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Donald R. Peiffer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:40

For generations, people called Donald R.  Peiffer when they had car trouble.

Mr. Peiffer worked at his father’s business, Peiffer Auto Service, on Wisconsin Street in Port Washington beginning when he was in high school.

He took a break when he entered the U.S. Army, where he served in Germany as a mechanic and tow truck operator, but rejoined the family business when he was discharged in  1956.

For more than 50 years, Mr. Peiffer, his father Clarence and brother Dave sold American Motors automobiles and Bolens lawn and garden equipment, as well as ENCO gasoline at the station.

The Peiffers were often called by the Port Washington Police Department and Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department — as well as private individuals — to tow vehicles.

“They would get calls at 2 in the morning, 3 in the morning,” Mr. Peiffer’s son Rick said. 

“Many a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, we’d hear the phone ring and he would have to leave to pull someone out of the ditch.”

That, he said, was on top of his father’s typical 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. workday.
Those long days weren’t just filled with business.

“It was kind of a hang-out place,” his son said, noting that when Mr. Peiffer was young his friends would stop by to play cards during the day.

“In later years, buddies would stop every morning to catch up on the news,” he added.

Mr. Peiffer retired in 2007, when he sold the business to Gary’s Automotive.

Mr. Peiffer died at his Port Washington home Sunday, April 23. He was 82.

He had long battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his family said.

Mr. Peiffer was a native of Port Washington, born on Jan. 20, 1935, to Clarence and Marcella Remich Peiffer.

He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1953, and on Aug. 4, 1956, married Carol Greisch at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.

Mr. Peiffer was known to many as “Fiss,” a nickname he picked up as a young man when his high school friends got their own monikers. His son said he got the name from his uncle Al Peiffer, who was also known as Fiss.

Mr. Peiffer, who was a member of the Port Washington Lions Club, enjoyed sports, playing golf, softball and bowling for decades.

He sponsored Peiffer Auto Service softball teams for more than 25 years, pitching on many of them. 

He golfed in leagues and with friends and family, taking golf trips down South with friends for many years.

He was especially proud to shoot a hole-in-one at Mee-Kwon Golf Course in Mequon on July 4 while golfing with his sons Rick and Don and son-in-law Bill Fowler.

He also bowled in the Tavern League at Bley’s Bowling for many years.

“He worked hard, and in his middle years he also played hard,” his son said.

Mr. Peiffer lived his life for his family, his son said.

“All of us, we would not be where we are without his help,” he said, adding that whenever anyone needed anything, they would give Mr. Peiffer a call.

“I remember him saying to me, ‘Once you have kids, you stop living for yourself and you live for them,’” his son said, adding his father embodied that sentiment.

Mr. Peiffer is survived by his wife Carol of Port Washington; children Vicki (Bill) Fowler and Rick (Jan) Peiffer, both of Port Washington, and Don (Jill) of Jackson; grandchildren Melissa (Erick) Short, Lora (Jake) Waraksa, Jenna Kemp, Megan Peiffer, Derek Peiffer, Angela (Matt) Kinzel, Ryan Beecher, Jill Peiffer, Bret (fiance Lindsay Bangert) Peiffer and Andrea (Stephen) Cosentine; and nine great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by his brother David (Diane) and stepbrother Gerald Wilde, both of Port Washington.

Mr. Peiffer was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, grandson-in-law Kerry Kemp and brother-in-law William (Bounce) Greisch.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington. Father Pat Wendt will officiate. 

Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service. 

Interment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Port Washington. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Port Washington Lions Club are suggested.

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Beverly O’Flanagan PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:40

Beverly O’Flanagan, a former longtime resident of Port Washington, died April 10 at a nursing home in Chetek after suffering a stroke. She was 87.

 “She spent a great deal of her life helping other people out,” her grandson Chris O’Flanagan, said. “Family and friends would come up for hunting, and she’d prepare enough food for 15 to 20 people that lasted a week.”

During her years in Port Washington, Mrs. O’Flanagan and her husband Harris  lived downtown and then on St. Mary’s hill.

