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Shirley E. Kohlwey PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:09

Shirley E. Kohlwey, 91, of Saukville, died Tuesday, July 11, at Ellen’s Home assisted living in Port Washington.
“She always cared for her family and also for other people. She never put herself before anyone else,” her daughter Judy Wolff said.
Mrs. Kohlwey was born in Milwaukee on March 5, 1926, to Edward and Hilda Schuppner Kegler. She married George  Kohlwey on April 19, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg.  
Mrs. Kohlwey was a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Luther League and sang in the mixed choir at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She also was a member of the Lindenwood 4-H Club.  
Mrs. Kohlwey worked at Gilbert Shoe Factory in Thiensville. After about a year of marriage, she and her husband bought a 40-acre farm in Sauvkille.  Where they raised cattle and chickens and sold eggs.
Mrs. Kohlwey was also a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton and was an active member of the Ladies Women’s Guild, Fellowship Club and visited members through the Evangelism Program.
She was a member of the Ozaukee County Farm Bureau and was named as Woman of the Year in 1978. Mrs. Kohlwey also belonged to the Saukville Legion Auxiliary, where she logged many volunteer hours and helped with bingo games. Mrs. Kohlwey also enjoyed traveling, especially to Branson, Mo.
Mrs. Kohlwey is survived by her children Judith (Wayne) Wolff and Daniel (Carol), both of Grafton, Douglas (Betty) of Adell, Debra (Leon) Herther and Cynthia (Robert) Roden, both of West Bend; sisters-in-law Florence Rathke of Jackson, Anita Eulert, Renata Rappold and Lillian Kohlwey, all of Cedarburg; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and sister Delores Dobberfuhl.
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 14, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. Interment will be in the church’s cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 1 to 2:45 p.m.   
Memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice are suggested.
Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is handling the arrangements.

Elenore L. Schaefer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:58

Elenore L. Schaefer lived a remarkable life, her son Paul said.
“She certainly has seen it all,” he said. “She grew up in Saukville, going to a one-room schoolhouse in the country on a horse-drawn wagon. She died now with computers and space travel and the Internet and all we know.
“What a wonderful life.”
Mrs. Schaefer died Tuesday, July 11, at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. She was 97.
Born in Saukville on Dec. 15, 1919, Mrs. Schaefer was the daughter of Edgar and Alma Seyfert Opitz.
She grew up in Port Washington, graduating from Port High School.
She met Walter “Iggy” Schaefer at a dance after he was discharged from military service during World War II. Both were with other people at the dance, but they caught each other’s eye.
On Aug. 4, 1945, the couple married at Frieden’s Church in Port Washington.
Her son said Mrs. Schaefer worked in the office at Mold-Craft and later at Murphy Oil in Port from the time he was in first grade until he completed college.
“Basically, she put me through college,” he said, noting she resigned after he graduated.
Mrs. Schaefer was a proper lady, her son said, proud of her German heritage and family oriented.
“She really enjoyed babysitting our children,” he said.
She also liked to crochet, making items for friends and family, her son said. She was very proud of a first-place award she won at the Ozaukee County Fair in 2014 for a white afghan she made.
Mrs. Schaefer volunteered at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Port Washington and St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon, calling bingo and helping in a variety of jobs.
She was also active in the Port senior center and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Schaefer lived in her condo on James Drive in Port Washington until she was 95, when she moved to Kansas City to be near her son and his family.
“She was active until the last two weeks,” her son said.
Mrs. Schaefer is survived by her son Paul (Mary) of Leawood, Kan., and grandchildren Kimberly (Zach Miller) Schaefer and Michael (Lei Pei) Schaefer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, brother Sonny Opitz, sister Adeline Nagrocki, and brothers-in-law Charlie, Ray and Herbert.
A funeral service for Mrs. Schaefer will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at Friedens Evangelical Church in Port Washington. The Rev. Brandon Lemons will officiate.
Visitation will be at the church Sunday from 2 p.m. until the service.
Burial will be Monday, July 17, at Union Cemetery in Port Washington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Friedens Church or St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo., are suggested.
Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Robert L. Knetter PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:56

