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Harvey R. Gruenwald PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:58

Harvey R. Gruenwald, a longtime Cedarburg resident, through God’s grace combined with his faith, was born to eternal life on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the age of 91 years.  
He was the beloved husband of Virginia for over 70 years; loving father of daughter Cheryl Moulds (Peter) and sons Karl and Curtis (Deborah) Gruenwald; and cherished and loving grandfather of Jon C. Gruenwald (Erika) of Port Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Lilly along with his sister Alice.   
Harvey is further survived by other relatives and friends.
A lifelong resident of Ozaukee County, Harvey was born and raised in Mequon, eventually moving to Cedarburg after being married in 1946.
He traveled to Cedarburg using the electric interurban railway to attend Cedarburg High School; and after graduation attended Marquette University for engineering.
Devoted to his country, he enlisted in the Navy and served during World War II.
Upon his return, he began working for his father-in-law, and later Harvey purchased half interest in the family business to be known as Jung-Gruenwald Furniture & Appliance in Cedarburg. Many years later, he sold his interest and formed a business partnership with his son Curtis, until his retirement in 1986. For a number of years after retirement, he continued helping out, since business and working with customers, along with being active, was so much a part of him.  
He was always there to lend a hand and dig in to help others, be they family, friends or neighbors.
The home he resided in for close to 60 years reflects much of his hard work that was done in the initial building process, along with all of the maintenance he did over the years.   
Taking after his father, gardening and making things grow was something he truly enjoyed.
In his earlier years, Harvey was very active in a variety of organizations, including his church, various civic groups and especially the Cedarburg Fire Department.
He loved spending time in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at the special place on North Twin Lake. Many special cherished Northwoods memories were created there.
He was of the “old school” where quality, honesty, integrity and fair dealing were essential ingredients to having those you serve become longtime customers and friends. He was of a time when a handshake and a promise were all that were needed, truly a lost era no longer present in today’s society.  
Harvey will be missed by family, friends and those who came across his path over the years to truly get to know him. He ran the race that was set before him, he kept the faith, has finished well and has claimed his prize. While his temporal journey here on earth has ended, life has truly just begun.
A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 18, at Friedens Church in Port Washington.
Cards may be addressed to the family in care of the church, 454 N. Milwaukee St., Port Washington, WI 53074.   
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Friedens Church in memory of Harvey are appreciated by the family.
Eernisse Funeral Home is serving the family, with burial in the family plot at Zur Ruhe Cemetery in Cedarburg.
Many thanks for the special care provided by so many at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital and especially the love and compassionate care provided by the dedicated and professional staff at Lasata Care Center. Special thanks to Dr. Tom Shewczyk of Homestead Family Health for his professional as well as tender loving care. The Ozaukee County community at large is so fortunate to have these individuals who treat those they are caring for as if they were their own family. Our family is deeply grateful for all of you!

