Kleckner, Earl E.

Earl E. Kleckner, age 88, former owner and operator of Kleckner Fire Extinguisher Sales and Service of Waubeka, WI passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the Village Point Commons in Grafton where he had lived the past six weeks.

He was born on December 15, 1930 in the town of Belgium, WI; son of John and Catherine Schumacher Kleckner. In his youth, Earl worked at the C. Reiss Coal Company in Sheboygan, the Milwaukee yard for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad, built silos and Power Products in Grafton.

During the Korean War, Earl served as a Staff Sergeant in the Marines from October, 1951 until October 1953. He remained in the Reserves until 1959. During this time he married Mary Jane R. Wach, of Waubeka on February 23, 1952 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Fredonia.

For many years, Earl was a Machinist for Simplicity Manufacturing Company in Port Washington. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1430. In 1972, Earl started his fire extinguisher business and continued its operation for over 30 years with the help of his wife Mary Jane.

He was a longtime parish member of St. Rose and an usher. He was past commander of the Warren-Kane American Legion Post 410 of Fredonia and member and officer of the Waubeka Fire Department.

Earl and Mary Jane valued time spent together up north. He enjoyed his travels around the state & USA continually adding to their clock & cookie jar collection. Earl was always working on something; even cuckoo clocks right to the end.

He is survived by his children Dennis (Peg) Kleckner of Sturgeon Bay, Colleen (the late David) Pflug of Green Bay, and Deb (Dale) Jacoby of Random Lake; 9 grandchildren Amanda Jannene, Nicole Martin, Samantha Brown, Jason, Justin, Kevin and Tom Kleckner, Josh Pflug and Nathan Jacoby, 4 great-grandchildren Michael, Kameron, Maevh and Sawyer, his sisters Lorraine (the late Donald) Large of Port Washington and Eleanor (the late Richard) Prom of Belgium.

Earl is preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane on April 1, 2016; his son Timothy, his brothers Henry Kleckner and Robert and his wife Myrtle Kleckner; his sisters Marie Kleckner and Rosemary and her husband Henry Petesch. From Mary Jane’s family, he is preceded by her two brothers and sister. Edward and his wife Agnes Wach, Aloys and his wife Armina Wach, Loretta and her husband Clarence Spies.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 12 Noon Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Divine Savior Catholic Parish - St. Rose Chapel, 305 Fredonia Avenue, Fredonia, WI. Reverend Todd Budde will be the celebrant. Visitation will be held from 9-11:45AM Saturday AT CHURCH prior to Mass. Interment will take place at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Fredonia.

Memorials to the charity of givers choice appreciated.

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

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Olson, Melvin F. “Ole”

Melvin “Ole” Olson, 72, of West Barry Avenue, Port Washington, WI died at his home January 24, 2019.

He was born July 14, 1946 in Omaha, NE to Melvin A. and Ruth A. Hensel Olson. He served in the United States Navy in Hawaii. While there he met Susan McClellan and they were married February 14, 1970 in Hawaii.

In the late 1980’s they moved to West Barry Avenue in Port Washington, WI. He worked in telecommunications as a field service engineer for Verint and travelled the world extensively. Ole loved his role as husband, father and grandfather and spent as much time as he could with his family. He liked working with electronics and his gadgets. He also enjoyed being in the kitchen, baking pies, cooking up delicious meals and being a grill master.

He is survived by his wife Susan, children Michael (Karen) Olson of Fredonia, WI and Sarah Olson of Port Washington, WI and his granddaughter Genevieve Olson. He is further survived by his siblings Richard Olson of Olympia, WA, Pat Krueger of Fargo, ND and Steven (Vera) Olson of Lacey, WA, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Tommy Olson.

Family services have been held with final interment in Hawaii.

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

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Maciejewski, Celestyn M. “Cel”

Celestyn “Cel” M. Maciejewski, age 93, formerly of North Holden Street, Port Washington, WI passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Harbor Club in Port Washington.

He was born on October 11, 1925 in Lessor, WI; son of Stanley and Helen Jach Maciejewski. As a young man, Cel traveled to Milwaukee to learn a trade. While working at a Milwaukee bakery, Cel entered the US Navy, serving his country from 1943 through 1946 as a Ships Cook 2nd Class.

