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Beverly Jean Schmitz PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:34

Beverly Jean Schmitz, born Feb. 19, 1928, in Fond du Lac, peacefully passed into arms of the Lord the morning of Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at Sarah Chudnow Rehab Center in Mequon.
Bev's family would settle in Port Washington, where she met her future husband Wally Schmitz while working at Modern Equipment Co.
After raising her three boys, Keith (Lana Cramer), Jeff (Susan) and Kim, Bev returned to work as church secretary at St. John's Lutheran Church, and then rejoined Wally at Modern Equipment until they both retired. They moved to Destin, Fla., where Wally would eventually precede her in death. While in Destin, Bev was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church.
Bev was also preceded in death by her mother Laura and father Clarence Loucks and by her younger brother Kenny Loucks.
Along with her sons and daughter-in-laws, Bev is survived by grandchildren Giselle Hale, Elise Cannestra, Jennifer Hannah, Katie Schmitz, Matthew Schmitz, Michael Schmitz, Jeffrey  Schmitz, Theresa Schmitz, Natasha Mazza and Nikki Pintor. Bev also said goodbye to 12 great-grandchildren who were the joy of her life.
The family would like to thank the Laurel Oaks Senior Living Facility for the care provided by the staff and the community of residents during the final year of her life.
The family will greet friends on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2  to 3 p.m., with a service to follow, at the Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 East Capitol Dr., Shorewood.
Memorials in Bev's name may be made to the American Diabetes Society and American Civil Liberties Union, which assisted Bev in getting her voter ID.

Joel E. Widmer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:34

    Joel E. Widmer of Green Bay, a former resident of Saukville, enjoyed grilling and spending time with friends and family.
    “He was very funny and could make anybody laugh,” his mother Donna said. “He was also very caring, and his world revolved around his daughter.”
    Mr. Widmer, 48, died from a pulmonary embolism on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at a friend’s house in Green Bay.
    He was born on Sept. 5, 1969, in Milwaukee. He grew up in Saukville and attended Port Washington High School.
    Mr. Widmer enjoyed scuba diving, traveling to Mexico, fishing, four-wheeling, riding his bike, watching the Green Bay Packers, repairing small engines and his dog Zeus. More than anything, he loved spending time with his daughter Amber.
    Mr. Widmer is survived by his daughter Amber; mother Donna Widmer; sister Roechelle Schumacher; and special friend Lisa Woods.
    He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
    A memorial service was held on Monday, Oct. 9, at Cedar Springs Church in Slinger.
    Simply Cremation, Green Bay, handled the arrangements.

Eugene Hess PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:33

     Eugene Hess was an athlete throughout his life and for a long time held the high school state record for high jump.
    “He was very athletic and enjoyed every sport. He was a high school standout in all the sports,” his son Eric said.
    Mr. Hess, 89, died on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Geneva, Ill.
    He was born in Racine on Jan. 12, 1928, to William and Daisy Moorman Hess.
    Mr. Hess was raised in Port Washington and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1946. While in high school, he participated in basketball, football and track.
    Mr. Hess returned to track and field after he retired from Wisconsin Energy by participating in the Senior Olympics in the early 1990s. He placed first in multiple events at the state and regional levels and was ranked nationally in the top five in the high jump in the 60-and-older age category.
    While in high school, Mr. Hess received an athletic scholarship to Marquette University, but he didn’t pursue the offer. Today, one of his granddaughters plays soccer for Marquette at Valley Field, which overlooks the power plant where Mr. Hess used to work.
    After graduating high school, Mr. Hess enlisted in the U.S. Army and served at Camp Lee in Virginia until 1948. He subsequently served in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1962, with the rank of first lieutenant.
    On Nov. 27, 1948, he was married to Helen Streff, and the couple lived in New Berlin for more than 40 years.
    Mr. Hess joined Wisconsin Electric Power Company in 1949 to work at the power plant in Port Washington where his father had also worked. He rose through the ranks and was put in charge of managing the start-up of the company’s Valley Power Plant in Milwaukee in 1967 and ultimately became responsible for managing all of the company’s power plants in Milwaukee, including the related engineering and safety areas. He retired from Wisconsin Energy in 1988.
    Mr. Hess was an active member of various Masonic organizations. He served as an officer of the West Allis Lodge #291 for a number of years, and became the lodge’s worshipful master in 1980. He continued to be involved as a past master, and also became worshipful master of the Day Lite Lodge #358. He participated in the Shriners and National Sojourners organizations and earned various awards for his service to Freemasonry.
    Mr. Hess is survived by his children Eugen (Jutta) of Germany and Eric (Megan) of Batavia, Ill.; grandchildren Morgan, Emily, Erik and Jonathan; and sisters Dorothy Tatum of Racine and Ruth Hoppe of Cedarburg.
    He was preceded in death by his wife Helen, daughter Jill Hess, brother William, and sister Joyce Verley.
    A memorial service will be held at Krause Funeral Home in New Berlin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the service.
    A private burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Saukville.
    Memorials to Easter Seals Wisconsin are appreciated.

