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Adam K. Pallex

Adam K. Pallex, 36, Township of Ahnapee, passed away as a result of a semi accident in Manitowoc County, Wednesday, March 29, 2023.  He was born April 23, 1986 in Kewaunee to Kenneth and Debbie (Jorgenson) Pallex.  
Adam graduated from Algoma High School in 2004.    He started working at the Algoma Lumber Co. as a molder with his brother Brian, then moved up to a forklift operator and then to driving the semi logging trucks.  He worked there a total of 16 years.
Adam enjoyed fast cars and for a while he raced stock cars until he decided to restore old cars and enjoyed driving them to different towns and restaurants with his buddies and after a meal they would find a place for ice cream.  Adam put an old 1941 Chevy on top of his parents silo at their house and it even has working headlights.  He also has an old 1952 Sedan and 1952 Ford Crestline as lawn ornaments at the house.  He enjoyed participating in car shows and has many trophies to prove his good work.  Adam also went to many antique tractor and steam engine shows.  He had a passion for watching and feeding birds at the house.  
Adam had a kind heart and would help out anyone who asked him.  He had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh at his jokes (cynical or not).
Adam is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Debbie, sister Jenny Reid, Racine; brother Brian (Holly) Pallex, Algoma;  and sister Rachel (Alan) Schmidt, Algoma; nieces and nephews, Nolan and Eliza Schmidt, Logan, Maycie, Jessa Reid and Mason Yunk; Great niece Elena Rankin; Maternal grandfather Dale Jorgenson; many aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Libby Jorgenson, paternal grandparents Siegfried and Ann Pallex, Uncles, Mark, Danny and Brian Pallex and Aunt Jeanne Pallex.
Family and friends may call at the Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma, Thursday, April 6, 2023, from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Visitation will continue on Friday, April 7, from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Rick Pedersen officiating.  Entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd to follow in Green Bay.

Jeanette B. Mann

Jeanette B. Mann, 98, passed away on March 29, 2023 peacefully at her home.


She was born April 4, 1924 at home in Forestville, WI the seventh of eight children born to August and Lydia (Diefenbach) Wilke. When she was a year old, the family moved to Sturgeon Bay and then to Valmy. She attended all 12 grades at Sevastopol School.


On August 20, 1942 she married Donald Mann and was a life-long resident of Sturgeon Bay.


She is survived by her sister, Evelyn Ploor; her children, Claudia (Daniel) Lindow and James (Karen) Mann; daughter-in-law, Shirley Mann; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Jerome Mann; and siblings, Adeline Arbter, Melvin Wilke, Mable Sternard, Emily Ploor, Lucille Nelson, and Harold Wilke.


Services will be held at the Sturgeon Bay Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 6021 Gordon Rd. on Monday, April 3, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


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

Marvin F. Dorn Sr.

Marvin F. Dorn Sr, 83, of Luxemburg, passed away Friday, March 24, 2023.  He was born in Rankin on April 14, 1939, to the late Gilbert W. Sr.  and Viola A. (Burmeister) Dorn.  On May 11, 1963, Marvin married Judith A. Schreader at St. Joseph Church in Pilsen.  His enjoyments included spending time at the local race track, watching the Green Bay Packer Games, Nascar Races, and listening to Polka music, dancing in his early years. Marvin’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of nearly sixty years, Judy, and their four children, Frank (Lindy) Dorn, Mary Dorn, Marvin Jr. (Krissi) Dorn, Patrick (Carrie) Dorn; eight grandchildren, Christopher Dorn, Tyler Dorn, Tayler Worachek, Nathan Worachek, Kimberly (Korey) Stepanek, Elizabeth (Casey) Bins, Matthew Dorn, Sawyer Dorn; two great grandchildren, Beau and Brooks; one brother, Gilbert Jr. “Sonny” (Linda) Dorn; one sister and three brothers in law, Delores (Ronny) Anderson, James Iseberg, Jerome Warden; brothers in law and sisters in law, William (Brenda) Schreader, Gloria Peterson, Margaret Theys, Sue (Kevin) Geimer; many nieces and nephews.

