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Carole Sepstead PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 20:37

Carole Sepstead of Grafton was a volunteer extraordinaire.
Mrs. Sepstead was Ozaukee County Salvation Army president, volunteered for the Red Cross, St. Ben’s Books, the Grafton Library and was an active member at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton.
Last year, she finished putting together a pamphlet outlining what resources are available for shut-ins. They are distributed through St. Paul.
“It has already helped hundreds of people just in the last year,” her daughter Cheryl Roloff said. “That’s just a typical volunteerism type of thing she would do.”
Mrs. Sepstead died in Milwaukee on Saturday, May 13. She was 79.
She was born June 12, 1937, in New Berlin to Walter and Helen Butzlaff.
 She married Thomas Rohloff of Wausau, who preceded her in death.
She later married Sheldon Sepstead, who preceded her in death after 52 years of marriage.
Mrs. Sepstead worked as a dental assistant, bank teller, social worker for Racine County Social Services, child support specialist for Ozaukee County Social Services and for 11 years was the general manager of St. Vincent de Paul Country Thrift Shop in Port Washington.
As general manager, she was responsible for transforming a small thrift shop into “Marshall Fields on the lake,” a model for other thrift shops nationally. She and her husband Sheldon played Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Thrift Shop every Christmas, distributing gifts to hundreds of children over the years.
Mrs. Sepstead enjoyed spending time up north, gardening, reading, writing and cooking.  She also enjoyed living in San Antonio.
In her 20s, she won cooking contests. During her life, she made many meals for shut-ins and people who were ill.
“She would bring them chicken dumpling soup and her famous blueberry muffin. That’s the kind of the person she was,” her daughter said.
She is survived by her husband Sheldon; children Robert, Cheryl and Thomas Rohloff and Sean Sepstead; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother Richard Butzlaff of Texas.
Besides her first husband, Mrs. Sepstead was preceded in death by two grandchildren and sister Ruth Ann Butzlaff.
A funeral was held Monday, May 22, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton.
Donations to St. Paul’s Lutheran School Tuition Fund, Grafton Public Library or the charity of choice are encouraged.

 
Warren Due PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 20:36

Warren C. Due, a former Port Washington resident, loved to fish on Lake Erie and in northern Wisconsin.
    “He liked to fish for walleye,” his sister Karen said. “He caught a big musky once, and that was his trophy.”
    Mr. Due, 53, died Thursday, May 18, at his home in Milwaukee. He was born in Milwaukee on June 28, 1963, to Alton and June Due.
    He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1981. He went on to work for Coplan Appliance as a delivery driver and then for Kennedy Hahn Appliance as a warehouse manager.  
    Mr. Due is survived by his parents of Elkhorn, brother Brian (Jill) of Milwaukee, and sister Karen (Bob) McLain of Dayton, Ohio.
    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. in the church.
    Memorials in Mr. Due’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 
Debra A. Schmitz PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 20:36

Debra A. Schmitz died of cancer Monday, May 22, at The Kathy Hospice in West Bend. The former Port Washington resident was 57.
“She had a good sense of humor and was loved by many people,” her brother Dave Schmitz said. “She also loved everything about the Green Bay Packers. She was a shareholder.”
Ms. Schmitz was born Nov. 7, 1959, in Port Washington, daughter of Jerome and Josephine Fechter Schmitz.  
Ms. Schmitz grew up on North Webster Street and graduated in 1978 from Port Washington High School, where she enjoyed music and band. She was a member of the Windjammers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps from 1973 until 1979.  
“The camaraderie with other people in the band meant a lot,” her brother said. “She had a friend in the band that went back to first grade and lasted the rest of her life.”
In 1983, Ms. Schmitz received her bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also received her master’s degree in 1998.  
For the last 17 years, she was a clinical nursing instructor at the Moraine Park Technical College campuses in southeastern Wisconsin. She taught and supervised junior and senior nursing students in medical, surgical and rehabilitation hospital settings.
Prior to her teaching, she was a registered nurse at hospitals in Milwaukee, including Sacred Heart Rehabilitation, St. Joseph’s, St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s.  
Throughout the 1990s, Ms. Schmitz was also an emergency medical technician, an advanced cardiac life support transportation nurse and an operations manager for Vital Care Ambulance Service of West Bend.
She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, the UWM Alumni Association and the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Service Association.
Ms. Schmitz loved animals, her family said. Her pride and joy were her golden retrievers Rudy and Hogan. She volunteered with golden retriever rescue groups and enjoyed dog camps like the Dog Scouts of America.
“They got an actual bandana and earned merit badges, just like a Boy Scout would,” her brother said of his sister and her dogs. “She was avid at doing this several times a year.”
Ms. Schmitz is survived by her brothers Dave (Betsy) Schmitz of Saukville and Dennis (Connie) Schmitz of Random Lake; her partner Martha Garske of Wauwatosa; and her friends Marge Spieth, Barb Theisen and Pat Hrobsky.
 Ms. Schmitz was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington. Deacon Ralph Kornburger will preside. Visitation begins at 4 p.m.
Interment will be at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in the Town of Trenton.
Memorials to the Wisconsin Humane Society of Ozaukee County are suggested.

