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Joseph Jean Bourgouin

     Joseph Jean Bourgouin, 94, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord, early Wednesday morning, October 26, 2022 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He is now joined with his wife, Georgiana, who passed away May 24, 2017.

     Joe was born September 8, 1928 in Cranston, RI, to parents, Joseph Ernest Bourgouin and Julia Margaret (Gubata) Bourgouin. They moved to New Bedford, MA when Joe was four years old. In 1937, they moved to Worcester, MA where Joe went to school.

     At age 17, he enlisted into service with the United States Navy. Joe served aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Midway, during his time of service in the Navy. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1947. Joe went to aeronautical school in Rhode Island under the GI Bill. He was hired by American Airlines in April of 1952. One September day that year, Joe spotted, Georgiana Gordon (who was attending dental school in California), and he would recall, “It was love at first sight.” They were united in marriage on September 19, 1953 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hawthorne, CA. Joe and Georgiana raised four children: Stephen, Cathy, John, and Holly. He also developed an appreciation for furniture making while working for Pat Patterson in Hawthorne, California. Joe retired as Manager of aircraft mtc operations in Los Angeles, CA. He and Georgiana decided to retire to Sturgeon Bay, WI (where Georgiana was from) in 1994.

     While living in Sturgeon Bay, they were active members of St. Joseph Parish – Georgiana sang in the choir, and Joe was one of the regular adult servers for regular Masses and also on funerals. Together with Georgiana, Joe helped replace the kneelers. They truly loved their parish and friends whom they were blessed to know over the years.

     While living in California Joe served as President of a traveling golf club in Simi Valley, CA, and upon moving to Sturgeon Bay, enjoyed playing golf with the “Nooners” at Cherry Hills Golf Course, just north of the City of Sturgeon Bay. Throughout his life, Joe liked working on his cars – until everything became computerized.

     He was so proud of his family, whom he loved so much: four children, Stephen (Nirma) of Moorpark, CA, Cathy (Mark) Caplan of Oxnard,CA, John (Yael) of Ojai, CA, and Holly (Scott) Roberts of Ventura, CA; four grandchildren, Bridgette and Nolan Bourgouin and Kellie and Brandon Caplan; two sisters-in-law Judy (Lew) Juadis and Nancy Roberts, both of Sturgeon Bay; other relatives; and dear friends.

     Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Georgiana, whom he was blessed to share over 63 years of marriage with; grandson, Mikel Kasey Caplan; two sisters, Joanne Ducharme Jannery and Bernadette “Bunny” (Louis) Boucher; and siblings-in-law, Jean (Richard) Derenne, Betty (former husband, Don) Fries, Mary Gordon, and Phillip Roberts; and other relatives.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Military Honors by the United States Navy and V.F.W. Post #3088 will follow at Bayside Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol. Joe will be laid to rest beside his wife, Georgiana.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Thursday, June 8, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.

     Memorials may be given in Joe’s name for Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org).

     “Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Richard Hogan and the staff at Door County Medical Center as well as the staff of Unity Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care you gave to our dad. We would also like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to Kate Young and Monica Hilbert for all of the help you were to Dad (and our family) over the years.”

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

     Joe leaves saying, “God gave me a great family and a great life. Thank you, GOD!”

Lila M. Olson

Lila M. Olson, 88, of Forestville, passed away on May 23, 2023.  She was born Nov. 23, 1934, in the Town of Ahnapee to Ernst and Frieda (Serrahn) Maedke.   On Sept. 7, 1957, she married Robert M. Olson at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma.  He preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 2021.

 

After graduating from high school, Lila moved to Milwaukee and worked for Schlitz Brewery for a couple of years.  After marrying Bob, she took a position with Algoma Hardwoods where she worked for 47 years.

 

Lila’s main passion in life was her faith and membership at Tanum Forest Lutheran Church where she enjoyed attending Bible studies, singing in the choir, making coffee and treats for fellowship time, quilting, making lefse, participating in Ladies Aid and serving as church treasurer for 40 years.  She and Bob also sponsored 3 students through Luther Seminary.

 

Lila and Bob were able to enjoy numerous bus and mystery trips over the years.  Their favorite destination was always Frankenmuth, Michigan.

 

Survivors include in-laws, Carol Krueger, John “Jack” and Dianne Olson, Marion and David Schultz, and Judy Olson; nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings: Orland Maedke, Leroy Maedke, Edith (Ben) Chemel, Muriel (Frederick) Walther, and Marjorie Maedke; in-laws: Donald Olson, Gerald (Elaine) Olson, Roy (Lee) Olson, Alan Olson, and Edward Krueger.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday, May 26, 2023, at Tanum Forest Lutheran Church with burial at Forest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 am.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Tanum Forest Lutheran Church.


Susan Roberta Leeder

Susan Roberta Leeder, 68, of Liberty Grove, WI, passed away in the comfort of her home on Sunday night, February 26, 2023, with family at her side.

    

She was born in Sturgeon Bay, WI, to Evelyn (Logerquist) and Bennie Leeder on October 21, 1954. She grew up on the family farm with brother Bill and sister Mary, where she worked as her dad's trusted assistant until he stopped farming. She would become a fourth generation Leeder to care for the family homestead.

