Obituaries Archives for 2022-03

Allen J Alexander

Allen Julian Alexander, 84, of Namur, passed away on March 30, 2022. He was born in the Town of Union, Door County at the Frank Alexander Homestead on December 7, 1937, to Louise (Martin) and Eugene Alexander.  Allen lived with his mother and father at the Gaspar Martin homestead in Namur. His Grandfather, Eli Martin, Louise's father had started a bar and ballroom.  When his parents were 18 years old, they took over the bar and dance hall and named it Gene's Bar and Dance Hall, which they operated for over 30 years.  Allen attended Fairland Grade School through eighth grade and then attended Brussels High School, graduating in1955.  

 

In 1957, Allen married Theresa Gerondale at St. Mary of the Snows in Namur.  Together they raised five sons. Allen served his country in the National Guard from 1957 to 1960.  He worked for Green Bay Auto Parts until July of 1956 and then began working for Northern Papermill. When he retired after 42 years, the papermill was named Georgia Pacific and he retired as an Electrical Supervisor.  

 

Allen spent many years as a volunteer at St. Francis and St. Mary Church in Brussels, WI. He served as Eucharistic Minister at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish and at St. Louis Parish in Dyckesville, WI.  He also served on the Parish Financial Council at St. Francis and St Mary’s and on the Town of Union Zoning Board. 

 

His most cherished and proudest accomplishment was saving the St. Mary of the Snows Church in Namur from destruction and working to help it become the Belgian Heritage Center.   He served on the board of directors for the Belgian Heritage Center for several years and also served as President of the Peninsula Belgian American Club for 10 years. While in that position, he traveled to Belgium two times, hosted by Louis and Marcellin Guilette and Victor and Jenn Des Jardin. 

 

Survivors include his wife, 5 sons: Sam Alexander, Boones Mill, VA; Dan Alexander, San Diego, CA; Tim Alexander (Riddhini), Falls Church, VA; Chris Alexander, Appleton, WI; and Joe Alexander (Mei Mei Yip), New Franken, WI; 5 grandchildren: Brittany Alexander, Brandon (Tesla) Alexander, Nicole (Travis) Schneulle, Ashley Alexander, and Erin (Uriah) Stutzman; 3 great-grandchildren, Jayden Schneider, Myla and Emory Stutzman; brothers, Gary (Karen) Alexander, Brussels, WI; Jack (Yvonne) Alexander, Brussels, WI; Terry (Sue) Alexander, Brussels, WI; sister-in-Law, Bonnie (Steve) Pearson, Acworth, GA; and sister-in-law, Nancy Alexander, Suamico, WI. 

 

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Gene and Louise Martin Alexander, father and mother-in-law, Desire and Mary (Chaudoir) Gerondale, brother Robert Alexander; uncles and aunts: Ralph and Frances (Ploor) Alexander, Pauline (Bill) Englebert, George and Pearl (Demoulin) Alexander, Ray and Mary Jane (Becker) Alexander, Arthur and Glory Ann (Agamite) Alexander, Alvin and Florence (Alexander) Englebert and many nieces and nephews.

 

Friends may call at St. Louis Church in Dyckesville on Friday, April 1, 2022, from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.  A prayer service is scheduled for 6:30 pm that evening.  Visitation will continue at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 2 at the church until 11:00 am when a funeral mass will be conducted by the Rev. Edward Looney and Rev. Rommel Dacoco.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Belgian Heritage Center (PO Box 173, Brussels, WI, 54204).  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

A big Thank you to the wonderful staff at Heartland Hospice and Allouez Parkside Village.

 

 

 

Jane Kathryn Barnes

Jane Kathryn  Barnes, 93, Green Bay, passed away, Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at Allouez Parkside Village, CBRF.  She was born October 15, 1928 in Eldorado, WI to Lester and Marie (Henning) Dins.


Jane graduated from the Beaver Dam High School.


She married Fred Barnes May 21, 1949 in Beaver Dam.  In 1960 they moved to Algoma where they owned and operated the F & J Foods in Algoma for a few years. They were married over 60 years, when Fred preceded her in death on February 25, 2010.  
Jane started her cooking career at Carol's Coffee Shop and then at Dairy Dan's.  She was well known for her famous potato salad.  


Jane was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid and the American Legion Auxiliary.


Jane is survived by her three children Jeff (Sue) Barnes, Sturgeon Bay; Steve (Sue) Barnes, Green Bay and Brenda Obregon, Alma, CO.; 10 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one sister Polly Franke, Beaver Dam; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred and one granddaughter Krista.


There will be a public visitation, Monday, April 4, 2022 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma from  9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Rev Joel McKenney and Rev. John Moll officiating.  Burial to follow in the church cemetery.


The Schinderle Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Algoma, were entrusted with the arrangements for Jane.


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

Richard R. Lukes

Richard Lukes, 68, of Luxemburg, passed away Tuesday morning, March 29, 2022, after a two-month battle with cancer.

 

Richard was born October 23, 1953, in Algoma to the late Louis and Leona (Hlinak) Lukes. Growing up on the family’s Century Farm in Slovan, he was graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1971. He worked at Leyse Aluminum/Vollrath in Kewaunee for 48 years until his retirement in 2019.

 

Richard was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and had a strong interest in the team’s history. He was the caretaker of St. Adalbert Cemetery at his home parish in Slovan for many years and maintained the grounds of St. Mary Church in Luxemburg, Holy Trinity Church in Casco and West Slovan Cemetery. He could often be found on his riding lawnmower in the summer months keeping those grounds well-groomed.

 

Richard is survived by his wife, Gay, of Luxemburg; by his sons, Daniel of De Pere, and Michael of Algoma; and his stepdaughter, Sara Rodriguez of Fitchburg. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Noah and Amya Lukes, both of Algoma. Richard is further survived by his siblings, Linda (Bob) Koudelka, Waukegan, Ill.; Lorraine (John) Lukes-Heckman, Surprise, Ariz.; Robert (Valerie) Lukes, Kewaunee; Laura (John) Lukes-Pelke, Kewaunee; Joseph (Lynne Sevey) Lukes, Slovan; and Nancy Lukes, Minneapolis, Minn. He is also survived by the mother of his sons, Cynthia (Randy) Lukes-Berg, Algoma.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and twin infant brothers, Paul and Patrick.

 

Friends may call at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg between 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Funeral at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating. Richard will be laid to rest in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg. McMahon Funeral Home of Luxemburg is assisting the family. www.mcmahonfh.com

 

The family would like to thank the Bellin Cancer team and Unity Hospice for its care and compassion during Richard’s illness. Richard’s sons and siblings would also like to express their gratitude and thankfulness to Gay, for her exceptional care of their father and brother during his illness, especially in his final days.

Lucille Violet Kostka

Lucille Violet Kostka (92), of Sister Bay, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2022, at Hearthside Assisted Living in Sister Bay. She was born on July 20,1929 to Albin and Pearl Mickelson. Lucille graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1947, and then went on to get her teaching degree. There she met the love of her life, Richard Kostka and was united in marriage on June 2nd, 1951, at the Sister Bay Moravian Church. They were blessed with 65 years of marriage until Richard's death in 2016. Their wonderful marriage produced four children.

     Richard and Lucille owned and operated the Scandia Cottages in Sister Bay for 45 years. There they met many life-long friends. Lucille taught in numerous elementary schools in northern Door County that spanned 30 years. Her love of children was displayed in her dedication and talent to teach, which impacted the lives of so many children, including her own. Lucille was most happy when surrounded by her family and friends.

     She was an avid gardener, a talented knitter, and quilter. There was not a craft she could not master. She always loved inviting friends and family over for a game of cards and companionship. Lucille was also an active and faithful member of the Sister Bay Moravian Church since birth. For many years she volunteered at the Scand Auxiliary, the Clearing, and the Sister Bay Historical Society as a docent.

     Lucille often said, "Relationships are my greatest wealth." Her family is comforted knowing she is now in the arms of Christ.

