Obituary: Loretta M. (Merkle) Robertoy

Dec. 28, 1936 – Nov. 22, 2020 

Loretta M. (Merkle) Robertoy, 83, of Fish Creek died at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

She was born in Sturgeon Bay to Jacob “Jake” and Helen (Buechner) Merkle. In 1954, she graduated from Gibraltar High School. Loretta was united in marriage on Oct. 6, 1956, with Marvin J. Robertoy at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport. For a few years, they lived in Milwaukee before moving to Fish Creek, where they have owned and operated Hyline Orchard – just north of Egg Harbor on Highway 42 – for more than 60 years.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville. Loretta was an active member of her church, where she taught Sunday school, was a youth group leader, served on the church council for many years and as Sunday school superintendent.

Loretta enjoyed the daily workings of their family’s business, which included growing and harvesting the fruit, canning and selling various products to lifelong customers, many who became her family’s friends. She also was known for her crocheting talent and when she was younger, her love of painting.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin; two daughters, Nancy (Dennis) Delsart and Cindy (Dave) Enigl, both of Egg Harbor; seven grandchildren, Tracy (fiancé, Dusty Buhr) and Paul (friend, Crystal) Robertoy, Nathan (Amber), Megan (friend, Michael), and Alyssa (friend, Tyler) Delsart, and James (Kaari) and Justin Enigl; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mae Rhode of Green Bay, Marie VanGundy of Ohio, and Cora (Tom) Huntter of Pennsylvania; and three sisters-in-law, Alice Merkle of Baileys Harbor, Adeline Gray of West Allis, and Rosemary (Leon) Hasenjager of Fish Creek.

Preceding her in death were her parents; infant son, James; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Vicky Robertoy; brother, Frederick “Fritz” Merkle; and brothers-in-law, Tom VanGundy and Donald Gray.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 pm, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. Visitation will precede, 10 am – 12 pm. She will be laid to rest in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Juddville.

In consideration of the current local and statewide COVID-19 health guidelines, those in attendance are required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing. Temperature checks and hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry into funeral home. A 25 percent dual-chapel occupancy will be permitted.

A tribute page is available at A video from the service is also available at


Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
10 am – 12 pm
Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235


Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
12 pm
Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

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