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Obituaries Archives for 2022-12

Lee Arlene Carlson

Lee Arlene Carlson, 75, of the Town of Forestville, died after a brief illness, Friday November 18, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.

    She was born September 25, 1947, in Sacramento CA, the daughter of Frank Foster Stilson and Arlene (Cushman) Stilson. Lee Graduated from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, CA and continued her education at a local Tech school training as a key punch operator.

    Lee was employed for many years as a data entry specialist and private contractor for the United States government at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento County, CA. This is where she met her future husband, Thomas Carlson, who also worked there and went out of his way to meet Lee. They were united in marriage on October 6, 1979, in California. After living in Tom’s house in Sacramento for a few years, Tom and Lee designed and built their first home together in Elk Gove, CA. Surrounded by pecan trees that Tom planted, they lived together with their German shepherd, Jesse, and Lee's mother, Arlene, whom she took care of. Through her years of employment at the Air Force Base, Lee acquired a high-security clearance which enabled her to work on data for the stealth bomber. Upon their retirement, Lee and Tom moved to Door County, WI, and he built their second home in the Town of Forestville.

    Together with Tom, Lee was a member of American Association of Woodturners, Northeastern Wisconsin Woodworking Guild, Northeastern Wisconsin Woodturners out of Neenah, and Bay Lake Woodturners in Green Bay. Lee was also a member of the Mayflower Society as a confirmed descendant of one of the passengers. Prior to meeting Tom, she enjoyed going on adventures with one of her friends who had a Corvette and off-roading in a dune buggy in the area foothills. Lee was an avid knitter and crocheter who would make kitchen washcloths by the bucketful and all the scarves for Tom’s signature snowmen and other projects. She loved animals, especially cats. Lee had sharp, photographic memory which served her well professionally and also at home. Her family recalls how she could "walk" them right through the house to find almost any item. 

    Lee and Tom were blessed to share over 42 years of marriage. Tom preceded her in death earlier this year, on February 8, 2022.  

    Lee will be missed by her brother-in-law, Donald Carlson of the Town of Forestville; Don's children, Laurie (Phil) Adams, Jeffrey (Sue) Carlson, Eric (Rachel) Carlson, Douglas (Catherine) Keith, Robert (Coreen) Keith, Richard (Amarjargal) Keith, and multiple grand nephews and nieces.  Cousins, Carol Ann Athenour of Gardnerville, NV, Gregory Richard Peterson of West Sacramento, CA, David Lawrence Peterson of North Highlands, CA; other relatives; special friends, Debbie and Billy; and her cherished cat, Clancy.

    She was preceded in death by parents; husband Tom; sister-in-law, Helen Carlson; and other relatives. 

    Lee's life will be honored with a memorial service held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 with Pastor Gary Scharrig officiating. She will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol, beside her husband, Tom.

    Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on from Saturday, January 28, 2023, from noon until the time of service.

    Memorials may be given in her name for the Bay Lake Woodturners, the Northeastern Wisconsin Woodworking Guild, American Association of Woodturners, Wisconsin Humane society and ASPCA.

    "Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to CeCe (Lee's caregiver) for the wonderful and devoted care you gave to Lee over the last year. A special thanks also goes out to the critical care unit staff at St. Vincent Hospital, especially, Dan and Hannah, for the excellent, compassionate care you gave to Lee."

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

Catherine Helen Mazurek

Catherine Helen Mazurek, 73, of Baileys Harbor, WI passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2022 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.


She was born October 26, 1949 in Chicago, daughter of the late Walter Chester and Evelyn Anna (Gralewski) Tomaszewski. Cathy married Lawrence Mazurek of Chicago in 1974. Together they have two surviving children, Vincent Lawrence Mazurek and Angela Marie Lemme. They lived in Chicago and Des Plaines, IL until 2006, when they purchased half ownership in Sweetie Pies, LLC in Fish Creek, WI, and moved to Door County. Cathy loved looking at the water, especially at Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek. She had a passion for baking, especially Christmas cookies, for family and friends. She cherished every moment with her family and enjoyed various Arts.


Cathy is survived by her husband; children; and siblings, Mary, Valentine, Michael, Celeste, and Casimir and their respective families.


A memorial service to honor Cathy’s life will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.


Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.


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

Robert "Bob" J. Schartner

 Robert “Bob” J. Schartner, 87, of Little Harbor in the Town of Sevastopol, passed away Wednesday morning, December 28, 2022 at Cardinal Ridge in Sturgeon Bay.

    Bob was born April 24, 1935 to the late Louis Ludwig and Laura Mary (Haberli) Schartner in Sturgeon Bay. He attended Sevastopol High School and entered the United States Army. After being honorably discharged from military service, Bob worked in trucking in Milwaukee beforereturning to Green Bay where he owned several bars including Mickey’s Club and Mickey’s Hotspot, favorite hangouts of the Curly Lambeau era Green Bay Packers.

