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Dolores E. Counterman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:03

Dolores E. Counterman (nee Tomko), age 82 of Fredonia, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Cedar Lake Health Care Center.
She was born Oct. 23, 1935, in Racine to Michael and Arlene (nee Deering) Tomko.
Dolores loved her grandchildren and her dog, Sandy. She also enjoyed crafting and playing bingo.
She is survived by her four children, Sue (Jerome) DeRuyter of West Bend, Jean (Tony) Corrao of Greendale, Glenn (Ann) Rusch of Jackson and Laurie (Michael) Buck of Jackson; 11 grandchildren, Jason (Amanda) DeRuyter, Jeremy DeRuyter, Jill (Andy) Spaeth, Kristin (Chris) Tanner, Jeff (Becky) Okruhlica, Justin Okruhlica, Eric (Kellye) Rusch, Caitlyn (Craig) Obry, Dylan Rusch, Evan Rusch and Jacob Buck; and six great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by her siblings Shirley (Tom) Altenburg of Tennessee, Frank (Ann) Tomko of Apple Valley, Calif., Sharon (Doug) Janssen of Fond du Lac, Dennis (Nancy) Tomko of Athelstane and Michael (Cindy) Tomko of Eagle River, as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by three infant children, her parents and grandparents.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at noon at Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend. The Rev. Robert Zick of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fredonia officiated.
We would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Forest Haven Assisted Living in Fredonia and Cedar Lake Health Care Center at Cedar Community for your kind and compassionate care.
Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family.
An online guestbook is available at

Martha M. Schanen PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:03

Martha M. Schanen, the last surviving charter member of the Rose-Harms Unit 335 American Legion Auxiliary, died Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Milan Estates in Saukville at the age of 97.
    She spent all but her last three months living in Grafton before becoming a resident of the assisted living home.
    After World War II, Mrs. Schanen helped form the legion.
    “She was in that from the beginning,” her son, Nicholas Schanen said. “I don’t know when they were chartered … but yeah, she was always proud of that. Actually, we are the only family that had four generations active at the post.”
    Mrs. Schanen was an accomplished cook, baker and seamstress, and her son recalled the story of when his mother first moved into Milan Estates.
    “The first thing she asked was for us to be sure to bring the sewing machine over,” he said.
    “And then the next thing was she wanted all of her recipe index files. I guess she figured she’d be able to get into the kitchen there, but she wasn’t able to walk. She was in a wheelchair. But they did go down there with her recipes and with the help of one other person there, they used her recipes and made several different things.”
    Mrs. Schanen enjoyed volunteering at Family Sharing and various church ministries.
    “She is at the top of the list for helping out other people,” her son said. “Everybody thinks they’ve got a great mother, but I’ve got a feeling I’ve got the best of the best, you know?”
    Mrs. Schanen was born on Sept. 10, 1920, to Nicholas and Catherine Scheer Dickmann. On July 27, 1939, she married Alphonse N. Schanen. The couple built a house in Grafton where they lived for 65 years.
    While Mr. Schanen served as an Army medic in the European theater during World War II, Mrs. Schanen made parts for machine guns at Sohns Manufacturing Co. in Grafton.
    Mrs. Schanen is survived by her children Nicholas (Vicki) of Grafton, David (Debbie) of Talking Rock, Ga., and Nancy (friend Dan) Schlegel of Cedar Grove; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sisters Lucille Zukaitis, Lorraine Paulin, Ardelle Van Langen and Mildred Brown; and brother Nic Dickmann.
    A Mass of Christian burial was to be at noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton with Father Michael Barrett officiating. A Rose-Harms Unit 355 American Legion Auxiliary service was held at 11:45 a.m.
    Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of Grafton assisted the family.  

Kenneth R. Ballowe PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 18:52

Kenneth R. Ballowe, 71, of Grafton, and formerly of Arlington Heights, Ill., died Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Columbia St. Mary’s Horizon Hospice in Mequon.
    Mr. Ballowe was born in Chicago on Oct. 25, 1946, to Kenneth and Casimira Mordell Ballowe.
    He attended Holy Innocents Catholic Grade School in Chicago and graduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago in 1964.  He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1966.
    Mr. Ballowe had a long career in the automotive aftermarket, first working as a manufacturers’ sales representative and later as sales agency principal and owner in Chicago. During this time, he won numerous sales awards from the companies he represented.
    Later, he became the vice president of sales and marketing for CEC Industries in Lincolnshire, Ill., for 15 years.
    Throughout his career, Mr. Ballowe was active in a number of industry associations and their committees.
    After retiring in 2014, he worked part time at Home Depot in Grafton.
    Mr. Ballowe is survived by his wife Linda Nestelberger Ballowe of Grafton, stepsons Charles (Aubrey) Sakowicz of Lombard, Ill., and Andrew (Laura) Sakowicz of Tomahawk, granddaughter Cheyenne Sakowicz, brother Terry Ballowe, and brother-in-law Thomas (Kimbr-Lee) Nestelberger of Crystal Lake, Ill.
    A memorial Mass will held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25,  at St. Anne Catholic Church in Barrington, Ill. Father Michael Sparough will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. until the Mass.  
    Memorials are suggested to the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House or Project Hope – St. Anne-Barrington.
    Mueller Funeral Home, Cedarburg, handled the arrangements.