Robert P. "Bob" Lutzen PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:18

The world lost one of its sweetest, most gentle souls on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, with the passing of Robert P. "Bob" Lutzen, 80, of Mequon.
Bob was a proud, strong man who exuded kindness and found great joy in making the people around him happy. He always maintained a positive attitude no matter what challenges he faced.
Bob enjoyed life on every level with his wife, best friend and soul mate Valerie. Their love for each other was unmatched. The twinkle in Bob's eye let you know he was more in love with his bride each day than the day before.
Together they traveled, explored the wonders of nature at their camper in Cascade, created a park-like setting of gardens around their home in Mequon and played countless games of Scrabble. Bob's favorite thing to do was to feed the birds in their back yard and up at the lake in Cascade. The birds would all come "running" when they saw him coming with their food.
Bob enjoyed classical music and was a 50-year season ticket holder for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and a 30-year season ticket holder for the Milwaukee Ballet.
Bob was exceptionally close to his daughters Shelly (Ed) Braun of Grafton and Kris (Gary) Notham of Franklin, whom he cherished, loved and protected like no other father on earth. He also adored his grandchildren Brian (Shawna) Taylor, Natalie Notham, Nick Notham and "Little Stinker" Matthew Braun.
Bob was proud to have served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve 32nd Red Arrow Division.
He also spent years working with his stepdad Alfred "Red" Traeder and his mother Dottie at their service station, Red's Arco, in Glendale and later worked at North American Clutch in Milwaukee.
Bob was born on Jan. 21, 1937, to Clarence and Dorothy Lutzen.
In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, he is survived by his stepsisters Caroleen Hart of North Carolina and Jeannie Gross of Nevada, and countless other family and friends.
Bob provided a glowing example of how to live life to the fullest. He touched the world in a positive light in so many ways, leaving a legacy of joy, class and love.
Bob and his family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all close friends, medical team members and family who offered their support and love throughout the years. You made a huge difference in our lives and we truly appreciate you.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2750 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, from 10 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 11 a.m.
There will be a private family entombment at Wisconsin Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Lumen Christi Catholic Church of Mequon, the Ozaukee Humane Society or Happy Endings No Kill Cat Shelter.
Schramka-Densow Funeral Home, Thiensville, is handling the arrangements.

