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Joseph "Ed" DeMeuse

Joseph “Ed” DeMeuse, 85 of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at Pine Crest Village on January 30, 2023.  He was born July 11, 1937, in Sturgeon Bay to Nels and Marie (Kraft) DeMeuse.  On March 15, 1958, he married Diane N. Grovogel at St. Joseph’s Church in Sturgeon Bay.

Ed graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School and hauled milk for his father until he went to work for the Sturgeon Bay Utilities.  He and Diane also owned and operated the Stage Road Inn from 1975 to 1985.  Ed retired from the Sturgeon Bay Utilities in January of 1996.

He enjoyed following the Packers, watching Door County League Baseball, following his grandchildren’s sporting events and working in his yard.  Ed was known for putting everything “on wheels” to make his life easier.  Ed’s kids often remarked that he was the smartest man they knew.  His favorite expression when asked how he was doing was “Top of the world.”  Ed treasured his family and all the time he was able to spend with them.

Survivors include his wife Diane; 3 children, Marjorie (Jeff) Syring, Larsen, WI; Mark (Debra) DeMeuse, Sturgeon Bay; Peter (Linda) DeMeuse, Mascoutah, IL; 8 grandchildren, Chelsie (C.J.) Hardy, Francesca (fiancé, Keith) Destache, Nick Karnitz, Bruce (Lauren) Karnitz, Lacy (Russ) Austad, Cody (Lindsay) DeMeuse, Kylye (Chris) Kopp, and Krista (Cody) Brooks; 16 great-grandchildren; sister Marie Felhofer, Germantown, WI; sister-in-law Linda (Bill) Schlaak, Appleton; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded by his parents; daughter Pam Karnitz-Wiegand; infant daughter Amy; sisters, Elaine (Junior) Gilson, Mildred DeMeuse, Marian (Paul) Lovering, Joyce Hilsabeck, Rita (Ken) Delsart, brothers, Robert (Lois) DeMeuse and Donald (Marianne) DeMeuse; brother-in-law Bill Felhofer.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating.  Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Forbes Funeral Home and after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of services.  A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com.

Eric C. Hagman

Eric C. Hagman, 58 years old, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Saturday, the 28th day of January 2023, after a courageous and inspirational fight against cancer.

     He was born December 30, 1964, in Geneva, IL, the son of the late Deane and Barbara (Collin) Hagman. Eric graduated from Whitewater High School in 1981.

     After high school, he served his country and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy before entering a career as an EMT and Paramedic in Chicago, IL. He obtained certifications to be a Paramedic preceptor (educator), a helicopter rescue medic in addition to a scuba rescue diver. He also taught CPR classes.

     Eric moved to Sturgeon Bay, WI in 1992, after meeting his fiancé, Jennifer and worked for his father-in-law in the coin-op industry. Also, Eric worked as a specialist for a copier and computer business. Eric was a familiar face to many in our community as he worked for Spectrum Cable as a technician for 15 years until his health led him to retire.

     On April 3, 1993, he married Jennifer Lyn Braun at Sturgeon Bay Methodist Church.

     Family was everything to Eric. He was a very kind and respectful person to everyone he met. Eric enjoyed scuba diving, being a leader in Boy Scouts, seeing his son achieve Eagle Scout, working with electronics, downhill skiing, boating, kayaking, waterskiing and not to forget enjoying his favorite Christmas Swedish dinners.

     Surviving family include his wife, Jennifer; two children, Karl, and Anna; three sisters, Deanna (Eric) Paulsen, Catherine (David) Gibbons, Carin Hagman; and brother, Leif Hagman; and in-laws, Daniel and Peggy Braun.

     Preceding him in death were his parents; and sister-in-law, Mandy Weis Hagman.

     Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home with Rev. Dawn Volpe officiating. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery.

     Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 6, 2023 and on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at 2:30 p.m.

     The family requests masks be worn by all attending visitation and service.

     “A special thanks to Unity Hospice for guiding us through Eric’s final journey, and to Green Bay Oncology along with Door County Medical Center for the care given Eric’s treatments over the past two almost three years, and to our dear family and friends for the support given to Eric and our family.”

     Memorials may be made in his memory to DOOR CANcer Inc.