Teresa “Terry” Webb PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:35

Teresa “Terry” Webb of Port Washington passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.  She was 90 years old.
Terry was born in London, England, on March 15, 1927, daughter of Marcel Jarrett and Lilian Brock Jarrett. She grew up in the London area as the second oldest child of 10 siblings.  
After finishing her primary education, Terry served her country in the Women’s Royal Air Force for four years.  
Ms. Webb worked as the dining room manager at Smith Bros. and the Harborside restaurants for many years.  
Terry was a charter member of St. Simon the Fisherman Episcopal Church in Port Washington, as well as an active member of the Port Washington Senior Center. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles, trips to the casino, eating out with friends and traveling.  
She is survived by her two children, Roy Webb of Pewaukee and Linda Susan Webb of Plainfield, Ill.  
She is further survived by brothers and sisters in England, nieces, nephews, and her friends at Lincoln Village.  
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at St. Simon the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 3448 N. Green Bay Rd., Port Washington.  Father Julian Hills will preside.  
A time of gathering will precede the service at the church starting at 10 a.m.
Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is honored to serve the family.  
Online condolences may be left at 

Gerald Ott PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:34

A little beer and some dish soap added to a regular solution.
    That was Gerald Ott’s secret to getting his lawn to look so good.
    “He was just particular,” his wife Clara said. “He always had it mowed just right. He kept it looking very nice.”
    Mr. Ott took great pride in his perfect lawn, but his wife never joked around with him or asked why he was putting a little beer on the grass.
    “No, because the grass was always nice and dark green,” she said. “It looked nice and that’s what people always wondered, what he did to keep it looking that nice. He did that a couple of times a year.”
    Mr. Ott, 90, died Thursday, Nov. 9, following a 10-plus year battled with lymphoma.
    He was born on May 13, 1927, to Michael and Marie Dreckmann Ott.
    Mr. Ott was a medic in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After his service, he worked for Hummel and Downing Papermill in Milwaukee, then went to work at  Wisconsin Electric Power Co. for 36 years, retiring in 1988.
    On April 22, 1950, Mr. Ott married Clara Biever at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.
    The couple later moved to Green Bay to be closer to family.  They were members of St. Jude Catholic Church, where Mr. Ott was an usher for many years and was known as the “smiling usher.”  
    Mr. Ott also enjoyed bowling in leagues, woodworking and camping.
    Survivors include his wife Clara; children Michael Ott of Green Bay, Susan (Steven) Barnes of Green Bay and Ann (Peter) Seidenstricker of St. Pete Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Nathanael (Stacy) Barnes, Katherine Barnes, Aaron (Kristine) Barnes, Mary (William) Campbell, and Jay (Elizabeth) Seidenstricker; five great-grandchildren; and two step-great grandchildren.
    Mr. Ott was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Marie;  sister, Marcella (Tom) Eberle; sisters-in-law Celia (Gilbert) Duarte and Esther (Robert) Hermann; and   brother-in-law Harold (Margaret) Biever.
    A Mass of Christian burial at St. Jude Catholic Church in Green Bay was held Wednesday, Nov. 15, followed by entombment at Fort Howard Memorial Park.
    A memorial has been established in Mr. Ott’s name to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
    Blaney Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Nancy A. Bogie PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:34

Traveling was in Nancy A. Bogie’s blood.    
“She was just looking for adventure,” daughter Jennifer Nejedlo said. “I guess she just had an adventurous soul.”
Ms. Bogie, 60, died Thursday, Nov. 9,0 in Verona.
She was born to Lawrence and Sally Egerer Jentges on Nov. 27, 1956, in Port Washington and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1975.
Ms. Bogie was in her 20s when she moved to Maine and later to Washington state. Texas was her next stop, and that is where she married her husband Charlie Bogie.
The couple’s daughter Nejedlo said the family traveled extensively, taking vacations to Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Mexico.
“She liked to travel. Even if we weren’t going to leave the state, she would be, ‘Oh, let’s go for a Sunday drive and we’ll explore some place new,’” her daughter said. “She enjoyed meeting new people of different diversities and seeing what was out there. The world wasn’t just what you could see or touch, it was beyond your own little bubble.     
“When I got married, it was ‘Where are we going to go for our honeymoon?’ We came up with this idea to go to Greece. That’s a part of mom saying we should go out, see the world and travel.”
In 1999, Ms. Bogie moved to the Madison area, and after her husband died, she moved to Verona.
Ms. Bogie enjoyed trips to the family cabin in Birchwood for bonfires, tubing down the river, and the Annual Bluegill Festival. She also liked visiting casinos, spending time with her family, being outdoors, cooking new recipes, playing with her dog, taking motorcycle rides, and keeping up with her favorite television shows, “Project Runway,” “Big Brother” and “Survivor.”
In addition to her mother Sally, Ms. Bogie is survived by her daughters Nejedlo (Derek) of Green Bay and Abbigail Bogie of Madison; son Jacob Bogie of Madison; significant other Michael Cotter; stepchildren, Sara, Andrew and Megan Cotter; brother Steven (Katie) Jentges; sister, Susan (Duane) Sheldon; former mother-in-law Alice Bogie; former sisters-in-law Betsy (John) Drake and Marth (Mike) Schepps; and former brother-in-law William (Rebecca) Bogie.
Ms. Bogey was preceded in death by her father Larry and brother Alan Jentges; former husband Charles Bogie; and former father-in-law Thomas Bogie.
A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Eernisse Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert C. Zick presiding.  Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the service.
Memorials to Donate Life America are suggested or the family suggests people register to be an organ donor.

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