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Barbara Jean Anderson

Barbara Jean Anderson, 91, of Sturgeon Bay, died Friday morning, November 17, 2023 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services where she had been residing the past four years.

    She was born September 28, 1932 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Ross Weber Harris and Ada Elizabeth (Hartman) Harris. Barbara's family eventually moved to Wisconsin, and she attended and graduated from Madison West High School with the class of 1950. She went on to study psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her bachelor's degree.

    Barbara was a social worker for Kenosha County Social Services. 

    She was united in marriage to Dean Thomas Anderson on April 18, 1970.

    In retirement, Barbara and Dean resided together in the Town of Egg Harbor in Door County. 

    They were part of the Bahai Faith.

    Barbara and Dean shared over 43 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on June 16, 2013.

    Barbara loved her cats; they were like children to her. She would find them as they found her outside her back door. Barbara also liked tending to her garden at home.

    She will be missed by her siblings-in-law, John Rhoads of De Kalb, IL and Janice (Gerald) Tice of Redmond, WA; niece, Suzanne (Shawn) Carmody of Capron, IL; and other relatives.

    Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Ruth Rhoads; and other relatives.

    Barbara was laid to rest in Egg Harbor Town Cemetery beside her husband, Dean.

    Her life will be honored during visitation from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

    "Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Barbara's friends and caregivers, Sherry Pesch and Bonnie Sargent for the wonderful care you both gave to Barbara over the years."

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

Daniel J. Dahms

Daniel John Dahms “Red Fox”, 80, of Forestville died unexpectedly at his home on November 29, 2023.  He was born on March 7, 1943, to the late Alfred and Ruth (Keller) Dahms.  On August 17, 1968, he married the love of his life, Anna Mae Flavion, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville.

After graduating from Algoma High School in 1961, he worked for the Plywood in Algoma.  He then went on to join the Army and served from 1964-1966.  From 1967 until his time of retirement in 2001, Dan worked for Boulanger Construction.  He was a proud member of the Operating Engineers, Local 139. 

Dan enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching his daughters and grandchildren play sports, and was an avid Milwaukee Brewer and Green Bay Packer fan.  He was very passionate about canning his produce from his own garden, and putting on his popular perch fries and trout boils.  He was especially passionate about spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his three daughters, Kim (Todd) Miller, Sue Dahms, and Sherry (Brian) Buhr; three grandchildren, Katie (Kory) Nell, Ashley Whitford (Jarred Pribek), Kordell Draves (Fiancé Erica Griep); one great-granddaughter, Kylee Nell; two sisters, Marlene Raether and Margaret (Ray) Badovski; one brother, Larry (Mary Ann) Dahms; in-laws, Diane (Dennis) Junion, Joan (Tom) Salentine, Colleen (Dave) Tymus; and his special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae; his parents, Alfred and Ruth Dahms, in-laws, Gerald and Ruby Flavion, Russell and Gaylord Flavion.

Funeral services will be 11:30 am Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville.  Burial will be in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery.  A visitation will be held at the  church on Monday from 9:30 am until the time of service.   Forbes Funeral Home is serving the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.


Daniel Robert Christl

Daniel Robert Christl, 64, of Sister Bay, died suddenly  at his home on Friday November 24, 2023 of apparent natural causes.

     He was born September 15, 1959 in Offenburg, Germany the son of Robert, brewmaster, and Christine (Schafer) Christl, beauty salon owner. His family moved to the United States in 1960.

     A graduate of Gibraltar High School, Dan obtained degrees in finance and marketing from UW Milwaukee Business School. He worked for many years as a sales rep in the carpet industry and most recently as the store manager of Carpet One in Jacksonport.

     A talented carpenter with a knack for real estate, Dan renovated, rented, appraised and sold multiple properties in Milwaukee and Door County.

     He loved being outdoors and had many interests and activities including skiing, bicycling, rugby, sailing, beekeeping, chicken keeping and maintaining a large garden and greenhouse. Above all else, Dan loved taking trail walks with his dog, Wally.

     Preceding him in death was his father, Robert (Helga) Christl; and his sister, Yvonne.

     Surviving family include his mother, Christine Baumgarten (Charles Speck Baumgarten, decd); brother, Patrick Christl; nephew, Andrew (Allison) Christl [and his children, Katrina, Caleb, Olivia, Sophia and Charlie]. Dan will be missed by many, many devoted friends.

     A memorial gathering celebrating family and friends is planned for  Saturday, December 9, 2023 at the Ephraim Village Hall. Friends of Dan may call during the visitation from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. followed by a reception.

     Please consider making a donation in Dan’s name to the American Parkinson Disease Association ( or a charity of your choice.

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

Florence E. DeDecker

Florence Emma DeDecker, 99, of Sturgeon Bay passed away November 27, 2023, at Door County Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born March 17, 1924, in Namur, WI to Harvey and Palmy (Chaudoir) Jeanquart. Her responsibilities on the family farm included feeding the chickens and tending to the Belgian work horses, King and Beaut.


On October 10, 1944, she married Elmer J. DeDecker at St. Mary of the Snow Catholic Church in Namur (now known as the Belgian Heritage Center, a National Historical Landmark). Florence was a popular and admired server at Leathem Smith Lodge for many seasons. She and Elmer enjoyed many Saturday nights square dancing and polka dancing in the ballroom. She and Elmer were members of the Peninsula-Belgian American Club for 25 years. They organized several international travel exchanges to and from Belgium and other areas of Europe. 


