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George C. Pfeifer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:17

George C. Pfeifer, age 92, of Sheboygan passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, Oct. 8, 2017, at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.
He was born in Glenbeulah on May 26, 1925, son of George and Dorthea (Bartell) Pfeifer.
He attended schools in Glenbeulah and graduated from Glenbeulah High School in 1943.
George served in the U.S. Air Force from Sept. 27 to Dec. 24, 1943.
On May 15, 1952, he married Helen Nelson at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plymouth. The couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year.
He worked at Bolen Manufacturing Co. in Port Washington for 31 years, retiring in 1991.
George was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in the Town of Wilson.
He enjoyed sports, reading and watching TV.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen; four sons, George (Tammay) Pfeifer of Belgium, Gordon (Cindy) Pfeifer of Sheboygan, Steven Pfeifer of Washington and Robert (Rochelle) Pfeifer of Sheboygan; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
He is also survived by nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his  parents, two sisters, three brothers, five sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. The Rev. Shane Cota, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in the Town of Wilson, will officiate.  
Inurnment will be in Greenbush Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Suchon Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 13, from 4 p.m. until the service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in George’s name for the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.
Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is assisting the family.  
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Gerald R. Tenpenny PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:12

Gerald R. Tenpenny, 72, of Cedarburg, died at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon on Friday, Oct. 6.
    Mr. Tenpenny was born in Port Washington on Dec. 11, 1944, to Donald and Coletta Mehring Tenpenny.
    After graduating from Port Washington High School, Mr. Tenpenny served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier during the Vietnam War.
    Upon his return to civilian life, he married Barbara Koch on Oct. 22, 1966, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Church and started working in the shipping department at Simplicity Manufacturing in Port Washington.
    He was a member of the Peter Wollner American Legion Post 288 in Cedarburg.
    Mr. Tenpenny is survived by his wife Barbara of Cedarburg; son Tracy (Clare) of Cedarburg; grandchildren Joseph and Lorraine; sister Jeannie (Terry) Bradley of Fresno, Calif.; sister-in-law Carol (Dennis) Esselmann of Grafton; and brother-in-law James (Connie) Koch of Missouri.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings James and Lois Rosewitz and brothers-in-law Daniel Koch, Donald Rosewitz and Bobby Koch; and sister-in-law Delores Tenpenny.
    A funeral with military honors will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at St. Francis Borgia Church-North in Cedarburg. Visitation will be at the church Thursday from 9 a.m. until the service.
    There will be a reception following the Mass at the Peter Wollner American Legion Post in Cedarburg.
    Interment will be at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight or Peter Wollner American Legion Post 288 Auxiliary are appreciated.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Michael Schramka associate, is handling the arrangements.

Shirley (nee Foster) Gantner PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:03

Shirley (nee Foster) Gantner of Fredonia passed away on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.  
She was born on April 13, 1940, to Melvin and Helen (nee Schueller) Foster in Port Washington.  
She grew up in Fredonia, attending Rosemary School and graduating from Port Washington High School.  
On June 10, 1961, she was united in marriage to Virgil Gantner at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Fredonia. The couple settled in the Town of Fredonia and started their family.  
Shirley worked as a receptionist at various businesses and in the health care industry. Shirley enjoyed bird-watching, reading, knitting and crafting. She also loved animals, especially dogs, and traveling.  
She is survived by her daughter Kim (Nick Busch) Gantner of Longview, Wash., and grandchildren Shana and Cole Busch, also of Longview, Wash.  
She is also survived by her brother Tom Foster of Fredonia; sister Diane (David) Peiffer of Port Washington; brother-in-law Vernon Gantner of Random Lake; sister-in-law Valerie Gantner of Random Lake; nieces and nephews Sherry (Chris) Krueger, Scott (Danielle) Peiffer, Stacy (Troy) Schiesl, Craig (Anna) Gantner, Chris (Lisa) Gantner, Cathy (Craig) Overmeyer and Ron Gantner; and special friends Jean Wildhagen and Sharon Casper.  She is further survived by other relatives and friends.  
She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Gantner, son Mark, parents, parents-in-law Leo and Genevieve (nee Wellenstein) Gantner, brothers-in-law Kenneth, Ambrose (Jeanette) and Donald Gantner.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Divine Savior Parish, Holy Cross Chapel, 5332 Hwy. B, Town of Belgium.  Father Todd Budde will preside.
Visitation will be held at church from 10 a.m. until the service at 11:30 a.m.    
Shirley will be laid to rest next to her husband Virgil at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery following the Mass.  
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Ozaukee County Humane Society or the Northern Ozaukee Scholarship Fund.
Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, handled the arrangements.