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

Beverley "Bev" Cook

  Beverley "Bev" Cook (nee Foss), age 92, formerly of Washington Island, WI and Sturgeon Bay, WI and Naples FL, was called Home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Joanne's House of Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, FL.

     She was born and raised on Washington Island along with her three brothers, Douglas, David, and Robert Foss. Beverley was the daughter of Howard Foss and Marie Vasnicov. She graduated from Washington Island High School in a class of six (two of them named Beverley).

     Bev married fellow Islander, Thomas Cook, in 1950. She would proudly tell that all four of her children were born at her Aunt Pearl Haglund's home on McDonald Road on the Island. Bev was busy from the start with four children under the age of 5.

     Tom and Bev raised their family in Racine, WI, where Tom was president of Walker Manufacturing. They moved to Lake Forest, IL when Tom became Chairman of the Board of Tenneco Automotive. His success was due in no small part to the true partnership that was their marriage of 57 years.

     When Tom and Bev retired, they split time between Naples and Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island. They enjoyed time spent with family, boating, playing cards, socializing with their many friends. Their summer calendar revolved around the Washington Island baseball team's schedule.

     Bev, a devout Christian, was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Washington Island. She also was a member of Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, WI and Shepherds of the Glade Lutheran Church in Naples, FL.

     Bev was a caring and loving, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. A visit from her great-grandchildren was always the best gift she could receive. In true Foss tradition, Bev loved boat rides. This past summer she enjoyed a trip to School House Beach via pontoon boat. Early on in Naples cruising the canals of Naples or a boat trip to Marco Island were not uncommon. Enjoying nightly card games after dinner, Bev was a superior card player (just ask Gary). Her quick wit, common sense, and infectious humor were enjoyed by all that knew her. Bev was exceptional entertainer and was always prepared for the spur-of-the-moment party when friends and family stopped by, and boy, did they! More than one friend of the family considered her a second mother.

     Bev was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; daughter-in-law, Kathy; grandson, Russell; brothers, Doug, Dave, and Bob; along with many dear friends and relatives - most notably her first cousin/"sister", Barbara Hansen.

     She will be missed by her children; Gary, Debbie, Greg, and Brian (Lisa); grandsons, Jason (Denise) and Douglas; great-granddaughter, Liberty and great-grandson, Joel; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends.

     Beverley's life will be honored with a funeral service held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2022 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Washington Island.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Friday, April 14, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:50 p.m.

     In lieu, of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to either of the following:

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Washington Island Foundation.

     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay, WI is assisting the Cook family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Beverley may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

Janet Marie Mickelson

Janet Marie Mickelson, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the Door County Medical Center, Pete and Jelaine Horton Center Skilled Nursing Facility surrounded by her sons.

    

She was born January 17, 1928, in Sawyer, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Clarence M. and Esther Martha (Hanson) Haines. Janet graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School, Class of 1945. She worked as a clerk at National T after graduation and then spent her career as a bookkeeper for Sawyer Fuel and Supply Company for 30 years. She married Omer Henry Mickelson on September 18, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa. They spent 55 years of marriage together before he preceded her in death on July 4, 2006.

    

Janet was a lifelong member of Bay View Lutheran Church, where she served on the church council and was very active as long as she was able. Janet was also a member of the AMVETS Auxiliary and Sons of Norway. She was an outdoorsy girl who loved nature and taking care of animals. Janet enjoyed reading fiction and newspapers.

    

Janet was 100% Norwegian and was extremely proud and always celebrated her heritage.

    

Surviving are her two sons, Paul (partner, Deb Johnson) Mickelson and Tim (partner, Carl Kopczynski) Mickelson.

    

Preceding her in death were her parents, Clarence, and Esther Haines; husband, Omer Mickelson; daughter, Beverly Ann Mickelson; and brothers, Russel, Harold and Arthur Haines; and sister, June Bale.

    

Her life will be celebrated with a memorial service at Bay View Lutheran Church on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Greathouse and Chaplain John Hauser officiating. She will be laid to rest in spring at Hainesville Lutheran Cemetery.

    

Visitation for friends and family will be held at the church Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time service at 11:00 a.m.

    

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bay View Lutheran Church, Crossroads at Big Creek, Neighbor to Neighbor or Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus.

