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Rosella McManus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:15

Rosella H. McManus had the ability to make friends with everyone, her family said.

“She had this quality with people, an empathy,” her daughter Kassie McManus said. “She noticed people. She always made them feel comfortable. She made them feel good.”

Her mother would take the time to help a mother who was frazzled by her children or talk to the people sitting next to her at the airport, she said, often turning strangers into friends.

And Mrs. McManus nurtured these friendships through the years.

“Every time the household was uprooted, Rosella maintained ties with those friends she had to leave behind,” her family said. “Everywhere the McManus family moved, Rosella found people she loved who also loved her.”

Mrs. McManus died Tuesday, May 9, at Zilber Hospice in Wauwatosa. She was 96.

She lived at her Port Washington home until the day before she died, her family said.

Mrs. McManus was born on June 2, 1920, in the Town of Fosston, Minn., the daughter of Fridolph and Esther Hendrickson Hirsch.

When she was a junior in high school, her father died and she moved with her mother and a brother to Duluth, Minn. She graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1938 and enrolled at Duluth Junior College.

When her mother moved back to Fosston, Mrs. McManus stayed with a family in Duluth. When that family moved to St. Paul, Mrs. McManus moved with them, enrolling in the nursing program at the University of Minnesota.

The bombing of Pearl Harbo r occurred right after she started her clinical training, and the university mobilized medical units to help in the war effort. In their second year of training, the young student nurses like Mrs. McManus were placed in charge of hospital wards.

“We worked hard and learned fast,” Mrs. McManus told her family.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1943 and was asked to stay at the university in its cadet nursing program to “make nurses out of the odds and ends of people who wanted to help with the war effort,” she told her family.

She taught members of the Army Nurse Corps, and enlisted in the corps in early 1945. She was discharged later that year, as the war wound down.

On June 28, 1945, she married Terence McManus, a Navy pilot she grew up with, in their hometown of Fosston, Minn.

“She adored him,” their daughter said. “I think my mom had a crush on him for a long time.”

After Mr. McManus earned his medical degree, the family moved frequently. Mrs. McManus was the family’s support team, establishing the household, raising the couple’s six children and volunteering in the schools and communities.

She also worked as a nurse, handling many assignments through the years. Her favorite was chief nurse for the children’s psychiatric unit at the mental health institute in Cherokee, Iowa.

Mrs. McManus also served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary to the South Dakota State Medical Association, was an active member of the League of Women Voters and a 60-year member of P.E.O., a philanthropic womens group that supports education for women.

She was a collector and a voracious reader who especially enjoyed reading to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In 1997, the McManuses moved to Port Washington from Spicer, Minn., to be closer to family.

Mrs. McManus is survived by her children Terry of Ann Arbor, Mich., Robert (Lee Anderson) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Douglas (Vicky) and Kassie McManus, both of Port Washington, Michael (Nyla Knigge) of Sturgis, S.D., and Patrick (Mary Beth Johnson) of Omaha, Neb.; 17 grandchildren and at least 20 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by her brother Stanley of Ventura, Calif., and sister-in-law Helen Hirsch of Bismark, N.D.

In addition to her husband Terence, who died in 2002, Mrs. McManus was preceded in death by her brothers Fritz and Alf, sisters-in-law Barbara Hirsch, Mary Jane McManus Yonda and Alice McManus; and brothers-in-law Edward McManus and Fred Yonda.

A memorial service for Mrs. McManus will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, June 2, at First Congregational Church in Port Washington. The Rev. Jeff Suddendorf will officiate.

Visitation will be at the church Friday from 3 p.m. until the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Congregational Church or Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, Md. 21741-5030, are suggested.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Robert D. Patterson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:36

What did Robert Patterson enjoy most about his career in education?

“Dealing with children and helping them learn,” said his wife Sandra. “That meant everything to him.”

Mr. Patterson died May 4 at Columbia St. Mary’s hospice unit in Mequon from  Alzheimer’s Disease. A Grafton resident the past three years, he was 89.

He was also an avid golfer — “I used to play with him and those were good times,” his wife said — and loved literature.

“He’d read anything and everything he could get his hands on,” she said.

Mr. Patterson was born on May 22, 1927 in Racine, son of Alexander Patterson and Edith Pawasarat Patterson. He grew up in Racine and Bay View, graduating from Bay View High School in 1945. 

