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The individuals listed below have departed us.  They were at one time members of the NEWWG during our many years of existence.  Each member had his/her own gift(s) not only as a hobbyist but as a person.  Together they made NEWWG a long standing and unique club.  They are missed, but not forgotten.

Tom Anderson

March 9th, 1939 – March 20th, 2023

Jack Kerster

Thomas Anderson passed away surrounded by love on March 20th, 2023, at home in Ashwaubenon. Tom was born on March 9th,1939, in Eau Claire, WI to Ray and Wilma (Otteson). His favorite activities included woodworking, hunting, fly-fishing, gardening, winemaking, and wilderness experiences with his children. His craftmanship yielded clocks, cabinets, armoires, bookshelves, bed sets and so much more. Tom’s masterpiece was his construction of the family cottage, a retreat that has been a highlight to family and friends for decades. His pride and joy was his hand-split stone fireplace and chimney that he created for his home. Tom loved the guild. It enhanced his woodworking skills and his life.

Kathleen Beyer

June 22, 1955 – December 24, 2022

Jack Kerster

Kathleen Beyer, age 67, passed peacefully into the arms of her Heavenly Father on December 24, 2022. She was born on June 22, 1955 in Green Bay, the daughter of Earl and Lu (VanderKelen) Beyer. Kathy graduated from Green Bay Preble High School and furthered her education with an Associates Degree from NWTC and then a Bachelors Degree from Lakeland College. Kathy started her forty years career at Fort Howard Paper Company, later she worked for Plexus, then Vorpahl Fire and Safety, and Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. She enjoyed quilting and sewing, traveling, and spending times with friends and family. Kathy was a member of the Northeastern Wisconsin Woodworkers Guild in Green Bay.

Lee Carlson

September 25, 1947November 18, 2022

Jack Kerster

Lee Arlene Carlson, 75, of the Town of Forestville, died after a brief illness, Friday November 18, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She was born September 25, 1947, in Sacramento CA, the daughter of Frank Foster Stilson and Arlene (Cushman) Stilson. Lee Graduated from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, CA and continued her education at a local Tech school training as a key punch operator. Lee was employed for many years as a data entry specialist and private contractor for the United States government at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento County, CA. This is where she met her future husband, Thomas Carlson, who also worked there and went out of his way to meet Lee. They were united in marriage on October 6, 1979, in California. After living in Tom’s house in Sacramento for a few years, Tom and Lee designed and built their first home together in Elk Gove, CA. Surrounded by pecan trees that Tom planted, they lived together with their German shepherd, Jesse, and Lee’s mother, Arlene, whom she took care of. Through her years of employment at the Air Force Base, Lee acquired a high-security clearance which enabled her to work on data for the stealth bomber. Upon their retirement, Lee and Tom moved to Door County, WI, and he built their second home in the Town of Forestville. Together with Tom, Lee was a member of American Association of Woodturners, Northeastern Wisconsin Woodworking Guild, Northeastern Wisconsin Woodturners out of Neenah, and Bay Lake Woodturners in Green Bay. Lee was also a member of the Mayflower Society as a confirmed descendant of one of the passengers.

Ralph Tingley

April 19th, 1947 – October 30th, 2022

Jack Kerster

Ralph “Papa” Milton Tingley, 75, long-time resident of Green Bay, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 30th, 2022, in Moriarty, New Mexico, en route to his Arizona residence. Ralph was born on April 19th, 1947. Ralph graduated from Southwest High School, received his associate degree from NWTC and his Bachelor’s from Lakeland University. For over 50 years, Ralph served as a tax accountant in the Green Bay area. Building was always a passion of Ralph’s and he worked for a time as a project manager for Ark Homes of Suamico. Ralph was a gentle soul, who enjoyed reading late into the evening and tending his plants, especially his Calla Lilies. Ralph was also a man’s man, a Harley-Davidson aficionado. He was always most at home on his motorcycle, in one of his many Harley t-shirts and a baseball cap. Ralph was a man of few words, but he always knew the right words to say at the right time and spoke loudest through his actions. He had a way of making everyone around him feel at ease and comfortable being themselves, never pressured to be anything more or less. He made sure that everyone was taken care of, always, even when he was hundreds or even thousands of miles away. He was one of the kindest, most caring men. He was the rock his family relied on always.  Ralph was a member of the Northeastern Wisconsin Woodworkers Guild in Green Bay.

John “Jack” Kersten

September 26, 1943 – February 20, 2022

Jack Kerster
Working with wood was always my passion. Retirement allowed time to take turning classes at the Artisan Center, becoming a member of the Woodworkers Guild, joining a group of like minded wood workers at “The Barn”. There I crafted wood into ornaments, plates, bowls, music boxes, and utensils. At Christmas my family members would take turns choosing their gift from a collection of my work, each burned with my initials. I hope these treasures will be passed on for many generations, as a reminder of the happy times I spent at the barn making each piece with love.
Jack Kerster wooden orniments

Thomas Carlson

September 7, 1936 – February 8, 2022

Tom Carlson
Thomas Carlson, 85, of Forestville, passed away on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Dimensions Living Appleton.

Tom and his wife Lee were members of our guild for around 20 years. Lee was the treasurer for the quild and her and Tom were part of the board of directors for many years. One of Tom’s specialties was a Norwegian three-legged chair, copied from the one his grandfather made. He based his design on patterns he traced on shopping bags. Tom produced over 50 chairs, which have been given to family, sold, and donated. Tom also designed snowmen of varying sizes that he turned on the lathe and gave out to family members every Christmas. Tom also made a lot of the furniture in their home. One item was a table made from Q tip sticks. He made unique snowmen, cat tails and various wood turned items.  He had items on consignment in a Door County shop. Lee said he has items through-out the United States and aound the world.

Tom was a member of the Northeastern Wisconsin Woodworking Guild, American Association of Woodturners, Northeast Wisconsin Woodturners (Neenah), and was a founding member of Bay Lake Woodturners in Green Bay.

Tom Carlson wood turned snowman
Tom Carlson wood turned art.