Mark A. Williams
Mark A. Williams, age 47 of Sheboygan, passed away suddenly, Sunday, April 1, 2018 at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan.
Born December 7, 1970 in Sheboygan to Lyle and Wanda (Sipes) Williams. Mark attended local schools and graduated from Sheboygan North High School in 1989. He graduated from Central Texas College with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science.
He retired as a First Sergeant from the United States Army in 2010 after 21 years of honorable service where he received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), US Army Recruiter Badge with Three Sapphire Achievement Stars, Combat Action Badge and Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicle Clasp.
He later worked for the Department of Defense as a Civil Service employee until relocating to Sheboygan in December. He presently worked for Johnsonville.
He enjoyed carpentry, restoring cars, cooking, drag racing and was an avid Packers fan. He took pride in his 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 and taking friends and family for a “joyride”.
Mark is survived by his mother, Wanda Williams, Sheboygan; his children, Sara and Mark A. Williams II, both of Sheboygan; his sister, Donna Pragatz, Sheboygan; 2 brothers, Jeff (Julie) Williams, Rochester, MN and Doug (Kim) Williams, Sheboygan; 8 nieces and nephews and 4 great nephews. He is further survived by his former wife of 23 years, Julie Haas Williams and many relatives and friends around the world.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lyle and his brother in law, Jim Pragatz.
Funeral services for Mark will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1132 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan. The Rev. Gregory Whelton will officiate. Family and Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will take place at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.
A memorial fund has been established in Mark’s name.
Norbert Robert Abromaitis
Norbert Robert Abromaitis, 93, of Sheboygan, passed away Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Pine Haven Nursing Home in Sheboygan Falls.
He was born August 26,1924 in Sheboygan to John and Agatha Abromaitis. He attended local schools and graduated from Sheboygan Central High School. He enlisted in the Army and served in an Engineering Company which was assigned to rebuilding roads and bridges ahead of the Allied advance across France and into Germany. After VE Day his unit was reassigned to the South Pacific where he eventually witnessed VJ Day and the end of World War II.
After returning to Sheboygan, he married Virginia Gillingham, raised his three children, and spent nearly his entire working career with the Sheboygan Police Department retiring in 1979 as a Detective. One of his proudest moments as a Police Detective was helping the FBI to apprehend a bank robber who had robbed the Howards Grove State Bank. For his efforts, he received a commendation letter from then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
As a teenager, Norbert soon received the nickname “Abby” from his friends who had difficulty pronouncing his last name. He answered to this name for the rest of his life. Abby enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and watching Packer and Brewer games. In his later years he was a “regular”, meeting with friends each morning for coffee and breakfast at McDonalds.
Abby was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ginny, an infant son Richie as well as his brother John (Loretta) Abromaitis and sister Adele (Alex) Jordan.
He is survived by his daughter Sandra (Michael) Ries, his son David (Leslie) Abromaitis, and his daughter Debra (Tom) Jansen. He is also survived by six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1439 South 12th Street from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Friday, April 6th with a Funeral Mass immediately following at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to support the Alzheimer Association. Condolences may be expressed online at reinboldfh.com.
The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Abby’s family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Pine Haven Nursing Home for the compassion and care they gave Abby during his stay at their Giddings Avenue and Haven Drive facilities.
Caroline Jentsch, age 82, passed away on Wednesday afternoon (March 28th) at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice Center in Sheboygan Falls.
She is survived by her children, Carol (Jeff) Vorpahl, Waltermore (Cheryl) Jentsch Jr., and Barbara (John) Stenz as well as by number Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Waltermore Jentsch Sr. in May of 2012.
Private family services were held and entombment was held at the Garden of Peace Mausoleum in the Town of Sheboygan.
The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth are serving her family. For online condolences, please visit suchonfh.com.
The family would like to send a special thanks to Rocky Knoll Health Care Facility, Sharon S. Richardson Hospice, Rev. Casey Sugden, and Diane Chopp for all the care and compassion given to Caroline.