As a saintly, devout Catholic, Florence lived with humility, selflessness, and love – always thinking of and doing for others. She was a member of the St. Anne’s Society, the Door County Historical Society, and volunteered often at Crossroads at Big Creek. She enjoyed baking, especially homemade bread, prune centers,  and Belgian pies. Florence loved gardening (lining her garden with zinnias from sowed seed), sewing, needlework, quilting, and handmade crafts. 


Florence’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved spending time in her large vegetable garden, cutting flowers, baking sweets with her, and doing various crafts like sewing, crocheting, and embroidery. Grandma Florence (G.G.) taught her grandchildren how to play Solitaire, King’s Corners, and Rummy Royal. She made the best Christmas cookies, brandy balls, homemade bread for grilled cheese (her great grandchildren’s most favorite), pickles from her garden, rice pudding, Belgian waffles, donuts, and more.


Grandma Florence always demonstrated her love and care in so many ways, like bringing out a glass of lemonade to whoever was mowing her lawn, offering a treat when you were watching TV, and attending sporting events and musical performances. She was the Confirmation sponsor for four of her grandchildren and was a strong role model of the Catholic faith. She was the sweetest, gentlest soul and will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to know and love her. After a long and wonderful life, the Lord has welcomed Florence home.


Survivors include her daughter Kay (James) Abetya, Sturgeon Bay; daughter-in-law Paulette DeDecker, Mt. Horeb; 5 grandchildren, Bobette (Tim) Cross, Dylan Abeyta, Marielle (Eric) Solis, Gracee and Abram Abetya; 2 great-grandchildren, Ryann and Declan; a brother Dennis (Sharon) Jeanquart, Brillion; a brother-in-law Al Moore, Sturgeon Bay.


She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 sons, Ralph and Michael, 2 sisters, Dorraine (Ervin) Jadin, Bernadette Moore; other in-laws.


Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Corpus Christi Church with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  A luncheon at Stone Harbor will immediately follow the mass.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Peninsula Belgian American Club or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Frederick T. Wilke

Frederick T. Wilke, 87 years, Town of Sevastopol, was called home Sunday, November 26, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family.

     He was born September 30, 1936 in Valmy, the Town of Sevastopol, the son of Fred and Else (Diefenbach) Wilke. Fred graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School where he was an outstanding track athlete. On June 14, 1958, he married Irene Ann Bongle at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Valmy.

     Fred had worked for Nebel Construction, Bay Ship, Manitowoc Inc., Christi Corp, and farmed on his family dairy farm, a legacy lasting 136 years. Fred also owned and operated Wilke Masonry.

     Fred was a loving father and husband who always had an answer if you had a question or needed something done. He enjoyed hunting, manufacturing, and selling yard art, and making wood furniture for family and friends.

     Survivors include his wife, Irene; five sons, Randy (Cheryl) Wilke, Wade (Gail) Wilke, Brian (LeeAnn) Wilke, Kevin (Tricia) Wilke, David (Gwen) Wilke; grandchildren, Kyle (Kacie) Wilke, Kirk (Rachel) Wilke, Kendra (Corey) Delahut, Kayla Wilke, Jason (Amanda) Wilke, Ryan Wilke, Lindsay Wilke, Amber Wilke, Trevor (Emily) Wilke, Andrea and Alissa Wilke, Rebecca, Rachel and Ruth Wilke, Dakota Wilke; and nine great-grandchildren.

     Preceding him in death was his parents; son, “Timmy” Timothy Wilke; grandson, Gerald T. Wilke; great-granddaughter, Elsie Wilke; and sisters Mildred (Rolland) Ehlers, Dorothy (Robert) Rish, Grace (Gary) Schumacher, and Shirley Wilke.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 30, 2023 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy with Pastor Peter Martin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

     Friends may call Wednesday, November 29, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home and at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. A devotion will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Huehns Funeral Home.

     Memorials may be given in Fred’s memory to St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Sturgeon Bay.

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


Holly Ann (Halada) Schmidt

Holly Ann (Halada) Schmidt, Green Bay, passed away Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, after a very short battle with cancer.  She was born July 17, 1952, in Algoma, to Joe and Dorothy (Mura) Halada.
Holly grew up on the Halada family farm in Kodan.  Her happiest times were spent playing, doing chores and lots of shenanigans with her cousins.
She attended the rural Kodan Grade School and graduated from Algoma High School in 1970.
Holly married Marc Schmidt August 31, 1974, and lived in Ashwaubenon since that time.
Holly worked the last 29 years for Oneida Nation and before that for Dartmouth and Lady Dartmouth clothing company.
Holly’s favorite things were “the sun, moon and stars”, orange dahlias and snow owls.
Survivors include her husband Marc, siblings: Joe (Mary), Sturgeon Bay, Beth (Mike),  Algoma, Andy (Denise),  Madison, sister-in-law Sandy, Ladysmith, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by parents Joe and Dorothy, oldest brother Mark, her in laws Harold and Mildred Schmidt, brother-in-law Stan Schmidt and sister-in-law Cheryl.  Also preceded in death by grandparents, several aunts, uncles, cousins.
A loyal, sometimes boisterous fan of Packers, Brewers, and Badgers.
She was very proud of all her nieces and nephews.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorials may be made out the American Cancer Society or Unity Hospice.
Family and friends may gather at the Schinderle Funeral Home, Algoma, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, from 10:00 AM until the time of services at 12:00 PM with Father Andrew Kurz officiating.  Burial to follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Holly's tribute page at

Janet Johnson

Jan Johnson, 88 years, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Monday, November 13, 2023.


