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Gerald J. Wagner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:32

Gerald J. Wagner, 76, of Saukville, died Sunday, Sept. 10, at Ovation Sarah Chudnow retirement community in Mequon.    
    Mr. Wagner was born in Sheboygan on July 11, 1941, the son of Elaine Jung and John M. Wagner, Jr.
    The family lived in Fredonia and Mr. Wagner attended local schools, graduating from Port Washington High School in 1959.  
    Mr. Wagner served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea as a Huey aircraft mechanic.
    On Nov. 5, 1966, he married Darlene J. Learned at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Fredonia. The couple settled in the Waubeka area, moving to the Town of Saukville in 1981.  
    Mr. Wagner worked as a steelworker for Continental Can Co. in Milwaukee until the company closed, and then worked with his uncle at Complete Improvements in Saukville.
     He was a life-long motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed riding as often as possible, most recently on his Harley Davidson. Mr. Wagner and his wife liked to travel on the cycle all summer long, and visited Canada and many of the lower United States.
    When not on his bike, Mr. Wagner enjoyed shooting trap at the Saukville Gun Club, hunting, and spending time in his yard with family and friends around the pool. He also liked to fish, boat, golf and bowl.
    Mr. Wagner is survived by his wife Darlene of Saukville, daughter Raquel McCarthy of West Allis and grandson Jonathon McCarthy.  
    He is further survived by his brother Neil (JoAnn) Wagner of Fredonia and sister JoAnn Kultgen of Random Lake.
    He was preceded in death by his parents John and Elaine and brother-in-law Leander Kultgen.
     Per Mr. Wagner’s wishes, his body was cremated. A memorial service will take place at a later date.
    Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is handling the arrangements.

Colleen Ann Bertram PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:30

Colleen Ann Bertram, age 58 of Montello, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at her home.  
Colleen was born in Rockford, Ill., on Aug. 14, 1959, to Gary and Mae (Pettenger) Allen.  She was raised in Grafton and graduated from Grafton High School and MBTI in Milwaukee.  Colleen later relocated to Sheboygan, and then to Montello in 2012.
Colleen brought fun and whimsy into others’ lives despite her own health challenges. She passed her love of fishing along to her sons, though they never became fans of her beloved Chicago Bears.
Colleen’s artistic talents were put to use in the many years she served as master painter for productions for the Sheboygan Theatre Company and showed off-stage in the items she painted or crafted for sale or for others in her life — everything from a large memorial painting commemorating 9/11 to pet rocks.  
Her caring nature was evident to friends and neighbors and in the regard she had for all animals great and small.  Colleen’s greatest love, though, was for her sons Gary and Jake and for her Lord who sustained her through the challenging times in her life.
Colleen is survived by her son Gary (Kori) of Saukville and her adopted parents Ron and Judi Pugh of Montello.  She is also survived by her mother Mae Allen, brother Dale (Sandy) Allen and sister Sheila, as well as her former husband Michael A. Bertram and many extended family members.
Colleen was preceded in death by her father Gary Allen, son Jake and several aunts and uncles.
A memorial service for Colleen will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Marquette Community Church, 610 Doty St., Montello.  
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the service.  
Pastor Mike Vargo will officiate and private family inurnment will take place at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Port Washington at a later date.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Montello and Oxford is honored to be serving the family.

Thomas H. Zimmermann PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:29

Thomas H. Zimmermann of Fredonia, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 13.
    Mr. Zimmermann was born on Feb. 14, 1940, in Milwaukee to Frederick and Sylvia Nelson Zimmermann.
    He married Sandra Mae Ochowicz on Oct. 31, 1959.    
    Mr. Zimmermann loved spending time with his family and friends and his four-legged friend Hooch. He was a skilled craftsman and hobbyist who also enjoyed watching the creatures and wildlife that inhabited his pond.  
    Mr. Zimmermann is survived by his daughters, Cindy (James) Colachis of New Albany, Ohio, Dawn (Terry) Parks of Saukville, and Susan (Michael) Stoetzel of Fredonia; grandchildren Theresa Klinger, Jeffrey (Jenna) Klinger, Sandra Stoetzel, James Colachis; and four great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his siblings Lori Thomas of Fredonia, Robert (Molly) of Arizona, and James of Arizona; and sisters-in-law Betty Widmann of West Bend and Arlene Zimmermann of Milwaukee.
    Mr. Zimmerman was preceded in death by his parents; wife Sandra; brothers Fred and Billy; in-laws William and Leona Ochowicz; brothers-in-law Earl Sager and Ronald Widmann; and sister-in-law Lois Sager.  
    A funeral was held Friday, Sept. 15, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fredonia with the Rev. Robert C. Zick presiding. Interment was at Graceland Cemetery in Milwaukee.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, handled the arrangements.

