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James P. Hall PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:17

James P. Hall, 80, of Saukville, died from complications of Parkinson’s disease Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Harrison Home assisted living in Cedarburg.     
    Mr. Hall was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 5, 1937, to John and Margaret La Fleur Hall.
    He grew up in Milwaukee and attended St. Francis Seminary and Messmer High School, then earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree from Marquette University.
    Mr. Hall spent six years as a military police officer in the U.S. Army and then spent eight years as a law enforcement officer in Milwaukee County and New Berlin. He was instrumental in forming the New Berlin Police and Firefighter’s Association and served on the New Berlin Fire and Police Commission for more than a decade.
    After retiring from law enforcement, he became a Milwaukee Area Technical College police science instructor and training specialist.  He was involved at the onset of College of the Air and wrote several textbooks for MATC classes.
    After 28 years, Mr. Hall retired from MATC and moved to Saukville.  
    His family said he enjoyed spending winters in Arizona, where he played softball daily, and he was on an Ozaukee County softball team in the summer. He also loved spending time with family, especially during Green Bay Packers parties and backyard barbecues, traveling, playing card games, reading world and military history books, eating fine food and doughnuts, and going on cruises.
    Mr. Hall is survived by his wife Therese of Saukville; children Jeffery of Milwaukee, Kathleen Mahsem of Franklin, Patricia Hall of South Milwaukee and Timothy (Sheryl) Hall of Verona; grandchildren Richard James (Trista), Kelly, Julia, Tricia, Nora, Jessica, Jacqueline and Ella; and brother Deanne Habeeb.
     He is further survived by sisters-in-law Mary (Gary) of Brookfield, Barbara (Willie) of West Allis; brothers-in-law Clyde (Holly) of Lodi and Christopher (Bethany) of Saukville.
    Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his parents, brother Michael, brothers-in-law Emad and Joseph and sister-in-law Janet.
    At Mr. Hall’s request, his body was donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin.  
    A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton.  
    Visitation will be Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the service.
    Memorials to the Wisconsin Parkinson Association are suggested.

Wilmer L. Helm PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:17

Wilmer L. Helm of Grafton was born to eternal life on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the age of 92.  
He was born to Arthur and Olga (nee Schroeder) Helm on March 26, 1925, in Cedarburg.  
He married the late Rita (nee Davies) Helm on May 27, 1950, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Saukville, and together they had four children.
Wilmer was raised in Saukville, where he and his family were  members of St. Peter’s UCC. He attended Port Washington High School. His father passed away when Wilmer was 14, at which time he became a farmhand to help his family.  When he was 18, he and his twin brother Willard were drafted into the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.  
After serving in the military, he and his wife raised their family in Saukville and later moved to Grafton. They enjoyed spending time with their family and especially the grandchildren.  Their interests included RV camping, fishing, ceramics and gardening.  
Wilmer worked for the Ozaukee County Highway Department and retired as superintendent of the Grafton Public Works Department on Dec. 31, 1987.  
After retiring, Wilmer and Rita moved to Wausaukee, where his family enjoyed spending time on the lake.  When Rita passed away, Wilmer moved back to Grafton and lived with his daughter Debbie.  
He belonged to the Landt-Thiel American Legion Post 470 in Saukville for more than 70 years and is the last charter member.  Wilmer and his son Scott very much enjoyed participating in the Old Glory Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.  
He was a hard worker with a wonderful sense of humor that his family will always treasure.
Wilmer is survived by his children Debra Helm, Diane (Ron) Jahn and Scott Helm; grandchildren Matthew, Kevin and James Jahn and Justin (Danielle) and Brittany Helm; great-granddaughter Quinn Willow Helm; sister-in-law Donna (Clarence) Clontz; and brothers-in-law John (Carol) Davies and Sami Davies.   
He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Rita; his infant son Dennis; siblings Evelyn (Wilmer) Moegenburg, Lucille (Edward) Rinn, Ruth (Leroy) Kertscher, Arthur (Jean) Helm, Willard Helm, Janet (Donald) Jacoby, Robert Helm and Donald Helm; and siblings-in-law Darlene (Edward) Gavin, Richard Davies and Linda (Rick) Hubbard.
A funeral service for Wilmer will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg, 1167 Washington Ave., with Mark Gierach presiding.  
The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday from 4:30 p.m. until the service, with an American Legion walk-through at 6:15 p.m. Military honors will take place immediately following the service.  
Wilmer will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Grafton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Inc., P.O. Box 636, Port Washington, WI 53074 are appreciated.
A special thanks to the nursing staff on the third floor at Aurora Grafton Medical Center and to the Aurora Home Care Hospice staff for their loving care and support.
Eernisse Funeral Home of Cedarburg is honored to assist the family.  
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Denise Renee Wickesberg PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:17

