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Carl S. Jackson

Carl S. Jackson , 83 years, of Sister Bay, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2024 at Scandia Good Samaritan.

     He was born December 13, 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky the son of the late Hubert and Mary (North) Jackson. Carl was raised in Vail, Iowa where his family resided.  Following high school graduation, he received his undergrad degree at Iowa State University and his MD in Psychiatry at the University of Iowa.

     His career was started interning in Philadelphia continuing with his residency at St. Lukes Hospital in New York City. Carl’s career continued after Maine Medical Center by taking positions in Chicago, at University of Illinois and Illinois Masonic Hospital while maintaining a busy and satisfying private practice. Dedication to serve and helping others was evident in his medical mission trips spent in South India where he offered surgical and emotional healing. Carl left his mark on this earth as an honest, honorable, trustworthy man.

     Love of music manifested itself in singing with his beautiful tenor voice which would lead to forming a two-piano team with his wife, Judith, performing many annual benefit concerts for worthy causes in the Door County area. Carl and Judith Ault were married June 16, 1979 in Deerfield, Illinois.

     Surviving family include his dear wife, Judith Ault Jackson; and his daughter, Kathryn (LeRoy) Hawbaker of Ohio.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, Hubert and Mary Jackson; and his sister, Marietta Pearson. 

     A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church with Rev. James Honig officiating.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials in Carl’s memory should be directed to Klaud’s Pantry, or the Sanctuary Choir Fund, both at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, Ellison Bay.

     “We would like to express special thank-you to the excellent caregivers who provided such wonderful support to Carl during these past few months, in particular, Amanda Charney RN from Unity Hospice and RN’s Jessica and Kody from the Care Center of Scandia Village. You and the entire caring staff were instrumental in maintaining Carl’s comfort and happiness.”

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


Gary L. Maedke

Gary L. Maedke, 76, Algoma, passed away on January 26, 2024, at the Jack and Engrid Unity Hospice Facility in DePere.  He was born November 8, 1947, in Algoma to Louis and Frieda (Kaye) Meadke.

Gary graduated from the Southern Door High School in 1965.  

Gary was drafted into the United States Army on January 4, 1968, and was honorably discharged on December 18, 1969.  Gary was seriously injured in Vietnam on December 10, 1968, and was awarded the Purple Heart for the injuries he received serving his country.

After returning home, Gary worked at Bay Ship Builders for about 35 years.  During his laid-off periods, Gary did carpentry work with Heraly Construction for many years.
He married Marilyn (Dupont) Kroening on January 1, 1972, at St. Paul's Church, Algoma.

Gary built his own home and made many furniture pieces in his home.  He loved to spend his time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was an avid hunter, loved playing cards and traveling with his wife Marilyn.

Gary is survived by his son, Shawn Maedke, New Franken; daughter Diana (Rick) Pallex, Algoma; daughter Barb (Jon) Paplham, New Franken; and son Ricky (Debra) Kroening, Forestville; 13 grandchildren, Hannah and Hunter Maedke, Tanya (Damian) Bott, Elliot (Tricia) Pallex, Adam Przybylski, Logan Ann Przybylski, Christopher (Stephanie) Przybylski, Gabrielle Paplham, Matthew (Bryanna) Kroening, Jennifer Kroening, Zachary (Judy) Kroening, Gunner (Bradley) Kroening, Hailey Kroening; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister Ruby Mueller, sister-in-law June Holtz and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marilyn, four sisters Ella (Marcus) Pagel, Edna (Roger) Kruegar, Mildred (Harvey) Jaeger and Violet (Ernie) Kumbalek, brother-in-law Edward Mueller and sister-in-law Patricia (Donald) Lohrey.

Family and friends may gather at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma, on Thursday, February 1, 2024, from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joel McKenney and Rev. John Moll officiating. Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery with Full Military Rites.

The family wants to give a special thank you to the staff at the Jack and Engrid Hospice Facility for all the care and compassion given to Gary during his stay there.
The Schinderle Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements for Gary and his family.

