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James "Choppsy" R. Baierl

James “Choppsy” R. Baierl, 77, of Luxemburg, passed away with his family at his side, early Friday morning, August 27, 2021. 


He was born April 6, 1944, to the late Clarence and Doris (Charlier) Baierl in Kewaunee County. 


He attended St. Mary Grade School and graduated from Luxemburg High School.  Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves.


  James married Shirley A. Pelishek on January 4, 1969, at St. Hedwig Church in Krok, or so they thought.  Forty years later they discovered they were never legally married, by clergy error, and quickly renewed their vows.  Together they raised four children on the Baierl farm in South Luxemburg. 


After thirty years of employment, Jim retired from the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. 

He remained active with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and the State Agricultural Statistics Service and was a former delegate of Foremost Farms USA.  In addition, Jim served as a Supervisor for the Town of Luxemburg.


His enjoyments included bowling, trapshooting, fishing with his family, and playing cuyoo with his partners winning many tournaments.


Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Shirley, and their four children, Mike Baierl, Jason (Julie) Baierl, Tracy Baierl, Kevin (Gina) Baierl; two grandchildren, Grace and Jake Baierl; three brothers, Wally (Rita) Baierl, Pat (Chris) Baierl, Kenny (Diane) Baierl; two sisters, Jeanne (Jim) De Groot, Bonnie (Glenn) Willems; three sisters in law, Kathy Baierl, Chris Stahl, Mary (Bob) Holly; two brothers in law, James (Sandy) Pelishek, Steve Pelishek; many nieces and nephews.


James is preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother- in-law, Ervin and Lucille Pelishek; two brothers, William Baierl, Clarence Baierl; one sister-in-law, Sharon Pelishek.


Friends may call between 9:00 and 10:45 am, Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg. 


Funeral 11:00 am on Tuesday at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.


Covid -19 virus precautions are recommended by using hand sanitizer and wearing a face covering.


Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg, with military rites provided by the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262, Luxemburg.


McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the Baierl Family.


The Baierl Family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Oak Creek Assisted Living in Luxemburg, especially Mindy and Jessica.

Dorothy "Dottie" Zellner

Dorothy “Dottie” Zellner, 84, New Franken, passed away on Thursday August 26, 2021, in Green Bay. 


She was born on July 18, 1937, in New Franken to the late Henry and Caroline (Dorner) Burkart.


Dorothy married the love of her life, Russell Zellner, on July 6, 1957, at St. Kilian Church in New Franken.

They celebrated 64 years of marriage. 


Dorothy was a loving mother and homemaker. Her enjoyments included playing cards, volunteering at church, bowling, traveling, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Dorothy enjoyed caring for children in her home.  The noise and laughter of little voices were a delight to her. 

There was always room at the table for one more!  Music and singing often brought dancing in the kitchen. The aroma of something “warm” in the oven brought a sense of love and comfort to all who entered her home.


Survivors include her husband, Russell, and their children, Larry Zellner, Robert (Sue) Zellner, Laurie (John) Strebel, Julie (Lloyd) Baenen, Jeanne (Scott) Stilp; one daughter in law, Leslea (Declan) Crowley, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty (Joe) Piecheck; one brother, John (Joanne) Burkart; brothers in law and sisters in law, Leonard (Dolores) Zellner, Cy (Donna) Zellner; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.


Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Bill Zellner; one daughter in law, Karen Zellner; one sister, Pat Landowski; brothers in law and sisters in law, Elmer (Dora) Zellner, Elsie (Augie) Haen, Alvin (Eleanor) Zellner, Loretta (Bernard) Le Roy, Albertine (Raymond) Paye, Clarence (Germaine) Zellner, Richard (Rosella) Zellner, Betty (Raymond) VandenPlas.


Friends may call 1:00 to 4:15 pm on Sunday, August 29, 2021, at St. Kilian Church, New Franken.

Closing parish prayer service at 4:15 pm with Pastoral Minister, Cheryl Maricque. 


Visitation will continue between 9:30 and 11:15 am on Monday, August 30, 2021, at St. Kilian Church. 


Funeral 11:30 am on Monday at the church, with Rev. Carlo Villaluz officiating.  Burial in Nicolet Memorial Gardens, Green Bay.


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


Wearing a mask in St. Kilian Church is an individual choice. Please use your comfort level when entering and greeting family.


The Zellner family wishes to extend a special thank you to Monica and Kevin Leach, Janet and Jim VanPay, the staff of Anna’s House, Reflections at Moraine Ridge and Unity Hospice for your open hearts and helping nature.

Mercedes B. Deakin

Mercedes B. Deakin, 92, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at her home on August 26, 2021.  She was born July 4, 1929, in Illinois to Joseph and Vera (Silim) Basco.  Mercedes married Harry Deakin, he preceded her in death on December 4, 1982.  

Mercedes enjoyed gardening, hiking, kayaking, knitting, traveling, and quilting.  She was a member at the Family Worship Center.   Mercedes enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.

Survivors include her four children, Debra (George) Matiasek, Illinois; John Deakin, Georgia; James Deakin, Sturgeon Bay; Joseph (Julie) Deakin, California; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and special friends, the Bamberg family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harry and a daughter Cathy Deakin.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.  Burial was in Hainesville Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be offered at


Mary Catherine Horn

Mary Catherine Horn, 91, Hales Corners, WI, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on August 17, 2021.

Mary was born April 29, 1930 at Altdorf, WI to Casper and Cecelia (Kelly) Huser.  Given her unending desire to learn to read, a special dispensation was made which allowed Mary to start first grade at age five in a time before the existence of Kindergarten.  She attended Altdorf School, a small school, which in some grades she was the only student.  Mary’s love of reading continued throughout her entire lifetime.

Mary graduated from Pittsville High School in June 1947. She soon moved to La Crosse, WI where she was employed by Moen Photo Service. She moved to Racine, WI in 1949 where she was employed as a secretary in the Finance Department of Oster Manufacturing.

She returned to Central Wisconsin in 1953 where she met and married Elmer Horn on September 3, 1955.  After her youngest child entered Kindergarten in 1970, Mary enrolled as a student at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Science – Education/Library Science.  She also was awarded a master’s degree in Science as a Reading Specialist and, in 1978, received a degree in School Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  She taught in the Wisconsin Rapids Public School District throughout her entire professional career.  After moving permanently to Sturgeon Bay in 1996, Mary was an active member of the Door County Master Gardeners Association, the Friends of Potawatomi State Park, and other local civic organizations.

Mary’s children were the greatest joy in her life and extremely important to her.  She was always interested in what they were doing and extremely proud of all of them.  Even though her children lived in several areas of the United States after college graduation, she joined them to celebrate birthdays, graduations, and other life events. In turn, her children and grandchildren joined Mary and Elmer on trips to Switzerland, British Columbia, Disney World, and the Florida Keys, as well as the Horn Door County home on the Niagara Escarpment near Sturgeon Bay.  Mary loved to travel, visiting all 50 US States and over 30 different foreign countries during her lifetime. 

Mary is survived by her four children: William (Catherine) of Grand Rapids, MI, Jerome (Cynthia) of Oakland, CA, Sheryl (Kenneth) Morgan of Pleasanton, CA, Linda (Jeffrey Sisak) of Franklin, WI, as well as seven grandchildren: Benjamin Bandt-Horn, Andrea (Benjamin) Tobar, Kristin Horn, Erica Horn, Kelly Morgan, Gregory Horn, and Laura Morgan.  She is also survived by a brother, Bernard (Jean) Huser, of Stratford, WI and a sister, Patricia Ciotti, of Wichita, KS.  Mary was predeceased by siblings Rose Marie (Ronald) Ebacher and Sister Marie-Cecile Huser and her beloved husband of 61 years, Elmer.

