Charles Noeske


Charles E. Noeske was likely the person his family and friends turned to when they had an issue with the streets and related issues.

That’s because Mr. Noeske was a longtime public works employee. He started his career with the Department of Public Works in River Hills, then took the job of street commissioner in Port Washington.

“He was a very mechanical guy, and he was very good with equipment,” John Sigwart, a former Port Washington public works director, said. “Charlie was pretty laid-back. He wasn’t a meetings guy, he was a hands-on guy.

“Charlie was a good guy overall and a good municipal employee.”

Mr. Noeske later worked in West Bend before returning to River Hills, where he retired in 1991.

Mr. Noeske died Monday, Oct. 14, at his Cedarburg home. He was 89.

A native of Milwaukee, he was born on Aug. 21, 1930, to Erwin and Erma Pickel Noeske.

He graduated from Milwaukee Boys Tech in 1949, then joined the U.S. Army.

 On Nov. 29, 1958, he married Donna Welch at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Fox Point.

Mr. Noeske enjoyed gardening, doing yard work and bird watching, but he had an artistic flair that showed in his ability to work with stained glass. He made numerous windows, lampshades and sun-catchers through the years, and his projects are cherished family mementoes.

His children also prize the memories of working with Mr. Noeske refurbishing a Willy’s Jeep and an old Chevrolet pick-up truck.

Mr. Noeske is survived by his wife Donna of Cedarburg; children Elizabeth Abel of Cedarburg, Julie (Timothy) Murphy of Omaha, Neb., and Christopher (Paula) of Jennings, La.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents Erwin and Erma and sister and brother-in-law Eileen and David Cook.

A private service was held at the Noeske home immediately after Mr. Noeske’s death.

Memorials to Alzheimer’s research or the Aurora Home Hospice program are suggested.

Funeral arrangements were handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.




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