Schmalz, Kenneth W.

Schmalz, Kenneth W., age 75, of Port Washington, WI passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 28, 2018 at his home.

He was born June 20, 1943 in Port Washington, WI and grew up in the town of Grafton; son of Herbert O. and Lucille Viesselmann Schmalz. Ken was the oldest of five brothers.

He graduated from Grafton High School in 1961. In his youth, Ken and his brothers tinkered with cars and other machinery. He became very handy. Ken worked some construction jobs and did some factory work. For quite a few years, Ken was a butcher at the former Dohr’s Meat Market in Grafton. He would later take a job washing windows for Economy Window Cleaners of Cedarburg from which he would retire from a few years ago.

On September 16, 1967, Ken married Janis Hoeft of Port Washington at St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church in Port Washington.

Ken was an easy going, sociable guy. He played and coached Rec. Softball in Grafton and Port Washington. He enjoyed breakfast socializing every Thursday morning with the guys; going up north deer hunting or the off-road races at Crandon; Florida vacations with his wife or putting on the miles on their motorcycles with friends throughout the United States.

Close to home, Ken was very active at Christ the King Lutheran Church. He was on the Church Board, tending to the building on a weekly basis or just to stop in for a chat. Good thing he lived close by.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Janis; his children Wendi (Mike) Brue of Hubertus and Corey (Amy) Schmalz of Port Washington; grandchildren Logan, Brodi, Tyler and Kendyl; his brothers Don (Martie) Schmalz of Fond du Lac, Chuck (the late Donna) Schmalz, Bob Schmalz, and David Schmalz, all of Grafton. He is further survived by his brother-in-law John St. Peter of Belgium, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-laws Donna Schmalz and Sandra St. Peter and his in-laws Norman and Edna Hoeft.

Memorial funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 420 W. Whitefish Road, Port Washington, WI. Reverend Kelly Nieman Anderson officiating. Family will receive friends from Noon-1:45PM Sunday AT CHURCH prior to services.

Memorials in Ken’s name to Christ the King Church appreciated.

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


Strasburg, Betty “Joan”

Betty “Joan” (nee Meeker) Strasburg passed away in peace and love, with family at her side, in the early morning of July 19, 2018, at her assisted living residence in Belgium, WI. She was a former resident of Springfield, MO.

Mrs. Strasburg, the daughter of Wendell Darr Meeker and Beulah Alice (nee Daniel) Meeker, was born May 15, 1933, in rural Laredo, Missouri. Raised on a farm, Joan cherished her Southern country roots.

Joan married Maurice A. Pettengill on May 11, 1952, in Laredo, MO. They were married for 18 years and had two children, Mary Pat Pettengill and Martha Jo Pettengill. On Nov. 16, 1973, she married Leroy “Lee” Clark Strasburg in Waukegan, IL, and the couple was together 38 loving years until Lee’s death in December 2011. Through Lee, Joan has two stepsons, Clark and Craig Strasburg.

Over the years Joan resided in Missouri, Wisconsin and Tennessee, and she and Lee retired to Springfield, MO. She was a proud and active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Springfield, where she shared her beautiful soprano voice in the choir, volunteered in the office, and led the Ladies’ Prayer Circle.

For over 40 years Joan devoted countless hours to genealogy research. Her extensive research materials have been donated to the Grundy County Jewett Norris Library in Trenton, MO.

Beyond being a homemaker and mother, in the 1970s Joan attended college and worked as a loving, caring nursing home administrator in Hartford, WI and in the 1980s worked as a personnel recruiter in the engineering field.

Her passion, however, was service to God. In retirement, she spent many hours volunteering for her church and its missions. Joan lived her life with a strong moral fiber and devout Christian faith. She was kind, caring, charitable, and a truly joyous person.

She deeply loved their dogs and enjoyed nature and song birds. Although Alzheimer’s Disease robbed her of so much, she retained her joyous, loving spirit. Joan often said “Smiling is contagious,” and her very last gift was a glorious smile.

Joan is survived by her youngest daughter Martha Pettengill (partner Sandra Large) of Port Washington, her stepsons Clark (Susan) Strasburg of Bradenton, FL, and Craig (Nancy) Strasburg of Des Moines, IA, and her brothers Alvin (Nancy) Meeker of Springfield, MO, and Rev. David (Bea) Meeker of Canton, IL.

Joan was preceded in death by her oldest daughter Mary Pat, her husband Lee and her parents.

