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Jerold G. DeBroux PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:18

Jerold “Jerry” DeBroux, a lifelong resident of Port Washington, died Thursday, May 11, at his home. He was 86.

Mr. DeBroux was born in Port Washington on Nov. 9, 1930, the son of Leon DeBroux and Mildred Vanprice DeBroux. 

He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1950, and then served in the U.S. Army until being honorably discharged in 1953. 

On Oct. 10, 1953, he married Shirley Reiter at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lake Church. She died in 1996.

Mr. DeBroux worked as an insurance agent for American Family Insurance in Port Washington for more than 25 years, retiring in the late 1990s.

He was a member of St. John XXIII Parish, and enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, playing video games and slot machines and taking walks around the north side of Port Washington, his family said.

Mr. DeBroux is survived by sons Daniel DeBroux of California, Dean (Amy) of Fort Myers, Fla., Thomas of Port Washington and David (Lynn) of Menomonee Falls; sister-in-law Arla DeBroux of Port Washington; and grandchildren Andrew (Erin) DeBroux, Jennifer DeBroux, and Rebecca (Eric) Walkup; 

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, daughter-in-law Geralyn, brothers Norbert and Donald, and sisters Margaret Thielke and Eunice Bartelt.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, in Port Washington. Visitation will be at 4 p.m. Father Patrick Wendt will preside over the Mass.   

The Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is handling funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

Dorothy L. Karrels PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:16

Dorothy Karrels died Sunday, May 14, at Heritage Health and Rehabilitation Center in Port Washington. 

The former Grafton resident was 87.

She was born on Nov. 29, 1929, in Germantown, the daughter of Reinhold and Hilda Wetzel Wendt.  Ms. Karrels attended Friestadt School and later worked as a bookkeeper for the former Black Wheel Restaurant in Cedarburg.

For many years, she also worked for FW Busch Corporation in Grafton, starting in the shop and later doing office and accounting work. Upon her retirement, she worked more than 10 years at the Grafton Pick ’n Save grocery store.

On May 11, 1974, Dorothy married Wilfrid N. “Willie” Karrels of Port Washington. He died in 1991.  

Ms. Karrels was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg and the Peter Wollner American Legion Post 288 Auxiliary.  

She enjoyed playing cards, especially sheepshead, and participated on many bowling teams through the years. Other hobbies included gardening and cooking.

She is survived by sisters-in-law Kathy Wendt of Port Washington, Lorraine Weyker of Green Bay, Janet Becker of Port Washington, and Anne Karrels of Port Washington; and brother-in-law Franklin (Annabelle) Karrels of Port Washington.

Ms. Karrels is preceded in death by her husband Willie; her brother Harold Wendt; brothers-in-law Victor Weyker, Leroy Karrels, Oliver Karrels and Joseph Bolz; and sisters-in-law Adeline Karrels and Janet Bolz. 

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington. Pastor Vicki Simon of Immanuel Lutheran Church will officiate. Visitation will take place at 4  p.m.  

Interment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery in Grafton.

Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice are appreciated.

Rosella McManus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:15

Rosella H. McManus had the ability to make friends with everyone, her family said.

“She had this quality with people, an empathy,” her daughter Kassie McManus said. “She noticed people. She always made them feel comfortable. She made them feel good.”

Her mother would take the time to help a mother who was frazzled by her children or talk to the people sitting next to her at the airport, she said, often turning strangers into friends.

And Mrs. McManus nurtured these friendships through the years.

“Every time the household was uprooted, Rosella maintained ties with those friends she had to leave behind,” her family said. “Everywhere the McManus family moved, Rosella found people she loved who also loved her.”

Mrs. McManus died Tuesday, May 9, at Zilber Hospice in Wauwatosa. She was 96.

She lived at her Port Washington home until the day before she died, her family said.

Mrs. McManus was born on June 2, 1920, in the Town of Fosston, Minn., the daughter of Fridolph and Esther Hendrickson Hirsch.

