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Wayne D. Lemke PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:05

Wayne D. Lemke of Port Washington, who was known by his nickname Whipper, enjoyed being a grandfather.
    “He got to be there for his grandchildren during the last year of his life. He really enjoyed getting that chance,” his daughter Elizabeth Lemke said. “He was always there for my sister and I, and we really miss him.”
    Mr. Lemke, 73, died Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton from prostate cancer.
    He was born in Port Washington on March 4, 1944, to Edmund and Rose Schroeder Lemke.  
    Mr. Lemke grew up in Grafton and served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1967 as an ordinance supply specialist mainly stationed in Germany.  
    On July 10, 1976, he married Dorothy Dempsey at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton.
    Mr. Lemke was known for his humor and a booming laugh that could be heard across a crowded room, his family said, adding he had a reputation as a rebel and mischief maker.
    Mr. Lemke worked as a forklift driver for the Grafton Foundry, Modern Equipment, Molded Dimensions, Bolens, Simplicity and Kleen Test.
    His family said he was an avid bowler in leagues at the former Shannon’s in Grafton and Bley’s Bowling in Port Washington, getting the nickname “Whipper.”  He enjoyed watching sports, including NASCAR, Little League, and golf.  He also liked to go deer hunting with his brothers, although his family said he preferred using binoculars in the woods to shooting his gun.
    Mr. Lemke was a member of the Belgium Memorial American Legion Post 412 and the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 in Port Washington, as well as the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1430.
    He was also an original member of the Ozaukee Guzzlers motorcycle club. This past summer, he celebrated 50 years as a flagman for the Ozaukee County Fair Demolition Derby.  
    Mr. Lemke is survived by his daughters Elizabeth (Paul Nemchek) Lemke of Port Washington and Catherine (Abe Alcantar) Lemke of St. Paul, Minn.; grandchildren Graciela Alcantar and Paul Nemchek Jr.; sisters Marilyn Zidek of Morton Grove, Ill., Carole (Arthur) Koepp of Grafton and Donna Widmer of West Bend; and brothers Allan (Carol Ann) of Green Bay, Henry (Bernice) of Neshkoro and Warren of West Bend.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Ladimer Zidek, and sister-in-law Norma Lemke.
    A celebration of Mr. Lemke’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Landt-Thiel American Legion Hall in Saukville with military honors. A reception will be held from 2 to 6 p.m.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.

Virginia R. Lee PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:05

Longtime Port Washington resident Virginia R. Lee, who was best known as Gina, and her husband Bill turned their hobby into a business that kept them afloat for decades.
    The Lees loved sailing, and they parlayed that passion into a successful business as sail makers in Port Washington.
    “They couldn’t afford to buy all of the sails they needed, so they thought, ‘Well, we’ll just make them,’” their daughter Lorie Vesterdahl said.
    “They had a good business. Their customers were their friends.”
    The Lees had a passion for the water and always owned a sailboat — many of them built by Mr. Lee — so they spent a significant amount of time working on their boat or plying the waters of Lake Michigan.
    They operated W. Lee Sails, constructing and repairing sails, from 1976 until their retirement in 2004, serving customers from Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan.
    They worked from home for much of that time, but didn’t let the near constant contact bother them, their daughter said.
    “They were really the best of friends as well as husband and wife,” she said.
    Mrs. Lee died of a heart attack Saturday, Nov. 18, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Baraboo while she was visiting her daughter. She was 80.
    A 54-year resident of Scott Road in Port Washington, Mrs. Lee had moved in with her daughters Lucy Whyte and Linda Shannon in Monticello two years ago because of her failing health.
    Mrs. Lee was a native of Viroqua, born on Sept. 21, 1937, to Bernard and Rachel Olson Schaefer.
    After graduating from Stoughton High School in 1955, she entered a nursing program at General Hospital — now Meriter Hospital — in Madison.
    There, she met Wilbur “Bill” Lee. The couple eloped and were married in Dubuque, Iowa, on July 26, 1958.
    The couple moved to Port Washington in 1961.
    Mrs. Lee worked as a private nurse for a number of years before she and her husband started their business.
    In addition to sailing, the Lees enjoyed taking trips around the country on their Harley-Davidson motorcycle and vacationing in Florida.
    Mrs. Lee was “cheerful and kind,” her daughter said. “She was hard-working and generous.”
    She was a good cook who was known for her comfort food, her daughter added.
    “She always made dinner, every day,” she said.
    Mrs. Lee was an active member of the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 Women’s Auxiliary and the Port Washington Yacht Club.
    She was also an active, founding member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Port Washington, where she shared her faith through the Good News Clubs for children, visiting the elderly and teaching Sunday School on confirmation classes.
    She was a deaconess in the church, and helped shape her daughters’ faith through her actions.
    Mrs. Lee also led her husband to the church, her daughter said. For years, he wouldn’t go to church with her, but when he wanted a new motorcycle, Mrs. Lee told him there was one condition —he had to go to church with her for a year.
    He did, their daughter said.
    “She never gave up on him,” she said.
    Mrs. Lee is survived by her daughters Linda Shannon and Lucy (Randy) Whyte, both of Monticello, and Lorie (Jeff) Vesterdahl of Baraboo; grandchildren Sean (Lynn) Shannon, Jodi Shannon, Scott Shannon, Jeremy (Jenny) Whyte, Jacob (Brittney) Whyte, Luke (fiancée Natalie Brunner) Whyte, Tracy (Michael) Carbonara, and Billy, Brian and Ben Vesterdahl; and five great-grandchildren.
    She is further survived by her sister, Diane ( Henry) Merry of Scottsdale, Ariz.
    Mr. Lee preceded his wife in death in 2013.
    A funeral service for Mrs. Lee will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Port Washington. The Rev. Dan Krahenbuhl will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the service.
    Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Port Washington.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Valerie “Val” Hall PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:04

