-grandson, daughter-in-law Joy Viste, 4 sisters, Phyllis (Phillip) Nelson, Vivian (Wayne) Johnson, Shirley Tagel, and Virginia (Charlie) Meunier; 2 brothers, Keith LaViolette and Kenneth (Jane) LaViolette; and 2 brothers-in-law, Tom Nicholson and Daryl Wolske.
Due to the Covid 19 Virus, private family services will be conducted at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Kolberg.  Burial will be in Tanum Cemetery.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Special thanks to Jackie and Tammy from Anna’s House for the wonderful care and support.

Robert G. Dvorak

Robert “Bob” Dvorak, 86, of Sturgeon Bay passed at his home on Thursday, July 16, 2020.  He was born February 24, 1934 in Two Rivers to Adolph and Martha (Ihlenfeldt) Dvorak.
Bob attended and graduated from Mishicot High School.  He served his country in U.S. Army from 1955-1956 in Korea.   On Sept. 12, 1959, he married Carol Mae Zutz at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Collins, WI.  They honeymooned in Niagara Falls.
Bob worked for the Manitowoc Company for 47 years.  He started as a craft helper in Manitowoc and then transferred to Sturgeon Bay, where he worked in management for many years, retiring as Hull Superintendent on June 10, 1999.
Lumbering trees and working in the woods was one of his favorite pastimes.  Bob also loved bowling and golfing.  He was proud to have had two “hole-in-ones” during his golfing years. Bob was a long time and faithful member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where he ushered and served on the church council for many years.  He also loved following his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events throughout the years.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; three children, Randy (Paula) Dvorak, Judy (Mike) Fish, Bob (Tina) Dvorak; six grandchildren: Jordanne (Steven) Hurley, Tanner (his girlfriend Sarah) Dvorak, Tyler Dvorak, Cole Dvorak, Carson Dvorak and Kenzie Fish; one brother, Roland (Marge) Dvorak, Two Rivers; a sister, Betty (Ray) Swagel, Kewaunee; in-laws: Ronnie and Carol Zutz, Roger and Kathy Zutz, Elaine and Alex Lau, Verenette Zutz, Mary Jane Zutz; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Milton who was killed in Korea, brother Gordon (Irene), 2 sisters, Jeanette (Ervin) Tesarik and Grace (Rudy) Novitski; in-laws: Gerald Zutz, Hilary Zutz, Joan and Charlie Nass.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2020 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with the Rev.  Joel Sauer officiating. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery with military honors.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. The public is invited attend to the visitation and funeral but asked to wear masks and respect proper social distancing.  Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  On-line condolences may be offered at
Special thanks to Pastor Joel Sauer for his ministry, care, and support.

Kathryn M. Valji

Kathryn M. Valji, 67, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully early Monday morning (July 13, 2020) at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay after many years of difficult health.
 She was born August 11, 1952 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Richard and Marie (Henning) Bender, where she attended Nash Elementary School and Austin Community Academy High School. Kathryn’s life was not easy as she battled Crohn’s Disease for almost 40 years, was a breast cancer survivor, and fought congestive heart failure later in life; yet she was always quick to find joy in really green grass or blue water, good food, and her favorite movies or TV shows. She also possessed an enthusiasm and determination to learn new things, especially related to technology. One of Kathryn’s greatest joys was her daughter, Jen, Jen’s husband, James and her grandchildren, Blake and Reid. She loved nature, music and Motown, and all things Chicago, but especially the Chicago Cubs.
Those left behind who will deeply miss her are her daughter, Jen (James) Hanson and their children, Blake and Reid, of Saint Paul, MN; four brothers, John (Carol) Bender of Brussels, Bob (Janet) Bender of Algoma, Bill (Ruth) Bender (formerly of Forestville) of Milwaukee, and Doug Bender of Manitowoc; along with nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
 The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all those who provided extensive healthcare and basic care services in Kathy’s final months of life, including Door County Memorial Hospital, Sturgeon Bay Health Services, and St. Vincent Hospital. The kindness and compassion shown by all was comforting in her last months of life.
Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC are assisting the family with arrangements.
 Due to the COVID pandemic, any services will be held at a later date. The family welcomes donations to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association in Kathy’s memory. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Kathryn may also be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Christina "Tina" Vogel

