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John Clark PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 19:07

John Fredric Clark passed away on Sunday, Aug. 6, at the age of 76.
John was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
John was born on June 12, 1941, in Eustis, Fla., and was the son of Harry A. Clark and Jeannette H. Clark.
He graduated from Mount Dora High School and was furthering his education in Florida when he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he worked on the Mace Missile Program until 1967. During this time he met and married Diane Hullinger of Glendale.  They celebrated the birth of their daughter Kim in Asheville, N.C., before returning to reside in Wisconsin.
John graduated with a business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and spent his career working in finance, sales and sales management in the heavy construction equipment industry until he retired in 1998.
John enjoyed spending time with family, especially his three grandchildren. John and Diane spent many wonderful years together in Marco Island, Fla., and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by family.  John loved traveling throughout the South, cross-country motorcycle trips and researching his family genealogy.  He was never at a loss to entertain with a story, memory or ancestral “find.”
John is survived by his wife Diane, daughter Kim (Adam) Stephens  and grandchildren Riley, Quinn and Nolan.     He is also survived by his three brothers, Jerry (Sandy), Douglas (Cathy) and Jim (Sandy), sister-in-law Janis (Charles) McCaskey, nieces Stacy Clark (children Austin and Blaine) and Isha McCaskey (children Kalyja, Nicoya, Gideon and Zeida) and nephews Christopher, Andrew and Brent Clark.
The Clark family would like to thank Dr. Kathryn Bylow and all the members of his Froedtert oncology team who provided such skilled and compassionate care.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, Aug. 14, at Eernisse Funeral Home,1600 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, with visitation from 3 p.m. until the service at 4 p.m. Pastor Steve Harris will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.  
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Donna Bichler PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:57

Donna B. Bichler, 49, of Greenfield and formerly of Belgium, died on Monday, July 24, following a motorcycle accident.  
She was born in Sheboygan on Oct. 10, 1967, daughter of Charles Jr. “Skip” and Margaret “Peg” Bichler.  
Ms. Bichler grew up on the family farm in Belgium and attended Northern Ozaukee High School, where she excelled in cross country, track and basketball before graduating in 1986.  
Known as “Donna B,” she was part of the 1986 basketball team that placed second at state.
She also held a cross-country record that wasn’t broken at the school until this year.
Ms. Bichler believed one of best parts of her high school athletics career was the fact that her family came to all of her races and games, her family said.
Ms. Bichler was a production manager at Global Fasteners in Muskego, where she worked the past 18 years. She was a member of St. James’s Catholic Church in Franklin, and had volunteered through the Interfaith Caregivers to help shovel snow in the winter for elderly neighbors.  
Trips on her motorcycle included Daytona, Fla., for Bike Week, her partner Monica Skarban said, with whom Ms. Bichler formed a union on April 12, 2015.
“She loved that bike,” her partner said. “She traveled almost daily to work on it if the weather allowed for it.”
A Green Bay Packers fan who shared a birthday with former quarterback Brett Favre, Ms. Bichler would receive a birthday call from “Brett” in a voice that sounded suspiciously like her mother’s voice, her family said.
Ms. Bichler also enjoyed camping, RV trips, and growing flowers.
She enjoyed travels that took her to Arizona, Hawaii and Napa Valley, Calif., her partner said.
“She was a ‘the glass is 3/4 full’ person,” her partner said. “‘Live, love, life’ was our phrase.”
Ms. Bichler is survived by her partner Monica Skarban of Greenfield; parents Skip and Peg Bichler of Belgium; sisters Anne (Donny) Kultgen of Random Lake and Jane (Mike) Cynor of Belgium; brothers Robert (Martha) of Gibbsville and Tom (Kim) of Belgium; mother-in-law Delores Skarban of Franklin; brothers-in-law Jay (Tammy) Skarban of Casco and Jim Skarban of Nanakuli, Hawaii; and sister-in-law Roberta (Michael) Boyd of San Diego.
 She was preceded in death by her father-in-law Robert Skarban and brother-in-law John Skarban.
A visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Belgium. A celebration of life service will follow at 6 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at St. James Catholic Church in Franklin. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Wisconsin Donor Network, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Manuel T. Diaz PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:56