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Robin M. Bouche

Robin M. Bouche, 45, of Luxemburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, following a brief illness.   He was born in Green Bay to Chris Bouche and the late Marge A. (Zima) Bouche on October 9, 1978.  He was a 1997 graduate of Luxemburg-Casco High School.


Robin enjoyed playing video games with his best friend Jesse Hermans, R. C. Racing and watching the Green Bay Packer games along with Brewer Baseball. He loved collecting football cards, coins, and comic books.


Survivors include his father, Chris Bouche (friend Cindy Dart); brother, Chad Bouche; sister, Kristy Leach; nephew, Carter Bouche; niece, Megan Leach; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, further survive.


Robin is preceded in death by his mother, Marge A. Bouche, and one brother-in-law Keith Leach.


Friends may call at St. John Lutheran Church, Luxemburg, between 9:00 and 11:45 am on Thursday, February 1, 2024.  Funeral service at Noon at the church with Rev. Carl Brewer officiating.  Burial in St. Martin Cemetery, Tonet.


McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg, is assisting the Bouche Family.


Russell Jens Sunstrom

Russell Jens Sunstrom of Sister Bay passed away Thursday, Jan 25, 2024 at 93 years of age and 70 years happily married. 

     Russ was known for his calm, even-keeled demeanor. His warm smile and bright brown eyes reflected his pleasant nature. He was a good and faithful servant of Jesus - a humble man of faith, with a blessed upbringing. Russell enjoyed his family, friends and church and appreciated his very healthy and happy life. 

     Born in Liberty Grove to the late Raymond and Alice (Jacobsen) Sunstrom, Russell was one of six siblings on a family farm. He attended Appleport School and graduated from Gibraltar High School. While his older brothers served in WWII, Russell, a young teen, remained home and worked the farm but still found time for sports including football and ski jumping. 

     After graduation, he served in the United States Coast Guard and became certified as an Electronics Technician First Class.

     In 1953, he married Carole Ohman at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ephraim. The two moved out east where he started his career with IBM as a Field Service Engineer. It was in New York that they had their first child, Dennis in 1954. 

     Knowing they wanted to move back to Wisconsin and Door County, they moved to Milwaukee when there was an IBM job opening. There, they had their second son, Dale, in 1957 and adopted their daughter Kari (Pudlo) in 1968.

     They eventually moved to Green Bay, where Russell continued his career with IBM. During the years at IBM, he was well liked and appreciated by managers and coworkers as evident by dozens of letters at retirement. During his 42 years at IBM he held many positions, eventually becoming an expert as the technology advanced. A career filled with learning to keep up with fast changing technology. His expertise was employed as he was part of the design team of the first IBM PC.

     In 1992, Russell and Carole moved back to Door County and spent the rest of their years making the most of retirement. Russell was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, the Sister Bay American Legion, and the Sister Bay Lion’s Club. He was able to enjoy gardening and yard work. He hosted deer camp each year with his sons and grandchildren- enjoying their successes even more than his own. He delighted in helping his grandsons sell firewood each summer that together they cut, split and bundled. 

     Russell loved fitness. His lifelong passion was bike riding. He rode thousands of miles between cherished rides with his sister Shirley Maltby, various planned bike outings, and family rides with tag-along grandchildren through Peninsula Park. Often daily, from childhood through his eighties, Russell could be found enjoying the solitude of a ride through the county. He also enjoyed staying active through cross country skiing, hiking, and YMCA classes. 

     His last years were spent with family reminiscing about the family farm, days trapping game with his brother Harold, he liked hearing about his grandchildren, watching Packer games, taking walks, visiting other residents of Scandia Village, and drinking a nice cup of coffee with family and friends.  

     Russell will be missed by his wife, Carole, son Dennis (Marla) Sunstrom, son, Dale (Cindy) Sunstrom, daughter, Kari (Mark) Pudlo, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren as well as friends and family.

     He was preceded in death siblings, Olive Koyen, Willard Sunstrom, Betty Hedeen, Harold Sunstrom, Shirley Maltby. He was also preceded in death by his grandson-in-law, Josh (Kelly) Edgerton,   

     A special thanks to Scandia Village for the love and care they gave him.

