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James A. Magle

James A. Magle, 86 years, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Wednesday evening, February 24, 2021, at Kewaunee Care Center.

     He was born August 3, 1934, one of eight children, on the family farm in the Town of Nasewaupee, the son of the late Reinhardt and Katherine E. (Gebauer) Magle.

     Jim graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1952 before serving his country with the United States Army at the earliest onset of the Vietnam War in 1956 to his honorable discharge in 1958.

     He married Dorothy Wolf and together they had two sons, David and Donald. Dorothy preceded Jim in death in 1993. On June 16, 1994 he married Merrilynn J. Thron at Sturgeon Bay Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on September 29, 2008.

     Jim worked for Door County Cooperative for many years at multiple locations but primarily managing the mill in Forestville until his retirement. Jim was known as a friendly, easy going man, always smiling, and engaging. He enjoyed watching TV game shows, especially, ‘The Price Is Right’.

     Surviving family members include his two sons, David (Margaret) Magle of Sturgeon Bay, Donald (Gail) Magle of Algoma; two grandsons, Nathan (and his girlfriend, Morgan Kroening) Magle of Algoma, Adam Magle of Algoma; one great-grandson, Lukas Magle; and special friend, Ruby Pichette.

     Preceding him in death were his parents; two wives, Dorothy Wolf Magle, Merrilynn Thron Magle; four brothers, LeRoy, Harry, Gerald, Marvin; three sisters, Katherine Magle, Evangeline Running, Carol Miller.

     A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home with Rev. David Leistra officiating. Military honors will be provided at Huehns Funeral Home following the memorial service. Burial will be at Schumacher Cemetery alongside his wife, Dorothy.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

     In consideration of local health and gathering guidelines, 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 face masks and maintain social distancing.

     The service will be livestreamed on the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page ( Those anticipating viewing the service on Facebook are welcome to “Like” the funeral home Facebook page any time prior to the service to receive notification of the live broadcast.

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


Cletus Fontaine

Cletus J. Fontaine, age 86, of Brussels, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021, surrounded by family.  He was born and raised on a farm in Namur, WI.  He continued in the agriculture industry as an educator and mentor.  He retired as a Dean at MATC.


He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking while living in Northern Wisconsin.  In retirement he was active in his church as a lay minister and served on the Door County Board of Supervisors.


He is survived by his wife Shirley (nee Kohlbeck).  He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle.  A private mass of Christian burial was held.  The mass may be viewed on St. Mary and St. Francis Catholic Church’s Facebook page.  The family is thankful for the exceptional care provided by Unity Hospice and requests any memorials to be directed to them.  Forbes Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay assisted the family with arrangements.


Thomas J. Rueckl

Thomas J. Rueckl, 80, Luxemburg, died Saturday morning, February 20, 2021 at a South Florida Hospital. Tom was born on January 31, 1941, in Luxemburg to the late George and Mildred (Novak) Rueckl. On November 24, 1960, he married his high school sweetheart, Linda (Van Drisse) Rueckl, at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg. Tom attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from the 8th grade in 1955. He was a 1959 graduate of Luxemburg High School, where he earned multiple letters in many sports. He was Homecoming King with his “forever” Queen, Linda (Van Drisse) Rueckl. After high school, Tom attended UWGB for 2 years, then finished his education at the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science (Milwaukee) and became a licensed Funeral Director in 1963.


From an early age, Tom found a love for Luxemburg and spent most of his life serving the community. In 1970, he was instrumental in the development of Northbrook Country Club. On June 22, 1972, he became an owner of McMahon’s of Luxemburg and served the community as a Funeral Director for 50 years. He was a member of the Fox River Valley Funeral Directors Association, the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association. He was a member and President of the Luxemburg Area Chamber of Commerce and he received the “Man of the Year” award in 1991. He was a member and President of the Luxemburg Jaycees and an officer and member of the Luxemburg Sportsman’s Club. He assisted local businesses and families in his role on the Bank of Luxemburg board for 27 years, where he served as Chairman from 2003 until his retirement in 2012. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary  Church, Luxemburg,  where he absolutely loved singing in the choir and was a member of the Holy Name Society. He served on the first school board and coached the boys’ basketball team for 8 years.


After Tom retired from the funeral business in 2005, he and Linda enjoyed their summers in Luxemburg and winters at their home away from home in St. Lucie West, FL. He also enjoyed golfing, hunting, feeding the birds, gardening, and most of all spending time with his family.


Tom’s family brought him such joy. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Linda, and their 4 children, Jeff (Lynn) Rueckl, Dave (Gail) Rueckl, Tim Rueckl, and Tom “Bomber” (Nikki) Rueckl. He will be missed by his 8 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren that he loved so dearly: Christopher (Allison) Rueckl, Emily (Travis) Nichols, Jackie (Bob) Romuald, Jon (fiancé’ Amanda) Rueckl, Dana (Sean) Glinski, Alex (fiancé’ Alexis) Rueckl, Noah (special friend Amanda), Logan (special friend Mackenna), Becky Gerczak and Jessica (special friend Matt) Gerczak. He was fortunate to have several Great Grandchildren, as well: Trenton, Audrey, Wilder, Myles, Ethan, Kayla, Trenton, Trevor, and 2 more on the way. His two sisters, Kathy (Joe) Koss, Mary (Lyle) Charles; one brother, Dick (Pam) Rueckl; two sisters-in-law, Mary (Jack Davies) Van Drisse, Jane Kahr; nieces, nephews, and many friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather, Anthony Dhuey, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Norman and Beverly Van Drisse, two brothers-in-law, James Van Drisse, Fran Kahr; one great-grandson, Caden Gerczak.


Friends may call 3:00 to 7:00 pm at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg, Friday, February 26, 2021. Closing parish prayer service at 7:00 pm on Friday with Deacon Bob Miller.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 11:10 am on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.   Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Luxemburg.


Covid-19 virus precautions will be practiced by, social distancing, sanitizing, and wearing a face covering, please.


The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed at 11:30 am on February 27, 2021, on the Facebook page of: St. Mary School of Luxemburg, WI.


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


In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, memorial funds will be established in his memory for:

 The Ribbon of Hope Foundation and St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.

Kendyl Alexandria Wyman

Kendyl Alexandria Wyman, age 35 of Brookfield, formerly of Elmhurst. Loving daughter of Wynn Wyman and the late Janice Reimann-Wyman, nee Buurma; dear sister of David (Cindy) Reimann; fond aunt of Nathan and Alexander Reimann, and “Auntie-K” of Gabriel, Adi, and Julian Santos; niece, cousin, and friend of many.


Kendyl will be remembered as a gifted artist, friend to animals, and nature enthusiast. As a personal trainer, she impacted the lives of many young gymnasts, figure skaters, and athletes.


