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Darrell Bretl PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:28

Darrell P. Bretl of Port Washington passed on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, surrounded by his family.   Darrell was 88 years old.
He was born Nov. 5, 1929, in Sturgeon Bay, son of Andrew and Elda (Laubenstein) Bretl.
Darrell grew up in Sturgeon Bay and graduated from high school in 1947. He worked a few jobs before he joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War from 1948 to 1952 as a sergeant first class.
In the Army, Darrell met Mildred (Milly) Smith and they married on Nov. 10, 1951, in Erie, Pa.
He worked for a short time at International Harvester in Erie, Pa. The couple moved to Port Washington a year later, and he delivered milk for Werking’s Dairy and drove bus for Port Washington’s bus company, in which his father was a partner. Darrell had the honor of driving the last route before the bus company closed their doors.
He then was a TV repairman for Forstner/Hoffman until he bought the TV business and opened Darrell’s TV & Repair. This business also had a record store.
In 1965, Darrell joined Simplicity Manufacturing in the service department and eventually became the company's service manager.
In 1970, he joined American Honda Motor Co. Inc. and worked with Honda until he retired in 1986 as a senior executive in the motorcycle division in Gardena, Calif.
Darrell retired from Honda at age 57 but continued working in real estate, as a police dispatcher and as First Congregational Church’s bookkeeper.
Milly passed away in 1991, and Darrell stayed busy with his large family.  He also earned his pilot’s license, was an avid ham radio operator and loved to take road trips. He and his grandson Paul Bretl traveled in Darrell’s convertible sports car tens of thousands of miles around the country. This was a true passion of his.
This year, at age 87, he flew in a World War II open-cockpit war plane with Ageless Aviation Dreams. He also considered himself very fortunate to have taken a Stars & Stripes Honor Flight in October 2014, and wore his Honor Flight clothing with great pride.
Darrell is survived by his six children, Sherrie (Mike) Dimmer, Terry (Kathy) Bretl, Troy (Bridget) Bretl, Tracy (Phil Stepanski) Bretl, Scott (Stina) Bretl and Andy (Kris) Bretl, all of Port Washington.
He is further survived by his 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one brother, Robert (Bernadine) Bretl, and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Milly, his parents, brother Alden, and in-laws Elmer and Freda Smith, Ellen and Harry Schultz, Peggy Martin, Remle Smith and Erma Rhodes.
Visitation for Darrell will be on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 131 N. Webster St., Port Washington, with a funeral service and fellowship to follow.
A private burial will take place on Wednesday morning at Union Cemetery, Port Washington.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Community Education Foundation of PW-S Inc., P.O. Box 121, Port Washington, WI 53074, directed to the Darrell P. Bretl and Milly S. Bretl Memorial Scholarship.
The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to the entire staff of caring people at The Harbor Club and Cove in Port Washington and to VITAS Hospice Care.
Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is honored to serve the family.  
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Gerald Wessel PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:27

    Gerald Wessel, 79, of Grafton, died on Oct. 21 after a battle with lymphoma.
    Mr. Wessel was born in Grafton on Jan. 3, 1938 to Norma and Arnold Wessel.
    He married Rose Buschel on June 19, 1965. The couple enjoyed many adventures camping at the Dells, snowmobiling at the Newwood cabin, and golfing at the “cottage.”
    In 1958, Mr. Wessel began his career at Grafton Service, where his love for cars was reflected in the excellent service he provided. He joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1960.  
    According to his family, Mr. Wessel was ahead of the curve as a dad. He was an engaged dad and on many afternoons his children would walk from Kennedy Elementary School to Grafton Service and “help” their dad until it was time to go home for dinner. He enjoyed his family and there were many parties in the garages of family members and neighborhood friends enjoying brats and beer.
    He spent every Tuesday with his brother playing golf at Hawthorne Hills Park in the Town of Saukville, followed by dinner and a few beers at NoNo’s in Newburg.
    Mr. Wessel spent many hours with his grandchildren tinkering together in his workshop, crushing cans and playing with toys together. He spent many afternoons shuttling his grandchildren home from school when they were sick, to friends’ houses, to work and to the farm.
    Mr. Wessel loved NASCAR, golf, country music, Fords, beer, Tanquery martinis, puzzles and most of all, his family.     
    Mr. Wessel is survived by his wife Rose of Grafton, children Tricia (Ron) Wessel-Blaski of Cedarburg and Jeff of Milwaukee.
    He is further survived by his grandchildren Jack, Alexandra and Arabella; and sister Carol.
    The celebration of Mr. Wessel’s life will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Grafton.
    Visitation will be held at the church from 4 p.m. until the service with dinner at the Church to follow.
    The family has suggest memorials to Pilgrim United Church of Christ Mission programs.