Denise Renee Wickesberg (nee Grosklaus) of Allenton died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, after a brief illness. She was 60 years old. 
Born to Leroy and Joyce Grosklaus on Dec. 25, 1957, Denise was raised in Grafton and was a longtime resident of Ozaukee County.
Though much of her life was spent in pain, Denise wanted to live.  After a lifelong battle with addiction and mental health issues, Denise is finally at peace. She left behind a wake of heartache and hurt, for which she now asks for forgiveness. Despite these challenges, her love for her family was unfailing.
She was more than her illness.  Denise took pride in her culinary skills and was happiest in the kitchen cooking and baking for family and friends. She had a special knack for entertaining, organizing, crafting and decorating.  A fierce Scrabble competitor, Denise never backed down from a challenge at any game.  She loved friendly competition and passed this on to her children and grandchildren.
Denise was thankful for another chance at a role in her children’s life.  In her final years, Denise enjoyed going to the zoo, museum and movies with her grandchildren. She loved fishing, campfires and early morning conversations around a pot of coffee.
Few in life are fortunate to have a true friend. Denise found that friend in Trava Barnett, currently of Athens, Ga.  For over 30 years, Trava walked this journey beside her with loyalty, grace, patience and unconditional love.  Through thick and thin, their friendship was Denise’s lifeline, and the two of them had many stories to tell of their adventures together.
Denise is the loving mother of Christopher (Ye Jin), of Indianapolis and Aaron of La Crosse and proud grandmother of Daniel, Lucy and Teddy. 
She is further survived by fiance Richard Utecht of Allenton, brother Kevin (Gigi) of California; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Holly Peterson. 
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 
In lieu of memorials, please consider extending grace to someone in your life.  
Please visit to send online condolences to the Wickesberg family.

Lorraine A. Hagstrom PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:16

Grafton resident Lorraine A. Hagstrom died of natural causes Sunday, Feb. 4, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon. She was 83.
    Mrs. Hagstrom was born at home in Milwaukee on Oct. 16, 1934, the daughter of Joseph and Ann Rusch Krutke.
    She and her husband Dale were married in 1956 in Milwaukee.
    The couple raised their children in Brown Deer, then moved to Saukville, where they lived for about 16 years before moving to Grafton.
    Mrs. Hagstrom enjoyed gardening and took great care detailing her flower beds.
    She is survived by her husband Dale of Grafton, daughters Tammy (Craig) Resinger of California and Kim Richter of Walworth County, grandchildren and sister MaryEllen (Lynn) Hansen of Oconomowoc.
    Mrs. Hagstrom was preceded in death by her daughter Joy Marie Hagstrom, who died two months ago.
    Private funeral services will be held.
    The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or the Ozaukee County Humane Society.
    Mueller Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Marie J. Irwin PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:16

