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Obituaries Archives for 2023-04

Martha Todd

Martha Josephine Sanders Todd (Marty) passed away on April 14, 2023, in Appleton, Wisconsin. She was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, on November 2, 1944. She grew up in the small town of Tell City, Indiana and lived in Vincennes, Indiana, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Pewee Valley, Owensboro, and Louisville, Kentucky and spent the last 18 years of her life in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  

 

Marty dedicated her life to supporting and caring for others. She graduated from Indiana University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She taught French and Spanish in both public and private schools in Indiana and Kentucky. She also worked as an early childhood educator in addition to running her own daycare center where she emphasized environmental education. She obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Louisville in 1992, graduating with honors. She devoted most of her career to supporting vulnerable teens and children in youth group homes and child welfare.

 

Marty’s two girls were the center of her world and she loved being a mother. She loved traveling (Paris being her favorite) and spending time outdoors with her daughters camping, hiking, canoeing or kayaking. Animals were a beloved part of her life, especially her last two dogs, Nellie and Joey. Her spirit shined brightly and she always enjoyed planning parties and celebrations, her annual Kentucky Derby Party being particularly special. She participated in community theater in Kentucky and Wisconsin, designing and hand making costumes for plays. She was funny, clever and witty and never lost her childlike spirit. 

 

She is preceded in death by her mother & father – Frances and Thomas Sanders, and her siblings – Margaret Johnson and Tom Sanders. She is survived by her two daughters – Carrie Counihan (Dave) of Sturgeon Bay, WI and Sara Todd, of Madison, WI, as well as two nieces - Kate Sanders and Jennifer Ray. 

 

Cremation was chosen and a celebration of life will be held later this summer. Donations can be made in loving memory to the mental health resource center Jak’s Place in Sturgeon Bay, WI, where Marty volunteered and “wanted everyone to know they had a friend.”  Forbes Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements

Randy G. Schuster

Randy Gerard Schuster, 69, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on April 24, 2023, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay.  He was born on June 30, 1953, in Fond du Lac to Reuben and Edna (Eisenhut) Schuster.

Randy enjoyed military history and toy collectables.  He loved his dogs, Roxy, Brickle, and Sundance very much.

Survivors include one brother, Gary (Marybeth) Schuster, Eau Clarie, WI; and their children, Breanne and Allison; his former wife, Connie Schuster, Sturgeon Bay; former in-laws, Linda (John) Muraski, and their children, Alexander and Calvin; John (Genevieve) Uecker, and their children, Kaitlin and Megan.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and former sister-in-law, Brenda Decker.

As to Randy’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.  Forbes Funeral Home and Cremations is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com


Marion Jean Baudhuin

Marion Jean Baudhuin, 93, lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, died of a broken heart missing her dear husband Bill, on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Bayview Senior Care LLC (formerly Anna's Healthcare) in Sturgeon Bay. 

     She was born May 19, 1929, daughter of the late Arnold and Mary (Stoeger) Haberli. She attended Sevastopol High School. Marion was united in marriage to William M. Baudhuin on September 9, 1950 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Institute. They were blessed with over 72 years of marriage and enjoyed traveling and going on cruises together. He preceded her in death on February 9, 2023.

     Marion, a devout Catholic, was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, Christian Mothers, and Christ Child Society. She loved flowers and looked forward to Spring every year when she could get her flower beds planted in her yard and at their land, Papa’s Pond in Sevastopol. She was an awesome cook and known for her “mint brownies”!

     Marion will be missed by her children, Mary (Keith) Bink, Diane (Dan) Isings, both of Sturgeon Bay, Patti (Mark) Dines of Tinley Park, IL, Barbara (Bob) Wagner of the Town of Sevastopol, and Robert (Linnea) Baudhuin of Rochester, MN; grandchildren, Gretchen Bink (Ryan) Jadin and Rachel Bink (Kirk) Wilke, Jason and Will Isings, Jennifer (Zach) Cobb, Myjken Moore, Candice Moore, Kelly (Steve) Penn, Melissa (Steve) Vogel, Grace Baudhuin, Ellie Baudhuin, Anna Baudhuin, Robert Baudhuin, Jr,. and Matthew Baudhuin; great-grandchildren, Tryston, Reagen, Teagen, Skylin, Everett, Lucy, Charlie, Ayden, Brently and Milo; sister, Lois (Tom) Abrahamson; sisters-in-law, Patty Haberli and Sister Ruth Baudhuin; special friend Barb Kern; and other relatives and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; son, James "Jimmy" Baudhuin; great-granddaughter, Elsie Wilke; siblings, Helen (Hank) Simon, Arnold Haberli, and James Haberli; Teresa Haberli; and other relatives.

     Marion's life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann and Fr. Anthony Birdsall concelebrating. She will be laid to rest beside her husband and son in St. Joseph Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church, Monday morning, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in Marion’s name for St. Joseph Parish (526 Louisiana Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235).

     "Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Anna's now Bayview Senior Care and Unity Hospice, and also Fr. Bob Stegmann, Deacons Ed Winter and Mark Bortle, Bill Graf and the Catholic community that provided Communion and Mass on a regular basis."

     Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Baudhuin family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Marion may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome

David I. Hafeman

David I. Hafeman, 91, peacefully passed away on April 19, 2023, at Kewaunee  Health Services due to Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born October 11, 1931, in  Algoma to the late Otto and Esther (Iwen) Hafeman. Dave graduated from  Algoma High School in 1949. Dave was a self-employed electrician (Hafeman  Electric) until his retirement. On October 19, 1963, Dave married Judy Pavlat at  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma. Dave enjoyed many travels, especially to  Mexico. 

Dave is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judy; nieces, Lois (John) Albertson, Sue  (Ron) Paschke, Patti (Bob) Poe, Jackie Snow; special friend Ann Haas; and brother-in-law, Rudy (Diane)  Pavlat. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Liza; his parents; Ann’s husband Paul; brother,  Ralph (Mary); niece, Becky Jeanquart and her children, Holly and Jason; in-laws, Arthur and Dorothy  Pavlat; and brother-in-law, Bob (Lois) Pavlat. 

A special thank you to all of the staff at Kewaunee Health Services for the wonderful care given to Dave.  And, also to Compassus for their care, especially Craig who was so good with Dave. Special thanks to  Pastor Brewer for all his compassionate care and visits. 

Per Dave’s request, there will be no service, cremation will take place and a private burial will be held.  Kinnard Funeral & Cremation Services – Casco is assisting the family. Online condolence messages may be  shared at KinnardFCS.com.

 

Doris E. Loss

Doris E. Loss, 82 years of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully Monday, April 17, 2023.

    She was born June 16, 1940 in Hammond, Indiana, the daughter of the late Gerhart and Margaret (Dockweiler) Rosenau.  Doris graduated from Hammond High School in 1958 before attending Indiana University, receiving her undergrad degree in 1962. Doris was proud to have received her degree in education and to be the first in her family to complete her college degree at a time when few women pursued higher education. She pursued her graduate work at UW Parkside. Doris taught elementary school at Hammond School District for seven years, Racine Unified School for 24 years where she impacted hundreds of students’ lives. Not only did she impact her students, but the teachers and administrators with whom she worked serving as Union Rep and serving on the school board of Lutheran High School in Racine. Doris was a building mediator and building rep in Racine.

     On August 22, 1964 she married Robert Alan Loss at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond. They moved full time to Door County in 2006. Doris always loved children and teaching. After moving to Door County, she continued that passion as a substitute teacher at Sturgeon Bay Schools and Southern Door Schools.

     Doris was a member of Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay. She was a member of Altrusa, the Wisconsin Retired Teachers Association (WREA). She received a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary. She enjoyed playing organ, was a passionate Brewers fan, enjoyed traveling with Bob throughout the United States visiting National Parks, and to Spring Training in Arizona.

     Surviving family include her husband, Bob of Sturgeon Bay; she was dear mother to her two sons, William (Melissa) Loss of Beaver Dam, and Jonathan Loss of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren, Madeline, Ian, Donovan, Bella and Elsa; her sister, Dorothy (Rev. Paul) Kritsch of Sharps Chapel, Tennessee; cousins, Rita Carlson of Indiana, David Rosenau of Florida; many nieces and nephews.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Gordon Rosenau.; and niece, National Park Ranger, Margaret Anderson.

     Funeral Services will be held at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay on Friday, April 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jim Honig officiating.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home, in Sturgeon Bay, Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

     Despite family tragedies, losing her brother and nephew and niece much too early in their lives, she found joy being with children as their teacher. She loved bird watching and was an avid Brewers fan. We are so sad to lose our mother and a loving companion, wife, to our dad, but are comforted having had her in our lives and for the first time in 23 years, she is free from pain, and in Christ, she is made whole again.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in her memory to Door County Maritime Museum or Altrusa Club of Door County.

     Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the Loss family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Doris may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

Peter Dale Collins

Peter Dale Collins, 48 years old, of Sister Bay, passed away suddenly due to complications from a lifelong heart condition, on Monday April 10, 2023, while at his “Happy Place” in Eagle River, WI, with his sister by his side.

     He was born on March 20, 1975 in Two Rivers, WI, to William and Julie Ann (Stenzel) Collins. Peter graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1993. He was a dedicated employee for JF Construction, Inc. for over 24 years as a heavy equipment operator, a job he did not take lightly. He took great pride in his work with much attention to detail.

     On August 22, 2020, he married the love of his life, Heather (Lhost) Olson, at Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River, WI. On that special day, he not only gained a wife, but he also gained two stepdaughters, who he loved dearly, and he was very proud of them and their accomplishments so far in their young lives.

     In his younger years, Peter enjoyed cutting the grass, woodworking, and cleaning the family cottages with Grandpa Ozzie, camping, playing little league baseball, was in Boy Scouts, liked to ride dirt bikes and four wheelers and had a lot of fun playing around, riding bicycles, and causing mischief with his “Harbor Boys” – you know who you guys are!