She was born October 13, 1935, in Carroll, IA, the daughter of the late Walter and Colette (Hinners) Bock. Jan graduated from St. Angela’s High School Academy in Carroll, IA. She received her Medical Technology degree from Creighton University. On December 28, 1957, she married Richard Johnson in Carroll, IA.


While Richard was attending college out East, Jan worked for Eastman Kodak as a lab analyst. Starting her family would eventually have her time devoted to raising her six children. As children grew and went to school, she was able to start her professional working career. Jan worked as a Medical Technologist at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Always community minded, she volunteered for various ventures such as docent at Milwaukee Art Museum. She started the preschool program during Sunday Mass at St. Mary’s in Waukesha. She reorganized the fund-raising auction at Catholic Memorial High School and ran the same event for St. Colletta’s in Jefferson. She was employed by Channel 10 in Milwaukee. At age 60, Jan was recruited by World Financial Group where she became a financial advisor holding five security licenses at age 60.


Jan enjoyed snow skiing, cross country skiing, playing golf, swimming, raced in triathlons, was an accomplished seamstress, loved to sew and enjoyed participating in and facilitating Marriage Encounter groups for 40 years. In high school she liked music and played the violin. More recently she was known as a spontaneous singer breaking out in song just for her grandchildren. This love of music would lead her to volunteer and serve as the President of the Associates and as a member of the Board for the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County. She also participated in the Whitefish Bay Association serving on the board and as treasurer.


Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Richard; six children, Thomas (Lyn) of Oregon, WI, Michael (Kathy) of Alpharetta, GA, Steven (Patti) of Waukesha, Mary Beth (Bruce) Simones of La Crosse, Nancy (Terrance) Congdon of Appleton, David (Chandra) of Sister Bay, Jenine Johnson (Naples, FL); 19 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.


Preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers, Dennis and Dale; and two sisters, Judith and Carleen.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 1, 2023, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Matthew Rappl officiating. Entombment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.


Friends may call at the church December 1, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:40 a.m.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory for Birch Creek Music Performance Center, or St. John Bosco Catholic School.


Arrangements have been entrusted with Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Jan may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Emma Hayot

     Emma Hayot, 101, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 with family by her side. Emma always said when she passed away, all that needed to be said was, “Emma’s dead, nuff said”. We plan to provide a bit more information.

     She was born in Namur in Southern Door on October 19, 1922 to Henry and Virginia Mallien. Following high school graduation from Brussels High School, Emma married Louis Rankin in 1941. They were blessed with two girls, Charlotte, and Charlene. After Louis passing in 1967, she married Auguste Hayot in 1976. They met when she was a translator (Walloon to English) for a group that traveled to the United States from Belgium.

     She was known for her typing skills that gave her the nick name, “flying fingers”. This skill earned her a state typing championship. Emma worked for the Door County Advocate as a bookkeeper and proofreader for 16 years. A career change would take her to the Bank of Sturgeon Bay where she worked as a teller. Emma retired as a secretary for Door County Social Services.

     She was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay, the Peninsula Belgian American Club, and enjoyed performing in school plays. In more recent years Emma and Joe played over 6,500 games of Kings Corners with Emma emerging as the winner by 11 games! All her family looked forward to our annual birthday phone call where she played “Happy Birthday” on her harmonica.

     Emma will be missed by her daughter, Charlotte Lenius; seven grandchildren, David (Carol) Lenius, Kathy (Joe) Krebsbach, Kris (John) Miller, Dan (Jennifer) Lenius, Nicki (Brandon) Powell, Todd (Tonya) Corcoran, Wendy Corcoran; 15 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and Riley, her special dog buddy.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters; daughter and son-in-law, Charlene (Charlie) Corcoran; son-in-law, Dale Lenius; and grandchild.

     Emma was our beloved daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandma, great-grandma, and great-great-grandma who will be missed by all.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be prayed at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 17, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Matthew Rappl as celebrant. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol.

     Friends may call at the church on Friday, November 17, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:40 a.m.

     In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed in her name for the Belgian Heritage Center (P.O. Box 173, Brussels, WI 54204;

     Arrangements have been entrusted with Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Emma may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Peter J. Van Bramer

Peter J. Van Bramer, aged 85, passed away peacefully on the evening of November 9, 2023 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. Born on May 3, 1938, in Sturgeon Bay, he was the son of the late Harold and Vera (Blank) Van Bramer.

     Pete's legacy is defined by his exceptional athleticism at Sturgeon Bay, where he excelled in basketball, track and field, and football, graduating in 1956. He furthered his education at Northwest Missouri State, earning his undergraduate degree.

     Peter pursued education further, attending UW Madison and the University of New Hampshire, ultimately earning his master’s degree in guidance from UW Platteville. His passion for teaching led him to Woodruff, Boscobel, and Lodi, and later, he served as the Director of Admissions at Madison Area Technical College from 1972 to 1995, impacting and enriching countless lives.

     On August 16, 1959, he married Judith J. Ballard in Red Oak, IA, and together they were blessed with two children, Wendy and Dennis.

     A dedicated member of the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, Pete was not only an accomplished sailor but also a skilled woodworker, musician, and trumpet player. However, it was his love for family, particularly his grandchildren, and active participation in their school events that brought him immense joy.

     Peter's commitment extended to various professional organizations, including WACRAO (Wisconsin Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers), where he once served as the state president and on the Aid Association for Lutherans Scholarship Committee.

     In retirement, he remained active in education, finding joy in teaching group dynamics for the Department of Transportation while working part-time as a bridge tender in Sturgeon Bay.

