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Obituaries Archives for 2021-05

Dennis D. Fales

Fales, Dennis D. of Venice, FL and Ellison Bay, WI, formerly of Kirkwood, MO, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2021.    He was born on February 22, 1943, in St. Louis, MO to Dean and Mary (Hornbeak) Fales.  On August 17, 1968, he married Mary M. Chapman in Springfield, IL.


Dennis graduated from Stanford University (BA) in 1964 and Washington University (JD) in 1969. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.

Dennis retired as Vice President and Senior Counsel of Ralston Purina Company in 2002 after 34 years.


Dennis preformed in many plays and was known for his tenor voice in school and church choirs, most notably being a founding member of the Mendicants of Stanford University.  Upon retirement, Dennis sang with The Doormen, The Peninsula Chamber Singers, and the choir at The Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church of Ellison Bay, WI. Dennis will be missed for his brilliant mind, love of literature, quick-witted humor, boundless generosity and unfailing commitment to family, friends, and career. 


Survivors include his wife, Mary, Ellison Bay, WI; three children, Andrew D. (Kahala) Fales, Des Moines, IA; Margaret A. (Martin Coren) Fales, Brooklyn, NY; Tobin R. (Rebecca) Fales, St. Louis, MO; six grandchildren, Aiden, Hanna, and Mitchell Fales, Genevieve Fales Coren, Elin and Edwin Fales; one sister, Lesley (Sam) McCorkle, St. Louis, MO; brother-in-law, Bud (Marty) Chapman, Chatham, IL; two sisters-in-law, Ann (Cullen) Davis, Springfield, IL; Jane (Vince) Siemer, New Zealand; Janet Fales, Ladue, MO; and twelve nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a baby brother, Kermit Douglas Fales; and a sister-in-law and her husband, Carolyn and Ed Lee.


A music and prayer service in Dennis’ honor to be held at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church of Ellison Bay, WI, Monday, July 26th, 2021 at 11:00am.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Peninsula Players in Fish Creek, WI, or Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, WI.  Burial will be in Hainesville Cemetery, Sturgeon Bay, WI.  Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Chuck Wagner

Charles C. Wagner, 80, Algoma, passed away Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.


Chuck was born September 21, 1940 in Marshfield to Ivo and Rosaline (Pearl) Wagner. He was the oldest of 10 siblings and was an admired big brother.


Chuck married Ruth Greenwood on November 27, 1965, and they were married more than 55 years. He was a proud Union man, who worked over 40 years as a pipefitter for Boilermakers Local 107.


Chuck was known for his joking personality and enjoyed razzing his neighbors, friends, and even the nurses who cared for him at the end. He will be sadly missed by the overweight neighborhood squirrels, bunnies, and birds who looked forward to their daily feasts of corn and peanuts.


Chuck is survived by his wife, Ruth; his three children, Darin Wagner, Leigh Ann Wagner (Kyle) Kroening, and Jason (Elizabeth) Wagner; nine grandchildren, Charles Drown, Derik Drown (Michelle Morris), Karisa (Paul) Stuth, Peyton Kroening, Braden Kroening, Andrew Wagner, Adelyn Kroening, Thomas Wagner, and Nina Wagner; one great grandchild, Ophelia Drown, and another one on the way; many siblings, nephews, nieces, and friends.


According to Chuck’s wishes, there will be no funeral services, and his family will spread his ashes on his land in Door County when the wind is blowing just the right way.


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

Marie T. Miller

Marie T. Miller, 97, Luxemburg, peacefully ended her earthly existence on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 and was called into the presence of her Creator at helping Hearts Assisted Living in Luxemburg. 

She was born on February 14, 1924 to the late Clem and Louise (Jeanquart) Rass.  After her 1941 graduation from Luxemburg High School, she worked commercially in Milwaukee before returning to Luxemburg and marrying her friend and neighbor James Miller on August 26, 1944 at St. Mary Church.  She then became a full time mom to her four children and an occasional assistant to Dr. Emmet Dewane. As a person of faith, she served St. Mary Parish as a member of the Christian Mother Society, lector, and religious education teacher for many years.