     Her love will continue to live on the in the hearts of her four children, Kathleen (John) Parks, Steven (Amy) Kostka, Ellen (Jim) Lawlor, and Julie (Korry) Belin; her six grandchildren, Jonathan Parks, Kari (Jeffrey) Gebert, Sarah (Andy) Rostermundt, Chris (Adrienne) Kostka, Matt Belin, Katie (Matthew) Herbaugh; her eight great-grandchildren, Ellie, John Wyatt, Caleb, Avery, Noah, Lucas, Kenny and Benjamin. She is also survived by her sisters, June Bell and Betty Holland, who always provided a special bond with Lucille throughout their lives. Lucille was immensely proud of her family including numerous nieces and nephews and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.

     We will miss Lucille's beautiful smile and infectious laugh. Sometimes memories sneak out of our eyes and roll down our cheeks. We will remember Lucille, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.

     The family would like to thank the staff of Good Samaritan Society - Scandia Village, Unity Hospice, and Martha Coventry at the Hearthside for all the care that was given to their mother.

     A memorial and celebration of life service will be held at a later date, to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sister Bay Historical Society or the Sister Bay Moravian Church.

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

John S. Eberle

John S. Eberle, 60, Algoma, passed away March 24, 2022, at home after  

living for 2 years with cancer. He was born on December 5, 1961, to the late  

Stephen & Loretta (Young) Eberle in Trenton, MI. After graduating high  

school, he served in the U.S. Navy. On December 23, 1983, he married  

Cheryl Rosendaul at St. Joseph’s in Montpelier, OH. John worked for the  

Wisconsin Public Service as an engineer until his retirement and then  

enjoyed life as a farmer. John enjoyed muscle cars, raising cattle, and he  

loved to cook. 

John is survived by his wife, Cheryl Eberle; daughter, Gwen (Anthony)  

Eberle-Herzog of Belgium, WI; sisters, Karen Szumny, of Allen Park, MI, and  

Geraldine Wojcynski, of Allen Park, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Loretta  Eberle; and brother Mike Ostrander. 

Private services are being held. Kinnard Funeral & Cremation Services (formerly Wiesner & Massart  Funeral Home) – Algoma is assisting the family. Online condolence messages may be shared at  www.KinnardFCS.com.

Corinne O. Carr-LeBlanc

Corinne O. Carr-LeBlanc, 96, of the Town of Nasewaupee, passed away Monday, March 21, 2022 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center in Sturgeon Bay with her children at her side.

     She was born January 23, 1926, in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of the late Georges and Edna (Gauvin) LeBlanc. Her father died when Corinne was 10 years old. As the oldest of five children, following her 8th grade education, Corinne worked full time to help support the family. At the age 18 years, she immigrated to the United States for work to send money home to help support the family. She would meet her future husband, Chester T. Carr, Jr. while working at the Waltham Watch Factory. She became a naturalized citizen just prior to their marriage on June 27, 1948, in Waltham, MA. He preceded her in death July 12, 1980.

      They had purchased a home in California where they planned to retire and after his death; Corinne lived out the dream they had. She moved to their property in California, living there for 25 years where she enjoyed much sunshine, ocean sunsets and travel. While in California, she donated her time at Oceanside Senior Center caring for others and organizing senior dances and travel events. She was hard working and instilled in her children to love people above all things. Despite her father dying when she was 10, living her youth through the great depression, then WWII, the death of two husbands, and the loss of her daughter, Susan in 2019, Corinne was a survivor. Corinne was friendly and kind, and whose faith and family were most important to her. Her enjoyment of music and exercise was expressed through her love of dancing which she shared with her two husbands, children and friends. She faced adversity with perseverance and strength, teaching those who knew her love, generosity and humility and lived life with humor and grace.

     She was blessed to find another partner and married Albert J. LeBlanc on May 17, 1994. She became a loving stepmother to his four children, Winona (Kenneth) Mueller, Pamela (Michael) Sogard, Cosette (Craig) Dunn and Lawrence (Laura) LeBlanc. Corinne and Albert moved back to Massachusetts in 2010 and lived with his daughter in Concord. She spent many holidays and special events with his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He preceded her in death on May 8, 2016. Following his death, she moved to Wisconsin to be close to her daughter, and as her health failed, lived with Diane and Lee in Door County.

     Surviving family include her two children, Diane Rose (Lee H. Straate) Carr of Sturgeon Bay, David Theodore (Diane M. Passerello) Carr of Waltham, MA; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Benjamin (Claire), Laura, Carl, Brandon (Elyse), Adam, Rachel, Krystal; sister, Ruth Varley of Framingham, MA; sister-in-law, Noreen LeBlanc of Winter Haven, FL; many nieces and nephews and their families; and Albert’s family.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; two husbands, Chester and Albert; daughter, Susan L. (Edward) Kaupelis; two brothers, Lloyd LeBlanc and George LeBlanc; and sister, Dorice (LeBlanc) LeBlanc.

     Corinne will be laid to rest at Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham, MA with her husband, Chester, and her daughter, Susan. Family services will be held later this year.

     Corinne’s family would like to express eternal gratitude to the loving and compassionate staff at the skilled nursing facility. The care and attention provided by the administration, nursing, dietary, therapy and maintenance was world class and will not be forgotten. They would also like to thank Unity Hospice for their support and services during Corinne’s convalescence in 2020 and in her final weeks in 2022.

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Corinne’s name to Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center (c/o Resident Activity Program, 323 S 18th Ave, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235).

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

 

 

Dale Robert Englebert

Dale Robert Englebert, 69, Green Bay, passed away Monday morning, March 21, 2022, at his home while surrounded by his family. Born May 12, 1952, in Sturgeon Bay, he is the son of the Lindy and Carole (Baudhuin) Englebert. Dale is a graduate of Southern Door High School, Class of '70 where he competed in basketball and in FFA. Dale was a long haul truck driver for many years. He enjoyed his time playing softball in city rec. leagues and was involved in stock car racing, and watching NASCAR and attending local races.

 

Dale is survived by son, Tyler Cesar and his mother, Theresa Cesar; son Travis Englebert; siblings, Linda (Gary) Olson, Gary (Chris) Englebert, Patrick Englebert, Perry Englebert, LeahAnn (Ronald) Massart, Kathy (Gary) Massart, and Tom (Bobbie) Englebert; two aunts, Virgil Doell and Sharon Englebert (friend, Kerry); Godfather, Milton Rass; Godmother, Carol Jean Begotka; Godchild, Vonnie Haack; further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents, Harry and Lucy Baudhuin; and paternal grandparents, Nelson and Emily Englebert.

 

Per Dale's wishes, no formal services will be held.

 

Dale's family extends a special thank you to the caring angels from Unity Hospice and especially to Theresa Cesar to her care and devotion throughout Dale's illness.

 

Simply Cremation, Green Bay is serving the family. Visit www.simplycremationgb.com to share a condolence with the family.

Steven Robert Witalison

Steven Robert Witalison, 69, of Fish Creek, passed away Sunday evening, March 20, 2022, at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

 

     He was born December 29, 1952 in Madison, the son of Robert Charles Witalison and Arzetta Claire (Bauldry) Witalison. Steve was raised Catholic and attended Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Sun Prairie and grade school in Waunakee. He graduated from Sun Prairie High School with the class of 1971. Steve went on to study education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He returned home after two years at Stevens Point and went to work for Tracor Northern in Middleton in their shipping department. Through his friend, Craig Breitsprecher, Steve met Kathleen Joann Havlik. They were united in marriage on June 15, 1974 at Kathy's home church of St. Albert the Great in Sun Prairie. Steve remained with Tracor Northern for 18 years. He worked various jobs before going to work for Jenkins Research and Manufacturing in Fitchburg in 1994. Steve retired from Jenkins as the shipping department manager in 2003. He and Kathy moved from Madison to Fish Creek, in Door County, in 2009.