    

She started her elementary education at Appleport School and finished at Wildwood School, both on Old Stage Road in Liberty Grove. She was smart, athletic, and agile, often excelling at any sport she participated in; most recently, pickleball. After graduating from Gibraltar High School with the class of 1972, she went on to study Library Science at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, IA but found her passion for the written word and graduated with a major in English.  

    

Upon her graduation from Upper Iowa in 1976, Susan accepted a position as an English teacher at Cazenovia High School where she worked until her father took ill. She returned to Door County to help with the farm and applied for an English position at Southern Door High school. She taught English to thousands of students and proudly represented the Teachers Union until she moved into a Counselor position after completing her Master’s through UW-Milwaukee in 1993. 

    

Susan was a gifted teacher and mentor with a calm demeanor who gently guided and encouraged so many of us. Her quiet leadership style was positive, fair, grounded and firm. Like her dad, she would think first and talk later.

    

Susan enjoyed sports and supported Southern Door girls’ athletics as a score keeper or clock operator for years. She loved her students and colleagues, and they loved her. She took an early retirement in 2011, briefly worked as a substitute counselor at Sevastopol High School, then turned her focus away from nurturing young minds to fostering kitties, bees, monarchs, sunflowers, and zinnias. While she enjoyed her work in education, she was always a farmer at heart and took pride in maintaining the family farm.

    

Once the old barn went down, she affectionately became the "No Barn Farm" and used the theme to create a brand to sell her always in demand honey or flowers. The coffee pot at No Barn Farm was always ready for friends and family, she loved to share the magic of being at the farm.   

    

She also loved catching caterpillars, watching them move through their stages in her homegrown caterpillar nursery and setting them free. She set 144 monarchs free the year before she got sick. 

    

Old Baptist hymns always brought Susan comfort as they reminded her of her childhood, and she was especially delighted when her sister, Mary was the one playing them. She appreciated her roots in the First Baptist Church of Sister Bay, and yet she was constantly seeking a spiritual community that better aligned with her evolving values. She found her spiritual home with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in Ephraim where she was an active member for years.

    

Susan showed her love for her community by volunteering her time fostering kitties for the Humane Society, teaching classes at the Clearing Folk School, serving on the board at UUFDC and driving people for Door Tran.

    

Susan and Catherine met in 1988 and instantly had a deep heart connection. They loved hiking, tent camping, biking, and playing tennis together. After several rounds of on and off again, their relationship finally solidified once Catherine moved to Door County. They continued to bike and hike but upgraded tent camping to princess camping in their RV and turned in their tennis racquets for pickleball paddles. They were great companions.

    

Susan will be missed by her partner, Catherine; brother and sister, William (Sandy) Leeder of Papillion, NE and Mary (David) Norton of Omaha, NE; nephews and nieces, Ben (Brandi) Leeder, Brandon (Lani) Leeder, Collin (Jamie) Leeder, Marla (Spencer) Larsen, and Jon (Emily) Leeder, and Kristi (Ryan) McComas and Jennifer Norton; aunts, Mabel Peterson, Marlene (Dean) Logerquist, and Joyce (Douglas) Logerquist; other relatives; and friends.    

    

She was preceded in death by her parents; and other relatives.

    

Susan’s indoor celebration of life will be held 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water Street, Ephraim, WI 54211 with visitation beginning at 2:30 p.m.

    

Her outdoor celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2023 – details to be announced. Susan will be laid to rest in Little Sister Cemetery in the Town of Liberty Grove.

    

Memorials may be given in Susan’s name for DOOR CANcer, Inc. (P.O. Box 423, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235; www.doorcancer.com) OR the Wisconsin Humane Society-Door County Campus (3475 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay, WI; 920-746-1111).

    

A special thanks goes out to Unity Hospice for the kind and compassionate care given to Susan.

    

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

Susan Roberta Leeder

Susan Roberta Leeder, 68, of Liberty Grove, WI, passed away in the comfort of her home on Sunday night, February 26, 2023, with family at her side.

    

She was born in Sturgeon Bay, WI, to Evelyn (Logerquist) and Bennie Leeder on October 21, 1954. She grew up on the family farm with brother Bill and sister Mary, where she worked as her dad's trusted assistant until he stopped farming. She would become a fourth generation Leeder to care for the family homestead.

    

She started her elementary education at Appleport School and finished at Wildwood School, both on Old Stage Road in Liberty Grove. She was smart, athletic, and agile, often excelling at any sport she participated in; most recently, pickleball. After graduating from Gibraltar High School with the class of 1972, she went on to study Library Science at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, IA but found her passion for the written word and graduated with a major in English.  

    

Upon her graduation from Upper Iowa in 1976, Susan accepted a position as an English teacher at Cazenovia High School where she worked until her father took ill. She returned to Door County to help with the farm and applied for an English position at Southern Door High school. She taught English to thousands of students and proudly represented the Teachers Union until she moved into a Counselor position after completing her Master’s through UW-Milwaukee in 1993. 

    

Susan was a gifted teacher and mentor with a calm demeanor who gently guided and encouraged so many of us. Her quiet leadership style was positive, fair, grounded and firm. Like her dad, she would think first and talk later.

    

Susan enjoyed sports and supported Southern Door girls’ athletics as a score keeper or clock operator for years. She loved her students and colleagues, and they loved her. She took an early retirement in 2011, briefly worked as a substitute counselor at Sevastopol High School, then turned her focus away from nurturing young minds to fostering kitties, bees, monarchs, sunflowers, and zinnias. While she enjoyed her work in education, she was always a farmer at heart and took pride in maintaining the family farm.

