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Dean Schoen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 20:27

Dean E. Schoen of Port Washington loved being on the water.

“He loved to go fishing and boating on the Chain O’ Lakes in Waupaca,” his wife Pat said. “He also liked spending time with his neighbors on Apple Court.”

Mr. Schoen, 64, died at his home Saturday, April 29, after a battle against cancer.

He was born on Aug. 25, 1952, to Everett and Bernice Eide Schoen. 

Mr. Schoen graduated from Port Washington High School in 1970. 

On Sept. 20, 1975, he married Patricia L. Nauman of Wauwatosa at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Washington.

As a kid, Mr. Schoen cut grass at Union Cemetery in Port Washington. For more than 20 years, he did maintenance work for various commercial real estate companies in southeastern Wisconsin. 

Mr. Schoen is survived by his wife Pat; children Trevor (Kimberly) of Port Washington and Kate (Tony) Vaiana of Mesa, Ariz.; grandchildren Oliver Schoen and Anton IV and Layla Vaiana; sisters Shirley (Phil) Groothousen of Port Washington and Sandy (Dale) Landgren of Pewaukee; sister-in-law Christine Kerig of Janesville; and brother-in-law Mark (Moe) Nauman of Milwaukee. 

A funeral service was held Tuesday, May 2, at Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington. Pastor Larry Sexe officiated. Interment was at Union Cemetery, Port Washington.

Memorials to are appreciated.

Betty Wollner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 20:26

Betty Jane “Mutz” Wollner of Fredonia, formerly of Grafton, enjoyed spending time in prayer and helping others.

“She was a prayer warrior,” her son Daniel said. “She was always taking care of someone and she wasn’t happy if she wasn’t helping somebody.”

Mrs. Wollner, 90, died at Forest Haven in Fredonia on Monday, May 1.

She was born in Saukville on Dec. 2, 1926, to the late Peter and Eleanor Wellenstein Biever. She married Francis “Baldy” Wollner on August 28, 1948 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville.

Mrs. Wollner was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton. She worked at Exacto Springs in Grafton for 19 years and was also a member of the Catholic Foresters of Saukville.

She is survived by her husband Francis “Baldy” of Fredonia; son Daniel (Barbara) of Plymouth; daughter Carol (Dale Day) Barth of Saukville; granddaughters  Lana (Matt) Spranger and Dana (Mitch) Reimer; four great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Lorraine Biever of Port Washington, Marion Poklasny of Grafton; brother-in-law James (Val) Wollner of Grafton and special friend Viola Meyer of Port Washington.  

A funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton. Deacon Al Lazaga will preside. Interment will be at the church cemetery. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 9, at Mueller Funeral Home in Grafton from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  

Memorials to the church or your choice are appreciated.

Arrangements are being handled by Mueller Funeral Home in Grafton.

Walter Huebner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 20:26

Walter Huebner of Cedarburg lived the life of a hard worker.

“He was a laborer in construction for 40 years,” his son Bob said. “He liked what he did, and he enjoyed having a beer with his friends.”

Mr. Huebner, 87, died Monday, April 24, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.  

He was born Feb. 26, 1930 to Herbert and Helen Huebner.

A lifelong resident of Ozaukee County, Mr. Huebner served in the U.S. Army in Korea and was a member of the American Legion Peter Wollner Post 288, in Cedarburg.  

On Oct. 20, 1956, he married Mary Ann Price of Port Washington. She preceded him in death in 2013. 

Mr. Huebner is survived by his children Donald of Saukville, Robert (Christine) of Cedarburg, Laura (Donald) Pintor of Rock, Mich., William (Debbie) of Gulliver, Mich., and Michael (Sheri) of Cedarburg.  

He is further survived by his grandchildren Angela (Brian) Hollnagel, Tiffany (Norman) Muller, Aaron Pintor, Mary Ann (Marcus) Melendez, Andrew (Marissa) Huebner, Melissa (Dave) Feldman, Eric (Kathleen) Jordan, and Thomas Huebner; six great-grandchildren; and siblings Bertha Surges of Fredonia, Helen (Lloyd) Issacson of Tomahawk and Marilyn Zulka of Cedarburg.

Mr. Huebner was preceded in death by his brothers Herbert, Herman, William and Wilbur and sister Elizabeth Huebner.

At Mr. Huebner’s request, there will be no funeral services. He will be buried in Zur Ruhe Cemetery, Cedarburg.

Arrangements were handled by Phillip Funeral Home in West Bend. 

Gene Linden PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 20:24

Gene Linden not only built the houses he lived in, but dollhouses for his family.

“He was very talented in carpentry,” said Lois Linden, his niece.

Same for working with concrete or fixing a roof, she said. 

“Anything with construction, he was a master,” she said. 

Mr. Linden also had a soft, artistic touch.

“He’d do paint by numbers but you couldn’t tell it was that. His work was incredible, and we praised him for that,” his niece said. 

Mr. Linden died of congestive heart failure on Saturday, April 29, at Lincoln Village in Port Washington. He was 86.

He was born to Mathew Sr. and Lydia Ellenbecker Linden on Dec. 12, 1930, in Thiensville.  

Mr. Linden married Phyllis Irwin at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville on May 19, 1963.

