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Kevin Kenneth Draves

Kevin Kenneth Draves, 54, Algoma, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Bellin Hospital, Green Bay, Sunday, October 29, 2023.

He was born April 1, 1969 in Algoma to Kenneth and Karen (Schmiling) Draves.  Kevin graduated from Algoma High School in 1987.

Kevin worked for Green Bay Canning Company during and after high school.  He was employed by Forestville Builders and Supply for several years as a carpenter.

Kevin bought his parents' second farm in 2006 and worked with his parents on their farm for his entire life.  He and his father had a special working relationship and besides their own work, they did custom planting and harvesting for neighbors.

Kevin's greatest passion in life was farming and he took so much pride in his crops.
He was also so proud of his son, Kordell, who excelled in sports during his school years and after in college.

Kevin is survived by his parents, Ken and Karen Draves; his son, Kordell Draves (fianc'e Erica Griep); his sister Karrie (John) LeBotte; nephews, Jason (Selena) LeBotte and their daughter Hazel, Matthew LeBotte; special friend Dawn Iwen and her sons Nick and Jeremy Iwen; and the mother of his son Sherry Buhr.

Family and friends will gather at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Forestville, Friday, November 3, 2023 from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 12:00 PM with Rev. Dr. Christopher Jackson officiating.  Burial to follow in the church cemetery.

The Schinderle Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements for Kevin and his family.

Express you sympathy, memories and pictures on Kevin's tribute page at


Marie K. Cady

Marie K Cady, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Ellison Bay and Madison, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 23, 2023, at Cherry Cove Assisted Living in Sturgeon Bay.


She was born March 24, 1944, in Washington DC, the daughter of Frederick and Martha (Petermann) Morman. Marie attended High School in North Dakota, graduating in 1962. She received her undergrad in Art and French at the University of Northern Illinois and finished there with a master’s degree in education. On July 6, 1974, she married H. "Smitty" Cady in North Dakota. Marie and Smitty lived in Madison, before retiring to Ellison Bay and, most recently, to Sturgeon Bay.


Marie was a Master Gardener, taking great pride in her extensive gardens. There was not an orphaned plant left by the side of the road she could not coax back to health. She was a teacher of all kinds, teaching high school, running her own childcare, and leading multiple Girl Scout troops. Her life lessons are famous among her children’s friends. She was a very gregarious woman with a wicked sense of humor, always willing to help others when needed, and will be remembered for her rebellious spirit.


Marie will be missed by her husband, Smitty; two daughters, Tina (Cody) Cady of Madison, WI, and Andrea Rank (significant other, Brad Fagan) of Madison, WI; granddaughter, Josephine Rank; two sisters, Susan Morman and Sarah Morman, of Bismarck, ND.


Preceding her in death were her parents, and three brothers, Fred, Jack, and Greg.


Marie's life will be honored at a later date to be determined. She will be laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery in Madison, WI.


Memorials may be given in her name to Girls Scouts of Wisconsin - Badgerland.


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

Dean T. Gigstead

Dean T. Gigstead, 77, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Monday, October 23, 2023, at his home, four days before his 78th birthday.  As he left his home, Dean was saluted by his wife, family and beagle, Barney, who never left his side.


He was born October 27, 1945, in Sturgeon Bay, WI, the son of Porter and Phyllis (Mathison) Gigstead. Dean attended Sturgeon Bay High School and graduated with the class of 1963. He also attended Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Dean worked as a service manager for Bay Marine for 40 years. For ten years during that time, he and Virgi also operated his own small engine business, Dean’s Service Center. On June 5, 1965, he married Virginia Gosser. He was happily married to his beloved and loving wife for over 58 years and were together to the end.  They lived on family land at Jorns Lane in Sturgeon Bay, WI.


Being an automobile enthusiast, Dean was a member of the Old Bolts Car Club. He partnered with his brother, Doug, building and restoring cars to immaculate condition. Dean was featured in many magazines for his builds, including Hot Rod and Motor Trend magazines, with one of his cars on display in a private museum. He won Best of Show at Milwaukee World of Wheels in 1989 for his White Lie. He was very talented and could make anything work as he was a "Gearhead". Dean mentored many young men, having shaped the lives of those under his wing. His favorite time of year was fall and always had meat in the freezer from his small game and deer hunting, especially from his hunting trips to his cabin in Beecher. Dean loved his beagles, pull tabs and his Hershey's chocolates.


Dean will be missed by his wife, Virgi; two daughters, Carol (Brian) Seigworth, and Carla (Bruce) Warwick; grandchildren, Carmen (Robbie) Zuleger, Jeremy (Megan) Jorns, Angie Siegworth, Amanda (Justin) Stenberg and their daughters, Lyla, Porsha (Reed) Charles and their children, Porter and Junniper. He is further survived by his siblings, Janice (Peggy) Stauber, Gary (Alice Melville) Gigstead, Doug (Jan) Gigstead, and many nieces and nephews.


Preceding him in death were his parents, Porter and Phyllis; brother-in-law Ralph; maternal and paternal grandparents.

Dean's life will be honored with a funeral service held at Tanum Forest Lutheran Church in Town of Clay Banks on Saturday, November 4, at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Peter Mannoja officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Tanum Forest Church cemetery.


Visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. at the church.


In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his name to Humane Society of Door County.


Virginia and family would like to express how grateful they are to Dean's granddaughter, Carmen, for her work of love taking amazing care of Dean. Additionally, they would like to thank Compassus Hospice for their fine care, Dr. Reitz for his continued care, and to all his family and friends who were there for him these last years.


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

Michael Dale Herbst

Michael Dale Herbst, 62, of Sturgeon Bay, fell asleep in the loving arms of his family and awoke in the arms of the Lord, Saturday morning, October 21, 2023 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.