     Peter enjoyed being the captain of his pontoon boat and giving his friends and family a tour of the Eagle River chain whenever he could, riding the trails of the Northwoods on his UTV and snowmobile, hunting, fishing and enjoying fun times with his friends and family, no matter where he was. He was a master at cooking, grilling (both indirect heat grilling and on his Yoder smoker), impersonating, cracking jokes, making everyone laugh and was always the life of the party. 

     Peter, also known as “Pete” to many of his best buddies, will forever be known as the “Musical Library”. He had such a love for music (every genre and knew the lyrics to every song, no matter what the song was). With his love of music, he enjoyed so many concerts and was also quite talented when it came to playing “air” instruments - drums, guitar, clarinet, just to name a few! A genuine Green Bay Packers fan, Wheel of Fortune fan (both the TV game show and slot machines) and a man of many sayings - most and many of which should not be said in public – “Ya Right” – is putting it nicely!

     Surviving family includes his wife, Heather of Sister Bay; two step-daughters, Kayla and Eva Olson; mother, Julie Collins of Sister Bay; sister and brother-in-law, Jill and Bruce Alexander of Baileys Harbor; special nieces (known to them as Uncle PP), Sophia and Chloe Alexander; mother-in-law and father-in- law, Julie and Gary Lhost of Sister Bay; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jody and Scott Walker of Egg Harbor; Uncle Terry Stenzel of Ephraim; his four legged fur buddy, Nick, that he inherited from his late Father Bill, and his four legged 70-pound fur baby boy, Lambeau, which he and Heather welcomed into their family in October of 2022. He is further survived by many cousins, so many friends (lifelong and new) and his JF Construction work family. 

     Preceding him in death and reuniting with him in Heaven are his father, William Collins; his uncle, Dale Stenzel (whom he never met, but was honored to have carried on his name); maternal grandparents, Oswald and Violet Stenzel; paternal grandparents, Leon and Myrtle Collins; and sadly a few of his 1993 Gibraltar classmates.

     Public graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 28, 2023 at Blossomberg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, WI.  A celebration of Peter’s life will continue at Alexander’s Restaurant in Fish Creek from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. 

     The family would like to give special thanks the Police Department, First Responders, and Fire Department of Eagle River; Luke Nelson, condominium neighbors Chuck and Sue Kuhnmuench and Renee and Brian Heid, Scott Williams, Eric Peil, and Scott Walker, Pastor Gary Scharrig, Judy Pluff, Bryan Pluff, Greg Casperson, Todd Huehns, and the rest of the Huehns/Casperson staff for all of their assistance and help during this extremely shocking, sad, and difficult time.

     Memorials can be directed to the charity, foundation, or organization of your choice in Peter’s name and memory.

     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Collins family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Peter may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

Mary P. Grota

Mary Alice (Peterson) Grota, 86 years of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at Door County Medical Center Saturday, April 15, 2023 surrounded by her dear family.

     She was born July 9, 1936, in Marshall, MN, the daughter of the late Wilbur Peterson and Emily (Graham) Peterson.  She attended Marshall, Minnesota grade school and graduated from Iowa City High School in 1954. Mary received her B.A. in Elementary Education in 1958 from the University of Iowa. On June 20, 1959 she married Lee J. Grota in Iowa City. They lived in West Lafayette, Indiana where Mary taught first grade. Following that, Mary and Lee moved to Salt Lake City while her husband earned his post doctorate degree.  

    In 1965 they moved to Penfield, NY for Lee’s career. She enjoyed gardening and camping, and was active in the garden club, bridge club, the local library where she ran the annual book sale, while raising their four children. 

    Upon Lee’s retirement in 1999, Mary and Lee moved to Sturgeon Bay and enjoyed 21 years there together. Mary became an active member of the Peninsula Genealogy Society, Door Concerts, Peninsula Planter Garden Club, Friends of Potawatomie State Park, Door County Historical Society, and the Door County Maritime Museum. Mary and Lee enjoyed 15 years of motor home travel around the country sightseeing and researching family genealogy.

    Mary is survived by her four children, Catherine (Kenneth) Sahlin of Westerville, Ohio, Steven (Danielle) Grota of Manchester, Connecticut, Mike Grota of Sturgeon Bay, Carl (Jennifer) Grota of Sturgeon Bay; six grandchildren, Trent, Kevin, and Tyler Sahlin, and Margaret, Collin, and Benjamin Grota; great-grandchildren, Everett and Leah Sahlin; in-laws Dick and Janet Grota, Phyllis Gorectke, and Tom and Nancy Grota; and other relatives.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 61 years Lee Grota, her brother Douglas Peterson, and her sister Janet (Peterson) McKay.

    Our family wishes to thank the Door County Medical Center and Unity Hospice Care for the wonderful care given to Mary.

    Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home Friday, April 21, 2023 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. and Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M.

    Services will be held at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. with Fr. Bob Stegmann officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. 

    Memorials may be directed in Mary’s memory to the Door County Medical Center Foundation.

    Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Door County Medical Center ER and Med Surg 2nd floor for the wonderful care shown to our mother and her care needs.  And to Unity Hospice and Dr. Binard, thank you for your kind and compassionate care and attention given to our mom, Mary Grota. It was much appreciated.  

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

 

Harry Zak

Harry Zak, 92, of Sturgeon Bay was called home to heaven and given eternal life through the gift of grace given by our savior Jesus Christ on April 15, 2023.  He was born June 3, 1930, to Harry and Helen (Simon) Zak in Baileys Harbor.  Harry graduated from Gibraltar High School.  He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean war.  On the happy day of June 30, 1951, he married the love of his life, Adeline Haberli at Fort Lee, Virginia.  They were blessed with one son and three daughters whom they devoted their lives to unconditionally.

 

Harrry worked 16 years as a buyer for the H. C. Prange Co.  He then took a sales position at Felhofer Brothers and later Bill Boettcher’s car dealership where he held several positions over his 24-year career.  Harry and Adeline also operated a cherry and apple orchard.  In retirement, he enjoyed extensive travel with his wife and family, creating lasting and cherished memories.   He also enjoyed working in his flower beds, mowing his lawn, playing cards, and baking cookies for his grandchildren.

 

Harry served his community as a member of the Sturgeon Bay School Board from 1969-1972.  He was a strong and faithful member of St. Peters Lutheran Church, serving as the Treasurer, and as a member of the Board of Elders and Board of Education.  Harry’s passion was singing and was an active member of the choir.

 

He shared his faith and love with his family and will be greatly missed by those he leaves behind.  Survivors include his children, Kay (Stu) Krause, Oshkosh; Stuart (Paula) Zak and Susan (Thomas) Maenpaa, Cold Springs, KY; Karrie (Dave) Anthony, Sturgeon Bay; 12 grandchildren, Matt (Apryle) Krause; Jill Hastings; Ben (Jana) Zak; Joel (Michele) Zak; Dan (Carrie) Zak;  Laura (Dan) Bert; Phil (Ashleigh) Maenpaa; Rachel Maenpaa; Beth (Logan) Jaehen; Erik (Erin) Anthony;  Jonathon (Amanda) Anthony; Jordan (Melissa) Anthony; and 17 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 71 years, Adeline, his parents, grandson, Isaiah Anthony, sisters, Darlene, and Donna Zak.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, April 22, 2023, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.  Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery with military honors.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Lutheran School. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

John Maggitti, Ph. D.

John Maggitti, Ph. D., of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Saturday evening, April 8, 2023 in the comfort of his home, after a short struggle with brain cancer at the age of 63.

    

He will be missed by his beloved Elizabeth “Liz” Welter; sons, Andrew Bates of Burlington and Michael Maggitti of Green Bay; and brother and sister-in-law, Paul (Nancy Gertner) Maggitti of St. Louis Park, Mn, who also were dear to him. John is also survived by his sister, Anita Schreibman of Baltimore, Md.

    

He was born in Baltimore, Md., December 2, 1959, the youngest of three children of the late Vincent Tony Maggitti and Ann (Bearman) Maggitti.

    

Because of the grace of the Fenwick brothers, founders of Barry Research, John was able to obtain a level of education and professional acumen beyond his dreams and always felt a strong affinity for the incredible opportunity this provided him. He often said it was impossible to exaggerate the way these men enhanced his and his family's life.

    

John’s professional career as a high-energy physicist included working on defense and national security assignments with occasional years in the private sector. Barry Research was a contractor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory operating under the United States Department of Energy. John was proud of the work he and his colleagues undertook at the lab.

    

Following his professional career, John moved to Sturgeon Bay with Liz and supported her dream of opening a bookstore, Novel Bay Booksellers, in 2018 in the heart of the downtown. John enjoyed sharing his love for literature and wide depth of knowledge in many subjects.

    

When he wasn’t in the bookstore, he was busy with HAM radio projects. John had been a licensed HAM radio operator for more than 30 years. His call sign was W3IRL. He also was a member of the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club and served on the board for Destination Sturgeon Bay.

    

Liz was the love of John’s life and shepherded him through his difficult end days. Andrew's mother, Mary Bates, and Michael's mother, Carol Richter, were always dear to his heart.

    

Before passing, John wanted all to know he loved you, was sorry for the wrongs he committed, was humbled to have earned your love and will deeply miss you.

    

John and Liz are thankful for the support and love of family and many dear friends. Extraordinary comfort and medical care were provided for John by Dr. Britain O’Connor and Unity Hospice.

    

Per John’s wishes, there will not be a service.

    

He asked that any memorials in his name be directed to the Southern Poverty Law Center (400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104; https://www.splcenter.org).

    

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

Walter "Wally" Denil

Walter (Wally) Denil, 86, of Forestville, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on April 11, 2023. Wally (Dad) was born in Brussels, WI to Harry & Mary Denil on August 18, 1936. He graduated from Brussels High School in 1953. Dad married the love of his life, Millie Mae Vandertie, on September 25, 1954, at St Hubert’s Catholic Church. Together, they were blessed with 7 children who were Dad's pride and joy.