Mr. Linden was a member of the Milwaukee Carpenters Union for 50 years and took part in the restoration of the bridge in Lime Kiln Park in Grafton. He also worked on Saukville Crossroads Museum, where he also volunteered. 

He was a model train and car enthusiast,   refurbishing antique cars and trucks to display them in local parades.

Mr. Linden is survived by his brothers Charles of California and Otto (Mary) of North Carolina; sister Bonnie (Bill) Thurston of Nevada; and sister-in-law Kathryn Linden of Saukville.

He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis, brothers Jerome, Mathew Jr.,  Fredrick and Leland and sister Margery.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday, May 4, at the Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg with Deacon Tom Surges presiding. 

Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday at 10:30 a.m. until the service.

A private family interment will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Port Washington.

Donald R. Peiffer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:40

For generations, people called Donald R.  Peiffer when they had car trouble.

Mr. Peiffer worked at his father’s business, Peiffer Auto Service, on Wisconsin Street in Port Washington beginning when he was in high school.

He took a break when he entered the U.S. Army, where he served in Germany as a mechanic and tow truck operator, but rejoined the family business when he was discharged in  1956.

For more than 50 years, Mr. Peiffer, his father Clarence and brother Dave sold American Motors automobiles and Bolens lawn and garden equipment, as well as ENCO gasoline at the station.

The Peiffers were often called by the Port Washington Police Department and Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department — as well as private individuals — to tow vehicles.

“They would get calls at 2 in the morning, 3 in the morning,” Mr. Peiffer’s son Rick said. 

“Many a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, we’d hear the phone ring and he would have to leave to pull someone out of the ditch.”

That, he said, was on top of his father’s typical 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. workday.
Those long days weren’t just filled with business.

“It was kind of a hang-out place,” his son said, noting that when Mr. Peiffer was young his friends would stop by to play cards during the day.

“In later years, buddies would stop every morning to catch up on the news,” he added.

Mr. Peiffer retired in 2007, when he sold the business to Gary’s Automotive.

Mr. Peiffer died at his Port Washington home Sunday, April 23. He was 82.

He had long battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his family said.

Mr. Peiffer was a native of Port Washington, born on Jan. 20, 1935, to Clarence and Marcella Remich Peiffer.

He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1953, and on Aug. 4, 1956, married Carol Greisch at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.

Mr. Peiffer was known to many as “Fiss,” a nickname he picked up as a young man when his high school friends got their own monikers. His son said he got the name from his uncle Al Peiffer, who was also known as Fiss.

Mr. Peiffer, who was a member of the Port Washington Lions Club, enjoyed sports, playing golf, softball and bowling for decades.

He sponsored Peiffer Auto Service softball teams for more than 25 years, pitching on many of them. 

He golfed in leagues and with friends and family, taking golf trips down South with friends for many years.

He was especially proud to shoot a hole-in-one at Mee-Kwon Golf Course in Mequon on July 4 while golfing with his sons Rick and Don and son-in-law Bill Fowler.

He also bowled in the Tavern League at Bley’s Bowling for many years.

“He worked hard, and in his middle years he also played hard,” his son said.

Mr. Peiffer lived his life for his family, his son said.

“All of us, we would not be where we are without his help,” he said, adding that whenever anyone needed anything, they would give Mr. Peiffer a call.

“I remember him saying to me, ‘Once you have kids, you stop living for yourself and you live for them,’” his son said, adding his father embodied that sentiment.

Mr. Peiffer is survived by his wife Carol of Port Washington; children Vicki (Bill) Fowler and Rick (Jan) Peiffer, both of Port Washington, and Don (Jill) of Jackson; grandchildren Melissa (Erick) Short, Lora (Jake) Waraksa, Jenna Kemp, Megan Peiffer, Derek Peiffer, Angela (Matt) Kinzel, Ryan Beecher, Jill Peiffer, Bret (fiance Lindsay Bangert) Peiffer and Andrea (Stephen) Cosentine; and nine great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by his brother David (Diane) and stepbrother Gerald Wilde, both of Port Washington.

Mr. Peiffer was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, grandson-in-law Kerry Kemp and brother-in-law William (Bounce) Greisch.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington. Father Pat Wendt will officiate. 

Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service. 

Interment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Port Washington. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Port Washington Lions Club are suggested.

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Beverly O’Flanagan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:40

Beverly O’Flanagan, a former longtime resident of Port Washington, died April 10 at a nursing home in Chetek after suffering a stroke. She was 87.

 “She spent a great deal of her life helping other people out,” her grandson Chris O’Flanagan, said. “Family and friends would come up for hunting, and she’d prepare enough food for 15 to 20 people that lasted a week.”

During her years in Port Washington, Mrs. O’Flanagan and her husband Harris  lived downtown and then on St. Mary’s hill.

Mr. O’Flanagan died in 2012.

“Grandpa worked at Mercury Motors in Fond du Lac for many years while grandma stayed home and cared for family,” her grandson said. “She pretty much raised me.”

He said his grandmother was  a “social butterfly.”

“She liked to visit every cafe in the area and everyone knew her,” he said. 

Mrs. O’Flanagan is survived by her grandchildren Michelle O’Flanagan, John O’Flanagan and Chris O’Flanagan, and  five great-grandchildren.

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