     He was born April 25, 1961 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Myron Otto Herbst and JoAnne Rose (Bruckner) Herbst. Mike grew up attending Sevastopol School in Institute. He graduated from Sevastopol High School with the Pioneer class of 1979.

     Mike began his career with Doerr Electric (later Emerson Motors) in Sturgeon Bay as a supervisor until 2002. It was there that he met Penny Jean Zahorik. They were married on April 5, 2002 at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay where he remained a member.

     For the next several years, Mike continued working as a supervisor in manufacturing at a number of local companies. He was most recently employed with ProProducts Inc. in Sturgeon Bay until his battle with cancer prevented him from working.

     In life, Mike liked riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle around the county. He also had a passion for old cars - he restored and enjoyed a 1978 Trans-Am for many years. On a Saturday night in the summer, it wasn't uncommon to find Mike and his girls at the local dirt track races cheering on his favorite drivers. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially working around the yard, but above all, he loved his family.

     Mike will be deeply missed by his wife, Penny; two daughters, Haley (Alex) Lemke of Green Bay, Hope (significant other, Eric Ott) Herbst of Sturgeon Bay, and his beloved boxer, Sadie; granddogs, Kimber and Hank; siblings, Sheldon (Julie) Herbst of Sturgeon Bay, Gail (Gordy) Haen of Carlsville, Becky (Jerry) Knapp of Brussels, and Pam (Steve) Kramer of Sturgeon Bay; mother-in-law, Jean Zahorik of Two Rivers; siblings-in-law, Phil (Jennifer) Zahorik of Fall Creek, Paul (Ellen) Zahorik of Wrangell, AK, and Peggy (Mike) Sadowski of Tisch Mills; and aunts, Sharon Kessen and Gloria Bruckner, both of Sturgeon Bay. Family meant so much to Mike, and he will also be deeply missed by 12 nieces and nephews; 19 great-nieces and great-nephews that he enjoyed watching grow up throughout the years. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Noreen "Nora" Herbst; father-in-law, Alvin Zahorik; and other relatives.

     Mike's life will be honored with a memorial service held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 27, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Pastor Jeff Greathouse, of Bay View Lutheran Church, officiating. He will be laid to rest beside his parents in Zion Ev. Lutheran Cemetery in West Jacksonport.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and will continue on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

      Any monetary memorial contributions in Mike's name will be donated to DOOR CANcer, Inc. (P.O. Box 423, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235).

     "Our family would like to express our heartfelt 'thanks' to the staff of the IMCU at St. Vincent Hospital, especially respiratory therapist, Michelle Cole and registered nurse, Lindsey Gaestel for their wonderful and compassionate care. We appreciate all the oncology staff at St. Vincent Hospital and the Door County Cancer Center who cared for Mike during his battle. A special thanks also goes out to those who visited, sent cards, text messages, and prayers during Mike's time in the hospital."

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

Richard Edward Lieske

Richard “Red” Lieske, 69, of De Pere, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on October 18, 2023.  He was born on April 1, 1954, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Floyd and Roseann (Garrison) Lieske.


Richard had a passion for golfing, fishing, camping, and pitching in several softball leagues. He worked in the grocery business for 25 years- most of it as a manager at Roy’s Red Owl, Save A’ Buck, and Econo Foods.


Survivors include his five children Amanda (Eric) Denny, Seymour; Elizabeth (Kevin) Franklin, Sturgeon Bay; Richard (Patti) Lieske, Green Bay; Patricia Lieske, Sturgeon Bay, and Thomas (Sasha) Lieske, Green Bay; as well as his three brothers Floyd (Gail) Lieske, Gerald Olson, and George Olson; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 27, 2023 at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences may be offered at


Special thank you to the staffs at Rennes Health and Rehab Center and Unity Hospice for their wonderful care and support.

Scott J. Franda

Scott Joseph Franda, 62, of Little Sturgeon, WI, a loving and caring husband, father, and valued member of the community, drew his last breath Wednesday evening, October 18, 2023, at his home after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. 


Scott was born September 28, 1961, in Algoma, WI to Kermit and Cleo (Bellin) Franda. From a very young age, his work on the family dairy farm imparted upon him a resolute work ethic, staunch devotion to family, as well as the drive and ambition crucial to his life’s later successes. One of his earliest triumph’s, marrying the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Robin Brett, would undoubtedly make all other achievements possible. Because we all know beside every great man, is an even greater woman! In their 40+ years together, they enriched each other’s lives and supported one another through thick and thin. 


Since 1999, Franda Concrete & Excavating (formerly K&S) has become the result of Scott’s pursuit of his dream of building a concrete and excavating business whose reputation has come to speak for itself. A reputation made possible because he truly loved what he did. He was always willing to go the extra mile and looked at shortcuts as an insult to the quality work he took pride in providing his clients. The commitment to quality he strived for each and every day is a legacy he leaves to his two sons, Matthew and Zachary.


He was a man who lived to work and was always “looking for something to do”.

However, if he wasn’t working to concrete the world, he was delivering gravel, playing farmer, or searching the ends of the Internet while looking for vintage snowmobiles, classic cars, or a good deal whether he needed what was being sold or not. 


He will truly be missed, thought of often, and never forgotten.


He is survived by his wife Robin, 2 sons, Matthew and Zachary Franda, all of Little Sturgeon; mother Cleo, 2 brothers and 2 sisters; brother-in-law Jon Brett and sister-in-law Kristina Brett-Buckman (and Tiffany).  He was preceded in death by his father, and parents-in-law William and Jody Brett.


A visitation for family and friends is scheduled for 4:00 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.  

Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson, 62 years of Sturgeon Bay passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, October 16, 2023.