Daniel R. Martens PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:18

Daniel R. Martens was a patriot who loved being on the water.
Mr. Martens, 69, died of a heart attack at his Fredonia home on Thursday, Oct. 5.
He worked as a semi driver for the U.S. Postal Service, but among his greatest joys were motorcycling and boating.
His love of boating took him to many different bodies of water throughout Wisconsin, but his favorite was Lake Michigan. He loved the lake no matter how high the waves were. Being out in his boat always brought a smile on his face.
He loved to share boating with family and friends. His daughter’s first boat ride came when she was 4 weeks old, and she grew to become her father’s boating and fishing partner.
Mr. Martens joined the Army in 1967. He spent most of his time in Germany defending the Russian border. His years in the service gave him a strong belief in the United States as a nation and he was a supporter of the American flag. At each of his houses he proudly flew the flag, even building a large flagpole at his house in Grafton that eclipsed 10 feet tall.
He also enjoyed motorcycling and spending time with friends, especially his lifelong friend, Ed Chow. The two were often referred to as twins since they met in the third grade.
In 2007, Mr. Martens was diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis, and he and his family to moved from Grafton to Fredonia, where he found neighbors that helped make his life even fuller. He often sat in the driveway in his wheelchair with his dog Tallie, enjoying the sunshine and the many people who waved or stopped to share some time with him.
Shortly after Mr. Martens moved to Fredonia, he retired. His disease prevented him from boating and motorcycling, so he then began researching and learned a new skill, beer making. He liked nothing better than sharing a beer with friends and getting their opinions on which ones he should brew again.
Mr. Martens is survived by his wife Linda of Fredonia; daughter Ashley (Matt) Moldenhauer of Port Washington and grandson, Parker.
He is further survived by his brother Dave Martens of Blairsville, Ga.
A celebration of his life will be held in the upstairs lake room at Schooner Pub in Port Washington from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.
A memorial service at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by military honors.
Memorials to the Myositis Association are encouraged.
Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is serving the family.

Ronald A. Depies PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:17

     Ronald A. Depies of Batavia was a  bricklayer who worked on projects at Grafton High School and Random Lake High School — work that gave him a great deal of pride, his wife Beverly said.
    But he was also a longtime dairy farmer who preferred work in the field to construction, she said.
    “He didn’t like the driving to different work sites,” she said. “On a farm, you walk out the door and you’re at work.”
    While she took care of the animals, Mrs. Depies said, her husband preferred working the fields, raising feed for their cows.
    Mr. Depies died of cancer Thursday, Oct. 5, at Sharon Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls. He was 74.
    Mr. Depies was a native of Holy Cross, born on April 5, 1943, to Edwin and La Verne Van Treeck Depies.
    He went to Port Washington High School, where he flexed his athletic prowess as a member of the wrestling team and the football team. He was on the football team in 1960 when it went undefeated.
    He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and was a member of its football team for three years, including 1962, when it earned the conference championship.
    “He loved sports,” his wife said, and he passed that passion onto his sons.
    The boys were all wrestlers, a sport they learned in part at their father’s side.    
    “Whenever there was a commercial on TV, they were on the floor wrestling,” Mrs. Depies said.
    Mr. Depies married Beverly Boehlke at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt, near Mequon, on Sept. 1, 1968.
    The couple were members of the Batavia Fire Department and First Responders for several years, and Mr. Depies also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
    Mr. Depies served as his wife’s caregiver after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995.
    “Ron took very good care of me,” she said. “God has a special place in heaven for men like Ron.”
    Mr. Depies was a people person, his wife said.
    “He enjoyed people,” she said. “And he treated everyone the same.”
    Mr. Depies is survived by his wife Beverly of Batavia; sons Gregory (Denise) and Garret, both of Random Lake, Gary (Julie) of Batavia and Geoffrey of Merrill; and grandchildren Jessica, Cody, Tanner, Sydney, Ryder, Katelyn, Austin, Kyra, Abby, Wyatt and Owen.
    He is further survived by his siblings, Mary (Roger) Neumann, William (Mary Ann) and Gerald (Janice), all of West Bend, Richard (Karen) of Portage, Edwin of Crivitz, Carol (Ken) Buser of Colorado, Anthony (Patti) of Green Bay and Chris (Kim) of Apple Valley, Minn.; brothers and sisters-in-law Judith (E. Miche) Priaulx of Saukville, Robert (Dawn) Boehlke, Linda (Rolf) Sommer and Royal (Linda) Boehlke, all of Random Lake, Roger (Carol) Boehlke of Germantown and Cynthia (Jay) Johnson of Indianola, Iowa.
    Mr. Depies was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and La Verne.
    A funeral service was held Tues., Oct.. 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherman Center. The Rev. Randal Schoemann officiated.
    Interment was in St. John’s Cemetery.
    Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran School in Sherman Center are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements were handled through Phillip Funeral Home, West Bend.

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