     Steve enjoyed playing softball for Tracor Northern in league in Middleton. He coached his sons in Pop Warner football and remained an avid sports fan throughout his life, especially of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Wisconsin Badgers (various sports). Steve loved to go fishing at Tenny Park in Madison, on the Wisconsin River in Portage, in Sister Bay, and also in Sturgeon Bay. He played tuba in band in high school and liked (almost) all kinds of music - from big band to (country) bluegrass...Pretty much anything besides rap.

     Steve will be missed by wife, Kathy, with whom he was blessed to share nearly 48 years of marriage with; three sons, Ryan Witalison of Fish Creek, Sean (Lindsey) Witalison of Kimberly, and Evan Witalison of Racine; two grandsons, Abram and Brodie Witalison; two brothers, Gary (Joni) Witalison of Fish Creek and Donald (Lori) Witalison of Madison; mother-in-law, Betty Havlik of Wisconsin Rapids; siblings-in-law, Nancy Soldner of Liberty, MO, Susan Rank of Tomah, and Craig (Liz) Havlik of Sun Prairie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Micah Witalison (2018); father-in-law, Clarence "CJ" Joseph Havlik; brothers-in-law David Havlik and Nels Rank; and other relatives.

     A celebration of Steve’s life will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the Gibraltar Town Hall, 4097 Main Street, Fish Creek, WI 54212.

     Memorials may be given in his name for the Wisconsin Humane Society (www.wihumane.org).

     "Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Door County Medical Center and Unity Hospice for the wonderful, compassionate care you gave to Steve."

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

William Ray Nielson

William Ray Nielson, 93, of Sturgeon Bay passed away in Green Bay on March 21, 2022.  He was born March 26, 1928, in Sturgeon Bay to Albert and Christine (Reetz) Nielson.  He proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force.  On July 11, 1965, he married Shirley Bogdanski in Racine, she preceded him in death on September 13, 2013.  Bill worked as a tool and dye worker at Briggs and Straton in Milwaukee for 33 years and enjoyed many years of retirement.

Bill was a Christian man who loved people.  He had a wry sense of humor and made friends wherever he went. He was a gifted handyman who could fix or build anything.  He enjoyed helping everyone with all kinds of projects.  

Bill loved old cars, particularly Model A and Model T cars.  He recently finished restoring a 1930 Model A. Coup.  He and his wife made great memories travelling around the country in their fifth wheel camper.  They also made numerous trips to Europe.

Survivors include his six children, Mary Stolowski, Karen Gehrke, Dan (Ilde) Nielson, Mark (Yvonne) Nielson, Bill Nielson (Pollyanna Soukup), and Kelly (Camille) Nielson; 9 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a brother Daniel (Joanne) Nielson; two sisters, Margaret Palmer, and Rosemary Hintz.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a granddaughter Beth VanErt; two sisters, Helen, and Verneta; and two brothers, Albert and Duane.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at Bay View Lutheran Church.  Inurnment will be at Bayside Cemetery.  Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. at the church until time of services. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

Robert Nickel

Robert Nickel, 61, passed away on February 2, 2022. He was born in Ripon, WI, on November 3, 1960, to Harvey and Mary Ann (Poritz) Nickel and raised in Princeton, WI.

On June 11, 1988, Bob married the love of his life, Mary (Klapatch), at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church in Casco, WI. Together, they spent 33 happy years making their home in Algoma, then Sturgeon Bay, and finally Green Bay.

Bob graduated in 1978 from Princeton High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from UW – Whitewater, a Church Music Certificate from Silver Lake College, and a Master of Arts in Education degree from Marian University. His teaching and school administration career spanned 39 years working in the Algoma, Sevastopol, and Sturgeon Bay School Districts retiring on July 1, 2021. Bob also served as a church musician in Princeton, Richmond, Whitewater, Algoma, Sturgeon Bay, Jacksonport, and Green Bay. In both his school and church work, Bob felt privileged to have had the opportunity to touch the lives of so many people.

Bob is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Beth Wartella (fiancé, Nick Van Oss and son, Liam); son, Loren (Angela); brother, David (Cheri and son, Michael); and father, Harvey.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church, 200 South Ashland Avenue, Green Bay with Rev. Katie Estes pastor, and Rt. Rev. Paul Graf, Bishop of The Moravian Church, officiating.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. The family will continue with visiting at First Presbyterian Church Friday, March 25, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Hospice or the Sturgeon Bay High School Auditorium Project.

Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Nickel family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Robert may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

 

Johanna M. Opicka,

Johanna M. Opicka, 93, formerly of Kewaunee, passed away March 21, 2022, at the Algoma Long Term Care Center. She was born May 21, 1928, to Ernest and Louise (Hafeman) Kroening in Algoma. On June 2, 1948, she married Elton (Bob) Simonar at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma. They had 2 children, Ronnie and Gail. Bob passed away in 1960. On June 11, 1966, Johanna was united in marriage to Henry Opicka at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma. They had a daughter, Brenda. Henry passed away in 2021. Johanna enjoyed sewing for her grandchildren, crocheting, embroidering, picking weeds, and enjoying time with her family. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kewaunee, and a member of the Happy Hoppers and went dancing until 2019.

She is survived by her daughters, Gail (Alan) Zellner of Kewaunee, Brenda (Alan) Hirst of Kewaunee; daughter-in-law, Pat Simonar (special friend Wayne) of New Franken; 4 grandchildren, April Massey, Amy Terrien, Kevin (Peggy) Zellner, Kim (Mike) Rossa; seven great-grandchildren, Ben Massey, Jared Zellner (special friend Elise), Kirsten Massey, Brittany Kostichka, Xavier Terrien, Zach Kostichka, Justin Zellner, 3 step-greatgrandchildren, Alison (Mark) Anzaldua, Clayton Shaw, and Michelle Rossa; 4 step-great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Lois “Jean” Bittorf of Carlsville, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Elton (Bob) Simonar; second husband, Henry Opicka; and her son Ronald Simonar; her parents; brothers, Clifford (Maxine) Kroening, Orville Kroening; sisters, Gertrude (Victor) Harmann, Loretta (Jerome) Franda; sisters- & brothers-in-law, Elnora (Roland) Wagner, Wally (Florence) Simonar; Vida (Wilbert “Snooky”) Miller, Donald Bittorf, Evelyn (Harvey) Paplham, Frances (Harlan) Burmeister; in-laws, Frank and Melva Simonar, Henry Sr. and Mae Opicka; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kewaunee on Saturday, March 26, 2022, from 9-11 am. Funeral service will take place at 11 am with Pastor Matthew Sprunger officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery – Kewaunee. Kinnard Funeral & Cremation Services (formerly Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home) – Casco is assisting the family. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.KinnardFCS.com.

Special Thank You to the caring staff of the Algoma Long Term Care Unit for their wonderful care of Johanna.

 

Clarence G. Villers

Clarence G. Villers, 74, Algoma, passed away very unexpectedly, Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Bellin Hospital.  He was born July 14, 1947 in Algoma to the late Clarence and Elizabeth (Yanda) Villers.

In his later years, Clarence was a custodian for Plummers Woodworker Industry for 36 years.  Then after it closed he worked at East Shore Industries for about four years.
Clarence lived independently until 2017 when he moved into Autumn's Journey Assisted Living in Algoma.

Clarence traveled many places, including, New York, Disney World in Florida, Mexico and was on a cruise.  He was an avid Packer fan, loved to play bingo, polka music, doing crafts and  going out to eat.

When someone would ask Clarence how he was doing, he would always reply "Peachy".

He is survived by his guardian, Jayne Michalik.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be a public visitation, Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 11:00 AM until the time of services at 1:00 PM at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery after the service.

His extended family would like to thank Autumn's Journey for all their kindness and care given to Clarence during his stay there and Bellin ER for their efforts to save Clarence.

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

Kenneth A. Kostka

Kenneth A. Kostka, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on March 18, 2022 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.  He was born April 22, 1934 in Algoma to Anton and Lydia (Rupp) Kostka. 

 

After high school, Ken served two years in the U.S. Army and then married the love of his life Shirley Schmiling on May 10, 1958.  For many years, he worked as a waste water treatment manager, retiring in 1994 and enjoying many years of retirement. 