Mr. O’Flanagan died in 2012.

“Grandpa worked at Mercury Motors in Fond du Lac for many years while grandma stayed home and cared for family,” her grandson said. “She pretty much raised me.”

He said his grandmother was  a “social butterfly.”

“She liked to visit every cafe in the area and everyone knew her,” he said. 

Mrs. O’Flanagan is survived by her grandchildren Michelle O’Flanagan, John O’Flanagan and Chris O’Flanagan, and  five great-grandchildren.

 
Dorothy Z. Wisniewski PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:39

Dorothy Z. Wisniewski of Grafton loved spending time with her family.

“She was a very loving grandmother who always wanted to know what was going on in her grandchildren’s lives,” her granddaughter-in-law Debbie Hoffmann said. “She also loved eating bratwursts even on the holidays and she loved getting Martha Washington geraniums on Mother’s Day.”

Mrs. Wisniewski, 92, died Monday, April 17 at the Sheboygan Senior Community.

She was born to Fred and Mabel Cook Zelle on Aug. 1, 1924 in Lincoln, Ill. She was united in marriage to Chester Achison Jr. After his death, she was united in marriage to Walter Wisniewski on April 15, 1961 in Milwaukee.

Mrs. Wisniewski was a member of Community United Methodist Church in Cedarburg. Her many hobbies included painting, crafting, playing solitaire, solving crossword puzzles, watching “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.” She grew to love bingo and was so proud when she won. She looked forward to breakfast every Saturday morning at Hobo’s, in Belgium, and The Prime Minister, in Thiensville, after church on Sundays.

Mrs. Wisniewski is survived by her family Donna Hoffmann of Sheboygan, JoAnne Hadler of Cedarburg and Eilene Wisniewski of Maplewood, Minn., grandchildren Kim (Chris) Chronister, Brad (Debbie) Hoffmann, Mike (Stacey) Hadler, Carrie (Jeff) Engebose, and five great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husbands Walter and Chester, sister Elsie Pitcher, and brothers Edgar, Robert, John, and Gordon Zelle.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Community United Methodist Church in Cedarburg. The visitation will take place on Saturday at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Rev. David Blackmer will officiate. Mrs. Wisniewski will be laid to rest at Graceland Cemetery in Milwaukee. A memorial has been established in her name.  

Arrangements are being handled by Mueller Funeral Home.

 
Ann Hoppe PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:39

Ann Hoppe of Random Lake, formerly of Fredonia, loved her family and the Brewers.

“She was a huge Brewers fan and loved watching her kids play ball,” her son Frank Hoppe said. “She was a caretaker her whole life and she put her life on hold for her children.”

Mrs. Hoppe, 74, died April 18 at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.  

She was born on May 29, 1942 in Fond du Lac Township, the daughter of Arnold Sr. and Lucille Faul Nett.

Mrs. Hoppe graduated from Fond du Lac High School in 1960. On October 27, 1962, she married Bernie Hoppe at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mount Calvary. They lived in New Ulm, Minn. and Milwaukee before moving to Fredonia in 1970.

She worked at Oak Park Pharmaceuticals in Fredonia, Sprague Electric in Grafton and St. Alphonsus Hospital in Port Washington. She retired from St. Joseph Hospital in West Bend in 2004.

Mrs. Hoppe was a member of Divine Savior Parish in Fredonia.  

She is survived by her sons Frank (Beth) of Waunakee, John (Karen) of Greenville and Thomas of Fredonia.  

Mrs. Hoppe is further survived by grandchildren Madison, Gretchen, Adam and Kristen, sisters Pat (Fred) Thuecks of North Fond du Lac and Sharon Nett of Fond du Lac, brothers Jim (Rosemary) of Pocatello, Idaho and Jerry Nett of Fond du Lac, brothers-in-law Marvin Hoppe of Fredonia and Lee Hoppe of Random Lake, sisters-in-law Diane Nett of Malone and Betty Nett of New Holstein.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bernie, brothers Arnold Jr., John and Joe Nett, sister Kathleen Klensch and sisters-in-law Emily Fraley and Rose Hoppe.

