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Roy G. Zehren PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:28

You could say that Roy G. Zehren of Port Washington was into grass, his wife Geri said.
    “Turf was his life,” she said.
    Mr. Zehren was a lifelong landscaper who learned the business at his father’s feet  — he was put in charge of his first major project when he was about 12 and later told his family “I think I bonded with grass at that time” — and went on to work on not only residential and commercial properties but also sporting fields.
    He worked on all the tees and greens on one of the courses at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, maintained the turf at Milwaukee County Stadium and built Helfaer Field, the Little League field at Miller Park in Milwaukee, his wife said.
    “That was the shining moment for him,” she said. “That was a feather in his cap.”
    Mr. Zehren, who had lung cancer, died at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon on Saturday, June 10. He was 86.
    He was a native of Milwaukee, born on July 18, 1930, to Gilbert and Josephine Ulrich Zehren.He grew up in Milwaukee and spent many summers picking produce in his family’s garden to be sold at local markets.
    He graduated from Rufus King High School, then earned an associate degree in photography from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1951. A short time later, he was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve during the Korean War. He was able to leave his job as a combat rifleman and become a combat photographer, becoming a photographer for generals.
    He took photos of war heroes and USO entertainers, including Debbie Reynolds, as well as President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He also documented the horrors of war for the Army’s public information department.
    “I saw things nobody should have to see,” he told Ozaukee Press, which ran a story about his service when he donated his war slides and prints to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison in 2013.
    Mr. Zehren attained the rank of sergeant and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
    After he returned home, Mr. Zehren married Ruth Arle in Manitowoc in 1953.
 The couple lived in Milwaukee, where Mr. Zehren continued to enjoy photography as a hobby while founding Zehren Landscaping in 1954.
    With his growing expertise in designing natural turf drainage systems, he founded Natural Athletic Turf Inc. and Sports Turf Consultants in 1974.
    Mr. Zehren worked with golf courses and professional sports teams across the country, including the Milwaukee Brewers, to develop systems that could sustain healthy natural grass playing surfaces.
    He sold his business when he was 75, and stayed with the firm for three years before retiring.
    He was a lifelong member and officer of numerous professional organizations.
    Mr. Zehren was also an avid golfer, a hobby he picked up in high school.
    “He often said it’s a challenge to yourself,” his wife recalled.
    On Oct. 21, 1978, Mr. Zehren married Geri Ryer in Port Washington.
    The couple were active members of the Port Washington Garden Club, and their garden — complete with a putting green — was featured on the club’s garden walk.
    The couple’s grandchildren learned to putt on the green in their yard, Mrs. Zehren said.
    Mr. Zehren also enjoyed landscaping around the family’s cottage in Sister Bay.
    Mr. Zehren is survived by his wife Geri of Port Washington, children Michael and Andrew, both of Milwaukee, and John of Algoma; stepchildren Michael (Kelly Centofanti) Ryer of Fredonia and Michelle (Frank) Ryer Hinca of Northbrook, Ill.; and grandchildren Teresa Zehren and Edward and Peter Hinsa.
    He is further survived by his sister Joan (Don) Ashworth of Carpinteria, Calif.
    Mr. Zehren was preceded in death by his siblings Marilyn Ross, Ginnie Lauters, Shirli Krueger and Ralph Zehren.
    A visitation will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington, with military honors at 3 p.m.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Wisconsin Chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association Inc. Scholarship Fund and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation Inc. are suggested.