A Celebration of Life for Mary will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 110 North 5th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay 54235 on Saturday, October 23, 2021.  Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. There will be a mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Mary’s family requests that donations be given to the Friends of Potawatomi State Park, 3740 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 (  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Donald Joseph Maleport

   Donald “Donnie” Joseph Maleport, 82 years old of Brussels, WI went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Brookwood Baptist Hospital in Birmingham, AL. He lived in Alabama with his daughter, Kelly Maleport Clifton, during the last year of his life. 


     He was born May 29, 1939 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI the son of Henry and Loretta (Mayotte) Maleport. Donnie was the youngest of five brothers, so he learned at an early age not to back down from anyone.


     Sometime during the 1970’s, Don moved to Brussels, WI for work at Bay Ship. It was there that he met and married Judith Ann Strassman from Jacksonport, WI. He worked as a boilermaker at Bay Ship until his retirement. Don enjoyed vintage vehicles and had quite a collection. A pride of his was a 1954 Chevrolet pickup he restored in its entirety to original condition. He liked to attend Iola, WI swap meets yearly to buy, sell, and trade old vehicles and parts. In his heyday he played guitar along with his brothers and friends, playing musical instruments at family gatherings/parties. He liked to go dancing, play pool in a league near Brussels, enjoyed deer hunting, motorcycling, and bowling. Don was also a faithful member of the Polar Bear Club in Jacksonport, WI. To stay fit in his retirement, he would ride his bicycle daily to a roadside park, do some exercises, and ride back about 10 miles roundtrip. While on his daily rides he would bring some food for stray cats that he made friends with along the way. Later in life, he attended Corpus Christi Catholic Church. 


     His wife, Judith Maleport preceded him in death on August 28, 2010.


     Survivors include his daughter, Kelly Maleport Clifton of Hoover, AL; grandchildren, Summer (Cole) Heard, Logan Byars, Sarah (Wes) Whitley, Hannah (Joe) Ellis, John David (Star) Clifton; great grandchildren, Hayden Heard, Crimson Heard, Olivia Whitley, and Rhett Whitley; brother, Wendell (Sue) Maleport of Grovetown, GA; sister-in-law, Rosetta Maleport of Sault Ste. Marie; sister-in-law, Pat of Junction City, OR; nieces and nephews, Ron, Mick, Cindy, Tom, Pam, Dave, Dan, Linda, Brenda, Patti, Michelle, Sharolyn, Tammy, and Wendell; plus many great nieces and nephews.


     Preceding him in death were his parents, Henry and Loretta (Mayotte) Maleport; wives, Nancy Black and Judith Maleport; daughter, Debra Maleport Byars; three brothers, Robert Maleport, Cecil Maleport, and Theodore “Ted” Maleport.


     He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and his neighbor, Jason.


     Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:30 am at Lakeview Cemetery in Jacksonport, WI next to his wife, Judith.


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

Paula Ann Madoche

Paula Ann Madoche, 64, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at her home on August 23, 2021.  She was born October 31, 1955, in Sturgeon Bay to Kermit and Jean (Thorson) Viste.  She married Robert Madoche on February 13, 1976; he preceded her in death on May 29, 2017.

Paula was a very social and hospitable person who had many friends and was always there for anyone in need.  She enjoyed spending time with friends and family.  Paula loved living on the water and spent countless hours enjoying the beauty of the bay.

Survivors include her two children, Mandi Madoche and Jeremy (Crystal) Madoche; three grandchildren, Bobbie Jo, Max, and Anna; a sister, Cheryl (Ed) Stewart; two brothers, Mitch (Renata) Viste and Scot Viste; her mother Jean Viste; in-laws, Glen and Kay Madoche, Jeff and Kay Madoche, Diane (Pete) Beyer, Arlene and Ray Davis.  She was preceded in death by her father and husband.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Forbes Funeral Home on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Sunshine House (55 W. Yew St. or in Sturgeon Bay.

Kathleen "Katie" Hartl

Kathleen “Katie” Hartl, 90, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Door County Medical Center on August 22, 2021.  She was born May 9, 1931, in Sturgeon Bay to Carl and Ida (Miller) Mistlebauer.  

Katie married Lawrence “Larry” Hartl on August 20, 1949, at St. Joseph Church.  She and Larry recently celebrated 72 years of marriage, living at the same address for all those years. 

Katie and Larry owned and operated the Pilot House Restaurant on Jefferson Street for several years.  Katie also worked at Emerson Motors.  She enjoyed performing in her and her husband’s band (Melody Four) and sitting outside in her yard.  She especially enjoyed time spent with her great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Larry; two grandchildren, Carrie (David) Herlache and Aaron “Cubby” (Chastity) Hartl; three great-grandchildren, Alana (Nathan) Hadley, Mia Hartl and Matthew Hartl; one great-great-granddaughter Amanda Hadley; in-laws, Avery Mistlebauer and Kay Mistlebauer; many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Lawrence “Bear” Hartl; two brothers, Robert Mistlebauer and Karl Mistlebauer; and many in-laws.

Private Graveside services will be conducted at St. Joseph Cemetery.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Carol J. Wagner

Carol Jean Wagner, Algoma, 87, passed away on August 22, 2021, at Bellin Hospital – Oconto, with her daughter by her side. Carol was born on October 7, 1933, to Linus and Alice (Columb) Weidner, she lived almost her entire life in  Algoma, working hard to raise her four children. Carol loved crocheting, gardening, her birds and flowers, and playing cards. 
Carol is survived by her three children, Dean (special friend Lynn) Ferron, Cheryl (Kevin) Clark, Dale (special friend Terrie) Ferron; daughter-in-law, Patty Ferron; grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; as well as by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Dan Ferron; brother, Duane; and sister-in-law Gloria Otis. 
Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Algoma, from 9-11 am. Mass  of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am with Fr. Edward Looney officiating. Burial will follow in the  Evergreen Cemetery. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolence messages may  be shared at 
A special thank you to Bellin Hospital – Oconto medical unit; Dr. Charles Heyka; Dr. Ryan MacDonald; all of the  nursing staff, for the excellent care they all gave Carol and her family during this very difficult time. 
Carol was a very loving and caring mother and grandmother, she will be missed dearly.


Deacon Kenneth D. Kopydlowski

Deacon Kenneth D. Kopydlowski, 82 of Sturgeon Bay, was called to his eternal home in heaven early Saturday morning, August 21, 2021.

He was born March 22, 1939, in Milwaukee the son of the late Alex and Lucille (Rafalski) Kopydlowski. Ken graduated from South Division High School in 1957. He received his associate degree from Milwaukee Tech in 1961 before receiving his Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin in 1965. Ken completed his master’s in teaching in 1972 from UW Platteville. He finished his Diaconal Ministry Program at Cardinal Stritch College in 1986. An additional master’s program was completed in exceptional education in 1987. Ken received his Master of Theological Studies in 1992 from St. Norbert College and attended Silver Lake College Institute of Religious Studies in 1993.

