Schmit, Randall E. “Randy”

Randall E. "Randy" Schmit, age 59, of the town of Grafton, WI passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon after a brief illness.

He was born on November 27, 1957; son of Gene and Rosemary Rickinger Schmit in Milwaukee. Randy grew up in Grafton, graduating from Grafton High School. In his youth he worked with his family at the former Schmit's Ballroom in Grafton.

On April 19, 1980, Randy married Conny Hall of Thiensville at St. Augustine Catholic Church in the Town of Trenton (Newburg). In 1985, Randy joined his father at Schmit Realty in Grafton and Port Washington where he served as third generation president.

A proud dad, Randy was a diligent supporter of his son's sporting activities. He enjoyed the sociability of family and friends. He had been active at St. Joseph's Congregation as an usher, just as his father. Randy had been active in real estate throughout Ozaukee County for many years. He enjoyed his membership with the Grafton Chamber of Commerce; serving as their president in multiple years.

Randy is survived by his wife, Conny, his son Tyler (Katy Quirk) Schmit of Minot, ND; his parents Gene and Rosemary Schmit of Grafton; his brothers Rick (JoAnn) and Robb (Stacy) Schmit, both of the town of Grafton; his mother-in-law Camille Nawrocki of Cedarburg; brothers-in-law Nate (Anne Smith) Hall of Grafton and Kyle Hall of DeForest, WI; sister-in-law Ella (the late Tony) Hall of Chambersburg, PA; step-mother-in-law Cherie Hall of DeForest, WI, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father-in-law Monnie Hall, sister-in-law Kitty Hall Regan and brother-in-law John Hall.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4PM Monday February 20, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1619 Washington Street, Grafton. Reverend Mike Barrett will be the celebrant. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery in Grafton. Visitation will take place 2-4PM Monday AT CHURCH prior to the Mass.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society, N19 W24350 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188 are appreciated.

Poole Funeral Home/Crematory, Port Washington assisting the family. Information and condolences available at or 262/284-4431.


Jacque, Jay P.

Jay P. Jacque, age 55, of Sauk Trail Road, Cedar Grove, WI passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The youngest of twelve children, Jay was born on May 17, 1961 in Port Washington; son of Nicholas F. Jacque Jr. and Dorothy “Rita” Brainard. He grew up on the family farm in the town of Port Washington.

After high school, Jay joined the United States Army, serving in Germany and later was stationed in Massachusetts. On May 29, 1982, Jay married Dena Hespe of Saukville. For the last 17 years, the Jacque family called Cedar Grove home.

A beloved husband, father, and friend – he inspired and touched countless lives with his heart. Notorious for his tireless and selfless drive to provide for family, friends, and notably strangers; his attention to detail was most underlined by his desire to give. Not just of material goods– some of which you didn’t yet know you needed or maybe would ever need, but of unconditional compassion and care.

A skilled hunter of deer and deals, there wasn’t a sale he missed or rummage he didn’t spot. Jay also had a passion for driving. In his semi at United Parcel Service (UPS) where he worked for 27 years or on his polished Harley for a Sunday drive looking for land. You could also find him in his red Chevy pickup piled with a bundled-up family to pick out a Christmas tree. Most of all, he simply enjoyed going anywhere with his family. Living by his own rules, he liked to be in the front whether it was in church or on the highway.

When he wasn’t driving, he enjoyed watching the Rifleman, Packers, and anything his kids did. Whether it was brushing their teeth for the first time or sports they played; every moment was captured on video. Twenty-five years, multiple sports, thousands of games, and tens of thousands of miles traveled - not a single event was absent him.

Beyond a genuine commitment to his children, he consistently demonstrated his profound respect for service members, particularly veterans. Not only did he always pick up their tab, he did so unbeknownst to them. He would go out of his way to give a hearty handshake and an authentic “thank you for your service” as they passed by on the street or marched in a parade. As a strong believer, his relationship with the Lord was paramount to his life. Jay never missed an opportunity to share a tract with a friend or stranger personalized to them.

Although his work here is done, he gave so fully that we’ll never be without.

Jay is survived by his wife Dena; his children Jessica Coulter of Palmyra, VA; Taylor Jacque of Madison; Toni (Ryan) Modder of New Berlin and Spencer (Cally) Jacque of Chicago; his grandchildren Cameron, Isabelle and Zoe; siblings Judy (Roger) Wendtlandt of Grafton, Joanne (Robert) Gerritts of Sherwood, WI, Jane Jacque of Port Washington, Joel (Peggy) Jacque of the Town of Port Washington, Jim (Mary Jo) Jacque of Green Bay, John (Glenda) Jacque of Port Washington, Jules (Sue) Jacque of Blair, WI, Jill (Kris) Becker of Saukville, Jenn (Greg) Chronis of Grafton, Nic Jacque of Arizona and Jerry (Carrie) Jacque of Fredonia; sister-in-law Jaime (Duane) Rismeyer of Port Washington and brothers-in-law Steve (Bonnie) Hespe of Mukwonago and Carl (Angie) Hespe of Chino Valley, AZ; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1PM Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Friedens Evangelical Church, 454 N. Milwaukee Street, Port Washington. Pastor Brandon Lemons will officiate. Family will receive friends from 10-12:45PM Saturday AT CHURCH prior to services. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated.

POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, Port Washington assisting the family. Information and condolences available at or 262/284-4431.


Brady, Marie Ann

Marie Ann Brady passed away on January 19, 2017 after a one year battle with cancer. She was born at home to Albert and Gertrude Escher Bruha on a bitter cold day on February 11, 1936, in the little hamlet of Germantown, a mile west of the village of Cazenovia, WI. She attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School and Cazenovia High School. She also attended Sauk County Teachers College. On October 25, 1958, she was married to James V. Brady at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Germantown.

She was a member of St. Peter of Alcantara Parish, Port Washington since 1968, was president of the Women’s Guild and was very active in St. Peter’s School, having served on the School Board and was a CCD teacher. She was a Girl Scout leader and Day Camp Counselor and was a Den Mother for St. Peter’s Boy Scout Troop. She was a mentor/teacher with her special friend, Lynne, for over 25 years with the Friendship Club.

Marie’s life was being a wife, mother and grandmother. She held secretarial jobs and was an Avon Rep when her children were in school. She later became employed with the Port Washington-Saukville School District, having worked at Port Washington High School and Saukville Elementary Schools for over 20 years, retiring in 1999.  She loved gardening, crafts, a lot of “from scratch” baking and cooking. She was a friend to all, but most of all she wanted to be active in her family’s life.

She is survived by her husband, James; children Pamela (Ronald) Hineman of New Berlin WI, Kimberly (Darrel) Zaleski of Eleva WI, and Jeffrey (Lisa) Brady of Warren NJ. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ross Hineman of Madison, WI and Camille, Nolan and Juliette Brady of Warren, NJ.  Marie is further survived by brothers, Raymond (the late Helen) Bruha of Nashville TN;  Clarence (Patti) Bruha of Cazenovia WI; sisters Louise (the late Raymond) Fronk of Reedsburg WI and Irene (Patrick) Walsh of Plain, WI; sister-in-law Patricia (the late Donald) Ryczek of Cedar Rapids IA; brothers-in-law Richard Brady and Ralph Brady both of Reedsburg WI; also many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Gertrude Bruha, in-laws John and Margaret Brady, sister Evelyn (the late Fritz) Kuehni of Boyd WI, and an infant son, Mark.

The Rev. Patrick Wendt will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial 1 pm  Fri., Jan. 27, 2017 at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church, 1800 N Wisconsin Street, Port Washington.  Visitation from 10:30 am to 1pm Fri. AT CHURCH prior to Mass.  Entombment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington.

The family wishes to thank the Aurora Grafton Cancer Care Clinic, Dr. Thomas Zukowski and his nursing staff, the Aurora Grafton Health Center and the Lawlis Family Hospice for the excellent and compassionate care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, any veteran’s association, St. John XXIII Catholic Parish or the Friendship Club.

POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, Port Washington assisting the family. Information and condolences available at or 262/284-4431.


Skruby, Irene E.

Irene Ella Ott Skruby, age 93, of Port Washington, WI passed away peacefully Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Harbor Club where she had resided since 2012.

She was born on June 26, 1923 in Menno, SD; daughter of Ferdinand and Josefa Rolof Ott. She moved to Port Washington in 1940 for a job opportunity at the Port Washington Chair Factory.

On April 22, 1944, Irene married William F. “Willie” Skruby of Port Washington at St. Mary’s Parish in Port Washington. He preceded her in death on November 4, 1976.

Over the years, Irene worked at Bolens Mfg. Company in Port Washington and clerked for the former Excelsior Dry Cleaners (current site of the Pasta Shop) in Port for almost 20 years.

Irene was a skilled seamstress. She made clothes for herself, her nieces and did alterations for many. She made many beautiful quilts. She was a regular at Harry’s Restaurant for many years. Irene was serious when it came to crossword puzzles. She subscribed to the New York Times and Chicago Tribune just for the puzzles.

She is survived by her sister Vivian (the late Jim) Miller of Port Washington; sister-in-law Bette (the late Phil) Ott of Grafton; nieces Diane (Charles) Linden Scudder of Newport News, VA; Nancy (the late James) Linden Kartheiser of Cedarburg, Lori (James “Skeeter”) Linden Ashworth of Milwaukee and Susie Ott Hamer; nephews Dan Linden of Cedarburg, Scott Ott and Steven Ott; other relatives and many friends.

Irene is preceded in death by her husband Willie, a baby daughter at birth, sisters Ida (the late Tony) Skridla and Leona (Hardus) Veen, brother Phil Ott, brother-in-law Jim Miller and nephews Charles Veen and Jerome Linden Jr.

Funeral services will be held 1PM Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, 203 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI. Reverend John Klieve of St. John Lutheran Church, Port Washington will officiate. Family will receive relatives and friends from 11-1PM Saturday at the funeral home prior to the service. Interment Union Cemetery, Port Washington.

Memorials to St. John Lutheran Church, 217 N. Freeman Drive, Port Washington, WI 53074 appreciated.

POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, Port Washington assisting the family. Information and condolences available at or 262/284-4431.