 

Ken was a devoted husband of 63 years and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He was an avid fisherman, golfer, card player, active member of Bay View Lutheran Church.  He loved all sports, especially softball and bowling.  Ken enjoyed yard work, word searches and holiday preparations.

 

He is survived by his wife, 3 children, Tony (Katherine) Kostka, Glenbeulah, WI; Tim Kostka, Sturgeon Bay; and Karen (Mark) DuFrane, Wausau; 4 grandchildren: Matt (Jessica) Kostka, Kelsey Geenen, Levi (Lacey) DuFrane, Sophie (Will) DuFrane; 5 great-grandchildren: Aubrey, Brenna, Odin, Emrick and Laylah.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard Kostka, and granddaughter Lydia DuFrane.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday, March 25, 2022 at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 9:30 am until the time of service.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  On line condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Thank you to Unity Hospice, St. Vincent Hospital, Door County Medical Center, and Pastor Jeff for all their kindness and compassion.

Roger Pinkert

Roger Pinkert, 81 years, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at home with his family.

     He was born June 16, 1940 in Milwaukee, the son of Henry and Virginia (Chorney) Pinkert. Roger graduated from Wauwatosa High School in 1958, received a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1963 and went on to receive his law degree from UW-Madison in 1967. Many summer vacations in Roger’s youth were spent in Door County with his family and he, coincidentally, through friends, met Sara Stedman from Sturgeon Bay while both were attending Madison. They were married February 10, 1962 and moved to Sturgeon Bay after graduation.

     Roger began his own law practice but soon partnered with Attorney Herman Leasum with offices on Third Avenue above The Advocate. Throughout the years, the partnership evolved into The Pinkert Law Firm, where he worked for more than 30 years with partners and colleagues who were very special to him.

     Roger loved being with people and engaging with and caring for many of his clients both professionally and personally.

     In retirement, he enjoyed playing cards with his two buddies, Dennis Starr and Jim Anderson, golfing with friends and family, and trips to the casino. In spite of many health issues, Roger felt blessed during his life and was known as the man with 1,000 lives.

     His surviving family includes his dear wife of 60 years, Sara; three children, Mike of Green Bay, Jon (Leanne) of Sturgeon Bay, Kristine (Peter) Juntunen of Wrightstown; eight grandchildren he adored, Santana and Taylor Pinkert; twins, Ella and Emily, and Elijah Pinkert; Evan, Lauren, and Reagan Juntunen; two sisters, Patricia (Robert) Hollinger of Windsor, CO, and Elaine Pinkert of Milwaukee and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Also surviving is his very special private secretary for many, many years, Sheryl Ripp.

     A celebration of his life with family and friends will be announced and held later this summer. Private burial will be at Bayside Cemetery, Rev. Phillips Sweet officiating.

     Memorials in Roger’s memory may be directed to his mother-in-law’s educational scholarship, The Ella May Stedman Foundation (PO Box 89, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235) or to a charity of choice.

     A special thanks goes out to the staff of St. Paul’s Rehabilitation, Kaukauna, WI, the staff of Unity Hospice, and the staff of DaVita Dialysis for the loving care provided to Roger throughout his needs. A special memorial thanks goes out to Richard and Jean Vollrath for providing the 60 years ago wedding at Pine Hills Country Club in Sheboygan, WI.

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

Carl Scholz

A good and loving man died today, March 16, 2022. Carl Scholz was determined to make the world a better place. Besides his love of family, his love of Door County was evident in all that he did. Education and environmental issues were his passion, he never ceased to teach about the wonders of the natural world. Carl was born on a farm near Waubeka, Wisconsin to Philip and Hattie (Opperman) Scholz on December 15, 1927. At 17, he joined the Army and become a paratrooper and served in the Pacific, spending a year in Japan in the occupation Army. He then went on to graduate from UW Madison. In 1951 Carl became an agriculture teacher at Sevastopol School. After 3 years of teaching, he was asked by the school board to be superintendent. At 26 years old he agreed to take the job for one year—convinced by the board to continue—he went on to earn a master’s degree and 34 years later retired from the Sevastopol School System.

 

Carl also met his wife Ruth in 1951 in Door County and where they built their life together, never wanting to live anywhere else. They were married in Ruth’s hometown Weyauwega, Wisconsin. Blessed with four children, Marsha (Dana) Lindh, Jane (David) Raben, Jon (Joan) Scholz and Carla Scholz. His pride and joy in his children, his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were evident in everything he shared with them; a love of education, the natural world, and the simple things in life. Family gatherings were dear to him and Ruth.  

 

Carl often expressed his love for Door County and especially the Sevastopol School community. Education for every child was important to him. He was adept at finding ways to turn non-achieving students into achievers.

 

In 1965, he and Ruth with three other couples started The Farm, a living museum of rural America. Orv and Sally Schopf were their partners for many years. Eventually, the Scholzs owned The Farm and continued to run it until 2002. The Farm honored his pride in Wisconsin’s heritage and his dedication to education and preserving rural America.

 

Carl belonged to many environmental organizations. He served on countless boards and never gave up fighting for what was right for the protection of our natural resources. He stood up for many environmental initiatives such as stopping the mines from polluting our rivers, opposing the PCB’s in the Fox River, and developing Whitefish Dunes as a state park. He was influential in many land acquisitions for preservation by The Land Trust. He was on The Ridges board for many years, including serving as president for 15 years. Carl was honored by environmental groups such as Door County Land Trust, Champion of Champions from Lakeshore National Resources Partnership, State Farmer for the FFA, Door County Environmentalist Governors award for conservation, and many more. Thousands of trees along the canal in Door County were planted under his supervision by the Sevastopol Conservation Club. In the 1960s his creative development of the Sevastopol School EcoLab (an outdoor classroom) without taxpayer money is still an essential resource in the community. He took truckloads of trees to Wisconsin communities that suffered losses from tornadoes. Carl was instrumental in constructing the first Door County sanitary district for Institute and Valmy.  

 

His belief in quality education in all public schools was paramount. When a director of Door County Special Education was needed, he volunteered and did the job for two years. He opposed state negative aid which would have taken tax money from Door County districts and given it to other districts in the state. He often said that the people of the community, the teachers, and the staff at Sevastopol were the best.

 

In later years, Carl and Ruth enjoyed traveling the world including fulfilling a goal of visiting the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine. With the recent tragic events, he spent hours reviewing photos from that memorable trip. As Carl liked to tell, the word “Sevastopol” means a place of glory.

 

There is much more that could be told of his accomplishments but already Carl would say, “enough”.

 

Carl is survived by his wife (Ruth), four children, and ten grandchildren, Jon (Sarah) Lindh, Allison (Alfonso) Lindh, Andrew (Brittany) Lindh, Anna Raben, Molly Raben, Dustin (Kaitlin) Scholz, Erica (Eric) Abrahamson, Emily (Scott) Walker, Philip Mueller and Emma Mueller, and fifteen great-grandchildren.

 

Thank you for the loving care from the angels at Anna’s Healthcare and Unity Hospice.

 

A celebration of his life is being planned for the warmer months, details will be shared soon.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

 

If you would like to remember Carl by planting a tree, please donate to a local organization like the EcoLab at Sevastopol or any Door County environmental group. 

 

Sandra A. Price

Sandra Alice Price, 75, of Brussels, passed away on March 16, 2022 in DePere.  She was born Feb. 11, 1947 to Hugo and Mary Jane (Mathy) Klessig.  On Aug. 27, 1966 she married William Price in Brussels.  He preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 2018.

For many years, Sandra worked as a cook for Southern Door Schools.  She also did housekeeping at the Rushes Resort in Jacksonsport. 

Sandra enjoyed playing cards, cribbage, knitting, bingo, baking cakes, watching the Packers and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.  She especially enjoyed anytime spent with family and friends.

Sandra had a strong faith, enjoyed telling jokes, and was a very sweet, loving, and caring person who will be dearly missed.

