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Iva J. Hubing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:53

     Iva J. Hubing, a former resident of Belgium and Port Washington, died Sunday, Oct. 22, at Luther Manor in Milwaukee, where she lived. She was 91.
    A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington
    Visitation will be at the church from 11:30 a.m. Saturday until the Mass.  
    Poole Funeral Home and Crematory, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.
    A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Ozaukee Press.

Peter P. Konyha PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:53

Longtime Simplicity Manufacturing employee Peter P. Konyha, 91, of Port Washington, died Wednesday, Oct. 18.
     He was born in Onondaga, N.Y., on Sept. 8, 1926, to John and Irma Toth Konyha.
    After serving for a couple of years in the U.S. Army, Mr. Konyha was honorably discharged and attended Michigan State University to obtain an engineering degree.
    Mr. Konyha married Louise Fowler on Aug. 30, 1952, in Michigan.
    In addition to working for many years at Simplicity, Mr. Konyha also worked for other companies before his retirement in 1999.
    Mr. Konyha is survived by his wife; daughters Carol Jackson, Linda Klemp and Janet Konyha; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; brother Ralph Konyha and sisters Lucille, Katie and Charlotte.
    He is preceded in death by his parents, nine brothers and one sister.
    A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington with military honors to follow. Chaplain Steve Cornelius will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, and a private interment will be held Friday at Holden East Cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Hearing Loss Association of America.

Kenneth A. John PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:52

     Kenneth A. John, 88, of Shawano, died at Lincoln Village in Port Washington on Saturday, Oct. 21.
    He was born in Milwaukee on April 19, 1929, the son of Arthur and Helen Pleier John.
    Mr. John grew up in Milwaukee and attended North Division High School, graduating in 1947. He then went to school to become a draftsman.
    On Dec. 30, 1950, he married Donna Bigelow in Milwaukee.
    Mr. John worked at Worden Allen before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951. After his service, he became a patrol officer with the Milwaukee Police Department. He retired in 1988 after 32 years of service.
    The couple moved to Shawano following their retirement. Mr. John built a home on Shawano Lake with his uncles PeeWee and John. As a couple, the John’s enjoyed attending auctions, and buying and selling antiques.
    Mr. John appreciated the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. The highlight of his later years was attending events for his grandchildren, and spending time with them whenever possible, his family said.
    Mr. John is survived by his wife Donna of Port Washington; daughter Valerie (Tom) Miller of Port Washington; daughter-in-law Susan John of Wauwatosa; grandchildren Jennifer (Joel) Bublitz of Cedarburg, Brian (Jamie) Miller of Dallas and Diana (Joey) Berwyn of Denver; and three great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his sister Gerry (Walter) Schwanz of Waukesha; brother Ed (Mary) John of The Villages, Fla.; and brothers-in-law Jerry (Carol) Bigelow and Harley Kagerbauer, all of Shawano.
    Mr. John was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Helen John, parents-in-law John and Lucy Bigelow, sister-in-law Joanne Kagerbauer and son Michael John.
    Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington. The Rev. John Klieve will preside.
    Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. He will be buried with military honors at Pinelawn Cemetery in Milwaukee on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Fredrick W. Goetz PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:51

     Fredrick W. Goetz was a dedicated Grafton police officer for more than 40 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant.
    He considered it an honor to serve in Grafton with a team of dedicated officers and professionals, many of whom became lifelong friends, his family said.
    From directing traffic to solving crimes, Mr. Goetz enjoyed interacting in the community and representing the badge with honor. He loved every minute of it, his family said.
    Mr. Goetz, 77, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, at his home in Grafton.
     He was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 22, 1940, to William and Bernice Goetz.  
    After earning a master of business administration degree and retiring from the police force, he taught management and leadership courses at several universities and colleges, including Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon and Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.
    Recently, Mr. Goetz found camaraderie as a driver with NAPA Auto Parts, where he made many friends.
    Mr. Goetz is survived by his wife Mary; son Jeff (Wendy); daughters Jacquie (Glenn) Weihert and Katie (Craig) Kennison; and grandchildren Matthew (Sarah) Wojtkowski, Nick Goetz, Craig, Mary, and Claire Kennison.
    He is further survived by brothers Gary (Dana) and Gene (Jackie) and sisters-in-law Jeanne Heidel and Peachy (Ted) Haischer.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law Harry and Jean Sceizor; and brother-in law Wayne Heidel.
      A funeral was held Monday, Oct. 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton.
    He was buried at Immanuel Cemetery in Jackson.  
    Memorials to a charity of choice are suggested.  
    Mueller Funeral Home, Cedarburg, handled the arrangements.

