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Sandra Pierre

Apr 22, 1951 - Nov 18, 2023

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

Sandra Lynn Pierre, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully after a short and courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 22, 1951, in Milwaukee to Raymond and Dorothy (Hansen) Schmitz. For many years Sandy worked for Emerson Motors in Sturgeon Bay. Most recently, she was employed by Hart & Hart Boutique in Fish Creek where she made many friends. Sandy enjoyed volunteering on the Miss Door County Pageant Committee for numerous years. Sandy's family was everything to her and no matter t...Read More

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Christine Ann Christianson

Jul 01, 1958 - Feb 21, 2024

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

Christine Ann Christianson, 65, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home Wednesday, February 21, 2024. Chris was born on July 1, 1958, in Sturgeon Bay. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Theodore and Bernadine Elaine (Delfosse) Kaczmarek. Chris graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1976. She worked at PBI until its closing in 1996. It was at PBI she met Dale Christianson, and they were married February 14, 1981. Chris went on to work at Quality State Oil before her employment with NEW Insurance Concepts until 2021. She was currently employed at the Landmark in Egg Harbor and was affectionately known as their “mother hen”. Chris enjoyed time spent being a mom and especially “Grandma Chrissy”. She liked anything the color purple, following the Packers, crocheting, and attending concerts. Everyone enjoyed her very popular potato salad and calico beans at just about every occasion. She had to peel all those potatoes but she knew it would be worth it! If punctuality and organization were a competition, she would NEVER come in second! Always a gold medal! Surviving family members include her three children and their families, Amy Christianson of Egg Harbor, Matt (Melly) Christianson [and their children, Brayden and Miles] of Green Bay, Sarah (Colin) Zelhofer [and their children, Nicholas and Allison] of De Pere; three siblings, Tom (Jean) Kaczmarek [and their children, Nathan, Justin, and Brandon] of Sturgeon Bay, Sue (Dave) Zernicke [and their son, Jake] of Howard, Karen (Pat) Lamirande [and their children, Jessica, Anna and Natalie] of De Pere; her mother-in-law, Dorathy Christianson of Sturgeon Bay; and many aunts, uncles, extended family and in-laws. Preceding her in death were her parents, Joe and Bernie Kaczmarek; and her husband of 30 years, Dale. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Huehns Funeral Home, officiated by Fr. Anthony Birdsall. Friends may call Saturday, March 2, 2024 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Chris may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of Christine Ann (Kaczmarek) Christianson, please

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Vicky Jo Fredrickson

Nov 07, 1960 - Feb 17, 2024

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

Vicky Jo Fredrickson, 63 years of Sturgeon Bay, died February 17, 2024 at Door County Medical Center. She was born November 7, 1960 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late James and Carol (Hammond) Longley. Vicky graduated in 1978 from Sturgeon Bay High School. For many years Vicky waitressed locally in Sturgeon Bay including Wanda Jeans and Pudgy Seagull. She also worked for Evenson Laundry. She had been a member of Bay View Lutheran Church. Surviving family includes her two sons, Robert Shipman and Bryan Longley; two brothers, Robin and Glenn Longley; and her sister, Corrine (David) Stephany of Green Bay. Preceding her in death were her parents, James and Carol Longley; and nephew, David Stephany Jr. There will be no public service. Huehns Funeral Home is serving the family of Vicky Fredrickson. Sign online guest register and leave condolences at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of Vicky Jo (Longley) Fredrickson, please

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Winifred Johanna Recupero

Oct 22, 1932 - Feb 12, 2024

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

Winifred Johanna (Zack) Recupero, 91, passed peacefully with family by her side on February 12, in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Winnie was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Charles and Florence (Rader) Zack on October 22, 1932. On June 1, 1953, Winifred Zack married Anthony Recupero and shared 56 years of marriage, raising four children together. Winifred stayed home to raise her family early in their marriage, volunteering as an elementary school room parent, Girl Scout Leader, and Lauralton Hall Alumni. Winifred earned her associate degree in accounting and worked as an accountant for the Stratford Housing Authority, Dictaphone, and the Town of Trumbull until her retirement. In addition to carrying for her aging mother, her passions included tending her flower garden, cooking, jewelry and bead crafting, and hunting for good shopping deals. Upon her retirement, Winnie and her husband, Tony, traveled extensively across America for 10 years, living full time in their Airstream RV, frequenting the National Parks and National Forestry Lands. After their travels, they settled in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin until their deaths. Winifred is survived by her four children, Rebecca (Richard) Martin, Oxford, CT; Gretchen Schmelzer, Sturgeon Bay WI; Clay (Karen) Recupero, Sturgeon Bay, WI; Theodore (Susan) Recupero, Kanosh, UT; six grandchildren, Josiah Schmelzer, Joshua (Lisa) Recupero, Noah Schmelzer, Luke (Lucy) Schmelzer, Anthony (Megan) Recupero and Linnea Schmelzer; and six great grandchildren, Harriet Schmelzer, Leonardo, Olivia, Jack, William, and Nathaniel Recupero; also nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Samuel; parents; sister, Barbara Stefanek; brother, Tony Zack; and son-in-law, Steven Schmelzer. A private memorial service will be held at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Door County Aging and Disability Resource Center or Crossroads at Big Creek Nature Preserve. The family of Winifred wish to extend their sincere thanks to all the staff at Pinecrest Assisted Living Center and Unity Hospice for their exceptional care and compassion that they gave our mother.

