Michael J. Ackeret Sr.
Funeral services were held on Monday at the Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington for Michael J. Ackeret Sr., 51, who died on Sept. 15, 2000. Rev. Dennis Ackeret, of Christ the King Catholic Church in Wauwatosa and Mikeís cousin, officiated at the ceremony.
Mr. Ackeret was born in Milwaukee on Aug. 2, 1949, son of Stanley and Joyce (nee Kostner) Ackeret. He graduated from Cedarburg High School. He married Debra Miksic of Port Washington on Dec. 14, 1990 in Port Washington.
For the last 12 years he was employed by the W II Jacklin Co., Milwaukee, as a sheet metal worker. He was a 32-year member of the I A of M Sheet MetaI Workers Local 18.
He enjoyed the outdoors and would travel up north near Crivitz or even to Canada to hunt bear. He was a member of the Newburg Sportsmanís Club and appreciated a good game of Sheepshead and horseshoes.
Survivors include wife Debra Ackeret of Saukville; son Michael (Heather) Ackeret Jr. of Port Washington; parents Stanley and Joyce Ackeret of Lake Arrowhead; grandson Alexander Ackeret; sisters Sherry (Stanley) Richards of Fredonia, Barb (Craig) Cartwright of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Nancy (Steve) Crook of Port Washington; brother Bill (Barb) Ackeret of Saukville; father-in-law Walter Miksic of Saukville.
Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Memorials to the American Heart Association are appreciated.
Esther M. Gessert
Esther M. Gessert, nee Dilling, 98, of West Bend died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000 at St. Lukeís Medical Center in Milwaukee.
She was born on April 16, 1902 to the late George and Mathilda (nee Gatzke) Dilling at the family homestead farm in Fond du Lac County. She married Floyd J. Gessert on Oct. 29, 1927 in South Bend, Ind.
After their marriage, the couple moved to Kewaskum and then to West Bend in 1932. Her husband preceded her in death on July 30, 1993.
Esther was employed as a secretary at the Veterans Service office in West Bend from 1960 to 1969 and she also worked part-time at various law offices in West Bend.
She was a member of the Lt. Ray Dickop American Legion Post #36 Auxiliary, recently receiving a 65-year membership certificate, the Fred A. Schaefer VFW Post #1393 Auxiliary, and the Order of the Eastern Star, West Bend Chapter #73.
She is survived by three children, Charles Gessert of Palm Coast, Fla., Bonnie (Mickey) Beth of St. Germain and Robert (Kathleen) Gessert of Kenosha; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Marcella Gessert of Plymouth; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by seven sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, West Bend, with an American Legion Auxiliary service at 4 p.m. followed by an Order of the Eastern Star service. Burial will be on Monday at 10 a.m. at Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of services.
Martha E. Hahn, 91
Martha E. Hahn, nee Schmidt, 91, of Slinger died Thursday Sept. 21, 2000 at her residence.
She was born December 12, 1908 to the late Anton and Katherine (nee Piel) Schmidt in the town of Hartford. She married Michael T. Hahn in November, 1941 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.
Born and raised in the town of Hartford, Martha attended St. Lawrence School. After marriage, the couple lived on the family farm in Slinger.
She was a member of St. Peterís Catholic Church of Slinger and an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary.
She is survived by three sisters, Leona Schmidt of West Bend, Esther Multhauf of Rubicon and Eleanor Schmidt of Hartford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, who died Aug. 10, 1987; two brothers, Anthony and Norbert; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Closing of the casket prayers will be at the Phillip Funeral Home on Monday at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Peterís Catholic Church of Slinger with Fr. Robert J. Bales officiating. Burial will take place at the (old) St. Peterís Catholic Cemetery following the Mass.
Visitation will be at the Phillip Funeral Home of Slinger on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 5-7:30 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 7:30 p.m.
Ehrma L. Borst, 72
Ehrma L. Borst, nee Anadell, 72, of Slinger died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000 at her residence.
She was born Sept. 21, 1928 to the late Lloyd and Ada (nee Timm) Anadell in Milwaukee. She married George A. Borst on May 15, 1948 at Waukegan, Ill.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, after marriage the couple lived in Milwaukee until moving to Slinger in 1969.
Ehrma was a member of St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church of Slinger.
She is survived by her husband, four children, George III "Butch" (Lisa) Borst of Newburgh, Ind., Jerry (Debbie) Borst of The Woodlands, Tex., Jon (Jacki) Borst of Mayville and Jody Svien of West Bend; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dolores Wendtlandt of Grafton, LaVerne Melscheimer of Milwaukee, Sharon (Dick) Malkowski of Mukwonago; one brother, Bobby Doll; nieces nephews, other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Walter Doll.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at Wisconsin Memorial Park of Brookfield in the Chapel of the Flowers. Pastors David R. Cooper and James Castillo will be officiating.
Visitation will be at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.
The Phillip Funeral Home of Slinger is assisting the family.
Joseph J. Schmit
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday at St. Maryís Catholic Church in Port Washington for Joseph J. Schmit, 86, who died on Sept. 19, 2000. Father Allan Sommer officiated at the ceremony, with arrangements handled by Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington. Burial was held at St. Maryís Cemetery in Port Washington.
Mr. Schmit was born July 21, 1914 in Port Washington, son of Michael and Margaret (nee Lauters) Schmit. He married Jane Blong on Sept. 7, 1940 in Port Washington. After he graduated from St. Francis Seminary in 1937 with a degree in economics, he was employed with the RCA Co. in Camden, N.J. He returned to Port Washington in 1939 and joined his father in operating Mikeís Ford (eventually becoming known as Schmit Ford, the oldest Ford dealership in Wisconsin). In 1948, Joe and his brother, the late Harry Schmit expanded their business by founding the Schmit Ford-Mercury dealership in Thiensville.
