Obituaries Archives for 2021-01

Gary J. Pinchart

Gary J. Pinchart, 80, of Casco, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Bellin Hospital. He was born on November 1, 1940 to the late Bernard and Ethel (DeJardin) Pinchart. On October 10, 1964 Gary married Arletta Wautlet at St. Hubert Church in Rosiere. She preceded him in death on April 10, 2019. Gary farmed with Arletta in the Casco area. Gary was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Luxemburg-Casco FFA Alumni, Land Conservation Board, Farm Service Agency, and was a local 4-H leader. He was the local “Fix-It Man.” He enjoyed spending time and working with grandkids on different 4-H projects, as well as attending events with the grandkids. He enjoyed passing on his passion and knowledge of farming to his grandson Nick.

Gary is survived by his two sons, Brian (Marie) Pinchart, Casco, Brad (Kelly) Pinchart, Windsor; six grandchildren, Kenny Pinchart, Kayla (Tyler) Hill, Nick (special friend, Sara) Pinchart, Sam Pinchart, Charlotte Pinchart, Zeke Pinchart; two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Jax; one sister, Karen Pinchart, Pound.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Ethel Pinchart; and his father- and mother-in-law, Melvin and Laura Wautlet.

Visitation will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church – Casco, from 9:00 – 10:45 am on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am with Fr. Daniel Schuster officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be practiced, and facemasks are required to be worn. Livestreaming of the funeral mass can be found on the Holy Trinity Catholic School Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/holytrinitycascoschool. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Gary’s name. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiensnermassart.com.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Casco-Lincoln First Responders and Luxemburg Rescue, the Bellin Cancer Team, the Bellin ER staff and the ICU staff and the 8th floor at Bellin Hospital, as well as to Unity Hospice for the care given to Gary.

Heidi K. Richard

Heidi Kristine Richard, 51, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at home on Jan. 28, 2021.  She was born Dec. 27, 1969, in Green Bay to Aldon and Janice Strei.  On Sept. 11, 1993, she married Michael Keith Richard in Green Bay.

After high school, Heidi attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she received a degree in communications.  She then realized her true passion was teaching and attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education.  For her entire teaching career, she was an elementary teacher for the Sturgeon Bay School District.

Heidi was passionate about education and loved teaching her students to love reading.  She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.  She especially enjoyed the time she spent travelling and fishing with family.

She is survived by her husband, Mike; two children, Jack and Megan Richard; her parents, Aldon and Janice Strei, Green Bay; brother, Paul Strei, Green Bay; parents-in-law, Keith and Margaret Richard, Saxon, WI; in-laws, Shelly Crawley, Black River Falls, WI; Connie and Eric Todd, International Falls, MN.

She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Tom Crawley.

A public visitation will be held at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Friday, February 5, 2021 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.  A memorial service will follow at 7:00 pm with the Rev. Dr. Matthew Knapp officiating.  Face masks are required by all in attendance.  Online condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

Dennis A. Dorner

Dennis A. Dorner, 68, New Franken, joined his heavenly Father on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, with his wife at his side. 

 

He was born on February 19, 1952 to Anna Mae (Worachek) Dorner and the late Roman A. Dorner.  On July 24. 2010 he married his soulmate, Lynn M. Boulanger. 

They shared many happy years together.

 

He greatly enjoyed spending time at his cottage, especially when his grandsons caught display worthy fish. 

Dennis loving the outdoors, always looked forward to deer hunting with his brother Ken.

 

 Survivors include his wife Lynn; he is also survived by his three children, who he was very proud of,  two daughters, Cindy (Mike) Conard, Tammy Lemberger; one son, Randy (Jenna) Dorner; he was very proud of his four grandchildren, KJ, Kendra, Cameron and Coletyn; his mother, Anna Mae Dorner; his siblings, Jean Cherovsky, Paul (Sandie) Dorner, (his twin sister) Doris (Ron) Buyarski, Charles “Carl” (Jo Ann) Dorner, Rita Wilquet,  Peter (Connie) Dorner, Glen (Shelley) Dorner; sister in law and brother in law,  Linda Dorner, Brian (fiancée Barb) Boulanger.

 

Dennis was preceded in death by, one infant sister, Joan Dorner; one brother, Ken Dorner; two brothers in law, Paul Cherovsky and Donald Wilquet; his father in law and mother in law, Lawrence and Marie Boulanger.

 

Friends may call at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville, between 9:00 am and 10:45 am on Saturday, January 30, 2021.  Funeral service 11:00 am at the church.  Burial in St. Louis Cemetery, Dyckesville.

 

Covid-19 precautions will be requested, wearing a face covering, social distancing and hand sanitizing, please.

 

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the Dorner Family.  www.mcmahonfh.com

 

Joan J. Eckert

Joan J. Eckert, 94, of Fish Creek, WI passed away the evening of January 19, 2021 at her home with her daughters at her side.

     Joan was born June 11, 1926 in Wrightstown, WI, the daughter of the late Jerome and Josephine (Bries) Verhasselt. She grew up living along the Fox River with seven siblings and graduated from Wrightstown High School when she was 16. When working at the Alpine Resort in Egg Harbor during the summer of 1948, she met Carl “Buck” Eckert, a local Fish Creek fellow and they started their life adventure of 64 years together. They married in 1949, settled in Fish Creek and started their family. After having three of their five children, they decided to move to Milwaukee for better opportunities and lived there for 37 years. Two more children joined the family. Joan always worked full time doing waitress work while raising her family. She was a wonderful mother and homemaker and enjoyed raising her kids. She was a regular fixture on Saturday nights watching her two sons at the stock car races. A great cook, baker, seamstress and quilter. Joan always had time for fun and had many lifelong friends – there was always room at the table. She had her own cake business, “Cakes by Joan”.

     Joan and Buck were thrilled to return to Fish Creek in retirement in 1994 and enjoyed every bit of it. A great hostess – she enjoyed entertaining family & friends. They had “Eckert Vacation Homes” and enjoyed renovating real estate. Joan was a member of Stella Maris Parish. Throughout her life Joan was an avid Milwaukee Bucks basketball fan and she enjoyed her friends at Water Walkers at the Fish Creek YMCA. Her sheer determination to live and enjoy life to the fullest was evident as she fought back from her near miss with death at 90 after being run over by a car and recovering from that to return home.

     Surviving family includes her dear children, Wesley (Sandra) Eckert of Hales Corners, Deborah Eckert (Jerry Butzen) of Ephraim, Mark Eckert of Waukesha, Carla (Jay) Marr of Fish Creek; nine grandchildren, John, Merci, Danielle, Kelsey, Wesley, Lindsay, Dan, Nicholas and Leah; and seven great-grandchildren, Landen, Thomas, Jack, Gabby, Emily, Jacob and Ben; and sister, Zita Wessa, Goodyear, AZ.