     Paul was born December 15, 1960, the son of John and Rosemary Nelson. He attended Saint Joseph Catholic School in Sturgeon Bay and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1979. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Vocational Rehab at UW Stout in 1983.

     After working a few years in the Voc Rehab field, he started his own business, Nelson Placement Network in Minneapolis. Though Paul moved to CA for a few years to escape the Wisconsin winters, he eventually moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to family. That was the reason he gave, but the family suspects it was more about missing Wisconsin’s Friday perch fry. He was also an ardent Packer fan and liked to cheer (and swear) via text to his sister and brother during the games. Paul developed a love of swimming when he joined the swim team in high school. He continued to enjoy swimming throughout his later years, always making sure there was a pool when he stayed at a hotel. He loved to spend time at the family cottage and was often the first one to brave the cold waters of Lake Michigan to swim out to “the wreck.”

     Growing up, Paul always had a soft spot for dogs. The first dog he ever owned himself was “Lady”, who was his companion for many years. More recently he adopted “Rocky” who was by his side for the past two years.

     Paul is survived by his sister, Kathy (Hans) Nieleck, Germany; brother, Michael, (Karen) Nelson, Oconomowoc; sister, Mary Hurley, Sturgeon Bay; and his longtime friend, David, Sturgeon Bay. He was always interested in and asking about the activities of his nieces and nephews, Oliver (Melli) Nieleck, Germany; Jenny (Robert) Buchholz, Germany; Johannes (Ramona) Nieleck, Germany; Maria (Ferdinand) Nieleck, Germany; Chris (Stacy) Nelson, Oconomowoc; Tim (Jen) Nelson, Mt. Horeb; Shane Hurley, Racine; and Kevin (Aya) Hurley, Japan.

     Paul was preceded in death by his parents.

     Mass of Christian Burial for Paul will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Friends and family may call at the church from 9:30 a.m. to the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m. Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery. All are invited to Stone Harbor following the burial for a luncheon at 12:45 p.m.

    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Wisconsin Humane Society—Door County Campus.

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

Myrtle Caroline (Johnson) Clark

Myrtle Caroline (Johnson) Clark, 95, peacefully passed into the presence of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 14, 2023, at home with her family at her side.

     Myrtle was born in Sturgeon Bay, WI on June 26, 1928 to William and Anna (Becher) Johnson. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. Myrtle was raised on a small farm in Fish Creek, WI, the oldest of four daughters. At the age of 92, with the dedicated help of her daughter, Judy Phillips, she authored a book entitled “Memoirs of A Farm Girl” of which she was very proud. She was also a prolific writer of poems.

     Myrtle graduated from Maple Grove Grade School, Gibraltar High School and Milwaukee County Hospital School of Nursing where she dedicated many years of caring for others as a registered nurse until she retired in 1983.  

     She married Frank J. Clark on June 16, 1973. They enjoyed 39 years of marriage, during which time they owned/operated a propane and appliance store in Sister Bay and traveled to all 50 states. They delighted in their 11 grandchildren and took each one on their own special adventure with them during that time.

     Myrtle was a woman of deep and abiding faith. She was a life-long member of Zion United Methodist Church of Fish Creek where she enjoyed serving as Adult Sunday School Leader. Her church family was very dear to her. She also enjoyed spending time in solitude, worshiping her Lord as she marveled at His creation.

     Myrtle dearly loved and nurtured her family, taking special delight in her 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by children, Judy (Warren) Phillips, Sturgeon Bay, Darrel (Tamara) Clark, Fish Creek, Jathia (Patty) Clark, Appleton, and Laurie (Danny) Giombi of St. Francis; youngest sister, Jeanette (Jerry) Buehler of West Bend; nieces and nephews, Rose, Robert, Debra, Sheryl, Jim, Paul and Todd; other numerous nieces, nephews; and family and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; sisters, Bernice Kutschenreuter and Virginia Kaczmarek; and nephew, Dane Kaczmarek.

     A memorial service will be held at Zion United Methodist Church, 8781 County Rd F, Fish Creek, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2023 with visitation from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. A private inurnment will take place at Blossomberg Cemetery, Peninsula State Park.

     In lieu of flowers, consider memorials to Zion United Methodist Church (8781 County Rd F, Fish Creek, WI 54212).

     Loving appreciation to daughter, Laurie, for her devoted care and assistance in living fully during her cancer challenge and warm gratitude to dear friend, Chris Fenner, who also accompanied Myrtle on her cancer journey. Special thanks also to Amanda and Unity Hospice for their care and support.

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


Dorothy Lea Heim

Dorothy Lea Heim, 91, Luxemburg, peacefully passed away Monday morning, October 16, 2023.

She was born April 24, 1932, to the late Elmer C. & Dorothy T. (Kohlbeck) Barbiaux.

She married Lawrence H. Heim on June 2, 1962. He preceded her in death April 9, 1973.  Dorothy was also preceded in death by one of their daughters, Jenifer Lea Heim, May 5, 1997.

Faith and God were very evident and brought Dorothy strength each day of her life.  She showed this as a loyal member of St. Mary Parish, Christian Mothers Society and daily praying the rosary.

Dorothy’s life was filled with many employment opportunities and community services over the years which included:  Meal sites Manager (Casco/Dyckesville), Watkins Sales, coordinated bus tours to Fireside/Amish/etc., World Book Sales, Luxemburg-Casco NWTI (currently NWTC) Coordinator – which also started the Luxemburg Community Band.  She was an open exhibits coordinator for Kewaunee County Fair and worked in the payroll department at Charmin (currently Procter & Gamble).

She volunteered most of her adult life as she started the St. Mary Mission Society (making/selling quilts and rugs), started the Luxemburg summer park program and held many charitable carnivals/haunted houses as fundraisers.  She taught CCD and began a refunding program at St. Mary Parish in Luxemburg.

