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Lois Smith PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:01

Lois Smith was born to eternal life on Friday, Dec. 22, at the age of 90.
She was the devoted wife of the late C. Keith Smith; loving mother of the late Craig Michael Smith (Lisa Balistrieri), Brian Keith Smith (Anita) and Carrie Ann Zaferos (George M.); cherished grandmother of Corey Smith (Ashley), Jordon Smith (Sarah), Logan Zwaska (Aaron), Keith Smith, Megan Wilds (Jeff), Jessica Smith, the Rev. Peter Zaferos (Melissa), Ann Zaferos, Laura Zaferos and Andrew Zaferos; and beloved great-grandmother of Natalie, Olivia, Jackson, Macy, Thomas, Paisley, Mira, Julietta, Harper and Edith.
She was also preceeded in death by two great-grandchildren, Chase and Piper.
A visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Schramka Densow Funeral Home, 423 N. Main St., Thiensville. A service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Chris Spotts presiding.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon or The Stuttering Foundation.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Kevin Goniu for the wonderful care he provided to Lois. The family would also like to thank the Home Instead caregivers for their loving service over the past few years, and most recently the caregivers at The Highlands Health Center at Newcastle Place in Mequon and at the View at Pine Ridge in Oconomowoc.

Robert A. Fechter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:00

A farmer his whole life, Robert A. Fechter also found time to hold many positions in the Town of Saukville.
    “He farmed from the time he got up until pretty much dark,” his daughter Linda Wilkens said. “Dad was also very involved in the government with the Town of Saukville and as a supervisor with the county. He was very involved in his community, and the involvement of what was happening to his community.”
    Mr. Fechter, 93, a lifelong resident of the town of Saukville, died at his home Friday, Dec. 22.
    At R. Fechter Family Farm in Saukville, the family raised vegetables, hay, corn, and pigs.
    “We learned to appreciate life, work hard and felt accomplished by our work,” his daughter said.
    A few years ago, Ozaukee Press wrote a story about the Fechter family and the work being a farmer entailed.
    “I was reading that today,” his daughter said. “As mom put in there, she said that they mainly went traveling in the winter because he was always working in the fields on their anniversary May 8. He was always a hard-working farmer.”
    Mr. Fechter was born on May 8, 1924, to Alois Sr. and Susan Fleischner Fechter. On May 8, 1948, he married Alice Zeckmeister at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg.
    In addition to farming, Mr. Fechter held many positions in Saukville. In 1963, he joined the Zoning and Planning Committee. In 1975, Mr. Fechter was elected town supervisor, and four years later he was elected the town chairman.
    Mr. Fechter was also elected to the County Board and served on many committees, such as the Farmland Preservation Committee, Soil Erosion Committee, Emergency Government Committee and other positions related to farming operations.
    He was honored by the Town of Saukville for his 22 years of service and dedication. Mr. Fechter also enjoyed traveling with his wife across the United States.
    Mr. Fechter is survived by his wife Alice; children Susan (James) Van Beek of St. Kilian, Jean (Alan) Carmody of Fredonia, Linda (Ronald) Wilkens of Mequon, Robert, Jr. (Robin) of Saukville, Scott (Kelly) of Random Lake, and John Fechter of Saukville; sister, Barbara (Donald) Brickheimer; and sisters-in-law Jane Fahney and  Bernice, Ruth and Jean Zeckmeister; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
    Mr. Fechter was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters and one great-grandchild.  
    A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon on Friday, Dec. 29 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
    Visitation will be at the church at 10 a.m. on Friday.
    Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Foundation are suggested.
    Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.

Marilyn “Lynn” Laun Lindert PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 17:57

