Obituaries Archives for 2022-04

Jill C. Wildenberg

Jill Christine Wildenberg, age 80, of Sturgeon Bay, WI passed away on April 25, 2022. She was born January 9, 1942, to the late Stanley and Elsie Kreuter in Neenah, WI.
Jill was blessed with a loving family. She married Michael Wildenberg on March 3, 1962, at St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Neenah, WI. Jill was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was unselfish to a fault, often neglecting herself for the well being of others.

 


She valued loyalty, honesty and authenticity and exhibited these tenants in her life. She was an avid historian and spent many years collecting and archiving her family’s genealogy. She enjoyed traveling around Europe with her husband to experience and research many of her ancestral locations. Her personal interests ran the creative gamut.


She had an amazing skill for design, sewing, quilting, crocheting and decorating that would rival any professional. She was one of a kind and will be desperately missed.
Jill is survived by her husband, Michael; her sons Paul (Lisa), Steven (Michelle); four grandchildren: Joe (Molly), Elizabeth (Kyle), Emily (JJ) and Ryan; sister Judy Koehnke; six great-grandchildren; and many cherished sisters-in-law, brother’s in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her sister Janice Laflin.


A service and celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (620 E. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly, WI 54136) with Rev. Carl Schmitt officiating.  Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be designated in memory of Jill C. Wildenberg to Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Research at Mayo Clinic https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donatemc  

Judith (Judi) Buskuskie

Judith Ann “Judi” Buskuskie, 82, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay on April 27, 2022. She was born September 26, 1939, in Rockport, Maine to Albert and Augusta (Noyes) Korpinen.
Judi worked as an executive assistant for most of her life and retired to Sturgeon Bay in the late 1980’s. In her retirement, she continued to work in office management and enjoyed working at the Red Oak Winery for several years.
Judi had a passion for wildlife especially bird watching. She explored her artistic side later in life and produced beautiful watercolor and acrylic paintings. In her younger days, Judi was a fabulous cook and loved to entertain.
Judi was an extremely social person and was known by everyone in town as “Judi B.” She enjoyed many great friendships and appreciated the support and help of
many good friends throughout the years.
Survivors include three daughters, Shelby (Jim) Rateliff, Dennard, AR: Stacy (Mike) Akin, Fox Lake, WI; Stephanie (Jeff) Blair, Irmo, S.C.; five grandchildren, Shannon (Brendan), Sarah, Olivia, Emma, and Evan; three great grandchildren, Julia, Diana, and Eliana; a brother, Brian (Gloria) Korpinen, Sturgeon Bay; special nieces, Andrea, and Jennifer. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Hainesville Lutheran Church from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The family kindly requests no flowers. Online condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome. com

John "Jack" Schultz

John Edward “Jack” Schultz, 86 of Brussels, passed away on April 27, 2022.  He was born Dec. 7, 1935, in Green Bay to Fred and Dorothy (Shaw) Schultz.  Jack enlisted in the U.S Army and served his country in Germany.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the army, he returned to Green Bay and then moved to Dearborn Heights in Michigan to work for the city in the heavy equipment department.  He and his wife Janet met on a blind date in Canada in 1960.  They were married on Sept. 1, 1962, in London, Onatario.  Jack and Janet owned and operated the Tip Top Laundry and Dry Cleaners for many years and retired in 2004.

Jack enjoyed bowling, playing cards, watching Packers and Lions games.  He also enjoyed following the Brewers and the Kolberg Braves.   Jack had quite the sense of humor and was known to start conversations with complete strangers and leave them with a smile.

He is survived by his wife, two children, Russell J. Schultz, Green Bay; and Tracy (Jeff) May, Sturgeon Bay; 3 grandchildren, Kaylin Schultz (Jesse DePrey), Justin (Amber) May, and Trista May and her fiancé Zach Vogel; 3 great-grandchildren and one “on-the-way”, Levi and Brielle DePrey, and Everly May; brother-in-law Lawrence Calcutt and first cousin “like-a-sister” Sue Snethen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Ray Enz, step-brothers Jim and Jerry Enz, and brother-in-law Keith Calcutt.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kolberg.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Memorials may be directed to Door CANcer Inc. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrrangements.