     A memorial service will be held for Russell on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7973 WI-57, Baileys Harbor, with Rev. Gary Scharrig officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Sister Bay American Legion Billy Weiss Post 527 following service. Visitation will be held at church on Friday, February 2, 2024, from 4 p.m. -7 p.m. and again on Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. 

     Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the Sunstrom family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Russell may be shared with his family through his tribute page at


Allen "Al" L. Fager

Allen “Al” L. Fager left his earthly struggles surrounded by family on the morning of January 24, 2024, following a shocking ALS diagnosis on December 15, 2023. 


Allen was born on April 10, 1949, to Milton W. and Melva E. (Kudick) Fager. He was baptized, confirmed, and attended school at St. Paul Lutheran. He graduated from Luxemburg High School in 1967, then enlisted in the Army Reserves.  After basic training, he took a job with the McMahon Furniture Store of Luxemburg as a warehouse/delivery man and later becoming part of the carpet installation crew setting the stage for a long and successful career in the retail floor covering industry.


On August 22, 1970, Allen married his soulmate Sandra M. Krohn at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Montpelier. They were blessed with two children, Joshua and Jessica.  He adored his family, instilling a moral foundation and a strong work ethic, while spoiling them constantly.


Allen’s love for a project led the family to live in several unique homes throughout the state, and most recently Florida. Unfortunately, he didn’t witness the completion of post-Hurricane Ian renovations.


Al was a hard working individual who established several successful businesses and commercial real estate interests. This success enabled the couple to indulge in their love of travel, exploring Europe, South Africa, South America, and sailing the San Blas Islands among other destinations. Sadly, a planned five-week trip to Italy was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic two days prior to departure. 


In the 90's the couple discovered St. John, USVI and Al turned their retreat into a business venture as well, owning two rental houses. He cherished entertaining friends and sharing the beauty of the Caribbean for 15 years.


Al's love of water and boating was evident in his quest to throw his riders off the tube, if not his own children, nieces and nephews were his favorites!  He coached his children in waterskiing, pyramids and even barefooting. He fulfilled his desire to boat on 'big water' when the couple relocated to Florida and joined the SWFL Yacht Club of which he was a director for many years.  He was an amazing boat captain and often drew a crowd when he pulled his boat into a dock no one else would try!


Always the life of the party, Al cracked jokes until his last day. Above all, he was a devoted family man, finding joy in simple moments, be it grilling, boat rides, enjoying restaurants or just hanging out together.  His two grandsons were the light of his life; with Vance Allen's birth being the reason for the planned visit to Wisconsin. This later became a blessing so to be accessible to the UW Health Hospital and having family nearby. ALS robbed Al of additional time with his new grandson Vance Allen and the rest of his family, but all were available to share memories in his final days and say goodbye.


He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandy; son Joshua (Chelsey O’Connor) Fager, Madison; and daughter Jessica (Cole) Rasmussen, Spring Green; grandsons Shane Paul O'Connor and Vance Allen Rasmussen.  Brother Darrell (Carol) Fager, Fl; two sisters, Lori (Mike) DeGrave, Green Bay and LoAnn (Ernie) Gaudette, TX; Brothers-in-law, Roger (Candace) Krohn, Arlie Doell, both of Luxemburg; and sisters-in-law Susan (James) Kratz, Kewaunee; Donna Thompson-Krohn, Denmark; Lori Krohn-Johnson, Green Bay. Nieces, nephews, and five special godchildren, Denise, Nancy, Tim, Andy and Darren also survive. A special friend Tom Landwehr, who was 'always like a brother'.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Melva Fager, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leo and Virginia Krohn, grandparents, sister-in-law Jean (Krohn)Doell and brother-in-law Carl “Chuck” Krohn.


Thank you to the staff at UW Health's TLC unit and Select Specialty Hospital in Madison, where Al spent his last 45 days.


Visitation with cremains present will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, N4108 County Road AB, Luxemburg, WI. from 9:00-10:55 am on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Funeral service at 11:00 AM on Saturday at the church with Rev. Dr. Daniel Olson officiating. Burial in the St. Paul church cemetery.


