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Charles Gulley

Charles Robert Gulley, 90, Forestville, passed away December 24, 2023, at the Meng Hospice Residence in DePere.
Charles was born November 11, 1933, in West Frankfort, IL to Amon and Nina (Waller) Gulley.
Chuck attended and graduated from the Frankfort School system, where he played basketball and baseball.  
He attended Murray State University, before the draft started and he joined the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served four years.  After he was discharged he came up to Sturgeon Bay.  In 1956, he joined the Door County Sheriff's Department and then in 1974, he attended the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia, for 12 weeks. He worked for the Door County Sheriff's Department for 33 years.
Chuck enjoyed watching all his grandchildren at their sporting events, watching the Chicago Cubs, Green Packers, going to the Bullpen for a beer and a cheeseburger and the Village Kitchen for breakfast with his long time friends, Tom and Ray.
In 1956, Chuck married Joan Abrahamson.  They were blessed with two sons, Amon and Charles.  She preceded him in death in 1986.  In 1989 he married Gayle Chaudoir Delarwelle.  
Chuck is survived by his wife Gayle, two sons Amon Gulley and Charles (Sharon) Gulley; three grandchildren Shauna (Neil) Wagner, Austin (Morgan) Gulley and Jeremy (Jeanna) Moegenburg ; great grandchildren Alana and Rhea Rose, Clayton, Emory, Mason and Milo Gulley; step children Steve (Tree) Delarwelle, Lisa (Bill) Colombo, Scott (Jill) Delarwelle and Chris (Sheryl) Delarwelle; step grandchildren Justin, Kayla and Kaitlyn Colombo, Jenna (Mike) Kessenich, Cory (Abby) Delarwelle, Casey Delarwelle, Teagan and Abbey Delarwelle and Cade and Brynn Delarwelle; step great grandchildren Finley Colombo, Grace Williams, Hayes and Lillian Kessenich and Bennett Delarwelle.
Chuck was further preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation for Chuck will be Friday, December 29, 2023, at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood from 10:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM with Father Ryan Krueger officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery with Full Military Rites at the graveside.  
The family wants to give a special thank you to the gals from Unity Hospice for all their kindness and care given to Chuck.
The Schinderle Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements for Chuck and his family.
Express your sympathy, memories and pictures on Chuck's tribute page at www.schinderlefuneralhome.com.

Joanne "Mariann" Resler

     In Loving Memory of Joanne “Mariann” Resler, 85, who departed this world on December 17, 2023. 

     Having had a challenging childhood, family meant everything to her, and was an attribute that she instilled in her children, as well. She was a devoted wife to her husband of 55 years, Gilbert Resler, until his death on September 30, 2013. She was fiercely protective of all four of her children. She touched the lives of many with kindness, humor, laughter, and generosity. She was like a second mother to her niece, Sheila (Resler) Swanson of West Allis, a role she also proudly embraced for countless others. She treasured her life-long friendship with Marietta Tanck of Egg Harbor. She was known for her outgoing personality; Joanne never met a stranger and was quick to point out that she was from the “thumb” of Wisconsin. She loved to travel and was never afraid of a new challenge. She will be dearly missed by family and friends alike, leaving behind a legacy of strength and compassion for others. May her soul rest in peace, and may family and friends find strength in the cherished memories shared with her. 

     She is survived by her four daughters, Cheryl (Ray) Poole of Columbia, SC, Cindy Pelnar of Green Bay, Linda Resler of Egg Harbor, Leann (James) Leonardson of Sturgeon Bay; her four grandchildren, Angela (Tim) Butterfield of Lenoir City, TN, Jennifer (fianceé Jennifer Kaczynski) Rosenfeld of Columbia, SC, Stephanie (John) Marrs of Columbia, SC, Alex (Reanna) Pelnar of Oneida; six great-grandchildren, Carolynn, Eloise and James Butterfield, Isabella and Timothy (Joseph) Rosenfeld, Duncan Marrs; a sister, Donna Braley of Denton, TX; and other nieces, nephews; and relatives. 

     She is preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Resler; her parents; five brothers and three sisters; and other relatives. 

     “Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Bayview Senior Care (formerly Anna’s Healthcare) and Unity Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care give to our mother.” 

     Mariann's life will be honored with a funeral service held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2023 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville, Pastor Frank Kauzlarich officiating. She will be laid to rest in the church cemetery, beside her husband, Gilbert. 

     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and will continue at the church, Friday morning, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. 

     Memorials may be given in her name for St. Paul Lutheran Church (4167 Juddville Road, Fish Creek, WI 54212) or Unity Hospice (2366 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere, WI 54115).