Jeffrey R. Bialk

Jeffrey Robert Bialk (formerly of Milwaukee) was born to Eternal Life and passed to the Celestial Lodge above on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at the age of 73. Beloved father of Christian (Katie) Bialk and Victoria (Sam) Duehr. Loving "Gramps" of Colton and Adalaise. Also survived by his beloved dog Sky; sister, Christine Bialk, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Alice Bialk.

Jeffrey was a true guardian of Constitution internally as a law man for over 30 years, retiring as a Captain of the Milwaukee Police Department and Director/Commander of the Federal Protective Service, Department of Homeland Security for Wisconsin. Externally, in service to his nation, he honorably served in the US Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps, retiring as a Master Gunnery Sergeant. His active duty and reserve service spanned 36+ years including two wars; Vietnam from 1970-1971 and Desert Storm in 1991. He was awarded numerous decorations and medals. MGySgt Bialk also served 5 years as Commandant of Cadets at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy; molding boys into young men and preparing them for bright futures.

Devout in his faith as a Christian, he also had an unwavering devotion to the craft of Free Masonry, joining DeMolay International at the age of 14. He was a Master Councilor, Chevalier, and Conferral of the Legion of Honor. He became a Free Mason and served as a Master of Lake Lodge F&AM No 189. He was Sovereign Prince of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and coroneted with the 33rd, last and final degree for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

Jeffrey loved and lived for his family. He cherished time with his grandchildren and was a proud "gramps." He was a dedicated and loyal friend to many and was great keeper of history, which he freely shared usually over a beer and bourbon. He loved landscaping and spending countless hours working outside, watching and listening to the waves crashing the shoreline bringing peace to his life.

Visitation will be held at Prasser-Kleczka Funeral Home, 3275 S. Howell Ave. Milwaukee, on Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Military Honors and Masonic Services will begin at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a charity near and dear to him: The Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive Tampa, FL 33607. Donations can also be made online at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/JeffreyBialkMemorial.

 

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"

Well Done Faithful Servant. You truly were one of the world's finest.

 

Roseanne A. Cisler

Roseanne Annette Cisler, 76 Sturgeon Bay passed away at her home on April 24, 2022, surrounded by her family.  She was born November 6, 1945, to Benjamin and Jeanette (Lemieux) Stokel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  She was married to James Cisler on August 6, 1966, in Portsmouth New Hampshire.  They were happily married for 55 years.

    

Survivors include her husband, James; two children, Valerie Middlebrooks, Wilmington, Delaware; John Cisler, Bloomington, Minnesota; a grandson, Jakob Middlebrooks, Wilmington, Delaware; a brother-in-law, James Lanners, La Mesa, California; a nephew and godson Scott (Christina) Lanners, San Diego, California, and a niece Stacy (Kiran) Mandania, San Diego, California.

 

Roseanne was sad to leave her family and friends, but she has found peace in the arms of the Lord.

 

Roseanne grew up on a farm in New Hampshire, with extended family always around and many meals and raucous card games were enjoyed by all.  She was always a good student and a bold young woman and left home at 18 to move to Washington D.C. where she went to MacIntosh Business School and became an administrative assistant at the CIA.  In D.C. she met James at a party, married and moved with him to Wisconsin to start a family.Roseanne was always a dedicated daughter, wife and mother and devoted most of her time to taking care of her family, volunteering at school and going to every game and concert her children were involved in.  She was the “pizza lady” at many local grocery stores, giving out free samples. She was also the chief accountant of J.C. Electric.  She loved meeting and getting to know new people and she befriended everyone she met.  She also loved to be kind to others and help them in times of need, getting groceries, visiting, and sending many, many flowers, and cards to brighten people’s days.  She will be missed by all.

 

Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Maplewood, Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating.  Friends may call at Forbes Funeral Home from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 2nd and then after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of services.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com.

Judith Ann Larson

Judith Ann Larson, 75 of Sturgeon Bay, passed away early April 20, 2022 at Door County Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.

    

Judy was born April 26, 1946, in Sturgeon Bay, to Woodrow and Evelyn (Kroening) Wolzien. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the class of 1964 and went on to graduate from Bellin College of Nursing in Green Bay. After graduating she went on to work at Bellin Hospital for many years. After leaving Bellin Hospital, she went on to work at the Webster Ave. Clinic in Green Bay until she retired from nursing in 1995.

    

Judy married William Treptow in 1996 and moved to Madison where she worked at Physicians Plus as a nurse case manager. They then bought a home and retired to Sturgeon Bay. Bill passed away in 2012.