     Preceding her in death were her parents, Jerome and Josephine Verhasselt; husband, Carl “Buck” Eckert; son, Bruce Eckert; two sisters, Mary Thede and Rita Shebel; and four brothers, Basil, Leo, Jack and Orlo Verhasselt.

     Services are being planned for June 2021. Burial will be at Blossomberg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek.

     “We would like to thank Unity Hospice for their compassionate care and being the strength at our side. A special thank you to Pat Thorp.”

     The family welcomes memorials in Joan’s name to the Gibraltar Fire and Rescue or the Stella Maris Food Pantry in Fish Creek.

     Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC is assisting the Eckert family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Joan may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com

William L. Knudson

William L. Knudson, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Sunday morning, January 24, 2021 with family at his side.

     He was born February 12, 1936 in Baileys Harbor the son of the late Leslie and Viola (Root) Knudson. Prior to starting high school in 1949 he attended Appleport School. Bill served his country with the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1961. On February 11, 1956 he married Shirley Ann Paschke at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church.

     His working career started with owning the Sinclair gasoline service station in Sturgeon Bay on 3rd Avenue prior to working at Palmer Johnson Yachts. Bill then was employed with Meyer Klass Trucking driving semi’s before he went to work for Edgerton Contractors and finally with Mashuda Road Construction. Bill retired as a heavy equipment operator with Mashuda after 28 years.

     He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 139 for 55 years.  Bill could fix anything and was a skilled mechanic. He also enjoyed refinishing furniture.

     Survivors include his daughter, Jodie (Elmer) Baacke of West Allis; three grandchildren, Michael (Annie) Knudson (and their son, Isiah), Anna (Jeff) Burns (their children, Logan and Alexis), Patrick (Carrie) Knudson (their son, Tommy); his special friend, Donna McDonald; and sister-in-laws, Sharon Iverson and was like a second father to Lynne Rabach Urban and her family.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, son, Dale (1996), granddaughter, Amber Ripple (2013), brothers, Edward and Carroll Knudson, half-brother, Leslie Knudson, Jr; and sister, Anita Pautz.

     Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay with a devotion to be held at 6:45 p.m. Due to COVID-19 gathering limitations, dual-chapel occupancy at the funeral home will be limited to 50 people (25 people per chapel, including family).

     Visitation will continue at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Due to COVID-19 gathering limitations, church sanctuary occupancy will be limited 50 people.

     Burial with military honors follow at Shiloh Moravian Cemetery.

     Those attending the visitations and/or funeral service are to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.

     The funeral service will be LIVESTREAMED at 11:00 a.m. via the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page. Those anticipating viewing the service online are encouraged to “Like” the funeral home Facebook page any time prior to the funeral or go to the webpage (www.facebook.com/HuehnsFuneralHome) to receive notification of the live broadcast. If livestreaming is not possible, the service recording will be uploaded to the funeral home Facebook (web)page within a day. 

     Memorials may be made in his memory to St. Peter’s Ev Lutheran Church.

     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of William may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

 

Robert M. "Bob" Olson

Robert M. “Bob” Olson, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on January 24, 2021, at Door County Medical Center.  On March 10, 1931, he was born on the family farm to Melvin and Clara (Viste) Olson.  Robert graduated from Algoma High school in 1948.  On September 7, 1957, he married Lila M. Maedke in Algoma.  Bob was a lifetime member of Tanum-Forest Lutheran Church where he served as the congregational secretary for many years and sang in the choir.

 

Bob was employed at Christy Corporation for 16 years and at Palmer Johnson Yachts for 24 years.

 

Survivors include his wife Lila; one brother, John (Dianne) Olson, of Forestville Township; two sisters, Carol (Edward) Krueger, Forestville; Marian (David) Schultz, Grafton; sister-in-law, Judy Olson, Sturgeon Bay; and numerous special nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alan, Gerald (Elaine), Roy, and infant brother, Donald; three sisters-in-law, Edith (Ben) Chemel, Muriel (Frederick) Walther, and Marjorie Maedke; two infant brothers-in-law, Orland and Leroy. 

 

Public visitation will be on 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Private family services will follow with Rev. Peter Mannoja officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Cemetery.  The service will be live on the Forbes Funeral Home Facebook homepage at 12:00 p.m. noon on Saturday.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

Gene C. Anderson

Gene C. Anderson, 86, of Sister Bay, passed away Tuesday morning, January 19, 2021 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services where he had resided for the past three years.

      He was born March 16, 1934 in Sister Bay the son of the late Roy and Gladys (Hilander) Anderson and graduated from Gibraltar High School.

     Gene served his country with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and on his Christmas leave, he came back to marry his sweetheart, Laurie Ann Sterling on December 29,1956 at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. They started a journey together that would last for 64 years and were blessed with four children, Mark, Terri, Tami, and Michael. Following his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Sister Bay where he worked in the Anderson family masonry trade. While working with many contractors in the Northern Door County community, Gene formed a partnership with Lee Lhost called Anderson-Lhost Masonry and employed many of Door County's best masons. His legacy and craftsmanship can still be seen in many private homes and public buildings throughout Door County. A special time in Gene's career was after "retiring", when he went on to work for his son, Michael of Michael J Anderson Masonry.

     From an early age, Gene enjoyed playing baseball and he went on to pitch for the Sister Bay Bays in the Door County Baseball League. He followed the tradition of his father and uncle spending hunting season in his favorite place, Waubeno, WI. He and Laurie would visit Waubeno for other occasions throughout the year and often bring his children and grandchildren along. When he wasn’t working or spending time with his family, Gene was enjoying the outdoors. Gene was an expert hunter, but what he really loved was the camaraderie and the closeness to nature. He had a passion for the wildlife of Door County and shared it with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Through his sense of humor and easy-going ways, it was easy for Gene to form many friendships on and off the worksite.

     Survivors include his wife, Laurie of Sturgeon Bay; children, Terri (Bobby) Anderson of Sturgeon Bay and Michael (Helene) Anderson of Sister Bay; grandchildren, Bradley Kwaterski, Jerrad (Michelle) Anderson, Nickolas (Cameryn) Kwaterski, Kajsa Anderson, and Malin Anderson; great-granddaughters, Kylie and Kendal Kwaterski; step-great-grandchildren, Christopher and Anna Drover; and brother, Gerald (Paula) Anderson of Oconomowoc.

     Preceding him in death were his parents; children, Mark Steven Anderson and Tami Lynn Anderson; and sister, Delores M. Kulkoski.

     A Private Gravesite Burial Service is planned for Friday, January 29, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sister Bay Moravian Cemetery. A celebration of Gene’s life is planned for a later date this summer.

     In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Alzheimer's Association - Greater Wisconsin Chapter (331 Packerland Dr. Suite E, De Pere, WI 54115 or www.alz.org).