A private interment of Joan and Lee Strasburg’s cremains was held at St. Mary’s Cemetery Columbarium, Port Washington, WI under the direction of Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, WI.

A special thank you to Heartland Hospice. The compassion and professionalism you brought to her care were truly a blessing.

Donations in her memory are suggested to Heifer International, a charity whose mission Joan passionately supported, or to the Wesley United Methodist Church in Springfield, MO.


Beck, Mary Kay

Mary Kay Beck, age 63, of Port Washington, WI entered into eternal life on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

She was born in Port Washington to her parents Frederick and Carol Beck. Mary Kay was a resident of Port Haven for the past 8 years.

Over the years, Mary Kay worked at Portal Industries in Grafton and the Port Washington State Bank. She loved playing cards, especially Pounce with her Mom. She also enjoyed watching old movies and listening to the golden oldies.

She deeply loved her parents, her sisters and brothers and her family at Port Haven.

Mary Kay will be dearly missed by her mother, Carol Beck of Port Washington, her siblings: Janet (Mike) Holliday of Westerville, OH, Joanne (Dave) Lang of Elk Grove Village, IL, Laurie (Greg) Wolf of Barrington Hills, IL, Dan Beck of Vernon Hills, IL and Steve (Lynn) Beck of the town of Saukville. She is also survived by her aunt Dorothy (Bob) Tagatz of Crystal Lake, IL and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mary Kay is now in the loving arms of our Lord and with her father, Fred, who preceded her in death late last year.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 1-3PM at POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, 203 N. Wisconsin St, Port Washington, WI with services held at 3PM. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington.

The Beck family extends heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to her caregivers and the staff at Port Haven for their endless loving care and attention given to Mary Kay.

Memorials to Balance Inc, 1350 14th Ave., Grafton, WI 53024 ( are appreciated.


Hensel, Douglas “Scott”

Douglas S. “Scott” Hensel, age 74, died unexpectedly in his sleep at his West Sunset Road residence in Port Washington, WI on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

He was born July 12, 1943 in Port Washington, Wisconsin to John and Janet Gruenewald Hensel. He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1961. Scott loved to sing and had a great voice; singing with his sisters for weddings and competitively as a young man.

Scott lived in the area most of his life, leaving only for a short time away in Northern Illinois before returning to Saukville then the town of Grafton for 24 years. In 2010 he came back to his hometown of Port Washington. Over the years, Scott worked at Mold Craft, Johnson Brass and eventually Simplicity Manufacturing in Port Washington where he was a foreman for over 18 years. Afterward, he worked for Woods Equipment in Illinois, and Milwaukee Sign as well as driving truck for a number of plumbing supply companies in Milwaukee before retiring.

Throughout his life, he liked riding his Harley, a great barbecue, hunting, watching old movies, listening to music, playing guitar and singing - especially Elvis tunes which he often sang with an uncanny resemblance. His Karaoke machine was never far away and Scott would record cassettes and CDs for his family and friends. His great sense of humor and quick wit kept family and friends laughing and wondering what may come next. He had a big heart, a great love for family and friends and treasured time spent with them.

He is survived by his children Julia (the late Dan) Grandlic of Sheboygan, WI; Lisa (Dave) Lemler of Castle Pines, CO; Michael Hensel of Franklin, WI and Amanda (Doug) Secor of Kimberly, WI; grandchildren Elizabeth (Kyle) Raml, Adam Grandlic, Carter Secor, Avery Lemler, Mason Lemler, Jack Hensel, Peyton Goeden; former spouse and special friend Mary Hensel of Port Washington, step-sons Dan (Heather) Goeden of Wauwatosa, WI and Michael (Julie) Goeden of Los Angeles, CA; step-grandchild Matthew Hadler and step-great-grandchildren Nolan and Landon Hadler. Further survived by his mother Janet Hensel of West Bend, WI; sisters Debra (Norm Blankenburg) Kison of West Bend, WI and Sandy (Jim) Bernarde of Phoenix, AZ; dear friends Bruce (Donna) Laabs of Port Washington and former spouse Janet (Fred) Krier of Belgium; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father John Hensel, son-in-law Dan Grandlic and grandson Brady Secor.

Memorial funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Monday, June 25, 2018 at the POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, 203 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI. Family will receive relatives and friends from 10AM - Noon Monday prior to a brief service. Interment will take place immediately following the service at St. Paul Cemetery in Silver Creek.

For more information and condolences go to or 262/284-4431.

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