James L. ‘Fuzzy’ Noeske Sr., 73

James L. "Fuzzy" Noeske Sr., of 7th Ave. in Grafton, passed away on Friday afternoon, Aug. 6, 2010, at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Campus in Mequon, after suffering a cardiac episode earlier in the week.  He was 73 years old.

James was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 4, 1936, son of Edward and Loretta Krimmer Noeske. After his schooling Jim served in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas, where he worked with the Engineering Corps. Jim was united in marriage with Elenor Pollman on March 8, 1958, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mequon. The couple settled in Glendale and later moved to Grafton in 1970, where they raised their family.

"Fuzzy" had been employed by the village of Fox Point in the Department of Public Works. He retired in 2001 after 42 years of service. Since 2006 he had been very involved in helping his son, Jim, with his business, Belgium Small Engine Repairs. James had been a 20-plus-year member of the Grafton Fire Department, at one time achieving the rank of "Captain of Engineers." He had always loved "putzing" with anything mechanical and was always willing to help out neighbors and friends with projects.

"Fuzzy," or as he was known by the neighbor kids, "Ward," enjoyed yard work, grilling, puzzles and socializing with "the old timers." He was also fond of offering his opinions on the rulings during Court TV segments. Mostly, James enjoyed spending his time with his friends, family and granddaughters.
He is survived by his wife, Elenor, of Grafton; their children, Jim (Kim) Noeske Jr. of Belgium and Sue (Todd) Brakob of Oregon, Wis.; and his four cherished granddaughters, Elizabeth and Allison Noeske of Belgium and Meagan and Erin Brakob of Oregon.  He is further survived by his brothers, Howard (Pat) Noeske of Milwaukee and Gordon (the late Ramona) Noeske of Butler; sisters-in-law, Pat Noeske of Shawano and Betty (Everett) Priest of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Edward Jr. and Ronald Noeske, and two sisters, Phyllis Fehlhaber and Winifred Stalter.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave., in Port Washington. Pastor Don Zahurance will officiate.  The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Diabetes Foundation. Online condolences can be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.

Family members wish to extend their gratitude to the nurses and physicians at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Campus.