Gene W. Schmit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:57

Port Washington businessman Gene W. Schmit made his mark on the county in myriad ways — by helping area residents buy and sell their homes, running auctions for businesses and individuals and contributing to the many business and community organizations he belonged to.
    It was a legacy Mr. Schmit was proud of, one he inherited from his father Michael, who taught him the art of auctioneering and the business of real estate.
    The two founded and ran M.J. Schmit and Son Realtor and Auctioneers for many years.
    After Mr. Schmit’s father died, the business was renamed Gene W. Schmit Realtor and Auctioneer, and today is known as Schmit Realty, which has offices in Grafton and Port Washington.
    “When his sons (Rick and Randy) took over, he took a lot of pride in the fact they were the third generation,” Mr. Schmit’s son Robb said.
    Mr. Schmit’s father founded Schmit’s Ballroom in Grafton, and he and his son ran it for many years. After his father died, Mr. Schmit bought out the other family members and ran it on his own until the business closed.
    The secret to Mr. Schmit’s success was his character, his son said.
    “He was just a genuine and caring person,” he said. “He had an ability to meet people and help them through situations in an honest way.”
    He cited one man who told family members that Mr. Schmit owned his house for five hours — the man was a pastor who didn’t make it back from Fennimore after a funeral to make the closing on his home. Mr. Schmit bought the house for the man, then sold it to him hours later.
    “How many people would do that for someone?” his son asked.
    Mr. Schmit died Thursday, Dec. 14, at his home on Westwood Drive in Grafton. He was 82.
    A Grafton native, he was born on Feb. 18, 1935, to Michael and Sally Schmit.
    He attended St. Joseph Parish School and Grafton High School, where he was involved in the drama and discussion clubs as well as the baseball, basketball and six-man football teams.
    Mr. Schmit’s love of baseball followed him into adulthood, when he watched and cheered his sons and later when he played in the Ozaukee County Senior Softball League in Grafton.
    “Some guys like to go hunting or fishing. I like to play ball,” Mr. Schmit told Ozaukee Press in 2010. “I wouldn’t give it up unless I’m injured or can’t breath.
    “I enjoy it. There’s a lot of talk and good fun. We have a lot of laughs, and there’s a lot of kidding.”
    After Mr. Schmit stopped playing softball for health reasons, he coached a team.
    “He just wanted to be with the boys,” his son said.
    Mr. Schmit was also a dancer who loved to polka. He met his future wife Rosemary Rickinger on the dance floor of the Nightingale Ballroom in Menomonee Falls. The couple married at St. Dominic’s Church in Marcy on Nov. 3, 1956.
    He was active in many community organizations — among them the Port Washington and Grafton Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Club and Lions Club —  and recognized by them for his contributions, and he also worked to support veterans groups and first responders.
    “He was passionate about honoring the people who serve the community,” his son said.
    But, his family said, more than his accomplishments, he was proud of his family.
    Like his father did with him, Mr. Schmit instilled business sense and ethics in his three sons, who then passed those on to their children, his family said.
    “Gene was a modest man yet most prideful about his children and grandchildren,” his family noted. “He frequented and supported their activities every chance he had.”
    Mr. Schmit was a humble and generous Christian man who enjoyed polkas and softball, his family said.
    Mr. Schmit is survived by his wife Rosemary of Grafton; sons Rick (JoAnn) and Robb (Stacy), both of the Town of Grafton, daughter-in-law Conny Schmit of the Town of Grafton; grandchildren Tyler (Katy), Matthew, Nick, Aaron (Alexandria), Andrew and Alyssa; and two great-granddaughters.
    He is further survived by his sisters Bette Ott and JoAnn (Richard) Paulus, both of Grafton.
    Mr. Schmit was preceded in death by his son Randy and brother-in-law Phil Ott.
    A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Schmit was held Monday, Dec. 18, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton. Father Mike Barrett officiated.
    Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Grafton.
    Memorials are suggested to the Grafton Lions Club, Alzheimer’s Association or the  American Cancer Society.
    Funeral arrangements were handled through Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Barbara E. Weisen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 16:14

Barbara E. Weisen (nee Lussenden), 87, formerly of Grafton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.  
She was born in Rhinelander on Dec. 10, 1929.  
She enjoyed bowling, golfing and spending time with her family.
Those Barbara leaves behind to cherish her memory include her three children, Dennis Weisen (Sandi Wendt), Pam Weisen (Scott Cotterell) and Carrie (Todd) Tenpenny; and three granddaughters, Amy Weisen, Kirsten Tenpenny and Carson Cotterell.  She is further survived by other relatives and friends.  
She was preceded in death by her husband Ken Weisen, who passed away on Feb. 28, 2017.
The family will greet visitors at a memorial gathering on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Schramka Densow Funeral Home, 423 N. Main St., Thiensville, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., with a service to follow.  
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to The American Cancer Society.
A very special thank you to the staff at Lawlis Family Hospice for their care and compassion.

