Gladys A. Port, 85

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Grafton, for Gladys A. Port (nee Hackbarth), 85, of Grafton, who entered into eternal life on Aug. 7, 2010.

Family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Ozaukee County Humane Society or Advocates of Ozaukee County are appreciated.

Mueller Funeral Home of Grafton is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Gladys was born on Sept. 10, 1924, in Port Washington, to William Hackbarth and Alice Hackbarth (nee Hartman). After school, she worked as a Red Cross volunteer, a nurse’s aide and as a secretary for Quick Mix Corp. in Port Washington. Gladys married the love of her life (her high school sweetheart), Ralph W. Port on June 28, 1947, in Port Washington. Their marriage was blessed with four children.

Gladys was a lifelong active member in her community and church. She volunteered and supported countless causes and charities over the years, but was especially passionate about Family Sharing in Grafton, where she volunteered for well over 20 years, as well as serving on countless committees within her church.  She was dedicated to helping others less fortunate, and her compassion and love of life was easily seen in her kind personality, beautiful smile, gentle touch and sense of humor. Gladys always looked for an opportunity to help someone in need.

Gladys loved to bake and never shunned an opportunity to bake one of her specialties for a birthday, special occasion or to comfort a friend in need. In addition, she treasured time spent with her family, including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed golf, playing in card clubs, gardening, traveling and the arts.

Gladys and Ralph were blessed with many friends, including a lifelong group of her school friends who, throughout their lives, enjoyed traveling, sharing happy memories, sad times, countless dinner parties and all of their children as they grew.

Gladys went on to love her winters with Ralph in Manzanillo, Mexico, where they enjoyed the tropical lifestyle and company of friends from around the world with fabulous food, bocce ball tournaments and the best margaritas. They also became involved in charitable causes locally within the Manzanillo area. It was their home away from home.

Gladys is survived by her children, Michael Port of Madison, Liz (Greg) Turnbaugh of Westmont Ill., Tom (Susan) Port of Colgate and Kathy (John) Gac of Chicago; brother, Robert Hackbarth of Kewaskum; sisters-in-law, Bernice (the late Oliver) Vollmar of Cedarburg and Antoinette (the late Fred) Port of Grafton; aunt, Evelyn (Oscar) Dommer of Saukville; grandchildren Heather (Ryan) Carstens, Brad (Katy) Turnbaugh, Erin Turnbaugh, Dan Drews, Sean Drews, Kalina Gac and Zoe Gac; great-grandchildren, Brenna Carstens, Delaney Carstens and Chase Carstens; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband, Ralph.
Thanks to the staff, management and residents of Jackson Crossings for their loving care and friendship.