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Christopher I. Lesar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 19:00

Christopher I. Lesar left a lasting impression with everyone he met.
    That has been the feedback his family has been hearing since Mr. Lesar, 57, who lived in the Town of Cedarburg, died Sunday, Dec. 17, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
    “(People have been telling us) this totally describes him: He always had a smile for everybody, he talked with everybody. He never was unfriendly to anyone,” his wife, Vicki said. “He always had a smile and a joke to give. Everybody would enjoy talking with him, wherever we went, family functions, games, whatever, it didn’t matter.”
    Mr. Lesar was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 8, 1960, to Mark and Sharon Spowart Lesar.
    The family moved to Baraboo when he was 6 and he graduated from Baraboo High School in 1978.  He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his bachelor’s degree in operations research and management.
    On March 24, 1990, Mr. Lesar married Vicki Wenzel at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church in Port Washington.  The couple settled in Saukville before moving to Cedarburg in 1999.
    As an experienced sales and marketing leader, Mr. Lesar was a senior account manager at TIP Technologies in Waukesha.  Prior to that, he worked at Callidus Cloud in Milwaukee.
    Mr. Lesar,  a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg, was an avid sports fan and cheered on the Packers, Badgers, Brewers and Bucks when he wasn’t rooting for his boys in wrestling or his daughter at volleyball.
    When Mr. Lesar was younger, he  coached his kids’ lacrosse, baseball, volleyball and basketball teams.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren.    
    Mr. Lesar is survived by his wife Vicki;  children Brandon (Cree) of Oostburg, Carly Lesar of Hanford, Calif., and Dylan of Stevens Point; grandchildren Bryson and Amelya; and his parents Mark and Sharon.
  He is further survived by brothers Peter (Shirley) of Mesa, Ariz., and Matthew (Karen) of Elm Grove; brothers and sisters-in-law Guy (Christine) Wenzel of West Bend, Mark (Kathy) Wenzel of Port Washington, Cindy (Bill) Large of Belgium, Kari (Glen) Beder of Newburg, Becky (Greg) Werner of West Bend, and Gale (Joey) Sigler of Fredonia.
    A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg.  Father Patrick Burns will preside.
    Visitation will be at the church from noon until the Mass, and a reception will be held in the church hall following Mass.
    Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers.
    Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty May Klinter PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:59

Betty May Klinter, 90, of Port Washington, a former resident of Milwaukee, died Monday, Dec. 18, at Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Port Washington. Ms. Klinter was born in St. Catherine, Ontario, Canada, on Oct. 9, 1927, to Roy and Marguerite Mandley. She came to the United States in 1945 and settled in Wisconsin. Ms. Klinter worked as an inspector for Continental Can Co. in Milwaukee for 42 years and was a member of the United Steel Workers Union. Her family said Ms. Klinter was an avid reader who enjoyed playing cards, crocheting and was a huge fan of Betty Boop. Ms. Klinter is survived by her children Debra (Jim Mienecke) Klinter, Denise (John) Zoesch and Duane (Steve Deardorff) Klinter, all of Milwaukee, and Darren (April) Klinter of Saukville. She is further survived by six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Ms. Klinter was preceded in death by her brothers Leroy, Gary and Jack Mandley. A gathering to celebrate Ms. Klinter’s life was to be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Diabetes Association are suggested.

Armina K. Wach PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:58

Armina K. Wach, 94, of Waubeka, died Monday, Dec. 18, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.
    Mrs. Wach was born on Aug. 16, 1923, to Edgar and Anna Schellinger Bonlender in St. Killian. She grew up in Nenno.
    On Sept. 16, 1944, she married Aloysius Wach of Fredonia at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nenno. He preceded her in death on May 16, 1995.  
    The couple moved to Waubeka and Mrs. Wach worked at the West Bend Company.  She also worked for about 21 years at the High Tran Company in Waubeka, retiring in 1983.
    Mrs. Wach is survived by her daughter Carol Wach of Eden Prairie, Minn.; grandchildren Jennifer (Brian) Schurrer, Katie Wach, Joe Wach, Christopher (Melissa) Wach and Kelly (Chris) Gully; and seven great-grandchildren.
    She is further survived by her sister-in-law Rosie Bonlender of Allenton; brother-in-law Earl Kleckner of Waubeka; and daughters-in-law Darlene Wach of Germantown and Connie Wach of Fredonia.
    Mrs. Wach was preceded in death by her husband; sons Roger, Jerry and James; brothers Marvin and Lester Bonlender; grandchildren Stephanie, Sarah and Edward; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Edward and Agnes Wach, Clarence  and Loretta Spies, Gloria Bonlender, and Mary Jane Kleckner.
    A Mass of Christian burial was to be celebrated at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Divine Savior Parish, Holy Cross Church in the Town of Belgium. Father Todd Budde was to preside.
    Visitation was to be at the church Wednesday from 4 p.m. until the Mass.
    Interment was held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Fredonia.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, handled the arrangements.