    

Once the old barn went down, she affectionately became the "No Barn Farm" and used the theme to create a brand to sell her always in demand honey or flowers. The coffee pot at No Barn Farm was always ready for friends and family, she loved to share the magic of being at the farm.   

    

She also loved catching caterpillars, watching them move through their stages in her homegrown caterpillar nursery and setting them free. She set 144 monarchs free the year before she got sick. 

    

Old Baptist hymns always brought Susan comfort as they reminded her of her childhood, and she was especially delighted when her sister, Mary was the one playing them. She appreciated her roots in the First Baptist Church of Sister Bay, and yet she was constantly seeking a spiritual community that better aligned with her evolving values. She found her spiritual home with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in Ephraim where she was an active member for years.

    

Susan showed her love for her community by volunteering her time fostering kitties for the Humane Society, teaching classes at the Clearing Folk School, serving on the board at UUFDC and driving people for Door Tran.

    

Susan and Catherine met in 1988 and instantly had a deep heart connection. They loved hiking, tent camping, biking, and playing tennis together. After several rounds of on and off again, their relationship finally solidified once Catherine moved to Door County. They continued to bike and hike but upgraded tent camping to princess camping in their RV and turned in their tennis racquets for pickleball paddles. They were great companions.

    

Susan will be missed by her partner, Catherine; brother and sister, William (Sandy) Leeder of Papillion, NE and Mary (David) Norton of Omaha, NE; nephews and nieces, Ben (Brandi) Leeder, Brandon (Lani) Leeder, Collin (Jamie) Leeder, Marla (Spencer) Larsen, and Jon (Emily) Leeder, and Kristi (Ryan) McComas and Jennifer Norton; aunts, Mabel Peterson, Marlene (Dean) Logerquist, and Joyce (Douglas) Logerquist; other relatives; and friends.    

    

She was preceded in death by her parents; and other relatives.

    

Susan’s indoor celebration of life will be held 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water Street, Ephraim, WI 54211 with visitation beginning at 2:30 p.m.

    

Her outdoor celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2023 – details to be announced. Susan will be laid to rest in Little Sister Cemetery in the Town of Liberty Grove.

    

Memorials may be given in Susan’s name for DOOR CANcer, Inc. (P.O. Box 423, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235; www.doorcancer.com) OR the Wisconsin Humane Society-Door County Campus (3475 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay, WI; 920-746-1111).

    

A special thanks goes out to Unity Hospice for the kind and compassionate care given to Susan.

    

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


Joseph W. Klaubauf

 

Joseph W. Klaubauf, 66, of Kewaunee, passed away on March 13, 2023. He was born  on December 24, 1956, to the late Walter and Marguerite (Donovan) Klaubauf. During  his life he worked as a machinist at Exactech. 

Joe is survived by his brother; John (Carol) Klaubauf; sister, Mary (Bob) Mow; as well  as by nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter  and Marguerite. 

 

A memorial service celebrating Joe’s life will be held Sunday, June 11, 2023, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Kinnard  Funeral Home in Kewaunee. Per Joe’s wishes, lunch and refreshments will be held at The Waterfront Bar and  Grill, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

 Online condolence messages may be shared  at KinnardFCS.com. 

A special thank you to Joe’s good friends, Scott and Connie Karnitz.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, please give to the charity of your choice.

 

Robert A. Vlies

Robert A. Vlies, 70, of Algoma, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday May 20, 2023, at Aurora BayCare Hospital.  Robert “Bob” was born June 29, 1952, in Algoma to the late Clifford A. Vlies and Juanita R. (Culp) Vlies. He is a graduate of Algoma High School.  On July 3, 1976 he married his love Lynn M. Bair at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Algoma.  They were married for almost 47 years. Robert attended the University of California, Berkeley; Andrews University; University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and University of Wisconsin – Madison. After college he worked for Peterson Builders Inc. (PBI), Bay Engineering, Palmer Johnson, Carver Yachts, and Marinette Marine. He also had several work-related accomplishments and achievements with the United States Navy. He was an active member of the Utility Commission Board and has served as Vice President and the current President. 

 

His favorite accomplishment was his girls Gretchen (Vlies) Hoard and Heather Vlies.  He loved to spend time with his grandchildren Noah Severinsen, Dylan Hoard, Izzy Vlies, and Sawyer Pierman teaching them to fish, drive, and most importantly how to love the Lord. Robert loved his family and cherished every moment with them.  He was a devoted Seventh-day Adventist, who studied and read his Bible daily. He always made sure to implement the Lord in every aspect of his life.  “The only person who loves you more than me is the good Lord”, Robert Alan Vlies.

 

Bob is survived by his wife Lynn Vlies; his children Gretchen (Daniel) Hoard, and Heather (Kevin Schmidt) Vlies; grandchildren Noah (Natasha Steinhaus) Severinsen, Dylan Hoard, Izzy Vlies, and Sawyer Pierman; brothers and sisters Vicki Vlies, Scott (Vicki) Vlies, Kendall (Kris) Vlies, Jane (Scott) Van Laanen; father-in-law Francis Bair; and brother and sisters in-law Julie Nell, Mike (Sue) Bair, and Lisa Wade. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, special friend Fred Entringer, and his church family. Robert was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Juanita Vlies; grandparents Fred and Lucy Vlies, Walter and Loden Culp; mother-in-law Jean Bair; brothers-in-law Patrick Bair, Kevin Wade, and Mark Nell; and aunts and uncles. 