 
Elmer L. Viesselmann PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:28

Elmer L. Viesselmann of the Town of Grafton knew hard work like few others.
    “He made $5 a week at the Lakefield Creamery, but also had to drive a milk truck and work as a farmhand — all to provide for his family,” his daughter Patricia Stifter  said. “He was quiet and reserved but sure worked hard.”
    Mr. Viesselmann, 96, died Sunday, June 11, at Harbor Cove assisted living in Port Washington.
    He was born April 27, 1921, in the Town of Grafton, the son of Elmer J. and Elsie Kroening Viesselmann and raised on the family farm.
    He married Norma Hennings on July 14, 1941, at St. John Lutheran Church in the Town of Grafton. The couple took over the family’s dairy business, milking cows until 1984 and raising crops until 1988.
    In his retirement years, Mr. Viesselmann enjoyed playing sheepshead with relatives and working on jigsaw puzzles, his daughter said.
    “He and my mother did everything they could to stay on the family farm, where they had hickory-nut trees,” his daughter said. “Dad would crack them open and they’d take the nuts to the old Colonial House (restaurant), where they’d use them for hickory-nut pie.”
    In 2008, the couple moved to the assisted living center.
    Mr. Viesselmann was preceded in death by his wife Norma; brothers Herbert and Louis; sisters Laura Kaul, Dorothy Hadler and Ruth Mentzel; and brothers-in-law Robert Kaul, Eugene Hadler and Herbert Mentzel   
    Mr. Viesselmann is survived by his children Richard (Marie) of Wonewoc, Patricia (Ronald) Stifter of Saukville, David (Doreen) of Sheboygan and Peter (Kathie) of Cedar Grove; brother Arthur (Marge) of Grafton; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in the Town of Grafton at 7 p.m. Friday, June 16, with a visitation at 5 p.m. The Rev. James O’Reilly-Christensen will officiate.
    Interment will be at Lakefield Cemetery.
    Memorials to St. John Lutheran Church are suggested.
    Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of  Grafton is handling the arrangements.

 
Elmer L. Viesselmann PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:28

Elmer L. Viesselmann of the Town of Grafton knew hard work like few others.
    “He made $5 a week at the Lakefield Creamery, but also had to drive a milk truck and work as a farmhand — all to provide for his family,” his daughter Patricia Stifter  said. “He was quiet and reserved but sure worked hard.”
    Mr. Viesselmann, 96, died Sunday, June 11, at Harbor Cove assisted living in Port Washington.
    He was born April 27, 1921, in the Town of Grafton, the son of Elmer J. and Elsie Kroening Viesselmann and raised on the family farm.
    He married Norma Hennings on July 14, 1941, at St. John Lutheran Church in the Town of Grafton. The couple took over the family’s dairy business, milking cows until 1984 and raising crops until 1988.
    In his retirement years, Mr. Viesselmann enjoyed playing sheepshead with relatives and working on jigsaw puzzles, his daughter said.
    “He and my mother did everything they could to stay on the family farm, where they had hickory-nut trees,” his daughter said. “Dad would crack them open and they’d take the nuts to the old Colonial House (restaurant), where they’d use them for hickory-nut pie.”
    In 2008, the couple moved to the assisted living center.
    Mr. Viesselmann was preceded in death by his wife Norma; brothers Herbert and Louis; sisters Laura Kaul, Dorothy Hadler and Ruth Mentzel; and brothers-in-law Robert Kaul, Eugene Hadler and Herbert Mentzel   
    Mr. Viesselmann is survived by his children Richard (Marie) of Wonewoc, Patricia (Ronald) Stifter of Saukville, David (Doreen) of Sheboygan and Peter (Kathie) of Cedar Grove; brother Arthur (Marge) of Grafton; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in the Town of Grafton at 7 p.m. Friday, June 16, with a visitation at 5 p.m. The Rev. James O’Reilly-Christensen will officiate.
    Interment will be at Lakefield Cemetery.
    Memorials to St. John Lutheran Church are suggested.
    Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of  Grafton is handling the arrangements.