On October 18, 1969, he was united in marriage to Mary Lee Johnson at St.
Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. She passed on October 10, 2014.
Ken was ordained May 7, 1977, by Bishop Aloysius J. Wycislo at St. Francis
Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. His Diaconal Assignments were S.S. Peter and
Paul Catholic Church in Green Bay from 1977 – 2004, St. Joseph Catholic Church
and S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute from 2004 to present.
Ken worked in education for the correctional system adult and juvenile, special
education, along with counseling and education for domestic abuse, anger
management, cognitive program, and AA, drug addiction programs.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his brother, Alex Kopydlowski (and his children, Jackie and
Michael); and Mary’s family, Dan (Marilyn) Johnson of Sturgeon Bay, Tim
(Melinda) Johnson of Carlsville (and their daughter, Emma).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 11:30
a.m. with Fr. Robert Stegmann celebrating. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph

Friends may call on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church
in Sturgeon Bay from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m.

Memorials may be made in Ken’s memory for St. John Bosco School.

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

Warren F. Larkin

Warren F. Larkin, 81, of Sturgeon Bay passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Bellin Memorial Hospital on August 22, 2021.  He was born May 18, 1940 in Kewaunee to Danford and Agnes (Coppersmith) Larkin.  He was raised by a very special man, his stepfather Bernard Putnam.  On June 27, 1959 he married his childhood sweetheart Sharon Destree at St. Joseph Church in Sturgeon Bay.

Warren attended Gardner Consolidated Grade School and graduated from Brussels High School.  During his career as a Union Representative, he attended several universities, including Harvard School of Business and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning certificates in Business Management and Union practices.  He began his career at the Milwaukee Shoe Factory where he was recruited by the Boot and Shoe Workers Union.  They later merged with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.  Warren spent 28 years working for the Union and retired at the age of 55. 

He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his wife Sharon. They went on yearly trips to Canada for over 40 years.  They also spent a weekend every year at the Viking Bow and Gun Club playing archery golf.  They made several trips to Wyoming and Colorado after his retirement.  Warren was a long time and active member of the Gardner Rifle Club.  He spent many years shooting trap.

His wife of 62 years survives along with four children, Cindy (Ken) Frea, Wendy (Mike) Hansen, Sandy (Jay) Sekadlo, and Darren Larkin (partner Christina Smith); 13 grandchildren; Travis (Anne) Frea, Kristin Davis (Matt), Scott ( Renee) Griep, Amber (Justin) May, Ashley Sekadlo, Alyson (Eric) Nohelty, Alyssa Sekadlo (Ryan), Hunter Larkin (Alayna) Vanessa Larkin (Roy), Olivia Larkin, Kristin (Chris) Franklin, Adam( Ashley) Hansen;  14 great-grandchildren;  four brothers,  Frank Larkin, Danny (Kathy) Larkin, Stan (Mary) Larkin and Danny Putnam; a sister, Caroline (Calton) Ferron;  in-laws: Harvey (Shirley) Destree, Janice (Bud) Mueller and Joyce Destree.  He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Mary and George Destree; grandchildren, Autumn Griep and Ryan Davis; sisters, Odile Careful, Sharon Ettien, Darlene Putnam and Mary Larkin, other in-laws, Doris and Harold Kaye, Arlene and Roger Braun, Bernadine and Richard Kaye, Lois and Wallace Kipp, Arnold Destree, and Dora Destree.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021 at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels.  Entombment will be at the Shrine of Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 12:00 noon until the time of service.  Memorials may be directed to Door CANcer Inc. (PO Box 423 Sturgeon Bay WI 54235).

Special thanks to the staffs of Bellin ICU and the Door County Oncology Dept. for all the wonderful care and support.

Janet Lynn Stringer

Janet Lynn Stringer, 66, of the Town of Egg Harbor (Sturgeon Bay), WI, passed away peacefully with her family at her side late Thursday morning, August 12, 2021. Jan fought a meningioma brain tumor for six-and-a-half years. She did everything they asked, but in the end, she lost the battle.

     Jan was born October 30, 1954 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of the late Paul J. and LaVonne M. (Michelson) Cascio. Jan graduated in 1972 from Jefferson High School in Rockford. She met her loving husband, Steve, that summer and their love blossomed like the first yellow flower of spring.  They were married on July 6, 1974. 

     She earned her RN degree from Kishwaushee College in Malta, IL. Jan worked at Swedish American Hospital 10 East and then in the Operating Room for 20 years. She then moved to Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center in 1995 and remained there for 18 years until her retirement in 2013. 

     The centerpiece of Jan’s life was her faith. She lived the verse “Love your neighbor as yourself.” through her work at Carpenter’s Place in Rockford, St. Mark’s outreach committee, and her two weeks on Mercy Ships. She cherished every opportunity to serve others, but none as much as her time with Mercy Ships; where she was able to combine her love of helping people, her nursing career, and her faith as she served communities in West Africa. 

     Jan took pride, pleasure, and comfort in exercise, her family, and the outdoors. She was an avid runner and swimmer, leading her to compete in many 5K races, a half marathon, and the Door Country Triathlon. She thoroughly enjoyed her “Fit for Life” class at Peak Sports Club in Rockford, IL. She had a love for nature and could regularly be found sailing, watching and feeding birds, or camping with family and friends.

     Jan’s love will live on in the hearts of her husband, Steve, with whom she was blessed with over 47 years of marriage; two children, Sarah Stringer of Sturgeon Bay, WI and Andrew Stringer (Kristin Kempson) of Golden, CO; four siblings, Paul (Bev) Cascio of Edgewood, WA, Mary Cascio of  Pooler, GA, Shirley (Jack) Handley of Woodinville, WA, and Steve (Ava) Cascio of Freeport, IL; sisters-in-law, Ann Stringer of Dublin, OH and Becky (Ben Kitchen) Stringer of Columbus, OH; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

     Her life will be honored with a funeral service held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 25, 202, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 675 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jan’s name to: Mercy Ships ( or the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois [for the Jan Stringer Scholarship Endowment] (

     Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the medical staffs at UW Health and Unity Hospice for their care given to Jan.  

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

SSgt. Will Stuart Gonzales, USAF

 United States Air Force SSgt. Will Stuart Gonzales, 26, went to Heaven to reunite with his son, Waylon, on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 while serving in the 36th Security Forces Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. He left this life while riding his beloved Harley Davidson. 

     Will was born in Sturgeon Bay, WI, to Jodi Anne (Woerfel) Gonzales and the late Johnny Lara Gonzales, Jr. on September 23, 1994, a birthday he shared with his dad. He attended Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek and enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, and running cross country. Will served his community as a member of the Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department, initially joining as a member of their explorer post in 2010 and then became a full member upon his graduation from high school in 2013. He continued serving as a firefighter until he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2014. Will attended basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. His first duty station was at Offutt AFB in Omaha, NE where his daughter, Marissa, was born in 2016. Will was then stationed at Andersen AFB in Guam. He worked as a Combat Arms Instructor where he trained the base populace on the use of small arms, a job he loved and excelled in. Will loved his time in Guam; it was where he met and married the love of his life, his wife, Alyssa. He was a proud member of the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club, loved to golf, and scuba dive off the coast of Guam.

     To know Will was to love him. His military friends were like family to him, and he treated them so. "We are thankful for the care the USAF gave to Will in life and after his death."

     Will was a husband, father, and a son, a hunter and a marksman, an adventurer, a firefighter, an Airman, and a friend to all. Will’s big, beautiful smile and fun-loving personality will never be forgotten.