She is survived by 5 children, Richard Price (Susan Toelly), Sturgeon Bay; Dana (Dan) Bosman, Forestville; Scott (Rachel) Price, Sturgeon Bay; Travis (Penny) Price, Brussels; and John (Andrea) Price, Luxemburg; 14 grandchildren, Drew, Daniel (Jill), Jamie (Danny), Kayla, Hannah, Isabella, Sophia, Vienna, Vince, Will, Sterling, Caitlin, Trenton, Payton; 5 great-grandchildren, Brock, Mason, Hailey, Owen, Delaney, and Noelle; 2 sisters, Paula (Terrance) Herbst and Tena Klessig; brother Timothy Klessig; in-laws, Shirley Turpin, Dan Price, Carol Price.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson Christopher Price and great-granddaughter Regan Allen; brother Hugo Klessig, in-laws, Edward Price, Pam Price, and Alice Mae Swanson; mother-in-law Ardis Price.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Monday from 4:00 -7:00 pm and at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 am until the time of mass.  A prayer service is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Monday at the funeral Home.

Special thanks to the doctors and oncology staff at St. Vincent Hospital, as well as Unity Hospice for the wonderful care and support.

David "Dave" Leonard Smith Jr.

David “Dave” Leonard Smith Jr., 46, of Luxemburg, Wisconsin passed away on Sunday morning, March 13, 2022.

 

David was born in the Chippewa Falls area on April 9, 1975, to David Sr. and Lynnann (Sloan) Smith. He graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 1993 and proceeded to attend Chippewa Valley Tech College earning a degree in Police Science. On October 14, 2000, he married Tamara M. Spice in Green Bay and on December 28, 2009, he welcomed his son, Sean into the world. 

 

David enjoyed working for various car companies and driving parts to his customers all over the area. He also enjoyed traveling with his family to different cities and states and watching his son in various activities. 

 

David is survived by his wife, Tammy of Luxemburg; son Sean; parents, David Sr. and Lynnann Smith of Chippewa Falls; father in law and mother in law, Floyd and Faith Spice of Lily; brother in law, Joseph (Kim) Spice of Kieler; nieces, Courtney and Hannah Spice of Kieler; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

David is preceded in death by his grandparents, Lynn and Dorothy Ann Sloan and Cecil and Alma Jane Smith.

 

Friends may call at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.  Funeral 11:00 am at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  David will be laid to rest in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.

 

We would like to thank the Luxemburg Rescue, Aurora BayCare, Bellin Hospital and Froedtert Medical in Milwaukee for all the care and support shown to us. A special note of thanks is extended to Mark, Greg and Shannon for always lending a listening ear when needed.

 

McMahon Funeral Home in Luxemburg, is assisting the Smith Family.  www.mcmahonfh.com

 

In lieu of flowers, to honor David’s request, he would like you to make donations to Sean’s college fund.

Richard J. McCormick

Richard Joseph McCormick, 85 years, of Sturgeon Bay passed away Monday evening, March 14, 2022 at his home with family at his side after a lengthy battle with mesothelioma.

     He was born August 30, 1936 in Randolph, WI, the son of the late Joseph and Anzannetta (Goodman) McCormick. Dick graduated from Randolph High School in 1954 before receiving his degree in Agriculture and Biology from UW Platteville in 1959. He went on to receive his drivers Ed accreditation from the University of Wisconsin in 1962. Dick taught at Sturgeon Bay High School for 32 years.

     On August 13, 1960 he married Gail Ann Gross at Christ the King Catholic Church in Superior, Wisconsin. Together they raised their five children. They enjoyed spending summers at the family cabin in Solon Springs. He was known as a gourmet cook and loved a great Prime Rib.

     Dick was a devout Catholic who was active at his St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay.

     Surviving family include his wife, Gail; five children, Linda (Rod) Scheuer of Mishicot, Laurie (Marc) Bertram of LaCrosse, Richard Jr. (Jennifer) of Cave Creek, AZ, Thomas “Tom” (Ann) of Neshotah, WI, Kelly (Rock) Kostka of Algoma; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dennis (Jane) of Beaver Dam, William (Sharon) of Fall River, Michael (Carol) of Beaver Dam; sisters, Elizabeth (Jim) Kruizinger, Mary (Wayne) White, Nancy (Merv) Schaefer, and Kathy (Tom) Nickel.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, Joseph and Anzannetta McCormick; two brothers, Donald, and Robert.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

     Friends may call Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and at the church Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to pray the rosary at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Huehns Funeral Home and a parish wake held at 7:00 p.m.

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

Joanne M. Rass

Joanne Marie Rass, 84, of Namur, passed away at home on March 14, 2022, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born in 1937 in the Town of Red River, to Harry and Josephine (Tassoul) Petry.  On November 12, 1958, she married Milton J. Rass at St. Odiles Catholic Church in Thirey Dames.

Joanne graduated from Luxemburg High School in 1955 where she sang in the choir and was a twirler in the marching band.  After high school, she attended Door Kewaunee Normal teachers’ college.  For a short time, she worked as a legal assistant before starting a family with Milton.  Joanne was the Town of Union Treasurer for 28 years.  She also enjoyed volunteering at St. Francis & St. Mary’s for special events.

Joanne loved her husband, children, family and friends.  She also enjoyed flower gardens, hummingbirds, baking, and traveling adventures which included bus trips with Elaine and Joe. Joanne was a very kind and gentle soul who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her devoted husband of 63 years; supportive children, Bruce Rass, Deb (Jeff) DuChateau, Becky (Dale) Konkol; sisters, Shirley Devos, Beatrice (Jim) Scholes, Arlene Schneider, Agatha Jeanquart, and Darlene Ciha; and a host of nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Elizabeth (Bob) Braun, Norman (Darlene) Petry, Mabel (Clayton) Christianson, Mary Petry, and Norma (Marlin) Kay; in-laws, Wilfred (Grace) Rass.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2022, at St. Francis & St. Mary’s Parish in Brussels with Rev. Edward Looney officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary of the Snow Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Monday.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

Special thanks to Dr. Matthew Ryan, Shirley Devos, Elaine and Joe Martinson, Verona and Rod Robillard, and Unity Hospice for the wonderful care and support. 

Daniel Stone

Daniel Doelling Stone found peace on Saturday morning, March 12, 2022.  Dan was born March 20, 1980, in St. Charles, Missouri to Donald and Christine (Doelling) Stone.

 

Dan had fond memories of growing up in Missouri and spending time on his grandpa’s farm with his cousins, as well as family vacations spent at Lake of the Ozarks.  Dan had a passion for being on the water and was able to fulfill that while working at Skipper Bud’s as a marine mechanic.

 

Dan also had a passion for motorcycles and was a graduate of the American Motorcycle Institute of Daytona, Florida.  He enjoyed working with his hands as a hobby craftsman and found joy in spending time with his girlfriend and their two dogs. 

Dan is survived by his parents, Donald and Christine Stone, New Berlin, WI; the love of his life and best friend, Iris Knigge, Sturgeon Bay; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins across the country; and Iris’ extended family.  Dan will be missed by family and friends, including those from his AA community where he found fellowship for many years.

 

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2022, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Peter Mannoja officiating.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home on Friday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the “115 Club” (115 N. 5th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235)  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com.

Armene G. Delfosse

Armene G. Delfosse, 91 years, of Sturgeon Bay, was called home to heaven Friday evening, March 11, 2022 while at Door County Memorial Hospital.

    

She was born on November 19, 1930 in Lincoln, the daughter of the late Zepherence and Josephine (Joniaux) Dhuey.   Armene attended Lincoln School.   On May 17, 1949 she married Robert E. Delfosse at St. Peter Catholic Church in Lincoln.  Together they dairy farmed as a family for many years.  They enjoyed traveling together, especially to Hawaii and Belgium, polka dancing, playing cards with friends and family.  Her endearing smile and happiness were always present as she loved her family and being with friends. Armene loved the holidays, buying gifts for others, playing Mrs. Santa, and being surprised with gifts from others. Her priorities in life were faith, praying the rosary multiple times a day, and caring for her family and others above self. 

