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Robert P. "Bob" Lutzen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:18

The world lost one of its sweetest, most gentle souls on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, with the passing of Robert P. "Bob" Lutzen, 80, of Mequon.
Bob was a proud, strong man who exuded kindness and found great joy in making the people around him happy. He always maintained a positive attitude no matter what challenges he faced.
Bob enjoyed life on every level with his wife, best friend and soul mate Valerie. Their love for each other was unmatched. The twinkle in Bob's eye let you know he was more in love with his bride each day than the day before.
Together they traveled, explored the wonders of nature at their camper in Cascade, created a park-like setting of gardens around their home in Mequon and played countless games of Scrabble. Bob's favorite thing to do was to feed the birds in their back yard and up at the lake in Cascade. The birds would all come "running" when they saw him coming with their food.
Bob enjoyed classical music and was a 50-year season ticket holder for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and a 30-year season ticket holder for the Milwaukee Ballet.
Bob was exceptionally close to his daughters Shelly (Ed) Braun of Grafton and Kris (Gary) Notham of Franklin, whom he cherished, loved and protected like no other father on earth. He also adored his grandchildren Brian (Shawna) Taylor, Natalie Notham, Nick Notham and "Little Stinker" Matthew Braun.
Bob was proud to have served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve 32nd Red Arrow Division.
He also spent years working with his stepdad Alfred "Red" Traeder and his mother Dottie at their service station, Red's Arco, in Glendale and later worked at North American Clutch in Milwaukee.
Bob was born on Jan. 21, 1937, to Clarence and Dorothy Lutzen.
In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, he is survived by his stepsisters Caroleen Hart of North Carolina and Jeannie Gross of Nevada, and countless other family and friends.
Bob provided a glowing example of how to live life to the fullest. He touched the world in a positive light in so many ways, leaving a legacy of joy, class and love.
Bob and his family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all close friends, medical team members and family who offered their support and love throughout the years. You made a huge difference in our lives and we truly appreciate you.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2750 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, from 10 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 11 a.m.
There will be a private family entombment at Wisconsin Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Lumen Christi Catholic Church of Mequon, the Ozaukee Humane Society or Happy Endings No Kill Cat Shelter.
Schramka-Densow Funeral Home, Thiensville, is handling the arrangements.

Daniel R. Martens PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:18

Daniel R. Martens was a patriot who loved being on the water.
Mr. Martens, 69, died of a heart attack at his Fredonia home on Thursday, Oct. 5.
He worked as a semi driver for the U.S. Postal Service, but among his greatest joys were motorcycling and boating.
His love of boating took him to many different bodies of water throughout Wisconsin, but his favorite was Lake Michigan. He loved the lake no matter how high the waves were. Being out in his boat always brought a smile on his face.
He loved to share boating with family and friends. His daughter’s first boat ride came when she was 4 weeks old, and she grew to become her father’s boating and fishing partner.
Mr. Martens joined the Army in 1967. He spent most of his time in Germany defending the Russian border. His years in the service gave him a strong belief in the United States as a nation and he was a supporter of the American flag. At each of his houses he proudly flew the flag, even building a large flagpole at his house in Grafton that eclipsed 10 feet tall.
He also enjoyed motorcycling and spending time with friends, especially his lifelong friend, Ed Chow. The two were often referred to as twins since they met in the third grade.
In 2007, Mr. Martens was diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis, and he and his family to moved from Grafton to Fredonia, where he found neighbors that helped make his life even fuller. He often sat in the driveway in his wheelchair with his dog Tallie, enjoying the sunshine and the many people who waved or stopped to share some time with him.
Shortly after Mr. Martens moved to Fredonia, he retired. His disease prevented him from boating and motorcycling, so he then began researching and learned a new skill, beer making. He liked nothing better than sharing a beer with friends and getting their opinions on which ones he should brew again.
Mr. Martens is survived by his wife Linda of Fredonia; daughter Ashley (Matt) Moldenhauer of Port Washington and grandson, Parker.
He is further survived by his brother Dave Martens of Blairsville, Ga.
A celebration of his life will be held in the upstairs lake room at Schooner Pub in Port Washington from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.
A memorial service at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by military honors.
Memorials to the Myositis Association are encouraged.
Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is serving the family.