Valerie “Val” Hall (nee Mason), 79, of West Bend, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at Kathy Hospice, West Bend.
She was born on Sept. 16, 1938, to the late Ellis and Lenore (nee Schneider) Mason in Milwaukee.
Val graduated from Cedarburg High School.
On May 9, 1959, she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Larry Hall.
She worked at Tecumseh, formerly Power Products, in Grafton for 30 years.
She enjoyed snowmobiling trips and traveling to Door County for vacations. Val loved the water and always made sure the pool was ready for the season. The most important thing to her was spending time with her family, and she enjoyed taking the grandkids to Port Washington. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Those Val leaves behind to cherish her memory include her husband Larry Hall; three children, Linda Preschat, Laurie (Brian) Fuller, and John (Michelle) Hall; five grandchildren, Kassy (Richard) Loberger, Kyle (fiancee Jolene) Karnitz, Brandon Fuller, Alisha Hall and Christian Hall; three great-grandchildren, Lucas, Liam and Christoph; two sisters, Claudia (Allan) Benicke and Camille (Ken) Krahn; a brother, Art Mason; two brothers-in-law, Jeff Hall and Milton Dehling Jr.; many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Allen Richard Hall; two sisters, Roberta Dehling and Victoria Mason; a brother, James Mason; a brother-in-law, William Hall; and a sister-in-law, Sharon Trostel.
A memorial service in remembrance of Val will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend.
The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home Friday from 3 p.m. until the service.
A special thank you to the nurses and staff at the Kathy Hospice and Fresenius Kidney Care for all their help and care.
Memorials to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Val’s name are appreciated by the family.
Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Val’s arrangements.
Additional information and a guest book may be found at

Gary R. Lindner PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:04

Port Washington High School graduate Gary R. Lindner was an artistic man.
    “He could draw anything,” his sister Gayle Wellenstein said, noting that he took classes at the Milwaukee School of Art for a time. “He loved to paint. He always had a project going on.
    “And he was crafty. He was always doing something.”
    Mr. Lindner, who lived in Slinger, died of complications of pneumonia Friday, Nov. 10, at St. Joseph Hospital in West Bend. He was 82.
    Mr. Lindner was a native of Milwaukee, born on Sept, 5, 1935, to Robert and Violet Lindner.
    The family moved to Port Washington when Mr. Lindner was 2. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Port High in 1954.
    After high school, Mr. Lindner attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for a short time before enlisting in the U.S. Army.
    He served in the Army from 1954 to 1958 and was stationed at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in France for 18 months.    
    When he returned to the States, Mr. Lindner worked as an accountant and in the retail sector.
    He lived in the Milwaukee area for 43 years before moving to Slinger.
    He collected antiques and took great pride in his gardens, his sister said.
    “He had so many perennials,” she said. “They were beautiful. He was always dividing his plants and giving them to neighbors.”
    Mr. Lindner was an animal lover whose faithful companions included his rabbit Thumper and his dogs CoCo and Christopher.
    He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers who was known as the “lucky winner” of the many football pools he participated in, his sister said.
    Mr. Lindner was close to his mother Violet, who he called at least weekly, and he loved to share his life stories with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    He also enjoyed spending time with his close friends and neighbors Pat and Cindy Dempsey, who  helped care for him when his health declined.
    Mr. Lindner patterned his life after his favorite quote from Vincent Van Gogh —”The best way to know life is to love many things,” his sister said.
    “He was a very laid-back man,” his sister said. “He put everybody before himself, and was very kind and giving. He always found the good in people.
    “He lived a simple life. He didn’t have a lot of things. But he enjoyed life.”
    Mr. Lindner is survived by his son Todd (Mary) of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren Andrew (Julia), Danny (Elizabeth), Katelyn,  Caitlin and Alexis, and three great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his mother Violet Lindner and sister Gayle Wellenstein, both of Port Washington.
    He was preceded in death by his son Kevin, father Robert and brother-in-law Robert Wellenstein.
    Private graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 14, with the Rev. Jeffrey Suddendorf officiating.
    Burial with military honors was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials to the Ozaukee Humane Society or the Washington County Humane Society are suggested.

