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Ward J. Braby PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:18

Ward J. Braby of Port Washington was a family man who loved swimming early in the morning at Thomas Jefferson Middle School’s pool and walking around the neighborhood with his canine pal Beatrice.
    “He was a great family man, and he did everything for his kids,” his daughter Jean Jacoby said.
    Mr. Braby, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, at his home on West Monroe Street.
    He was born in Port Washington on May 3, 1929, the son of Wilbert and Jessie Sanford Braby. He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1947.
    Mr. Braby worked as an assembly lead man at Simplicity Manufacturing Co. in Port for more than 47 years.
    He also did janitorial work in the evenings at the former Port Washington Savings and Loan, Thomas Jefferson Middle School and the Ozaukee County Administration Center and the Ozaukee County Justice Center.
    Mr. Braby married Joan E. Bichler on May 4, 1957, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington. She preceded him in death on July 14, 2009.
    Mr. Braby was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1430 for many years.
    Mr. Braby is survived by his daughters Jean (Mark) Jacoby of the Town of Erin and Joanne (Dave) Dahm of Belgium; grandchildren Lauren (Daniel) Rakowski, Alyssa (Shane) Alloway, Shannon (Joe Heisler) Jacoby, Christopher (Kaitlyn) Braby, Ryan (Cesie) Dahm, Matthew (Bianca) Dahm, Sarah Dahm and Danielle Dahm; four great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law Harlan Meins of Port Washington.
    He was preceded in death by his wife Joan, sons James and William, sister Nancy Meins, and brothers Foster, Merle and Gordon.
    A funeral was to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church in Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt officiated.      
    Visitation was to be held at the church Wednesday from 4 p.m. until the funeral.
    Interment took place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials also are suggested.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, handled the arrangements.

Cyrilla A. Thull PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:15

Cyrilla A. Thull (nee Vogt), 91, of the Town of Kewaskum, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in West Bend.
She was born on May 2, 1926, in the Town of West Bend, the daughter of the late Nick and Helena Vogt (nee Jansen), and on Oct. 18, 1947, she was united in marriage to William F. “Bill” Thull at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend.  Bill preceded Cyrilla in death on July 16, 2014.
Cryilla was a hard-working farm wife who came from the generation that went through the Great Depression and World War II and went from kerosene lanterns to computers. With her husband Bill, she experienced the joys and challenges of farm life and of raising a large family. Along with working on the farm, she worked at Pick Manufacturing, Schloemer Law Office and Cedar Lake Community.  
Cryilla was a long-time member of St. Michael Catholic Church, the Christian Women’s Club, the Homemakers Club and Farm Bureau. She was also a 4-H leader and an officer for Catholic Foresters.
In her free time, Cryilla enjoyed playing sheepshead with her family, gardening, canning, attending her grandchildren’s activities and baking her famous apple slices. She was a big promoter of her husband's, children’s and grandchildren’s bands and music.
Cyrilla’s family and extended family will remember her get-it-done attitude, feistiness, devotion to family, love for her family’s polka music and devotion to her Catholic faith.
Those Cyrilla leaves behind to cherish her memory include five children, Kathleen (David) Wagner, Michael (Connie) Thull and Ralph (Mary Lou) Thull, all of Kewaskum, Eileen (Robert) Kuether of Manitowoc and Denis (Wendy) Thull of Kewaskum; 14 grandchildren, Deanna (Roger) Schmidt, Julie (Dave) Steger, Nicholas Wagner, Joyce (Brady) Bailo, Lynn Thull, Randy (Ashley) Thull, Michelle (Dan) Jerabek, Melissa (Nathan) Rank, Russell (Megan) Thull, Marcia (fiance Adam Socha) Thull, Cindy (Andrew) Scharenbroch, Mark Kuether, Jared (fiancee Dawn Wagner) Thull  and Kayli Thull; 20 great-grandchildren, Vanessa Schwake, Jillian Schwake and Rodee Schmidt, Jonathan and Dillan Steger, Ryan, Ashlyn, Angelena and Reeve Thull, Johnny and Emma Rank, Shaylee, Maria and Bo Jerabek, William and Nora Thull, Natalie, Benjamin, Elliott and Sam Scharenbroch; a great-grandchild due in October; a sister, Catherine (Jack) Weninger of Slinger; a sister-in-law, Ann Thill of Kewaskum; many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, Cyrilla was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen (Harvey) Oelhafen, Therese (John) Oelhafen and Eleanor (Edwin) Ihlenfeld; and three brothers, Clarence Vogt, Carl (Helen) Vogt and Denis (Marian) Vogt.
A Mass of Christian burial for Cyrilla was held Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Kewaskum.  Father Edwin Kornath officiated.
Burial was Monday, Aug. 21, at the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Michael Catholic Church or a charity of your choice are appreciated.
The Thull family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Cedar Lake Community staff and Cedar Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to their mother.
Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes was entrusted with Cyrilla’s arrangements.  
Additional information and guest book may be found at

Jeanne Risch PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:15

Jeanne E. Risch, 74, of Sheboygan, formerly of Port Washington, died Aug. 15. 

She was born May 29, 1943, in Sheboygan to Norbert and Madeline Bruder Jetzer. 