    Bob married his beloved wife Diane Kay Wagner October 17, 1970. Together they moved home where they ran The Railroad Inn and, after their daughter Nicole was born, started their own orchard business inSevastopol. Together they raised their three children and grew fruit including apples, cherries, and plums. In the summer, despite his rigorous work commitments and Diane’s nursing career, Bob found time to coach all three of his children in softball and baseball. His favorite words,“Watch the ball hit the bat!” were “told” to his own children and countless others over a decades worth of coaching. After a long day’s work or coaching, Bob loved starting a fire in his backyard overlooking the bay, playing cards (sheepshead, pinochle, or cribbage) with family and friends,and then cooking an open fire steak or his own fried perch recipe. When the crops were harvested, and winter settled upon the countryside, Bob would hunt and fish with his family or play cards at Birmingham’s Bar or Schartner’s on the Shore. Playing cards with his dear friends at Birmingham’s Bar were some of the best times for him in his later years. In the spring, he loved picking asparagus for his friends and family or bouquets of fresh lilacs for Diane. He took great joy in sharing with his loved ones - whether it was apples for his sisters, bedtime stories of his childhood adventures or early morning still-warm peanut rolls from Knaapen’s bakery for his children. He had an unparalleled passion for life, and he shared that love through his unique gift for telling stories and his contagious smile and laugh.

    Diane passed at age 54 on November 12, 2000 and was deeply missed by Bob for the remainder of his life. In his words, “She was just a wonderful woman and mother.” He would be the first to say that her love was the foundation for his happiness.

    Bob will be dearly missed by his three children, Nicole Christian of Waunakee, Jill Schartner of Brisbane, CA and Robbie (Kelly) Schartner of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren, Maxwell, Reed and Levi Christian, Brianna Dahms, Haddie Schartner and Oliver Schartner; siblings, Helen Henschel, Arnold Schartner and Ann (Allan) Tanck; sisters-in-law, Susan (John) Schartner and Lauris Wagner (John); and brothers-in-law, William Junionand George Wagner.

    Preceding him in death were his parents; wife; siblings and spouses, Doris Schartner, Louis (Ruth) Schartner, Leonard (Joan) Schartner, Donald (Shirley) Schartner, William Schartner, Carol (John) Grandbouche, Mary Junion, Roger Henschel, Kenneth Schartner, and Evelyn Schartner; brother-in-law, David Wagner; and sister-in-law, Carla Wagner.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Institute with Father Robert Stegmann officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

    Visitation for family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening, December 30, 2022 at Huehns Funeral Home and continue Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m.

    The family would like to express their gratitude to all the friends and family who loved and took care of Bob in his later years, especially Everett Vrooman, whom he depended on dearly. The family would like to thank the staff at Cardinal Ridge for the compassionate care they provided. His life was full and rich to the very end because of the support of his family and community.

    Expressions of sympathy, memories, photos and especially your wonderful stories of Bob’s adventures may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

    Bob loved life and would want you to celebrate his life by buying your friends a round of beers during a game of cards, sipping some cherry bounce, making a friendly wager or bringing a cherry pie to your neighbor - and most importantly, enjoying life with the people you love.

William M. Welter

William Michael Welter, born November 18, 1944, in Evanston, IL to Frances and Roy Welter. Raised in Evanston throughout his childhood, Bill’s parents were devout members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  He sang in the boys’ choir and graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1962. Bill graduated Cum Laude from Missouri Valley College in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He was a proud member and president of Sigma Nu Fraternity.  

Due to his innate ability to think outside the box, Bill was hired by the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago as the youngest client service executive overseeing successful campaigns with Schlitz Beer and Kentucky Fried Chicken, to name a few.  In 1974, Bill moved to Needham, Harper, and Steers where he led the General Mills, Betty Crocker, and McDonald’s accounts.

Bill joined Wendy’s Corporate Offices in Columbus, Ohio in 1981 as Senior Vice President of Marketing.  Bill was the driving force of the creation and implementation of the “Where’s the Beef” campaign, a timeless phrase that is still part of our current lexicon. 

In the late 1980s Bill partnered with Jack Haunty to form their own advertising agency, Haunty and Welter.  Bill then went onto lead successful campaigns at Heartland Foods before beginning his next venture in Las Vegas. 

Bill became a franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings, successfully establishing 9 locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.  Although part of a large corporation, it was a family business at heart.  After many thriving years, Bill and Pam retired to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. 

While successful in his own right, Bill never lost sight of the importance of giving back to the communities in which he lived.  In Columbus he started Santa’s Silent Helpers, an organization that provides food, clothing, and gifts to families and seniors in need.  It is truly amazing how something started so small and has now grown leaps and bounds as they recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. 

