Obituaries Archives for 2022-08

Jeanette J. Spiegle

Jeanette Johanna (Baumann) Spiegle, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Jeanette was born on November 10, 1926, in Maplewood, WI on the family farm to Henry J and Ethel L (Sperber) Baumann. Jeanette graduated from Algoma High School in 1944. She married Reuben Spiegle on April 7, 1945, and they were married 25 years before Reuben passed away on May 4, 1970. 


Jeanette worked in various jobs over her lifetime ending her working career as a Teller at Baylake Bank in 1996. She loved her co-workers, and they loved her, calling her “Ma.” They loved to tease her and she was always a good sport. Jeanette also loved doing volunteer work. As a dedicated member of St Peter’s Lutheran Church, she served on Altar Guild, Faithful Hands, assisted with chapel at nursing homes, and assembling the church bulletin. She helped wherever she was needed. She also volunteered at Clothe My People for many years until the age of 93. 


Jeanette’s faith was very important to her, and her greatest love and pride was her ever growing family. She delighted in every visit, whether at her home or traveling to see them. She enjoyed sharing fond memories from her childhood years. Jeanette loved to crochet and made each of her many great grandchildren a baby afghan. She also made hundreds of dishcloths and hand towels. Her hands were never idle. She enjoyed bus trips, card playing, dancing, reading, gardening and celebrating with family and friends, with an occasional old fashioned or beer. 


Jeanette had the gift of hospitality and always made sure everyone had enough to eat. She was known for her delicious homemade pies and potato salad. Her kind and generous spirit made her a joy to be with and she was a true example of a Christ follower. She will be greatly missed, but will live forever in our hearts. We don’t say goodbye, but until we meet again on that beautiful shore. 


Survivors include 5 children, Judy Olson, Sturgeon Bay; Janice (William) Wotochek, Forestville; Ken Spiegle, Oregon City, OR; Donna (Gary) Kopan, Middleton; Duane (Susan) Spiegle, Eden Prairie, MN; 16 grandchildren, Kim Olson, Kendra (Kurt) Burkum, Jennifer Wotochek, Trista Wotochek, Bill (Mary) Wotochek, Jordan Spiegle, Tiffany (Jim) Langer, Abbey (Nick) Campbell, Alex (Katie) Kopan, Sarah Spiegle, Micah (Nicole) Spiegle, Laura (Dillon) Barmore, Aaron (Katie) Spiegle, Rachel Spencer, Emily (Chris) Osborn, and Elizabeth (Erin) DeBray; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 sister Priscilla Fontaine, Kewaunee; 2 sisters-in-law, Jane Baumann, Wisconsin Rapids; Deloris Spiegle, Sturgeon Bay.

She was preceded by her parents; husband; 1 grandson, Kirk Olson; 1 brother, Donald Baumann; 12 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law on Reuben’s side; and 1 brother-in-law, Ken Fontaine on Jeanette’s side.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Joel Sauer officiating.  Burial will be in Schumacher Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Tuesday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or Unity Hospice.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Special thanks to the staff at Unity Hospice especially Kristen, Wendy and Ashley.  Also, to Dr. Winkler, Dr. Antonio, Pastor Sauer and Pastor Schroeder for their wonderful care and support.

Alan J. Fierst

Alan J. Fierst, 93, of Luxemburg died at St. Vincent Hospital on Sunday, August 7, 2022, after a short illness.

Alan was born in Antigo, Wisconsin, on November 22, 1928, to the late Alexander J. and Martha T. (Cherek) Fierst, the oldest of three children.  Alan graduated from Antigo High School in 1946 and eventually opened Al’s Sport Stop, a sporting goods store he operated for many years.  He relocated to Tampa, Florida, where he met and married his wife Madelyn (Gibson) Fierst who preceded him in death in November of 1997. Thereafter, Alan returned to Wisconsin to be closer to family.