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Carol Marie Gresko-Lyons (Bacigalupo)

Sep 12, 1942 - Jan 31, 2024

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

Carol Marie Gresko-Lyons (Bacigalupo), age 81 of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Ephriam, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024. She was born on September 12, 1942, to the late Joseph and Irene (Gresko-Oliver) Gresko in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Alverno College in Milwaukee. Carol was united in marriage to Roger "Charlie" Lyons on May 21, 1983. Carol is survived by her sons, Aaron and Arnie Bacigalupo. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charlie and her parents. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 2 p.m. at Casperson Funeral Home, 2594 S. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, WI. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the Gresko-Lyons and Bacigalupo family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Carol may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of Carol Marie Gresko-Lyons (Bacigalupo), please

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Charles Walton Pearson

Jun 23, 1936 - Feb 09, 2024

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

Charles “Chuck” Walton Pearson, a proud United States Naval Officer, was fond of saying he would be happy to accept his new orders when God was ready for him. He received those orders and reported for heavenly duty on Friday, February 9, 2024. He passed away peacefully at the age of 87 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, surrounded by the love of his family. He is survived by his devoted wife of almost 56 years, Ellie, son Scott (Duska), daughter Andrea (Matt), and grandchildren Annika, Gretchen, Ingrid, Tyler, and Lauren. He was a man of great faith, fiercely independent, always finding the positive in any situation, who fought hard to the very end. Chuck was born to Elvera and Walter Pearson on June 23, 1936, in Melrose Park, Illinois. Although he was an only child, he was surrounded by caring and affectionate parents and doted on by his Aunt Lilian and Uncle Orvis Wilson. He grew up in Maywood, IL, but his real home was Ephraim, Door County, Wisconsin. During World War II, Elvera and Lillian brought him to Ephraim because “there is no safer place to be during a war”. He enjoyed countless summers in the quaint little town, rabble-rousing with Eddie Valentine and the gang. While working as a dishwasher at the Anderson Hotel, they ferried a piano to Horseshoe Island, and gathered up all the waitresses in the county for what must have been a party for the ages. Chuck graduated from Proviso High School in 1954, spending his first year at Purdue University. He transferred to University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he graduated as a proud Badger in 1958, with a major in electrical engineering, and a minor in English. At Madison, Chuck was a member of the Polygon Board, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers - Institute of Radio Engineers, (A.I.E.E.-I.R.E.), and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity, where he met his lifelong friend, Bill Thompson, and famously rode a piano down State Street. Following graduation, Chuck attended Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and set off on a series of adventures. He served overseas tours as a surface warfare officer stationed in Europe, aboard a minesweeper in the Mediterranean, and in the Congo, Africa. He also loved literature and took a pilgrimage to Spain to follow in the steps of Don Quixote. His carefree bachelor days came to an abrupt end when he met Ellie at a jazz concert in Sandberg Village, Chicago, Illinois. The two fell head over heels. Ellie was especially impressed that when a flat tire looked to derail their first date, he jumped right out and changed it, not even mussing his suit. Chuck masterfully engineered incredible dates flying his 310 to Meigs Field to whisk Ellie away from work and zoom off to Door County. A year later the Lovebirds were married in Vero Beach, Florida in 1968. After almost losing Ellie during pregnancy, God blessed the couple by bringing Dr. Mel Gerbie into their lives, who helped facilitate the adoption of Scott in 1969, and Andrea in 1977. The proudest Pop in the world, he was known to talk anyone and everyone’s ear off about the accomplishments of his kids, and grandkids, whose ears were constantly burning. A self-described Ham Radio nerd, Chuck loved engineering and communications, and chatting with people around the globe as KE9KV. He earned his PMD from Harvard University in 1979. He was a natural entrepreneur, founding several businesses including Fortel, ONEAC, and Sphere Communications, with many of his products still in use today. Always the engineer and innovator, he continued consulting until the very end. Whether it was providing advice for new business ventures, planning for the Village of Ephraim, or bringing streaming services to Bethany Lutheran Church, he worked tirelessly. He never could get the hang of retirement life because “there were just too many old people.” Chuck was happiest aboard a boat, often braving the worst seas to cross Lake Michigan every summer, or cruising around the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, FL in the winter months. Chuck was immensely grateful to his team of hematologists, oncologists, surgeons, physicians, and nurses at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Holy Family Hospital in Manitowoc, and Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. at the Ephraim Moravian Church, 9970 Moravia St, Ephraim WI, on Monday, February 19, 2024. Chuck will be laid to rest in the Moravian Cemetery in his beloved Ephraim. A celebration of life will follow this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations in Chuck's memory can be made to Kathy’s House in Milwaukee, who provided him with caring support during treatment, or the Door County Medical Center, who provided compassionate care in the final days of his life. Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the Pearson family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Chuck may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of Charles "Chuck" Walton Pearson, please