Her hobbies included watching Lawence Welk, Carol Brunette Shows, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy. She was a true Packer Fan.  She truly loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren playing all kinds of card games especially Kings in the Corner, Royal Rummy, Scrabble, Burger Time, and puzzles.  Family traditions included her reading to the children “The Night Before Christmas”, going down on one knee during advent prayers where the youngest grand/great grandchild would place baby Jesus in the manger to signify the start of Christmas.

She will be missed by her children: Jeff (Betty) Heim, Jackie (Jerry) Frisque, Jim (Sue) Heim;  grandchildren: Nathan (Marissa) Heim, Samantha Heim and special friend Lewis, Leah Bloomer and special friend Blake, Ronni (Jesse) Ledvina, Jehna Heim and special friend Jake, and Tahlor Heim;  great grandchildren: Jackson and Merrick Heim, Aaylah and Rowen Bloomer, Atlas and Josie Ledvina as well as her sisters and brother-in-law Marilyn (Tom) Melchior, Bonnie Seiler and many special nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Larry, daughter Jenifer, brothers and sisters-in-law Charlie, Don (Rita), Anthony, Maurice, Jonas (Lucille) Barbiaux and one brother-in-law Jerry Seiler along with other special family members on the Heim side and our dear Father Frank Melchior.

Friends may call 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at the McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg.  Closing parish prayer service at 3:00 pm with Deacon Bob Miller.  Visitation will continue between 9:30 and 10:45 am on Monday, October 23, 2023, at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg.  Funeral 11:00 am on Monday, at the church, with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg.

Diane J. Gill

Diane J. Gill, 79 of Sturgeon Bay, was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus, peacefully, on Thursday evening, October 12, 2023, while at home.
     She was born December 27, 1943, in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late John and Freida (Smith) Gill. Diane graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1962. She had worked at Amity Leather in Sturgeon Bay for several years until her employment with Sturgeon Bay Schools where she served 25 years as custodian and with food service.
     Diane was a long-time member of St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor even when she was not feeling especially good. Diane loved to lighten the load with a smart quip or joke, getting a laugh out of you. She was a good shot playing pool in various leagues and enjoyed playing all kinds of card games with family and friends. Diane had a soft spot in her heart for animals, especially her dogs and rescue dogs that she homed. Weekly breakfast clubs were something she looked forward to, and we can’t forget her beloved Red Hatters women’s group she was a part of.
     Surviving family are her brother, Darrel Gill of Lyndon Station; nieces and nephews, Rachel (Jeff) Dahlke of Sturgeon Bay, David (Mary) Gill of Watertown, WI, Judy Mc Donald of Greenville, WI, Mark Gill of Lyndon Station, Paul (Ruth) Gill of Algoma, John (Kim) Gill of Oldsmar, FL, Mike (Amanda) Gill of Bismark, ND.
     Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Freida Gill; sister-in-law, Sharon Gill; and niece, Cindy Gill.
     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at St. Peters Ev. Lutheran Church with Rev. Carl Schroeder officiating. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery.
     Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m.
     Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Gill family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Diane may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


Marc C. Boulanger

Marc C. Boulanger age 61 of Green Bay Wisconsin died unexpectedly on October 10, 2023, at Aurora Bay  Care surrounded by his family. He was born August 22, 1962, to the late Cletus and Madonna Boulanger. He is survived by his daughter Brandilynn Boulanger (fiancé Selby Jones), the love of his life fiancée Susan Harper, 3 sisters Mary (Joe) Blanco, Marci Boulanger (John), Mona (Sheldon) Lehnert, 2 brothers  Mickal (Cindy) Boulanger, Meril Boulanger. And a special friend Samantha Hicks. He is further survived  by Sue’s children Tracy, Joshua, Melissa, and Timmy. Together they shared 14 grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Matthew. 

Marc graduated Southern Door High School in 1981. He then went on to study Diesel Mechanics and  graduated from NWTC. Marc had a sense of humor like no other. If you knew Marc, you know what I  mean. He had the biggest heart and it certainly showed when shopping for his girls. Marc loved talking  on the phone, especially to find out when and where the next BBQ would be. He had a very special way  of making others smile. He will be forever missed by his daughter Brandilynn who loved going to car  shows and working on the El Camino together. When Sue and Marc got back together the family was  and will be forever grateful of the magic Sue had given to the family. Sue brought out the best in Marc in  every way imaginable. 

Marc continued to give the gift of life by being an organ donor. We would like to give a very special  Thank You to all the staff at Aurora Bay Care for the care they provided to Marc. 

There will not be a service at this time. We will have a Celebration of Life next August 2024.


Donald H. Gauger

Donald H. Gauger, 83, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2023, at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his family at his side.


Born June 21, 1940, Don has been a resident of the Town of Egg Harbor for over 25 years, formerly of Cedarburg, Wisconsin and Wheaton, Illinois. He is survived by the love of his life, wife Susan; his loving daughter, Elizabeth and her partner, Michael Demuth; daughter-in-law, Jackie, of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; and sister-in-law, Bonnie of Wheaton, Illinois.


He was preceded in death by his son, Andrew; by his parents, Harvey and Grace; and brother, Jim of Wheaton, Illinois. Don graduated from Wheaton Community High School in 1958 where he was active in school activities and sports, being named to the All-DuPage County Basketball Team his senior year. In addition, he was the Prom King and commencement speaker. He graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with minors in economics and political science, and where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He met his wife, Susan at DePauw and was married in 1964. Upon graduation, Don worked in management training programs at Chrysler Corporation in Milwaukee and Western Electric/AT&T in Minneapolis, Minnesota before settling into a 33-year Milwaukee banking career. During that time, he worked in lending and administrative positions for American City Bank, Midland/1st bank, Citizens North Shore Bank/1st Interstate Shorewood/Norwest Bank Sheboygan, and Lake Country Bank where he retired as executive vice president for commercial lending. During that period, he attended Marquette University, Graduate School of Business and banking schools at the University of Oklahoma, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois. He served in the Wisconsin National Guard from 1965 to 1969, being honorably discharged as a Sergeant in the 132nd Signal Battalion.