Memorials will be appreciated to the ALS Foundation, St. Jude Children's Hospital, or donor's choice. 


McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kenneth "Cookie" A. Cookle

Kenneth “Cookie” A. Cookle, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Friday evening January 19, 2024 at his home with his family by his side.

     He was born July 10, 1937 in Moreson, WI the son of the late Aloysius and Clara (Koenig)  Cookle.  Ken attended Denmark High School and worked on his grandparents farm every summer after school let out. He served his country with the U.S. Army from 1955 until his honorable discharge in-1959. On June 2, 1962 he married MonaRae Meihsner at St. James Catholic Church in Cooperstown. They were blessed with three children, Kevin, Connie, and Steven.

     Ken had worked for Allied Heat Treating, Eck Foundry, Lake to Lake, and The Manitowoc Co. where he became a skilled ship fitter and riveter.  Special projects were given to Ken (and his crew Cookle’s Commando’s) as his talents were sought after and included riveting on the Coast Guard tall training ship “Eagle”. He repaired multiple ships in California and Connecticut. In Johor Bohru, Malaysia he riveted the tanker, “Syosset” for Mobil Gas Co. Ken retired from Bay Shipbuilding after many years of work excellence and dedication.  He was known as “Big Daddy” to his fellow ship builders at the yard.

     Ken was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoyed fishing, gardening, camping, and his fur babies and bird watching in his yard.

     Survivors include his wife, MonaRae; three children, Kevin (Jean) Cookle, Connie (Bruce) Zuleger, Steven (Melissa) Cookle; six grandchildren, Nicole, Kent, Cady, Jeremy, Kaila and Garrett; eight great-grandchildren, Dustin, Vanessa, Otto, Brynlee, Braelyn, Nevaeh, Roman and Stevie Mae; his remaining siblings, Pat Holdorf, Jim and (Carol) Cookle, Mariann and (Bill) Johnson, and sister-in-law Judy Cookle.

     Preceding him in death was his parents, Aloysius and Clara Cookle; in -laws, Clarence and Ramona Meihsner; brother, Leland; sister, Lamar and brother-in-law (Roger) Meihsner, brother-in-law Bud Holdorf.

     Funeral services with military honors will be held at 12:00p.m. on February 1, 2024, Thursday at Huehns Funeral Home with Fr. Matthew Rappl officiating.  Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Manitowoc.

     Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home February 1, 2024 Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 noon. Military honors will follow the service at 12:30 at Huehns Funeral Home.

     Many thanks to Dr. Reitz, Dr. Hogan, Sturgeon Bay Emergency Services, Green Bay Oncology, Bellin Cardiology, and the very special Unity Hospice Nurses for their compassionate, competent care given to both Ken and his wife, MonaRae.

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Karen A. Jome

Karen A. Jome, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Jan. 18, 2024, at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay.  She was born Sept. 28, 1942, in Door County to Franklin and Agnes (Roble) Jome.

Karen loved living the “rural” life and spent most of her life working on the family farm.  She was a great help to her parents for many years.  Their family life revolved around church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and participating in other activities.

As an avid sports fan, Karen loved to cheer on the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers.  She also enjoyed family gatherings, especially during the holidays.

Karen is survived by her brother Bob (Ruth) Jome, Manitowoc; nephew Eric (Janine) Jome, Franklin; niece Kirsten Robley, Manitowoc; and many cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Diane and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, at Tanum Forest Lutheran Church with the Rev. Peter Mannoja officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Tanum Forest Lutheran Church or the Parkinson’s Foundation in her name.   Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Special thank you to the entire staff at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Facility for their wonderful care and support.


Rick Soukup

Richard (Rick) Soukup Sr., 67, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday January 7, 2024, with his loved ones by his side. Rick was born in Sturgeon Bay on September 27, 1956, to the late Raymond Soukup and Joanne LeCloux. He graduated from Southern Door High School and married his high school sweetheart Polly. They were happily married for 49 years. 

Rick had the passion for taking old cars and gas pumps apart then turning them into show pieces. His passions also included the love for hunting, collecting guns, building, and remodeling around his home. He loved spending his time out in the woods with his family.  

