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Ilma E.N. Arndt PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:26

Ilma E.N. Arndt of Random Lake, 93, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Gables on the Pond assisted living in Fredonia.  
    Mrs. Arndt was born in Little Kohler on Feb. 25, 1924, to Emil and Louise Rausch Wilke.
    On Oct. 23, 1943, she married Erwin “Powerhouse” Arndt at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Waubeka.  
    She was a nature lover who enjoyed collecting bluebird figurines and spending time with her puppy Megan. Mrs. Arndt also enjoyed sewing and making her “famous Christmas ornaments” with her sister Velma, her family said.
    Mrs. Arndt is survived by her children Robert (Shari) of Random Lake and Barbara Slankard of Kansas City, Kan.; grandchildren Jeff Arndt, Rhonda Bahr, Cortni Arndt, Chad Arndt, Jeffrey Oertle, and Tanya Snyder; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
    She is further survived by her brother Howard Wilke.
    Mrs. Arndt was preceded in death by her husband Erwin; son-in-law Edward Slankard; granddaughter Nikole Arndt; brother-in-law Vernon Arndt; sisters Mildred Mitchell, Velma Hellish and Harmie Madden; and brothers Norman Wilke, Clarence Wilke and Bobby Wilke.     
    A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Random Lake. The Rev. Ann Utke will officiate.
    Visitation will be from noon until the service at the church.
    Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Random Lake immediately following the service.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.

Alan J. Schommer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:25

Alan J. Schommer, 57,  died at his Waubeka home on Friday, Sept. 22.
    Mr. Schommer was born in Sheboygan on Jan. 2, 1960, to James and Barbara Schmidt Schommer.
    Mr. Schommer worked as a design drafter at various local companies. He married Linda Baumann.
    He is survived by his wife Linda of Waubeka; son Kurt (Rachael) of Chula Vista, Calif.; parents James and Barbara Schommer of Mountain; granddaughter Lauralei; and sister Janell (Rob) Romnek of Grafton.  
    Mr. Schommer was preceded in death by his daughter Catherine.  
    A private family service will be held.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.

Thomas D. Greisch PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:25

Thomas D. Greisch made a lifelong career at Port Washington State Bank.
    He was hired by the bank as a cashier after graduating from Marquette University with a degree in business administration in 1955.
    Mr. Greisch was drafted into the U.S. Army and served at Fort Benning, Ga., for three years, then returned to his hometown and his career at the bank.
    He worked there for 40 years, until his retirement in 1995.
    But even then, Mr. Greisch continued his affiliation with the bank, becoming a member of the board of directors.
    Mr. Greisch held that position until his death at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon on Tuesday, Oct. 3. He was 84.
    Mr. Greisch was a Port Washington native, born on Aug. 31, 1933, to Mathias and Florence Moegenburg Greisch.
    He grew up in the family home on St. Mary’s Hill and attended St. Mary’s grade school before graduating from Port Washington High School in 1951.
    Like his two brothers, Mr. Greisch became an altar boy and was often called on to serve Mass both at the church and St. Mary’s convent chapel.
    One of his fondest memories was ringing the bells of St. Mary’s as a child and swinging on the bell rope, his family said.
    “He loved that,” his daughter Cathy Pohl said of his bell ringing.
    Mr. Greisch was a religious man who attended Mass “until the day he couldn’t,” his daughter said.
    A lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church — now part of St. John XXIII Parish — he was often tapped to help with the parish’s fundraising efforts.
    “He was good at it,” his daughter said.  “They needed a new organ. He was instrumental in getting the funding for it. They needed to restore the stained glass windows. He was instrumental in getting the funds for that.”        Mr. Greisch married Mary Biever at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Aug. 6, 1955.
    “His hobby was his family,” his daughter said. “He was a very quiet man, a family-oriented man.
    “Everything my parents did was for us, with us. He enjoyed family functions and celebrations.”
    But most of all, she said, he enjoyed Christmas.
    “He loved Christmas,” she said. “He went all out.”
    Mr. Greisch was a member of the Port Washington Rotary Club, serving for many years as its secretary and one term as president, as well as the Port Washington Historical Society, Friends of Harrington Beach State Park and the Port Washington Jaycees.
    He was a font of information about the city, his daughter noted.
    “He was a wealth of information,” she said. “He knew where everything used to be and the dates things changed. He loved Port Washington and spent his life here.”
    Mr. Greisch and his wife also enjoyed traveling throughout the world as well as spending time at their lake cottage in northern Wisconsin.
    Mr. Greisch is survived by his wife Mary of Port Washington; children Catherine (Michael) Pohl of Belgium, Christine (Bruce) Maechtle and Mary (James) Monday, both of Port Washington, Thomas (Maria) of Mequon, and Martha (Robert) Bichler of Gibbsville; and grandchildren Andrew and Daniel (fiancé Kendall Strupp) Pohl, Craig (Katie) Maechtle, Adam and Sarah Maechtle, Eric Kempfer, Katie, Alison, and Anna Greisch, Larissa, Aimee, Jenna, Natalie, and Collin Bichler.
    Mr. Griesch is further survived by his brother James (Jennie) Greisch, sister Carol Peiffer and sister-in-law Lois Greisch.
    He was preceded in death by his parents Mathias and Florence Greisch, brothers Robert and William “Bounce” Greisch, brother-in-law, Donald “Fissy” Peiffer and parents-in-law Vincent and Agnes Biever.
    A Mass of Christian burial will be held for Mr. Greisch at noon Saturday, Oct. 7, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt will officiate.
    Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington and at the church Saturday from 11 a.m. until the Mass.
    Burial with military honors will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials to the parish’s building fund are suggested.