Robert L. Knetter of Grafton worked hard and laughed hard.
At one point, Mr. Knetter held three jobs to support his family that grew to 14 children and nurtured his reputation as a jokester.
When his next-door neighbors went on vacation, he put a sign in their yard that read “For sale by neighbor,” his daughter Jill Wellman said.
“It’s those kind of wacky things,” his daughter said. “He had such a dry wit. You could be talking about any one random thing and he could pull a one-liner.”
Mr. Knetter, 85, died from cancer Monday, July 10, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
He was born Aug. 2, 1931, to Leo and Dorothy Pospychalla Knetter in the Town of Cassel.
In his youth, Mr. Knetter worked in logging and traveled to North Dakota to work on a wheat farm.
On June 9, 1953, he married Nancy Krall in Edgar.
In 1960, the family moved to Grafton. Mr. Knetter moved first to find a house and job, and his wife and six children younger than 6 joined him three months later.
Mr. Knetter worked in a foundry, driving truck and other jobs up to 100 hours per week, “anything he could do to help support the family,” his daughter said.
He later worked in construction and helped build I-43 through Ozaukee County, MECCA Arena in Milwaukee and the Port Washington wastewater treatment plant. He retired in 1993.
In his spare time, Mr. Knetter, who was 100% Polish, liked to do woodworking. He made double-decker outhouses called “Polish two-holers,” complete with a tiny ladder to a toilet in the loft and magazines for reading material.
“He treated you to his jokes, to his humor,” his daughter said.
Mr. Knetter was an avid vegetable gardener and enjoyed taking care of his yard. He cut grass at John Long Middle School many summers.
He collected chainsaws — he had 10 — and even got calls from cities and villages to cut down large trees when they didn’t have a big enough saw, his daughter said.
His children often helped with some of his side jobs.
“Some of the best life lessons you could get was working right next to your dad. That to us was quality time,” his daughter said.
Mr. Knetter also loved “The Andy Griffith Show.”
“He knew every single word. He would say the next line before it was said,” his daughter said.
Mr. Knetter is survived by his wife Nancy; children Pat of Jackson, Mike (Mary) of Saukville, Jack (Donna) of Waubeka, Cheri (Greg) Richardson of Grafton, Lauri Helm of Jackson, Larry of Houston, Lynn Heritsch (friend Mike) of Wausaukee, Lisa (Jim) Poplin of Menomonee Falls, LuAnn (Curt) Paul of Milwaukee, Lois (Greg) Ross of Port Washington, Frank of Alma Center, Mary (Terry) Suminski of Sitka, Ala., and Jill (Andy) Wellman of Cedarburg; 24 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and siblings  Shirley of Edgar, Maryann of Wausau and Ronnie of Edgar.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Ray and Rosalie; sons-in-law Bob Darling and Brian Helm; grandson Patrick and son Leo.
A polka Mass of Christian burial will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 14, at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church in Cedarburg. Fathers Tom Eichenberger and Patrick Burns will officiate.
Visitation will be held at the church from 3 to 5:45 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Grafton.
Memorials are encouraged.
Mueller Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Gerald “Jerry” Edward Gall PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:54

Gerald “Jerry” Edward Gall, 82, of West Bend, died on July 5 at Kathy Hospice.
    “He always lived his life as a loving Christian man and he always cared for everyone,” his wife Melvina said.
    Mr. Gall was born in Port Washington on April 17, 1935, to Erwin and Clara Stieg Gall.
    He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1953. Mr. Gall married Kathleen Leach in 1961 and he later married Melvina Primasing on April 15, 1983 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Saukville.  
    Mr. Gall served in the National Guard for 10 years, achieving the rank of second lieutenant. He was also worked at We Energies, where he worked as maintenance mechanic retiring in 1994.  
    Mr. Gall was a proud member of the Port Washington City Band for 23 years. He took part in the Ozaukee County Barbershop Chorus for 28 years, directing it for 17 years. He sang four-part harmony in various quartets, performing and competing throughout the Midwest. Mr. Gall also directed the Friedens Church Choir in Port Washington and the Oostburg Presbyterian Church Choir.
    Mr. Gall is survived by his wife and sweetie Melvina; daughters Corinne (Anthony) Coffey of Cedarburg, Jill Gall (Don Peterson) of Saukville, Lynn Gall of Monona; step-daughter Joanne (Kenneth) Breitenstein of Cedarburg; grandchildren Matthew, Sara, Andrea (Nicholas), Drew, Alex, Donny, Amy, Evan, Melanie; three great-grandchildren; and sister Dorothy Yurske.  
    He was preceded in death by his brothers Carl “Carlie” (Elizabeth “Bethlie”) and Frederick “Fritz” (Marlene); sisters Marjorie (Charles) Spear and Betty (Julius) Bendt; and brother-in-law Gorman “Babe” Yurske.  
    A memorial service for Mr. Gall will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. Sunday until the time of service.  
    Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is handling the arrangements.

