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Carmella C. Kacheris PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:55

Carmella C. Kacheris (nee Scaffidi) passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the age of 91.  
Carmella was born March 1, 1926, in Cudahy to Samuel and Rose (nee Piccioni) Scaffidi.  
She was united in marriage to William “Bill” Kacheris on Sept. 24, 1949, in Chicago.  
Carmella worked in customer service at Sears Roebuck, and after their retirement in 1988, the couple relocated from Des Plaines, Ill., to Port Washington.
Carmella enjoyed staying active and regularly attended church at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, water aerobics at the YMCA, activities at the Senior Center, including Chicks with Sticks, and enjoyed trips to the cottage up north in Boulder Lake.  
Carmella is survived by her son Peter (Sylvia) of Hartland; daughter Penny (Randy) Howell of Oconomowoc; six grandchildren, Carmen Simon, Mirabai Simon, Ben (Karen) Kacheris, Leanne (Bill) Zoesch, Jeff Kacheris and Jennifer Howell (fiance Mat); 13 great-grandchildren; and brothers William (Gloria) Scaffidi and Dominic (Agnes) Scaffidi. She is further survived by other relatives and many friends.  
Carmella was preceded in death by her husband Bill Kacheris, daughter Roseann Kacheris, brother Samuel (Mary) Scaffidi, brother Frank (Marlene) Scaffidi, six brothers-in-laws and four sisters-in-laws.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, 1800 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington, with Father Patrick Wendt presiding.  
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the Mass.  
Inurnment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington immediately following mass.   
A luncheon will be  served at the church following the inurnment.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Carmella’s family for a future memorial.   
Carmella’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at St. Luke’s Hospital for the exceptional care and compassion they provided Carmella.
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Mary Gengler Laney PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:54

    Former Port Washington resident Mary Gengler Laney enjoyed spending time with her church community.
    “She liked helping out in the church’s nursery and attending retreats with other women,” her daughter Kellie Medinger said.
    Mrs. Laney, 80, died on Monday, July 24, at her home in Perry, Fla.
    She was born in Mequon on June 16, 1937, the daughter of William and Lola Myhill.
    In 1956, she married Melvin Gengler. The couple lived in Cedarburg before moving to Port Washington.
    She later married James Laney.
    Mrs. Laney is survived her children Kellie (Fred) Medinger of Random Lake, Michael of Port Washington, and Kevin of Perry, Fla.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
    She is further survived by her siblings Betty, Pearl, Margie, Bill, Jane and Judy.
    Mrs. Laney was preceded in death by her husband Melvin, brother Henry and sister Alice.
    There will be a memorial service in Wisconsin for Mrs. Laney at a later date.

Marilyn R. Swanson PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:54

    Marilyn R. Swanson, 85, of Port Washington, formerly of Cedarburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 1.
    “She had a fabulous sense of humor that made people feel good whether she knew them or not,” her daughter-in-law Ellen Swanson said.
    Mrs. Swanson was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on Aug. 13, 1931, to Lawrence and Mildred Heaton.
    She was at the Sisters of Notre Dame convent with aspirations of dedicating her life to Christ and becoming a nun. Due to an illness, she left the convent when she was 18. She then met Clarence Swanson and the couple married on Oct. 8, 1955.  
    Mrs. Swanson will always be remembered for her love of family, smile and sense of humor. She was not only a homemaker but enjoyed waitressing where she could interact with people.
    She crocheted and knitted endlessly, making beautiful gifts for family and friends.
    “Her enjoyment crocheting has given lasting memories, especially for her grandchildren, which they can pass on to future generations,” Ellen Swanson said.
    She also enjoyed reading, playing cards and doing word puzzles.
    Mrs. Swanson is survived by her children Keith (Carla) Swanson of Niagara, Kenneth (Shirley) Swanson of Cedar Grove, Neil (Joan) Swanson of Gilbert, Ariz., Raymond (Ellen) Swanson of Grafton, Linnea Ernster of Saukville and Daniel (Jane) Swanson of Coral Gables, Fla.
    She is further survived by 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
    A service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Grafton, with visitation from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, followed by a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
    Mueller Funeral Home of Grafton is handling the arrangements.

Judith A. Theis PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:50

    Judith A. Theis of Grafton enjoyed playing golf and spending time in her flower garden, but most importantly she enjoyed spending time with her family.
    “She was a homemaker. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and going to all their sporting events,” her daughter Linda Bould said.
    Mrs. Theis, 78, died Saturday, July 29.
    She was born in Milwaukee Oct. 30, 1938, the daughter of Louis and Anna Prom Hubacek.
    On June 25, 1960, she married Peter Theis at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.         Mrs. Theis is survived by her children Linda (Alan) Bould of Jackson, Mark (Lisa) of Port Washington and Michelle (Jeff) Bublitz of Cedarburg; grandchildren Eric Bould, Morgan Bould, Tasha (Steve) Myrah, Jaimie (Bill) Dohrwardt, Jeremy Theis, Cale Theis, Justin Bublitz and Kayla Bublitz; four great-grandchildren; and brother Robert (Margaret) Hubacek of Grafton.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Peter; son Jeffrey; and brothers Roger and Louis Hubacek.
    A funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton with Father Michael Barrett officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 5 to 6:45 p.m.
    Inurnment will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials of the donor’s choice are appreciated.
    Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is handling the arrangements.

