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Bonnie R. Hunstad PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 17:38

Bonnie R. Hunstad, 70, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, formerly of Grafton, died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Simpson Health Care Center.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 10, 2017, at Sacred Heart Church with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be at a later date at Woodland Cemetery in Grafton.   
Bonnie is survived by her brothers Ron (Sue) Blanchet of Fort Dodge and Jack (Paulette) Blanchet of Humboldt; and sisters Jean (Paul) Erickson of Waterloo and Nancy (Rod) Howell of Johnston.
She was preceded in death by her parents James and Eileen (Schall) Blanchet and her husband Stan Hunstad.
Bonnie R. Blanchet was born Oct. 15, 1946, in Fort Dodge. She was raised and educated in Gilmore City, Iowa. She graduated from Gilmore City High School, and then graduated from the University of Minnesota.
In 1969, she was united in marriage to Stan Hunstad. The couple established their home in Grafton. Stan passed away in 1987.
Bonnie worked in the nursing field for 35 years, retiring from St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee.
She was an active member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg.
Bonnie moved to Fort Dodge in December 2013.
Memorials may be left to the Friendship Haven Foundation. 

John “Sonny” C. Mikyska Jr. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:10

John “Sonny” C. Mikyska Jr., 74, of Saukville, died at Lawlis Family Hospice Center in Mequon on Monday, July 10.
Mr. Mikyska was born in Tony on April 27, 1943, to John C. and Verene Timblin Mikyska.
He grew up in Ladysmith, attending local schools and graduating from Flambeau High School in 1961. He enlisted in the United States Army and served in Vietnam where he received numerous service metals, including a bronze star.  
On April 18, 1967 he married Janet Richardson in Milwaukee. The couple settled in the Saukville area in the early 1970s and raised their family. His wife preceded him in death in 2006. Mr. Mikyska was recently married to Susan Johnson on June 1 in Port Washington.
Mr. Mikyska worked as a maintenance superintendent at Tecumseh Power Products in Grafton for many years. He later retired from Hessco in Saukville.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and trap shooting.  Mr. Mikyska was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Whitetails Unlimited, Saukville Rod & Gun Club, and Landt-Theil American Legion Post 470 in Saukville. He also loved spending time with his family at their cabin in Crivitz.
Mr. Mikyska is survived by his wife, Sue, of Saukville, his two sons John (Monica) of Cedarburg and Adam of Kewaskum; grandchildren Jessica, Donovan, Gavin and Regan; siblings ReaAnn Fleenor of Port Washington, David (Karen) of West Bend, Bill (Ann) of Grafton, Kathi (Daryl) Kinnear of Ladysmith, Rose Farias of Germantown and Mary Rutz of Apache Junction, Ariz.; and sister-in-law Joyce Mikyska of Hudson, Fla.
Mr. Mikyska was preceded in death by his first wife Janet, brother Stanley, and sisters Gloria Mierow and Alice Thorhaug.
Visitation will take place at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, on Tuesday, July 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by military honors at 7 p.m.
Eernisse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Leo W. Schneider PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:09

If not for falling off a tank and injuring his shoulder during the Korean War, Leo W. Schneider would have likely had a career in professional baseball.
Handpicked after high school by the great Rogers Hornsby to attend the star’s baseball college in Arkansas, a draft selection of Schneider by the Chicago White Sox followed. But then the U.S. Army’s draft board also came calling in 1951.
On Friday, July 7, Schneider, 88, died from lung cancer at his Grafton home.
Mr. Schneider was born on the family farm in Port Washington on Oct. 13, 1928, to  Edwin and Julia Langers Schneider. He graduated in 1947 from Port Washington High School, where he played trumpet in the school band.
In 1945 he also completed a two-year bookkeeping course at St. Mary’s School in Port Washington.
After his honorable discharge in 1953, Mr. Schneider went to work for Simplicity, which would become Briggs & Stratton, before retiring in 1993. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for more than 40 years.
“He was very proud of his accomplishments there,” his granddaughter Amanda Hartsell said. “He went there right after the war and never left.”
In 1957, he married Janet Patel.
Mr. Schneider enjoyed low-key activities like watching sports, playing cards with family and friends, and reading the newspaper,” his family said.
“I always saw him as a quiet and reserved man, but when he spoke he really meant what he said and you always paid attention,” his granddaughter said. “He also had a great sense of humor.”
And also a sweet tooth, the family said, as he was known to eat donuts, cake or pie for breakfast.
Mr. Schneider is survived by his wife Janet; children Kelly (Robert) Nelson of Saukville and Robert Schneider of Cedarburg; grandchildren Amanda Hartsell of Kewaskum and Taylor Nelson of West Bend; a great-grandson; brothers Edwin and Earl, both of Port Washington; and sisters Ruth Schneider of Port Washington and Patsy Schneider of New Berlin.
Per Mr. Scheider’s request, private services were held.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory, Cedarburg, handled arrangements.

