Ralph Seyfert

Ralph Seyfert of Port Washington died Wednesday morning, Nov. 5, 2008 at the Heritage Nursing Home in Port Washington, at the age of 79. Funeral services were held on Nov. 8 at Friedens Evangelical Church in Port Washington. Pastor Don Zahurance and Dr. Stanley Conrad officiated at the service. The family received visitors at the church prior to services. Burial took place in Saukville Union Cemetery. The Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington assisted with arrangements.

Ralph was born on Aug. 18, 1929 in Port Washington, son of Fred "Fritz" and Elva Race Seyfert. He was a graduate of Port Washington High School and the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Mr. Seyfert proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, from 1953 until 1955. He taught art at Homestead High School in Mequon for many years before retiring.

Ralph was a lifelong member of Friedens Evangelical Church. He was also a member of the Port Washington Historical Society, the Ozaukee County Historical Society, the Port Washington Senior Center and the Cedarburg Cultural Center. Ralph loved talking about teaching and education with his friends from the Retired Teachers’ Association, and enjoyed attending picnics with them in the summer. He loved listening to good music, and often went to the symphony in Milwaukee. He also traveled to Chicago to visit his family and attend the opera.

Ralph is survived by his sister-in-law, Marjorie Seyfert of Wheaton, Ill.; his nephew, Karl (Ann Marie) Seyfert of Cleveland, Ohio; two nieces, Carol (Kenn) Rousar of Winfield, Ill. and Jean (William) Hinneberg of Hudson, Ohio. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, LeRoy.

Memorials in Ralph’s name to Friedens Evangelical Church are suggested.

For online condolences, visit www.eernissefuneralhome.com.