 

Dad took great pride in his Belgian heritage and was an extremely hardworking man.   Raising a large family, he often worked multiple jobs simultaneously.  He worked as a pressman at Algoma Hardwoods for 47 years. During those years he also worked evenings at Ralph Uecker Implement, and bartending.  Additionally, in 1967 Dad proudly purchased a Farmall 400 tractor.  He spent 40 plus winters, often in the early hours of the morning prior to his normal workday, plowing snow for friends and neighbors throughout Forestville. 

 

He and Mom enjoyed 35 years as seasonal campers at Tranquil Timbers.  Camping was Dad’s “Happy Place”. Some of his favorite memories were of camping and the times they spent with the friends they met along the way.  Dad was a devout Catholic and his faith never wavered. Above all, his greatest love was his family.  His love for Mom and his family gave him great peace and joy.  

 

Wally is survived by his wife, Millie, his daughters, Sue (Sherman) Herlache, Debbie (Dale) Blahnik, Barb (Mike) Mueller, Brenda Schlise, Jane (Andy) Massart and Lisa (Dean) Schad.  Also surviving are his grandchildren, Michelle (Damien) Massart, Chris (Sarah) Herlache, Ryan (Melissa) Herlache, Jeremy (Megan) Blahnik, Brent (April) Blahnik, Megan Mueller, Ashley (Dan) Rankin, Brandon (Alex Myers) Mueller,  Max (Blair Wautlet) Schlise, Mitchell (Rachal) Schlise, Nicole (Shawn) Potts, Brice (Kelli) Massart, Haley (Garrett) Vickman, Tristin (Jordan Annis) O’Neill, Brenan (QiQi LeSage) O’Neill, Reece and Natalee Schad, brother Hubert Denil, great grandchildren, and brothers and sisters-in-law. 

 

He is proceeded in death by his son, Donald (Donny) Denil, his twin infant grandchildren, Tyler and Travis Schlise, his son-in-law, Dean Schlise, his parents, Harry & Mary Denil, brothers, Raymond Denil, Jim Denil & Louie Denil.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood with Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating.  Burial will follow at Holy Name of Mary Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Forbes Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

The family would like to send out their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Cherry Cove.  No words can express our appreciation for your loving care of Dad, and your compassion for our entire family. 

Delmar "Pickle" Robert Olson, Jr.

Door County legend Delmar "Pickle" Robert Olson, Jr., 77, of the Town of Liberty Grove, passed away unexpectedly at home on April 5, 2023.

     He was born May 16, 1945 in Elmhurst, IL, the son of Delmar and Norma Olson. Pickle's family moved to Door County, WI in 1946. He graduated from Gibraltar High School with the class of 1963. Pickle enlisted to serve his country with the United States Air Force, entering into active duty on December 12, 1966. He completed courses to become an airplane mechanic. Pickle served (actively) until his release from active duty on December 11, 1970. Through his years of active service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. Pickle remained on reserve status until September 12, 1972.

     Following his time in the Air Force, Pickle worked in Florida with his sister, Diane, before returning to Door County in 1976. He worked at Husby's until 1978, when he took over the lease and operated the establishment until 1989. After relinquishing the lease, Pickle continued working at Husby's for several years before transitioning to the Fish Creek BP Market, where he worked until he retired in 2022.

     He met Terry Lynn Ehrbar while he was a rude bartender at Husby's, and she was a waitress in Sister Bay. They were united in marriage on June 12, 1982 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Green Bay. 

     Pickle played baseball in the Door County League for over 15 years and was a shortstop for the Sister Bay Bays. He was inducted into the Door County League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. Pickle bowled in Thursday Night League at the Sister Bay Bowl and almost achieved a (perfect) 300, when he bowled a 298.

     He was known for many things, including being a Chicago Bears, Wisconsin Badgers, and Chicago White Sox fan while actively hating the Green Bay Packers. Pickle was full of obscure sports trivia--he could tell you the weight of the 1962 White Sox general manager, Mickey Mantle's favorite drink, and the brand of chewing tobacco Babe Ruth used in the 1915 World Series. During the summer, he was a regular golfer and hit them short, but straight. But most of all, Pickle was legendary for his quick, dry wit, and his ability to spit out one-liners about anyone and anything at any time. Married for 40 years, he and his wife, Terry, loved to binge Seinfeld, sit by their firepit, walk their dogs, and explore local restaurants with the famous six-pack that included Ken and Candie Church and Belg and Sherrie Willems. With his son Brady, Pickle loved to golf, talk sports, and repeatedly quote Mel Brooks and Monty Python. With his daughter, Brittany, he loved to attend boy band concerts and have breakfast dates. With his daughter-in-law, Bailey, Pickle enjoyed talking politics and making fun of Aaron Rodgers. With his siblings, it was not uncommon for a harmonious chorus of 'hellos' to break out upon arrival. Despite only smiling on the inside, no one was safe from his love. Pickle's humor, laughter, insults, and fierce love for his family will never be forgotten.