     His memory will live on in the hearts of his loving wife, Alyssa (and their daughter, Danica who was born June 18, 2021); along with the light of his life, his daughter, Marissa (and her mother, Mikaela); his mother and stepfather Jodi (Jody) Robillard of the Town of Gardner, WI, siblings, Jordan, Dana, and Lauren; maternal grandma, Sue Woerfel of the Town of Liberty Grove, WI; his “second” parents, Mark (Jenny) Sitte; and cousins (but more like siblings), Audrey and Nina Sitte; his father’s siblings, Teresa (Steven) Hitzeman of Green Bay, Albert Gonzales of Fayetteville, AR, Anthony Gonzales of Sister Bay, Suzann Jonson of Elgin, IL, along with many other Woerfel and Robillard aunts and uncles; cousins; and friends, all who loved Will dearly.

     Will was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Johnny Gonzales, Sr. and Elizabeth "Liz" (nee Maskewit) Gonzales; maternal grandfather, Craig Woerfel; son, Waylon (2020); and other relatives.

     Will's life will be celebrated with a memorial service held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, 11836 State Highway 42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210 with Pastor James Honig officiating. There will be no scheduled visitation prior to the service.

     Will will be laid to rest beside his father, Johnny; son, Waylon; and other relatives in Blossomberg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, WI with military honors by the United States Air Force.

     The memorial service will be livestreamed via the “Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC” Facebook page ( Those anticipating watching the livestream are encouraged to “Like” the funeral home Facebook page any time prior to the service to receive notification of the (live) broadcast.

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

Anna Mae Dorner

Anna Mae Dorner, 95, of Luxemburg, died early Tuesday morning, August 17, 2021, at Helping Hearts Assisted Living in Luxemburg. 


She was born on August 12, 1926, to the late John C. and Emma K. (Yanda) Worachek, in the Township of Manitowoc. She attended St. James Catholic School, Cooperstown, St. Mary Catholic School, Luxemburg, and Luxemburg High School. On June 02, 1945. Anna Mae married Roman A. Dorner at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mishicot. Roman preceded her in death on January 10, 1997.


Together they raised ten children on a farm, south of Luxemburg.  Anna Mae loved to bake, quilt, play cards, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.  She was a member of St. Mary Christian Mother Society. After Roman’s death she moved to the Village in Luxemburg, continuing to live independently until mid-April of 2021.


Survivors include her seven children, Jean Cherovsky, Paul (Sandie) Dorner, Doris (Ron) Buyarski, Charles (Jo Ann) Dorner, Rita Wilquet, Peter (Connie) Dorner, Glen (Shelley) Dorner; two daughters in law, Lynn Dorner and Linda Dorner; grandchildren, Mike (Sarah) Cherovsky, Brian (Necole) Cherovsky, Amy (friend, Aceito) Sunke, Brenda (Chris) VandenHouten, Michelle (Mike) Wypiszenski, Paul (Sara) Dorner, John (Katie) Dorner, Craig (friend, Renee) Buyarski, Shannon Peterson, Jamie (Riki) Schulz, Christopher (Michelle) Buyarski, Cindy (Mike) Conard, Tammy Lemberger, Randy (Jenna) Dorner, Neil (Kelsey) Dorner, Marcia (friend, Jeremy) Dorner, Stacy (Jake) Schleis, Monica (Kyrian) Onyeukwu, Jason (Kim) Dorner, Gary (Ashlee) Dorner, Joe (friend, Denise) Wilquet, James Wilquet, Andrew (Kate) Dorner, Jack Dorner, Lexi Dorner, also 51 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.


Anna Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Roman and two sons, Dennis Dorner, Kenneth Dorner; infant daughter Joan Marie; two sons in law, Paul Cherovsky, Donald Wilquet; one grandson in law, Jon Peterson; one sister, Mary Ann (George) Stodola; her parents, John and Emma Worachek; her father in law and mother in law, Joseph and Catherine Dorner; brothers in law and sisters in law, Verna (Anton) Zellner, Martha (Alois) Arendt, Margaret (Milton) Thibaudeau, Joe (Olive) Dorner, Ann (Leo) Seidl, Urban (Marie) Dorner, Clem (Gerry) Dorner, Norbert (Marian) Dorner.


Friends may call at HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH, CASCO, between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Saturday, August 21, 2021. The funeral is at 11:00 am on Saturday at the church with Rev. Dennis Drury officiating and Deacon Bob Miller assisting. Burial will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery of Luxemburg.


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


The Dorner Family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Helping Hearts and all those who helped Mom live independently.

Marshall "Ted" Teddleton

     Marshall “Ted” Teddleton, 77, fell into eternal rest on Sunday, August 15th, 2021 with his wife and family surrounding him.

     Ted was born February 9, 1944 in Turlock, CA and raised in Arkansas graduating from Bald Knob High School in 1962 and entering into the Army 14 days after graduation. Ted re-enlisted in 1968 and was honorably discharged in September of 1982. Ted’s connections made through his VA supports in recent years brought him a great deal of friendship. He enjoyed his VA buddies each month at their meeting.  Special thanks to them for coming to Sturgeon Bay for meeting as Ted’s health deteriorated.

     Ted married Diane (Witcpalek) on September 19, 1988. After retiring from his work in various jobs, he and Diane began their proudest venture of turning their home into an Adult Family Home caring for their disabled daughter Wendy, amongst others. Ted and Diane enjoyed traveling and spending time with their church community. Ted met Diane while working with Razorback Farms in 1986-1988.  He worked in nursing services with Porter Kiehnau until 1998 before his Adult Family Home management.

     In his spare time, Ted proudly spent his days with Diane caring for their beautiful yard and wood working. In recent years, Ted was very proud to build cradles for his great grandchildren as they were born.

     Ted is survived by his loving wife, Diane; 3 step-children, Debbie (Jeff) Dart, Dan Braun, Kelli (Jack) Tuttle;  7 step-grandchildren, Justin (Kristen) Gabriel, Jenny (Scott) Daubner, Danny Jr. (Carrie) Braun, Ashley (Ryan) Vokral, Amanda (Quentin) Jensen, Jackie (Nate) Jeanquart, Josh (Kayla) Tuttle; and 10, soon to be 11, great-grandchildren

     He is preceded in death by his parents, father in law, brothers in law, and his special angel Wendy Sue.

     Services with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday August 20, 2021 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy with Rev. Benjamin Enstadt officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow immediately at the church cemetery. 

     Friends may call on Friday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. 

     The family would like to extend a special thank you to the VA Clinic of Green Bay, Green Bay Oncology, Pastor Ben Enstad & St. John Church, and the extraordinary team from Unity Hospice for the unmeasurable care and support provided to Ted and his family.

Emily M. Dhuey

Emily M. Dhuey, 97, passed away on August 15, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital,  

Green Bay. She was born on February 26, 1924, to the late George and Josephine  

(Draize) Jeanquart. On October 26, 1943, she married Harris Dhuey at St. Mary’s  

Parish in Namur and together they operated a dairy farm for forty years. Emily  

celebrated her faith and shared her love for the church through many volunteer  

efforts. She used her artistic ability to create numerous, hand-stitched quilts for  

her family and friends as well as those in need. She enjoyed many quiet hours in  

her sewing room and with nature in her home and gardens. One of the highlights  

of her life was the five European trips to reconnect with Belgian relatives, share  

the Walloon language and stories, and delight in their new-found friends’ return visits to Wisconsin. 