    Manuel T. Diaz, of the Town of Fredonia, died Friday, July 28, just a few days shy of his 21st birthday.  
    Mr. Diaz, 20, was born in Milwaukee on July 31, 1996, son of Lennette Pintor and Lionson Diaz.  
    He grew up in Fredonia and attended local schools, including Random Lake High School where he participated in wrestling and football, and was awarded the football team MVP trophy his freshman year.
    Mr. Diaz graduated in 2015 and enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He was stationed at Fort Lee, Va.
    While he was home, Mr. Diaz would work at Country Inn & Suites. He enjoyed socializing with his friends, often going four-wheeling and playing Xbox. His favorite game was Gears of War.  He was very passionate about music and his favorite artist was Eminem. Music was a theme that followed him from school into adult life, and he was often playing songs for his family and friends.
    Mr. Diaz is survived by his mother Lennette Diaz of Fredonia, and siblings Consuela (Tomas) Reyes of Random Lake, Jasmine Diaz, Michael Diaz and Andrea Wesolowski, all of Fredonia.  
    He is further survived by his grandparents Thomas and Vivian Pintor of Fredonia, great-grandparents Manuel and Elaine Pintor of Cedarburg, stepfather Kevin Scholten, stepbrother Jesse Scholten and stepsister Andrea Scholten, all of Cedar Grove.
    Visitation was to be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Belgium, with military honors following.
    Burial will be in Waubeka Union Cemetery on Thursday.

Dolores M. Freitag PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:56

Dolores “Mutz” M. Freitag, 86, formerly of Grafton, died on Wednesday, July 26, at Milan Estates in Saukville, where she had lived for the past three years.
The daughter of Raymond and Adelaide “Hattie” Thielen Rausch, she was born Jan. 14, 1931, in Saukville.
“Her parents gave her the nickname ‘Mutz’ when she was little — in German it was something like ‘little girl’ or ‘little one’ but it didn’t really have an exact interpretation,” said her daughter Gail. “But she became ‘Mutzie’ for her entire life.”
On May 13, 1950, she married Harold “Smokey” Freitag at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville.
Mrs. Freitag worked as an assembler at Tecumseh Power Products in Grafton, retiring in 1996. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoyed playing in her card club, gardening, volunteering at Family Sharing and spending time with family.  
“She would can anything she grew in her garden and give it to others,” her daughter said. “She also helped look after the children of other families during the years she was a stay-at-home mom on the family farm.
“She was always helping someone with something.”
Mrs. Freitag is survived by her children Gail (Jim Stradal) Freitag of Crivitz, Connie Freitag of Saukville, Karen (Ron) Lemmer of Crivitz, Dean (Gina) of Grafton, and Sandy (Dave) Brunner of Fredonia; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister Stella Lauters of Pickerel; brother Albert “Abbie” Rausch of Saukville; and brother-in-law Richard Schreiner of Cedarburg.
Mrs. Freitag was preceded in death by her husband Harold in 2008; brother Lawrence Rausch; sisters Rose Ernisse, Betty Biever, Agatha Krupp and Margaret Schreiner; brothers-in-law Chuck Lauters, Wally Ernisse, Orville Biever and Lou Krupp; and sister-in-law Carol Rausch.
A funeral service will was held Friday, July 28, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, Port Washington.  Deacon Tom Surges officiated.
Internment was at St. Joseph Parish Cemetery in Grafton.
Memorials are suggested to the Smile Train.
Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, assisted the family