Alan is survived by his sister-in-law Ruth Ann Fierst of Luxemburg, WI, and her family, Alan’s nephews and nieces: Joe Jr. (Debbie) Fierst of Rhinelander, WI; Jean (Peter) Thillman of Green Bay, WI: Susan (Jamie) Whalen of Green Bay, WI, John (Pam) Fierst of Green Bay, WI, and Ann (Mike) Rohe of Spring Green, WI., and their families.

He is further survived by his brother-in-law Thomas B. Keller of South Yarmouth, MA, and his family, Alan’s nephews and niece: Michael T. Keller and wife (Mary) of West Boylston, MA, William J. Keller (Maria Luisa) of Malaga, Spain, Thomas J. Keller of Brockton, MA, Mark A. Keller (Karen) of Chelmsford, MA, Sr. Mary Veronica, O.P. of Nashville, TN, and James M. Keller (Annette) of Boalsburg, PA, and their families.

Alan was preceded in death earlier this year by his younger brother Joseph M. Fierst (Feb. 18, 2022) and his sister Jacqueline F. Keller (Apr. 8, 2022).

McMahon Funeral Home in Luxemburg is assisting the family. A private funeral will be held and the burial will be at Queen of Peace Cemetery in Antigo, WI.

A special thank you to Marie and her staff at Sycamore Lodge Senior Living in Luxemburg and  Alan’s caregivers on the 9th floor at St. Vincent Hospital and Unity Hospice.

Theodore "Ted" Morrison

Theodore Lionelle Morrison, 87, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away in Maryville, TN on August 6, 2022.  He was born June 17, 1935 in Freeport, IL to Howard and Annis (Carmeliprinty) Morrison.  On December 20, 1954 he married Ruth Muckley in Virginia.  She preceded him in death on March 25, 2014.


Ted served his country in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1959.  After marrying Ruth, they raised their family in Sanwich, IL.  Ted retired from Caterpillar in Aurora, IL and then established a business in Wisconsin, Amanda Cabinets and Furniture. He and Ruth relocated to Door County in 1988.  Ted was a past member of the Sturgeon Bay Lions Club.


He is survived by two children, Ted Morrison, Jr. of Sturgeon Bay and Ruth (Scott) Nelson of Maryville, TN; four grandchildren: Amanda Nelson of Maryville, TN, Scottie (Melissa) Nelson, of Maryville, TN, Mallory (William) Seymour of St. Louis MO, and Megan (Jim) Hartwig of Green Bay, WI; three great-grandchildren: Kaytlyn Evans, Luke and Harper Nelson.


Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Friday, August 12, 2022, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Friends may call on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the funeral home and on Friday morning from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Burial will be in Hainesville Cemetery.

Elmer Gustave Tanck

Elmer Gustave Tanck, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Friday, August 5, 2022 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.


He was born May 8, 1943 in Sturgeon Bay, son of the late Elmer Tanck and Viola (Marshall) Tanck. During his high school career as a wrestler, Elmer was a two-time state qualifier in the heavy weight division. He graduated from Sevastopol High School with the Class of 1961. Elmer loved baseball and played many years in Door County League for West Jacksonport.  In later years, Elmer enjoyed playing softball in the Doubleheader League for Carlsville Bar. On June 18, 1966, Elmer and Shirley Mae Kuehn were united in marriage at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy, where the couple have remained members. Elmer worked at American Motors Corporation in Kenosha before returning to Sturgeon Bay to work for Peterson Plumbing & Heating as a journeyman plumber and then as a pipefitter at Peterson Builders. Elmer's plumbing career lasted over 30 years. In 2002, Elmer and his family purchased The Farm in Sevastopol. Elmer’s daily presence at The Farm will be missed by all the visitors that have become family over the past 20 years. He enjoyed cooking for family and large gatherings. Elmer was faithful to his Lord and Savior and loved his church family at St. John.


