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Thomas Bloomingdale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 14:01


Thomas G. Bloomingdale, 76, died Thursday, June 29, at Kathy Hospice in West Bend. He resided in Cedarburg.
Mr. Bloomingdale’s teaching career with the Whitefish Bay school system spanned more than 25 years.
“His job had a real ripple effect. He touched thousands of lives,” said his daughter Kirsten Bloomingdale, who created a Facebook page to inform her father’s former students that his life was nearing the end. “The outpouring of love and support through cards and letters was incredible.”
Mr. Bloomingdale was born Dec. 29, 1940, to Floyd and Mary Bloomingdale and raised by foster parents John and Cornelia Winkelhorst of Cedar Grove, where he graduated from high school in 1959.
He was the captain of the first Cedar Grove football team, played on the varsity baseball team, and was a sprinter in track and field events.
 Mr. Bloomingdale earned a teaching degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and earned a master’s degree in both guidance and administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
He taught one year in both Oostburg and Plymouth and was then principal of Kewaskum’s  Beechwood Elementary School for a year.
At Whitefish Bay Middle School, he taught seventh-grade biology and later became a guidance counselor.
 Mr. Bloomingdale was a member of the Ozaukee Congregational Church, board member of the North Shore YMCA, founding member of the Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club and a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Bow Hunter’s Association.  
He was an avid outdoorsman, promoting hunting and fishing by showing future enthusiasts how to respect the environment, his family said, and helped start the YMCA’s Camp Moraine in West Bend.
 Mr. Bloomingdale is survived by daughters Tara Bloomingdale of Trevor and Kirsten Bloomingdale of Cedar Grove; son, Nathan (Dawn) Bloomingdale of Nederland, Colo.; grandchildren  Colleen Bloomingdale, Justin Bloomingdale, Christopher Bloomingdale, Shauna Bloomingdale, Margret Turchinski, and Nick Wessel; two great grandchildren; beloved companion Bonnie Bloomquest; brothers Jim and Al; and sisters Mary, Audrey, Nancy and Sue.
He is preceded in death by his foster parents, his parents, and brothers John and LeRoy (Arlene).  
 A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, at First Reformed Church in Cedar Grove, with Rev. Joel Fredrickson officiating.
Visitation at the church will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, and at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 6.
Burial will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
A memorial fund is being established in his memory for the Cedar Grove Educational Foundation.
Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg is handling arrangements.

Michael P. Dahm PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:21

Michael P. Dahm of Cascade, formerly of the Town of Belgium, loved running his business, Dahm Hay Company.
    “It was always his priority to know all of his customers and even their grandchildren’s names. He also loved feeding all of his cattle,” his son Roger said.
    Mr. Dahm, 95, died at his home Thursday, June 22.
    He was born in Belgium on March 13, 1922, son of Peter and Elizabeth Meyer Dahm.
    Mr. Dahm grew up on the family farm in the Town of Belgium and started farming at an early age.
    On Nov. 28, 1942, he married Julia Ruppert at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lake Church. The couple farmed in the Town of Belgium until her death in 1987.          
    On April 16, 1991, Mr. Dahm married Shirley Ewert Liermann. She preceded him in death in 2008.
    Mr. Dahm took over his father’s hay business when he was 19. He continued his life’s work until he was 90. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish.
    Mr. Dahm is survived by his children Clarence (Nancy) of Fredonia, Roger of West Bend, Donald (Mary) of Howards Grove, Gary (Lori) of Belgium, Dennis of Belgium, and Monica (Peter) Deheck of Howards Grove.
    He is further survived by daughters-in-law Cheryl Dahm of Elkhart Lake, Doreen Dahm and Bonnie Dahm, both of the Town of Belgium; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; stepchildren Scott (Bev) Liermann of Waldo, Jonathan Liermann of Milwaukee, and Andrew (Pamela) Liermann, Shawn Liermann and Julie Liermann, all of Plymouth.
    In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by three sons, James, Richard and Douglas, granddaughter Billie Joe and two great-grandchildren Adam and Daisy.  
    A funeral will be held at noon on Friday, June 30, at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, St. Nicholas Chapel in Dacada with Father Richard Cerpich presiding. He will be buried in St. Mary Parish Cemetery, Lake Church.  
    Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the time of service.
    Memorials to Our Lady of the Lake Parish are suggested.
    Eernisse Funeral Home of Belgium is handling the arrangements.