     He is survived by his loving wife, Judie; son, Dennis (Amy) Van Bramer of Sturgeon Bay; daughter, Wendy Lynn (Ta) Van Bramer of Thailand; four grandchildren, Matthew 'Matt' and Jared Van Bramer, Jacob ‘Jake’ and Rebecca ‘Becca’ Chairin; and his sister, Kay Sylvester of Green Bay and many nieces and nephews.

     Peter is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Vera Van Bramer, and his sister, Carol Thompson.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, officiated by Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp, Sr. Peter will be laid to rest at Bayside Cemetery columbarium.

     Friends may pay their respects on Friday, December 15, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home and on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:30 a.m.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Sunflower Cottage Day Services or the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. The family appreciates the support during this difficult time.

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

Lauren E. Lent

Lauren E. Lent (nee Johnson), age 75 of Ellison Bay, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 11, 2023, in Sturgeon Bay.


Lauren was born on September 17, 1948, in Elkhorn, WI to the late Russell and Emelie Johnson.


She grew up in rural Walworth County graduating from Big Foot High School class of 1966. Later, a fateful karate class led her to meet the love of her life. She and Craig married November 6, 1982, in Lake Geneva, WI before moving to Door County. Together they owned and operated Edge of Park Rentals in Fish Creek, WI for over 30 years. While raising three children, Lauren spent free time quilting, a challenging hobby she excelled at. Throughout her life she enjoyed nature, especially flowers and birds. She was a lifelong learner and loved reading. Her strong will and kind heart will be remembered.


Lauren is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, R. Craig Lent; her three children, Josiah (Angie) Lent of Madison, Bethany Lent of Sister Bay and Isaac (Kaitlyn) Lent of Appleton; and granddaughter expected December 2023; siblings, David (Judy) Johnson of Walworth, Valerie (Chuck) Riegert of Delavan; nieces and nephews; as well as her beloved dog Caasi.


She was preceded in death by her parents as well as her brother Manford.


A funeral service will be held for Lauren on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church - Baileys Harbor with Rev. Gary Scharrig officiating. Burial will be in Blossomberg Cemetery in Fish Creek. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


The Lent family is being assisted by Casperson Funeral Home of Sister Bay. Those wishing to express sympathy, share memories, or offer photos of Lauren may do so on her tribute page at

Judith M. Meier

Judith M. Meier, 94, of Sturgeon Bay, quietly passed away surrounded by her loving family on November 12, 2023, at the Door County Medical Center after a brief illness.


Judy was born in Manitowoc County to Pastor Otto and Mrs. Bertha (Leitzke) Gruendemann on April 22, 1929. She graduated from Algoma High School in 1947 and Holy Family School of Nursing in 1950. On March 6, 1952, Judy married Thomas Meier in Manitowoc. Tom preceded Judy in death on December 18, 1997.


Judy had a wonderful and full career as a registered nurse for over 40 years, most of them spent at Door County Memorial Hospital. She also worked beside her husband on the family dairy farm and was proud that it continues to this day.


Tom and Judy spent many years together touring the country in their motor home during retirement. She loved planning, preparing for, and hosting many family gatherings throughout the years. In later years, Judy enjoyed being surrounded by her family and was proud of the accomplishments of her grandchildren, all the while continuing to enjoy her knitting and crocheting.


Judy is survived by five children and 19 grandchildren, Thomas (Joyce) Meier of Wanatah, IN [and their children, Tom (Katie), Jennifer (Vince), Josh (Ainsley), Tyler, and Jocelyn], David (Heidi) Meier of Sturgeon Bay [and their children, Karl (fiancé Lucia), Anna, Daniel, and Caleb], Alberta (Tim) Baird of New Berlin [and their children, Michael (Andrea), Adam (Megan), Rachael (Matt), and Andrew (Kate)], Miriam (Craig) Olsen of Baraboo [and their children, Kevin (Jeff), Becky (Dave), and Sarah (Alex)], and John Meier (Molli Kook) of Winona, MN [and their children, Evan (Shannon), Niall (fiancé Madison), and Maxie (Charlie)]. She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren with two more on the way.


She is further survived by her brother, Otto Gruendemann, Jr.; her sister, Lois Morgan; sisters-in-law, Sylvia Meier, Diane Meier, Grace Texley, and Katherine Chang; and many loving nieces and nephews.


In addition to her husband and parents, Judy was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Daniel Gruendemann, Ruth Emden, Marcus Gruendemann, Naomi Kirchman, and Bethel Hartzheim; and brothers-in-law, Roland Meier, Michael Meier, Kenneth Chang, and Bob Morgan.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 17, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, with Pastor Joel Sauer officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Judy will be buried next to her husband at Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Valders, WI.


Memorials may be given in her name to St. Peter’s Lutheran School.


Judy’s family would like to express their gratitude to Pastor Sauer, Pastor Schroeder, the caregivers at Cardinal Ridge and the medical team at Door County Medical Center for the care provided in the last few months of declining health.


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

Gary G. Krause

Gary George Krause, 63, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully at Aurora BayCare Medical Center on November 8, 2023. Gary was born in Sturgeon Bay on February 22, 1960, to Elmer and Louise (Buhr) Krause. He graduated from Southern Door High School in 1978. Gary went on to work for Gordon Alberts Construction, DeKeyser Builders, and Franda Builders. He was also a huge help on the family farm.
Gary enjoyed watching the Brewers, Packers, and Badgers. He had a passion for hunting turkeys and whitetail deer. Gary also enjoyed shooting dart ball with his brothers and cousins for Coun’s “C” Club. He will always be remembered as the master of one-liners. 
Survivors include his siblings, Nancy (Bill) Fleischman, James (Lisa) Krause, Karen (Mike) Kraus, Sandra (Ravinder) Tanwar; Don Krause, Joan Franda, and Sue (Tony) Hunsader; brother-in-law Phil Johnson and sister-in-law Sally Krause; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Mike and Kaye.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Louise Krause; sister Diane Johnson; brothers, Robert and Keith; and brother-in-law Randy Franda.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels.  Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.   Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay from 3:00 to 6:30 pm on Monday, Nov. 13, and at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 am until the time of service.   A prayer service will be held at 6:30 on Monday at the funeral home.  
Gary’s family would like to thank the staff at the Sturgeon Bay DaVita Dialysis Center and Aurora BayCare Medical Center for their wonderful care and support. Gary will be sadly missed by his family and friends.