    

Judy was very active in community and church. She served on ADRC County Board for six years until diagnosed with cancer. While being active at the ADRC, she met Rodger Larson and they married November 5, 2016.

    

Her husband, Rodger survives her as do her sons, John Swedal and Michael Swedal of Green Bay; sister, Barbara (Gary) Duquaine of Sturgeon Bay; Rodger’s children, Penny (Bob) Kramer, Polly (Butch) Swagel, and Margaret Larson; grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

    

Preceding her are her parents; paternal grandparents, Otto and Leona Wolzien; step-grandparent, Sigfred Isaacson; maternal grandparents, Charles and Rose Kroening; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

    

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery.

    

Visitation for family and friends will be at the church on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to the time of service at 12:00 p.m.

    

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

Joyce M. Malvitz

Joyce Marie Malvitz, 88, she was called to her Heavenly home on Friday, April 22, 2022. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Joyce, the beloved daughter of Herman (Rex) and Irene Hanamann was born in the town of Pierce on August 2, 1933. On February 4, 1956, Joyce married the love of her life, Harold Malvitz at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kewaunee, WI. From that day forward, they rarely, left each other’s side until Harold’s passing on June 12, 2020. 

Joyce became a child of God through Baptism on September 3, 1933, and confirmed on May 25, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kewaunee. She graduated from Winnebago Lutheran Academy and Dr Martin Lutheran College in New Ulm, MN with a BA degree in Elementary Education. Her extensive educational background led her to Immanuel Lutheran School in Kewaunee, WI. where she taught first and second grade students for 23 years. She also taught in Bloomington Lutheran School in Minnesota and St. Peter’s in Forestville, WI. Joyce’s passion for teaching was influential in shaping the lives of countless children throughout her 27-year devotion to teaching. Joyce approached each day with a smile and positive attitude. While Joyce truly loved the blessings of teaching and encouraging the potential in her family and students, she always put God in the center of her life. Teaching her own children to put their trust in God. Joyce was deeply loved by her family for always loving them unconditionally.  Joyce enjoyed gardening, fishing, crafting, cooking, canning, and baking multiple loaves of bread for her family each week.

Joyce was blessed with 7 children: Greg (Sheree) Malvitz, Debbie (Jim) Janssen, Paula (Robert) Braun, JoAnn (Tom) Van Pay, Kathy (Joe) Gerdmann, Kim (Jeff) Pallex, Kelli (Steve) Harvey. 13 grandchildren: Ashlee (Chris) Vaughn, Alicia (Josh) Kleiman, Abby (Travis) Bruening, Josh (Casey) Braun, Brooke (Jeff) Detert, JohnE (Leah) Anstett, Josh (Kendall) Van Pay, Amber (Nic) Remaker, Alex (Brittany) Gerdmann, Vince Pallex (special friend Cynthia Manson), Cody Harvey (special friend Wendy Lowry), Shane (Beth) Harvey, Shad (Amanda) Harvey, Terra (Dustin) Warino. 20 great grandchildren: Owen, Drew, and Bryn Vaughn, Miles, Tate and Davis Kleiman, Ellie, Willa and Henry Bruening, Emily and Wyatt Detert, Gavin and Ayden Remaker, Nora and Jack Gerdmann, Keldyn and Lenora Harvey, Emery and Ellie Warino, Flynn Van Pay. 

Joyce is survived by: 3 sisters-in-law: Carol Hanamann, Jeanette Brusda, Dolly Schoenike, and 2 brothers–in-law Wayne Malvitz and Kenneth Schoenike.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Malvitz, her parents Herman (Rex) and Irene Hanamann, parents-in-law William and Hilda Malvitz, 1 brother, Richard Hanamann, 2 brother-in-laws Roy Malvitz and Alois Brusda, 2 sister-in-laws Carol Malvitz and Dorothy Malvitz and John Anstett, Sr.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Salem Lutheran Church with Rev. Tod Vertz officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Tuesday.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

The family offers a sincere “Thank You” to the staff at Grancare and Heartland Hospice. We are grateful for all the healthcare workers we have crossed paths with during Mom’s journey with Alzheimers.

 

Jodi Ann Milske

Jodi Ann Milske, 68, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, passed  away on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Jodi was born on May 29, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois to Vladimir and Joan (Patrie) Tajer.  When she was 22 months old her mother remarried, to James Milske of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, by whom Jodi was adopted.  The Milskes lived for several years in Manitowoc and Green Bay before settling in the town of Buchanan near Kimberly, Wisconsin.