Rick Larson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:21

A memorial gathering for Rick Larson, a Saukville resident who died Friday, June 16, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Cedar Creek Equestrian Center in Cedarburg.
    A complete obituary for Mr. Larson, who was 73, was published in the June 22 edition of Ozaukee Press.

Peter Esser PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:20

Peter J. Esser, 83, of Belgium, died Friday, June 23, of cancer at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.
He was born May 28, 1934, to Archibald and Margaret Diederrich Esser in Granville.
On Jan. 20, 1957, he married Eugenie “Jean” Doderer in Mequon.
Mr. Esser was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1952 to 1957 as a sergeant with Platoon F-4 in San Diego before serving in the Korean War.
“His favorite war story when a captain walked up to him and told him he’d be part of a boxing match,” his daughter Valerie Smith said. “Of course he won, and he was proud of that.
“I asked him if he had any training and he said, ‘Nope. They just strapped on some gloves and said there you go.’”
After his honorable discharge from active duty, Mr. Esser was assistant vice-president of First Wisconsin Bank.  
In retirement, he enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and tending to his fruit and nut trees.  He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events whenever possible.  
Mr. Esser had a strong Catholic faith, his daughter said.
“It made his passing so spiritually peaceful,” she said.
She also said her father aged well, even toward the end.
“Other than just a few gray hairs and a pair of glasses, he looked just like he did in his high school picture,” she said. “A nurse in the hospital asked me if my brother had been sick for a long time.”
Mr. Esser is survived by daughters  Sharon (Dale) Ducat of Green Bay, Jacqueline (Kjell) Esser of As, Norway, and Valerie (Mark) Smith of Fredonia; sons Steven (Patricia) of Wittenberg, Kerry (Michael Nottoli) of Cedarburg, and Patrick (Christine) of Grafton; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers Frank, Nick (Barbara) and Woody; and sister-in-law Marlene Esser.
Mr. Esser was preceded in death by his wife Jean, daughter Theresa Esser, brothers Joe (Anne) and Ray and sister Gerry (Eddie) Jaeger.
Visitation was to be at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28.
A Latin Requiem Tridentine Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Fredonia. Father Bernard Colussy will preside..
Internment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Robert Hackbarth PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:19