     Gene’s family would like to thank Sturgeon Bay Health Services for the kindness and care given to Gene.

     Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC in Sister Bay is assisting the Anderson family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Gene may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

 

Jean Malcore

Jean Florence Malcore, 92, of Brussels, WI, passed away peacefully at Anna’s Healthcare on January 18th, 2021. She was born February 22nd, 1928 to Cyril and Lillian (Pierre) Neuville in Brussels. She was a lifelong member of St. Francis & St. Mary’s Parish in Brussels. She graduated from Brussels High School in 1945.

She is survived by her children, Sam (Lynda) Malcore, Sally (Mike) Baudhuin, James M. (Sandy) Malcore all of Brussels, WI, Sherri (Todd) Arendt, Green Bay, WI; 10 grandchildren: Nikki (John) Fitzgibbon, Mequon, WI, Jaime (Logan) Tjossem, Rochester, MN, Amy (Bryan) Neubauer, Sturgeon Bay, WI, Chad (Sara) Baudhuin, Brussels, WI, Dr. Katie (Dr. Ryan) Schenning, Portland, OR, Kurt Malcore (friend Tiffany Bosse) Minneapolis, MN, Morgan Malcore (friend Josiah Elkins) Green Bay, WI, Atty. Sarah Arendt, Chicago, IL, Mary (friend Charles Kay) Arendt, Chicago, IL, Dr. Lily (friend Dr. Aum Patel) Arendt, Fort Worth, TX; 12 great-grandchildren: Madison & Lauren Fitzgibbon, Kaelyn Tjossem, Rylee & Carly Tjossem, Megan, Abigail & Branden Neubauer, Riyan & Kelsea Baudhuin, Mason & Boden Schenning, nephews: Jim Martinson, Queen Creek, AZ; Paul (Debby) DeWitt, Sturgeon Bay, WI; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws Cy and Emily Malcore; sister and brother-in-law, Jovita (Douglas) DeWitt; great-grandson Kaden Tjossem; niece Linda Martinson; and father of her children James J. Malcore. 

Due to COVID-19, private family services will be conducted at St. Francis & St. Mary’s Parish with burial in the church cemetery. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com The service will be live streamed on Fr. Edward Looney’s Facebook page at 11:00 am on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Dept. of Ophthalmology, R.P. Research, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN 55905.

Special thanks to the caring staff at Anna’s Healthcare for their wonderful care and support. She was loved by everyone there.

 

Arlene M. (Hoerres) Peterson

     Arlene Mary (Hoerres) Peterson was born in Sturgeon Bay on November 27, 1946 and raised in a home next to Lily Bay on Lake Michigan. She had fond memories of spending time with her cousins and siblings, playing along Lily Bay’s beaches, creek, and around two of her uncle’s establishments, Wester’s Fish House and the Lily Bay Sawmill.

     As a young girl, she attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Institute, WI, where she learned what a wooden ruler looked like and how it can be used in ways that aren’t for drawing straight lines. When she finished 8th grade, she attended Sevastopol School until she graduated in 1965. 

     Following graduation, she worked in Sturgeon Bay, WI at Peterson Builders Inc. It was at this time, when she met her future husband, Donald "Pete" Duane Peterson, who was stationed in Sturgeon Bay from 1965-1969 on the Coast Guard Cutter, Mesquite. They married in 1968 and proudly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September, 2018.

     Arlene continued to work at PBI until she became a mother in the 1970’s. By the early 1980’s, she had become a ‘lunch lady’, serving food to hungry kids at Sunrise Elementary School. This job allowed her to focus on being a mom to her two children, her children’s friends, and to a pet cat, (who her children promised to take care of) named, “Kitty”. After her children became more independent, she also worked at the bustling and popular Cherry Point Mall at fashionable clothing stores, Stevenson’s and Hurrah!, and later on at Schultz’s Family Store. Eventually, Arlene would go on to work at Whitetails Unlimited for many years until she retired.

     While her children may have been grown, her will to nurture did not stop. One day, In the mid 2000’s when she was volunteering at the Wisconsin Humane Society, she brought her work home with her, an orange cat she named, Puff. Like a Jack and Jill book, she and Puff had many adventures walking around the backyard together. Most interesting of their adventures, included admiring Monarch butterflies. However, what seemed to be just an appreciation for her garden pollinator, quickly grew into something more after bringing some eggs into her home on one summer day to watch the entire metamorphosis of this colorful insect. It was from this point in 2012, that this fascination turned into a passionate mission to make a difference in the threatened Monarch population. Every day, during the summer, she would collect the Monarch’s eggs and feed the caterpillars that hatched from them with her milkweed. It was quite an impressive operation she had set up, and Puff often observed with curiosity. As it turns out, she proved to be a naturally skilled documentarian and kept a detailed journal on her ‘rescues’, chronicling: dates the eggs were found, how many eggs, births, deaths, genders, and release dates. Over the course of the 8 years, she documented the release of over 900 monarchs into the wild.

     Apart from her passion to raise monarch butterflies, she had many other interests that included gardening, cooking, taking Learning in Retirement courses at NWTC, crafting, coloring and volunteering. Over the years, she volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Wisconsin Humane Society - Door County Campus, and the Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility. It was at the Skilled Nursing Facility where she spent time making resident’s feel good by styling the residents' hair in the ‘beauty salon’. She also contributed to the residents by using the skills she developed while sewing really great mother-daughter plaid shirts in the 80’s, to produce ‘shirt savers’ for the residents. 

     Like the butterflies Arlene cared for, there came a time when she experienced her own metamorphosis, and that took place on January 13, 2021 at her home. She is preceded in this change by her father, Walter Hoerres; mother, Marie Agnes (nee Wester) Hoerres Wagner; step-father Ernst "Jack" Wagner; her siblings, Norman Hoerres and Marian Fabry; brother-in-law, Claude Fabry, father-in-law, Walter Peterson, Sr.; mother-in-law, Pauline Peterson; sister and brother in-law, Ethel and John Wysocki, and the family cat, Kitty. She is survived by her husband, Don "Pete"; daughters, Sharon and Carolyn; one sister, Donna (Steve) Asher; in-laws, Mary Hoerres, Wally (Nancy) Peterson; nieces and nephews; lifelong friend, Beverly Luethge; and her pet cat, Puff.

     While Arlene’s journey continues, you may still visit her at Bayside Cemetery or somewhere in nature. At Arlene’s request, she didn’t want to have a traditional, formal service or funeral, and instead wished to have a celebration of her life held at a later date when family and friends can gather together safely. If anyone would like to make a remembrance in Arlene’s name, please consider donating to Unity Hospice, the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center (c/o Door County Medical Center Foundation), Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc., Wisconsin Humane Society - Door County Campus, or a charity of your choice. Bidding a Monarch butterfly a safe journey when you see one flying haphazardly about or finding a spot to plant a patch of milkweed in her spirit somewhere to increase the Monarch butterfly habitat that is currently threatened would also be a great way to keep Arlene’s spirit alive and make a difference for future generations of Monarch butterflies.

