Schmit, Gene W.

Gene W. Schmit, 82, of Westwood Drive in Grafton died December 14, 2017 at his residence.

Gene was born and raised in Grafton. He attended St. Joseph's Parish School. Later as a Grafton Black Hawk, Gene was involved in the drama and discussion clubs, baseball, basketball, and 6-man football. As the son of Michael and Sally Schmit, he learned the business of real estate and auctioneering. The father and son pair established M. J. Schmit and Son Realtors and Auctioneers and later renamed Gene W. Schmit, Realtor and Auctioneer following his father's passing and Schmit's Ballroom.

Gene danced his way to meeting his loving wife, Rosemary. Following the marriage in November of 1956, the couple raised their three boys, Randy, Rick, and Robb. Active in many community organizations and recognized by them all for his contributions, the proudest of all achievements was his family. Like his relationship with his father, Gene instilled the same business and ethical practices into his three sons who continued the tradition with their children. Gene was a modest man yet most prideful about his children and grandchildren. He frequented and supported their activities every chance he had.

Gene's friendships were as much a blessing to others as they were to him. Please remember him as the modest, generous, and Christian man who enjoyed polka, softball, family, and his faith.

Gene is survived by his wife Rosemary (nee Rickinger), loving dad of the late Randy (Conny), Rick (JoAnn) and Robb (Stacy) Schmit; proud grandpa of Tyler (Katy), Matthew, Nick, Aaron (Alexandria), Andrew and Alyssa; further survived by great-grandchildren Sadie and Emmaline Jean, sisters Bette (the late Phil) Ott and JoAnn (Richard) Paulus, other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial 4:30PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Church, 1619 Washington St., Grafton. Visitation 1:30-4:15PM Monday prior to Mass AT CHURCH.

Memorials can be made to the Grafton Lions Club, Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.

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


Ballbach, Rae C.

Rae C. Ballbach, age 85, of Gresham, WI, formerly of town of Port Washington, WI passed away peacefully Friday, November 24, 2017 at Gables on the Pond in Random Lake.

She was born on September 28, 1932 in Oconto Falls; daughter of Fred and Hazel Gardefee George. Rae grew up in Milwaukee. On November 3, 1961, Rae married John M. Ballbach of Port Washington. Together they settled in the Town of Port Washington.

Primarily a homemaker, raising her seven children, Rae worked by her husband’s side throughout their many ventures. Over the years she and her husband operated a hobby farm, keeping bees, raising chickens and horses. She provided management skills, as well as working long days, both inside and outside the home. In 1989, Rae and John moved to the Shawano area full time. When John preceded her in death on January 15, 2015; Rae soon after returned to this area to be closer to her family.

Rae is survived by her children Linda (Bruno) Primas, Sr. of Port Washington, Fred (Mariann) Ballbach of Mayville, Robin (Andy) Ballbach of Arcadia, James Ballbach of Saukville, John (Lorraine) Ballbach, Jr. of Random Lake, George (Heather) Ballbach of West Bend and Jeff Ballbach of Fredonia, fifteen grandchildren Bruno (Janet) Primas, Jr., Rae Ann, William and Paul Ballbach, Ian, Victor and Alia Larsen, Erin and Dan Ballbach, Jessica (Ryan) Walvoord, Marissa (Scott) Cowling, Zachary Carr Ballbach, Jennifer and Amanda Ballbach and Devin Gerk and numerous great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her husband John’s siblings Louise (Stewart) Scherf, Lenora Ebert, Bill (Donna) Ballbach, Georgine (Dale) Wulff Sr., Ann Muarasky, Mike (Lynn) Ballbach and Geno (Sherri) Ballbach, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband John Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM, Saturday, December 2, 2017 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 166 W. Dekora Street, Saukville, WI. Pastor Craig Modahl will preside. Family will receive relatives and friends from Noon-2PM AT CHURCH.

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


Beck, Frederick N.

Frederick N. “Fritz” Beck, age 93, of Port Washington, WI entered into eternal life on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Fred was born in June of 1924 in Port Washington; son of Charles W. and Gertrude Klein Beck. He attended St. Mary’s parochial school and graduated from Port Washington High School, class of 1942.

