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Frederick N. “Fritz” Beck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:20

Frederick N. “Fritz” Beck, 93, of Port Washington, died Wednesday, Nov. 22.
    Mr. Beck was born in Port Washington in June 1924 to Charles and Gertrude Klein Beck. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1942.
    In January 1943, Mr. Beck was inducted into the U.S. Army and served until November 1945. He was in the 29th Infantry Division as an instrument operator and battery computer in the 111th Field Artillery Battalion in Fire Direction Center. He served in Scotland, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark.
    Mr. Beck received four Battle Stars and was awarded the Bronze Arrowhead for taking part in the initial landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
    On May 14, 1949, Mr. Beck married Carol Hamm of Belgium at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Church. They settled in Port Washington.
    The couple enjoyed traveling and took many motor coach trips around the United States, Mexico and Canada. They especially enjoyed trips to Hawaii and Europe.
    Mr. Beck worked as a standards engineer at the former JE Gilson Foundry until it burned down in February 1962. Soon after the fire, he took a job with Simplicity Manufacturing Co. in Port Washington, where he worked for more than 24 years until he retired in 1986.
    Mr. Beck was a member of the 29th Infantry Division Association, the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 and International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers Local 1430. He was a trustee of Branch 31 of the Catholic Knights Insurance Company for 25 years, St. Mary’s Parish and the St. Mary’s Usher Society for 35 years.
    According to his family, Mr. Beck’s favorite diversion was dancing with his wife and friends on Sunday afternoons. Polkas and waltzes were his favorites. Mr. Beck also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading and tending his large vegetable garden.
    In 2010, Mr. Beck was inducted into the Port Washington High School Veterans Wall of Honor. In 2015, he took the Honor Flight Tour of Honor.
    Mr. Beck is survived by his wife Carol of Port Washington; children Janet (Mike) Holliday of Westerville, Ohio, Joanne (David) Lang of Elk Grove Village, Ill., Mary Kay Beck of Port Washington, Laurie (Greg) Wolf of Barrington Hills, Ill., Dan of Vernon Hills, Ill., and Steve (Lynn) of the Town of Saukville; grandchildren Ryan, Nick, Jason, Kate, Jennie, Ed, Sam, Tom, Rob, Kaitlyn, Abbey, Bradley and Lindsey; five great-grandchildren; and sister Dorothy (Bob) Tagatz of Crystal Lake, Ill.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Clarence.
    A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be at noon, Saturday, Dec. 2, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, in Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Saturday until the Mass. Interment with military honors will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials to St. John XXIII Parish Capital Gather and Grow Building Campaign are appreciated.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.

Emery A. Medinger PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:19

Former Port Washington resident Emery A. Medinger was fascinated with clocks.
    In his spare time, Mr. Medinger built clocks, a hobby he took up after retirement. He learned to build them from kits, and was soon hooked.
    “They’re just beautiful,” his daughter Terri Morauski said.
    He made a clock for each of his daughters, she said, adding each girl got to select the timepiece they wanted from a catalog.
    He also filled his home with clocks — especially mantle and wall clocks — and loved to hear them chime each hour, she said.
    Mr. Medinger died Thursday, Nov. 16, in Sun City West, Ariz. He was 89.
    Mr. Medinger was born in Belgium on April 3, 1928, the son of Joseph and Adeline Wellenstein Medinger.
    He grew up in Belgium and attended local schools, graduating from Port Washington High School in 1946.
    He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Occupied Japan through March of 1948.
    On June 25, 1949, he married Lenore Schowalter at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.
    The couple lived on Whitefish Road, and Mr. Medinger worked in the power plant operations department at Wisconsin Electric Power Co.’s Port Washington plant, serving as a shift supervisor.
    He retired in 1988 after almost 40 years with the company.
    In 1995, Mr. Medinger and his wife moved to Arizona.
    He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington and later of St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church — both now part of St. John XXIII Parish.
    Mr. Medinger loved to spend time with his family, and often took road trips around the country during vacations when his children were young, his daughter said.
    “He was a very patient and understanding man,” she said. “He was very gentle. He just loved his girls, and he was always happy when we were all under one roof.”
    Mr. Medinger is survived by his wife Lenore of Sun City West, Ariz.; daughters Terri Morauski of Port Washington, Laurel Allen of Sun City West, Ariz., Mara (Dave) Swatek of Roseland, Fla., and Jan (Jack) Waite of Platteville; and grandchildren David (Staci) Allen, Jennifer (Jeremy) Sacho, Oden (Jamie) Waite and Doran (Leslie) Waite; and six great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his sister Audrey (William) Bowles of Belgium and brothers Harold of Fredonia and James (Karen) Medinger of Virginia.
    Mr. Medinger was preceded in death by his son-in-law Paul Morauski and sister-in-law Katie Medinger.
    A memorial Mass for Mr. Medinger will be held at noon Saturday, May 5, at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, in Port Washington.
    Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. May 5 until the service.
    Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Mausoleum in Port.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Salvation Army, Port Washington Food Pantry or a charity of the donor’s choice are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Scott Callies PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:06