He enjoyed participating and observing sporting events, household building and repair projects, traveling, and most of all spending quality time with his family, whom he loved very much!


A private memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.


Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. and Door County Crematory LLC are assisting the Gauger family with arrangements. Sign online guest register, offer condolences, share photos and memories at

Gary Guelette

Gary Michael Guelette, 81, of Brussels, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2023, with his family by his side. He was born February 26, 1942 on the family farm in Kolberg, WI, to Albert and Nervin (Vandertie) Guelette. Gary graduated from Brussels High School and on May 27, 1961 he married his high school sweetheart Karen J. Seigworth at St. Francis Church. Together they raised three daughters.

For many years, he and Karen operated the third generation Guelette Family Farm. Early in Gary’s working career he was a mason and was particularly proud of helping build Southern Door High School. Prior to full retirement, Gary worked 10 years in maintenance for Wave Pointe Marina. But first and foremost, Gary was a farmer. He enjoyed spending time on their land, no matter if it was driving tractor, his beloved Ranger, or sitting in a warm deer stand. Many memories were made on this land with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends who are considered family as well. His legacy will live on through the things he cherished the most, his family and the farm, including the family hunting cabin.

He will be remembered for his quick wit, and his inclusion of all, whether you knew Gary or not he treated you as a neighbor and a friend. He coined the phrase “one more”, and for those of you that were close friends you know what that meant. He also had a love of polka music, and rarely missed Sunday mornings “Polka Polka”.  Our beloved brother, father, and papa will be dearly missed. 

He is survived by his 2 daughters, Jodi Ullman of Brussels and Deb (Todd) Thayse of Forestville; son-in-law Daren DeClark of Brussels; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters Fern Jilot and Sally Wagner, and 1 brother-in-law Ken Seigworth of Sturgeon Bay. He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Nervin Guelette, his parents-in-law Ralph and Ruth Seigworth, his wife Karen, daughter Jami DeClark, son-in-law R.J. Ullman, sisters Grace Baudhuin, Johanna Guelette, Lucille Vandertie, in-laws Norman Vandertie, James Jilot, William Wagner, and Pat Seigworth.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, at St. Hubert Church in Rosiere.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, from 4:00-7:00 pm and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  A prayer service is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Friday at the funeral home.

Special thanks to Kalyn, Amanda, Jodi, Tony, and Selina who took great care of Gary while he was in the ICU. As well as, Shaina and Gina and the St. Vincent staff.

Larry Wynn Crock

Lawrence “Larry” Wynn Crock, age 79 of the Town of Baileys Harbor, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, in Sturgeon Bay with his wife by his side.


Larry was born on December 9, 1943, to the late Lawrence and June (Johnson) Crock in Davenport, IA. He was a 1962 graduate of Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, IA. After high school, he attended Central College in Pella, IA. He worked for Miehle-Goss-Dexter and later for CIC, a related equipment organization, until he retired in 2006.


Larry was united in marriage to Cynthia Ann Clark on March 6, 1976, in Cedar Rapids, IA.  The couple lived most of their lives in Cedar Rapids but eventually moved to Naperville, IL.  While living in Naperville for 15 years, they would often find their way north to Door County to vacation. With their growing love for Door County, they made it their permanent residence in 2008.


Larry was a member of the Rotary Club of Door County North in Baileys Harbor and Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMC. He enjoyed wood working, volunteering with Feed and Clothe My People, and the Ridges Sanctuary.


Larry is survived by his wife, Cynthia; daughters, Amanda (Andre) Ingram and Denise (Andy) Helle; grandchildren, Zachary (Paige) Christensen, Ericka (Sean) McHale, Jason Rizzo, and Ashalin Ingram; great grandchildren, Evelyn Rose McHale and Ellis Louise Christensen; stepbrother, Phillip (Sharon) Geiger; stepsister, Pam (Allen) Knott; and brother-in-law, Mark Allan Clark. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Alvin Crock; mother, June Geiger; mother-in-law, Charlotte Glynn; and special friend and mentor, Bill Boettcher.


A memorial service for Larry will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Gary Scharrig officiating. Inurnment will be at Baileys Harbor Town Cemetery. Visitation will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until the time of service. The service will also be accessible via Facebook at Immanuel Lutheran Church-Baileys Harbor. Memorials in Larry’s name may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, PO Box 115, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202.


Before Larry’s passing, he wanted to express a special thank you to God, the Trinity, his wife and Bill Boettcher, as well as Pastor Gary and his mother-in-law Charlotte Glynn for their support and leadership over the years. Larry’s family would like to thank the personnel at Door County Medical Center, particularly Dr. Bravo, Jenn and Gwen.  Also, Unity Hospice staff, Erica and Kelsie.


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

Fred "Bud" Malvitz

Fred “Bud” Malvitz, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on Oct. 8, 2023, at Pine Crest Village.  He was born March 19, 1933, in Little Sturgeon to Fritz and Dorothy (Krueger) Malvitz.


Fred graduated from Brussels High School and attended St. Norbert College.  On June 14, 1951, he married the love of his life Jillain Chaudoir in Namur.  She preceded him in death on Oct. 6, 1996.


Fred and his wife Jillain loved traveling and spent many winters in Florida.  In later years, he loved visiting his daughter in the many places she lived.