She is survived by her two daughters, Katie (Chuck) Schmitt, Ann (Tom) Ouradnik; six grandchildren, Andrew (Elise)  Opicka, Austin (Laura) Schmitt, Ross (Kala) Schmitt, Ashley (Justin) Cotler, Emily (John) Lawler, Zach (Katie)  Ouradnik; great-grandchildren Vita, Aiden, Ava, Evan, Bentley, Grady, Ivy, Jaxson, Kaden, Sadie, Ty and Josephine;  son-in-law Ron Opicka, sisters-in-law Madeline Jeanquart, Armene Delfosse, and Mary Ann Conard, as well as  Godson Roger Kinnard, and many nieces and nephews. 

Emily is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter (Linda Opicka); brothers George and Roy Jeanquart,  sisters Celine Cumber, Marie Jadin, and Doris Kinnard; brothers-in-law John Cumber, Jim Jadin, Robert Delfosse, Norbert Kinnard, and Francis Conard; sister-in-law, Blanche Jeanquart. 

Visitation will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lincoln on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 am, Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am with Fr. Edward Looney officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Casco is assisting the family. Online, condolences may be shared at 

The family would like to express a special “Thank you” to Marie and staff for the special care Emily received while at Oak Creek Assisted Living as well as to the staffs of Unity Hospice and St. Mary’s hospital.


Patrick T. Raven

Patrick Thomas Raven, 72, of Egg Harbor, WI, formerly of Milwaukee, WI, died peacefully on August 12 of 2021.


Patrick was born July 18, 1949, in Manitowoc, WI, the son of Thomas and Alice Raven. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Kenosha, WI in 1967 and attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1975.


On August 14, 1971, he married Mary C. Varju in Racine, WI. He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Elizabeth M. Raven (Christopher) Juern of Colgate, WI; his son, Thomas P. (Magdalene) Raven of Whitefish Bay, WI; grandchildren, Ellison, Mary Jane, and PJ Juern; and Eloise, William and Cecilia Raven; his sister, Marialice (Walter) Hammond of Kenosha, WI; and nephews and cousins, as well as many friends, colleagues and students. Patrick was preceded in death by his parents.


After one year as a teacher at St. John Cathedral High School in Milwaukee, WI, he worked as a teacher and curriculum coordinator for the School District of Waukesha, WI for 22 years.


He spent the remaining 20 years of his career as a World Language Consultant in educational publishing.


Patrick was an active member and leader in several organizations dedicated to the teaching of world languages, including the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT), the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL), the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).


He received several awards for his teaching and service, including the WAFLT Distinguished Foreign Language Educator Award, the CSCTFL Founders Award and the Excellence in Publishing Award from Holt, Rinehart and Winston.


Patrick shared the joy of international travel and Gemütlichkeit with hundreds of students, as well as his family, and many friends and colleagues.


Those who knew Patrick will remember him for his love and commitment to his family, and his passion for languages and learning.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday August 19, 2021, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Hubertus, WI with Fr. Tim Bickel officiating.


Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. A private committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Racine at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated or to WAFLT, P.O. Box 1493, Appleton, WI 54912.


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Mark A. Nell

Mark A. Nell, 66 passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on August 12,2021 after a 5-year battle with cancer. He was born on February 17, 1955, to the late Orville and Delores (Swoboda) Nell. Mark graduated from Algoma High  

School in 1973 and on August 20, 1977, he married Julie Bair at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Algoma. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, playing pool, and above all he loved spending time with his grandsons. 

Mark is survived by his wife Julie; sons, Aaron Nell of Two Rivers, and Adam (Ashton) Nell of Madison; grandsons, Miles and Wyatt; brother, John (Julie) Nell of Algoma;  Sister, Mary (Tom) Daul of Algoma; as well as by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents,  Orville (Delores) Nell; and grandson Deacon. 

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 3-6 pm at Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Algoma.  Funeral Service will take place at 6 pm with Fr. Alvan Amadi officiating. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s  Cemetery Columbarium. Online condolences messages may be shared at 

Paul Vincent Nutini

 Paul Vincent Nutini, 75, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

     He was born on August 29, 1945 in Hancock, MI, the son of the late Paul “Pat” Joseph Nutini and Rose Amelia (Pizzi) Nutini. After graduating from Hancock High School in 1963, Paul attended Suomi College in Hancock, MI and subsequently Northern Michigan University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and teaching certificate in 1968. During his time in Michigan, he met his love and life partner, Carolyn Kay Drew. They were married on August 17, 1968 at Paul’s home parish of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hancock and relocated to Sturgeon Bay shortly thereafter when Paul began his teaching career in the Sturgeon Bay School district. He would continue to teach business, accounting, finance, and keyboarding courses in the high school for the next 34 years, impacting the lives of countless students, until his retirement in 2002. Paul was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay.

     Family and friends were always a central aspect of Paul’s life. An avid Wisconsin sports fan, he cherished annual trips to Milwaukee Brewer baseball games with his dad and brothers, and also Green Bay Packer games with his sons, brothers and nephews. Paul enjoyed taking golf trips with close friends, social time at card games, and sharing stories and laughs at his regular Wednesday breakfast group with former colleagues. He played for The Mill in the Sturgeon Bay slow-pitch league until he got hurt and then continued as scorekeeper.  Paul was an avid and thorough daily reader of the morning newspaper and could opine on any current event or topic with ease, often using his quick wit and sense of humor to do so. He was a devoted husband and father. Paul coached youth sports when his sons, Joe and Dan, were growing up and also cared for Carol as they spent their retirement years together. He shared a special and close bond with his three brothers, and never missed an opportunity to spend time with them and their families.

     Paul will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Carol, his two sons, Joe (Marie) of Madison, WI and Dan (Wendy) of Ames, IA; five grandchildren, Caleb, Abby, Miles, Josie, and Grant; his three brothers, Pete (Marj) Nutini of Oconto, WI, Jim (Sue) Nutini of Hancock, MI, and Dan (Tammy) Nutini of Hancock, MI; siblings-in-law, Jan (Dave) Lundquist of Chanhassen, MN, Jim (Mary) Drew of Lake Linden, MI, and John (Carol) Drew of Houghton, MI; and nieces and nephews.

     Paul’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 110 N. 5th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 with Fr. Robert Stegmann and Fr. Robert Karuhn concelebrating. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

     Paul’s cremated remains will be laid to rest, privately, in accordance with his wishes.

     In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make memorial contributions in Paul’s name to St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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

Irene L. Radtke

Irene Lucille (Harrison) Radtke, aged 93 of Algoma WI, passed away on August 8, 2021,  at her home surrounded by her loving family. Irene was born to H. Clarence and Ida  (Ternes) Harrison on January 15, 1928, in Fence, WI. Irene attended a one room school  in Fence, WI through the 8th grade, after which she attended and graduated from  Goodman High School. After graduation, she moved to Neenah and began working as a  punch-card operator at IBM in 1946. Shortly after, Irene met her husband Dick and they  were married on December 27, 1947, celebrating more than 64 years of marriage before his passing in 2012. 

Irene was a devoted wife and mother, and active in her community, she was a Grand Matron of The Order of the  Eastern Star, and the Algoma Methodist Church where she enjoyed being a choir member for 40+ years. She  touched the lives of many people with her kindness, compassion, and quiet determination. Together Irene and  Dick were very involved in the public education community. An animal lover during her lifetime, Irene was devoted  to her many precious dogs. She also enjoyed golf (hitting a hole in one in 1976 at the Alaska Golf Course), travel,  skiing, tending her flower garden, reading, playing bridge, music, and watching the Brewers. Most of all, Irene  enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. 

She is survived by her children Valerie Radtke of Algoma, WI and Paul (Donna) Radtke of Crivitz, WI; her daughter in-law, Lori Radtke of New Buffalo, Michigan, and her sisters-in-law, Gladys and Grace Harrison. She is also  survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. 