On September 6, 1947, Cel married Irene Kumrai of Milwaukee. The family would later move to the town of Saukville to operate a family farm. In the late 1960’s, Cel ran Cel’s Bar & Grill on North Mill Street in Saukville (currently J’s Bar & Grill) with the family residing upstairs.

Cel was an accomplished mason and member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Union Local 8 of Milwaukee and worked for Moldenhauer Construction of Grafton for more than 20 years. He continued to do mason work on his own, creating fire brick furnaces.

In 1977, the family would move to Port Washington. His wife Irene passed away on November 21, 2010 and in 2011, Cel moved to the Harbor Village in Port Washington.

He enjoyed sports. He was involved in many bowling leagues and played softball for Bink’s Bar, amongst others, for many years in Port Washington. Cel played in the Grafton senior League also. He was active at the Port Washington Senior Center, its Green Felt Club, horseshoes and playing cards.

Cel was a member of the Landt-Thiel American Legion Post 470 in Saukville and the Waubeka Flag Day Post 7037 Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an active member of the Port Washington Leathernecks and their Fish Day tent every summer. He was a proud participant with the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight in May, 2010.

Immaculate Conception Parish in Saukville was his home for many years. He will be remembered as one of the co-founders of the Saukville Sports Day for local youth often held in the parish gym. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Ozaukee Council 2035 for over 60 years and always enjoyed a good polka.

Cel is survived by his children Sharon (Milt) Rennicke of West Bend, Dwight (Joanne) Maciejewski of Port Washington, Kevin Maciejewski of Phoenix, Lynn (David) DeBroux of Menomonee Falls, Lois Ebert of Port Washington, Neal (Heidi) Maciejewski of the town of Grafton and Sandy (Dennis) Carroll of Port Washington, 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Shirley (Morgan) Robinson of Cudahy, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife Irene, infant daughter Mary, infant son Keith, granddaughter Ana Rose Maciejewski and his sisters Adeline Maciejewski, Caroline Reinke and Jeanette Fierst.

Cel’s funeral mass will be celebrated at 4PM FRIDAY, February 1, 2019 at St. John XXIII Parish-St. Peter of Alcantara Church, 1800 N Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI. Military honors will follow the Mass. Reverend Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant. Visitation will take place from 2-3:30PM FRIDAY prior to Mass AT CHURCH. A Knights of Columbus vigil and veterans walk-thru will precede the Mass at 3:30PM. Entombment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.

Memorials to the Port Washington Senior Center, 403 W. Foster Street, Port Washington, WI 53074 or the Landt-Thiel American Legion Post 470, 601 W. Dekora Street, Saukville, WI 53080 appreciated.

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

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Berthiaume, Richard A.

Richard A. “Aber” Bertiaume, age 86, of Scott Road, Port Washington, WI passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.

He was born on July 14, 1932 in Ashland, WI; son of Joseph and Evelyn Armstrong Berthiaume.

A graduate of Ashland High School, he received the athletic and academic award presented to his high school’s outgoing senior representative. He attended Northland College in Ashland, later moving to Milwaukee and finishing his electrical degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Just prior to that, Aber entered the U.S. Navy, serving as a Sonarman 2nd Class from 1951 until his discharge in 1955.

On October 11, 1958, he married Roberta L. Riley, also of Ashland, at the former St. Agnes Catholic Church in Ashland. They will celebrate 60 years together.

In 1962, they would move to Port Washington. Richard was a Diagnostic Technician for High Voltage Maintenance Corporation of Milwaukee for many years, retiring in 1997. Over the years he enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. Richard was a life member and past commander with the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 of Port Washington. He was instrumental in commissioning the painting of the American Flag on the band shell.

He is survived by his wife Roberta, his children Lynn (Kenneth) Audette of Duluth, MN, Rich Berthiaume of New York, NY, Lori Berthiaume of Port Washington, John (Kim) Berthiaume of Boling Brook, IL and Robert (Gretchen) Berthiaume of Racine; grandchildren Brian, Jennifer, Christina and Gabriella; great-grandchildren Barry Richard, Hailey, Maddie, Ivan, Aurora and Bella; his sisters Gloria (Jerry) Giese of Ashland and Phyllis Berthiaume of Milwaukee, Sisters-in-law Patricia Koval, Mary Hill and Elinor Riley other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Virginia Talaska.

Family services were held. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington, WI.

Memorials to Dare2Tri (www.dare2tri.org) and Spina Bifida of SE Wisconsin (www.sbwis.org).

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

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