Life Notes


Gibraltar High School’s newspaper the Viking Voice was recently awarded with several honors from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Here’s the list of awardees and awards:

Viking Voice Staff and Writers

• 1st Award General Excellence (this award includes the $1,000 William T. Brannen Scholarship)

Nora Harris

• 1st Award Best Editorial, “Thoughts from the Editor”

• 1st Award Column Writing, “Thoughts from the Editor”

Hadley Reetz

• 1st Award General Reporting, “Story Theatre: One Act 2013”

Arianna Fearing

• 1st Award Graphic

Connor MacDonald

• 1st Award Photography, “September Cover Photo”

• 2nd Award Photography, “December Cover Photo”

• 3rd Award Photography, “October Cover Photo”

Courtney Demmin

• 2nd Award Best Editorial, “A Student Perspective of Pep Band”

Peter Meyer

• 2nd Award Best Sports Reporting, “The Beginning of the Vikings’ Eight Man Legacy”

• 3rd Award Best Sports Reporting, “2014 Winter Olympics: Uniting the World”

Evan Board

• 2nd Award General Reporting, “A New Approach to Earth Day”

Alexa Ferrie

• 3rd Award Best Editorial, “Blackfish Review”


Rev. Capt. James Pfannenstiel

July 19, 1935 – June 8, 2014

Rev. Capt. James Dixon Pfannenstiel died with his family by his side at his Door County home on June 8, 2014. In 1962, he was ordained an elder in the Methodist church, shortly thereafter he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps.

Committal will be held at 11:30 am Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, Wis., followed by a luncheon at the Garden Party Restaurant, 523 Oak St., Baraboo. Please confirm with Huehns Funeral Home (920.743.5635) if you will be attending the meal. Please direct memorials to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, 328 East Main St., Fredericksburg, Texas, 78624 or through the website Online condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at

Arbutus L. Greenfeldt

Dec. 28, 1920 – June 4, 2014

Arbutus L. Greenfeldt died at her home on Washington Island June 4, 2014. Arbutus attended Washington Island School, where she graduated in 1938 as Salutatorian of her class. In 1960 she became trustee of the Washington Island Dairy Co-op until 1967. In 1971 she took the position of Town Clerk of Washington Island and served until 1985. She was elected Town Chairman, the first woman to have that position in Door County. She held that position until she retired in 1993. In 2009 she compiled 934 slides of Island history into a two-disc DVD, Things That Were and The Settlement Years to a New Millennium. A memorial service will be held at Bethel Church on Washington Island on Saturday, June 14 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bethel Church, Washington Island.