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Charles H. Pantle Jr PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 14:04

    Charles H. Pantle Jr., 89, of Fredonia died Friday, June 23, at his home.
    Mr. Pantle was born on May 15, 1928, in Highland Park, Ill., to Charles and Sophie Henrichs Pantle. He grew up in the Highland Park area and attended local schools.  
    At age 17, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he returned to Illinois.
    On March 15, 1952, he married Elizabeth L. Larson.
    Mr. Pantle worked as a mechanic for Dealer’s Redi-Mix for many years.
    In 1980, the family moved to Wisconsin, settling in Fredonia.
    He enjoyed many hobbies including golfing, bowling and camping with his family. He was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.
    Mr. Pantle is survived by his daughter Laura (Lee) DeRuyter of West Bend; grandchildren Allyson (Joshua) Filo and Michael DeRuyter; one great-granddaughter; brothers Howard (Ruth) of Fredonia and Kenneth (Patricia) of Hawthorn Woods, Ill.; and a sister Jean Smith of Fredonia.
    He was preceded in death by his sons Chuck and Lonnie; brothers Alvin, Gilbert (Gloria), William (Carol); and sister Beatrice (Edward) Sjoberg.
    A gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date.
    The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is handling the arrangements.

Barbara A. Luft PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 14:03

    Barbara A. Luft, 85, of Neshkoro, formerly of Port Washington, died Wednesday, June 28, at Manor View of Evergreen in Oshkosh.
    Mrs. Luft was born on March 26, 1935, in Rochester, New York to Edward and Irene Byrns Norton.
    She was married to Robert Luft on June 6, 1959.
    Mrs. Luft graduated from Marinette high school and received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She worked as a registered nurse at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Port Washington.
    Mrs. Luft is survived by her children Lisa (Tom) VandeHey of Appleton, Christine Szepanski of Marinette, Karen Kuhlmann of Holmen, and David (Adrianne) Luft of Port Washington; grandchildren Joshua Kuhlmann, Abbigail Kuhlmann, Callie (Alex) Nimmo, Gabrielle Kuhlmann, Erik, Justen and Ryan Luft; brother James “Jim” (Joyce) Norton of Florida; and sister-in-law Jennifer Norton of Arden, N.C.; and special friends Barb Beck, Linda Calica and Jan Pennau.
    Mrs. Luft was preceded in death by her husband Robert, and brother Donald Norton.
    A funeral was held Monday, July 3 at St. Raphael Archangel Catholic Church in Oshkosh with Father Doug LeCaptain presiding. Burial was held at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
    Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Edwin A. Large Jr. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 14:03

Port Washington native Edwin A. Large Jr. brought comfort and humor to many people during his life, leaving a legacy of blessings, his family said.
    “His charm and style were only exceeded by his generous disposition and willingness to help and serve others,” his family noted.
    One of Mr. Large’s favorite phrases was “deo gratias,” Latin for “Thanks be to God,”  a phrase often used by his mother Olive to show gratitude for a blessed life.
    His family said Mr. Large’s life touched many friends far and wide who called him “an angel who saved their life,” adding, “He was a blessing to us all.”
    Mr. Large died Monday, June 26, in Waukesha. He was 83.
    Mr. Large, who lived in Waukesha, was born on May 24, 1934, to Edwin Sr. and Olivia “Olive” Kultgen Large.
    He grew up on his family’s farm in the Town of Port Washington and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1952.
    He attended the seminary at Mount Calvary in Detroit, becoming a novitiate Capuchin monk in the Franciscan Order of the Roman Catholic Church.
    After 10 years, Mr. Large left the monastery.    
    On Dec. 26, 1964, he married Erma Dries.
    The couple settled in Saukville, where they raised their two children, who Mr. Large described as “his life’s greatest treasures.”
    In 1962, Mr. Large became the director of communications for Simplicity Manufacturing in Port Washington. Later, he was an advertising executive for Outboard Marine Corp. in Lincoln, Neb.
    When he and his family returned to Wisconsin, he founded Carpets at Large, a floor-covering store in Watertown, that he and his family ran until his retirement in 1996.
    Mr. Large is survived by his Erma Large-Wollen of Arizona; children, Maria Robinson of San Francisco and Jordan (Keye) of Delafield; and grandchildren Julien and Amelia Robinson and Oliver, Jack and Stellan Large.
    He is further survived by his sister Annabelle (Franklin) Karrels of Port Washington; and his extended family through marriage, Nancy Totzke of South Carolina, Francis and Barbara Pierron of Saukville, Budd and Irene Humphrey of Lake Geneva and Fred and Deb Dries of Fredonia.
    Mr. Large was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law Jerry Dries and Gene Totzke.
    A celebration of Mr. Large’s life will be held in late July for his friends and family.
    Memorials are suggested to Richard’s Place, c/o Corrie Fulwiler, P.O. Box 294, Waukesha 53187-0294.

