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Norman R. Becker PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 17:19

Norman R. Becker’s first job was as an administrator at the former St. Alphonsus Hospital in Port Washington.
“He loved that job and loved helping people,” his daughter Kristin Phillips said. “He always had funny stories about working with the nuns.”
Mr. Becker, a Port native, also had a huge extended family.
“He had tons of first cousins and could name them all,” she said.
Mr. Becker, 71, died of heart disease Tuesday, May 30, at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay.
He was born Nov. 26, 1945, to Clarence and Barbara Lanser Becker and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1964.
Mr. Becker went on to study at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and then Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, where in 1971 he earned his degree in accounting and data processing.
He married Susan Pause on May 11, 1968, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Oshkosh. The couple moved from Port Washington to Sturgeon Bay in 1988, then to Baileys Harbor in 1996.
Mr. Becker was the bakery manager for Callsen’s Main Street Market in Egg Harbor from 1995 to 2011. The couple also established Journey’s End Motel & Cabins in Baileys Harbor in 1996.
   Mr. Becker enjoyed providing his guests with a memorable vacation, his wife said, and also enjoyed cooking, grilling and canning tomato juice, pickles and dilly beans.
He also liked gardening, his family said.
Mr. Becker will be remembered for his patience, dry-but-funny sense of humor and being a real “Mr. Nice Guy,” his family said.
Mr. Becker is survived by his wife Sue; daughter Kristin (David) Phillips of Kentucky; son Andrew (Shelby) of Appleton; grandchildren, Lodner and Niles Phillips and Ava and Ethan Becker; sisters Darlene (Bryan) Hanke of Manitowoc; and Jeannie (Lanny) Lillibridge of Melbourne, Fla.; and brother Daniel (Lola) of Oneida.
Mr. Becker was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, June 5, at Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor. Fr. Ron Colombo officiated.
Mr. Becker will be buried in the Baileys Harbor Town Cemetary.
Memorials are suggested to Feed and Clothe My People.
Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay handled arrangements.

 
Andrew A. Aamodt PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 17:18

Andrew A. Aamodt was liked by a lot of people, his brother Alan said.
“He had friends everywhere he went,” he said. “And he’d help people he barely knew, because he thought it was the right thing to do.”
Mr. Aamodt, 38, died Thursday, June 1.
He was born Aug. 30, 1978, to Dennis and Beth Spiegel Aamodt in Milwaukee and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1996.
Mr. Aamodt is survived by his parents Dennis and Beth, and brothers Alan and David.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Alfred and Marian Aamodt and Albert and Anita Spiegel.
A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington, with visitation beginning at 4 p.m. Mr. Aamodt’s cousin Alan Spiegel and Mr. Aamodt’s uncle Richard Aamodt will lead the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations to a disabled veterans charity are suggested.

 
Wallace Krier PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 17:17

Wally M. Krier of Port Washington took pride in managing his money well and being thrifty, his brother Dick said.
    “He turned it into an art form,” his brother  said. “He liked being called a super-Luxembourger.”
    Mr. Krier knew what he was talking about when it came to money.
    The Port Washington native earned a degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity, and was an investment broker who specialized in security sales for many years, working for such Milwaukee firms as Kidder Peabody Co. and Blunt, Ellis and Loewi.
    Mr. Krier died at his home on Garay Lane in Port on Sunday, June 4. He was 59.
    He is believed to have died from a heart attack, his brother said.
    Mr. Krier was born in Port on Sept. 8, 1957, the son of Wallace and Lorraine Bartol Krier.
    He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1976. He loved sports, and was named most valuable member of the Pirate football team his senior year.
    Mr. Krier left the financial field and enjoyed semi-retirement, working at Home Depot in Grafton for the last several years.
    “He really enjoyed doing that,” his brother said.
    “He was a really laid-back guy. Nothing ruffled him. He was just a nice, good guy.”
    An outdoorsman, Mr. Krier enjoyed playing golf and fishing and was experienced in scuba diving, snow skiing and waterskiing.
    He spent time in northern Wisconsin with friends each year at their annual pool tournament, dubbed the Kibber.
    “It was more the camaraderie than anything else,” his brother said of those tournaments. “He got to spend time with the people he grew up with.”
    Mr. Krier enjoyed walking his sister-in-law Laurel Krier’s dog Alex each day.
    Mr. Krier is survived by his brothers Dick (Lisa) and Paul (Penny), both of Port Washington; his dear friend Katie Jacobs of Port Washington; and sisters-in-law Bobbi Krier of Milwaukee and Laurel Krier of Port Washington.
    He was preceded in death by his parents Wallace and Lorraine and brothers Tom and Scott.
    A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington. Deacon Tom Surges will officiate.
    Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Friday until the service.
    Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials to the Port Washington Historical Society are suggested.