    

Paul and Tim would like to thank the entire staff at DCMC SNF for their outstanding, loving care given to mom during Mom’s 3+ years as a resident. Also, to Unity Hospice, Carol Nutini, Cardinal Ridge, and Dr. Reitz for the many courtesies extended to Janet.

    

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

George L. Evenson

Farmer, county historian and environmental conservator, George L. Evenson, 93, of Sturgeon Bay passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.

     George was born Louis George Evenson on March 12, 1929 in Sturgeon Bay the son of the late Louis and Selma (Hendricks) Evenson. He graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1947 before studying agriculture at UW Madison. On October 23, 1948, George married Margaret M. Ehlers at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy.

     He owned and operated his own dairy farm and orchard and nearly 400 commercial blueberry bushes in the Town of Sevastopol, a generational farm owned prior by his father and mother. George was community minded and dedicated his life to service. A passion of his was seeing to the environmental quality of our county and soil conservation that started many years ago with serving on the Nature Conservancy Board at the time the Mink River Estuary and Sanctuary were established. He also served three governors on the board of the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.

      Saving the church at Namur now the Belgium Heritage Center which he bought from the Diocese for one dollar. Preservation of the local granary was very important to him as was preserving the history of farming in our county through founding of The Farm, Crossroads, along with his Norwegian Heritage culminating in restoring the Hanson House.

     George served on the county board for many years, serving as chairman of the Resource Planning Committee. He also was president of the Door County Historical Society overseeing land and lighthouse preservation. George served as a director on the Baylake Bank board for over 25 years, and Rotarian member for 15 years.

     Having a desire to be an airplane pilot all of his life, he started flying large remote-controlled airplanes and eventually George built his own Piper Cub airplane and learned to fly obtaining his private pilot license.

     If you were to have met George for the first time, chance was you would be met with that certain firm and engaging handshake along with a smile you couldn’t help but be endeared to. He loved to be around people and working on projects that concerned others and his community. Most important was his faith and love for his Savior Jesus Christ who guided him in all he was and did.

     Survivors include his wife, Margaret; three daughters, Linda (Barry) Solomon of Salt Lake City, Utah, Kathy (Ken) Ploeckelman of East Troy, Wisconsin, Amy (Rob) Hults of Sturgeon Bay; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Selma Evenson, his son, David; and son-in-law, Joe Stich.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2023 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy with Pastor Vertz officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

     Friends may call at the church Friday from 12:00 noon until the time of service at 2:00 p.m.

     Memorials may be directed to St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran School, or county historical projects in his memory.

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

Michael "Mike" Meyer

Michael "Mike" Meyer, 63, Algoma, passed away peacefully after a three year courageous battle with cancer.  He was born September 12, 1959, in Algoma to John and Rosie (Bultman) Meyer.

Mike graduated from St. Mary Grade School and then from Algoma High School in 1978.

The majority of Mike's working career was at the Algoma Lumber Company. Due to his health he had to retire from the company.  He was not able to find another job after that.

Mike married Debbie Wolske on July 3, 1982, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Forestville and they celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary last year.

Mike loved his time with family and his dog Buddy.  Mike and Buddy would go on drives around the area just for fun.  He enjoyed building model trains and other things.

Mike is survived by his wife Debbie, three sons Richard, Gregory (girlfriend, Sam) and Jeffrey; Mike's siblings, Mary (fianc'e Mike Lardinois) Gregerson, Dottie (Gary) Klaczko, Jan (Sheree) Meyer and Robert (Angie) Meyer; mother-in-law Doris Wolske, brothers-in-law Daryle (Mary) Wolske Jr. and Dale Wolske; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Rosie, father-in-law Daryle Wolske, Sr. and his dog Buddy.

Family and friends are invited for the visitation at Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma,  Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, from 4:00 PM until the time of services at 7:00 PM with Father Andrew Kurz officiating.  Burial will take place on Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

The family wants to give a special thank you to Unity Hospice and Bellin Cancer Center, especially Dr. Maria DeVilla, for all the care and kindness given to Mike and his family.

Stephen A. Gerdmann

Stephen A. Gerdmann, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, beloved son of Alfred and Alma Gerdmann passed away Wednesday January 18, 2023 at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay.