Ernst F. Fromm PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:53

        Ernst F. Fromm of Grafton was the neighborhood handyman.
    “He enjoyed helping other people as much as he could by cutting their grass or plowing their snow or even taking out their garbage,” his daughter Deborah Foster said.
    Mr. Fromm, 85, died at Aurora Medical Center, Grafton, on Monday, July 24.
    He was born in Wauwatosa on Feb. 4, 1932, to Amelia Fromm.
    Mr. Fromm married Mildred Biever on May 30, 1953, and was told the marriage would not last six months. The marriage lasted for 64 years.
    The couple traveled to New Mexico to visit friends every year.
    He worked for Orion Corp. in Grafton for more than 30 years.
    Mr. Fromm liked to go hunting and fishing. He was an avid Packer fan whose room was decorated with everything green and gold. He enjoyed life and had a great sense of humor.
    Mr. Fromm is survived by his wife Mildred; daughter Deborah Foster of Jackson; grandsons David (Lisa) Foster and Adam (Jennifer) Foster; and nine great-grandchildren.
    A funeral will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Mueller Funeral Home, Grafton. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 5 to 6:45 p.m.
    A private interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grafton.
    Memorials to the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

Larry Brumm PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:53

As a biology and chemistry teacher at Port Washington High School, Larry Brumm touched thousands of lives.
    “He loved those kids, and those kids loved him,” Mr. Brumm’s wife Sue said. “I can’t tell you how many kids would tell him, ‘You’re the best teacher I ever had.’
    “He always thought school should be fun, and he was able to mix the science with a little bit of entertainment.”
    Recently, a former student wrote to him, “You’re the only person I knew who could make biology fun,” his wife said.
    Even after Mr. Brumm retired in 2003, he continued to work as a substitute teacher — always at Port High.
    “That was his home away from home,” his wife said. “We would go places and the young people would look at him and ask, ‘Weren’t you my substitute teacher? I never had such a good sub.’”
    Mr. Brumm died Sunday, July 23, at his Town of Saukville home after battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma for 18 years. He was 71.
    Mr. Brumm was a native of Milwaukee, born on March 2, 1946, to Arnold and Florence Swanson Brumm.
    He earned his degree in education from Marquette University and his master’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
    He married his high school sweetheart, Sue O’Connor, at St. John’s Cathedral in Milwaukee on Aug. 22, 1970.
    Mr. Brumm, who was a teaching assistant at UWM while in grad school, initially considered becoming an engineer, his wife said. He changed his mind after taking a couple classes in the field and realizing it would have meant a career behind a desk.
    “He made the right decision (to change fields),” his wife said. “He loved the outdoors, He loved bugs. He loved the woods. He loved hunting with his dad.
    “If we got lost in the city, he would say, “Put me in the woods and I can find anything. You put me in the city, I can’t find Wisconsin Avenue.’”
    Mr. Brumm’s first job was at Port High, and he never left.
    He was known, in part, for bringing animals, most frequently his pet beagles, into the classroom, his wife said.
    “The beagle would find its way to the office, where Janet Trzecinski (secretary to the principal) would give it treats,” she said.
    Mr. Brumm’s love affair with beagles began when he was 12 and his parents told him they were going somewhere for him to pick out his birthday gift, his wife said.
    “He was sure it was golf clubs,” she said. “He was thrilled it was a beagle.”
    When Mr. Brumm retired, his fellow teachers gave him a beagle puppy he named “Tillie” as a gift.
    Mr. Brumm ran a painting business during the summer, hiring other teachers to work with him.
    “He worked hard,” his wife said. “The kids always said, ‘You taught us how to work hard.’”
    After Mr. Brumm got sick, a group of his fellow painters visited.
    “They told painting stories and laughed until they cried,’” his wife said.
    Mr. Brumm enjoyed reading, riding his motorcycle and playing sheepshead, and he and his wife were foster parents for a time.
    A family man who loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren, he also loved spending time at the family’s cottage, which was on 36 wooded acres with a pond in Sheboygan County.
    “It’s like a piece of heaven,” his wife said. “We’d go up there for dinner or to take a walk.”
    He also enjoyed hunting, especially rabbit hunting with his beagles and deer hunting with friends.
    “I think he liked walking in the woods  and the camaraderie more than shooting a deer,” his wife said.
    Mr. Brumm is survived by his wife Sue of the Town of Saukville; children Jennifer (Peter) Brumm-Maciejewski of Bayview, Dave (Christy) of Truckee, Calif., and Michael (Nikki) of Milwaukee; and grandchildren Myles, Quinn, Hazel and Vanessa.
    He is further survived by his brother Bob of Tennessee.
    Mr. Brumm was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Florence, and his sister Beverly Brumm.
    A celebration of Mr. Brumm’s life will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Country Inn & Suites in Port Washington, with a time of sharing beginning at 6 p.m.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

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