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Eleanor Tetzlaff PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 18:20

Eleanor Tetzlaff of Port Washington was a teacher through and through, her son Randy said.
    “Her life was as a teacher,” he said. “She loved it. She always liked working with kids, seeing them take the next step, whether it was being able to write their letters or read.”
    Mrs. Tetzlaff attended Waushara County Normal School and began teaching at age 19.
    She taught elementary school for about 40 years, primarily first and third grades at Pine River and Riverview elementary schools in the Wild Rose School District, before retiring in 1985.
    She also provided remedial reading instruction at Dunwiddie Elementary School in Port Washington as a volunteer for about 10 years.
    “She loved kids,” her son said.
    Mrs. Tetzlaff, 91, died of intestinal issues and complications Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.
    A native of Berlin, she was born on July 4, 1926, to Frank and Anna Tetzlaff Nigbor.
    She graduated from Redgranite High School, and in 1949, married Richard Tetzlaff in the Town of Marion. The couple moved to Redgranite in 1959.
    Mrs. Tetzlaff enjoyed keeping her house, her son said.
    “She was the homemaker type,” he said. “Everything was always spotless and in order. In her house, you could eat off the floors.”
    After her husband retired, the couple traveled quite a bit, her son said. They also enjoyed going to shows, particularly musicals.
    The couple moved to Port Washington to be near their son in 1999.
    After Mr. Tetzlaff died in 2000, Mrs. Tetzlaff lived with her son and his wife in Port. She was one of the first few residents of Lincoln Village on the city’s west side, moving there in January 2016.
    “Until the last few years, she was independent,” her son said.
    Mrs. Tetzlaff is survived by her son Randy (Beth) of Port Washington; grandson Robin (Brooke) and great-grandchildren Landon and Leighton, all of Grapevine, Texas.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, parents Frank and Anna Nigbor; brothers Clarence and Stanley and sisters Helen, Dorothy and Leone.
    At Mrs. Tetzlaff’s request, no funeral service will be held.
    Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Berlin.
    Memorials to the Lawlis Family Hospice, 13111 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled by Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Gene E. Wilfer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 18:19

Gene E. Wilfer, 81, of Port Washington, died Friday, Sept. 1, of vascular dementia at Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Port Washington.
    He was born to Edward and Minerva Bates Wilfer on June 18, 1936, in Milwaukee and grew up in the Town of Trenton, where he attended West Bend schools.
    On July 20, 1957, he married Jacqueline DaRonco at Holy Angels Church in West Bend.
    Mr. Wilfer served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War and was honorably discharged after three years in 1956.
    “Two years ago, before he became ill, he went on the Honor Flight (to Washington, D.C.). That was a big and meaningful experience for him,” his wife Jackie said.
    A machinist by trade, Mr. Wilfer worked for E.R. Godfrey and then Russell T. Gilman, where he retired in 1997 after 30 years.
    After retirement, he worked for Custom Wire Technology.
    Mr. Wilfer was a member of St. Peter of Alcantra Catholic Church in Port Washington and sang in the choir for 48 years. He was also a member of the Jaycees, Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82, and was a Boy Scout leader
    He was also known as the neighborhood handyman, his wife said.
    “He was always fixing up our house and if the neighbors needed anything — plumbing, electrical work, you name it — he’d come through for them,” she said. “And in the winter, if it snowed out, he’d plow everyone’s driveway before they came back home from work.”
    Mr. Wilfer enjoyed fishing on the Chippewa Flowage and hunting at Main Artery camp near Lake Superior.
His travels included visits to casinos and waterfalls, and he enjoyed playing sheepshead.
“He was just a people person. No matter who you were, he treated everybody the same,” his wife said. “He loved to talk.”
Mr. Wilfer is survived by his wife Jackie; son James (Kelly) of Plymouth; daughters Sandra (John) Schultz and Wendy Behling, both of Hartford; grandchildren Amanda, A.J., Jasmine, Harley and Joshua; four great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law Eugene (Shirley) DaRonco and Russell (Nancy) Hewitt; and  sisters-in-law Laura DaRonco and Claire Hewitt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Joann Yaggie; and brothers-in-law John Larson, John DaRonco, Art Hewitt; and Irv Yaggie.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon on Saturday, Sept. 9, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, in Port Washington. Father Pat Wendt will preside. Visitation will begin at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the Mass.
Inurnment and military honors will take place at St Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is assisting the family.

Janis Mary Repphun PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 18:18

Janis Mary Repphun (Zimmermann, Johannes) left this life on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. She was 96 years old.
The only child of Frank H. Zimmermann and Mary (Mayme) Hauswirth Zimmerman, Janis spent her childhood and early adult years in Port Washington before eventually moving to Sheboygan where she finished raising her family. Janis was a lifelong Wisconsin resident and a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers.
Among the activities enjoyed during her lifetime were crossword puzzles, golf and bowling, a skill seemingly inherited from her father, who was an outstanding bowler in his day. Her travels took her throughout the United States, as well as to Norway and Canada, and Janis introduced more people than she would ever have guessed to a place that has become sacred ground — the Florida Keys.
Preceding Janis in death were her mother Mary Zimmermann, two husbands, William M. Johannes and Peter F. Repphun, her aunt Hilda Zimmermann (who helped care for Janis after her father died when she was 9 months old), her beloved club girls and countless other friends and family members.
Janis is survived by three daughters, Nancy Tess, Chris Kennedy and Julie Johnson; two sons, Bill and Bob Johannes; and one stepson, Gary Repphun. Janis also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Though dearly missed, Janis lives on in the love she bestowed so freely upon so many and in the legacy she leaves behind.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at noon Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Port Washington, with Father Patrick Wendt officiating.
Burial took place in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Janis’ name.
Online condolences may be expressed at
Janis’ family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at The Waterford in Plymouth, Compassus Hospice and the emergency department at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center for their care, compassion and support.