     It also can’t be left out that a special thank you should go to Barb Asher and Unity Hospice. Barb Asher donated her time to be Arlene’s patient advocate during her 14-month long illness with pancreatic cancer. Her professional knowledge, personal experience and active participation in helping the family navigate the medical world surrounding Arlene’s illness was truly appreciated. Unity Hospice was especially helpful with their caregiving efforts. They guided the Peterson family the best way possible so Arlene’s family could bring her to a place of peace.

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Peterson family.  Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Arlene can be shared through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Ernest J. Wiegand

 Ernest John Wiegand, 81 years, of Sturgeon Bay died early Friday morning, January 15, 2021 at his home. 

     He was born in Sturgeon Bay on February 1, 1939 the son of the late Arthur and Dorothy (Jome) Wiegand. Ernie graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1957. For awhile he worked at Wiegand Gas Station before enlisting in 1958 to serve his country in the U.S. Coast Guard. He married Nancy Elsie McAllister on August 21, 1958 and after 60 years of marriage, raising four children, and many ports of call, she preceded him in death on January 9, 2019.  Ernie was honorably discharged on December 1, 1978 and proud to have attained the Rank of Sr. Chief.  They returned to Sturgeon Bay and he worked at PBI for 11 years until his full retirement.

    Ernie was a lot of fun and people enjoyed being around him.  It was easy for him to have a conversation with everyone about most things probably due to his service to his country from which he had traveled, seen, and experienced many things.  This past July 4th with all our gathering challenges, he was proud to ride his four wheeler, sporting the American Flag in the 1st annual Cove Road neighborhood parade where he was emotionally touched to have neighbors salute him and honor his service along with our country’s celebration of independence.  

     He was a member of the Lily Bay Sawmill Social Club, and the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church.

     Four children and their families survive Steve Wiegand, Debbie (Mark) DeMeuse, Diane Hank, and Dale (Kristie) Wiegand; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two siblings-in-law, Mark Grayson, and Marilyn McAllister; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, Arthur, and Dorothy Wiegand; wife, Nancy; daughter-in-law, Pamela Wiegand; and one brother, Douglas.

     Private family services with military honors will be held.  Burial will be at Tanum Forest Lutheran Cemetery. 

     Memorials may be made in his memory to Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church or DOOR CANcer, INC. 

     Huehns Funeral Home and Door County Crematory is serving the Wiegand family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Ernie may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com

 

Carolyn Ruth Jorgenson

Carolyn Ruth Jorgenson (Ullmann), 69, of Algoma, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 15th, 2021 with her family by her side.

 

 She was born September 25, 1951, to the late Elmer and Ruth (Dahlke) Ullmann. She was a 1969 graduate of Luxemburg High School.

 

On May 25, 1974, Carolyn married Larry D. Jorgenson at St. John Lutheran Church in Luxemburg. They were married for 46 years.

 

She worked as an Administrative Assistant at Algoma Long Term Care Facility for 40 years.

 

Carolyn was devoted to her faith. She was an organist, pianist at St. John Lutheran Church in Luxemburg and St. John Church in Rankin for many years. She played for church services, weddings and funerals. She served in many other capacities in the church. She was a member of the Ladies Aid, several church committees and volunteered with Ruby’s Pantry and was also involved with the annual children’s Christmas program.

 

She shared her musical talents with so many playing the French horn for the Algoma Community Band for 37 years. She and Larry enjoyed various traveling excursions with the band throughout the years. Traveling to Europe and Ireland. Carolyn and Larry also enjoyed taking bus trips and especially trips to Miller Park to see the Brewers.

 

Carolyn inherited her mother Ruth’s love for gardening and flowers. Her home was surrounded by beautiful flower beds and a large garden in the backyard. She loved to cook and bake. She served many home-cooked meals for family members and friends on holidays and other special occasions.

 

Carolyn also loved genealogy and spent many hours researching the family tree. Carolyn loved taking classes during retirement especially with her friend Sara. She took craft classes and attended local history lectures and even tried ukulele lessons.

 

Carolyn loved spending time with her grandchildren Clay and Carmen and sharing her passion of gardening with them. She enjoyed taking them on adventures to the family farm, zoo, and parks. Her beloved grandchildren will have these memories to forever hold dear to their hearts.

 

She was a friend to so many and cherished keeping connected with longtime friends especially the “Breakfast Club” girls. Carolyn was truly an angel on earth. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all those she touched with kindness and a warm smile.

 

Carolyn is survived by her husband Larry; two sons, Andy (Marcy) Jorgenson, Mike (Toni) Jorgenson, al of Algoma; three grandchildren, Bryant Ehlers, Clay Jorgenson and Carmen Jorgenson; her Siblings, Jane (Joe) Bester, MN; Mark Ullmann, Luxemburg; Dean (Darlene) Ullmann, Luxemburg; two nephews, Ben (Olivia Wypieszenski) Ullmann and Jake Ullmann all of Luxemburg, and many other close relatives and friends.


Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Ruth Ullmann, brother Ron Ullmann, sister Sue Ullmann, her paternal grandparents, Otto and Ida Ullmann, maternal grandparents, Fred and Mathilda Dahlke.

 

Due to Covid19 the funeral service will be private, with Rev. Carl Brewer officiating.

 

The service will be livestreamed, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:00 am on St John’s Lutheran Church Facebook page.

 

Carolyn will be laid to rest in St. John Cemetery, Luxemburg.

 

Our deepest heartfelt thank you for the entire staff of Unity Hospice for their kindness and care offered to Carolyn and her family throughout her time at home.

 

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the Jorgenson Family.  www.mcmahonfh.com

Paul C. Diedrich

Paul C. Diedrich, 67, Appleton, formerly of Algoma, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 at Thedacare Regional Medical Center in Appleton after surviving his initial Covid-19 and then losing his battle with post Covid-19 complications.    He was born December 13, 1953 in Two Rivers to Homer and Betty (Gustafson) Diedrich. 

 Paul married Charlotte Haegele August 23, 1986 in Algoma.

Paul took great pride in his work at the Algoma Post Office. 

 Paul had just moved to Appleton, in his own apartment, which he was very proud of.  He had previously lived in Shawano. 

 He enjoyed watching NFL football, going out to eat, watching TV, animals and wildlife, old cars, tractors, farms and simply enjoyed being part of a conversation.  Paul had a great sense of humor and was always trying to crack jokes.  "Paul had a heart of gold and was always willing to help others".