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


Robert "Bob" Jay Garfinkel

Robert “Bob” Jay Garfinkel, 76, of Luxemburg, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 22, 2023. Born on January 3, 1947, in Milwaukee to Elias and Beatrice (Weber) Garfinkel. On August 19, 1972, he and Kathleen M. Nyman were wed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Bob dedicated his life to service, helping others, and making Northeast Wisconsin a better place to live. He was a caring and compassionate man known for his unwavering dedication to volunteer work. Even in retirement, Bob would often put in 50-plus hours a week, selflessly giving his time to various causes. 

 

Bob was a beloved husband to Kathy, a father to Anne (Steven) Laurent and Sarah Garfinkel (Michael Sheeter), and brother to Neil (Mary) Garfinkel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elias B. Garfinkel and Beatrice Joan (Weber) Garfinkel, of Milwaukee. Bob's pride and joy were his three grandchildren, Lily, Aubrey & Zoey Laurent. He could often be found cheering them on at sporting events and music concerts, supporting them with unconditional love and encouragement. His love for spending time on White Clay Lake with his granddaughters, wife, and dog brought him immense joy throughout his retirement. 

 

Bob's educational journey began in Milwaukee, where he graduated from Washington High School (where he was later inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside great individuals like Gene Wilder and Bud Selig). He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from UW Oshkosh and a master’s degree in School Administration from UW Milwaukee. These qualifications laid the foundation for his career as a sixth-grade teacher at Luxemburg-Casco Elementary School and as a co-owner of Bob's Bait & Tackle in Green Bay. 

 

In addition to his professional pursuits, Bob was passionate about community involvement. He helped create Fox Valley Volunteers, an organization dedicated to taking disabled individuals fishing, and played an instrumental role in improving the lives of adults with literacy struggles through Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County.

 

A memorial service to honor Bob's life will be held on his birthday, Wednesday, January 3, 2024, from 3-7 pm (eulogy and memory share at 6:30 pm) at McMahon Funeral Home in Luxemburg, Wisconsin. Bob Garfinkel will be remembered as a kind-hearted and selfless individual who dedicated his life to helping others. His legacy of service and compassion will continue to inspire those who knew and loved him.

 

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

Elizabeth Eve Slifka

Elizabeth Eve Slifka,  55, passed away peacefully at home on December 15, 2023 after an extended battle with liver disease.  She was preceded in death by her mother Nancy and father Frank.  Beth is survived by her partner Vince Hood, mother-in-law Martha Slifka, brothers Franky Slifka, Dave (Dee) Kanner, sister Julie Bringle, and son Vince (Kiana) Falco.  Also survived by nieces Krista (Bret), Lauren, Morgan, Katie, nephew Anthony (Lorilee) and great nieces and nephews.

 

Beth was born December 5, 1968 in Berwyn, IL and spent her youth in the local area.  After obtaining her GED, she dabbled in various jobs throughout the years, but never really found her passion. In later years, Beth lived a quiet life with her significant other, Vince H. between Door County and Green Bay.

 

Beth loved listening to loud music and enjoyed making it when she spent time playing the piano.  She loved watching Jeopardy and trying to test her skills against the contestants.  Beth kept sharp by enjoying crossword puzzles and Sudoku.  Like her mother, Beth loved pets and her home was never without an extra set of paws!

 

Beth was a person with big emotions and big opinions.  She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind or fight for what she believed in, and when she made up her mind on something; that is how it was going to be.  Keeping with her wishes, she stayed at home during the final months of her illness.  A special thanks goes out to Unity Hospice and especially Vince H, and his undying commitment to give Beth the best care and love she needed.  Beth was loved wholeheartedly, and will be missed dearly.

 

A celebration of life will be held the 12th of January, at the Legacy at Northland.  Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist with care and final expenses. 

Edith Wilber

 Edith Wilber, 92, of Sturgeon Bay passed away Thursday morning December 7, 2023 at Cardinal Ridge Residential Care, where she resided the past eight years.

     She was born at home in Crandon, WI on New Year's Eve 1930, daughter of Roscoe and Mathilda "Tillie" (Marvin) Jameson.

     Edith was united in marriage to Len Albert Wilber in Iron Mountain, MI on September 13, 1952.

     They moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1953. Edith initially worked at Leathem Smith Lodge and later Dorco Manufacturing, both in Sturgeon Bay.

     Edith and Len shared nearly 61 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2013. Edith raised four children and helped raise many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was proud of her family, and the home she and Len, built in Sturgeon Bay. For many years it was the gathering place for most holidays. Edith loved Christmas and especially Santa Claus ornaments and decorations. Every Christmas, she gave delicious, homemade candy and cookies as gifts to friends and family members. Edith also loved music, one of her favorite singers being Anne Murray, was an avid bingo player and enjoyed reading. Edith's enduring legacy is her love of family and unwavering kindness.

