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Peter Esser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:20

Peter J. Esser, 83, of Belgium, died Friday, June 23, of cancer at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.
He was born May 28, 1934, to Archibald and Margaret Diederrich Esser in Granville.
On Jan. 20, 1957, he married Eugenie “Jean” Doderer in Mequon.
Mr. Esser was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1952 to 1957 as a sergeant with Platoon F-4 in San Diego before serving in the Korean War.
“His favorite war story when a captain walked up to him and told him he’d be part of a boxing match,” his daughter Valerie Smith said. “Of course he won, and he was proud of that.
“I asked him if he had any training and he said, ‘Nope. They just strapped on some gloves and said there you go.’”
After his honorable discharge from active duty, Mr. Esser was assistant vice-president of First Wisconsin Bank.  
In retirement, he enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and tending to his fruit and nut trees.  He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events whenever possible.  
Mr. Esser had a strong Catholic faith, his daughter said.
“It made his passing so spiritually peaceful,” she said.
She also said her father aged well, even toward the end.
“Other than just a few gray hairs and a pair of glasses, he looked just like he did in his high school picture,” she said. “A nurse in the hospital asked me if my brother had been sick for a long time.”
Mr. Esser is survived by daughters  Sharon (Dale) Ducat of Green Bay, Jacqueline (Kjell) Esser of As, Norway, and Valerie (Mark) Smith of Fredonia; sons Steven (Patricia) of Wittenberg, Kerry (Michael Nottoli) of Cedarburg, and Patrick (Christine) of Grafton; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers Frank, Nick (Barbara) and Woody; and sister-in-law Marlene Esser.
Mr. Esser was preceded in death by his wife Jean, daughter Theresa Esser, brothers Joe (Anne) and Ray and sister Gerry (Eddie) Jaeger.
Visitation was to be at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28.
A Latin Requiem Tridentine Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Fredonia. Father Bernard Colussy will preside..
Internment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 
Robert Hackbarth PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:19

Robert Hackbarth of Hingham loved to sell cars — as a matter of fact, he loved just about everything about vehicles, his family said.
    “He was working with cars since he was a kid,” his daughter Maria Hackbarth said.
    Selling cars was the ideal profession for her father, his daughter said, because it combined his affinity for cars with his love of people.
    “He loved being around people,” she said. “He loved helping people find what they were looking for.
    “And he was a very, very, very sociable man. No matter where he went, he would always run into people he knew.”
    A professional car salesman for many years, Mr. Hackbarth worked for numerous dealerships in the area.
    He also owned and operated his own lot, Metro Auto Plaza, in Port Washington for a time, then moved the operation to Kewaskum.. He later worked for Ray Flaherty at his lot.
    “He worked more independently in recent years,” his daughter said.
    Just hours before Mr. Hackbarth died of complications of cancer at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls on Saturday, June 24, he was out closing a deal, his daughter said.
    “It was just something he loved,” she said.
    Mr. Hackbarth was a fighter and a role model, his daughter said, especially in battling cancer.
    “He didn’t want to give up,” she said. “He was fighting for us, his children.”
    Mr. Hackbarth, 58, was a native of Port Washington, born on Sept, 20, 1958, to Robert and Mary Wieland Hackbarth.
    He was a graduate of Port Washington High School.
    Mr. Hackbarth was an outdoorsman who enjoyed deer hunting, trap shooting, snowmobiling and taking a pontoon boat out on a lake near the family’s cottage in Phillips.
    He cherished the time he spent at the cottage, where his grandparents had lived as well as his aunt and uncle.
    Mr. Hackbarth recently got a camper and was looking forward to taking it to Phillips for a Thanksgiving celebration, his daughter said.
    “Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday,” she said, noting her father loved the traditional foods — especially pumpkin pie, but he would not eat it immediately after the meal.
    “He would put it in the fridge and eat it at midnight, 1 a.m.,” his daughter said.
    Mr. Hackbarth also loved to grill, she said, especially when entertaining.
    “He would take the whole night to cook,” she said.  “He would turn on the music, and it would be 11 o’clock before we got to eat.”
    Mr. Hackbarth also enjoyed traveling to Mexico with groups of friends, she said, noting it was a welcome respite from his seven-day-a week work life.
    Mr. Hackbarth is survived by his children Andrea Hackbarth of Green Bay and Maria (Dennis Radtke) Hackbarth of Sheboygan and grandchildren Nolan Podlipsky, Jillian Yanke and Violet and Truman Radtke.
    He is further survived by his siblings Elizabeth Hackbarth of Kewaskum, Judy Hackbarth of Port Washington and Chris (Lisa) of Annapolis, Md., companion Barb Wesolowski of Adell and longtime friend Vickie Hackbarth of Holy Cross.
    Mr. Hackbarth was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary.
    A memorial service for Mr. Hackbarth will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington. The Rev. Steve Harris will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 p.m. Friday until the service.
    The family will hold a cookout on the bluff after the service — a memorial to Mr. Hackbarth’s love of grilling.
    A private family burial service will be held at Holden East Cemetery in the Town of Port Washington.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice are suggested.

