Dawn Owynne Roemhild, of Port Washington, WI, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at the age of 75 years.

Dawn was born on November 29, 1945, to Owen and Martha Knudsvig Montgomery.  She was born and raised in Milwaukee and graduated from Riverside High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Dean W. Roemhild, on December 8, 1966, and the couple moved to Port Washington in 1969.

A woman known for her big heart, spunky personality, and playful sense of humor, Dawn raised her family and waited tables at various local restaurants throughout her life such as Harry’s, Smith Bros., D&G Club, and Nisleit’s Country Inn. She had volunteered for the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, and was a founding member of the local charity, G.A.L.S (Generations Affecting Lives).

Dawn loved spending time with and traveling with her dear “GALS” friends. Together they traveled to many places around the U.S. and abroad, such as Mexico, Italy, and Jamaica. She will be remembered for her infectious laugh, her love of dancing and her unmatched Rummikub skills.

Dawn will be dearly missed by her daughters Andrea (Bill) Selbig and Lacey Roemhild, grandchildren Cameron, Natalie, and Landan, sisters Diana (Bob) Rowland, Victoria Montgomery and Edna Kelly, sister-in-law Merry Sobecki, brother-in-law Tony (Laurin) Plevak, as well as numerous relatives and dear friends. Dawn was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Jim Montgomery. Her husband, Dean, with whom she celebrated 53 years of marriage, preceded her in death in August, 2020. 

A memorial service will take place from 1-3pm Sunday May 30, 2021, at the POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, 203 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI, followed by a reception at the Port Washington Yacht Club from 3-5pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association https://www.lung.org/.



  1. My condolences to Dawn’s family and Tony Plevak.

  2. To all of Dawn’s family from your somewhat unknown relatives – All of our heartfelt condolences and our thoughts and prayers will be with you all! We wish we had been able to her better!!

  3. RIH Dawn. you will be missed.

  4. My dear, dear friend. I will miss her always. We had many, many good times together.

  5. “Auntie Dawn” had been a part of life since the day I was born. I remember sleepovers at her and Uncle Dean’s house when I was little. The stories I heard about her and Mom have always made me smile and laugh.

  6. I don’t know anyone as strong, or as funny as my sister.
    Her infamous jokes will keep me and others laughing for decades.
    My life has always had an extra dose of surprise and delight and was better with her in it!
    My first Hero!

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