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SMSgt Gerald John Miesbauer

Nov 29, 1937 - Feb 07, 2024

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

SMSgt Gerald “Jerry” John Miesbauer, age 86 of the Town of Sevastopol, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at Door County Medical Center with his family by his side. Jerry was born on November 29, 1937, to the late Peter and Ethel (Kuechenmeister) Miesbauer in Milwaukee. He graduated from Wauwatosa High School in 1956. Jerry proudly served in the United States Air Force from December 22, 1958, until May 30, 1979. On May 21, 1966, Jerry was united in marriage to Kristine “Kris” Mary Kachel at the First Congregational Church in Wauwatosa. The couple had three children, Jennifer, Amy, and Peter. Jerry worked for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for over 30 years and retired as the Director of Real Estate. He then founded and ran a successful consulting business, GJ Miesbauer and Associates, Inc. Through this business, he assisted the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and other state municipalities by acquiring real estate for public improvement projects. The "Associates" of the business were his wife, and eventually, his son. He was so proud that his son continued to run the business after he officially retired and moved to Door County in 2016. Jerry was a member of the National Corvette Museum and the Air Force Association. He loved planes, dogs, and of course, his Corvettes. He owned six throughout his lifetime, including two that he took delivery of directly at the factory. But most of all he loved and cherished his family. He will always be remembered for his deep devotion to his wife, children, and grandchildren. Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, Kris; children, Jennifer (Bob) Moore of Gleason, Amy (Paul) Frank of Sturgeon Bay, and Peter (Kellie) Miesbauer of Fitchburg; grandchildren, Makayla Allan, Tommy Frank, Jonah Frank, Nora Miesbauer, and Henry Miesbauer; and his dog, Gizmo. He is further survived by nieces, other relatives, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Donald (Janice) Miesbauer, and one sister, Barbara (Henry) Zinkann. A celebration of life will be held on February 24, 2024, at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, from Noon to 1:45 p.m. with closing prayers at 1:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wisconsin Humane Society – Door County Campus in Jerry’s name. Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the Miesbauer family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Jerry may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of SMSgt Gerald “Jerry” John Miesbauer, please

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Lois K. Shaw

May 11, 1935 - Jan 30, 2024

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

Lois K. Shaw, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at Pine Crest Village after a prolonged struggle with dementia. Born in Manitowoc, WI, in 1935 (“Me and Social Security!” she often said), Lois was the youngest daughter of the late Louis and Florence (Pierson) Klingbiel. She graduated from Manitowoc’s Lincoln High School in 1953 and went on to train as a Medical Laboratory Technician in Minneapolis, MN. In 1956, she married Bruce C. Shaw in Manitowoc. In 1974, they made Sturgeon Bay their home. Lois was a strong alto and loved to sing – anytime, anywhere, making a joyful noise to the Lord. She “harmonized the world” with the Sweet Adelines and was a devoted member of the choir and Circle Singers at Hope United Church of Christ. She loved her church and church family and was a member of Hope Church for 49 years. She enjoyed golf and played in local leagues for many years. She rarely missed a chance to travel, especially to visit National Parks on “girl’s trips” with her daughters. At home, she tended the flowers in her yard. Lois never lost her appreciation of sunsets over the bay and frequently walked to Sunset Park to enjoy yet another. Her passing leaves a void in the hearts of her family and many friends, who will deeply miss her. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Edith Denk and Robert Klingbiel, ex-husband Bruce Shaw, and son Timothy Shaw. Lois is survived by two sisters-in-law, Bonita Klingbiel of Fond du Lac and Jane Shaw of Sherwood, children Michael Shaw and Suzanne (Ronald) Miller of Sturgeon Bay and Sarah (Charles) Willems of Charlotte, NC. Known affectionately as “Granny,” Lois was a loving and kind grandmother to Grant Shaw, Elliot (fiancée, Hannah Strauss) Shaw, Michael (Meagan) Wilderwoods, Matthew (Shannon Montano) Wilder, Sydney Willems and Bryce Willems, step-grandson John (fiancée, Lindsey Tyler) Miller, and great-granddaughter Penelope Violet Shaw. A memorial service to celebrate Lois’s life will be held this summer. Details will be forthcoming. Her family thanks Unity Hospice, and especially the staff and residents at Pine Crest Village, Lois’s home for over nine years. Memorials to honor Lois’s life can be made to Hope United Church of Christ or the Door County Land Trust. Forbes Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Charles Clark Willhite

