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Ray Dietrich Has Passed Away

8 Dec

Sad news as beloved Blue Lake maestro Ray Dietrich has passed away. Mr. Dietrich was loved around the lake for his friendly spirit, musical flair and great smile.

From JS Online:

Dietrich, Raymond H. Friday, December 6, 2013, age 91 years. Beloved husband and best friend of Ellie (nee Zilisch) for 65 years. Loving Father of Joan (Joel) Lueneburg, Ann (Dick) Cotter, and John Dietrich. Brother of Janis (Willard) Reck and the late Audrey (the late Rudolph) Hoppe. Loving grandfather to Tim (Jordyn), Chris, and Amanda Cotter and Justin, Allyson, and Elise Lueneburg. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Raymond was deeply devoted to his family, his church, and his community. His love of music as an educator and church musician in the Milwaukee community spans 67 years. A graduate of Bay View High School, he attended UWM where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 1948. The following year, he earned his Master’s of Music degree from the University of Michigan. He then returned to his alma mater, Bay View High School, where he was Chairman of the Music Department, Director of Choral Activities for 35 years, and responsible for the highly noteworthy Spring musicals, until he retired in 1984. From 1951 to 1997, Dietrich also served as Director of Music at Ascension Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, and after retiring continued as the Director Emeritus of Choirs. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII as a corporal in the squadron 331st Bombardment Group and was recognized for his service in 2011 as a member of the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight to Washington DC. Urged on by former Bay View High School choir members, Dietrich recently came out of retirement to organize and conduct an Alumni Choir of 70 voices. In 2009 he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Milwaukee Civic Music Association. In May 2011, Bay View High School’s auditorium was renamed the Raymond Dietrich Auditorium. Ray Dietrich inspired generations of Milwaukeeans through his profound dedication and passion for music the arts. One of Raymond’s greatest loves, which generated wonderful memories and great times with family and friends, is the Dietrich Family lake home on beautiful Blue Lake, in Minocqua, Wisconsin. Visitation MONDAY, December 9, 2013, 4:00 PM – 6:45 PM at ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1236 So. Layton Blvd. Funeral Services at 7:00 PM. Private interment Arlington Park Cemetery. In memorial, gifts and contributions are welcome and appreciated for either The Raymond Dietrich Music Scholarship: a scholarship to be set up for a graduating student of music from Bay View High School, or for Ascension Lutheran Church. A special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice Services and our very special team of nurses, Caitlin, Terri, and granddaughter Amanda.


JoAnn E. Hutchinson Obituary

13 Feb

JoAnn Hutchinson, Blue Lake friend, passed away on June 15, 2012.  Her obituary is reprinted below:

McHENRY – JoAnn E. Hutchinson, 80, of McHenry, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Hospice of Northeastern Illinois Pepper Family Hospice Home in Barrington, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Feb. 29, 1932, in Chicago to Leon and Martha (Broske) Macey. On Sept. 18, 1954, she married William E. Hutchinson at Our Lady of Grace in Chicago.

JoAnn was the beloved wife of William Hutchinson for 57 years, a loving and devoted mother and grandmother who loved to travel, work in her garden, spend time at their summer home and be with her grandchildren and friends. She believed in the power of positive thinking and God, and passed those gifts to her children. Always first with a compliment or a kind word of encouragement, her memory will live on with those she touched.

Survivors include her husband, William E. Hutchinson; children, Thomas (Karen) Hutchinson, Jerry (Cindy) Hutchinson and Susan (Joe) Carson; grandchildren, William, Trevor and Lauren Hutchinson, Liam and Charlie Hutchinson, and Macey and Jack Carson; niece, Jeanine Rocchi; and nephew, Jeff Carlson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Leona Carlson.

The visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry.

Interment will be private for the family.

Edward Charles Ramsey Passes Away

21 Dec

Mr. Edward Charles Ramsey, former owner and operator of Pinewood Resort on Blue Lake and former member of the Blue Lake Preservation Association, has passed away.

