Dorothy Wuestenhagen

It’s fair to say that Dorothy I. Wuestenhagen was known for her culinary talent.

She loved baking, her family said, and would spend Saturdays making hamburger buns, pies, cinnamon rolls and apple bread.

“Baking was her specialty,” her daughter Carol D’Acquisto said. “Everybody loved her pies and her homemade hamburger buns.”

But cooking and baking weren’t just hobbies for Mrs. Wuestenhagen. She worked as a member of the kitchen staff at Port Washington High School, as a baker for Smith Bros. restaurant and as a cook for the Belgium Community Center.

At Smith Bros., Mrs. Wuestenhagen was entrusted with making the restaurant’s famous mile-high lemon meringue pie — but her personal recipe made a better pie, her daughter said.

She added that during the holidays, her mother made and sold more than 40 loaves of her apple bread to her friends.

“She just loved doing it,” she said, adding Mrs. Wuestenhagen carefully guarded her recipe for the loaves. “At one time, she said we should get a store and just make pies.”

Mrs. Wuestenhagen passed her skills down to her family, her daughter said.        “She taught my daughter how to make all her pies,” she said. “We have all her recipes.”

Mrs. Wuestenhagen died of complications of dementia Monday, March 18, at Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg. She was 94.

A native of Sisseton, S.D., she was born on April 24, 1924, to Arthur and Agnes Heinecke Rau.

The third oldest of 10 children, she was raised on the family farm and later followed her older sister to Sheboygan, where she met Elwood Wuestenhagen.

The couple married in Beardsley, Minn., on Sept. 20, 1947.

Mrs. Wuestenhagen was a longtime member of the Port Washington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5373 Ladies Auxiliary.

She bowled on the Mayer Hotel bowling team, but her greatest joy came from caring for her family.

Mrs. Wuestenhagen also tended to three of her nieces as if they were her own, and “they never wanted to go home,” her daughter added.

“She was very kind hearted,” she added. “She loved to help anybody, and she would do it at the drop of a hat.”

She had many friends and kept in touch with them, joining many of her bowling team members for monthly lunches until the end of her life, her daughter said.

She also took pride in the fact she kept a clean house.

“Her garage was cleaner than most people’s houses,” her daughter said. “She would clean the rafters and scrub the floor.”

Mrs. Wuestenhagen is survived by her children Carol (Joe) D’Acquisto of Port Washington, Elwood Jr. of Boulder Junction and Gary (Jill) of Fredonia; grandchildren Paula Pierron, Charlie (Jason) Donohue, Joe (Jes) D’Acquisto, Angie (Cullen) Hackert, Erich (Marissa) Wuestenhagen, Nikki Wuestenhagen, Kert Wuestenhagen and Kyle Wuestenhagen; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by her siblings Lois Drewelow, Richard Rau and Bernice Anthony, all of Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her husband Elwood in 1970, as well as her siblings Mabel Loesing, Ellen McBrady, Ardys Haanen, Eddie Rau and Helen Kalthoff.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Washington. The Rev. John Klieve will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Port Washington.




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