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Bill dedicated his charitable efforts to the first responder and military communities.  These efforts continued well after Bill left Las Vegas and remained important to him for the rest of his life.  

Sheila A. Wills

Sheila Ann Wills, 64, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Dec. 26, 2022, at her home.  She was born April 23, 1958, in Huntington, West Virginia to Carl and Bethel Grant.  On August 25, 2002, she married Brian J. Wills in Chicago. 

Sheila worked as a snowplow driver for O’Hare Airport in Chicago.  She was a great chef and an avid gardener.

She is survived by her husband, son James Grant, Chicago; her mother Bethel Grant, Chicago; 3 brothers, Ralph, David and Mark Grant; and a brother-in-law Daniel Wills.  She was preceded in death by her father.

A memorial gathering will be conducted at a later date.  Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Janet A. Wiericks

Janet A. Wiericks, 78, Casco, passed away at home on December 26, 2022. Janet was born on October 27, 1944, to the late Raymond & Mildred (Hunsader) Shaw. On September 30, 1989, she married Fenton Wiericks at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Casco. Jan was an animal and nature lover, she loved dogs and cats, flowers, fishing, and antiques. Jan was a hard worker her whole life.


Jan is survived by her husband of 33 years, Fenton Wiericks; her daughter, Lisa (Fred) Lent, Green Bay; grandchildren, Anthony (fiancé Allie) Lent, and Vanessa Lent; brothers, Bernard (Janet) Shaw, Eugene Shaw, and Clayton (Susan) Shaw; sister, Carolyn (Donald) Chike; brother-in-law, Mike (Sally) Wiericks; and Riley her Yorkie, as well as by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James Shaw, and Mark (Donna) Shaw; sisters-in-law, Faith “Faye” Shaw and Mary Ann Carter; as well as by nephews.


Visitation will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church – Casco, on Friday, December 30, 2022, from 9-11 am. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am with Fr. Dennis Drury and Deacon Bob Miller officiating. Burial to follow at St. Adelbert’s Cemetery in Slovan. Online condolence messages may be shared at


A special thank you to Deputy Jamie Tlachac, Deputy Joe Kassner, the Casco-Lincoln First Responders and Luxemburg Rescue for all of your help and doing all you could for Jan.

Annelise D. Hinnenthal

Annelise D. Hinnenthal passed away on December 17, 2022 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Care Center in Sturgeon Bay.
     Annelise was born in Northfield, MN on January 4, 1931, to the late Jens Christian and Else (Kristiansen) Jensen.
At six months old the family to move back to Copenhagen, Denmark. The family later moved to a farm north of Copenhagen. After graduating high school she traveled by boat back to America to attend college, docking in New York where she spent the summer with relatives. She attended Carthage College as a foreign exchange student.  While attending college she met her future husband. On August 23, 1953 she was united in marriage with Donald Paul Hinnenthal at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Appleton, Wisconsin.
     To complete her education, she attended local colleges while raising her children and graduated from Carthage College. Upon graduation she took a 12-month course in Medical Technology and received state certification.  She spent her career at the Appleton Medical Center as a medical technologist.
     She especially enjoyed her Scandinavian Sewing Club, and she and Don made many trips back to Denmark.  Over ten years they also made many trips to other countries.  After they moved to Clark Lake she joined The Jacksonport Women's Club.
     Annelise was a loving mother, an excellent cook and also highly skilled in many fiber arts, most notably intricately knit sweaters and cross stitch.  She loved to garden, and was seldom without her beloved dog, Heidi.
     While quintessentially Danish, she was also very proud of being American. She was always kind and selfless in helping family and friends. People always commented, "She is so sweet".
     She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Donald; three children, Glenn (Julie) Hinnenthal of Jacksonport, Carolyn Hinnenthal of Sturgeon Bay, Jane (Don) Meger of Ham Lake, MN; seven grandchildren; Jennifer (Bryan) Hass, Geoffrey Hinnenthal, Michael (Nicole) Hinnenthal, Jakob (Rose) Pflederer, Ethan Pflederer, Gunnar (Stacy) Meger, Erica Meger; and nine great-grandchildren; as well as brother-in-law Thomas (Ann) Hinnenthal and sister-in-law Susan (T.J.) Jorgensen; several nieces and nephews, including niece Jannie (Casper) Gubi; their children Ulrikke and Sebastian of Copenhagen, Denmark. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister-in-law Joan Hinnenthal, sister and brother-in-law, Gudrun and Helmuth Rasmussen and in-laws William and Katherine Hinnenthal.
     A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2023 at St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, with Rev. Joel Sauer officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Appleton.
     Friends may call at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.
     Memorial donations may be made in her name to St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church.
     Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC of Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Hinnenthal family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Annelise may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


Helena E. Virlee

Helena E. Virlee, age 102, passed away at her home in Aurora, CO on December 21, 2022.