     Pickle will be missed by his wife, Terry; daughter and son, Brittany (fiancé, Chad Schneidewind) DeSteffen and Brady (Bailey Koepsel) Olson, both of Sturgeon Bay; five siblings, Dennis (Carol) Olson of Manitowoc, Diane Dietman of Zephyr Hills, Florida, Lynn Dahlstrom of Sister Bay, Dale Olson of Sturgeon Bay, and Donna (Art) Timke of Baileys Harbor; mother-in-law, June Ehrbar of Green Bay; siblings-in-law, Barbara Olson of Ephraim,  Gary (Mary Jo) Ehrbar of Green Bay, and Larry (Bie) Ehrbar of Portland, Oregon; along with many beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, and an obnoxiously large amount friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Ernest Ehrbar; brother, David Olson; other relatives; and his beloved dog, Journey.

     Pickle's life will be celebrated with visitation from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. Military honors by the United States Air Force and the Weber-Tess AMVETS Post 51 will conclude the evening at the funeral home.    

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to his family, as a memorial fund will be established at a later date.

     Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sister Bay is assisting the Olson family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Pickle may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

 

Mallory A. Slaby Rafson

Mallory A. Slaby Rafson of Algoma, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at her home, from a fall resulting in a fatal head injury. She had just turned 56 on her St. Patrick’s Day birthday. Mallory was the daughter of Joan (Orsted) Slaby and Fredric A. Slaby. She was raised in the Fish Creek area.

     Mallory loved sailing, skiing and animals (especially dogs).

     From age five on, she and her sister, Cindi spent most of their free time in winter downhill skiing at Nor Ski Ridge. Her love of animals started with a Golden Retriever and then a Samoyed puppy. This dog was beautiful, but never did what you wanted him to do. Undaunted, Mallory took Duffy to the county fair and entered him in the Obedience Competition. As I held my breath and said my prayers, Mallory and Duffy Dog placed first! Hard to believe but have the Advocate photo. She also loved to compete in shows with her pony, Sugar, and had many trophies on display in her bedroom. Also enjoyed doing the barrel races held in Egg Harbor on the 4th of July. Then it was time for Mister Cody Bug, her registered quarter horse. He lost out when Mallory turned 16 and got a car.

     Life was not all play. Before being able to drive, Mallory always helped her dad at Ray’s Cherry Hut, the family business. She also worked at Thumb Fun Amusement Park. When able to drive, she worked at Voight’s Supper Club after her day shift at the Hut. Phil and Rosemary Voight were super nice to work for and Mallory really appreciated them. She also went back to some bartending/waitressing in later life.

     After graduation from Gibraltar High School, she attended The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design for a year and decided photography was not for her. She again helped her dad run the Cherry Hut and in winter did a stint working at a Colorado ski resort and another winter was spent on her sailboat in the Florida Keys. Mallory spent a lot of time in her youth on two racing sailboats that Dr. Stoll and Fran (close friends of her mother) kept in the Fish Creek Harbor. Mallory loved sailing with them and the attraction to sailboats continued for the rest of her life. In her late twenties, she and her crew, on her sailboat “Tomahawk”, competed in the “Hook” Race, and of course, had really foul weather when going through “Death’s Door”. Nothing was easy. After this time period, she graduated from Martin School of Hair Design in Green Bay, followed up with courses in London and Toronto to become a hair color specialist. “Tomahawk” got sold and she bought a small house in Sturgeon Bay where she leased it out and worked at Erik of Norway in Mequon and Malcome of London in Milwaukee.

     Mallory met and married David Larson of Larson Productions at a winter ceremony in Connecticut. They purchased a home in Glendale which sold when they divorced. Then it was on to Chicago working at Salon Blonde and a marriage to Rob Rafson, a professional engineer. The marriage took place at the Corinthian Yacht Club with vows taken on their sailboat. Rob had been sailing all his life and Mallory was thrilled to be part of his crew on one of the Mac Races. During their marriage they did extensive traveling, usually with sailing involved, when possible. Eventually they divorced, but remained good friends until her death, as she did with her ex, David Larson.

     On her return to Door County, she purchased the original “Zettel” homestead in the middle of Maplewood. One day while grocery shopping in town, she ran into Tony Demarinis who was a family friend. From that day they dated, and eventually resided together in her home and ended up engaged and together for over 12 years. Nine years ago, they found her a miniature poodle/terrier puppy dog, who they named “Jacque” and he became the love of her life. Tony and Mallory enjoyed life together whether at home, on vacation or out on his boat. Tony really was into tuna fishing in Venice, Louisiana, and in May of last year decided to reside there. Mallory did not want to relocate there, as did not favor the heat and humidity. At this point, her mother encouraged her to sell the Maplewood property and find a smaller home in Algoma, when she did. So, in October, she, and little spoiled Jacque, made the move to their new location. Mallory always had an affinity for Algoma, as her grandfather, Ray Slaby, Sr., had grown up in the Hotel Stebbins, which his parents owned. Mallory and Tony still kept in touch every day. So sad she did not get to enjoy her new home for very long.

