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Beulah M. Leissring PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:56

Beulah M. Leissring (nee Gerner), 94, of West Bend, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at the Samaritan, West Bend.
She was born on March 12, 1923, to the late Edwin and Milda Ida (nee Groeschel) Gerner in the Town of Farmington.
Beulah went to grade school in Cheeseville and graduated from West Bend High School. She went on to Dodge County Normal School in Mayville, graduating in 1946.
On June 12, 1948, she was united in marriage to Karl Henry Leissring at St. Paul Community Church in Waubeka. Beulah was a kindergarten teacher at several Washington County schools, including in Boltonville, Kewaskum and Farmington. Beulah and Karl farmed in Cascade for eight years and in the Town of Farmington from 1956 to 1973.
She was a member of Grand Avenue Methodist Church in Port Washington and taught Sunday school, played the church organ and was active in the women’s groups.
Beulah enjoyed gardening and singing with her sisters, Caroline and Winnie, but she mostly enjoyed spending time with her children and all her grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Those Beulah leaves behind to cherish her memory include her four children, Pamela (Jim) Luken, Richard “Rick” (Carol) Leissring, Heidi (Robert) Rymaszewski and Karl “Bill” (Kathy) Leissring; seven grandchildren, Ann (Preston) Holt, Amy (Daniel) Schwartzman, Tony Leissring, Nicholas Leissring, Elizabeth (Brandon) Garfoot, Sarah (Brennan) Zenner, and Haley (fiance Brent) Leissring; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Ellery Schwartzman; other relatives; and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Karl Leissring; two brothers, Leslie and Willard Gerner; three sisters, Harriet Steele, Winifred “Winnie” Gerner and Caroline Risse; two brothers-in-law, Norton Risse and William Steele; and two sisters-in-law, Enola Gerner and Sylvia Gerner.
A funeral service in remembrance of Beulah will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at the Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend.
The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service.
A special thank you from the family to Pastor Janet Hartzell, the Samaritan, Allay Hospice, Community Care and all of Beulah’s church friends for their care, help, and support.
Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Beulah’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.

 
Edward R. Ruffin PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:55

Edward R. Ruffin was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, even if the team’s football games were not televised in Iowa.
    While living in Betterndorf, in the southeast part of the state, only Chicago Bears games were shown on TV.
    “He would sit out in the cold, running his car a little bit and then shutting it off,” Mr. Ruffin’s wife Alice said. “He could’ve been inside maybe watching the Bears. But oh no, he was such an avid fan he sat out in his car and listened to the Packers play.”
    Mr. Ruffin died Friday, Dec. 1, at his Port Washington residence. He was 75.
      Mr. Ruffin was born in Matthews, Mo., on March 20, 1942, to Ronald and Stella Cates Ruffin.
    He grew up in Bettendorf and graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1959.  Mr. Ruffin worked at Sieg Auto Parts until he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1966.  He served his country until his honorable discharge in 1970.
    Mr. Ruffin then resumed working at Sieg Auto Parts.
    On March 3, 1973, he married Alice Smith in Davenport, Iowa. The couple made their home in Bettendorf, where Mr. Ruffin continued working for Sieg for more than 30 years.
    In 2010, the couple moved to Port Washington to be closer to their son.
    Mr. Ruffin was a member of First Congregational Church in Port Washington and a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa.
    He enjoyed golfing and fishing.
    Mr. Ruffin is survived by his wife; son R.D. (Bridget) of Port Washington; two grandsons Louis Edward and Cyrus Dean; and sisters Marjia (Al) Hehr and Bettie Beck, both of Cleveland.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Jay Beck.  
    A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at First Congregational Church in Port Washington. The Rev. Jeff Suddendorf will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the church from 1 p.m. until the service on Saturday.  
    Memorials are suggested to First Congregational Church or First Presbyterian Church in Davenport.  
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington.

 
Chester Wisinski PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:55

Chester Wisinski, 85, died of lung cancer in his home in Port Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 29.  
    Mr. Wisinski was born in Stevens Point on March 15, 1932, to Alois and Margaret Wojtalewicz Wisinski.
    On Aug. 30, 1958, he married Leona Ganski at St. Ladislaus in Bevent.
    Mr. Wisinski retired from Continental Can Co. after 41 years and spent another 20 years driving cars at EVS Saukville.
    He belonged to the Saukville Moose Lodge for several years and was a longtime member of St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church in Port Washington.  
    Mr. Wisinski enjoyed bowling, playing sheepshead and taking trips to casinos to play slots. He also enjoyed taking road trips with his family.   
    Mr. Wisinski is survived by his wife Leona of Port Washington; children Dale (Terry) of Port Washington, and Robin (Mark) Schmidt of Saukville; grandchildren, Amy (Matt) Borden, Carrie (fiance Andrew) Wisinski, Lee (Amy) Wisinski and Melissa Schmidt; three great-grandchildren; siblings Gladys (Clarence) Pampuch, Irene Skiba, Ernie (Mary), Donny (Cathy), Mary (Clifford) Phlugardt and Lenny (Dorothy); brother-in-law Mike (Ellen) Ganski of McHenry, Ill.; and sister-in-law Loretta Ganski of Westfield.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Terry Yenter; father and mother-in-law Frank and Dora Ganski; and brothers-in-law Hubert Yenter and Reynold Skiba.
    A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, Dec. 5, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church. Father Pat Wendt presided.
    Entombment was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, handled the arrangements.

 
Joy M. Hagstrom PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:53

Former Port Washington resident Joy M. Hagstrom loved wildlife of all types, especially the birds that hung around the back yard of her Cedarburg home.
    “She had a Cooper’s hawk that used to hang around at times,” her father Dale said. “There were a lot of blue jays there. The deer came in the yard too, and turkeys. There was a little groundhog that used to be below the deck.”
    Miss Hagstrom enjoyed watching the groundhog and its young as they sunned in the yard, her father said.
    “She just loved animals,” he said.
    Miss Hagstrom died of bone cancer Monday, Dec. 4, at Lawlis Family Hospice at Columbia St.Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon. She was 59.
    Miss Hagstrom had been diagnosed with cancer in October 2016, and fought the disease valiantly, her father said.
    “She just went through so much,” he said.
    “She was a beautiful human being. You couldn’t ask for a better friend.”
    Miss Hagstrom was a native of Milwaukee, born on March 26, 1958, to Dale and Lorraine Krutke Hagstrom.
    She grew up in Brown Deer, graduating from Brown Deer High School.
    Miss Hagstrom took classes at Milwaukee Area Technical College and became a lab technician for W.H. Brady Corp., a job she held for 40 years.
    “She was a hard worker,” her father said. “I always told her to do the best she could, and she did.”
    Miss Hagstrom enjoyed reading and music, as well as traveling throughout the United States with her family.
    The family’s last trip was to Mt. Rushmore and parts of South Dakota, her father said.
    “She enjoyed seeing the buffalo and wildlife,” he said, as well as exploring the caves and caverns.
    Miss Hagstrom is survived by her parents, Dale and Lorraine Hagstrom of Grafton.
    A funeral service for Miss Hagstrom will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg.
    Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday from 4 p.m. until the service.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Humane Society or the American Cancer Society are suggested.