Tom Jorns

Thomas Roy Jorns, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and esteemed hair stylist, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Tom fought a courageous battle against cancer while continuing to live life to the fullest and laughing with his family until the absolute very end. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 33 years, Sandee Jorns; a sister, Jackie Stiehl; a son, Ethan (Pam) Jorns, two daughters, Kama (Alan) Duessler and Jenna (Steve) Wagner; and six grandchildren, Jillian and Johnny Jorns, Kylee and Lyvia Duessler, and Emma and Mikayla Wagner.

     Tom’s journey began on June 17, 1941, in Green Bay, born to Roy and Emma “Dolly" (Bruckner) Jorns. He grew up in Sturgeon Bay, graduating from high school in 1960. Shortly after graduating, he joined the United States Coast Guard. Tom was honorably discharged in January, 1965. Tom attended Barber School in Moline, IL. Upon returning to Sturgeon Bay, the seeds of his passion for sharing his talent, heart, and humor with everyone he met were deeply rooted as he pursued his career in Cosmetology. Tom parlayed this into opening the Yankee Clipper and the Clippers Mate Salons, both in Sturgeon Bay, with many hair professionals staying with him for more than 40 years. He “passed the scissors” to his daughter, Kama Duessler, in 2007, who continues to operate the Clippers Mate Salon.

     Upon retiring, Tom's focus transitioned to his other passions, the most important being attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He loved hunting (pheasants, grouse, and an occasional deer), fishing, gardening, canning, and watching the Packers and the Badgers. Tom was a wonderful cook, known for making his famous cabbage, coleslaw, and vinegar cucumber salad from the fruits of his garden.

     He was a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, both in Sturgeon Bay. As a veteran, Tom had been a member of the Weber-Tess AMVETS Post 51 in Sturgeon Bay. He was also a member of the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club and the Jonlee Peterson Memorial Foundation.

     Tom will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him, and most of all by his beautiful Brittany, Cinder.

     Everyone that knew Tom, knew he loved to "feed the people" and questions abound if his legendary Christmas party will continue.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be prayed at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay Fr. Matthew Rappl celebrant. Military honors by the United States Coast Guard and the Weber-Tess AMVETS Post 51 will follow at the church. Tom will be laid to rest in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Institute.

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a parish wake service to be held at 7:00 p.m. and led by Dcn. Ed Winter. Visitation will continue at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 11: 15 a.m.

     Memorials may be given in Tom's name for DOOR CANcer Inc. (P.O. Box 423, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235).

     Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Kwon, Dr. Park and Dr. Morris of the Mayo Clinic, Marcy Godlewski of the VA, Amanda Enright, Jake, Dcn. James Lonick, and the rest of the wonderful staff of AseraCare Hospice for the excellent and compassionate care given to Tom.

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

Linda M. (Bubnik) Braunsky

Linda M. “Angel Baby” Braunsky, age 57, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison. Linda was born on April 10,

1966 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to Howard and Theresa (Pisha) Bubnik. Linda

graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1984. She was married to Kevin Braunsky

on August 21, 1999 in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Linda was the director of La Petite

Academy for 28 years for several locations, with the most previous one being the

Fitchburg location.


Linda was a bright and happy woman, who would light up any room she went in. Linda’s

life motto was, Today I choose joy, which she practiced on a daily basis. In her free time

she enjoyed traveling, shopping, and spending time with her loving friends and family.

Linda was very passionate about coupons and made sure she got the best deal wherever

she was. Growing up. Linda was a strong practicing Catholic at St. Joesphs of Sturgeon

Bay and St Albert’s of Sun Prairie. She went on many mission trips with her daughter

Hailey throughout the years. She also was a devoted Packer Fan and enjoyed going to the

games. If she wasn’t at the actual game, she was screaming at the TV every Sunday

cheering them on.


Linda is survived by her husband Kevin Braunsky of Sun Prairie; daughter Hailey

Braunsky of Sun Prairie; two brothers Scott (Kim) Bubnik and Dave Bubnik both of

Sturgeon Bay; sisters-in-law Kim Bubnik of Sturgeon Bay, Nadine (Willie)

Braunsky-Baney of Columbus and Christine (Tom) Knezinek of Paris, TN; nieces Gracie

Bubnik, Abigail Bubnik, Leighla Baney, Shyla Baney; Nephews Roman Baney, Blain

Baney, Richard Cascio, and Micheal Cascio.


Linda was preceded in death by her parents; Aunt Kitty (Pisha) and Uncle Pooky Tess;

cousin Diane Tess; Aunt LeNore and Uncle George Bubnik; Uncle Bill Resler;

mother-in-law Beverly Braunsky and father-in-law Richard Braunsky.


A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., with visitation beginning at 9:00 A.M., on

Saturday, November 11, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sturgeon Bay. Fr. Matthew

Rappl will officiate. A celebration of life will be at a later date.


