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Boyd W. Allen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:52

Boyd W. Allen, also known as Woody, a longtime resident of Belgium, passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. He suffered for many years with Alzheimer’s disease, and after a long battle passed away quietly with his wife by his side.
Woody was born on May 17, 1943, in Boston.  He was the son of Boyd E. Allen and Marguerite (nee King) Allen.  
He spent his early years in Pennsylvania. The family moved to West Bend in 1953 and Boyd graduated from West Bend High School.  Following graduation, Woody moved to Claremont, Fla., to live with his grandparents until he joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1964. He was honorably discharged in 1968, but remained in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve until 1970.
 Woody moved back to Wisconsin and attended Kenosha Tech for a year, where he studied horticulture. He also attended Bryant Stratton College in Milwaukee, where he earned an associate’s degree in business in 1979.  
Boyd worked at the family business, Allen Edmonds Shoe Corp. in Belgium, for a total of 36 years, starting while he was in high school.  After he returned from service, his responsibilities included starting the first customer service department and later running the leather department.  He frequently traveled to European countries, including France, to grade leather before it was shipped to the factory.
 Boyd was united in marriage with Colleen (nee Bergman) Schueller on Aug. 6, 1976, at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church in Port Washington. The couple continued to live in Belgium.
Woody was an active member of the American Legion Melvin Wester Belgium Post 412.  He served as a member of the Belgium Village Board for six years and was very active on the tree board.  Woody applied his knowledge from his studies of horticulture by taking care of Bares Park, where he donated all of the flowers and cared for the park for 20 years.  Woody and Colleen’s yard was featured in the Ozaukee Press and is still appreciated by family and friends.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife Colleen and children Linda Erovick of Cedarburg and Kurt (Chris) Schueller of Zackow, Wis. He is further survived by grandsons Colin and Cory Erovick, brother Clyde E. (Shawna) Allen of Columbiaville, Mich., nieces, nephews, other family and friends.   
 According to his wishes, Woody will be cremated and there will be no memorial service.
The family is grateful for the condolences, however in lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Eernisse Funeral Home in Belgium is assisting the family with arrangements.      
Online condolences may be left at

Steven G. Kuether PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:52

    Grafton resident Steven G. Kuether, 57, died Friday, Nov. 3, in a motorcycle accident in Mequon.
    He was born in Two Rivers on June 2, 1960, to Glenn and Mary Bauer Kuether.
    In 1989, he married Amy Hauser at his parents’ cottage in Door County.
    Mr. Kuether graduated from Washington High School in 1978 and earned his bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College in 1999, while working full-time and raising a family.
     His family said if people were lucky enough to know him, they likely would have an anecdote to share about him. He was an almost overwhelmingly gregarious person with an uncanny ability to talk to anyone and make friends everywhere he went — sometimes to the playful chagrin of his family.
     A supply chain professional and certified purchasing manager, Mr. Kuether worked for Kleen Test Products, Briggs & Stratton and Tapco. Through his work and his demeanor, he made and maintained many friendships throughout his life. He worked hard to provide a comfortable, happy childhood and life for his children, whom he considered to be his greatest accomplishment, his family said.
     Mr. Kuether had many hobbies, including photography. He often took sunset photos at his favorite place – his mother’s cottage in Door County. His other interests  included  boating, water sports, woodworking and playing with his golden retriever Beau.
    He was also a connoisseur of popular culture and he quoted from “Seinfeld,” Steve Martin comedy bits and “Cheers.”
     Mr. Kuether was an avid Packers and Badgers fan who loved to watch the games from the comfort of home with a pot of chili. He also enjoyed golf, taking annual golf trips and frequent league play, and riding his motorcycle. His family said he rode until the first snowflake fell each year.
    Mr. Kuether is survived by his wife Amy of Grafton, daughter Taylor of Washington, D.C., and son Mac of Grafton.
    He further survived by his mother Mary of Green Bay; sisters Lori (Gary) Wildenberg of New Holstein and Renee (Llew) Rock of Green Bay; and brothers-in-law Todd Hauser and Shawn Hauser, both of Cincinnati.
    He was preceded in death by his father Glenn; sister Diane; father-in-law and mother-in-law Norton and Louise Hauser; and sister-in-law Barbara Norman.
    Visitation services for Mr. Kuether will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg.
    Memorial donations in memory of Mr. Kuether can be made to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Ozaukee Campus.

Richard R. Waski PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 17:22

Richard R. Waski of Random Lake found peace in the Lord’s kingdom on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.  
He was born in Chicago on Aug. 31, 1948, to Richard and Renatta (nee Depcik) Waski.  
Richard graduated from De LaSalle High School in Chicago in 1966. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Lewis University in Joliet, Ill., and went on to receive his master’s degree in education from Cardinal Stritch University in Whitefish Bay. Richard dedicated 35 years to teaching special education students in Wisconsin.  
He was an outdoorsman and his hobbies included deer hunting, woodworking and an appreciation for the arts. Richard treasured his time with his family. He was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Kewaskum.
Richard is survived by the mother of his children, Sharon Waski; children Kristyn (Andrew) Aalto of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, Richard (Andrea) Waski of Monroe, Rachel (Marc) LeDoux of Lafayette, La., and Elizabeth (Brian) Zettler of Random Lake; grandchildren Jonathan and Ariana Aalto, Clayton and Morgan Waski and Audrey and Evangeline LeDoux; sister Gail (Michael) Hogan; niece Sarah Hogan; and nephews Aaron Hogan, Jacob Hogan and Adam (Jessica) Hogan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and aunt and uncle Marcella and Bernard Fordon.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill in the Basilica Church in Hubertus, with Father Edwin Kornath presiding.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to St. Michael Catholic Church of Kewaskum and Northern Ozaukee Schools Scholarship Foundation.
Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is honored to assist the family.  
On-line condolences may be left at

