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Denise Renee Wickesberg PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:17

Denise Renee Wickesberg (nee Grosklaus) of Allenton died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, after a brief illness. She was 60 years old. 
Born to Leroy and Joyce Grosklaus on Dec. 25, 1957, Denise was raised in Grafton and was a longtime resident of Ozaukee County.
Though much of her life was spent in pain, Denise wanted to live.  After a lifelong battle with addiction and mental health issues, Denise is finally at peace. She left behind a wake of heartache and hurt, for which she now asks for forgiveness. Despite these challenges, her love for her family was unfailing.
She was more than her illness.  Denise took pride in her culinary skills and was happiest in the kitchen cooking and baking for family and friends. She had a special knack for entertaining, organizing, crafting and decorating.  A fierce Scrabble competitor, Denise never backed down from a challenge at any game.  She loved friendly competition and passed this on to her children and grandchildren.
Denise was thankful for another chance at a role in her children’s life.  In her final years, Denise enjoyed going to the zoo, museum and movies with her grandchildren. She loved fishing, campfires and early morning conversations around a pot of coffee.
Few in life are fortunate to have a true friend. Denise found that friend in Trava Barnett, currently of Athens, Ga.  For over 30 years, Trava walked this journey beside her with loyalty, grace, patience and unconditional love.  Through thick and thin, their friendship was Denise’s lifeline, and the two of them had many stories to tell of their adventures together.
Denise is the loving mother of Christopher (Ye Jin), of Indianapolis and Aaron of La Crosse and proud grandmother of Daniel, Lucy and Teddy. 
She is further survived by fiance Richard Utecht of Allenton, brother Kevin (Gigi) of California; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Holly Peterson. 
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 
In lieu of memorials, please consider extending grace to someone in your life.  
Please visit to send online condolences to the Wickesberg family.

Lorraine A. Hagstrom PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:16

Grafton resident Lorraine A. Hagstrom died of natural causes Sunday, Feb. 4, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon. She was 83.
    Mrs. Hagstrom was born at home in Milwaukee on Oct. 16, 1934, the daughter of Joseph and Ann Rusch Krutke.
    She and her husband Dale were married in 1956 in Milwaukee.
    The couple raised their children in Brown Deer, then moved to Saukville, where they lived for about 16 years before moving to Grafton.
    Mrs. Hagstrom enjoyed gardening and took great care detailing her flower beds.
    She is survived by her husband Dale of Grafton, daughters Tammy (Craig) Resinger of California and Kim Richter of Walworth County, grandchildren and sister MaryEllen (Lynn) Hansen of Oconomowoc.
    Mrs. Hagstrom was preceded in death by her daughter Joy Marie Hagstrom, who died two months ago.
    Private funeral services will be held.
    The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or the Ozaukee County Humane Society.
    Mueller Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Marie J. Irwin PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:16

Marie J. Irwin of Port Washington, who was born on a small dairy farm in the Town of Saukville more than a century ago, died Thursday, Jan. 31.
    Mrs. Irwin was born May 17, 1917, one of the 10 children of John and Louisa Hahn Turck. She would have been 101 years old on her next birthday.
    Mrs. Irwin attended Immaculate Conception School in Saukville. She married Harold A. Irwin of the Town of Grafton on June 26, 1937.
    The couple lived and worked in Port Washington. In 1940, they a built a home at the corner of West Lincoln Avenue and South Garfield Street. Mrs. Irwin lived in the house until the summer of 2016. At the time of her death, she was a resident of the Harbor Club in Port Washington.
    Mr. Irwin died on July 5, 1991.
    Mrs. Irwin is survived by her daughters Linda Coen of Goleta, Calif., and Jean (William) Schanen of Port Washington.
    She is also survived by her grandchildren Bill (Greta) Schanen IV, Erin (Richard Reichelsdorfer) Schanen, Michelle (Jeff) Dalton and Lisa (Keith) Leighton, and six great-grandchildren.
    All of Mrs. Irwin’s siblings — Alice Hoffer, Evelyn Williams, Lillian Tutas, Lousie Wynkoop, Helen Kemp and William, Wilfred, John and Joseph Turck — preceded her in death.
    Poole Funeral Home served the family.

