Shirley M. Kapitz

Shirley M. Kapitz

If you are reading this ,you will know that Arnie knocked on the patio door, took my hand and away we flew up to Heaven.  I am looking forward to being with all those who have gone before me, including my dear pooch, Gidget.

I was born on August 30, 1927 in Manitowoc, daughter of the late Matthew and Anna (Vesley) Klein.  I attended St. Boniface Catholic grade school.  While there, my brother Jerry was an alter boy.  I thought it was unfair that girls were not allowed to have that role so my dad nicknamed me Billy to make me feel better.  Now I can finally fill that role with my brother looking on!  I then graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School with the class of 1945.  After graduation, I went to work for White House Milk as a mail girl and met the love of my life, Arnie.  Our loved blossomed and we exchanged our marriage vows on November 27, 1948, at St. Boniface Catholic Church. That’s when the real adventures began! Our devotion to the Catholic faith was the cornerstone for our 65 years of wedded bliss. We shared many good times including travel, golf and many dinners at Greenstreet Food & Spirts.  Among my many activities, I was in the Manitowoc Marine Band Auxiliary, volunteered at Holy Innocents, played Bingo and enjoyed the sport of bowling.  I was quite the avid knitter, and for a long time I took my craft to various craft shows.  I also won several blue ribbons at the county fair for my awesome slippers.  I must say I was a whiz at Shutbox and Yahtzee.

I am survived by my many loves, including my daughter Debbie Kapitz, Manitowoc, my son Randy Kapitz, Manitowoc, my granddaughter Jessica Kadlec, Oak Creek, my grandson, Calvin Kapitz, Manitowoc, and my great grandchildren, Raymond and Lance Kadlec.  I must not forget Haroldine, our cute hippo in the front yard.  Nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends also survive.

Preceding me in death are my dear husband Arnie, my daughter, Vickie and my daughter, Mary Lou, my brother Gerald and many other relatives.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 3:00 PM until 5:45 PM on Thursday February 25, 2021 at St. Francis of Assisi, Waldo site, 1120 N. 14th St. Manitowoc.

Cremation has occurred and a memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday February, 25, 2021 at St. Francis of Assisi, Waldo site.  Officiating at the service will be Rev. Doug LeCaptain.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

I would like to extend a special thank you to the Holy Family Hospice, especially Nicole Reno and her  team for all the care and compassion shown towards me and my family.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting

“I just want to thank God because It was one hell of a beautiful ride”

Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center, Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Frank Koszarek

Frank Koszarek


Frank Koszarek, 77, of Gillett passed away peacefully at home February 1, 2021. Frank was born in Summit Lake, Wisconsin in 1943.

Frank entered the Navy at the age of 17 and was an engine man. While stationed at Norfolk he caught the eye of his future wife Brenda, who oddly enough was the daughter of his commanding officer.  Logging, hunting, fishing, drag racing were all things Frank loved to do, especially raising cane. Frank spent over 40 years employed at Tecumseh in New Holstein before moving to Gillett.

He is survived by his two daughters; Kim (John) and Kelly (Kendall), Grandchildren; Laura (Leo), Blake, Austin, and Jake, Stacey (Jared) and Curt (Samantha). Great Grandchildren; Eric, Liliana, Jada, Mauriella, Leo, Elyzabeth, Jase, Sofia, Jermiah and Bryson.

A memorial service will take place at Kuehl Funeral Home of Gillett, Saturday February 27, 2021 from 1pm to 3pm with a prayer service and Military Honors to follow.

Dorothy H. Ulness

Dorothy H. Ulness

Dorothy Ulness, age 100, of Valders, was released from this world on February 1, 2021 at the Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation Center, where she had been a resident for the past year.  Her family and friends had constantly surrounded her as best they could in these times of COVID.

