Lantern Project: Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities. We know the list of stories we post here is incomplete. We strive to learn about and share these stories but know that there are some that we and the media miss. If you see a news story of a death in WI related to domestic violence and don't see it posted here, please feel free to let us know about it here. Thank you.
Obituary: "Shelley Ann Johanik, age 44, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016, unexpectedly at her home in Mason. She was born Feb. 15, 1972, in Marshfield, the daughter of Theresa M. Johanik.
Shelley owned and operated the Karma Salon of Ashland and the Karma Salon II in Washburn. Along with managing her very busy, successful salons and applying her gift of unique hair styling, she tended to her animals, whom she loved very much, her gardens and living her life her way, to the fullest"...Read more
News Story: "The Bayfield County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the two people killed in a murder-suicide in the Town of Kelly on Sunday. Police say 44-year-old Shelly Johanik was shot and killed by her husband, 59-year-old Randy Loppnow, who then turned the gun on himself. Just after 7 a.m. Sunday morning a 911 call came into the Bayfield County Dispatch Center reporting someone had been shot and the phone went dead. When police arrived to the home on Stuart Road, they found Johanik dead in the yard. Loppnow was found still alive near her body. He was airlifted to a Duluth hospital, where he later died. Authorities say evidence and interviews suggest Loppnow deliberately shot his wife and himself before police and first responders could arrive. Police are still investigating the incident."