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Raymond Merzdorf PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:52

Raymond Merzdorf

Raymond E. Merzdorf, 95, died Saturday, July 22, at Dekora Springs Assisted Living in Saukville, where he had lived the past five years after suffering a stroke.
He was born Oct. 20, 1921, to Paul and Lena Parnitzke Merzdorf in the Town of Fredonia. Mr. Merzdorf lived in Fredonia or Waubeka nearly his entire life.
He married Florence Rose Heimerl on Dec. 13, 1941.
“He was very talented, humble and caring,” his daughter Arlene Brandt said. “He accomplished and taught us you can do anything you put your mind to. And his life showed us that.”
Mr. Merzdorf worked at Gilson Bros. in Fredonia and later retired from Modern Equipment Co. in Port Washington, where he worked for 29 years.  
He and his wife also operated Merzdorf Service Station in Waubeka for 50 years.
“That work history captures his life and personality perfectly,” his daughter Patricia  said.
Mr. Merzdorf was mechanical minded and spent hours in his garage repairing whatever was brought to him.
“People would drive for miles (for his help),” his daughter Arlene said.
Mr. Merzdorf also designed and built many large pieces of equipment.
“He taught us patience and always told us to take the time to do things right the first time,” his daughter said.
His favorite pastimes included sheepshead, checkers and playing polka music.
“No one could beat him at checkers,” his daughter Arlene Brandt said. “And he never read a note of music but he learned to play a button box. He played by ear.”
Mr. Merzdorf also had two gardens.
“They were big and a lot of work for a single person,” his daughter Arlene said. “He had potatoes and hundreds of onions. He started most of it from seeds.”
Mr. Merzdorf is survived by his sister Meta Harrington of Brookfield; daughters Arlene (Irvin) Brandt of Cedarburg and Patricia (Daniel) Nysse of West Bend; grandchildren Christa (Eric) Hackert, Irv Jr. (Jennifer) Brandt, Robert (Heather) Brandt, Cynthia (Richard) Uhlig, Sara (Clark) Kleinhans and Rachel (Jason) Pokorny; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Florence; brothers Marvin and Arnold Merzdorf; and sisters Mildred Merzdorf and Norma Janz.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 26, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fredonia. The Rev. Robert Zick presided.
Entombment was at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield.  
Memorials to St. John’s are suggested.
The Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington assisted the family.

Virginia A. Riewesthal PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:51

Virginia A. Riewesthal (nee Hoffmann) of Cedarburg passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, July 21, 2017.  She was 96.  
Virginia was born to Walter L. and Agatha (nee Bay) Hoffmann in Cedarburg on Jan. 19, 1921.
She married the late Arnold Riewesthal on Feb. 5, 1944, at St. Peter’s Church in Saukville.
Virginia married Arnold when he was in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Oklahoma City before moving back home to Wisconsin. After Virginia’s husband was killed in a tragic car accident, she was devoted to raising her 2 and 5-year-old daughters on her own.  
Virginia will always be remembered as a loving, hardworking, selfless person who always put others first. She had several jobs as a single mother.  She worked at her family-owned business, Hoffmann’s Meat Market in Cedarburg.  Virginia “Sam” also worked for Moats, Bailey & Moats Veterinary Clinic in Cedarburg. She was a dispatcher for the Cedarburg Police Department and worked at Power Products in Grafton.
Virginia was a devoted daughter, caring for her father for 20 years.  She was an excellent cook and baker. Virginia crocheted blankets for her family, enjoyed playing cards and bowling at The Cedars.  
She was a proud 70 year member of the Cedarburg American Legion Auxiliary Post 288 and belonged to the Advent Lutheran Church Parish in Cedarburg. Virginia will be loved and missed by those who knew her.
Virginia is survived by her daughters Mary Lewandowski and Susan (Daniel) Keller; grandchildren Amy (Noah) Lichtenstein, Matthew (Nina Disalvo) Lewandowski, Nikki Karrels, Nerissa (Dennis) Heusdens and Jesse (Stacie) Keller; and eight great-grandchildren.
Virginia is further survived by her sister Dorothy Lewis, special cousin Laurice Bell, special friends Katie Oberst and Martha Sterling, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold and brother J. Wallace “Porky” Hoffmann.
A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, with Pastor Janis Kinens  of Advent Lutheran Church in Cedarburg presiding.  
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the service.
Interment will be at Zur Ruhe Cemetery in Cedarburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Advent Lutheran Church, W63N642 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, WI 53012; Ozaukee County Humane Society, 630 W. Dekora St., Saukville, WI 53080; and the Cedarburg Fire Department, Rescue Squad and Police Department are appreciated.
Special thanks to Horizon’s Lawlis Family Hospice and the Cedarburg Fire Department, Rescue Squad and Police Department.
Eernisse Funeral Home of Cedarburg is honored to assist the family.  
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Wayne N. Wester PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:50