     Edith will be missed by her four children, Barbara (Richard) Zavrel of Hot Springs Village, AR, Brenda (Rob) LeCloux of Cherokee Village, AR, Robert Wilber of Sturgeon Bay, and Becky (Brad) Beaumont of East Troy, WI; five grandchildren, Heather (Brian) Rydeen and Matthew (Jessica) Long, Christopher (Stacey) Erickson, Lindsey Brehmer, and Sherry Wilber; five great-grandchildren, brother, George  (Mary) Jameson of Advance, WI along with Chris Voigt, dear family friend and other relatives.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Shane; siblings, Clyde Jameson, Ed Jameson and Marie MacAuley; siblings-in-law, Charles Jr., Floyd, Harvey, Harley, Wayne, Derl, Jack, Dale Wilber and Edith R. (Herb) Adams, Lillian G. (Frank) Mohr, and Laura C. (Ike) McNutt; and other relatives.

     Edith’s life will be honored by friends and family at Crandon Lakeside Cemetery, summer of 2024. She will laid to rest beside her husband, Len.

      "Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Cardinal Ridge and Unity Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care given to our mother."

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

Vilaria M. Romuald

On Friday, December 15, 2023. at the age of 91, Our Lord, along with his angels, lifted our Mom into his arms & carried her home in Heaven.  Our father, Ron “Buddy” and our brother, Randy were waiting to greet her. We gave them our most precious gift.

 

Vilaria M. Romuald was born October 16, 1932, to the late John H. & Odile C. (Guilette) Wery in Dyckesville.

 

On June 16, 1954, she married our dad, Ronald “Buddy” Romuald at Holy Trinity Church in Casco.  He preceded her in death Sept 1, 1999, and our brother Randy on February 16, 2003.

 

Her passion was sewing, and we thank every one of you for allowing her to do what she loved right till the end of time here on earth. Without all of you she would never been able to do what she loved for all these years.

 

A member of St. Joseph Church in Champion, she served on the Social Committee, helped at church picnics and was part of St. Anne’s Society.

 

She loved working in her flower gardens and doing crossword puzzles.  She greatly enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

She is survived by her children, Gary “Rocky” (Robin) Romuald, Kathy (Fran) Dufek, Ken (Chris) Romuald, Diane Romuald (fiancé Dennis Degrave).

 

She is further survived by 11 grandchildren -Paul (Rachel) Romuald, Bob (Jackie) Romuald, Aaron (Kassie) Dufek, Melanie Dufek, Carrie (Josh) Gille, Kelli (Jesse) Johnson, Nicole (Kraig) Kinnard, Josh (Cassandra) Romuald, Ryan (Chelsea) Romuald, Katy Romuald & Trenton Rueckl.

 

 13 great-grandchildren, Brockston Dufek, Ellasyn, Adaley & Maverik Dufek, Lachlan & Iver Gille, Brynn & Crew Kinnard, Ruxon Johnson, Felix Romuald & Hadley Romuald & 2 Step Great Grandchildren Dylan & Logan Roberts.  

 

Further survived by her brother and sister-in-law Ronald & Judy Wery & sister-in-law Judy Wery, Mary Wery and Marilyn Romuald.  Many loving nieces and nephews and friends.

 

She is proceeded in death by her parents John & Odile Wery, her sister Verle (Donald) Dax, brothers John Wery, Larry (Elaine) Wery, Arlen Wery; Buddy’s parents Louis & Cecelia Romuald, brothers- in- law & sisters-In-Law Arnold (Marie) Romuald, Louis & Donald Romuald, Lavern  Sconzert.

 

Friends may call at St. Joseph Church, Champion on Thursday, December 21, 2023, between 9:00 and 10:45 am.  Funeral 11:00 am on Thursday at the church with Rev. Carlo Villaluz officiating.  Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Champion.

 

Special thanks to Jeanette Dubois & Karen Hucek for always taking time to help our Mom…it meant the world to her.

 

From Mom to all her children….

Thank you for all the love, care, and respect you have given me.  I am so proud of each one of you!  Be good to each other, love one another till we meet again. Amen

Janet M. Haskell

Janet Mary Haskell, 91, Sturgeon Bay passed away on December 16, 2023, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. She was born on July 5, 1932, to Louis and Dorothy (Long) Fernandez. She was married to Roger in Sturgeon Bay on December 19, 1980, he preceded her in death on February 8, 2012.

 

Janet’s church family was important to her especially her relationship with Jesus Christ. She loved her grandchildren dearly and always had lollipops available for them. Janet also enjoyed sewing, puzzles, and loved to laugh, talk, and visit. She enjoyed taking rides with her husband in the parks.