Ronald G. Mans PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:10

Ronald G. Mans of Port Washington was perhaps better known as Mr. Fix It.
    A largely self-taught carpenter, he worked on the restoration of the Port Washington Historical Society’s Light Station and numerous Habitat for Humanity homes in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties, and he was known as the handyman of his church at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Port.
    “He was never one to sit,” his daughter Chris Baughman said. “He just so enjoyed helping other people. He was very generous and would so anything for anybody.”
    In a 2003 story in Ozaukee Press’ Transitions magazine, Mr. Mans was described as “a godsend” by Linda Nenn, who coordinated much of the work to restore the Light Station.
    “He’s just one of those people who says, ‘I’m here, how can I help?’”
    Mr. Mans logged more than 2,000 volunteer hours in a two-year period working on the restoration, and restoration committee co-chairman Rick Smith said, “I could use about 20 of him. I think he likes problem solving, and we’ve got plenty of those. I can give him a job and he’ll get right to it, and I can walk away knowing it’ll get done.”
    Mr. Mans died Thursday, Feb. 1, at Harbor Village in Port Washington. He was 85.
    He was born in Marinette on Sept. 8, 1932, the son of Charles and Elsie Thode Mans.
    He graduated from Marinette High School in 1950.
    He picked up the basics of carpentry from his father, and after graduation worked with a carpenter specializing in remodeling projects.
    “If I could have made a living doing it, I probably would have stayed at it,” he said. “It was a hot and cold thing. In the summer, there were so many jobs you couldn’t take a break, and in winter there weren’t any jobs.”
    On July 18, 1953, he married Betty Frederiksen at St. James Lutheran Church in Marinette. They settled in Marinette, moving to Port Washington in 1963.
    Mr. Mans served in the Navy for two years during the Korean War, then did carpentry work for another six months before working as a lithographer for Continental Can Co. in Milwaukee for 26 years. After another 12 years with Northstar Pint Group in Milwaukee, Mr. Mans retired in 1992.
    He then devoted himself to volunteer work, beginning with Habitat for Humanity in Sheboygan County and later working on the Light Station and Habitat’s Ozaukee County projects.
    It’s work that kept him young, Mr. Mans said.
    “It’s work but it’s not a job. That’s different,” he said. “I’m not required to be there, and that makes it much more enjoyable.”
     Mr. Mans enjoyed traveling to northern Wisconsin for fishing trips, his daughter said, adding, “Even up there, he would tinker with things.”
    He also enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family.
    Mr. Mans was a member of the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 in Port Washington.
    Mr. Mans is survived by his wife Betty; son Randy (Karen) of Fox River Grove, Ill.; daughter Chris (Steve) Baughman of Brown Deer; and grandsons Nick and Alex Mans and Jason (Scott Luther) Baughman.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bob, sisters Lois and Dorothy and close friend Curt Laue.
    Mr. Mans’ body was cremated.
    A private family service will be held.
    Memorials are suggested to Christ the King Lutheran Church or Habitat for Humanity.
    Funeral arrangements were handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Clara L. Chossek PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:30

