Obituary: Darlene D. (Zachow) Pontzloff

February 11, 1955 ~ August 17, 2023

Darlene Pontzloff, 68 years, of Sturgeon Bay passed away Thursday, August 17, 2023 at her home.

She was born February 11, 1955 in Wauwatosa the daughter of the late Alfon and Frieda (Hamm) Zachow. Darlene attended Sturgeon Bay High School. For many years she worked at Door County Memorial Hospital as a dietary aide.  Darlene was the assistant deli manager at various stores including Main Street Market, Pick and Save, Roy’s and Nick’s Super Value.

On August 26, 1978 she married James R. Pontzloff at St. Peters Ev. Lutheran Church. Darlene enjoyed camping, riding ATVs, attending music festivals and dancing.

Surviving family include her husband, Jim of Sturgeon Bay; daughter, Dee Dee (James) Sternard of Algoma, DeJay Pontzloff of Gordon, WI; two granddaughters, Kayla (finance, Justin Gruszynski) Fort, Hope (Alex) Neri; three great-grandchildren, Axel, Melanie, and Sergio; two sisters, Sandy Filiput of Sturgeon Bay, and Carol Jones of Benson AZ; many dear nieces and nephews; and special friend, Yvonne Tanck.

Preceding her in death were parents, Alfon and Frieda Zachow; daughter, Dawn Wunning; siblings, Elda Geke, Alfon, Jr, Floyd, Raymond, Audrey Ludeman, Elaine Schneider and Donna Lewis.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, August 24, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home with Mark Richards officiating.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home and on Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:30 a.m.

The family would like to thank Unity Hospice and Jyll Weldon for their care of Darlene.

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