It's Your Business: Johnsonville Sausage co-founder dies in N. Naples

Alice and Ralph Stayer, who co-founded Johnsonville Sausage in Wisconsin in 1945.

Alice and Ralph Stayer, who co-founded Johnsonville Sausage in Wisconsin in 1945.

Dave Osborn

Dave Osborn

— The next time you enjoy a bratwurst at a barbecue, tailgate or party, you can thank Alice.

Alice Lucille Brinkman Stayer, who along with her husband, Ralph, co-founded Johnsonville Sausage in 1945, died Saturday of natural causes at a North Naples care center. She was 96.

Johnsonville Sausage, named for Johnsonville, Wis., began as a butcher shop but grew to become the No. 1 national brand of sausage that’s also available in 30 other countries. The company today employs about 1,400 workers.

Ralph Stayer died in 2007 at age 92.

Alice Stayer was born in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but her family moved to Milwaukee when she was young. She and Ralph wed in 1938.

The couple were active in philanthropy, including contributions they made to the Golisano Children’s Museum in Naples.

■ Greatest grill? Stayers' one cooked a truckload

Burman named employee of the year

The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse treatment center serving children, adults and families, has announced Cynthia Burman, clinical supervisor and licensed mental health counselor, as employee of the year.

Burman, who supervises three children’s community service programs, was chosen because she consistently exemplifies her pledge to provide exceptional customer experiences and the success of the programs she manages demonstrates her commitment.

Burman received her bachelor’s degree from California State University at Fullerton.

Information: 239-455-8500 and www.DavidLawrenceCenter.org

U.S. Trust promotes Curt Todd

U.S. Trust has announced it promoted Curt Todd of U.S. Trust’s Naples office to managing director for U.S. Trust, Bank of America, Private Wealth Management.

Todd has been a part of Bank of America and its predecessor organizations for 28 years. In his new role, he will lead a team that provides advice to high net-worth clients tailored to their investment, wealth transfer, credit, and banking needs.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and also graduated from the University of Virginia Graduate School of Banking.

Todd can be reached at 239-254-3217 or curt.todd@ustrust.com.

Business luncheon is March 8

The next business resource meeting and luncheon for the Bonita Springs-Estero Chapter of Women’s Council of Realtors is March 8 at the Bonita Bay Club, 26660 Country Club Drive, Bonita Springs.

Mary Saunders of Downing-Frye Realty Inc.-The Saunders Group is the guest speaker, and will discuss short sales and foreclosures.

Cost is $20 for members in advance, $25 for members at the door and $30 for guests. Register to attend at www.WCRbonitaestero.com.

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