Marie J. Irwin of Port Washington, who was born on a small dairy farm in the Town of Saukville more than a century ago, died Thursday, Jan. 31.
    Mrs. Irwin was born May 17, 1917, one of the 10 children of John and Louisa Hahn Turck. She would have been 101 years old on her next birthday.
    Mrs. Irwin attended Immaculate Conception School in Saukville. She married Harold A. Irwin of the Town of Grafton on June 26, 1937.
    The couple lived and worked in Port Washington. In 1940, they a built a home at the corner of West Lincoln Avenue and South Garfield Street. Mrs. Irwin lived in the house until the summer of 2016. At the time of her death, she was a resident of the Harbor Club in Port Washington.
    Mr. Irwin died on July 5, 1991.
    Mrs. Irwin is survived by her daughters Linda Coen of Goleta, Calif., and Jean (William) Schanen of Port Washington.
    She is also survived by her grandchildren Bill (Greta) Schanen IV, Erin (Richard Reichelsdorfer) Schanen, Michelle (Jeff) Dalton and Lisa (Keith) Leighton, and six great-grandchildren.
    All of Mrs. Irwin’s siblings — Alice Hoffer, Evelyn Williams, Lillian Tutas, Lousie Wynkoop, Helen Kemp and William, Wilfred, John and Joseph Turck — preceded her in death.
    Poole Funeral Home served the family.

Ronald G. Mans PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:10

Ronald G. Mans of Port Washington was perhaps better known as Mr. Fix It.
    A largely self-taught carpenter, he worked on the restoration of the Port Washington Historical Society’s Light Station and numerous Habitat for Humanity homes in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties, and he was known as the handyman of his church at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Port.
    “He was never one to sit,” his daughter Chris Baughman said. “He just so enjoyed helping other people. He was very generous and would so anything for anybody.”
    In a 2003 story in Ozaukee Press’ Transitions magazine, Mr. Mans was described as “a godsend” by Linda Nenn, who coordinated much of the work to restore the Light Station.
    “He’s just one of those people who says, ‘I’m here, how can I help?’”
    Mr. Mans logged more than 2,000 volunteer hours in a two-year period working on the restoration, and restoration committee co-chairman Rick Smith said, “I could use about 20 of him. I think he likes problem solving, and we’ve got plenty of those. I can give him a job and he’ll get right to it, and I can walk away knowing it’ll get done.”
    Mr. Mans died Thursday, Feb. 1, at Harbor Village in Port Washington. He was 85.
    He was born in Marinette on Sept. 8, 1932, the son of Charles and Elsie Thode Mans.
    He graduated from Marinette High School in 1950.
    He picked up the basics of carpentry from his father, and after graduation worked with a carpenter specializing in remodeling projects.
    “If I could have made a living doing it, I probably would have stayed at it,” he said. “It was a hot and cold thing. In the summer, there were so many jobs you couldn’t take a break, and in winter there weren’t any jobs.”
    On July 18, 1953, he married Betty Frederiksen at St. James Lutheran Church in Marinette. They settled in Marinette, moving to Port Washington in 1963.
    Mr. Mans served in the Navy for two years during the Korean War, then did carpentry work for another six months before working as a lithographer for Continental Can Co. in Milwaukee for 26 years. After another 12 years with Northstar Pint Group in Milwaukee, Mr. Mans retired in 1992.
    He then devoted himself to volunteer work, beginning with Habitat for Humanity in Sheboygan County and later working on the Light Station and Habitat’s Ozaukee County projects.
    It’s work that kept him young, Mr. Mans said.
    “It’s work but it’s not a job. That’s different,” he said. “I’m not required to be there, and that makes it much more enjoyable.”
     Mr. Mans enjoyed traveling to northern Wisconsin for fishing trips, his daughter said, adding, “Even up there, he would tinker with things.”
    He also enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family.
    Mr. Mans was a member of the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 in Port Washington.
    Mr. Mans is survived by his wife Betty; son Randy (Karen) of Fox River Grove, Ill.; daughter Chris (Steve) Baughman of Brown Deer; and grandsons Nick and Alex Mans and Jason (Scott Luther) Baughman.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bob, sisters Lois and Dorothy and close friend Curt Laue.
    Mr. Mans’ body was cremated.
    A private family service will be held.
    Memorials are suggested to Christ the King Lutheran Church or Habitat for Humanity.
    Funeral arrangements were handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

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