Laura Thelen

Laura Thelen, 93, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away May 5, 2017, at Door County Medical Center. She was born Dec. 22, 1923, to Oscar and Minnie (Herber) Geidel in Campbellsport. On May 11, 1944, she married Ralph M. Thelen in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death April 30, 1999.

Laura was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 72 years, and also a longtime member of the Christian Motherís Altar Society.

Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth Thelen of Grafton, MaDonna Thelen of LaGrange, Illinois, and Kristine Thelen of Milwaukee; two sons, James (Mary) Thelen of Cleveland and John (Donna Rainwater) Thelen of Oceanside, California; two grandchildren, Brian (Liz) Thelen and Steven Thelen; two great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Rachel Thelen; and other relatives, her Geidel cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sons, Mark, Peter and Michael; one sister, Marcella Kohlwey; and one brother, Byron Geidel.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday May 9, at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood with the Rev. Carl Schmitt officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at