Marvin was preceded in death by, one grandchild, Alyssa Dorn; two sisters, Donna Iseberg, Darlene Warden; brothers in law, Hilton Schreader Jr, Robert Schreader, Earl Peterson, John Theys; his father in law and mother in law, Hilton Sr. and Luella (Servais) Schreader.

Friends may call at St. John Lutheran Church, Luxemburg, between 10:00 am and 12:45 pm, on Friday APRIL 14, 2023.  Funeral service 1:00 pm on Friday with Rev. Carl Brewer officiating. Burial in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Luxemburg.

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

A thank you is extended to the staff of ABMC third floor ICU, with a heartfelt thank you to Marvin’s faithful racing companion Gary Jadin, for the countless years of being his driving eyes!

Anyone attending the services of the day for Marvin F. Dorn Sr, dressing in racing apparel would be appropriate, as we will be celebrating his birthday!

Roderick J. Schlise

Roderick Joseph Schlise, of Sturgeon Bay, died on March 21st, 2023, the day after his 88th birthday, in the excellent care of Door County Hospital, Dr. Richard Hogan and Unity Hospice.  On March 20, 1935, Rod  was born to Joseph and Hattie (Stoeger) Schlise of Forestville, WI, the oldest of three children, at a time and in a place outfitted with hand pumps and outdoor privies for water and sanitation--features of central significance to his later life.  

After learning the plumbing trade in his Uncle Mark Schlise’s business in Forestville and a single year of business school at Marquette University, Rod and his extremely handy father set off to form Rod Schlise Plumbing and Heating in nearby Maplewood in 1962.  They collaborated successfully with many local contractors and were fortunate to employ a talented labor force drawn largely from local farms and shipyards to bring the convenience of plumbing to homes and businesses all over Door and Kewaunee counties.  Though it sometimes meant going out in the middle of a winter night to fix a furnace or get water flowing to a farmer’s dairy herd, he drew great satisfaction from his work and was very grateful for the loyal patronage of his many customers.  His business endured for 56 years - through economic ups & downs, evolution of plumbing and heating technologies, and the departure of several apprentices who, while working for him, became master plumbers themselves - until a stroke forced Rod into an early retirement at age 83.

In 1964, Rod married Marian Stroh at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Maplewood.  They moved to Sturgeon Bay and raised four sons:  Bill, also a master plumber, Paul, Tom, and Chuck who all worked in the family business in their teen and college years. 

Rod was an active member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, serving on the parish council, helping with fundraising and sharing his expertise in the building trades to help maintain and improve the buildings and grounds of both church and school.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Master Gardeners Association, and served as Plumbing instructor at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  He and Marian were avid fans and long-time supporters of many Door County cultural institutions including the Peninsula Players, Birch Creek, Northern Sky Theater, Peninsula Music Festival, Ridges Sanctuary, Maritime Museum, Friends of Potawatomi Park, Crossroads at Big Creek, YMCA, Little League baseball teams and the Door County Advocate.  Rod and Marian worked many happy years together, both in their own gardens and helping to build and tend the gardens of Potawatomi Park and the Garden Door of the UW-Peninsular Research Station.  While he arm-chair quarterbacked the Packers to a number of successful seasons, he preferred drives around Sturgeon Bay and Door County, observing their change and growth through the years and recounting the many projects and the people that enriched his long and useful life.  

Rod is survived by his wife Marian,  four sons and grandchildren, Bill and Karen Schlise and their children, Kelley and Joe; Paul and Krystee Schlise and their children, Jake and Zoe; Tom Schlise; Chuck and Tina Schlise and their sons Nick and Nate; his sister Kathy and numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.  He was preceded in death by his sister Donna.

A memorial mass will be conducted at Corpus Christi Church at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 17, 2023, with a luncheon to follow.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be directed to any of the organizations that Rod and Marian were involved with.


Sandy M. (LeClair) Sander

She has taken her candle

to another room and I cannot find her,

but I know she was here by the light she has left behind.




Sandy M. (LeClair) Sander, Spring Hill, Fl, passed away unexpectedly March 13, 2023 at Oakhill Hospital, Spring Hill, where she has resided for the last 25 years.


She was born November 1, 1951, in Sturgeon Bay to Richard ‘Pants’ and Helen (Daskare) LeClair and raised in Jacksonport, Wisconsin. On April 2, 1977, she married Richard Sander at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Jacksonport.