Scott Callies of Port Washington knew how to make a delicious steak and took good care of his mother and mother-in-law.
    Mr. Callies, 45, died Saturday, Nov. 18, in his sleep of natural causes while up north at deer camp with his sons.
    Mr. Callies was born Sept. 3, 1972, in Milwaukee to Thomas and Cathy List Callies. He grew up in Saukville and attended St. Peter’s Catholic School in Port Washington, now part of St. John XXIII schools. He graduated as asalutatorian of Messmer High School in Milwaukee.
    On July 22, 2000, Mr. Callies married Cara Schmidt at Immaculate Conception Church in Saukville. The couple settled in Port Washington and raised their family.
    Mr. Callies was an iron worker for years and a member of  Iron Workers Local 8, before he focused on taking care of his mother’s home in Saukville and mother-in-law’s house in Port, and he and his wife’s rental property in Cedar Grove.
    After professional landscapers redid his mother-in-law’s yard, Mr. Callies quickly learned how to take care of all the new plants, his wife said.
    “It was funny walking downtown one day, he said ‘Oh, that’s this kind of plant and that’s that kind of plant,’” his wife said. “Six months ago he wouldn’t have known what a hosta was.”
    Mr. Callies was quiet and enjoyed being a fly on the wall, his wife said. He knew his way around the kitchen and enjoyed watching cooking shows.
    “He could cook a really good steak. A lot of times he pan seared the steaks and put them in the oven,” his wife said.
    Mr. Callies enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons, riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and spending time with his two huskies Kari and Davy Jones.
    Mr. Callies is survived by his wife, Cara; sons Zach Dommer of the Town of Belgium and Derrick Callies of Port Washington; mother Cathy Callies of Saukville, grandmother LaDonna List of Marinette; mother-in-law Lora Holst of Port Washington and father-in-law Greg (Rhonda) Eisold of Wauwatosa.
    He is further survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law Jesse (Katrina) Pycha-Holst of Madison, Bridget (Eric) Roberts of Brown Deer and Brian Eisold of Milwaukee,
He was preceded in death by his father Tom.
    Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, at the Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington. Father Richard Fleischmann will preside.
    Visitation will be at the home from 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, until the service.
    Memorials are suggested to meet future educational needs for his sons.

Margaret M. McGurk PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:06

Margaret M. McGurk, 89, a former Town of Saukville resident, died Saturday, Nov. 18, at Heartland Hospice in Milwaukee.  
    Mrs. McGurk was born in the Town of Saukville on Jan. 20, 1928, to Alois and Susan Fleissner Fechter Sr. She was a graduate of Holy Trinity Catholic grade school in Newburg.
    On May 7, 1949, she married Oliver Gall of Cedarburg and the couple had three sons. Mr. Gall was killed in a traffic accident on Aug. 23, 1954. Mrs. McGurk moved her family to her father’s farm until August, 1956 when she relocated to Cedarburg. While raising her sons over the next 15 years she worked as a cashier at Paulus Supermarket.
    In 1971, she married James McGurk. Together they created a blended family of 10 siblings. Living in Fox Point, she not only managed the family but later returned to work at Sendik’s. She retired in 1996 and moved to Las Vegas with her husband.
    Mr. Gall’s health in 2002 caused the couple to return to Wisconsin, when they moved to Brookfield Highlands in Waukesha. Mr. Gall died in 2005, and Mrs. Gall remained at Brookfield Highlands until December  2015 when she moved to HarborChase of Shorewood.
    Her family said Mrs. McGurk’s love of life was evident in everything she did.  Whether cooking meals for large groups, tending her gardens, playing with her dogs, playing sheepshead, reading books or doing jigsaw puzzles, she never seemed to run out of energy. She especially enjoyed the annual family campout weekend.
    Mrs. McGurk is survived by her children John (Cathy) Gall of Bloomingdale, Ill., Michael (Cheryl Wyant) Gall of Memphis, Tenn., Mary Pat (Jack Erdman) McGurk of Whitefish Bay, Dennis (Kate) McGurk of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Daniel (Roxanne) McGurk of Waupun, Nancy (Gordon) Haak of Elkhorn, Jim (Roxanne) of Taylors Falls, Minn., Judith (Craig) Papajohn of Whitefish Bay, Kevin (Christine) McGurk of De Pere, and Laureen (David Cohen) Seeger of New York City.
    She is further survived by 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister Barbara (Don) Brickheimer; brother Robert Fechter; and sisters-in-law Frances (Bob) Kissinger and Marion (Biever) Paklasny.
    In addition to her husbands and parents, Mrs. McGurk was preceded in death by her son Tom, stepmother Rose Fechter, brothers George and Alois Fechter Jr., and sisters Rosemary Wolf and Marie Schwinn.
    A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg with Father Thomas Eichenberger presiding.  
    Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    Interment will be at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Cemetery.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg, is handling the arrangements.

Wayne D. Lemke PDF Print E-mail
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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.

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