Robert Hackbarth of Hingham loved to sell cars — as a matter of fact, he loved just about everything about vehicles, his family said.
    “He was working with cars since he was a kid,” his daughter Maria Hackbarth said.
    Selling cars was the ideal profession for her father, his daughter said, because it combined his affinity for cars with his love of people.
    “He loved being around people,” she said. “He loved helping people find what they were looking for.
    “And he was a very, very, very sociable man. No matter where he went, he would always run into people he knew.”
    A professional car salesman for many years, Mr. Hackbarth worked for numerous dealerships in the area.
    He also owned and operated his own lot, Metro Auto Plaza, in Port Washington for a time, then moved the operation to Kewaskum.. He later worked for Ray Flaherty at his lot.
    “He worked more independently in recent years,” his daughter said.
    Just hours before Mr. Hackbarth died of complications of cancer at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls on Saturday, June 24, he was out closing a deal, his daughter said.
    “It was just something he loved,” she said.
    Mr. Hackbarth was a fighter and a role model, his daughter said, especially in battling cancer.
    “He didn’t want to give up,” she said. “He was fighting for us, his children.”
    Mr. Hackbarth, 58, was a native of Port Washington, born on Sept, 20, 1958, to Robert and Mary Wieland Hackbarth.
    He was a graduate of Port Washington High School.
    Mr. Hackbarth was an outdoorsman who enjoyed deer hunting, trap shooting, snowmobiling and taking a pontoon boat out on a lake near the family’s cottage in Phillips.
    He cherished the time he spent at the cottage, where his grandparents had lived as well as his aunt and uncle.
    Mr. Hackbarth recently got a camper and was looking forward to taking it to Phillips for a Thanksgiving celebration, his daughter said.
    “Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday,” she said, noting her father loved the traditional foods — especially pumpkin pie, but he would not eat it immediately after the meal.
    “He would put it in the fridge and eat it at midnight, 1 a.m.,” his daughter said.
    Mr. Hackbarth also loved to grill, she said, especially when entertaining.
    “He would take the whole night to cook,” she said.  “He would turn on the music, and it would be 11 o’clock before we got to eat.”
    Mr. Hackbarth also enjoyed traveling to Mexico with groups of friends, she said, noting it was a welcome respite from his seven-day-a week work life.
    Mr. Hackbarth is survived by his children Andrea Hackbarth of Green Bay and Maria (Dennis Radtke) Hackbarth of Sheboygan and grandchildren Nolan Podlipsky, Jillian Yanke and Violet and Truman Radtke.
    He is further survived by his siblings Elizabeth Hackbarth of Kewaskum, Judy Hackbarth of Port Washington and Chris (Lisa) of Annapolis, Md., companion Barb Wesolowski of Adell and longtime friend Vickie Hackbarth of Holy Cross.
    Mr. Hackbarth was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary.
    A memorial service for Mr. Hackbarth will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington. The Rev. Steve Harris will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 p.m. Friday until the service.
    The family will hold a cookout on the bluff after the service — a memorial to Mr. Hackbarth’s love of grilling.
    A private family burial service will be held at Holden East Cemetery in the Town of Port Washington.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice are suggested.

Marian Hoeppner PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:19

Marian Hoeppner handed out Holy Communion as an Eucharistic minister at Grafton’s St. Joseph Catholic Church for years.
Her dedication was so appreciated that the church members returned the favor in her final years by bringing communion to her Grafton home each Sunday, her family said.
“Church was very important in her life,” her son Jim said.
Mrs. Hoeppner, 80, died Monday, June 26, at Serenity Villa assisted-living facility in Slinger after battling leukemia.  
She was born Aug. 25, 1936, to Anton and Katherine Svikel and graduated from Milwaukee’s Messmer High School.  
On June 6, 1959, she married Donald Hoeppner at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Milwaukee.
Mr. Hoeppner died on July 6, 1979.
Mrs. Hoeppner worked 27 years for the federal government in Washington, D.C.,  Cleveland and Milwaukee.
“She was a spunky lady who spoke her mind,” her son said. “In her role in the government, she had to approve or disapprove federal spending, which wasn’t always easy.
“We’ve all heard stories of things like a $400 government hammer? Well, she had to take that on.”
 After moving to Grafton in 1989, Mrs. Hoeppner enjoyed spending time at the family’s lake home near Eagle River. Other travels took her to Alaska, Hawaii, Greece and Canada.
In her later years, she suffered physically and often relied on Ozaukee County’s public services, her son said.
“She really appreciated the public transportation and things like Meal on Wheels,” he said. “And she really appreciated the Grafton Fire Department. They sent people over to help her after she had a fall many times.”
Mrs. Hoeppner is survived by her children Donna of Slinger, Terry (Jennifer) of Sauk City, Richard (Dawn) of Grafton and James (Lisa) of Jackson; and grandchildren Stephanie, James, Nicholas, Nicole, Anna, Amanda, Kristen, Kelly and Zachary.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother Robert Svikel, sister-in-law Delores Hoeppner, and daughter-in-law Susan Hoeppner.  
A funeral Mass will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m.
Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.
Donations to the American Cancer Society are suggested.
Mueller Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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