In the early 1970s she worked at Doerr Electric, and in her later years she went back to school and earned her associate degree in nursing, which she was very proud of. She worked as an RN at Brooksville Hospital for many years and also did some home health care. Her career allowed her compassion, kindness and sense of humor to be part of her everyday life. She retired in 2016.


Spending time with family was her greatest joy and although she enjoyed crossword puzzles, her passion was crocheting.  She loved to surprise family and friends with baby blankets, baptismal gowns, wedding quilts and many other crocheted items. Her thoughtfulness and creativity came through with every crochet of her hook as she spent many hours making beautiful things for those she loved.


Sandy loved to travel and explore the world with her husband, Rich. She was an avid runner in her early years, loved the water, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Spoiling her great-grandchildren was her most recent pastime since her retirement. Her grandchildren loved to bake with her, especially when she made her homemade hot fudge sauce.


She is survived and missed by her husband; three stepchildren, Kim Christensen, Kelly (Chad) Lampson and Jason Sander; four grandchildren, Jessica (Jeromy) Turner, Caitlin Christensen, Jacob (Linda) Estes, Sara (Trevor) Howell; 4 great-grandchildren, Evelynn Turner, Reageyn Turner, Mia Quintana and Noah Quintana. She is also survived by siblings and twin sister, Sue LeClair, Jeanne (Paul) Wiesner, Mary (Bill Schuster) Kaye, Paul (Arba) LeClair, Melissa (Carl) von Estorff, Peter (Becky) LeClair, Ann (Mark) Ash, sister-in-law, Wendy Gerndt; nieces and nephews, Nicole Thompson and Paul (Jen) Wiesner; Cambria (Mark) Mueller, Courtney (Dan) Ohme, and Cathy Kaye; Madeline (fiancé, Paul) LeClair and Lexie LeClair; Erna and Lilly von Estorff; Megan (Kyle) Mezera, Natalie LeClair, and Richard LeClair; Nicolas Ash and Sophie Ash; and many great nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her dear friends, Kathy Frommer and Susan Webster.


She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Gwen and Ralph Borgia; her brother, Ricky LeClair; and brother-in-law, Mike Kaye.


A memorial gathering will be held at a later date in Door County.


I’m not afraid of death. I look forward to the next journey. – Sandy Sander

Hans Feld

Marlin Hans Feld, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died on March 20, 2023, at Wickenburg Community Hospital in Arizona following a series of falls.  Hans was born, the youngest of seven children, to Bernhard and Hertha Feld on the family farm near Forestville, Wisconsin October 27, 1933. Hans served in the U.S. Army as a Drill Sergeant.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls and married Sonja Rasmussen. Hans’s career was in the agricultural lending business – first with Production Credit Association and later at the Bank of Sturgeon Bay. Hans bought his parents’ farm, where he and Soni raised their 4 children.

Hans loved barbershop music – singing in an award-winning quartet at Algoma High School, in various choruses, and for many years as tenor in the Oak Street Boys Quartet. Hans was proud to be a Paul Harris Fellow in the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club.  He served on the Door County Fair and Door County YMCA boards for years. 

Deer hunting on his land in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was even more important to Hans than singing barbershop music. He often said if he couldn’t get to heaven, the UP was close enough.  On his deer stand is where Hans often wrote, eventually publishing 4 books which are still for sale out of the trunk of the car for the low, low price of $14.95.

Following Soni’s death, Hans was married to Nancy Skadden Feld for almost 24 years.  In addition to Nancy, Hans is also survived by his children, Julie (Bernie Vondracek) Feld, Green Bay; Tom (Judy) Feld, Green Bay; Sara Feld, Prairie Farm, WI; and step-daughter, Jennifer (Bob) Rude, Prior Lake, MN.  He is further survived by daughter-in-law, Maxine Orth-Feld, Cleveland, WI; grandchildren, Ashtyn (Kevin Deneys) Feld, Pulaski; Kahner (Joe) Domke, Pulaski; Olivia (Eric) Romanek, Green Bay; Kendra (Alex Gygax) Feld, Lake Geneva; Luke (Paige) Kramer, Baraboo; Sam (Jessica) Kramer, Green Bay; Lucas (Crysta) Kayser, Menominee, MI; Lindsay (Jake) Sulk, Wausaukee; Robert Rude, Prior Lake, MN; Jonathan (Jash Gill) Rude, Prior Lake, MN; and 13 great-grandchildren. Hans’s sister, Glenna Gauthier, Two Rivers, and sisters-in-law, Margie Feld, Baraboo, and Mary Ann Rasmussen, Greenville, GA, also survive. Many, many nieces and nephews and their families will miss Uncle Hans.