 

Visitation will take place at the Green Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1414 Shawano Ave., Green Bay; on Thursday May 25, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Funeral service will take place at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Cory Herthel and Pastor Kevin Moreno officiating.  Burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma.  Kinnard Funeral & Cremation Service – Algoma is assisting the family.  Online condolence messages may be shared at KinnardFCS.com.

 

Special thanks to Algoma Rescue and Aurora BayCare Trauma Team.


Joan Wagner

Joan Wagner, 90, of Algoma, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Algoma Long Term Care Unit. She was born May 30, 1932, in Algoma, to the late Rufus “Mungo” and Ella (Nelson) Laurent. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, Algoma and graduated from Algoma High School. After Joan’s three children were in the 4th,3rd, and 1st grade, Joan entered the Door/Kewaunee Teachers College. Later while teaching full-time, she attended Silver Lake College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education. She taught for two years at both Gregorville School and Rio Creek School. She then spent 36 years teaching for the Algoma School District. After her retirement, Joan continued to substitute teach. In addition to teaching, Joan enjoyed working with the girl scouts, volunteering at the Algoma Information Center, and working at Wienke’s Market. She also enjoyed taking art classes and opened her own gallery at Neto Palazo in Algoma. Joan was proud of her Norwegian heritage and passing on the art of lefsa making to her grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, golfing, and puzzles of all kinds.
Joan is survived by her children Charles (Monica) Wagner, Luxemburg, Linda (Ron) Buelow, Clintonville, and Peter (Gayla) Wagner, Maplewood. She is further survived by her children’s father Elton Wagner; grandchildren, Heidi DeBaker, A.J. Wagner, Kris, Jessica, and Jed Buelow, and Krista Hau; step grandchildren April Grosbeier, Scott and Brian Servaes, and Jenelle Christen; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Rufus and Ella Laurent; and one sister and brother-in-law Elizabeth (Louie) Roffers.
Visitation will be held at Kinnard Funeral & Cremation Services – Algoma, 1617 Flora Ave. from 1:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday June 11, 2023. Funeral Service will take place at the funeral home at 4 p.m. with Deacon Bob Miller officiating. Online condolence messages may be shared at KinnardFCS.com.

Joshua M. Hardin

Joshua M. Hardin, 32 years, died suddenly and unexpectedly in an automobile accident near Menominee, MI on Tuesday afternoon, May 16, 2023.

     He was born December 2, 1990, in Milwaukee, son of Timothy and Linda (Lau) Hardin. Josh was currently employed in Plymouth, Wisconsin. He was funny, smart, enjoyed fishing, gaming, music and rapping and was looking forward to those memories spent with his son, Anthony. 

     Survivors include his father, Tim (Linda Weigand) Hardin; mother, Linda Hardin; son, Anthony Self; sister, Laura (Wade) Ebel all of Sturgeon Bay; maternal grandparents, Lois and Everett Lau of Milwaukee; uncle, Dean Patrick (Sherry) Hardin; and cousins, Craig Lau, Alex Czerwinski, Sarah Oldenburg, and Rachel Oldenburg.

     Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Jean and Ed Hardin; uncles, Thomas Hardin and Michael Hardin; aunts, Beth Oldenburg (Hardin) and Mary Lau; and nephew, Lennix Ebel. 

     A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon Tuesday May 23, 2023, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Tom Farrell officiating.

     Visitation for friends and family will be held Tuesday at Huehns Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. 

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

Daren Michael Dexheimer

     Daren Michael Dexheimer, 51, of the Town of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at home on Monday, May 15, 2023.

     He was born January 13, 1972 at Door County Memorial Hospital in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Arvin Gustave Dexheimer and Judith Marie (Haen) Dexheimer. Daren grew up attending Saints Peter and Paul Parish and School in Institute where he received the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion. He attended Sevastopol High School and was on the wrestling team. Upon graduating from Sevastopol in 1990, Daren enrolled in HVAC classes through Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay. He began working as an HVAC installer for Wulf Brothers Inc. in Sturgeon Bay soon after and was currently employed there. Daren also worked for Palmer Johnson Yachts in Sturgeon Bay.

     On February 14, 1997, he married Michelle Lee Page (Wildenberg). They were blessed with two daughters: Summer and Taylor and shared over 13 years of marriage.

     Daren was always working and fixing things, even when he wasn't actually working. His love for sports that began in school, continued into adulthood. When Daren wasn't biking for triathlons, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, cruising in his convertible with Rover, and spending Sundays working on small engines with his daughter, Taylor. His favorite route was usually on Glidden Drive. Those who knew Daren, knew what a soft-hearted and sensitive person he was. He was an animal lover and was especially fond of his dog, Rover, that he shared with his daughter, Summer.

     Daren will be forever missed by two daughters, Summer (Joseph "Joey" Sr.) Munao of Combined Locks and Taylor (Erin Gajewski) Dexheimer of Luxemburg; grandson, Joseph "JJ" Munao, Jr.; best friend, Michelle Wildenberg of Luxemburg; parents, Arvin and Judi Dexheimer of the Town of Sevastopol; four siblings, Craig (Nancy) Dexheimer of New Franken, Blane (Amy) Dexheimer of Brookfield, Darci (Bill) Zingrabe of Naperville, IL and Debra Dexheimer of Durham, NC; aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

     He was preceded in death by his uncle, Daniel Haen, whom he was especially close to; and other relatives.