 

She is survived by her 5 children David (Kathy) Gabert Jr., Celia (Randy) LaVenture, Susan Oliver, Cynthia Cihlar, Julie (Steve) Lau; daughter-in-law Judy Gabert; 4 step-children Marilyn (Bob) D’Entremont, Carol Kinnard, Sue Cisneros, Robert (Cathy) Haskell; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; 3 brothers Richard Fernandez, Daniel (Darlene) Fernandez, Thomas (Sharon) Fernandez; and her sister Dorothy (Jonathan) Krauss.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; sons, George Gabert and John Gabert; step-son, Wayne Haskell; sisters, Mary (Clayton) Feest, Margaret Schrieber; brother, Michael Fernandez; sister-in-law, Patricia Fernandez; and special friend, Juanita Lallemont.

 

A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday December 19, 2023, at Forbes Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Englebert officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Tuesday.  Burial to follow at Schumacher Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Special thanks to Sierra for the wonderful care and support you gave our family.

Arvin G. Dexheimer

     Arvin G. Dexheimer passed peacefully on the evening of December 12, 2023.

     Arvin was born June 9, 1939 to Milton Dexheimer and Pearl Zettel. He lived his entire life in Door County, graduating from Sevastopol School and working for local companies including Santa Rose Shoe, Peterson Builders and Emerson Electric.

     He married the love of his life, Judi Marie Haen in 1960 culminating in over 63 years of happy marriage. Together they raised five children, Craig, Blane, Darci, Deb and Daren. Arvin was a faithful and loving husband and devoted father. He will be remembered for his sharp wit and ability to repair almost anything.

     With his children, he displayed great patience as he shared his knowledge and attended his children’s events, vigilantly assessing so he could provide tips and pointers. He served as coach, cubmaster and Door County Fish Farm & Game Club president.

     Arvin loved to be outdoors tinkering on machines and watching his “critters”. He also loved snowmobiling, deer hunting, at which he was very successful, and time in his beloved leather recliner.

     Arvin was preceded by his son, Daren; parents, Milton Dexheimer and Pearl Meyer; infant brother, Milton; in-laws, David Colombo, Harvey (Helen) Haen and Dan Haen.

     Arvin will be missed by his wife, Judi; children, Craig (Nancy), Blane (Amy) [their children, Ryan and Rachel], Darci (Bill) Zingrebe [their daughters, Bryn and Bree], Deb Dexheimer [her daughter, Brooke]; Daren’s daughters, Summer (Joey) [their son, JJ] and Taylor; sister, Candance Colombo; in-laws, Donna (Harvey) Jorns, John (Karen) Haen; Yvonne (Jim) Koeppel; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

     Arvin’s life will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Scharrig officiating.

     Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home.

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

Scott A. Worley

It is with great devastation and profound heaviness and sorrow that we share that Scott Arnold Worley, 64, of Berry, Kentucky, passed away at his home in Berry on December 4th, 2023. He was deeply loved by his daughter, family, and friends.

 

Born on December 13th, 1958, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to William “Pa” and Joan (Quam) Worley, Scott was the fourth child and second son in his family.

 

Scott had many adventures and endeavors throughout his life. A longtime resident of Door County, he attended Sturgeon Bay High School where he was a highly successful member of the swim team. He went on to marry Sheri (Cocherl) Heldmann, with whom he had one child, a daughter, Kiana Mae.

 

Kiana was born via emergency caesarean section, and when Sheri awoke from anesthesia, Scott had already named Kiana, even though they had not known the sex of the baby nor discussed girl name options. Sheri said, “I’m glad I liked the name!” Scott lived a life that was authentic to him, making decisions and taking opportunities that many may not have understood but that highlighted his willingness to stay true to himself.

 

Along with parenthood, Scott embarked on many other adventures throughout his life, including becoming a certified nursing assistant. He had a deep care for the elderly and enjoyed attending nursing home visits with Kiana’s elementary school class.

 

Scott went on to own the Pilot House, a bar and grill in Algoma, Wisconsin, and later managed the Northport Pier Restaurant in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Years later, he moved from Wisconsin to Florida, and then from Florida to Kentucky.

 

Fishing was a hobby of Scott’s and he spent many hours on or near the water, especially Lake Michigan, Green Bay, and Krohns Lake. He liked visiting thrift stores and was always on the lookout for the next hidden treasure. He collected different items over time, including pottery, records, and books — and most recently, comic books. Scott had been working on remodeling his home and loved talking about its potential and all his plans for it. Scott loved reading and his sense of humor delighted and entertained those around him. He was also a cat-lover and found joy and fulfillment in getting to know and caring for the stray cats around his home, both in Berry and at his Florida home.

