Obituary: Gladdy Sekadlo

Nov. 21, 1936 – Sept. 25, 2019 

Gladdy (Erickson) Sekadlo, 82, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born in Florence, Wisconsin, to Hjalmer and Edith (Johnson) Erickson. Her family later moved to Two Rivers, where she attended and graduated from Washington High School with the Class of 1954. 

On Sept. 1, 1956, she married Wayne Sekadlo at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Two Rivers. They lived in Beloit, Two Rivers, Rice Lake, and in 1960, moved to Sturgeon Bay. Gladdy was employed at Roy’s Drive-In, the Milwaukee Shoe Factory, Dwaine’s Foods and Kristi Foods. She then had her favorite job: babysitting her grandchildren and neighbor children. 

For many years, Gladdy loved antiquing with Wayne, flower gardening and enjoying her grandchildren. Wayne died on March 17, 2007.

She is survived by her three children, Jay (Sandy) Sekadlo and Jodi Gigot, all of Sturgeon Bay, and Julie (Steve) Destree, of New Franken; nine grandchildren,  Ashley and Alyssa Sekadlo (Ryan), Alyson (Eric) Nohelty; Cody, Colton (fiancée Britt), and Clint Gigot (Mylan and family), Jordan (Jessica), Lacey, and Taylor Destree (Chris); four great-grandchildren, Harrison, Ava, Brynlee, and Carson; brother Melvin (Mary Jean) Erickson; and sister Glee Asplund.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister; brother Paul Erickson; parents-in-law, Emma and Ben Sekadlo; sister-in-law Margie Erickson; brother-in-law Buzz Asplund; other in-laws, Bernie and George Herdina; and her beloved Scott companions, Josie and Lucy.

A private family service will be conducted at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay, with burial in Schumacher Cemetery. A tribute page is available at

Special thanks to the staff at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility for the wonderful care and support.

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