DidierRomanRoman L. Didier, “Romie”, 86, of 922 Sunset Rd., Port Washington died Friday, May 27, 2005 at Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital-Columbia Campus, Milwaukee from complications of a sudden pulmonary embolism.

He was born on October 8, 1918 in the Town of Holland in Sheboygan County, the 12th of 16 children to Hubert and Mary Hamm Didier.  Growing up on the farm east of Dacada, he labored with his family, as well as other local farmers.

On June 14, 1941, he married Marie Schreiner of Port Washington at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington. He resided with his family on North Milwaukee Street in Port Washington for over 40 years, later moving to his current apartment after she preceded him in death on September 11, 1990.

He was a grinder for the former Gilson Foundry, Port Washington for over 20 years until it was destroyed in a fire.  Later he worked for Simplicity Manufacturing Company in Port Washington over 20 years, retiring in 1983.  He was a member of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1430 and the Catholic Knights.

Roman was an avid sports fan-Milwaukee Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers.  He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man, always positive; a joy to be with.

He is survived by daughters Mary Ann (Gary) Lofberg of Thief River Falls, MN and Betty Jane (Salim) Jaffer of Muskego; sons Larry (Jackie) Didier of Middletown, CT and Chuck (Ileana) Didier of San Jose, Costa Rica, 10 grand children, 12 great-grandchildren, two sisters Germaine Bowe of Milwaukee, Leona Kaker of Sheboygan, his brother Ed (Laura) Didier of Port Washington, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie and his siblings Rose Lang, Florence Bartoli, Esther Pawley, Verena Paddock, Sylvia Bloecher, his twin Marcella Craig, Dolores Schuessler Bowe, Leonard, Victor and Jerome Didier and two who were unnamed that died at birth.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30PM Tuesday, May 31 at St. Mary’s Church, Port Washington.  Reverend Allan Sommer will be the celebrant.  Interment will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7PM Monday, May 30 with 4PM rosary and 11:30-1PM Tuesday at the Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington.