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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:03

Martha M. Schanen, the last surviving charter member of the Rose-Harms Unit 335 American Legion Auxiliary, died Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Milan Estates in Saukville at the age of 97.
    She spent all but her last three months living in Grafton before becoming a resident of the assisted living home.
    After World War II, Mrs. Schanen helped form the legion.
    “She was in that from the beginning,” her son, Nicholas Schanen said. “I don’t know when they were chartered … but yeah, she was always proud of that. Actually, we are the only family that had four generations active at the post.”
    Mrs. Schanen was an accomplished cook, baker and seamstress, and her son recalled the story of when his mother first moved into Milan Estates.
    “The first thing she asked was for us to be sure to bring the sewing machine over,” he said.
    “And then the next thing was she wanted all of her recipe index files. I guess she figured she’d be able to get into the kitchen there, but she wasn’t able to walk. She was in a wheelchair. But they did go down there with her recipes and with the help of one other person there, they used her recipes and made several different things.”
    Mrs. Schanen enjoyed volunteering at Family Sharing and various church ministries.
    “She is at the top of the list for helping out other people,” her son said. “Everybody thinks they’ve got a great mother, but I’ve got a feeling I’ve got the best of the best, you know?”
    Mrs. Schanen was born on Sept. 10, 1920, to Nicholas and Catherine Scheer Dickmann. On July 27, 1939, she married Alphonse N. Schanen. The couple built a house in Grafton where they lived for 65 years.
    While Mr. Schanen served as an Army medic in the European theater during World War II, Mrs. Schanen made parts for machine guns at Sohns Manufacturing Co. in Grafton.
    Mrs. Schanen is survived by her children Nicholas (Vicki) of Grafton, David (Debbie) of Talking Rock, Ga., and Nancy (friend Dan) Schlegel of Cedar Grove; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sisters Lucille Zukaitis, Lorraine Paulin, Ardelle Van Langen and Mildred Brown; and brother Nic Dickmann.
    A Mass of Christian burial was to be at noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton with Father Michael Barrett officiating. A Rose-Harms Unit 355 American Legion Auxiliary service was held at 11:45 a.m.
    Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of Grafton assisted the family.  

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