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Vickie L. Brown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 16:10

Vickie L. Brown of Grafton was famous for her turkey sandwiches.
    “For my cousin’s graduation, she ended up making three turkeys. Everyone always loves her turkey and gravy sandwiches,” her daughter Tiffanie Haglund said. “That’s what she was really known for. Everyone always ate it, and as full as they were, there was hardly any ever left, ever.
    “That’s kind of what her signature was. For all of our birthday parties or graduation parties, it was my mom’s turkey. Just the way she made it was different from anyone else. The secret was she would grill it over a charcoal grill. It wasn’t deep fried, it wasn’t in the oven, she would grill it and that was kind of the secret. Whether it would be in the summertime or wintertime, it always had to be over a charcoal grill.
    “She would let it cool and then shred it, and then make her special gravy that no one really knows how to make. She was the only one who knew how to make it. It was her own recipe.”
    Mrs. Brown, 55, died of pneumonia which led to heart failure on Thursday, Dec. 7, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.
    Mrs. Brown was born on Dec. 1, 1962, in Milwaukee to Albert and Deanna Buelow. She lived in Milwaukee until 1971, when the family moved to Grafton where she attended Grafton High School.
    Her parents used to own the Bridge Inn, which is where Mrs. Brown met her first husband, Robert Borchardt. They were married in 1983. Mr. Borchardt died in 2000.
    In 2007, Mrs. Brown married her second husband, Michael Brown.
    Mrs. Brown worked at Exacto Springs, was a member of the American Legion Rose-Harms Auxiliary, traveled up north to spend time with her mother, took a yearly trip to a resort, and played softball, bowled,  golfed and rode a motorcycle as well.
    “She was really good at bowling and did it for many years,” her daughter said.
    But Mrs. Brown was best known for her cooking. She created extensive spreads for work functions and family gatherings.
    “She would plan to cook for maybe 10 people but would have food for 100 people,” her daughter said. “She just made sure there was enough food for everybody. The way she shredded (the turkey), it was by far the best I’ve ever had.”
    Mrs. Brown is survived by husband Mike of Grafton; mother Deanna Buelow of Townsend; daughter Tiffanie (Jason) Haglund of Green Bay; son Travis Borchardt of Grafton; brothers Greg (Petra) Buelow of Grafton and Kevin (Gail) Buelow of Cedar Grove; and grandchildren Bella and Hayden Haglund.
    She was preceded in death by her father.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at Mueller Funeral Home in Grafton. The reverend John Norquist of Father Lutheran will be officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grafton. Memorials are appreciated.

Cynthia Fink McLain PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:57

Cynthia Fink McLain entered into eternal peace at the young age of 64.
When you asked anyone to describe Cynthia, the answer was always the same, “She was kind, she was a talker, she was generous to a fault, she loved to sing, she loved her dogs and cat, she was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, but most important to Cynthia was her love of God, her faith and the love she had for her husband Bob.”
Bob and Cynthia were married 26 years and resided in Lompoc, Calif., their entire marriage. Cynthia was proud of her old fashioned ways and considered it an honor to take care of the love of her life, her husband Bob. She didn't just make dinner, they dined together every evening. Cynthia also thought it was important to look her best. Every time she left the house, whether it was to go to work, shop or visit friends, Cynthia looked beautiful. She dressed amazingly and was very classy from head to toe.   
Bob introduced Cynthia to the outdoors. Their greatest vacations were camping at lakes and local beaches. She took up hiking, boating, kayaking and fishing. She did not fish to catch and release; she knew how to make an excellent meal out of her catch.
It did not matter if Cynthia was going to work at Vandenberg AFB or for the City of Lompoc, she made an effort to bring joy to the workplace on a daily basis. She started and ended each day with a smile. She loved to feed her friends. Everyone knew her care was genuine.  She loved her friends dearly and we all knew it.
Cynthia was born to Helen and Carroll Fink in Milwaukee on June 5, 1953, and left this world Nov. 8, 2017.  
She graduated from Port Washington High School in 1971.
Cynthia will be forever missed and leaves behind her husband Bob; father Carroll; brother Mark Fink, sisters Patti Capello and Janice Fink; and in-laws Dale Capello and Mark and Diane McLain.  She was also friends and an aunt to Michelle, Marie, Tanya, Marnie, Mandie, Elysha and Lynsey, who will miss her dearly, along with a long list of great-nieces and nephews.
Cynthia was preceded in death by her mother Helen and her brother Gary Fink.
Cynthia often said she was blessed with a wonderful life. She touched the lives of many with her smile, kindness and her generosity. She ended every evening with a prayer, asking for health, happiness and above all a life filled with love for her family and friends. In Cynthia’s honor, please hug your partner and tell those in your life that you love them and her life will have been accomplished.