Irene is preceded in death by her husband, son Philip, parents, and siblings, Flora (Wilbur) Hack, Robert Harrison,  and Norman Harrison. 

Visitation will be held at Algoma United Methodist Church from 10:00 am until 11:30 am on Friday, August 13th,  2021, followed by Funeral Service at 11:30 am with Pastor Jennifer Emert officiating. Burial will follow at a later  date in Fence, WI. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Algoma is assisting the family. Online condolence messages  may be shared at

William "Ken" Helm

William “Ken” Helm, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Southern California, passed away Friday morning August 6, 2021, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services after complications of Alzheimer’s. 

      He was born September 6, 1932, in Aniston, Alabama the son of the late Charles Emmet and Ila Comela (Harrison) Helm. Following his graduation in 1950 from John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles, CA, Ken studied Tool Design at UCLA before receiving his associates degree at Cerritos College.  He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

On November 17, 1962, Ken married Theresa M. Mazzie in Los Angeles, CA.  She preceded him in death on July 28, 2004.  He worked over 40 years as an independent real estate appraiser in California.

    Ken was a member of the National Real Estate Appraisers Association, and Calvary Baptist Church of Sturgeon Bay. Ken had moved to Sturgeon Bay to be closer to his daughter Cara as his Alzheimer’s progressed.

     Surviving family include his two children, Cara Helm of Sturgeon Bay, Bill (Teresa) Helm of Bellingham, WA; grandson, Elias Wallace of Sturgeon Bay; step-grandson, Chris Field; former son-in-law, Robert Wallace of Sturgeon Bay; nephews, Mark Stapp of Tyler, TX, and Joel Stapp of California.

     Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters, Mary Frances Helm, and Theo Dana.

     A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday (August 28, 2021) at Huehns Funeral Home, Sturgeon Bay, WI with the Rev. Jerry Marsden pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Sturgeon Bay, officiating. 

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday August 28, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.   Military honors will follow at Huehns Funeral Home.  He will be interred in California next to his dear wife, Theresa. 

     The service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday August 28 will be broadcast live on Facebook for those unable to attend. 

     Memorials may be directed in his memory to Calvary Baptist Church. 

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Karen E. Johnson

“I have completed the circle of my life.”


Karen Johnson, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Burlington, WI, passed into eternal life August 7, 2021 following a brief illness.


She was born February 21, 1941, in Racine, WI, the daughter of Kenneth and Elizabeth (Helding) Goepfert. She was educated in Racine schools. Following graduation from high school, Karen attended Ripon College where she became a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Sorority. In 1960, she joined her parents in Brussels, Belgium, where her dad took a new position with his company.


While in Brussels, as fate would have it, Karen reunited with her high school friend, Leland (Lee) Johnson, who was enlisted in the U.S. Army and stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. Their relationship grew and they were married in Racine on July 15, 1961, returning to Germany where Lee finished his tour of service.


They returned to Wisconsin and moved to Burlington. In 1975, Karen began working at Burlington Memorial Hospital and served in various administrative and clerical roles spanning over 25 years of service.


In 2002, they retired and relocated to Sturgeon Bay, joining a new community of friends and volunteer organizations that included Birch Creek Music Theater, Crossroads at Big Creek, and Friends of White Fish Dunes State Park. Karen also volunteered at the Miller Art Museum, Bay View Lutheran Church, and Learning in Retirement. She was a member of PEO Chapter DF, supporting various educational and philanthropic activities.


An artist at heart, Karen’s hobbies reflected her love of the arts. She enjoyed painting, creating collages, attending concerts, knitting, and participating in book clubs.


She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Surviving family members include her two sons, Andrew (Sharon) Johnson, Ross (Ellen) Johnson, both of Burlington; five grandchildren, Eric, Emily, Holly, Melissa, and Benjamin; her brother, Paul K. Goepfert (Shirley) Racine; brother-in-law, Allan F. Johnson, Racine; and nieces and nephews. Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Leland; and sister-in-law, Karen Johnson.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at Bay View Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay, with Pastor Jeff Greathouse officiating. Relatives and friends may greet the family at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the start of the service. Private interment will be at Hainesville Cemetery.


Memorials are suggested to Bay View Lutheran Church, Crossroads at Big Creek, or to the charity of your choice.


The family would like to thank Dr. Anthony Jaslowski, the team from Unity Hospice, and the caregivers at Anna’s Healthcare for the compassionate care they all provided to Karen. The family would also like to thank Karen’s special friends for their care and concern during this time.


“My family will gather when the sun is high in the sky to place my cremains next to the one I loved and have missed so much.”


Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC is assisting the Johnson family with arrangements. Condolences and guestbook signing may be offered on Karen’s tribute page at

Lois Schubert-Brown

Lois Schubert-Brown was granted eternal rest and peace by God on August 6, 2021.  She was born December 29, 1960 in Algoma to Lawrence and Irene (Schley) Schubert.  On May 12, 1984 she married Scott Brown at Salem Lutheran Church.

Lois graduated from Southern Door High School and earned an associate degree in accounting from NWTC.  She started working for Baylake Bank (now Nicolet Bank) right after high school and worked there for 37 years.  She started work as a teller and worked her way up into becoming an auditor.

Lois was a lifetime member of Salem Lutheran Church where she played the organ for many years.  She enjoyed playing softball, camping, being active in 4-H and Relay For Life, participating in the Door County Fair and taking road trips to the casinos.

Lois was proud to have introduced her great niece Chloe to her love of horses.  She was also an avid Packer Fan. Lois will be remembered as a spunky gal, with a  keen wit, a sparkle in her eye, a smile on her face, and always ready for a good time.

Survivors include her husband, Scott; a son, Tyler (significant other, Brittany); 1 sister, Norma (Dale) Uecker;  2 brothers, Paul (Debra) Schubert, Roger (Wendy) Schubert; mother-in-law, Delores Brown; in-laws: Roger Patza; Connie and Brad Hale; Laverne and John Zuroske; nieces and nephews: Tracy and Jeremy LaCrosse and their children Meghan and Chloe, Krissy and Kevin Phillips and their children Riley and Ross; Adam Schubert and Lisa Frisque and their children, Victoria, Landen, Aubrey and Ava; Amber and Ryan Francour and their children Kason and Kinsley; Jennifer Ploor and her children Cyndi, Kyle, and Alex (Lois’ Godson); Jodi and Ryan Wery and their children Ashley and Lexi; Jason and Andrea Patza and their children Natalie and Jacob; Emma and Brad Jannsen and their daughter Madelyn; Colin Schubert; Robert Peterson and Rachel Hale; Nicole Worley and her children, Isaiah and Liliah;  Taylor and Marissa Worley and their children, Suvi and Eilo; Brook Zuroske.

She was preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law, Robert Brown; a brother Allan; a sister, Jane Patza; sister-in-law, Peggy.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Salem Lutheran Church, the Rev. Tod Vertz officiating.  Burial will be in Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and then after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of services.  A devotion service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to Door CANcer, Inc.

James W. Parsons

     James W. Parsons, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away early Thursday morning August 5, 2021, at Door County Medical Center. 

     Jim was born May 4, 1941, in Manitowoc, the son of the late Wesley and Beatrice (Smith) Parsons.  He graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School before continuing his education at UW Madison where he received his degree in accounting and eventually earned his CPA.  Jim worked with his father and their accounting practice Parsons and Parsons in Sturgeon Bay.  This was an endeavor spanning over 50 years until Jim’s 79th birthday when he decided to retire.   He was an institution in our community of Sturgeon Bay and Door County where many young accountants, bookkeepers, and support staff started their careers becoming successful in their own life.  Jim would never have bragged about any of his accomplishments, but all those former employees made him very proud. 