Jeff Gruetzmacher PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 17:21

Jeff Gruetzmacher “Gruetz” stepped peacefully into heaven’s light at the age of 69 on Oct. 25, 2017.  
A celebration of Jeff’s life was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 Washington St., Grafton, on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
In lieu of flowers, memorials of your choice are appreciated.
Jeff was born on Feb. 27, 1948, in Madison.  He was raised in Milwaukee.  His family moved to Grafton when Jeff was a sophomore in high school. Jeff graduated from Grafton High School in 1966. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned both his bachelor of science degree and his master’s degree in petroleum geology.
Jeff married his high school sweetheart, Donna Kaul, on Dec. 28, 1968. Throughout their lives together, both family and friends knew that Donna was Jeff’s one true love.  
In 1975, together they moved to Houston, Texas, where Jeff got his first position as a petroleum geologist with Gulf Oil. For the next 14 years, Jeff had the thrill of prospecting for oil with discoveries in Arkansas and Texas. During those years, their three children — Kate, Kurt and Kent — were born Texans.  
In 1988, Jeff moved his family back to Grafton. He then opened his business, Energy Consultants of Wisconsin, which he has been the owner/operator of for 30 years.
Jeff was known for his love and talent of playing golf. He has been credited with beginning the first golf team, of which he was the captain, at Grafton High School. He managed to play four holes of golf the day before his long-term illness stopped him from  playing again. (He still hit the ball a mile!)
Gruetz affected the lives of many people as he continued to fight his illness for five years, never complaining and always with the motivation that he wanted the most time with his family. Jeff provided work for anyone who needed a job. He became a second dad to many.
Jeff is the beloved husband of Donna (nee Kaul); loving father of Kurt (Sarah Jo), Kent and the late Kate Gruetzmacher; proud grandpa of Paige, Tess and Liam; beloved son of the late William and Lois Gruetzmacher; adored son-in-law of Arline (the late Fritz) Kaul; dear brother of Kim, Bill (Jill), the late Scott and the late Mike Gruetzmacher; and admired father-in-law to Travis Thompson. Jeff is further survived by his employees, business associates and many other relatives and friends.
 A special heartfelt thank you is extended to Pro Health Care Cancer Center in Pewaukee, whose doctors and nurses shared Jeff’s sense of humor and cared for him lovingly and compassionately during every one of his many treatments.
As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.

Jerome L. Lauters PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 17:21

    Jerome L. Lauters, 81, of Random Lake, died at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
    Mr. Lauters was born in Fredonia on July 4, 1936, to Lawrence and Cordelia Krell Lauters. He graduated from Random Lake High School.
    Mr. Lauters enjoyed farming his homestead in Random Lake. During his free time, he was often seen at the Plymouth Dirt Track watching the races. He loved listening to local polka bands, taking daily drives to admire the surrounding farm lands and attending farm shows and church dinners.  
    Mr. Lauters was preceded in death by his parents, sister Clara Lauters and brother Sylvester.
    A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at Divine Savior Parish, Holy Cross Chapel in Belgium with Father Todd Budde presiding.  
    Visitation will be at Eernisse Funeral Home in Belgium from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2. There will be a second visitation at the church on Friday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. until the service.
    Eernisse Funeral Home in Belgium is handling the arrangements.

Iva J. Hubing PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 17:21

     Former Port Washington and Belgium resident Iva J. Hubing died Oct. 22 at Luther Manor at the age of 91.
    Hubing was born on March 16, 1926, in Polo, Mo., to William and Ida Mae Stevens Yoho. As a young child, the family moved to Batavia, where Mrs. Hubing grew up and attended local schools.
    On Oct. 25, 1947, she married Richard Hubing of Belgium at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Church. After a few years in Belgium, the family moved to Port Washington in the 1960’s.
    In 1980, when her husband retired, the couple moved to Sedona, Ariz., to enjoy the sunshine.
    Mr. Hubing preceded his wife in death on Jan. 21, 1991, and after almost 30 years, Mrs. Hubing returned to Wisconsin to be with her family.
    She was active in the ladies guild at her church in Sedona for many years.
    Mrs. Hubing is survived by her children Eugene (Annmarie) Hubing of Newton, Mass., Kathy (Tim Duax) Hubing of Milwaukee and Holly Hubing-Evans of Minnetonka, Minn; grandchildren Kristin Hubing, Zachary (Chrissie), Aria (John), Liam Duax, Ryan (Becca) and Andy (Tiegan) Evans; two great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Sylvia Yoho of Random Lake.
    Mrs. Hubing was preceded in death by her brothers Dean Yoho, and Jerry and his wife Elaine Yoho.
    A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, St. Mary’s Church, in Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt will officiate.
    Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lake Church.
    Memorials to the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust or Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee are suggested.

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