By Casperson Funeral Home
Dale J. Orsted, 85, Baileys Harbor, passed away peacefully at home, April 20th, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Baileys Harbor, on January 26th, 1932, to Gardner and Theresa “Tracy” (Schram) Orsted. Dale attended Pershing grade school in Baileys Harbor and was a 1950 graduate of Gibraltar High School.
Dale worked on the family farm and part time for the Town of Gibraltar until he was drafted in 1951, when he served in the Korean War until 1953. After the war, Dale began working for the Door County Telephone Company, where his brother Gardner was already employed. Although the telephone company changed names several times, Dale worked there his whole career until he retired in 1991.
On June 16th, 1956, Dale married Marie Mann at Saint Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor. They purchased the family homestead from Dale’s parents and made their home there together and raised their family on the family farm for nearly 50 years. They were two weeks away from celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary when Marie passed away on May 26, 2006.
Dale was a lifelong member of Saint Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, which is now part of Stella Maris Parish. Dale loved to sing and began singing with the church choir and as a soloist while in his late teens. Over the next six decades, many people would comment on how much they enjoyed hearing their favorite hymns in his deep baritone voice. Dale was also a former Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, a long-standing member of the VFW and served in the Door County Auxiliary Police for several years.
Dale loved his family very much and always looked forward to spending time with them, whether it was working together or just sitting around talking. He always enjoyed it when friends and relatives would stop over to visit and was always quick to offer up something to eat or drink.
Dale will be sadly missed by his five children and their spouses; Jerome (Sandy) Orsted, Baileys Harbor; Dolly (Bruce) Hartwig, Brussels; Rande Orsted, Baileys Harbor; Kim (Scott) Gardner, Jacksonville, FL; Brett (Penny) Orsted, Baileys Harbor; Nine grandchildren: Jason (Becky) Orsted, Jennifer (Eric) Schuller, April (Bryan) Geisel, Derek (Laura) Hartwig, Robin Hartwig, Mark Gardner, Alexander Orsted, Benjamin Orsted, Christopher Orsted; two great grandchildren: Troy, Amber; sisters, Wilma Biwer, Joyce Hussong, Joni Slaby (Fiancé, Dennis McGrath), sisters-in-law: Patricia Orsted, Margaret Orsted and Delores Orsted. Dale is further survived by cousins Gordon Schram, Dr. Earl & Audrey Schram, Eugene Schram and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Dale was preceded in death by his wife Marie; parents, Gardner Orsted Sr, & Tracey (Schram) Orsted; stepmother, Ruth (Brude) Orsted; brothers, John, Gardner, Orval, Edward, Alvin, twin brothers Earl and Irvin; sister, Elaine Zahn; infant sisters, Theresa Jeanette and Marie; brothers-in-law, Edward Zahn, Joe Biwer Sr, Mike Biwer, Wayne Hussong, Fred Strong; sisters-in-law, Mary Orsted, Dixie Orsted, Patricia Strong; parents-in-law, Howard and Nesper (Lane) Mann.
Dale was a devoted husband, father and a valued friend to many people. We loved him very much and will miss him dearly until we see him again.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor site (Saint Mary’s of the Lake) on Tuesday, April 25th at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. David Ruby as celebrant. The family will greet relatives and friends from 9:30 a.m. until the start of services at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Dale’s family would like to thank Mona from Ministry Home Care and David from Door County Medical Center Rehab Services for their care and assistance and to Father Ruby, Becky and Garey from Stella Maris for their spiritual care. A very special thank you to Penny and Pat who provided such great and compassionate care for Dale these last 14 months.
Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Orsted family. Condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.