Elmer will be missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley; two sons, Jeff Tanck of Sturgeon Bay and David (Jenny) Tanck of Hartland; four grandsons, Connor, Jeremy, Noah, and Mason; brother, Allan (Ann) Tanck of Sturgeon Bay; in-laws, Margie (Lynn) Nelson of Fish Creek, Mary (Ron) Kramer of Sturgeon Bay, Cindy Kuehn of Appleton, Joy (Dave) Tomjanovich of Sturgeon Bay, Steve Kuehn of Egg Harbor, Susan (Bill) Karas of Sturgeon Bay, Robin (Dean) Delfosse of Brussels; and many, many dear nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, Elmer was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Roger Kuehn.


Elmer’s life will be honored with a funeral service on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.


Friends and family may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Friday, August 12, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visiting will continue at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.


In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed in his name to St John Ev. Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School in Jacksonport.


The Tanck family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Richard Hogan and all Healthcare professionals who cared for Elmer over the last several years.


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

John "Jack" P. Schiltz

John “Jack” P. Schiltz, 84 of Kewaunee, Wisconsin, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2022, surrounded by his loving family, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.


He was born on October 25, 1937, in Forestville, to the late John A. and Erma (Homeyer) Schiltz. 


On November 8, 1958, Jack married Judy L. Zirbel at St. Mary of the Snow Church in Maplewood.


 His faith was very important to him and he was a longtime member of Holy Rosary Parish in Kewaunee, where he was actively involved in church activities and served as an usher.  Jack served his country in the United States Army during the years of 1958 to 1964.


He was employed with Wisconsin Public Service Co. for more than thirty years, retiring in 1999.


Jack had many interests which included spending time with family and friends, fishing, golfing, camping, traveling. He also loved to eat and savored Judy’s cooking.


Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Judy, and their children, Barbara (David) Bouchard, Wauwatosa; Daniel (Mary) Schiltz, Luxemburg; Jill (Kevin) Andre, Kewaunee; Lori Schiltz, Wauwatosa; nine grandchildren, Aimee Bouchard, Ryan Bouchard, Emily Schiltz, Cassie Schiltz, Ashley (Barth) Jeanquart, Erin Andre, Caleb (Ashley) Andre, Joshua Schiltz, Nicholas Schiltz; six great grandchildren, Elmer, Ihla, Evelynne, Hattie, Arlo and Asher; three sisters, Betty (Vernon) Kinnard, Casco; Dorothy Belleau, Kewaunee; Jean Thayse, Casco; nieces and nephews.


Jack was preceded in death and has been reunited with his son Michael, and two brothers in law, Allen Thayse and Thomas Belleau.


As per Jack’s wishes, a private visitation and funeral will be held. 


In lieu of floral expressions of sympathy, memorials may be sent to the Parkinson’s Foundation, in memory of John P. Schiltz.


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


A special note of thanks is extended to the Doctors, nurses, and staff of Bellin Hospital, for taking such great care of Jack and his family.

Brian J. Quistorff

Brian J. Quistorff, 57, Green Bay, died Tuesday, July 26, 2022.  He was born to Gerald R. and the late Ruth L. (Krueger) Quistorff on May 16, 1965.

As per Brian’s wishes, his final resting ceremony will be private.

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the family.

Barbara J. Smeester

Barbara J. Smeester, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at the age of 83, at Patient Pines Assisted Living, where she had been living for the past four years.  Barbara was born on May 19, 1939, in Kewaunee, Wisconsin to the late Stanley F.  and Clementine (Baye) Svoboda.  She was
an only child.  Stanley was a master cheese maker at Badger State Cheese.  Clementine was a stay-at-home mother.

Barbara met Henry J. Smeester Jr. at a local dance in 1955.  They married on May 19, 1956.  Henry was an auto mechanic and had his own body shop.  They moved to Green Bay to start their family.  They had three children Brad, Bruce, and Denise.  Barb was a stay at home mother until the boys where in middle school, then she became interested in antiques and started collections and selling them part-time.  In 1980 Barbara and Henry divorced and Barbara moved to Appleton and started About Time Antiques and later American Heritage Antiques.  Barb loved auctioning and selling at antique shows all over the state.  She had many great friends in the Antiquing world.  In May of 2018, Barbara was diagnosed with dementia and in July 2018 she had a non-cancerous tumor removed and has been a resident at Patient Pines Assisted Living since.