A special thank you to everyone’s thoughts and prayers.


We encourage you to share your online condolences with Linda’s family at

Lloyd Hubert Michalsen

 Lloyd Hubert Michalsen, 85, of Sister Bay, was called home Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, surrounded by his loving family. 

     He was born August 4, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Holger and Ruth (Ogne) Michalsen. He always felt he was an Ogne through and through: fun, a little loud, happy, and loving life! He attended Salem Norwegian Bible Church as a child. In the summers he would work on his grandparents’ farm in Arpin, WI. After he graduated from high school, he joined the Military for a short time and then worked as a computer consultant and department chair for Wheaton College, ran his own consulting business, and later worked for Peter Orum at Midwest Ground Covers until his retirement in 1998. He was blessed in marriage with Nancy Akerly in 2008..

     Lloyd was the unofficial Sister Bay greeter. Often seen on his scooter in his Norwegian sweater and fisherman’s hat, pockets loaded with dog treats, he greeted those vacationing to Northern Door as well as local residents and their pets out for a stroll. His gregarious personality suited his calling as, hand in hand with his wife Nancy, he founded and pastored The Cowboy Church in Ellison Bay, as well as creating the Door Jam Performing Arts Center and numerous song circles and other music groups. Nancy and Lloyd had an amazing partnership, both fully supporting and working together on each other’s endeavors.

      Lloyd was a member of the Sons of Norway, Chicago Chapter, and The Fox Valley Music Foundation. While in Downers Grove, Illinois, he worked the Chicagoland Coffee House circuit as a singer/songwriter/storyteller. After several years he moved to North Carolina and was the spokesman for a Gospel Country Band, the beginning of his dream of a Cowboy Church. He was an accomplished musician and music teacher, carrying on the family tradition of his father's Salem Norwegian String Band. Shortly after moving back to Door County he organized and ran a Bluegrass Camp for several years as well as serving as the caller for local square dances. He was a songwriter, woodworker, weaver, storyteller and teacher in his home studio and at The Clearing in Ellison Bay. He performed and toured with the Door County trio One Voice with David Hatch and Lynn Gudmundsen. One of his greatest joys was The Cowboy Church he began in the barn of Bob Tidball in Ellison Bay, filling Sunday mornings in the summers for 7 years with wonderful music and musicians. Lloyd was the friendliest person you could ever meet; he truly loved his home, his family, and the people of Door County. 

     Surviving family includes his loving wife, Nancy Akerly, dear children, Eric (Ann) Michalsen of Louisville, Kentucky, Lisa (Ron) MacDonald of Sister Bay, Maia Michalsen of Sister Bay, and Jenn Gaddes of Sister Bay, six grandchildren, Lena MacDonald, Connor MacDonald, Hanna Michalsen, Grace Michalsen, Cooper Gaddes, Xavier Gaddes; and sister-in-law, Shirley Michalsen of Florida as well as numerous cousins.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, Holger and Ruth Michalsen; brother Ronald Michalsen; and son-in-law Don Gaddes.

     A man’s true epitaph is not etched in stone but woven into the hearts of those around him. Lloyd lived his faith, and loved his family, and his friends. After a lifetime of good works and helping others, he rests, at peace, in the arms of his Heavenly Father.  He will be greatly missed.

     A celebration of Lloyd’s life is planned for Spring of 2024 in Sister Bay, with a date to be announced. Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the Michalsen family. 

     Memorials may be directed to Door County Secret Santa, at the Brew Coffee Shop, 12002 Highway 42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210, in care of Jane Lee. Door County Secret Santa anonymously helps Door County families with their heating costs.

     Sign our online guest book, offer condolences, share memories or pictures of Lloyd at


Matthew James Greyson

Matthew James Greyson, 27, of Madison, WI, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on Nov. 1, 2023, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee surrounded by friends and family.  Matthew was born on Sept 21, 1996, to Michael Virgin and Kathy (Virgin) Fairchild of Sturgeon Bay, WI.  Matthew spent the majority of his life in Sturgeon Bay, graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School, and working locally until he moved to Madison, WI. to attend Madison Technical College in 2021. In 2023, he obtained his dream job by securing a position in Digital Advertising for Planet Propaganda in Madison.

His first friend was Paige Kramer.  Paige’s mother, Kim Kramer, had been Kathy’s best friend from the age of 4 and as luck would have it the two mothers-to-be found out the kids were due to be born on the same day. Paige came a few days before Matthew, but they enjoyed many days swimming, playing on the playset, hide and seek and water balloon fights.  Soon preschool came at St. Peters Lutheran School.  Brady, Creston, Joseph and Parker amongst others were his buddies.  This past month Matt mentioned St. Peters and how grateful he was for their teaching style which he ironically recognized helped him give presentations at work in his adult life.

As a little boy he loved trucks, dinosaurs from Jurassic Park and dressing up like Batman when he would go outside to play.  His favorite toy was his K’nex. He could create anything from scratch, no directions required.  Matt had a keen ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. At age 6, while in the drive-thru at McDonalds, he asked mom if he could design a toy for kids to put in the Happy Meals so kids had a more interactive toy to play with.  His creativity started at a very young age but also was a whiz with math taking calculus early in high school.  He started playing baseball for Cal Ripken league when he was 8 and was selected each year to play on the All-Stars team.  Hours of “sock” tag were played with his brother and friends at the house.  

At age 8, he was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, which is extremely rare in children.  We later learned through genetic testing that he developed a mutated gene that was directly passed down from mom or dad.  He spent his younger years at numerous doctor’s appointments, underwent uncountable lab draws and every test that was available but never once complained. 