Christina “Tina” Jean Vogel, 76 of Sturgeon Bay, passed away from breast cancer on July 7, 2020. Tina touched so many people’s lives over the 76 years she lived. She spent all of her living days taking care of others. That was her nature. She will leave special memories behind, such as making Mickey Mouse pancakes for her children and grandchildren who came to visit, serving her delicious homemade peanut butter cookies, and playing (and winning) endless games of Triominoes, Rummikub, Wild Rummy, and 31. She always wanted to make people feel special and cared for and had great success in doing so.
Tina was born in Escanaba, Michigan on February 3, 1944. She married Herbert Florian Vogel in 1969 and was blessed with daughters, twins Tracie and Theresa, and Jessica. Tina and Herb were also foster parents to many children. She fostered over 20 children over the years, some who stayed for a few hours or days, many who stayed for 4 to 5 years, and all who stayed in her heart. 
Tina was a woman of many talents and wasn’t afraid of hard work. She started working at a young age in Escanaba, Michigan as a cook and then managed a restaurant before moving to Green Bay. After taking years off to raise her children, she opened up a candy and ceramic store called Vogel’s Creative Crafts in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She met a lot of people through her business and then later worked at Door County Memorial Hospital in the billing department until her retirement. She enjoyed her work, had a strong work ethic, and was known for being early, usually having 30 minutes to spare (at least) and maintained this level of punctuality throughout her life. 
Tina is survived by her husband Herbert, daughter Tracie (Erkin) Karimi and their children Mahrukh (Rowan) MacLeod,  Mariam, and Mehmood; daughter Theresa (David) Hrubecky and their children Alex, Paige, Claire, and Max; Jessica (Mark) Schwartz and their children Cody, Tyler, Casey, and twins Quintyn and Dawson; Angie (Randy) Stephens and their children Nicholas, Faith, Kayla (Alex) Murphy and Tina’s great-grandchildren Tati and Myles; and godchild, Sherri Steffes. Tina was very proud of her children and grandchildren and when she felt well, would attend their events and be their number one fan. She is bound to continue being their number one cheerleader from heaven.
She is also survived by her siblings whom she loved so greatly: Karen Carlson, William (Barb) Couillard, David Couillard, Walter (Cheryl) Couillard, and Melvin Couillard; her sisters-in-law, Marian Schley, and Pat Couillard. 
Tina was preceded in death by her parents, William Couillard and Melvina (Dale) Sanborn and her in-laws, Joseph and Mary Vogel, her sister, Elizabeth Couillard; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, William Carlson, Eileen Couillard, Virginia (Frank) Peroutky, Ervin (Christine) Vogel, Bernard (Toni) Vogel, Robert (Kazue) Vogel, Geraldine Vogel,  and Thomas Vogel, and a dear friend, Sandy McKuen.
The Vogel family wishes to extend a special thank you to Tina’s friends, Hope Impullitti, Bonnie Schartner, and Patti Hovde (and so many others too numerous to name) for their care and compassion provided to Tina and her family during her illness. Thank you to family members and friends who stepped in to lend a helping hand or listening ear. Your presence was very much appreciated. In addition, a special thanks is extended to Dr. Jaslowski and the multitude of medical staff who provided care for her during the 20 years she battled with breast cancer, Door CANcer, Ascension at Home, and Unity Hospice. The kindness and compassion shown by all was comforting to her in her final months of life.
Visitation will be at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Maplewood, WI on Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The Funeral Mass and Burial will follow at 11:00 am with Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating. THE CHURCH ASKS THAT YOU WEAR A MASK AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE IN ATTENDANCE.  
A celebration to honor Tina’s life will be held at a later date when family and friends can gather together safely. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tina’s name to Door CANcer Inc. ( or mailed to Door CANcer Inc. PO Box 423, Sturgeon Bay, W 54235. Expressions of sympathy and memories can be shared through her tribute page at In addition, please make time to spend with family and friends doing something fun in her memory: Sing a song, play a game, share a beverage, send a note, show kindness.
Tina will be forever in our hearts and will be remembered for her courage, selflessness, and determination to live to be present for her family and friends. She made our world a better place because we knew and loved her.
“Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” Anonymous.
Shine bright, Mom.

Peggy Ann Borgemeister

 Peggy Ann Borgemeister (nee Walker), 69, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, died July 6, 2020 in Sturgeon Bay, WI, surrounded by loving friends and family members.