Helen Delores Perkins PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:58

Helen Delores Perkins (nee DeBord) passed away peacefully at home with her family and was reunited with her beloved husband Carmen on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.  She was 83 years old.  
Delores was born on May 30, 1934, to Millard and Lorraine (nee Powell) DeBord in Two Price, Wis.
Delores was the loving mother of Mike (Jean), Jeff and Perry (the late Tootsie) Perkins; cherished sister of Loren (Betty), Doug (Audrey), Phil (Joy), Chuck, Brian (Sue), Barry (Debbie) DeBord and Barb Riedl.; and dear grandmother of Justin (Angie), Chelsea, Chaney (Sarah) and Curry (Meghan).  
She was preceded in death by her parents Millard and Lorraine, husband Carmen, sister Bonnie, daughter-in-law Tootsie and niece Melissa.  
She was also loved and cared for by her best friend Merry Heimerl, cherished neighbors the Arnold family, in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  
A private family gathering for a celebration of life was held Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.  
Online condolences may be left at      

Harvey R. Gruenwald PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:58

Harvey R. Gruenwald, a longtime Cedarburg resident, through God’s grace combined with his faith, was born to eternal life on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the age of 91 years.  
He was the beloved husband of Virginia for over 70 years; loving father of daughter Cheryl Moulds (Peter) and sons Karl and Curtis (Deborah) Gruenwald; and cherished and loving grandfather of Jon C. Gruenwald (Erika) of Port Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Lilly along with his sister Alice.   
Harvey is further survived by other relatives and friends.
A lifelong resident of Ozaukee County, Harvey was born and raised in Mequon, eventually moving to Cedarburg after being married in 1946.
He traveled to Cedarburg using the electric interurban railway to attend Cedarburg High School; and after graduation attended Marquette University for engineering.
Devoted to his country, he enlisted in the Navy and served during World War II.
Upon his return, he began working for his father-in-law, and later Harvey purchased half interest in the family business to be known as Jung-Gruenwald Furniture & Appliance in Cedarburg. Many years later, he sold his interest and formed a business partnership with his son Curtis, until his retirement in 1986. For a number of years after retirement, he continued helping out, since business and working with customers, along with being active, was so much a part of him.  
He was always there to lend a hand and dig in to help others, be they family, friends or neighbors.
The home he resided in for close to 60 years reflects much of his hard work that was done in the initial building process, along with all of the maintenance he did over the years.   
Taking after his father, gardening and making things grow was something he truly enjoyed.
In his earlier years, Harvey was very active in a variety of organizations, including his church, various civic groups and especially the Cedarburg Fire Department.
He loved spending time in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at the special place on North Twin Lake. Many special cherished Northwoods memories were created there.
He was of the “old school” where quality, honesty, integrity and fair dealing were essential ingredients to having those you serve become longtime customers and friends. He was of a time when a handshake and a promise were all that were needed, truly a lost era no longer present in today’s society.  
Harvey will be missed by family, friends and those who came across his path over the years to truly get to know him. He ran the race that was set before him, he kept the faith, has finished well and has claimed his prize. While his temporal journey here on earth has ended, life has truly just begun.
A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 18, at Friedens Church in Port Washington.
Cards may be addressed to the family in care of the church, 454 N. Milwaukee St., Port Washington, WI 53074.   
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Friedens Church in memory of Harvey are appreciated by the family.
Eernisse Funeral Home is serving the family, with burial in the family plot at Zur Ruhe Cemetery in Cedarburg.
Many thanks for the special care provided by so many at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital and especially the love and compassionate care provided by the dedicated and professional staff at Lasata Care Center. Special thanks to Dr. Tom Shewczyk of Homestead Family Health for his professional as well as tender loving care. The Ozaukee County community at large is so fortunate to have these individuals who treat those they are caring for as if they were their own family. Our family is deeply grateful for all of you!