Jodi graduated from Kimberly High School in 1971 and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1976 and a Master’s degree in Geology in 1982.  She met her husband, William Rice, in graduate school and they were married December 15, 1979 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  After spending 10 years in Minneapolis, the couple and their 1½ year old son moved to Brussels, Wisconsin, where they would spend the next 25 years together.

Jodi spent most of her professional career working in groundwater geology and land conservation, helping to preserve thousands of acres of Door County’s most important natural areas.  In her personal life, Jodi kayaked, hiked, gardened, practiced fiber arts and basketry, and loved to travel.  She was active in Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Door County YMCA and Open Door Pride.  She was a passionate advocate for the natural world and the welfare of animals, a loving wife, mother, sister and friend, and a thoroughly extraordinary and talented person.

She is survived by one son, Steven (Corinne) Rice of Sturgeon Bay; one grandchild, Matilda Rice of Sturgeon Bay; two brothers, Gary (Kathy) Milske of Kimberly and Steven (Sharon) Milske of Appleton; William Rice of Brussels; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws.  Jodi was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Guy in 1986 and her sister Patricia in 2020.

A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2022 – date and locality to be determined.  Jodi’s family asks that donations be made in Jodi’s memory to the ASPCA or the World Wildlife Fund, two causes near and dear to her heart.

Jodi’s family extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of the Door County Medical Center and Unity Hospice for their exceptional care and compassion.  Online condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Marlean J. Bretl

Marlean Joyce Bretl, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on April 19, 2022, at Door County Medical Center surrounded by her loving family and is now reunited with her husband Vernon.  She was born May 12, 1935,at home in Sturgeon Bay the daughter of Edward and Mary (Hickey) Schneider.  Marlean graduated in 1953 from Sturgeon Bay High School and was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Marlean lived for a short time as a child in Algoma where her father was a fisherman.  After his passing, the family moved to Baileys Harbor, her mother’s hometown.  Years later, they moved to Sturgeon Bay in her sophomore year of high school.  On Oct. 3, 1959, Marlean married Vernon M. Bretl. They were married for 58 years.  Vern passed away on January 8, 2018.  They were blessed with three children, Lisa, Linda, and Paula.

As a teenager, Marlean picked her fair share of cherries throughout Door County.  After graduation, she worked for McClellans Dept. Store and spent time bowling with the Lutheran League at Worley’s Lanes.  She also went to California and New York with a high school friend and always had stories of trips before starting her family.  Later, Marlean sold Avon for 10 years and was top seller in her district winning many awards.  She also worked for Dwain’s Foods and was manager for the Hole in One Convenience Store before her retirement.

Marlean always had stories to tell of her childhood in Baileys Harbor and her Hickey family’s fishing history.  Marlean enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially at Christmas time, her favorite holiday.

In their retirement, Marlean and Vernon enjoyed flying to California to visit grandchildren and road trips to Turtle Lake to visit other grandchildren.  They also enjoyed a boat trip to Holland, Michigan.  Marleanloved knitting many beautiful and intricate afghans for everyone and enjoyed spending time in her flower garden and canning her wonderful strawberry jam and peaches in the summer.  Marlean also had a love for books, especially romance and mysteries; she had an extensive collection that turned into a book room to hold them all.  When not reading, you would find her watching the Hallmark Channel.

Marlean will be sadly missed by her three children, Lisa (Richard) Carmody, Sturgeon Bay, WI; Linda (Peter) Engman, Turtle Lake, WI; and Paula (Dr. Thomas) McIlraith, Davis, CA; four grandchildren, Kyle and Meredith Engman and Skye and Connor McIlraith.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,half-brother Russell Kalms, half-brother John Schneider, and half-sister Eda Schneider.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday, April 25, 2022 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, burial will be in the Forestville Town Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Our family has a special heartfelt thank you to the Door County Medical Center, Ascension Home Nurses, Unity Hospice, and to social worker Erin for the special and loving care given to our mother and grandmother.

Eugene V. Remy

Eugene “Gene” Victor Remy, 84, of Nasewaupee, passed away Tuesday evening, April 12, 2022. 