In the early 1970’s she and Jim were touched by the Spirit as they participated in the Charismatic Renewal Movement taking place in our diocese at the time; this experience taking them in a new direction on their journey of faith.  Upon the death of her husband on December 9, 1999, after 55 years of marriage, she continued her participation in Daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration and became a friend and mentor to those whom she encountered, and as a result of the dedication she earned the affectionate title, “card lady” given to her by her children.


Survivors include her children, Dcn Bob (Linda) Miller, New Franken; Wendy (Dale) Lais, MN; Julie (Dave) Dalebroux, Luxemburg; Sue (Paul) Barrett, IL; grandchildren, Steve (Jessica) Miller, Jeffrey (Kimberlee) Miller, Jennifer Lais, Vincent (Brenna Carlson) Lais, Chad (Michelle Fields) Eslinger, Anne (Bill) Hopkins, Michael (Alex) Baierl, Paul (Aftin) Baierl, Drew Barrett, Matthew Barrett; step grandchildren, Jason (Deb) Dalebroux, Jenny (friend, Scott Campbell) Kramer, Jolene (Luke) Chevalier; 17 great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren; brothers, Clem Rass, Menasha; Jim (Alice) Rass, Mosinee; one sister, Laverne Happel, Brookfield; nieces and nephews.


Marie was preceded in death by her husband, James; one infant son, Joseph; one son in law, Tom Baierl; two brothers, Herbert (Lilian) Rass; Robert (Evelyn) Rass; two sisters, Betty (Don) Weier  and Lois (Anthony) Dorner; one brother in law, Dr. Emery Happel; one sister in law, Madge Rass; her father in law and mother in law, Nick and Lena Miller.


Friends may call at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg, between 8:45 and 10:45 am on Saturday, May 29, 2021.

  Funeral 11:00 am on Saturday with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating and Deacon Bob Miller assisting. 

Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.


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


The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Father Daniel Schuster for his sacramental presence and to Pam and the staff of Helping Hearts Assisted Living and Unity Hospice for their compassion and dedication in caring for Mom.

Patricia Jane (Schmelzer) LeBotte

Patricia Jane (Schmelzer) LeBotte, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Bellin Hospital.

Patti was born on February 2, 1936 in Forestville to Delbert and Thelma (Hunt) Schmelzer.  She graduated from Algoma High School.

Patti married Eugene (Gene) LeBotte in Maplewood on January 3, 1957.  She enjoyed playing her French horn in the Algoma Community Band, was a member of St. Mary Rosary Society, donated her time and talent to St. Mary Parish and School for many years, and enjoyed spending winters in Florida where she and Gene made some very dear friends.  They graciously opened their home for many years to foster children. She was involved in 4-H and Girl Scouts.  She loved attending all her children and grandchildren’s school and sporting events.

Patti is survived by their seven children, Mark (Tammy) LeBotte, Sara (Marty) Olejniczak, Ann LeBotte, Paul LeBotte (friend Terri MacGregor), John (Karrie) LeBotte, all of Algoma; Teresa LeBotte Hannily of Green Bay and Missy LeBotte of Algoma; 13 grandchildren, Robert (Linda) LeBotte, JoAnna Severinsen, Jacob LeBotte, Brandon (Carrie) Spude, Nicholas (Jessie) Spude, Lydia Olejniczak, Sadie Olejniczak, Shana (Corie) Kinjerski, Renee LeBotte, Jason (Selina) LeBotte, Matthew LeBotte, Emily Williams, Hannah Williams; 18 great grandchildren; five brothers, George Schmelzer, Sturgeon Bay; Paul Schmelzer, Boise, Idaho; Richard Schmelzer, Green Bay; Robert Schmelzer, Forestville; and Michael (Bonnie) Schmelzer, DePere; one sister, Mary (Frank) Roznik, Denmark.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother Donlan, father-in-law Elmer LeBotte, mother-in-law Frances LeBotte, two sisters-in-law Barbara and Gloria Schmelzer, and one great grandson Levi Spude.

Friends may call at St. Mary Catholic Church, Algoma, Tuesday. June 1. 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. With Father Alvan Amadi officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials to be made to either St. Mary Parish or St. Mary School.

The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, was entrusted to handle the arrangements.