When she was a junior in high school, her father died and she moved with her mother and a brother to Duluth, Minn. She graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1938 and enrolled at Duluth Junior College.

When her mother moved back to Fosston, Mrs. McManus stayed with a family in Duluth. When that family moved to St. Paul, Mrs. McManus moved with them, enrolling in the nursing program at the University of Minnesota.

The bombing of Pearl Harbo r occurred right after she started her clinical training, and the university mobilized medical units to help in the war effort. In their second year of training, the young student nurses like Mrs. McManus were placed in charge of hospital wards.

“We worked hard and learned fast,” Mrs. McManus told her family.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1943 and was asked to stay at the university in its cadet nursing program to “make nurses out of the odds and ends of people who wanted to help with the war effort,” she told her family.

She taught members of the Army Nurse Corps, and enlisted in the corps in early 1945. She was discharged later that year, as the war wound down.

On June 28, 1945, she married Terence McManus, a Navy pilot she grew up with, in their hometown of Fosston, Minn.

“She adored him,” their daughter said. “I think my mom had a crush on him for a long time.”

After Mr. McManus earned his medical degree, the family moved frequently. Mrs. McManus was the family’s support team, establishing the household, raising the couple’s six children and volunteering in the schools and communities.

She also worked as a nurse, handling many assignments through the years. Her favorite was chief nurse for the children’s psychiatric unit at the mental health institute in Cherokee, Iowa.

Mrs. McManus also served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary to the South Dakota State Medical Association, was an active member of the League of Women Voters and a 60-year member of P.E.O., a philanthropic womens group that supports education for women.

She was a collector and a voracious reader who especially enjoyed reading to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In 1997, the McManuses moved to Port Washington from Spicer, Minn., to be closer to family.

Mrs. McManus is survived by her children Terry of Ann Arbor, Mich., Robert (Lee Anderson) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Douglas (Vicky) and Kassie McManus, both of Port Washington, Michael (Nyla Knigge) of Sturgis, S.D., and Patrick (Mary Beth Johnson) of Omaha, Neb.; 17 grandchildren and at least 20 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by her brother Stanley of Ventura, Calif., and sister-in-law Helen Hirsch of Bismark, N.D.

In addition to her husband Terence, who died in 2002, Mrs. McManus was preceded in death by her brothers Fritz and Alf, sisters-in-law Barbara Hirsch, Mary Jane McManus Yonda and Alice McManus; and brothers-in-law Edward McManus and Fred Yonda.

A memorial service for Mrs. McManus will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, June 2, at First Congregational Church in Port Washington. The Rev. Jeff Suddendorf will officiate.

Visitation will be at the church Friday from 3 p.m. until the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Congregational Church or Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, Md. 21741-5030, are suggested.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Robert D. Patterson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:36

What did Robert Patterson enjoy most about his career in education?

“Dealing with children and helping them learn,” said his wife Sandra. “That meant everything to him.”

Mr. Patterson died May 4 at Columbia St. Mary’s hospice unit in Mequon from  Alzheimer’s Disease. A Grafton resident the past three years, he was 89.

He was also an avid golfer — “I used to play with him and those were good times,” his wife said — and loved literature.

“He’d read anything and everything he could get his hands on,” she said.

Mr. Patterson was born on May 22, 1927 in Racine, son of Alexander Patterson and Edith Pawasarat Patterson. He grew up in Racine and Bay View, graduating from Bay View High School in 1945. 

After graduation, he served in the US Army Air Corps and was stationed in the Philippines and Japan. 

After returning from the service he worked for Consolidated Freightways while attending the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. In December 1951, he married Shirley Olive Orthmann, who died in 2002.

Mr. Patterson then married Sandra LeBoutillier in November 2004.

Mr. Patterson began his professional career as an elementary school teacher in the Oak Creek/Franklin School District. During his 35-plus years as an educator, his positions included vice-principal, principal and director of curriculum. 