After graduation, he served in the US Army Air Corps and was stationed in the Philippines and Japan. 

After returning from the service he worked for Consolidated Freightways while attending the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. In December 1951, he married Shirley Olive Orthmann, who died in 2002.

Mr. Patterson then married Sandra LeBoutillier in November 2004.

Mr. Patterson began his professional career as an elementary school teacher in the Oak Creek/Franklin School District. During his 35-plus years as an educator, his positions included vice-principal, principal and director of curriculum. 

He was active in the Grant Park Men’s Club and Oak Creek Kiwanis. 

Mr. Patterson was a member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in South Milwaukee, Brookfield Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. 

He is survived by his wife Sandra, his children Robert A. “Zeke” (Rosemarie) Patterson, Cheryl (Sonya) Patterson, Seth (Viviana) Patterson, Ann (Paul) Anderson, Susan (Paul Ehlenbach) Patterson, Mark and Kim (Sean Maroney) Patterson. 

He is further survived by grandchildren Nickolaus Patterson, Martha and Hannah Ehlenbach, Ian and Luke Anderson, Zachary Patterson, Antuan; and step-daughter Patricia (Tom) Mayer.

A memorial service was held May 9 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. Eernisse Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Horizon Hospice, Lakefield Adult Day Center Activities Fund in Grafton, or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Jennifer Fitzgerald PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:35

Jennifer Fitzgerald took great pride in playing hostess.

“Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday, but Christmas was where she really shined, taking care of friends and family,” said her daughter Brittany.

Mrs. Fitzgerald also enjoyed singing.

“She did a lot of personal recordings,” her daughter said. “Her favorite was Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful.’ She’d sing that to me when I was a baby. She had a beautiful voice.”

Mrs. Fitzgerald died May 4 at her Port Washington home at age 37.

She was born in Waukesha on June 18, 1979, daughter of Patricia and John Szyjewski. 

She worked as a general manager for many different restaurants and loved cooking, her daughter said. 

Mrs. Fitzgerald is survived by her daughter Brittany (Nick Lee) of West Allis and son Julien Omejc of Port Washington, father John Szyjewski of Milwaukee, sister Rachel Mooney (Damian Struble) of Milwaukee, brothers John (Sarah) Szyjewski, Jr. of Hartford and William “Liam” White of Portland, Ore. 

She is preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Szyjewski.

Funeral Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 15 at the Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington. Rev. John Szyjewski, Jr. and Rev. David Ayer will officiate the service. Visitation begins at 4 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family to offset funeral expenses. 

Shirley Tietz PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:33

Shirley Ann Tietz of Port Washington loved to read, sew, fish and entertain for birthdays and holidays.

“She was a devoted mother and wife, her children always came first,” her husband Howard said.

Mrs. Tietz, 77, died in Arizona on Friday, April 28, from a blood clot.

She was born in Pittsburg, Calif. on Nov. 23, 1939, to Earl and Loretta Dumke Winchester.

Mrs. Tietz was employed at Kmart for 35 years. She enjoyed traveling and loved her second home in Arizona. She had a love for horses, nature and anything western. 

She is survived by her husband Howard of almost 60 years; her children Howard “Skip” of Fredonia, Wendy (James) Braun of Sun Prairie, David (Linda) and Michael both of Milwaukee, and Sherry (Bob) Williamson of Eagle; grandchildren Dan, Stephen (Gabrielle), Kevin, Scott, Daniel, Timothy, Samantha, Leanne, Jamie, Bobby (Karlee), Mehgan (Rob) and Gary; four great-grandchildren; brother David Winchester of Sacramento, Calif.; sister Betty (Richard) Scopline of Menomonee Falls; brother-in-law Paul (Connie) Tietz Kent, Wash.; and sister-in-law Kathy (late Gerald) Krause of Brookfield.

Mrs. Tietz is preceded in death by her mother Loretta Dumke; her father Earl Winchester; her father and mother-in-law Howard G. and Catherine Tietz; her infant son Patrick; her grandson Jacob Tietz; and her favorite dog, Missy.

A funeral service will take place Thursday, May 18, 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Hope in Milwaukee. A visitation will be held at the church from 3 to 5 p.m. Internment will occur at a later date. 

San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home in Queen Creek. Ariz., is handling the arrangements. 

Arnold E. Anklam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:30

If it involved the outdoors, Arnold Anklam was making the most of it.