Survivors include 4 children, Fred (Mary) Malvitz, John (Carrie) Malvitz, Julie Malvitz, and Dori (Jared) Cowlishaw, all of Sturgeon Bay; 10 grandchildren,15 great-grandchildren, and son-in-law Don Sixel Jr. 


Fred was preceded in death by his wife Jillain and daughter Marcia Sixel.


At Fred’s request, private family services will be conducted at Forbes Funeral Home with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery along side his beloved wife.  Memorials may be directed to Salem Lutheran Church in his name.


Fred’s family would like to thank the amazing staff at Pinecrest Village for the excellent care and kindness received.  Thanks also to Unity Hospice for their wonderful care and support.   

Charles Frank Tice

Charles “Chuck” Tice, 72, of Sturgeon Bay passed away unexpectedly and suddenly on October 7, 2023.  He was born in Sturgeon Bay on April 14, 1951, to Robert and Dorothy (Wnuk) Tice and was married to Jean Schack on September 8, 1973, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.

Chuck was a carpenter all of his life.  He worked at Bay Ship, and then opened up Tice Cabinet and Carpentry.  He was an outdoorsman and loved shooting trap, hunting, landscaping, and gardening as well as spending time at his cabin in Pembine. Chuck served on the Sevastopol Town Board for many years and was known to be a perfectionist in everything he did. His attitude was, “if you wanted it done right; you should do it yourself.”

Chuck will be dearly missed by his wife Jean; 4 brothers Larry (Diane) Tice, Tom (Nancy) Tice, Bob (Gail) Tice, and Jon (Laura) Tice; 1 sister Betty (Scott) Rockendorf; sister-in-law Jill (Ken) Sternard. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Judy Kannenberg and his infant brother.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Joel Sauer officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 12:00 noon until the time of service. The family wishes that instead of sending flowers, please plant a tree in Chuck’s memory.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be offered at

Reginald Roger Robillard

Reginald “Reg” Robillard, 79, Brussels passed away on October 6, 2023.  He was born July 5, 1944, to Herb and Doris Robillard. He graduated from Brussels High School in 1962 and married the love of his life, Nancy Watters, on September 23rd 1967.


Reg was an avid outdoorsman, taxidermist, and Harley-Davidson enthusiast. He enjoyed hunting, tinkering, collecting things, and writing well-detailed instructions on most items with a sharpie. He was the first to introduce wild turkeys to the Door County area, and was very proud of his orchard, Sir Reginald’s Sweet Cherry Orchard that he tended to for over 20 years. He was an incredibly talented marine draftsman for over 50 years. He served in the National Guard for 6 years. He will be remembered for being unfailingly kind, creative, and loving.


Reg will be missed by his wife, Nancy; 2 children Jody (Jodi) Robillard, Brussels; Kari (Eric) Carper, Sturgeon Bay; 4 Grandchildren, Morgan, Cameron, Reece, and Reggi; 4 Great- grandchildren, Greyson, Zoey, Danica, Marissa; brother, Roderick (Vern) Robillard, Brussels; and sister-in-law, Sharon Robillard, Brussels.


He was proceeded in death by his parents, Herb and Doris Robillard; his brother, Clyde; grandson Will; and his parents-in-law, John and Rosemary Watters.


Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at Salem Lutheran Church with Rev. Tod Vertz officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Forbes Funeral Home and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Wednesday.   The burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery after lunch.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Louis M. DeClark

Louis M. DeClark, 89, Brussels passed away at his home surrounded by his family on October 6, 2023.  He was born August 8,1934 in Iron Mountain, Michigan to Louis and Clarice (Buzzo) DeClark. On June 26, 1954, he married Shirley Mae LeRoy in Brussels, she preceded him in death on December 6, 2019.


Louis served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.  After the service, he was a licensed barber and then became a master plumber and operated his own plumbing business.   Louis was a member of the American Legion Post 372, Brussels Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Brussels Fire Department and a life member of the Gardner Rifle Club.  He loved golfing and made three “hole in ones”.  He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and grandchildren.  Louis also enjoyed wintering for 24 years in Arizonia, where he and Shirley made many friends that were like family.


Survivors include his children, Steve (Rachel) DeClark, Brussels; Daren DeClark, Brussels; Kathy (Kelly Zehren) Kinnard, Luxemburg; Ten grandchildren, Christopher (Liz) DeClark, Jennifer DeClark, Cody (Carrie) DeClark, Olivia, Drew DeClark, Abby DeClark, Kraig (Nicole) Kinnard, Kyler (Tarynn) Kinnard, Mariah (Zach Stuebs) Kinnard, Rachael Zehren; eleven great grandchildren, James, Dakoda, Marshall, Amelia, Tucker, Joslyn, Johana, Liam, Brynn, Aubrey, and Crew; and one great-grandson due in February;  one new born great-great-grand daughter, Aspen, born on the date of his passing; sisters, Sharon (Mike) Lemens, Kay (Glen) Madoche , a brother, Leo (LeDeana) DeClark;  a sister-in-law, Evelyn Abts; and friend, Barb. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, infant daughter, daughter-in-law, Jami DeClark, sisters, Geraldine (Joe) LeFevre, Bernadette (James) Grassel; brother-in-law, Ted Abts; parents-in-law, Harry “H.J.” (Norma) LeRoy and Lorraine (Clarence) Pigeon.


Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 12, 2023, at St. Francis and St. Mary Church, Brussels. Entombment at Shrine of Good Shepherd Mausoleum later.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and then after 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of services.  A prayer service will be conducted at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. On-line condolences may be offered at

Lois Schmitz

Lois Schmitz, 93, formerly of Forestville, passed away peacefully in the presence of family on Sept. 29, 2023.  She was born July 29, 1930, in Algoma to Lester and Isabelle (Fenske) Heidmann.