In January, 1943, Fred was inducted into the Army and served until November, 1945. He served in the 29th Infantry Division as an Instrument Operator and Battery Computer in the 111th Field Artillery Battalion in Fire Direction Center. He served in Scotland, England, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. He received four Battle Stars and was awarded the Bronze Arrowhead for taking part in the initial landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944.

On May 14, 1949, Fred married Carol M. Hamm of Belgium at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Church. They settled in Port Washington where they raised their family.

For many years, Fred worked at the former JE Gilson Foundry as a Standards Engineer until it burned in February, 1962. Soon after the fire, he took a job with Simplicity Mfg. Company in Port Washington. There he worked for more than 24 years, retiring in 1986.

Fred was a member of the 29th Infantry Division Association, the Van-Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 and the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers Local 1430. He was a trustee of Branch 31 of the Catholic Knights Insurance Company for 25 years, St. Mary’s Parish and the St. Mary’s Usher Society for 35 years.

His favorite diversion was dancing with his wife and friends on Sunday afternoons. Polkas and the waltz were his favorites. Fred also enjoyed working crossword puzzles, reading and tending his large vegetable garden for many years.

Fred and Carol enjoyed traveling and took many motor coach trips around the United States, Mexico and Canada. They especially enjoyed their trips to Hawaii and Europe.

Fred was an ardent Packer and Brewer Fan. He saw his first Packer game in October, 1942 at State Fair Park. Over the years he also enjoyed attending PWHS football and basketball games.

In 2010, Fred was inducted into the Port Washington High School Veterans Wall of Honor. In 2015 he took the Honor Flight Tour of Honor to Milwaukee.

Fred is survived by his wife Carol; his children Janet (Mike) Holliday of Westerville, OH, Joanne (David) Lang of Elk Grove Village, IL, Mary Kay Beck of Port Washington, Laurie (Greg) Wolf of Barrington Hills, IL, Dan Beck of Vernon Hills, IL and Steve (Lynn) Beck of the town of Saukville, 13 grandchildren: Ryan, Nick, Jason, Kate, Jennie, Ed, Sam, Tom, Rob, Kaitlyn, Abbey, Bradley and Lindsey, 5 great-grandchildren, his sister Dorothy (Bob) Tagatz of Crystal Lake, IL, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Clarence Beck.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at NOON, Saturday, December 2, 2017 at St. John XXIII Parish-St. Peter of Alcantara Church, 1802 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI. Reverend Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant. Family will receive relatives and friends from 10AM until time of Mass. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington with military honors.

Memorials to St. John XXIII Parish Capital Gather and Grow Building Campaign appreciated.

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


Lorge, Carol D.

Carol D. Lorge, age 84, of East Pierron Street, Port Washington, WI passed away peacefully Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Harbor Club in Port Washington where she had resided the past two years.

She was born on January 6, 1933 in Milwaukee; daughter of Carl and Doris Bunce Jones. On December 29, 1951, Carol married Robert P. Lorge at St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington. A proud wife and mother, Carol raised her five boys. After the boys had grown, Carol worked as a clerk at the former Montgomery Ward in Port Washington.

She is survived by her husband Robert “Bob” Lorge; her sons Mark Lorge of Port Washington, Bruce Lorge of Belgium, Greg Lorge of Sarasota, FL, David (Teri) Lorge of Pleasant Prairie and Carl (Divinia) Lorge of Henderson, NV; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, her brother Tom (Janet) Jones of Madison; brothers-in-law Jim (Ruth) Lorge of Port Washington, Dick (the late Roseann) Lorge of Victor, NY and Larry (the late Mary Jo) Bruecher of Cedarburg, sisters-in-law Carol Ann Filo of Port Washington and Joan (the late Jerry) Lorge of Appleton, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her sister Phyllis Fellenz and her husband Jim and brother-in-law Eugene Lorge and his wife Jeanna.

Family services have been held. Interment has taken place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.

Memorials to the charity of givers choice appreciated.

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