She was born on September 20, 1920 to Walter and Emma (Kugler) Beard in a log home on a small farm (now known as the Kurtz Coral) in Jacksonport, WI. After graduating as
Valedictorian from Sevastopol High School in 1938, Helena attended business school in Green Bay. She held a position as a court reporter as well as several other office jobs before she married Norbert Virlee on September 7, 1942. They moved to Milwaukee in 1955 for Norbert's job but returned to their beloved Door County when he retired in 1976. Helena and Norbert celebrated almost 70 years of marriage before
he passed away on August 21, 2012.

Helena and Norbert loved to travel, enjoying several trips to Europe, Hawaii, Alaska and many other states in the U.S., including spending most of their retirement winters in Paisley, FL, and returning to Door County each spring.

Helena was a dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was proud of her family and especially enjoyed time spent together.

Helena is survived by her four daughters, Vicki (Dale) Ziarek, Mary (Gary) Hansen, Kathy Stein, Helen Dickens (Alan Molk); one son, Bob (Renee) Virlee; six grandchildren, Nicole Davidson, Stephanie Dickens, Dustin (Devan) Stein, Brad Dickens, Matt (Tori) Virlee, Mitch (Hope) Virlee; three great-grandchildren, Elena Virlee, Jay and Darian Davidson; three step-grandchildren, Desiree Mueller, Gabe Stein and Sarah Molk; one great-step-grandchild, Anniya Davidson; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Norbert; her parents Walter and Emma; her sister and brother-in-law, Marion and Milton Staats; niece Sue Mullin; nephew, Steve and his wife Josetta Staats and great nephew, Nick Staats.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of life will be held at a later date at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Memorials may be given in her memory to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 110 N 5th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

William J. Ambrose

William J. Ambrose, 61, of Sister Bay, died Tuesday December 20, 2022, at home after a lengthy illness.

     Bill was the loving son of the late Robert L. and Mary Ambrose. He is survived by his four siblings, Jane (late Robert L.) Ambrose, Mary (late Robert) Tourounjian, Kathleen (Scott) Smith, and John (Dianna) Ambrose. Bill was the devoted Uncle to many nieces and nephews and the proud Godfather of his niece, Elizabeth Ambrose.

     Bill was a real estate agent in Door County for many years. Always laughing and bringing out the humorous side of life with everyone who knew him. He surrounded himself with loving family, and steadfast friends and caregivers. His sense of humor, mechanical genius, and zest for life will be missed.

     Visitation and Mass will be held beginning 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2022, at Stella Maris Parish – Fish Creek. Mass will begin at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Blossomberg Cemetery in the Peninsula State Park.

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Hemophilia Foundation.

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

Thomas L. Hanson

Thomas L. Hanson, age 78, a Manitowoc resident, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Froedtert Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, Manitowoc.

He was born August 10, 1944 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, son of the late Lynn and Lucille (Anderson) Hanson. Tom attended Gibraltar High School, graduating with the class of 1962. Following high school, he served in the United States Navy. While in the service, he was stationed on USS Forestall and served in Cambodia. On May 7, 1967, he married Jean Donahue in Milwaukee. Tom was employed with Paper Converting of Green Bay for over 30 years until his retirement in 2009. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and boating on the Bay of Green Bay. He was a skilled woodworker, enjoyed golfing, and was a Packers, Brewers, and Bucks fan. Tom also enjoyed spending time at the cottage in Door County. Above all, he loved his family, and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife: Jean Hanson; two children: Todd (Tammy) Hanson and Kim Wendling (Todd Reffke); three grandchildren: Brooke (Cody) Dorin, Summer Wendling (fiancé Caleb Wentker), and Stephanie Hanson (special friend Noah Kubsh); great-grandchildren: Braxton and Emmett Dorin and one on the way; one sister: Linda Koenig; two sisters-in-law: Janice Hanson and Wendy Hanson; and two brothers-in-law: Jack (Patricia) Donahue and Dennis Donahue. Step-siblings, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Michael Hanson and Larry Hanson; and one brother-in-law: Brian Koenig.

Cremation has occurred at the Harrigan Parkside Crematory and a memorial service will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home, 628 North Water Street, Manitowoc. Officiating at the service will be Joe Zenk. Military honors will be accorded by AMVETS Post 99 of Manitowoc. The family will greet relatives and friends from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the services at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s name to Wounded Warrior Project or given to the family for donation of their choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting

The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home, Manitowoc, is assisting the Hanson family with funeral arrangements.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staffs of Froedtert Holy Family Memorial Hospital, as well as Sharon S. Richardson Hospice for the care and compassion they have shown Tom and his family. 

Ronald R. Eisenmann

The great and amazing Ronald R. Eisenmann, 84, of Sturgeon Bay stepped away from his physical life on Dec. 12, 2022. We expect that he is still scratching his head over how this could have happened so swiftly, because he had a long to-do list and an incredible zest for life. A finer gentleman, you could never meet. He was a legend to his family.


