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John Holicek PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:55

John Holicek met hundreds if not thousands of people in Ozaukee County during his career, usually in the worst of circumstances.
    Mr. Holicek was the county coroner for 25 years, serving until he turned 80 in 2015.
    “The stories he told of having to knock on doors to tell people their loved ones had died — it was very tough on my dad,” his son Bryan said. “It was quite an interesting career for him. He could tell stories of people of all ages, of every type of death.
    “He said the toughest part of the job was dealing with babies.”
    When Mr. Holicek retired, his son noted, he received commendations from the governor and his peers.
    It takes a special person to be the coroner, and Mr. Holicek and his late wife Pamela, who served as the department’s administrative assistant, epitomized that person, his son said.
    “It was in their blood,” Bryan Holicek said. “They were just enthralled with the job. They enjoyed it — you could just see that in them — and it was an interesting lifestyle for them.”
    Becoming coroner was a natural transition for Mr. Holicek, who served for many years as an emergency medical technician for the City of Mequon.
    He also worked for the Mequon Parks and Buildings Department for many years, a job that allowed him to become an EMT.
    Mr. Holicek, 80, died Sunday, July 30, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
    Mr. Holicek died of a long-term infection, his son said.
    He was born in Milwaukee on April 14, 1935, the son of John and Josephine Nemcheck Holicek.
    He graduated from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee and served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.
    He married Pamela Seefert in 1968.
    The couple lived in Mequon, where they spent their time creating their personal paradise on four acres along the Milwaukee River, his son said.
    “They were homebodies. They just loved being together and doing things for the house,” he said.
    Through the years, Mr. Holicek raised dogs — particularly German shepherds and golden retrievers. For a time, he also raised racing pigeons.
    He was also a big sports fan who liked to cheer the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Blackhawks.
    His son said he recently took his father to his first Milwaukee Brewers game — an outing they both enjoyed.
    “He was just a great man, a great friend,” his son said. “I’m so glad I got to spend the last few years with him.”
    Mr. Holicek is survived by his son Bryan Sr. (Terry) of Mequon, grandchildren Bryan Jr., Asherrie and Jena, and 13 great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his brothers Richard (Kathy) and Robert (Audrey), both of Mequon.
    Mr. Holicek was preceded in death by his wife Pamela in February 2016.
    A private family service will be held.
    Memorials to the Disabled American Veterans are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services.

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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
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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.

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