Lois graduated from Algoma High School.  While in high school, she was a cheerleader, cheering on her high school sweetheart Bud Schmitz who played on the basketball team.  On Feb. 3, 1951, they married and enjoyed 64 years together, raising seven children.  In addition to being a very busy homemaker, Lois did bookkeeping for Bud’s insurance business.


Lois was a long time and faithful member of Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood where she served as the church organist for over forty years.  She enjoyed extensive travel, participating in the Lois Club (a national club for people named Lois), card playing, laughter yoga, and knitting and giving away countless dishcloths that she made.  She was also a past member of the Homemakers Club and an active member of the YMCA well into her senior years.   She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family dogs.


She is survived by seven children, Randy Schmitz, Laurie Dufek, Phil (Ann) Schmitz, Sue Schmitz (Galen DeNamur), Maureen (Jay) Bartley, Tim Schmitz, and Paula (Dave) Battermann; four grandchildren, Carrie (Craig) Nellis, Melissa (Mike) VanEss, Matt (Michelle) Dufek and Lucy (Brandon) Tousignant; great-grandchildren, Clay, Grace, Callie, and Clint Nellis; Katelyn, Kiana, and Cael VanEss; and Liam and Bentley Dufek; and sister-in-law Marlene Chike.


She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters, Carole (Bob) Storm, Vivian Heidmann, granddaughter Katie Dufek, and in-laws, Angela (Roy) Schmelzer, Doris (Bernie) Chaudoir, Ione (Oscar) Payette, Sr. Jane Francis, George (Dorothy) Schmitz Jr. and Ray Chike.


A mass of Christian burial will be conducted at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, at 11:00 am.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 am until the time of service.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to your favorite charity. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rose M. Ullman

Rose M. Ullman, 80, Sturgeon Bay, WI passed away peacefully on October 4, 2023, with her family by her side.  She was born on July 9, 1943, in Sturgeon Bay to Harold and Esther Kezo.  Rose was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Rose will be remembered for her unwavering spirit and her deep love for her family.  She had a heart of gold and left an unforgettable impact on everyone she encountered.  Her vibrant personality and quick wit brought joy and laughter to all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Rose dedicated many years of her life to serving others as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  She began her career at the Dorchester in Sturgeon Bay and later worked at the Skilled Nursing Facility at Door County Medical Center until her retirement.

In her leisure time, Rose enjoyed engaging in friendly card games and hosting Yahtzee parties.  She cherished moments spent with her loved ones, whether it was going on scenic drives or simply sharing laughter and creating lasting memories.

Left to cherish her memory brother, Robert (Karol) Kezo; sister, Lynn Hermes; daughters, Karen (Dale) Cihlar, Algoma and Tracy (Ted) Vandermeuse, Forestville; sons,  Eric (Cari) Ullman, Algoma and Kevin Kezo, Denmark; grandchildren, Trista (Steven) Baxter, Sturgeon Bay; Ashley (Kyle) Huff, Appleton; Ethan (Sara) Lautenbach, Algoma; Serreah (Nick) Dhuey, Brussels; Brittany (Travis) LuMaye, Sturgeon Bay; Breann Kezo, Sturgeon Bay; Steven Skippon, Sturgeon Bay;  great-grandchildren, David, McKenzie, Lucas, Tricia, Kyler, Rylea, Case, Elaina, Evan, Misael, Sebastian, Boston, Kayden, and Gunner; her longtime special friends, Sue Kinnard and Regina Weatherwax; roommate Carol Smith and her cherished four-legged companion, Barney.

Rose was preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 50 years, Glenard Ullman, Jr.; her parents, Harold, and Esther Kezo; her brothers, William Kezo, David Kezo and Kenneth Kezo and great granddaughter, Rayleigh.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Paster Curt Grube officiating.  Private burial will be in Emanuel’s Ev. Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date.  Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home on Tuesday.  On-line condolences may be offered at


Teri L. Graf

Teri L. Graf, 67, Algoma, passed away Friday, September 29, 2023 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay with her family by her side. She was born on February 5, 1956, in Algoma to John and Frances (Freix) Piette.

Teri was a graduate of St. Mary School in Algoma and Algoma High School (1974). On September 24, 1977 she married her childhood sweetheart, Jim Graf, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Algoma. Together they raised three children, Gus, Gabe and Betsy.
She worked at St. Mary School as the Administrative Assistant. She enjoyed the many years working with students and assisting with the school administration. After retirement from St. Mary School, her career focused on the administrative and ownership roles of Graf’s Mobil Mart and A&W of Algoma.

Teri will be remembered for a great sense of humor, easy-going personality and loving spirit. She was fun to be around and could always lighten the mood with her quick wit and jokes.  

She enjoyed traveling. Together, the family went on many road trips around the United States. Later, Teri and Jim spent many hours on the road with their dear friends Scott and Vicki Vlies. Many memories were made on these trips and with every destination there was a story to share, often comical.

Teri was a creative and talented seamstress and crafter. She made countless crocheted blankets, sewing projects, crafts and many of her children’s Halloween costumes. She enjoyed sharing her creations and gifted sentimental keepsakes to family and friends.

She loved listening to music and knew the lyrics to many songs. The Beatles were her all-time favorite band, and she will be remembered for wearing her favorite Beatles t-shirts.

Most of all, Teri will be remembered for being a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother. Teri and Jim did everything together and it was rare to see one without the other. She was very close to all of her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. She was a hands-on grandmother and you would often find her playing right alongside of them.

Teri is survived by her husband, Jim; three children Gus (Stacy), Gabe (Leann), and Betsy Graf, all of Algoma; four grandchildren August, Edgar, Lucy and Nora; brothers John (Linda) Piette, James (Beth Larsen) Piette; one sister Dianne Burke; brothers and sisters-in-law Vicki Anderson, Mike Graf, Susie (Dan) Werner and Tom (Alison) Graf; many nieces and nephews.