 
Marian Hoeppner PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:19

Marian Hoeppner handed out Holy Communion as an Eucharistic minister at Grafton’s St. Joseph Catholic Church for years.
Her dedication was so appreciated that the church members returned the favor in her final years by bringing communion to her Grafton home each Sunday, her family said.
“Church was very important in her life,” her son Jim said.
Mrs. Hoeppner, 80, died Monday, June 26, at Serenity Villa assisted-living facility in Slinger after battling leukemia.  
She was born Aug. 25, 1936, to Anton and Katherine Svikel and graduated from Milwaukee’s Messmer High School.  
On June 6, 1959, she married Donald Hoeppner at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Milwaukee.
Mr. Hoeppner died on July 6, 1979.
Mrs. Hoeppner worked 27 years for the federal government in Washington, D.C.,  Cleveland and Milwaukee.
“She was a spunky lady who spoke her mind,” her son said. “In her role in the government, she had to approve or disapprove federal spending, which wasn’t always easy.
“We’ve all heard stories of things like a $400 government hammer? Well, she had to take that on.”
 After moving to Grafton in 1989, Mrs. Hoeppner enjoyed spending time at the family’s lake home near Eagle River. Other travels took her to Alaska, Hawaii, Greece and Canada.
In her later years, she suffered physically and often relied on Ozaukee County’s public services, her son said.
“She really appreciated the public transportation and things like Meal on Wheels,” he said. “And she really appreciated the Grafton Fire Department. They sent people over to help her after she had a fall many times.”
Mrs. Hoeppner is survived by her children Donna of Slinger, Terry (Jennifer) of Sauk City, Richard (Dawn) of Grafton and James (Lisa) of Jackson; and grandchildren Stephanie, James, Nicholas, Nicole, Anna, Amanda, Kristen, Kelly and Zachary.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother Robert Svikel, sister-in-law Delores Hoeppner, and daughter-in-law Susan Hoeppner.  
A funeral Mass will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m.
Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.
Donations to the American Cancer Society are suggested.
Mueller Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 
Beatrice Blank PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:05

Beatrice Clara Blank, died Friday, June 16, at home in Salem, Ind. A Grafton native, she was 88 and had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    Ms. Blank was born May 27, 1929, in Grafton, the daughter of William and Iona Graff Hilgart.  
    She married Alvin Blank in September of 1948 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton.  
    Ms. Blank was a member of St. Isabel Catholic Church on Florida’s Sanibel Island, where she resided for many years. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, Yahtzee, solitaire, creating Christmas ornaments, crocheting and caring for her flower gardens.
    “She just loved flowers and was always thankful when someone remembered her with flowers,” her daughter Ruth Ann Brown said.  
She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
    “She was very fun-loving, very good-hearted,” her daughter said. “Everyone loved her and she loved everyone back.
    “There were five of us (children), but she never hesitated to give us whatever attention we needed.”
    Ms. Blank is survived by her children Mary Louise (Ted) Royer of Gibbonsville, Idaho;  Ruth Ann Brown of Nashville, Tenn.; Carol Jean (Jay) Allen of Sanibel Island, Fla.; Betty Jane Bowers of Salem, Ind.; and Cindy Lou (Christopher) Yatchak of Germantown; grandchildren Christine Alexandra Royer, Leandra Harris, Jayme (Mike Ferkowicz) Allen, Chloe Allen, Thomas Alvin Bowers, Adam Justus (Britney) Bowers, Brandon Dearth, Emily (Bobby) Asmondy and Mark Yatchak; eight great-grandchildren; brother James (Lucy) Hilgart; and sister Marilyn Clemins.
    She was preceded in death by son-in-law George Bowers; brother William Hilgart;  and sisters Valeria Hilgart, Frances Hilgart, Marceline Paulin, Marvel Eernisse and Beverly Proefrock.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton, with visitation at 3:30 p.m. Interment will be in the church’s cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to a charity of choice.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of Grafton is handling arrangements.

 
Richard Larson PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:05

Richard D. Larson, 73, died Friday, June 16, at Milan Estates in Saukville.
    Mr. Larson, a Saukville resident, was born April 13, 1944, in Chicago to Leonard and Evelyn Larson.  
    Mr. Larson enjoyed woodworking, horses and football, sharing those interests with his family and friends.  He was always good for a laugh or a practical joke.  
    He also served in the U.S. Army.
    Mr. Larson is survived by his daughters Stacey (Michael) Oppermann and Jennifer (Richard) Baake, sisters Eunice Schwind and Lynne (John) Hampel, granddaughter Cassidy and grandsons Ever and Diego.  
    He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Evelyn and Suzanne; and brothers Bud, John, and Jerry.  
    A celebration of  life will he held later this summer at Cedar Creek Farm in Cedarburg.
    Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is assisting with arrangements.

 
Richard Larson PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:05

Richard D. Larson, 73, died Friday, June 16, at Milan Estates in Saukville.
    Mr. Larson, a Saukville resident, was born April 13, 1944, in Chicago to Leonard and Evelyn Larson.  
    Mr. Larson enjoyed woodworking, horses and football, sharing those interests with his family and friends.  He was always good for a laugh or a practical joke.  
    He also served in the U.S. Army.
    Mr. Larson is survived by his daughters Stacey (Michael) Oppermann and Jennifer (Richard) Baake, sisters Eunice Schwind and Lynne (John) Hampel, granddaughter Cassidy and grandsons Ever and Diego.  
    He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Evelyn and Suzanne; and brothers Bud, John, and Jerry.  
    A celebration of  life will he held later this summer at Cedar Creek Farm in Cedarburg.
    Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is assisting with arrangements.

 
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