     On June 14, 1969, Jim married Patricia Ann Kenney at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.  For many years they worked together at their accounting.   Jim enjoyed coin collecting.  He was a generous, selfless man who was happy to be with his family and enjoying time together and traveling with them.

     Four children survive, Brian of Madison, Megan of Sturgeon Bay, Michael (Amy Gray) of Salem, Massachusetts, and Tim (Elise) of Canton, GA; two grandchildren, Dylan Ace Patrick Parsons, Steven Alexander Parsons; two sisters, Barbara Goldman of Portland, Oregon, Marjorie (Butch) LeRoy of Tucson, AZ; and his brother, William “Bill” (Betty) Parsons of Sturgeon Bay.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, Wesley and Beatrice Parsons, and his wife, Patricia.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday August 11, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.

     Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Huehns Funeral Home and at the church Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of mass at 11:00 a.m.

     Memorials in Jim’s memory may be directed to Advocates In-Home Care at 111 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

     Please sign online guest register, offer condolences, and share pictures at www.huehnsfuneralhome  

Ursula L. Walser

     Ursula “Ulla” L. Walser, 90, of Egg Harbor, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Good Samaritan Scandia Village, Sister Bay.

     She was born March 11, 1931, in Braunschweig, Germany, the daughter of Walter and Martha (Ottensen) Kunsch. Ulla graduated from Technical University in Germany, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She was united in marriage to Adolf Walser on June 9, 1960, at Bethel Lutheran Church in La Grange, IL. Adolf passed away May 1, 2021, after 60 years of marriage. Ulla was employed with Valspar Paint Company in Chicago, working as a chemist in the industrial coatings department, and in that capacity also with DeSoto and Benjamin Moore.

     In 1994, she and Adolf moved to Egg Harbor after building their own home on White Cliff Road in 1991. Over the years, they attended Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Juddville, and most recently, Calvary United Methodist Church in Egg Harbor with friends.

     Ulla was the first female paint chemist in the Chicago Paint Society (now the Chicago Paint and Coatings Association). Earlier in life, she enjoyed skiing with Adolf and was a member of the Ski Patrol at Wilmot Mountain, WI for 29 years. She was an accomplished and avid tennis player. In Door County, Ulla and Adolf were members of the YMCA and enjoyed classes there together. She also volunteered in the outpatient surgery department at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay and served on the Egg Harbor Fire Commission for many years.

     Ulla is survived by her sister-in-law, Maria of Germany, and cousins in Germany. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Klaus Kunsch.

     Memorial services will be held at Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Friends may call at Casperson Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Graveside committal service will be held at Blossomberg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek with burial to follow at noon.

     Donations in Ulla’s memory may be directed to the Door County YMCA, and Door County Medical Center Auxiliary.

     Huehns Funeral Home & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Walser family. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Ulla may be shared at

William R. Wagner

William Robert Wagner, 84, of Algoma passed away on August 4, 2021 at Algoma Long Term Care Unit with his loving wife by his side.  He was born March 12, 1937 in Maplewood to Edward and Louise (Schmelzer) Wagner.  On September 14, 1963 he married Sally Ann Guelette at St. Hubert’s Church in Rosiere. 

Bill’s first job was working at Wagner’s Meat Market in Maplewood with his brother Gerald.  He later farmed in Maplewood and also worked at U.S. Plywood in Algoma.  Bill enjoyed hunting and collecting guns, playing cards, and spending time with relatives, especially the fishing trips. He was also a HUGE Elvis Presley fan.

Survivors include his wife, Sally; a brother, Gerald  (Carol) Wagner, Sturgeon Bay; in-laws: Gary Guelette, Forestville; Fern Jilot, Sturgeon Bay; Lucille Vandertie, Green Bay; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Charles; a sister, Jean (Bud) Eggert; in-laws, Karen Guelette, James Jilot, Norman Vandetie, Grace (Lawrence) Baudhuin and infant sister-in-law Johanna.

Private memorial services will be conducted at Forbes Funeral Home, the Rev. Christopher Jackson officiating.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Steven Richard Haen

Steven Richard Haen, 51, of West Jacksonport, passed away at home on Sunday, August 1, 2021 with his family by his side after a two-and-a-half-year courageous fight with adrenal cancer.


He was born September 29, 1969 in Sturgeon Bay to Gary and Joyce (Flok) Haen. Steve grew up on a small beef farm near Valmy. He attended Saint Peter and Paul Catholic school in Institute and graduated from Sevastopol High School with the class of 1988. He then attended NWTC in Green Bay for wood techniques and graduated in 1989.


It was the summer of 1987 while working as a fish boiler at a fish boiling restaurant in the Village of Fish Creek that Steve met fellow coworker, Stacy Nicole Hasenjager. He was 17, and Stacy who went to Gibraltar was 15. They started dating in the fall that year, and five years later on October 3, 1992, they were united in marriage at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Egg Harbor (now Stella Maris Parish) on a beautiful fall day. Steve and Stacy purchased their home in West Jacksonport just before the wedding and have lived there ever since. It was there that they expanded their family with two sons. Tyler was born on August 17, 1993, and Connor on February 7, 1996. Steve loved his family and the home they created. He was the happiest when he was at home working in his shop, doing yard work, remodeling the house, cooking or just hanging out watching TV. The four of them were a very close-knit family and enjoyed doing things together. Steve loved going to the big tractor pulls in Tomah or the off-road races up in Crandon. He enjoyed camping in the summer and snowmobiling with the neighbors in the winter. Steve loved spending time in the family woods hunting or cutting firewood. He enjoyed helping his neighbor, Billy, on his farm. Steve was happy this past spring that he felt well enough to help him with field work. He also enjoyed trips to Pigeon Forge, TN where he and Stacy first went on their honeymoon. Steve loved renting a cabin high up in the mountains and spending time together, appreciating the area and all the beauty of the mountains.


He enjoyed making custom furniture for customers and family. Steve was proud to say he worked at all three shipyards in Sturgeon Bay and loved to talk about it when asked what he did for a living. He first started his career at PBI, then he spent 17 years at Palmer Johnson Yachts. In 2015, Steve joined Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding as a Shop Planner and enjoyed his job until June 2020 when his illness got in the way of him doing what he loved. He was very thankful they allowed him to safely work from home that last year as he went through treatments and then the pandemic started. Steve truly enjoyed his job and coworkers and missed going to work every day.  He was a hard worker with a strong work ethic. If Steve didn’t know how to do something he would find a way to learn. There wasn’t much he didn’t know how to do.


Steve will be missed by his loving wife of almost 29 years, Stacy; sons, Tyler and Connor, all of West Jacksonport; his mom, Joyce Haen of Sturgeon Bay; his younger sister, Kelly (Jeff) Walenski [and their children/Steve’s godchildren, Alyse and Grant], all of Green Bay; niece, Evelyn Darden and nephew/godson, Elijah Darden of Naperville, IL; parents-in-law, Leon and Rosemary Hasenjager of Fish Creek; Stacy’s brothers (and sisters-in-law), Corey (Laura) Hasenjager of Green Bay and Troy (Cindy) Hasenjager [and their children, Kenzye and Chase] of Sturgeon Bay; his beloved fur companions, 7-month-old chocolate lab, Riley and cats, Billy and Charlie; and many aunts and uncles; cousins; friends.