Teri is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Joseph (Sue) Piette; sister Linda (Lee) Pavlik; Jim’s parents, Lucille and Johnny Graf; brother-in-law Michael Burke and sisters-in-law Kathy Jordens and Luanne Graf.

Family and friends may call at St. Mary Church, Algoma from 9:00 AM, Saturday, October 7 until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM.

The family would like to thank and express their sincerest gratitude to the Algoma Rescue Squad, Bellin Health Emergency and ICU Teams.

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

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

Anne Marie (Lautenbach) Fletcher

Anne Marie (Lautenbach) Fletcher, 48, of Ellison Bay, passed away peacefully with her husband, Stephen, and family by her side, on September 29, 2023, at her home in Ellison Bay.

     She was born October 4, 1974, in Sturgeon Bay, WI, the daughter of Arthur and Patricia (Johnson) Lautenbach. She grew up on the family dairy farm and even had a pet fox. Anne attended Sevastopol High School and graduated with the class of 1992. Anne worked several jobs over the years, including Going Garbage, where she met Stephen. She also worked at Ace Hardware. During her time there, it became known that Ace is the place for the Helpful Hardware Anne. Most recently, Anne was a Clerk for United States Postal Service, working in the Sister Bay office before transferring to the Baileys Harbor office, where she continued to work part time while going through her treatments.

     On December 8, 2018, she and Stephen snuck off to Ellison Bluff County Park and were secretly married. It was their surprise gift to announce their marriage to their families at Christmas that year.

     Anne loved her Puggle furbabies, Rufus and Riley.

     Anne will be missed by her husband, Stephen; parents, Art and Pat Lautenbach; siblings, Cindy (Lloyd) Parsly, Art Lautenbach, Laureen Lautenbach, Mike (Lois) Lautenbach, Jeff (Tina) Lautenbach, Gloria (Mark Hasenjager) Lautenbach, Tim Lautenbach, and Tom (Jill) Lautenbach; mother-in-law, Ardis Fletcher, sisters-in-law, Alicia Fletcher and Alison Fletcher; nieces and nephews, Lloyd, Katie, Kaiela, Timothy, Paul, Lindsay, Megan, Kelsey and Brandon, and aunts and uncles.

     She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ethel and Frank Lautenbach, maternal grandparents, Hans and Viola Johnson; father-in-law, M. Keyes Fletcher and several aunts and uncles.

     Anne's life will be honored with a graveside funeral service held at the Sister Bay Moravian Cemetery, 10924 Old Stage Rd, Sister Bay, where she will be laid to rest on October 6, 2023, at 1:00pm with Pastor Gary Scharrig officiating.

     Stephen would like to invite everyone to the graveside service and stay for visitation and luncheon at the Sister Bay Moravian Church Hall immediately following the service.

      The Fletcher and Lautenbach families would like to thank Unity Hospice for the care they provided, and their appreciation to all those that took time to pray for Anne during these difficult years. A special thank you to Laureen Lautenbach and Alison Fletcher for the personal care in the last few months. They would also like to thank Pat and Jill Hocker and the crew at Hocker’s Excavating for allowing Stephen to take time off to be with Anne over the last months.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her name to the Sue Baldwin Cancer Fund.

     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Fletcher family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Anne may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


 Eugene "Gene" Curtis Charles

 Eugene "Gene" Curtis Charles, 81, of the Town of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord and was reunited with his wife, Katherine "Kay", on September 26, 2023.

     He was born June 15, 1942 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Clarence and Irene Helen (Dietrich) Charles. Gene grew up attending St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay where he remained a longtime member. He graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School.

     Gene was united in marriage to Katherine "Kay" Claire Schroeder on February 12, 1966 at her home church, St. James United Methodist Church in Appleton.

     He enlisted to serve he country with the United States Army, entering into active duty on April 21, 1966. Gene was stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia. He was honorably discharged from active service on April 18, 1969, when he was transferred to the Army Reserves, with the rank of Specialist 4th Class. Through his military service, Gene was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and recognized as a Sharpshooter (M-14) and Marksman (45).

     He eventually returned home to Wisconsin. and together, he and Kay lived in Forestville. Gene was initially employed with Badger Northland in Algoma as a welder for a couple years.

     They were blessed with a son, William, in 1968. In 1977, Gene and Kay adopted a son, Benjamin. That same year, their family moved to the Town of Sturgeon Bay.

     Gene was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing (near the breakwall and quarry) and hunting on his land by his home. He also enjoyed camping with his family in Potowatomi State Park in the Town of Nasewaupee.

     Gene and Kay were blessed with over 50 years of marriage. Kay passed away on April 24, 2016.

     Gene will be missed by his sons, Bill Charles of Sturgeon Bay and Ben (Kim) Charles of the Town of Grand Chute; grandson, Steven  Charles; siblings-in-laws, John (Judy) Schroeder, Jim (Del Boley) Schroeder, both of Eau Claire, Bill (Ann) Schroeder of Spooner, and Kristine (Tom) Anderson of Mondovi; nieces and nephews; and family friend and former caregiver, Vicky (Chris Watson) Herrbold of Sturgeon Bay.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; step-parents-in-law, Alfred and Virginia Everson; and other relatives.

     A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. He will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol, beside his wife, Kay, with Military Honors by the United States Army and V.F.W. Post #3088.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a Devotion to conclude the evening at 6:45 p.m. Visitation will continue at the funeral home, Tuesday morning, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.

     "Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Vicky for caring for our father over the years and also to Pastor Carl Schroeder from St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church for his ministerial visits."

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

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