Patricia A. Baganz PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:51

     Patricia A. Baganz was a diminutive, vivacious woman who held many roles in her life.
    She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, an energetic volunteer, a faith-filled woman, a committed teacher of special-needs students and an avid gardener.
    “She was extremely energetic, and very self-confident —all 5 feet of her,” her husband Jerry said. “She’s always been the smallest adult in the room, but no one every thought of her as small.”
    Mrs. Baganz, 71, who lived on Woodridge Lane in Grafton, died of ovarian cancer Monday, Oct. 16, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.
    She was diagnosed with the disease 4-1/2 years ago, her husband said, and fought it with incredible courage.
    “She was just incredibly strong through it all,” he said.
    Mrs. Baganz was born in Chicago on Oct. 5, 1946, the daughter of Donald and Helen O’Brien McGinnis.
    The family moved to Sturgeon Bay, where Mrs. Baganz spent her childhood.
    While a student at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she took a job as a waitress at the Pioneer Inn. On the day she started her job, she met Jerry Baganz, a bartender at the restaurant, at 5 p.m. on Sept. 10, 1967.
    “She was really, really cute and also just full of life,” he said. “We hit it off from the start.”
    The couple, who would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary next year, instead celebrated the 50th anniversary of their meeting last month, her husband said.
    After the couple married in Fond du Lac on March 3, 1968, they lived in six states and Germany before returning to Wisconsin.
    At age 40, after their children were grown, Mrs. Baganz returned to college, studying at Regis University in Colorado.
    “All three kids and Pat were in college at the same time,” her husband said. “Everybody would sit around the table talking about college.”
    Mrs. Baganz began her teaching career in Denver, and continued it after the couple moved to Port Washington in 1988.
    She earned her master’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University in about 1990, then began working as a special education teacher, primarily at Waukesha North High School.
    She also taught for several years at the Waukesha Juvenile Detention Center.
    “She literally went behind bars with these kids,” her husband said.
    She wasn’t afraid for her safety, he said.
    “She said these kids are so accustomed to being pushed around and bullied. They look at me and know I can’t do it, so they relax,” Mr. Baganz said. “They became very protective of her.”
    She found her niche in working with emotionally and behaviorally disturbed high school students, her husband said.
    “It was very satisfying for her,” he said. “She was very good at it.”
    Mrs. Baganz taught for 21 years, retiring in 2007.
    It was then that she turned her hobby of gardening into a business, running the landscape design firm Petite Gardenscapes until 2011.
    “It was geared toward landscape designs for the weekend gardener — something normal people with a couple of kids could do,” her husband said. “But business got so good, it just wasn’t fun anymore so she closed the business.”
    But, he added, she continued to do landscape work for friends.
    Mrs. Baganz became an avid gardener after the couple moved to their home on Eva Street in Port Washington, her husband said.
    “It had fabulous gardens that really had deteriorated,” he said. “She started restoring the gardens, and just kept going.”
    Mrs. Baganz was active in the Port Washington Garden Club, the Judge Eghart House, Port Washington Historical Society, Focus Christian Ministry, Living Hope Lutheran Church, the Ozaukee Network Enterprise and other organizations.
    She also enjoyed traveling and boating with her husband.
    “Although her energy seemed boundless, she always put her home, husband, children and grandchildren first in her heart,” her family said.
    Mrs. Baganz is survived by her husband Jerry of Grafton, children Michael of Port Washington, David of Denver and Catherine of Davis, Calif.; grandchildren Calvin, Bay and Sylvia.
    She is further survived by her siblings Jim (Debbie) of Denmark, Mike of Madison, Marge (Dan) Polechek of Algoma, Mary (Pete) Bosman of Sturgeon Bay, Steve (Barb) of Ashland, Bob (Rose) of Mims, Fla., and Sara McGinnis of Milwaukee; and her former student Tamara, who was like a daughter to Mrs. Baganz, and her son Kyler.
    Mrs. Baganz was preceded in death by her parents and brother Thomas McGinnis.
    A celebration of Mrs. Baganz’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Living Hope Lutheran Church in Saukville. The Rev. Kelly Nieman-Anderson will officiate.
    Visitation will be held at the church Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the service.
    Memorials to the Living Hope Children’s Education Fund or the Milwaukee Rescue Mission are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Robert J. Mueller Sr PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:50

