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Raymond Alan "Bud" Wittkop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:03

Raymond Alan "Bud" Wittkop, 69, of Vail, Ariz., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.
Bud was born in Port Washington on March 13, 1948, the son of Raymond and Helen (nee Jerschefske).
He was raised in Cedarburg and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in meteorology.
He worked at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac before moving to Tucson, Ariz., and working as a quality engineer for Hughes Missile, later Raytheon.
He received his master’s degree in quality engineering from the University of Phoenix in 1992. He worked as a quality engineer and supplier quality manager, as well as in other positions, and spent over 30 years at Raytheon before retiring in 2014.
He enjoyed playing softball, listening to classic rock and following the Green Bay Packers and University of Arizona basketball. He was a generous and loving son, brother and uncle, and a good friend to all who knew him.
He is survived by his brothers Robert (Helen) Wittkop of Eden, Wis., Russ (Gina Catalano) Wittkop of Rio Rico, Ariz., and Becky (Mark) Ettenhofer of Aurora, Colo., sister-in-law Carolyn Wittkop of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Sue Kempf of Tucson, Ariz.; nieces and nephews Tara (Matt) Gunther, Lance Wittkop, Jeremy (Carol) Wittkop, Kyle Ettenhofer and Matt Ettenhofer; great-nieces and nephews Alexis Wittkop, Abigail Gunther and Kenneth Gunther and Makenzie Vlach; as well as his dear cousins; other relatives; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Helen Wittkop.
Memorial services are pending at Bring's Broadway Chapel, 6910 E. Broadway, Tucson. Memorials in his name may be directed to St. Jude. Arrangements by Bring's Broadway Chapel, Tucson.

Sharry Lee Laven PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:02

Sharry Lee Laven, 63, of Port Washington, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.
Sharry was born in Milwaukee to Hollis and Shirley Puza on Jan. 18, 1954.
She spent her youth growing up in Wauwatosa surrounded by a large family. Sharry moved up to Port Washington in 1974 to be with her soon-to-be husband, Michael Laven.
Michael and Sharry were married in 1976 and gave birth to their only child, Kevin, in 1980.
Sharry spent almost 30 years working for local manufacturers Bolens and Simplicity, specializing in assembly work.
She grew to love the pace of life in Port Washington and enjoyed dining out, taking long walks throughout town and summers on the beach with her dog Roxie.
Sharry also had a passion for travel and music. Sharry and Michael began traveling the country early in their relationship with their VW camper van and motorcycles. After Kevin arrived, they enjoyed family camping trips with friends at nearby state parks, explored tropical climates on cruises, soaked in late summers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and visited Kevin on his many stops for school and work throughout the country.
Sharry also ventured out of town for many "girl trips" with her sister and cousins, figure skating competitions and countless balloon rallies across the U.S. Sharry also made it a priority to see her favorite musicians in person, tallying up dozens of concerts. Sharry could always be heard at home, in her car or with her Walkman jamming to her favorite tunes.
Everyone who knew Sharry described her as one-of-a-kind, fun-loving and a loyal friend. She was the spice of life for all whom she knew. Her creative spirit was evident in everything she did, from her unique home décor to her fun fashion sense.
Sharry was infamously known as "The Card Lady" for her propensity for sending greeting cards for any and all occasions. Sometimes she would spend hundreds of dollars on cards at one time to stock up for all those upcoming occasions in her lives of her friends and families. Near or far, she loved to make people smile and let them know that she cared about them with her cards.
Simply put, life will not be as exciting without Sharry. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.
Sharry is survived by her husband Michael Laven; son Kevin (Whitney) Laven; granddaughter Lena Laven of Point Pleasant, N.J.; brothers Gary Puza of Jackson, Larry Puza of Jackson and Hollis (Debbie) Puza Jr of Ixonia; sister Sue (Dennis) Czarniak of West Milwaukee; aunt Audrey Hanson of Wauwatosa; her “identical twin” cousin Jean (Chris) Hanson of Fort Collins, Colo.; cousin Barb Hanson of Wauwatosa; cousin Sandy (John) Eppers of Oconomowoc; brother-in-law Jeff (Nancy) Laven and nephew Curt Laven of Liberty, Mo.; sister-in-law Christine Price of Sheboygan; niece (and godchild) Jamie Price of Glendale; nephew Bryan (Kendall) Price of Cedarburg; and special friends Lori (Glenn) Preisler of Port Washington and Susie (Larry) Conway of Random Lake.
A private visitation will be held at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington on Friday, Dec. 29.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wisconsin Humane Society, Ozaukee Campus, 630 W. Dakora St., Saukville, WI 53080 or
Condolences may be left in Sharry’s online guestbook

Helen Delores Perkins PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:02

Helen Delores Perkins (nee DeBord) passed away peacefully at home with her family and was reunited with her beloved husband Carmen on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.  She was 83 years old.  
Delores was born on May 30, 1934, to Millard and Lorraine (nee Powell) DeBord in Two Price, Wis.
Delores was the loving mother of Mike (Jean), Jeff and Perry (the late Tootsie) Perkins; cherished sister of Loren (Betty), Doug (Audrey), Phil (Joy), Chuck, Brian (Sue), Barry (Debbie) DeBord and Barb Riedl.; and dear grandmother of Justin (Angie), Chelsea, Chaney (Sarah) and Curry (Meghan).  
She was preceded in death by her parents Millard and Lorraine, husband Carmen, sister Bonnie, daughter-in-law Tootsie and niece Melissa.  
She was also loved and cared for by her best friend Merry Heimerl, cherished neighbors the Arnold family, in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  
A private family gathering for a celebration of life was held Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.  Online condolences may be left at