    

He was born on November 18, 1937, the son of the late Ronald Carlyle Remy and Ann Irene (Peterson) Remy. Gene grew up attending Hainesville School (primary school) and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1956. Upon graduation, he continued his education at a trade school in Green Bay where he studied to be an electrician.  It was during this time he enlisted in the Naval Reserves (1955) and was active until 1961.   

    

Gene was an entrepreneur from an early age—catching and selling minnows at his parents’ resort and even selling manufactured housing during his lunch breaks in high school. Hence, the start of Remy’s Homes began when he was a teenager. What began as a business venture led him to the realization of his true passion and life’s work: to provide affordable housing for families. He strongly believed that everyone should have a place to call their own. 

    

On December 19, 1959, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia (Pat) Ann Pinney who was also a member at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. He and Pat were blessed with over 59 years of marriage and three children. She preceded Gene in death on February 28, 2019. 

    

During their years together, Gene and Pat owned and operated Remy's Homes, Inc., Thunderhill Estates, LLC, and Gitche Gumee Resort, LLC. They continued the hundred-year Remy family business tradition in Sturgeon Bay, that started in 1919 with a grocery store on the west side of Sturgeon Bay (Sawyer) opened by Gene's grandfather, Jules. 

    

As a devoted member of the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, he was on the Board of Trustees and other committees for many years and oversaw projects such as the installation of the church elevator for handicapped members of the congregation.

    

Gene was heavily involved in the Wisconsin Manufactured Housing Association/Wisconsin Housing Alliance, including serving on their Board of Directors on numerous occasions, and in 2001 earned their highest honor, the Elmer Fry Award. He was also a founding member of the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club Breakfast, where he was twice honored to receive Rotary’s highest accolade, the Paul Harris Award. 

    

Gene’s hobbies included his love for antique automobiles, tractors, and other mechanical equipment. He loved water sports, including boating, sailing, and waterskiing (barefoot and slalom). In fact, in his younger years he was considered a daredevil trickster skier; his favorite stunt was to stand on the top of a six-foot step ladder, on a wooden saucer, while being pulled by a boat at high speeds. His winter sports included downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Gene also was an avid Packer fan, and longtime season ticket holder who memorably attended the famous “Ice Bowl” game in 1967.

    

Gene and Pat had a great love for the creative and performing arts; together, they generously supported Peninsula Players, American Folklore Theatre, and others. They also traveled extensively to view and appreciate other parts of the world, which included many national parks.  

    

As much as Gene loved to travel, his favorite views remained those by the shores of Gitche Gumee. Gene loved Door County and happily participated in many efforts to keep it beautiful, including planting thousands of trees and contributing to conservation projects. Over the years, Gene was on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Door County Parks as well as the Door County Historical Society.

    

Gene will be remembered for his generous spirit; he was known for showing up and being willing to lend a hand. He loved to tell stories and connect with people—and as a result, he made friends everywhere he went. His warm smile and joyous laugh will be missed by all who knew him.

     

Gene and Pat have three children and their families: Dr. Jeannine Remy, of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Judith (Joseph) Hilgers of Gordon, WI, Joseph (Randy Armijo) Remy of Silver Spring, MD. They also have five grandchildren: Drew (Abbie) Hilgers, Sean (Maggi) Hilgers, Brenna Hilgers, Seth Remy, and Shea Remy; and a great-grandchild, Mackenna Hilgers. Other family members include sister-in-law, Julie (John Propsom) Pinney, and her three children: Dr. Tanner (Claire) Pinney, Dr. Ben (Amy) Pinney, and Burke Pinney; niece, Janelle Peotter (Dr. Eric Perlman), and nephew, Ben (Cheryl) Peotter; and brother-in-law, Thomas (Myra) Pinney, Jr. and their children: Cheryl (George, deceased) Pinney-Leu, and Geoff (Sonja) Pinney.

    

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife; siblings-in-law, George Pinney and Joyce "Pooky" Peotter; niece, Majel Pinney-Henrickson; and other relatives.

    

His life will be honored with a funeral service held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church with Rev. Reeder Herrick officiating. The funeral service will be recorded (non-live) and eventually shared on the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door Crematory LLC” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HuehnsFuneralHome).

    

Gene will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery, beside his wife, Pat.

    

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and will continue at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

    

Memorials may be given in Gene's name for Friends of the Door County Park System and/or Peninsula Players.

     

"Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Door County Medical Center and Unity Hospice for the kind and compassionate care given to our father."