Lindsey R. Kultgen PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:02

    Lindsey R. Kultgen died Tuesday, Oct. 10, at her Fredonia home. She was 28.
    A Mass of Christian burial for Miss Kultgen will be held at noon Monday, Oct. 16, at Divine Savior Parish, Holy Cross Chapel in the Town of Belgium. Father Guy Gurath will officiate.  
    Visitation will be held at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until the Mass.  
    Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to Portal Inc. are suggested.
    A full obituary for Miss Kultgen will be in next week’s Ozaukee Press.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

William “Bob” R. Rathsack PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:01

William “Bob” R. Rathsack was a businessman, teacher, and a friend to many.
    “He was a caring and compassionate person who was very willing to help anyone and was involved in everything,” his wife Fern said.
    Mr. Rathsack, 84, died Sunday, Oct. 8, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
    He was born in Cloquet, Minn., on Feb 2, 1933 to Martha Tillman and was adopted by William and Julia Rathsack. They gave him the love, direction and life skills that made him the caring, successful, productive individual he became, his wife said.
    After high school, Mr. Rathsack graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and earned his master’s degree at UW-Milwaukee.
    He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
    On Dec. 22, 1962, he married Fern Kottke at Peace Lutheran Church in Rosendale. The couple settled in the area and Mr. Rothsack taught elementary school.  
    He became an administrator for different schools in the Burlington area before the couple moved in 1973 to Fredonia, where Mr. Rathsack began his career with the Northern Ozaukee School District.
    When Mr. Rathsack retired from education, he did not lose his interest in youths.  He served as a forensics judge, and was a member of the Feith Family YMCA, the Northern Ozaukee School Board and the Northern Ozaukee School District Scholarship Foundation.
    The flag was important to him as was evident with his involvement on the National Flag Day Board, where he served as chairman and a judge for the national essay contest. A highlight each year was reading the essays submitted by the students.
    “He was encouraged and his faith in youths was renewed as he read the words of support and pride expressed by the students as they addressed the theme ‘What the Flag Means to Me,’” his wife said. “He was really instrumental in getting national attention for Flag Day.”
    Mr. Rathsack was a Village of Fredonia trustee and served as president for a number of years.
    He was also a member of the Fredonia Lions Club, holding numerous offices, including president and secretary. He was recognized as a Melvin Jones Fellow and Knight of Sight.
    He was a member of the Fredonia American Legion Post 410, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5373 and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Port Washington, where he held many leadership positions.
    According to his wife, a major highlight of his life was taking a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington D.C., in 2014.
    In the early 1980’s, Mr. Rathsack was dubbed the Sunrise Servant because he would get up at 5 a.m. on Thursdays for five years to go to St. James Church in Milwaukee and help prepare a warm meal for the “guests.”
    Mr. Rathsack and his wife enjoyed traveling, taking cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Panama and the Caribbean. Trips across Canada and Finland were also highlights. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and vegetable gardening.
    Mr. Rathsack is survived by his wife Fern of Fredonia; daughter Beth (Jouko) Salko of Grafton; grandchildren Sofia and Gabriel Salko; sisters-in-law Cirena Lenz of Fairwater and Marie (Paul) Veleke of Ripon; sister Ellen Barth of Milwaukee; and brother Roger (Patricia) Finn of Portland, Texas.  
    He was preceded in death by his mother Martha Tillman; parents William and Julia Rathsack; parents-in-law Emil and Irene Kottke; sisters-in-law Audrey Kottke and Carol Kotte; brothers-in-law Keith Kottke and Winton Lenz; and granddaughter Faith Salko.
    A funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, in Port Washington, followed by military honors. The Rev. Kelly Nieman-Anderson will preside.
    Visitation will be Sunday at the church from 3 p.m. until the service.
    Mr. Rathsack will be buried Monday, Oct. 16, at Estabrooks Cemetery in Fond du Lac.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested.
    Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is handling the arrangements.

Leo M. Biever Jr PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:28

Born on his family’s farm in Saukville, Leo M. Biever Jr. learned early in life the value of hard work.
    It was a lesson, his daughter Barbie Schendel said, that he never forgot.
    In addition to working as a semi-truck and school bus driver, Mr. Biever owned and operated a gas station in Grafton and Leo and Bernie’s KK Inn, a bar and grill in the Town of Port Washington.
    “He was a very hard-working man who cared deeply about his family,” his daughter said.
    Mr. Biever, who retired to Sparta in 2008 and lived most recently at Pineview Care Center in Black River Falls, died of complication of demensia Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was 86.
    He was born April 27, 1931, the son of Leo Sr. and Cecelia Schueller Biever.
    Mr. Biever grew up on his family’s farm, then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Hawaii and at Fort Drum, N.Y.
    On Sept. 13, 1952, Mr. Biever married Bernice E. Beimborn of Saukville in Newburg. The couple lived in Grafton, Cedarburg, Port Washington, Fredonia, Jackson and Random Lake before moving to Sparta.
    Mr. Biever collected cars and motorcycles, enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and snowmobiling.
    He is survived by his wife Bernice of Black River Falls; children Barry (Kathy) of Rock, Mich., Brian (May Ann) of Cibolo Texas; Bonny (Kurt) Schendel of Sparta and Barbie Schendel of Kiel; grandchildren Barry Jr., Carry, Brian, April, Edward, Nicole, Nick and Katie; and several grandchildren.
    A graveside service was held Wednesday, Oct. 4, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Sparta, followed by military honors. The Rev. John Meyer officiated.
    Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, handled the arrangements.

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