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Diane R. Smith PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:17

Diane R. Smith loved the piano. She taught it and was a church pianist most of her adult life.
    “She loved music,” Mrs. Smith’s granddaughter Kristi Pinter said. “The music and singing, that was just something she was really passioniate about. Even at family Christmases she would play the piano and sing.”
    Mrs. Smith also taught her granddaughter’s mother to play the piano.
    “My mom enjoyed it just as much as she did,” Mrs. Pinter said.
    Mrs. Smith, 73, of Port Washington, died on Saturday, Dec. 30, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
    She was born on June 7, 1944, in Port Washington to Harold and Mae “Dolly” Schultz Schwengel. Mrs. Smith graduated from Port Washington High School and then from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee.
    On Sept. 11, 1965, she married DeVerne R. Smith of West Bend in Port Washington and they lived on Theis Lane.
    For a time, Diane worked as a route driver for the U.S. Postal Service.
    But Mrs. Smith’s passion was teaching piano and enjoying music. She was a church pianist almost her entire adult life according to her granddaughter, and she was active with local singing musical groups and choir. She took great care of her family and was active at Lincoln Village.
    Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband; daughter Mindi Sharbuno; grandchildren Kristi Pinter, Kyle Sharbuno, and Kyler, Joshua and Austin Smith; five great-grandchildren; and sister Jeanne (Tom) Brockley of Chattanooga, Tenn.
    “She took care of her grandchildren more than anything,” Pinter said. “What I want highlighted was how much of a family person she was.”
    She is preceded in death by her son Kory Smith and her parents.
    A celebration of Mrs. Smith’s life will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Open Door Bible Church in Port Washington. The Rev. Jim Engelman will officiate. Visitation will be at the church Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the service. Memorials are suggested.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, assisted the family.

Paul H. Leider PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:17

Paul H. Leider, age 58, of Sheboygan, passed away Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan.
He was born April 10, 1959, the son of Gregory and Lavern Lauters Leider in Port Washington.
He grew up in Fredonia and attended the Tri-Catholic Consolidated Grade School and Ozaukee High School.
In 1981, he entered the Army and was honorably discharged May 13, 1987.
On July 31, 1990, Paul married Lorna Bretschneider from Kewaskum and they moved to Montana. Lorna passed away May 26, 1991, and Paul moved back to Wisconsin.
He is survived by his brothers Robert (Verna) Leider of Random Lake and Allan (Sandra) Leider of Plymouth; sister Linda (Dave) Baardseth of Galesville; foster brother Richard (Clarice) Lehn of Corona del Mar, Calif.; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lorna, parents Greg and Lavern Leider and infant twin brothers Dennis and Daniel Leider.
A private burial service will be held at a later date.

Linda A. Noyes PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:16

Nursing was Linda A. Noyes’ life.
    “She always wanted to be a nurse,” Mrs. Noyes’ sister Rose said. “She was just passioniate about nursing. She always cared about everybody. It didn’t matter if it was family or friends, she treated everybody like family. Nursing was just a big part of her life.”
    Mrs. Noyes, 50, died of cancer on Tuesday, Dec. 26, in Franklin.
    A Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, Dec. 29, at St. Martin of Tours Church in Franklin.
    Mrs. Noyes was a 1985 graduate of Ozaukee High School, and she also graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor of science in nursing degree in 1991 and a master of science degree in 1993.
    For 18 years, she was a nurse at St. Luke’s Medical Center, and she was named  Nurse of the Year in 1993.
    “That was a big deal,” her sister said. “Nursing was really her life. She was very excited.”
    From 1999 to 2012, Mrs. Noyes worked as a clinical nursing instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College as well as serving on the MATC Statewide Committee.
    Mrs. Noyes also enjoyed going to her family’s cabin in Crivitz.
    “That was really big for her,” her sister said. “When we grew up, we spent a lot of time up there.”
    Mrs. Noyes is survived by her husband, James; her children Mitchell, Matthew, Benjamin and Emily, all of Franklin; mother Patty Russart of Fredonia; brother Bill (girlfriend Sue) Russart of Sheboygan; sister Rose (Tom) Miller of Fredonia; father-in-law of Ronald of South Milwaukee; brothers-in-law Scott (Cathy) Noyes of St. Louis and Steve Noyes of South Milwaukee; and sister-in-law Sue Nuyda, Seattle.             Mrs. Noyes was preceded in death by her father, Henry Russart and mother-in-law Carol Noyes.
    Memorials may be made to the St. Martin of Tours – Tuition Angel Fund or the education fund for her children.
    Funeral arrangements were handled by Prasser-Kleczka Funeral Home, Milwaukee.

Brian K. Miskowski PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:16

Brian K. Miskowski of Port Washington won so many events in the Special Olympics, his mother Alice Miskowski lost count.
    “He really enjoyed it,” his mother said. “He was really into everything He’s got a whole thing of medals, ribbons from the area and then from when he went to state. He went to state every year when he was involved.”
    Mr. Miskowski, 52, died at his home Friday, Dec. 29, as a result of a seizure while sleeping.
    He was born to Gerald and Alice Brighum Miskowski on July 25, 1965, in Milwaukee.
    Mr. Miskowski, a 1986 graduate of Milwaukee’s Pleasant View School, participated in basketball, bowling and track and field with his team the Thunderbolts in the Special Olympics.
    “That was great,” his mother said. “If you ever want to see true sportsmanship, all you have to do is go to a Special Olympics meet. It’s really awesome.”
    Mr. Miskowski relocated to Port Washington about 10 years ago and joined Portal Inc., where he helped deliver Meals on Wheels, among other activities.
    He had a love of food and also enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers.
    Mr. Miskowski is survived by his mother Alice of Port Washington; sisters Tammy (Daniel) Ulbing of Brownsville, and Pam Miskowski of Port Washington; and brother Christopher of Racine; He is the uncle of nieces and nephews.
    Mr. Miskowski was preceded in death by his father, Gerald; and brothers Richard and Mark.
    Private family services will be held at a later date. Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Rhea A. Yovanovich PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:14