Each year on his birthday, Mom, Dad, and Eric, went out of their way to create the best time for all who attended Matt’s birthday parties!  Kids and parents would comment on how much fun and creative his birthday parties were.  Carnival themes (including pie in the face with dad, tug of war (parents against kids), Nerf-Gun War and capture the flag just to name a few.  

Matt tragically lost his dad Mike at age 14.  He and his dad were “two peas in a pod”.  Mike taught him so many things that he carried with him.  They loved to hunt and fish, anything that was outdoors.  Mike taught him how to use tools and build things.  Some of Matt’s great qualities came from his father.  His confidence, intellect, quick wit, and infamous laugh.  Mike’s nickname for Matt was “champ”.

Matt and mom spent hours doing arts and crafts as a young boy.  Each afternoon, they would make the project they watched from one of his favorite TV shows while eating their favorite lunch.  While shopping with mom, he would always want to stop at the jewelry counter and pick out a piece of jewelry for mom, usually a ring.  In preschool, he would ask mom if he could bring his friend Azure a piece of mom’s jewelry so she could look “pretty” like mom.  As he got older, shopping became their thing and Matt had a great sense of style.  He wanted to be “ahead of the crowd” with his fashion sense.  Matt and his mom had a very special bond. Mom lovingly referred to Matt as “my love”. 

At age 14, charter fishing became his passion.  He woke himself up, hopped on his bike and rode across the bridge at dawn to work double charters.  When Matt was passionate about something, he put his heart and soul into it.  With his newfound income, he never spent it frivolously.  He spent hours sitting at the dining room table on his Dell Computer.  Researching the best, top of the line item to buy that would last him a lifetime.

Middle School/High school was all about Call of Duty, Halo and Guitar Hero.  His ability to design Player Maps on Halo lead to people paying him to use these amazing creations.  Brother CJ, 6 years younger, followed suit and they enjoyed hours of gaming downstairs. His self-taught talent led him on his journey to his career path.

At age of 17, he underwent an LVAD placement, then a Heart Transplant when he developed heart failure.  He spent 3 months at Children’s Hospital with mom by his side every second. Despite his health issues, Matthew attacked life to the best of his ability and personified a “never quit” attitude.  This trait pulled him through many tough times and empowered him to create a light during the darkest of moments of his life.  This bright light within him made him a remarkable son and a loyal friend.  He had an incredible work ethic and tirelessly looked for ways to improve himself mentally, physically and in his work.  His sense of humor, smile and laughter warmed the hearts of those around him and will be greatly missed by all those close to him.  

Once in Madison, he met his true-love Tracey.  He cherished her.  Friends and family recently shared how happy he was with his life there and especially with Tracey.

There are no words to describe how much he will be missed by his family and friends.  My love.  

Survivors include Matthew’s mother Kathy and stepfather Eric Fairchild of Sturgeon Bay; his brother CJ Fairchild; stepsister Kendall Virgin; his girlfriend Tracey Nguyen; his grandfather Ray Challe; aunt and uncle Kevin and Lynn Challe; aunt and uncle Jim and Marit Virgin and their children Wolfgang, Gretta, and Sven; Aunt Kathy Virgin; aunt and uncle Sue and John Fritschler and their children Anna and Jacob; pets:  Asher, Theo, Cooper and Finn.

He was preceded in death by his father Michael Virgin; maternal grandmother Judy (Berg) Challe; and paternal grandfather and grandmother Donald and Linda Virgin.  His passed pets include:  Bella, Riley, Brody, Jax, Raja, Stryker and Zoe.  

Visitation will be held from 2:30pm – 5:30pm on Sunday Nov 5th, 2023, at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, WI with a service to follow at 5:30 pm.  Forbes Funeral Home is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Forbes Funeral Home (319. W. Spruce St., Sturgeon Bay, WI, 54235).

As his final act of kindness, Matthew donated his organs in order to save two lives.



Herbert Vogel

Herbert Florian Vogel, 94, of Maplewood, passed away on October 31, 2023.  Herb was born on July 29, 1929, in Brussels, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army in his mid 20’s, worked for Tenors laying pipe and then started his own farm, at the age of 39, after marrying the love of his life, Tina Couillard Vogel, on February 28, 1969. They raised 3 daughters, Tracie, Theresa, and Jessica and many foster children.


“I love you for a hundred million reasons” are some words that dad would sing to his children and grandchildren to express his love and gratitude for the care and visits he received over the years.  At bedtime, he would say, “Good night, Tina (deceased wife), Mary (Blessed Virgin), and Marilyn (Monroe), all women he adored. Today, he is saying “I love you” and “hello” to his family and friends in heaven. 


Herb, an expert sauerkraut and pie maker, lived a long life, valuing hard work, the joy of family and friends, great food, and good conversations reminiscing the past and oh how he had stories to tell.


Herbert is survived by his daughter Tracie (Erkin) Karimi and their children Mahrukh (Rowan) MacLeod and their newest addition Ayin, Mariam, and Mehmood; daughter Theresa Hrubecky and son-in-law David Hrubecky, and their children Alex, Paige (Bastian) Heinen, Claire, and Max; daughter Jessica (Mark) Schwartz and their children, Cody, Tyler, Casey, and twins Dawson and Quintyn; Angie (Randy) Stephens and their children, Kayla (Alex) Murphy and their children Tati, Myles, Alaina, and Stella, Faith, and Nicholas. He is survived by sister, Marion Schley, and in-laws, Karen Carlson, William (Barb) Couillard, Walter (Cheryl) Couillard, David Couillard, Couillard, and Patricia Couillard, and many nieces and nephews.  


