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Thomas E. Galles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:23

It would likely be an understatement to say Thomas E. Galles led an interesting life.
    The Port Washington native loved airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. In his early 20s, he owned his own plane and would fly back and forth between Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin.
    He had a distinguished Naval career, including a deployment to Korea in 1952, and among the many medals he received was the Legion of Merit medal “for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services.”
    After Mr. Galles returned from the war, he continued to serve as a member of the Underwater Demolition Teams, known today as the Seal teams.
    When he left the military, Mr. Galles was hired by the Central Intelligence Agency and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
    When asked if he was a spy, his wife JoAnn said,  “That’s what they do in the CIA when they would travel around the world.”
    “He didn’t make any big deal out of what he had done,” she said, noting she only learned about his military honors after she discovered his medals in the bottom of a trunk.
    “He was a tough guy, but you wouldn’t know it. He was kind of a quiet guy, very intelligent.”
    He was also a steadfastly loyal friend, his wife said.
    “When he was true to someone, he was true to them,” she said. “He had a lot of friends.”
    Mr. Galles, who lived in Greeley, Colo., died Tuesday, Sept. 17, at MeadowView of Greeley, a home for people with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 88.
    Mr. Galles was born in Port on Jan. 17, 1929, the son of Leo and Emily “Millie” Reuschlein Galles.
    He met JoAnn Schanen in high school and they dated throughout their junior and senior years.
    “We were too young to think of getting married,” she said, so they went their separate ways.
    Mr. Galles graduated in 1946, then went to Marquette University in Milwaukee, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering in 1950.
    After he left the CIA in 1963, Mr. Galles went to work for The Mitre Corp., Computer Sciences Corp. and Aramco, living in Florida, California, Texas and Saudi Arabia before retiring in 1992.
    He spent much of his adult life in McLean, Va.
    On Aug. 15, 1992, Mr. Galles married JoAnn Schanen near Estes Park., Colo.
    A phone call led to their reuniting, Mrs. Galles said.
    “All through the years, every so often  he would call me and just say hi,” she said.
    The couple spent a few years in Duck, N.C., where they had a beach house, and Mr. Galles enjoyed walking on the beach and surf fishing.
    An avid boater, he owned the Tondelayo and he and his wife took numerous trips along the East Coast on the vessel.
    The couple moved to Greeley in 1994, buying a cabin in the mountains where they enjoyed relaxing on the deck and watching the nearby Poudre River, as well as fishing, hiking and exploring.
    In retirement, Mr. Galles took up woodcarving.
    “He just decided to see if he could do it,” she said, adding he worked hard to develop his skills and earned five blue ribbons for his carvings. He carved animals and birds, but was especially known for his caricatures.
    “No matter what he tackled, he did it well,” his wife said.
    Mr. Galles is survived by his wife JoAnn of Greeley, Colo.; sons Scott of California and Steve (Margaret) of Virginia; daughter Robin of Florida; stepdaughter Ann Lacefield of Greeley, Colo.; step-grandchildren Sean (Mary) and Scott (Ashley); and four step-great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his brother Don (Claire) of Florida.
    Mr. Galles was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Emily, sisters Mary Ellen and Ruth and brother Jean.
    A memorial Mass for Mr. Galles will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at St. Mary’s Church in Greeley. Father James Goggins will officiate.
    Inurnment with military honors will follow at Sunset Gardens in Greeley.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 918 13th St., #1, Greeley, Colo. 80634 are suggested.

Alan J. Schommer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:20

Waubeka resident Alan J. Schommer died Friday, Sept. 22, at his home. He was 57.
    Private services will be held. Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.
    A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Ozaukee Press.

Rayford C. “Ray” Styles PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:20

Rayford C. “Ray” Styles, 88, of Random Lake, entered eternal life on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at Gables on the Pond assisted living surrounded by his loving family.
Ray was born on Feb. 14, 1929, in Aberdeen, S.D., the youngest son of the late Arnold and Marie (nee Christoffel) Styles.
On Aug. 1, 1950, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Cowles in Aberdeeen, S.D.  Elizabeth preceded Ray in death on Feb. 3, 2011.
In addition to his wife and parents, Ray was preceded in death by two brothers, Lowell (Myrtle) and Berwyn (Irene) Styles.
At age 12, Ray knew he wanted to pursue a career in broadcasting. He attended the American Institute of the Air in Minneapolis.  
Ray served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant and an entertainment specialist with Armed Forces Radio Service. He was stationed in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, from 1948 to 1952. Ray spent over 50 years in broadcasting throughout the United States, working with NBC “Monitor” and earning the Montana Announcer of the Year award in 1963.
In 1969, Ray joined WGLB Radio in Port Washington and retired in 2003.  
He was a former member of Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus and Lions Club.  
Ray and Liz spent countless hours fishing and playing cards. Enjoying old movies became a close second to his lifelong passion for country and big band music. He loved his family, music and always said “God is great” when something good happened.
Those Ray leaves behind to cherish his memory include four children, Cheri (Steven) Miller of Random Lake, Arnold “Butch” (Karen) Styles of Port Washington, Barb (Jim) Connor of Kewaskum and Kevin (Deb) Styles of Oostburg; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Carol Thies of Java, S.D.; two brothers-in-law, Jack Cowles of Aberdeen, S.D., and Dick Cowles of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; other relatives; and friends.
A memorial Mass for Ray will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Divine Savior Catholic Church, 305 Fredonia Ave., in Fredonia, with Father Guy Gurath officiating.
The Styles family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Monday from 4 p.m. until the Mass.
The Styles family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Gables On the Pond and Compassus Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Ray.
Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Ray’s arrangements.  
Additional information and online guest book may be found at  

