Annette Evangeline Wickman, 99 years of age passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 26, 2013. She was born on July 24, 1914, at the home of her grandparents at Newport, WI, the first of 4 daughters to Nicoli and Alma (Nelson) Nelson. She lived the first 3 years of her life in Chicago, Il. In 1917 her parents bought a farm on land that is now part of Newport State Park. Annette attended elementary school at Newport and 2 years of high school in Ellison Bay. On July 11, 1931 she married Lawrence Wickman. They were blessed with 4 daughters and a son.
In 1946 Annette and Lawrence purchased the Viking Grill. Annette was the main cook and was well known for her home cooking and especially her wonderful pies. Often in the summer she made 25-30 pies a day along with making the daily specials and filling orders in-between for customers. Many young people worked at the Viking Grill and several young men who worked with Annette cooking went on to become chefs, one also teaching cooking.
In the early 1960’s they founded the famous “Viking Fish Boil”. The boils grew in size over the years and became a big part in the influx of tourism in Door County. They continue today. Lawrence died suddenly in 1973 and Annette sold the Viking Grill in the fall of 1974 ending 29 years of hard work and a labor of love. She continued to be very active until her sight became impaired and gradually became totally blind for the past 8 years. She was able to live in her own home until the last 6 months of her life. Also a positive person she never lost her will to help others. Even though she could not partake in her church activities she continued to be a part of the Prayer Chain and prayed daily for others.
Annette was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church (now Shepherd of the Bay) serving as Sunday School teacher and singing in the choir for many years. She was active in the Ladies Aid serving several times as President. Annette and Florence Johnson started the “Quilting group” at Trinity, making quilts for Lutheran World Relief. She was a very hard worker always willing to help out, going the extra step especially when it came to her church work. As a very community minded person she was a Charter Member of the Ellison Bay Woman’s Club. After her retirement she worked at Uncle Tom’s Candy Shop. She also served on the United Way Board and delivered Meals on Wheels. She was a wonderful example to her family in her caring, kind love of helping people and serving the Lord.
Annette is survived by 3 daughters and a son: Joan (Robert) Carlson; Gloria (Roger) Johnson; Nyla Small and Lawrence (Larry) Wickman, Jr.; a son-in-law: Darrell Anderson; 15 grandchildren: Deborah (Greg) Casperson; Gayle Carlson; Gary (Lisa) Carlson; Roxanne (Curt) Wiltse; Ted (Connie) Carlson; Carol (Gary) Dismuke; Pam (Tom) Hollister; Terri Chapman; Wyatt (Ellen) Anderson; Julie (Mike) Schell; Rick (Joyce) Johnson; Randy Johnson; Michael (Crystal) Johnson; Susan (Paul) Burlo and Stacey (Norm) Rupp; 32 great grandchildren and 22 great great grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters: Audrie Watkins and Marjorie Larson.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Lawrence Wickman, Sr; a daughter, Patricia Anderson; son-in-law, Bob Small; granddaughter, Connie Johnson; great grandson, Joshua Talaga; a sister, Eleanor Larson; and 3 brothers-in-law, Eldon Watkins, Lester Larson and Knute Larson.
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, November 1 at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay at 12 noon. Visitation will be from 10 until the service at 12. Burial at the Ellison Bay Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials may be given to Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, PO Box 27, Ellison Bay WI 54210 or to the Scandia Village Capital Campaign, 10560 Applewood Rd, Sister Bay WI 54234
“The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to all the staff at the Care Center at Scandia Village for their loving care of our mother. Your kindness and care were greatly appreciated for this very special lady in our lives.”