Memorial Gathering Saturday, March 6, from 9 AM until time of service at 12 PM at Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Rd. (3 blks. S. of Roosevelt) Lombard. In lieu of flowers, memorials to NAMI Chicago, 1801 W Warner Ave Suite 202, Chicago, IL 60613, or The Anti-Cruelty Society, 157 West Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60654, are appreciated. Funeral info: or 630-932-1500.

Sue "Suzi" Ann Young

Sue “Suzi” Ann Young, daughter of Henry Ronsman and Bertha (Wiegand) Ronsman, passed February 18, 2021. 

     She leaves behind her loving husband, Philip; four awesome stepsons (and their wives), Fred (Shawna), Michael (Christine), Matthew (Kirsten), and Dan (Karen); five step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sandy Piotrowski and Sally Henry; sister-in-law, Margaret Ronsman; and nieces and nephews.

     Preceded in death by her brother, John; sister, Jane; brothers-in-law, Frank Piotrowski, Larry Bretall, and Dennis Henry.

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


John Thomas Ahern

John Thomas Ahern, 94, of Egg Harbor, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

     He was born May 29, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Bartholomew James and Pauline Cecilia (Franklowski) Ahern. John graduated from St. Ignatius High School before enlisting in the United States Navy. He proudly served his country for four years and went to battle during World War II. On June 11, 1949, John married Marilyn Colette Ahern in Chicago. The two were blessed with 69 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on March 9, 2019. The two were members of Stella Maris Parish – Egg Harbor site. John worked as a PBX installer for Illinois Bell Telephone Company. He was a Notre Dame Football fan and a golfer. John was a devout Catholic and a good father.

     John will be missed by his son, Bart Ahern; daughter, Sue Snyder; 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many friends and extended relatives.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Bart and Pauline Ahern; wife, Marilyn; daughter, Nancy Ahern Kovacs; and son, Jack Ahern.

     John’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Stella Maris Parish – Egg Harbor site (7710 State Hwy 42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209) at 11:00 a.m. with Father Thomas Farrell officiating. John will be laid to rest in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.

     In lieu of flowers, your prayers are appreciated.

     Huehns Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Ahern family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of John may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

Cyril "Cy" F. Le Captain

Cyril “Cy” F. Le Captain, 87, Forestville, died Friday morning, February 19, 2021. 


He was born in Rosiere on October 8, 1933 to the late William and Marion M. (LaLuzerne) Le Captain. 


On July 25, 1953 he married Celia S. Jonet at St. Martin Church, Tonet.  She preceded him in death on February 9, 2011. 


Cy was employed with Algoma Hardwoods for fifty years, retiring in 2003.  He was a member of St. Hubert Catholic Church in Rosiere, the Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Order of Foresters.  His enjoyments included hunting, fishing, dancing, going out to eat, family gatherings and frequent visits to the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion.


Survivors include eleven children, Christine Schultz, Susan (Galen) De Jardin, Debbie (Keith) Griese, Patricia Derenne, William Le Captain, Judy (Bernie) Groeschel, Ken Le Captain, Sharon (Timothy) Wessel, Daniel (Crystal) Le Captain, Vicki (Rob) Jeanquart, Shelly (Mike) Nelson, James Janquart; 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; two brothers, Julius (Pat) Le Captain, Cletus (Judy) Le Captain; one sister, Pat LeCloux; nieces and nephews.


Cy was preceded in death by one daughter, Marilyn Janquart; three grandchildren, Jerimiah, Jason and Laura; one son in law, Darrell Schultz; two brothers, Orville Le Captain and Andrew Le Captain; two sisters, infant sister Theresa Le Captain, Shirley (Norman) Paye; one brother in law, James LeCloux; sisters in law and brothers in law, Betty (Alois) Seidl, Clara (Elmer) Balza, Martha (Harry) Annoye, Lorraine (Lionel) Ruben, Barbara (Francis) Jandrin, Pete (Lucy) Jonet, Marie (Lee) Rollin.


Friends may call 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG.  Closing parish prayer service 7:00 pm on Tuesday with Deacon Ray Ambrosius.

  Visitation will continue between 9:00 am and 10:45 am on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at St. Hubert Church, Rosiere. 

Funeral 11:00 am Wednesday at the church with Rev. Edward Looney officiating.

Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.


Covid-19 virus precaution is requested by wearing a face covering, distancing and sanitizing, please.


A special thank you is extended to the Aurora Team, for care and compassion shown to us, Dr. Eric Quidzinski and staff at the Aurora Bay Settlement

Clinic; the Cardiologist team, Dr. Nedelcu, Kelli Frederickson and staff; Green Bay Eye Clinic, Dr. Brian Perkovich and staff; Dermatology, Dr. Daniel Hertel and staff; the entire fourth floor staff at Aurora Hospital, especially Dr. Moncilo Durdevic; case managers, Erica and Donna; nurse Dylan and Amanda.  A special thank you is given to Marie Pinchart of Oak Creek CBRF, for your loving support given to our family!



Martin "Gene" Schram

Martin “Gene” Schram, 95, of the Town of Sevastopol, was called home on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

     He was born April 17, 1925 at the family home in Baileys Harbor, son of the late Martin Leon and Esther Marie (Resler) Schram. After graduating from Gibraltar High School with the Class of 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army. Gene served in World War II before his honorable discharge in 1946. He remained active with the American Veterans Post 51, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3088, American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans throughout his life. In January of 1961, he marched with the AmVets Post 51 Drill Team at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. On September 13, 1947, Gene and Betty Mae Krueger were united in marriage at Atonement Lutheran Church in Racine. The two were wed for 69 years before Betty preceded him in death on October 8, 2016. They were members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where Gene served on the church council and was a member of the Men’s Club. Gene worked for the Door County Advocate for 37 years, starting as a linotype machinist and retiring as a salesman for the advertising department. While working for the newspaper, he started a part-time job working for a monument company and eventually opened Schram Monuments in 1957, which he owned and operated until 2003. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing cards. Gene was a kind, generous, and attentive gentleman who was the perfect example of a loyal husband and father.

     Gene will be missed by his daughters, Pam DeMelle and June Schram; daughter-in-law, Nancy Schram; son-in-law, Dean Gigot; grandchildren, Yvette (Mike) Tice, Kelly Gerl, Kyle DeMelle, and Brandon (Sara) Gigot; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Esther Schram; wife, Betty Mae; daughter, Mary Gigot; sons, Marty and Harold Schram; and brothers, Darrell, Earl, and Gordon Schram.

     Gene’s life will be honored with a memorial service at Huehns Funeral Home on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Joel Sauer of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church officiating. Military honors will be performed immediately following. He will be laid to rest in Schumacher Cemetery in the spring.

     Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Gene’s name to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

     For those in attendance for the visitation and/or memorial service, temperature checks will be taken upon entering and masks and social distancing are required. A 25% dual-chapel occupancy will be observed (25 people per chapel including the family).

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



Jack Dwain Bacon

Jack Dwain Bacon, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at his home.

