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Florence Meunier PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Friday, 07 April 2017 19:30

Florence H. Johann Meunier was a hard-working woman devoted to her family, baking, gardening and knitting.

“She always said a job worth doing is a job worth doing well and that’s the way she lived and that’s what she taught us,” said Brian, one of her five sons.

Mrs. Meunier, 96, of Rocky Knoll in Plymouth, formerly of Grafton, died Thursday, March 30.

She was born Aug. 4, 1920, in Jackson to William and Annie Drollinger Johann.

On April 26, 1943, she married Joseph Meunier.

Baking was one of her passions. Mrs. Meunier would often spend all of Saturdays baking breads, cookies and pastries. Her sons said they considered taking her butterhorns commercial.

Mrs. Meunier decorated ceramics and led ceramics classes at the Grafton Senior Center. Creations included holiday related figurines her family received as gifts.

She sewed and knitted scarves and winter socks for family members, and doll costumes for her nieces and to help raise money for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton. She was a longtime member of the church.

Mrs. Meunier was an avid gardener and enjoyed sheepshead, winning her first game in 1989. She claimed facing east during games was good luck, her sons said.

Mrs. Meunier was loving, warm, resilient, patient and humble, her sons said.

She is survived by her children Michael (Connie) of Onalaska, Paul of Redwood City, Calif., Brian (Mary) of Marshall, Robert (Jacquelyn) Pleasantville, Iowa, and John (Suzanne) of Kiel; grandchildren Lisa (Josh) Riniker, Jeff (Jennifer) Meunier, Nathan (Miranda) Meunier, Joshua, Meunier, Zechariah Meunier, Benjamin Meunier, Kathryn Meunier, Matthew Meunier, Eric Meunier, Nicolette Meunier and Jack Meunier; and eight great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, April 4, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Father Michael Barrett officiated. Interment was at the church cemetery.

Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church appreciated.

Mueller Funeral Home of Cedarburg handled arrangements.

Robert Bares PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Friday, 07 April 2017 19:29

Funeral services were held Tuesday,  April 4, for lifelong Belgium resident Robert B. Bares, 85, who died Friday, March 31.

Mr. Bares was born on Oct. 12, 1931, the son of Louis and Margaret Schueller Bares.

As a young boy, he worked alongside his uncles as a delivery boy for Wayside Dairy.

At the age of 22, Mr. Bares was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1955.

On Aug. 25, 1962, he married Leona Grabinger at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Kohler.

In the early 1960s, Mr. Bares and his brother Englebert bought their father’s business, Bares Well Drilling and Pump Service.

They worked together for many years before Mr. Bares took a job at Advanced Cast Stone in Random Lake, where he worked until retiring in 1997.

During retirement, Mr. Bares worked part-time as a custodian at Port Washington High School.

He was a lifelong member of Divine Savior Parish in Holy Cross.

Mr. Bares was also a member of the Catholic Knights, Catholic Order of Foresters, American Legion Melvin Wester Belgium Post 412 and Wisconsin Laborer’s Union Local 330.

Family members said he enjoyed gardening and restoring his 1929 Ford Model T sedan.

Mr. Bares is survived by his wife Leona of Belgium; son Bill (Cathy) of Fredonia; and grandchildren Nathan, Dylan, Haily, Austin and Bennett.

He is further survived by his brothers Donald (Julie) and Englebert “Bert” (Regina), both of Belgium; sisters Betty Gottsacker of Shawano and Dorothy (Michael) Harrington of Port Washington; and sisters-in-law Kathleen Bares of Belgium and Mary Bares of Holy Cross.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bares was preceded in death by his brothers Kenneth and Eugene; sisters-in-law Beatrice Bares, Marcella Kultgen, Viola Kultgen and Evelyn Grabinger; and brothers-in-law Ray Kultgen, Edward Grabinger, Joe Kultgen and Eugene Gottsacker.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, April 4, at Divine Savior Parish, Holy Cross Chapel in Holy Cross.

Father Todd Budde and Father Jim Ernster were the concelebrants.

Burial with military honors was at Holy Cross Parish Cemetery.

Memorials are requested to Divine Savior Parish or the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

Arrangements were handled by Eernisse Funeral Home, Belgium.

Roy Keller PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Friday, 07 April 2017 19:29

Roy Walter Keller of Belgium enjoyed helping others.

“He liked to have a good time with those around him,” his wife Betty Keller said. “He always helped neighbors with cutting grass and shoveling the snow, even welding if they needed it.”

Mr. Keller, 90, died of congestive heart failure on Sunday, April 2, at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, Sheboygan Falls. 

He was born on Oct. 8, 1926 to Walter and Margaret Tvehscherer Keller in Devil’s Lake, ND. 

On Oct. 10, 1949, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Wolf at St. Mary Catholic Church in Knox, ND.

The couple moved to Wisconsin in 1950 where they raised their family.

Mr. Keller was a proud Navy veteran who served in WWII. He participated in the VFW post 5373 and enjoyed marching in the local parades.

He worked as a welder at Gilson Bros. in Fredonia and later worked for Simplicity in Port Washington until he retired in 1991. He kept busy serving as the Belgium Village marshal. 

Mr. Keller is survived by his wife Betty, children Diane (Leon) Anzia of Belgium, Lavonne (Ray) Kling of West Bend, Corinne (Andy) Kozeniecki of Saukville, Larry (Nan) and David (Margo) all of Port Washington, grandchildren Greg, Scott, Dawn, Nicole, Marissa, Lindsay, Nicholas, Alexis, Brittany, Desiree, Margaret, Denise, Tyler, Ashley and Courtney, and 13 great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by brothers Mike (Lorraine), John (Nancy), brothers-in-law Daniel (Nancy) Wolf, Francis (Verena) Wolf, sister-in-laws Irene Meyers and Lorraine (Gene) Klein. 