Doreen Thill PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:53

Doreen Thill, 59, of Port Washington, died unexpectedly following an auto accident on Wednesday, July 5.
Mrs. Thill was born in Port Washington Nov. 30, 1957, daughter of Adolph and Jean Barnes Dieringer.
She attended local schools and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1976.
On May 23, 1981, she married Tom Thill at Holy Cross Catholic Church in the Town of Belgium. The couple settled on Tom’s family homestead and began farming and raising their family.
 “She helped me no matter what,” said her husband, who noted she did so despite back and leg pain that required several surgeries. “She was my third hand.”
She also could often be found on her lawn mower or in her garden, he said.
Mrs. Thill drove a school bus for various local companies for more than 20 years.
“She was very outgoing and just loved kids,” her husband said. “Some of those kids were second generation for her — she also drove their parents.”
On Sundays during the football season, Mrs. Thill enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers.
She was a member of Divine Savior Parish, Holy Cross Chapel, where she taught religious education and was active in the choir and Christian Mothers.  
She also enjoyed her dogs Chevy and Diesel, and cat Tipper.
She is survived by her husband Tom; her children Sean Theusch and Angela (Mike) Bright, both of Port Washington; sisters Diane (Tom) Clark and Denise (Dan) Utecht, both of Campbellsport, and Debbie (Don) Wollner of Newburg; and brothers Rick (Karen) Dieringer of Saukville and Dean (Christie) Dieringer of Port Washington.
She is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-laws.
Mrs. Thill is preceded in death by her parents and parents-in-law Robert and Blanche Thill.
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held July 11 at Divine Savior-Holy Cross Chapel, in the Town of Belgium.  Father Kevin Kowalske presided.  Internment was to take place in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
The Eernisse Funeral Home in Belgium handled arrangements.

Lillian A. Swatek PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:52

Lillian A. Swatek, 96, died Monday, July 3, at Ellen’s Home assisted living in Port Washington.
    Mrs. Swatek was born July 13, 1920, in Port Washington to Michael and Susan Roller Burton.
    She married John ”Jack” Ternes of Port Washington on May 26, 1945, at St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington.
    Mrs. Swatek worked at Harry’s Restaurant and later helped run the Columbia Tap with her husband. He preceded her in death on August 31, 1953.
    She continued to run the tavern and married Frederick “Fritz” Swatek on Jan. 15, 1955, also at St. Mary’s Church. He preceded her in death June 27, 2008. Shortly after their marriage, they built their house on Grand Avenue in Port Washington.
    Mrs. Swatek was a receptionist for the Ozaukee Press for four years before becoming a secretary at Port Washington High School. After 17 years, she retired in 1984.
    Mrs. Swatek was active at St. Mary’s Church, baking with the Christian Mothers and making mittens for missions. She also volunteered at the Port Washington Food Pantry and enjoyed spending time at the Port Washington Senior Center. She liked to sew, play sheepshead and bridge, bowl and golf.  
    She is survived by her daughters Diane (Stan) Mountford of Hollister, Calif., and Mary Jo Johnson of Milwaukee; grandson Kaleb Johnson; and two great-grandchildren.  
    Mrs. Swatek was preceded in death by her husbands; brothers Harry and Robert Burton; sisters Ester Miller, Julia Buczek and Caroline Miller; and sister-in-law Mabel Burton.
    The Rev. Don Zerkel will preside over her funeral at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the church, with the rosary to be prayed at 4 p.m.  
    Memorials to Ellen’s Home are appreciated.
    Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington is handling the arrangements.

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