Ron passed away peacefully a few days after his family had gathered to say goodbye as a sudden and aggressive cancer took him away. We all simply expected him to live to 104. Ron was an admired man. He was born February 27, 1938, in Milwaukee to Raymond and Florence (Spangenberg) Eisenmann. Ron spent his formative years in southeast Wisconsin and upon retirement from the US Navy moved to Northeast Wisconsin and settled very comfortably in Door County, Wisconsin.


Preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years Janet Kay (Kurth) Eisenmann, parents Raymond and Florence, and sister Carol (Ron) Dornacker.


He is survived by 4 children, Carin Eisenmann, Bill (Sandra) Eisenmann, John (Julia) Eisenmann, Wendy (Rob) Winters; and his first wife Judith Wightman. Ron was a grandfather to 7 grandchildren, Jason Goldman, Joshua Goldman, Jon Eisenmann, Jesse Eisenmann, Nathan Winters, Lukas Winters, Elise Foley; 5 great-grandchildren and nieces, Kim and Tracy Dornacker.


As a young man, Ron was a curious and motivated car enthusiast and had an amazing ability to build or repair anything of a mechanical nature. Ron left his home in Milwaukee after leaving school before graduation. He had dreamed about submarines and enlisted to serve his country in the US Navy as a submariner in the silent service. During the Cold war, MMCS (SS) R.R. Eisenmann was aboard many technologically advanced submarines. He witnessed the change from naval diesel power into the nuclear age.


Before the age of 20, Ron was aboard the world’s first nuclear operated submarine, USS Nautilus 571 as a machinist mate. In 1958, when the cold war was raging and the race for space was on, Ron was part of an incredible top-secret voyage beneath the polar ice cap. His team of sailors “operated” the world’s first nuclear submarine silently from the Pacific Ocean at Point Barrow Alaska, 500 feet under the surface, for 1000 miles under the Arctic ice cap to Greenland in the Atlantic Ocean in history’s first trans-polar underwater mission. This effort tipped American sea dominance against the Russians. It helped shape him and his character.


As the cold war ran on, and the Cuban missile crisis exploded, Ron was somewhere under the surface around Key West escorting nuclear missiles around the depths of the ocean. He was crew aboard almost a dozen submarines during his Naval career. Ron Eisenmann was a man with nerves of steel, and we salute him. He retired from military service after 20 years as a nuke “consultant” with the US Navy in 1975.


Ron then moved his family (Jan, Carin, Bill, John and Wendy) to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and began working in management at Bay Shipbuilding Corp until he again retired in 1983. He formed Peninsula Fiberglass as his business and enjoyed casual boat repair for friends and acquaintances, while he enjoyed his time with wife Jan, traveling, going to flee markets, collecting antiques and seeing the country. Ron also spent many road trips with his very best and longtime friend Darrel Lautenbach. These two were the original American pickers. Nothing gave Ron a smile faster than finding treasure in a barn, in a field, or at a garage sale, especially if he beat Darrel to it. He knew every road in Wisconsin and was a specialist at making a 4-hour ride take a full day with side roads, coffee stops and visits with friendly strangers.


Ron served his community of Nasawaupee on the Southern Door Volunteer Fire Department for over 40 years as well. He co-founded S.D.F.D. in 1980 and served as a Captain, Assistant Chief, Safety Officer, and Firefighter over his four decades on call. Ron was always happy to be the one to organize a car show fundraiser for the fire department and was a “Helluva burger cook” when the lines at the fundraisers got long.


Ron was an “easy to like” man who moved through his life slowly and thoughtfully. He was mostly a husband to Jan. He treasured her. They were a great team and loved the banter between themselves.  Ron was a husband, father, a military man, a firefighter, an artist, a wanderer, collector and businessman. He had an eye for art, beauty and “shiny objects”. His curiosity made us all smile and kept us young. We will miss him and honor him with incredible admiration. We feel sure that Mom & Dad got their happy hour back again.


Our family would like to thank the beautiful staff at Cherry Meadows Hospice care in Appleton. You had grace, you gave dad dignity, and you made our family comfortable as we faced his passing. God bless you; you are heaven sent.


A celebration of life will be announced for this summer, perhaps mid-June when the weather is nice. In honor of Ron, and in lieu of any gifts, donations or flowers, take some time to genuinely thank a veteran. Buy them a cup of coffee & share some kindness. Dad never wanted to make a big scene. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Rest accomplished, sir, you are forever loved. 

Thomas (Tom) J. Hilbert

Thomas (Tom) Joseph Hilbert, age 67, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, passed away on December 12, 2022, after a six-year battle with cancer. Tom was born September 28, 1955, in Green Bay, WI. After graduating from Southern Door High School in 1973, Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He began his nursing career in the emergency department at Door County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) and later attended evening classes at Cardinal Stritch College where he earned a Masters in Management.