     Robert J. Mueller Sr. was a national barefoot waterskiing champion whose records in the senior men’s division live on, even though he retired from the sport years ago.
    The 81-year-old Fredonia man had enough trophies, plaques, ribbons and awards to cover several walls in the basement of his home, having competed in the sport for more than 20 years.
    “He just loved it,” his wife Carol said.
    Mr. Mueller, who died of cancer at his home Thursday, Oct. 19,  was a water-skier for years before he tried barefoot skiing, prompted by his friend Dowaine Koepp.
    “He had a little boat and said, ‘Let’s try this,’” Mrs. Mueller recounted.
    Mr. Mueller loved it, and he and his friends taught themselves the intricacies of the sport.  
    “It took a long time to learn, because we didn’t have the right equipment or the right boat. We were definitely pioneers in the State of Wisconsin for barefooting,” Mr. Mueller told Ozaukee Press in a 1994 interview.
    Mr. Mueller said he moved to Random Lake in 1993 to be closer to the water, and he could often be seen skiing on the lake with his wife driving the boat and his son spotting. He told the Press that he practiced an average of 80 times a summer.
    He conquered the state competition several times, but then felt he had little left to do, Mr. Mueller said. But after three years off, skiing just for fun, the national competitions began and he started competing again.
    He did well, winning national championships in 1993 and 1994.
    Even if he hadn’t gotten into barefoot skiing, Mr. Mueller said, he would have competed in trick skiing.
    “I’m a competitor,” he told Ozaukee Press. “I compete to win. Barefooting was cool at the time, and it just grew on me.”
    Mr. Mueller was a native of Saukville, born on Sept. 25, 1936, to John and Ruth Vetter Albinger Mueller.
    He married Carol Barwick at St.Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington on May 10, 1958.
    The couple settled in Port, but later lived in Saukville and Random Lake before moving to Fredonia.
    He was an electrician at Tecumseh Power Products in Grafton, retiring in the early 1990s.
    Even after he retired from skiing competitions, he continued to water ski into his 70s.
    Then, he took up tennis with his brother-in-law Lee Barwick and Mr. Koepp, and even built a tennis court at his home outside of Saukville.
    “He was an athlete,” his wife said, adding he was also a sports fan who enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and other local sports teams.
    Mr. Mueller also enjoyed traveling with his wife throughout the United States and to Europe. He hunted and camped, and immersed himself in his family.
    “He was all about family,” his wife said. “He was the greatest grandfather I’ve ever seen.”
    Mr. Mueller was also known as Mr. Fix It, his wife said.
    “He was there whenever anyone needed something to be fixed,” his wife said. “He was good at figuring things out.”
    Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife Carol of Fredonia; children Patricia Penkwitz of Grafton and Robert J. (Kim) Mueller Jr. of Port Washington; grandchildren Katherine (fiance Jason Canora) Penkwitz, Christopher (fiancee Rachel Staton) Penkwitz, Rob Mueller, Ryan Mueller and Johanna Mueller; and a great-grandson.
    He is further survived by his sisters Doris Smith of Oostburg and Caroline (Edwin) Klaport of Seattle; brothers Fred of Port Washington and Tom (Dina) of San Francisco; sister-in-law Helen Mueller of Cedarburg; and former son-in-law Mark Penkwitz.
    Mr. Mueller was preceded in death by his daughter Christine Ann Mueller, brothers Reggie, Nick, John and Eugene; sisters-in-law Frieda, Mae, Billie, Sharon and Dorothy Mueller; and brother-in-law Jerome Smith.
    A memorial service for Mr. Mueller will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington. Father Guy Gurath will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 p.m. Saturday until the service.
    Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Jude’s Research Hospital or the Shriners Hospital for Children are suggested.

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