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Rev. James A. Strupp PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 18:17

The Rev. James A. Strupp of West Bend died on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital at the age of 77 years.  
He was born on July 14, 1940, in Fond du Lac to the late Raymond and Colette (nee Thill) Strupp.
He attended and graduated from Holy Angels Grade School.  After graduating from West Bend High School with the Class of 1958, he began his priestly formation at St. Francis Minor Seminary. He completed his studies at St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary during the period of 1960 to 1967.
On May 20, 1967, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop William E. Cousins at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee.  Father Strupp celebrated his first Mass on May 21, 1967, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville.
His first appointment was as curate to serve Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Milwaukee. He later went on to serve as associate pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Menomonee Falls, Holy Redeemer Parish in Milwaukee and St. Francis Borgia Parish in Cedarburg.  
On Nov. 28, 1978, he was released for studies in clinical pastoral education, and on March 27, 1979, he was appointed director of chaplain services for St. Joseph’s Community Hospital in West Bend. For many years, he served as a chaplain for West Bend area health care facilities, retiring from active ministry on Oct. 31, 1992.
He was a member of the Fr. Casper Rehrl Knights of Columbus Council 1964, Our Lady of Holy Hill Assembly 1677 Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the Washington County Ministerial Association, National Association of Catholic Chaplains and Apostolate of Suffering, and was a co-founder and executive officer of Friends for Life Inc.
He is survived by many cousins and their families, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Raymond on March 11, 1988, and his mother Coletta on Aug. 24, 2008.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, Sept. 2, at Holy Angels Catholic Church,  with the Most Reverend Jeffrey Haines presiding.  
He was buried alongside his parents in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.  
Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.  
On-line guestbook and condolences are available at

John F. Coakley PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:26

John F. Coakley, 82, of Campbellsport, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at his home with his family gathered around him.  
He was born In Menomonee, Mich., on June 12, 1935, the son of the late George and Jenny (Larson) Coakley.  
In December 1959, he married Dolores A. Piaszak in Schiller Park, Ill.
John worked as a machinist at Orion Industries before retiring. He also wrote cookie recipes for the Current Newspaper. John enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, hunting, fishing, Sunday rides with Shirley, but most of all spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his sons Brian (Christine) Coakley of Fillmore, Scott Coakley of West Bend, Ken Coakley of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Joseph (Irmgard) Coakley of Macomb, Mich.; grandchildren Nicholas, Angela,  Jennifer and Tony; great -grandchildren Ary, Nick, Nate, Ireland and Barrett; brother Kenneth (Shirley) Coakley; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.  
He was preceded in death by his wife Dolores on Aug. 12, 2006, and his son Donald Mueller.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Twohig Funeral Home, 109 W. Main St., Campbellsport. Father Neil Zinthefer will officiate, and cremation will follow.  
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the services at the funeral home.
Guestbook and condolences are at

Conrad Alfred Karnish PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:25

Conrad Alfred Karnish passed away surrounded by family on Monday Aug. 7, 2017, at age 87.  
Conrad was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., on Feb. 13, 1930, the son of the late John and the late Anna (nee Mizak) Karnish.  
He was united in marriage to his childhood sweetheart Marlam Mills on June 9, 1951.  Marlam passed away shortly before their 65th wedding anniversary.
In August 1951, Conrad was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served as a military police officer near Otsu, Japan, from 1952 to 1953. Marlam joined Conrad in Otsu, where they lived together off base. When leaving the Army, he took with him a life-long appreciation of Japan. In 2006 Conrad and Marlam were able to return to Otsu as tourists, reliving and renewing memories and old friendships.
Conrad attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Conrad remained a proud Cavalier, attending many reunions.  Later Conrad founded Plastic Coating and Consulting Corp. in Milwaukee, which still operates today.
Conrad was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and gardening. If he could combine his love of travel with the outdoors, all the better.  For over 25 years, he fished at Eagle Falls Lodge in Canada. He loved spending time at his cabin in Amberg with family and friends.
He had an adventurous spirit and a love of learning. He was a Boy Scout leader and church youth group leader. He was an active member of the Peter Wollner American Legion Post #288.   Conrad and Marlam traveled and cruised all over the world exploring the beauty of the earth.   
Most important to Conrad was his love and dedication to family and friends. His wide smile, great sense of humor, generous nature and compassionate heart will be sorely missed by all. He took tremendous pride in his children, grandchildren and great-grand children.
Conrad is survived by his children Christopher (Karen) Karnish and Catherine (Jim) Azzalino; grandchildren Katie (Adam) Kramschuster, Geoffrey (Alex Arroyo) Karnish, Lisa Karnish, Emily Azzalino and Adam Azzalino; and great-grandchildren Jack, Noah, and Lily. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.  
Conrad was preceded in death by his soul mate and wife Marlam, son Conrad Allen, sisters Eleanor Smink and Mildred Smoliga, brother John Karnish and parents John and Anna Karnish.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday Sept. 8, 2017, at Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg.  
The family will receive friends on Friday from 3 to 4:45 p.m.
Interment at Zur Ruhe Cemetery, Cedarburg, will immediately follow the service.  
Memorials to the Peter Wollner American Legion Post #288 or the organization of your choice are appreciated.  
Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Victoria Kurtz Hoffman PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:24