     Daren's life will be honored with a memorial service held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay Pastor Gary Scharrig officiating. He will be laid to rest in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Institute.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service.

     Memorials may be given in Daren's name for Wisconsin Humane Society - Door County Campus (3475 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235; 920-746-1111).

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

Mary M. Honold

Mary M. Honold, 71 years of Brussels, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

    

She was born November 4, 1951, in Green Bay, the daughter of the late Clarence and Mildred (Cherney) Gerstner. She attended Preble High School. On September 3, 1983, she married Steven A. Honold at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport. They would have been married 40 years this year.

    

Mary worked for Emerson Motors for many years until it’s closing. It was at that time she found her life’s calling in nursing care. She received her CNA license at NWTC and worked at Anna’s in New Franken until her retirement. It was caring for others that created special bonds between her and her clients which held special significance in her own life.  About one year ago in 2022, Mary was diagnosed with cancer and began optimistically treating it.  

     

Our dear wife, mother, and grandmother will be known for her baking skills, especially the bread she baked.  It was sought after and longed for by everyone who tasted it.   Every year Mary looked forward to and loved camping with her family and friends and building campfires to gather around.  

    

She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church.

    

Survivors include her husband, Steven; two daughters, Cheryl (David) DeMeuse of Brussels, Lisa (Ted) Karnitz of Sturgeon Bay; five grandchildren, John (Farrah) Heikkila, Jacob (friend, Amanda) Heikkila, Joshua Heikkila, Ashley (Mike) Bagneski, Richard Jr. “Ricky” (Rachel) Lyons; two great-grandchildren, Jennifer, and Daniel Bagneski, and one on the way; step-grandchildren David (Stacee) DeMeuse, Laura DeMeuse, Amanda DeMeuse; step great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Beau, Nels and Nova Mae; brother, Ronald (sig. friend, Anita Guevara) Gerstner of San Antonio, TX; sister, Linda (Mark) La Frombois of Green Bay; the Honold in-laws, Orville Honold of Jacksonport, Dorothy Trinkner of Sturgeon Bay, Kenneth Honold of Baileys Harbor, Mitch (Dawn) Honold of Sturgeon Bay; many nieces and nephews.    

    

Preceding Mary in death were her parents, Clarence, and Mildred Gerstner; granddaughter, Miranda Heikkila; sisters in-law, Dorothy, Margaret, and Mary D. Honold; brother-in-law, Richard Trinkner; parents in-law, William and Amanda Honold.

    

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday May 17, 2023, at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor Tod Vertz officiating.  Entombment will be at Shrine of the Good Shepherd, Nicolet Memorial Gardens. 

     

Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday May 16, 2023, at Huehns Funeral Home and at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

    

We would like to extend a special thanks to Unity Hospice and the staff at Door County Cancer Center for all you have done for Mary and our entire family. 

    

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

 

Todd Leonard Krueger

Todd Leonard Krueger, 54, Forestville, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI with family by his side.

Todd was born on November 21, 1968, to Don and Carol (Schley) Krueger.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville, WI and graduated from Southern Door High School in 1987.  Todd spent most of his career working with his Dad building houses before starting his own home construction business after Don retired.  The last house that he built was for his own family in Luxemburg, WI.

On February 27, 1999, Todd was united in marriage to Janice Lenth.  To this union was born one daughter, Katie.

Todd loved fixing things, mowing the lawn, and watching sci-fi movies.  He will be remembered for his kind heart, his quick wit, and his willingness to help others whenever needed.

He is survived by Janice, his daughter, Katie Krueger of Luxemburg, WI; his father, Don Krueger, Forestville, WI; two aunts, Nila Schley, Forestville, WI and Carol Krueger, Kewaunee, WI; and three cousins who were like his sisters and brother to him, Stacy Leonard, Medford, WI, Mike Schley, Forestville, WI, and Shelly VanDenBogart, Mayville, WI.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Carol Krueger.

Friends may call between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at St. John Lutheran Church, Luxemburg.  Funeral service 11:00 am with Rev. Carl Brewer officiating.  Burial in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Forestville.

McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg, is assisting the Krueger Family.  www.mcmahonfh.com

 

Richard Thomas Ducat

Richard Thomas Ducat, 78, New Franken, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 24, 2023, from cancer with loving support from his family and friends. Richard was born on March 16, 1945, in the town of Eaton, to the late Clarence and Marie (Puyleart) Ducat. He married the love of his life, Mary Vanden Avond on April 18, 1964, and enjoyed 59 years of marriage and over 65 years together.

 

Richard was a dairy farmer in Forestville for over 38 years. He was a man of faith, love, and family. Richard enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, tending to his raspberries, playing sheepshead with his family and friends, and spending the night with Mary playing Rummikub, even though she cheated.