     He was born April 15, 1936 in Three Lakes, WI, the son of William Hartley and Florice Agnes (Price) Bacon. Jack went to Sturgeon Bay High School before enlisting in the United States Navy where he served from 1954 to 1958 with time spent in Norfolk, VA, and the Mediterranean Sea at the end of the Korean War. On January 24, 1958, he married Patricia Ann Wilson at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay.

     Jack worked at American Motors Corporation before moving back to Door County with Pat and family in 1968 when they bought an apple and cherry orchard business. He worked for Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay prior to his employment with Northland Steel, retiring in 2000.

     Jack enjoyed collecting and working on his cars, fishing, and was a huge Packer Fan!

     Family includes his wife, Patricia; two daughters, Lisa Bacon and Carla (Patrick) De Bauche, both of Sturgeon Bay; three grandchildren, Samantha Irons, Nicolas Bochek, and Justin Schuyler; three brothers, Norman (Lila) Bacon of North Carolina, Doug Bacon of Racine, and Leland (Inge) Bacon of Sturgeon Bay; and two sisters, Janet Robinson and Elaine Johnson, both of Sturgeon Bay.

     Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Phyllis Moe; and brother, Richard.

     A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 20, 2021. Military honors will follow the service at Huehns Funeral Home.

     COVID-19 guidelines will be followed as defined by state and local health department officials.

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


Karsten Topelmann

 Karsten Topelmann passed away peacefully on February 13th at his home, surrounded by his daughter, son and daughter-in-law. A resident artist of Ephraim since 1971, he contributed to the Door County community and touched many through his artwork. 

     Karsten was born in Munich, Germany, and knew he wanted to be an artist from an early age. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Munich, and travelled and painted throughout Europe. After immigrating to the United States in 1955, Karsten worked as a designer and art director in Davenport, Iowa and later in Chicago. He married fellow German artist Ellen Sprogøe and together they had three children. After vacationing for many years in Door County, they bought property in Ephraim and opened the Hanseatic Art Gallery in 1972. Together with Ellen’s determination and optimism, they worked hard to make the dream of being independent artists and gallery owners come true.

     Karsten’s love for the beauty of Door County inspired most of his artwork and he painted prolific scenes capturing Door County wildflowers, lighthouses, pastures and barns. His most beloved motif was the village of Ephraim. All seasons and views of Ephraim were captured in his numerous portrayals of the “Pearl” of Door County.

     During the cold Door County winters, Karsten and Ellen travelled the world and for almost 20 years, they lived and painted in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany and on the Island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. They made many dear friends in these various destinations, but Ellen and Karsten always came back to Ephraim, where they enjoyed the close-knit community. In 2000, they returned year-round to their beautiful house with their favorite view overlooking Eagle Harbor and Horseshoe Island. A special honor in Karsten’s life was to be the Village Fyr Bal Chieftan in 2003.

     Karsten’s illustrious artwork and gentle spirit will live on in the hearts and homes of so many who have visited the gallery and who have acquired his works over the past 50 years. He was a wonderful husband and father and enjoyed sharing his artistic inspiration with many friends and young aspiring artists. Creating art was his life force, and he painted every day right up until his passing.

     Karsten was preceded in death and his daughter Tanja (1961-1983) and by his wife Ellen (1926-2016). He is survived by his daughter Lisa (husband Mark Weder, sons Elliott and Miles) and son Lars (wife Monique McClean and sons Karsten and Finn).

     A gathering is planned for a later date.

     In lieu of flowers, the family would like very much that you toast Karsten (or Prost as he would say) and share with each other your memories of him. Donations to the Ephraim Historical Foundation are also appreciated. 

     The family would like to thank Unity Hospice for their great care and compassion.

     Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sister Bay is assisting the Topelmann family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Karsten may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

Eunice Mae Londo

Eunice Mae Londo, 87 years, of the Town of Sevastopol, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at her home surrounded by family.

     She was born December 11, 1933 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Paul and Ann (McCarty) Carmody. She graduated from Sevastopol High School and continued her education with Door Kewaunee Normal School in Algoma. Eunice taught school in the one room May School near Sturgeon Bay for a few years and retired from teaching in 1968. On June 30, 1956 she married Melvin L. Londo at St. John the Baptist in Egg Harbor. He preceded her in death on July 28, 2002. Together they farmed the Londo farm on Highway. 42 in the Town of Sevastopol.

    Eunice’s family was the most important thing in her life along with her faith. She enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and playing cards. Eunice had enjoyed working at Gordon’s Lodge until she was 71 years old and wished she had kept on working there.

     Survivors include her two daughters, Diane (Mike) Tipler of Sturgeon Bay, Linda (Ken) Wautier of Brussels; three sons, Joe (Sheary) Londo of Sturgeon Bay, John Londo, Dave Londo; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one on the way; three siblings, Kathleen Kaye, Sr. Ann Margaret Carmody, Frank (Sue) Carmody; brother-in-laws, Bernie Simonar and Lawrence Simonar and their families; and many dear nieces and nephews.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; granddaughter, Angel; grandson, Daan; daughter-in-law, Dori Londo; infant sister, Barb; and three brothers, Bob, Bill, Mike; one sister, Joan Peterson; and in-laws.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 noon Thursday, February 18, 2021 at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with her nephew, Fr. Matt Simonar officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

     Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at noon.

     Covid-19 protocols will be followed, capacity limits, and masks to be required by the Green Bay Diocese.

     Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Sign online guestbook and offer condolences at

Suzanne Marie Ploor

Suzanne Marie Ploor, 50, Luxemburg, passed away after her long battle with brain cancer, peacefully at home, Sunday, February 7, 2021, with her husband at her side.


  She was born in Green Bay to Dolores (Hendricks) Vernosh and the late Darrel Vernosh on May 26, 1970. 


On October 21, 2017, Suzanne married Nicholas John Ploor in the Town of Sevastopol. 


She was employed with P A I in DePere as a Customer Care Specialist.  She loved being able to help customers with their questions regarding their retirement funds as well as being surrounded by great co-workers.


  Suzy also loved to crochet blankets, scarfs and other items for family and friends, small hats for her grandson, Kolton. 

Suzy enjoyed the band and singing performances by her daughters, Kassie, and Morgan, as well as the basketball, baseball, softball, and football games she attended for her stepchildren, Kyle, Cynde and Alex.  Her enjoyments also included playing volleyball or bean bags with friends or just a night out with friends for food, drinks, fun and laughs.


 Survivors include her husband, Nick; her children, Daniel Reesman, Kassie Corroy, Morgan Corroy; her stepchildren, Kyle (Ashley) Ploor, Cynde (friend, Andrew) Ploor, Alex Ploor; her grandson, Kolton; her mother, Dolores Vernosh; her father-in-law, Dan Ploor; five siblings, Thomas (Cindy) Vernosh, Gerald (Cynthia) Vernosh, Martin (Mary) Vernosh, Mary Beth Vernosh, Sara Vernosh; brothers in law and sisters in law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins further survive.


Suzy was preceded in death by her father, Darrel Vernosh; her mother-in-law, Helen Ploor; other aunts, uncles, and relatives.