Marie J. Payne
Marie J. Payne, age 76, of Plymouth, passed away early Tuesday Morning (April 3, 2018) at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.
Marie was born on May 29, 1941 in Elkhart Lake, a daughter of the late Oscar G. Reimer Sr. and Mathilda (Holtzmann) Riemer.
She attended Elkhart Lake Grade School and High School.
On October 1, 1966, she married Gilbert W. Payne at Community United Church of Christ in Elkhart Lake. The couple has resided in the Town of Plymouth since their marriage. Her husband preceded her in death on January 22, 2011.
She worked at Durwood’s Restaurant in Plymouth for several years and at Borden’s for 42 years, retiring in 2003 and was a member of the Borden’s 25 Year Club.
Marie enjoyed birdwatching, crocheting, and her Pomeranian dogs.
Survivors include: Three sons: Bill (Sheila) Payne of St. Cloud, Brad (Mary) Payne of Sheboygan Falls, and Ben Payne of Plymouth; Two grandchildren: Alex and Dustin Payne of St. Cloud; Two step-grandchildren: Jamie (Aaron) Skrube of Sheboygan and Jeremy (Ashley) Setzer of Sheboygan Falls; Four step-great grandchildren: Danica and Evelyn Skrube, and Mason and Paxton Setzer; Three brothers-in-law: Tom Payne of Cedar Grove, Jerry (Betty) Payne of Adell, and Phil Payne of Little Elkhart Lake; Sister-in-law: Virginia Payne of Sheboygan; and Her Plymouth Dairy Queen Gang.
She is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, along with many other friends.
She was preceded in death by: Her parents; Father and mother-in-law: Norman and Sophie Payne; Three brothers: Vernon (Delores), August (Gladys), and Oscar Jr.; and Brother-in-law: Jim Payne.
Funeral services will be held on Friday Afternoon (April 6, 2018) at 3:30 P.M. at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Dale Miller will officiate. Cremation will take place following the services.
Visitation will take place at the Suchon Funeral Home on Friday (April 6) from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the services.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Marie’s name.
The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving her family. For online condolences, please visit suchonfh.com.
Marie has been a blessing to many!
Michael “Mike” Gordy, age 70, of Plymouth, WI, entered eternal life on Tuesday (April 3, 2018).
I prepared this obituary in hopes it would never have to be used, but alas, all good things must end. To quote Mickey Mantle “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself”. I was fortunate in life to have a loving and fabulous wife, a terrific family, great friends, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I’ll keep this short and sweet as Joe Friday from Dragnet said “Just the facts ma’am”.
Mike entered this world at 9lbs. 9oz. on October 17, 1947, in Ft. Pierce, FL, a son of the late Karlton L. and Harriet K. (Moore) Gordy.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.
On September 16, 1994 he married his best friend and love of his life, Deborah Schmidt-Wirtz.
Mike was employed at Sargento Foods in Plymouth for 32 years and he thanks the Gentine family for their wonderful support and most importantly their patience. He retired as President of Sargento’s Food Ingredient Division and was awarded Leonard A. Gentine Founders Ring.
Mike served as the past President of the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association.
He enjoyed fishing, wood working and reading.
He is survived by his wife and best friend: Deborah Gordy of Plymouth; Children: Steven M. (Georgina) Gordy of Costa Rica, Bethany L. Gordy of Madison, WI. Step Children: Richard J. (Amy) Wirtz of Plymouth and Adam J. (Samantha) Wirtz of NY, NY. His loving grandchildren: Kai M. Gordy, Lia Gordy, Max Gordy, Benjamin Wirtz, and Daniel Wirtz. His siblings: Richard R. (Patricia) Gordy, Patricia A. Forbes (Late Thomas Forbes Sr.). His in-laws: Tom (Kris) Schmidt, Joe (Kim) Schmidt, Christy Schmidt, Pam (Dan) Barsness, David (Katie) Schmidt, Catherine (Ryan) Parmerlee and Sarah Zimbal. Mother and father-in-law: Nancy (Randy) Radloff and the late Thomas Schmidt Sr. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday afternoon (April 7, 2018) at 2:00 P.M. at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Mother Michele Whitford, of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Plymouth, will officiate.
Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at Suchon Funeral Home on Saturday morning (April 7) from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Services.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Mike’s name for the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Plymouth.
The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit suchonfh.com.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Walt Longo and the staff at UW Madison Hospital for all the care and compassion given to Mike. Remember to live long, laugh hard and love unconditionally.
Donald Leroy DeHaai
Donald Leroy DeHaai, 83, of Cedar Grove, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee with his family at his side.
Donald was born on August 26, 1934, in Souix Falls, SD to Fred and Blanche (DeGeest) DeHaai. He was a 1952 graduate of Armour High School. Donald served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959.
On May 29, 1959, Donald married Mary Ann Navis in Cedar Grove. Donald worked various jobs over his career and retired from Kettle Lakes Co-op in 1996.
Don was a charter member of Faith Reformed Church in Cedar Grove where he sang in the church choir and served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and usher. He also sang in the Pine Haven Men’s Chorus for 40 years.
Don enjoyed attending children and grandchildren’s sporting events over the years and volunteered for the Cedar Grove Belgium School District as a member of the chain gang and statistician. He was also the coordinator of the Gra-Y Program for many years. He enjoyed music, bowling, roller skating, and traveling to Florida for family vacations.
Donald is survived by his loving wife of almost 59 years, Mary Ann DeHaai; two daughters, Patti (Carl) Claerbout, Dawn (Tom) Hameister; two sons, Michael (Doris) DeHaai, Terry (Jennifer) DeHaai; twelve Grandchildren, David (Amanda) DeHaai, Peter (JoEllen) DeHaai, Alex (Lauren) DeHaai, Ryan DeHaai, Danielle DeHaai, Seth DeHaai, Tyler (Kayla) Weavers, Briana (Brandon) Miles, Ashley (Andrew) Salomone, Shaunna (Marc) Dyrcz, Kim (Kyle) Sandmire, Scott Hameister; ten great-grandchildren, Adam, Matthew, Noah, Levi, Micah, Isaac, Aurelia, Autumn, Daniel, Odin; and two brother-in-laws, Richard (Mary) Navis, Larry (Lynn) Navis. Donald is further survived by other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Blanche DeHaai; and his parents-in-law, Warren and Hazel Navis.
A funeral service to celebrate Donald’s life will be held at Faith Reformed Church in Cedar Grove on Friday, April 6, 2018, at 7:00 pm with Rev. Ron Sanford officiating. A private family burial will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Saturday.
Relatives and friends may greet the family at the church on Friday from 4:00 pm until the time of service at 7:00 pm.
A memorial fund is being established in his name for the Cedar Grove First Responders and Oostburg Ambulance.
For online condolences and additional information please visit wenigfh.com.
The Wenig Funeral Home of Oostburg (920-564-2771) is serving the DeHaai family with arrangements.
James G. Grunewald
James G. Grunewald, 86, of Sheboygan Falls, passed away Tuesday, April 03, 2018 at Pine Haven Residential Center. James was born April 16, 1931, in Town of Herman to the late Norbert and Hertha (Roethel) Grunewald. He graduated from Howards Grove High School. On September 30, 1967, he married the former Carolyn J. Meifert in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. James was employed by the Vollrath Company before retiring in 1995. He was also a volunteer fire fighter in Howards Grove for several years and enjoyed woodworking.
In addition to his wife, Carolyn, he is survived by a sister-in-law, Hilda Meifert and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin (Minnie) Grunewald.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Zimmer’s Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center (Hwy 42 & JJ, Howards Grove) with Rev. Darrel Bergelin officiating. Friends may call on Friday, at the funeral home, from 12:00 p.m. until the time of services.
Please visit zimmerfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
The family would like to thank the staff of Pine Haven Residential Center and Compassus Hospice for their care and compassion.