Rick’s love for his family and grandchildren showed through every day in his actions. He loved teaching his grandchildren his skills in life such as making maple syrup, basic car upkeep, and how to deal with the hard ships in life with a positive attitude. You could always count on him for a smile and laugh.  

He is survived by his wife Polly (Fortemps) Soukup, their sons Richard (Jaime) Soukup, Michael (Devon) Soukup and his grandchildren Terah Soukup, Britni Soukup, Kylie Soukup, Dane Soukup, and Sunny Soukup; his brother Gary (Vicky) Soukup, sister Missy (Jeff) Bruemmer, brother Jeff DeNamur, and a sister in-law Martha Soukup. Rick has 9 nephews and 1 niece. 

He is preceded in death by his dad Raymond Soukup, stepmother Charolette Soukup, stepdad Harry DeNamur, brother Randy Soukup, and nephew John Soukup, sister-in-law Ginger (Fortemps) Woolums, brother-in-law Paul Fortemps, father-in-law Allen Fortemps, and mother-in-law Virgina Fortemps.  

A visitation will be held at Forbes Funeral Home on Tuesday January 16th, 2024, from 4pm to 7pm. A celebration of his life will be held later in early spring of this year.  On line condolences may be offered at


Joel Arthur Blahnik

Maestro / Captain Joel Arthur Blahnik, age 85, passed away Friday afternoon, December 29, 2023 - a day prior to the one-year anniversary of the death of his loving wife, Mary Ann - at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Center Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay. While there he made many friends and received excellent care. For most of his 13-month stay he was also under the care of Unity Hospice. This time was a wonderful finale to a life well lived. He loved people and was engaging, vibrant, joking and singing until his last two days.

     Joel was born at home in Fish Creek, Wisconsin on June 7, 1938, the eldest son of Arthur Patrick Blahnik and Viola Alma (Seeman) Blahnik. As he liked to joke - “they turned on the faucet and out came a drip!” He also liked to tell the story of how his name was chosen - by his father opening the Bible to the book of Joel, which happens to be one of the shortest.

     At that time Arthur taught music at Gibraltar High School, a role that Joel would later fill as well. His father’s evolving profession led the curly-haired youngster and his family to De Pere and eventually to Green Bay. While a student at Green Bay East High School, Joel was involved in music, played basketball and excelled in track as a hurdler, setting a state record at the time. Upon graduation he was offered a track scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but instead chose to attend the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. He ran track at Lawrence and studied under the tutelage of his first music mentor, Professor Fred Schroeder. He played many instruments, focusing on low brass.

     At age 18, Joel got his Coast Guard Captain’s license that he held active for almost 60 years, during which he became a 100-ton Master. Being on the water was one of his passions. He also enjoyed diving with friends and discovered a shipwreck off of what locals call “The Rock”. During college summers, he ran sightseeing and fishing parties out of Ephraim. Occasionally, residents would complain to the Sheriff’s Department that someone was playing a trombone from a boat late in the evening, and the sound was bouncing off the bluffs into the village! Word is he liked to impress his dates.

     Upon graduating from Lawrence, Joel started his career as Band Director in Niagara, Wisconsin. He soon discovered Niagara to be too remote and left for a similar job outside of Milwaukee. In the midst of this transition, he met Mary Ann Jarman on a sunset cruise, and they were married in Fish Creek in October 1963, at the Friedman Estate, now Hidden Harbor Condominiums.

     After college, he purchased the steel vessel “Otumba” and started his own summer business, Blahnik Fishing Charters, from the Fish Creek Town Dock. He ran that business until his focus turned to Chambers Island in the mid-1970’s. After researching archives in Washington, D.C. for data and history of the island, focusing on the lighthouse, Joel eventually convinced the Town of Gibraltar to purchase the 40-acre lighthouse property from the Federal Government for $1. He and his family were appointed summer caretakers of the Chambers Island Lighthouse property in 1976. That role lasted over 40 years. The following summer he began 30 years of employment with the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay as Captain of the 53-foot M/V “Quo Vadis”, shuttling passengers between Fish Creek and Holy Name Retreat House on Chambers Island. Later in life, he served many years on the Town of Gibraltar Harbor Commission.