 
Norman R. Becker PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 17:19

Norman R. Becker’s first job was as an administrator at the former St. Alphonsus Hospital in Port Washington.
“He loved that job and loved helping people,” his daughter Kristin Phillips said. “He always had funny stories about working with the nuns.”
Mr. Becker, a Port native, also had a huge extended family.
“He had tons of first cousins and could name them all,” she said.
Mr. Becker, 71, died of heart disease Tuesday, May 30, at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay.
He was born Nov. 26, 1945, to Clarence and Barbara Lanser Becker and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1964.
Mr. Becker went on to study at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and then Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, where in 1971 he earned his degree in accounting and data processing.
He married Susan Pause on May 11, 1968, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Oshkosh. The couple moved from Port Washington to Sturgeon Bay in 1988, then to Baileys Harbor in 1996.
Mr. Becker was the bakery manager for Callsen’s Main Street Market in Egg Harbor from 1995 to 2011. The couple also established Journey’s End Motel & Cabins in Baileys Harbor in 1996.
   Mr. Becker enjoyed providing his guests with a memorable vacation, his wife said, and also enjoyed cooking, grilling and canning tomato juice, pickles and dilly beans.
He also liked gardening, his family said.
Mr. Becker will be remembered for his patience, dry-but-funny sense of humor and being a real “Mr. Nice Guy,” his family said.
Mr. Becker is survived by his wife Sue; daughter Kristin (David) Phillips of Kentucky; son Andrew (Shelby) of Appleton; grandchildren, Lodner and Niles Phillips and Ava and Ethan Becker; sisters Darlene (Bryan) Hanke of Manitowoc; and Jeannie (Lanny) Lillibridge of Melbourne, Fla.; and brother Daniel (Lola) of Oneida.
Mr. Becker was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, June 5, at Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor. Fr. Ron Colombo officiated.
Mr. Becker will be buried in the Baileys Harbor Town Cemetary.
Memorials are suggested to Feed and Clothe My People.
Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay handled arrangements.

 
Andrew A. Aamodt PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 17:18

Andrew A. Aamodt was liked by a lot of people, his brother Alan said.
“He had friends everywhere he went,” he said. “And he’d help people he barely knew, because he thought it was the right thing to do.”
Mr. Aamodt, 38, died Thursday, June 1.
He was born Aug. 30, 1978, to Dennis and Beth Spiegel Aamodt in Milwaukee and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1996.
Mr. Aamodt is survived by his parents Dennis and Beth, and brothers Alan and David.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Alfred and Marian Aamodt and Albert and Anita Spiegel.
A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington, with visitation beginning at 4 p.m. Mr. Aamodt’s cousin Alan Spiegel and Mr. Aamodt’s uncle Richard Aamodt will lead the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations to a disabled veterans charity are suggested.

 
Wallace Krier PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 17:17

Wally M. Krier of Port Washington took pride in managing his money well and being thrifty, his brother Dick said.
    “He turned it into an art form,” his brother  said. “He liked being called a super-Luxembourger.”
    Mr. Krier knew what he was talking about when it came to money.
    The Port Washington native earned a degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity, and was an investment broker who specialized in security sales for many years, working for such Milwaukee firms as Kidder Peabody Co. and Blunt, Ellis and Loewi.
    Mr. Krier died at his home on Garay Lane in Port on Sunday, June 4. He was 59.
    He is believed to have died from a heart attack, his brother said.
    Mr. Krier was born in Port on Sept. 8, 1957, the son of Wallace and Lorraine Bartol Krier.
    He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1976. He loved sports, and was named most valuable member of the Pirate football team his senior year.
    Mr. Krier left the financial field and enjoyed semi-retirement, working at Home Depot in Grafton for the last several years.
    “He really enjoyed doing that,” his brother said.
    “He was a really laid-back guy. Nothing ruffled him. He was just a nice, good guy.”
    An outdoorsman, Mr. Krier enjoyed playing golf and fishing and was experienced in scuba diving, snow skiing and waterskiing.
    He spent time in northern Wisconsin with friends each year at their annual pool tournament, dubbed the Kibber.
    “It was more the camaraderie than anything else,” his brother said of those tournaments. “He got to spend time with the people he grew up with.”
    Mr. Krier enjoyed walking his sister-in-law Laurel Krier’s dog Alex each day.
    Mr. Krier is survived by his brothers Dick (Lisa) and Paul (Penny), both of Port Washington; his dear friend Katie Jacobs of Port Washington; and sisters-in-law Bobbi Krier of Milwaukee and Laurel Krier of Port Washington.
    He was preceded in death by his parents Wallace and Lorraine and brothers Tom and Scott.
    A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington. Deacon Tom Surges will officiate.
    Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Friday until the service.
    Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials to the Port Washington Historical Society are suggested.

 
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