Mae E. Allen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 16:13

Mae E. Allen, age 82, of Wautoma, passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at the Wild Rose Manor.
She was born July 21, 1935, in Oregon, Ill., the daughter of Raymond and Pauline (Kested) Pettenger.
She married Gary Wayne Allen on Feb. 14, 1954, in Rockford, Ill. He preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 2008.
Mae and her late husband operated Delux Manufacturing Corp. in Wautoma from 1982 until 1998.
She enjoyed bowling, sewing, dancing and music.
She is survived by her children Tom (Deb) Allen, Sheila Brossmann, Brian Allen and Dale (Sandy) Allen; nine grandchildren, Kristopher (Jamie) Allen, Brandon (Amanda) Allen, Troy Burmesch, Trent (Amy) Burmesch, Laura (Kyle) Christenson, Kayla (Kenn) Matthews, James (Elizabeth) Allen, Gary (Kori) Bertram and Eric (fiancee Desiree) Petrusky; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Earl Pettenger and Steve Pettenger; and one sister, Lois (Ed) Verkuilen.                                                                                              
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter Colleen Bertram; grandson Jake Bertram; her parents; and siblings Merle, Shelby and Beverly.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at Leikness Funeral Home, 358 S. Oxford St., Wautoma, with Pastor Michael Blair officiating.
Relatives and friends may greet the family on Sunday from noon until the services.

Mary L. (Schill) Ruckdashel PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 16:12

Mary L. (Schill) Ruckdashel, 76, of Sheboygan, passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 9, 2017, at Sunny Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Born July 13, 1941, in Milwaukee, Mary was a daughter of the late Ervin and Elaine Ruckdashel.
She attended schools in Milwaukee and graduated from Catholic High School.
In 1964, she was united in marriage to John P. Schill at St. Rose Parish in Fredonia. He preceded her in death on April 7, 1998.
Mary was a certified nursing assistant in the Sheboygan area for many years. She also volunteered at St. Nicholas Hospital and Sunny Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center. She previously worked for Larson Canning Factory in Cedar Grove for six years.
She was a former member of St. Mary Church in Lake Church and most recently at St. John the Baptist in Plymouth.
She enjoyed cooking, flower arranging, ceramics, painting and word search puzzles. She loved horses and spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of her greatest joys was listening to and singing Elvis Presley songs.
She is survived by her children Dawn Schill of Sheboygan Falls and Tony Schill of Sheboygan; six grandchildren, Joshua (Johanna Peters) Jambor of Sheboygan Falls, Greg (Amy) Strahl of Oostburg, Amanda (Stephen) Sandrone of Hingham, Amber Brunnbauer of Sheboygan Falls, Jaime (Trevor Rahe) Schill of Menasha and Allisha (Eric Schoch) Madison of Green, Ohio; six great-grandchildren, Landon, Aubree, Leland, Brennan, Bryce and Grayson; her sister Bernadette Ruckdashel of Fredonia; other relatives; and many friends.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Theresa A. Schill.
Funeral services for Mary will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1132 Superior Ave., Sheboygan. Father Philip D. Reifenberg will officiate.
Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. until the service.
Interment will take place in St. John's Cemetery in Plymouth.
A memorial fund has been established in her name.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Heartland Hospice and Sunny Ridge for all of their loving care and support.

Father James Kimla PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 16:12

Father James Kimla of Whitefish Bay died on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital after a long illness, with his family and close friends at his side.
He was born on Aug. 26, 1949, in West Bend to the late John A. and Zita (nee Whalen) Kimla.
After graduating from St. Frances Cabrini School, Father Kimla attended De Sales Preparatory Seminary and St. Francis Seminary.
On Dec. 12, 1976, he was ordained by Archbishop William E. Cousins at St. Nicholas Church in Milwaukee. He celebrated his first Mass on Dec. 19, 1976, at St. Frances Cabrini Church in West Bend.
He served at St. Matthias, Milwaukee; St. Mary, Sheboygan Falls; St. James, Mequon; St. Joseph, Grafton; St. Francis Seminary as vocations director; St. Barbara, Milwaukee; St. Rafael the Archangel, Milwaukee; and St. Joseph, Wauwatosa.
He is survived by a brother-in-law, Ray Riegert; a brother, Jack (Shirley) Kimla; two sisters, Therese Bohn and Karen Kimla; close friend the Rev. Dennis Dirkx; a niece; nephews; great-nieces and nephews; great-great-nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Riegert.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wauwatosa.
Private burial will take place at Holy Angels Cemetery in West Bend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis De Sales Seminary.
Becker Ritter Funeral Home serving the family.

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