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

Lorraine E. Bremer

Lorraine E. Bremer, 94, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully on May 19, 2021.  She was born in Chicago on Dec. 13, 1926 and grew up in Oak Park, IL.  After her marriage to C.A. “Al” Bremer, Lorraine lived in Glenview, IL, Stevens Point, WI, and Sturgeon Bay, WI (most recently at Pine Crest Village).  She and Al were married for 62 years.


She is survived by 3 children, Linda (Mike) Zolnosky, Sturgeon Bay; Diane (Paul) Bauman, Volo, IL; and Scott (JoAnn) Bremer, Wonder Lake, IL; Lorraine enjoyed her growing family of 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; also surviving is a sister-in-law Sandy Hansen. She was preceded in death by her husband Al, brothers Robert and Jack Hansen, and sister-in-law Carol Hansen.


Lorraine was always ready for a party and enjoyed entertaining, baking, knitting, sewing and rosemaling, especially being able to share her projects with family and friends.

She was a member of Hainesville Lutheran Church, a former member of the Door County Model A Club, various bridge clubs and the Door County Yacht Club.


Thanks to Pine Crest Village for their exceptional care and accommodation of Lorraine’s special needs.  Also, a huge thank you to Unity Hospice whose caring staff made her last days comfortable.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Unity Hospice of DePere (2366 Oak Ridge Circle, DePere, WI 54115).  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements, on-line condolences may be offered at

Meredy "Kelly" Kusch

Meredy “Kelly” Kusch, 71, of Sturgeon Bay and formerly of Delavan, WI, passed away at her home May 16, 2021.  She was born July 5, 1949 in Tacoma, WA to Carmon and Elaine (Speigel) Kelley.

Kelly grew up in the Chicago area where she met and married James Kusch Sr. in 1980.  They enjoyed a wonderful marriage and were inseparable until he passed away on March 19, 2020.  She recently moved to Sturgeon Bay to be near her son because of her failing health.

For most of her life, Kelly worked in quality control in the plastic manufacturing industry.  After retiring, she took on a variety of side jobs, including babysitting, which she loved the most. 

When not working, Kelly enjoyed time spent in her flower gardens and doing outdoor decorating.  She loved collecting cookie jars and receiving them as gifts. She also loved making big dinners for family and friends, especially during the holidays.  Kelly was a very caring and giving person and was always there for anyone who needed anything.  

She is survived by 4 children:  James (Ashley) Kusch Jr. of Sturgeon Bay, Mark Johnston (girl friend Jennifer Donelson of Twin Lakes, WI, Tom (Laura) Gilbert of Deerfield, IL, and Laurie Colins (boy friend Tom Harter) of Adams Friendship, WI; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her granddog Maggie whom she cherished and loved to spoil.  

She was preceded in death by her husband and daughter Leslie Gilbert.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday May 29, 2021 at the home of her son James Kusch Jr. (307 W. Pine St. Sturgeon Bay). Friends may call at James’ house from 11:00 am until the time of service. Instead of memorials, the family kindly requests outdoor flowers or plants sent or brought to the service in her memory.  Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations is assisting the family with arrangements.

Barbara Ettien

Barbara Ettien, 82, Luxemburg, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital surrounded by her family. Born on July 28, 1938.  She was the daughter of Carl and Frances (Peer) Kurowski, Sr. She married Laurel Ettien, Sr. on August 20, 1960 at St. Willebrord Catholic Church, Green Bay, WI, he preceded her in death on February 5, 2019.

Barb worked side by side as a cheesemaker with her husband Laurel for over 37 years.  On May 2, 1997, she retired from cheesemaking.  In 1998, she and began a new career working at McDonalds in Luxemburg for over 15 years where she truly enjoyed working and made several wonder friends.

Throughout her life, Barb enjoyed spending time with her grandson, eating breakfast with Kevin every morning, watching her sons build and race stockcar, getting teased by dad, planting flower gardens, sewing and decorating her home for all the holidays.  Mom loved to cook and collect recipes (over 1000 cookbooks) no one ever went away from her house hungry. Her favorite shows were Molly B Polka, Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless and of course the Hallmark Channel.  Most of all she loved family, she would always give you “the wave” from the kitchen window when you were leaving her yard (which will be missed the most).

