Albert “Lefty” Remitz

Albert “Lefty” Remitz spent most of his life in the commercial fishing business.

After a career on a boat working for Joe Cayner, Mr. Remitz smoked fish at Ewig Bros. and later Smith Bros.

His family suspects he may have been Port Washington’s last commercial fisherman.

Mr. Remitz, 97, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, at his home in Port.

He was born July 18, 1920, in Port Washington to Joseph and Mary Repenshek Remitz.

He graduated from Port Washington High School and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. On July 24, 1948, he married Leona Wilde.

Outside of work, Mr. Remitz liked to watch football and baseball on TV.

“After spending the whole day out on the lake in the fresh air, his enjoyment was to sit and relax,” his daughter Barbara Gahan said.

She said her father “took pride in the way his yard looked,” and was a member of St. John XXIII Catholic Parish and a former member of Immaculate Conception Holy Name Society.

His daughter described her father’s personality as funny.

“He had a lot of one-liners,” she said. “He was just very happy.”

While at Ewig Bros. and Smith Bros., Mr. Remitz enjoyed working with the high-school students, and they in turn enjoyed his company, his daughter said.

Mr. Remitz is survived by his wife Leona; children Barbara (Richard) Gahan of Port Washington and Alan (Roxanne) Remitz of St. Charles, lll.; grandchildren Amy Kirsch, Jason Gahan, Elizabeth Formica, and Suzie and John Remitz; four great-grandchildren and his sister Judy (Ralph) Bauer of Green Valley, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by sisters Margaret Blick and Rita Miller and brother Ralph.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, March 9, at St. John XXIII Parish Immaculate Conception Church, Saukville, with Father Patrick Wendt presiding.

Visitation will be at the church from 4 p.m. Friday until the service.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Saukville.

Memorials to Valley Sheltered Workshop in Batavia for Mr. Remitz’s grandson John are appreciated.

Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is handling arrangements.



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