 

Richard will be sadly missed by his wife Mary; four children, Amy (Jeff) Koenen, Stacy (Anders Sandli) Mueller, Chrissy (Doug) Casper and Rick (Vicki) Ducat; grandchildren, Addie, Bella Mueller, Trenton, Bryce Ducat, and Mya Casper. Richard is also survived by his brothers, Clarence Jr. (Judy Ritchie) Ducat, and Glenn Ducat; sisters, Mary Jane Grusznski, Janet (Tom) Breunig, Jackie (Bernie) Reed; brother and sister in-law, Joe (Judy) Smits, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother in-law, Jim, and Adeline Vanden Avond; brothers, Joseph, Kenny, and Raymond; sisters, Joyce Vanden Heuvel, JoAnn Minkel, Janice and Judy Ducat; brother in-law, Barney Grusznski and sister’s in-law, Germaine Ducat, and Margaret Ducat.

 

Funeral Mass was held at St. Louis Catholic Church, on Saturday, April 29, 2023. Richard will be entombed at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.

 

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Jaslowski and his team, Unity Hospice Home Care and Unity Hospice Meng Residence, for the loving dedicated care Richard received. 

David Allen Dworak

David Allen Dworak, 63, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, from
multiple health complications. He was born on April 28, 1960, to the
late Lee A. and Joan Ann (Van Den Plas) Dworak. On October 21, 1989,
he married Brenda A. Velicer in Green Bay. After graduating from
Denmark High School in 1978, he went on to earn a degree and work as
an automotive mechanic to which he put to use flipping many vehicles
that are still running today. David was employed with the United
States Postal Service until health concerns led to his early
retirement in 2020.

Growing up on the farm in Denmark, David enjoyed riding every machine
possible from mud running with his three-wheeler as a kid to enjoying
his older years settling down in his UTV. He continued his love of
farming by helping his godson, Joe, driving tractors and hauling
loads. He had a passion for fishing and spent many summers in Little
Sturgeon with his “cottage family”. There was never a time a little
one wasn’t on his lap if they were on the pontoon, taking lessons from
the true ‘Captain Dave’. Returning to shore, he always had “at least
10” in the box. A proud grandpa and great-uncle, the young-ins in his
life always put a smile on his face.

David is leaving behind his beloved wife of 33 years, Brenda, and two
sons, Brian (Tracy), and Matthew as well as his grandchildren, Joanna
and Jeremiah. He will be greatly missed by them and other family &
friends including his “little sister”, Patti (Kevin) Mercier and their
children, Dr. Phill (Dr. Chrissy) Mercier with great-niece, Eliza,
Godson Joe (Alycia) Mercier with great-nephews, Blake and Bennett,
Kayla (Adam) Mohnen with great-niece, Madison, and Brad Mercier; two
brothers, Jon (Lynda) Dworak with their children, Godson Dalten
(fiancée Paige) Dworak, Danielle Dworak (friend Charles), and Dustin
Dworak (friend Sophia); and Keith Dworak (Mary); his Godmother, Nancy
Heurkens and her daughter Cheryl Davister and his Godfather Robert
(Judy) Van Den Plas; mother-in-law, Janet Velicer (Merlin),
brother-in-law, Jason (Jill) Velicer and their children, Nicholas,
Cecelia, Aaron, Micah, Christopher, and Jordan; and sisters-in-law,
Lori (Jeff) Grabarkowitz and their children Kaylee and Andrew, and
Julie Baudhuin and her daughter Heather (Sawyer) Grinsteiner; as well
as many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by both parents, one brother, Allen Dworak,
maternal and paternal grandparents, father-in-law, Myron Velicer,
family friend Herman Heurkens, and cousin/best-friend, Mike Van Den
Plas in addition to many other family members and friends.

Friends may call at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, 3:00 to 7:00
pm on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. Closing parish vigil service at 7:00
pm. Visitation will continue Thursday, May 18th, 2023, between 9:00
and 10:45 am at ST. LAWRENCE CATHOLIC CHURCH in STANGELVILLE. Funeral
Mass 11:00 am at the church with Rev. Dennis Drury and pastoral
minister Christal Wavrunek officiating. Burial in St. Lawrence
Cemetery, Stangelville.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established. www.mcmahonfh.com

The family wishes to extend a thank you to the staff of St. Vincent’s
Hospital, especially the 4th and 9th floors, and the ICU teams.

Carol Jean "Mudge" Felhofer

Carol Jean “Mudge” Felhofer, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away May 3rd, 2023, at Bayview Senior Care LLC (formerly Anna’s Healthcare) in Sturgeon Bay.

 

She was born July 14, 1935, daughter of the late Howard and Lorna (Mills) Bosman. She attended Algoma High School. Upon graduation, Carol attended Holy Family School of Nursing in Manitowoc, WI. She graduated as a Registered Nurse. Carol was united in marriage to Francis J. Felhofer on December 29, 1956, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. They were blessed with over 66 years of marriage. 

 

Carol’s nursing career was a testament to her commitment to helping others. As a dedicated nurse, she worked in multiple departments, including the OB floor, General Care, and Employee Health. Her most notable time at the hospital was establishing the department for Infection Control; a role she took very seriously.  Carol was also a constant support to her husband Fran in their successful business, Bay Marine. 

 

Carol was a devout Catholic. She was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers group. Generous with her time and efforts, Carol was very involved with many community clubs and events, including the “Look Good, Feel Good” Program, Peninsula Belgian American Club, and both Door County & Belgian Historical Societies, to name a few.