She is survived by her three children, Julie (Randy) Hallet, Casco, Laurel Jr. (Jennie) Ettien, Luxemburg, Kevin (Kim Jonet) Ettien, Brussels; one grandson Joshua Hallet; three brothers; James (Sandy) Kurowski, Wally (Jolene) Kurowski and Richard (Verna) Kurowski; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Barb was preceded in death by her husband, Laurel Ettien Sr.; parents, Carl and Frances Kurowski, Sr; several siblings, brother and sister in-laws.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Holy Trinity Church in Casco from 9-11 am; Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 am with Fr. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Odile Cemetery, Thiry Dames.  Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Casco assisted the family.  Online condolence message may be shared at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Luxemburg Rescue squad, staff at St. Vincent Hospital and Unity Hospice.

Dale E. Raether

Dale E. Raether, 77, of Algoma passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at Door County Medical Center. He was born January 27, 1944 in Algoma to the late Myron and Violet (Schmidt) Raether. After graduation from high school in 1962, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight mechanic. From there he went on to work as a flight mechanic for Delta Airlines at Houston International Airport, Houston, Texas, and Tampa International Airport, Tampa, Florida until his retirement in 2000. Dale had a lifelong interest in flight, and built and flew many radio controlled airplanes.

He is survived by a daughter Jenifer, Texas;  and two brothers, Wayne and Leon, Algoma.

Dale's wishes were to have no public service.

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

Schinderle Funeral Home of Algoma handled the arrangements.

Kaye M. (Kronenberg) Wagner


Kaye M. (Kronenberg) Wagner died unexpectedly April 30, 2021 at the Medical Center in Raton, New Mexico.  She was en route from her winter residence in Tucson, Arizona to her beloved Door County, Wisconsin home.


She was born October 10, 1951, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, the only child of Ardella (Sawyer) and Fred Kronenberg.  After graduating from Beaver Dam High School in 1970, she earned her BA in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and her MS in Continuing and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Kaye had a successful career as a musician, educator and arts administrator.  Among her performance credentials were positions as principal flutist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs in Colorado Springs and assistant principal flute and piccolo with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.  


As an educator, Kaye taught music and band at UW-Marathon Center, established a Suzuki Music program through the University of Louisville School of Music and was the director of the Pikes Peak Suzuki Association.  At the Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School in New York City, she served as Coordinator for Adult Education Programs.  She was also a founding board and faculty member of the Wausau Conservatory of Music.  Countless students, in both private lessons and group classes, benefitted from her talents as a teacher. 


In addition to her music, Kaye also worked in the visual arts.  She managed art exhibitions for the Society of Animal Artists, New York City and the American Academy of Equine Art, Lexington, Kentucky.


In 1998, Kaye was named the first Executive Director of Birch Creek Music Performance Center, an elite summer music academy in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin that pairs promising young musicians with world-class instructors.  Under Kaye's leadership, Birch Creek established an Artists in the Schools outreach program and the Birch Creek Endowment.  Kaye guided the Perfect Pitch capital campaign and construction of three new campus buildings that added faculty housing, a second concert hall, a new student dorm, a maintenance facility, plus increased rehearsal, practice, and meeting spaces.  Her 14 years at Birch Creek were marked by many accomplishments which continue to benefit today's students, faculty, concertgoers and staff.  


Kaye was a true Renaissance woman with a wide variety of talents and interests – always enthusiastic about learning new things.  She loved kayaking, swimming, knitting, gardening, reading and sharing cartoons – especially from THE NEW YORKER.  Two of her greatest passions were genealogy and quilting.  Kaye approached everything she did with high standards, quiet determination, and unfailing integrity.  She could always be counted on for her thoughtfulness, loyalty and generous spirit.  Her subtle sense of humor and infectious laugh will always be remembered.        


Kaye will live in the hearts of her aunt Natalie Sawyer; her Sawyer cousins and their families:  Donna Hein, Thomas Bishanell, Bonnie Nugent, Jon Menick, Steve Sawyer, Scott Sawyer, Tracy Nagel, Mark Sawyer; her Kronenberg cousins and their families; her in-laws, Elsie Wagner and Lynn Wagner Mehring; as well as many dear friends, fellow quilters, musician buddies and former students. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. June 25, 2021, Friday at Stella Maris Catholic Church Sister Bay site with Fr. Tom Farrell officiating.  Face masks are required.   The service will be broadcast on Huehns Funeral Home Facebook page. 