     Born on June 10, 1951 in Bartow, FL to Billard F. Walker, Jr. and Betty Ann Walker (nee Powell), Peggy graduated from Lakeland Senior High School in 1969. In her early years, she worked at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, FL, as a model and performed in the water ski show.

     Peggy lived much of her life in Sebring, FL where she and her late husband, John, owned All-Star Properties, Billboard Displays and Hallmark Media Group. She was a member of Restoration Church of the Highlands in Sebring.

     In her retirement, Peggy and her partner, David Hatch, spent winters in Fort Lauderdale and summers in Sturgeon Bay.

     Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband of 31 years.

     She is survived by her two sons, Jason of Orlando and Jarrod of Sebring. She also is survived by her brothers, Tommy Walker (Kathy) of Alma, GA and Michael Walker (Lorrie) of Lakeland, FL; and sister, Terri Walker of Lakeland, FL.

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


Joseph A. Walag

Joseph A. Walag, 98, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020 at the Algoma Long Term Care Nursing Home.  He was born February 5, 1922 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Joseph T. and Mary A. Walag.  He graduated from Straubenmuller Textile High School in Manhattan, N.Y. in 1940.

  Joseph enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in May of 1940 and retired July 1, 1960 as a Chief Telephone Technician in Kewaunee, WI.  During his twenty years of service, he was stationed at Bay Shore, N.Y., Atlantic City, N.J., Miami, FL, as an instructor at Avery Point Coast Guard Training Station, Groton, CT, U.S.C.G. Cable Ship Yamacraw out of Boston, MA, Hancock, MI and Kewaunee, WI.

  As a cilvilian, Joseph was employed between 1960 and 1987 at Hamilton Standard, CT, FAA Experimental Center in Atlantic City Airport, N.J., Fort Monmouth, N.J., as an instructor in digital communications, U.S. Submarine Base, Groton, CT in the recreation department, Spicer's Marina, Noank, CT, and finally retired to Algoma, WI to be closer to daughter Jane Button and her family.

  He was married Cora Jane Thomas in 1951 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in New London, CT.  Joseph, Cora and their two children, Jane and Joseph W. moved around as he was transferred and had new positions with work.

  While here in Algoma, Joseph stayed very busy with membership at the United Methodist Church, Methodist Men, volunteered at the Kewaunee County Food Pantry, Red Cross Disaster Responder of Kewaunee County, helped build the boardwalk at Crescent Beach, assisted Lyle Schmiling with the Emergency Government of Kewaunee County, served on the Algoma City Committees.  Community Affairs, Tree and Main Street, member of the American Legion Post 236, member of Henry S. Baird & Kewaunee Key Masonic Lodges, Scottish Rites and Beja Shrine in Green Bay, WI.

  He is survived by his wife, Cora, of 69 years, daughter Jane (William) Button, Algoma; son Joseph W. (Carol) Walag, Des Moines, WA;  grandchildren Sarah (Adam) Hansen, Pewaukee, WI, Olivia Button, Chicago, IL, Carl John Walag, Jennifer (Jared) Hedgers, Stephanie (Vyecheslav) Dunaychuk, Joseph N. (Olga) Walag, Brian A. Walag (fiancee Cassandra Shilling all in Washington State; great grandchildren Yuna, Jennifer and Eric Walag in Japan, Alizavyetta, Simeon, Konstantin and Lev Dunaychuk, Owen, Eleanor and Isaac Hedgers, Alexis, Noela and Joseph Oleg Walag all in Washington State; great grandchild Gavin Hansen, Waukesha, WI; four nieces, four nephews, three great nieces and five great nephews.  Joseph was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mary Walag, two sisters Elizabeth (Frank) Majeski and Martha (Joseph) Kaplita, brothers Stanley (Rose) Walag, John, Louis and Alexander Walag.

  The public is invited Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, from 12:00 PM until the time of the Masonic Service at 1:40 PM and then the religious service at 2:00 PM with Pastor Jennifer Emert officiating.  There will be Military Honors after the religious services at the funeral home.    The family asks that you social distance while at the funeral home and please bring your own masks. 

  I wish to thank all the caregivers, nurses, Dr. Greenlaw, Unity Hospice and the Algoma Long Term Care Facility for the wonderful care given to Joseph in his last month of life.  He has gone to a better place and is finally at peace.  I also wish to thank Adam Feest for all the care he gave Joseph and me in the last few years while Joseph was still at home.  