John Holicek PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:55

John Holicek met hundreds if not thousands of people in Ozaukee County during his career, usually in the worst of circumstances.
    Mr. Holicek was the county coroner for 25 years, serving until he turned 80 in 2015.
    “The stories he told of having to knock on doors to tell people their loved ones had died — it was very tough on my dad,” his son Bryan said. “It was quite an interesting career for him. He could tell stories of people of all ages, of every type of death.
    “He said the toughest part of the job was dealing with babies.”
    When Mr. Holicek retired, his son noted, he received commendations from the governor and his peers.
    It takes a special person to be the coroner, and Mr. Holicek and his late wife Pamela, who served as the department’s administrative assistant, epitomized that person, his son said.
    “It was in their blood,” Bryan Holicek said. “They were just enthralled with the job. They enjoyed it — you could just see that in them — and it was an interesting lifestyle for them.”
    Becoming coroner was a natural transition for Mr. Holicek, who served for many years as an emergency medical technician for the City of Mequon.
    He also worked for the Mequon Parks and Buildings Department for many years, a job that allowed him to become an EMT.
    Mr. Holicek, 80, died Sunday, July 30, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
    Mr. Holicek died of a long-term infection, his son said.
    He was born in Milwaukee on April 14, 1935, the son of John and Josephine Nemcheck Holicek.
    He graduated from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee and served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.
    He married Pamela Seefert in 1968.
    The couple lived in Mequon, where they spent their time creating their personal paradise on four acres along the Milwaukee River, his son said.
    “They were homebodies. They just loved being together and doing things for the house,” he said.
    Through the years, Mr. Holicek raised dogs — particularly German shepherds and golden retrievers. For a time, he also raised racing pigeons.
    He was also a big sports fan who liked to cheer the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Blackhawks.
    His son said he recently took his father to his first Milwaukee Brewers game — an outing they both enjoyed.
    “He was just a great man, a great friend,” his son said. “I’m so glad I got to spend the last few years with him.”
    Mr. Holicek is survived by his son Bryan Sr. (Terry) of Mequon, grandchildren Bryan Jr., Asherrie and Jena, and 13 great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his brothers Richard (Kathy) and Robert (Audrey), both of Mequon.
    Mr. Holicek was preceded in death by his wife Pamela in February 2016.
    A private family service will be held.
    Memorials to the Disabled American Veterans are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services.

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Carmella C. Kacheris PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:55

Carmella C. Kacheris (nee Scaffidi) passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the age of 91.  
Carmella was born March 1, 1926, in Cudahy to Samuel and Rose (nee Piccioni) Scaffidi.  
She was united in marriage to William “Bill” Kacheris on Sept. 24, 1949, in Chicago.  
Carmella worked in customer service at Sears Roebuck, and after their retirement in 1988, the couple relocated from Des Plaines, Ill., to Port Washington.
Carmella enjoyed staying active and regularly attended church at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, water aerobics at the YMCA, activities at the Senior Center, including Chicks with Sticks, and enjoyed trips to the cottage up north in Boulder Lake.  
Carmella is survived by her son Peter (Sylvia) of Hartland; daughter Penny (Randy) Howell of Oconomowoc; six grandchildren, Carmen Simon, Mirabai Simon, Ben (Karen) Kacheris, Leanne (Bill) Zoesch, Jeff Kacheris and Jennifer Howell (fiance Mat); 13 great-grandchildren; and brothers William (Gloria) Scaffidi and Dominic (Agnes) Scaffidi. She is further survived by other relatives and many friends.  
Carmella was preceded in death by her husband Bill Kacheris, daughter Roseann Kacheris, brother Samuel (Mary) Scaffidi, brother Frank (Marlene) Scaffidi, six brothers-in-laws and four sisters-in-laws.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, 1800 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington, with Father Patrick Wendt presiding.  
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the Mass.  
Inurnment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington immediately following mass.   
A luncheon will be  served at the church following the inurnment.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Carmella’s family for a future memorial.   
Carmella’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at St. Luke’s Hospital for the exceptional care and compassion they provided Carmella.
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