Victoria Kurtz Hoffman found peace on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at age 98.  
She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy A. Hoffmann.  
Victoria is survived by her sister Mabel Paszkiewicz and nieces and nephew Sharon Wambold, Anne Campbell and James Hoffmann.  She is also survived by other relatives, friends and special friend Marge Nierode.
Private committal services at Wisconsin Memorial Park with entombment were held.  
Victoria was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10729 W. Freistadt Road, Mequon.  
Pastor Joshua Rusert officiated the graveside service.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory
W63 N527 Hanover Avenue
(262) 377-0380

Rita Rothman PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:23

Rita Rothman, 81, of Grafton, died Friday, Aug. 25, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, the result of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    She was born on Aug. 22, 1936, to Harry and Helen Rausch Rothman in Milwaukee.  
    Ms. Rothman attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Grafton, where she was a lifelong parish member.
    She was a member of the Red Hat Society for several years and worked as a child support investigator for Ozaukee County until she retired in 2001.
    She enjoyed the outdoors, often going up north to listen to loons and relax on pontoon rides.
    “Her favorite lakes were Grant Lake in Mercer and Legend Lake in Keshena,” her daughter Kelly Ullmer said. “She enjoyed spending time with family there.”
A trip to Holy Hill to see the fall colors with her daughter was also an annual tradition.
    Ms. Rothman had many friends, her daughter added.
    “She was warm, caring and liked to help people — especially those who didn’t have much,” she said. “And she was a good listener.”
    She also enjoyed the company of her dog, Joey.
    Ms. Rothman is survived by her daughter Kelly (Tom) Ullmer of Sheboygan, son Michael (Lisa) Schmitz of Henderson, Nev.; grandchildren Joseph and Nicholas Ullmer and Madison Schmitz; step-grandchildren Adam and Brittany Schmitz; and sister Audrey Kleman of Neenah.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Robert Rothman; brother-in-law Glen Kleman; and Thomas Schmitz, the father of her children.
    A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton. Parish Director Brenda Cline officiated.
    Interment was at the church cemetery.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, assisted the family.

Gloria Ann Warner Taylor Allen PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:23

Gloria Ann Warner Taylor Allen of Belgium was an artist whose palette went beyond paper and paint.
    “I used to tell her, ‘You got all the talent in the family,’” her cousin Mary Ann Mrozek said.
    Mrs. Allen was a seamstress who made her own clothes, and her mother’s too, her cousin said.
    “Her mom knit, and when she would make a dress for her mother, her mother would knit a sweater to go with it,” Mrs. Mrozek said.
    “She did beautiful counted cross stitch. And she painted too. You would get a birthday card and there would be a stem and flower she painted or a little bunny.”
    Mrs. Allen worked for a firm making presentation boxes, and through that she learned woodworking.
    “She made a desk for her mother, and a table,” her cousin said.
    “She was always busy.”
    Mrs. Allen died Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Lawlis Hospice at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital in Mequon. She was 80.
    She died of complications from strokes and congestive heart failure, her cousin said, but had suffered from multiple sclerosis since 1988.
    Mrs. Allen was a native of Milwaukee, born on Oct. 10, 1936, to William and Adelaide “Jane” Giersch Warner.
    She married Ralph Allen of Belgium in Las Vegas on Nov. 26, 1976.
    “She was a good lady,” her cousin said. “She was strong, and she was very generous. She gave away a lot of what she made.
    “She was hard working, and did all her own yard work.”
    Mrs. Allen had many friends, and was often accompanied by her dog.
    “She had dogs all the time,” her cousin said. “She always rescued dogs. She just loved animals.”
    Mrs. Allen is survived by her sons, Eugene Taylor and Jay Taylor, both of Mercer; stepdaughter Betsy Allen-Mcphedran of Maine; and brother Chuck (Janet) of Mercer.
    At Mrs. Allen’s request, no funeral service will be held.
    Memorials to the Ozaukee Humane Society are suggested.

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