Eugene Penkwitz

Eugene R. Penkwitz, age 85, of Port Washington, Wis., passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Aurora Medical Center in Hartford, Wis.

He was born on May 9, 1937, on  Mother’s Day and his mother’s birthday, to Clarence and Esther Witte Penkwitz.

Eugene spent his entire life in Port Washington and attended St. Mary’s School and Port Washington High School, graduating in 1955.

He worked at the former Federspiel Hardware before spending 1959 to 1961 in the Army.

Returning to Port Washington, Eugene went to work for PCM, Kwik Mix and then Simplicity Manufacturing until his retirement in 2002.

On Dec. 1, 1962, Eugene married Fern Bossler at St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington. They shared 58 wonderful years together until Fern’s passing in March 2021.

Eugene had a soft heart and a kind soul. He especially enjoyed singing in the choir at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church.

He is survived by his children Randy (Missy) Penkwitz of Hudson, Rick Penkwitz of Oshkosh (Heather W.), Terry (Lori) Penkwitz of Reedsburg and Tracy (Ray) Hartmann of Fredonia and his grandchildren Riley, Reena, Logan, Anna and Jenna Penkwitz and Alicia and Kayla Hartmann.

He is further survived by his brother Clarence (Carol) Penkwitz of Port Washington, sisters Arleen (Ken) Weiland of Belgium and Elaine (Jim) Bahr of Bonduel, sister-in-law Kathy Bossler and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Eugene was preceded in death by his wife Fern, his parents and his brother-in-law Kehlor Bossler.

Visitation will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, 1802 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington, Wis., followed by Mass at 3 p.m. The Rev. Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant.

Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington, with a reception after the interment in the church hall.

Poole Funeral Home/Crematory, Port Washington, Wis., is assisting the family.

Information and condolences are available at or (262) 284-4431.



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