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Death Notices

Michael “Mikey” Albert LeDonne

June 1, 1984 – September 11, 2020

On Friday, September 11, 2020, Michael “Mikey” Albert LeDonne left his struggles and passed on to the Lord. He is remembered as loving son of Anthony and Joanie, cherished brother of Anthony Jr., Ulysses, Matthew, Stephanie, and beloved uncle to his two nephews and niece. He is remembered for the enormous amount of love he showed to family, friend, and stranger. Mikey was always the one to put a smile on our faces and make us laugh until we cried. He loved dogs about as much as he loved humans and sports; when he just couldn’t sit still, he’d being singing a song or whistling a tune. Mikey is remembered with great love and survived by many. Funeral services will be held this Thursday, September 17th at St. James Catholic Church in Menomonee Falls (W220N6588 Town Line Rd.). Visitation will be from 9am until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 12pm.


Eileen M. Draper

Born to Eternal Life on August 29, 2020 at the age of 90 years. Preceded in death by her parents Eugene and Alice Draper, her brother Robert Draper and her sister Carol Anne Hugh. She is survived by 8 nieces and nephews, 5 great-nieces and nephews and 6 great-great nieces and nephews.

Interment prayers will be said at St. James Church Cemetery, Menomonee Falls on Tuesday, September 15 at 10AM.


Rosemary Smith

June 11, 1925 – September 4, 2020

Rosemary Smith (nee Klister) Age 95 years, of Milwaukee formerly of Sussex. Friday, September 4, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Rick O. Smith. Loving mother of Christine Smith. Sister of Shirley (the Late Ronald) Stier. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parent Catherine and Herman Klister and her siblings Florence (Clarence) Van Schindel, Mary Jane (Leo) Hendricks, Agnes Hendricks, Kathleen (Robert) Ostrenga, Carol (Sylvester “Ves”) Van Dyke-Newhouse and Clifford “Jim” Klister. Visitation Thursday, September 10 at St. James Catholic Church W220 N6588 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls from 11 AM until time of Funeral Mass at 1 PM. Burial to follow at St. James Rosehill Cemetery, Sussex. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Diabetes’s Assn. or the Alzheimer’s Assn. appreciated.

Kenneth W. Geniesse

May 29, 1929 – August 29, 2020

Ken passed away on 8/29/2020 after a valiant fight with bone cancer.  Ken was born on 5/29/1929 in Menominee Michigan.  Ken spent his early years working on the family farm.  After leaving the family farm Ken secured a job at A.O. Smith Corporation melting glass for water heaters and a new innovative glass coated silo.  Ken met the love of his life Mary Hausfeld, a nursing student at Milwaukee County Hospital.  They married on November 17, 1951.  Raised 4 children: Mark Geniesse, Kris Bos Dennis Geniesse and Greg Geniesse.  After retiring Ken and Mary enjoyed crafting together, traveling and helping raise 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Ken was preceded in death by wife Mary Geniesse and son Mark Geniesse and survived by Kris Bos, Dennis Geniesse and Greg Geniesse.  Memorial service at 10:30 am on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Susses.  There will be a lunch after the graveside at Dad’s house. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. James Church, Menomonee Falls or The American Cancer Society.

Gerald L. “Jerry” Egle

January 20, 1933 – August 6, 2020

Born into eternal life on August 6, 2020 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of the late Joyce for 64 years, loving dad of Mary (Robert) Fourness, proud grandpa of Dan (Alyssa) and Jake and proud great-grandfather of Jasper. He is also survived by his siblings Kathleen (Kenneth) Dellemann, John (Elaine) Egle and Rita (Lester) Buehler, other relatives and friends.

Jerry was a glazier for 40 years, working on many well-known buildings in the Milwaukee area. He was a talented wood worker and an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish with his grandsons, giving them their love of the outdoors. He also enjoyed traveling, visiting many countries and places in the US with Joyce. Jerry was an accomplished skier, earning national numbers as a senior ski patroller.

Both he and Joyce valued family, maintaining close contact with their extended relations and hosted many holiday parties at their home. Good friends were also treated like family.

Visitation at FUNERAL HOME in Menomonee Falls Friday, August 21 from 9:30 AM until the time of Memorial Service at 11:00 AM. Memorials will be directed to local hospice organizations.


Kelly Hamers

June 21, 1978 – July 28, 2020

Of Sussex.  Found peace on July 28, 2020 at age 42.  Kelly is survived by her husband David, children Chloe and Landon, father Kenneth (Debbie) Burrows, and mother Debra Hudson.  She is further survived by other family and friends.  Upon graduating from UW-Madison, Kelly worked for 9 years as an engineering consultant.  She then paused work career to take care of the children.  Kelly was a devoted and caring mother.  She loved her children deeply.  In addition to being a Badger fan, Kelly was an active person and took pleasure in playing in multiple volleyball leagues in the area.  Most importantly, Kelly enjoyed a close network of friends who supported her unconditionally.  Visitation will be held at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home in Sussex on Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.  Memorials directed to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) are appreciated.  Please take a moment to leave a memory or message in the online guestbook (located on Kelly’s obituary page on


Sandra A. Greaser

April 27, 1943 – July 26, 2020

Sandra A. Greaser (nee Becker) Age 77 years. Sunday July 26, 2020. Beloved wife of Ronald for 55 years. Loving mother of James A. Greaser. Dearest friend of Patricia (Joe) Volesky. Adopted grandmother of Stacey, Shawn, Nicholas, Jack, Brett, Randy & Lilly. Dear friend of John Schmidt. Aunt of Ed, Tony, Donna, Gigi and Gina. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Private Services will be held. The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, August 1 at the funeral home from 2-4 PM. Entombment will be in Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Heart Assn. are appreciated. For the safety of family and friends, masks are required.


Carole Nettesheim

February 12, 1941 – July 13, 2020

Of Sussex. Passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Carole was a loving wife to Matt for 60 years. She deeply cherished her children. She was the beloved Mom to Jeff (Stephanie), Keith (Danielle), John (Michelle), Teri, and Joe (Kelly). Carole was the proud Nana of Jenny (Kasey), Ashley (Zach), Amanda (Rick), Brett, Kayla, Emily, Abbey, Ashton, Reese, Kendall and great-grandmother to Bryce and Brent. She was a special aunt to Kevin (Kathy) and Mindy (Pat).

She is also survived by her loving sister Bonnie (Larry), her brothers-in-law Frank (Margo), Doug (Clara), her sister-in-law Fran (George), Uncle Kenny, her cousin John Schuaker, and her loving dog Tippy. She is further survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Carole was preceded in death by her parents Gilbert and Elizabeth Buechs, her father and mother –in-law Herbert and Marie Nettesheim, her sister-in-law Rose, and brother-in-law George (Shirley).

A special thank you to her friend Jewel and other caregivers Lee Ann, Chelsey, and Kathy for their exceptional care. Also thank you to Horizon Hospice.

Memorials directed to the family are appreciated. Memorials will be donated by the family to support a Parkinson’s foundation.

Visitation took place at St. James Catholic Church, W220N6588 Townline Rd. Menomonee Falls, on Tuesday July 21, 2020.

Joseph J. La Valley “Joe”

August 7, 1965 – June 30, 2020

Passed away June 30, 2020, age 54 years. Beloved son of William and Kathryn “Kay” La Valley. Loving father of Jessica and Timothy. Brother of Debra (Jeff) Prasser, Linda Erdman and Jim (Jeanne) La Valley. Also survived by other relatives and friends.

A memorial service to honor Joe will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Menomonee Falls on Tuesday, August 4th with visitation from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and mass at 11:00 am.