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Lillian E. Pluff

April 10, 1926 ~ August 19, 2018 (age 92)

     Lillian E. Pluff, 92, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Sunday morning, August 19, 2018 at the Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility.

     She was born April 10, 1926 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter, one of twelve children, of the late August and Martha (Seneft) Anderson. Lillian finished eighth grade and then stayed home at 14 years of age to help take care of her brothers and sisters. At 17, Lillian worked in the ship yards during WWII. On November 17, 1945, she married Emery Martin Pluff at Christ Ev. Lutheran Church in the Town of Liberty Grove. They moved to Baileys Harbor and had a cherry orchard there. He sailed on the Great Lakes for eight years, stopping in 1956. In 1982, they moved to Sturgeon Bay. He preceded her in death on January 21, 2009.

     Lillian worked in housekeeping for many years with the Country House Nursing Home, Ephraim Shores Hotel, Edgewater Hotel, the Patio Drive Inn and Motel, and the Knutson House.

     She enjoyed family visits, reading, singing songs, dancing, Lawrence Welk shows, and polka Sundays. When she was young and raising her children, Lillian enjoyed baking bread, canning, and working in the garden. Her favorite president was President John Kennedy. Lillian liked watching SOAPS on TV, listening to classic country music, doing needlework, playing cards, and working word search puzzles.

     She is survived by her five children, Judi Ranker of Green Bay, Diane (Jim) Christianson of Sturgeon Bay, Sharon Shields of Green Bay, Barbara Pagels, and Sandi Santner, both of Sturgeon Bay; and her dear friend, Nancy Demmin, who Lillian thought of as her daughter; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

     Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; husband; eleven brothers and sisters, Gustav Anderson, Darlene Pluff, Francis Anderson, Mary Matthews, Mae Franda, Ann Willman, Mable Raynier, Julia Anderson, Minnie Anderson, James Anderson, and George Anderson; and two sons-in-law, Phil Ranker and Pete Santner.

     At Lillian’s request, no public services will be held. Burial will be in Little Sister Cemetery.

     A special thank you goes out to Unity Hospice and Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility for their care.

     Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Lillian may be shared through her tribute page at    

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