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Bernice Fellenz PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:23

Bernice Fellenz of Port Washington loved to cook.

“She used to feed the whole neighborhood, our house was like a restaurant,” her son Jack Fellenz said. 

Mrs. Fellenz, 98, died Sunday, April 16, at her residence.

She was born in Port Washington on January 24, 1919 to John and Anna Flerchinger Decker. She grew up in Port Washington, graduating from Port Washington High School in 1937.  

On July 20, 1946 she married Gerald Fellenz at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Mrs. Fellenz worked as a cook for Port Hotel and Ewig’s Deli. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Parish, now St. John XXIII Parish, a 69-year member of the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 82 in Port Washington and she also ran her own canasta card club for over 70 years. 

Mrs. Fellenz is survived by her children Jack (Louise) of Saukville, Rick (Jane) and Sharon (Gary) Anzia, both of the Town of Port Washington.  

Mrs. Fellenz is further survived by six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and her sister-in-law Marion Jablonski of Milwaukee.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry, brothers Elmer, Orlando “Butzy”, Marvin and John Jr., sisters Mildred Decker, Jean Schoenknecht, and Shirley Probelski, brother-in-law Ron Fellenz, and sister-in-law Shirley Michalica.   

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church in Port Washington. Father Pat Wendt will preside.  

She will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Mausoleum in Port Washington. Visitation will take place on Friday at the church from 3 to 6 p.m.  

The family asks for donations to a charity of the donor’s choice.  

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

Lucille Brunner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Monday, 17 April 2017 14:56

Lucille Brunner died Thursday, April 6, at her home at Woodland View of Fredonia assisted living facility. She was 83.

A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Vineyard Community Church in Grafton, with Pastor Pat Mulcahy presiding.  

Visitation will be at the church on Thursday, April 20, from 3 p.m. until the service.

Phillip Funeral Home, West Bend, is handling the arrangements.

Wendell D. Smith PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 22:53

Wendell D. Smith of Grafton liked to spend his time outside.

“He loved to garden and fish on Lake Michigan and at Lime Kiln Park,” his daughter Laurie Zeigler said.

Mr. Smith, 81, died Monday, April 10, at The Cottages at Cedar Run in West Bend. 

He was born in Pierce on August 26, 1935, the son of Victor Sr. and Hannah Jabs Smith.

Mr. Smith married Joan Braunschweig on April 12, 1958. The couple had two daughters. 

He was a Master Mason for over 50 years. Mr. Smith was raised at Henry L. Palmer Lodge #301 in Wauwatosa and was a dual member at Ozaukee Lodge #17, Port Washington. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason at the Scottish Rite, Valley of Milwaukee, and a Noble at Tripoli Shrine, Milwaukee. 

Mr. Smith was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years. He belonged to the Golden Rule Chapter OES #194 in Wauwatosa where he was a Past Patron and was a dual member of Ozaukee Chapter #147, Port Washington. He was a former Grand Representative to Bolivia.

Mr. Smith is survived by his daughter Laurie (Jon) Zeigler of Fredonia, granddaughter Alyssa Sass of New Bedford, Mass., brother Victor Jr. of Alabama, and sister-in-law Bertha Mae of Two Rivers. 

He is preceded in death by his wife Joan, daughter Susan Smith and siblings Caroline Arians, Beatrice Ray, Roland, Arlene Rappold and Vernon.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Grace Lutheran Church, Grafton.

An Eastern Star service will be held prior to the service on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the church.

A visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. A burial will take place following the service at Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg. 

Memorials to Cedar Hospice Fund or Wisconsin Eastern Star Foundation are appreciated.

Arrangements are being handled by Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory, Cedarburg.

Monica A. Schulz PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 22:52

Monica A. Schulz of West Bend enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

“She loved visiting her cottage up north, traveling, golfing and fishing with her grandkids,” her son Dale Schulz said.

Mrs. Schulz, 79, died of complications from Alzheimer’s on Saturday, April 8, at Ivy Manor, West Bend.

 She was born on Nov. 10, 1937 to Jacob and Margaret Lesch Watry in Dacada. 

Mrs. Schulz attended Port Washington High School and later Alverno College.

On Feb. 1, 1958, she married James A. Schulz of Random Lake. The couple owned and operated Schulz Realty and Schulz Homes.

She was the first woman president of the Washington County Board of Realtors. She was also a member and president of the Lion’s Club of West Bend. 

