Life Notes


Terrance and Antonia Sorenson, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a son born May 15, 2015, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Tom and Jackie Martin, Edgar, Wis., and Cece Thanig, Wausau. Paternal grandparents are Gary and Gail Sorenson, Forestville.


Rita Jean Thompson

Jan. 5, 1932 – May 17, 2015

Rita Jean Thompson, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died May 17, 2015, at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay with her loving family at her side. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 am, Friday, May 22, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Family and friends may call at the church on Friday from 10 am until the time of Mass. Condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at

Eugene Benjamin Kiehnau

March 28, 1928 – May 15, 2015

Eugene Kiehnau, 87, of Jacksonport, died May 15, 2015. He was born March 28, 1928, the son of Benjamin and Ella (Hackbarth) Kiehnau. After high school in Sevastopol, and working on a yacht in Chicago for a few summers, Eugene worked as a machinist for Bay Shipbuilding for more than 40 years until retiring in 1990. He married Sally Lou Grovogel on June 11, 1955. Sally preceded him in death on May 13, 2014. Services were held May 19, 2015. Memorials may be given in Eugene’s memory for Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Beverly Mae Berndt

July 27, 1930 – May 14, 2015

Beverly Mae Berndt, 84, of Sturgeon Bay died on May 14, 2015. She was born July 27, 1930, in Neenah to Hugo and Mryl (Petersen) Salm. On June 24, 1950, she married Lyle Berndt. Bev and Lyle retired to Door County in 1989. Services will be 11 am May 23, 2015, at Hainesville Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay. Friends may call after 10 am Saturday at the church until time of services. Memorials may be directed to the Christ Child Society of Door County, PO Box 572 Sturgeon Bay, WI, 54235.

Mark A. Homan

The Homan family is saddened to announce the passing of Mark A. Homan, 63, at his home in Door County on May 7, 2015, after a battle with cancer. A celebration of Mark’s life will be held at Baraboo Country Club, Baraboo, Wis., from 2-6 pm on Sunday, June 28, 2015. It is Mark and his family’s wish that his love of music be passed on to future generations through a fund to help support the cost of lessons and instruments for children needing financial aid. Memorials may be given to this newly formed charitable fund at

Michael James “Fitz” Fitzgerald

Jan. 19, 1937 – Dec. 23, 2014

Michael James “Fitz” Fitzgerald, 77, of Egg Harbor and Florence, Ariz., died Dec. 23, 2014, in Florence. Mike married Sharon F. Eber on June 2, 1962. After retiring, they moved to Egg Harbor, where they began a fudge and ice cream shop, Gomy’s Goodies. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 am on June 6, 2015, at Stella Maris Parish, Egg Harbor. Burial with military honors will follow. Friends may call at the church on June 6 from 9:30 am until the time of service.