     Stephen was their first born son and his surviving siblings are Nancy (William) Antink, Anthony (Lynn) Gerdmann, Lancing (Swanee) Gerdmann, and Nathan. He was the proud father of Timothy (Stacey) Gerdmann of Savannah, Georgia and Mitchell Gerdmann of Sturgeon Bay. Stephen married Chalonne F. (Dix) Tauschek on October 30, 1979 in Nevada.  Her two children also survive, Patrick (Debi) Tauschek and Michelle (Tauschek) Gier.  Together Stephen and Chalonne had nine grandchildren, Christopher (Shannon), Rebecca, Benjamin, Alex, Jacqueline, Nicholas, Brett, Marcus, Mikel and three adorable great grandchildren, Lucas and Caroline and Josephine Gerdmann.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, sister, Claudyne and infant sister, Claudia.

     For over 37 years, Stephen was a devoted employee of Emerson Motors in Sturgeon Bay until they closed the business in 2000.  He was a very artistic and creative person who enjoying drawing, sketching, woodworking, and building remote controlled large scale planes. 

     There will be a memorial gathering at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

     Stephen was a quiet and gentle man, a loving husband, father and grandfather. For many years he will be lovingly missed by family and friends.

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

Lawrence "Bear" Hartl

Lawrence “Bear” Hartl, 95, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at home on January 12, 2023.  He was born July 7, 1927, in Antigo, WI to Wenzel and Anna (Wilde) Hartl.  On August 20, 1949, he married Kathleen “Katie” Mistlebauer at St. Joseph Church in Sturgeon Bay.  She preceded him in death on August 22, 2021. They had been married for 72 years, living at the same address all those years.  

During World War II, Bear served his country in the 82nd Airborne of the U.S. Army.  After leaving the army, Larry worked at Bay Ship Building until he and his wife owned and operated the Pilot House Restaurant on Jefferson Street in Sturgeon Bay.  He also worked for Schinkten Oil and the Sturgeon Bay Street Department, and eventually retired as the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. 

Bear enjoyed numerous relationships which he developed while coaching softball and baseball teams in Door County.  He was also a great mentor for kids who worked for the parks and recreation department.  Larry was a gifted, self-taught musician who played in numerous bands.  Many will remember the years Bear entertained many with his band Melody Four. 

Larry especially treasured the time spent with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-granddaughter.

Survivors include his two grandchildren, Carrie (David) Herlache and Aaron “Cubby” (Chastity) Hartl; three great-grandchildren, Alana (Nathan) Hadley, Mia Hartl and Matthew Hartl; 1 great-great-granddaughter, Amanda Hadley: many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Lawrence “Bear” Hartl, brothers, sisters and in-laws.

Private graveside services with military honors will be conducted at St. Joseph Cemetery.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com

Marian S. Lischka

Marian S. Lischka, 95, of Kewaunee, passed away at home with her family by her  

side, on January 7, 2023. Marian was born on November 19, 1927, to the late  

Victor and Anna (Borreson) Derricks. On November 6, 1948, she married Harry  

Lischka, he preceded her in death on October 17, 2000. Marian lived a life of  

service to her family. She is a mother of six and a wife of a carpenter and property  

manager. Marian was always there to do all the things needed to be done around  

the house or at their lakeshore property “The Cottages.” 

Marian is survived by children, Kathy Lischka, Jeanne (Dave) Mielke, Lorri (Rick)  

Siebold, Shelly (Tom) Becker, Jeff (Alyson) Lischka, Terri (Jerry Cox) Lischka; grandchildren, Nathan (Jenny) Mielke, Heather (Chad) Martin, Megan Mielke, Josh Siebold, Jordan (special friend Cami) Siebold, and Evan  Lischka; great-grandchildren, Lucas, Kaylyn, and Blake Martin, Paul and Ben Mielke; as well as by many nieces,  nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her Husband Harry; parents, Victor and Anna  Derricks; five brothers and sisters-in-law, one sister and brother-in-law; as well as by brothers- and sisters-in 

law from Harry’s family. 

Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church – Kewaunee from 9:00-10:30 on Saturday, January 14,  2023. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 am with Msgr. Jim Dillenberg officiating. Burial to follow  at Riverview Cemetery. Kinnard Funeral & Cremation Services – Kewaunee is assisting the family. Online  condolence messages may be shared at KinnardFCS.com. 