 Paul is survived by special friends that were his family; Jamie and Yoro Sabally and their children Keaton, Kobe and Kalisa, Little Chute; Dave Worzalla, Little Chute; Patricia Juza, Shawano; Candace Duffeck and Dennis Duffeck, Algoma; and Dan Duffeck, Shiocton.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte,  his parents, brother Dale, cousin Ron Juza, Uncles John and Lloyd Diedrich, special family friends Lisa Worzalla and Christine Duffeck. 

 There will be a public visitation, Sunday January 24, 2021 from 10:00 am until the time of services at 11:00 AM at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, with Gloria Butler officiating.  Burial in the Riverview Cemetery in Kewaunee.

Paul's special family want to thank the medical team from Thedacare Appleton ICU, Lakeland Care and Integrated Care and Cleaning for all their support services. 

Leon "Leo" T. Rys

Leon “Leo” T. Rys, 86 of Luxemburg, formerly of Buffalo New York, passed away Saturday, January 02, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family. 

 

He was born in Buffalo on April 10, 1934 to the late Michael and Helen (Wanat) Rys. On March 19, 1959 he married Grace Galusczka in Buffalo, New York.

 

 She preceded him in death August 08, 2020.

 

Leo retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1972, serving in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

 

In 2002 he and Grace made their home in Luxemburg, Wisconsin.

 

Survivors include one son, Larry (Connie Kafka) Rys, NC; two grandsons, Evan Rys, ND; Eric Rys, NC; one sibling, Jane Zanlack, TX.

 

Leo was preceded in death by one son, Michael Rys; ten siblings and his parents.

 

A private memorial service will be held at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg, with Rev. Mark Mleziva officiating.

 

 

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the Rys Family. www.mcmahonfh.com

 

A special thank you is extended to Unity Hospice for their care and compassion given the Rys Family.

Joseph H. Schmelzer

Joseph H. Schmelzer, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Jan. 9, 2021 at Allouez Parkside Village.  He was born April 28, 1931 in Sawyer to George and Catherine (Schlise) Schmelzer.  He attended St. Joseph Catholic Grade School and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force for four years during the Korean War.

Joe had worked at Ballo Ford Garage, Ed Olson Construction, Palmer Johnson Boats, Carpet Cutter Inc. and Peterson Builders Inc.   He was a member of Corpus Christi Church, and a member and past chaplain of the American Legion Post #72 of Sturgeon Bay.  He also worked as a sexton for St. Joseph Cemetery for several years.

Joe loved hunting, fishing and gardening.  He especially enjoyed helping others and spending time with family, grandchildren and friends. 

He is survived by his daughter Sigrid (Chuck) Weber of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren: Sadie Weber and Sam (Liz) Weber; sister Ruth Potier, and sister-in-law Arlene Schmelzer; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Delbert (Thelma), William (Gloria), Wilmert “Daw”, and Anthony “Tony”; sister Marion (Bernard) Lienau; brother-in-law Leonard Potier; aunts and uncles.

Private family services will be conducted at the Forbes Funeral Home.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors.  Memorials may be directed to: St. John Bosco School Student Tuition Assistant Program (730 W. Maple St. Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235) or Friends of Potawatomi State Park (3740 Park Dr. Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235).

 

Elsbeth "Muffin" Knutson

Our beloved mother, Elsbeth A. Knutson passed away January 7, 2021.  She was born May 27, 1932, in Valmy, WI to Rev. Otto and Gretchen Henning.  After graduating Valedictorian from Sevastopol High School, she worked at the Door County Advocate and the Bank of Sturgeon Bay.  Elsbeth was married by her father to James Knutson on May 22, 1954 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Valmy. He preceded in her death May 3, 2014.

Elsbeth was known as “Muffin” to all who knew and loved her.  She chose to write her own obituary, but to her friends and family, she was so much more than what she has written.

For most of their married life, Elsbeth and Jim worked together in their insurance agency and maintained an apple and cherry orchard and later a tree farm in Door County.  In 2005 they moved to Green Bay to be nearer to their family.

Elsbeth was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, Rebecca, and a great-grandson.  She is survived by five children: Constance (Dennis) Christenson, Lisa, Andrea (Tim Andre), Elizabeth and Peter; grandchildren: Elliot (Gina), Eric (Ann), Justin (Michelle), Corey (Jennifer), Brandon (Kristen), Sadie, Cooper and Hattie; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

A private service will be held at Forbes Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery in Sturgeon Bay.  Memorials may be given according to the donor’s wishes.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com The service will be on Facebook Live at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021.  You can click on the link below to bring you to Forbes Funeral Home Facebook Homepage.

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Muffin’s family would like to thank the many people who have loved and cared for her over the years, especially Wendy and her team.

 

Barbara Ellen Gosser

Barbara Ellen (Hass) Gosser, 66, of the Town of Egg Harbor (Sturgeon Bay), passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay from an acute illness.

 

     Barb was a lifelong resident of Door County. She was born in Sturgeon Bay on August 3, 1954 to William Murray Hass and Doris Irene (Hilander) Hass. Barb spent her early childhood in Sister Bay and attended (the former) Wildwood School and Liberty School. Her family moved to Institute during her middle school years, and she attended Sevastopol School. Following her graduation from Sevastopol High School in 1972, Barb went on to study education for a year at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Gosser (whom she first met in high school) on June 8, 1974 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. They were blessed with two children: Grady and Katy.

 

     Barb started her insurance career over 40 years ago as a secretary at Bernhard-Nelson Insurance, located on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, which became Pagenkopf Insurance. She eventually bought the agency and worked on her own until she partnered with Rick Hannemann in 2001 and formed Hannemann-Gosser Insurance, presently located on Jefferson Street in Sturgeon Bay. She was well-respected among her peers and formed many great relationships with her clients. In 2014, Hannemann-Gosser Insurance received The Rotary Clubs of Door County Ethics in Business Award.

 

     Barb initially grew up attending church in the Sister Bay area, and upon her (family’s) move to Institute, she attended Bay View Lutheran Church where she was confirmed. She remained a lifelong and active member of Bay View, serving as church council president for several years and as a member of the building committee. Barb was also a Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir.

 

     To her family, she was the kindest and most devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and will be so deeply missed. Everyone who knew Dick and Barb were in awe of their marriage and strong love for each other. Barb was always very active in her children’s lives and loved attending all of their sporting, school, and church events. She was so proud of their accomplishments and felt very blessed that they met and married wonderful people. Barb had a special bond with her four grandchildren and would tell you that her favorite title was “Grandma” or “GG.” She was their biggest cheerleader.

 

     Besides spending time with family and friends, Barb enjoyed quiet nights at home reading and gardening. She loved sitting on the deck on a summer night drinking a glass of red wine with her husband, Dick, by her side. Barb’s family and friends will be able to enjoy her beautiful flower gardens for years to come.