Dolores E. Counterman PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:03

Dolores E. Counterman (nee Tomko), age 82 of Fredonia, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Cedar Lake Health Care Center.
She was born Oct. 23, 1935, in Racine to Michael and Arlene (nee Deering) Tomko.
Dolores loved her grandchildren and her dog, Sandy. She also enjoyed crafting and playing bingo.
She is survived by her four children, Sue (Jerome) DeRuyter of West Bend, Jean (Tony) Corrao of Greendale, Glenn (Ann) Rusch of Jackson and Laurie (Michael) Buck of Jackson; 11 grandchildren, Jason (Amanda) DeRuyter, Jeremy DeRuyter, Jill (Andy) Spaeth, Kristin (Chris) Tanner, Jeff (Becky) Okruhlica, Justin Okruhlica, Eric (Kellye) Rusch, Caitlyn (Craig) Obry, Dylan Rusch, Evan Rusch and Jacob Buck; and six great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by her siblings Shirley (Tom) Altenburg of Tennessee, Frank (Ann) Tomko of Apple Valley, Calif., Sharon (Doug) Janssen of Fond du Lac, Dennis (Nancy) Tomko of Athelstane and Michael (Cindy) Tomko of Eagle River, as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by three infant children, her parents and grandparents.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at noon at Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend. The Rev. Robert Zick of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fredonia officiated.
We would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Forest Haven Assisted Living in Fredonia and Cedar Lake Health Care Center at Cedar Community for your kind and compassionate care.
Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family.
An online guestbook is available at

Martha M. Schanen PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:03

Martha M. Schanen, the last surviving charter member of the Rose-Harms Unit 335 American Legion Auxiliary, died Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Milan Estates in Saukville at the age of 97.
    She spent all but her last three months living in Grafton before becoming a resident of the assisted living home.
    After World War II, Mrs. Schanen helped form the legion.
    “She was in that from the beginning,” her son, Nicholas Schanen said. “I don’t know when they were chartered … but yeah, she was always proud of that. Actually, we are the only family that had four generations active at the post.”
    Mrs. Schanen was an accomplished cook, baker and seamstress, and her son recalled the story of when his mother first moved into Milan Estates.
    “The first thing she asked was for us to be sure to bring the sewing machine over,” he said.
    “And then the next thing was she wanted all of her recipe index files. I guess she figured she’d be able to get into the kitchen there, but she wasn’t able to walk. She was in a wheelchair. But they did go down there with her recipes and with the help of one other person there, they used her recipes and made several different things.”
    Mrs. Schanen enjoyed volunteering at Family Sharing and various church ministries.
    “She is at the top of the list for helping out other people,” her son said. “Everybody thinks they’ve got a great mother, but I’ve got a feeling I’ve got the best of the best, you know?”
    Mrs. Schanen was born on Sept. 10, 1920, to Nicholas and Catherine Scheer Dickmann. On July 27, 1939, she married Alphonse N. Schanen. The couple built a house in Grafton where they lived for 65 years.
    While Mr. Schanen served as an Army medic in the European theater during World War II, Mrs. Schanen made parts for machine guns at Sohns Manufacturing Co. in Grafton.
    Mrs. Schanen is survived by her children Nicholas (Vicki) of Grafton, David (Debbie) of Talking Rock, Ga., and Nancy (friend Dan) Schlegel of Cedar Grove; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sisters Lucille Zukaitis, Lorraine Paulin, Ardelle Van Langen and Mildred Brown; and brother Nic Dickmann.
    A Mass of Christian burial was to be at noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton with Father Michael Barrett officiating. A Rose-Harms Unit 355 American Legion Auxiliary service was held at 11:45 a.m.
    Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of Grafton assisted the family.  

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