John H. Alston

John H. Alston died at the age of 88 on Sunday, April 29, 2007 in Naples, Fla. A memorial for John will be scheduled at a later date and held in Cedarburg.

John was born in Milwaukee on Jan. 3, 1919. His family moved to Cedarburg when he was 3 years old. He graduated from high school in 1937 in Fish Creek, Door County. John married LaVerne Seubert in 1943 and they were married for 64 years. He became a Florida resident in 1993 and lived at Countryside in Naples, while also maintaining a home in Cedarburg.

John was a proud veteran of World War II. He served in the U.S Army and then the army reserves for 25 years. John was in Czechoslovakia on D-Day in 1945. He was very patriotic and always flew the flag at home.

Upon returning from World War II, John acquired a building in Cedarburg where his mother operated a tavern and rooming house. On that property, John and LaVerne founded Central Dry Goods in Cedarburg in 1946. The business expanded to become Alstonís of Cedarburg and West Bend, which John and LaVerne operated for 46 years until 1992. All of the children worked there. That building now houses the Cedarburg Cultural Center.

John was very community-minded and worked hard to better Cedarburg. He was involved in local historic preservation and in the designation of Cedarburgís downtown as a National Historic District. John was instrumental in creating the Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival that now attracts 25,000 people yearly. He was president of Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lions Club and a very proud member of both Grafton-Cedarburg and East Naples Rotary. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow by East Naples Rotary Club.

John was an avid golfer and a member of West Bend Country Club for 35 years and of Countryside Golf and Country Club for 14 years.

John lived a strong, healthy and full life, and had a strong and proud sense of contribution to his country and his community. He and LaVerne traveled extensively to Africa, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

John is survived by his wife LaVerne; sons John (Adrienne) of Evergreen, Colo., Marc (Gretchen) of Denver, Colo., Lee (Mary) of Gold Hill, Colo., Bruce of Steamboat Springs Colo.; daughter Mary of Milwaukee; and grandchildren Greg, John, Kimberly, Eric, Bradley and Peter Alston and Allison Limon.

Johnís body was donated to Anatomy Gifts Registry. A Memorial Mass is set for 11 a.m. June 1 at St. Francis Borgia South Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Cedarburg Cultural Center.