Special Thank You to Msgr. Jim Dillenberg for his kindness shown to Marian and her family.

 

June M. Weidner

June M. Weidner, 93, of Casco, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Aurora  Hospital. She was born December 17th, 1929, at Rio Creek, WI. Daughter of the late  Walter and Mary (Bank) Sell. She married Robert “Red” Weidner in 1947 at St.  Peter’s Catholic Church – Lincoln, WI. He preceded her in death on January 11th,  2011. 

Mom lived her life according to the Bible, which was the utmost important to her.  Her deep faith in her Lord and Savior was how she navigated through life the last 40  years. She retired from Brown County Mental Health Center, where she had found  many long-lasting friendships, especially with Nancy, her friend until the end. 

She will be greatly missed by her children and their spouses. Robert and Sandy Weidner, Wendy and Glen Stahl,  Jane and Jack Weier, Chris and Tom Karcz, Steve Weider, and Scott and Ashley Weidner. She was the happiest if she could have one of her 15 grandchildren, Carrie, Katie, Jamie, Greg, Erin, Jackie, Lizz, Emilee, Jesse, Casey,  Ryan, Matt, Brent, Peyton, and Warren; or 20 great-grandchildren on her lap and teaching them songs, ABCs,  and Godly principles. Recently she was blessed with 4 great-great-grandchildren with which she carried that  title with such pride. 

June was preceded in death by her daughter Betz Reynen. 

A special thank you Scott, Ashley, Peyton, and Warren for your love and compassion as you settled her into  your home when she could no longer be alone. 

At the family’s request, a private funeral will be held. Kinnard Funeral & Cremation Services – Casco is assisting  the family. Online condolence messages may be shared at KinnardFCS.com.

 

Paul S. Jacobson

Paul S. Jacobson, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, went off on his journey to Heaven on Jan. 6, 2023.  He was born Oct. 27, 1934, in Mason City, Iowa to George and Irene (Sexton) Harmon.  On Dec. 31, 1953, he married Beth M. Blomiley in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Paul was a middle school teacher for Sevastopol Schools for 44 years.  He played organ and piano at Bay View Lutheran Church for 25 years and was also an accompanist for numerous student recitals while he taught at Sevastopol.

Paul will be remembered for his strong faith, his musical abilities, and as a teacher whose classroom was always filled with laughter.

He is survived by his wife, 4 children, Jeff (Tammy) of Sturgeon Bay; James (Anne) of Sturgeon Bay; Jill Jacobson of St. Louis, MO; and Judy (Roger) LaViolette of Forestville; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brother, Chuck (Ginny) Harmon, of Springfield, IL; and sister, Joy Campbell of Green Bay.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Jerrold.

A visitation is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.   A memorial service will follow the visitation at 3:00 pm with Pastor Tim Kornowski officiating.  Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com  Memorials may be given to Bay View Lutheran Church or Faith Alive Fellowship, both in Sturgeon Bay.

Lt. Col. Cherie Jeanne Marie Boudwin

Lt. Col. Cherie Jeanne Marie Boudwin, USA (Ret.), “Cookie” to those who knew and loved her, 78, of Sturgeon Bay, fell asleep in the arms of her family and awoke in the arms of the Lord, Tuesday afternoon, January 3, 2023 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

     She was born October 27, 1944 at the (former) Dorchester Hospital in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Cyril “Bud” Joseph Boudwin and Rita Mae (Jackson) Boudwin. Cherie grew up attending St. Joseph Parish and Parochial School in Sturgeon Bay and graduated from there in 1958. She attended Sturgeon Bay High School and graduated with the class of 1962.

     Cherie enlisted to serve her country with the United States Army in 1964, initially with the WAC Reserves. She studied nursing at the St. Agnes School of Nursing in Fond du Lac and graduated from there in 1965. Cherie was commissioned an Amy Nurse Corps 2 Lt. and completed basic training at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX that same year. In 1966, she was assigned to Ft. Ord in Monterey, CA and worked in in the meningitis and communicable disease unit. She received temporary duty assignment at the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon, Vietnam and worked in Tropical Disease and Medical Unit. There, Cherie worked with the Walter Reed Research Team. From 1966-1967 she served with the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh, Vietnam where she was the head nurse of the medical ICU there and worked with the overflow surgical and neuro unit. From 1967-1968, she worked at the Fitzsimmons General Army Hospital in Aurora, CO.