 

     Her love will live on in the hearts of her husband, Richard, with whom she shared over 46 years of marriage; son and daughter, Grady (Nicole) Gosser and Katy (Aaron) Schroeder, both of Menomonee Falls; four grandchildren, Sophie Gosser, and Ella, Eli, and Emily Schroeder; three siblings, Carol Weymier, Chuck (Judi) Hass, and Paul (Lynn) Hass, all of Ellison Bay; siblings-in-law, Kay Hass, Kathy (Rolf) Simonson, Jane (Mitch) Weber, Steve (RaeAnn) Gosser, Jeff (Sandy) Gosser, Tony (Karen) Gosser, and Marcy (Tom) Stark; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

 

     Barb was preceded in death by her parents, William and Doris (Hilander) Hass; parents-in-law, Raphael and Marilyn (Mathey) Gosser; brother, James Hass; brother-in-law, Kenneth Weymier; and other relatives.

 

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and will continue at the funeral home on Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Dual chapel-occupancy at the funeral home will be limited to 50 people including family (25 people per chapel).

 

     Due to current health considerations and gathering limitations, a PRIVATE memorial service will be held at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday, January 23, 2021 with Pastor David Raben officiating. Those attending the visitation and/or service are to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.

 

     The memorial service will be livestreamed via the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. Those anticipating viewing the service from Facebook are encouraged to “Like” the funeral home Facebook page any time prior to the service (or go to the Huehns Funeral Home Facebook page [www.facebook.com/HuehnsFuneralHome]) to receive immediate notification of the live broadcast.

 

     Memorials may be given in Barb’s honor for Loaves and Fishes of Door County, Inc. [c/o Door County Community Foundation, Inc., 222 N. 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235; loavesfishesdc.org; (920)746-1786] Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc. [P.O. Box 608, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-accompanying donation form available at crossroadsatbigcreek.org/donate; (920)746-5895].

 

     “Our family would like to thank all of physicians and nurses at Aurora BayCare Medical Center for their wonderful and compassionate care given to Barb (our mother).”

 

      Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Barb may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Robert D. Hastings III

As a true titan of innovation and adventure, always off after his next big idea, Robert “Bob” Hastings led an interesting and diverse life.  

 

Janitor. Painter. Football player. Architect. Real Estate Developer. CEO. Magazine Publisher. Blues Festival Producer. The list of his varied professions is too long to list for one simple reason—Bob had an unyielding drive to always challenge himself. Push himself. Innovate. Create. Conquer. 

 

He never met a challenge he couldn’t rise above, and not just because of his lofty six foot seven frame. He looked at obstacles in his way as minor inconveniences, and always managed to find his way to the other side. However, once he was there, he didn’t stay long, his eyes already searching for his next goal.

 

“Don’t get mad. Don’t get even. Get ahead.” This was something he often said to his two daughters, Anna and Kate. And he’d done just that himself. After a childhood in Cary, Illinois of being teased for his imposing height, he used that very same physique to dominate at football, earning him a place on the All-Conference team before then taking his spot as a defensive tackle on the Northern Illinois University football team. He rose to the top of the college football fray and was drafted by the Chicago Bears. A knee injury put an end to his career early, but in true Bob Hastings form, he quickly set his sights on a new goal.

 

After flipping real estate in Illinois, Bob’s next big idea sent him on a path to Door County, Wisconsin. He would call this beautiful place home for the next twenty years, making lifelong friends and memories along the way... memories that included countless pranks that still induce laughter and stories anytime someone mentions his name. Just ask his friends to tell their favorite story, and they’ll keep you laughing for hours over the antics he got them all into. He loved spending Sundays boating to Chamber’s Island with friends and family and tending to the gardens at the eighty-acre farm he designed and helped build. The same place where he would raise his two girls with his first wife, Madeline, and spend almost fifteen years of his life. 

 

In 1990, Bob found his true passion when he took the position of the Executive Director of the Door County Chamber of Commerce. It allowed him to use his creativity to make his community a better place and help the small businesses inside of it thrive. He would spend his years in the position helping to grow Door County’s popularity as a top tourist destination while focusing on his ultimate goal of preserving its natural charms and beauty. 

 

After fulfilling all his dreams in Door County, including starting up Door County Magazine, Bob set his sights on a new horizon. It was then he met the love of his life, Donna Valler. The two of them embarked on a journey together that would eventually take them to the East coast where he took up his mantle as CEO of the Penobscot Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Bob and Donna enjoyed their time on the beautiful coast of Maine, and Bob’s proudest accomplishments in his position were founding the Rockland Lobster Trap Christmas Tree and the Maine Lighthouse Museum. After seven successful years there, his restless nature for new challenges sent him and Donna on a new adventure where he would step into the position of the Executive Director of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce in Gloucester, Massachusetts. In this position he successfully marketed Cape Ann as “Massachusetts’ other Cape.” 

 

Bob and Donna enjoyed many happy years there, and in 2011 he decided it was time to retire. But retirement for Bob Hastings didn’t come in the form of kicking up his feet and relaxing. Instead, he embraced his deep love of blues music and his entrepreneurial skills to co-found the Gloucester Blues Festival with his friend and partner, Paul Benjamin. The event brought in world-class talent, and it still continues to thrive each summer.

 

In 2014 Bob and Donna decided to leave the frozen winters of the North for sunnier weather in Florida. He spent the last years of his life happily sitting in the sun with the love of his life by his side and his cherished pets in his lap until he parted this world on January 3, 2020 at the age of 72.

 

Gone but not forgotten certainly applies to Bob Hastings because he left his mark on so many people and places.

 

We’ll remember him every time spring arrives and we see the bright yellow daffodils carpeting Door County. It was his idea to plant over a million bulbs around the county, knowing they would multiply each year and give residents and visitors a colorful spring. And multiply they have, making our spring pop with the color and beauty he’d hoped for. Every spring he would ask his daughters to send him pictures of the flowers around town so he could enjoy seeing how his idea had flourished. 

 

We’ll remember him when we drive by the many buildings that wouldn’t be here without him, like the Country Walk Shops and the Church Hill Inn. It was his innovation that willed them into existence.

 

We’ll think of him when they light the Rockland Lobster Trap tree each Christmas and when visitors are welcomed to the Maine Lighthouse Museum.

 

We’ll smile when we hear the lyrical notes of the Blues, knowing he helped support the music he loved so much by creating the Gloucester Blues Festival. 

 

We’ll remember Bob Hastings in so many ways because he left his huge footprints everywhere he went. His two daughters and his two grandchildren will follow in those footsteps, as they each have the same inner tenacity and creative spirit he passed down to them. They will continue his legacy of creating their own paths and always remembering him as they strive to live a full and unique life that would make him proud. 