Jack C. Daehling PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:26

Jack C. Daehling helped steer Port Washington’s development for many years, first as a member of the Plan Commission and later as a citizen.
    “He always had an opinion,” said Gary Dickerson, Mr. Daehling’s nieces’s husband. “And he would always be able to back up his opinions and decisions.
    “He talked about a lot of the things going on in Port and how he disagreed with some of the decisions and developments going on in the city.”
    Port Washington City Administrator Mark Grams said Mr. Daehling was protective of procedure.
    “He wanted to make sure the Plan Commission was doing projects and zoning properly,” he said.
    Even after he left the Plan Commission, Mr. Daehling often appeared before the Common Council or called his alderman to express his views, Mr. Dickerson said.
    Mr. Daehling died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease Saturday, Nov. 11, at Horizon Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon. He was 90.
    Mr. Daehling was a native of South Milwaukee, born on Jan. 1, 1927, to Herman and Irma Luedke Daehling.
    He graduated from South Milwaukee High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Japan.
    He earned a business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business in 1950.
    Mr. Daehling was a transportation and logistics manager for various freight companies for 49 years.
    On Dec. 11, 1967, he married Carolyn Hortvet in Whitefish Bay.
    The couple retired to Port Washington in 1991.
    Mr. Daehling enjoyed model trains, a hobby he picked up as a child.
    “He was really into it,” Mr. Dickerson said, noting Mr. Daehling often would attend train shows. “When he and his brother were small, their dad was gifted a model train and he gave it to the boys. That piqued his interest in trains.”
    Mr. Daehling also enjoyed woodworking and spending time in his basement workshop.
    “He would putz around down there,” Mr. Dickerson said. “He was a pretty handy guy.”
    Mr. Daehling liked working in his yard and was an avid Wisconsin Badgers fan.
    Mr. Daehling is survived by his nephew James (Tracy) Daehling of Whitefish Bay and nieces Ann (James) Gardner of Arizona, Jane (Charles) Wright of Thiensville, Sue (Gary) Dickerson of Mequon and Laurie (Steve Antonellis) Hortvet of Connecticut and Virginia.
    He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn, brother Donald and sister-in-law Leora Daehling.
    A memorial service for Mr. Daehling will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg. The Rev. Janet Hartzell will officiate.
    Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the service.
    Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Oak Creek.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter are suggested.

Carol E. Jones PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:26

    Town of Grafton resident Carol E. Jones, 96, died Tuesday, Nov. 7.
    Mrs. Jones was born in Wonewoc on Jan. 18, 1921, the daughter of Harve and Veronica Ratzburg Schroeder.  
    She attended local schools before entering Ms. Brown’s Secretarial School in Milwaukee.  
    Mrs. Jones had a great interest in music and played saxophone in the Wonewoc City Band, where she met Vawn Jones. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on March 19, 1944. The couple settled in Port Washington.
     According to her family, faith was an important part of Mrs. Jones’ life. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Washington, a charter member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, former member of the Altar Guild and Ladies Aid, and enjoyed the “Prime Timers” group at church.
    She was an avid reader who enjoyed working puzzles of all kinds as well as sewing, counted cross stitch and needlework. Mrs. Jones was a sharp card player and was partial to playing solitaire on the computer. She developed many computer skills and loved keeping in touch with her family on Facebook.
    Mrs. Jones is survived by her children Cynthia Jones of Grafton, Steve (Kim) of Plymouth, Kristine (Steve) Biechler of Marshfield, and Caroline (John) Weidner of Columbia, S.C.; grandchildren Aaron (Kelly) Jones, Danyel (Andy) Boak, Amanda Larson, Logan Jones, Jason and Stefanie Biechler, and Nicholas, Christopher and Anna Weidner.  
    She is further survived by a great-granddaughter; brother Gerald (Connie) Schroeder of Boise, Idaho; and sister Joyce Thornsen of Wonewoc.
    Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband Vawn and brother-in-law Jim Thornsen.
     Funeral services were held on Sunday, Nov. 12, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Washington. The Rev. John Klieve presided.  Burial was in Wonewoc.
    Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, handled the arrangements.