Ronald A. Depies PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:17

     Ronald A. Depies of Batavia was a  bricklayer who worked on projects at Grafton High School and Random Lake High School — work that gave him a great deal of pride, his wife Beverly said.
    But he was also a longtime dairy farmer who preferred work in the field to construction, she said.
    “He didn’t like the driving to different work sites,” she said. “On a farm, you walk out the door and you’re at work.”
    While she took care of the animals, Mrs. Depies said, her husband preferred working the fields, raising feed for their cows.
    Mr. Depies died of cancer Thursday, Oct. 5, at Sharon Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls. He was 74.
    Mr. Depies was a native of Holy Cross, born on April 5, 1943, to Edwin and La Verne Van Treeck Depies.
    He went to Port Washington High School, where he flexed his athletic prowess as a member of the wrestling team and the football team. He was on the football team in 1960 when it went undefeated.
    He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and was a member of its football team for three years, including 1962, when it earned the conference championship.
    “He loved sports,” his wife said, and he passed that passion onto his sons.
    The boys were all wrestlers, a sport they learned in part at their father’s side.    
    “Whenever there was a commercial on TV, they were on the floor wrestling,” Mrs. Depies said.
    Mr. Depies married Beverly Boehlke at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt, near Mequon, on Sept. 1, 1968.
    The couple were members of the Batavia Fire Department and First Responders for several years, and Mr. Depies also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
    Mr. Depies served as his wife’s caregiver after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995.
    “Ron took very good care of me,” she said. “God has a special place in heaven for men like Ron.”
    Mr. Depies was a people person, his wife said.
    “He enjoyed people,” she said. “And he treated everyone the same.”
    Mr. Depies is survived by his wife Beverly of Batavia; sons Gregory (Denise) and Garret, both of Random Lake, Gary (Julie) of Batavia and Geoffrey of Merrill; and grandchildren Jessica, Cody, Tanner, Sydney, Ryder, Katelyn, Austin, Kyra, Abby, Wyatt and Owen.
    He is further survived by his siblings, Mary (Roger) Neumann, William (Mary Ann) and Gerald (Janice), all of West Bend, Richard (Karen) of Portage, Edwin of Crivitz, Carol (Ken) Buser of Colorado, Anthony (Patti) of Green Bay and Chris (Kim) of Apple Valley, Minn.; brothers and sisters-in-law Judith (E. Miche) Priaulx of Saukville, Robert (Dawn) Boehlke, Linda (Rolf) Sommer and Royal (Linda) Boehlke, all of Random Lake, Roger (Carol) Boehlke of Germantown and Cynthia (Jay) Johnson of Indianola, Iowa.
    Mr. Depies was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and La Verne.
    A funeral service was held Tues., Oct.. 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherman Center. The Rev. Randal Schoemann officiated.
    Interment was in St. John’s Cemetery.
    Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran School in Sherman Center are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements were handled through Phillip Funeral Home, West Bend.

George C. Pfeifer PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:17

George C. Pfeifer, age 92, of Sheboygan passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, Oct. 8, 2017, at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.
He was born in Glenbeulah on May 26, 1925, son of George and Dorthea (Bartell) Pfeifer.
He attended schools in Glenbeulah and graduated from Glenbeulah High School in 1943.
George served in the U.S. Air Force from Sept. 27 to Dec. 24, 1943.
On May 15, 1952, he married Helen Nelson at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plymouth. The couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year.
He worked at Bolen Manufacturing Co. in Port Washington for 31 years, retiring in 1991.
George was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in the Town of Wilson.
He enjoyed sports, reading and watching TV.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen; four sons, George (Tammay) Pfeifer of Belgium, Gordon (Cindy) Pfeifer of Sheboygan, Steven Pfeifer of Washington and Robert (Rochelle) Pfeifer of Sheboygan; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
He is also survived by nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his  parents, two sisters, three brothers, five sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. The Rev. Shane Cota, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in the Town of Wilson, will officiate.  
Inurnment will be in Greenbush Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Suchon Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 13, from 4 p.m. until the service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in George’s name for the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.
Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is assisting the family.  
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Gerald R. Tenpenny PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:12