Mr. Charles Edward Ramsey

Mr. Edward Charles Ramsey


Edward Charles Ramsey, 78, of Ballentine, South Carolina, formerly of Minocqua, Wisconsin passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, surrounded by his family.

Born November 23, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, he was a son of the late Joseph and Pearl Ramsey. He attended Tillden High School and Trade School in Chicago. Edwardwas a retired painter contractor, working for the Chicago Sun Times building and the Chicago Civic Center before moving to Minocqua, Wisconsin, where he owned and operated the Pinewood Resort on Blue Lake with his family for thirty years.

Mr. Ramsey was a former member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Minocqua and Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. He attended St. Peters Catholic Church in Columbia, SC.

Throughout his life, Ed was an avid fisherman enjoying many fishing trips to Canada and the Florida Keys. Edward formerly headed the building and zoning commission in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

Mr. Ramsey was a former member of the Minocqua Lions Club and also worked in Boy Scouting in Minocqua. He also served on the board of directors of the Blue Lake Preservation Committee.

In South Carolina, he was a member of the Lake Murray Senior Bass Club. Ed always loved woodworking and after retiring in 2003, he changed his hobby into a small woodworking business from his home in Ballentine.

He is survived by his wife of forty five years, Joanne; his son, Kenneth EdwardRamsey of Ballentine, SC; and daughter Jennifer Marie Ramsey of Columbia, SC.

Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, South Carolina. Visitation in Woodruff, Wisconsin will be held Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Nimsgern Funeral Home with Funeral Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 24 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Lac du Flambeau with Father Lourdu Mandapati officiating. Burial will be in Minocqua Memorial Cemetery.

Larry Losen Passes Away

4 Dec

Sad news as Larry Losen has passed away. His obituary is reprinted below:

MIDDLETON – Larry D. Losen, age 67, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at home. He was born on May 10, 1945, the son of Alfred and Gyda Losen. Larry graduated from Luther College in 1967. He served in the US Army from 1967-1969 in Korea. Larry married Susan Hoffman on Sept. 4, 1976. He was hired by the FDIC Bank as a bank examiner from May 1967-2009. He then worked as a contractor from 2010-2012. Larry loved being a father, grandfather, uncle and great-uncle. Larry had a passion working as a bank examiner, and mentoring new employees. Larry also loved his Blue Lake Home in Minocqua, WI. and enjoyed entertaining guests. He also was known to be an avid Badger football fan.

Larry is survived by his wife, Susan; sons, Jason (Hilliary Wohlferd) Losen and Joshua Losen; brothers, Glendon (Sandra) Losen and Alton (Violet) Losen; numerous special nieces, nephews and also dearest friends, Kenneth and Gayle Wilcox and Mike and Laurie Krutza. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Gyda; a son, John Losen; and a grandson, Sawyer Losen.

Herbert Knust Passes Away

26 Aug

Herbert Knust, Blue Lake summer resident and friend to many around the lake, has passed away.

As printed in The News-Gazette:

Herbert Knust

URBANA – Herbert Knust, 77, of Urbana and Bavaria, Germany, passed away at 11:11 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 22, 2012) in the Renewal Therapy Center of Clark-Lindsey Village. Family was by his side.

Mr. Knust was born May 9, 1935, in Cologne, Germany, the son of Wilhelm and Paula Knust. In 1939, the family relocated to a small village in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps.

In 1963, he married Christa Hildegard Erika Groebke of Berlin, Germany; she survives, along with their three children and their families: Stefan Knust of New York, N.Y., Sabine Morgan of Bozeman, Mont., and Sylvia Knust of La Mesa, Calif.

Also surviving are his siblings and their families: Dieter Knust of Brisbane, Australia, Erich Knust of Brisbane, Australia, and Dagmar Schneidberger of Bavaria, Germany.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Inge Lewis.