    

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

    

The Remy family kindly requests that those in attendance of the visitations and/or funeral service wear a face mask and respect social distancing.

Nancy A. (Rockwell) Rusch

Nancy A. (Rockwell) Rusch, 71 years, of Green Bay, formerly of Manitowoc and Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at home in Howard, on Sunday, April 17, 2022.

    

Nancy was born November 8, 1950 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Leo and Doraine “Dode” (Braley) Rockwell. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1969. Nancy was a talented bar tender in Sturgeon Bay and in Manitowoc for many years who enjoyed the social aspect of that trade, well-armed with a quick wit and unique sense of humor known to be the Rockwell’s. As alcohol could be a hazard of that trade, Nancy combatted that illness and was proud to have been 28 years sober and a member of AA. In true Nancy style and humor, she said 28 years was good, but “I never got a cake”. Christ would become the center of her life and as a Christian even though her health began to fail, she knew she was going home to heaven. With her faith, it was only fitting God called her home on Resurrection Sunday.

    

It was love at first sight as David was captivated by, as he describe, her “Sophia Loren” eyes during a chance meeting. And on November 2, 1991, she married David Dean Rusch in Las Vegas. They were members of Hope Community Church in Manitowoc. Nancy was a strong-willed woman, fiercely loyal and loving to her children and family, never leaving doubt about where she stood on something or how she felt. She loved and missed her mom and dad after they passed. Both as a young child with her parents and brothers, whom she loved, and as an adult with her husband, Nancy loved camping and traveling. Nancy’s grandchildren, children and husband were her world. Her best friends meant everything to her and their children were treated like her own. Nancy loved all of her “brats”. She loved watching Hallmark movies, traveling, especially to Branson, MO, and Savannah, GA.

     

Survivors include her husband, David; two children, Paulette Madden of Green Bay, Misty (and favorite son-in-law, Michael) Mrotek of Green Bay; daughter-in-law, Sarah Matthews of Manitowoc; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Cassandra, Bryanna, Blaine, Willow, Aspen, Caleb, Christian, Lily, Athena; Brooke, Christina, Hope, Cheyenne, Daniel Jr., Hazyl, Vylet; David, Randal, Johnathan, and Benjamin; brother, Joseph “Joe” (Linda) Rockwell of Sturgeon Bay; three sisters-in-law, Connie Rockwell, Denise (Rick) Krowiorz, Susan (Steve) Nass; many dear nieces and nephews.

    

Preceded in death were her parents, Leo and Dode Rockwell; husband, Francis “Frank” Copus; son, Daniel Matthews Sr., grandson, Cody Sprang (14 yrs); and brother, Roger; in-laws, Verlin and Ethel Rusch; brother-in-law, Steven Rusch; infant sister-in-law, Annette Rusch.

    

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 25, 2022 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Pastor Jed Manders of Hope Community Church in Manitowoc.

    

Family and friends may visit with the Nancy’s family from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Huehns Funeral Home and on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m.

    

Sign online guestbook, offer condolences, share pictures and memories at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Ross Chapman

Ross Chapman passed away on April 12, 2022 after a courageous battle with heart disease.

   

Ross was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on April 1, 1955 to Robert and Marcella Chapman. He attended Sturgeon Bay Public schools, graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School. After graduation, Ross worked with his father operating Maple Grove Market Antiques near Fish Creek. He continued to operate the store years after his father’s death. Later in life, Ross worked at the ReStore, a job he truly enjoyed. He also volunteered at the ReStore up until the time of his recent illness.

    

Ross was a very active and lifelong member of the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. A valued member of the congregation. Ross was also an office holder and member of the Masonic Lodge. He took pride in being a Mason.

     

Ross has many interests. He was a Packer and Badger fan. He loved being outdoors and working outdoors, had to pet every dog and cat he saw.

     

Ross had a head full of facts about things that interested him such as history of Door County, Ahnappe and Western Railroad, Moravian Church to name a few. Just ask and he’d tell you more than you wanted to know. He found humor in watching what was going on around him then retelling his observations to friends.

     

Ross was very generous with his time. He would drop everything to help someone out with whatever they needed. He liked everyone. Saw good in everyone. He cared for his grandmother Charney in his home up until her death. Ross cared for his mom as long as he could, keeping her at home as long as possible. Ross was an organ donor hoping to help others after his own death. He spent his life putting others first. He was an original when it came to kindness. Ross will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

     

Ross is survived by his brother, David (Linda) Chapman; cousins, Karen (Peter) Mortensen, Kevin (Tracy) Pinney; and many friends.