Barbara is survived by her three children, Brad Smeester, Luxemburg; Bruce (Cindy) Smeester, Denmark; Denise (Michael) Steckel, California; three grandchildren, Morgan (Jyoti) Paul, Matthew Smeester, and James Smeester. 

Friends may call between 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Funeral 11:00 a.m. at the church with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg. 


In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Barbara’s name.

McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, is assisting the Smeester family.

The Family would like to “Thank” Toni Carter and the staff of Patient Pines Assisted Living for all the great care they have given Barbara for the past four years.

Marilyn Margaret Zirbel

Marilyn Margaret Zirbel, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, was reunited in Heaven with her loved ones, early Sunday morning, July 31, 2022, at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

     She was born July 25, 1932, in Sawyer (now Sturgeon Bay), the daughter of William and Mary Margaret (Mohr) Pfister. Marilyn attended St. Joseph Catholic School and was a member of St. Joseph Parish, both in Sturgeon Bay, where she received the sacraments of baptism, first communion, and confirmation. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the class of 1950. One of Marilyn’s favorite memories was of a cross-country trip she took with her sister, Jean, in a car they purchased together immediately after graduation. She spoke fondly of her first job as a bookkeeper for the Milwaukee Shoe Company in Sturgeon Bay that later became Santa Rosa Shoe. Marilyn was on their bowling team and some of her coworkers became lifelong friends.

     She was united in marriage to Ralph Richard Zirbel on September 25, 1959, at her home parish of St. Joseph.

     Marilyn worked as a bookkeeper for Bill Boettcher Automotive starting in 1977 and continued as ownership changed to Jim Olson Motors until her retirement in 2002. In her 25 years, she was blessed with amazing coworkers that became lifelong friends.  

     Marilyn and Ralph shared nearly 50 years of marriage together. He passed away on August 4, 2009.

     Marilyn became an active member of Corpus Christi Parish in Sturgeon Bay in 1960 and volunteered at the church and school as a Eucharistic minister, served on various committees and groups, and helped with the hot lunch program bookkeeping. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Pere Marquette #1058 in Sturgeon Bay, holding various officer positions. Marilyn enjoyed tending to her myriad flowering plants in her home and yard. She was a wonderful baker and her strawberry jam and traditions of making Christmas cookies, pfeffernusse, and pistachio torte are family favorites. Marilyn’s greatest joy was found in socializing with friends and spending as much time as possible with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. No one loved little babies more than her.

     Marilyn’s love will live on in the hearts of her four children, Lori (Steve) LaLuzerne of Sturgeon Bay, WI, Jan (Brian) Herbst of Andover, MN, Brian (Joy) Zirbel of South Milwaukee, WI, and Heidi (Marc) Stolt of Plover, WI; eight grandchildren, Andy (Lisa) LaLuzerne, Michelle LaLuzerne, Andrea Herbst, David (Jessica) Herbst, Nicholas (Ashley) Herbst, Jonathan Zirbel, Jenna Stolt, and Marissa Stolt; seven great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Eva LaLuzerene, Emma Strachan, Eleanor, Everett, Oliver, and Nolan Herbst; sister-in-law, Judy (Jack) Schiltz of Kewaunee, WI; many loving nieces and nephews; and good friends from church, work, and school.

     She was reunited with her parents; husband; two grandsons, Matthew and Adam LaLuzerne; and five siblings, Dorothy (Robert) King, Marion (Alton) Larson, Jean (Dennis) Raddatz, Harold (Gladys) May, and Howard (Ceil) May, and Harold (Jeanette) Zirbel.

     Marilyn's life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay, with Fr. Ryan Krueger and Fr. Anthony Birdsall concelebrating and Dcn. Mark Hibbs assisting. She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Ralph, in St. Joseph Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in Marilyn's name for Corpus Christi Parish or St. John Bosco Catholic School.

     Marilyn’s children would like to sincerely thank the staff at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center for the compassionate care they provided.

     Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Zirbel family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Marilyn may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


Mary Jane (Van Duyse) Sorgel

The Golden Girl, Mary Jane Van Duyse Sorgel, 89, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2022 in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Mary lived a very blessed life, and her achievements were many.

     Mary was born on December 29, 1932 in Sturgeon Bay to Frances Lewis Van Duyse and Gertrude Josephine (Simon) Van Duyse. She attended Sevastopol School, and it was an easy walk to get there as her parents owned and operated Vans Tavern (now the Institute Saloon), and the Van Duyse family lived upstairs. Mary graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1951.

     In 1949 while still in school, Mary Jane first began to give twirling and dance lessons. Mary taught tap, ballet, acrobatics, ballroom dance, and baton twirling.  Over time, she had studios in Sturgeon Bay, Luxemburg, Brussels, and Algoma and was proud to teach multiple generations of families. Mary continued teaching at her dance studios until 1972 when she married and retired. She continued teaching informally all her adult life. Mary Jane was honored by the Wisconsin Dance Council with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Teaching was her greatest joy.

     Mary earned many awards and accomplished so very much in life. Mary Jane was named the Door County Cherry Blossom Queen in 1952. She also was the face of Florida Tourism ads and movies in the 1950’s.

     Mary won the Wisconsin State championships for baton twirling in 1951 and 1953. She won the National Baton Twirling Championship in 1954. Mary was a lifetime member of the National Baton Twirling Association. She was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2006.

     At the urging of Wilner Burke, the leader of the Packer Lumberjack Band, Mary Jane auditioned in 1949 to join the Packerettes of the Packer Lumberjack Band.  She was the Packer drum majorette from 1951 to 1966. She was named “Miss Majorette of America” in 1953 and in 1956 was named the world’s most famous drum majorette.

     Mary Jane was given the “Golden Girl” title in 1959 by the Chicago Tribune.  This quickly caught on in the Green Bay area. Coach Lombardi believed that the Packers needed a cheerleading squad and asked Mary to get it organized. She formed the Green Bay Packer Golden Girls which she led from 1961 to 1972. One of her most memorable half time performances was during the Ice Bowl. A display feature of her was placed in the Packer Hall of Fame in 1976.  Mary Jane’s Golden Girl career was featured in a 2017 episode of “NFL Films Presents”. Mary Jane and the Golden Girls were honored with a special exhibit in the Door County Historical Museum in September, 2019.

     For a while, Mary Jane worked for two competing TV networks in Green Bay at the same time.  She was “The Weather Girl” on channel 11’s nightly news.  She also served as Curly Lambeau’s on-air assistant on the “Ask Curly Lambeau” show on channel 5 for many years. She and Curly were very close and he passed away at her parents’ home in Sturgeon Bay.

     Mary Jane did a great deal of charity work. She participated in many telethons in Marquette, MI, and in Green Bay, and lead hundreds of parades. For many years, Mary lead the annual New Year Parade in Egg Harbor. She and the Golden Girls participated in the 50th Annual Cerebral Palsy Telethon in 2004. Mary attended many Green and Gold Galas, sponsored by the Our Lady of Charity Guild, each time organizing the attendance of many Golden Girls.  She also performed for patients at the Door County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility.

     Mary Jane appeared twice on David Letterman’s “Stupid Pet Tricks” including an anniversary show where she twirled live in an airplane at 25,000 feet with her pet dog Muffy sitting up on her head (which landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records, 1996 edition). She also appeared on the “Sally Jesse Raphael Show” and on Animal Planet’s “Pet Star” with Mario Lopez. In 1989, Mary was featured as a question on “Jeopardy”.

     Mary Jane married William “Bill” J. Sorgel in June, 1972, and lived what she called “a great love story” for the next 34 years. They were a glamorous couple.  Bill and Mary traveled seasonally between Key Biscayne, FL, and Ephraim, WI. They enjoyed several sports together, including scuba diving, fishing, and cross-country skiing. They also performed a singing and twirling dog act for friends and a number of local charities. In later years, Bill had a number of health issues, and Mary devoted her life to taking care of him. This didn’t stop them and their pet Yorkies from continuing their seasonal traveling.

