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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:19

Former Port Washington resident Emery A. Medinger was fascinated with clocks.
    In his spare time, Mr. Medinger built clocks, a hobby he took up after retirement. He learned to build them from kits, and was soon hooked.
    “They’re just beautiful,” his daughter Terri Morauski said.
    He made a clock for each of his daughters, she said, adding each girl got to select the timepiece they wanted from a catalog.
    He also filled his home with clocks — especially mantle and wall clocks — and loved to hear them chime each hour, she said.
    Mr. Medinger died Thursday, Nov. 16, in Sun City West, Ariz. He was 89.
    Mr. Medinger was born in Belgium on April 3, 1928, the son of Joseph and Adeline Wellenstein Medinger.
    He grew up in Belgium and attended local schools, graduating from Port Washington High School in 1946.
    He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Occupied Japan through March of 1948.
    On June 25, 1949, he married Lenore Schowalter at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.
    The couple lived on Whitefish Road, and Mr. Medinger worked in the power plant operations department at Wisconsin Electric Power Co.’s Port Washington plant, serving as a shift supervisor.
    He retired in 1988 after almost 40 years with the company.
    In 1995, Mr. Medinger and his wife moved to Arizona.
    He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington and later of St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church — both now part of St. John XXIII Parish.
    Mr. Medinger loved to spend time with his family, and often took road trips around the country during vacations when his children were young, his daughter said.
    “He was a very patient and understanding man,” she said. “He was very gentle. He just loved his girls, and he was always happy when we were all under one roof.”
    Mr. Medinger is survived by his wife Lenore of Sun City West, Ariz.; daughters Terri Morauski of Port Washington, Laurel Allen of Sun City West, Ariz., Mara (Dave) Swatek of Roseland, Fla., and Jan (Jack) Waite of Platteville; and grandchildren David (Staci) Allen, Jennifer (Jeremy) Sacho, Oden (Jamie) Waite and Doran (Leslie) Waite; and six great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his sister Audrey (William) Bowles of Belgium and brothers Harold of Fredonia and James (Karen) Medinger of Virginia.
    Mr. Medinger was preceded in death by his son-in-law Paul Morauski and sister-in-law Katie Medinger.
    A memorial Mass for Mr. Medinger will be held at noon Saturday, May 5, at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, in Port Washington.
    Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. May 5 until the service.
    Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Mausoleum in Port.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Salvation Army, Port Washington Food Pantry or a charity of the donor’s choice are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

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