He is preceded in death by his wife, Tina Vogel, parents, Joseph and Mary Vogel, and his mother and father-in law, Melvina (Dale) Sanborn and William Couillard. Also preceding him in death are his siblings/in-laws, Ervin (Christine) Vogel, Robert (Kazue) Vogel, Bernard (Antoinette) Vogel, Thomas Vogel, Virginia (Frank) Peroutky, Geraldine Vogel, infant twin sisters Adeline and Evelyn, and infant brother Gerald, other in-laws Jerry Schley, Elizabeth Couillard, Eileen Couillard, Bill Carlson, and Melvin Couillard.


Herb’s family wishes to extend a special thanks to Marion Schley, Donny Vogel, Patrick Schley, John Vogel, Allen Vogel, Connie Koopmans, and Lori Blight for helping us keep our dad at home, and to Deacon Mark Hibbs for his numerous visits. Thank you to Unity Hospice for the patience, care, and understanding shown to our father. The kindness and compassion shown by all was comforting to him in his final year of life. 


Friends may call on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at Forbes Funeral Home from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  A prayer service is scheduled for 6:00 pm that evening at the funeral home.   Visitation will continue at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood on Monday, November 6, from 10:00 am until the time of funeral mass at 11:00 am.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.

Lee Ann Michalske

Lee Ann Michalske, 86, of Iowa City, passed away on October 31, 2023 at Legacy Pointe Assisted Living. 


Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 11: 00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City.  A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m.  Private interment will be held at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Green Bay, Wisconsin after a portion of her ashes are sprinkled on the bay of Green Bay, per her request. 


Lee Ann was born on October 25, 1937 in Green Bay, Wisconsin to August and Doris (Luke) Michalske.  She grew up in various places as her father was a college football coach after his career as a Green-Bay Packer concluded. These locations included: DePere, Wisconsin, Ames, Iowa, and various places in Texas.  Following high school, she received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas and her master of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. 


Lee Ann worked as a Librarian for many years, both at public libraries and school libraries. She worked 20 years as Librarian of Dickinson Grade School in DePere, Wisconsin.  Her favorite part of being a librarian was bringing children and books together and the children's faces upon finding a book they liked.  She received the Wisconsin School Teacher of the Year Award in 1987-88 and in 1989 the Harriet Naylor Volunteer Administration Award.  After retirement, Lee Ann volunteered at the Door County Library with an organization called “Friends of the Door County Library.” This organization had an annual book sale that she was heavily involved with for several years. Lee Ann was part of a Reading Buddy Program in Door County, reading aloud to the children at the public school and helping them select and find library books geared towards their interests.  Lee Ann was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in DePere, Wisconsin for many years, followed by First United Methodist Church of Sturgeon Bay and First United Methodist Church of Iowa City. 


In her free time Lee Ann enjoyed reading, gardening, walking, knitting, cross stitch, traveling, boating, and being on or around the water. She spent time on sailboats Dreamer 1, Dreamer 2 and cruiser Annie Rose while navigating the Great Lakes and the Canadian waters.  She moved from DePere, Wisconsin to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin after she retired and she built a lovely cottage-style home on the ship canal (joining the Bay of Green Bay to Lake Michigan) where she lived for 17 years.  She moved to Iowa City when she was 79 to be near her family. She had a fondness for dogs and owned many in her lifetime.  Lee Ann had a joy in living and her wish was that people would honor her by doing random acts of kindness to keep her love of life alive.  Above all, Lee Ann enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and loved ones. 


Lee Ann is survived by her children:  Michael Greenwood and Katherine Greenwood-Williams; grandchildren: Dalton (Rachel) Williams, Dusty Williams, Brandon Greenwood and Cory Greenwood; great grandchildren: Eli Williams, Selah Williams, and Bently Greenwood as well as her sister, Melinda (Dennis) Bricker and one nephew, Matthew Bricker. She was preceded in death by her parents and her former spouse, John Greenwood. 


Memorials by be made to the Sturgeon Bay Library. 

Steven K. DeClark

Steven Keith DeClark, 67, of Brussels, passed away on October 31, 2023.  He was born on January 5, 1956, in Green Bay to Louis and Shirley (LeRoy) DeClark.  He graduated from Southern Door High School in 1974.  On November 28, 1976, he married Rachel A. Spude in Sturgeon Bay.

Steve worked for Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding for 25 years and owned and operated Forestville Feed and Grain for 12 years.  He also worked part-time for DeClark’s Plumbing.  Steve enjoyed spending time at the cabin, hunting, fishing, and socializing in his man cave’s.  He also enjoyed riding around in his golf cart with his loyal dog, Lilly.

Survivors include his wife Rachel; two children, Chris (fiancé, Liz) DeClark, Green Bay; Jennifer (Jason DuBois) DeClark, Brussels; five grandchildren, James, Dakoda, Marshall, Amelia, and Tucker; one great-granddaughter Aspen; a brother Daren DeClark, Brussels; a sister, Kathy (Kelly Zehren) Kinnard; in-laws, Paul and Julaine Spude, Gerald Rouer, Ron and Annette Hall, Pete and Linda Spude, Donna and Don Rudolph, Rita and Trevor Balicky, Joanne and Brett Guilette, Irene and Kiven Lardinois, John and Mary Spude, Jim and Donna Spude, Jane and Steve Chaudoir, Jerry and Shannon Spude.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law Barb Rouer.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at St. Francis and St. Mary’s Parish in Brussels with Rev. Rex Palaya officiating.  Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.  Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday.  A prayer service will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.  On-line condolences may be offered at


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