Mildred M. “Millie” Hawig PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:57

Mildred M. “Millie” Hawig, age 103 of West Bend, formerly of Newburg, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at The Waterford at West Bend.
She was born Oct. 16, 1914, in St. Augustine, Town of Trenton, to the late Joseph and Anna (nee Lettner) Wollner.
Millie married Albert Hawig, the love of her life, on June 21, 1941. Al passed away on March 16, 1990.  
Millie is survived by her children Mary (Norman) Kufahl of Kewaskum, Joan (Bob) Hawig-Goebel of Grafton, Jane (Peter) Breitlow of West Allis and John (Brenda) Hawig of Sheboygan, eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren with three more babies expected within the next year, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister (twins) in infancy  and a sister, (Cecelia) Sr. Raphaelita Wollner, as well as four brothers-in-law and six sisters-in-law, Sally (Herb) Weske, Norma (Leo) Wietor, Wilmer (Blanche) Hawig, Edward (Catherine)Hawig, Margaret Hawig and Viola Hawig.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg, with burial following in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Father Kevin Kowalske will preside.
The family will greet visitors at the church from 9 until 11:15 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Holy Trinity Church or the Newburg Fire Department are appreciated.
The family wishes to thank the staff of The Waterford at West Bend and Hartland Hospice for the compassionate and loving care given to Millie.
Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family.
An online guestbook and condolences are available at

Edward V. “Eddie” Semrad PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:57

Edward V. “Eddie” Semrad, age 92, passed away very peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.  
He was born on Oct. 5, 1925, in Milwaukee as the fourth of five children to Mary (nee Miracky) and Vincent Semrad.  
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Yvonne; son Tom (Kathleen) of New Berlin; three daughters, Jeanne (Nick Dikio) of Los Alamitos, Calif., Margaret (Tim Colombe) of Pewaukee and Mary (Rolf Fredrick) of St. Charles, Ill.; 11 grandchildren, John, Mark, Danny (Semrad), Lauren, Kristen (Dikio), Chris, Andy (Colombe), Amy, Ryan, Kevin and Karen (Fredrick); and two great-grandchildren, Cooper and Collin.  
He is also survived by his sisters Mary Ann Schaefer and Betty McDermott and sister-in-law Betty Semrad.  
He was preceded in death by his bothers John and Frank.
Edward, fondly nicknamed “Eddie," graduated from Messmer High School in 1943.  
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 66th Infantry “Panthers” Unit for Battle of Bulge combat duty in World War II. He was sent overseas in December 1943, boarding the S.S. Leopoldville, but just hours prior to sailing to Europe he was transferred onto the S.S. Cheshire transport ship. On Christmas Eve 1943, the S.S. Leopoldville was torpedoed and sunk only five miles off the coast of England. The S.S. Cheshire survived.
From 1944 to 1945, Eddie served in parts of France and in Vienna, Austria.  
After returning home to the United States, he fulfilled his college dream by attending Marquette University, receiving a degree in mechanical engineering.  
In 1949, he married the ‘love of his life’ Yvonne (nee Frank) and honeymooned at Three Lakes.  
His first job was with Allis Chalmers, followed by A.C. Spark Plug, which became GM Delco Electronics. At GM Delco, he worked in various engineering and managerial positions related to computer guidance systems for the Apollo spacecraft moon missions, along with various aircraft companies. During the 1960s, he traveled to work closely with NASA spacecraft engineers in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and with computer engineers at MIT in Boston.  He retired from GM Delco in 1986.
Following retirement, Eddie and Yvonne enjoyed winters in Palm Springs, Calif., and especially at Countryside Country Club in Naples, Fla. Together and individually, they both were involved in golf leagues, bowling leagues, card clubs with high school friends and the Holy Name Society, and were ushers at Lumen Christi Catholic Church in Mequon and really enjoyed July 4th fireworks with their family.  From 1994 to 2008, their children and grandchildren always gathered for a very special week of fishing, swimming, golfing and meals together "Up North" in Eagle River.
A Mass of Christian burial  was held Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Lumen Christi Catholic Parish in Mequon.  Father Matthew Jacob officiated.
Burial was at Lumen Christi Catholic Cemetery.   
Special thanks to the entire staff at AngelsGrace for their caring medical and prayerful support.   
The family would appreciate any donations be made to Messmer High School in Milwaukee to assist their STEM engineering program, 742 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53206.
Cesarz Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Waukesha, handled the arrangements.