Marilyn “Lynn” Laun Lindert, a durable Christmas gift in 1923, returned to her Lord on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, from Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.
She said farewell to her three beloved, loving, always supportive children, Stephen Gardner Ray, Cynthia Ray Walker and Lisa Alison Laun; and also to Sharon Ray, Garret Walker and Todd Mardon; and to delightful granddaughters Catherine Ray Rugg (Aaron), the Rugg’s twin sons Edward and Phillip, and Elisabeth Ray Manning (Mitchell); and to those who knew her as “Gma Lynn," Sabrina, Vanessa and Elliot; and finally, to Skyler, friend and premium dog walker.
How do you say goodbye to children you acquired at age 79? The Lindert children were as dear to her as her own — Henry, Ann Hoffmann (Bob), Thomas and John.  They accepted her with open hearts. She loved them for that, and for being the fine characters they are.  And one more Lindert, dear Ironton, Minn., friend Marlys.
Lindert graduated from Stephens College, where she studied drama with Maude Adams, the original Peter Pan. Continuing her interest in horsemanship, she did exhibition sidesaddle riding during college horse shows.  
The next stop was the University of Iowa, where she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma and majored in communications, serving as feature editor of The Daily Iowan her senior year.
She married her college sweetheart, Roger Ray, in 1948.  First Stephen, then Cynthia joined the family.  After a divorce and marriage to her beloved Arthur Laun Jr., a third child arrived, miracle baby Lisa.  God is good!
In 1983, the Launs moved from Mequon to Cedar Grove. She was the first female elected to serve on the Town of Holland Board, and was a weekly volunteer at the Cedar Grove Library.
She was active in her community.  A member of Lawyers Wives of Greater Milwaukee, she served in many capacities.  While president of the group, the Books Behind Bars program (for Wisconsin prisons) was instituted.
A volunteer at St. John’s Home, active with the Auxiliary and Friends, she was honored in 1985 to receive the Key Woman of the Year award.
Six years after Art Laun’s death, she married her dear “Dutch," Dr. M.C.F. Lindert, in Bethlehem Chapel at the National Cathedral. He preceded her in death in 2010.
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church has been her church home for over 50 years. She served in many capacities — on the vestry and as junior and senior wardens — but her greatest delight was reserved for editing the church newsletter, The Occasional Episcopalian.  
While living in Elkhart Lake, she also became a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Plymouth, where she served as a social secretary writing thank-you notes to donors.
Washington National Cathedral was high on her interest list. After serving many years as Wisconsin Area Chair for the National Cathedral Association, she was invited to join the National NCA board.  In this capacity, she traveled to Washington, D.C., for board meetings four times a year.  At the Cathedral’s 107th birthday weekend in September 2014, the Lynn Laun Lindert Sustained Achievement Award was created to celebrate her exceptional service to the NCA and to the Washington National Cathedral.  At the age of 91, she flew to D.C. to attend the formal blessing and be the first honoree of the award.
At the age of 90, in collaboration with illustrator and friend Ted Mueller, she published a children’s book, “ONCE WHITE, NOW BRIGHT — How the Birds Got Their Colors.”
Family times were favorite times, which she shared as often as possible on the family’s Canadian island, The Rock. Flowers inside and outside in raised beds were a second love, along with watching wild birds at her feeders, spending time with her dog and enjoying the ever-changing moods of Lake Michigan.  
She was a past member of the Wisconsin Unit of the Herb Society of America, an affiliate of Town and County Garden Club, a member of the Elkhart Lake Study Club and an avid bridge player.
A strong believer in many things, her two most important words were “Please” and “Thank you." May you remember her by remembering these.
A final thank you must be given to the Eugene Teunissen family for their love, kindness and continuing support over the years. The same goes for dear friend Kathy Nock.
A memorial service will be held at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in River Hills on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at 11 a.m. Friends may gather at the church at the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, please remember St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, River Hills; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Plymouth; Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice or the animal shelter of your choice.
Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is assisting the family.
For online condolences, please visit
Her family thanks you for caring.

Deborah L. Hopeman PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 19:00

Deborah L. Hopeman, 63, of Cedar Grove, went to her eternal home with her family at her side on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, where she had been a patient for the past four days.
Deb was born on Feb. 3, 1954, in Sheboygan, the daughter of the late LeRoy and Arline (Meyer) Lammers.
Deb graduated from Oostburg High School in 1972.
On Dec. 4, 1982, she married Mark Hopeman at First Reformed Church in Oostburg.
Deb and her husband owned a dairy farm in the Town of Holland. She also worked in food service for the Oostburg and Cedar Grove-Belgium public school districts.
Deb was an active member of First Reformed Church in Cedar Grove, where she found meaning in serving others as a food service coordinator/cook, former Sunday school teacher and custodian. She and her husband were members of Sheboygan County Farm Bureau.
Deb had a passion for flower gardening and enjoyed decorating, shopping, sewing, traveling to Door County and taking Sunday rides with her husband. But most of all, she enjoyed being with and caring for her grandchildren.
Deb is survived by her husband Mark of Cedar Grove; one daughter, Michelle (fiance Myles Treptow) Hopeman of Cedar Grove; three sons, Kevin (Tanya) Hopeman, Daniel (Traci) Hopeman and Jason (Jeni) Hopeman, all of Cedar Grove; eight grandchildren, Natalie, Austin, and TJ Hopeman, Madelyn, Deacon and Bria Hopeman, and Noah and Lauren Hopeman; one brother, Stanley (Wendy) Lammers of Oostburg; a sister-in-law, Carol (Lloyd) DeRuyter of Cedar Grove; a brother-in-law, Harland (Marian) Hopeman of Oostburg; nieces; and nephews.
Deb was preceded in death by her parents LeRoy and Arline Lammers; parents-in-law William and Alma Hopeman; a daughter, Amy Hopeman; two infant grandchildren, Parker and Evan Hopeman; and one brother, Jim Lammers.
A funeral to celebrate Deb's life took place at First Reformed Church in Cedar Grove on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, with the Rev. Chris Schaefer officiating.
Burial followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
For online condolences and additional information, please visit
A memorial fund is being established in Deb’s memory for First Reformed Church and the Cedar Grove First Responders.
The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg, (920) 564-2771, is serving the Hopeman family.