 

She was an avid gardener and enjoyed working in her beautiful gardens and pruning her bonsai plants. Carol loved her time as a member of the Door County YMCA and all her fitness friends. She also loved spending time with her sweet cats, Pansy & Deuce. 

 

But Carol’s most significant passion was her family. Family was everything to her. Being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother was her greatest joy in life. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Fran; six children, David (Linda) Barno of Billings, MO, Michael (Tonya) Felhofer of Sturgeon Bay, Paula (Ron) Kerscher of Plymouth, WI, Ellen Felhofer (special friend  Joe) of Sturgeon Bay, Matthew (Nancy) Felhofer of Sturgeon Bay, Mark (Gina) Felhofer of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren, Lindsay (Tom) Fulks, Alex (Jennifer) Barno, Haley (Jeff) Harasimowicz, Sydney Felhofer, Stephanie Felhofer, Emily (Paul) Meyer, Christopher (Michelle) Kerscher, Megan (Justin) Kerscher-Walsh, Jack (Bridget) Thomas, Angela Thomas, Nathan (Megan) Felhofer, Benjamin (Hannah) Felhofer, Sarah (fiancé Chase) Felhofer, Grace Felhofer, Ryan Felhofer; great-grandchildren, Beckett & Ryker Fulks, Weston & Colbie Harasimowicz, Braxton Meyer, Micah & Liam Felhofer; siblings, Georgiana “Georgi” Hanson, Peter (Mary) Bosman; in-laws, Joanne Bosman, Marie Felhofer.

 

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Howard & Lorna; daughter-in-law, Nancy (Carnahan) Felhofer; great-grandson, Finley Felhofer; brother, Gerry Bosman; in-laws, Allen Hanson, William “Bud” Felhofer, Virginia “Ginny” Felhofer, Margaret “Peg” Kirley.

 

Carol’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2023, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Robert Stegmann officiating.  Inurnment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Forbes Funeral Home and from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. at the church on Thursday.  The rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com.  Donations may be made to the Door County YMCA in her honor.

 

Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Unity Hospice Care, the Staff at Bayview Senior Care LLC (formerly Anna’s Healthcare).

Richard E. Anderson

Richard Endre Anderson, “Andy”, age 85, of Menomonie, WI passed away Saturday, April 29, 2023. 

He was born December 11, 1937, in Sturgeon Bay, WI to Endre and Esther (Olson) Anderson. He graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1955. Andy held a role as chaplain’s assistant in the 32nd division while serving in the Army National Guard during the time of the Berlin crisis. He attended Luther College in Decorah, IA for two years then transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he received a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts then a master’s degree in guidance & counseling. After serving as an industrial arts teacher, guidance counselor and wrestling coach at Amherst High School, he became a high school principal at Iola-Scandinavia. He went on to receive a doctorate in Education Administration at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO while also supervising student teachers for the University. He later began working for the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he served in various administrative roles in the student services division and retired as the assistant chancellor for student affairs and special assistant to the chancellor.

Throughout college, Andy was active in the Lutheran Student Association and most importantly developed life-long friendships with “The Gents” from Luther College and his UW-Stout buddies. He also was a member of Sig Tau Fraternity, Kappa Delta Phi Honorary Fraternity, Toastmasters, Lions Club, and Rotary.

Andy married the love of his life, Kathryn (“Kathy”) Ann Wigdahl June 2, 1962. They had two children and were blessed with three grandchildren.

Andy was a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and of any team his children or grandchildren were members. His talent and commitment allowed him to remodel two century old homes, build an addition to his son’s home and tackle any project. He planned and developed a subdivision, Tainter Shores and Ridges, in Menomonie, WI. Andy was also one of the founders, owners, and developers of Tanglewood Golf Course in Menomonie, WI and served as president. “Uncle Dick” treasured his nieces, nephews, family, and friends!

Andy is survived by his wife, Kathy of Menomonie, son Jeffrey (Christine) Anderson of Minneapolis, daughter Jodi (Eric) Dotseth of Menomonie and his beloved grandchildren: Hunter Thomas Abner Anderson, Wyatt Richard Vernon Anderson, and Kennedy Sue Kathryn Anderson. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Donald Wigdahl and sister-in-law Marye (Gary) Hanson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Endre and Esther, his siblings, and their spouses: brother Eugene (Marie) Anderson, sisters, Betty (Emil) Mickelson, Ardis (Henry) Witt, Carol (Robert) Hansen and Janice (John) Hogan, nephews John Hansen, Todd Witt and nieces Brenda Espeseth (Hanson), Doris Cauble (Anderson).

 

 

 

The family would like to extend our appreciation to Mayo Clinic Health System for providing exceptional care for Andy. We are grateful for the MCHS team and realized joyful moments with Andy through the support and guidance from the Hospice division. Colfax Health & Rehabilitation gave compassionate care during his recent stay.

Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday May 5, 2023 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Family and friends are welcome two hours prior to the service on Friday. Burial will be held at Mount Olive Cemetery (2264 Shiloh Road) Sturgeon Bay, WI at 1:00 Saturday May 6, 2023 with military honors by the Forestville American Legion Post 372.  .

 

Memorials can be provided in lieu of flowers to Mount Olive Cemetery

c/o: Lois Jeremaissen

1711 Shiloh Road

Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

 

To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

 

James (Jim) Joseph Dickelman

James (Jim) Joseph Dickelman, 89, of Sturgeon Bay passed away on April 28, 2023, following a brief illness. He was born in Two Rivers to Charles and Emily (Swoboda) Dickelman on October 15, 1933.