Longtime Port Washington resident Clara L. Chossek completed an impressive goal — making a hooked or braided rug for the last of her 14 great-grandchildren — about a year and a half ago.
    She had previously made rugs for her six grandchildren and three children.
    “They were very personal to her. She made some beautiful rugs,” her son Jim said. “She became very good at it, and she was known throughout the area for it.”
    So good, he said, that she won awards for her rugs at the Ozaukee County and Wisconsin State fairs and taught rug hooking and braiding at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Port Washington and West Bend.
    She also participated in a rug hooking group that met at Hill School in Port for years, and after moving to Lasata Senior Living Campus in 2004 she took part in a group there.
     While she initially followed patterns created by others, Mrs. Chossek eventually began making her own patterns for the rugs, sometimes basing them on photographs she and her husband would take on vacation, her son said.
    She also dyed her own wool for the rugs.
    “I remember coming home one day and there was a pot on the stove, but it wasn’t dinner, it was wool she was dying,” her son said.
    Mrs. Chossek died Sunday, Jan. 14, at Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg. She was 99.
    “She lived a good life,” her son said.
    Mrs. Chossek was born on Aug. 13, 1918, in Ironton, Mich., the daughter of Andrew and Ella Kuhn Kline.
    In 1941, she married Walter Chossek of Menominee, Mich. The couple moved to Port Washington in 1945, after Mr. Chossek got a job at the Wisconsin Electric Power Co. plant.
    Although Mrs. Chossek studied to be a nurse in St. Paul, Minn., she never pursued a career, her son said. Instead, she devoted herself to being a homemaker.
    She volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and was a member and officer of the Port Washington chapter of Homemakers.
    She had a large garden and froze and canned the produce, her son said.
    “We’d have food in the freezer and on the shelves all through the winter,” he said, noting his mother grew up during the Depression and learned to do a lot for herself.
    “She was a quiet, inward person,” her son added. “She was a very loving person.”
    Mrs. Chossek and her husband enjoyed camping. Her son said that when he was young, the family would camp at Mauthe Lake.
    “That was our summer cottage,” he said.
    In the mid 1960s, his parents bought a trailer, first a small one and graduating to larger versions until they had a 28-foot Avion trailer — and camped with them. They took the trailers on winter trips to Florida and Texas.
    Mrs. Chossek is survived by her children, Margaret (John) Graham of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Walter (Aleta) of Shorewood and James (Vicki) of Thiensville; grandchildren Alison (Andrew) Galbraith of Vienna, Va., Andrew (Megan) Graham of Littleton, Colo., Derek (Lori) Janu-Chossek of Oak Park, Ill., Kristen (John) Malecki of Madison, Ben (Wendy) Chossek of Wauwatosa and Brian (Jordana Snider) Chossek of St. Louis, Mo.; and 14 great-grandchildren.
    She is further survived by her sisters, Sister Bernadette Kline of Milwaukee, Gertrude (Bruce) Kramer of DeKalb, Ill., and Rogene (Bud) Richards of South Bend, Ind.; and sister-in-law Marion Peters of Reno, Nev.
    In addition to her husband Walter, who died on Feb. 7, 1986, Mrs. Chossek was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Kline and Frances Strassler, brother Edward Kline and brother-in-law Norman Strassler.
    A celebration of Mrs. Chossek’s life will be held on May 5 at Christ the King Church in Port Washington.
    Memorials to Christ the King Church are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Bernice H. Nault PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:29

Bernice H. Nault, 83, who lived on South Madison Street in Port Washington for years, died Sunday, Jan. 28, at Lasata Senior Campus in Cedarburg.
    Mrs. Nault was born in Port Washington on Aug. 29, 1934, to Leonard and Ella Last Didier. She graduated from Port Washington High School in 1952.
    On July 3, 1954, she married John Nault at Friedens Church in Port Washington. Mr. Nault preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 1970.
    Mrs. Nault was a member of Friedens Church who enjoyed crocheting and playing cards with friends, her family said.
    Mrs. Nault is survived by her sons Dale “Salty” (Linda) and Dan “Rocky” (Julie), both of Port Washington; grandchildren Kourtney (Jeff) Wojcik, Travis (Amy) and Alex (Alisha) Kornely, Zach (Rachel) and Tyler (Maggie) Nault; and one great-granddaughter.
    She is further survived by her sister Debbie Didier of Port Washington; brothers Richard (Phyllis) Didier of Cedarburg and Robert Didier of Clintonville; son-in-law Rick Kornely of Ladysmith; and brothers-in-law Harold Nothem and Warren Lemke, both of West Bend.
    Mrs. Nault was preceded in death by her husband John; daughter Cindy Kornely; son Ron “Ace” Nault; sisters Norma “Joyce” Lemke and Dorothy Nothem; brother Philip Didier; and sister-in-law Lorraine Didier.
    A funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Friedens Church in Port Washington.
    Visitation will be at the church from 4 p.m. Friday until the service.
    Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Port Washington.
    The family suggests memorials to Friedens Church.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.

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