     While Band Director at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, Joel’s bands received much recognition. His concert bands were invited to the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, the world's largest instrumental music education conference in Chicago, Illinois. His marching bands played a number of halftime shows at Green Bay Packers games. During this time, his focus shifted to composing music and serving as a WSMA (Wisconsin School Music Association) solo and ensemble judge, in which he was active all over the state for more than 30 years. With the encouragement and support of his second music mentor, Vaclav Nelhybel, Joel composed, arranged, and edited thousands of works, including pieces written for each of his children - Inventions No. 1, 2 and 3. He was commissioned to write a piece for the grand opening of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay. For many years he had more pieces on the Wisconsin Solo/Ensemble list than any other composer.

     From 1979 to 1993, Joel was Band Director at Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek, from where he took early retirement in order to focus on his composing, his obsession with his Czech heritage, and the Czech Music Alliance he had formed with Sister Anita Smisek, OP. That partnership led to the formation of Alliance Publications Inc. - a publishing house for the production of ethnic music, particularly Czech and Slovak. Starting in 1989, they published over 3,000 works in all mediums of classical and folk-art music.

     Joel and Anita, both third generation Czech/Americans, conducted hundreds of presentations at various universities, state and national conventions, schools, churches, and religious institutions across America. They also performed regularly in the Czech Republic as soloists, conductors, teachers, and helped co-found several music festivals. He was big in Europe! He also was a member of Wisconsin Czechs, an organization that celebrates and preserves Czech music and culture.

     Joel enjoyed attending sporting, musical, and theater events in which his grandchildren participated. In his last years, he liked watching westerns and anything to do with World War II, as well as the Packers, Bucks, and Northern Michigan University women’s basketball, where his granddaughter plays.

     Joel will be missed by his son, Jon (Christianna) Blahnik of Sturgeon Bay, WI; daughter, Betsy (Matt) Kuhn of Hilbert, WI; daughter, Jennifer Blahnik (Robert Hawley) of Baileys Harbor, WI; beloved grandchildren, Connor (April), Makaylee, Cadence, Jackson (Harlow), and Madeline; brother, Jim (Judi) Blahnik of Egg Harbor, WI; sister-in-law, Sue Kaeske of Fish Creek, WI; nieces, Chelsea (Nick) Mittermann, Marne Kaeske, Kendra Adelson, and Dr. Danen (Phil Whitsett) Adelson and their respective families.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 59 years, Mary Ann; his parents; parents-in-law, Glen and Leora Jarman; nephew, Matthew Blahnik; brothers-in-law, Glenn “Ed” Jarman and Russell “Skip” Kaeske; and sister-in-law, Dr. Betty (Russ) Adelson.

     Visitation for Joel will be held at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, January 14, 2024 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. If that happens to conflict with a Packer playoff game, it’ll be on as he’d like that. A private prayer service will follow for family, residents, and staff at the Horton Skilled Nursing Facility Chapel onsite.

     A celebration of life for Joel and Mary Ann will be held at the Chambers Island Lighthouse over Memorial Day weekend, on Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided on the vessel “Quo Vadis” which will depart Fish Creek at 1:00 p.m. To reserve a spot on the boat, go to:

     Joel will be laid to rest in Blossomberg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, with a private graveside service.

     In addition, a memorial concert for Joel will be held at a future date.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions from the community will be used to support charitable activities and causes selected by the Blahnik family. Donations may be directed to: Joel Blahnik Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Door County Community Foundation, Inc., 222 N 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. Donors may also give online via the link

     "Our family wishes to thank EVERYONE at the Horton SNF and Unity Hospice for their professional and compassionate care."

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

Alison M. Fletcher

Alison M. Fletcher, 58, of Baileys Harbor, passed away January 4, 2024, at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center after a short bout with cancer.

     She was born March 30, 1965, in Green Bay. The daughter of Maxwell “Keyes” Fletcher and Ardis M. (Anderson) Fletcher. Following her graduation from Gibraltar High School, she attended U.W. Milwaukee.