     In her later years, Mary was fortunate to reconnect with her childhood friend, Jack Champeau, who remained a dear and supportive friend until his passing in 2018.

     Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William “Bill” Sorgel; siblings-in-law, Robert (Janet) Van Duyse and Frances “Fritz” and Dorothy Van Duyse; many aunts and uncles; and cousins.

     Mary Jane is survived by nieces, Susan (Eugene) Heimbecher, Rebecca (Thomas) Lam, Sarah Van Duyse, Barbara Van Duyse, Roberta Van Duyse, Alison (Nick) Walker, and nephew, Frank (Veronica) Van Duyse. She is further survived by Bill’s sons and their wives, Dave (Colette) Sorgel and Ric (Linda) Sorgel, 10 great-nieces and great-nephews; and her great-great-niece, Ashlyn Rasmussen whom she adored.

     Mary was one of the kindest souls you could ever meet. She had a smile for everyone and never had an unkind word to say. She was always the life of the party and had so very many dear friends.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Mary Jane’s name to St. Joseph Parish (office at 526 Louisiana St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235) where she was a lifelong member or the Wisconsin Humane Society-Door County Campus (3475 Park Dr., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235) in honor of her beloved Yorkies.   

     The family would like to thank Anna’s Angels and all of her caregivers over the years. She loved you all, and we are grateful for the love you had for her.

     Mary Jane’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 110 N. 5th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Bill, in St. Joseph Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until the closing parish wake service at 7:00 p.m. (Within the wake service liturgy will be a time for sharing of memories. Those who have special remembrances from Mary Jane’s life are welcome to share those at that time.)

     Visitation will continue at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Friday morning, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

     The parish wake service at the funeral home on Thursday evening will be livestreamed at 7:00 p.m. via the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page ( The funeral Mass at the church on Friday will be recorded (non-live) and eventually uploaded to the funeral home Facebook page.

     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Mary Jane may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

     We will all truly miss our Golden Girl. Go Pack Go!

Roy Richard LaViolette

Roy Richard LaViolette, 76, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on August 1, 2022, at Anna’s House.  He was born on October 30, 1945, in Sturgeon Bay to Louis and Artyce (Starr) LaViolette.  On July 17, 1965, he married Mary Lauder in Sturgeon Bay, she preceded him in death on June 25, 2014.  Roy graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1963, and then went on to graduate from NWTC.

Roy worked for Sturgeon Bay Utilities for 35 years, and then worked at Bay Ship Building for 4 years.  He was an active member of WWOA (Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association).  Roy was a very active member of Christ the King-Holy Nativity Episcopal Church serving as past treasurer, Junior Warden, and Senior Warden.

Survivors include two children, Paula (John II) Sullivan, Sturgeon Bay; Richard (Katherine) LaViolette, Sturgeon Bay; three grandchildren, Patrick and Paige Sullivan, and Ava LaViolette; siblings, Donna Nicholson, Doris Wolske, Faye (Willard) Kolstad, Louie (Susie) LaViolette; in-laws, Leonard Kleinschmidt, Wendy Hansen, Joann Lauder, Julie (Todd) Sternard, Robert (Shannon) Lauder, and Sophie LaViolette.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; siblings, Phyllis (Phillip) Nelson, Mildred (Lawrence) Monfils, Vivian (Wayne) Johnson, Kenneth (Jane) LaViolette, Virginia (Charlie) Meunier, Shirley Pagel, Keith LaViolette; and brothers-in-law, Mike Lauder, Dan Lauder, Daryl Wolske, Don Viste, Tom Nicholson, Ray Chase, Fred Grapendine, and Jack Pagel; sister-in-law, Jayme Kleinschmidt.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 5, 2022, at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Olin Sletto officiating.  Burial will be in Hainesville Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home on Friday.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Special thanks to the staff at Anna’s House in Sturgeon Bay and Compassus Hospice for their wonderful care and support.


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