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Karen E. Wolf PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:33

Karen E. Wolf, 76, of Belgium, died of pneumonia in Palmetto, Fla., on Thursday, Jan. 4.
    Mrs. Wolf was born in Milwaukee on July 22, 1941, to Frank and Ardyth Schweitzer.
    She graduated from Riverside High School and earned a nursing degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College’s School of Nursing.
    Mrs. Wolf worked at Mount Sinai Hospital and later retired from 3M Co. She also volunteered for the Salvation Army.
    Her family said she had a giving spirit and expected nothing in return. They also said she was an avid knitter who loved a good book, shopping and going to the movies.
    She also loved her pets, Sophie and Hunter.
    Mrs. Wolf is survived by her husband Michael Wolf Sr. of Belgium; children Michael Jr. (Lisa) of Cedarburg, Wendy Wolf of Belgium and Daniel (Kelly) of Racine; grandchildren Carly, Sawyer and Skylar; and sisters Patricia Hartl of Mequon and Holly Schweitzer of Port Washington.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Heidi and brother Kurt Schweitzer.
    Memorials to the American Lung Association and Health Well Foundation.org are suggested.
    A celebration of life will take place on a date to be announced at Open Bible Church in the Town of Port Washington.

 
. Curtiss Laue PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:32

R. Curtiss Laue of Port Washington died Monday, Jan. 22, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. He was 49.
    Mr. Laue, who was best known as Curt, was born in Sheboygan on March 13, 1968, the son of Richard and Onalee Teumer Laue.
    Funeral arrangements for Mr. Laue are pending through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

 
James “Smiley” Mayer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:30

James “Smiley” Mayer, age 80 years, of Glendale, Ariz., died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, after spending a wonderful weekend with his family.  
He was born April 8, 1937, in Milwaukee, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Viola Mayer.  
Jim was a 1955 graduate of Port Washington High School.  
Upon graduation, he began working with his father Henry “Hank” and brother John “Jay” at J & H Heating Inc., where he started a career of over 50 years in sheet metal work and was known as “The Man with the Golden Sheers.”  
Nicknamed Smiley for his happy demeanor, jokes and storytelling, he served as a Port Washington alderman, and during his tenure was an advocate for downtown harbor development.  
His greatest love was the Green Bay Packers. He attended the NFC vs. AFC championship game (Super Bowl I) on Jan. 15, 1967, and the famous Ice Bowl on Dec. 31, 1967.   
He is survived by sister-in-law Diana Mayer; nephews Jeff (Sue) Mayer and Doug (Chris) Russell; nieces Debbie (Rick) Jackson, Linda (Randy) Buser, Julie (Faron) Daugs and Andrea Wondra; dear friends Katie and Will Barrett; many great-nieces, nephews and beloved lifelong friends.  
He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Elizabeth Mayer, brother John (Jay) Mayer, sister Barbara and brother-in-law Dale Russell.  
Private memorial services will be held in Glendale, Ariz., and Port Washington.  
Memorials in Jim’s name can be made to Possibility Playground at Port Washington State Bank, c/o Chris King.

 
James “Smiley” Mayer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:30

James “Smiley” Mayer, age 80 years, of Glendale, Ariz., died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, after spending a wonderful weekend with his family.  
He was born April 8, 1937, in Milwaukee, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Viola Mayer.  
Jim was a 1955 graduate of Port Washington High School.  
Upon graduation, he began working with his father Henry “Hank” and brother John “Jay” at J & H Heating Inc., where he started a career of over 50 years in sheet metal work and was known as “The Man with the Golden Sheers.”  
Nicknamed Smiley for his happy demeanor, jokes and storytelling, he served as a Port Washington alderman, and during his tenure was an advocate for downtown harbor development.  
His greatest love was the Green Bay Packers. He attended the NFC vs. AFC championship game (Super Bowl I) on Jan. 15, 1967, and the famous Ice Bowl on Dec. 31, 1967.   
He is survived by sister-in-law Diana Mayer; nephews Jeff (Sue) Mayer and Doug (Chris) Russell; nieces Debbie (Rick) Jackson, Linda (Randy) Buser, Julie (Faron) Daugs and Andrea Wondra; dear friends Katie and Will Barrett; many great-nieces, nephews and beloved lifelong friends.  
He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Elizabeth Mayer, brother John (Jay) Mayer, sister Barbara and brother-in-law Dale Russell.  
Private memorial services will be held in Glendale, Ariz., and Port Washington.  
Memorials in Jim’s name can be made to Possibility Playground at Port Washington State Bank, c/o Chris King.