Rhea A. Yovanovich had a special relationship with area senior citizens — first as director of the Port Washington Senior Center for 20 years, then as a popular columnist for “Transitions,” a magazine for older adults published by Port Publications.
    The column often recalled events, experiences and lessons of the past, providing a way for people of all ages to reminisce.
    “We have gotten more calls and letters from that Transitions column,” Mrs. Yovanovich’s husband Marty said.
    Mrs. Yovanovich, who lived in Random Lake, died of kidney failure at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton on Saturday, Dec. 31. She was 80.
    Mrs. Yovanovich was a native of Monroe, born on Jan. 18, 1937, to Ralph and Viola Blumer Schadt.
    After graduating from Monroe High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    In 1959, she moved to Port Washington, where she taught home economics at Port Washington High School for a year.
    She then moved to Beaver Dam, where she taught adult vocation for a couple years.
    On June 9, 1962, she married Marty Yovanovich in Beaver Dam.
    The couple moved to Port Washington, where Mrs. Yovanovich wrote part-time for Ozaukee Press and held a number of part-time jobs.
    When the co-directors of the Port Washington Senior Center left, Mrs. Yovanovich applied for the job.
    She told Ozaukee Press in 1998 the job was tailor made for her.
    “I knew all the lyrics to all the songs written before 1920, so I figured I was suited for this job,” Mrs. Yovanovich said.
    She had grown up living with her grandparents, she added, saying, “I’ve always been tuned into older people.”
    During her tenure, the Senior Center expanded its programming and grew its membership significantly.
    “What we have, a lot of it was her doing,” the late Ald. Harold Matthews, a member of the Commission on Aging, said in 1998. “She’s a hands-on director and she’s left her handprint on the center.”
    Mrs. Yovanovich maintained a personal relationship with the Senior Center members as it grew. She knew virtually all of the 600 members who attended regularly by name and often recognized their voices on the phone when they called.
    That was part of being a small-town center, she said at the time.
    “If you help them (members), you do it because they are friends,” she said. “It’s nice to be in a small community. We do more for people because we work on a personal level.”
    Mrs. Yovanovich decided to retire at the end of 1998 when she said she began to blend in with the crowd.
    “When I started, I was the young thing in control. In the last couple of years, I’ve been part of the crowd,” she said.
    Mrs. Yovanovich was a founding member of the Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers and a member of the Home Economics Honorary Society and the American Association of University Women’s Sheboygan Chapter.
    She had a wide variety of interests, her husband said.
    “She knit countless things,” he said. “She sewed her own clothes. She tailored a jacket for me, and did an extensive amount of alterations for everybody.
    “She baked. She cooked. She read about 60 books a year and was a member of three book clubs.”
    The quilting group at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Port Washington called on Mrs. Yovanovich after they had made their blankets, and she would do the final sewing for them, he added.    
     After retirement, she put together a comedy bit and performed on the comedy-club circuit for a time, her husband said.
    “She was into everything,” he said. “She always had to be doing something. She was just a curious person.”
    Mrs. Yovanovich is survived by her husband Marty of Random Lake and brother Fredrick (Arlene) Schadt of Sarasota., Fla.
    She was preceded in death by her parents.
    In accordance with her wishes, there was no funeral service.
    Memorials to local libraries are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements were handled through Eernise Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Herbert A. Rosso PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:03

Herbert A. Rosso, 86, of Port Washington, died Saturday, Dec. 23, at Cedar Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cedarburg.
    Mr. Rosso was born in Sheboygan on Jan. 31, 1931, to August and Elsa Range Rosso.  
    During his youth, Mr. Rosso enjoyed working as a pinsetter at a local bowling alley. When he was 21, Mr. Rosso joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War. He was a Purple Heart recipient who finished his military career at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois.  
    On March 14, 1953, Mr. Rosso married Mildred Zimmermann in New Holstein.   
    He worked for Garden Toy Manufacturing Co. of Sheboygan and also as a self-employed upholsterer.
    After living a few years in Oostburg, the Rosso family moved to Port Washington, in 1962. Mr. Rosso worked for Bolens Equipment Manufacturing Co. for more than 40 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1430 and the Ozaukee Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5373.
    His family said Mr. Rosso enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. In his retirement, Mr. Rosso and his wife toured the country with their motor home.
    Mr. Rosso is survived by his wife Millie; children Donna (Tony) Zukaitis of Fredonia and Dale (Anne) of Random Lake; grandchildren Megan and Jason Zukaitis and Samantha and William Rosso; brother Kenneth of Oostburg; sisters-in-law Myrtle Rosso of Sheboygan, Shirley (Marvin) Thimmig of New Holstein, Cynthia Zimmermann of Sheboygan Falls; and brother-in-law Harold Bouse of Kenosha.
    He was preceded in death by his sons Larry, David “Bosco” and Daniel; sister Elaine Rosso; sisters-in-law Pearl Rosso, Arline Bouse and Elaine Zimmermann; brothers-in-law Marvin Zimmermann, Melvin Zimmermann and Karl Rosso.
    A funeral service was to be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at St. John Lutheran Church in Fredonia with the Rev. Robert Zick officiating.
    Visitation was to be at the church from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
    Interment was to be held at Sunrise Memorials Gardens, Town of Wilson, with military honors.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, handled the arrangements.

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