     Cherie married Peter Propsom on April 26, 1969. They moved back to Sturgeon Bay in 1975. During their 20-year marriage, they had two sons: Matthew and Michael.

     In 1979, she was recommissioned in the United States Army Reserves and remained in the Reserves until 1998. Cherie served with the 452nd Combat Support Hospital in Milwaukee and the 44th General Hospital in Madison. In 1991, she was activated for Desert Storm and served at the 98th General Hospital in Nurenburg, Germany.

     Cherie retired after 48 years in civilian nursing, working at Door County Memorial Hospital (currently Door County Medical Center), the Dorchester (currently Sturgeon Bay Health Services) in Sturgeon Bay, and Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. She also served 21 years in the United States Army (active and Reserve duty) with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Through her military service, she received the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 60 Device, Overseas Service Ribbon with Number 2, Army Reserves Components Achievement Medal (1 OLC), and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

    Cherie loved her sons dearly and spent countless hours watching their sporting events. She loved to cook for her family and especially enjoyed hosting holiday gatherings. She also enjoyed traveling. She attended multiple military reunions, toured Italy, and cherished family trips to Hawaii and Disney World.

     Cherie will be missed by her special friend and companion, Tom Busch of Sturgeon Bay; two sons, Matthew (Rebekah) Propsom and Michael (Jennifer) Propsom, both of Sturgeon Bay; five grandchildren, Mason and Madeline Propsom and Ellie, Tyler, and Drew Propsom; three siblings, Steve (Cynthia) Boudwin of Green Bay, Monica (John) Lauscher of Sturgeon Bay, and Mary (John) Wozniak of Lake In the Hills, IL; 12 nieces and nephews; special family, Scott, Cathie, and Colin Deal; other relatives; and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; former husband; niece, Taylor Wozniak; and other relatives.

     Cherie’s life will be honored with a funeral service held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with Pastor Jeff Greathouse officiating. She will be laid to rest beside family in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by the United States Army and the Weber-Tess AMVETS Post 51.

    Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and then continue at Bay View Lutheran Church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in Cherie’s name for the Boys & Girls Club of Door County (P.O. Box 579, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235; www.bgcdoorcounty.org).

     Cherie wanted her family to know that she “was very proud of them, loved them more than anything, and loved being Gramma.”

     “Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff of Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Rennes Rehabilitation Facility, Sturgeon Bay Health Services, Door County Medical Center, and Unity Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care given to our mother.”

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

 

Darrell James DeMeuse

Darrell James DeMeuse, 78, of the Town of Sevastopol, was called Home to be with the Lord, Saturday night, December 31, 2022 with family at his side.

     He was born July 5, 1944 at the (former) Dorchester Hospital in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Fred “Fritz” Gustave DeMeuse and Verna Marie (Rex) DeMeuse. Darrell grew up attending Saints Peter and Paul Parish and School and then Sevastopol High School. He enlisted to serve his country with the United States Army, entering into active duty on April 19, 1965. Darrell served in Vietnam and during his years of (active) service, he was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, and Good Conduct Medal, in addition to being acknowledged as an expert rifleman. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army on April 18, 1968 when he was transferred to the United States Army Reserves and remained (with the Reserves) until April 18, 1971.

     On August 9, 1969, Darrell married Rachel Jane Kostichka at her home church, St. Mary Catholic Church, in Algoma.

     He grew up working on and would eventually continue the family dairy farm located on N. Country View Road, just west of Valmy, in the Town of Sevastopol. Darrell also was employed with Mirro Aluminum in Manitowoc for a brief time before going to work for Algoma Plywood for several years. He then worked in the Shipyards for Christy Corp (Bay Shipbuilding Co.) in Sturgeon Bay before he took over the family farm from his parents. Darrell operated the farm until 1998.

     He was a lifelong member of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Institute. Darrell was an avid deer hunter and shot a bear once up north.