Christopher I. Lesar PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 19:00

Christopher I. Lesar left a lasting impression with everyone he met.
    That has been the feedback his family has been hearing since Mr. Lesar, 57, who lived in the Town of Cedarburg, died Sunday, Dec. 17, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
    “(People have been telling us) this totally describes him: He always had a smile for everybody, he talked with everybody. He never was unfriendly to anyone,” his wife, Vicki said. “He always had a smile and a joke to give. Everybody would enjoy talking with him, wherever we went, family functions, games, whatever, it didn’t matter.”
    Mr. Lesar was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 8, 1960, to Mark and Sharon Spowart Lesar.
    The family moved to Baraboo when he was 6 and he graduated from Baraboo High School in 1978.  He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his bachelor’s degree in operations research and management.
    On March 24, 1990, Mr. Lesar married Vicki Wenzel at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church in Port Washington.  The couple settled in Saukville before moving to Cedarburg in 1999.
    As an experienced sales and marketing leader, Mr. Lesar was a senior account manager at TIP Technologies in Waukesha.  Prior to that, he worked at Callidus Cloud in Milwaukee.
    Mr. Lesar,  a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg, was an avid sports fan and cheered on the Packers, Badgers, Brewers and Bucks when he wasn’t rooting for his boys in wrestling or his daughter at volleyball.
    When Mr. Lesar was younger, he  coached his kids’ lacrosse, baseball, volleyball and basketball teams.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren.    
    Mr. Lesar is survived by his wife Vicki;  children Brandon (Cree) of Oostburg, Carly Lesar of Hanford, Calif., and Dylan of Stevens Point; grandchildren Bryson and Amelya; and his parents Mark and Sharon.
  He is further survived by brothers Peter (Shirley) of Mesa, Ariz., and Matthew (Karen) of Elm Grove; brothers and sisters-in-law Guy (Christine) Wenzel of West Bend, Mark (Kathy) Wenzel of Port Washington, Cindy (Bill) Large of Belgium, Kari (Glen) Beder of Newburg, Becky (Greg) Werner of West Bend, and Gale (Joey) Sigler of Fredonia.
    A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg.  Father Patrick Burns will preside.
    Visitation will be at the church from noon until the Mass, and a reception will be held in the church hall following Mass.
    Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers.
    Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty May Klinter PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:59

Betty May Klinter, 90, of Port Washington, a former resident of Milwaukee, died Monday, Dec. 18, at Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Port Washington. Ms. Klinter was born in St. Catherine, Ontario, Canada, on Oct. 9, 1927, to Roy and Marguerite Mandley. She came to the United States in 1945 and settled in Wisconsin. Ms. Klinter worked as an inspector for Continental Can Co. in Milwaukee for 42 years and was a member of the United Steel Workers Union. Her family said Ms. Klinter was an avid reader who enjoyed playing cards, crocheting and was a huge fan of Betty Boop. Ms. Klinter is survived by her children Debra (Jim Mienecke) Klinter, Denise (John) Zoesch and Duane (Steve Deardorff) Klinter, all of Milwaukee, and Darren (April) Klinter of Saukville. She is further survived by six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Ms. Klinter was preceded in death by her brothers Leroy, Gary and Jack Mandley. A gathering to celebrate Ms. Klinter’s life was to be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Diabetes Association are suggested.

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