Sharon A. Duesing

Longtime Saukville resident Sharon A. Duesing was known to many businessmen and women as the woman who set up their travel plans.

She may never have met some of her clients, but as a travel agent with Travel Leaders in Cedarburg, she took care of every detail of their trips.

“She was really, really good at her job,” her daughter Kim Granrath said, noting that while her mother handled vacation planning for some people her primary focus was business travel. “She was a very hard worker.”

Although she was a travel agent until her retirement on June 29, Mrs. Duesing didn’t do a lot of traveling herself, her daughter said.

“She was more of a homebody,” she said. “She was very nurturing. She was always in the background, raising the family.”

Mrs. Duesing died of complications of cancer Wednesday, July 18, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon. She was 79.

She was the oldest of six children, born on March 4, 1939, to Frank and Dorothy Pollack Tennyson in Milwaukee.

She grew up in Milwaukee and on Sept. 30, 1961, married Rauland “Dean” Duesing at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee.

The couple moved to Saukville in 1976, and later to Grafton.

Mrs. Duesing was a giving person who enjoyed spending time at her family’s cottage in North Bay in Door County.

“We went up there a lot,” her daughter said. “It (the cottage) was nothing fancy, but it was a nice area and very tranquil. We have a lot of good memories from our time there.”

Mrs. Duesing also enjoyed reading but was perhaps best known for her homemade pizza, her daughter said.

“She was famous for that in the family,” she said. “She always made pizza. She’d make a big batch of dough for the crust so it was always ready to go.”

It was the homemade crust that made her mother’s pizza exceptional, she added.

“It was really homemade — it was the best,” she said.

Mrs. Duesing is survived by her children Kim (Brian) Granrath of West Bend and Eric Duesing of Grafton; grandchildren Cole (Danielle) Granrath, Tyler (fiance Melanie Kulibert) Granrath and Cassandra Duesing; and three great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by her siblings Gary (Karen) Tennyson of Pewaukee, Tom (Ann) Tennyson of Brookfield, Carol Schiller of Sussex and Audrey (Patrick) Willis of Milwaukee and sister-in-law Bonnie Tennyson of Menomonee Falls.

Mrs. Duesing was preceded in death by her husband on Aug. 25, 1999, and her brother Roger Tennyson.

A funeral service was held for Mrs. Duesing Monday, July 23, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home in Brookfield.

Interment was in Union Cemetery, Saukville.




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