Geraldine Egerer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:29

Geraldine Egerer, 87, died Thursday, Sept. 14, at  Lawlis Family Hospice Center in Mequon.
    Ms. Egerer and her twin brother Gerald were born in Port Washington on July 5, 1930, to Henry and Anna Meirsch Egerer.
    Ms. Egerer grew up on the family farm in the Town of Port Washington. When she was a teenager, she moved to Watertown to live at Bethesda Lutheran Home.
    She worked at Goodwill for many years, and was known as a hard worker.
    Ms. Egerer also loved music and watching the Lawrence Welk show.
    Ms. Egerer moved to Cedar Springs Nursing Home in Cedarburg in 2012.
    Ms. Egerer is survived by her sisters Sally Ann Jentges of Town of Port Washington and Marlene Blank of Jackson; sisters-in-law LaVerne Egerer of Town of Belgium, and Elsa Egerer of Cedarburg, and Carol Egerer of Port Washington.  
    She was preceded in death by her parents, nine brothers, four sisters, and five brothers-in-law.
    Private family services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington. She will be buried in Union Cemetery, Port Washington.

Christopher L. McClendon PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:28

Christopher L. McClendon, age 56 of Thiensville, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.  
Christopher was born Sept. 8, 1961, in Milwaukee to Kenneth and Lois McClendon.  
He was united in marriage to Debra (nee Boll) on July 14, 1984.  
Christopher is survived by his wife Debbie, daughters Lauren and Chloe, parents Ken and Lois McClendon, brother Mark (Caroline) McClendon, sister Shelly (Jim) Mueller, mother-in-law Inge Boll, brother-in-law Tony (Amy) Boll and dear auntie Karen (Ken) Kendzor. He is further survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.      
Christopher was a dedicated employee of Paper Machinery Corp.  He made many friends throughout his time working there.  
He enjoyed being outdoors, hiking, golfing and fishing.  Christopher loved music, especially live bands. His strength, courage and sense of humor will be missed.  Above all, his family meant the most to him.           
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167  Washington Ave., Cedarburg. Pastor Steve Harris will officiate.  
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the service at 3 p.m.    
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the CVICU staff at Froedtert Hospital and Dr. Hendrikus Krouwer at ProHealth Care for all the care and compassion they provided.  
Please see for full obituary.     

Gustav C. Blank III PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:27

Grafton native Gustav C. Blank III took up woodworking after retirement, and he became such a fine craftsman that he created pieces that are integral to his church, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jackson.
    Among the pieces he made were the church’s main cross, pulpit, communion rails and baptismal font, his daughter Judy Henrichs said.
    “He was very proud of that,” she said. “Everytime we go in there and see that, it’s kind of neat.”
    Mr. Blank was self-taught, and he created many “masterpieces” from wood, his family said — everything from furniture to picture frames and jewelry boxes.
    “Anything we would ask for, he would make,” his daughter said. “You should see some of his work. It’s just unreal.”
    Mr. Blank, who lived in Jackson, died of a heart attack Saturday, Sept. 16, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. He was 83.
    Mr. Blank was born on Dec. 13, 1933, to Gustav and Bertha Wilke Blank.
    He graduated from Port Washington High School, where he met Marlene Egerer. The two married on July 12, 1956, in Waukegan, Ill.
    Mr. Blank served as a mechanic in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
    When he returned to the States, he worked as a diesel truck mechanic. He owned Blank’s Truck Repair in Grafton until his retirement in 1998.
    In his retirement, Mr. Blank not only took up woodworking, he also indulged his hobby of fishing, making many fishing trips to the Mississippi River.
    Mr. Blank also enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. with his wife in their RV.
    “He was a loving, caring and hard-working man — he always had to be doing something,” his daughter said. “He loved his family. He was very spiritual.
    “He was a good guy who loved life.”
    Mr. Blank is survived by his wife Marlene of Jackson; sons Jeffrey (Bonnie) of Gleason, Jack of Mayville and John of Saukville; daughter Judy (Steve) Henrichs of Jackson; daughter-in-law Gina Blank; grandchildren Rim (Jennifer), Joe, Christopher (Lindsay), Mathew (Jessica), Tracy (Aaron), Lindsey (Jack), Emily, Holden, Holly, Jordan and Jarred; and eight great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his sister-in-law Sally Jentges.
    Mr. Blank was preceded in death by his son James; parents Gustav and Bertha, twin sisters Margaret Straub and Marion Radke, in-laws Henry and Anna Egerer and brothers-in-law Ken Straub and Walter Radke.
    A funeral service for Mr. Blank will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jackson. The Rev. Paul Mittermaier will officiate.
    Military honors will follow the service.
    Visitation will be at the church from 1 p.m. Sunday until the service.
    Mr. Blank’s body will be buried in a casket he crafted at St. John’s Church Cemetery in the Town of Grafton on Monday, Sept. 25.
    Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Mueller Funeral Home, Cedarburg.

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