Shirley E. Kohlwey PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:09

Shirley E. Kohlwey, 91, of Saukville, died Tuesday, July 11, at Ellen’s Home assisted living in Port Washington.
“She always cared for her family and also for other people. She never put herself before anyone else,” her daughter Judy Wolff said.
Mrs. Kohlwey was born in Milwaukee on March 5, 1926, to Edward and Hilda Schuppner Kegler. She married George  Kohlwey on April 19, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg.  
Mrs. Kohlwey was a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Luther League and sang in the mixed choir at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She also was a member of the Lindenwood 4-H Club.  
Mrs. Kohlwey worked at Gilbert Shoe Factory in Thiensville. After about a year of marriage, she and her husband bought a 40-acre farm in Sauvkille.  Where they raised cattle and chickens and sold eggs.
Mrs. Kohlwey was also a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton and was an active member of the Ladies Women’s Guild, Fellowship Club and visited members through the Evangelism Program.
She was a member of the Ozaukee County Farm Bureau and was named as Woman of the Year in 1978. Mrs. Kohlwey also belonged to the Saukville Legion Auxiliary, where she logged many volunteer hours and helped with bingo games. Mrs. Kohlwey also enjoyed traveling, especially to Branson, Mo.
Mrs. Kohlwey is survived by her children Judith (Wayne) Wolff and Daniel (Carol), both of Grafton, Douglas (Betty) of Adell, Debra (Leon) Herther and Cynthia (Robert) Roden, both of West Bend; sisters-in-law Florence Rathke of Jackson, Anita Eulert, Renata Rappold and Lillian Kohlwey, all of Cedarburg; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and sister Delores Dobberfuhl.
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 14, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. Interment will be in the church’s cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 1 to 2:45 p.m.   
Memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice are suggested.
Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is handling the arrangements.

Elenore L. Schaefer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:58

Elenore L. Schaefer lived a remarkable life, her son Paul said.
“She certainly has seen it all,” he said. “She grew up in Saukville, going to a one-room schoolhouse in the country on a horse-drawn wagon. She died now with computers and space travel and the Internet and all we know.
“What a wonderful life.”
Mrs. Schaefer died Tuesday, July 11, at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. She was 97.
Born in Saukville on Dec. 15, 1919, Mrs. Schaefer was the daughter of Edgar and Alma Seyfert Opitz.
She grew up in Port Washington, graduating from Port High School.
She met Walter “Iggy” Schaefer at a dance after he was discharged from military service during World War II. Both were with other people at the dance, but they caught each other’s eye.
On Aug. 4, 1945, the couple married at Frieden’s Church in Port Washington.
Her son said Mrs. Schaefer worked in the office at Mold-Craft and later at Murphy Oil in Port from the time he was in first grade until he completed college.
“Basically, she put me through college,” he said, noting she resigned after he graduated.
Mrs. Schaefer was a proper lady, her son said, proud of her German heritage and family oriented.
“She really enjoyed babysitting our children,” he said.
She also liked to crochet, making items for friends and family, her son said. She was very proud of a first-place award she won at the Ozaukee County Fair in 2014 for a white afghan she made.
Mrs. Schaefer volunteered at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Port Washington and St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon, calling bingo and helping in a variety of jobs.
She was also active in the Port senior center and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Schaefer lived in her condo on James Drive in Port Washington until she was 95, when she moved to Kansas City to be near her son and his family.
“She was active until the last two weeks,” her son said.
Mrs. Schaefer is survived by her son Paul (Mary) of Leawood, Kan., and grandchildren Kimberly (Zach Miller) Schaefer and Michael (Lei Pei) Schaefer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, brother Sonny Opitz, sister Adeline Nagrocki, and brothers-in-law Charlie, Ray and Herbert.
A funeral service for Mrs. Schaefer will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at Friedens Evangelical Church in Port Washington. The Rev. Brandon Lemons will officiate.
Visitation will be at the church Sunday from 2 p.m. until the service.
Burial will be Monday, July 17, at Union Cemetery in Port Washington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Friedens Church or St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo., are suggested.
Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Robert L. Knetter PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:56