Preceding Hans in death were his parents; brothers, Ron, Rueben, Bernie, and Edwin; sister, Gertrude Jennerjohn; his wife, Sonja Feld; and son, Rusty Feld.

A memorial service will be held at Forbes Funeral Home, 319 West Spruce Street, Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 11:00am. Visitation at Forbes on Friday evening, April 21, from 5:00 – 7:00pm and from 10:00am – until time of service on April 22.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Honor Flight for Veterans (; Hans Feld Memorial @ Ontonagon Whitetails Unlimited – Ryon Hokens P.O. 288 Ewen, MI 49925; Door County YMCA or any charity of your choice.

Stephen "Steve" Pinchart

Stephen "Steve" Pinchart, 70, Algoma, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Odd Fellows Nursing Home.  He was born June 18, 1952 in Algoma to William and Elizabeth (Lardo) Pinchart.
Steve graduated from St. Mary Grade School and Algoma High School in 1970.  He attended one year at NWTC for carpentry.
He married Linda LeCloux on April 27, 1974 at St. Hubert's Catholic Church in Rosiere.
Steve worked for a couple of small businesses before starting at Van's Lumber where he worked for 37 years.  He retired from Van's in 2009 and started his own carpentry business for five years.  During that time he also worked for Prefinished Siding Co. in Suamico.
He enjoyed playing dartball, spending time with his cats, but his biggest joy was making
things out of wood.
Steve is survived by his wife Linda, brother Scott (Sharon), Forestville; nephew Corey (Michelle) Pinchart, West DePere; great nephew and niece Blake and Brooklyn; Aunt Janice Lehnert, Algoma; Uncle Lloyd (Ella) Pinchart, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Gabe (Carol) LeCloux, Carol (Vernon) Berger, Wayne (Barb) LeCloux, Jim Zak, Mary LeCloux and Rick LeCloux; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Elmer and Mable LeCloux, sister-in-law Ruth Zak, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Elmer LeCloux Jr., and Ken (Sharyl) LeCloux.
A public visitation will take place at the Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma,  Sunday, April 2, 2023 from 1:00 PM until the time of the Memorial Service at 3:00 PM with Ken Kinstetter officiating.
The family wants to give a special thank you to the doctors and staff at Odd Fellows and Aurora Hospice for all the care and kindness given to Steve during his stay there.
Express your sympathy, pictures and memories on Steve's tribute page at

Stephan "Steve" Asher

Stephan “Steve” Asher, 68 years of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Door County Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

     He was born May 4, 1954, in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Charles and Hilda (Roen) Asher.

     Steve is survived by his wife, Rachel; his brothers, Dr. Charles (Susan) Asher of Santa Rosa, CA, John (Sandy) Asher of Sturgeon Bay; sister-in-law, Carol Kuehl of Eau Claire, WI; brother-in-law, Dan (Tammy) Kuehl of Lake Mills, WI; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his goddaughter, Natalie Porter and his “brother” Spencer Milligan.

     He is preceded by his parents; sister, Susie Asher; and brother-in-law, Tom Kuehl.

     Steve graduated from Pompano Beach High School in Florida in 1972. He also attended two years of high school in Sturgeon Bay and one year in Hillsdale, New Jersey. Following high school, Steve performed for three years in Up With People, an organization that promotes multiculturalism and racial equality through song and dance. He traveled with the group throughout Europe, Great Britain, Mexico, and the United States. Those three years never left Steve’s heart as he continued to live its message. Steve was also educated with classes at the University of Arizona during those years.

