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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 18:20

Eleanor Tetzlaff of Port Washington was a teacher through and through, her son Randy said.
    “Her life was as a teacher,” he said. “She loved it. She always liked working with kids, seeing them take the next step, whether it was being able to write their letters or read.”
    Mrs. Tetzlaff attended Waushara County Normal School and began teaching at age 19.
    She taught elementary school for about 40 years, primarily first and third grades at Pine River and Riverview elementary schools in the Wild Rose School District, before retiring in 1985.
    She also provided remedial reading instruction at Dunwiddie Elementary School in Port Washington as a volunteer for about 10 years.
    “She loved kids,” her son said.
    Mrs. Tetzlaff, 91, died of intestinal issues and complications Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.
    A native of Berlin, she was born on July 4, 1926, to Frank and Anna Tetzlaff Nigbor.
    She graduated from Redgranite High School, and in 1949, married Richard Tetzlaff in the Town of Marion. The couple moved to Redgranite in 1959.
    Mrs. Tetzlaff enjoyed keeping her house, her son said.
    “She was the homemaker type,” he said. “Everything was always spotless and in order. In her house, you could eat off the floors.”
    After her husband retired, the couple traveled quite a bit, her son said. They also enjoyed going to shows, particularly musicals.
    The couple moved to Port Washington to be near their son in 1999.
    After Mr. Tetzlaff died in 2000, Mrs. Tetzlaff lived with her son and his wife in Port. She was one of the first few residents of Lincoln Village on the city’s west side, moving there in January 2016.
    “Until the last few years, she was independent,” her son said.
    Mrs. Tetzlaff is survived by her son Randy (Beth) of Port Washington; grandson Robin (Brooke) and great-grandchildren Landon and Leighton, all of Grapevine, Texas.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, parents Frank and Anna Nigbor; brothers Clarence and Stanley and sisters Helen, Dorothy and Leone.
    At Mrs. Tetzlaff’s request, no funeral service will be held.
    Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Berlin.
    Memorials to the Lawlis Family Hospice, 13111 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled by Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington.

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