    

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay, the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Brussels and Forestville Homemakers. 

    

Survivors include her daughter, Theresa (Stewart) Fett of Sturgeon Bay; two sons, Dan (Sherri) Delfosse of Luxemburg, Dean (Robin) Delfosse of Brussels; grandchildren, Mindie (Travis) Overbeck, Adam (Megan) Delfosse, Danielle (Rich Dreier)Ware-Dreier, Nicole (Phil Raess) Fett, Aaron Fett, Justin (Stefanie) Delfosse, Jennifer (Jim) Hart, April (Tim) Clark, Ashley Delfosse; great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Faith, Brodie, Ethan, Ashlyn, Aiden, Aubri; Moriah, Gracie, Taylor; Jameson, Preston, Cullen; Brady, Connor, Layla; her sister, Mary Ann Conard of Casco; sister-in-law, Virgil Maccoux of Green Bay.

    

Preceding her in death were her parents, Zepherence and Josephine Dhuey; husband, Robert (2014); son, David (2011); brother, Harris Dhuey; sister-in-law, Emily Dhuey;  infant sister, Anne (3mos.); brothers-in-law, Francis Conard, Ronald Maccoux.

    

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Anthony Birdsall celebrating.  Entombment will be at Nicolet Memorial Gardens, Shrine of the Good Shepherd.

    

Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday March 18, 2022 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the mass at 10:30 a.m. All are invited to pray the Rosary, that was so important to Armene, at 3:45 p.m. Friday at Huehns Funeral Home with a parish wake service Friday at 7:00 p.m.

The family of Armene Delfosse would like to thank Dr. Richard Hogan, the nursing staff at Door County Memorial Hospital, and the entire staff at Anna’s Healthcare for the wonderful care she received.

    

Memorials may be made in her memory.

    

Sign online guest register, leave condolences and share memories and photos at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com  

Linda Elaine Freier

Linda Elaine Freier, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on March 10, 2022.  She was born May 5, 1949, in Galesville, WI to John and Ethel (Hare) Marvell.  On March 9, 1968, she married David H. Freier in Dundee, IL.

Linda was very active in the Red Hatter Group, her card club where she was known as being quite the poker player, and book club.  She enjoyed gardening and volunteering at Door Co. Medical Center.  Linda was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and loved spending time with all of them.

Survivors include her husband; two children, Jason Freier, Sturgeon Bay; Dana Hangebrauck, Antioch, IL; two sons-in-law, Harold “Buddy” Hangebrauck, Trevor, WI; Bill Herreid, Trevor, WI; three grandchildren, Hunter (Liv), Logan, and Brayden Hangebrauck; one great-grandson, Brantley Hangebrauck; two sisters-in-law, Valerie (Randy) Hakes, Adell, WI; Melanie (Howie) Iverson, West Bend, WI; lifelong best friend and cousin, Kathy (David) Mueller, Galesville, WI; along with the rest of the “Galesville Clan”.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Roger Marvell; one brother-in-law, James Freier.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. April 1, 2022, at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Michael Zolnosky officiating.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home on Friday.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Centerville, WI.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.   On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com 

 

Agnes "Aggie" L. Anschutz

Agnes “Aggie” L. Anschutz, 96 of Sturgeon Bay passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.

     Agnes was born January 13, 1926, the daughter of the late William and Rose (Geitner) Reynolds. Agnes graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School. She worked at Milwaukee Shoe Company for 20 years and later went to Emerson Motors Company until she retired in 2006. She also worked at Maxwelton Braes for 15 years as the head of housekeeping.

     On January 22, 1944, she married August Harold Anschutz in Sturgeon Bay. He preceded her on April 28, 1992.

     Agnes was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport. She enjoyed playing cards and watching the Brewers.

     She will be missed by her daughter, Karen Anschutz of Sturgeon Bay; daughter-in-law, Carol; grandsons, Steven and Brian; great-grandchildren, Allison and Maxwell; other relatives and friends.

     Preceding her in death were her parents, William and Rose Reynolds; husband, August “Augie”; son, Merlin; grandson, Jason; sister, Katherine (Joseph) Salm; brothers, Herbert, Fritz, Don, and Karl Reynolds; and brothers-in-law, James (Marilyn), Norman (Ruth), Oliver (Jeanette), Milton (Betty), and Edward (Florence) Anschutz.

     Funeral services will be Saturday, March 12, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport with Pastor Peter Lindemann officiating. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Agnes may share with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Norma A. Kay

Norma A. Kay, 87, Forestville, passed away peacefully, Monday March 7, 2022 at Anna's Healthcare in Sturgeon Bay.  She was born June 12, 1934 to the late Harry and Josephine (Tassoul) Petry in the Township of Red River.
Norma married Marlin O. Kay November 10, 1956 in Kolberg.  
Norma helped run the family farm and was a stay at home mom, raising her children. She was a member of Kolberg Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  
Norma enjoyed working in the kitchen at the Northeast Wisconsin Antique Power Associations annual Thresheree in Valmy for many years. In her free time, she could be found baking, quilting, doing word searches and beating everyone in marbles.
Norma is survived by her children Vicki Polcen (special friend Mel), Sturgeon Bay, Micheal Kay, Cadot, WI., Tom (Chris) Kay, Forestville, Linda (Mark) DeKeyser, Brussels and Paul (Judy) Kay, Forestville; 10 grandchildren Adam (Melissa) Polcen, Amanda Purdy, Katie DeKeyser, Megan DeKeyser, Jon Kay, Angela Kay (Fiance' Jason), Matthew Kay, Jesse Kay, Mikayla Kay and Marley Kay; six sisters Shirley Devos, Beatrice (Jim) Scholes, Joanne (Milton) Rass, Agatha Jeanquart, Arlene Schneider and Darlene Ciha; special friends Andrew Jeanquart and Joanne Tucker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marlin March 14, 2018, son David and daughter Patsy, twin brother Norman and three sisters Mary Petry, Elizabeth Braun and Mabel Christenson.
There will be a public visitation, Monday, March 14, 2022 from 9:00 AM until the time of  services at 11:00 AM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Kolberg with the Rev. Curt Grube officiating.  Entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.
The family wants to give a special thank you to Unity Hospice and the nursing staff at Anna's Healthcare in Sturgeon Bay.
The Schinderle Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Algoma,  were entrusted with the arrangements for Norma and her family.
Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Norma's tribute page at www.schinderlefuneralhome.com

Raphael Joseph LeBrun

Raphael Joseph LeBrun, 88, of Brussels, passed away on March 8, 2022, with his family around him, following a long illness.

Ray was born Oct. 7, 1933, in De Pere, the son of Margaret (Loehlein) and John "Jack" LeBrun. The oldest of 11 children, Ray attended St. Mary's School in De Pere and graduated from St. Norbert High School in 1952, a few months after his father died. Soon after, Ray was drafted by the U.S. Army, taking a troop ship bound for Korea, serving with the Seventh Infantry Division from 1954-1956.

After the Army, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout on the G.I. Bill, earning a B.S. in Industrial Arts Education in 1961, and a master's degree in Vocational Education in 1978.

He married Mary Hutchison on Aug. 24, 1957 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in New London. They started their family living in a campus Quonset hut while Ray studied at Stout, and then settled in Door County in 1961, when Ray began teaching industrial arts at Southern Door High School. During the summers, he worked at Van's Lumber and Palmer Johnson Yachts. In 1968 he began teaching construction and fine woodworking at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, where he worked until his retirement in 1993. He also taught summer school and adult defensive driving.

Ray was a member of St. Louis Catholic Parish in Dyckesville, as well as St. Francis Catholic Church in Brussels and St. Mary of the Snows, Namur. He was a member of the Brussels Lions Club for 25 years and enjoyed volunteering for the Bishop's Charities games with the Green Bay Packers.