He was active in the Grant Park Men’s Club and Oak Creek Kiwanis. 

Mr. Patterson was a member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in South Milwaukee, Brookfield Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. 

He is survived by his wife Sandra, his children Robert A. “Zeke” (Rosemarie) Patterson, Cheryl (Sonya) Patterson, Seth (Viviana) Patterson, Ann (Paul) Anderson, Susan (Paul Ehlenbach) Patterson, Mark and Kim (Sean Maroney) Patterson. 

He is further survived by grandchildren Nickolaus Patterson, Martha and Hannah Ehlenbach, Ian and Luke Anderson, Zachary Patterson, Antuan; and step-daughter Patricia (Tom) Mayer.

A memorial service was held May 9 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. Eernisse Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Horizon Hospice, Lakefield Adult Day Center Activities Fund in Grafton, or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Jennifer Fitzgerald PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:35

Jennifer Fitzgerald took great pride in playing hostess.

“Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday, but Christmas was where she really shined, taking care of friends and family,” said her daughter Brittany.

Mrs. Fitzgerald also enjoyed singing.

“She did a lot of personal recordings,” her daughter said. “Her favorite was Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful.’ She’d sing that to me when I was a baby. She had a beautiful voice.”

Mrs. Fitzgerald died May 4 at her Port Washington home at age 37.

She was born in Waukesha on June 18, 1979, daughter of Patricia and John Szyjewski. 

She worked as a general manager for many different restaurants and loved cooking, her daughter said. 

Mrs. Fitzgerald is survived by her daughter Brittany (Nick Lee) of West Allis and son Julien Omejc of Port Washington, father John Szyjewski of Milwaukee, sister Rachel Mooney (Damian Struble) of Milwaukee, brothers John (Sarah) Szyjewski, Jr. of Hartford and William “Liam” White of Portland, Ore. 

She is preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Szyjewski.

Funeral Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 15 at the Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington. Rev. John Szyjewski, Jr. and Rev. David Ayer will officiate the service. Visitation begins at 4 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family to offset funeral expenses. 

Shirley Tietz PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:33

Shirley Ann Tietz of Port Washington loved to read, sew, fish and entertain for birthdays and holidays.

“She was a devoted mother and wife, her children always came first,” her husband Howard said.

Mrs. Tietz, 77, died in Arizona on Friday, April 28, from a blood clot.

She was born in Pittsburg, Calif. on Nov. 23, 1939, to Earl and Loretta Dumke Winchester.

Mrs. Tietz was employed at Kmart for 35 years. She enjoyed traveling and loved her second home in Arizona. She had a love for horses, nature and anything western. 

She is survived by her husband Howard of almost 60 years; her children Howard “Skip” of Fredonia, Wendy (James) Braun of Sun Prairie, David (Linda) and Michael both of Milwaukee, and Sherry (Bob) Williamson of Eagle; grandchildren Dan, Stephen (Gabrielle), Kevin, Scott, Daniel, Timothy, Samantha, Leanne, Jamie, Bobby (Karlee), Mehgan (Rob) and Gary; four great-grandchildren; brother David Winchester of Sacramento, Calif.; sister Betty (Richard) Scopline of Menomonee Falls; brother-in-law Paul (Connie) Tietz Kent, Wash.; and sister-in-law Kathy (late Gerald) Krause of Brookfield.

Mrs. Tietz is preceded in death by her mother Loretta Dumke; her father Earl Winchester; her father and mother-in-law Howard G. and Catherine Tietz; her infant son Patrick; her grandson Jacob Tietz; and her favorite dog, Missy.

A funeral service will take place Thursday, May 18, 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Hope in Milwaukee. A visitation will be held at the church from 3 to 5 p.m. Internment will occur at a later date. 

San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home in Queen Creek. Ariz., is handling the arrangements. 

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