Ricky Norman Wolf PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:01

Ricky Norman Wolf went to be with his Lord Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at the age of 66 years.
He was born in West Bend on Dec. 15, 1951.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Doreen Wolf.
He is survived by his loving wife Deborah Jean Wolf of 33 years and lovingly remembered by his children Renee Lynn (Ben) Wiley, Megan Ann (Brian) Anhalt and Edward Joseph (Angel) Bakalarski; grandchildren Melissa (Joe) Eschmann, Tina (Tony) Neils, Eric (Morgan) Bakalarski and Hannah Anhalt; brothers Randy (Robin) Wolf and Mike (Stephanie) Wolf; and sisters Marilyn (the late Ray) Fini and Colleen (Bob) Bach.
He is further survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Rick was raised in Fredonia and lived in Fredonia all his life. He  worked for the Village of Fredonia for more than 20 years. He graduated from Ozaukee High School and served in the U.S. Army from March 15, 1971, to March 15, 1973.
He married Debbie on April 28, 1984.
Rick was an avid golfer and loved cars and his Harley. He was involved in antiquing and flea marketing, and most of all enjoyed family time and his grandchildren. He loved watching and feeding birds, took great pride in caring for his home and loved road trips.
Special thanks to the entire staff at Clearview Nursing home.
A celebration of Rick’s life will be held Friday, Dec. 29, at the Landt-Thiel American Legion Hall, 601 W. Dekora St., Saukville from 4 to 7 p.m. with military honors at 6 p.m.
A memorial will be set up in Ricky's name.

Lois Smith PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:01

Lois Smith was born to eternal life on Friday, Dec. 22, at the age of 90.
She was the devoted wife of the late C. Keith Smith; loving mother of the late Craig Michael Smith (Lisa Balistrieri), Brian Keith Smith (Anita) and Carrie Ann Zaferos (George M.); cherished grandmother of Corey Smith (Ashley), Jordon Smith (Sarah), Logan Zwaska (Aaron), Keith Smith, Megan Wilds (Jeff), Jessica Smith, the Rev. Peter Zaferos (Melissa), Ann Zaferos, Laura Zaferos and Andrew Zaferos; and beloved great-grandmother of Natalie, Olivia, Jackson, Macy, Thomas, Paisley, Mira, Julietta, Harper and Edith.
She was also preceeded in death by two great-grandchildren, Chase and Piper.
A visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Schramka Densow Funeral Home, 423 N. Main St., Thiensville. A service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Chris Spotts presiding.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon or The Stuttering Foundation.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Kevin Goniu for the wonderful care he provided to Lois. The family would also like to thank the Home Instead caregivers for their loving service over the past few years, and most recently the caregivers at The Highlands Health Center at Newcastle Place in Mequon and at the View at Pine Ridge in Oconomowoc.

Robert A. Fechter PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:00

A farmer his whole life, Robert A. Fechter also found time to hold many positions in the Town of Saukville.
    “He farmed from the time he got up until pretty much dark,” his daughter Linda Wilkens said. “Dad was also very involved in the government with the Town of Saukville and as a supervisor with the county. He was very involved in his community, and the involvement of what was happening to his community.”
    Mr. Fechter, 93, a lifelong resident of the town of Saukville, died at his home Friday, Dec. 22.
    At R. Fechter Family Farm in Saukville, the family raised vegetables, hay, corn, and pigs.
    “We learned to appreciate life, work hard and felt accomplished by our work,” his daughter said.
    A few years ago, Ozaukee Press wrote a story about the Fechter family and the work being a farmer entailed.
    “I was reading that today,” his daughter said. “As mom put in there, she said that they mainly went traveling in the winter because he was always working in the fields on their anniversary May 8. He was always a hard-working farmer.”
    Mr. Fechter was born on May 8, 1924, to Alois Sr. and Susan Fleischner Fechter. On May 8, 1948, he married Alice Zeckmeister at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg.
    In addition to farming, Mr. Fechter held many positions in Saukville. In 1963, he joined the Zoning and Planning Committee. In 1975, Mr. Fechter was elected town supervisor, and four years later he was elected the town chairman.
    Mr. Fechter was also elected to the County Board and served on many committees, such as the Farmland Preservation Committee, Soil Erosion Committee, Emergency Government Committee and other positions related to farming operations.
    He was honored by the Town of Saukville for his 22 years of service and dedication. Mr. Fechter also enjoyed traveling with his wife across the United States.
    Mr. Fechter is survived by his wife Alice; children Susan (James) Van Beek of St. Kilian, Jean (Alan) Carmody of Fredonia, Linda (Ronald) Wilkens of Mequon, Robert, Jr. (Robin) of Saukville, Scott (Kelly) of Random Lake, and John Fechter of Saukville; sister, Barbara (Donald) Brickheimer; and sisters-in-law Jane Fahney and  Bernice, Ruth and Jean Zeckmeister; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
    Mr. Fechter was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters and one great-grandchild.  
    A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon on Friday, Dec. 29 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
    Visitation will be at the church at 10 a.m. on Friday.
    Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Foundation are suggested.
    Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.

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