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Patricia A. Baganz PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
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
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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.

 
Sharon Elaine (Templeman) Lastovich PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:48

Sharon Elaine (Templeman) Lastovich, who was born March 1, 1946, to the late Elmer and Marie (Cline) Templeman in Port Washington, No. 6 of 13 children, died Monday, Oct. 9, at her home in Shawano.
Sharon graduated from Grafton High School.
She married Dennis Lastovich in 1972.
Sharon was a lifetime member of Grand Avenue United Methodist Church in Port Washington, where she taught Sunday school for many years.
She was always sewing costumes for church, school plays and skits and Halloween. She mended everything for everyone.
She loved doing income taxes for free for anyone who asked, and as a hobby she would spend entire summers refinishing old furniture and giving it away. She also managed the family band "Reunion."
Sharon spent about 40 years working on genealogy, which she shared with her family.
Sharon loved children and worked for the Ozaukee County Social Services Department for years, providing child care.
Christmas was her favorite holiday, and she made sure it was enjoyed by all.
Sharon is survived by her husband Dennis Lastovich of Shawano; two sons, Terence Wiebe of Port Washington and Derek Lastovich of Hawaii; three grandchildren, Kimberly Wiebe of West Bend, John Smith of Jasper, Ala., and Stanton Frank of Saukville; and a great-granddaughter Cadence Peil of West Bend.
    She is also survived by three brothers, Wilbert (Sue) Templeman of Shawano, Lawrence Templeman of Oostburg and Herbert Templeman; special friend Linda Klotz of Port Washington; four sisters, Arlene Prochaska and special friend Frank of Florida, Wanda (Allan) Keller of Port Washington, LaVonne (George) Pachner of Fredonia and Christine (Phil) Buchmann of Sheboygan Falls; brother-in-law John Larson of Shawano; sister-in-law Shirley (Klumb) Kozelou of Lyons; and dozens of very special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Sharon was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Jennifer "Moe" Kitzman; two brothers, Edward Duane Templeman and Clinton Craig Templeman; three sisters, Elenora Roos, Patricia Larson and Linda Pannier; three brothers-in-law, Frank Prochaska, James Van Ess and Warren Roos; and several nieces and nephews.
Special saying:
"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect, for I shall not pass this way again."

 
Lillian Mary (Lubner) Wilhelm PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:36

Lillian Mary (Lubner) Wilhelm found peace on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at the age of 96 years.
 She was the cherished wife of the late Roy M. Wilhelm of Birnamwood; beloved mother of Mary (Gordon) Guslick, Morrie, Richard (Kim), Roy Jr. (Julie) and Holly (Thomas) Spaeth; and proud grandmother of Michael Guslick and Katie Guslick (Nic) Ellis, Matt (Dawn) Wilhelm, and Luke (Joanna) Wilhelm, and Elizabeth and Max Wilhelm.
Lillian is further survived by sisters-in-law Lorraine (Wilhelm) Riemer and Rosalie (Wilhelm) Kiehnau and many other dear relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by 12 siblings, Joseph, Emil, Henry, Herman, Julia, Irene, Frank, John, Charles, Louise, Alfred (a.k.a Buddy) and Richard.  
 Lillian’s life was one of devout faith and service to her family. She set an example of the very highest standard moral code of living. She lived through the Great Depression, World War II and other upheavals of our recent past. She was practical, thrifty and worked hard for her family, and always had an unshakable faith in her church.
Her great pride and joy were her six grandchildren, and she kept close contact with not only her own siblings and their families but those of her husband’s family as well, and was always delighted to visit with any and all in relation to her.
Lillian was known to have met many challenges in her long life and overall enjoyed good health, much as a result of her prudent lifestyle choices. Like many others of her era, her formal schooling stopped after she graduated from eighth grade, but this did not keep her from lifelong learning, and she set a high priority of academic achievement for her children.
During the World War II era, she worked at the Gilbert Shoe Factory in Thiensville until her marriage in 1948. She was a woman who was never afraid to tackle a situation to the best of her ability, and she did so in a responsible, tactful, ladylike way. In other words, she was a real “class act."
A service honoring her life and memory was held Saturday, Oct. 7, at St. Francis Borgia North in Cedarburg.
A private burial will be held at a future date.
Memorials to St. Francis Borgia Church and/or donations to the Red Cross for hurricane relief are appreciated.
Lillian’s family would like to thank the staff at Lasata Care Center for their years of wonderful care and concern for which we are extremely grateful.
She will be missed very much.
For online condolences, please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.

 
Lillian Mary (Lubner) Wilhelm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:36

Lillian Mary (Lubner) Wilhelm found peace on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at the age of 96 years.
 She was the cherished wife of the late Roy M. Wilhelm of Birnamwood; beloved mother of Mary (Gordon) Guslick, Morrie, Richard (Kim), Roy Jr. (Julie) and Holly (Thomas) Spaeth; and proud grandmother of Michael Guslick and Katie Guslick (Nic) Ellis, Matt (Dawn) Wilhelm, and Luke (Joanna) Wilhelm, and Elizabeth and Max Wilhelm.
Lillian is further survived by sisters-in-law Lorraine (Wilhelm) Riemer and Rosalie (Wilhelm) Kiehnau and many other dear relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by 12 siblings, Joseph, Emil, Henry, Herman, Julia, Irene, Frank, John, Charles, Louise, Alfred (a.k.a Buddy) and Richard.  
 Lillian’s life was one of devout faith and service to her family. She set an example of the very highest standard moral code of living. She lived through the Great Depression, World War II and other upheavals of our recent past. She was practical, thrifty and worked hard for her family, and always had an unshakable faith in her church.
Her great pride and joy were her six grandchildren, and she kept close contact with not only her own siblings and their families but those of her husband’s family as well, and was always delighted to visit with any and all in relation to her.
Lillian was known to have met many challenges in her long life and overall enjoyed good health, much as a result of her prudent lifestyle choices. Like many others of her era, her formal schooling stopped after she graduated from eighth grade, but this did not keep her from lifelong learning, and she set a high priority of academic achievement for her children.
During the World War II era, she worked at the Gilbert Shoe Factory in Thiensville until her marriage in 1948. She was a woman who was never afraid to tackle a situation to the best of her ability, and she did so in a responsible, tactful, ladylike way. In other words, she was a real “class act."
A service honoring her life and memory was held Saturday, Oct. 7, at St. Francis Borgia North in Cedarburg.
A private burial will be held at a future date.
Memorials to St. Francis Borgia Church and/or donations to the Red Cross for hurricane relief are appreciated.
Lillian’s family would like to thank the staff at Lasata Care Center for their years of wonderful care and concern for which we are extremely grateful.
She will be missed very much.
For online condolences, please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.

 
Patricia A. Baganz PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:35

Patricia A. Baganz of Woodridge Lane, Grafton, formerly of South Eva Street,  Port Washington, died Monday, Oct. 16, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon. She was 71.
    A celebration of Pat’s life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Living Hope Lutheran Church in Saukville.  
    Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.
    Poole Funeral Home and Crematory, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.
    A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Ozaukee Press.

 
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