In 1988, Tom left his position as Chief Nurse of DCMH’s emergency room to pursue a second master’s degree. Tom graduated from the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia in 1990 with a Masters in Nurse Anesthesia. He served as class president and received the Award of Excellence in Clinical Nurse Anesthesia.

After graduating from anesthesia school, Tom worked for the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, WI, as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from 1990-2017. He served as Clinical Director of Student Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Training at Marshfield Clinic for St. Mary’s University School of Nurse Anesthesia; he also held the role as Chief Nurse Anesthetist at the Marshfield Clinic for many years before moving back to Sturgeon Bay where he ended his career at the Milo C. Huempfner Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic and Surgery Center in Green Bay, WI, as a CRNA from 2017-2019.

Throughout his career Tom was very active with the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists serving two terms as president of the professional organization. He also served as a guest lecturer for orthopedic and trauma anesthesia at St Mary’s University School of Nurse Anesthesia in Minneapolis, MN. Tom had a passion for his career as a CRNA and always said there was never another profession he would rather be in.

?Tom will be remembered for his sense of humor, smile and laugh. He was kind, dependable and generous. He enjoyed traveling the world, boating, yard work, hunting and driving his MGB. Above all, he found true happiness when surrounded by his family who was by his side throughout his battle with cancer. Tom was married to his high school sweetheart, Roxanne Granius, for 46 years. Roxanne was the love of his life. Together they had three children and three grandchildren that Tom adored more than anything.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Alfons and Betty (Leeg) Hilbert. He is survived by his wife Roxanne; daughter Chalonne (significant other, Chris Andree); sons Ryan (Jessa Lemke) and Connor; grandchildren, Hattie, Hollis, and Harbor; brothers David (Jill), Jack (Monica), Lee (Denise); and, sister, Mary (Dave Hartford).

Funeral services will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2022, at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.  On-line condolences may be offered at   In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Door County Medical Center Oncology, the team that gave us excellent care.


Bernetta F. Lebrick

One of God’s very best has been carried away by angels. Bernetta F. Lebrick (who shall be referred to as Bert), age 87, of Manitowoc passed away on Monday December 5, 2022 at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, Manitowoc, while friends and family surrounded her with love, gratitude and friendly banter. 


Bert was born July 29, 1935 in Mount Vernon, Kansas, daughter of the late Bernard and Josephine (Konecny) Keiter.  She was a graduate of Garden Plain High School.  On July 21, 1956 she was united in marriage to Garland Lebrick in Mount Vernon, KS.  He preceded her in death on May 11, 1988.


Bert was preceded in death by her parents Bernard & Josephine Keiter, her loving husband Garland, beautiful daughter Lenore (Lebrick) Beyer, beloved sisters Julie and Sally, brothers Ed, Vince, Gib and Clem.


 Bert was a person of deep faith and helped so many people by being supportive, encouraging and very forgiving, with an open mind and inner strength that was unmatched. She had a great sense of humor (she had to with us as her kids) and her home was a place where everyone was welcome. Always giving of herself, very unselfish and just an extremely beautiful person with the most selfless soul.


Survivors include her kids Gale Lebrick, Leann (Lebrick) Doell, loving family friend Barb Altergott who was like a daughter to Bert, her wonderful sisters who made countless trips from Kansas when Bert could no longer travel, Thelma Traffas and Marge Blubaugh, granddaughter Samantha (Beyer) Varney, Samantha’s husband Chris Varney and his kids, grandsons Lee Beyer, Tyler Doell (wife Mercedes), and Ben Lebrick, great grandson Weston (Lee Beyer’s little guy), sons-in-law Dave Beyer and Ken Doell, along with a large extended family and so very many friends. Lastly but very important, Gale’s sweet old pup Kodi, who was Bert’s faithful walking companion and furry friend.


Among those special friends are the Bay Settlement Sisters, the wonderful people with CEW group, parish outreach friends and all of the wonderful people who visited and spent time with Bert for so many years. She really enjoyed her time with all of you, too, and spoke of you often.


It is with much gratitude that we thank the kind and caring City of Manitowoc paramedics for their many rescues over the past few years, and up until recently, when God had other plans for Mom’s return to a different kind of home. The outstanding staff at Froedert Holy Family Hospital and the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice angels.


Everyone has been a gift to Mom as they treated her with such dignity, and allowed her to pass on with grace. A very special thank you to our one in a million family friend, aforementioned Barb, who never left Mom’s side and has been like another daughter to Bert. We thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts.


Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022. The family will greet relatives and friends at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 8100 Brunner Rd, Newton from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Dave Beaudry with burial of her remains to take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Two Rivers at a later date.


Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting


The Klein & Stangel Funeral Home, Two Rivers is assisting Bert Lebrick’s family with funeral arrangements.

Daniel W. Herrbold

Daniel Warren Herrbold, 75, of the Town of Sevastopol (Sturgeon Bay), was called Home to be with the Lord, early Saturday morning, December 3, 2022 at Woodside Lutheran Home in Ashwaubenon.


He was born in Sturgeon Bay on March 10, 1947 to Delbert William Herrbold, Sr. and Lila Florence (Rankin) Herrbold. Dan grew up attending St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay where he received the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. He graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the class of 1965 and went on to study biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he earned his bachelor’s degree.


Dan was initially employed with Kraft Foods out of Kendallville, IN for five years, first as a Food Technologist, then as a Quality Manager. He then worked for Miller Brewing Co. (headquartered in Milwaukee) for 30 years, initially as the Quality Manger for its Azuza Brewery in California before transferring to the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee as the Quality Manager and eventually as the Corporate Packaging Quality Manager, retiring in 2003.


On May 6, 2005, after an 11-year courtship, Dan married the love of his life, Ann Marie Baylog in Vatulele, Fiji. They resided together in Milwaukee until his retirement, when they moved to Door County and bought a house on the bay, just north of Sturgeon Bay.


Dan was a member of St. Joseph Parish, the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, and Whitetails Unlimited, all in Sturgeon Bay. He was a true outdoorsman – an avid hunter and someone who enjoyed spending time on the water – boating, fishing, scuba diving, and jet skiing. Dan also liked traveling. He and Ann traveled to many exotic places – Fiji, Australia, Bora Bora, Switzerland, Belgium, British Virgin Islands, Tortola, Roatan, Belize, Costa Rica, St Croix, Grand Cayman and places throughout the United States. Dan loved spending time with his family and friends. He was blessed with an incredible sense of humor and will remembered by one of his many one liners, “This won’t do.”


Dan will be missed by his loving wife, Ann, with whom he shared over 17 years of marriage with; son, Jason Herrbold of Green Bay; granddaughter, Lila Herrbold; brother, Delbert (Sharon) Herrbold, Jr. of Sturgeon Bay; mother-in-law, Doris Wenz of Fort Myers, FL; siblings-in-law, Bryon (Kathy) Baylog of Westlake, OH, Linda (Rick) Herman of North Ridgeville, OH, and Larry (Debbie) Baylog of  Fort Myers, FL; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.


He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, Arnold and Frances (nee Peronto) Herrbold and George and Florence (nee Butler) Rankin; parents; father-in-law, Louis J. Baylog; aunts and uncles; cousin, Mark Herrbold and other cousins; and other relatives.


Dan’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 9, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 110 N. 5th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant and Dcn. Mark Bortle assisting. He will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol.


Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.


Memorials may be given in Dan’s name for Crossroads at Big Creek (P.O. Box 608, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 or or Whitetails Unlimited (P.O Box 720, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 or


Dan’s family would like to thank the staffs of Compassus Hospice and Woodside Lutheran Home for their loving and caring support for Dan.


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

Irene Rita (Long) May

Irene Rita (Long) May, 94, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at her Cardinal Ridge Home.  She was quick to remind everyone, “age is just a number!”  She often said time was a gift, after a long and full life her time ran out and she has now begun her new journey.  

Renie was the youngest of 6 children born to Fred and Anna Kohlbeck Long in Sturgeon Bay, August 27, 1928.  I can only imagine the reunion they must be having.  She loved to share stories of growing up with her siblings on Thompson St. (Pennsylvania St.) and all the friends they made and the great times they had.  She was a proud graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School, class of 1946.  She looked forward to the reunions over the years.  Her friends and classmates were very important to her.

One of her first jobs was working as an assistant for Reynold’s Photography and she loved working for “Uncle Herb” She then passed her civil service exam and started her career as a clerk/typist working in the Navy Office in Sturgeon Bay.  She was eventually promoted and moved to Bay City, Michigan.  She again was promoted and transferred to Illinois where she became the Director of Civilian Personnel at Great Lakes Naval Hospital.  It is there she met and married Cmdr. Carl R. May in 1972.  Renie and Carl retired to Door County building a home in the country on the west side and she became a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