 

Robert Douglas Hastings III is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Gloria, and his brother, David. He is survived by his wife Donna; daughter Anna (Jon) Calhoun; daughter Kate (Marty) Rispens; grandchildren Ava and Jackson Olson, Aliana, Nicholas, and Amelia Calhoun; sister Gail (Bill) Sutterlin; brother Thomas (Joyce) Hastings; sister Sarah (Mark) Sawyer; sister Elizabeth Junion.

 

At Bob’s request there will be no services held at this time. If anyone would like to make a remembrance in Bob’s name, please consider donating to the Blues Foundation or the Blues Musician Relief Fund at blues.org or to the charity of your choice. 

 

 Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Robert may be shared with his family through his tribute pages at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com or www.caspersonfuneralhome.com

Harvey Paul

Harvey Paul entered eternal life on 1-3-21 at the age of 88. He was born in Algoma WI to the late Arthur and Elsie Paul on 2-5-32. He graduated Casco High in 1951, during high school he excelled in boxing and football.

During the Korean War he enlisted in the Coast Guard, he was stationed in Alaska from 1951-1954. When he returned from service he met the love of his life, Jeanette Yunk, and they married on October 5 1957. They raised four children together in Casco. He was a cheese maker for Lake-to-Lake until it closed in 1975. Then he worked at Morning Glory until his retirement in 1993. After retirement he enjoyed his backyard cabin, woods, garden and grandchildren.

He was a member of St Paul's Lutheran church Algoma and the Casco Legion Post.

He is survived by his wife Jeanette; four children, Randy Paul, Madison, Patti (David) Zeitler, Luxemburg, Ricky Paul, Green Bay, Robby Paul, Green Bay; five grandchildren, Nic (Jenny) Zeitler, Jon (Kristin) Zeitler, Joe (Sarah) Zeitler, Karisa Paul, and Tyler Paul; five great-grandchildren, Addison, Ava, Arianna, Alexia and Brielle Zeitler; two sisters, Eunice (Roger) Redlin and Bernice Seibert; and sister-in-law, Carol Paul. He is further survived by Jeanette’s family, Ron Holtz, David Kirchman, Linda Yunk, June (Don) Hucek, Jerry (Sue) Yunk, Joe Yunk, and Julie (Randy) Jacobs. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Alvin (Ruby) Paul, Orville (Fern) Paul, Elroy (Ellen) Paul; and sister, Violet Mraz; in-laws, Joan Holtz, Joyce Kirchman, Jim Yunk, and Jack Yunk.

Private funeral service will be held at St Paul's Algoma. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Algoma is assisting the family. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.

God has you in heaven, but we will have you in our hearts forever.

 

Cassidy (DeGrave) Cuthbert

Cassidy (DeGrave) Cuthbert, 46, of Rhinelander and formerly of Brussels, passed away at the University Hospital in Madison on Dec. 30, 2020.  She was born September 4, 1974, in Brussels to Linda and Milton DeGrave.  She married Scott Cuthbert on June 17, 2015.

Cassidy loved computers and was an avid crafter.  She loved to knit and crochet in her free time.  Cassidy had a big heart and was also a jokester, always striving to put a smile on others’ faces.

She is survived by her husband Scott, 3 children, Desiree Hanson of Brussels, Grant Hanson of Brussels, and Milton Hanson of Rhinelander; her parents Linda and Milton DeGrave of Brussels; mother-in-law Judy Cuthbert; four siblings:  Connie Anschutz, Dale DeGrave, Brian DeGrave, Kurt DeGrave; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Due to Cassidy’s wishes, no formal funeral services will be conducted.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Mary Ann Paul

Mary Ann Paul, 89, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Door County Medical Center on January 3, 2021.  She was born March 2, 1931 to Clarence and Elsie (Wiesner) Karnitz.  On February 12, 1955 she married George J. Paul in Sturgeon Bay, he preceded her in death on February 20, 1998.  

Mary Ann and her husband owned and operated Sister Bay Cleaners from 1955 to 1957, then established Ideal Laundry on the west side of Sturgeon Bay in 1958 and operated that until their retirement in 1988.  Mary Ann was a hard worker who enjoyed her customers for the many years she was in business. For the last three years, she was a resident at Pine Crest Village.  

Survivors include her two children, Jeff (Shelly) Paul, Mountain, WI; Sandra (Tom) VanRite, Brussels; three grandchildren, John (Heather) Paul, Justin (Amber) May, Trista May (fiancé Zach Vogel); two great grandchildren, Everly May and Patrick Paul; a brother, Larry (Sharon) Karnitz, Sturgeon Bay. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter, Annie Marie May; a sister, Betty (Bill) Wykes; in-laws, Curley and Shirley Paul; and Virginia Andre.

Private family services will be conducted at Forbes Funeral Home and burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.  On line condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Catherine Johnson

Catherine "Cathy" Johnson, age 74, passed away on December 23, 2020, in Sturgeon Bay after a battle with dementia. Cathy was born in Flint, MI to Milton and Janet (Scheer) Stratton on August 3, 1946.

 

     Cathy was a nurse with a gift of caring and advocacy for others, a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved her husband and was blessed with 47 years of marriage. Cathy became a nurse later in life and was a life-long learner; eventually earning her BSN and Certification in Public Health Nursing, CPH. She would have been thrilled with everyone washing their hands and carrying hand sanitizer!

 

     When Cathy wasn't working, she loved shopping around the Peninsula and going out to dinner with her husband, Bill. She enjoyed traveling to NY and adventures with Adventure Club friends. Cathy believed strongly that women should have access to education and was a devoted member of P.E.O. International.

 

     Cathy was preceded in death by her father, Milton; her mother, Janet; and her sister, Joni. She is survived by her husband, Bill; daughter, Heidi (Chris) Krueger of Wilton, NY; grandchildren, Gretchen and Connor; sister, Becky (Chuck) Metz of Springfield, Il; her brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews, and friends.

 

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay. Dual-chapel occupancy at the funeral home will be limited to 50 people (25 people per chapel, including family). Those in attendance are to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing.

 

     A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Foster officiating (via Zoom). The service will be livestreamed via the “Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC” Facebook page. Those anticipating viewing the service via Facebook are encouraged to “Like” the Casperson Funeral Home Facebook page any time prior the service to receive immediate notification of the live broadcast.

 

     Cathy will be laid to rest in Blossomberg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park.

