Evangeline Gosewehr

Evangeline C. Gosewehr was well known to residents of the Town of Saukville, where her husband LaVern served as clerk for decades.

Mrs. Gosewehr was a poll worker for years and she also served as her husband’s assistant.

“Before computers, everything was done by hand,” their daughter Sue Folz said. “She helped keep the ledgers, handwrote the taxes in the book. They would type up the minutes.

“She was his assistant in the town and in life.”

Mrs. Gosewehr, who was best known as Vange, died following a brief illness Friday, July 19, at Lawlis Hospice in Mequon. She was 96.

Mrs. Gosewehr was born on Sept. 19, 1922, in Belgium, the daughter of Peter and Martha Lorge Anzia.

She married LaVern “Lou” Gosewehr on May 17, 1947, in Lake Church.

The couple operated a dairy farm in the Town of Saukville.

Mrs. Gosewehr was a friendly woman who was a good listener, her daughter said.

She was known for her gardens, especially her flower gardens, which teemed with numerous blooms, her daughter said.

“She had a nice variety of everything,” she said, noting her mother’s favorite flowers included irises, peonies and lilies. “They lived across from Hawthorne Hills and people would tell her, ‘I drive by and the garden is so beautiful. I don’t ever see any weeds.’”

She could often be seen on her riding mower or tending to the garden, her family said.

Mrs. Gosewehr also volunteered as a docent at nearby Pioneer Village.

“She loved teaching the kids,” her daughter said, noting her mother felt it was important to pass on the heritage and history of the area to youngsters.

Mrs. Gosewehr was an accomplished cook and baker who was known not just for her food but her hospitality, her daughter said.

“Lickety-split, she could come up with something to put on the table, and it was always good,” she said, even if it was for last-minute company.

Her mother didn’t have any signature dishes, she added, saying, “Everything she made was good. Our neighbor once said that what my mom considered a flop was pretty darn good.”

Mrs. Gosewehr enjoyed hosting her family for holiday celebrations.

She was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 470 in Saukville and enjoyed playing sheepshead.

Mrs. Gosewehr is survived by her children, Bob (Linda) of Mequon, Gerry (Sue) of Warrenville, Ill., Al (Ginny) and Sue (Bill) Folz, both of Saukville; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by her sisters-in-law Lois Anzia of Port Washington and Karen Gosewehr of Hartland.

In addition to her husband LaVern, who died in 2011, she was preceded in death by her brothers Alvin, Harvey and Marvin, sisters Virginia and Patricia and brothers and sisters-in-law.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at St. John XXIII Parish, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville. Fathers Karl Acker and James Ernster will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Burial will be held Friday, July 26, at St. Finbar’s Cemetery in the Town of Saukville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice are suggested.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.



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