Jim graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School in 1953, and soon after joined the Army, serving in France. Following his discharge he returned home, and on April 27, 1957, married Darlene (Dolly) Kukral. The couple lived in rural Manitowoc, where they enjoyed riding and raising horses. Jim was a founding member of the Wayside Rough Riders Saddle Club.

In 1957, Jim began working for Manitowoc Shipbuilding, then transferred to Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay in 1972, staying there until 1987. Jim and Dolly moved to Bath, Maine in 1988, where he helped build Navy Cruisers and Destroyers at Bath Iron Works. In 1990, Jim and Dolly returned to Sturgeon Bay where he worked at Palmer Johnson Yachts until his retirement in 2009 at the age of 76.

Jim was an avid flyer and private pilot. Just as he was proud of his Belgian heritage, he also took great pride in his little red Ercoupe. He was a member of the EAA in Oshkosh and was a member of its Eagle Squadron. He helped establish EAA Chapter 630 in Sturgeon Bay. He also belonged to the Civil Air Patrol. Jim found great delight in giving children their first plane ride.

Jim is survived by Dolly, his wife of 66 years, daughters Kay (Jeff) Swagel, Lori (Michael) Raye, son Charles (Chip) Dickelman, sisters, Sharon Rilatos and Pat Herber, and brother-in-law Terry Kukral. He is further survived by 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, nephews, a niece, cousins and special friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law Bridget Dickelman, brother and sister-in-law Jim and Bernice Kukral, brother-in-law Phil Rilatos as well as other family and friends.

At Jim’s request there will be no public visitation. Forbes Funeral Home and Cremations is assisting the family.

Jim will forever be remembered for his lifelong kindness, laughter and curiosity, but most of all, for the love he shared with his family.

Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Sacotte Sr.

Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Sacotte Sr, Age 85, Dyckesville, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 28, 2023, with his family by his side after a long hard battle with Dementia.

 

Larry was born March 12, 1938, to the late Frank J. and Clara E. (DeCremer) Sacotte in Red River Township, Kewaunee County, WI. He is affectionately known as Larry, Dad, Pops and Grandpa. He married Bettie Jane DeGrave on June 23, 1959, at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville, WI. Lawrence was a four-year Veteran of the United States Navy, stationed in Davisville, Rhode Island. He served on the U.S.S. Leyte, C.V.S. 32, and the U.S.S. ARD – 16. Lawrence worked as a Carpenter for forty years, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, Local 1146.

 

When Larry retired, he started a hobby Christmas Tree farm. Larry also had a love for hunting and fishing. Larry and his wife, Bettie, enjoyed eight Elk and Mule Deer hunting trips to Colorado, backpacking up the mountains. He loved to play cards and trying to steal a trick when he could. For many years Larry and Bettie, with family and friends, would take snowmobile trips all throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Larry and Bettie were the perfect example of love and devotion, being married nearly 64 years, doing everything together, and enjoying life to its fullest.

He is the proud Father of three children, Lawrence Sacotte Jr. (Lisa) of Dyckesville, WI; Daniel Sacotte (Cheryl) of Green Bay, WI; Debbie Sacotte-Bader of Luxemburg, WI; Larry was blessed with nine grandchildren, Nicholas Sacotte (Pamela) of Champion, WI, Ashley Sacotte (Jenn) of Appleton, WI, Cassie (Sacotte) Fleming (Daniel) of Milwaukee, WI, Courtney Sacotte (Mace) of Green Bay, WI, Kyle Sacotte (Kelsey) of Bellevue, WI, Stephanie Etterer of Dyckesville, WI, Aaron Etterer (Katelyn) of Dubuque, IA, Abigail Bader (Special Friend Ryan) of Luxemburg, WI, Michael Bader (Special Friend Tori) of Luxemburg, WI; five great grandchildren, Skylar Mace (Courtney), Kaiden Mace (Courtney), Lauren Sacotte (Nicholas and Pamela), Calvin Sacotte (Nicholas and Pamela), Ellison Sacotte (Kyle and Kelsey); nieces and nephews, Nancy (Sacotte) Bouche (Kenneth), Anita (Sacotte) Muller (Mark), Peggy (Sacotte) Johnson (Larry), Marie (Sacotte) Rueckle (Daniel), Paul Sacotte (Ann).

 

Larry was preceded in death by, one infant sister; one brother, Francis (Joan) Sacotte; one stepbrother, Alvin (Dora) DeCremer.

 

Friends may call 4:00 to 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg.  Closing parish vigil 6:30 pm on Wednesday.  Visitation will continue between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at St. Louis Church, Dyckesville.  Funeral 11:00 am on Thursday with Rev. Rommel Da Coco officiating.  Burial in St. Louis Cemetery, Dyckesville, will full military honors at graveside provided by the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262 of Luxemburg.   www.mcmahonfh.com 

 

The family wishes to extend a note of thanks to Nancy Bouche for her love, care, and support to her Godfather, Wendy at Journeys Forward, for her care and compassion during his visits, Lisa at ADRC, for your guidance during our journey, Compassus Hospice for support and guidance in the final days, and especially Debbie and Abby Bader, for being at Larry’s side, caring for his every need and ensuring his comfort until his final moment.

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