     Alison’s 32-year career was focused on banking- working at Bank of Sturgeon Bay, Associated Bank and Nicolet National Bank until retirement. She loved being around people and involved in the service industry. Alison worked many years for Alexander’s Restaurant- they became her extended family. She also worked at On Deck and High Point Inn.

     She was a member of Sister Bay Moravian Church and Scand Auxiliary. Alison was a beautiful lady inside and out. She had the best sense of humor. Known as “Auntie” to many, she loved all children. She also loved cats- you could spot her anywhere with the ‘Alley Cat’ plates on her ‘Cat-illac’.

     Survivors include her mother, Ardis; twin sister, Alicia; brother, Stephen; niece/nephew, Kelsey and Brandon; great-nieces, Lucy and Emma; aunt and uncle, Laura and John Lijewski of Ellison Bay; and many dear cousins.

     Preceding her in death was father, Keyes Fletcher, and sister-in-law, Anne Fletcher.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Sunday January 14, 2024, at Sister Bay Moravian Church. Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 12:00pm until the time of service at 2:00pm.  Burial will be on Monday January 15, 2024 at 2:00pm at the Sister Bay Moravian Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials in Alison’s name can be made to Wisconsin Humane Society, Door County.

     Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

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Rita Hunt

Rita Audrie Hunt, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away after a short illness on Jan. 7, 2024, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.  She was born Nov. 5, 1951, in Sturgeon Bay to Eldon and Audrie (Nelson) Watkins.  On Jan. 12, 1974, she married David Hunt at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.


For several years, Rita worked at Door County Memorial Hospital and for the Door County Co-op.  In 1996, after experimenting with gourmet mustard recipes, she perfected her own recipe and took it to market under the trademark “D.C. Mustard”.  In 2022, she won 3rd place in a worldwide mustard-making competition.

Rita was also an active member of Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay and the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.  For the past forty years, she and Pam DeMelle organized events for the Sun Downers Golf League at Idlewild Golf Course.


She is survived by her husband, David;  a daughter, Megan (Adam) Delfosse [and their children, Ethan, Ashlyn, Aiden, and Aubri]; a son, David (Danielle) Hunt [and their children, Cameron and Griffin];  two sisters, Judy Palmer, and Myrna Herrbold; a brother Dean Watkins; brother-in-law Don (Cheryl) Hunt; two sisters-in-law, Mary (Al) Hryniewicki and Kathy Haines; a special nephew Dr. Fran Herrbold;  and a special niece Amy Dickson.  She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sarah, and two brothers, Lory and Bruce Watkins.


Funeral Services will be at 11: 00 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2024, at Bay View Lutheran Church.  The burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday at Forbes Funeral Home and after 10:00 a.m. Friday at the church until the time of services.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

James C. Engelking

James “Jim” Craig Engelking, 49, of Algoma, WI, after a 2-year battle with brain cancer, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at the Jack and Engred Meng Hospice Residence in De Pere, WI. He was born on April 21, 1974, to Craig and Barbara (Nee Marit) Engelking in Algoma, WI. Jim was a very caring and compassionate person, helping anyone when in need. He was an avid music lover and loved playing his guitar.

He is survived by his mother, Barb Engelking; his stepson, Tyler Gauger (friend Miranda); brothers and their families: John and Dena Engelking and their family, Savannah (friend Charles), Jonah, Jonathan, Brandon Herne, Nathan, and Crystal, Wing and David, Andrew and Beth Engelking and family, Elise, and Ethan, Aaron and Dana and family, Scarlett, Marshall and Libbie, plus by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father Craig Engelking; maternal grandparents, Ruby and John Marit Jr., paternal grandparents, Veles and Rev. Edgar Engelking, and uncles Scott and Keith Engelking.