Mr. Keller is preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and three brothers.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at Divine Savior Parish Holy Cross Chapel in Belgium. Father Todd Budde will officiate.  

He will be laid to rest with full military honors at St. Mary Parish Cemetery Lake Church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the VFW post 5373. 

Arrangements are being handled by Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washingtion. 

Steven Schneeweis PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 April 2017 19:28

Saukville resident Steven R. Schneeweis was introduced to the printing trade while still in high school, working for his family’s business, Colorcraft, Inc.

He went on to pioneer the use of Photoshop and Macintosh computers in color retouching and editing as a  graphic artist at the company and later at Universal Lithographers, Inc.

He retired as a pre-media supervisor in 2016.

Mr. Schneeweis, 64, died Thursday, March 30, at Kathy Hospice in West Bend after a three-month battle with leukemia.

He was born on July 11, 1952, the son of Richard and Maxine Busko Schneeweis.

On Sept. 3, 1977, Mr. Schneeweis married Rita Burggraf. The couple raised their family in Saukville.

Family members said Mr. Schneeweis had a passion for motorcycles and took many trips throughout the country.

In 2005, Mr. Schneeweis and several friends took a four-week “dream ride” to Alaska.

He also loved working in his yard, especially decorating it for Halloween.

Photography was another passion for Mr. Schneeweis, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Rita of Saukville; son Eric (Rachel); sister Nancy Prentice; and brothers Jerry and John (Kelly).

A celebration of Mr. Schneeweis’ life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel in West Bend.

Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service.

Gladys Roden PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 April 2017 19:28

Town of Saukville resident Gladys S. Roden enjoyed family get-togethers and spending time with friends.

“She was full of life and loved spending it with her big family,” her daughter Betty VandeBoom said. “She liked reading, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, playing Rummikub, jigsaw and crossword puzzles.” 

Mrs. Roden, 91, died Tuesday, March 28, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

She was born in Milwaukee on Dec. 22, 1925, the daughter of Ruben and Elsa Williams Baumann. 

Mrs. Roden attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1943. She received a nursing degree from St. Agnes School of Nursing in Fond du Lac and returned to Port Washington to work at the former St. Alphonsus Hospital. 

On May 6, 1950, she married Victor J. Roden of Saukville at St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington. The couple settled on the Roden family dairy farm.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Saukville and its Christian Mothers and Catholic Order of Foresters. 

Mrs. Roden is survived by her children John of Saukville, Bob (Cindy) of West Bend, Ann (Tracey) Terrazas of LaValle, Paul (Michelle) of Cedarburg, Joe (Jodie) of Cedarburg, Betty (Gary) VandeBoom, Mary (Mike) Schmitt, Tom (Linda), Kay (Randy) Schmit and Vicky Roden all of Port Washington.

Mrs. Roden is further survived by 23 grandchildren Rick, Patti, Amy, Becky, Jacki, Katie, Patrick, Sarah, Aaron, Lizzy, Jenny, Julia, Nicky, Emily, Eric, Joel, Laura, Jill, Jacob, Jacey, Mitchell, Maggie and Marcus and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Victor, on March 12, 2001, sister Henrietta Lecher and her brothers William, Ruben, John, Tony and Francis Baumann. 

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, April 3,  at St. John XXIII Parish, Immaculate Conception Church in Saukville. Fathers Karl Acker and James Ernster officiated. Internment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Saukville.

Memorials are requested to St. John XXIII Parish, Immaculate Conception Church, Ozaukee County 4-H, Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation or the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. 

Arrangements were handled by Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington. 

Edwin Ellefson PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 April 2017 19:27

Saukville resident Edwin G. Ellefson spent as much of his time as he could in the outdoors, and took special pride in teaching his grandchildren how to hunt and fish and how to construct almost anything.

Mr. Ellefson, 72, died Monday, March 20, of pancreatic cancer at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

He was born in Middle River, Minn. on Nov. 12, 1944, the son of Edwin and Maguerite Cox Ellefson.

After high school, Mr. Ellefson served in the Army National Guard.

On Sept, 28, 1968, he married Betty Morrow.

“They had a great marriage and were inseparable,” said their daughter Tanya Weyker.

“When he retired, they would dress up in their leathers and ride all over on his 1971 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead.”

Mr. Ellefson was an ironworker and a lifetime member of Iron Workers Local Union 8. He retired from that demanding job at the age of 55.

Mr. Ellefson enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Pembine area with his buddies from a group they called Campfire One. He spent much of his summers riding four-wheelers and winters snowmobiling with the Vintage Snowmobile Club.

Family members said Mr. Ellefson often returned to his hometown in Minnesota to ice fish, hunt and visit relatives.

A gifted musician, his friends would drag an old piano to their camp in the woods so he could play for them around the campfire.

Mr. Ellefson never missed an opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren, who called him “Bumpa,” including attending every school event, sporting contest or performance.

He is survived by his wife Betty of Saukville; daughter Tanya (Jim) Weyker of Random Lake; and grandchildren Bria and Caleb.

Mr. Ellefson is further survived by his brother Gordon (Shirley) and sisters Barb Housker and Julia Haugtvedt, all of Minnesota; and sister-in-law Eileen Ellefson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Jason; brother Tom; and brothers-in-law Ordean and Stanley Morrow.

A celebration of Mr. Ellefson’s life will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg.

A separate service and interment will be held at a later date in Middle River, Minn.

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