Jean L. Sepstead PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:53

Jean L. Sepstead (nee Leistikow) died peacefully with her family and friends at her side on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2018. at the age of 94.
She was the beloved wife of the late Stuart for 57 years; loving mother of Robin (Richard) Vail; proud grandmother of Sunny (Will) Debelak, Jason (Tammy) Vail, Kevin (Sarah) Vail and Matthew Vail; and proud great-grandmother of Pepper Debelak, Atlas Debelak, Lucas Vail, David Vail and Nathan Vail. She will also be remembered by other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandsons Tanner and Tucker McQuiston, granddaughter Sara Vail and sister Helen (the late Jack) Henderson.
Jean attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated from Milwaukee Downer College, and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. She was active with F.F. Sepstead and Son Inc. and retired from the Sheboygan County Department of Aging.
She founded the Random Lake Library and was a charter member of the Random Lake Historical Society, a member of the Random Lake Garden Club and Grand Marshal of the Random Lake Parade. In addition, she was a member of the Eastern Star Masonic Lodge and a past Job's Daughters Honored Queen. She served as vice president of the Sheboygan County Republican Party.
A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at St. John's United Church of Christ, 98 Random Lake Rd., Random Lake, from 2 p.m. until the memorial service at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials, which will be divided among Jean's favorite charities, may be made to the family.
Private interment will be at Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.
Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 1875 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield, is assisting the Sepstead family.
(262) 827-0659

Stanley H. MacDonald Jr. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:53

Stanley H. MacDonald Jr., 83, of West Bend, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.
Stan was born on May 7, 1934, in Milwaukee, the son of the late Stanley H. Sr. and Lorraine (Lamb) MacDonald.
On Nov. 27, 1954, he was united in marriage to Marianne Ketelsen in Milwaukee.
Stan was a lifelong member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) who achieved master electrician status and then, once retired, worked as a state certified electrical inspector for multiple counties. Stan helped numerous people outside of work by using his electrical knowledge. He was also a member of the Freemasons.
Stan enjoyed time outdoors, gardening, cutting grass, remodeling projects and staying busy. Above all else, he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Those Stan leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Marianne; two daughters, Kathy (Jeff) Valind of Hingham and Sherry (Randy) Fechter of Rhinelander; 10 grandchildren, Joseph (Jessica) Valind of West Bend, Anneliese (Paul) McDowell of Sheboygan, Alison (Billy) Brown of Nashville, Tenn., Nicholas Valind of West Bend, and Gabriel Valind, Timothy Valind, Olivia Valind and Emma Valind, all of Hingham, Melissa (Adam) Mason of Tomahawk and Elizabeth (Gelacio) Merida of Neenah; 15 great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Madelyn, Leah, Aaron Valind, Lydia, Grace, Caleb, Ava, Sophia McDowell, Charlotte Brown, Grayson Valind, Aliannah, Asavari, Ariella, and Ozias Mason; a brother, Richard (Paula) MacDonald; a sister, Carol (Bill) Jach; his beloved pet Noel; other relatives; and friends.
In addition to his parents, Stan was preceded in death by his son Stanley A. MacDonald and great-granddaughter Samantha McDowell.
A memorial service for Stan will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend.
Stan’s family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the service.
Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Stan’s arrangements.
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