Friends may call at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville on Saturday, February 20, 2021, between 9:00 am and 10:45 am.

  Funeral 11:00 am on Saturday at the church

. Burial in Allouez Cemetery.

Edward J. Price

Edward John Price, 75 of Brussels, passed away at his home on February 11, 2021 due to complications from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.  He was born April 5, 1945, in Red Springs Township to James and Ardis (Quinney) Price Jr.  He was a member of the first class to graduate from Southern Door High School in 1963. On August 21, 1965, he married Carol J. Balza at St. Francis Xavier Church in Brussels.


Eddie worked for Proctor and Gamble for many years. He also owned and operated Price Right Berries, a strawberry Farm in Namur and Price’s Country Inn, a bar in Brussels.


Eddie loved spending time with his family.  He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and a few beers with many friends.  Eddie was proud of the many tasty berries grown throughout the years.  He and Carol traveled after retirement, taking bus trips near and far.  Eddie was a member of the Stockbridge Munsee Indian Tribe and was very proud of his Indian heritage.


He is survived by his wife Carol; two children, Michael (Becky) Price, New Franken; Deb (Dennis Flavion) Price, New Franken; six grandchildren, Courtney (Jeff Lautenbach) Weidner, Austin (Kaelyn) Weidner, Brooke Price, Lindsey Price, Claire Price, Elizabeth Price; four great-grandchildren, Kairi Mazanet, Madelyn, Phoenix, and Selma Lautenbach; one sister Shirley Turpin, one brother Dan Price; in-laws, Sandra Price, Mary and Mark Tlachac, Nancy Hunsader, Cheryl and Stan Sanger; nieces, nephews and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Melissa Weidner; brother Bill Price; sister Alice Swanson; in-laws, Pam Price and Bob Hunsader; parents-in-law Clara and Elmer Balza.


Public visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 18, 2021, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m.  Face masks are required. Private family services will be held at St. Francis & St. Mary Parish in Brussels with Rev. Edward Looney officiating.  The service will be live streamed on Father Edward Looney’s Facebook Live Page at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021.  Burial will be at St. Mary of the Snow Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be offered at


The family would like to extend their gratitude to the BUG first responders, paramedics and Father Edward.

Peter Solway Schuster

April 26, 1956 – February 6, 2021


We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

- Albert Schweitzer


     As so many in Door County can tell you, it was never a question of if you knew Pete Schuster, rather it was how you knew him. His roots in this place he loved ran deep, and his genuine curiosity about people – all people -- cast a wide net. Add to that, his big smile, his infectious laugh, and an endless supply of stories, and well … it was magic.

     Pete was born on April 26, 1956 to Marion (Solway) and Roger Schuster. He had many fond memories of growing up in Sturgeon Bay, although his mom was fond of saying that many of his adventures turned her hair prematurely gray. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage and tirelessly researched the family history. One of his favorite places to go to just “be” was The Shore, the family homestead property on Sturgeon Bay’s west side. On October 3, 1980, Pete married Carol Wolfe, and they began building their life together “out by the lake in the woods.”

     After graduating from high school, Pete pursued a career in printing and graphic design, eventually founding his own business, LfpDesign! (And on the off chance you haven’t heard that story, “Lfp” stands for “Looking for Pete.”) He was a true Renaissance man, and his love of nature, history, and the arts led him to work with many Door County arts and humanities organizations … although with Pete, it was never just about work. He was so thoroughly committed to each group he worked with that he became adjunct staff, as well as an enthusiastic volunteer and, ultimately, trusted friend. The list is long and remarkable, as is the fact that each organization embraced him as their own: The Climate Change Coalition of Door County, Crossroads at Big Creek, the Door County Land Trust, the Door County Maritime Museum, Northern Sky Theater (formerly American Folklore Theatre), Peninsula Players Theater, The Ridges, and Third Avenue Playhouse.

     Pete deeply loved and is survived by his wife, Carol; son, Ian (Michelle Polich) of Sturgeon Bay; stepsons, Dennis (Ann Hogan) Ploor of Sturgeon Bay, Michael (Melissa Caves) Ploor of Green Bay, and Jeffrey (Penny Ploeckelman) Ploor of Kiel; brothers, William (Mary Kaye) of Sturgeon Bay, Paul (Lynn Stracka) of Sturgeon Bay, Mark (Stacia Dick) of Sturgeon Bay; sisters-in-law, Rita Schuster of Sturgeon Bay and Nancy Hammel of West Bend; grandchildren, Latham Schuster, Cody (Emma Lecheler) Ploor, Brendan Ploor (fiancé Rhiannon Cooper), Demitra Ploor, Mya Ploor, Sara Ploor, Emma Ploor, Justin (TaSheena King) Ploeckelman, and Shawn Ploeckelman; and great-grandsons, Jason and Carson Ploeckelman. He is further survived by aunts, Charlotte Schneider, Karen Solway, Suzanne Wessel; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jeannie and Steve Brummond, Teresa Graham, Mary Janchan, Pat and Rich Thorton, Connie Wolfe, Greg (Nancy Yuhas) Wolfe, Jimmy and Linda Wolfe, Johnny Wolfe, and Michael and Phyllis Wolfe; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Roger; brothers, David and Richard; sister-in-law, Sonja Schuster; parents-in-law, Robert and Agnes Wolfe; and brothers-in-law, Bobby Wolfe, Allan Wolfe and Al Janchan.

     The family would like to thank the Door County EMTs and first responders and the Emergency Room Staff at Door County Medical, with a special note of gratitude to ER nurse Nikki for the care and assistance she provided to the family throughout this difficult time.

     Pete has left a lasting legacy in Door County. He is loved, remembered, and grieved by more than can be listed here, all of whom will miss his kindness, his warmth, his generosity of spirit, his sly humor, his insatiable curiosity, his ability to rekindle our inner spirits.

     In times of uncertainty, Pete would often flash a big grin and say, “Yes, but it’ll be okay.” We’re sure that’s what he’d be telling us now. This time, we’re just going to have to trust him.

     A service of remembrance will be Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Phil Sweet officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be Friday evening from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at Huehns Funeral Home.

     Memorials may be made in his memory to Crossroads at Big Creek, Door County Maritime Museum, The Door Shakespeare Theatre, Peninsula Players and Northern Sky Theatre.

     In consideration of local health and gathering guidelines, 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 face masks and maintain social distancing.

     The service will be livestreamed at 11:00 a.m. on the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page ( Those anticipating viewing the service on Facebook are welcome to “Like” the funeral home Facebook page any time prior to the service to receive notification of the live broadcast.

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


Joyce Ann Karnitz

Joyce Ann Karnitz, 83, Algoma, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021 at Bellin hospital in Green Bay. Joyce was born on July 4, 1937 to the late Frank and Anna (Crabb) Tiedtke. She married Ken Karnitz on May 24, 1958 at St. Paul’s in Algoma.