Gene W. Schmit PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:57

Port Washington businessman Gene W. Schmit made his mark on the county in myriad ways — by helping area residents buy and sell their homes, running auctions for businesses and individuals and contributing to the many business and community organizations he belonged to.
    It was a legacy Mr. Schmit was proud of, one he inherited from his father Michael, who taught him the art of auctioneering and the business of real estate.
    The two founded and ran M.J. Schmit and Son Realtor and Auctioneers for many years.
    After Mr. Schmit’s father died, the business was renamed Gene W. Schmit Realtor and Auctioneer, and today is known as Schmit Realty, which has offices in Grafton and Port Washington.
    “When his sons (Rick and Randy) took over, he took a lot of pride in the fact they were the third generation,” Mr. Schmit’s son Robb said.
    Mr. Schmit’s father founded Schmit’s Ballroom in Grafton, and he and his son ran it for many years. After his father died, Mr. Schmit bought out the other family members and ran it on his own until the business closed.
    The secret to Mr. Schmit’s success was his character, his son said.
    “He was just a genuine and caring person,” he said. “He had an ability to meet people and help them through situations in an honest way.”
    He cited one man who told family members that Mr. Schmit owned his house for five hours — the man was a pastor who didn’t make it back from Fennimore after a funeral to make the closing on his home. Mr. Schmit bought the house for the man, then sold it to him hours later.
    “How many people would do that for someone?” his son asked.
    Mr. Schmit died Thursday, Dec. 14, at his home on Westwood Drive in Grafton. He was 82.
    A Grafton native, he was born on Feb. 18, 1935, to Michael and Sally Schmit.
    He attended St. Joseph Parish School and Grafton High School, where he was involved in the drama and discussion clubs as well as the baseball, basketball and six-man football teams.
    Mr. Schmit’s love of baseball followed him into adulthood, when he watched and cheered his sons and later when he played in the Ozaukee County Senior Softball League in Grafton.
    “Some guys like to go hunting or fishing. I like to play ball,” Mr. Schmit told Ozaukee Press in 2010. “I wouldn’t give it up unless I’m injured or can’t breath.
    “I enjoy it. There’s a lot of talk and good fun. We have a lot of laughs, and there’s a lot of kidding.”
    After Mr. Schmit stopped playing softball for health reasons, he coached a team.
    “He just wanted to be with the boys,” his son said.
    Mr. Schmit was also a dancer who loved to polka. He met his future wife Rosemary Rickinger on the dance floor of the Nightingale Ballroom in Menomonee Falls. The couple married at St. Dominic’s Church in Marcy on Nov. 3, 1956.
    He was active in many community organizations — among them the Port Washington and Grafton Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Club and Lions Club —  and recognized by them for his contributions, and he also worked to support veterans groups and first responders.
    “He was passionate about honoring the people who serve the community,” his son said.
    But, his family said, more than his accomplishments, he was proud of his family.
    Like his father did with him, Mr. Schmit instilled business sense and ethics in his three sons, who then passed those on to their children, his family said.
    “Gene was a modest man yet most prideful about his children and grandchildren,” his family noted. “He frequented and supported their activities every chance he had.”
    Mr. Schmit was a humble and generous Christian man who enjoyed polkas and softball, his family said.
    Mr. Schmit is survived by his wife Rosemary of Grafton; sons Rick (JoAnn) and Robb (Stacy), both of the Town of Grafton, daughter-in-law Conny Schmit of the Town of Grafton; grandchildren Tyler (Katy), Matthew, Nick, Aaron (Alexandria), Andrew and Alyssa; and two great-granddaughters.
    He is further survived by his sisters Bette Ott and JoAnn (Richard) Paulus, both of Grafton.
    Mr. Schmit was preceded in death by his son Randy and brother-in-law Phil Ott.
    A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Schmit was held Monday, Dec. 18, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton. Father Mike Barrett officiated.
    Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Grafton.
    Memorials are suggested to the Grafton Lions Club, Alzheimer’s Association or the  American Cancer Society.
    Funeral arrangements were handled through Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington.

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