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Lindsey R. Kultgen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:02

    Lindsey R. Kultgen died Tuesday, Oct. 10, at her Fredonia home. She was 28.
    A Mass of Christian burial for Miss Kultgen will be held at noon Monday, Oct. 16, at Divine Savior Parish, Holy Cross Chapel in the Town of Belgium. Father Guy Gurath will officiate.  
    Visitation will be held at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until the Mass.  
    Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to Portal Inc. are suggested.
    A full obituary for Miss Kultgen will be in next week’s Ozaukee Press.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

William “Bob” R. Rathsack PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:01

William “Bob” R. Rathsack was a businessman, teacher, and a friend to many.
    “He was a caring and compassionate person who was very willing to help anyone and was involved in everything,” his wife Fern said.
    Mr. Rathsack, 84, died Sunday, Oct. 8, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
    He was born in Cloquet, Minn., on Feb 2, 1933 to Martha Tillman and was adopted by William and Julia Rathsack. They gave him the love, direction and life skills that made him the caring, successful, productive individual he became, his wife said.
    After high school, Mr. Rathsack graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and earned his master’s degree at UW-Milwaukee.
    He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
    On Dec. 22, 1962, he married Fern Kottke at Peace Lutheran Church in Rosendale. The couple settled in the area and Mr. Rothsack taught elementary school.  
    He became an administrator for different schools in the Burlington area before the couple moved in 1973 to Fredonia, where Mr. Rathsack began his career with the Northern Ozaukee School District.
    When Mr. Rathsack retired from education, he did not lose his interest in youths.  He served as a forensics judge, and was a member of the Feith Family YMCA, the Northern Ozaukee School Board and the Northern Ozaukee School District Scholarship Foundation.
    The flag was important to him as was evident with his involvement on the National Flag Day Board, where he served as chairman and a judge for the national essay contest. A highlight each year was reading the essays submitted by the students.
    “He was encouraged and his faith in youths was renewed as he read the words of support and pride expressed by the students as they addressed the theme ‘What the Flag Means to Me,’” his wife said. “He was really instrumental in getting national attention for Flag Day.”
    Mr. Rathsack was a Village of Fredonia trustee and served as president for a number of years.
    He was also a member of the Fredonia Lions Club, holding numerous offices, including president and secretary. He was recognized as a Melvin Jones Fellow and Knight of Sight.
    He was a member of the Fredonia American Legion Post 410, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5373 and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Port Washington, where he held many leadership positions.
    According to his wife, a major highlight of his life was taking a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington D.C., in 2014.
    In the early 1980’s, Mr. Rathsack was dubbed the Sunrise Servant because he would get up at 5 a.m. on Thursdays for five years to go to St. James Church in Milwaukee and help prepare a warm meal for the “guests.”
    Mr. Rathsack and his wife enjoyed traveling, taking cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Panama and the Caribbean. Trips across Canada and Finland were also highlights. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and vegetable gardening.
    Mr. Rathsack is survived by his wife Fern of Fredonia; daughter Beth (Jouko) Salko of Grafton; grandchildren Sofia and Gabriel Salko; sisters-in-law Cirena Lenz of Fairwater and Marie (Paul) Veleke of Ripon; sister Ellen Barth of Milwaukee; and brother Roger (Patricia) Finn of Portland, Texas.  
    He was preceded in death by his mother Martha Tillman; parents William and Julia Rathsack; parents-in-law Emil and Irene Kottke; sisters-in-law Audrey Kottke and Carol Kotte; brothers-in-law Keith Kottke and Winton Lenz; and granddaughter Faith Salko.
    A funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, in Port Washington, followed by military honors. The Rev. Kelly Nieman-Anderson will preside.
    Visitation will be Sunday at the church from 3 p.m. until the service.
    Mr. Rathsack will be buried Monday, Oct. 16, at Estabrooks Cemetery in Fond du Lac.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested.
    Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is handling the arrangements.

Leo M. Biever Jr PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:28

Born on his family’s farm in Saukville, Leo M. Biever Jr. learned early in life the value of hard work.
    It was a lesson, his daughter Barbie Schendel said, that he never forgot.
    In addition to working as a semi-truck and school bus driver, Mr. Biever owned and operated a gas station in Grafton and Leo and Bernie’s KK Inn, a bar and grill in the Town of Port Washington.
    “He was a very hard-working man who cared deeply about his family,” his daughter said.
    Mr. Biever, who retired to Sparta in 2008 and lived most recently at Pineview Care Center in Black River Falls, died of complication of demensia Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was 86.
    He was born April 27, 1931, the son of Leo Sr. and Cecelia Schueller Biever.
    Mr. Biever grew up on his family’s farm, then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Hawaii and at Fort Drum, N.Y.
    On Sept. 13, 1952, Mr. Biever married Bernice E. Beimborn of Saukville in Newburg. The couple lived in Grafton, Cedarburg, Port Washington, Fredonia, Jackson and Random Lake before moving to Sparta.
    Mr. Biever collected cars and motorcycles, enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and snowmobiling.
    He is survived by his wife Bernice of Black River Falls; children Barry (Kathy) of Rock, Mich., Brian (May Ann) of Cibolo Texas; Bonny (Kurt) Schendel of Sparta and Barbie Schendel of Kiel; grandchildren Barry Jr., Carry, Brian, April, Edward, Nicole, Nick and Katie; and several grandchildren.
    A graveside service was held Wednesday, Oct. 4, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Sparta, followed by military honors. The Rev. John Meyer officiated.
    Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, handled the arrangements.