 

Scott could be found having deep conversations with dear friends and companions. He was a deep thinker and loved meaningful discussions. He enjoyed getting to know people and had an inherent affinity for connecting with others. He met people where they were without judgment, listened to their stories, and offered thoughtful advice with a balance of practicality and gentle compassion. He reached out and befriended those who may have felt forgotten or overlooked and allowed them to feel seen and heard. 

 

Scott held a deep love for his family and friends. He was especially proud of his beloved daughter, Kiana, and son-in-law, Philip, and was greatly looking forward to becoming a grandpa for the first time this upcoming March. 

 

Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Joan (Quam) Worley; his father, William “Pa” Worley; his brother, William “Willy” Worley, Jr.; his sister, Linda (Worley) Danek; and his cousin, Randy Cihlar.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Kiana (Worley) Driscoll and son-in-law, Philip Driscoll; his sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl (Worley) and Robert Meingast; his brother, Keith Worley; cousin, Bobby Davis; nieces and nephews; dear friends Brian Rudnicki, Jared Davidson, Tyler Lewis, Duke Lensert, and Ethan Slaby; and the many stray cats near his home for whom he loved and cared deeply.

 

A service will be held on Sunday, December 17th, 2023, at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, 323 South 5th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, at 3:00 P.M. It will be presided over by Reverend Reeder Herrick.

 

Please bring your stories and memories of Scott to share. He will be laid to rest at Shiloh Memorial Cemetery next to his parents, Joanie and Pa, and siblings, Willy and Linda.

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the family. A link to a GoFundMe is as follows: https://gofund.me/89a77937. Any additional funds not needed for various administration expenses, memorial costs, or related expenses will be donated to either the American Heart Association or RedRover, a charity that aims to “help animals in crisis and protect and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance, and education,” (via www.redrover.org).

 

Thank you to the doctors, nurses, and other professionals in and near Berry, Cynthiana, and Lexington, KY, who worked hard to support, prolong, and save my dad’s life, and to Brian Rudnicki, Jared Davidson, and Tyler Lewis for loving my dad, taking care of him, and showing him profound kindness and companionship these last years.

 

Janet Marie LePire

Janet Marie LePire, 87, Green Bay, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2023. She was born May 23, 1936, in Milwaukee to Leo and Monica “Laverne” (Sungaila) Martell.

Janet married Roger LePire on January 2, 1970. She enjoyed baking, reading, and watching soap operas, cooking shows, reality television, and cheering on the Packers. Janet loved bird watching and avidly collected anything with cardinals on them. She had an adventurous spirit and recently enjoyed ziplining and a helicopter ride, as well as traveling with her family. Janet was fearless and fierce. She was incredibly social and outgoing. Janet loved being able to spend time with her family and going up to the cottage.

She is survived by her children, Tom (Rhonda) Skippon, Jennifer Blanford, Amy (Damian) Meltesen, Brian  (Wendy) LePire; grandchildren, Christina (Charlie) Stefenhagen, Jeremy (Trina Wright) Lautenbach, Brian (Amanda) Oliver, Caylin (Gerald) Rau, Kyle (Dani Gustavson) LePire, Kaitlyn LePire, Samantha (Zack) Zasada, Damian Meltesen II, Wyatt (Kaitlin) Meltesen; great-grandchildren, Madilyn, Daxton, Harrison, Zachary, Tyson, Gunner; brother, Rick (Barb) Martell; special niece, Brenda (Dan) Meisner; and many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; son, Tim LePire; great-grandson, Brayden; parents, Leo and Monica; brother, Donald Martell.

Friends and family will gather at St. Joseph Parish, 1224 12th St. (corner of Ninth St. and 12th Ave.), from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 16; Memorial Mass to follow at 12 p.m. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.

 In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

James P. McArdle

James Patrick “Jim Mac” McArdle, 72, Sturgeon Bay passed away unexpectedly on December 9, 2023.  He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 21, 1951 to Philip and Phyllis (Ruess) McArdle.  Jim was a Vietnam veteran and served twenty years in the National Guard.  After a career as a mechanic at an Army Depot in Utah and then in Texas he relocated to Sturgeon Bay.

He is survived by a brother, Jerry (Terri) McArdle of Sturgeon Bay; a sister, Nancy (Joe) Costello, Price, Utah and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2023, at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Peter Mannoja officiating.  Visitation will be at the Forbes Funeral Home from 1:30 p.m. until the time of services.  In-lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Old Glory Honor Flight www.oldgloryhonorflight.org On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

Joan Therese Champeau

Joan Therese (Vieth) Champeau, 97, of Sister Bay, passed away peacefully, Friday morning, December 1, 2023.