Wayne N.  Wester went home to the Lord on Friday, July 21, 2017, at the age of 71.
He was the loving husband of Cherie Reed Wester; cherished father of Amy (John) Stewart, Rebecca Hobbs, Tamara (Michael) Hoehn and Shannon (Craig) Ruegg; beloved grandfather of Julia, Luke, John Michael, Katie, Anna, Matthew, Cameron, Connor, Claire, Georgia and Greta; and dear brother of Robert (Diane), Neil (Marsha), Gene (Alberta), Paul (Mary) and Mary (the late Russell) Janowiak.
He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Jane, second wife Kathleen and granddaughter Amanda.
He loved karaoke, sheepshead, casinos, the Packers, dancing, traveling, his friends and family and life in general.
Visitation will be on Sunday, July 30, from 4 p.m. until the memorial service at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Private burial will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Mequon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Wayne’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Make-A-Wish Foundation are greatly appreciated.
A.A. Schmidt & Sons
Funeral and Cremation Services
N84 W17937 Menomonee Ave.
Menomonee Falls                                  

Judith A. Bartkowski PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:58

Judith A. Bartkowski, 77, of Grafton, died of cancer at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon on Sunday, July 16.
“She had a rare form of breast cancer and became a case study,” her son David Krupa said. “She was diagnosed in 2011, and she wasn’t supposed to last this long.
“Her first wish was to be buried alongside her twin brother, but then she decided to have her body donated to research. She thought that was more important.
“But that was rejected, so we followed her original wish.”
Mrs. Bartkowski was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 19, 1939, daughter of Steve and Gladys Grayson Bartkowski.  
She grew up in Milwaukee and attended Riverside High School. In the early 1960s,  she moved to Saukville and ever since resided mostly in Ozaukee County.  
Mrs. Bartkowski worked for many years at Tecumseh Power Products in Grafton until it closed.  She also worked at McCormick’s Place restaurant in Grafton until it closed, and then at Edge of Town restaurant in Cedarburg.
In the later years of her life, she was a nanny for many families in the area.  
“She cleaned houses for a while, and people noticed how good she was with their children,” her son said. “That’s how she made the transition to becoming a nanny.
“My mother’s path wasn’t always chosen, but she always made it a road. Whatever she did, she did it full bore. She was so good with people.”
Mrs. Bartkowski is survived by her children Michael (Laura) Mesenbrink and David Krupa both of Cedarburg, and Daniele Hahn of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Joshua, Heather, Taylor and Megan; sister Sandy (Ron) Roskopf of Hartford and brother Steve (Ilsa) Bartkowski of Colgate.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her twin brother Jerold Bartkowski.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, at Highland Memorial Park in New Berlin.  
Memorials are suggested to Lawlis Family Hospice.
The Eernisse Funeral Home of Cedarburg is assisting the family.