He studied English, German and history at the University of Munich and the Free University of Berlin. In 1956, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Tulane University in New Orleans, where he received his M.A. in English and American history in 1958.

He then attended Pennsylvania State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature in 1961 and became an assistant professor of German and of comparative literature in 1963.

In 1965, Mr. Knust moved with his family to Urbana-Champaign, where he began an illustrious and dynamic career at the University of Illinois, first as assistant professor and then professor of German and of comparative literature, as well as director of the Program in Comparative Literature, and head of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature.

He helped develop and direct the Illinois-Austria Exchange Program in Baden/Vienna, Austria. He initiated the Visiting Professor Exchange Program with Georg-August Universitat in Gottingen, Germany. He retired from the UI in 1997.

Mr. Knust published numerous chapters, books and articles, and presented many lectures and seminars on a wide range of German and comparative literature topics. He received a number of fellowships, including two from the Newberry Library in Chicago, and one from the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, R.I.; he was awarded Distinguished Visitor of the Year at Pennsylvania State University and the Arnold O. Beckmann Award at the UI.

He served on several advisory boards, including Comparative Literature Studies, Germano-Slavica, the German-American Art Foundation and the National Advisory Council, Junior Year in Germany.

He traveled extensively with his wife, both in Europe and in the U.S., but he treasured much of what Urbana offered, in particular the Krannert Center, Japan House, Meadowbrook, Allerton Park and the wonderful neighborhood where he lived.

The times he spent at his summer cottage along the shores of Blue Lake in northern Wisconsin were among his favorite. He was an avid builder who also enjoyed sailing, sudoku and reading mysteries; he loved to cook soups and festive fruit and beat everyone in Machiavelli. He was very loved. He will be very missed.

There will be a private service held later in the year. In lieu of gifts, please consider making a donation to the Anita Purves Nature Center through the Urbana Park District. (Please make the check out to Urbana Park District and note whom the donation is in memory of; send to the attention of Ellen Kirsanoff, 303 W. University Ave., Urbana IL 61801.)

EDITOR’S NOTE:  I had the privilege of knowing Herbert because he was a long-time friend of my dad’s family.  They met at Pennsylvania State University where Herbert was accomplishing the feats of earning a Ph.D. and being a German tutor to my dad and his siblings.  Herbert and his family were the first people that enabled me to see how friends could become family.  I have many fond memories of visiting the Knust family at their cottage just down the shores on Blue Lake when Herbert would host amazing pancake breakfasts.  He had a huge cast iron frying pan about the size of Texas that he would fill up with plum pancake batter.  He always kept a smile on his face when he stacked our plates with pancakes, even though our table manners probably skewed to the rambunctious side.  On windy days, we would often look out on Blue Lake and see Herbert sailing by on his sailboat.  A true friend, he frequently visited my grandparents on their porch, which always made their day.  Herbert is truly missed.

Dolores Paulsen Obituary

28 Apr

Dolores Paulsen, former Blue Lake resident, and friend to many on the lake, passed away in October.  Here is her obituary, as printed in the SouthTown Star:

Dolores Paulsen

Paulsen, Dolores Dorothy Age 82. Wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, mentor, quilter, volunteer, restaurateur, realtor, and tireless dispenser of hospitality, love and compassion passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Park City, UT, surrounded by family on the afternoon of Monday, October 24. Dolores was born July 13, 1929, in Chicago Heights, Illinois to Herbert Francis and Alma Stelter Bruns. Raised in Chicago Heights and New Lenox, Dolores was known as “Red” for her long, flowing fire-red banana curls. She attended Haven School, Joliet Township High School, and the Joliet Junior College nursing program. Dolores left the nursing program to assist her parents with the family business, a small bar & grill started by Herb & Alma in 1941, the Bruns Restaurant, New Lenox, Illinois. Dolores married her longtime childhood friend, Robert W. Paulsen Sr, on May 14, 1949 and together they had three children: Robert (Connie), Donald (deceased), and Reva (Bob). In 1958, Dolores & Bob took over the ownership and management of the family restaurant. Over the next 35 years, they grew the business to a large supper club (with banquet facilities) and a bustling local favorite. Upon selling the restaurant & retiring in 1993, Dolores moved with Bob to the family lake property on Blue Lake in Minocqua, WI, and later in 2003 to their present home in Arbor Vitae, WI. In “retirement” Dolores became an active volunteer at Howard Young Medical Center, the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce, and for several years coordinated the local area’s American Cancer Society ‘s annual Daffodil Days fundraiser. She entered real estate as an agent to “help out a friend” and remained working part time in real estate (National Advantage, Northwoods Realty, Century 21 Greater Northwoods) until 2009. Her clients became her friends and extended family as her primary interest was always in helping others. Dolores’ hobbies included quilting (which she took up in retirement), reading, walking, flower gardening, volunteering at church, and generally helping others. She stitched love into her many quilts, always creating pieces for others. She “never got around to” making anything for herself. Dolores is survived by her: husband Bob; children Bob (Connie) and Reva (Bob Rauk): grandchildren (Kirsten, Anders, Alexandrea, Ane); great grandchild (Chase); cousins (Irv Ruder, Stan Bruns, Joseph Bruns), nephew Jim Bruns (Dody), and numerous other cousins, nieces & nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents (Herb & Alma Bruns), son (Donald David Paulsen), brother (William “Bill” Bruns), & nephew (Jeffery Bruns). Thank you to all of Dolores’ many friends, family, Pastor Steve, Huntsman Cancer Hospital physicians & teams, Salus Home Care providers, and Hearts for Hospice staff you kept her spirit and her faith strong throughout her yearlong fight against ocular melanoma. “Dolores was as beautiful a story as ever writtenwe keep it alive in our hearts.” Memorial services will be held in the Spring, details to be announced at a later date. Memorial donations can be made in honor of Dolores D. Paulsen to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation ( or the American Cancer Society( “As Dolores signed off in emails, which she did so well while on Earth: ‘Treasure Life’.”

Drew Milkent Passes Away

25 Mar

Very sad news as Drew Milkent, a dynamic part of the Blue Lake family, has passed away.

Published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Legacy:

Drew Milkent

Milkent, Andrew W. “Drew” Found peace Friday, March 23, 2012. Age 24. Beloved son of William and Nan. Dear brother of Audra (Chad) Watson. Godfather of Brett. Fiance of Julianne Zaumseil. Grandson of Barbara and the late Robert Milkent, and the late Rudy and the late Audrey Hoppe and Mary Hoppe. Also loved by many relatives and friends. Visitation at CROSS OF LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20700 W. North Ave., Monday, March 26, 3PM-6:45PM. Funeral Service 7PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the Milwaukee County Zoo or the Elmbrook Human Society. Family and friends were very important to Drew. He enjoyed coaching soccer and barefooting on calm water. Drew loved the zoo, walks with his dogs, sports, watching eagles fly and shenanigans. “Until we meet again “


EDITOR’S NOTE: I remember Drew as a very young boy, maybe about 5 years old, playing with his cousins and sister, Audra, at Blue Lake, running around in a constantly-moving pack of kids through the woods and on the lakeshore, as often happens throughout generations fortunate to spend some time during the summer at the lake.  I also remember his amazing athletic talent as a part of the awesome waterskiing spectacular that emerged from north Blue Lake starting in the late ’90s.  I live on a part of the lake that becomes very calm in the early evening and we would often be delighted in the summer by barefooters swishing by on the smooth water right before the sunset.  How they do it, I’ll never know!  Drew is sorely missed around the lake.

Yesterday, in the early evening, I heard the eagles calling overhead so I walked down to the shore.  This picture is dedicated to Drew and his family:

Eagle's Dream, on Blue Lake