Obituary: Beatrice Emma Beilfuss

Feb. 16, 1929 – July 8, 2019 

Beatrice Emma Beilfuss, 90, of Sturgeon Bay died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.

She was born in Shawano, the daughter of Alfred and Emma (Degener) Koeller. Beatrice attended St. James Lutheran School in Shawano and Shawano High School. She was united in marriage to Marvin Arthur Beilfuss on September 22, 1946, in Shawano County.

Beatrice devoted her time to raising her family and helping Marvin with their dairy farm, which was located two miles north of Carlsville in the Town of Egg Harbor. She also helped to cook and keep the books for the bar Marvin owned and operated in Brussels, Marv’s Happy Hour (now the Brussels Countryside Diner).

In 1992, they moved to their retirement home on Canal Road in the Town of Sturgeon Bay. Beatrice was a wonderful, devoted and loving wife. She and Marvin were blessed with more than 70 years of marriage. He died Oct. 30, 2016.

Beatrice was most recently a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport. Her faith provided a foundation for her life and brought her comfort right up until the end of her days here on Earth. Beatrice enjoyed her early-morning fishing trips with Marvin and picking blackberries together.

Her love will live on in the hearts of her eight children, Joan (Bob) Somers of Elkhorn, Jack (Nancy) Beilfuss of Kaukauna, Jerry (Renate) Beilfuss of Green Bay, Jeff Beilfuss of Sturgeon Bay, Marvin Beilfuss, Jr., Jon (Joan) Beilfuss, Sr., both of Egg Harbor, Judy (Don) LeMieux of the Town of Sturgeon Bay, and Jan (Dawn) Beilfuss of Clarksville, Tennessee; 24 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; brother, Lloyd (Rosemary) Koeller of Bonduel; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.

Beatrice is reunited with her parents; husband; two sons, (baby) Jay and Joel Beilfuss; seven siblings, Alvin (Dorothy), Harvey (Mildred “Micky”), John, Arley, Ervin, and (baby) Arlene Koeller, and Dorothy (Elroy) Kunsehke; and other relatives.        

Her life will be honored with a funeral service held at 11 am on Wednesday, July 10, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport, with Pastor Peter Lindemann officiating. Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum in the Town of Scott.

Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Wednesday, 9-10:45 am.

Memorials may be given in Beatrice’s name to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. (When donating directly to the association, mention “In memory of Beatrice Beilfuss” in the financial memo.)

“Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the special staff members at Sturgeon Bay Health Services, the staffs of Door County Medical Center, Aseracare Hospice, and Erik Huehns, family and staff at Huehns Funeral Home, for all of their compassionate care given to Mom and our family. We would also like to thank Pastor Lindemann for his visits and ministry to Mom as well as the Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid for their help.”

Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Beilfuss family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Beatrice can be shared through her tribute page at


Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of West Jacksonport
6710 Cty Road T, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
Tel: 920-743-5153

Alzheimer’s Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: 312-335-8700

Mention “In memory of Beatrice Beilfuss” in the financial memo for donations sent directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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