    

She was born November 9, 1926, in Menominee, Michigan, the daughter of Otto Gustave Vieth and Angeline Rose (L’Hote) Vieth. Joan graduated from Menominee High School with the class of 1944.

    

On October 1, 1949, Joan married James “Jim” Victor Champeau at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor.  Jim preceded her in death on December 31, 2012.

    

While Joan’s family is grieving their loss, they are comforted by the fact that their mother has been reunited with their father in heaven.

    

A pioneer of the arts in Door County, with deep roots in Sister Bay, Joan was accomplished in many things. She was a musician, artist, and business owner; passionate and successful in every endeavor she pursued. Joan’s life was full and exciting from beginning to end. She had the opportunity to travel to several countries, played the organ and piano for St. Rosalia Catholic Church in Sister Bay, encouraged and mentored aspiring artists, managed her brother’s restaurant, ran her own art gallery, and recreationally swam and downhill skied as often as she could. All this while raising four children.

    

Joan's love will live on in the hearts of her four children, Nannette Champeau, Roberta (Don Bumpus) Champeau, Marc (Carol) Champeau, and Patrice (Eric Smith) Champeau; three grandchildren, Claire Erickson and Anders (fiancée, Azusa Inaba) Erickson, and Genevieve Pelrine; great-grandson, Parker Rowe; and other relatives.

    

She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Victor and Wilhemina “Minnie” (Kodanko) husband; siblings, Johnny (Corrine) Vieth, Patricia (Robert) Sunstrom, and Paul Vieth; and other relatives.

    

Joan’s life will be honored with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 15, 2023 at Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site with Fr. Thomas Farrell as celebrant. She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Jim, at the memorial wall in St. Rosalia Cemetery.

    

Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Friday, December 15, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.

    

Memorials may be given in Joan's name for the Sister Bay Historical Society, The Clearing, or the Peninsula Music Festival.

    

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Martha Coventry for the love and care given to Joan at the Hearthside in Sister Bay.

    

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

Catherine Antonissen

Catherine (Bultman) Antonissen, 84, of Maplewood, passed away on December 3rd, 2023, at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center in Sturgeon Bay following a month-long illness.

Cathy was born on December 10, 1938, in Algoma to Anthony Sr and Vera (Haack) Bultman. Her greatest joys and blessings were always found in the arms of family. She found great delight running through the family's orchard with her siblings on her way to Bruemmerville or time on the family farm. She graduated from Algoma in 1956, where we often heard the mantra, "hard as nails, tough as bricks, were the class of 56". Following graduation, she entered into Holy Family Nursing School in Manitowoc graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1959.  There she met her longlasting friends Betty and Barb.

She married the love of her life Joseph E. Antonissen on May 28, 1960, and fully supported him in what became a lifelong military career. While her nursing career ceased in 1963 as they began their family, nursing was at the forefront of everything she did as they went on to raise six children. She became a pillar of strength and was the foundation of all military moves as their family continued to grow. Together their military travels took them to Mt. Clemens, Michigan, Omaha, Nebraska, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Presque Isle, Maine and Okinawa.  Their final move took them home to Maplewood in 1976. Along the way they met many friends who also became extended members of our family throughout the years.

Cathy shared her love of snail mail with all of her niece's and nephews throughout the years, never missing the chance to send birthday cards. Her weekly pen pal letters to her sister Jeanne were kept on the cupboard for all to read and we were continually updated with the changes happening within our family. She loved the art of a penned letter to family and to her the handwritten notes received were worth more than gold. She shared daily phone calls with her sister Margie. Her children’s birthdays were celebrated with her famous chocolate cake, voicemails with a "Happy Birthday" sung and reciting the times of our births to us along with our individual stories of what occurred on our special day. Her love of nursing even though she wasn't practicing in the field continued to be a passion of hers and her love of healthcare was passed on to her kids where 5 out of 6 children entered into the path of serving others in health care, a well-known trait learned from one of the best.

Cathy is survived by her children, Tim (Sue) Antonissen, Jeff (Mandi) Antonissen, Tree (Steve) Delarwelle, Paul (Shari) Antonissen, Ann (Steve) Bretl, Jennifer (Travis) Olson. Catherine is also survived by her grandchildren, Matthew, Eric, Jordan, Derek, Greg, Gabe, Emma, Cory (Abby), Casey, Bryant, Austin, Mason, Alexandra, Emily, Elizabeth, Paige, Maiya Jo, Joseph and her four great grandchildren, Bennett, Jonathan, Julia and Oliver. Her siblings, Margie Naze, Jeanne DeDecker, David Bultman and Tony (Theresa) Bultman. Her in-laws, Mary and Fred TePaske and Jim and Gail Antonissen.

She was reunited in heaven with her loving husband Joe, her parents and her special sister Rosie and her husband John Meyer. She was also preceded in death by her in-laws Lucille and Joe Antonissen, and many other family members.