     He will be missed by his wife Rachel, with whom he shared over 53 years of marriage with; children, Fred DeMeuse, Craig (Tracey) DeMeuse, Cheryl (Pete) Walsh, Karl DeMeuse, and Darrick DeMeuse, all from the Town of Sevastopol; grandchildren, Audie DeMeuse, Derek (Paige) Busse, Brooke Krueger, and Alyssa Kaye, and Hannah, Ashley, Ethan, and Nicholas Walsh; great-grandson, Kade Busse; siblings, Dale (Gigi) DeMeuse of Hartland, Gary (Janet) DeMeuse of Casco and Bonnie Anderson of Wittenberg; siblings-in-law, Lynn Browning of West Allis, Norbert Kostichka of the Village of Howard, Pat Kaye of Sturgeon Bay, and Agatha (Jerry) Paul of Algoma; and other relatives.

     Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Christopher Walsh; sister, Joanne Browning; parents-in-law, Wallace and Anna (nee Bosman) Kostichka; siblings-in-law, Philip Anderson, Clifford Kostichka and Susan Kohlbeck-Kostichka; and other relatives.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 6, 2023 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Darrell will be laid to rest in the parish cemetery with military honors by the United States Army and the Weber-Tess AMVETS Post 51.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Thursday, January 5, 2023 from 3:00 p.m. until the closing parish wake service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church, Friday morning, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

     “Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Gary DeMeuse and Larry Kasten for visiting Darrel. Your visits meant a lot to him. We also would like to thank the Unity Hospice staff for the care you provided.”

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to his family.

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

Margaret "Marge" Mary Cigler

Margaret “Marge” Mary Cigler, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at Algoma Long Term Care on Sunday, January 1, 2023.

     She was born September 11, 1949 in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Alvin Herman and Shirley Ann (Vertz) Wehausen. Marge graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the Class of 1968. She worked as a secretary for over 20 years at Sturgeon Bay High School and then at Door County Chamber of Commerce, Ross Estate Planning, and WhiteTails Unlimited. On September 2, 1995, Marge and Timothy Richard Cigler were united in marriage at Hope United Church of Christ. She enjoyed knitting, reading, gardening, and traveling.

     Marge will be missed by her loving husband of 27 years, Tim; son, Royal Leidig; sister, Gretchen (Bryan) Fjeldos; nieces and nephews, Justin (Maria) Bournoville, Nathan (Miranda) Bournoville, Mark Schroeder II, Ali (Sergio) Fjeldos-Reyes, and Molly (fiancée, Jason) Schroeder; great-nieces, Reaghan, Avery, Juniper, and Willow Bournoville and Astair Fjeldos-Reyes; and many cousins.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Shirley Wehausen; brother, William H. Wehausen; sisters, Catherine Rose Schroeder and Michelle M. Bay; niece and nephew, Andrea and Daniel Bay; and many aunts and uncles.

     A memorial service to honor Marge’s life will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery in the spring.

     Visitation for friends and family will begin on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to Neighbor to Neighbor or Kay’s Kitchen (a division of the Alzheimer’s Association).

     The family would like to extend a special thanks to Leah, Stephanie, and Chelsea at Aurora at Home Hospice and to the nursing and CNA staff at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit. 

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

John R. Van Dreese

Longtime Sturgeon Bay businessman, John Robert Van Dreese, 84 years, passed away Tuesday morning, December 27, 2022.

    

He was born June 20, 1938 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Robert and Myrtle (Peterson) Van Dreese. John graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1957 where he was a standout athlete. He held scoring records in basketball for many years and loved to golf (having had a hole in one). After graduation from high school, John worked full time with his father at “Mike’s” Bar and in 1969 became the iconic Van’s Bar. In 1978, he expanded his operation to Manitowoc at Green Street Bar and opened the original Pudgy Seagull on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. His sons, Jon and Steve, would eventually go into business with him and continue the Van’s tradition.

    

John had a passion for coaching youth baseball, and his success made him highly sought after for state tournament team play each season. He loved a good card game with friends and family and sitting in the sun by the pool being outdoors.

    

John will be missed by his four children, Wendy Van Dreese, Jon (Laura) Van Dreese, Steve (Jennifer) Van Dreese all of Sturgeon Bay, Robert (Jacqueline) Van Dreese of De Pere; and their mother, Faye Van Dreese; seven grandchildren, Nicholas (Emily) Van Dreese and David (Lindsey) Van Dreese, Steffany (Michael) Kohlbeck and Samantha Van Dreese, Sinead, Ciara, and Pearce Van Dreese; three great-grandchildren; nephew, Jason (Melissa) Christenson; and family.

