Obituary: Joe T. Schartner

Nov. 17, 1956 – Nov. 17, 2019

Joe T. Schartner, 63, of Sturgeon Bay died in Pembine, Wisconsin.

He was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Franklin and Dolores (Wendt) Schartner. Joe graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1974.

On August 19, 1978, he married Jan M. Reimer. They bought the Cyril Vertz orchard and operated that for a few years until he went to work for Bay Shipbuilding. As work slowed there, he moved to PBI for some years before working 14 years with his brother and sister-in-law at the Staats Farm. He went back to Bay Ship in 2001 and worked there until his retirement last year. Most recently, Joe was employed at Peninsula Golf Course as a groundskeeper.

Joe was an active member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where he served many years as an usher. He was a member of Boilermakers Union Local #449. He loved hunting with his family and friends, playing sheepshead, softball and bowling. Joe was a member of the “TV” club, and especially loved watching all Brewers games.

Not knowing how to take him sometimes, Joe explained his serious demeanor, mixed with his own unique, dry sense of humor, as, “It’s my way of making them smile or laugh.” Joe was very proud of the life he and Jan built together.

His family includes his wife, Jan; four children, Kendall (Jason) Brauer, Jason (Wilma Prins) Schartner, Danielle (Eric) Glesner, Andrew (Madelaine) Schartner; grandchildren, Lanie, Blake, Eli, Max and one due on Christmas Day; siblings, Lynn (Delbert Brandley) Hails, Nancy (Robert) Moore, Jeff (Laurie) Schartner, Mary (Randal) Leist, Sandy (Richard) Brauer; siblings-in-law, Sue (William) Millonig, Barb (Ken) DeMeuse, Debra (Edward) Staats; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and many dear friends and co-workers.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Frank (Cari) Schartner; brother-in-law, Charles Hails; parents-in-law, Doug and Danica Reimer; and nephews, Randy VanGheem and Ryan Millonig.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, Nov. 22, 11 am, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 21, 4-8 pm, at Huehns Funeral Home; and Nov. 22, 9:30-10:45 am, at the church. A parish wake service will be held Nov. 21, 7:45 pm, at Huehns Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made in Joe’s memory to S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church or the Sevastopol Pioneer Athletic Booster Club.

“Joe led a simple life, and he loved it.”

Huehns Funeral Home and Door County Crematory in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Joe can be shared through his tribute page at


Saints Peter and Paul Parish
4767 Dunn Road, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Tel: 92.74.4842
When donating directly to the church, mention the name of the deceased in the memo and whether funds should be used for any specific cause/effort within the church.

Sevastopol Booster Club Athletic Fund
Mail to: Leif Lautenbach, 4914 Butterfly Lane, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Tel: 920.743.6282

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