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. June 25 at the church. 


Further celebration of her life will be held at Birch Creek Performance Center on Sunday, August 8, 2021 (time to be announced). 


If you wish, memorials may be made in Kaye's name to Birch Creek Performance Center or the performing arts/music education program of your choice.


Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family with service arrangements. 


Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Kaye may be shared through her tribute page at


Frederick W. Burner

Frederick William Burner, 23, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on May 9, 2021 at his home.  He was born June 7, 1997 in Germany to David and Christine (Leis) Burner.

Frederick was a graduate of Southern Door High School where he enjoyed playing in the band.  After high school, he went to work for Econo-Foods and later for Target.  Recently, he was concentrating on work as an author because of his passion and talent for writing.

Frederick loved campfires with family and friends during the summertime.  He also loved his cat “Frost” who was his constant companion.  Frederick had an interest in wolves and was known as Dire Wolf in the gaming world.  He will always be remembered as a sensitive and “good hearted soul” who consistently put other people’s needs before his own.  

Survivors include his mother Christine Burner, Sturgeon Bay; father David Burner, Fond du Lac; brother Erick Burner, Fond du Lac; maternal grandmother Waltraud Leis, Germany; aunts, uncles, cousins, and good friend Kevin Lee.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Barbara and Charlie Bianco and his maternal grandfather Dieter Leis.

A public memorial service will be conducted at Forbes Funeral Home at 11:00 am on Friday May 21, 2021.  A time of visitation will precede the service from 10:00 am until 11:00 am.  Online condolences may be offered at


Michelle Ryan

Michelle A. Ryan (nee: Schilz) 62, passed away surrounded by the love of her life on May 9, 2021, in Green Bay after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.


"Shellie" is survived by her parents Dallas (Marilyn) Schilz, Cecil, WI; her loving husband of 27 years, Scott Ryan, Green Bay; son Daniel (Nicole) Janke, Union Grove, WI; daughter Megan (Ryan) Heiges, New Franken; stepsons Michael Ryan, South Milwaukee, Christopher (Brandi) Ryan, Menomonee Falls and Scott Ryan (Amanda Tomsovic), Franklin; sister Dawn Jensrud (Duffy), Cecil; brother Dan (Laura) Schilz, Oak Creek; step-sister Kelly (Glen) Smith, Oak Creek; grandchildren Ethan and Emmie Janke, Adalynn Heiges, nieces and nephews Amy, Hannah and Jacob Jensrud; Indy and Mckenzie Schilz and Taylor and Jamie Smith.   She is further survived by special mother-in-law Char Ryan, Franklin; other aunts, uncles, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many dear friends.


"Shellie" was born February 5, 1959 in Milwaukee.  She graduated from Cudahy H.S. in 1977.  In 1987 she began working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Milwaukee.  Then in 1999 she transferred to the Green Bay office of the FBI, where she worked until her retirement in 2017.

After high school she married Ken Janke of Cudahy and in 1981 gave birth to a son, Daniel Janke.  Daniel became the center of her world.


It was then while working at the FBI in 1993 that she met the love of her life, Scott Ryan and his sons Michael, Christopher and Scott.  On August 12, 1994 they were married in Milwaukee and in 1995 had a daughter Megan together.  Together they worked to blend a wonderful and loving family.

After moving to Algoma, in 1999, Shellie was deeply involved in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and school in Algoma, where she was a member of the Women of St. Paul's, Altar Society, Ladies Quilting Group, volunteered in the school lunch program, and was an avid participant in St. Paul's Bible Study.  She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family and and friends, baking, quilting, knitting, gardening, and quiet walks with Scott and her dogs Chloe, Gracie and Sadie.

Shellie especially looked forward to spending time with her family and friends.  One of her favorites was their annual "Weekend with the girls" in Door County with former co-workers and friends Maureen, Kelly, Kerry and Cindy.


Shellie was very strong in her faith.  She was a role model to her family.  She courageously battled cancer since being diagnosed in February 2021.  She fought hard, didn't complain and always trusted in God's plan for her life.  She was such a blessing to anyone who knew her, and will be missed so much by her family and friends.