Jim attended NWTC Green Bay with an associate degree in electronics and a degree from Red Wing, Minnesota Technical College in Electronic Music Technology. He worked for A&A Security, Green Bay, Door Guard Security, Sturgeon Bay, Good Guys ProAudio of Minnesota, and lastly, at Jandu Petroleum station in Algoma.
Services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rankin on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. Visitation will take place from 9-11 am, with the funeral service at 11:00 am with Dr. Rev. Christopher Jackson presiding. Interment to follow at St. John’s Cemetery. Kinnard Funeral & Cremation Services – Algoma is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolence messages may be shared at
A special thank you to Unity Hospice for their wonderful care, Pastor Christopher Jackson for his visits, our wonderful family, Dr. Umang Gautam and the Oncology team at Aurora, and all those who sent cards and said prayers for Jim and our family.

Julaine Marie Jeanquart

Julaine Marie Jeanquart, born to Floyd and Nancy (Feifarek) Jeanquart on Jan 3rd, 1961 gained her wings Wed. Dec. 13th, 2023.


She was a lover of nature, spending a lot of time in her garden feeding the birds and "chippies". Hunting and fishing were among some of her favorite things to do, when she was not curled up with a good book, or doing a puzzle. Though she was extremely shy, she still stood out in a crowd because of her amazing sense of fashion. She loved to be unique, and was a believer in "If someone calls you too much, they're just boring".


Julaine will be missed by her daughters Tabitha Anschutz, & Carrie(Phil) Hunsader; grandchildren Hadyn Rose Marquez, Kolin Gabriel, Piper Marie, and Marin Brooke Hunsader; siblings Jennifer (Charlie) McCrea, Jeff (Dawn) Jeanquart, Jay (Mary) Jeanquart, Joel (Jody) Jeanquart; lifelong friend and parent of Tabitha and Carrie, Ken Anschutz, her fur babies, and many others too numerous to mention.


She was preceded in death by her life partner Eric (AKA Corky) Heil, infant grandson Jace Aaron, parents Floyd and Nancy, siblings Jerry, Jonathan, and James Jeanquart, as well as other close family members.


No service will be held at this time. A celebration of life is planned for late spring of 2024

Garnet Dahlke

Garnet Meta-Edna (Kudick) Dahlke, 92 years of age, fell asleep in Jesus on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at Odd Fellows Nursing Home.  She was born on December 29, 1931, on the Kudick family farm to the late Gustav H. and Irene M. (Habeck) Kudick.  Garnet was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Montpelier, where she was baptized and confirmed.  On June 11, 1949, she married Marvin H. Dahlke.  They celebrated 73 years of marriage in 2022, and Marvin passed away on April 18, 2023.  This long union was blessed with five children, nineteen grandchildren, and forty-six great-grandchildren.


Garnet was a marvelous homemaker and enjoyed baking, gardening and crocheting. She created many beautiful baby afghans and intricate doilies.


She, along with Marvin, were school janitors for many years at St. Paul, and were members of the church choir.


Survivors include her five children, Linda (Bob) Ullman, Denmark; Karen (Fred) Belter, Robert “Bob” (Linda) Dahlke, Lyle Dahlke, all of Luxemburg; Keith (Jean) Dahlke, Kewaunee; one sister, Caroline Everson, one brother and two sisters in law, Karl (Jeanette) Kudick, Judy Kudick; Marvin’s siblings, Mildred (Myron) Drab, Jean Zeitler, Dorothy (Donald) Pribek.


Garnet was preceded in death by her husband Marvin, her parents, three brothers, Vernand (Julia) Kudick, Melvin (Betty) Kudick, Gordon Kudick; two sisters and four brothers-in-law, Melva (Milton) Fager, Marion (Rueben) Raduenz, Ed Everson, Martin Zeitler.


Friends may call between 9:00 and 10:45 am on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montpelier.  Funeral service at 11:00 am on Wednesday with Rev. Dr. Daniel Olson officiating.  Burial in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Montpelier.


McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg, is assisting the Dahlke Family.


A special thank you is extended to Pastor Daniel Olson for his many visits with Mom. We would also like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Odd Fellows Nursing Home in Allouez, especially Ann, Emily, Maribel, Ashley, Connie, Rachel, Molly, Jessica, and many others who have cared for our parents over the years.


Our Mother lived her life as a faithful servant of God and is at peace with her beloved husband, Marvin, and our Lord in Heaven.  “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelations 2:10

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