Thomas Koby PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 14:02


Thomas E. Koby, 51, died from cancer Saturday, June 24, in his Saukville home.
He owned TK Restoration and specialized in masonry.
“He was always working on patios and chimneys, and he even built the ‘Welcome to Grafton’ sign you see coming off of I-43,” his sister Jill Koby said. “He also had a passion for working on cars in his Port Washington shop.”
Mr. Koby was born Feb. 5, 1966, in Port Washington.
“He was the most giving person. He’d give anyone the shirt off his back,” his sister said. “Many guys he taught told him he’s the reason they were hired for other jobs, because they had worked for him. They told him he made them what they are today.”
Mr. Koby is survived by his children Jessica Kudek, Douglas Haydin, Miranda Koby and Abigail Koby; six grandchildren; sisters Beth Connell and Jill Koby; and brother Jack.
The family will be holding a celebration of life on Sunday, July 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Roadhouse of Cedarburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.
The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is assisting the family.

Thomas Bloomingdale PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 14:01


Thomas G. Bloomingdale, 76, died Thursday, June 29, at Kathy Hospice in West Bend. He resided in Cedarburg.
Mr. Bloomingdale’s teaching career with the Whitefish Bay school system spanned more than 25 years.
“His job had a real ripple effect. He touched thousands of lives,” said his daughter Kirsten Bloomingdale, who created a Facebook page to inform her father’s former students that his life was nearing the end. “The outpouring of love and support through cards and letters was incredible.”
Mr. Bloomingdale was born Dec. 29, 1940, to Floyd and Mary Bloomingdale and raised by foster parents John and Cornelia Winkelhorst of Cedar Grove, where he graduated from high school in 1959.
He was the captain of the first Cedar Grove football team, played on the varsity baseball team, and was a sprinter in track and field events.
 Mr. Bloomingdale earned a teaching degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and earned a master’s degree in both guidance and administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
He taught one year in both Oostburg and Plymouth and was then principal of Kewaskum’s  Beechwood Elementary School for a year.
At Whitefish Bay Middle School, he taught seventh-grade biology and later became a guidance counselor.
 Mr. Bloomingdale was a member of the Ozaukee Congregational Church, board member of the North Shore YMCA, founding member of the Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club and a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Bow Hunter’s Association.  
He was an avid outdoorsman, promoting hunting and fishing by showing future enthusiasts how to respect the environment, his family said, and helped start the YMCA’s Camp Moraine in West Bend.
 Mr. Bloomingdale is survived by daughters Tara Bloomingdale of Trevor and Kirsten Bloomingdale of Cedar Grove; son, Nathan (Dawn) Bloomingdale of Nederland, Colo.; grandchildren  Colleen Bloomingdale, Justin Bloomingdale, Christopher Bloomingdale, Shauna Bloomingdale, Margret Turchinski, and Nick Wessel; two great grandchildren; beloved companion Bonnie Bloomquest; brothers Jim and Al; and sisters Mary, Audrey, Nancy and Sue.
He is preceded in death by his foster parents, his parents, and brothers John and LeRoy (Arlene).  
 A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, at First Reformed Church in Cedar Grove, with Rev. Joel Fredrickson officiating.
Visitation at the church will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, and at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 6.
Burial will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
A memorial fund is being established in his memory for the Cedar Grove Educational Foundation.
Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg is handling arrangements.

Michael P. Dahm PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:21

Michael P. Dahm of Cascade, formerly of the Town of Belgium, loved running his business, Dahm Hay Company.
    “It was always his priority to know all of his customers and even their grandchildren’s names. He also loved feeding all of his cattle,” his son Roger said.
    Mr. Dahm, 95, died at his home Thursday, June 22.
    He was born in Belgium on March 13, 1922, son of Peter and Elizabeth Meyer Dahm.
    Mr. Dahm grew up on the family farm in the Town of Belgium and started farming at an early age.
    On Nov. 28, 1942, he married Julia Ruppert at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lake Church. The couple farmed in the Town of Belgium until her death in 1987.          
    On April 16, 1991, Mr. Dahm married Shirley Ewert Liermann. She preceded him in death in 2008.
    Mr. Dahm took over his father’s hay business when he was 19. He continued his life’s work until he was 90. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish.
    Mr. Dahm is survived by his children Clarence (Nancy) of Fredonia, Roger of West Bend, Donald (Mary) of Howards Grove, Gary (Lori) of Belgium, Dennis of Belgium, and Monica (Peter) Deheck of Howards Grove.
    He is further survived by daughters-in-law Cheryl Dahm of Elkhart Lake, Doreen Dahm and Bonnie Dahm, both of the Town of Belgium; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; stepchildren Scott (Bev) Liermann of Waldo, Jonathan Liermann of Milwaukee, and Andrew (Pamela) Liermann, Shawn Liermann and Julie Liermann, all of Plymouth.
    In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by three sons, James, Richard and Douglas, granddaughter Billie Joe and two great-grandchildren Adam and Daisy.  
    A funeral will be held at noon on Friday, June 30, at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, St. Nicholas Chapel in Dacada with Father Richard Cerpich presiding. He will be buried in St. Mary Parish Cemetery, Lake Church.  
    Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the time of service.
    Memorials to Our Lady of the Lake Parish are suggested.
    Eernisse Funeral Home of Belgium is handling the arrangements.

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