Our mother was special, as all mothers are. She took delight in all things that are simple, a family gathering, attending numerous school events, taking a ride to the Algoma beach or visiting with Barb at the library, she could be found walking in her yard or amongst her flowers.  As we entered into her illness she reminded our family that to love and be loved is our greatest gift in life and that her love for us would go on forever.

"Remember me when lilies bloom, when daisies show their pretty smile along the roadside-for in the springtime or forever, I enjoy them so.

Remember me when you see children for they are God's creation and know that I have tried my best.

Remember me in the winter when the snow falls gently and makes a winter wonderland of beauty amongst the evergreen.

Remember me with a quiet touch, a happy smile and a whisper of love"

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2023, at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood with Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

A special Thank You to all the staff who assisted in caring for our mother at the Skilled Nursing Facility, to our friends and family who showered us with love, prayer, words of kindness and support. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all of you.

 

Ethel Mae Uecker

Ethel Mae Uecker 95, of Forestville, passed away at Sycamore Lodge Senior Living in Algoma on December 3, 2023.  She was born on September 14, 1928, in Sturgeon Bay to Herman and Edna (Kramer) Sperber.  Ethel graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1945 and then worked for Schneider Company.  On October 5, 1946, she married Ralph G. Uecker in Sturgeon Bay.

 

Ethel was formally active in the East Maplewood Homemaker’s Club and the Ladies Aide of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville.  Her great joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, dancing, playing cards and entertaining.  Ethel also enjoyed gardening and her flowers.  Alongside her husband, they owned and operated Ralph Uecker and Sons Implement for many years.

 

Survivors include her three sons, David (Sue) Uecker,  Dale (Norma) Uecker, Jeff (Barb) Uecker, all of Forestville; Eight grandchildren, Ben (Chin), Nick, Krissy (Kevin) Phillips, Tracy (Jeremy) LaCrosse, Brittney (Rich) Peters, Tasha (Bret) Cook, Cody and Ava; Seven great grandchildren, Riley and Ross Phillips; Meghan and Chloe LaCrosse; Braelynn and Braxton Peters, Beaux Cook; one sister, Elaine Halverson, Algoma;  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband;. daughter-in-law, Peggy Uecker; sister, Joan (Blaine) Dreutzer; brother-in-law, Elton Halverson; and a sister-in-law, Edna (Jennings) Schmeling.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 8, 2023, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville with Rev. Dr. Christopher Jackson officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Friday.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com

 

Special thanks to her granddaughter Krissy, and the staff at Sycamore Lodge Senior Living for their wonderful care and support.   

Walter D. Alvin

Walter Dobrick Alvin, 98, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord Saturday, November 18, 2023 while at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center at Door County Medical Center where he had been residing the past couple months. He was reunited with his wife, Frances, who passed away exactly four years prior, November 18, 2019. 

     

Walter was born February 10, 1925, in the northwest Chicago, IL neighborhood of Norwood Park, the son of Walter Carl Alvin and Violet R. (Dobrick) Alvin. He grew up in Norwood Park and attended William Howard Taft High School in Chicago. Upon graduating in 1942, Walter went on to study chemistry at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH where he earned his bachelor’s degree (1946).

   

 In 1947, he married Frances Sweeny Baumlisberger in Jeffersontown, KY. 

     

Walter worked as a professional chemist his entire career, first in a general lab, then in an insecticide company, and for most of his career as a cosmetic chemist for several companies and his own company, Alvin Laboratory. He did product development, scale-up for production, production problem-solving, and quality control, sometimes as the lab manager and at other times as the solo chemist. Walter's jobs took his family across the country - to Chicago, Los Angeles, CA, Mountaintop PA, Oakland, New Jersey, Dallas, TX, St. Louis, MO, and Orlando, FL.  

     

He and Frances retired to Sturgeon Bay in 1996, a place Walter spent most of his summers as a youth. (Walter's grandfather bought land and built a summer home there in 1925). Walter and Frances built their home on the quarry bluff overlooking his beloved Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay, and Sherwood Point.

     

Walter never had idle hands. He was a dedicated "do-it-yourselfer" and could solve and complete most household repair jobs. He took pride in building kitchen cabinets for his historic Pennsylvania home as well as the furniture. Walter had a passion for gardening, both vegetables and flowers. During his retirement years, he added more crafts: basket making, rug hooking and in his later years right up to his death, he made beautiful cross-stitch pictures and ornaments. Walter and Frances were avid bridge players and members of Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.

     

He and Frances were blessed with over 72 years of marriage. In their final years, they lived together at Anna's Healthcare CBRF (now Bayview Senior Care) in Sturgeon Bay.