She was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Church, where in her early years, played piano for many Christmas programs. She loved spending time with family and friends, going out to eat with her lifelong friends Bob and Dolly Hafeman. Her favorite getaway was to spend time at the cottage in Sand Bay, with her family. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who was an excellent homemaker and amazing cook. She loved cooking and entertaining, especially on Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Shanty Days, and her 4th of July birthday party. She had a heart of gold, was very giving and caring. She loved spending time with grandchildren and great grandchild. They will have these memories to forever hold dear to their hearts. She also had a love for animals, especially her cat Teko. She became known as “Grandma Teko” or “Grandma with the kitty” to her grandchildren and great-grandchild Ember.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 62+ years, Ken Karnitz; children, Kevin (Carla) Karnitz, Algoma, Kim (Todd) Jorgensen, Luxemburg, Toby (Dave) Benesh, Algoma; grandchildren, Karey Karnitz, Jordan & Lindsey Jorgensen, Brennen (fiancé Kirsten) Benesh, Brett Benesh; great-granddaughter Ember; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clifford (Carol) Karnitz; as well as by nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Kraig; her parents, Frank and Anna Tiedtke; sister, Delores (Norbert) Entringer; brother, John (Luella) Tiedtke; father- and mother-in-law, Fred and Anna Karnitz; as well as by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many other relatives.

Visitation will take place at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Algoma from 4-7 pm on Friday, February 12, 2021. Visitation will continue at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 9:30-10:45 am. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 am with Pastors Joel McKenney and John Moll officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be practiced, and facemasks are required to be worn. Online condolence messages may be shared at

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the entire staff at the Bellin Hospital ER and ICU, especially moms nurse Ashley and Dr. Richard Sue.

Joyce 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 heart.


Wayne J. Worachek

Wayne J. Worachek, 67 of Algoma, WI passed away February 6, 2021 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Mary, his wife of 25 years and his daughter Cassandra were at the bedside for his warm embrace at the heaven's gate.

Although Wayne's passion was motocycles, family and friends always came first.  Wayne married Lynn Hardee in his early years.  They divorced, but share two daughters,  Tina and Cassie.  Wayne married Mary Zastrow on Christmas Day, 1995.  He gained another two daughters, April and Cassandra. Blending the family was important to Mary and Wayne, and they are so proud the girls are truly sisters.

Wayne has been blessed with seven grandchildren.  He took great pride in watching the grandchildren grow up.  He was dedicated to attending as many extracurricular activities as he could to support them all. His grandchildren were truly his pride and joy!

Wayne had an array of interests within his life.  Wayne took pride in being the Crew Chief known as "Pops" to his flat track race team; Cole, Izzy and Grace. The whole team is active members of the AMA district 16. 

Throughout his life he had hobbies of stock car racing, shooting trap competition at local clubs, a music, history, and science buff, and a love of nature; of course via motorcycle the majority of the time.

Wayne has a love of animals. Starting with his dogs,  Freedom, Hank, Payne, Coco who he's joining in heaven, and leaving his current best friend and companion Buddy with grandma. He lost his beloved  momma cat of 25 years a week before his passing.

Wayne is survived by his wife,  Mary. Daughters:  Tina (Bjorn), Cassie (Eric), April (Tim), and Cassandra (Jason).  His grandchildren:  Carly, Cole, Tru Lynn, Isabell, Hailey, Gracelyn, and Kolt, his mother Florence; brothers, Dennis (Barb), Mark (Mary), and Michael (Marsha).   Mary's family:  Donna, Dr. Leona, Gene, Pat (Diane), Chuck, Nancy (Riley), Harry (Roxann), Tim (Cheryl), Mike (Sue), Luke (Natalie), and Mark (Pam). Wayne held a special place for extended children who called him grandpa:  Hans, Payton, Natalie and Hannah

Greeting Wayne in heaven is his father Donald, his in laws, Kathryn (Harry), Godmother Norma (Eddie).  Brother and sister in laws: Danny, Daniel, Jim (Edna), and Ellen.

A special thank you from Mary and sisters to Cassandra Andresen, for her personal dedication and keeping her promise to be with dad all the way.

 The Family would like to extend thanks to Leah and team from Aurora Hospice for their support. 

 A special thanks to the "race family" that stepped up during this difficult time.  A very special thanks and gratitude to Dan and Debbie Peterson for being welcoming mentors.

There will be a public visitation, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 from 3 PM until 7 PM at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma and   will continue Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM with Ken Kinstetter officiating.

  Due to the pandemic masks will be required.

  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wayne's honor to Children's Hospital at  or to UW Pancreatic cancer research at

Leonard G. Seidl

Leonard G. Seidl, 97, New Franken, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, February 5, 2021,

He was born in Luxemburg on May 13, 1923 to the late Henry F. and Frances (Oberhofer) Seidl. As a young child, Leonard’s love for farming began. Leonard not only helped on the family farm, but also
worked for other neighboring farmers, including Thrashing for area farmers, which is where he met Adeline during their teen years.

Leonard served his country in the United States Army from August of 1945 to September of 1946.

On March 17, 1945 he married Adeline M. Ledvina at St. Joseph Church, Pilsen.  After 72 years of marriage, and working side by side all those years, Adeline passed away, also peacefully on February 16, 2018.

Leonard was a gentle man of strong faith and values.  He treasured his family, the family farm and the many experiences he walked throughout his life’s journey.  Leonard and Adeline purchased the family farm in 1946, and together began the Seidl farm legacy. The small family of four worked hard together to manage the family farm, and with a wonderful neighborhood of farmers, Everard’s, Jauquet’s, Kollross’s, and Buresh’s, everyone helped one another and made sure that every family farm was content with all of their work being done by the end of the day. Leonard also farmed very closely and shared equipment with his brother Harold, they just like all of Leonard’s siblings looked
out for one another. 

Leonard began farming with a team of horses pulling a plow and ended riding along with his grandson in a chopper of 900 horsepower. Leonard is the last of his Seidl generation to witness the many changes over the decades of milking cows and working the farm land. 

In his earlier years Leonard, and his family also enjoyed fishing on Lake Michigan, with the 1988 mirro craft that he was so proud of, playing sheephead with his brothers, brother in-law and family, and up until the present, certainly enjoyed the Sunday morning Polka-Polka show. After selling the milking cows, Leonard and Adeline finally had the chance to travel, they enjoyed many trips to Vegas, many bus tours to gamble, and sometimes just got in the car and left the drive way, and did their own “mystery tours”.

Survivors include his two children, James “Jim” Seidl and Jean (Bob) Wanish, all of New Franken; two grandchildren, Casey Wanish and Travis Wanish; one great grandson, Leo (named after Leonard); one sister in law, Muriel Seidl; one brother in law, Gerald Tilot; lifelong friend, Joyce Liebeck; nieces and nephews. 