     Before returning to Sturgeon Bay in 1980, Steve worked and lived with his brother Charles in Westwood, CA and then worked in medical sales in Atlanta, GA.  After his return to Sturgeon Bay, Steve joined the family business of developing and managing Strawberry Creek Estates.  He enjoyed his time in the Optimist Club and served on the Door County Memorial Hospital Foundation board.

     On August 23, 1986, Steve and Rachel J. Kuehl were married at his parents’ home on the Bay Shore in Sturgeon Bay. For the next few years, they operated the Door County Racquet Club where Steve could show off his cooking talents. Steve and Rachel were very fortunate to have opportunities to travel.  During their first 10 years of marriage, they visited the Cayman Islands, Colombia, South American, Mexico, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

     After leaving the family business in 2000, Steve worked in sales for Prime Lending in Sturgeon Bay and for Marchant’s Meats in Sturgeon Bay.

     To say that Steve adored his four-legged family is an understatement. Yorgi the Corgi, was the first to arrive followed by rescue dogs Walker, Morrie, Brontë, Buddy B and LucyLu.

     In addition to singing and cooking, Steve enjoyed golfing, walking, watching sports and cooking shows on TV and going to his beloved Packers games.

     During the last two years of Steve’s life, he was extremely thankful for the support of friends Dan, Frank, Paul, Rick, Deb and Paul, Carrie and Arleigh, and Sherry and Jim. He was also thankful to Mary N. and Mary Lou for their comfort food.

     A special thank you goes out to Dr. Paul Maes and to the Radiology Department at Door County Medical Center.

     Steve was a humble man with a generous spirit. He shared his blessings whenever possible, many times with people he barely knew.

     Visitation for family and friends will be at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

     Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home with John Hauser officiating. Burial will be with his family at Bayside Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus, Feed My People or Unity Hospice.

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

Larry Francis Hanko

Larry Francis Hanko died at home on March 21, 2023, surrounded by family. He was born on April 24, 1951, in Reedsburg, WI to the late Norma and Francis Hanko becoming their third child. Larry grew up in Cazenovia, WI., where his love of the outdoors started. He attended St. Anthony’s Grade School and graduated from Weston High School. He was a kind, quiet and genuine man who was always willing to help a friend or neighbor. On December 6, 1991, he married the love of his life, Gail Kolstad, they spent 19 years together and built their dream log cabin home in Forestville, WI.

Larry was an outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, talking about the weather and tending to his garden. He was a member of HAWK Lodge in Mercer, WI and always looked forward to the time spent at the cabin with the boys. He knew every type of bird that visited his yard and as a long-time truck driver, he knew the roads like the back of his hand and could get anywhere without a map. His bright smile and the twinkle in his eye will be missed by his family and the many friends he leaves behind.

He is survived by his daughter, Kara (Kieran) O’Keeffe, step-children, Gary (Becky) Kolstad, Bonnie (Todd) Miller, Scott (Candy) Kolstad and Kelli (Dean) Hackett. Brother Tim (Karen) Hanko, sisters, Lucy (Wayne) Whitlock, Shirley (Louie) Peper, Joyce Graves and Kerri (Kurt) Lentz. He is further survived by grandchildren, Harrison and Stevie O’Keeffe, Tory (Cherry) Miller, Nichole (Justin) Blazel, Logan Miller, Brittany (Rodney) Rodgers, Joshua (Katie) Kolstad, Ashley (Desmond) DePas, Kaylin (Josh) Eckstein, Myria (Riaan) VanEck, Tyler (Paige) Hackett, Travis (Kelsey) Hackett, Amber and Caleb Kolstad, friend Emajean Harmann, many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Gail Hanko, parents and grandson, Joseph (Joey) Hackett.  

 A public visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 29 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Maplewood, from 9:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery with lunch to follow.

 If you want to remember Larry, take a walk outside, watch the birds or start a garden. We love and miss you, Dad.


The family wants to thank Laurie Schinderle and the Schinderle Funeral Home for helping them with the arrangements.

 Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Larry’s tribute page at

Dr. Lisa Ann (Watkins) Liseno

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our wonderful and beautiful daughter and sister Dr. Lisa Ann (Watkins) Liseno, 54, who passed away on March 12, 2023, after a fall in her home in Crawfordville, Fla.  She was born on May 1, 1968, in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., to Norm and Mabel Watkins.


