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Obituary: William M. Baudhuin

August 29, 1929 ~ February 9, 2023

William M. Baudhuin, 93, lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, died Thursday morning, February 9, 2023 at Bayview Senior Care LLC (formerly Anna’s Healthcare) in Sturgeon Bay. 

He was born on August 29, 1929 at home on Rhode Island Street in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Sylvan J. and Marie E. (Carmody) Baudhuin. Bill grew up attending St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay where he received the Sacraments of Holy Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. He attended St. Joseph Parochial School through 9th grade and then Sturgeon Bay High School. Bill graduated with the class of 1947.

Through a mutual friend, Bill met Marion Jean Haberli. They were united in marriage on September 9, 1950 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute.

Bill  started his career as the Maytag repairman for H. C. Prange Co., followed with K&L Electric, working for his good friends Dick Lau and Wally Kurth. Bill then went  to work for Sturgeon Bay Utilities, initially as a meter reader and eventually became the general manager. He retired from SBU on December 31, 1993.

For over 37 years, Bill served the community as a volunteer member of Sturgeon Bay Fire Department, retiring with the rank of lieutenant. He was blessed to serve alongside some of Sturgeon Bay’s finest, going back to the days of blue jean uniforms (before the thorough protective gear and equipment synonymous with the firefighters of today).

Bill was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish. He was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Alofnse Broens Council 2478 and was presently the oldest and longest-tenured member of the council. Bill was a dedicated volunteer and board member for the Chambers Island Retreat House. He went on mission trips to Guatemala and Honduras (twice) with Water for People.

Bill loved spending time with family at “Papa’s Pond” on Bechtel Road in the Town of Sevastopol. He and Marion were blessed with over 72 years of marriage and enjoyed traveling and going on cruises together.

Bill will be missed by his dear wife, Marion; children, Mary (Keith) Bink, Diane (Dan) Isings, both of Sturgeon Bay, Patti (Mark) Dines of Tinley Park Il, Barbara (Bob) Wagner of the Town of Sevastopol, and Robert (Linnea) Baudhuin of Rochester, MN; grandchildren, Gretchen Bink (Ryan) Jadin and Rachel Bink (Kirk) Wilke, Jason and Will Isings, Jennifer (Zach) Cobb, Myjken Moore, Candice Moore, Kelly (Steve) Penn, Melissa (Steve) Vogel, Grace Baudhuin, Ellie Baudhuin, Anna Baudhuin, Robert Baudhuin, Jr., and Matthew Baudhuin; great-grandchildren, Tryston, Reagen, Teagen, Skylin, Everett, Lucy, and Charlie; sister, Sr. Ruth Baudhuin of Green Bay; other relatives; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, James “Jimmy” Baudhuin (2018); great-granddaughter, Elsie Wilke; siblings, Sylvan “Speed” Baudhuin, Rev. Robert F. Baudhuin, and Theresa (Norman) Reince; and other relatives.

Bill’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann and Fr. Anthony Birdsall concelebrating. He will be laid to rest beside family in St. Joseph Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol with firefighter honors by the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department.

Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church, Monday morning, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

The funeral Mass will be recorded (non-live) and eventually uploaded to the “Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HuehnsFuneralHome).

Memorials may be given in Bill’s name for St. Joseph Parish (526 Louisiana Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235) OR the Pioneer Fire Company (28 N. 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235).

Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to ‘Anna’s Angels’ (and now) staff of Bayview Senior Care as well as the staff of Unity Hospice for the wonderful, compassionate care given to Bill/our dad.”

Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Baudhuin family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of William may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.