Leona F. Remitz

Leona F. Remitz of Port Washington loved to bake and was known for the pies she made — particularly the lemon meringue pie — for Smith Bros. Restaurant in Port.

The pie was one of the must-have foods at the Port restaurant, which was renowned for its fish.

“I don’t know if she was the true maker of the pie. I don’t know if it was her recipe, but I know she baked there a lot and she was known for her lemon meringue pie,” Mrs. Remitz’s daughter Barb Gahan said.

Her mother worked at many of the banquets and special events at the restaurant for 15 years, until her retirement in 1992, she added.

Mrs. Remitz had previously worked at a number of other longtime Port businesses, including the Wisconsin Chair Co., Schill’s Bakery and Ewig Bros.

“She really liked it,” her daughter said, noting that working outside the home gave her mother a chance to socialize.

Mrs. Remitz died Saturday, April 21, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon. She was 94.

She had suffered a stroke, her daughter said.

Mrs. Remitz was born in the Town of Port Washington on Aug. 11, 1923, the daughter of Charles and Jennie Baumann Wilde.

On Dec. 21, 1944, she married Arnold Witte at Friedens Church in Port Washington.

Mr. Witte was killed while serving in the military during World War II, on  Feb. 15, 1945.

On July 24, 1948, his widow married Albert Remitz at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.

He preceded his wife in death on Feb. 28, 2018.

Mrs. Remitz always had a beautiful flower garden, her daughter said, and she took particular pride in her impatients and geraniums.

She also enjoyed the holidays, decorating her home with special ornaments.

“She went all out,” her daughter said. “She did it all herself.”

Mrs. Remitz was a longtime member of St. John XXIII Catholic Parish’s Immaculate Conception Church in Saukville, where she was active with the Christian Mothers organization for many years.

“She was a kind and pleasant person,” her daughter said. “She was very talkative and social.”

Mrs. Remitz is survived by her children, Barbara (Richard) Gahan of Port Washington and Alan (Roxanne) Remitz of St. Charles, Ill.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by her sister Audrey Feider of Sheboygan and brother Lawrence Wilde of Port Washington.

Mrs. Remitz was preceded in death by her husbands, one sister and six brothers.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, Immaculate Conception Church in Saukville. Father Patrick Wendt will officiate.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Valley Sheltered Workshop, 325 Main St., Batavia, Ill. 60510.

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




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