A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 at Divine Savior Parish, Holy Cross Chapel in Holy Cross with Pastoral Associate Deb Hamm presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 4:30 p.m. until the time of service. Mrs. Hoppe will be laid to rest on Friday, May 5 at Graceland Cemetery in Clintonville.

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

 
Lucille Brunner PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:24

Lucille Brunner of Fredonia enjoyed rummage sales, gardening and sharing her produce with family and friends.

“She liked to grow vegetables, especially kohlrabi, tomatoes and cucumbers,” her son Jerome Brunner said. 

Mrs. Brunner, 83, died Thursday, April 6, at The Woodland View Assisted Living Facility of Fredonia.

She was born in Washington County on Feb. 20, 1934 to Joseph and Louise Reitmeier Goeppert. 

Lucille married Vincent “Shorty” Brunner on April 26, 1952 and settled in Fredonia to raise their family.

Mrs. Brunner is survived by her children Virginia (Mike) Lamb of New Castle, PA. Jerome “Mouse” (Nancy) of Random Lake, Ray (Cheri) of Porterfield and daughter-in-law Bev Brunner of Cedar Grove.

She is further survived by her grandchildren Erica Neubauer, Ed Kreis Jr., Elizabeth Canada, Sheila (Andy) Heinen, Mike (Angie), Mike (Rachel) Bruni, Katie (Ryan) Tiefenthaler, Kyle (Tracy), Curtis (Tiffany), Cory, 12 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, sister Mary Rady and brother Tom Goeppert.

Mrs. Brunner is preceded in death by her parents, husband Vincent, son James “Bruno”, granddaughter Tina Marie, brothers Joe and Bob Goeppert and sister Marcella Hembel.

A funeral service will be at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at Vineyard Community Church with Pastor Pat Mulcahy presiding. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 3:00 pm until time of service.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is handling the arrangements. 

 
George Eischen Jr. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:24

George Eischen Jr. was a businessman, owning and operating Modern Metals in Fredonia, but running the family farm was his true passion.

“He was a great teacher, for farming, and taught the grand kids how to ride tractors and skid loaders,” said Darlene Eischen, his wife. “He leaves a great legacy with that.” 

Mr. Eischen, age 70, died Tuesday, April 18 at his home in Dacada.

He was born March 20, 1947 in Sheboygan and was the son of the late George J. Eischen Sr. and Estelle M. (nee Bittner) Eischen.

Mr. Eischen was a 1965 graduate of Random Lake High School and on February 3, 1968, married Darlene Bruesewitz at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Dacada.

 Mr. Eischen enjoyed spending his time outdoors working in the fields and milking the cows.

“He always said, ‘Be a farmer, grow your own food, live off the land, be your own boss,’” Mrs. Eischen said. 

Mr. Eischen’s other passion was repairing the farm machinery.

For relaxation, he enjoyed Westerns on TV.

“He always wanted to live his life like John Wayne,” Mrs. Eischen said.

Mr. Eischen is survived by Darlene and their children, Chris (Steve) Jungers and Paul (Kristin) both of Random Lake,  and their five grandchildren, Matthew (Amanda) Jungers, Adam Jungers, Brandon Jungers, Jared Jungers and Jacob Eischen.  

He is further survived by three brothers, James (Mary) and William (Sharon) of Random Lake, Donald (Myra) of Cascade,  his sister Rosemary (Douglas) Seyfert of Fredonia, sisters-in-law Audrey Bruesewitz and Marjorie Murphy, and brother-in-law Gerald (Linda) Bruesewitz.

Mr. Eischen was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law and two grandchildren, Alan and Emily.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 22 at noon at Our Lady of The Lakes, St. Nicholas Chapel in Dacada, with Father Richard Cerpich presiding.  

Burial will be in the parish cemetery.  Visitation will take place at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.  

 
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