Mrs. Schulz is survived by her husband Jim, children Lynn (Bob) Ward of Middleton, Kay (Jim) Beilke of Monona Grove, Dale (Fran), Karen (Jim) Lutz, Brian (Laura) all of West Bend, daughter-in-law Suzanne Propoggio of Scottsdale, Ariz., grandchildren Heidi (Joe) Spingola, Kristina (Matt) Buettner, James and Kimberli Ward, Joclyn (Ben) Anderson, Joe (Katelyn) Lutz and Megan Lutz, Allen, Jason and Elizabeth Beilke, Zachary and Jacob Schulz, Hannah and Hayley Schulz, and three great-grandchildren. 

She is further survived by siblings Dolores Tock, Rosemary Pozy, Mildred (John) Lanser, Catherine Kearn, Ginny (Richard) Junge, Susie (Tim) Newman, and siblings-in-law Doris Watry, Carol Watry and Ervin Karrels.

Mrs. Schulz is preceded in death by her parents, son Dean, grandson Joshua, and siblings Agnes Egerer, Eugene, Richard, Robert, Walter, Ralph, Elaine Karrels, Janice Phillips and Janet Hogan.

A funeral service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 17, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend with Chaplain Ron Schneider presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday, April 17 from 3 p.m. until time of the service. Internment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park. 

Memorials are suggested to the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation (10427 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis, WI 53227). 

Arrangements are being handled by The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend.  

Mark Paulbicke PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 22:52

Mark Paulbicke of Fredonia made many friends when he served in the U.S. Army.

“He had friends all over the world, from Europe to America, and they’re sad to learn he’s gone,” his brother-in-law Heinz Gutmair said. 

Mr. Paulbicke, 68, died Friday, April 7, from esophageal cancer at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Mequon. 

He was born on May 17, 1948, to Herman and Rose Chojnaski Paulbicke in Milwaukee. He graduated from Messmer High School in 1965.

From 1968 to 1971, he served in the U.S. army. He then worked as a service manager for National Spring, Inc. in Milwaukee until his retirement. 

Mr. Paulbicke was a member of Warren Kane American Legion Post in Fredonia and the Waubeka Flag Day VFW Post 7037. 

He is survived by his sister Karen (Heinz) Gutmair of Egan, Minn.

Mr. Paulbicke is preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Divine Savior Parish, St. Rose Chapel in Fredonia, followed by a celebration of life prayer service at 6 p.m. 

Burial with full military honors will take place at Fort Snelling, Minn. 

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

Karen Majerus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 22:51

Karen Majerus, 69, died on March 25 in Mesa, Ariz.

She was there while on an ongoing RV trip that was her passion, taking her and her husband, John, coast to coast for the past 10 years.

“I always said I get to drive this bus, but she drives the rest,” Mr. Majerus said. “She  was the driving force behind the lifestyle. She’ll certainly be missed.”

Born in Saukville on Sept. 25, 1948, Mrs. Majerus is the daughter of Wilford and Lenore Gosewehr. She attended Town of Saukville elementary schools and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1966. 

A free spirit her entire life, according to Mr. Majerus, Mrs. Majerus left the Milwaukee area in 1967 and never looked back. She went to California to start a 40-plus-year career in the insurance industry and in 1975 she came back to Wisconsin to meet a blind date for her brother’s wedding. She would marry that man — John — in 1976. 

She moved back to Wisconsin to continue her insurance career as a liability claims adjuster covering many fields, but enjoyed long-haul trucking claims and medical malpractice claims the most.  And her love of dealing with lawyers was probably more of a love of challenging them. 

“There was never a dull moment with Karen around,” Mr. Majerus said.

Mrs. Majerus retired in 2007 and with her husband sold the house, bought an RV and hit the road to follow the sun. “Living full time in an RV was a dream she was not ready to give up,” Mr. Majerus said.

She traveled many miles, from Key West to Fairbanks, Alaska and then the Arctic Circle, and also from San Diego to Prince Edward Island, Conn. She stopped at every wildlife refuge along the way and tried to  identify the birds. She met many people in her travels and would hug most of them.  “She was a ‘hugger,’” Mr. Majerus said.

Karen is survived by her husband,  John;  sister Gloria Arredondo; brothers Roy (Judy) Gosewehr and Dave Gosewehr; and sisters-in-law Caroline (Richard) Thiel and Mary Beth (Michael) Schiller.

Per Mrs. Majerus’ wishes, there will only be a private family funeral.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Special Olympics of Wisconsin, the American Heart Association or the National Wildlife Federation.

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