 
BERNARD N. RISCH PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:20


Bernard N. Risch was not only an outgoing person, his wife Joyce said, but someone who came through for others.
“He loved to fix things,” she said. “If someone called up who needed help with something, he’d drop everything and go.”
Mr. Risch, 68, died from heart issues Saturday, May 27 at his Port Washington home.
 He was born in Sheboygan on Jan. 12, 1949, son of Bernard and Theresa Kirst Risch.  
On April 11, 1970, he married Joyce Weber at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lake Church, and the couple settled in Port Washington and raised four boys.
Mr. Risch worked at Allen Edmonds Shoe Factory in Belgium, and later in Port Washington. He retired in 2010. Over the duration of his career, he held every job in the plant, his family said.
“Bernie was a guy who could fix almost anything, and frequently would have machines in the shop fixed before the official repairmen could get there,” his wife said.
Mr. Risch also kept things loose.
“He was the biggest joker at work,” his wife said.
He enjoyed riding his candy-apple-red Honda Goldwing motorcycle, as well as gardening. He also enjoyed woodworking, and was a leader of that skill for the Knellsville 4-H club for many years.  
Mr. Risch was a member of St. John XXIII Parish in Port Washington.
He is survived by his wife Joyce; sons Peter  (friend Stacy Wagner) of Port Washington, Patrick of Colgate (friend Wendy Taylor), Scott (friend Kay Mueller) of Random Lake and Andrew (Tracii) of Cedarburg; grandsons Blake Bratcher and Eric, Austin and Matthew Risch; sisters Victoria Zollner of Germantown and Mary Jane Winter of Sheboygan; and sister-in-law Janet Risch of Sheboygan Falls.
Mr. Risch is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Arnold and Victor.
At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, a memorial Mass will be held at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church in Port Washington, with visitation starting at 3 p.m.. Father Patrick Wendt will celebrate the Mass.  
Burial will take place in St. Mary Parish Cemetery, Lake Church, at a later date.
The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling arrangements.

 
ERNEST W. “PINKY” KELLAR PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:19



Whether it was a room full of kids, or a room full of old-timers, Ernest “Pinky” Kellar always made himself heard.
“He sure knew how to strike up a conversation,” Myron Kellar, his oldest son, said. “It didn’t matter who it was with. He’d walk into a hospital waiting room and it would be quiet, so he’d ask someone, ‘Well, what are you in for?’
“He was friendly with everyone. I don’t think he ever had an enemy.”
Mr. Kellar, a Port Washington resident and formerly of Waubeka, died Sunday, May 28, of natural causes at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. He was 90.
Mr. Kellar was born in Wilton, N.D. on May 3, 1927, one of 16 children of Charles and Louisa Koch Kellar.  
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a seaman first class on the USS LaSalle before being discharged in 1946.
On May 25, 1947, he married Evelyn Wilkens in Montana. The couple settled in the Newburg area and started a family, later moving to Waubeka in the early 1950s.  Evelyn Wilkins died in 1991, and Mr. Kellar eventually moved to Harbor Club in Port Washington in 2010.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jackson, and worked as an X-ray die repairman at A.O. Smith, retiring in 1979.
It was then he embraced his passion for fishing, whether it be on the Milwaukee River near his home in Waubeka, or on the Port Washington pier.
“He liked to fish and he liked to fish,” his son said with a laugh. “And he also liked to fish.”
Other favorite spots were near Castle Rock in the Wisconsin Dells, or in Alaska.
He was known to give away sinkers and lures that he made as gifts.
 Mr. Kellar also enjoyed gardening, tending to his vegetables, and also enjoyed training dogs.
Mr. Kellar is survived by his children Donna Schubert of Port Washington, Myron (Linda) Kellar of Port Washington, Marvin Kellar of Waubeka, Carolyn (William) Johnson of Sheboygan Falls, and Yvonne (Gene) Morauski of Oconomowoc; brothers Ted Kellar and Dennis Kellar of North Dakota; sisters Zoe McClintock and Elsie Tonga-Ofa of North Dakota; son-in-law Tom Bublitz of Waubeka; and nine grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife Evelyn, daughter Janice Bublitz, and seven brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington, with visitation at 10 a.m. Rev. Kenneth Mellon will preside.
Burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Newburg, with military honors.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church.

 
Carole Sepstead PDF Print E-mail
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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.

 
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