Elizabeth “Betty” Julia Kiehnau

Sept. 27, 1927 – Oct. 14, 2019 

Elizabeth “Betty” Julia Kiehnau, 92, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center.

She was born in Fish Creek, the daughter of John and Margaret (Robertoy) Henry. Betty graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1945.

She was united in marriage to William August Kiehnau Jr. on June 17, 1950, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville. Together, they operated their dairy farm on County Road P in the Town of Sevastopol for many years. Betty and Bill were were blessed with nearly 57 years of marriage. He died June 8, 2007.

In her younger days, Betty had been an active member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Valmy, teaching Sunday School and as a member of the Ladies Aid. In 2016, she moved into the Sturgeon Bay Senior Living facility, Whispering Heights, where she continued her constant crocheting of dishcloths, towels and hotpads. Nearing life’s end here on earth, Betty’s faith in the Lord was her strength, and she looked forward to her Heavenly home.

Her love will live on in the hearts of her three daughters, Linda Wait (Paul Wickmann) of Sturgeon Bay, Sandy Lee of Redington Shores, Florida, and Lori (Darrel) Waller of Forestville; son-in-law, Mike Nolte of Sturgeon Bay; five wonderful grandchildren, Stacy (Bryan) Erdmann, Jessica (Corey) Haen, Bobby (Chelsea) Bittorf, Hope (Rob) DeLeon, and Erin (Erik) Saxton; seven precious great-grandchildren, Preston Haen, Tess and Max Erdmann, Olivia Bittorf, and Sophie, Emma, and Abigail DeLeon; two brothers, Gerald (Mary) Henry of Sebastian, Florida, and Dan Henry of Appleton; two sisters-in-law, Sally Henry and Cathy Henry, both of Sturgeon Bay; many loving nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Gail Nolte; grandson, Derek Nolte; son-in-law, Rick Lee; three brothers, Dennis, Tom, and Bob; and two sisters, Shirley and Jane; and other relatives.

Betty’s funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Valmy, with Pastor Benjamin Enstad officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery beside her husband, Bill.

Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 18, 4-7 pm, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay, with a devotion to conclude the evening at 7 pm. Visitation will continue at the church Oct. 19, 10-10:50 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Betty’s name to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School.

Thank you to the Door County Medical Center staff for your care given to Mom during her stay.

Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Betty can be shared through her tribute page at


St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
4911 Brauer Road, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Tel: 920.743.5343

Zion Lutheran School
3937 Cty V, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
Tel: 920.743.2325

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