 
Betty Haseley PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:23

Betty Haseley, 88 years old, passed on to eternal life on Thanksgiving Day, as her mother had done 22 years earlier. She was resting peacefully at home surrounded by her loving husband and three daughters, Gail, Holly and Liz. She was fortunate to meet her great-granddaughter, Blake, on her first birthday. Diagnosed with cancer just six short weeks prior, she was guided into God’s arms with incredible love and care by an angel named Sue Miller who arrived when we needed her most.  
Betty was born in Belgium on Nov. 12, 1929, the daughter of Clarence and Gertrude (Mueller) Croatt.  
On Feb. 4, 1956, in Lake Church, she was united in marriage to Gene Haseley.
Her father Clarence called Betty “his trailer” when she was a little girl because she followed him everywhere, and her mother Gertrude taught her to sew, and together they fueled her imagination. Her creativity and artistic abilities knew no bounds. Whether sewing fur pillows, Halloween costumes for her three girls and her grandchildren Mark, Ashley and Killian, or making hundreds of butterflies, sun catchers and painted rocks, Betty was always busy coming up with something new.  
She was forever taking someone into her basement workshop to give you a treasure to take home with you. She was also the fix-it woman in the house, and we learned early on that there was no job too big for little Betty to tackle. Small but mighty, and strong of will, nothing seemed to stop her.
More importantly, there was a light that would shine so brightly within Betty whenever she was surrounded by people. She had this way of making you feel like you were the only person in the room. Her warmth radiated around her, and her curious nature made her want to know your story.  Before you knew it, you either had a second mom in your life or a new best friend. She possessed a contagious smile and a sassy sense of humor that captured your heart. Her gift of joy, nurturing nature and strong faith in God are something we will always remember.
Betty had worked for several years at the Smart Shop in Lake Geneva.  She then was co-owner of Trader Joe’s in Lake Geneva.  
She was a member of Saint Francis deSales Catholic Church in Lake Geneva.  She was a former member of the Lake Geneva Lioness Club. She was a volunteer with the Geneva Lakes Area Museum.
Betty is survived by Gene, her husband of 61 years; three daughters, Gail Berman of Buffalo Grove, Ill., Holly Haseley of Pewaukee and Liz Haseley of Madison; three grandchildren, Mark (Leanne) Berman, Ashley Berman and Killian Gould; and a great-granddaughter, Blake Berman.
She was preceded in death by a brother Dale Croatt.
A Mass of Christian burial will be said at  11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church in Lake Geneva.  
Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Derrick Funeral Home in Lake Geneva.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials are requested in Betty’s name to Goodwill Industries, 1402 E. Geneva St., Delavan, WI  53115.
To sign the on-line guest registry, go to www.derrickfuneralhome.com.

 
Betty Haseley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:23

Betty Haseley, 88 years old, passed on to eternal life on Thanksgiving Day, as her mother had done 22 years earlier. She was resting peacefully at home surrounded by her loving husband and three daughters, Gail, Holly and Liz. She was fortunate to meet her great-granddaughter, Blake, on her first birthday. Diagnosed with cancer just six short weeks prior, she was guided into God’s arms with incredible love and care by an angel named Sue Miller who arrived when we needed her most.  
Betty was born in Belgium on Nov. 12, 1929, the daughter of Clarence and Gertrude (Mueller) Croatt.  
On Feb. 4, 1956, in Lake Church, she was united in marriage to Gene Haseley.
Her father Clarence called Betty “his trailer” when she was a little girl because she followed him everywhere, and her mother Gertrude taught her to sew, and together they fueled her imagination. Her creativity and artistic abilities knew no bounds. Whether sewing fur pillows, Halloween costumes for her three girls and her grandchildren Mark, Ashley and Killian, or making hundreds of butterflies, sun catchers and painted rocks, Betty was always busy coming up with something new.  
She was forever taking someone into her basement workshop to give you a treasure to take home with you. She was also the fix-it woman in the house, and we learned early on that there was no job too big for little Betty to tackle. Small but mighty, and strong of will, nothing seemed to stop her.
More importantly, there was a light that would shine so brightly within Betty whenever she was surrounded by people. She had this way of making you feel like you were the only person in the room. Her warmth radiated around her, and her curious nature made her want to know your story.  Before you knew it, you either had a second mom in your life or a new best friend. She possessed a contagious smile and a sassy sense of humor that captured your heart. Her gift of joy, nurturing nature and strong faith in God are something we will always remember.
Betty had worked for several years at the Smart Shop in Lake Geneva.  She then was co-owner of Trader Joe’s in Lake Geneva.  
She was a member of Saint Francis deSales Catholic Church in Lake Geneva.  She was a former member of the Lake Geneva Lioness Club. She was a volunteer with the Geneva Lakes Area Museum.
Betty is survived by Gene, her husband of 61 years; three daughters, Gail Berman of Buffalo Grove, Ill., Holly Haseley of Pewaukee and Liz Haseley of Madison; three grandchildren, Mark (Leanne) Berman, Ashley Berman and Killian Gould; and a great-granddaughter, Blake Berman.
She was preceded in death by a brother Dale Croatt.
A Mass of Christian burial will be said at  11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church in Lake Geneva.  
Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Derrick Funeral Home in Lake Geneva.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials are requested in Betty’s name to Goodwill Industries, 1402 E. Geneva St., Delavan, WI  53115.
To sign the on-line guest registry, go to www.derrickfuneralhome.com.

 
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