A Memorial gathering will take place Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 10:00 AM until the time of services at 12:00 PM at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 406 4th Street, Algoma, WI with Rev Joel McKenney and Rev. John Moll officiating.  Following services there will be a lunch in the church basement to gather and celebrate Shellie's life. 


The family would like to thank Amy Maricque RN, staff of Green Bay Oncology and Unity Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion shown to Shellie and her family. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Paul's Ladies Aid Society or R & R Sanctuary, Inc. (a pet rescue), at PO Box 283, Oxford, WI  53952.


Express your sympathy, pictures and memories of Shellie on her tribute page at

The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, WI was entrusted with the arrangements for Shellie.

Joseph Ramirez,

Joseph Ramirez, 74, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on May 7, 2021, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.  He was born June 29, 1946, in Chicago to Charles and Manuela (Sandoval) Ramirez. 

Joe lived most of his life in Chicago until several years ago when he moved to Sturgeon Bay to be near his sister.  For many years, he had provided care to his aging parents.  Fishing was one of his favorite pastimes.  Joseph loved living in Sturgeon Bay.

He is survived by 2 children, Melissa Ramirez and Valerie Duran; 3 sisters, Rachel Ramirez, Marica Duran, all of Illinois; and Monica (Cynthia Germain), Sturgeon Bay; 1 brother, Gerald (Jeanne Crenshaw) Ramirez, IL; nieces and nephews:  Terrie Adame (Bruce Canejo), Jackie (Eric) Baumgartner, Lucy Ramirez, all of Illinois, Michael Crenshaw, Florida; great nieces and nephews: Lizzie, Cameron, Maddie and Colin Baumgartner; 1 sister-in-law, Katy Ramirez, IL; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, Charles Ramirez Jr., and 1 nephew, Kevin Ramirez.

Memorial services will be conducted at a later date. Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations is assisting the family with arrangements.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Special thanks to the staff at Sturgeon Bay Health Services for their wonderful care and support given to Joseph for the last 4 years.


William "Bill" Van Allen Jr.

William “Bill” Van Allen Jr., 66, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at home on May 3, 2021.  He was born in Chicago to William and Judith (Gedmin) Van Allen Sr. on July 26, 1954.  Bill served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1972 to 1975.  He worked in the commercial construction business for most of his life and was a member of the Wisconsin Carpenters Union.

He is survived by two sons, William “Billy” (Tara) Van Allen III, Rice Lake, WI and Samuel (Alysa) Van Allen, Oshkosh; mother of his children, Laurie Van Allen, Wautoma; 5 grandchildren, Trenton, Gage, Emmett, Kingsley, and a baby girl “on the way”; 2 brothers, John (Kim) Van Allen and Mike Van Allen; a sister, Julie Van Allen; special friend, Valerie DeLair, Sturgeon Bay.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents.

According to Bill’s wishes, no services are to be conducted.  Burial will be in the Veteran’s Cemetery in King, Wisconsin.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Special thanks to Asera Care Hospice and Compassus Hospice for their wonderful care and support.

Rebecca Renier

Rebecca “Becky” M. Renier, 62, Luxemburg, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday evening, May 4, 2021. 


She was born in Green Bay on March 27, 1959 to the late Robert and Donna (Rempett) Williquette. Becky graduated from Luxemburg-Casco High School in 1977.   Years later she also graduated from Wisconsin College of Cosmetology and enjoyed a career as a hair stylist.


She met the love of her life, William “Bill” J. Renier and they were married on May 19, 1990 at Our Lady of Good Help Chapel in Champion. Together they owned and operated Still Willie’s Bar in Thiry Daems, for several years.  


 Becky loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends.  She loved the outdoors and sunshine.  Many countless, memorable gatherings have been hosted with Becky and Bill over the years. The twinkle in her eye and all the joy she brought to those around her, will be truly missed.


She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Bill, and her children, Angie (Phil) Koebe, Beau (Jenni) Renier, Haley (Jeremy Christensen) Renier; five grandchildren, Jaxon, Delilah, Waylon, Jude, and Vanessa; one sister, Diane (Lyle) LaLuzerne; four step-sisters, Donna (Jerry) Heyrman, Sandy (Tony) Beyer, Cindy (Peter) Rentmeester, Diane Hughes; four brothers in law and five sisters in law, John (Julie) Renier, Dan (Renae) Renier, Julie Deprey, Patty (Robert) Jacques, Cathy (Larry) Dart; her first husband, Rusty (Katie) Heim; many nieces and nephews.