Alfred “Al” Harvey Lee PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:56

Alfred “Al” Harvey Lee of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.
Al was born May 7, 1932, the son of Alvin and Edna Lee, in Juneau County, Wis.
He was a former employee of the Wisconsin National Guard at Volk Field, Camp Douglas, Wis., and of Wisconsin Electric Power Co., Port Washington.
He served in the Army for two years and was called to active duty again in 1961 when the Wis. 32nd Division was activated for the Berlin Crisis.
He graduated from DeVry Technical Institute, Chicago, in 1965 and worked for Motorola in Chicago.
Al was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Platteville.
He is survived by his wife Arlene, to whom he was wed on April 25, 1959; his daughter Stephanie and his son Kevin. Al is also survived by grandchildren Angeline Lee, Ariel Ebersviller, Blake Misko, Adelynn Lee, Nathan Lee and Derek Lee; six great-grandchildren; and siblings Thelma Meyer, Irene Frei and Marvin Lee.
His parents and three siblings preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held at Wisconsin Memorial Park Family Center, 12875 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, with visitation from 1 p.m. until the service at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Services, W175 N11120 Stonewood Dr., Germantown, WI 53022 or Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran School, 1332 Arrowhead Rd., Grafton, WI 53024.

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Chester H. Koepke PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:56

Chester H. Koepke, 97, former resident of Grafton, died at his West Bend home on Thursday, Nov. 30.
    Mr. Koepke was born in North Fond du Lac on May 18, 1920, to August and Anna Zinkann Koepke.
    On Feb. 18, 1944, he married June Averbeck in Fond du Lac.
    Mr. Koepke began his career as an apprentice machinist with Giddings and Lewis Machine Tool Co. in Fond du Lac, where he worked for almost 20 years. When the family moved to Grafton, he worked for Tecumseh Corp. as the head of inspection for the engine divisions.
    His family said, Mr. Koepke liked fishing, was a devoted Green Bay Packers fan, loved to travel in the family camper and enjoyed golfing into his 90s.
    Mr. Koepke is survived by his wife June; son Michael of Santa Fe, N.M.; son-in-law Nelson Berg of New Brighton, Minn.; grandchildren Rebecca and Kathryn Koepke; step-grandchildren Jennifer and Jolinda Berg; three great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Patricia Koepke, and his siblings.
    Funeral services for Mr. Koepke were held on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church in West Bend. The Rev. Amy Anderson and the Rev. Wes Falk co-officiated.
    Interment was in Washington County Memorial Park.
    Phillip Funeral Home, West Bend, handled the arrangements.

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