He was a member of St. Maryís Catholic Church, served as a Religious Education Catechist, a former member of the Holy Name Society, a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was also served as past president of the Port Washington Rotary and was a member of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. He was also a member of several auto organizations: the Wisconsin Auto and Truck Dealer Association, National Auto Dealersí Association and Auto Dealersí Association of Mega Milwaukee.
Survivors include: wife Jane Schmit of Port Washington; children Susan Heinzelman of Mequon, Peggy (Damian) Eschweiler of Port Washington, Michael (Ruth "Bo" Werner) Schmit of Port Washington, James (Maureen) Schmit of Port Washington; grandchildren James, Holly, Jennifer, Amy and Megan Heinzelman, Eric (Marzena) Schmit, Stacy Schmit, Joe Eschweiler; sisters Hildegard Staudenmaier of Marinette, Margaret Schmit of Medford, N.J.
Further survived by cousins, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother Harry.
Joseph N. Lorenz
A funeral service was held on Sept. 9, 2000 in West Bend for Joseph N. Lorenz, 84, who died on Sept. 7, 2000. Father Jeffrey Haines officiated at the ceremony, with arrangements handled by Phillip Funeral Home. Cremation took place at Parkview Cremations in Fond du Lac.
Mr. Lorenz was born Oct. 20, 1915 in Grafton, son of Joseph and Margaret (nee Doppel) Lorenz.
He married Ida S. Strauch on April 3, 1948 at St. Columba Church of Lake Five. He served in the U. S. Army during WWII and worked as a car man for Milwaukee Railroad, retiring in 1975. He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church and the Car Manís Union.
Survivors include: wife Ida Lorenz of West Bend; children Mark Lorenz of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Paul Lorenz of Pine Bluff, Ark., David (Chris) Lorenz of Mequon, Rita Lorenz of West Bend, Julia (Mike) Desterhoft of Campbellsport, Ralph (Sue Ann) Lorenz of Menomonee Falls and Alice Lorenz of Menomonee Falls; 15 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother Arnold (Gertrude) Lorenz of Mequon.
Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jerome; sister, Marcella Molling and daughter, Mary.
Memorials to St. Frances Cabrini Church or the charity of the donorís choice are appreciated.
Irene D. Kahut
Irene D. Kahut, nee Drefahl, 74, of Fond du Lac, formerly of the town of Ashford, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at her home.
She was born June 16, 1926, in Milwaukee, to the late Henry and Clara (Ozark) Drefahl, and married Adam "Spitz" Kahut on May 4, 1946, at St. Martin's Catholic Church, Ashford.
He passed away on Oct. 16, 1986.
She worked at The West Bend Co. for 24 years, and was a member of St. Martin's Catholic Church and the Lomira American Legion Auxiliary.
Irene enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and crocheting.
Survivors include her children, James (Cyrina) of St. Kilian, Judy (Jeff) Bauer of Lomira, Michael (Geri) of Fond du Lac, Joseph (special friend Debbie Patterson) and Bonnie (Jerry) Benzel of North Fond du Lac; her grandchildren, Jamie, Jonathan, Joseph, David Adam (Dana), Jacqueline, Shawn, Corey, Nicole, Alison, Daniel, Misty, Laura, Kathy, Kevin and Kurt; her great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jacob and Jared; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were a brother and a stepsister.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at St. Martin's Catholic Church, Ashford.
Rev. Wayne Barta will officiate and cremation will follow.
Visitation at the Twohig Funeral Home, Campbellsport, will be Monday from 3 p.m. until a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
LaVern M. Hein
LaVern M. Hein, nee Mancoske, of Slinger, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at the Cedar Lake Health Care Center, West Bend.
She was born May 31, 1918, in Brillion, to the late Jacob and Cecelia (Dorsey) Mancoske, and was raised in Maple Grove.
After her marriage to Alphonse P. Hein on June 18, 1946, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Brillion, the couple lived in Greenleaf where they owned and operated Al and LaVern's bar for over 10 years.
Later they moved to Milwaukee where LaVern was employed as a baker for AO Smith. She then worked for G.S.A. for over 16 years, retiring in 1982. She finally settled in Slinger.
Her husband passed away Dec. 15, 1963.
Survivors include three children, Carleen (Ron) Schaefer of West Bend and David (Catherine) and Daniel (Yvonne), both of Sussex eight grandchildren, Kimberly (Jeff) Wiedmeyer of West Bend, John (Tippy) Holz of Kansas City, Mo., Brenda (Mayur) Patel of Columbus, Ohio, Jonathan, Joseph and Jaclyn Hein of Sussex, Lori (Kirk) Niswonger of Pewaukee and Arlen (Elaine) Vanek of Fort Worth, Texas; six great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Beatrice) of Denmark, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Catherine Bushmaker of De Pere; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were three brothers and a sister.
She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church of Slinger, Christian Mother's Society, VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Slinger, Hartford Senior Friends and was very active with Meals on Wheels.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church of Slinger.
Father Robert J. Bales will officiate, and interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Greenleaf, on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Visitation at the church only will be Monday from 4 p.m. until the time of Mass.
Memorials are appreciated to St. Peter's Building Fund.
The Phillip Funeral Home of Slinger is assisting the family.
The family would like to express deep appreciation for all the care and compassion the staff at Cedar Lake Health Care Center gave, and also to Father Robert J. Bales for his support.