Lenore G. Wilke, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away, early Saturday morning, May 25, 2019 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay from complications of a heart attack.
She was born March 19, 1930 in Juddville, the daughter of the late William and Dora (Corbisier) Resler. Lenore graduated from Gibraltar High School with the class of 1949. She was united in marriage to Robert F. Wilke on October 14, 1950 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Egg Harbor. They were blessed with over 52 years of marriage. Robert preceded her in death on December 22, 2002.
In Lenore’s early years, she worked for the Amity Leather Company and Porter-Kiehnau Home Care. She was a stay-at-home mom and took pride in raising her two sons, Robert “Rob” and Richard Wilke. Lenore was active as a den mother of her sons’ Cub Scouts troop and also helped with Little League ball game activities. “Mom was always willing to lend a hand or help others before herself.”
She was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay. Lenore was an avid fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and loved cooking, baking, and spending time with her family who meant the world to her. She was well-known for her potato salad often requested by family and friends. Lenore’s most recent joy after her sons grew up was spending time with her granddaughter, Ashley; they had a treasured relationship together.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Dora; husband, Robert; brother, Bill Resler; sister-in-law, Betty Jane Resler, Doris (Vernon) DeFere; brother-in-law, Richard Jorgensen, and Layton Tomlison.
Lenore is survived by her two sons, Robert (Vikki) Wilke of Green Bay and Richard Wilke of Sturgeon Bay; granddaughter, Ashley Wilke; two step-grandchildren, Sara Engelland and Thomas McMillion; three step-great-grandchildren, Riley, Aya, and Kisa Engelland; two sisters, Joanne Tomlinson and Mary Ann Jorgensen; brother, John Resler; sister-in law Carolyn Resler; along with many nieces and nephews.
Lenore’s children would like to thank the ER staff at Door County Memorial Hospital as well as Dr. Timmons and his staff at Bellin Hospital. A special thank you to the Bellin Hospital ICU nurses for the remarkable care provided to our mother.
Her life will be honored with a funeral service held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Deacon Mark Hibbs officiating. Lenore will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery beside her husband, Robert.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Memorials may be made in her memory with a fund to be determined.
Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Lenore may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.
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