     

Ross was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marcella Chapman; grandparents, Joseph and Florence Charney, Claude and Agnes Chapman; uncles and aunts, George and Helen Pinney, Francis and Clarice Reynard.

     

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022 at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church with the Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp, Sr. officiating. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery next to his parents.

     

Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2022 and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Eastern Star Masonic Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the church.

     

Family wishes to thank the staff at Door County Medical Center for their compassionate care of Ross.

     

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Door County Habitat for Humanity or Door County Humane Society in Ross’s name.

     

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

Gregory Stephan

Gregory Charles Stephan, 74, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on April 10, 2022, after a brave battle with cancer at the Algoma Long Term Care Facility.  He was born Sept. 17, 1947, to Edwin and Joanna Stephan.  On Feb. 7, 1970, he married Cheryl Schmelzer at Corpus Christi Church in Sturgeon Bay.

Greg graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School and UW-Whitewater.  He first worked at 1st National Bank in Sturgeon Bay which would become Associated Bank and worked there for 42 years.  He then was instrumental in opening the Bank of Luxemburg Branch in Sturgeon Bay and worked there until his retirement in 2018.

Greg was a very active member of the community and was involved in many organizations.  He served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Corpus Christi Parish, treasurer for the St. John Bosco School Board of Trustees, board member and chairman of the Door County Economic Development Corporation, board member of the DCEDC Revolving Loan Fund, board member and past president of the Door Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Bureau, past president of the Sturgeon Bay Lions Club and Melvin Jones Fellow.  He also served on the boards of the United Way of Door County, the St. Joseph Cemetery Association, and the Sturgeon Bay Fire and Police Commission.

Greg enjoyed golfing, boating, camping, walking in the park, downhill skiing and at one time was a member of the National Ski Patrol, registered at Ski Brule.

He is survived by his wife Cheri, 2 children, Corey (Erin Hahn) Stephan, Waunakee, WI, and Casey (Jason) Bieri, Jacksonport, WI; 5 grandchildren, Caitlin and Colin Stephan; Ainsley Stephan; and Luke and Cartier Bieri; 2 sisters, Susan (Ed) Hunsader, Sturgeon Bay, and Mary (Clancy) West, Luxemburg; in-laws, Cynthia Schmelzer, Craig (Mary) Schmelzer, Carla (Kurt) Minten, Chad (Leah) Schmelzer, Cami (Rob) Gunnlagusson, mother-in-law, Arlene Schmelzer; numerous nieces and nephews; and dog Kate.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and father-in-law Wilmer “Daw” Schmelzer.  

A private family memorial mass will be conducted at Corpus Christi Parish.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com  In-lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Door CANcer (P.O. Box 423, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235) or St. John Bosco School (730 W. Maple Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235).

Special thanks to the staffs of Algoma Long Term Care Facility and Unity Hospice for their wonderful care and support.

 

Mary Ann Conard

Mary Ann Conard, 79, Casco, passed away April 6, 2022. She was born
August 18, 1942, to Zepherence and Josephine (Joniaux) Dhuey. On April
27, 1963, she married Francis Conard. He preceded her in death in 2012.
Mary Ann worked hard all her life, first at Plumer's for 30 years, then at
Wisconsin Label for 10 years. She enjoyed playing cards, long drives
enjoying the sights, along with watching gameshows. But most of all she
enjoyed spending time with her daughters, grandsons, and family
especially Capone. Giving back to others and making sure everyone felt
loved were her greatest gifts. She enjoyed working at meal sites,
volunteering her time, and going camping with the family, where her and
Francis made many lifelong friends.
Mary Ann is survived by her daughters, Brenda Touchinski, of De Pere, and Cathy (Kevin) Clark, of Sturgeon Bay; grandsons, Alexander Touchinski and Adam Touchinski; 2 step grandsons; 5 step-greatgrandchildren; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Mary Conard, Theresa Annoye, Rose Marie Conard, Alphonse (Candi) Conard, Leonard (Faye) Conard, Barbara A. Paul, and Mary Ann Conard; as well as by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Conard; parents, Zepherence and Josephine Dhuey; father- and mother-in law, Florian (Anna) Conard Sr.; brother and sister-in-law, Harris (Emily) Dhuey; sister and brother-in-law, Armene (Robert) Delfosse, and infant sister Anne; as well as by brothers- and sistersin- law and nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday April 8, 2022, at Kinnard Funeral & Cremations Services – Casco from 4:00- 7:00 pm. Rosary will be at 6:45pm. Visitation will continue Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 9:30-11:30 am at St. Peter’s Catholic Church – Lincoln. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:30 with Fr. Edward Looney officiating. Entombment will take place at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Kinnard Funeral & Cremation Services (formerly Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home) – Casco is assisting the family.
Online condolence messages may be shared at www.KinnardFCS.com.

