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Marilyn E. Rilling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:09

Marilyn E. Rilling was an accomplished needleworker, her family said.
    She was known for her mastery of sewing and knitting, and fashioned many of her children’s clothes and “the best” Halloween costumes, family members said.
    She also knit many sweaters and other garments that are still cherished by family members today, they said.
    Mrs. Rilling, who for many years lived on Montgomery Street in Port Washington, died Sunday, Feb. 11, at Harbor Cove in Port, where she resided the past few years.
    She was 88.
    Mrs. Rilling was a native of Port Washington, born on Aug. 19, 1929, to Clarence and Adeline Turrie Gessner.
    She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School before graduating from Port Washington High School in 1947.
    She worked in the office at the Wisconsin Electric Power Co. plant in Port for a time.
    On May 20, 1950, she married Donald “Perch” Rilling of Grafton at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.
    Mrs. Rilling enjoyed quiet time spent reading.
    She was active at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 Auxiliary.
    Mrs. Rilling is survived by her children Karen Conradt and Jim (Gloria), both of Port Washington, Diane (Don “Diego”) Rilling of Oregon and Suzanne Rilling of Wilmington, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
    She is further survived by her sister Arlene Klein of Fredonia.
    In addition to her husband, who died on Dec. 31, 2010, Mrs. Rilling was preceded in death by her son Thomas “TJ,” brother James Gessner, son-in-law Doug Conradt and brother-in-law Elmer Klein.
    A funeral service for Mrs. Rilling will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington.
    The Rev. Jeff Suddendorf of First Congregational Church will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 4 p.m. until the service.
    Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington.
    Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital are suggested.

Juergen H. Haber PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:09

Juergen H. Haber was a German immigrant who could play soccer, sing and saw.
    Mr. Haber, 80, of Port Washington, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
    He was born Dec. 21, 1937, in Hamburg, Germany, to Heinrich and Gretchen Grotian Haber.
    In 1954, when he was 16, he came to America with his family. Their small boat that carried six people was supposed to land at Ellis Island, but a strike caused a detour to Boston, his daughter Monika Burrescia said.
    On June 7, 1969, he married Helga Wulff, a fellow German who arrived in America in 1957.
    Singing brought the two together. Mr. Haber sang bass in the Milwaukee Liedertafel, an all-male German language choir, and his wife sang with a German group in Sheboygan. The two met at a social gathering of singers in Sheboygan.
    Mr. Haber played forward in semi-professional soccer teams in Rochester, N.Y., California and Milwaukee. His career took him to Jamaica and other parts of the world. He played with the Bavarian Soccer Club into the 1960’s.
    “Dad was super modest. We didn’t know he was a soccer player until middle school when we tried out for soccer,” Mrs. Burrescia said of her and her twin sister.
    Mr. Haber and his wife raised their family in Menomonee Falls and Germantown before moving to Port Washington in 1990. He was a cabinet maker and master woodworker, most recently for D&F Cabinets in Germantown, before he retired.
    Mr. Haber learned the trade in Germany and finished an apprenticeship when he was 16 before he came to America, his daughter said. That was fortunate because by the time he was 21, his parents had gone back to Germany and the only family he had left was his brother in Rochester, N.Y.
    Whether it was mantels or doors, cabinets or countertops, “Everything that was made out of wood my dad made,” his daughter said.
    “He was very precise, a perfectionist about his work. He took pride in not making scrap, and everything looked good.”
    But Mr. Haber didn’t take money for his side jobs for family and friends, “even though these people could pay,” she said. “He was really caring, really loving, really generous.”
    He did most of the woodwork at his home in Port, his daughter Karin Sevener said.
    Both of his daughters described their dad as supportive. He always tried to attend their track and cross country meets at Port High, where the girls set school records, and he tried to come to Mississippi State to watch them run in college.
    “He was part of what we were doing,” Mrs. Burrescia said.
    Mrs. Sevener said her dad was funny and could joke with people, and “became a big teddy bear with his grandchildren.”
    Later in life, Mr. Haber made time to watch German soccer, no matter what time of day it was, and kept up with current events and politics. He also enjoyed solving crossword and word search puzzles.
    He is survived by his wife Helga and daughters Ingrid (Bruce) Klopfenstein of West Bend, Monika (Dominic) Burrescia of Cedarburg and Karin (Paul) Sevener of Grafton. He is further survived by grandchildren Paul Haber, Marisa Klopfenstein, Tim, Breanna and Nathan Sevener and Siena Burrescia; and brother Karl-Heinz (Olena) of Rochester, N.Y.
    He is preceded in death by his parents.
    Services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington. The Rev. Kelly Nieman-Anderson of Christ the King Lutheran         Church will officiate.
    Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Peter C. Braun PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:18

