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Mary Theresa Rudd PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:11

Mary Theresa Rudd, 88, formerly of Port Washington, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Pine Haven Christian Communities Covenant Home in Sheboygan Falls.
Mary T. (Conn) Rudd was born on Aug. 3, 1929, in Palisades, Colo., to Ansel and Theresa Conn.
On June 4, 1950, Mary married her best friend, Murray Dayle Rudd, in Pocatello, Idaho.
Mary was employed at Sentry Foods for 25 years as a grocery checker until her retirement in 1988. She was known as "Sentry Mary" and was beloved for her friendly smile and personality.
She enjoyed dancing with her husband, had a love for animals and cherished time with her family.
Mary is survived by her daughter Terri (John) Kolocek of Oostburg; son Dale (Linda) Rudd of Waubeka; four grandchildren, Jodi (Jody) Schubert of Waubeka, Billie Jo Loberg of Merrill, Raymond (fiancee Natalie Meinen) Kolocek and Thomas Kolocek; four great-grandchilden; a sister, Eileen (Terry) Carlson of Renton, Wash.; and a brother, Bill (Judy) Conn of Grand Junction, Colo.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Murray Dayle Rudd.
Private services will be held.
A memorial fund is being established in her name for the Sheboygan Humane Society.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Michael Johnson and the staff of Pine Haven Christian Homes.
For online condolences and additional information, please visit
Wenig Funeral Home of Oostburg, (920) 564-2771, is serving the Rudd family.

Marguerite H. Hilgendorf PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:10

Mrs. Marguerite H. Hilgendorf passed away the evening of Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. She was 82 years old.  
Marguerite was born in Germantown on April 10, 1935, the daughter of Henry and Verona Steinbach Bellin.  
On June 12, 1954, she was united in marriage with Earl J. Hilgendorf at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt. The couple lived in Mequon until Earl preceded Marguerite in death in 2016.
A master seamstress, Marguerite’s four girls and granddaughters were graced by her talents. Her German potato salad was legendary, requested at every function. And, of course, her tortes were second to none.
A longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt, she sang in the senior choir. Guided by her religious faith, she devoted hundreds of hours to her church through improvement projects, upkeep of the buildings and by ensuring the church grounds were kept in pristine condition.
She was the cherished mother of Debby (Dave) Balsiger, Christi (Jim) DeLong, Blaine (Kay) Hilgendorf, Angie (Randy) Monroe and Becky (Dave) Blank; adored grandmother of Duane (Monica) Balsiger, Diana (Ryan) Kegal, Elizabeth, Jon and Dan DeLong, Jessica (Kemuel) Morales, Jordan (Rico) Buentello, Melissa Hilgendorf, Andrew (Kristina) Kossow, Heidi Kossow and Brad and Dani Blank; and dear great-grandmother to Mason and Maddy Balsiger, Luka Buentello and Maximus Earl Kossow.   
She is further survived by sisters Dorothy (the late Victor) Frenz and Etta (Elmer) Held; sister-in-law Lois Hilgendorf, nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.  
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl and an infant brother.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10729 W. Freistadt Rd., Mequon.  
The family will receive visitors at the church Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service.
Memorials, if desired, are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or Beautiful Savior Church, Mequon.
Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at

Marilyn E. Rilling PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:09

Marilyn E. Rilling was an accomplished needleworker, her family said.
    She was known for her mastery of sewing and knitting, and fashioned many of her children’s clothes and “the best” Halloween costumes, family members said.
    She also knit many sweaters and other garments that are still cherished by family members today, they said.
    Mrs. Rilling, who for many years lived on Montgomery Street in Port Washington, died Sunday, Feb. 11, at Harbor Cove in Port, where she resided the past few years.
    She was 88.
    Mrs. Rilling was a native of Port Washington, born on Aug. 19, 1929, to Clarence and Adeline Turrie Gessner.
    She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School before graduating from Port Washington High School in 1947.
    She worked in the office at the Wisconsin Electric Power Co. plant in Port for a time.
    On May 20, 1950, she married Donald “Perch” Rilling of Grafton at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.
    Mrs. Rilling enjoyed quiet time spent reading.
    She was active at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 Auxiliary.
    Mrs. Rilling is survived by her children Karen Conradt and Jim (Gloria), both of Port Washington, Diane (Don “Diego”) Rilling of Oregon and Suzanne Rilling of Wilmington, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
    She is further survived by her sister Arlene Klein of Fredonia.
    In addition to her husband, who died on Dec. 31, 2010, Mrs. Rilling was preceded in death by her son Thomas “TJ,” brother James Gessner, son-in-law Doug Conradt and brother-in-law Elmer Klein.
    A funeral service for Mrs. Rilling will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington.
    The Rev. Jeff Suddendorf of First Congregational Church will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 4 p.m. until the service.
    Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington.
    Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital are suggested.