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; his one son, Dennis Seidl; his wife; three brothers, Mike (Lillian) Seidl, Hank (Agnes) Seidl, Harold Seidl; one sister, Marcella Tilot; brothers in law and
sisters in law, Edward and Emily Ledvina, Benard “Ben” and Mildred Ledvina; his father in law and mother in law, Wenzel and Catherine (Mleziva) Ledvina.

Friends may call between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Sugarbush. 

Funeral 11:00 am on Thursday at the church with Rev. Carlo Villaluz officiating.  Burial in St. Hubert Cemetery, Sugarbush. 

Covid-19 virus precaution requested by social distancing, hand sanitizing and wearing a face covering, please. 

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

In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established for Unity
Hospice in Leonard’s name.

A special thank you is extended to Betty Ravet, Michelene Farren, the
Unity Hospice Group, especially Dar, along with the staff of Autumns
Promise for the treats, sweets and care given to our Dad when needed.
You are amazing!

Clara Jenerjohn Peterson

Clara Jenerjohn Peterson, 94, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. She was born on April 16, 1926 to the late Jule & Rose (Ronsman) Soquet. In September of 1943 she married her first husband, Allen Jenerjohn. Together they owned Al & Clara’s Saloon in Forestville. He preceded her in death in June of 1979. In August of 1982 she married her second husband, Clarence Peterson who preceded her in death in May of 2000. Clara loved to talk, laugh, and have a good time.


Clara is survived by her children, Gregg (Jane) Jenerjohn, Jilaine (Ken) Tlachac, Gail Walter, and Kay (Ken) Virt; grandchildren, Dawn Iwen, Dan (Ann) Jenerjohn, David (Missy) Jenerjohn, Keri Tlachac, Kristin (Pat) Peterson, Troy (Bonnie) Walter, Tracie (Jeff Ladwig) Walter, Travis Walter, Trent Walter, and Tammy (Scott) Smetana; great-grandchildren, Nickolas Iwen, Jeremy Iwen, Sam Peterson, Jack Peterson, Ali Walter, Austin (Erica) Walter, Tristan Walter, Lexi Jenerjohn, Lindsey Jenerjohn, Shae Smetana, and Aliyah Smetana. sister-in-law, Della Everard and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Allen, and her second husband Clarence; sisters, Minerva (Lloyd) Hucek, Eunice (Gabe) LeMense; brothers, Barney (Carol) Soquet, Edwin (Norma) Soquet; sons-in-law, Jerry Walter, Glen LeCloux; in-laws, Myrtle (John) Swoboda, Viola (Harlan) Obry and Norma (Louie Schaefer & Norb VanderKinter).


Visitation will take place at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church – Rosiere, from 9:30 – 11:00 am on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am with Fr. Edward Looney officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be practiced, and facemasks are required to be worn. Online condolence messages may be shared at

Don Charles

Donald J. Charles, 75, walked through the pearly gates on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Unity Hospice with his family at his side, following a battle with dementia.  He was born June 21, 1945 in Kewaunee to the late Joseph J. and Gertrude M. (Monfils) Charles.  He served two years in the United States Army (1965-1967).  He was employed with Bay Ship, Fett Construction and Van's Lumber until his retirement.  On December 2, 1967, he married Jillaine M. Borley at Holy Trinity Church, Casco.  Together they ran a small farm with their three children, Kathleen, Kenneth and Karla.  He enjoyed creating wood working projects, hunting and ice fishing with family members and eating cookies! 


Donald will be missed by his wife, Jillaine and their three children, Kathleen Charles, Kenneth Charles, Karla (Jonathan) Braun; five grandchildren, James (Cassie) Enea, Amanda (Trenton) Phillips, Sara (John "Boomer") Ditewig, Autumn and Wyatt Braun; one great grandson, Axl; siblings, Marvin (Janice) Charles, Judy (Bob) Gallagher, Diane (Dennis) Opicka; two sisters in law and one brother in law, Elaine Charles, Fran Charles, Ervin Kazik; Borley brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews and many friends. 


Donald was preceded in death by his daughter in law, Jennifer Peer-Charles; siblings, Myron Charles, Lee Charles, Karen Kazik; his father in law and mother in law, Earl and Dorothy Borley; other members of the Borley family.


Friends may call at St. Hubert Church, Rosiere on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 between 9:30 and 10:45 am.  Funeral 11:00 am on Tuesday at the church with Rev. Edward Looney officiating.  Burial in St. Hubert Cemetery, Rosiere with full military rites at graveside provided by the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262 of Luxemburg.


Covid-19 virus protection recommended please, social distance, sanitizing and wearing a face covering.


McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the Charles Family.


A special note of thanks is extended to the Doctors and staff of St. Mary Hospital and Unity Hospice for care given to Donald.

Dorothy A. Peterson

Dorothy Alice Peterson, 91, of Algoma passed away at Algoma Long Term Care Unit on February 4, 2021.  She was born July 12, 1929 in Wayside, WI to Ehrfried and Olga (Mack) Schwahn.   

On October 31, 1949, she married Peter O. Peterson in Rankin.  She and her husband farmed in the Town of Ahnapee for many years.  Dorothy also worked as an Avon Lady.  She and Pete enjoyed many trips traveling around the country together.  He preceded her in death on July 18, 2002.  

Dorothy was a lifetime and very active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville.   She was a beloved mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with family and her special friend Ray.

Survivors include five children, Sandra Bell, Dolly (Dan) Fulton, Fritz (Janet) Peterson, Peter (Joyce) Peterson and Kelly (Dan) Sampson; twenty-two grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; three brothers,  Raymond Schwahn, Edward (Gail) Schwahn, Milton Schwahn;   two sisters, Linda (Harold) Schachel and Betty (Bob) Havolovitz; and special friend Ray Bender.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a grandson, Scott Peterson and a sister Caroline Lorrigan.

Private funeral services will be conducted at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville with the Rev. Christopher Jackson officiating.  Burial will be St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Forestville.  Memorials may be given to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in her name.  Forbes Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family with arrangements.


Marshall B. Hanks Jr

Marshall B. Hanks Jr, 77, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully in his home on February 4th, 2021. He was born in Fort Hood, Texas to Marshall Sr and Jane (Anderson) Hanks on June 6th, 1943. He married the love of his life, Marilyn, on April 11, 1964 in Geneva, IL and then moved to Door County in 1969.

He was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses for over 50 years. He owned his own businesses, including a partnership in Scuba-Do Dive Team as well as founder of Door County Pest Control. Many, both locally and throughout 33 states, referred to him as “Batman”. 

Marshall was an outstanding husband father who led by example. He was known by family and friends as a trusted, loyal, and generous man as well as a father figure to so many. He enjoyed sharing his hope from the Bible with others and looked forward to a better life as it was meant to be. His hobbies included, fishing, hunting, traveling, and spending time outside with his wife. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn (Wermich) and his brother Michael. Survivors include his son Scott (Tiffany) Hanks; son Tim (Tangela) Hanks; son Andy (Nora) Hanks; daughter Heidi (TJ) Lautenbach; siblings, Judy (Len) Graham; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 

The family would like to extend appreciation for all the loving care provided by the Unity Hospice staff. A special thanks to Angie, Jessica and all the nurses.

