Life Notes


Eleanor Pesch of Sturgeon Bay celebrated her 100th birthday in May. A longtime resident of Bay Shore Drive in Sturgeon Bay, she is now living at Cardinal Ridge Assisted Living in Green Bay.


Lorraine Augusta Ahlswede

Oct. 12, 1923 – June 29, 2015

Lorraine Augusta Ahlswede, 91, of Little Sturgeon, died on June 29, 2015. She was born on October 12, 1923, in the Town of Gardner to Joshua and Augusta (Braun) LaViolette. She married Elton Ahlswede on Sept. 22, 1948. Lorraine farmed in the Town of Gardner for many years. Funeral services will be at 11 am Friday July 3, 2015, at Salem Lutheran Church with Rev. John Seelman officiating. Burial will be in Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Salem Lutheran Church.

David Flanum

May 2, 1965 – June 27, 2015

David Flanum, 50, of Sturgeon Bay, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Oak Creek. Dave had many friends and was always the life of the party. A funeral service honoring Dave’s life will be held at 11 am Friday, July 3, 2015, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. Dave will be laid to rest near his father in Bayside Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Friday morning from10 until the time of service. Condolences and guestbook signing may be offered on David’s tribute page at

Leland J. ‘Lee’ Willems

Dec. 8, 1940 – June 27, 2015

Leland J. “Lee” Willems, 74, formerly of Brussels, died June 27, 2015, at Bishops Court CBRF in Green Bay. He was born Dec. 8, 1940, in Gardner to John and Dorothy (Delfosse) Willems. On May 23, 1959, he married Rose Marie Parins. She preceded him in death on Jan. 17, 2011. Lee was a former member of the Brussels, Forestville-Maplewood and Lena Lions Clubs; B.U.G. volunteer; founding member of the Southern Door Snow Travelers; and lifelong member at St. Francis & St. Mary’s Church. Funeral services were held July 1, 2015.

Marion Helen Melzer

June 29, 1919 – June 26, 2015

Marion Helen Melzer, 95, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died at home June 26, 2015, in Green Bay. She was born June 29, 1919, in Oshkosh, and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1936. On March 22, 1941, Marion married Eugene Paul Melzer. He preceded her in death. A memorial service was held July 1. Memorials may be given in Marion’s memory to Bay View Lutheran Church (340 W. Maple St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235) or the Door County Humane Society (3475 Park Dr., P.O. Box 93, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235).

Madeline Neinas

Oct. 10, 1917 – June 25, 2015

Madeline Neinas, 97, lifelong Brussels resident and 40-year breast cancer survivor, died June 25, 2015, at Anna’s Health Care in New Franken. Madeline graduated from Brussels High School as Valedictorian for the Class of 1935. Madeline attended and graduated from LeClair School of Beauty Culture in Milwaukee, then returned to Brussels and spent many years providing local ladies with stylish hair and pleasant conversation. In 1936, she married Herman Neinas. They were proud of the fact they were married 78 years. Funeral services were held June 29, 2015. Online condolences at

Ralph Herman Karnopp

July 22, 1922 – June 24, 2015

Ralph Herman Karnopp, 92, of Sturgeon Bay, died on June 24, 2015, at Whispering Pines. He was born July 22, 1922, in DePere to Walter and Louise (Schwartz) Karnopp. Ralph was a car salesman for many years. He was a longtime and active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and the local Kiwanis Club, having served as president, secretary and treasurer. He especially enjoyed being a greeter for Walmart for six years. Funeral services were held June 27, 2015. Online condolences may be offered at

Margaret M. Bernard

March 14, 1932 – June 22, 2015

Margaret M. Bernard, 83, of Loogootee, Ind., formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died June 22, 2015, at Memorial Hospital & Healthcare Center in Jasper, Ind. She was born March 14, 1932, in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Lester and Myrtle (Malvitz) Pfister. Graveside committal services will be held at a later date at St. John Ev. Lutheran Cemetery in Valmy. Memorials may be given in Margaret’s memory to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at Huehns Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is assisting with arrangements.