William R. Mutter PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:19

William R. Mutter, 66, of Grafton, died Saturday, Sept. 23, at Heritage Health and Rehabilitation Center in Port Washington.
    Mr. Mutter was born in Milwaukee on Jan. 8, 1951, to William and Irma Wickert Mutter. He grew up in Oconomowoc and graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1969.  
    He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and later moved to Sturgeon Bay after getting married. Mr. Mutter worked in a factory for a time and then moved to Milwaukee to take a job with Woolworths.
    While living in Milwaukee, he went back to school and received a degree in computer science and programming. He later worked for John Deere in Iowa and MCI Telecommunications Worldwide in Texas.  
    Mr. Mutter returned to Wisconsin, living in West Bend and Hartford until moving to Anita’s Gardens in Grafton in 2014.
    When he was 4 years old, he was afflicted with polio but he didn’t let it get the best of him. Mr. Mutter broke many braces to keep up with his brothers and his strong will and independence continued throughout his life.
    Mr. Mutter operated a kennel, which also served as a rescue shelter. Malamutes and Huskies were his favorite dog breeds and his buddy Lodi was by his side for many years. He was also an active member of the group that created leader dogs for the blind through Lions Clubs International in Chicago.
    Mr. Mutter is survived by his sons Brady (Megan) of Green Bay and James (Katharine) of Appleton; brothers Dennis (Linda) and Roger (Doralea), both of Oconomowoc and Paul (Lenora) of Hendersonville, N.C.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dean and his canine pals Lodi and Oscar.
    Interment will take place at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia. No formal services will be held.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.

Barbara J. Pinkowsky PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:19

Barbara J. Pinkowsky, 61, of Cedarburg and formerly of Port Washington, died Saturday, Sept. 23, at Cedar Springs Health and Rehabilitation in Cedarburg.
    Ms. Pinkowsky was born on Feb. 15, 1956, the daughter of Eugene and Delores Stoelb Ewig. She graduated from Port Washington High School in 1974.
    She worked at Simplicity Manufacturing and later moved to Texas where she worked for Mark Travel. She returned to Wisconsin and went back to school. She was an administrative assistant for more than 20 years at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Mequon.
    She was a great mom who took pride in family and friends. Cats and dogs were always a source of joy for Ms. Pinkowsky. One of her great passions was music and she attended concerts no matter her age. Ms. Pinkowsky was always up for an adventure or road trip, and made many memories out on the lake. She loved the water, doing water ballet as a child and becoming a lifeguard later on. Ms. Pinkowsky also became an active bicyclist with her changing health.
    Ms. Pinkowsky is survived by her daughter Leah Pinkowsky of Cedarburg; father Gene Ewig of Port Washington; boyfriend Dave Baumann of Saukville; and his children Mike (Carrie), Dan (Melissa), and Sarah Baumann.
    She is further survived by her brothers Jeffrey (Debra) Ewig of Port Washington, Michael (Kim) Ewig of Virginia Beach, Va., and Jim (Sue) Ewig of Superior, Colo.
Ms. Pinkowsky was preceded in death by her mother Dorie Ewig.
    A funeral will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Thursday until the time of service at the church. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials to the Columbia St. Mary’s Van Dyke Cancer Center and the Saukville Humane Society are appreciated.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.

Mary L. Stemper PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:19

Mary L. Stemper, 53, of Brookfield and formerly of Port Washington, died Saturday, Sept. 23, at her home.
    Ms. Stemper was born on July 24, 1964, in Port Washington, to Noel and Nancy Retzer Stemper. She graduated from Port Washington High School in 1982 and attended the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, receiving her bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1986.
    She later moved to Milwaukee, working at Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance in Milwaukee for over 21 years.
    Ms. Stemper enjoyed reading, bowling and sewing. She was proud of her Catholic faith and participated in many events beyond weekly Mass. She was also a member of the Waukesha County Genealogical Society, St. John Vianney Catholic Parish and her condo association.
    Ms. Stemper is survived by her father Noel Stemper of Hartford, and sister Carol (Darren) Zastrow of Milwaukee.
    She was preceded in death by her mother Nancy, and an infant brother.
    A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at St. Mary’s Visitation Catholic Church in Elm Grove. Father Peter Berger will be the celebrant. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the church. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials to Elmbrook Historical Society in Brookfield are appreciated.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.

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