Avery Hoosier

Avery Hoosier, 66, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, Passed away unexpectedly on April 5, 2022.  He was born in Roseau, MN on October 19,1955 to Donald and Frances (Broten) Hoosier. 

  

After graduating high school in Osseo, MN, Avery attended college for two years in Brainerd, MN for Landscape Design and Horticulture. After graduating college, he moved to Sturgeon Bay, WI to pursue his passions. 

 

In 2003, he was reintroduced to his elementary school classmate Debbie, and they went on to run a successful landscaping company for 15 years. 

 

He is survived by his son Kyle and daughter-in-law Katie; his daughter Kristen and son-in-law Eric, his life partner Debbie and her kids Tori and Joe; his grandchildren, Lennox, Raelynn, Ethan, and Kaitlyn; his sisters, Toni, Carla, Denise, and brother Rene; and so many more cousins, nieces, and nephews. Avery was preceded in death by his parents.

 

A visitation to honor his life will be held at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  On-line condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Thomas D. Hall

Thomas David Hall, 66 of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee with family by his side on April 2, 2022. He was born in Topeka, Kanas to Howard and Patricia (Reise) Hall as the older twin of Rick Hall. Tom met Karen Luedeman while attending Automotive School in Phoenix, Arizona; they married in Green Bay, Wisconsin on November 7, 1980. Tom's pride and joy was his family and daughters: Michelle and Laura.

Tom was known for love of cooking, gift of gab, his sense of humor, love for the Packers, teasing his grandkids, and love for fishing. Tom cooked all throughout Door County and was known as "The Light Guy" servicing the greater state of Wisconsin with D & D Lighting.

Tom is survived by his wife Karen; eldest daughter Michelle (Zachary) Schmidt, and youngest daughter Laura Hall; grandchildren, Lillian and Maximus Schmidt; mother Patricia Bolen, and brothers, Michael (Ruth) Hall, Bob Kimbrell and Greg Bolen all of Sacramento, California; and sister-in-law Carol Hall of Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his father Howard Hall and brother Rick Hall.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2022, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Visitation will continue at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum (Nicolet Memorial Gardens, 2770 Bay Settlement Rd. Green Bay, WI) on Thursday, April 7 from 10:00 am until a memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 am.  Online condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

Lauri Ann Wier

Lauri Ann (Graycarek) Wier, 69, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born April 1, 1953, in Manitowoc, WI to Eugene and Joane (Rugowski) Graycarek.  Lauri grew up in Whitelaw, WI and graduated from Valders High School in 1971.

Lauri married James Wier in 1972.  The couple lived in Manitowoc for a few years and made Beloit their home for many.  They were blessed with 2 sons, Tristan and Tyler.  Lauri deeply loved her sons and devoted her life to care for Tyler, who had serious health issues, until his passing in 2001.

Lauri moved to Sturgeon Bay in 2003, obtained her CNA license and worked for the Dorchester Nursing Center in Sturgeon Bay.  She also earned her license in cosmetology and worked as a hair stylist for several years.

Lauri was a strong and courageous woman.  She overcame many obstacles with a positive and determined attitude.  She loved her dogs, Amber especially.  She also loved to cook, fish and go camping.  Her passion was to landscape her yard and to decorate her home.

She is survived by her son Tristan Wier and his wife Lori of Algoma, granddaughter Aubrey; her parents Eugene and Joane of Sturgeon Bay; brother Chris and his wife Jeannie of Denmark, WI, and their children Cheryl and Steve; sister Gail Taddy and her husband John of Sturgeon Bay, and their children David and Daniel.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jim and her son Tyler.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at Eastlawn Cemetery in Beloit, WI.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On line condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

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