Juergen H. Haber PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:09

Juergen H. Haber was a German immigrant who could play soccer, sing and saw.
    Mr. Haber, 80, of Port Washington, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
    He was born Dec. 21, 1937, in Hamburg, Germany, to Heinrich and Gretchen Grotian Haber.
    In 1954, when he was 16, he came to America with his family. Their small boat that carried six people was supposed to land at Ellis Island, but a strike caused a detour to Boston, his daughter Monika Burrescia said.
    On June 7, 1969, he married Helga Wulff, a fellow German who arrived in America in 1957.
    Singing brought the two together. Mr. Haber sang bass in the Milwaukee Liedertafel, an all-male German language choir, and his wife sang with a German group in Sheboygan. The two met at a social gathering of singers in Sheboygan.
    Mr. Haber played forward in semi-professional soccer teams in Rochester, N.Y., California and Milwaukee. His career took him to Jamaica and other parts of the world. He played with the Bavarian Soccer Club into the 1960’s.
    “Dad was super modest. We didn’t know he was a soccer player until middle school when we tried out for soccer,” Mrs. Burrescia said of her and her twin sister.
    Mr. Haber and his wife raised their family in Menomonee Falls and Germantown before moving to Port Washington in 1990. He was a cabinet maker and master woodworker, most recently for D&F Cabinets in Germantown, before he retired.
    Mr. Haber learned the trade in Germany and finished an apprenticeship when he was 16 before he came to America, his daughter said. That was fortunate because by the time he was 21, his parents had gone back to Germany and the only family he had left was his brother in Rochester, N.Y.
    Whether it was mantels or doors, cabinets or countertops, “Everything that was made out of wood my dad made,” his daughter said.
    “He was very precise, a perfectionist about his work. He took pride in not making scrap, and everything looked good.”
    But Mr. Haber didn’t take money for his side jobs for family and friends, “even though these people could pay,” she said. “He was really caring, really loving, really generous.”
    He did most of the woodwork at his home in Port, his daughter Karin Sevener said.
    Both of his daughters described their dad as supportive. He always tried to attend their track and cross country meets at Port High, where the girls set school records, and he tried to come to Mississippi State to watch them run in college.
    “He was part of what we were doing,” Mrs. Burrescia said.
    Mrs. Sevener said her dad was funny and could joke with people, and “became a big teddy bear with his grandchildren.”
    Later in life, Mr. Haber made time to watch German soccer, no matter what time of day it was, and kept up with current events and politics. He also enjoyed solving crossword and word search puzzles.
    He is survived by his wife Helga and daughters Ingrid (Bruce) Klopfenstein of West Bend, Monika (Dominic) Burrescia of Cedarburg and Karin (Paul) Sevener of Grafton. He is further survived by grandchildren Paul Haber, Marisa Klopfenstein, Tim, Breanna and Nathan Sevener and Siena Burrescia; and brother Karl-Heinz (Olena) of Rochester, N.Y.
    He is preceded in death by his parents.
    Services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington. The Rev. Kelly Nieman-Anderson of Christ the King Lutheran         Church will officiate.
    Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Peter C. Braun PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:18

Peter C. Braun passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the age of 68.
He was the beloved father of Barbara (Doug) Davis and Tammy Bell;  cherished grandfather of David and Melissa Davis and DJ, Alex, Nicholas and Benjamin Bell; and loving brother to Gary (Karin), Mary, Pam (the late Don) and Ricky.
He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Phoebe, sister Shirley Rockendorf and brother Donald (Vera).
He is further survived by his best friend and gambling buddy Jimmy, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Hartson Funeral Home, 11111 W. Janesville Rd., Hales Corners 53130, from 3 to 5 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m.
A reception will follow at the Firehouse Restaurant, 100 S Main St., Saukville, WI 53080 at 7:30 p.m.

Donald G. Franzen PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:18

Donald G. Franzen wasn’t picky when it came to fishing.
    Whether it was on Lake Michigan, Erie, Poygan, Big or Little Cedar or a host of others, his catch was “basically whatever bit the hook,” his daughter Susan said with a laugh.
    On Jan. 29, Mr. Franzen, 86, of Grafton, died at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.
    He was born to Edward and Leona Bruss Franzen on March 31, 1931, in Cedarburg.
    After meeting his future wife at the county fair, he married Anita Kringel in 1952 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jackson.
    The following year, Mr. Franzen was drafted into the Army and served in the Korean War.
    Mr. Franzen enjoyed woodworking and made items such as coat racks, candleholders and gun cabinets.
    He enjoyed deer hunting and grew all kinds of produce in his garden for canning.
    Mr. Franzen was a member of the Rose Harms American Legion Post 355 in Grafton for 45 years and served as commander twice for two-year terms.
    He and his family of eight enjoyed trips up north, camping and seeing the countryside out West.
    Mr. Franzen was both outgoing and laid back, and had a good sense of humor, his daughter and wife said.
    He is survived by his wife, Anita;  children Shirley (Jeff) Greisch of Port Washington, Sharon Franzen of Grafton, Steven of Cedarburg, Scott (Jean) of Fredonia, Stuart (Wendy) of Saukville and Susan Franzen of Grafton; siblings all from the West Bend/Kewaskum area Judy (Dan) Survis, Darlene (Rodney) Aupperle, Pat (Bob) Friedemann, Douglas (Dawn), Roxanne (Joe) Sterr, and Edward (Pat); sister-in-laws Pauline Franzen and Arno Jobs; brother-in-law Franklin (Nancy) Kringel; grandchildren Heather, Bryan, Jason, Monique, Shawn, Bradly, Rachael, Miranda, Nicholas and Joshua; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Mr. Franzen was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Bernadine, Marcella and Audrey; brother Henry; and grandchildren Holly, Michael, Maria, Jamie and Allen.
    A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. Rev. Scott Kruse will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. until the the service.
    Memorials to the church or family are greatly appreciated.
    Mueller Funeral Home of Cedarburg handled the arrangements.

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