Obituary: Mary M. (Gerstner) Honold

November 4, 1951 ~ May 13, 2023

Mary M. Honold, 71 years of Brussels, died Saturday, May 13, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 4, 1951, in Green Bay, the daughter of the late Clarence and Mildred (Cherney) Gerstner. She attended Preble High School. On September 3, 1983, she married Steven A. Honold at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport. They would have been married 40 years this year.

Mary worked for Emerson Motors for many years until it’s closing. It was at that time she found her life’s calling in nursing care. She received her CNA license at NWTC and worked at Anna’s in New Franken until her retirement. It was caring for others that created special bonds between her and her clients which held special significance in her own life.  About one year ago in 2022, Mary was diagnosed with cancer and began optimistically treating it.  

Our dear wife, mother, and grandmother will be known for her baking skills, especially the bread she baked.  It was sought after and longed for by everyone who tasted it.   Every year Mary looked forward to and loved camping with her family and friends and building campfires to gather around.  

She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband, Steven; two daughters, Cheryl (David) DeMeuse of Brussels, Lisa (Ted) Karhitz of Sturgeon Bay; five grandchildren, John (Farrah) Heikkila, Jacob (friend, Amanda) Heikkila, Joshua Heikkila, Ashley (Mike) Bagneski, Richard Jr. “Ricky” (Rachel) Lyons; two great-grandchildren, Jennifer, and Daniel Bagneski, and one on the way; step-grandchildren David (Stacee) DeMeuse, Laura DeMeuse, Amanda DeMeuse; step great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Beau, Nels and Nova Mae; brother, Ronald (sig. friend, Anita Guevara) Geistner of San Antonio, TX; sister, Linda (Mark) La Frombois of Green Bay; the Honold in-laws, Orville Honold of Jacksonport, Dorothy Trinkner of Sturgeon Bay, Kenneth Honold of Baileys Harbor, Mitch (Dawn) Honold of Sturgeon Bay; many nieces and nephews.    

Preceding Mary in death were her parents, Clarence, and Mildred Gerstner; granddaughter, Miranda Heikkila; sisters in-law, Dorothy, Margaret, and Mary D. Honold; brother-in-law, Richard Trinkner; parents in-law, William and Amanda Honold.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday May 17, 2023, at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor Tod Vertz officiating.  Entombment will be at Shrine of the Good Shepherd, Nicolet Memorial Gardens. 

Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday May 16, 2023, at Huehns Funeral Home and at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Unity Hospice and the staff at Door County Cancer Center for all you have done for Mary and our entire family. 

Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Mary may be shared with her family through her tribute page at