Gerald R. Tenpenny, 72, of Cedarburg, died at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon on Friday, Oct. 6.
    Mr. Tenpenny was born in Port Washington on Dec. 11, 1944, to Donald and Coletta Mehring Tenpenny.
    After graduating from Port Washington High School, Mr. Tenpenny served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier during the Vietnam War.
    Upon his return to civilian life, he married Barbara Koch on Oct. 22, 1966, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Church and started working in the shipping department at Simplicity Manufacturing in Port Washington.
    He was a member of the Peter Wollner American Legion Post 288 in Cedarburg.
    Mr. Tenpenny is survived by his wife Barbara of Cedarburg; son Tracy (Clare) of Cedarburg; grandchildren Joseph and Lorraine; sister Jeannie (Terry) Bradley of Fresno, Calif.; sister-in-law Carol (Dennis) Esselmann of Grafton; and brother-in-law James (Connie) Koch of Missouri.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings James and Lois Rosewitz and brothers-in-law Daniel Koch, Donald Rosewitz and Bobby Koch; and sister-in-law Delores Tenpenny.
    A funeral with military honors will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at St. Francis Borgia Church-North in Cedarburg. Visitation will be at the church Thursday from 9 a.m. until the service.
    There will be a reception following the Mass at the Peter Wollner American Legion Post in Cedarburg.
    Interment will be at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight or Peter Wollner American Legion Post 288 Auxiliary are appreciated.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Michael Schramka associate, is handling the arrangements.

Shirley (nee Foster) Gantner PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:03

Shirley (nee Foster) Gantner of Fredonia passed away on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.  
She was born on April 13, 1940, to Melvin and Helen (nee Schueller) Foster in Port Washington.  
She grew up in Fredonia, attending Rosemary School and graduating from Port Washington High School.  
On June 10, 1961, she was united in marriage to Virgil Gantner at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Fredonia. The couple settled in the Town of Fredonia and started their family.  
Shirley worked as a receptionist at various businesses and in the health care industry. Shirley enjoyed bird-watching, reading, knitting and crafting. She also loved animals, especially dogs, and traveling.  
She is survived by her daughter Kim (Nick Busch) Gantner of Longview, Wash., and grandchildren Shana and Cole Busch, also of Longview, Wash.  
She is also survived by her brother Tom Foster of Fredonia; sister Diane (David) Peiffer of Port Washington; brother-in-law Vernon Gantner of Random Lake; sister-in-law Valerie Gantner of Random Lake; nieces and nephews Sherry (Chris) Krueger, Scott (Danielle) Peiffer, Stacy (Troy) Schiesl, Craig (Anna) Gantner, Chris (Lisa) Gantner, Cathy (Craig) Overmeyer and Ron Gantner; and special friends Jean Wildhagen and Sharon Casper.  She is further survived by other relatives and friends.  
She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Gantner, son Mark, parents, parents-in-law Leo and Genevieve (nee Wellenstein) Gantner, brothers-in-law Kenneth, Ambrose (Jeanette) and Donald Gantner.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Divine Savior Parish, Holy Cross Chapel, 5332 Hwy. B, Town of Belgium.  Father Todd Budde will preside.
Visitation will be held at church from 10 a.m. until the service at 11:30 a.m.    
Shirley will be laid to rest next to her husband Virgil at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery following the Mass.  
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Ozaukee County Humane Society or the Northern Ozaukee Scholarship Fund.
Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, handled the arrangements.

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