Cora Walag

George Lloyd Smith

George Lloyd Smith, 71 passed away after a year long battle with lung cancer, on July 3, at his home in Jasper Georgia. 
George was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on June 5, 1949 to his parents, Lloyd and Jeanette (Vertz) Smith.   He grew up in Green Bay and moved to Chicago, Illinois at a young age. George attended Milwaukee School of Engineering.  He joined the United States Navy Nuclear Submarine Service for 8 years.  After completing his Navy tours, George continued his nuclear career working for Consumers Energy and Crane Nuclear providing nuclear plant services and consulting, world wide, until his retirement last year.   George also continued his education and received his Mechanical Engineering Degree at Saginaw State University in Michigan.  
In his spare time, from his world travels, George loved gardening and guns. He was a  Master Gardener and an Expert Marksman. 

George is survived by his wife, Linda, of Jasper, Georgia, sons, Tony and (Patsy) Chapel Hills, North Carolina; Rob and (Heather) of St. Charles, Illinois; David and (Nueng ) Bangkok, Thailand.  He is also survived by a sister Yvonne and (John) Dwonch of Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

George was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Jeanette Smith , Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin; sister Kathryn Smith, West Palm Beach, Florida;  brother Charles and infant sister Cynthia, Green Bay , Wisconsin. 

George was a very kind and loving person.  He will be missed by his loved ones, friends, colleagues, veterans, and family very much. 

Jasper Funeral Cremation and Services provided services for his family.  George will be  interned at a National Military Cemetery near Atlanta, Georgia, in the near future.   

Alan Groll

Alan Groll passed peacefully in his sleep July 2, 2020.  He was born September 18, 1927 to Richard and Renee (Voelchert) Groll in Manitowoc, WI  After graduating from Manitowoc Lincoln High School in 1945, Alan joined the United States Marine Core and was sent to Germany as part of the peace keeping force.  Alan received his honorable discharge in 1946 and earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the UW-Madison in 1951.  After graduating Alan worked as a civil engineer in Milwaukee and later in Upper Michigan.  He later returned to Manitowoc and worked as a self-employed land surveyor.


  On June 23, 1956 Alan married the love of his life, Joann Ahrens (Jerry and Helen nee: Nazer).  Together Alan and Joann raised three children, Roger, Debra (Jon) Blegen and Kevin (Marena).  In 1968 Alan accepted the job as street superintendent in Algoma, WI and moved the family to Algoma in 1971.  In 1978 Alan accepted a job with Brey, Stuewe and Braun Engineering in Sturgeon Bay, WI  In 1982 Alan returned to private surveying until his eyesight became impaired, due to Macular Degeneration; forcing him into retirement in 2003.


 Alan is survived by his three children, one grandson, Joshua Groll, nieces Barbara (Nicholas) Nitka, Susan (John) Donaubauer, Nancy (Robert Fromm) Ahrens, Yvonne Rupnik, Susan (Steve) Cornelius, Mary (Steve)  Meng; nephews Phillip (Nanette) Groll, Jerry (Debra) Ahrens, Sr., Thomas (Rose) Ahrens, Gene "Geno" (Jody) Ahrens, Jr. and Michael (Shelia) Ahrens; brother-in-law Gene Ahrens, Sr and sister-in-law Monica Ahrens.  He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother Donald Groll, sister-in-law Harriet Groll, brother-in-law Jack Ahrens, sister-in-law Jean Ahrens and niece Nancy Pravechek


  Alan enjoyed spending time with his family, in-laws, friends and loved ones.  Alan read extensively and followed current events.  From his college days, Alan continued to follow UW-Madison football and basketball.  He was an avid Green Bay Packers and Detroit Tigers' fan.  For years Alan enjoyed following local high school sports. 


  The Groll family and extended family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Autumn's Journey who cared for Alan the last three years of his life.


 A PRIVATE FAMILY GATHERING with take place Sunday July 12, 2020 at the Algoma United Methodist Church at 11:30 AM.   In observance of Social Distancing the family will be holding a virtual funeral service that can be viewed on the Algoma United Methodist Church website at 11:30 AM.  THE PUBLIC is invited to the Military Honors at 3:00 PM on the front lawn of the church.


  A private burial will take place at Knollwood Memorial Park in Manitowoc County of Monday.


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


  Express your sympathy, memories or pictures on Alan's tribute page at

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