    

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lynn Christenson; and other relatives.

    

At John’s request there will be no public services. Remember him in your own way – at work in his businesses or playing cards, on a ball field coaching Sturgeon Bay Youth, sitting in the sun, or walking the golf course. He loved his family, he loved the town of Sturgeon Bay, and all the joy living here gave him.

    

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

Mary Ann Blahnik

Mary Ann Blahnik, 82, of Fish Creek passed away suddenly on December 30th, 2022.  The heart that she so readily shared with so many ultimately wore out.  She slipped into the restorative embrace of Jesus after a blessedly brief cardiac-related illness.

    

Mary Ann was born in Fish Creek on September 11, 1940 to Leora and Glen Jarman.  A Fish Creek native most of her life, she attended both the town's two room schoolhouse and Gibraltar High School.  As a young lady, Mary Ann helped run the family's Bayou Cottages and Fish Creek Motel.  She also participated in many local beauty pageants winning Miss Independence 1957 and Miss Fish Creek 1959.  

    

Mary Ann graduated from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee in 1958.  She went on to graduate from Rockford College in 1961 where she was a national merit scholar and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.  Her junior year spent abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland sparked her affinity for international travel.  

    

Mary Ann married Joel Blahnik in 1963.  Over the years, they enjoyed their family, traveling and connecting with people.  Together with her husband, Mary Ann spent 47 years tending to and restoring the Chambers Island Lighthouse as seasonal lighthouse keeper for the town of Gibraltar.  Chambers Island, and the lighthouse specifically, was Mary Ann's happy place and passion project.  She dedicated innumerable hours to researching and preserving island history and loved sharing her knowledge with island visitors.

    

After beginning her teaching career in Milwaukee, Mary Ann worked as both a public and school librarian.  She retired in 2011 after serving the Sturgeon Bay School District for 30 years as the middle school and high school librarian.  She shared her lifelong love of the written word with her students and Mrs. Blahnik was especially proud of her "Battle of the Books" competitors.  

    

Mary Ann was a lifetime Girl Scout and enjoyed years of planning activities with her various troops.  She enjoyed singing her heart out as a member of the Door County Chamber Singers and with the Dudley Birder Chorale.  She loved gardening, nature, music, playing piano and was known for always whistling while she worked. 

   

Especially important to Mary Ann was her faith in God and she was a lifelong member of the Fish Creek Community Church.  Over the years she taught Sunday School, served on the church board, sat on numerous committees but especially loved heading the church's "shoebox" drive for Operation Christmas Child.  She was also a volunteer at Scandia Village's Bargains Unlimited in Sister Bay.

    

Mary Ann is survived by her husband Joel; son, Jon (Christianna) of Sturgeon Bay WI; daughter, Betsy (Matt) Kuhn of Hilbert, WI; daughter, Jennifer (Robert) Hawley of Baileys Harbor, WI;  sisters, Sue Kaeske of Fish Creek, WI; and Dr. Betty Adelson of Fresno, CA; brother- and sister-in-law, Jim and Judi Blahnik of Egg Harbor, WI; and beloved grandchildren, Connor (April), Makaylee, Cadence, Jack (Harlow) and Madeline; nieces, Chelsea (Nick) Mittermann, Marne Kaeske, Kendra Adelson and Dr. Danen Adelson and their respective families. 

    

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Viola and Arthur Blahnik; nephew, Matthew Blahnik; brother, Glenn "Ed" Jarman; and brother-in-law, Skip Kaeske.

    

Visitation for Mary Ann will be held at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, January 15, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and at the Fish Creek Community Church on Monday, January 16, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m.  Attendees are encouraged to wear bright colors.  Mary Ann especially liked the color red and polka dots.

    

In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Mary Ann with a donation to one of her favorite organizations: Samaritan's Purse (Operation Christmas Child), the American Red Cross, or Wisconsin Public Radio.  Any unspecified monetary donation will be allocated to the continued preservation of the Chambers Island Lighthouse.

    

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

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