Lois E. Neumann PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:27

Lois E. Neumann, 91, of Campbellsport, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
She was born in Fillmore on March 26, 1926, the daughter of the late Phillip and Capitola Erber.
Lois grew up in Fillmore on the family farm.
She met her future husband when they drove together to high school in West Bend and also played baseball on opposing teams.  They were married on March 16, 1946, and began farming in the Little Kohler area.  They moved in 1957 to the Town of Belgium, where they continued farming and together raised seven children.  
After retirement, they wintered in Florida for 23 years where they made many friends, golfed and played shuffleboard. Lois was an avid gardener, bowler, card player, and enjoyed many crafts. She also decorated cakes and made all of her children’s wedding cakes.
Those Lois leaves behind to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 71 years, Donald; children Allen (Diane), Donna (Keith) Cotter, Jo Ann (Neil) Wagner, Jim (Linda), Betty (Jeff) Vreeke, Sue Hedding (Mike Francis) and Sarah (Roger) Sandell; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  
She is further survived by her sister Arlene Schmidt, brother Willis Erber, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in Lois’ name to the Alzheimer’s Association, SE Wisconsin Chapter, 620 S. 76th St., Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214.
Lois’ family would like to thank all of her caregivers, especially friends Mary Schrauth and Donna Rohlinger for their loving care and support.
Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Lois’ arrangements.  
Additional information and guest book may be found at

Cynthia M. Schneeweis PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:27

Cynthia M. Schneeweis, 75, of Port Washington, died Thursday, Sept. 28, at Heritage Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Port Washington.
    “She loved to dance,” her daughter Marcy said.  
    Mrs. Schneeweis was born June 25, 1942, to Ernest and Florence Mikolajczak Zeis. When she was 19, she married Terry Schneeweis in Milwaukee.
    Mrs. Schneeweis is survived by her husband Terry of Port Washington; daughters Lori Butz of Nashville, Tenn., and Marcy Culmer of Orlando, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
    A service was held Sunday, Oct. 1, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Port Washington. Pastor Martin Wildauer officiated.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, handled the arrangements.

John “Jake” I. Mueller PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:27

John “Jake” I. Mueller of Port Washington was a quiet and reserved man and a dedicated employee of Simplicity Manufacturing.
    Mr. Mueller, 81, died from pancreatic cancer on Friday, Sept. 29, at his home at Lincoln Village Senior Living.
    He was born on July 6, 1936, to Frederick and Minnie Sauer Mueller.
    On July 3, 1954, he married Joan Anderson in Norman, Okla.
    Mr. Mueller enjoyed weekly outings with his cousin Bobby Sauer. They often ate breakfast at River’s Edge Restaurant in Saukville. Among the excursions were trips to Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee and Fleet and Farm.
    “What determined where they went was by where they decided they were going to have breakfast that morning,” Mr. Mueller’s son John said.
    Mr. Mueller enjoyed managing Green Bay Packers pools and regular trips to different casinos. He liked watching “NCIS,” “Criminal Minds” and “Bull.”
    Mr. Mueller joined the Navy when he was 17, receiving permission from his parents, and served for more than three years.
    He worked for Simplicity for 37 years, retiring as plant supervisor nearly to the day of turning 59.5, when he could start drawing retirement, his son said.
    “He actually did very well considering he never graduated from high school,” his son said.
    Mr. Mueller is survived by his children, John (Shelly) of Santa Rosa, Calif., Randy of Fond du Lac, Cindy (John) Paulus of Belgium and Ricky of Wisconsin Dells; grandchildren Nathan Mueller, Kyle Mueller, Amanda Mueller, Chelsea Mueller, Melanie Paulus, Ashlie Winslow, Courtnie Mims and Brittanie Martin; and eight great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his brothers, Frederick (Carol) and James (Janet); special relatives Bobby (Alice) Sauer, Linda (Don) Bartels; and special friend, Candy Kratz.  
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joan; sisters Deloris Mueller and Joyce Kartheiser; brothers Jerold Mueller and Ronald Mueller; and special Aunt Marcella Cardiff.
    A funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 14, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington, with Rev. John E. Klieve presiding.
    Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the service. Interment and military honors will take place at Union Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church are encouraged.

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