He enjoyed traveling to England, Ireland, Hawaii, fishing trips to Canada and Alaska, and visiting family throughout the U.S. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, fine woodworking and building, and was especially interested in science, history and politics. With his family he shared his strong faith and love of the Holy Spirit and the power of prayer, as well as his wonder and awe for nature.

His children have many fond memories of his appreciation for the wonders of the world. When his children were young he would wake them in the middle of the night to see a lunar eclipse or watch the northern lights dance over the bay. He would yell "Comet!" and they would bound down the stairs, sleepy-eyed, to take their turn with the binoculars to see the awesome sight in the night sky.

In recent years he spent time socializing with his wife, Mary, their children and grandchildren and many friends, especially at home in Door County, where he enjoyed driving his scooter up Bay Shore Road for hours, stopping to chat with neighbors.

It was impossible to go out in public with him when he wasn't stopped by people whose lives he touched in a positive way. "Hi, Mr. LeBrun!" they would say, and then often, they would thank him for teaching them woodworking, construction or the skills they needed to work in the shipyards or other industries. Or it might be one of his nieces and nephews, a cousin or a friend — he would share a joke or a laugh or words of advice on how to fix something, and in recent years, how to fix what's wrong in this world.

Besides his wife, he is survived by seven children and their spouses: John and Kathy (Leege) LeBrun, Eau Claire; Margaret LeBrun and David Allen, Sturgeon Bay; D'Ann (LeBrun) and Peter Jackson, Sturgeon Bay; Robert and Jackie (Devos) LeBrun, Green Bay; David and Becky (Dorsher) LeBrun, Sturgeon Bay; Darrin and Mary (Meyer) LeBrun, Wausau; and Jaymi LeBrun and Dan Scollan, St. Paul, Minn.

He is survived by 13 grandchildren: Katie, Joseph and Nathaniel LeBrun; Raphael and Samuel Allen and Amy Maniola; Callie (LeBrun) and Chris Kolarik, Riese and Veronica LeBrun; Bryce LeBrun and Braedyn Bosilovatz, Jonathan, Anna LeBrun; Matthew and Sean LeBrun.

He was also survived by his siblings: Sister Doris Jean LeBrun of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Milwaukee; Dorothy and Jim Euclide, Dover, Penn., Eunice (LeBrun) Pozza, Treasure Lake, Penn., Marilyn (LeBrun) and Larry Gillis, New Berlin; Don and Jan (Schneider) LeBrun, Green Bay; Mary (LeBrun) Gandt, De Pere; Gloria (LeBrun-Robertson) Tennesson, Green Bay; Roger and Diana (Hayes), California; Joanne (LeBrun) and Steve Madson, Green Bay; and Samantha (LeBrun) Keenan, San Diego. He is also survived by his in-laws: Tom Hutchison, Green Bay; Dr. Margaret Hutchison, Bill and Darlene Hutchison and Judy and Bob Fischer, all of New London; Nancy Schlafer, Appleton; and David and Kathy Hutchison, New London. "Uncle Ray" was also survived by 69 nieces and nephews and many more great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by in-laws: Ann (Makowski) LeBrun, Jim and Roberta (Hutchison) Prunty, Frank Schlafer, Linda (Kooyman) LeBrun, Joe Pozza, Marian (Raulch) Hutchison, Norman Balthazar, Betty (Hutchison) Balthazar and Jim Keenan. Also preceding him in death were three nieces: Carla Robertson, Rebecca Madson Leach and Laurie (LaMarche) Carlton.

Ray was very proud of each of his children and grandchildren and loved them all deeply. They will treasure the memory of his hearty laugh, and the sound of him whistling a familiar tune as he worked in his shop, walked into the house or watched the sun go down on the bay.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2022, at St. Louis Parish, Dyckesville. A prayer service will be conducted at 6:30 pm that evening. Visitation will continue at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 until the time of Mass at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Burial will be at the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church Cemetery in New London.

Forbes Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.forbesfuneralhome.com.

David J. Gerhart

Our beloved David J Gerhart passed away peacefully at home March 3, 2022, following a long, hard-fought, and extremely private battle with cancer. He was born on February 26, 1960 in Algoma, son of the late Peter A. Gerhart and Sharon A. (Churches) (Gerhart) Erwin and stepson of Marshall “Bobby” Erwin.

    

David grew up in Little Harbor, in a very loving family with a strong Great Lakes maritime history and developed early on a lifelong love of the Great Lakes freighters, sunsets on the water, and everything nautical. He was very proud to have spent many summers captaining “The Major” for the Diebel family and to traverse his beloved Lake Michigan and surrounding waters and liked nothing better than to hop into his own boat and cruise after work and on weekends.

    

David was a very creative person who was able to fix, solve, adapt, imagine, and create anything, simply using his imagination and parts and scraps he had collected.  He was an incredible model car and boat builder. He designed and built a large state-of-the-art Carrera slot car track, at which he enjoyed many Saturdays racing with his dear friends, Bill and Ed, and brother, Rick. Collecting vintage toys, cars, and trucks was a favorite hobby, and he took great joy repurposing them into creative and useful things around the house. He also loved finding and collecting toys and glassware that he remembered being stocked at his grandparents’ Gerhart Hardware Store in Algoma, a place that held very special memories for him.

    

David married the love of his life, Cindy LaCrosse, on July 6, 2013 at their home in Little Harbor, gaining two stepsons, a daughter-in-law, and a beloved granddaughter. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; stepson, Levon (Breann) LaCrosse and their daughter, Hadley, of Algoma, and stepson, Tyler LaCrosse of Sturgeon Bay. He is also survived by his brothers, Rick (Lisa) Gerhart of Sturgeon Bay and Derick “Bugsy” (Maitri) Erwin of Houston, TX; brothers-in-law, Mike (Janis) Piety of Shelly, ID, Steve (Sue) Harding of Littleton, CO, and David (Jennifer) Harding of Alameda, CA; and mother-in-law, Mary Ann Harding of Sturgeon Bay. David is further survived by his aunts, Candy (Al) Thornton of Casco and Dolly (Bob) Hafeman of Algoma, and their families and extended families; and close friends, Leslie (Rick) Diebel Murray, Johnny Diebel, and Johnny (Shelly) Dugan.

    

David’s journey was extremely personal, and to honor his wishes, there will be no funeral. A celebration of David’s lift will be held this summer in Little Harbor. Memorials may be given in his name to Door Cancer, Inc., St. Jude’s Hospital, or Shriners Hospital.

    

A special heartfelt thanks to Green Bay Oncology and Unity Hospice, especially Dr. Jaslowski, Eric Danihel PA, Heather RN, and all the nurses who provided such caring and compassionate care; Chaplain Mark, Jennie, and Door County Medical Center for their support of Cindy to be able to stay home to care for her husband; David’s race crew and dear friends/family, Bill (Julie) Karnopp and Ed Anschutz, and brothers, Rick and Bugsy: hold dear how much he loved you and cherished your friendship and gift of time. You were truly the wind beneath his wings on this journey.

    

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

Dennis (Denny) Wautlet

On the morning of March 3, Dennis was embraced in the loving arms of Jesus.  It is hard to capture every minute of his full life of 79 years, 7 months, and 9 days in this short space.  Born July 22, 1942, the second child of Louis and Frieda Wautlet, Dennis spent his young years in downtown Algoma while his parents owned various small businesses.   He graduated from St. Mary grade school in 1957 and Algoma High School in 1960.  At the recommendation of his good friend Larry, Dennis attended the National School of Meat Cutting in Toledo, Ohio.  Upon graduation, he accepted a job with Hal’s Red Owl in Wisconsin Rapids as a meat cutter.  He moved up to other supervisory positions in the company, but his life’s dream was always to own his own business.  This opportunity came along in 1968, when he had the opportunity to purchase the grocery department of Katch’s Department Store in his hometown of Algoma, and Denny’s Red Owl was born!  That set the tone for the rest of our lives.  He loved all those years, especially the people who worked with us, and those who shopped – they became more than customers - they became friends.   Our daughter Jodi purchased the business in 2008, but you couldn’t keep him away.  He was there every day to help and to see all the people who he came to love over the years.  