Lisa was wickedly smart, funny, strong-willed, fiercely assertive in the face of injustice and cared deeply about others. She truly lit up the lives of all who had the good fortune to meet her. She loved swimming; great books and music; her pet cats, George and Weezee; and laughing uproariously at “Seinfeld” and, in earlier days, “Late Night with David Letterman.” She loved watching “Days of Our Lives” tongue-in-cheek, laughing and conversing about it with her sister, mother and late grandmother. Her musical tastes were wide, including particular affinities for The Doors, Eric Clapton, the Beastie Boys and Alice in Chains. Lisa made a lot of friends everywhere she went. 

Lisa overcame a tremendous amount of adversity and made the absolute best of what she had. She was stricken with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when she was 8 years old and battled it her entire life. While it severely limited her mobility and caused her a lot of pain, it couldn’t touch her spirit and didn’t affect her glowing personality or her determination.


Lisa graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School and got her bachelor’s degree from Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Waukesha, Wis., with a double major in journalism and philosophy. She made lifelong friends at Carroll and worked at the student-run radio station there, WCCX, where her love of music broadened. During the summers, she worked at and eventually became general manager of the Commodore Inn and Marina, a resort in Sturgeon Bay. Lisa went on to earn her master’s degree in philosophy from Northern Illinois University.


While finishing her master’s requirements, Lisa moved to New Orleans, where she lived for four years. If she had written a book about the adventures she had there, it would have been a best-seller. She developed a network of great friends in New Orleans and always welcomed visits from her sister and other friends and family for as long as they could join her. She met her future husband, John Liseno, during Mardi Gras festivities while walking down the street outside Igor’s, a local establishment where she had a great group of friends. From the start, Lisa and John were inseparable and shared many adventures riding his Harley-Davidson and traveling to their favorite vacation spot in Destin, Fla. Their bond was unbelievably close and they were clearly the loves of each other’s lives. John and Lisa cherished each other deeply and neither was shy about expressing their love, including showering each other with compliments.


 Lisa and John moved to Tallahassee, Fla., in 2000 so she could pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy at Florida State University. She earned her Ph.D. in 2007 and was hired as a faculty member at FSU shortly thereafter. She worked at FSU for more than 15 years and most recently worked as assistant dean of the Graduate School. In that capacity, she served as director of the Program for Instructional Excellence, director of the Fellows Society and faculty advisor for DIRECTO (the Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching Organization). She previously worked as an associate professor in Undergraduate Studies at Florida State, where she worked in the Academic Center for Excellence and was an adjunct professor in philosophy during much of her time at FSU. Lisa gave national and international presentations on pedagogy, higher education, and diversity and inclusion initiatives, and received grants for pursuing research in the scholarship of teaching and learning. She received the Seminole Faculty/Staff Leadership Award in spring 2019 for her work with FSU graduate students. In her personal capacity, Lisa recently advocated against gender-based and disability-based discrimination for academic professionals like herself.


While Lisa and John lived in Tallahassee, John established his own painting business, John the Painter. Lisa served as vice president of John the Painter and helped him run the business while she also worked at FSU. Lisa and John later moved to nearby Crawfordville, Fla. They were married in September 2007 in Sturgeon Bay. John passed away in January 2014 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis and a lung transplant. Lisa was heartbroken, but she threw herself into running John the Painter while continuing to work at FSU. She honored his memory by establishing the John F. Liseno Program for Instructional Excellence Graduate Award, which provides funding for graduate students to travel to make presentations at professional conferences. A similar scholarship fund will be set up in Lisa’s name, at her request.


Lisa is survived by her parents, Norm and Mabel Watkins; her brothers, Dan (Sherry) Watkins and Steve (Kelly Leon) Watkins; sister Robin (Nick) Watkins-Mitchell; nephews Elliot Watkins and Ian Mitchell; nieces Cheyenne Watkins and Jasmine Mitchell; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.  


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on May 6 in Sturgeon Bay at the United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 10:00 am at the church until the time of service.  Another service will be held in Florida, with details to be determined. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family


Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to to be used for an FSU scholarship foundation to be set up in Lisa's name, or to the Arthritis Foundation ( in her memory.


Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  


Dorothy Mae (Bochek) Leist

     Dorothy Mae (Bochek) Leist, 96, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Monday, March 13, 2023 at Door County Medical Center.

     She was born September 8, 1926, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Brauer) Bochek. Dorothy married John T. Leist on October 20, 1945 at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Together they owned and operated their centennial dairy farm in the Town of Sevastopol. They were hard-working but always looked forward after chores to being on the lake boating and fishing when they could, especially Sunday summer afternoons and on the ice, fishing in winter. John preceded her in death on January 23, 1989.

     Dorothy was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church where she was active singing with the choir, Christian Mothers and assisting with funeral dinners. Dorothy had a deep faith, was devoted to Mary and the rosary. Dorothy was eternally optimistic as she always was willing to help “make things right”. She was kind, loving, warm and always welcoming and made everyone feel at home. When asked, she freely was glad to give her wise advice to family and friends.

     She loved gardening, canning, cooking, crocheting, playing cards (winning her last cribbage game this past Saturday). Above all, she most enjoyed watching her family grow.

     Her family includes her four children and their families, Thomas (Karen) Leist, Edward (Diane) Leist, Mary (Mark) Vandenbusch, Katherine (Thomas) McCaulley; she was “Grandma Mema” to 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; brother, Edwin (Ora) Bochek; five sisters, Mary (Clayton) Haen, Clara (Harold) Hogan, Frances (Cecil “Butch”) Sorenson, Elaine (Edwin “Buck”) Anschutz, and Agnes (Frank) Kuehn.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2023 at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Robert Stegmann and Fr. Anthony Birdsall concelebrating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Sunday, March 19, 2023 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. The rosary will be prayed Monday at the church at 9:45 a.m. A parish wake service will be held Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home.

“Special thank you to the loving and caring nursing staffs at Door County Medical Center ICU, Sturgeon Bay Health Services and Cherry Cove.”

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

Nadine C. Urban

Nadine C. Urban, 84, of Brussels, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2023, at Door County Medical Center.

     She was born January 14, 1939 in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Leo and Dorothy (Gleason) McKee. Nadine graduated in 1957, from St. Joseph Academy in Green Bay before attending St. Norbert College in Green Bay and then onto The College of Medical Technology in Minneapolis.

     On August 10, 1974, she married Eldred N. Urban at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on April 26, 2015.

     Nadine was an intern at Mercy Hospital Lab in Clinton, Iowa and later at Twin City Clinic in Neenah (1960). She continued at Beaumont Clinic in Green Bay, and Health Assessments for Lifestyle Health Systems in Green Bay where she retired in 2012.

     On July 14, 2018, she married Kenneth Knuth. He preceded her in death on December 9, 2020.

     She was a member of Door County Maritime Museum, the Door County Historical Society, and coordinated community Red Cross Blood Drives. Nadine enjoyed playing golf, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, boating, traveling the United States and Caribbean, and sailing on European inland River Cruises.

     Surviving family includes her niece, Kathleen McKee of Little Chute; nephew, Kevin (Celia) McKee of Appleton; five great-nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Jane (Jim) Moeller of Bayfield; and nephews, Jeff and Jed Moeller.

     Preceding her in death were her parents, Leo and Dorothy McKee in 1975; her sister, Karen Ann in 1944; her brother, Patrick James McKee in 1980---all due to traffic fatalities; sister-in-law, Suzanne McKee of Appleton in 2022; and her husbands.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 10, 2023, at Huehns Funeral Home with Rev. David Leistra officiating. Burial will be at Allouez Cemetery in Green Bay following the service.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:30 a.m.

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

Adrian (Ace) Schmidt Jr.

Adrian (Ace) Schmidt Jr., 81, formerly of Maplewood, passed away, Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Woodside Manor in Green Bay with family by his side.  He was born December  5,1941, in Sturgeon Bay.

Ace graduated from the Algoma High School in 1959.

He married Kay Blahnik August 25, 1962.   Kay preceded him in death on October 30, 2022.