She attended schools in Sheboygan and graduated from South High School in 1961. 

On May 15, 1965, she was united in marriage to James A. Risch at St. Peter Claver Church in Sheboygan.

Ms. Risch was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading and taking walks, and was a member of the women’s guild at church while her children were in grade school in Port Washington. 

She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and loved them unconditionally.

Ms. Risch is survived by her children Debra (Tim) Gierach, Nancy (Randall) Koopman, Kathleen (Bill) Leissring, Michael (Michelle DeSwarte), David (Susan), Julie (Terland Caldwell) Risch, Thomas (Sarah); grandchildren Justin and Aleesha Risch, Jessica and Joshua Koopman, Anthony and Nicholas Leissring, Madeline Rasco, Hunter Gierach, Matthew, Isaiah and Jeremiah Risch and Cameron Caldwell; siblings Wayne (Diana) Jetzer, Gary (Patti) Jetzer, Dennis (Diane) Jetzer, Mark (Karin) Jetzer and Carol (Marvin) Nagy; and special friend Mary Miller. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her infant son Anthony.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 18, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 4 p.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Sheboygan. The Rev. Gideon Buya will celebrate the Mass. 

Private interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery. 

Cyrilla A. Thull PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:09

Cyrilla A. Thull, 91, of the Town of Kewaskum died Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation in West Bend.
    A funeral will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Kewaskum. Visitation begins at 1 p.m.
    The Rev. Edwin Kornath will preside.

Paul M. Thomas PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:08

Paul M. Thomas of Plymouth had a passion for farming.
    “He loved milking cows and riding on the tractor,” his wife Ruth said. “Farming was in his heart and he lived his life to the fullest.”
    Mr. Thomas, 80, died Friday, Aug. 11, at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.
    Mr. Thomas was born on May 18, 1937, in the Town of Belgium to Ivo and Martha Hansen Thomas.  
    He was married to Ruth Weyker on Aug. 25, 1962, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville.  
    Mr. Thomas was a volunteer for the Adell Fire Department and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
    He was a welder with Gilson Brothers/CF Gilco for more than 20 years.
    When he wasn’t working or farming, Mr. Thomas enjoyed fishing, going out to Pizza Ranch and watching the Packers play. His canine companion, Molly, had a special place in his heart and above all he dearly loved his family.      
    Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife Ruth Thomas of Plymouth; children Wayne (Laurie) Thomas of Sparta, Denise Thomas and Karen Thomas-Jankowski, both of Plymouth, Mary (Mark) Jensen of Cascade, William of Holmen, Connie (Jason) Vorpahl of Random Lake and Lisa (Joseph) Burmesch of Oostburg; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren, sister Theresa (Eugene) Kirst of Plymouth, brothers David (Theresa), Harry (Marlene), Joseph (Annette), all of Random Lake; sisters-in-law Diane Thomas of Plymouth and Marge Rausch of Port Washington; and brother-in-law Donald Weyker of Beaver Dam.
    Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his brothers Carl and Donald; sister-in-law Theresa Weyker; and brother-in-law Eddie (Anna Marie) Weyker.     
    A funeral will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 19, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. The Rev. Philip D. Reifenberg will preside. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
    Interment will take place at St. Patrick Cemetery.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.

Karen Modjewski PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:08

“She smiled all the time,” is how Dawn Wood described her mother, Karen Modjewski.
    Modjewski, 78, of Cedar Grove, died at home Thursday, Aug. 3.
    She was born June 4, 1939, in Pike Lake, daughter to Richard and Mary (Koskey) Andersen.
    She attended Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School and on May 11, 1957, married Thomas Modjewski in Wausau.
    For 20 years, Mrs. Modjewski owned and operated Day Or Nite Express — a company specializing in the expedited delivery of freight.
    “Never say no — that’s how she ran her business,” her daughter said. “It literally was day and night, 24/7. It was her passion.”
    Mrs. Modjewski was a member of St. John XXIII Catholic Parish in Port Washington, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the The Expedite Association of North America.
    She enjoyed crocheting, reading, gambling, cooking, listening to old-time country music, and riding shotgun  in the car with her husband.
    Mrs. Modjewski is survived by her husband Thomas; son Thomas (Pacita) Modjewski Jr. of Cedar Grove; daughters Kari (Raymond) Schicker of West Bend, Dawn (Steve) Wood of Belguim, and Debbi (John) Wishman of Oostburg; grandchildren, Ryan (Jennifer) Schicker, Brent (Janel) Schicker, Tanya Schicker, Timothy Modjewski, Erin (Jeff) Satterburg, Adam Wood, Emili (Jonathan) Butrin, Ashley (Todd) Schwarten, Sara (Andrew) Bemman, Anna (Jeff) Schmit, Melissa (Carlos Hernandez) Rewolinski, Brittney Schnur, Brandon Wishman, Briana Wishman; and 26 great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Mary Andersen, sister Eleanore Walkowski, brother Robert Andersen, and great-grandchildren Gemma and Todd Schwarten.
    The funeral was held Tuesday, Aug. 8, at St. Therese Catholic Church in Rothschild. Burial followed at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.
A memorial fund is being established in her name for Sheboygan County Christian High School.
    Wenig Funeral Home assisted the family.

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