Services for Marshall will be conducted at a later date.  Forbes Funeral Home is in assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be offered at


MaryLee Annette Riddle

MaryLee Annette Riddle, 60, of Brussels, passed away at Aurora Baycare Medical Center on February 3, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born August 25, 1960, in Sidney, MT to Ernie and Shirley (Yadon) Valnes.  On November 28, 1980, she married Philip Riddle in Sidney, Montana.

MaryLee was a talented nurse and spent the majority of her career in the ICU at Aurora Baycare Medical Center in Green Bay. She also spent time as a hospice RN, in home health, and on the Med/Surg floor at St. Vincent’s in Green Bay.  She was the proud recipient of the Daisy Award for extraordinary nursing in 2018.

MaryLee loved spending time in her sewing room quilting, knitting, and crocheting up a storm. She also enjoyed spending time at her cabin in the Northwoods. MaryLee was a gardener extraordinaire and took great pride in her flower beds. MaryLee was very proud of being a member of the National Ski Patrol. Of late, she came to enjoy birdwatching.

She is survived by her husband, Phil (Brussels); two children, Cassidy (Nate) Crilly, Sturgeon Bay, and Weston (Shannon) Riddle, Mukwonago. Also surviving are her mother, Shirley Valnes; brother, Jim Valnes; brother, Mitch (Tina) Valnes; and sister, Sam (John) Sharp, all of Sidney, MT; sister-in-law, Gina (Craig) Andrews; brother-in-law, Alex (Lacy) Riddle; along with many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren: Ava Badovski, Imogen and Graeme Crilly. She was preceded in death by her father, brother, Mark; and in-laws, Della and Wyley Riddle.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date, with details to follow.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society, or DoorCANcer.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful care provided by Vince Lombardi Cancer Center.


Mary D. Peters

Mary D. Peters, 79, a longtime resident of Luxemburg, WI, went to her eternal home on February 2, 2021. 


She was born on May 30, 1941 in Kewaunee, WI to the late Louis and Lillian (Forst) Ledvina. 


On October 20, 1962 she married Lawrence Peters at St. Joseph Church in Pilsen.  He preceded her in death on April 3, 2004.


 Mary’s passion in life were her family and her Catholic faith.  She enjoyed cooking and baking, especially her rye bread. 

She appreciated catching up with others while playing cards.

  She was a devoted member of St. Joseph and St. Philip the Apostle Parish.  She worked and volunteered many years at St Joseph Church and St. Vincent Hospital.  She was always willing to go without in order to give to others.  We all know mom will be upset that we are giving attention to the love and the generosity she showed her family and to strangers. 


Survivors include her nine children, Angela Peters Green Bay; David (Ladd Smith) Peters, Spokane, WA; Amy (Andrew) Rockhill ,Waukesha; Daniel (Debra) Peters, Balsam Lake; Donald (Dawn) Peters, Waunakee; Dennis (Mindy) Peters Luxemburg; Annette (Don) Derenne, Luxemburg; Dale (Jaclyn Raisleger) Peters, Green Bay; Dominic (Bridget) Peters, Green Bay; 11 grandchildren Dakota, Brock, Katelyn, Ryan, Olivia, Evan, Paige, Hunter, Spencer, Avery and Dane; siblings: Nancy Lensmire, Gerald (Joan) Ledvina, Richard (Nancy) Ledvina, John (Linda) Ledvina, Louis (Donna) Ledvina, all of Luxemburg. 


Mary was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence; one brother in law, Gerald Lensmire.



 Friends may call at St. Therese Parish, St. Joseph-St. John Site, Pilsen between 9:30 and 10:45 am on Friday, February 5, 2021.  Funeral 11:00 am Friday at the church with Rev. Dennis Drury officiating and Christal Wavrunek assisting. 

Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pilsen.


Leta Joyce Guth

 Leta Joyce Guth, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord and was reunited with her husband, Robert, Friday night, January 29, 2021 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.


She was a lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, born April 28, 1934, the daughter of William Englebert Behringer and Lucille “Lucy” Agnes (Haen) Behringer. Leta grew up attending St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay where she received the initial sacraments of baptism, communion, and confirmation. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the class of 1953 and went on to study in Milwaukee for before returning home. Leta was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Robert William Guth, on October 22, 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. They were blessed with three children (Cynthia, Jeffrey, and Thomas) and over 43 years of marriage. Bob preceded Leta in death on November 21, 1998.


After her children were in school, Leta went to work for her good friends, Jim and Helen Jolin, at their (Jolin’s) Drug Store for several years. Her children have fond memories visiting Mom at the pharmacy and enjoying an ice cream treat. Leta went to Work for H. C. Prange Co. (in the mid-1960s) and worked in advertising, marketing, and buying. As a buyer there, she was constantly flying out east and enjoyed seeing numerous holiday events in the big cities over the years. In 1978, Leta went to work for Peterson Builders, Inc. (PBI) in their quality control department and remained there until its closing in 1995.


She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish and was a member of the Christian Mothers, helping serve many funeral lunches over the years. Leta had an appreciation for her flowers at home and enjoyed watching the birds eat from the feeders in her yard. She was an avid reader (romance and mystery novels were her favorite) and also liked completing her word search books. In addition to traveling for work, Leta also liked traveling throughout Wisconsin, Las Vegas, NV, Aruba, Kentucky, and also wintering in Florida in her retirement. Those who knew her, knew what a feisty spirit she was. Above all, Leta loved her family.


She will be missed by her children, Cynthia (Dan) Neuville of Sturgeon Bay, Jeffrey (Susan) Guth of Larsen, and Thomas (Carolyn Bauer) Guth of Sturgeon Bay; granddaughters, Jennifer (friend, Jim Gorring) Neuville and Kristin (Tony) Cipriani, and Sara (Chad) Sigl; great-grandchildren, Owen and Kya Sigl; Carolyn’s children, Anna (Jesse) Bourdeau, Brenda (Jeff) Romanelli, John (Anne) Bauer, and Mike Bauer; sister, Bea Delain of Keller, TX; sister-in-law, Joanne (Bill) O’Dell of Milwaukee; other relatives; and friends.


Leta was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Jessica Guth; siblings, William (June) Behringer, Helen (Gentry) Burress, Bertha (Clifford) Cardy, and Patricia (Al) Christoferson; siblings-in-law, Robert Delain and Rheta (Jerome) Ewaskowitz; and other relatives.


Her life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Leta will be laid to rest beside her husband, Bob, in St. Joseph Cemetery.


Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until 11:20 a.m.


Those attending the visitation and/or Mass are to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.


The Mass will be livestreamed at 11:30 a.m. on the “Huehns Funeral Home & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page ( Those anticipating viewing the Mass on Facebook are welcome to “Like” the funeral home Facebook page any time prior to the Mass to receive notification of the live broadcast.