Renie came out of retirement for a short time to again work at the Sturgeon Bay Naval Office eventually retiring from the office in which she started her career.  In 1995, they moved back to town, building a house on the east side.  Renie then returned to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where she had been baptized and grew up. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, she decorated every room in her house.  Aunt Renie was a spunky gal.  She had a kind and generous heart.  She loved people.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl in 1996; siblings and spouses:  Marie and Bob Schauer, Helen and Gordon Small, Fritz and Dot Long, Shirley Kerscher Long, Tracy and Fritz Brunswick, John and Carol Long, and her nephew and godson John Brunswick.  She is survived by her step-son, John (Laura) May; and step-daughter, Pat Lane; and 19 very special nieces and nephews and their spouses.  She especially looked forward to their visits over the years, including Kathy Brunswick Peterson, who was more like a daughter to her and Kathy’s husband Larry, her brother Fritz’s sons, Ken and Sandi and Tom and Holly, her sister Helen’s daughter Barbara and Kevin Levasseur, her sister Marie’s family, the Schauer Kids, and her brother John’s family.  She is also survived by her great nieces and nephews, David and Heather Peterson, Shane Peterson, Jen, Zak, and Minda Peterson, and her great-great- nephews and nieces, Isaac Peterson, Audend, Ashton, Averick, Alaurah, and Arlee Peterson, and Maddie, Annika, and Kiera Nelson, all who will really miss GG Renie.  They were all very special to her as she was to them.  She is also survived by her dear friends Kay Heist and Carol Hobson.  

Many, many thanks to her nephew Kenny and niece Barbara for all of their help and support.  The family would also like to give a sincere and heartfelt thank you to “her boys”, Dr. Reitz and Todd, and Michelle, Lucy, Amber, and Edward for your excellent and compassionate care.  Renie always looked forward to her visits and getting all those hugs.  Also, many thanks to DCMC Staff.  Sue Tauscher and Katie Graf for their guidance and help, to the nurses and doctors in ER and ICU, the Door County Emergency Rescue Services, Green Bay Cardiology, and most recently Unity Hospice for their precious care.  A very special thank you to the wonderfully fabulous staff at Cardinal Ridge, for your love, patience, and kindness.  You gave her personal care and treated Aunt Renie like family, and she loved you all.  We are also grateful for the many new friends she made there.  

A high light of her week was her visits from “Father” Bill Graf, and the ladies from St. Joe’s and Corpus Christi who brought her so much comfort and peace.  She especially enjoyed the family stories Bill would share with her.  Thank you to the staff at Unity Hospice who helped bring her final journey to a peaceful end.  We must also remember to thank all of her very thoughtful and caring neighbors on Delaware who were so good to her, she appreciated all the prayers.  She said, “I think they’ve all got me covered!”  And finally, we can’t forget to thank Hughie and the Wednesday Gang at Valmy’s Happy Hour for all the conversation and fun times.  Cremation has taken place.  A private memorial service will take place at Forbes Funeral Home, Bill Graf presiding with inurnment at St. Joseph Cemetery.  As Aunt Renie always said, “Every day’s a good day, some are better than others!  And so on, and so forth….”

Ethel (Iwen) Zimmerman

Ethel (Iwen) Zimmerman, 88, Algoma, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay.  She was born July 25, 1934 in Algoma to Henry and Viola (Haucke) Iwen.  


Ethel graduated from the Algoma  High School in 1952.  She then graduated from the Door-Kewaunee Teacher College in 1954 and continued her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from U.W. Oshkosh.


Her teaching career began in the one room rural school system - when consolidation occurred continued in the public school system in Algoma.
Ethel married Harvey Zimmerman Jr., June 10, 1961, in Kewaunee.  Together they shared 30 years of marriage and raised their three children, Tod, Ron and Jodi.  She continued to teach in the Algoma Unified School District for a total of 34 years, before retiring in 1994.


In her retirement years she enjoyed special times with family and good friends.  Ethel enjoyed many activities, including reading, gardening, sewing, traveling, theater, music, painting, church groups, homemaker group, taking classes of interests, crafts, trying to new recipes and volunteering.


Ethel is survived by her three children, Tod (Toni), Ron, and Jodi (Joel) Jeanquart; two grandchildren; sister Karen (Ted) Goetzel; sister-in-law Carol Iwen; many special nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey on March 29, 1992, brother Ronald, brothers-in law and sisters-in-law, Jerome Zimmerman, Germaine (Donald) Entringer, Herbert (Donna) Zimmerman, Myra (Norman) Michaletz and LeVerle (Paul) Koenig, nephews Mark Entringer, Duane Iwen and Jarret Goetzel; niece Stephanie Koenig.


Family and friends are invited to a public visitation on Monday December 5, 2022 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma, from 9:00 AM until time of services at 12:00 PM. with Rev John Moll and Rev. Joel McKenney officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery.


The family wants to thank the staff at Door County Medical Center-Skilled Nursing Facility for your professional care; Unity Hospice-especially Heather, Jenny and Sierra for your compassion and dedication; Pastor McKenney and Pastor Moll for your spiritual guidance and Laurie Schinderle for your kindness and support during this difficult time.


The family would also like to thank all of mom's friends and relatives that brought food, sent an email, called to chat, mailed a card, or dropped by for a visit.  It meant the world to her and was very much appreciated.


The Schinderle Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements for Ethel and her family.


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

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