He was preceded in death by his dad, Gary Haen (March 26, 2018); grandparents Lawrence “Shorty” and Evelyn (nee Sawyer) Haen and Urban “Bud” and Delores (nee Gray) Flok; and his beloved black lab, Lexi who was always by his side until she passed away in August 2020.


Steve wanted to make sure we thanked DOOR CANcer, the Unity Hospice nurses, especially nurse Heather that was with us that day; his neighbor and friend, Chuck Nelson who never failed to call or stop in. He always said he couldn’t have asked for a better friend; Billy Bley, Jake Schartner, Troy Gigstead, Ryan Wery, Darin Ploor, Steve Bosman, and many more friends and coworkers for your friendship, calls and visits; special uncles, Robert and Joe Haen for always being there. Thank you all for cheering him up when he needed to get his mind off his illness. He wanted you to know he appreciated each and every one of you.


“Steven, we miss you so much already. It’s hard to believe you’re really gone. You’ve left a huge hole in our lives, and it hurts to know we must go on and continue this life without you. You fought so hard for us right up to the end. Showing and teaching us how to do the things you always took care of. The remodeling projects you did even when you weren’t feeling well. It was your way of taking care of us long after you were gone. We know you’re watching over us. Until we meet again. We will love you forever!” -Stacy, Tyler, and Connor


Steve’s life will be honored with a memorial service held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Thomas Farrell, of Stella Maris Parish, officiating. He will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s of the Lake Cemetery in Baileys Harbor.


Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service.


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

Ardena Stella (Wesenberg) Nichols

     Ardena S. Nichols, 85, of Eau Claire, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 31, 2021, while at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

     She was born March 22, 1936, in Rock Township, WI, the daughter of James and Estella (Grade) Wesenberg. When she was young, she went to live with her paternal grandmother, who instilled in her a deep foundation for her Christian faith. Throughout her life, Ardena lived by the bible verse Philippians 4:13...I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

     She graduated from Augusta High School where she was active in band, debate, and several other clubs. She loved school and spending time with all her classmates. After high school she moved to Eau Claire where she got a job that she loved working at the Telephone Company.  When she moved to Eau Claire she was taken in by Les and Evelyn Ganong, who gave her much love and support. Their daughter, Barbara, was like a sister to Ardena throughout her life.

     She was blessed to marry her true love, George L. Nichols, on April 27, 1957, at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. They raised four girls and she devoted her life to being a wonderful mother and wife.  When the girls were all in school, she went to work at Midelfort Clinic in Eau Claire and proudly worked her way up to a position as medical assistant in the Neurology Department.

     Ardena was a sweet, caring lady with a beautiful smile and full of grace and style. She loved to travel and was always ready for an adventure whether it was traveling across the country or just going up north. She was a sweet, wholesome Grandma who loved spending time with her grandchildren and would do anything for them.  She also loved crafting, playing cards, and having lunch with the ladies. She would always have something baked and be ready to wait on everyone during your visits to her home. Ardena had many friends and was loved by everyone who met her.

     Survivors include her four daughters, Kimberly Nichols of Eau Claire, Karen Tuura of Eau Claire, Kathryn Nichols of Sturgeon Bay, Kari Nichols of Eau Claire; her grandchildren Patrick Tuura, Jacob Tuura, Alex (Brianna) Nichols, Dallas Nichols; great grandchildren Sophia Nichols and Aubree Nichols.

     Preceding her in death were her birth parents, her brother Wallace, her loving foundational parents Les and Evelyn Ganong, and her husband, George.

     A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 7, at 11:00 am at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1804 Highland Ave., Eau Claire, with Pastor Julie Brenden officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at St. John's Church. The family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association at,; or St. John's Church 1804 Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701, in lieu of flowers.

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the family with arrangements. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook, offer condolences, share memories and photos at

Jeffery C. Kroening

Jeffery C. Kroening, 67, Algoma, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee with his family by his side. 


Jeff was born December 22, 1953, in Algoma to Clifford and Maxine (Krueger) Kroening and was the second of three children. 


Jeff married Terry DeJardine on September 8, 1973, and they were married more than 47 years. He was a welder at Bay Ship before opening his own electrical business in 1987.


Jeff was a talented handyman, who was always ready to help his friends and family with their latest projects. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage, and most especially he loved spending time with his family. He was a beloved husband and dad, and he was a proud Papa.


Jeff is survived by his wife, Terry; his three children, Kyle (Leigh Ann) Kroening, Kayce (Jeff) Maloney, and Nicole (Scott) Meverden; six grandchildren, Peyton, Braden, and Adelyn Kroening, and Vivika, Jack, and Emiline Meverden; brothers-in-law, Bob Schmelzer, John (Danielle) DeJardine, and Jason (Nichole) DeJardine; sister-in-law, Chris Kroening; many nieces, nephews, and friends.


Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff and Maxine Kroening; his sister, Gloria Schmelzer; and his brother, Randy Kroening.


Visitation will be held from Noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 8, 2021, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Joel McKenney officiating. There will be a private committal at a later date. SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma was entrusted to help the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at

Cecelia Sarah (Vandervest) Rubens

Cecelia Sarah (Vandervest) Rubens, went to her heavenly home at the age of 96 years. She was born, November 7th, 1924, in Duvall Wisconsin to the late Josephine (Bader) and Joseph Vandervest.

Ceil married Robert Rubens on March 29th, 1942, in Duvall. Bob preceded her in death on November 29th, 1975. Together they had four children. In her younger years she spent time working on the family farm and then at Rubens Hatchery in Rosiere. She later moved to Brussels. Ceil worked at Larson Can Co., Shoe Factory, Southern Door Schools, Marchant’s Foods, and St. Vincent's hospital. She went to school at the age of 51 years to be an LPN and worked at St. Vincent’s until retirement. During that time, she lived in Green Bay until she moved to Oak Creek in Luxemburg. She enjoyed many travels to Europe and the U.S. but most important were the love of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Ceil is survived by her children, Rebecca Laurent, Indiana, Rachel (Dale) Thiry, Casco, and Randy (Kim) Rubens, Sturgeon Bay; her sister, Sister Martin Vandervest, 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by in-laws, Rod (Nancy) Rubens, Sharon Moseler, Joan Rubens; as well as by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; dear daughter Bobbi Rubens; her mother and father; grandson Bart Thiry; son-in-law, Don Laurent; brothers, Louie (Marie) Vandervest, Joseph (Margaret) Vandervest, Michael (Rose) Vandervest an infant brother Martin; sisters, Mary (Fred) Borlee, Anna (Raymond) Lacrosse, Esther (Clifford) Legrave, Rose (Henry) Metzler, Mabel (Joe) Dellis, Mildred (Francis) Nellis; and mother- and father-in-law Hazel and Elmer Rubens; and other in-laws, Russell (Bernice) Rubens, Lee Rubens, Bette (Lloyd) Drossart.

Visitation will be held from 9-11 am on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church - Rosiere. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am with Fr. Dennis Drury officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Online condolence messages may be shared at

Special thanks to Oak Creek Assisted Living staff, and Marie, Mindy, and Jessica who made a home for mom and treated her with “special” attention. She loved them all! Thanks also to Lois, Jane, Pat, and Lee for all their visits. Special thanks also to granddaughter Brenda and great-granddaughter Robin who were always there for mom.

Mom, we so admired your wisdom, strength, and courage. You will always be with us in wonderful memories. Peace and God bless you mom.

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