Peter C. Braun passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the age of 68.
He was the beloved father of Barbara (Doug) Davis and Tammy Bell;  cherished grandfather of David and Melissa Davis and DJ, Alex, Nicholas and Benjamin Bell; and loving brother to Gary (Karin), Mary, Pam (the late Don) and Ricky.
He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Phoebe, sister Shirley Rockendorf and brother Donald (Vera).
He is further survived by his best friend and gambling buddy Jimmy, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Hartson Funeral Home, 11111 W. Janesville Rd., Hales Corners 53130, from 3 to 5 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m.
A reception will follow at the Firehouse Restaurant, 100 S Main St., Saukville, WI 53080 at 7:30 p.m.

Donald G. Franzen PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:18

Donald G. Franzen wasn’t picky when it came to fishing.
    Whether it was on Lake Michigan, Erie, Poygan, Big or Little Cedar or a host of others, his catch was “basically whatever bit the hook,” his daughter Susan said with a laugh.
    On Jan. 29, Mr. Franzen, 86, of Grafton, died at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.
    He was born to Edward and Leona Bruss Franzen on March 31, 1931, in Cedarburg.
    After meeting his future wife at the county fair, he married Anita Kringel in 1952 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jackson.
    The following year, Mr. Franzen was drafted into the Army and served in the Korean War.
    Mr. Franzen enjoyed woodworking and made items such as coat racks, candleholders and gun cabinets.
    He enjoyed deer hunting and grew all kinds of produce in his garden for canning.
    Mr. Franzen was a member of the Rose Harms American Legion Post 355 in Grafton for 45 years and served as commander twice for two-year terms.
    He and his family of eight enjoyed trips up north, camping and seeing the countryside out West.
    Mr. Franzen was both outgoing and laid back, and had a good sense of humor, his daughter and wife said.
    He is survived by his wife, Anita;  children Shirley (Jeff) Greisch of Port Washington, Sharon Franzen of Grafton, Steven of Cedarburg, Scott (Jean) of Fredonia, Stuart (Wendy) of Saukville and Susan Franzen of Grafton; siblings all from the West Bend/Kewaskum area Judy (Dan) Survis, Darlene (Rodney) Aupperle, Pat (Bob) Friedemann, Douglas (Dawn), Roxanne (Joe) Sterr, and Edward (Pat); sister-in-laws Pauline Franzen and Arno Jobs; brother-in-law Franklin (Nancy) Kringel; grandchildren Heather, Bryan, Jason, Monique, Shawn, Bradly, Rachael, Miranda, Nicholas and Joshua; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Mr. Franzen was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Bernadine, Marcella and Audrey; brother Henry; and grandchildren Holly, Michael, Maria, Jamie and Allen.
    A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. Rev. Scott Kruse will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. until the the service.
    Memorials to the church or family are greatly appreciated.
    Mueller Funeral Home of Cedarburg handled the arrangements.