 

     Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Catherine may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

Lynn Conard

Lynn Michele Catherine (Palazzo) Conard, 66, of Algoma, Wisconsin passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 31st, 2020 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay after a short illness.  She was born in Akron, Ohio on May 11th, 1954 to the late Harry Myles and Carol Mae (Koss) Palazzo. Lynn found her life partner with Cletus J. Conard, and they married on August 29th, 1992 at the beautiful Algoma lakefront on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Lynn attended St. Joseph Catholic Grade School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio before her family moved to Algoma. Completing her primary education at Algoma’s St. Mary Catholic Grade School, Lynn then graduated from Algoma High School in 1972. She obtained her Practical Nursing Certification from Northeast Wisconsin Technical Institute and found employment working in several nursing facilities in Milwaukee. Returning to northeast Wisconsin, Lynn later worked at Plumbers Woodwork in Algoma, as a welder at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, as a cook at The Captain’s Table in Algoma, and finished her employment career working for many years at one of her most favorite jobs: the Algoma Long Term Care facility, before retiring. She especially enjoyed working with the elderly and found this occupation the most rewarding.

In her younger years Lynn was involved in the local Girl Scouts and was also a member of the Busy Beavers 4-H Club which allowed her to participate in several Exchange Trips to other states in the country. Here she developed life-long friendships which she treasured and maintained for the rest of her life. Lynn also had a keen interest in gardening, as evidenced by her lovely flower beds and bountiful vegetable garden each year. She had a very artistic soul, producing many beautiful things in the needle arts throughout her life. Her favorite medium of expression was knitting and Lynn was very proud to be a member of the local Knit for Kids group, where she recently completed her 95th sweater to be donated for the year 2020. (The total number of sweaters she created well exceeded 1000 since she began knitting with the club, truly a phenomenal feat!)

In addition, Lynn served for many years as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary – Post 236, currently holding the office of President of the organization. She was also a longtime member of St. Mary’s Rosary Society. Lynn loved music, sudoku, was an avid reader of many genres, and enjoyed traveling with her family.

Lynn is survived by her husband, C.J.; her 3 children: Ryan Klimek (Amy), Kristopher Klimek, Justin Klimek; her mother-in-law, Mary Conard; her sister, Kimberly-Ann Palazzo (husband, Randolf Warnke); her brothers, Vince Palazzo (fiancée, Kaleigh Wright), Kent Palazzo (Lorna), Philip Palazzo (Kristine); sister-in-law, Germaine Paape (Lester); 6 grandchildren: Alex and Jack Klimek, Alana, Lexi, and Lily Klimek, and Meadow Lynn Klimek; 13 nieces and nephews, including special niece, Amy Palazzo, and special nephew, Jason Palazzo; grandnieces and grandnephews; special aunt and uncle, Frank and Darlene Koss; many cousins including special cousin, Tanya Koss-Hollister (B.J.), step-cousin, Rebecca Lallathin; special friends, Mary McGrady, Vickie Antepenko, Lynn Heidemann, and Debbie Haas; many more friends and special neighbors; and SuZe, the beloved feline she inherited, who will all miss her caring compassion and her deliciously wicked sense of humor.

Lynn was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Myles, and Carol Palazzo; grandparents, Harry Frank and Ethel (Kilbourne) Palazzo, Kenneth and Evelyn (Fett) Koss; father-in-law, Lawrence Conard; brother, Jay Mario Palazzo; grandson, Myles Klimek; special aunt and uncle, Sharon and John S. Anderson; and special family friends, Frank and Margaret Catrone.

Visitation will be held from 2-5 pm on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home - Algoma. Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be practiced and facemasks are required to be worn. For those that are unable to attend the visitation, livestreaming will begin at 4 pm a link will be provided on the memorial page for Lynn on the Wiesner & Massart website or directly from the Faceboook page https://www.facebook.com/AlgomaCascoFunerals. Burial will follow at a later time at the Evergreen Cemetery. A gathering to celebrate Lynn’s life will be held at the Algoma Legion Hall, 94 Clark Street, Algoma, WI 54201 from 5-8 pm. Memorials may be made to the family or a light snack can be given to the gathering at the Legion Hall. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.

The family wishes to thank the ICU staff at Bellin Hospital, Green Bay for the exemplary assistance and care they gave to Lynn (especially nurses Chelle and Ashley) and Dr. Robert Anderson, Algoma.

Lawrence "Larry" Dachelet

 Lawrence "Larry" Dachelet, 64, Algoma, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021 at Door County Medical Center.  He was born November 5, 1956 in Algoma to Marvin and Shirley (Maedke) Dachelet. 

  Larry was a graduate of the Algoma High School. 

  Larry married Dawn Bergemann December 10, 1977 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma.

  Larry was a good man.  He was kindhearted and loving.  He was goofy when he thought you needed a laugh, loving and steady when you needed a friend.  Larry was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.  He adored his family and enjoyed spending time with them.  Being a Grandpa was the pride of his heart.  He loved the outdoors and could often be spotted just cruising around town.   Larry lived a good life, enjoyed the simple things, and required so little to be happy.  The last few years of his life were trying, but he pushed on, always optimistic and grateful.  When most of us would have given up, he kept on with a full heart and a smile.    Larry will be loved and remembered as one of the greats of our lifetime. 

  He is survived by his wife, Dawn, son Ryan (Jackie) Dachelet and daughter Heather Dachelet  (boyfriend Craig); two grandsons Aiden and Ethan and Craig's children Sophie and Ian; siblings Margo Rouse, Marcia (Toby) Swoboda, Lee (Linda) Dachelet,  Randy (Roxy) Dachelet, and Shireen Dachelet (Joe Schmidt).   Larry was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Ruthann Dachelet.

  There will be a private family service at the funeral home, Wednesday, January 6, 2021.  Burial to follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

  The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME was entrusted to assist the family with arrangements.

  Express our sympathy, memories and pictures on Larry's tribute page at www.schinderle.com.

Laverne M. Haegele

Laverne M. Haegele, 87, Algoma, passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at St. Vincent's Hospital.  She was born July 27, 1933 in the Township of Red River to Jule and Mary (Delarwelle) Ferron. 

 She married Francis (Fritz) Haegele at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma on October 17, 1953. 

 Laverne worked as a baker for many years at Wautlet's Bakery in Algoma and also was a cook for the Breakwater, Clint's, Penquin City and the Hotel for many years.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, knitting and crocheting.

Laverne is survived by her three children Jerry (Kathy) Haegele, Sandy Sheps and James (Jennifer) Haegele all of Algoma, daughter-in-law Susan Haegele, Algoma; 12 grandchildren, many great grandchildren,3 brothers Roger (Patty) Ferron, Darrell (Faye) Ferron and Kelton (Carol) Ferron; many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,  Francis, son Myron, sister and brother-in-law Mildred (Mose) Moreau, sister-in-law Evelyn Ferron and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard (Joyce) Haegele. 

 There will be a public viewing Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 from 5 PM until 7 PM at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma with a prayer service at 7 PM.  Visitation will continue, Tuesday, Jan. 5 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma from 9 AM until time of services at 11 AM with Rev. Joel McKenney and Rev. John Moll officiating.  Burial in St. Paul's Cemetery.

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Laverne's tribute page at www.schinderle.com.

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