Aug 10, 1951 - Jan 23, 2024

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

Charles Clark Willhite, Clark to all who knew and loved him, 72, of the Town of Clay Banks, fell asleep in the loving arms of his family and awoke in the arms of the Lord, Tuesday evening, January 23, 2024. Clark's life will be celebrated with a memorial service held in June of 2024 - to be announced. Memorials may be given in Clark's name for Unity Hospice (2366 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere, WI 54115). A complete life story obituary will be available in the near future. Arrangements have been entrusted with Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Clark may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of Dr. Charles "Clark" Willhite, DMD, please

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James John Willett

Mar 15, 1990 - Jan 29, 2024

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

James “Jimmy” John Willett, 33, of Sturgeon Bay, previously of De Pere, passed away peacefully at home with his parents by his side on Monday, January 29, 2024. He was born March 15, 1990 in Green Bay, son of James Robert and Teresa Mary (Hanaway) Willett. Jimmy attended Syble Hopp School for several years, where he graduated and obtained his diploma in 2011. After graduation, he went to Aspiro for a couple years before transitioning to the CP Adult Day Program, which he enjoyed and spent many years there. He enjoyed country music, comedy movies, and puzzles. Jimmy will be missed by his parents, James and Teresa Willett; siblings, Jamie Willett and Robert (Kate) Willett; nieces and nephews, Arlo and Otis Willett and Alice and Aida Willett; and many special aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Rita Willett; maternal grandparents, James and Catherine Hanaway; uncle, James Hanaway; and aunt, Janet Hanaway. A memorial service will be held in Green Bay at a later date. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Jacqueline, Cher, and the Compassus Hospice team, as well as all the special needs teachers who helped Jimmy along the way. Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC of Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Willett family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Jimmy may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome@gmail.com. To to the family or in memory of James John Willett, please

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Leon Kel Kellum

Dec 01, 1943 - Jan 29, 2024

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

Leon Kel Kellum, age 80, of Sturgeon Bay, formally of Ellison Bay, passed away on January 29, 2024. He was born on December 1, 1943, to the late Alva (Muller) and Hubert “Kel” Kellum in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Chicago Vocational High School. After high school he worked for Illinois Bell as a Telephone Installer. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1970. Leon attended and graduated from the University of Illinois with his bachelor’s degree in information technology. He worked for Navistar in computers and information technology. He retired from Navistar in 2013. On August 10, 1996, Leon was united in marriage to Marguerite Grace Dalton. She preceded him in death on October 15, 2023. The couple lived in many places including Arlington Hts. IL, Sister Bay, WI and Vero Beach, FL, before moving to Ellison Bay, WI. Leon enjoyed archery, downhill and cross-country skiing, and scuba diving. He loved to travel with Margurite, and they went to Mexico, France, England, and their favorite destination, Vail, CO. He was a volunteer at Northern Sky Theater. Leon is survived by his sister, Ellen Goodrich, of Mokena, IL; stepson, Ian Smith; sisters-in-law, Kathleen "Kathy" (Tim) Dalton Healy of Minneapolis, MN, Barbara (James L. Martin III) Martin of Vero Beach, FL; brother-in-law, James (Sharon) Dalton of Vero Beach, FL. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alva Armstrong and brother-in-law, Bill Goodrich. A celebration of life will be held for Leon at a later date. Memorials may be given in his name to the Sunshine House Sturgeon Bay and Wisconsin Humane Society-Door County Campus. Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the Kellum family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Leon may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of Leon Kel Kellum, please

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