James P. Hall PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:17

James P. Hall, 80, of Saukville, died from complications of Parkinson’s disease Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Harrison Home assisted living in Cedarburg.     
    Mr. Hall was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 5, 1937, to John and Margaret La Fleur Hall.
    He grew up in Milwaukee and attended St. Francis Seminary and Messmer High School, then earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree from Marquette University.
    Mr. Hall spent six years as a military police officer in the U.S. Army and then spent eight years as a law enforcement officer in Milwaukee County and New Berlin. He was instrumental in forming the New Berlin Police and Firefighter’s Association and served on the New Berlin Fire and Police Commission for more than a decade.
    After retiring from law enforcement, he became a Milwaukee Area Technical College police science instructor and training specialist.  He was involved at the onset of College of the Air and wrote several textbooks for MATC classes.
    After 28 years, Mr. Hall retired from MATC and moved to Saukville.  
    His family said he enjoyed spending winters in Arizona, where he played softball daily, and he was on an Ozaukee County softball team in the summer. He also loved spending time with family, especially during Green Bay Packers parties and backyard barbecues, traveling, playing card games, reading world and military history books, eating fine food and doughnuts, and going on cruises.
    Mr. Hall is survived by his wife Therese of Saukville; children Jeffery of Milwaukee, Kathleen Mahsem of Franklin, Patricia Hall of South Milwaukee and Timothy (Sheryl) Hall of Verona; grandchildren Richard James (Trista), Kelly, Julia, Tricia, Nora, Jessica, Jacqueline and Ella; and brother Deanne Habeeb.
     He is further survived by sisters-in-law Mary (Gary) of Brookfield, Barbara (Willie) of West Allis; brothers-in-law Clyde (Holly) of Lodi and Christopher (Bethany) of Saukville.
    Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his parents, brother Michael, brothers-in-law Emad and Joseph and sister-in-law Janet.
    At Mr. Hall’s request, his body was donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin.  
    A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton.  
    Visitation will be Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the service.
    Memorials to the Wisconsin Parkinson Association are suggested.

Wilmer L. Helm PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:17

Wilmer L. Helm of Grafton was born to eternal life on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the age of 92.  
He was born to Arthur and Olga (nee Schroeder) Helm on March 26, 1925, in Cedarburg.  
He married the late Rita (nee Davies) Helm on May 27, 1950, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Saukville, and together they had four children.
Wilmer was raised in Saukville, where he and his family were  members of St. Peter’s UCC. He attended Port Washington High School. His father passed away when Wilmer was 14, at which time he became a farmhand to help his family.  When he was 18, he and his twin brother Willard were drafted into the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.  
After serving in the military, he and his wife raised their family in Saukville and later moved to Grafton. They enjoyed spending time with their family and especially the grandchildren.  Their interests included RV camping, fishing, ceramics and gardening.  
Wilmer worked for the Ozaukee County Highway Department and retired as superintendent of the Grafton Public Works Department on Dec. 31, 1987.  
After retiring, Wilmer and Rita moved to Wausaukee, where his family enjoyed spending time on the lake.  When Rita passed away, Wilmer moved back to Grafton and lived with his daughter Debbie.  
He belonged to the Landt-Thiel American Legion Post 470 in Saukville for more than 70 years and is the last charter member.  Wilmer and his son Scott very much enjoyed participating in the Old Glory Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.  
He was a hard worker with a wonderful sense of humor that his family will always treasure.
Wilmer is survived by his children Debra Helm, Diane (Ron) Jahn and Scott Helm; grandchildren Matthew, Kevin and James Jahn and Justin (Danielle) and Brittany Helm; great-granddaughter Quinn Willow Helm; sister-in-law Donna (Clarence) Clontz; and brothers-in-law John (Carol) Davies and Sami Davies.   
He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Rita; his infant son Dennis; siblings Evelyn (Wilmer) Moegenburg, Lucille (Edward) Rinn, Ruth (Leroy) Kertscher, Arthur (Jean) Helm, Willard Helm, Janet (Donald) Jacoby, Robert Helm and Donald Helm; and siblings-in-law Darlene (Edward) Gavin, Richard Davies and Linda (Rick) Hubbard.
A funeral service for Wilmer will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg, 1167 Washington Ave., with Mark Gierach presiding.  
The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday from 4:30 p.m. until the service, with an American Legion walk-through at 6:15 p.m. Military honors will take place immediately following the service.  
Wilmer will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Grafton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Inc., P.O. Box 636, Port Washington, WI 53074 are appreciated.
A special thanks to the nursing staff on the third floor at Aurora Grafton Medical Center and to the Aurora Home Care Hospice staff for their loving care and support.
Eernisse Funeral Home of Cedarburg is honored to assist the family.  
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