     

Walter will be missed by his three daughters,  Linda (AJ) Thomas of Des Plaines, IL, Cheri (Dan) Meyvis, and Gwen (Jim) Mitsche, both of the Town of Sevastopol; seven grandchildren, Carol (Joe) Campbell, Kate (Jamie) Mouton, Nate (Jessica) Meyvis, Matthew (Kimberly) Mitsche, Diana (Andrew) Millspaugh, David Mitsche, and Michael (McKenna) Mitsche; eleven great-grandchildren, Jack and Grant Campbell, Maxwell and Elliot Mouton, Robin, Charlotte, and Issac Meyvis, Sebastian Mitsche, and Lucas, Ethan and Maggie Millspaugh; and other relatives.

     

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three brothers, Harold (Nancy) Alvin, Vernon (Virginia) Alvin, and Arvid (Janet) Alvin; and other relatives.

     

Walter was laid to rest beside his wife, Frances, in the columbarium at Bayside Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol with a private committal service with Rev. David Leistra officiating.

     

His life will be celebrated with a memorial service in Sturgeon Bay in the summer of 2024 - to be announced.

     

Memorial contributions may be given in Walter’s name for the Chemistry Department at Wittenberg University (PAYABLE TO: Wittenberg University, Office of University Advancement, P.O. Box 720, Springfield, OH 45501; www.giving.wittenberg.edu, CHOOSE: "Department & Program Support", then select Chemistry; MENTION "In Memory of Walter Alvin" in memo) OR Unity Hospice (2366 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere, WI 54115; www.unityhospice.org/donate). 

     

“Our family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Hogan and Dr. Hudson for their care for the past 30 years; and the staffs of Unity Hospice; Bayview Senior Care; and the Skilled Nursing Facility at Door County Medical Center.”

     

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

 

Miles E. Haucke

Miles E. Haucke, 85, Luxemburg, died late Thursday, November 30, 2023, at a local hospital.  He was born in Algoma to the late Howard E. and Ruth E. (DeMeuse) Haucke on December 18, 1937.  A graduate of Algoma High School in 1956, then enlisted into the United States Air Force serving our country until 1960, with an honorable discharge.  On April 11, 1959, he married Joanne E. Ahrndt in Algoma.  She preceded him in death February 3, 1995.  On July 25, 2003, Miles married Jance Vandenhouten at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg.  She preceded him in death December 29, 2017.

 

Miles was employed with local Variety Stores as well as the Hardwood Industry.  He retired in 2001, following thirty five years at Algoma Hardwoods. He served as an Alderman in Algoma for nine years and was with the Algoma Fire Department for five years. His faith was important to him and served in many positions at the church. He was also a member of the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262 in Luxemburg.

 

He could always be found in his workshop tending to his many woodworking projects. Miles spent hours in his garden, loving the outdoors.  He was an avid sports fan and took pride in attending the games of his grandchildren.  Watching the Bucks, Brewers and the Packers were a must.  He was all excited to share the Packer Ice Bowl history with anyone, and may have given you a hard time if you were not a fan of the Packers!   He loved car rides and took pride in cooking for the American Legion events.

 

He will be missed.

 

Miles was proud of his six children, Jeffrey Miles Haucke (deceased), Suzanne Beckmann (Kent), Scott (Mary) Haucke, all of Algoma; Kelly (Tracy) Haucke, Beaver Dam; Robert (Rachel) Haucke, Randy (Tracy Gabert) Haucke, all of Sturgeon Bay; eleven grandchildren Jessica (Devin) Welhouse, Katie (Jesse) Selner, Brett Beckmann, Laura (Andrew) Harbath, Samantha Haucke (fiancé Jeff Forehand), Cody (Angela) Haucke, Cole Haucke, Ethan Haucke, Rose Haucke; two step-grandchildren Kathy (Dan) Gillean, Bryan (Shelby) Santy; six great grandchildren Dylan, Jack, Roman, Aubree, Kimmy, Jayce; one brother Dennis (Nancy) Haucke, Algoma; one sister Mavis Duerst, Sturgeon Bay; one sister in law Jean Haucke, Algoma; one brother in law John (Betty) Ravet, Sugarbush.

 

Miles was preceded in death by one brother Wayne “Butch” Haucke; brothers in law and sisters in law Lloyd (Carol) Cravillion, Randall Duerst, Melvin (Blanche) Ahrndt; Grandparents Elsie and Arnold Haucke, George and Adline DeMeuse.

 

Friends may call at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg, on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, between 9:00 and 10:40 am.  Funeral 11:00 am on Wednesday with Rev. Daniel Schuster officiating. Complete military honors following the Mass with the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262 of Luxemburg.  Burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma.

 

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

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