Rev. James A. Strupp PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 18:17

The Rev. James A. Strupp of West Bend died on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital at the age of 77 years.  
He was born on July 14, 1940, in Fond du Lac to the late Raymond and Colette (nee Thill) Strupp.
He attended and graduated from Holy Angels Grade School.  After graduating from West Bend High School with the Class of 1958, he began his priestly formation at St. Francis Minor Seminary. He completed his studies at St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary during the period of 1960 to 1967.
On May 20, 1967, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop William E. Cousins at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee.  Father Strupp celebrated his first Mass on May 21, 1967, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville.
His first appointment was as curate to serve Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Milwaukee. He later went on to serve as associate pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Menomonee Falls, Holy Redeemer Parish in Milwaukee and St. Francis Borgia Parish in Cedarburg.  
On Nov. 28, 1978, he was released for studies in clinical pastoral education, and on March 27, 1979, he was appointed director of chaplain services for St. Joseph’s Community Hospital in West Bend. For many years, he served as a chaplain for West Bend area health care facilities, retiring from active ministry on Oct. 31, 1992.
He was a member of the Fr. Casper Rehrl Knights of Columbus Council 1964, Our Lady of Holy Hill Assembly 1677 Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the Washington County Ministerial Association, National Association of Catholic Chaplains and Apostolate of Suffering, and was a co-founder and executive officer of Friends for Life Inc.
He is survived by many cousins and their families, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Raymond on March 11, 1988, and his mother Coletta on Aug. 24, 2008.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, Sept. 2, at Holy Angels Catholic Church,  with the Most Reverend Jeffrey Haines presiding.  
He was buried alongside his parents in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.  
Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.  
On-line guestbook and condolences are available at

John F. Coakley PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:26

John F. Coakley, 82, of Campbellsport, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at his home with his family gathered around him.  
He was born In Menomonee, Mich., on June 12, 1935, the son of the late George and Jenny (Larson) Coakley.  
In December 1959, he married Dolores A. Piaszak in Schiller Park, Ill.
John worked as a machinist at Orion Industries before retiring. He also wrote cookie recipes for the Current Newspaper. John enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, hunting, fishing, Sunday rides with Shirley, but most of all spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his sons Brian (Christine) Coakley of Fillmore, Scott Coakley of West Bend, Ken Coakley of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Joseph (Irmgard) Coakley of Macomb, Mich.; grandchildren Nicholas, Angela,  Jennifer and Tony; great -grandchildren Ary, Nick, Nate, Ireland and Barrett; brother Kenneth (Shirley) Coakley; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.  
He was preceded in death by his wife Dolores on Aug. 12, 2006, and his son Donald Mueller.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Twohig Funeral Home, 109 W. Main St., Campbellsport. Father Neil Zinthefer will officiate, and cremation will follow.  
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the services at the funeral home.
Guestbook and condolences are at

Conrad Alfred Karnish PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:25

Conrad Alfred Karnish passed away surrounded by family on Monday Aug. 7, 2017, at age 87.  
Conrad was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., on Feb. 13, 1930, the son of the late John and the late Anna (nee Mizak) Karnish.  
He was united in marriage to his childhood sweetheart Marlam Mills on June 9, 1951.  Marlam passed away shortly before their 65th wedding anniversary.
In August 1951, Conrad was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served as a military police officer near Otsu, Japan, from 1952 to 1953. Marlam joined Conrad in Otsu, where they lived together off base. When leaving the Army, he took with him a life-long appreciation of Japan. In 2006 Conrad and Marlam were able to return to Otsu as tourists, reliving and renewing memories and old friendships.
Conrad attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Conrad remained a proud Cavalier, attending many reunions.  Later Conrad founded Plastic Coating and Consulting Corp. in Milwaukee, which still operates today.
Conrad was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and gardening. If he could combine his love of travel with the outdoors, all the better.  For over 25 years, he fished at Eagle Falls Lodge in Canada. He loved spending time at his cabin in Amberg with family and friends.
He had an adventurous spirit and a love of learning. He was a Boy Scout leader and church youth group leader. He was an active member of the Peter Wollner American Legion Post #288.   Conrad and Marlam traveled and cruised all over the world exploring the beauty of the earth.   
Most important to Conrad was his love and dedication to family and friends. His wide smile, great sense of humor, generous nature and compassionate heart will be sorely missed by all. He took tremendous pride in his children, grandchildren and great-grand children.
Conrad is survived by his children Christopher (Karen) Karnish and Catherine (Jim) Azzalino; grandchildren Katie (Adam) Kramschuster, Geoffrey (Alex Arroyo) Karnish, Lisa Karnish, Emily Azzalino and Adam Azzalino; and great-grandchildren Jack, Noah, and Lily. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.  
Conrad was preceded in death by his soul mate and wife Marlam, son Conrad Allen, sisters Eleanor Smink and Mildred Smoliga, brother John Karnish and parents John and Anna Karnish.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday Sept. 8, 2017, at Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg.  
The family will receive friends on Friday from 3 to 4:45 p.m.
Interment at Zur Ruhe Cemetery, Cedarburg, will immediately follow the service.  
Memorials to the Peter Wollner American Legion Post #288 or the organization of your choice are appreciated.  
Online condolences may be sent by visiting

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