Becky was preceded in death by her parents, Bob, and Donna Williquette; her stepmother, Patricia Williquette; one stepsister, Dawn Tegtman; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elmer, and Marie Renier; one brother-in-law, David Deprey; one sister-in-law, Chris Renier.


Friends may call between 9:00 and 11:15 am on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. Joseph Church, Champion. Funeral prayer service at 11:30 am on Saturday at the church with Deacon Bob Miller officiating. Entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.


Please practice Covid-19 virus precautions by wearing a face covering, sanitizing your hands, and distancing yourselves when visiting. McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the Renier Family.

Shawn R. Madden

Shawn R. Madden, 69 years of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Monday May 3, 2021 at his home.  

     He was born December 4, 1951 in Sturgeon Bay the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Feuerstein) Madden.  Shawn attended Sevastopol High School.  With his talent for construction and a hard work ethic, he was employed by Bay Ship, PBI,  skilled as a mason carpenter, worked 23 years with the City of Sturgeon Bay, and the City Parks Department until his retirement.  

     For most of Shawn’s life his physical stature and strength was what you saw first.  But his outward strength, and serious demeanor was the cover over a sensitive, funny, and very giving father, grandpa, brother, and friend.  Family was everything to Shawn.  He loved being outdoors, making wood, telling bad jokes, riding motorcycles, playing volleyball, and lending a helping hand to others. 

     Shawn leaves his two children, Sherry (Joseph) Kaltenbrun of Sheboygan, Shawn A. (Brenda) Madden of Brussels; six grandchildren, Nick, Kara, Nathan, Kailey Kaltenbrun,  Eden and Ember Madden; five siblings, Bill (Barb) Madden of Sturgeon Bay, Sheila (Karl) Ballestad of Oconto, Mike (Barb) Madden of Sturgeon Bay, Pat (Joanne) Madden of Sturgeon Bay, his twin brother, Steve (Teri) Madden of Egg Harbor; nieces, nephews, and many friends. 

    Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister-in-law Valerie, and nephew Luke Madden.

     A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday May 8, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating and lay prayer presider and friend, Dave Gingler assisting.  Burial will follow at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Institute.

     Friends and family may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:15 p.m.  The service will be broadcast live on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.  

     Safety for all attending is our concern. Covid safety protocols will be in place. Masks will be required for those in attendance.  Capacity limits will be observed.  There are large screens throughout the funeral home for separation, and public rooms have UV air purification throughout to aid protection.  

“We loved our dad and it’s hard to let him go but we are comforted that he is at peace and he was loved." 

In lieu of flowers or gifts please give to a charity of your choice or plant a tree. 

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Betty Jane Everson

Betty Jane Everson, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021 in Seymour, WI.  She was born December 16, 1931 in the Town of Forestville to Kenneth and Anna (Linstedt) Johnson.

Betty married Allen (Al) Everson in May of 1951 in Texas.  After Al was out of the military they moved to Seymour, WI where they lived for a number of years.  After Al's retirement they built a new home in the Sturgeon Bay area in the late 80's and Betty lived there up until a few years ago.

Betty enjoyed the time she spent with her family and friends.  She loved to go bowling, golfing, playing cards, going out to eat and her yearly trip up north to Townsend.

Betty is survived by her three children Gary Everson (good friend, Renee), Sturgeon Bay; Pam (David) Nowak, Bonduel; and Ken (Lisa) Everson, Hobert; nephew Harold Johnson, Neenah; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, two sisters June (Bob) Taicher, Bellevue; and Edith Rabenhorst, Denmark; two sisters-in-law Mary Johnson, Green Bay and Mary Browne, Kewaunee.  She was preceded in death by her husband Al, two sons Bill and Chris, five brothers Bill, Donald, Larry and Harold Johnson and David Browne.

Family and friends may call at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Pastor Peter Mannoja officiating.  Burial to follow in the Nicolet Memorial Gardens in Green Bay.

Covid 19 protocol will be in affect.

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

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