Thomas E. Galles PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:23

It would likely be an understatement to say Thomas E. Galles led an interesting life.
    The Port Washington native loved airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. In his early 20s, he owned his own plane and would fly back and forth between Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin.
    He had a distinguished Naval career, including a deployment to Korea in 1952, and among the many medals he received was the Legion of Merit medal “for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services.”
    After Mr. Galles returned from the war, he continued to serve as a member of the Underwater Demolition Teams, known today as the Seal teams.
    When he left the military, Mr. Galles was hired by the Central Intelligence Agency and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
    When asked if he was a spy, his wife JoAnn said,  “That’s what they do in the CIA when they would travel around the world.”
    “He didn’t make any big deal out of what he had done,” she said, noting she only learned about his military honors after she discovered his medals in the bottom of a trunk.
    “He was a tough guy, but you wouldn’t know it. He was kind of a quiet guy, very intelligent.”
    He was also a steadfastly loyal friend, his wife said.
    “When he was true to someone, he was true to them,” she said. “He had a lot of friends.”
    Mr. Galles, who lived in Greeley, Colo., died Tuesday, Sept. 17, at MeadowView of Greeley, a home for people with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 88.
    Mr. Galles was born in Port on Jan. 17, 1929, the son of Leo and Emily “Millie” Reuschlein Galles.
    He met JoAnn Schanen in high school and they dated throughout their junior and senior years.
    “We were too young to think of getting married,” she said, so they went their separate ways.
    Mr. Galles graduated in 1946, then went to Marquette University in Milwaukee, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering in 1950.
    After he left the CIA in 1963, Mr. Galles went to work for The Mitre Corp., Computer Sciences Corp. and Aramco, living in Florida, California, Texas and Saudi Arabia before retiring in 1992.
    He spent much of his adult life in McLean, Va.
    On Aug. 15, 1992, Mr. Galles married JoAnn Schanen near Estes Park., Colo.
    A phone call led to their reuniting, Mrs. Galles said.
    “All through the years, every so often  he would call me and just say hi,” she said.
    The couple spent a few years in Duck, N.C., where they had a beach house, and Mr. Galles enjoyed walking on the beach and surf fishing.
    An avid boater, he owned the Tondelayo and he and his wife took numerous trips along the East Coast on the vessel.
    The couple moved to Greeley in 1994, buying a cabin in the mountains where they enjoyed relaxing on the deck and watching the nearby Poudre River, as well as fishing, hiking and exploring.
    In retirement, Mr. Galles took up woodcarving.
    “He just decided to see if he could do it,” she said, adding he worked hard to develop his skills and earned five blue ribbons for his carvings. He carved animals and birds, but was especially known for his caricatures.
    “No matter what he tackled, he did it well,” his wife said.
    Mr. Galles is survived by his wife JoAnn of Greeley, Colo.; sons Scott of California and Steve (Margaret) of Virginia; daughter Robin of Florida; stepdaughter Ann Lacefield of Greeley, Colo.; step-grandchildren Sean (Mary) and Scott (Ashley); and four step-great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his brother Don (Claire) of Florida.
    Mr. Galles was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Emily, sisters Mary Ellen and Ruth and brother Jean.
    A memorial Mass for Mr. Galles will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at St. Mary’s Church in Greeley. Father James Goggins will officiate.
    Inurnment with military honors will follow at Sunset Gardens in Greeley.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 918 13th St., #1, Greeley, Colo. 80634 are suggested.

Alan J. Schommer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:20

Waubeka resident Alan J. Schommer died Friday, Sept. 22, at his home. He was 57.
    Private services will be held. Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.
    A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Ozaukee Press.

Rayford C. “Ray” Styles PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:20

Rayford C. “Ray” Styles, 88, of Random Lake, entered eternal life on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at Gables on the Pond assisted living surrounded by his loving family.
Ray was born on Feb. 14, 1929, in Aberdeen, S.D., the youngest son of the late Arnold and Marie (nee Christoffel) Styles.
On Aug. 1, 1950, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Cowles in Aberdeeen, S.D.  Elizabeth preceded Ray in death on Feb. 3, 2011.
In addition to his wife and parents, Ray was preceded in death by two brothers, Lowell (Myrtle) and Berwyn (Irene) Styles.
At age 12, Ray knew he wanted to pursue a career in broadcasting. He attended the American Institute of the Air in Minneapolis.  
Ray served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant and an entertainment specialist with Armed Forces Radio Service. He was stationed in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, from 1948 to 1952. Ray spent over 50 years in broadcasting throughout the United States, working with NBC “Monitor” and earning the Montana Announcer of the Year award in 1963.
In 1969, Ray joined WGLB Radio in Port Washington and retired in 2003.  
He was a former member of Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus and Lions Club.  
Ray and Liz spent countless hours fishing and playing cards. Enjoying old movies became a close second to his lifelong passion for country and big band music. He loved his family, music and always said “God is great” when something good happened.
Those Ray leaves behind to cherish his memory include four children, Cheri (Steven) Miller of Random Lake, Arnold “Butch” (Karen) Styles of Port Washington, Barb (Jim) Connor of Kewaskum and Kevin (Deb) Styles of Oostburg; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Carol Thies of Java, S.D.; two brothers-in-law, Jack Cowles of Aberdeen, S.D., and Dick Cowles of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; other relatives; and friends.
A memorial Mass for Ray will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Divine Savior Catholic Church, 305 Fredonia Ave., in Fredonia, with Father Guy Gurath officiating.
The Styles family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Monday from 4 p.m. until the Mass.
The Styles family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Gables On the Pond and Compassus Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Ray.
Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Ray’s arrangements.  
Additional information and online guest book may be found at  

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