Dorothy was born on October 11, 1920 in Manitowoc County of Fred and Martha Bender and only spoke German until the age of six when she began attending a one room school house. She graduated from Howard’s Grove High School, Sheboygan County Normal School and taught in a one-room school near Cedar Grove. On June 21, 1941 she married Orin Ulness and joined him in operating the Ulness dairy farm. He preceded her in death in March, 1991, just shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.  During WWII she taught at Sunny Crest School in the town of Liberty due to a shortage of teachers, but was happy to return to her true love, her family and the family farm. Dorothy was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church, having held many positions there. She was a faithful member of the church choir for over 60 years and music was a big part of her life. She was an inspirational cook, was active in Homemakers, school activities and in supporting her children and grandchildren. She was a wise wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and engaged regularly with them in numerous activities. Dorothy was a wealth of history up until the end of her life and a pillar of strength to her large family. She never lost her sense of purpose and was influential in the lives of many. Forty eight family members gathered on October 11th to celebrate her 100th birthday, using iPhones and separated by a large picture window at the Rehabilitation Center where she greeted them all.

Survivors include: two daughters, Marian (Dan) Gilbert, Deephaven, MN, Karen Bosshart, Chaska, MN. Daughter-in-law Ava Ulness, two sons, Loren (Carol) Ulness and Brian (Gemma) Ulness, all of Valders. Two sisters, Ione Kueter, Manitowoc and Arlene Johannes, Minneapolis, MN. 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Orin, and son, Walton, son-in-law Bruce Bosshart, sisters and brothers-in-law, Luaine Quast, Janice and Richard Homberger, Armond Kueter and James Johannes.

The family will greet relatives and friends at Faith Lutheran Church, Valders on February 13, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Funeral services will be held in honor of her life at Faith Lutheran Church, Valders on February 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Masks are required.  Officiating at the service will be Rev. Jim Wilson with burial to follow at Our Saviors Cemetery, Valders.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church or to Camp Sinawa.

The Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center, Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Nancy M. Ducat

Nancy M. Ducat

Nancy Marie Ducat age 72, a resident of Manitowoc, entered eternal life on the evening of February 1, 2021.

Nancy was born on July 21, 1948, in Rantoul, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Harry and Arlene (Reinke) Pingel.  She was a graduate of Valders High School with the Class of 1967.

Nancy was employed with Shady Lane Nursing Care Center for 27 years in the Housekeeping Department, retiring in 2014.  She enjoyed spending time outdoors, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, but most of all spending time with her family.

Survivors include:  2 Daughters and 1 Son-in-law:  Karen (Scott) Bauer, Manitowoc, Candace Ducat, Manitowoc.  3 Grandchildren:  Amanda (Pedro) Rodriguez, Brock Bauer and Special Friend April Butler, and Emily Ducat, along with 1 Great Grandson:  Adan Rodriguez.

Nancy is also survived by 2 Sisters:  Clara Yanda, MaryAnn Krogh and Special Friend, Don Phillip, 2 Brothers and Sisters-in-law:  Roger (Janice) Pingel, Albert (Denise) Pingel, and 1 Brother-in-law:  Gorman Lex, Jr.  Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.

Nancy is preceded in death by 1 Brother:  George Pingel, 4 Sisters and 3 Brothers-in-law:  Elaine (Edward) Stenzel, Patricia Yanda, Sharon Lex, Betsy (Dennis) Bratz, and Jens Krogh.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, from 4:00PM until 6:00PM at the Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center, 4638 Expo Drive, Manitowoc, WI 54220.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Home Care Health Services and Hospice, and especially to Sheila for the care and compassion shown to Nancy and her family.

Emma A. Burish

Emma A. Burish

Emma Burish, age 84, Shawano passed away January 25, 2021 at home to be with the lord.

Emma was born July 20, 1936 in the Town of Spruce, Oconto County to the late Jacob and Anna (Tienor) Burish.  She attended grade school in the Town of Spruce and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1954.  Emma moved to the Manitowoc area and worked as an office assistant for Mirro/Newell Aluminum until her retirement.  Emma moved to Shawano and settled in at the Glenderry apartments and enjoyed her time with neighbors in the community room, enjoyed reading, shopping, and tracking all costs, spending time with family and especially  attending Catholic Mass.

Emma is survived by Her Brother Donald (Mary) Burish, Kaukauna, also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and acquaintances.  Special nephew Ronald (Susan) Lambrecht, Gillett and their family.

Emma was preceded in death by her parents, sisters; Marie, Alice, Annie, Rosie, Delores. Brothers; Clarence, Francis, and Jacob.

Services for Emma will be announced at a later date. Kuehl Funeral Home is honored to assist the family.