“Hunting, fishing, camping, shooting. He loved all of that,” his son Jesse said. “He especially enjoyed shooting pheasant, grouse and woodcock. The upland game birds.”

Mr. Anklam, a former Port Washington resident, died at his home in West Bend of a heart attack on May 3. He was 77.

Mr. Anklam was born on Nov. 13, 1939 in Tigerton to Ervin and Solveig Pederson Anklam. The family moved to Big Falls when Mr. Anklam was 5 years old, then to Milwaukee in 1957. In 1958 he married Barbara Brinkman and the couple moved to Port Washington in 1962. 

Mr. Anklam worked at Simplicity in Port Washington for 37 years as a materials handler. In 1996, the couple moved to West Bend and Mr. Anklam retired in 2001.

He was a member of the Newburg Sportsman Club, the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited and the Gun Owners of America. 

Mr. Anklam is survived by sons Dan (Sue) of Sacramento, Calif., Jesse (Jill) of Random Lake and daughter Jeanne (Rick) Wallace of Sheboygan.

He is further survived by brother John (Spring) Anklam; sisters, Karen (Dennis) Leyer and Nancy (Dennis) Helm; grandchildren Sean and Caitlin Anklam, Lindsey and Halei Smith, Drew and Benjamin Wallace, Mason and Reed Anklam; one great grandson; and sister-in-law Kay Anklam and brother-in-law Donald Beebe.

Mr. Anklam was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Barbara, his brother Larry Anklam, brother-in-law Richard “Dick” Ulrichsen, sister-in-law Betty Beebe, and brother- and sister-in-law Jerry and Mary Noeske.

A funeral service for Mr. Anklam will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel in West Bend. Visitation will be held at 11 a.m.

Entombment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Newburg Sportsman Club are suggested.


Joan Brown Linderoth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 20:28

Joan L. Brown Linderoth’s legacy lives on in the Little Free Library outside her son Steve Brown’s Port Washington home.

“We started it in her honor,” her son said. “She loved it.”

A Little Free Library would seem a fitting tribute for the woman who served as a former head librarian at the Niederkorn Library in Port Washington.

Mrs. Linderoth always wanted to be a librarian, her son said, and when a job opened up at the Port library in the early 1960s she quickly applied. 

A few years later, she was named head librarian, a position she held for 17 years, until the 1980s.

“She used to have all the kids come in for story hour,” her  son said. “She started an art fair at the library, and she taught yoga class there, too.”

Mrs. Linderoth was “a strong woman,” her son said, noting she was the first female city employee to wear a pantsuit to work — a feat memorialized in a photo printed in Ozaukee Press.

Mrs. Linderoth died Tuesday, April 25, at the Harbor Club in Port Washington, where she had lived for the past four years. She was 90.

Mrs. Linderoth was born in Iron Mountain, Mich., on June 30, 1926, the daughter of Edward and Cora Anderson Evrard.

She married Glen Brown on Sept. 15, 1944.

On Nov. 28, 1981, she married Clifford Linderoth.

The couple moved to Washington state, where Mrs. Linderoth was active in the community and served on the library board.

Mrs. Linderoth was a charter member of the Port Washington Yacht Club.

“She and my father always had a boat,” her son said.

She also loved traveling, and visited countries all over the world, including Russia, Japan, Iceland, Norway, China and Sweden.

She and her second husband took a three-masted schooner from Mexico to Trinidad, her son said, noting her mother had a broken leg at the time but insisted on taking the trip.

“She didn’t want to miss it, so she w nt anyway,” he said.

Mrs. Linderoth was also a charter member of two Port Washington churches —Christ the King Lutheran Church and St. Simon the Fisherman Episcopalian Church, her son said.

She enjoyed sewing, knitting, golfing and yoga.

Mrs. Linderoth lived in Washington until her husband died in 2012, then moved back to Port Washington to be close to her family.

Mrs. Linderoth is survived by her children, Steven (Lynn) Brown of Port Washington, Jeffery “Uffer” (Juanita) Brown of Morganton, N.C., Glen “Muggo” (Dorothy) Brown of Pensacola, Fla., and Kathrine “Sam” (John Plier) Brown of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Linderoth was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Cora Evrard, husbands Glen Brown and Clifford Linderoth and brother Marlin Evrard.

A celebration of Mrs. Linderoth’s life will be held at a future date.

Burial will be in Holden East Cemetery, Port Washington.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

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