    She will be missed by all her Orsted, Biwer, Zahn and Hussong cousins, distant relatives, and friends. Also, by Darrel in Algoma, who was a friend, handyman and someone Mallory trusted to take care of Jacque and when she and Tony were on vacation.

     I wish to give a big “thank you” to the two young officers from the Door County Sheriffs Department who came into my living room and informed me of Mallory’s death on Wednesday, April 5th. They were caring and understanding as I felt the bottom had just fallen out of my world. How hard it must be for them to do this again and again in their field of work.

     To end with, Mallory was a quick witted, interesting woman who could also be opinionated and outspoken. And yes, she could be a “Drama Queen”. Under that façade, she had a caring, loving heart that was easily hurt. She had her ups and downs and at times, if there was trouble around, she would find it. Mallory was a gourmet cook, but when visiting mom, always requested a simple meatloaf to take home and bake in her oven. She had great fashion sense and usually had hair and makeup done before leaving the house. Most evenings she and her mom would text each other before going to bed—just a simple nite & hugs (with a dog and heart emoji). So, my beautiful daughter, nite & hugs forever! Mallory died with her small longitude and latitude pendant on a chain around her neck. We hope that will guide her to a special place in Heaven.

 

     Survivors include her parents, Fred Slaby of Luxemburg, and Joan Slaby (fiancée, Dennis McGrath) of Egg Harbor; sister, Cindy (Harry) Jacques of Green Bay; dear friend, cousin, and mentor, Gale Zahn of Baileys Harbor; her precious miniature poodle, Jacque; and aunt, Joyce Hussong of Pennsylvania.

     Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Gary Scharrig officiating. (Mallory was raised in the Catholic faith.) The burial will be at Baileys Harbor Town Cemetery later this year.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at 5:00 p.m.

     Memorials may be directed to the Wisconsin Humane Society-Door County Campus in her memory.

     Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sister Bay, WI is assisting Mallory’s family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Mallory may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

Bradley S. Bley

Bradley S. Bley, 55 years, of Appleton, formerly of West Jacksonport, died suddenly Saturday, April 1, 2023 after an apparent vehicle accident.

    

He was born September 18, 1967 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Gordon and Eunice (Herbst) Bley. Brad graduated from Sevastopol High School class of 1986 before finishing his electrician education at NWTC. Brad was a self-employed electrician before working with Palmer Johnson, Bay Ship, Harv’s Electric, Burger Boat and finally as an electrician and a finish product inspector with Pierce Manufacturing, a manufacturer of Fire Engines. Brad took great pride in his work with Pierce Manufacturing where he was a respected electrician and team member.

    

Brad was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, served several years on the Sevastopol School Board, and was the fire chief from 1999-2008 for the Town of Jacksonport.  He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors.

    

Survivors include his sister, Lisa (Bob) Bieri of Jacksonport; brother, Philip (Mary) Bley of West Jacksonport; children, Aaron of DePere, Taylor (Ashley) Bley of Sturgeon Bay, Maxwell Bley of Sturgeon Bay; nieces and nephews, Kelly (Adam) Nelson of Baileys Harbor, Sadie (Matt) Ash of West Jacksonport, Annie (Jim) Kapolnek of Jacksonport, Andrew (Trista) Bley of West Jacksonport, Lucy (Adam) Meinert of Sturgeon Bay, Mike (Theresa) Bieri of Jacksonport, Jason (Casey) Bieri of Jacksonport, Lindsay (Nick) DeYoung of Jacksonport; 15 great-nieces and great-nephews; aunts and uncles, Marcella Geisseman of Egg Harbor, Dennis (Mary) Bley of West Jacksonport, Lee Bley of West Jacksonport, and Sharon Kessen of Sturgeon Bay.

    

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2023 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport with Pastor Peter Lindemann officiating. Brad will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.

    

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2023 at the church.

    

Memorials may be directed in his memory to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church.

    

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

Dorothy M. Garceau

Dorothy M. Garceau, age 91, of Two Rivers passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, Tuesday evening, April 4, 2023 at Meadow View Assisted Living.  She was born on May 13, 1931 to Stanley and Lovella (Natzke) Tisler.  On June 20, 1953 Dorothy married Roger Garceau at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Two Rivers.  He preceded her in death on February 26, 1975.

 

Dorothy and her husband were foster parents for many years.  She worked at Manitowoc Equipment Works, retiring in 1993.  Dorothy enjoyed playing cards with her friends and family.  She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately knew her as Granny.  Dorothy was a life-long member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Two Rivers.