Dennis and Karen Kersten were married at St. Mary Catholic Church in Algoma on November 3, 1962.  They were soon joined by their 3 daughters, Jodi, Jill and Jane.  Over the years, business and family were united as one, as we all worked
together and played together.  Dennis loved all people, so there were many, many gatherings at our home where everyone was welcome and “be sure there is plenty of food!”  

Missing him so much already are his loving wife, Karen, his daughters Jodi Wautlet (husband Mark Sauter), Jill Wautlet, and Jane (Mike) Haase.  He cherished all the time he spent with his five precious grandchildren and only great grandson, Brooks (Gena) Renard and son Ronin, Blair Wautlet (Max Schlise), Will Haase, Isabelle Haase, and Jadyn Coughlin.  Also surviving are his siblings, David Wautlet, Steve (Sue) Wautlet, Julie (Joe) Annoye and Ann Lenz, sister-in-law Vi Wautlet, nieces, nephews, and many, many dear friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Frieda Wautlet, brother Paul Wautlet, and mother & father-in-law Mary & Harry Kersten.

We will celebrate Dennis’ life on Wednesday, March 9 with visitation from 4:00-7:00 PM - concluding with praying the rosary - at Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma.  Visitation will continue on Thursday morning at St. Mary Catholic Church from 9:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 with Fr. Alvan Amadi and Msgr. James VandenHogen (family friend) concelebrating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery.

To honor Dennis’ legacy and his food connection, in lieu of flowers, our family asks that contributions be made to Ben’s Wish.  With the support of many caring people, thus far Ben’s Wish has provided over 150,000 meals to local school children and families in NE Wisconsin living with Food Insecurity issues through the school back-pack program.  See www.BensWish.org.  

Gary M. Heise

Gary Michael Heise, 67, of Sturgeon Bay perished in the fire at Butch’s Bar on February 24, 2022.  He was born on December 18, 1954, in Door County to Pearl Heise.  Gary grew up in Liberty Grove and attended Gibraltar High School.  For 26 years he was a dedicated employee at the Sunshine House in Sturgeon Bay.

Survivors include cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by his mother Pearl Jeanette Heise, 2 aunts, Eleanor Zeisler and Christine Derramo; and uncle Theodore Heise.

Memorial Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2022, at the Forbes Funeral Home.  Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. at the funeral Home on Friday until time of services.  Memorials may be directed to the Sunshine House in his name. On-line condolences may be offered at www. forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Eileen B. Slaby

Eileen B. Slaby, 84, Algoma, passed away suddenly Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at home.
She was born August 25, 1937 in Algoma, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Beard) Zimmerman.  She attended Algoma Elementary School and Algoma High School graduating in 1955.
 After high school she attended Beauty College in Green Bay.  She worked at the Flora Lee Shoppe in Algoma for several years before and after her marriage.
On September 13, 1958, she married James L. Slaby at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma.  Together they raised four  sons, James, David, Mark and John.
Eileen was an avid golfer, having memberships at both Alaska and Northbrook for many years.  She enjoyed traveling to Florida with Jim on many golfing vacations.
She was a member of the Algoma Garden Club and she enjoyed gardening at home and at her son John's home.
Eileen was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Quilting Group, St. Paul's Ladies Aid, Altar Guild and enjoyed going to the WELS missionary society conventions over the years. She always had a strong faith in God.
Eileen is survived by her four sons, James; David (Sigrid), and their children Sam (Lindsey) and Nate (Lyanne);  John (Michele), and their children Shauna and Sierra all of Algoma and Mark and his children Margo (Calvin), Erik, Benjamin and Annika, Mount Dora, FL.; soon to be great grandson Declan Leo; one sister-in-law Betty Zimmerman.   She was preceded in death by her parents husband James, Dec. 25, 1997,  two sisters Gertrude Heuer and Margaret (Gerald) Kramer, two brothers Reiny (Arlane) Zimmerman and Russell Zimmerman.
There will be a public visitation, Monday, March 7, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma with a prayer service at 6:30 PM and then after 9:30 AM Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joel McKinney and Rev. John Moll officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma.

Marilyn Jean Sorenson

Marilyn Jean Sorenson, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, died Friday evening, February 25, 2022 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.

    

She was born on May 14, 1933, in Sturgeon Bay to Winifred Jackson. Marilyn graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the class of 1951. She was united in marriage with Charles Edward Sorenson on December 13, 1958, at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, where they both grew up attending.

    

Marilyn was a children’s librarian at the (former) Carnegie Library (now Stangel Accounting and Tax Service) in Sturgeon Bay. Her love of reading was passed on to her children and granddaughter. Marilyn was a lifelong member of the Moravian Church where she sang in the choir and was active in many groups. As a member of the Door County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, she volunteered (over 6000 hours) for various hospital events and efforts. Marilyn was also an active member of a local crafting group through which she enjoyed knitting and quilting. She also belonged to the local chapter of P.E.O. At home, Marilyn was known for being a good cook.

    

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Charles, with whom she was blessed with over 63 years of marriage; children, Dr. Christine (Dr. Nader Sheibani) Sorenson of Madison and Paul Sorenson of Valmy; granddaughter, Sara Sheibani; brother-in-law, John Sorenson of De Pere; other relatives; and friends.

    

Marilyn was preceded in death by her mother, Winifred Jackson; parents-in-law, Clarence and Martha Sorenson; and sister-in-law, Joan Sorenson.

     

Her life will be honored on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with visitation beginning at 12:00 noon and a funeral service at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp, Sr., of Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, officiating. Marilyn will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol.

    

Memorials may be given in Marilyn's name for the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church (323 S.5th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235), the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary (P.O. Box 230, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235), or P.E.O. Chapter EI (6077 Trillium Ln., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235).

     

“Our family wishes to thank the staff at Sturgeon Bay Health Services for the care provided for our wife/mother the last two years.”

    

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

Daniel T. Moeller

Daniel T. Moeller, 76, of Whitefish Bay, Door County, passed away at his home on Friday, at his family home, February 25, 2022, after suffering an apparent heart failure.

    

He was born August 22, 1945, in Sturgeon Bay the son of the late Earl and Danica (Pejnovich) Moeller. Dan graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1964 where he lettered in four sports as a sophomore. His records in track stood for many years with some that still may stand. He served his country from 1967-1969 including a combat tour in Vietnam. He worked for Ryerson Inland Steel and later Cooper Industries where they made large outdoor transformers. He retired from Cooper in 2007. On September 18, 2006, he married Batia Meitar in Elko, Nevada and they move back to his family’s home in 2007, where he was raised, on Moeller Drive at Whitefish Bay.

    

Dan enjoyed welding art pieces, was accomplished at stone masonry creating three fireplaces. He was active with the The BlackHorse Army Veterans and attended yearly reunions with his band of brothers. He was also a member of the Whitefish Bay Homeowners Association. Dan was an avid boater with a slip at Port Washington over the years and in Door County. He read Mother Earth News Magazines and enjoyed trying his hand at various carpentry projects. Dan was very interested in flying and attended many EAA conventions.

    

Survivors include his wife, Batia of Whitefish Bay; brother, James (Jane) Moeller of Bayfield, WI; three stepchildren; six grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Rosanna; nieces and nephews.

    

Preceding him in death were his parents, Earl, and Danica Moeller; wife, Mary; son, Mark; and sister, Kathleen Brauer.

    

Funeral services with military honors will be held May 14, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Huehns Funeral Home. Burial will take place this week at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol on his family lot.

    

Friends may call on May 14, 2022, at Huehns Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m.

    

Memorials may be made in his memory to the group that held a special place in his heart, The BlackHorse Veterans Association, Daniel M. Caughey, CPA, PO Box 1712, Mill Valley, CA 94942 or cbear7806@gmail.com.

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pecial thanks to his nephew, Steven Vieux, who came to his aid Friday as Dan collapsed, and to the responders that came to aid in the effort.

     

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

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