Memorials may be given in Leta’s name for the Wisconsin Humane Society-Door County Campus or the Alzheimer’s Association.


“Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Anna’s Healthcare for the wonderful, compassionate care given to our mother during her stay.”


Arrangements have been entrusted with Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Leta may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Suzanne "Sue" M. Jonet

Suzanne “Sue” M. Jonet, 71, Luxemburg, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at a local hospital.


She was born in Algoma on April 22, 1949 to the late James J. and Margaret M. (La Crosse) Tombal. 


Following graduation from Algoma High School in Spring of 1967, she married her soulmate and love of her life, Thomas “Tom” L. Jonet on November 11, 1967, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Algoma.


  After working as a part time CNA and mother, she was hired and employed with the A. C. Nielsen Company for 30 plus years until the company downsized in August of 2012.

Retiring in 2013, she enjoyed many breakfasts, dinners and get together events with her best friends, Barb, Brenda and Deb.  She also enjoyed the monthly Nielsen Retiree breakfast or margarita times with them.  She joined LLI at UWGB, registering for many courses offered through LLI or participated in volunteer duties offed via the LLI curriculum.  Sue enjoyed the many people she met during this journey.


Sue enjoyed spending time with her daughter, granddaughters and family which included many trips. She loved traveling with her husband, brother in law and sister in law (Jim and Gail), over the years. Favorites were trips to the Southwest Parks Tour and their 45th Anniversary Alaskan Tour.


Her hands never idle, Sue loved to crochet, create ceramics, solve crossword and word search puzzles and the daily news jumble.  Her favorite pastime was curling up to read a good book, one never far from her side.  She enjoyed cheering on the Green Bay Packers to victory and was a proud Packer shareholder.  Go Pack Go!


Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Tom; their daughter, Connie (Terry) A. Hearly; two granddaughters, Catarina (Philip) Zellner; Jayde (Bradley) Southard; three great grandchildren, Aubrey, Bryson and Kendall; two brothers in law, Andy Doering, James J. (Gail) Jonet Sr.; three sisters in law, Terrie Flessert, Jean (Brent) Alberts, Joan (Jerry) Diederich; special nephew, Noel S. Daring; nieces and nephews and cousins further survive.


Sue was preceded in death by one son, Jayme Jonet; one granddaughter, Samantha K. Heraly; her parents, James and Margaret Tombal; one sister, Diane (Tombal) Doering; her father in law and mother in law, Pete and Lucy Jonet.

Friends may call at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, 9:00 to 10:45 am on Saturday, February 13, 2021.  Private family rosary service at 11:00 am on Saturday with Marty Berceau.  Burial will be in St. Martin Cemetery, Tonet.

Sue will be missed by many and will always be remembered for her amazing hugs!

Thank you to the Luxemburg Fire and Rescue Squad.  Thank you to my special friend Barb, for your daily texts, prayers and lunches and special friend Brenda for your cards, prayers and support and dear friend Deb for your support.  Thank you to my hairdresser and friend, Anne. To Angela LaMack at the Luxemburg Clinic (your support meant a lot to me) and to all the wonderful staff of HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Oncology. As well as everyone who provided your love and support during this time.  TTFN- Sue!

Suzanne M. Delwiche

Suzanne Marie Delwiche, 80, of Brussels, passed away at her home on January 31, 2021.  She was born June 9, 1940, in Sturgeon Bay to Melvin and Clara (Kerscher) Buehler.  On October 3, 1959, she married Ronald R. Delwiche in Maplewood.

Suzanne worked part-time at Marchant’s Foods and as a teacher’s aide for Southern Door Schools.  Just recently, she became a member of the Brussels Lions Club after having volunteered with organization for many years.  Suzanne also did volunteer work for the Belgian Heritage Center in Namur.

She enjoyed going to the YMCA for swim class, playing cards, traveling, and cooking.  For many years, Suzanne enjoyed socializing with her “lady friends” group from Southern Door. She especially loved time spent with her family, particularly her grandchildren.  

Survivors include her husband; three children, Brian Delwiche, Maplewood; Brad (Sandy) Delwiche, Mt. Horeb; Crystal Delwiche, Oshkosh; five grandchildren, Molly, Meredith (Cody), Maia, Malachi, and Martand.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

A public visitation will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a prayer service to be conducted at 6:00 p.m.  Face masks are required, and social distancing measures will be implemented.  Private family services will be held at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels with Rev. Edward Looney officiating.  The funeral service will be lived streamed on Father Looney’s Facebook page at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.  Burial will be at St. Mary of the Snow Cemetery. On-line condolences may be offered at 


Carol M. Schwoerer

Carol M. Schwoerer, age 83, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on Friday Jan. 29th at Door County Medical Center.

Carol was born Dec. 4, 1937 in Sturgeon Bay, WI to the late William and Clara Buschmann.  On Sept. 16, 1955, she married Alfred “Al” Schwoerer at Corpus Christi Catholic Church; he preceded her in death on Nov. 29th, 2010.  Together, they raised two sons, Mark and Bill Schwoerer.

Carol was a cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the cottage in Sawyer Harbor, taking walks, reading, fishing, and playing cards and dominos.  Al and Carol also enjoyed camping and spending winter months in Golf Shores, Alabama for over twenty years.  The last two years Carol lived at Pine Crest Village, an assisted living community in Sturgeon Bay where she was reunited with old acquaintances and made new cherished friendships.

Carol is survived by one son, Mark (Betty) Schwoerer, New Franken; daughter-in-law Pam Schwoerer, Pulaski; three grandchildren, Alexandria (Kevin) Marsh, Lindsey (Tyler) Percy, and Megan Schwoerer; Carol also had three great-grandchildren who gave her great joy: Madelyn, Raelyn and Josselin Marsh

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son Bill (2010).

Private family services will be conducted at Corpus Christi Church with entombment at St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Pine Crest and Door County Medical Center for the care and compassion shown toward Carol and her family.

Marie E. Gruendemann

Marie E. Gruendemann, 85, Algoma, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center after a lengthy illness.  She was born April 23, 1935 in Kewaunee County to Jakub and Ruth (Iwen) Blazkovec.

Marie graduated from the Algoma High School and worked at the Algoma Hospital which she loved for many years.

She married Marcus Gruendemann June 25, 1955. 

 Marie enjoyed the time she spent with her family, friends and her kitties.  She also enjoyed going to the casino and socializing with people. 

 She is survived by her four daughters Sarah (Ken) Ridderikhoff, Martha Soukup, Hannah and Leah Gruendemann; granddaughter Bethany (Chris) Werkheiser; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Marcus, in-laws, son-in-law Randy Soukup, two brothers Jacob Blazkovec and Andy Blazkovec and one sister Emmy Detjen. 

 A private family service will be held at a later date.

The family wants to give a special thank you to Aurora Hospital for all the care and kindness given to Marie and her family.  A speical thank you to Dr. Matthew Hobbins.

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

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