Ace's true passion in life was farming.  He also enjoyed spending time with all of his grandchildren, meeting his friends at local restaurants for breakfast, and watching sports on TV, especially the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ace is survived by his two children Debbie (Terry) Kleiman, and Randy (Dena) Schmidt; five grandchildren Derek (Kayla) Schopf, Ashtyn Feld (fianc'ee Kevin), Tanner (Lauren) Schmidt, Kahner (Joe) Domke and Devin Schmidt; step grandchildren Spencer (Elisabeth) Kleiman and Marie Kleiman; nine great grandchildren; one sister Annette (Paul) Baudhuin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Kay, two sisters and one brother-in-law Marion (Syl) Metzner and Audrey Schmidt.

The public is invited to a memorial gathering on Friday, March 10, 2023 at the Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma,  from 10:00 AM until the time of services at 1:00 PM with Pastor Alex Blahnik officiating.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorials may be made out to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Woodside Manor and Promedia Hospice for all the care and kindness given to Ace and his family during his stay there.

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

William J Warwick

William J Warwick Sr, 84, of Sturgeon Bay passed away in Marinette, WI, Saturday, March 4, 2023. William was born in Sturgeon Bay, May 18, 1938, to Wendell and Adeline (Hoerres) Warwick. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956. On May 14, 1960, he married Sally Jacobe and they raised five children. He truly was a “jack of all trades” working for the Hamilton Manufacturing Co in Two Rivers and Roen Steamship Co in the early ‘60’s where he became a master navigator of the Great Lakes. He worked for Lampert Yards (formerly Burns Brother’s Lumber) as well as served his city as a fireman. He was a highly skilled carpenter working on many projects all over Door County including Wyndemere Condominiums, Harbor Village, and many private residences. He also worked for Alpine Resort as a groundskeeper/handyman. He enjoyed helping others when he could meeting up with friends at Birmingham’s Bar and Restaurant for one of Brad’s Brandy Old Fashioned’s.

William is survived by his sons, Scott and Chris; daughters, Toni and Corrina; grandchildren: Mark, Kayla, and Tylesia; and great-grandchildren: MJ, Benny, Adeline, and Amara; brother, David (Sue)Warwick; sisters, Irene (Bob) Grey and Theresa (Dan) Mathews; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, William Jr; sister, Diane; and second wife, Linda.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

Gerald Anthony Mancheski

Gerald Anthony Mancheski, 91, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at his home on March 1, 2023.  He was born May 13, 1931, in Pulaski to Bernard and Lucille (Liss) Mancheski.  On June 25, 1955, he married Arlene Olive Fritsch in Greenleaf.

Gerald graduated from Catholic Central High School in Green Bay.  He worked as  a steamfitter and was a proud member of Local Union 298/400.  For many years, he also owned and operated a cherry/apple orchard and processing plant, and delivered fruit all over Wisconsin. Gerry was a long time and active member at Corpus Christi Church in Sturgeon Bay and was an associate of the Bay Settlement Sisters.

Gerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cutting wood and eating good food.  Gerald was an avid Packer fan, a reading buddy, and a very social person who enjoyed telling stories and visiting others.  He loved time spent at his pond where he enjoyed his cigars and watching birds.

Gerald and Arlene were able to take several cruises during their retirement.  Known as “Papa”, he especially treasured the time he had with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Survivors include his wife Arlene; six children, Jerry (Diane) Mancheski, Sturgeon Bay; Mary (Joe) Schmidt, Sturgeon Bay;  Ann  Mancheski, Sturgeon Bay; Nancy (Terry) DeBauche, Little Suamico; Barb (Cliff) Neinas, Brussels; Paul (Justine) Mancheski, Forestville;  14 Grandchildren, Amanda (Saty); Aaron (Chelsea) ,Adam (Anna), Chris (Wendy), Melissa (Randy), Allison (Carson), Andrea (Kevin), Olivia; Cassie (Eric),  Angela (Brad), Calvin (Amber) , Beau(Courtney), Janae and Eli; 18 great-grandchildren;  a brother Fred (Toni) Mancheski, New Orleans; a sister Alice Hershman, Green Bay; a sister-in-law Carolyn Mancheski, Green Bay.


He was preceded in death by his parents, great-grandchild Wyatt Gross, brother Richard and sister “Petey” (Bob) Wilson; and brother-in-law Richard Hershman.


Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday, March 6, 2023, at Corpus Christi Church in Sturgeon Bay.  Friends may call at the church from 9:00 am until the time of service.  Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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