 
Laura Petersen PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 20:35

Laura Gail Petersen, a former resident of Port Washington, Grafton and Fredonia, took pride in sharing her creativity with others through her homemade cards, letters, and beaded jewelry.
    “She had the biggest heart of any person I know and she loved life,” her sister Julie Hinkens said. “She enjoyed expressing herself with handwritten notes and sharing her beaded jewelry with impoverished children abroad.”
    Ms. Petersen, 60, died Thursday, May 4, at Hilltop View Assisted Living in Fredonia.
    She was born on Oct. 2, 1956, in Portland, Maine, to David and Joan Hippard Petersen. She was raised in Baldwinsville, N.Y., and moved to Mequon with her family in 1968.
    She graduated from Homestead High School in 1973 and went on to work for Portal Inc. in Grafton. Where she was recognized with a personal achievement award in 2009.  
    Over the years she was gainfully employed at various local businesses, but was most proud of her job that she held at Colombia St. Mary’s Hospital.
    Ms. Petersen is survived by her brothers Christian (Lisa) of Beverly Hills, Mich., and John (Victoria) of Sun City Center, Fla.; and sister Julie (David) Hinkens of Appleton.          She was preceded in death by her parents.
    A celebration of Ms. Petersen’s life will be held on Sunday, May 28, from noon to 3 p.m at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Grafton.  
    Memorials can be made to Portal Inc. in memory of Ms. Petersen.  
    Arrangements are being handled by Mueller Funeral Home in Grafton.

 
James Horstman PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 20:33

James A. Horstman, who lived for many years on James Drive in Port Washington, was an adventurous man.
    An avid outdoorsman, he held a private airplane pilot’s license and also piloted gliders. He loved scuba diving so much he got his certification as an instructor and got his entire family to take up the sport.
    “We went all over diving,” his wife Jeannine said. “We went to Spain, Israel and the Caribbean. We saw some interesting places.”
     The couple enjoyed traveling and did so extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Africa    
    Mr. Horstman did these things not just for the adventure but also for the sense of accomplishment they brought, his wife said.
    “If he did something, he wanted to make sure he did it right,” she said.
    Mr. Horstman, who most recently lived at Lincoln Village in Port, died of complications of a stroke Thursday, May 18, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon. He was 88.
    Mr. Horstman was a native of Chicago, born on June 14, 1928, to Edward and Lily May Mosely Horstman.
    Mr. Horstman enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from high school and served in active and reserve duty from 1946 to 1949. In 1950, he returned to active duty in Korea and saw heavy combat with Able Co., First Marines. He was wounded twice in action in 1951 and was awarded two Purple Hearts.
    “He was a gung-ho, Semper fi Marine,” his wife said. “He was a good man, a smart man. He was funny and successful.”
    He enjoyed going to reunions with his Marine Corps company, and debating politics, she added.
    On Nov. 24, 1951, he married Jeannine Veesenmeyer at United Methodist Church in Chicago.
    Mr. Horstman was a Chicago City News Bureau police reporter and a news editor for the ABC and CBS radio affiliates in Chicago.
    “It was exciting,” his wife said. “He enjoyed it.”
    But then, she said, Mr. Horstman saw there were opportunities in the field of marketing. He founded Motivation Dynamics Inc., a highly successful Chicago-area public relations and marketing firm that he later renamed The Delos Co.
    Mr. Horstman ran the company for about 40 years before retiring in his mid-70s.
    After living in various Chicago suburbs, Mr. Horstman and his wife moved to Port Washington in 2002.
    He often told people that Port was the best place he had lived, his family said, noting he loved not just the city but also the harbor and the people here.

 
Edward P. Neuens PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:21

Edward Neuens died Monday, May 15, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. The Fredonia resident was 83.

Mr. Neuens was born Aug. 2, 1933, son of  Oliver Neuens and Florence Jacque Neuens.  He grew up in the Fredonia area and attended high school in Port Washington.  

In 1952, Mr. Neuens joined the U.S. Marine Corp, serving in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1955.  

After returning home, he worked at the family business, Neuens Lumber, in Fredonia. He was a member of the American Legion Post 410 and the Saukville Rifle & Pistol Club.

Mr. Neunes enjoyed shooting, hunting, and fishing up north.  

He is survived by fiancée Cynthia Zettler of Fredonia, and sisters Carolyn Thompson of Severna Park, Md., and Sarah (Paul) Ansay of Verona.  

He is preceded in death by his parents.

In accordance to Mr. Neuens’ wishes, private funeral services will be held.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

 
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