 

Dorothy is survived by her three sons and their families:  David (Mary) Garceau, Brussels, and their children Tonya (Ryan) Euclide, Amanda (Keith) Nelson, Jesse (Sherry) Garceau; Steven (Lila) Garceau, Two Rivers, and their children Scott (Amanda) Garceau, Kevin (Danielle) Garceau; Ralph (Paula) Orr, Brussels and their children Jennifer Orr (special friend David Hanson), Bruce Orr (fiancée Allison Hensley); great-grandchildren:  Logan and Riley Euclide, Nathaniel, Faith, David and Isaac Nelson, Danica and Asher Garceau, James and Hailey Dennis; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Roger, parents Stanley and Lovella Tisler, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Edmund (Marilyn) Garceau, Bill (Dorothy) Garceau, Robert (Lorraine) Garceau; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law; Alice (Gene) Ducat; Charlotte Garceau; special uncle and aunt Clarence and Evie Beaver and special friends Laverne Schramm and Judy Kuhl.

 

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at the Klein & Stangel Funeral Home, Two Rivers.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church (3607 45th Street), Two Rivers with the Rev. David Arndt officiating.  Visitation will be on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services.  Burial will follow services at Forestview Cemetery, Two Rivers.

 

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the family by visiting www.lakeshorefamilyfuneralhomes.com

 

Dorothy’s family would like to extend a special Thank You to the entire staff of Meadow View Assisted Living, especially Stephanie, who was her “favorite” along with Nicole and Joanne from Heartland Hospice (Promedica) for the wonderful, loving care that was provided to Mom and the family.  Also Thank You to Pastor Arndt and Pastor Kruschel for all the visits and support you have offered.  You have all been a blessing to Dorothy and the family.

 

Dorothy would like to be remembered for her love for her family and the Lord.

 

The Lakeshore Family Funeral Homes, Klein and Stangel location, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Shirley Mae Holtz

Shirley Mae Holtz, 91, formerly of Algoma, passed away Monday April 3, 2023, at Alpha Senior Concepts in Howard after a long battle with dementia with her family at her side.  She was born March 11, 1932, in Algoma to the late Jacob and Lucy (Fabry) Kostichka.

 

Shirley graduated from the Algoma High School in 1950.

 

She was a hostess for many years at the Hotel Stebbins before working as a secretary for a number of doctors in Algoma.  Shirley ended up working for Dr. Ancheta for about 25 years.  After his death she worked at Weber Insurance for five years.
Shirley loved her time watching her children and grandchildren playing sports in grade school, high school and college, was a lover of music, singing and harmonizing with her daughter, Ann, singing in a quartet for many years, living along Lake Michigan, gardening her flowers and plants and was an avid Packer fan including attending the "Ice Bowl".  

 

Shirley was a devoted Catholic and was a long-time member of St. Mary Church and the Rosary Society.

 

Shirley is survived by her three children Kurt (Peggy), Green Bay; Ann Marra (special friend Marty), Green Bay; and Kris (Kelly), Green Bay; 10 grandchildren Shaina, Mykala (Nate) Schwarz, Aadyn, Lauren, Kaleb, Kristin (Wes) Powers, AJ Marra, Kai and Kannyn; one great grandson Oliver Schwarz; one brother Bob (Kathy) Kostichka, MN; sister-in-law Diane (Blackie) Delwiche and many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rollie, son Steve, siblings Ruth (Fritz) Bader, Carol (Charlie) Densow and Lucille (Johnny) Graf.

 

There  will be a public visitation, Monday, April 10, 2023, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Algoma, from 8:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM with Father Andrew Kurz officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery to follow.

 

Shirley's beautiful smile and warm personality will be missed by all who knew her.

 

The family wants to give a special thank you to all of her caregivers who were there for  her final journey.

 

The Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma, was honored to help with the arrangements for the Holtz family.

 

Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Shirley's tribute page at www.schinderlefuneralhome.com.

Marvel E. Hartel

Marvel E. Hartel, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Friday morning, March 31, 2023 at Door County Medical Center following complications of a stroke six months prior.

     She was born July 13, 1937, in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Walter and Caroline (Schallie) Weber. Marvel was married to Roger D. Hartel on December 11, 1954, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. She supported Roger as he embarked on a military career that spanned 20 years and took them to countries, and station duty abroad. They moved back to Sturgeon Bay full time after Roger’s retirement in 1977. She worked at Sturgeon Bay Shoe Factory and was well known as a great waitress at various locations in the Sturgeon Bay area for many years.

     Marvel was a member of the VFW 3088 Auxiliary, and an avid bowler at local leagues for more than 25 years. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, loving her grandchildren, and was known as “Cookie Grandma” to them. She was also known to have the TV tuned to any channel with the Packers or Brewers playing.

     Survivors include her husband, Roger; two sons, Roger (Lisa) Hartel, Jr. of Arizona and John (Kim) Hartel of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren, Shannon (Angela) Hartel, Alison (Jon) Duncan, Abigail (Davin) Malvitz, Anthony (fiancé, Jenica) Hartel, Dana (Sam) Vandertie, Autumn (Ricky) Cihlar, and Zoe (fiancé’, Caleb Fields) Hirthe; sisters-in-law, Rose Marie (Robert) Smith and Jean Weber; and brother-in-law, James (Colleen) Hartel.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; daughter, Kim; grandson, Cordarrow; two sisters, Dawn Poh and Patricia Dufek; and brother, John Weber.

     Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home.  Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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

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