Robert L. Knetter of Grafton worked hard and laughed hard.
At one point, Mr. Knetter held three jobs to support his family that grew to 14 children and nurtured his reputation as a jokester.
When his next-door neighbors went on vacation, he put a sign in their yard that read “For sale by neighbor,” his daughter Jill Wellman said.
“It’s those kind of wacky things,” his daughter said. “He had such a dry wit. You could be talking about any one random thing and he could pull a one-liner.”
Mr. Knetter, 85, died from cancer Monday, July 10, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
He was born Aug. 2, 1931, to Leo and Dorothy Pospychalla Knetter in the Town of Cassel.
In his youth, Mr. Knetter worked in logging and traveled to North Dakota to work on a wheat farm.
On June 9, 1953, he married Nancy Krall in Edgar.
In 1960, the family moved to Grafton. Mr. Knetter moved first to find a house and job, and his wife and six children younger than 6 joined him three months later.
Mr. Knetter worked in a foundry, driving truck and other jobs up to 100 hours per week, “anything he could do to help support the family,” his daughter said.
He later worked in construction and helped build I-43 through Ozaukee County, MECCA Arena in Milwaukee and the Port Washington wastewater treatment plant. He retired in 1993.
In his spare time, Mr. Knetter, who was 100% Polish, liked to do woodworking. He made double-decker outhouses called “Polish two-holers,” complete with a tiny ladder to a toilet in the loft and magazines for reading material.
“He treated you to his jokes, to his humor,” his daughter said.
Mr. Knetter was an avid vegetable gardener and enjoyed taking care of his yard. He cut grass at John Long Middle School many summers.
He collected chainsaws — he had 10 — and even got calls from cities and villages to cut down large trees when they didn’t have a big enough saw, his daughter said.
His children often helped with some of his side jobs.
“Some of the best life lessons you could get was working right next to your dad. That to us was quality time,” his daughter said.
Mr. Knetter also loved “The Andy Griffith Show.”
“He knew every single word. He would say the next line before it was said,” his daughter said.
Mr. Knetter is survived by his wife Nancy; children Pat of Jackson, Mike (Mary) of Saukville, Jack (Donna) of Waubeka, Cheri (Greg) Richardson of Grafton, Lauri Helm of Jackson, Larry of Houston, Lynn Heritsch (friend Mike) of Wausaukee, Lisa (Jim) Poplin of Menomonee Falls, LuAnn (Curt) Paul of Milwaukee, Lois (Greg) Ross of Port Washington, Frank of Alma Center, Mary (Terry) Suminski of Sitka, Ala., and Jill (Andy) Wellman of Cedarburg; 24 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and siblings  Shirley of Edgar, Maryann of Wausau and Ronnie of Edgar.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Ray and Rosalie; sons-in-law Bob Darling and Brian Helm; grandson Patrick and son Leo.
A polka Mass of Christian burial will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 14, at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church in Cedarburg. Fathers Tom Eichenberger and Patrick Burns will officiate.
Visitation will be held at the church from 3 to 5:45 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Grafton.
Memorials are encouraged.
Mueller Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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