 
Charles L. Watry PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:29

Charles L. Watry liked to stay busy, and he was an expert at it.
    Mr. Watry, who lived in Saukville, was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish and, after the parish merged, with the new St. John XXIII Parish. He sang in the choir and was active in the Men of Christ Wednesday group.
    He was a member of the Landt-Thiel American Legion Post 470, the Legion Riders District 2, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1043 and the Clay Ridge Hunting Club.
    He was a member of the Saukville Chamber of Commerce and helped the United Way of Northern Ozaukee with its fundraising.
    Mr. Watry also enjoyed working at Camp American Legion, hunting, fishing, skiing, bowling and going on roller coasters.
    “He loved to stay busy,” his son Allen said. “He was very involved and very community minded.”
    Part of that involvement came from his time in the U.S. Air Force, where he took to heart a love of God and country, his son said.
    Mr. Watry died of pneumonia and myelodysplastic syndromes, a bone marrow disorder, on Monday, Jan. 22, at Lawlis Family Hospice Center in Mequon. He was 77.
    “He lived a full life and fought a hard fight,” his son said.
    Mr. Watry was born in Hartland on April 1, 1940, the son of Lawrence and Olive Schmidt Watry.
    When he was young, his family moved to the Town of Belgium.
    Mr. Watry attended local schools before entering the Air Force, where he served as a B-52 ground mechanic.
    When he was discharged, Mr. Watry parlayed his experience into a job as a mechanic at Bley’s Garage in Belgium.
    His uncle later got him a job as a mechanic at Johnson Brass in Saukville, where he worked for 38 years. He ended his career there as the maintenance manager, retiring in 2002.
    He married Kathy Ernster on Sept. 7, 1968, and the couple settled in Saukville.
    After Mr. Watry retired, he built a second garage at his home to house his workshop.
    “He loved machining, fixing and welding — doing things with his hands,” his son said. “He would fix parts for local farmers and other people.”
    Mr. Watry is survived by his wife Kathy of Saukville; children Allen of Appleton, Julie (Jeremy) Derenne of Casco, David (Courtney) of Appleton, and Sarah (Mitch) Reams of Saukville; and grandchildren Lydia, Kyle, Caleb, Jonathan, Derek, Dominic and Isabel.
    He is further survived by his sisters Laurene Klas of Port Washington, Clara (Ray) Koepp of Fremont, Joanne (Steve) Bley of Belgium, and Anne (Steve) Burress of Lebanon, Ind.; and brothers Tom (Rosie) of Cecil, Bill (Linda) of Loveland, Colo., the Rev. Phillip (Betty) of Sumter, S.C., George (Karen Jean) of Mesa, Ariz., and Joe (Ann) of Cedar Grove; sisters-in-law Barb Watry of Cedar Grove and Peggy (Junior) Uselding of Port Washington; and brother-in-law John (Susie) Ernster of Cedarburg.
    Mr. Watry was preceded in death by his parents, brother Chris, mother and father-in-law Joseph and Alverda Ernster and brothers-in-law Bill Klas, Don Schueller and Joseph Ernster.
    A Mass of Christian burial will be held for Mr. Watry at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at St. John XXIII Parish, Immaculate Conception Church in Saukville. Father Patrick Wendt and Father Jim Ernster will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the church Friday from 3:30 p.m. until the Mass, with an American Legion walk-through at 5:30 p.m.
    Burial with military honors will be Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Saukville.
    Memorials to Camp American Legion or St. John XXIII Parish’s “Here We Grow” campaign are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled by Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

 
Herbert A. Mentzel PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:28

Herbert A. Mentzel Jr., 84, of Grafton, died at Symphony of Glendale rehabilitation center Wednesday, Jan. 17.  
    Mr. Mentzel was born May 28, 1933, to Herbert and Hilda Bruss Mentzel. He grew up in Grafton and graduated from Grafton High School.  
    On Sept. 22, 1956, he married Ruth Viesselmann at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedarburg.  The couple settled in Grafton in a home they built.  
    Mr. Mentzel served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a cryptographer.  After his return, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 30 years, and was the first letter carrier in Grafton.
    His family said he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.
    Mr. Mentzel was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the property committee. He played dart-ball with his friends, and later joined the choir.  
    Mr. Mentzel was survived by his daughter Carrie (Russell) Petranech of Grafton; grandchildren Anthony and Anya (fiancé Jesse Kulis); and brother Allen (Diane) of Wild Rose.  
    He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth.
    A funeral was held Sunday, Jan. 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedarburg and internment with military honors took place the following day at Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg.
    The family requests memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church Property Committee or the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight.
    Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg handled the arrangements.

 
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