Mary J. Lyneis PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:58

Mary J. Lyneis, 88, of Grafton, died of natural causes Sunday, July 9, at Lawliss Family Hospice in Mequon.
Mrs. Lyneis was born Jan. 23, 1929, in Milwaukee to Efthemios and Sadie Boncel Holevas.  
On June 18, 1949, she married Floyd E. Lyneis in Milwaukee.
 Mrs. Lyneis worked as a legal assistant for many years at Castner Law Office in Grafton.  
“She really respected Steve Castner,” her daughter Amy Matter said.
 Mrs. Lyneis was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, her family said, and enjoyed cooking, baking, knitting and visiting Door County.  
“If anyone was willing to take her shopping, she was always ready to go,” her daughter said. “She loved shopping in Door County and loved the antiques there.”
Mrs. Lyneis also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“She was so warm and caring,” her daughter said.
Mrs. Lyneis is survived by her children Amy (Mark) Matter of Cedarburg, Mark (Monika) of Mequon, David (Denise) of West Bend, Andrew (Christine) of Cedarburg and Christopher (Nancy) of Saukville; grandchildren Nicholas (Kendra) Matter, Nathan (Christie) Matter, Thomas, Megan and Jack Lyneis, Emily and Jed Lyneis, Colten and Kennedy Lawson, Amanda (Dan) Clausing, Andrew “Buck” Jr. Lyneis, Kelsey Lyneis, Haley (Justin) Erwin, Bradley Karrels, Nicole (Bill) Flesses, and Brandon Wellenstein;  and six great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd, granddaughter Erika Lyneis and great-grandson Braydon Matter.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, July 18, at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church in Cedarburg.
Memorials are suggested to Stop CMV and the National Down Syndrome Society.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Mueller Funeral Home, Cedarburg.

Ervin T. Karrels PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:57

Ervin T. Karrels of Port Washington enjoyed being a family man and was an avid reader.
    “Dad was always so interested in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He loved hearing about their adventures and jobs. Dad was a lifelong learner, getting nonfiction books from the library until the end. He had such a positive outlook and loved living,” his daughter Rose Ihde said.
    Mr. Karrels, 95, died Thursday, July 13, at Lawlis Family Hospice Center in Mequon.
    Mr. Karrels was born in Chicago on Oct. 4, 1921, to Jacob and Marie Freiman Karrels.  
    Mr. Karrels married Elaine M. Watry of Holy Cross on Oct. 1, 1955, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Dacada. She preceded him in death on April 23, 2015.
    He served in World War II from 1942 to 1945 as a staff sergeant in the 8th Army Air Corp. and was an aerial gunner on a B-24 bomber.
    He also served as a staff sergeant in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 in the 5th Air Force, where he was an aerial gunner on a B-26 bomber.
    He was part of the first Stars and Stripes Honor Flight from Ozaukee County in 2008 and also participated in the Field of Honor at Miller Park in 2012.
    While raising his family in Port Washington, Mr. Karrels worked at Simplicity Manufacturing Co. for 34 years, from 1953 to1987. He was a member of St. John’s XXIII Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ozaukee Memorial Post 5373.  
    Mr. Karrels loved gardening and “putzing” in his yard, his family said. He enjoyed collecting things and was proud of his ability to fix whatever needed repairing.
    Mr. Karrels is survived by his children Mark (Cindy) of New Berlin, Margaret (Randy) Pieper of Casa Grande, Ariz., Joan (Robert) Preisler of Grafton, Rose (Jeff) Ihde of Venice, Fla., Ed (Debby) of Port Washington, Doris (Dennis) Dommer of Fredonia, Ruth (Bryan) Wichmann of Port Washington, and Kathy (Jason) Sepanic of Frederick, Md.; 22 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his sisters Dorothy Ryan of Mundelein, Ill., and Shirley (Gerry) Gaynor of Minneapolis; and sisters-in-law Gloria Karrels of Mokena, Ill., Dolores Tock and Rosie Pozy, both of Kewaskum, Mildred (John) Lanser of Bakersfield, Calif., Catherine Kearn of Waukesha, Ginny (Dick) Junge of Silver Creek and Sue (Tim) Newman of Circle Pines, Minn.
    He was preceded in death by his wife Elaine; brothers Vernon, Gerald and Ronald; and sisters Evelyn Karrels and Jean Jones.
    Father Don Zerkel presided at the funeral on Monday, July 17, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.
    Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or to the family, who will share them with local charities.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, handled the arrangements.

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