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The Mendham Family (1968-2021)

Celebrating 53 Years!


Time Flies when you’re having fun as 2021 marks the 53rd year for the Mendham family at Sunrise Lodge. In 1968., Dick ad Elsie decided to prove to their friends that they were truly crazy by purchasing a resort way up north. One rainy day on a fishing trip, they decided to call the Northwoods and Sunrise Lodge home. The Mendham family is truly blessed and forever grateful for the many friendships developed over the  years.



While Dick and Elsie  are getting older they can still work circles around the rest of us. Dick is still doing well after his 2011 kidney transplant and 2020 heart surgery. He is extremely active in local Chambers of Commerce, organizing local festivals such as Maple Syrup Fest and Taste of Conover, as well as planting thousands of flowers around the Sunrise grounds. Elsie works the front desk and dining room and when not working stays busy with church, choir, playing bridge, grandkids, and local charities. 


Phil, graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in Management and Marketing. In his free time, he is the President of the Frosty Snowmobile Club and is active in the Lac Vieux Desert Association and enjoys snowmobiling and fishing. Phil’s wife, Karen, is from Wauwatosa and is the children’s librarian in Land O’ Lakes. She is the crafty one around Sunrise. Kate, 23, is a Bradley University graduate and is attending law school at St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Kate enjoys sports, cooking, and traveling. David, 21, is a senior at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, studying business and marketing analytics. He is a member of D.U. Fraternity, has completed an internship with Caterpillar Inc., and enjoys golfing and intramural sports. Joe, 19, has attended Northern Michigan University and recently moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in auto sales. He is an avid gamer, snowmobiler, and basketball player.


Linda, a graduate of UW-Stout, is responsible for all the delicious food at Sunrise. Without Linda, Sunrise would not be such a yummy place! When not working, Linda likes sports and visiting warm places. Alexa, 22, is a senior studying Sports Communications at UW-Green Bay. She enjoys snowboarding, snowmobiling, and spending time with her new dog, Loki. Carl, 19, is a sophomore at UW-Green Bay. He loves spending his free time fishing, snowboarding, and playing basketball. Tony, 19, is also studying in Green Bay. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, snowboarding, and playing basketball. If you need accurate fishing advice these are the 2 to ask!


Vicki has her Master’s degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from UW-Stout and is the head of the Culinary Arts program at Nicolet College. Vicki is truly the “Dessert Master” and helps around Sunrise when time permits. Kayla, 17, is a senior at Northland Pines. She is on the National Honors Society, President of Student Council, has the lead role in the High School Musical “School of Rock”, and is an accomplished figure skater.


We have been fortunate to be able to work and play as a family (not always easy) and we think of you as part of our family as well. Stay well and we look forward to seeing you soon.