Sylvester J. "Cy" Dernbach, Jr.
Former Owner & Funeral Director- Passed away 12/ 20/ 2008
Sylvester J. "Cy" Dernbach Jr., 70, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Saturday, December 20, 2008 after complications following a hip fracture last December 2007.
He was born November 29, 1938 in Green Bay the son of the late Sylvester Sr. and Helen (Ketelhohn) Dernbach. He graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1956. Cy served in the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Army Reserves for 4 years. He then attended Pharmacy School at Ferris Institute in Big Rapids, Michigan.
He later changed his course of study to Mortuary Science at Val Beyer's Institute in Milwaukee. Before attending mortuary school he apprenticed at Lyndahl Funeral Home in Green Bay for one year. While at mortuary school he worked at Rasch Roetz Funeral Home and at Dobratz Funeral Home in Milwaukee. After graduation from Mortuary School he worked at Fitch Lawrence-San Fillipo Funeral Home in Madison. On November 24, 1962 he married Gloria M. Rupiper in Green Bay at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. They moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1963. He worked for Davis Mortuary for two years before returning to Lyndahl Funeral Home in Green Bay in 1965. In August of 1973 Cy returned to Sturgeon Bay and worked as a funeral director at Davis Mortuary, purchasing the funeral home in 1989. In 2001 Cy sold the funeral home to Todd Huehns who he worked with since 1992. His dedicated service to the community of Sturgeon Bay and Door County will not be forgotten.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. Cy also was a member of Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, Treasurer of Kiwanis Club, Quality Market Animal Sales Board Member, Honorary Life Member of Ducks Unlimited, Life member of Whitetails, Apple Valley Major Tuesday evening Bowling League, Neighbor to Neighbor board member and vice president, president of St. Joseph School Board, an usher, a communion distributor, and the Holy Name Society. He was instrumental in starting the Booster Club at Sturgeon Bay High School.
Cy enjoyed hunting, fishing, making wood.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria; four children, Tom (Susan) of Springfield, Oregon, Tim Dernbach of Chula Vista, California, Dan (Kate) LaJolla, California, Kristin (Ted) Blackwood of Cambridge, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren, Brittany, Beret, Gus, Sam, Hannah, Emma, Amanda; one sister, Mitzi (Al) Lenss of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; one brother, Robert (Suzi) Dernbach of Appleton; sister-in-law, Barbara Dernbach of Marine City, MI; brother-in-law, George Greenwood of Mexico; one aunt, Celia O'Connell of Green Bay.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Kathleen Greenwood; two brothers, Ken and Roger.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Dominic Peluse scj and Fr. Anthony Birdsall as celebrants. Cy was laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Friends called from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at Huehns Funeral Home, and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. A parish wake service was held at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening.
Memorials may be made in his memory to Neighbor to Neighbor or Crossroads at Big Creek.
The Dernbach family would like to extend special thanks to Neighbor to Neighbor, Jean Marsh and the staff at Whispering Pines, Dr. Bradley Nelson, and AsceraCare Hospice for the many kindnesses shown to Cy.
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